Sunday, January 29, 2012

A Few Thoughts Worth Reflecting On

by: Les Carpenter
Rational Nation USA
Liberty -vs- Tyranny


Let us not forget...

"History will also give occasion to expatiate on the advantage of civil orders and constitutions, how men and their properties are protected by joining in societies and establishing government; their industry encouraged and rewarded, arts invented, and life made more comfortable: The advantages of liberty, mischiefs of licentiousness, benefits arising from good laws and a due execution of justice. Thus may the first principles of sound politics be fixed in the minds of youth."

Benjamin Franklin, Proposals Relating to the Education of Youth in Pennsylvania, 1749


"The diversity in the faculties of men from which the rights of property originate, is not less an insuperable obstacle to a uniformity of interests. The protection of these faculties is the first object of government."

James Madison, Federalist No. 10, 1787


"[I]t is the reason alone, of the public, that ought to control and regulate the government."

James Madison, Federalist No. 49, 1788


"The essence of Government is power; and power, lodged as it must be in human hands, will ever be liable to abuse."

James Madison, Speech in the Virginia constitutional convention, 1829


"History by apprising [citizens] of the past will enable them to judge of the future; it will avail them of the experience of other times and other nations; it will qualify them as judges of the actions and designs of men; it will enable them to know ambition under every disguise it may assume; and knowing it, to defeat its views."

Thomas Jefferson, Notes on the State of Virginia, Query 14, 1781


"Without wishing to damp the ardor of curiosity or influence the freedom of inquiry, I will hazard a prediction that, after the most industrious and impartial researchers, the longest liver of you all will find no principles, institutions or systems of education more fit in general to be transmitted to your posterity than those you have received from your ancestors."

John Adams, letter to the young men of the Philadelphia, 1798

Our American heritage, because it has been determined by the actions of mankind is not perfect. The vision (and promise) handed off to us by our founding fathers are timeless. It is therefore up to each generation to write it's own chapter in pursuit and furtherance of both. Each generation should, indeed must ask itself if it has left the next generation with a better, stronger nation than the one it received.

Judgement will not be kind to this one methinks.

What say you?

3 comments:

  1. I'm up to the part of "The Rule of Law" and the US Constitution in Hayek's Constitution of Liberty.

    The federal government first encroached upon our right to enjoy our property as we see fit, and that opened the door for violation of all our natural rights.

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  2. One wonders what the founders would make of the
    newly claimed 'personhood' of corporations...

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