Thomas Jefferson

"We must make our choice between economy and liberty or confusion and servitude...If we run into such debts, we must be taxed in our meat and drink, in our necessities and comforts, in our labor and in our amusements...if we can prevent the government from wasting the labor of the people, under the pretense of caring for them, they will be happy."--Thomas Jefferson

"America does not go abroad in search of monsters to destroy. She is the well-wisher to freedom and independence of all. She is the champion and vindicator only of her own. "
--John Quincy Adams
US diplomat & politician (1767 - 1848)

“Since the general civilization of mankind, I believe there are more instances of the abridgment of the freedom of the people by gradual and silent encroachments of those in power than by violent and sudden usurpation”
-James Madison at the Virginia Ratification Debates
"With respect to the words "general welfare," I have always regarded them as qualified by the detail of powers connected with them. To take them in a literal and unlimited sense would be a metamorphosis of the Constitution into a character which there is a host of proofs was not contemplated by its creators."

- James Madison's Letter to James Robertson, April 20, 1831

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Michael Jackson? Enough Already!!

Submitted to Norwich Bulletin, July 8, 2009.

Michael Jackson was a gifted musical artist and performer and it is tragic that another talented celebrity was taken down so early and so needlessly. But I think that the 24 hour coverage of his death and funeral is totally ridiculous and many of the dark parts of his life are being conveniently minimized in the coverage. Why are we taking our eye off of all the other dangers our country is facing- including cap-and-trade, socialized medicine and other reckless spending that will put the final dagger in our economy. Our president is overseas making deals with the communists in Russia and goes on another apologizing-for-America tour. He is supporting the ousted dictator in Honduras while telling us he doesn’t want to “mettle” in supporting freedom seeking citizens in Iran. North Korea continues to develop their nuclear arsenal and shooting off missiles.
And where was coverage of the soldiers killed and wounded in action overseas defending our interests during all this? Not news worthy enough I guess…
Our hyper obsession with celebrities and celebrity-like figures over real issues is a symptom of why we are losing our country right from under our feet—and no one seems to notice.

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