"Cherish, therefore, the spirit of our people, and keep alive their attention. Do not be too severe upon their errors, but reclaim them by enlightening them. If once they become inattentive to the public affairs, you and I, and Congress, and Assemblies, Judges, and Governors, shall all become wolves." - Thomas Jefferson, letter to Edward Carrington, 1787
It is amazing that our Founding Fathers not only knew their fellow countrymen but themselves all too well. To admit that humans carry that trait of corruptibility was an admission that most men would not be willing or afraid to make. It made the writer sound as if he himself were not honest but in its declaration he brought honesty to an elevated level probably never recognized before or after.
He knew full well the predator nature of men, understanding this form of government would enable men to devour Constitutional rights, was nothing less than divine guidance. Our inattention to the creation, application and abuse of laws by those voted into office has led to the elitism mentality held by most elected today. Do not wonder any longer what one person can do but believe in the power of citizens just like you, when united, stand equal. Our numbers grow and our resolve redoubles with each meeting.
We must fortify ourselves against the wolves Jefferson spoke of. We do this by watching each move the wolves make. Even when the wolves are out of sight we watch by other means and keep abreast of their whereabouts and activities. They maintain that lean and hungry look and should not be trusted until proven and then remain tethered.
There is hope! With hope there comes responsibility on our behalf. We must remain vigilant, vocal and willing to act. If we dedicate ourselves to these behaviors, then we become shepherds and we keep the wolves at bay and each other safe from becoming prey.
--Steve Ramey, American, USMC Veteran & Freedom lover, 06 December 2012.
Semper Fidelis et Viligo!