From the time they first gathered in 1774, through the drafting and publishing of the Declaration of Independence, years of hardship and ruin while they fought the Revolution, years of waiting and debating between the writing of the Constitution and the ratification of that great document, even onward as they filled positions in the government they helped create and wrote their autobiographies, our Founding Fathers predicted the future, with amazing accuracy and clarity. Where Nostradamus hid his possible errors in arcane quadrangles, the Framers used the beautiful and concise English language of their time. Nostradamus needed to be able to confuse his meanings and allow for his readers flawed interpretation to lend accuracy to his predictions. He was in the business of predicting the future, soothsayer to kings. Our Founding Fathers were in the business of eliminating kings and saw the future with a sharpness and focus only available through the lenses of history and human nature.
When the Revolution was over, the Founding Fathers set about creating that thing they feared the most. A Government. Their opinions and fears were plainly stated…
“The spirit of resistance to government is so valuable on certain occasions, that I wish it to be always kept alive. It will often be exercised when wrong, but better so than not to be exercised at all. I like a little rebellion now and then. It is like a storm in the atmosphere.” Thomas Jefferson
“Government is not reason; it is not eloquence. It is force. And force, like fire, is a dangerous servant and a fearful master.” George Washington
“…democracies have ever been spectacles of turbulence and contention; have ever been found incompatible with personal security, or the rights of property; and have, in general, been as short in their lives as they have been violent in their deaths.” James Madison
“Government, even in its best state, is but a necessary evil; in its worst state an intolerable one; for when we suffer or are exposed to the same miseries by a government, which we might expect in a country without government, our calamity is heightened by reflecting that we furnish the means by which we suffer.” Thomas Paine
Benjamin Franklin issued a strong warning about the frailty of that Government before the ink was dry on the Constitution. Upon exiting the Constitutional Convention, Franklin was asked by a woman, “What kind of government have you given us?” Franklin responded with one of the most famous quotations in history, “A Republic if you can keep it.”
While forming the Republican Government of the fledgling United States the Framers thoughts naturally carried each option through to the abuses that, history proved, would invariably arise. These men had studied the history of Rome and Greece, and had been watching as France and other governments began to draw away from the monarchy. They had fought a war to rid themselves of the abuses of the British Monarchy, recognized that some abuses of government were due to human nature and built in checks and balances to counter as many as they could foresee. The Constitution was intended to be a millstone around the neck of the central government, pitting local and state governments against the federal government and elevating the individual above the majority.
Their warnings about the size and scope of the federal government have gone unheeded. Compare the statements below with the ravening beast that currently resides in Washington DC…
“I think we have more machinery of government than is necessary, too many parasites living on the labor of the industrious.” –Thomas Jefferson
“[T]he States can best govern our home concerns and the general government our foreign ones. I wish, therefore… never to see all offices transferred to Washington, where, further withdrawn from the eyes of the people, they may more secretly be bought and sold at market.” Thomas Jefferson
“Were we directed from Washington when to sow, and when to reap, we should soon want bread.” Thomas Jefferson
“The natural progress of things is for liberty to yield and government to gain ground.” Thomas Jefferson
“The two enemies of the people are criminals and government, so let us tie the second down with the chains of the Constitution so the second will not become the legalized version of the first.” Thomas Jefferson
“In framing a government, which is to be administered by men over men, the great difficulty lies in this: you must first enable the government to control the governed, and in the next place, oblige it to control itself.” James Madison
“Government is instituted for the common good; for the protection, safety, prosperity, and happiness of the people; and not for profit, honor, or private interest of any one man, family, or class of men; therefore, the people alone have an incontestable, unalienable, and indefeasible right to institute government; and to reform, alter, or totally change the same, when their protection, safety, prosperity, and happiness require it.” John Adams
“Society is produced by our wants, and government by our wickedness.” Thomas Paine
“When the government fears the people there is liberty; when the people fear the government there is tyranny.” Thomas Jefferson
John Adams described his appointment to serve in the legislature this way…
When I went home to my family in May, 1770, from the town meeting in Boston, which was the first I had ever attended, and where I had been chosen in my absence, without any solicitation, one of their representatives, I said to my wife, “I have accepted a seat in the House of Representatives, and thereby have consented to my own ruin, to your ruin, and to the ruin of our children. I give you this warning, that you may prepare your mind for your fate.” She burst into tears, but instantly cried out in a transport of magnanimity, “Well, I am willing in this cause to run all risks with you, and be ruined with you, if you are ruined.” These were times, my friend, in Boston, which tried women’s souls as well as men’s.
