The Founders Warned Us About Some One Some Time...Could Be Right About Now.

"The disorders and miseries which result gradually incline the minds of men to seek security and repose in the absolute power of an individual; and sooner or later the chief of some prevailing faction, more able or more fortunate than his competitors, turns this disposition to the purposes of his own elevation on the ruins of public liberty.
It serves always to distract the public councils and feeble the public administration. It agitates the community with ill founded jealousies and false alarms, kindles the animosity of one part against another, foments occasionally riot and insurrection. It opens the door to foreign influence and corruption, which find a facilitated access to the government itself through the channels of party passions.
It is important, likewise, that the habits of thinking in a free country should inspire caution in those entrusted with its administration to confine themselves with in their respective constitutional spheres, avoiding in the exercise of the powers of one department to encroach upon another. The spirit of encroachment tends to consolidate the powers of all departments in one and thus to create, whatever the form of government, a real despotism.
If in the opinion of the people the distribution or modification of the constitutional powers be in any particular wrong, let it be corrected by an amendment in the way which the Constitution designates. But let there be no change by usurpation; for though this, in one instance, may be the instrument of good, it is the customary weapon by which free governments are destroyed."

George Washington’s Farewell Address

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Jun 4, 2010

A New Experience/Experiment. Madison Writes...

The powers delegated by the proposed Constitution to the federal government are few and defined. Those which are to remain in the State governments are numerous and indefinite. The former will be exercised principally on external objects, as war, peace, negotiation, and foreign commerce; with which last the power of taxation will, for the most part, be connected. The powers reserved to the several States will extend to all the objects which, in the ordinary course of affairs, concern the lives, liberties, and properties of the people and the internal order, improvement, and prosperity of the State.
I proceed to inquire whether the federal government or the State governments will have the advantage with regard to the predilection and support of the people. Notwithstanding the different modes in which they are appointed, we must consider both of them as substantially dependent on the great body of the citizens of the United Sates. I assume this position here as it respects the first, reserving the proofs for another place. The federal and State governments are in fact but different agents and trustees of the people, constituted with different powers and designed for different purposes.
It was, nevertheless, invariably found, after the transient enthusiasm for the early Congress was over, that the attention and attachment of the people were turned anew to their own particular governments; that the federal council was at no time the idol of popular favor; and that opposition to proposed enlargements of its powers and importance was the side usually taken by the men who wished to build their political consequence on the prepossessions of their fellow-citizens.
If, therefore, as has been elsewhere remarked, the people should in future become more partial to the federal than to the State governments, the change can only result from such manifest and irresistible proofs of a better administration as will overcome all their antecedent propensities. And in that case, the people ought not surely to be precluded from giving most of their confidence where they may discover it to be most due; but even in that case the State governments could have little to apprehend, because it is only within a certain sphere that the federal power can, in the nature of things, be advantageously administered.
The remaining points on which I propose to compare the federal and State governments are the disposition and the faculty they may respectively possess to resist and frustrate the measures of each other.
From the Federalist Papers 45,46

10 comments:

Trestin Meacham said...

A lot of our problems can be tied to the abandonment of the 10th.

Opus #6 said...

We live in scary times. Ruled by a usurper, controlled by a lawless oligarchy. God give us strength.

christian soldier said...

The quote by General Robert E. Lee (on you right side roll) about says it all...
Carol-CS

They Say/We Say said...

Trestin, why don't the people ever remind the Gov. about the "Bill of Rights"?

Opus, getting more scary every week.
Truer words were never spoken.

C-CS, that quote says it-in their face.

The_Kid said...

The voting mass is uneducated or weak and dependent - perfect prey for any predator.

WomanHonorThyself said...

great piece..too bad the terrorist sympathizer in the WH has NO regard for any of this!

They Say/We Say said...

Kid, that is it! I've been telling anyone who would listen-only to receive sayings like-not going to happen. I'd say yea, right. And lost a few friends, who thought I was exaggerating.
I have to admit that in the '70's and '80's, this was not so plainview.
People just could not imagine anyone from within the Gov. would do something this horrendous.

They Say/We Say said...

WHT, thanks for visiting and commenting.
BO or the Dems in the Congress.
If you read a earlier post > Quotes, you can read the 1840's or 1860's members of Congress admitting that they want to shred the Constitution.

The_Kid said...

They Say, I also regretfully acknowledge an excessive amount of people walking around thinking "This is America - We can do pretty much anything we want - We're the greatest nation on Earth (Or the worst and need to change=far left view) and this apathetic attitude is what brought Rome to ruin.

People believe America can be socialist (or anything it wants) and not suffer the consequences.

It does not acknowledge evil in the world. It has no conception. It is a child walking naked among Lions.

We are on the path. Too many takers, not enough givers; everyone apathetic and full of 'nothing' that they believe is 'everything'.

Everything is "awesome" yet everything is really pretty pathetic. No substance. A house of cards made of toilet paper, reported by the children of the democrat media.

The pain is coming. It's unavoidable.

Dang, there is some poetry here. I probably should have posted it, but what the hey. :)

They Say/We Say said...

Kid, it's ok. you can use this as your story board.