Your contributor Tim made this soon to be classic quote.
“No person with contempt for the Constitution is fit for public office.” Art Downes
Well Art that rules out a sizable chunk our General Assembly and most of the House and Senate, not to mention the executive branches at both the state and federal level. The best you can say for a lot of them is that they treat the state and federal Constitutions like friendly suggestions that we are to follow when we have the time and it isn’t too much of an inconvenience.
I wish I said that. This is the heart of our problems in American government. Elect people who revere the Constitution and you put us back on the track to greatness.
For a nation, to gain independence is a process. For America, the beginning of that process was signified by the Declaration of Independence on July 4th 1776. Yet, Frederick Douglass reminded America that its independence was not yet complete on July 4th 1854, when he was asked to speak at the commemoration of the Declaration of Independence in New York. He said:
"Fellow citizens, pardon me, allow me to ask, why am I called upon to speak here today? What have I, or those I represent to do with your national independence? Are the great principles of political freedom and of natural justice, embodied in that Declaration of Independence, extended to us? and am I, therefore, called upon to bring our humble offering to the national altar, and to confess the benefits and express devout gratitude for the blessings resulting from your independence to us?
This was in my email this morning from a friend in Iraq. I thought I would share this with you.
Those who would give up essential liberty to purchase a little temporary
safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.
- Benjamin Franklin (1706 - 1790), Historical Review of Pennsylvania,
I would rather be exposed to the inconveniences attending too much
liberty than to those attending too small a degree of it.
- Thomas Jefferson (1743 - 1826), to Archibald Stuart, 1791
You can't separate peace from freedom because no one can be at peace
unless he has his freedom.
- Malcolm X (1925 - 1965), Malcolm X Speaks, 1965
The price of freedom of religion, or of speech, or of the press, is that
we must put up with a good deal of rubbish.
- Robert Jackson
For to be free is not merely to cast off one's chains, but to live in a
way that respects and enhances the freedom of others.
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No matter where we are, the GOD of creation (Nature's God) gave humans the ability to dream. No government, business, or any other person can steal your ability to dream. In America, we are free to live our dreams.
The question that I have is will it be harder to live our dreams in post modern America. The President gave a well spoken address today. He spoke of remembering the indomitable spirit of our founders. The fact that throughout our history we have been able to face down any trial and live up to any challenges. Then he started rattling off a host of government programs that we needed. All of a sudden we are not up to meeting the challenges that face us by unleashing our dreams rather by unleashing our government.
I have a great deal of respect for our President. He is living the dream. I am concerned that the very policies that he advocates such as energy rationing Read more