Sunday, October 31, 2010

Roll-back



Paco Enterprises expects that, on November 2, the people, in their wisdom, will call their self-styled overlords to a great reckoning, and that scores of frauds, mountebanks, petty tyrants, defilers of the constitution and despoilers of the national patrimony will be turned out to fend for themselves as they may, but no longer at the public trough.

In preparation for this historic day, I invite readers to renew their acquaintance with some of the originators and expositors of the American ideal:

Thomas Paine:
Some writers have so confounded society with government, as to leave little or no distinction between them; whereas they are not only different, but have different origins. Society is produced by our wants, and government by our 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.

Society in every state is a blessing, but government even in its best state is but a necessary evil in its worst state an intolerable one; for when we suffer, or are exposed to the same miseries by a government, which we might expect in a country without government, our calamities is heightened by reflecting that we furnish the means by which we suffer! Government, like dress, is the badge of lost innocence; the palaces of kings are built on the ruins of the bowers of paradise. For were the impulses of conscience clear, uniform, and irresistibly obeyed, man would need no other lawgiver; but that not being the case, he finds it necessary to surrender up a part of his property to furnish means for the protection of the rest; and this he is induced to do by the same prudence which in every other case advises him out of two evils to choose the least. Wherefore, security being the true design and end of government, it unanswerably follows that whatever form thereof appears most likely to ensure it to us, with the least expense and greatest benefit, is preferable to all others.
James Madison:
To What expedient, then, shall we finally resort, for maintaining in practice the necessary partition of power among the several departments, as laid down in the Constitution? The only answer that can be given is, that as all these exterior provisions are found to be inadequate, the defect must be supplied, by so contriving the interior structure of the government as that its several constituent parts may, by their mutual relations, be the means of keeping each other in their proper places.
George Washington:
No people can be bound to acknowledge and adore the Invisible Hand which conducts the affairs of men more than those of the United States. Every step by which they have advanced to the character of an independent nation seems to have been distinguished by some token of providential agency; and in the important revolution just accomplished in the system of their united government the tranquil deliberations and voluntary consent of so many distinct communities from which the event has resulted can not be compared with the means by which most governments have been established without some return of pious gratitude, along with an humble anticipation of the future blessings which the past seem to presage. These reflections, arising out of the present crisis, have forced themselves too strongly on my mind to be suppressed. You will join with me, I trust, in thinking that there are none under the influence of which the proceedings of a new and free government can more auspiciously commence.
Alexis de Tocqueville:
In America the principle of the sovereignty of the people is neither barren nor concealed, as it is with some other nations; it is recognized by the customs and proclaimed by the laws; it spreads freely, and arrives without impediment at its most remote consequences. If there is a country in the world where the doctrine of the sovereignty of the people can be fairly appreciated, where it can be studied in its application to the affairs of society, and where its dangers and its advantages may be judged, that country is assuredly America.
May God bless our Republic, and restore to our people the vision of liberty and self-reliance that made of us a great nation.

10 comments:

richard mcenroe said...

Oh, yeah, well none of those old hacks are a patch on Hillary Clinton and her immortal "You have too much money and we're going to take some of it because we know what to do with it better than you do..."

Tomorrow's going to be a great victory. But it isn't the war.

prairiecat55kc said...

As richard says, it's a hopeful beginning, a battle which is bigger than the skirmishes we had with Scott Brown & other special elections, but still a battle.

It will ALWAYS be a battle at a time. Everyone with a brain & any knowledge of History knows this is a War without end...

JeffS said...

Correct, Richard. We can not rest, regardless of the election results. Obama considers people like us, who disagree with his agenda, as "enemies".

Such a president, and anyone even remotely like him currently in office, must be defeated.

Steve Burri said...

Jeez, Paco. You try to make your point with quotes from three old dead slave owning white men and a Frenchman. Even your post title has the Big WalMart sound.

Don't you know that the Constitution is now a dead letter and has been re-incarnated into a living, breathing one that is applicable to the problems we have in this modern, enlightened era? Or that President Obama and the Democrat Congress are leading us into a promised land of equality and fraternity? So what if you have to break a few economic and liberty eggs to make this scrumptious omelet?

Man, some people's kids...

Anonymous said...

As we all agree on the present scenario playing out, we must realize what is easily predicted as the future. The Dems will gloat over races the GOP loses that seemed certain. They'll say it was referendums on the GOP, etc. Obama will veto any GOP legislation thereby setting up the old "see the GOP couldn't do what they promised" scenario. The GOP will need to have a rock solid star to unseat Obama. The real victory is setting good people up for a second term should Obama be one term. Local and state races will also be crucial.

Celebrate, rejuvenate, and get ready for the next round (down the road, round the bend).

Deborah Leigh

Paco said...

Steve: You mean you haven't heard of the Founder zombies?

Steve Burri said...

Paco,

No, but we did have Michael Jackson, Elvis Presley, and Teddy Kennedy here trick-or-treating last night.

Merilyn said...

O'k it is the 2nd here, so we down under will have to wait another day to hear how it all goes.
Good luck everybody, hope all goes well.
Ummmm, how many times are you allowed to vote or is that only for the Democrats?[See, I'm learning].

Paco said...

Your education in U.S. politics is coming along nicely, Merilyn!

Bob Belvedere said...

-02 November is merely The Battle Of Midway - there's a long, hard slog ahead. Where's our Patton? Our Puller? Our Sherman?

-Merilyn: You are partially correct: the Dems, both alive and dead, may vote multiple times.

-Quoted from and Linked to at:
D-Day Is Here