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Absolute Power Corrupts Absolutely

What will you do when the wolves are at your door?

"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! 

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David Brown December 06, 2012 at 09:12 PM
Steve, here we go again. You need to realize and acknowledge that the founding fathers had their shortcomings. In the case of Thomas Jefferson, his shortcomings were not what I would call peccadilloes. Mr Jefferson abused the power and authority he had over Sally Hemings, one of his slaves. Miss Hemings had six children born into slavery. Four of those children were noted for their resemblance to Mr. Jefferson. Following renewed historic analysis and a 1998 DNA study that found a match between the Jefferson male line and a descendant of Miss Hemings's last son, Eston Hemings, a consensus among historians supports that Mr. Jefferson fathered Eston Hemings and likely all of Miss Hemings's children.
R++ One of the Famous Dacula Crew December 07, 2012 at 06:04 AM
So David, you are reading text (attributed to in your eyes a crook) who was speaking from his EXPERIENCE right? Isn't that on its face a fact that makes the text even MORE compelling? Or is it too hard to accept that man is fallen, that no one walks upright, not even one ... When companies want to test security they often use reformed/controlled thieves to do so (or SEAL teams - Smiles). Experience is revealing and can teach a great deal.
Tammy Osier December 07, 2012 at 11:26 AM
The great Kings of the old testament had several wives and concubines as was the custom, but we trust that these men heard from God and had great wisdom. Many of our founding fathers had slaves, and many had them to protect them since it was the custom of the time and some who owned them were evil. The wisdom of the constitution was claimed to derive from Godly principles and inspiration. I like the way Herman Cain put it. He said, the original document was inspired (ALL MEN are created equal...), but that it took many years and a civil war to get people to the place where they actually walked in what they claimed to believe. What's that kind of argument Steve, where you have to distract from the question by asking a question or making a comment that has nothing to do with the original question? red herring? Give it time. In a few posts a real conversation will get started. It's friday. We'll all be off work in a little while. :)
Tammy Osier December 07, 2012 at 11:37 AM
Steve, what is the quote about our democracy ceasing to exist once men realize they can vote themselves usary from the coffers of the people? We should never get used to high taxes being the norm. How long ago was it that Senators had real jobs outside their service as senators and went back to them when they were done? Today, our taxes go to buy nancy Pelosi airplanes because the yone she had just wasn't big enough. They stay there for life as career politicians until they become corrupt. Then, they voter for more taxes, have to fudge on the Constitution to get the things they want, and on and on. A good local case in point is the issue going on with the Atlanta City councilmen voting themselves a huge pay raise. Funny, the rest of us are having to tighten our belts to pay for fiscal mistakes of people in power. But that's the mindset you come to when in power too long and as long as the people allow it and don't fight against it.
David Brown December 07, 2012 at 01:02 PM
Tammy, I don't mind you disagreeing with me. What I do mind is you demeaning my post, labeling it not a real conversation or a distraction from the question. This may come as a shock to you, but my opinion is just as valid as yours. This is America, right? With all due respects, my sister, at times, you come across as the arbiter of Patch, instead of as a contributor.
Dennis the menace December 07, 2012 at 04:08 PM
.....and Tammy is entitled to her opinion your post is a red herring......and I agree with her. The label "mean" sounds like something a child would say...and that's my opinion
Rick Smith December 07, 2012 at 05:50 PM
David, how does this have anything to do with the article or the quote? I guess your comment is yours to write, but I thought they were supposed to somehow have relevance to the article the comment is attached to. So Jefferson fathered some children of his slave....now what?
David Brown December 07, 2012 at 07:46 PM
Forgive me for bringing a different perspective to this blog. I didn't realize that Steve Ramey's blogs were sacrosanct.
Karsten Torch December 07, 2012 at 10:18 PM
But David, your post was unrelated to anything here. He fathered children with a slave of his. Guess what? So did most slave owners. Has no bearing on the OP.
Karsten Torch December 07, 2012 at 10:19 PM
People can disagree with Steve all they want. But you didn't - you posted something that had nothing to do with anything. Sorry, but feel free to address something actually in the post.....
