FOOD FOR THOUGHT—From Thomas Jefferson

From: Hank Ashmore
The Deplorable Infidel


There were a thousand pitfalls in prescribing the manner in which the national legislature should be organized. After the Declaration of Independence in 1776, the boisterous and sometimes tempestuous experience which the Founders observed in their own state legislatures taught them some pungent lessons by 1787 which they wrote into the Constitution to provide for the efficient operation of Congress.

If a person watches carefully for them, many of the “ancient principles” as well as the Founder’s more recent lessons in political experience will be observed in the intricate machinery provided for in Congress. Of course, there have always been those who have rated legislative bodies in terms of their “efficiency” which in the fascist states and the communist assemblies always means the rapid and enthusiastic endorsement of executive pronouncements. However, in the United States the Founders placed in the hands of Congress twenty enumerated powers, all of which have to be skillfully administered within the strict limitations, guidelines, or “chains” which the Constitution prescribes. This means that legislation, of necessity, must move solely through a screening process more refined than that of any other legislature in the world.

To the Founders, the goal was not more laws, but the preservation of freedom. The entire American success formula is based on this premise. With the Founders the maxim that “he who governs least, governs best” was not an idle adage.

“I consider the foundation of the Constitution as laid on this ground that all powers not delegated to the United States, by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the states, are reserved to states or to the people. To take a single step beyond the boundaries thus specially drawn around the powers of Congress, is to take possession of a boundless field of power, not longer susceptible of any definition.”

Thomas Jefferson


“In questions of power, then let no more be heard of confidence in man, but bind him down from mischief by the chains of the Constitution.”

Thomas Jefferson


“Liberty must at all hazards be supported. We have a right to it, derived from our maker. But if we had not, our fathers have earned and bought it for us, at the expense of their ease, their estates, their pleasure, and their blood.”

John Adams



“If our country is to survive and prosper, we must summon the courage to condemn and reject the liberal agenda, and we had better do it soon.”

-Walter Williams-



If “hate” were only defined in dictionary terms that would be welcome. However, “hate” is not defined by the dictionary but by the cultural far-left and their definition is “anything we can get away with”. They use the word “hate” as a cudgel to quash debate and to obtain power.



Ask not what you can do for your country, ask what your government is doing to you.


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