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Dude, Where's My Country?


One morning I awakened to find a country vastly different than the one fought for and won by such great men as George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Thomas Paine, John Adams, Ben Franklin, and others. There are scores of politicians out there who desire to see us become something that was not intended by the very men who pledged their lives and gave their blood to give us the greatest nation on this earth.

Read on to see the monumental differences in what our founders intended and what our current government is forcing on us today.

1787 Founding Fathers draft a 4 page Constitution guaranteeing Americans certain rights and limiting the size of the government.

1791 "Government, in my humble opinion, should be formed to secure and to enlarge the exercise of the natural rights of its members; and every government, which has not this in view, as its principal object, is not a government of the legitimate kind." James Wilson, Lectures on Law

1789 "But with respect to debt; would it not be wise and just for that nation to declare in the constitution they are forming that neither the legislature, nor the nation itself, can validly contract more debt than they may pay withing their own age or within the term of 19 years." Thomas Jefferson

2009 A Health Care bill, totalling 2,300 pages passes Congress, despite the fact that it is glaringly unconstitutional and does not have the support of the majority of American voters. This bill requires every American to purchase a government-approved health insurance plan, and taxes you if you refuse. The government has written this bill in such a way that taxes will be collected for 4 years before the actual benefits begin. And all the while Obama promises that it will cost nothing.

Rights? Nope. Big Government? Yes.

1787 Founding Fathers include the right to bear arms in the Constitution. See the 2nd Amendment.

James Madison said, "Americans [have] the right and advantage of being armed, unlike the citizens of other countries whose governments are afraid to trust their people with arms."

1785 "A strong body makes the mind strong. As to the species of exercises, I advise the gun. While this gives moderate exercise to the body, it gives boldness, enterprise, and independence to the mind." Thomas Jefferson.

1764 "Laws that forbid the carrying of arms . . . disarm only those who are neither inclined . . . nor determined to commit crimes. . . Such laws make things worse for the assaulted and better for the assailants; they serve rather to encourage rather than to prevent homicides; for an unarmed man may be attacked with greater confidence than an armed man." Thomas Jefferson quoting Cesare Beccaria's On Crimes And Punishment

2009 Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi continues the tired rant of 'registration' of guns.

Rights? Nope. Big Government? Yes.

2009 A climate bill tries to make its way through Congress which would basically put a tax on something invisible: carbon emissions. Our government joins the global climate conference in Copenhagen and promises that the U.S. will help poor countries pay for their carbon emissions. And that was after emails surfaced pointing to scientific fraud.

1819 John Marshall, Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, said: "An unlimited power to tax involves, necessarily, a power to destroy; because there is a limit beyond which no institution and no property can bear taxation."

Thomas Jefferson said, "If we run into such debts as that we must be taxed in our meat, in our drink, in our necessities and comforts, in our labors and in our amusements, for our callings and our creeds, our people must come to labor sixteen hours in the twenty-four, giving earnings of fifteen of these to the government for their debts and daily expenses. . ."

I could go on all night, but I think you get the idea.

Folks can argue all they want about 'change' and such, but our founders had some pretty good ideas, and what's more, they actually work. They used wisdom from the scriptures, common sense, and a knowledge of history to put together the greatest experiment in government, and it worked!

"Posterity, you will never know how much it cost the present generation to preserve your freedom. I hope you will make good use of it. If you do not, I shall repent in heaven that ever I took half the pains to preserve it." - John Adams, 2nd President of the United States

That quote gives me chills. Let's not give Mr. Adams cause to repent from heaven.

Make good use of what we've been given. Stay informed. Educate yourself. Educate your children. Make sure your representatives in Congress are actually representing you. If they aren't, fire them. Their paycheck comes out of your paycheck.

Want more? I love America and I have lots of ideas for preserving our freedom!

Does politics exhaust you? Maybe you would like my other blog, Prairie Sense, based on the writings of Laura Ingalls Wilder.


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