The likes of Barney Frank, Chris Dodd, Murtha, Kerry and their ilk, never saw ruin looming in their pursuit of political careers. The ability to purchase political power using funds from the coffers of government, buying votes through the dispensation of tax dollars and the creation of the entitlement class as a permanent base for their party have provided the job security necessary for long, personally fruitful, political careers. Very different from Adams’ performance of his duty and the ruin he saw for himself and his family.
Alexander Hamilton below, makes a chillingly clear reference to Obama; Nostradamus’ own naming of “Hister” was only recognized after Hitler had come to power.
In addition to the conduct of our elected representatives, elections themselves were recognized as vulnerable. ACORN and recent events in Minnesota, among other places, was worthy of warning…
“Of those men who have overturned the liberties of republics, the greatest number have begun their career by paying an obsequious court to the people, commencing demagogues and ending tyrants.” Alexander Hamilton
“In selecting men for office, let principle be your guide. Regard not the particular sect or denomination of the candidate — look to his character.” –Noah Webster
“If ever time should come, when vain and aspiring men shall possess the highest seats in Government, our country will stand in need of its experienced patriots to prevent its ruin.” Samuel Adams
“We should be unfaithful to ourselves if we should ever lose sight of the danger to our liberties if anything partial or extraneous should infect the purity of our free, fair, virtuous, and independent elections.” John Adams
“The trade of governing has always been monopolized by the most ignorant and the most rascally individuals of mankind.” Thomas Paine
Individual Liberty reigned supreme in the government they created, these men for the first time in the history of mankind, elevated our rights above Kings and Governments, out of the hands of despots, relegating such historical documents as Hammurabi’s Code and the Magna Carta to a shabby second place by proclaiming “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. Securing our liberties was the reason for the inclusion of the Bill of Rights and still more warnings about how they might be lost. Some likened the Second Amendment as the one Right which secured all the others, today the Second Amendment teeters under decades of judicial assault.
The First Amendment, threatened by the Fairness Doctrine and “Diversity” none the less loses power as the Press , once the watchdog of Government, fawns over the current administration, abandoning their watchdog role for that of brazen cheerleader.
The States, just now realizing how far the usurpation of their powers has already gone, are being challenged by the elected statists in their midst, supporting the federal government’s seizure of authority from within. Many are unable even to pass a powerless resolution warning the central government that it is exceeding it’s authority.