Tammy Osier December 08, 2012 at 01:48 AM
David, I've known Steve for a long time and know that his work is very factual and makes a point. The last time he posted concerning faith, OMG - the posts criticizing theology and bad mouthing christians went rampant and had nothing to do with his post! Finally, someone came on and made a comment that redirected it back to a great conversation. I wasn't trying to do that and apologize if I did have some agitation in that last sentence. But when you start your post..."there you go again"...it sound like you are throwing a personal punch. Defaming the character of Jefferson took us off into another conversation. The point of his post originally is for us to be vigilant to watch power (and those in power) because we (and they) are all fallible. I think that's a valid point. It is our duty and responsibility to hold our elected officials acccountable to the people.
Anne Dowdall December 08, 2012 at 02:43 AM
Tammy, I just thought I would let you know that after 9/11/2001, President Bush ordered that the Speaker of the House (next in line to the presidency after the vice-president) for security reasons be given the use of an airplane to go home and for government business. Dennis Hastert was the Republican Speaker of the House at that time. After Nancy Pelosi became Speaker of the House, she inquired about the availability and rules of aircraft that could fly to California non-stop. The aircraft Rep. Hastert used to fly home to Illinois did not have the capability to fly to California non-stop. It had nothing to do with a bigger plane but one that could get her home non-stop. The planes that were provided to her depended on available aircraft the military had at that time, so I don’t think taxes were used to buy Nancy Pelosi an airplane for her use.
Tammy Osier December 08, 2012 at 02:55 AM
What in the world is an "arbiter of the patch?" :)
Tammy Osier December 08, 2012 at 03:49 AM
Did anyone notice the blurb for this? It was a question, "What will you do when the wolves are at your door?". Let's take it from there. Hisotry has shown that there can come a time when some have neglected to fight for their freedom and been devoured by their government, were taken over or ceased to exist. That's what we should be talking about.
Amy L December 08, 2012 at 05:48 AM
Anne, you don't understand... Getting the context requires effort. You have to go beyond the latest chain email or facebook post. Clearly you are new at this so I wont come down on you too hard.
Amy L December 08, 2012 at 05:57 AM
The reason David had to toss a red herring is because there isn't much if anything wrong with Steve's post (this time). Government is dysfunctional and corrupt. We do need greater accountability, less pay, term limits, etc.. The only thing I would point out is that republicans have tended to vote against and/or attack any effort to increase oversight, limit campaign money, or give watchdog groups any real teeth.
Amy L December 08, 2012 at 06:11 AM
Also, the strategy that republicans have been following to reduce the size of government referred to as "starve the beast" hasn't worked. Both parties only care about getting reelected. So none of them have the spine to actually cut any spending because that would threaten their reelection. They will vote to cut revenue all day but will never cut military spending or entitlements. They will cut anything else they think they can get away with though. Anything that people who they think dont or cant vote might care about. Ryan's budget was proof enough of that. Speaking of Ryan, I have been seeing people with the Romney/Ryan stickers tearing off the upper half so it says Ryan. I guess these people just dont understand that Ryan did nothing but hurt Romney's chances. He is just too far out there in Ayn Rand la la land. Unless he moderates his positions, which is very unlikely for an ideologue like him, he doesn't have a chance in 2016.
Chris December 08, 2012 at 11:58 AM
Genius! Another fine specimen of our government school system.
David Brown December 08, 2012 at 02:44 PM
Amy, be encouraged and take heart. You and I are in the minority on Patch, but the national elections since 1988 show that you and I are in the majority.:) Since 1988, the Republican candidate for President has won the popular vote just once (2004).
Tammy Osier December 08, 2012 at 03:00 PM
Agree about the term limits. All we can do at this point is let things fall as they may and limit spending (which democrats refuse to do). Actually, there are a lot of democrats (more than you think) on board with republicans against the president at this point. I've heard their interviews and they are frustrated, not with republicans, but with their own party. Even they see that more spending will bankrupt us. When we had a majority of democrats in the house and senate, they were smart to hold off on the high taxation until 2013-14 because had all of this taken place last year, they would not have gotten re-elected. It's coming, and we might as well let it happen. Then maybe people will finally understand that liberal policies ALWAYS affect the little guy. Obama will not compromise with the other side and it will be to his demise. Clinton knew that it was a smart move to do this, as have many others, and it worked to theri advantage. Rubio was smart to hold off this time. He knew what the next president would inherit. I have a feeling that Rubio will run 2016, and he has the advantage of watching and waiting and planning accordingly. No incumbant ths time (always a disadvantage in any race).
