Excellent quotes on what it takes for our democracy to last...
(Source: John Quincy Adams, Letters of John Quincy Adams, to His Son, on the Bible and Its Teachings (Auburn: James M. Alden, 1850), p. 61.)
There are three points of doctrine the belief of which forms the foundation of all morality. The first is the existence of God; the second is the immortality of the human soul; and the third is a future state of rewards and punishments. Suppose it possible for a man to disbelieve either of these three articles of faith and that man will have no conscience, he will have no other law than that of the tiger or the shark. The laws of man may bind him in chains or may put him to death, but they never can make him wise, virtuous, or happy." end of quote
Signer of the Constitution and Declaration of Independence
Only a virtuous people are capable of freedom. As nations become corrupt and vicious, they have more need of masters.
(Source: Benjamin Franklin, The Writings of Benjamin Franklin, Jared Sparks, editor (Boston: Tappan, Whittemore and Mason, 1840), Vol. X, p. 297, April 17, 1787. )
I have lived, Sir, a long time, and the longer I live, the more convincing proofs I see of this truth, that God governs in the affairs of men. And if a sparrow cannot fall to the ground without His notice, is it probable that an empire can rise without his aid? We have been assured, Sir, in the Sacred Writings, that "except the Lord build the House, they labor in vain that build it." I firmly believe this; and I also believe that without His concurring aid we shall succeed in this political building no better, than the Builders of Babel: We shall be divided by our partial local interests; our projects will be confounded, and we ourselves shall become a reproach and bye word down to future ages. And what is worse, mankind may hereafter from this unfortunate instance, despair of establishing governments by human wisdom and leave it to chance, war and conquest.
I therefore beg leave to move that henceforth prayers imploring the assistance of Heaven, and its blessings on our deliberations be held in this Assembly every morning before we proceed to business, and that one or more of the clergy of this city be requested to officiate in that service." end of quote
And what about the Founding Fathers and income equality?
President Obama's State of the Union speech last week focused on America's severe and growing inequality, but he stopped short of repeating the Founding Fathers' many warnings that this condition could doom American democracy.
The founders, despite decades of rancorous disagreements about almost every other aspect of their grand experiment, agreed that America would survive and thrive only if there was widespread ownership of land and businesses.
George Washington, nine months before his inauguration as the first president, predicted that America "will be the most favorable country of any kind in the world for persons of industry and frugality, possessed of moderate capital, to inhabit." And, he continued, "it will not be less advantageous to the happiness of the lowest class of people, because of the equal distribution of property."
The second president, John Adams, feared "monopolies of land" would destroy the nation and that a business aristocracy born of inequality would manipulate voters, creating "a system of subordination to all... The capricious will of one or a very few" dominating the rest. Unless constrained, Adams wrote, "the rich and the proud" would wield economic and political power that "will destroy all the equality and liberty, with the consent and acclamations of the people themselves."
James Madison, the Constitution's main author, described inequality as an evil, saying government should prevent "an immoderate, and especially unmerited, accumulation of riches." He favored "the silent operation of laws which, without violating the rights of property, reduce extreme wealth towards a state of mediocrity, and raise extreme indigents towards a state of comfort."
Alexander Hamilton, who championed manufacturing and banking as the first Treasury secretary, also argued for widespread ownership of assets, warning in 1782 that, "whenever a discretionary power is lodged in any set of men over the property of their neighbors, they will abuse it."
Late in life, Adams, pessimistic about whether the republic would endure, wrote that the goal of the democratic government was not to help the wealthy and powerful but to achieve "the greatest happiness for the greatest number." end of quote
THank Jesus for an American President Obama on the Founding Father path FOR US TO WIN! How sad that Plantation Republicans only care about billionaires stealing extra billions...
How Much Are Walmart's Owners Really Worth? [POLL]In Life by Kim Muraro
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Sure, you may be saving your dollars while shopping at Walmart, but don't feel too bad about what those low prices mean for the owners of the discount chain. The six heirs of the Walton family -- Walmart's owners -- are reportedly worth $89.5 billion, meaning they have as much money as nearly half of all American households … combined."end of quote
President Obama sees how working poor suffer to put food on their table and a roof over their head. He wisely reminds how the average age for minimum wage workers is 35. Plantation Republicans such as Speaker Boehner, Sen Mitch McConnell and FOX would say they are just kids living with rich parents.
FOX and the Tea Party religious cult willl teach you that "God has ordained that most be poor so a few can be rich." This lie of the Devil was used by greedy bastard kings to rule by divine right.
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Good for President Obama for risking impeachment to raise wages on federal workers who cook and clean for the troops. Thank God for a President who gives America a raise. May God curse to Hell the God Dam Republicans for trying to rule like kings, with the help of the FOX PROPAGANDA MACHINE. If you keep watching FOX, you will believe 8 dollar an hour Walmart workers should work off the clock for no pay. And that President Obama should be impeached for fighting for Americans against a "business aristocracy that would manipulate voters." Please read what President John Adams says about today..
The second president, John Adams, feared "monopolies of land" would destroy the nation and that a business aristocracy born of inequality would manipulate voters, creating "a system of subordination to all... The capricious will of one or a very few" dominating the rest
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Posted by: Ayornamut on Feb-13-14 10:55 AM (EST)
You didn't actually read...|
Posted by: davbart on Feb-13-14 11:21 AM (EST)
Whackadoo's post, did you?
I used to read them|
Posted by: slushpaddler on Feb-13-14 11:24 AM (EST)
At one point in time I thought I discovered a formula or pattern. But I gave up.
Whackhadoo thinks Obama is a|
Posted by: string on Feb-13-14 12:12 PM (EST)
founding father .
He founded Obamacare.|
Posted by: Yanoer on Feb-13-14 1:39 PM (EST)
I only read the McAdoo post comments|
Posted by: dogmatycus on Feb-13-14 2:21 PM (EST)
Some real doozies.
Especially the ones about Nazis.|
Posted by: tktoo on Feb-14-14 4:54 PM (EST)
Ben Franklin was a promiscuous|
Posted by: Yanoer on Feb-13-14 1:38 PM (EST)
womanizer that conspired in grave robbing for cadaver anatomy research.
Does he really, truly believe some |
Posted by: shirlann on Feb-13-14 11:43 PM (EST)
read his posts?
ben franklin's a useful idiot to you|
Posted by: slushpaddler on Feb-14-14 4:43 PM (EST)
He was a deist so certainly he's either been a target of your hate, or will be.
WTF? Where'd you get all that crap?|
Posted by: Yanoer on Feb-14-14 7:07 PM (EST)
You extrapolated a huge amount from what I posted here and there's nothing in my other posts to support your suppositions.
I believe he was replying to Dave|
Posted by: pirateoverforty on Feb-14-14 7:36 PM (EST)
Had he been replying to you be would have hit the reply button under your post instead of the reply button on Dave's post.