“Laws that forbid the carrying of arms… disarm only those who are neither inclined nor determined to commit crimes… Such laws make things worse for the assaulted and better for the assailants; they serve rather to encourage than to prevent homicides, for an unarmed man may be attacked with greater confidence than an armed man.” Cesare Beccaria, On Crimes and Punishment, quoted by Thomas Jefferson in Commonplace Book, 1774-1776
“And what country can preserve its liberties, if it’s rulers are not warned from time to time, that this people preserve the spirit of resistance? Let them take arms. The remedy is to set them right as to the facts, pardon and pacify them. What signify a few lives lost in a century or two? The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time, with the blood of patriots and tyrants. It is its natural manure.” Thomas Jefferson
“Are we at last brought to such an humiliating and debasing degradation that we cannot be trusted with arms for our own defense? Where is the difference between having our arms under our own possession and under our own direction, and having them under the management of Congress? If our defense be the real object of having those arms, in whose hands can they be trusted with more propriety, or equal safety to us, as in our own hands?” Patrick Henry
“Whereas civil rulers, not having their duty to the people duly before them, may attempt to tyrannize, and as military forces, which must be occasionally raised to defend our country, might pervert their power to the injury of their fellow citizens, the people are confirmed by the article in their right to keep and bear their private arms.” Tench Coxe
“[W]hen the resolution of enslaving America was formed in Great Britain, the British Parliament was advised by an artful man, — who was governor of Pennsylvania, to disarm the people; that it was the best and most effectual way to enslave them; but that they should not do it openly, but weaken them, and let them sink gradually, by totally disusing and neglecting the militia.” George Mason
“Of the liberty of conscience in matters of religious faith, of speech and of the press; of the trial by jury of the vicinage in civil and criminal cases; of the benefit of the writ of habeas corpus; of the right to keep and bear arms…. If these rights are well defined, and secured against encroachment, it is impossible that government should ever degenerate into tyranny.” James Monroe
“The basis of our government being the opinion of the people, the very first object should be to keep that right; and were it left to me to decide whether we should have a government without newspapers, or newspapers without a government, I should not hesitate for a moment to prefer the latter.” Thomas Jefferson
“The freedom of the press is one of the great bulwarks of liberty, and can never be restrained but by despotic governments.” George Mason
“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 the States or to the people’ (10th Amendment). To take a single step beyond the boundaries thus specifically drawn around the powers of Congress, is to take possession of a boundless field of power, no longer susceptible to any definition.” Thomas Jefferson
The Founding Fathers saw the New Deal, the Great Society, the War on Poverty and the unavoidable aftermath of ever increasing taxes and debt…
“If we can prevent the government from wasting the labors of the people, under the pretence of taking care of them, they must become happy.” Thomas Jefferson
“The same prudence which in private life would forbid our paying our own money for unexplained projects, forbids it in the dispensation of the public moneys.” Thomas Jefferson
“To take from one, because it is thought his own industry and that of his fathers has acquired too much, in order to spare to others, who, or whose fathers, have not exercised equal industry and skill, is to violate arbitrarily the first principle of association, the guarantee to everyone the free exercise of his industry and the fruits acquired by it.” Thomas Jefferson
“The apportionment of taxes on the various descriptions of property is an act which seems to require the most exact impartiality; yet there is, perhaps, no legislative act in which greater opportunity and temptation are given to a predominant party to trample on the rules of justice. Every shilling which they overburden the inferior number is a shilling saved to their own pockets.” James Madison
“I cannot undertake to lay my finger on that article of the Constitution which granted a right to Congress of expending, on objects of benevolence, the money of their constituents….” James Madison
“When the people find they can vote themselves money, that will herald the end of the republic.” Benjamin Franklin
“…as all history informs us, there has been in every State & Kingdom a constant kind of warfare between the governing & governed: the one striving to obtain more for its support, and the other to pay less. And this has alone occasioned great convulsions, actual civil wars, ending either in dethroning of the Princes, or enslaving of the people. Generally indeed the ruling power carries its point, the revenues of princes constantly increasing, and we see that they are never satisfied, but always in want of more. The more the people are discontented with the oppression of taxes; the greater need the prince has of money to distribute among his partisans and pay the troops that are to suppress all resistance, and enable him to plunder at pleasure. There is scarce a king in a hundred who would not, if he could, follow the example of Pharaoh, get first all the peoples money, then all their lands, and then make them and their children servants for ever …” Benjamin Franklin
