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Absolute Power Corrupts Absolutely

What will you do when the wolves are at your door?

"Cherish, therefore, the spirit of our people, and keep alive their attention. Do not be too severe upon their errors, but reclaim them by enlightening them. If once they become inattentive to the public affairs, you and I, and Congress, and Assemblies, Judges, and Governors, shall all become wolves." - Thomas Jefferson, letter to Edward Carrington, 1787

 

It is amazing that our Founding Fathers not only knew their fellow countrymen but themselves all too well. To admit that humans carry that trait of corruptibility was an admission that most men would not be willing or afraid to make. It made the writer sound as if he himself were not honest but in its declaration he brought honesty to an elevated level probably never recognized before or after.

He knew full well the predator nature of men, understanding this form of government would enable men to devour Constitutional rights, was nothing less than divine guidance. Our inattention to the creation, application and abuse of laws by those voted into office has led to the elitism mentality held by most elected today. Do not wonder any longer what one person can do but believe in the power of citizens just like you, when united, stand equal. Our numbers grow and our resolve redoubles with each meeting.

We must fortify ourselves against the wolves Jefferson spoke of. We do this by watching each move the wolves make. Even when the wolves are out of sight we watch by other means and keep abreast of their whereabouts and activities. They maintain that lean and hungry look and should not be trusted until proven and then remain tethered.

There is hope! With hope there comes responsibility on our behalf. We must remain vigilant, vocal and willing to act. If we dedicate ourselves to these behaviors, then we become shepherds and we keep the wolves at bay and each other safe from becoming prey.

--Steve Ramey, American, USMC Veteran & Freedom lover, 06 December 2012.

  Semper Fidelis et Viligo! 

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Tammy Osier December 09, 2012 at 09:57 PM
In keeping with the subject matter, a government that has absolute power can destroy a country. I read an article about the UK. They tried what we are doing and it failed just as republicans and true economists have tried to tell the public. But they didn't listen and voted for this mess. Let them own it and live with it. of course, they'll have someone to blame. It's a shame we've come to that. The UK tried the tax the rich tactic, and guess what? tax hikes on the wealthy LOWERED revenue to the government. In fact, it not only lowered revenue, but actually cost them the equivalent in US dollars of 11.2 billion. Now the government of Conservative Party Prime Minister David Cameron has announced that it will lower the top rate from 50 percent to 45 percent. Imagine that. The story will be the same here. Watch and see.
Tammy Osier December 09, 2012 at 10:15 PM
TH, I was going to post in the same vein. We have been on a moral decline for quite a while now, and with taxation growing to record levels, well, I'd be ashamed to put myself in that group. What did our mothers always say? "You don't do what's popular just because it's popular. If your friends jumped off a bridge, would you?" Well, I was one of those kids that learned to say no to the kids trying to steer me in the wrong direction (most of the time anyway). Those who stand on principles of responsibility and hard work, not taking the easy way out, and a moral compass of protecting the rights of the innocent who haven't been born yet, stand alone many times but at least stand for something (won't have to make excuses to God - lol). Those principles have been eroding for quite some time now. It's kind of like what the church has become. It's now is so worldly that you can't tell one from the other. Thanks, but no thanks, I'll take a father figure over a doting uncle any day.
Tommy Hunter December 10, 2012 at 12:00 AM
Precisely. I may not win re-election for taking the unpopular stance in this, but I will sleep at night and be able to face my kids!
R++ One of the Famous Dacula Crew December 10, 2012 at 12:25 AM
A little bird tells me that you are going to have some help sticking to your guns in 2013 …
Tammy Osier December 13, 2012 at 02:43 AM
Are there any good leaders left out there? I think there are. We have just stopped being discriminating about the people we nominate. We're in such a hurry to get anybody in office that we forget to stick to our guns and stand for what's right. Here's a reminder of the type of character that conservative people are looking for and why we get so irked at the lack of character that we find in many political office holders - Commissioner Tommy Hunter was quoted as saying: “You can ask anybody that we’ve dealt with. I always tell them, when they thank me for my time, I say you don’t have to thank me for my time, I owe it to you. I work for you and you don’t call and ask me for a meeting, you tell me we’re going to have one and we’ll be there,” he said. “And that’s my philosophy and I think it needs to be taken to the next level so that we can get that kind of government back to the people.”

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