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Confusing Light for Darkness

2016/07/22

Dark???

“Progressive” Democrats, (and crony propagandists) you want “dark”? If so, all you have to do is read a few paragraphs from the bold and brave revolutionaries who brought light from darkness, freedom from villainous oppression, plenty from a wilderness, and hope for the hundreds of millions who have come to the shores for a better life!!

They knew what leads to “darkness,” and they warned posterity that such “darkness” was only a few generations away, if they strayed from the essential ideas of liberty incorporated into their Declaration of Independence and Constitution.

What wimps these uneducated-in-the-ways-of history are!! Try these statements from America’s early leaders, and you’ll know what “dark” warnings of the realities of tyranny are.

. “…nip the shoots of arbitrary power in the bud, is the only maxim which can ever preserve the liberties of any people. When the people give way, their deceivers, betrayers, and destroyers press upon them so fast, that there is no resisting afterwards. The nature of the encroachment upon the American constitution is such, as to grow every day more and more encroaching. Like a cancer, it eats faster and faster every hour. The revenue creates pensioners, and the pensioners urge for more revenue. The people grow less steady, spirited, and virtuous, the seekers more numerous and more corrupt, and every day increases the circles of their dependents and expectants, until virtue, integrity, public spirit, simplicity, and frugality, become the objects of ridicule and scorn, and vanity, luxury, foppery, selfishness, meanness, and downright venality swallow up the whole society.” – John Adams

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“…there have always been those who wish to enlarge the powers of the General Government. There is but one safe rule…confine (it) within the sphere of its appropriate duties. It has no power to raise a revenue or impose taxes except for the purposes enumerated in the Constitution….Every attempt to exercise power beyond these limits should be promptly and firmly opposed.” – Andrew Jackson’s Valedictory

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“…experience hath shewn, that even under the best forms (of government), those entrusted with power have, in time, and by slow operations, perverted it into tyranny; and it is believed that the most effectual means of preventing this would be, to illuminate…the minds of the people…to give them knowledge of those facts, which history exhibiteth. History, by apprizing them of the past, will enable them to judge of the future…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….” – Jefferson’s Bill for the more general diffusion of knowledge for Virginia

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“Although all men are born free, slavery has been the general lot of the human race. Ignorant–they have been cheated; asleep–they have been surprised; divided–the yoke has been forced upon them. But what is the lesson?…the people ought to be enlightened, to be awakened, to be united, that after establishing a government they should watch over it….It is universally admitted that a well-instructed people alone can be permanently free.” – James Madison

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“These principles form the bright constellation which has gone before us and guided our steps through an age of revolution and reformation. The wisdom of our sages and the blood of our heroes have been devoted to their attainment. They should be the creed of our political faith, the text of civic instruction, the touchstone by which to try the services of those we trust; and should we wander from them in moments of error or of alarm, let us hasten to retrace our steps and to regain the road which alone leads to peace, liberty, and safety.” – Thomas Jefferson-First Inaugural Statement of Principles of Good Government

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“I think myself, that we have more machinery of government than is necessary, too many parasites living on the labor of the industrious.” – Thomas Jefferson

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“Economy in the public expense, that labor may be lightly burdened, I deem (one of the) essential principles of our government and, consequently (one) which ought to shape its administrations.” – Thomas Jefferson-First Inaugural

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“I am not among those who fear the people. They…are our dependence for continued freedom. And to preserve their independence, we must not let our rulers load us with perpetual debt. We must make our election between economy and liberty, or profusion and servitude. If we run into such debts, as that we must be taxed in our meat and in our drink, in our necessaries and our comforts, in our labors and our amusements, for our callings and our creeds…our people…must come to labor sixteen hours in the twenty-four, give the earnings of fifteen of these to the government for their debts and daily expenses; and the sixteenth being insufficient to afford us bread, we must live, as they (the British) now do, on oatmeal and potatoes; have no time to think, no means of calling the mismanagers to account; but be glad to obtain subsistence by hiring ourselves to rivet their chains on the necks of our fellow-sufferers….This example reads to us the salutary lesson that private fortunes are destroyed by public, as well as by private extravagance. And this is the tendency of all human governments. A departure from the principle in one instance, becomes a precedent for a second; that second for a third; and so on, till the bulk of society is reduced to be mere automatons of misery, to have no sensibilities left but for sinning and suffering. Then begins, indeed, the ‘bellum omnium in omnia,’ which some philosophers…have mistaken for the natural, instead of the abusive, state of man. And the fore-horse of this frightful team is public debt. Taxation follows that, and in its train wretchedness and oppression.” – Thomas Jefferson

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“I go on the principle that a public debt is a public curse.” – James Madison

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“The principle of spending money to be paid by posterity under the name of funding is but swindling futurity on a large scale….We shall all consider ourselves unauthorized to saddle posterity with our debts, and morally bound to pay them ourselves….” – Thomas Jefferson

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“The interest of the national debt [in England] is now equal to such a portion of the profits of all the land and the labor of the island, as not to leave enough for the subsistence of those who labor. Hence the owners of the land abandon it and retire to other countries, and the laborer has not enough of his earnings left to him to cover his back and to fill his belly….The landholder has nothing of his own to give; he is but the fiduciary of those who have lent him money; the lender is so taxed in his meat, drink, and clothing, that he has but a bare subsistence left.” – Thomas Jefferson

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“I wish it were possible to obtain a single amendment to our Constitution. I would be willing to depend on that alone for the reduction of the administration of our government to the genuine principles of its Constitution; I mean an additional article, taking from the Federal Government the power of borrowing.” – Thomas Jefferson-1798

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