We must not let our rulers load us with perpetual debt. We must make our selection between economy and liberty or profusion and servitude. If we run into such debts as that we must be taxed in our meat in our drink, in our necessities and comforts, in our labors and in our amusements, for our callings and our creeds…our people.. must come to labor sixteen hours in the twenty-four, give 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.. We have not time to think, no means of calling the mis-managers to account, but be glad to obtain subsistence by hiring ourselves to rivet their chains on the necks of our fellow suffers. Our landholders, too…retaining indeed the title and stewardship of estates called theirs, but held really in trust for the treasury, must…be contented with penury, obscurity and exile.. private fortunes are destroyed by public as well as by private extravagance. This is the tendency of all human governments. A departure from principle becomes a precedent for a second; that second for a third; and so on, till the bulk of society is reduced to mere automatons of misery, to have no sensibilities left but for sinning and suffering… And the fore horse of this frightful team is public debt. Taxation follows that, and in it’s train wretchedness and oppression.” Thomas Jefferson
“If Congress can employ money indefinitely to the general welfare, and are the sole and supreme judges of the general welfare, they may take the care of religion into their own hands; they may appoint teachers in every State, county and parish and pay them out of their public treasury; they may take into their own hands the education of children, establishing in like manner schools throughout the Union; they may assume the provision of the poor; they may undertake the regulation of all roads other than post-roads; in short, every thing, from the highest object of state legislation down to the most minute object of police, would be thrown under the power of Congress… Were the power of Congress to be established in the latitude contended for, it would subvert the very foundations, and transmute the very nature of the limited Government established by the people of America.” James Madison
They recognized the importance of education in maintaining our liberties, as our enemies recognized the indoctrination government controlled education systems could provide…
“A nation of well informed men who have been taught to know and prize the rights which God has given them cannot be enslaved. It is in the region of ignorance that tyranny begins.” Benjamin Franklin
“Learning is not attained by chance, it must be sought for with ardor and attended to with diligence.” Abigail Adams (a Founding Mother, if you will allow…)
“It should be your care, therefore, and mine, to elevate the minds of our children and exalt their courage; to accelerate and animate their industry and activity; to excite in them an habitual contempt of meanness, abhorrence of injustice and inhumanity, and an ambition to excel in every capacity, faculty, and virtue. If we suffer their minds to grovel and creep in infancy, they will grovel all their lives.” John Adams
“If a nation expects to be ignorant and free, in a state of civilization, it expects what never was and never will be.” Thomas Jefferson
The runaway judiciary, setting law from the bench, the interpretation of the Constitution, and the dire effects that the current union of three branches of the federal government would allow was likewise foretold…
“And it proves, in the last place, that liberty can have nothing to fear from the judiciary alone, but would have everything to fear from its union with either of the other departments.”
“The constitution of the United States is to receive a reasonable interpretation of its language, and its powers, keeping in view the objects and purposes, for which those powers were conferred. By a reasonable interpretation, we mean, that in case the words are susceptible of two different senses, the one strict, the other more enlarged, that should be adopted, which is most consonant with the apparent objects and intent of the Constitution.”
–Joseph Story (not a quite Framer, he was appointed to the Supreme court by Madison)
“Hold on, my friends, to the Constitution and to the Republic for which it stands. Miracles do not cluster, and what has happened once in 6000 years may not happen again. Hold on to the Constitution, for if the American Constitution should fail, there will be anarchy throughout the world.” Daniel Webster
Call them what you will socialist, communist, statist, fascist, leftist, names don’t matter. We can plainly see their defining actions, through our own eyes and those of our Founding Fathers. Our enemies read and understood the Framers warnings, subverting them to use as a guide while we slumbered and forgot what we had been warned of. While our own elected representatives hide the bills they vote upon from us, move ever deeper into taxing us in our meat and drink and now our non-diet soda, begin to take over American Industry, decree how much we can be paid for our successful labors, build such debt that our children’s children will be unable to repay, the Founders left instructions, as well as warnings. Instructions we must follow, now. We can afford to slumber no more. (I believe the emphasis is OURS, not merely mine)
“The liberties of our country, the freedom of our civil Constitution, are worth defending at all hazards; and it is our duty to defend them against all attacks. We have received them as a fair inheritance from our worthy ancestors: they purchased them for us with toil and danger and expense of treasure and blood, and transmitted them to us with care and diligence. It will bring an everlasting mark of infamy on the present generation, enlightened as it is, if we should suffer them to be wrested from us by violence without a struggle, or to be cheated out of them by the artifices of false and designing men.” Samuel Adams