Since Dec 18, 2000
Eat the rich only if you're certain it's your last meal
Only a few prefer liberty--the majority seek nothing more than fair masters.
quis custodiet ipsos custodes, Juvenal - Who will watch the watchers
Montesquieu [Charles-Louis de Secondat, Baron de La Brède et de Montesquieu] (1689-1755), published Considerations on the Causes of the Greatness of the Romans and Their Decline (1734), a lesser-known work than The Spirit of the Laws (1748), but one deserving the highest acclaim.
He described the gradual, but sure debilitation of Roman character which ended in the reduction and ultimate defeat of Roman power. It is difficult to read Montesquieu on Rome without thinking of the U.S. in our time, as when, for one example among many, he writes that more states have perished by the violation of their moral customs than by the violation of their laws.
It aint a party til the dogs are eating the corpses in the street.
"The danger to America is not Barack Obama but a citizenry capable of entrusting a man like him with the Presidency. It will be far easier to limit and undo the follies of an Obama presidency than to restore the necessary common sense and good judgment to a depraved electorate willing to have such a man for their president. The problem is much deeper and far more serious than Mr. Obama, who is a mere symptom of what ails America. Blaming the prince of the fools should not blind anyone to the vast confederacy of fools that made him their prince. The Republic can survive a Barack Obama, who is, after all, merely a fool. It is less likely to survive a multitude of fools such as those who made him their president."~ Prager Zeitung, Prague Newspaper, 28 April 2010
'But always -- do not forget this, Winston -- always there will be the intoxication of power, constantly increasing and constantly growing subtler. Always, at every moment, there will be the thrill of victory, the sensation of trampling on an enemy who is helpless. If you want a picture of the future, imagine a boot stamping on a human face -- for ever.'
'He paused as though he expected Winston to speak. Winston had tried to shrink back into the surface of the bed again. He could not say anything. His heart seemed to be frozen. O'Brien went on:
'And remember that it is for ever. The face will always be there to be stamped upon. The heretic, the enemy of society, will always be there, so that he can be defeated and humiliated over again. Everything that you have undergone since you have been in our hands -- all that will continue, and worse. The espionage, the betrayals, the arrests, the tortures, the executions, the disappearances will never cease. It will be a world of terror as much as a world of triumph. The more the Party is powerful, the less it will be tolerant: the weaker the opposition, the tighter the despotism.'
From Orwell's 1984 online
My thoughts :
Lawsuits are the atomic weapon of the environmentalists who want the USA to regress to an 18th century lifestyle. Of course environmentalists see themselves as the elite who will live in posh manors while we peasants live in stick huts with dirt floors. Practice tipping your hat as it will be a required skill in the new world order.
As long as government can use your tax money and your concession of all power to government to control lives and the economy by a grant of concessions, money and contracts to one business or group over others, all done without review or accountability, there will be no reform.
If you want reform, limit government's ability to tax, spend and set oppressive rules. Stop expecting government to baby sit your kids and grow their minds. Stop using government to move you to the head of the hand out line. Stop electing the same old fools and crooks.
Get active now in real reforms or expect to live like worker ants in the future.
Our Constitution established a representative republic. The checks & balances, plus the assumption that a wise & landed electorate would elect responsible leaders was the way our land was to be governed. The founders knew the unwashed masses were prey to demagogues, were subject to greed over what others had and left unchecked, would push government to confiscation & terror as was happening in revolutionary France at that time.
Well, we are now ruled by venal leaders and may yet see the guillotine in out town squares as democracy and corruption of what the Constitution wrote is at hand.
Richard Maybury free-market thinker and historian:
"In my opinion, the single most important belief all the founders shared was this: political power corrupts the morals and the judgment.
Writing about political power in 1787, Jefferson said to Continental Congressman Edward Carrington, "If once [the people] become inattentive to the public affairs, you and I, and Congress and Assemblies, Judges and Governors, shall all become wolves."
The founders' most important work was in devising mechanisms to limit this power and make government service a maddening experience for power junkies. Their crucial invention was the Constitution."
Screaming Fascists! in the faces of those you disagree with is not the same thing as making your case. Libel, as George Orwell concluded, settles nothing. (Eric Arthur Blair (25 June 1903 21 January 1950), known by his pen name George Orwell, Wikipedia.)
1 Corinthians 6:9 Or do you not know that wrongdoers will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: Neither the sexually immoral nor idolaters nor adulterers nor men who have sex with men, nor thieves nor the greedy nor drunkards nor slanderers nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God.
Hebrews 13:4 Marriage should be honored by all, and the marriage bed kept pure, for God will judge the adulterer and all the sexually immoral