Politricks as Normal….

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Let’s review:  The new President has made a number of speeches since taking office, in fact that is what he has mostly done.  Let’s remember that the President has ONLY the bully pulpit, not the purse strings.  Having said that, let’s look at some of his remarks and try to imagine what some of the Founders would say.  In fact, don’t think about it, I’ll give you the response.

In his adress to the Nation the President remarked: ” A surplus became an excuse to transfer wealth to the wealthy instead of an opportunity to invest in our future.”

President Jefferson would say: The democracy will cease to exist when you take away from those who are willing to work and give to those who would not.

The President in the same speech says:  Here in Washington, we’ve all seen how quickly good intentions can turn into broken promises and wasteful spending.

Jefferson: 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.

I’ve appointed a proven and aggressive Inspector General to ferret out any and all cases of waste and fraud. And we have created a new website called recovery.gov so that every American can find out how and where their money is being spent. So claims the President.

I am certain that Mr. Jefferson would tell the President:  I predict future happiness for Americans if they can prevent the government from wasting the labors of the people under the pretense of taking care of them.

An observation from the President:  Now, I understand that when the last administration asked this Congress to provide assistance for struggling banks, Democrats and Republicans alike were infuriated by the mismanagement and the results that followed.

Not a Founder, but I have to ask that this was the bailout that you were too busy to attend while running for President, isn’t it?  Yeppers it is, so if your great leadership wasn’t there, shut up about it, because all you did was rush in, (and like the stimulus bill), didn’t actually read or understand it, just voted yes.

But I also know that in a time of crisis, we cannot afford to govern out of anger, or yield to the politics of the moment.

Again, see above.  Not yield to the politics of the moment, but sign something rushed through in the heat of the moment.  Non sequitur your actions do not follow your premise.

I ask Congress to move quickly on legislation that will finally reform our outdated regulatory system.

That which governs least, governs best, would reply Mr. Jefferson

So I ask this Congress to join me in doing whatever proves necessary.

John Adams observed: In my many years I have come to a conclusion that one useless man is a shame, two is a law firm, and three or more is a congress. (And see Jefferson remark above on turning government into tyrany)

Right now, three-quarters of the fastest-growing occupations require more than a high school diploma. And yet, just over half of our citizens have that level of education. We have one of the highest high school dropout rates of any industrialized nation. And half of the students who begin college never finish.

There is nothing more unequal, than the equal treatment of unequal people. Jefferson.

But we know that our schools don’t just need more resources. They need more reform.  That is why this budget creates new teachers — new incentives for teacher performance; pathways for advancement, and rewards for success.

But facts are that our school system use to work until the Federal Government began to take it over.  When it was under local control we created the life we have enjoyed today.  And while you might argue that I’ll let Mr. Adams just say; Facts are stubborn things; and whatever may be our wishes, our inclinations, or the dictates of our passion, they cannot alter the state of facts and evidence.

I could of course, go on and on over this stimulus bill and the budget, but the bottom line is right now even if 90% of the American Voter were opposed, it would still be passed.  And you say no, but I can assure you that after 65% or so were against the bailout and it passed anyway, your voice in self-government is at its lowest din.

Want to know why?  Thomas Jefferson summed it up fairly well; When the people fear their government, there is tyranny; when the government fears the people, there is liberty. I don’t think they are scared in the least.  Guess where that leads us?

chas

“Rebellion to Tyranny is Obedience to God”

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2 Responses to “Politricks as Normal….”

  1. Mary Says:

    Where have all the great politicians gone? I need to study Jefferson a lot more, but thanks for reminding us all of the great remarks Jefferson and Adams made. O is trying to make history with his hope and change speeches and not much else is getting done in Washington, DC except spending money that we do not have.
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    I think you are confused in all due respect Ma’am. You are under the impression the Jefferson and Adams, (and you could add Washington Madison…etc) were politicians. They were not, these men were statesmen.

    Our biggest problem today is that we are run by politicians instead of statesmen.

    chas

  2. Sterling Says:

    Perfect! I love how Mr. Jefferson and Mr. Adams have an answer for each of our president’s remarks!
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    They had many of our answers 200 years before we needed the answers.

    chas

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