From: Hank Ashmore
The Deplorable Infidel
Because Thomas Jefferson thought it would be only a matter of time before the American system of government degenerated into an “elective despotism”,” he warned that citizens should act now in order to make sure that “the wolf was kept out of the fold”:
“Mankind soon learn to make interested uses of every right and power which they possess, or may assume. The public money and public liberty, intended to have been deposited with three branches of magistracy, but found inadvertently to be in the hands of one only, will soon be discovered to be sources of wealth and dominion to those who hold them… They should look forward to a time, and that not a distant one, when a corruption in this, as in the country from which we derive our origin, will have seized the heads of government, and be spread by them through the body of the people; when they will purchase the voices of the people, and make them pay the price. Human nature is the same on every side of the Atlantic, and will be alike influenced by the same causes. The time to guard against corruption and tyranny, is before they shall have gotten hold of us. It is better to keep the wolf out of the fold, than to trust to drawing his teeth and talons after he shall have entered.”
Thomas Jefferson (1785)
1785 seems rather early for Jefferson to be making such dire predictions about the unhappy fate of the new American Government, yet his worry that democracy might turn into a form of despotism has proven to be correct if some 200 years later and “not a distant” time as he originally thought.
The Deplorable Infidel (source: ONLINE LIBRARY OF LIBERTY)
THE DIRTY DOZEN
The twelve Republican Senators who voted against President Trump’s National Emergency:
Senator Mitt Romney – Utah Senator Marco Rubio – Florida
Senator Mike Lee – Utah Senator Susan Collins – Maine
Senator Rand Paul – Kentucky Senator Jerry Moran – Kansas
Senator Roger Wicker – Mississippi Senator Pat Toomey – Pennsylvania
Senator Lamar Alexander – Tennessee Senator Roy Blount – Missouri
Senator Rob Portman – Ohio Senator Lisa Murkowski – Alaska
“People who create things nowadays can be expected to be prosecuted by highly moralistic people who are incapable of creating anything. There is no way to measure the chilling effect on innovation that results from the threats of taxation, regulation, and prosecution against anything that succeeds. We’ll never know how many ideas our government has aborted in the name of protecting us.”
WAKE UP AMERICA BEFORE IT’S TOO LATE!
A SIMPLE TRUTH FOR TODAY
The present struggle seems less about abolishing big government than about who gets to use it.