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Stop the madness…..

Wake up, people, and stop the madness.  We have the government trying to censor the internet all in the name of “protecting” us.  We have copyright laws already in place, and hindering free speech is not what our Founding Fathers had in mind. In fact, the USPS was the brain child of  Benjamin Franklin.  His goal?   To disseminate information to the people.

We have the government telling us what kind of light bulbs to buy and we don’t even know if the mercury filled globes are safe. Yet, this same government is now over $15 trillion dollars in debt and asking to raise the debt ceiling yet again.

Thomas Paine had this to say in Common Sense:

Society is produced by our wants, and government by wickedness; the former promotes our happiness positively by uniting our affections, the latter negatively by restraining our vices.  The one encourages intercourse, the other creates distinctions.  The first is a patron, the last a punisher.

Thomas Paine goes on to write:

How came the king by a power which the people are afraid to trust and always obliged to check?  Such a power could not be the gift of a wise people, neither can any power, which needs checking, be from God; yet the provision, which the constitution makes supposes such a power to exist.

So what say ye, people?  Shall we become wise and place our trust in those that can govern with the knowledge that “We the people” are the society our forefather envisioned?  People of strong character willing to stand tall and firm even under the constant criticism of our peers?  Is it possible we can grab hold of what once was a great and growing nation, young and vivacious?  Not without strife or bloodshed did our early colonists bear,  striving to relieve the people from the tyranny which ruled their lives.   Passing to us a legacy of freedom never before experienced.

We must have some form of government.  Society and the laws require it.  But not a government which feels they must protect us from ourselves…or a government which uses their power against the very people who have placed them on their thrones.

The whole country is in turmoil and turmoil is an indication of a dysfunctional form of government. 

Today I pick up the paper and find we the people  of Delaware County, Indiana are paying a grant writer $145,000.00 per year.  $55,000 of that from the city budget.  Two months ago, our mayor, Dennis Tyler, promised he wouldn’t have a “good old boys” government, but this is exactly what we have today.  Giving control of a $1.5 million dollar budget to an ex-county garage employee with absolutely no experience in park administration, natural resources, managing people let alone a budget of this size.  We have a Human Resource director with absolutely no experience or training in the field.  And this is just the first two weeks.

Unless we wake up and say STOP THE MADNESS both in our federal and local governments all our hopes and dreams of prospering, peace and the pursuit of happiness will be nothing but some old dusty writings.  To stop it, we must first understand it.  I don’t believe common sense is dead and ethical behaviour must first begin with us.   With us, it will go up the chain as we will not tolerate a government that support the few on the backs of the many.

William Penn

Governments, like clocks, go from the motion men give them; and as governments are made and moved by men, so by them they are ruined too. Wherefore governments rather depend upon men than men upon governments. Let men be good and the government cannot be bad. . . . But if men be bad, let the government be never so good, they will endeavor to warp and spoil it to their turn. . . .[T]hough good laws do well, good men do better; for good laws may want [lack] good men and be abolished or invaded by ill men; but good men will never want good laws nor suffer [allow] ill ones.

[William Penn quoted from: Thomas Clarkson, Memoirs of the Private and Public Life of William Penn (London: Richard Taylor and Co., 1813) Vol. I, p.303.]

Samuel Adams

Nothing is more essential to the establishment of manners in a State than that all persons employed in places of power and trust be men of unexceptionable characters. The public cannot be too curious concerning the character of public men.

[Samuel Adams, The Writings of Samuel Adams, Harry Alonzo Cushing, editor (New York: G.P. Putnam’s Sons, 1907), Vol. III, p. 236-237, to James Warren on November 4, 1775.]

James Garfield

Now more than ever the people are responsible for the character of their Congress. If that body be ignorant, reckless, and corrupt, it is because the people tolerate ignorance, recklessness, and corruption. If it be intelligent, brave, and pure, it is because the people demand these high qualities to represent them in the national legislature. . . . [I]f the next centennial does not find us a great nation . . . it will be because those who represent the enterprise, the culture, and the morality of the nation do not aid in controlling the political forces.

[James A. Garfield, The Works of James Abram Garfield, Burke Hinsdale, editor (Boston: James R. Osgood and Company, 1883), Vol. II, pp. 486, 489, “A Century of Congress,” July, 1877.]

I write these thougts quickly and with some reservations, to be sure. 

Please, let’s stop the madness….


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