Monthly Archives: August 2013

We Are Running the Next Generation into Debt…

Thomas Paine

Thomas Paine

“As parents, we can have no joy, knowing that this government is not sufficiently lasting to ensure anything which we may bequeath to posterity: And by a plain method of argument, as we are running the next generation into debt, we ought to do the work of it, otherwise we use them meanly and pitifully. In order to discover the line of our duty rightly, we should take our children in our hand, and fix our station a few years farther into life; that eminence will present a prospect, which a few present fears and prejudices conceal from our sight.” — Thomas Paine, Common Sense, 1776

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I Am for Not Making the Poor Easy in Poverty…

Benjamin Franklin

Benjamin Franklin

“I am for doing good to the poor, but I differ in opinion of the means. I think the best way of doing good to the poor, is not making them easy in poverty, but leading or driving them out of it. In my youth I traveled much, and I observed in different countries, that the more public provisions were made for the poor, the less they provided for themselves, and of course became poorer. And, on the contrary, the less was done for them, the more they did for themselves, and became richer.” — Benjamin Franklin, On the Price of Corn and Management of the Poor, 1766

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The Need to Frequently Draw Back to First Principles…

James Wilson

James Wilson

“There is not in the whole science of politics a more solid or a more important maxim than this — that of all governments, those are the best, which, by the natural effect of their constitutions, are frequently renewed or drawn back to their first principles.” — James Wilson, Lectures on Law, 1791

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The Great Difficulty Lies in Obliging Government to Control Itself…

James Madison

James Madison

“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

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The Constitution Doesn’t Grant Us Freedoms – It Prohibits Government from Taking Them

Dr. Edwin Feulner

Dr. Edwin Feulner

“The Constitution doesn’t grant us freedoms; it prohibits government from taking them. Nearly all of us, at one time or another, refer to our ‘constitutional right to free speech.’ While this common phrase may seem harmless, it points to a larger misunderstanding of where our rights come from — a misunderstanding that undermines many of our most fundamental policy debates. The fact is, the U.S. Constitution protects our God-given rights from government. The government does not (as the phrase above implies) grant those rights to us as citizens. This is perhaps the most widely misunderstood aspect of our system of government.”— Ed Feulner, is the founder and former president (1977-2013) of The Heritage Foundation.

On January 18, 1989 President Reagan conferred the Presidential Citizens Medal on Dr. F as “a leader of the conservative movement.” The citation continues: “By building an organization dedicated to ideas and their consequences, he has helped to shape the policy of our Government. His has been a voice of reason and values in service to his country and the cause of freedom around the world.”

Dr. Feulner has studied at the University of Edinburgh (Ph.D.-Founding President, American Friends of the University), the London School of Economics (Richard M. Weaver Fellow), the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania (MBA-Recipient, Joseph Wharton Award), Georgetown University, and Regis University (B.S.-Distinguished Alumnus Award). He has received honorary degrees from Pepperdine University, Nichols College, Grove City College, Bellevue College, Gonzaga University, Universidad Francisco Marroquin (Guatemala), Hanyang University (Korea), St. Norbert College, Hillsdale College, and Thomas More College.

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White House will be Occupied by a Downright Fool and Complete Narcissistic Moron – H.L. Mencken, 1920

H.L. Mencken

H.L. Mencken

“As democracy is perfected, the office of the President represents, more and more closely, the inner soul of the people. On some great and glorious day, the plain folks of the land will reach their heart’s desire at last, and the White House will be occupied by a downright fool and complete narcissistic moron.” — H. L. Mencken, The Baltimore Evening Sun, July 26, 1920 and reprinted in the book On Politics: A Carnival of Buncombe. Henry Louis Mencken  (born September 12, 1880, Baltimore, Maryland — died January 29, 1956, Baltimore), was a controversialist, humorous journalist, and pungent critic of American life who powerfully influenced U.S. fiction through the 1920s.

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The Law of Nature and Natural Rights

Alexander Hamilton

Alexander Hamilton

“To grant that there is a supreme intelligence Who rules the world and has established laws to regulate the actions of His creatures; and still to assert that man, in a state of nature, may be considered as perfectly free from all restraints of law and government, appears to a common understanding altogether irreconcilable. Good and wise men, in all ages, have embraced a very dissimilar theory. They have supposed that the Deity, from the relations we stand in to Himself and to each other, has constituted an eternal and immutable law, which is indispensably obligatory upon all mankind, prior to any human institution whatever. This is what is called the law of nature…. Upon this law depend the natural rights of mankind.” — Alexander Hamilton

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