Quote of the Day 07/04/15

SideBear: There is no better day than today to quote Thomas Jefferson.

“[N]othing in the Constitution has given [the judiciary] a right to decide for the Executive, more than to the executive to decide for them. Both magistracies are equally independent in the sphere of action assigned to them… the opinion which gives to the judges the right to decide what laws are constitutional, and what are not, not only for themselves in their own sphere of action, but for the Legislature & Executive also, in their spheres, would make the judiciary a despotic branch.” — Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826), US Founding Father, drafted the Declaration of Independence, 3rd US President

Quote of the Day 07/04/15

“The Declaration of Independence is the all-time masterpiece of ideological simplification. There in a single sentence of self-evident truth, the founding Fathers put into clear, easily understandable focus, the broad basis of man’s relationship to God, to government, and to his fellow man.” — Clarence Manion

July 4, 1776 The Day it all started by the Bear

On this day 239 years ago Thomas Jefferson declared our independence from the King of England and what better day is there to consider the words, I have emphasized certain words below for all of us to ponder.

He wrote:

When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.–That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, –That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.–Such has been the patient sufferance of these Colonies; and such is now the necessity which constrains them to alter their former Systems of Government. The history of the present King of Great Britain is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute Tyranny over these States. To prove this, let Facts be submitted to a candid world.

In this document Jefferson had a list of grievances against the King and I chosen some of them for you to compare 1776 to 2014.

He has refused his Assent to Laws
He has refused to pass other Laws for the accommodation of large districts of people,
He has dissolved Representative Houses
He has obstructed the Administration of Justice,
He has made Judges dependent on his Will alone
He has kept among us, in times of peace, Standing Armies
For imposing Taxes on us without our Consent:
Arbitrary government, and enlarging its Boundaries
For suspending our own Legislatures

The entire document can be read here…

Now Jefferson was a master with words and if he was here today I sure he would ask us, is this 1776 or 2015?

Hard to tell the difference isn’t it.


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Quote of the Day 07/03/15

Love your country, but never trust its government.” — Robert A. Heinlein (1907-1988) American writer