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Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Words of our Founding Fathers: Echoed by Palin, Contradicted by Obama

As I was reading the transcript of Sarah Palin's farewell speech made in Alaska on Sunday, these words, in particular, stood out to me:

Be wary of accepting government largess. It doesn't come free, and often, accepting it takes away everything that is free; melting into Washington's powerful "care-taking" arms will just suck incentive to work hard and chart our own course right out of us, and that not only contributes to an unstable economy and dizzying national debt, but it does make us less free.
Palin's admonition against the enticement of government generosity reflected, I thought, the principles upon which this country was founded, so I did some quick research into the words of some of our county's founding fathers.

Here are some examples of what I found:

The class of citizens who provide at once their own food and their own raiment, may be viewed as the most truly independent and happy. They are more: they are the best basis of public liberty, and the strongest bulwark of public safety. It follows, that the greater the proportion of this class to the whole society, the more free, the more independent, and the more happy must be the society itself.
                                                                                                    -James Madison, March 3, 1792

I am for doing good to the poor, but I differ in opinion of the means. I think the best way of doing good to the poor, is not making them easy in poverty, but leading or driving them out of it. In my youth I travelled [sic] much, and I observed in different countries, that the more public provisions were made for the poor, the less they provided for themselves, and of course became poorer. And, on the contrary, the less was done for them, the more they did for themselves, and became richer.
                                                                                                    -Ben Franklin, November 1776
To take from one, because it is thought his own industry and that of his fathers has acquired too much, in order to spare to others, who, or whose fathers, have not exercised equal industry and skill, is to violate arbitrarily the first principle of association, the guarantee to everyone the free exercise of his industry and the fruits acquired by it.
                                                                                                    -Thomas Jefferson, April 6, 1816

As I read the above Jefferson quote, it occurred to me that while his words are echoed in the words of Sarah Palin, they are contradicted in these words:

It’s not that I want to punish your success. I just want to make sure that everybody who is behind you, that they’ve got a chance for success too… My attitude is that if the economy’s good for folks from the bottom up, it’s gonna be good for everybody … I think when you spread the wealth around, it’s good for everybody.
                                                                                                    -Barack Obama, October 12, 2008

Barack Obama campaigned on the promise of change, and he's delivering on that promise. Unfortunately, the change that he's delivering is changing our country into something that our founding fathers wouldn't recognize.


Blogger ChuckL said...

Obama's words not only contradict those of the Founding Father; they echo the words of the Communist Manifesto:

"Nevertheless in the most advanced countries, the following will
be pretty generally applicable.

1. Abolition of property in land and application of all rents of land to public purposes.

2. A heavy progressive or graduated income tax.

3. Abolition of all right of inheritance.

4. Confiscation of the property of all emigrants and rebels.

5. Centralisation of credit in the hands of the State, by means of a national bank with State capital and an exclusive monopoly.

6. Centralisation of the means of communication and transport in the hands of the State.

7. Extension of factories and instruments of production owned by the State; the bringing into cultivation of waste-lands, and the improvement of the soil generally in accordance with a common plan.

8. Equal liability of all to labour. Establishment of industrial armies, especially for agriculture.

9. Combination of agriculture with manufacturing industries; gradual abolition of the distinction between town and country, by a more equable distribution of the population over the country.

10. Free education for all children in public schools. Abolition of children's factory labour in its present form. Combination of education with industrial production, &c., &c."

7:13 AM  
Blogger Bryan Alexander said...

Well, we're not there yet, and I don't know that we are necessarily headed that far left, but certainly our current direction is unsettling. We need to elect leaders who will turn it around.

8:21 AM  
Blogger ChuckL said...

I would say that we are there on some of them.

8:03 AM  

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