Good Grief Y'all December 09, 2012 at 01:12 PM
So true, David. When a liberal or moderate poster makes a comment, the opposite types always pile on, usually with insults and no substance. What was it one astute poster said about one of the more active conservative participants? Oh, yeah, " . . . you make things up, insult and snark . . . " Throw a few college words in there and some anecdotes, and the like-minded won't question what's said. As long as they agree with the ideology, the facts don't matter. We have to remember that only the conservative faction should be allowed to distract from the topic and have a "real conversation". ;)
Tommy Hunter December 09, 2012 at 07:18 PM
David Brown, of course the Republican candidate has only won the popular vote once. Want to know why? Because since 1988, self sufficiency, accepting responsibility for your actions, and having to work for your money hasn't been very popular positions in America. That is not an indictment of conservative policy but an indictment against American society. An indictment for which the resolution will NOT be popular either.
David Brown December 09, 2012 at 09:52 PM
Commissioner Hunter, apparently you didn't read the post-election comments from Republican Governor Bobby Jindal. Governor Jindal disagreed with Governor Romney's and your synopsis that President Obama won re-election by offering gifts to Blacks, Hispanics and young voters. Governor Jindal ended his criticism of Governor Romney's statement by saying "You don't win elections by insulting people." Governor Jindal's views were echoed by Republican Governors Scott Walker and Bob McDonnell.
Tammy Osier December 09, 2012 at 09:57 PM
In keeping with the subject matter, a government that has absolute power can destroy a country. I read an article about the UK. They tried what we are doing and it failed just as republicans and true economists have tried to tell the public. But they didn't listen and voted for this mess. Let them own it and live with it. of course, they'll have someone to blame. It's a shame we've come to that. The UK tried the tax the rich tactic, and guess what? tax hikes on the wealthy LOWERED revenue to the government. In fact, it not only lowered revenue, but actually cost them the equivalent in US dollars of 11.2 billion. Now the government of Conservative Party Prime Minister David Cameron has announced that it will lower the top rate from 50 percent to 45 percent. Imagine that. The story will be the same here. Watch and see.
Tammy Osier December 09, 2012 at 10:15 PM
TH, I was going to post in the same vein. We have been on a moral decline for quite a while now, and with taxation growing to record levels, well, I'd be ashamed to put myself in that group. What did our mothers always say? "You don't do what's popular just because it's popular. If your friends jumped off a bridge, would you?" Well, I was one of those kids that learned to say no to the kids trying to steer me in the wrong direction (most of the time anyway). Those who stand on principles of responsibility and hard work, not taking the easy way out, and a moral compass of protecting the rights of the innocent who haven't been born yet, stand alone many times but at least stand for something (won't have to make excuses to God - lol). Those principles have been eroding for quite some time now. It's kind of like what the church has become. It's now is so worldly that you can't tell one from the other. Thanks, but no thanks, I'll take a father figure over a doting uncle any day.
Tommy Hunter December 10, 2012 at 12:00 AM
Precisely. I may not win re-election for taking the unpopular stance in this, but I will sleep at night and be able to face my kids!
R++ One of the Famous Dacula Crew December 10, 2012 at 12:25 AM
A little bird tells me that you are going to have some help sticking to your guns in 2013 …
Tammy Osier December 13, 2012 at 02:43 AM
Are there any good leaders left out there? I think there are. We have just stopped being discriminating about the people we nominate. We're in such a hurry to get anybody in office that we forget to stick to our guns and stand for what's right. Here's a reminder of the type of character that conservative people are looking for and why we get so irked at the lack of character that we find in many political office holders - Commissioner Tommy Hunter was quoted as saying: “You can ask anybody that we’ve dealt with. I always tell them, when they thank me for my time, I say you don’t have to thank me for my time, I owe it to you. I work for you and you don’t call and ask me for a meeting, you tell me we’re going to have one and we’ll be there,” he said. “And that’s my philosophy and I think it needs to be taken to the next level so that we can get that kind of government back to the people.”

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