We are along ways from the words and dreams of the Father of the Revolution in the following quotes. We also look very close to the same times as what John Adams said about government no longer serving the people. I joke about the Twilight Zone Episode "To Serve Man", about aliens showing up with a cook book. Today I ask both, what can we do for our country? And what can our country do for us? I would like to give it a big break of that party in Isaiah 25 when the veil is lifted from all nations' eyes, which I figure would be when Isaiah 2 and Micah 4 are fulfilled, of nations beating swords into plowshares (which sounds like feeding people to me) and never training for war again. My hope is we can stop going in the opposite direction of that. Claiming to trust in god with every buck we spend, while trillions go to guns and bombs, proves us all liars.
"An avidity to punish is always dangerous to liberty--It leads men to stretch, to misinterpret, and to misapply even the best of laws. He that would make his own liberty secure must guard even his enemy from oppression; for if he violates his duty, he establishes a precedent that will reach to himself." --Thomas Paine
I see strict justice going on all the time, and have for quite a while. Ever since the OJ, have seen people tried and convicted on the TV, rather than before a trial of a jury of their peers.The question I was asking about OJ, I ask about a lot of things going down today, "What would cause him to kill his wife?"
"When shall it be said in any country of the world, my poor are happy; neither ignorance nor distress is to be found among them; my jails are empty of prisoners, my streets of beggars; the aged are not in want, the taxes are not oppressive...when these things can be said, then may that country boast of its constitution and government."~ Thomas Paine
"Government is instituted for the common good; for the protection, safety, prosperity and happiness of the people; and not for the profit, honor, or private interest of any one man, family, or class of men. Therefore the people alone have an incontestable, unalienable, and indefeasible right to institute government and to reform, alter, or totally change the same, when their protection, safety, prosperity and happiness require." -- John Adams, 1776
Looks to me an Article V Convention would be our best way forward. Think its focus should be on these banks spoken of by Madison and Jefferson. Then there is that old joke: "Own a bank and you can rob the people."
"History records that the money changers have used every form of abuse, intrigue, deceit, and violent means possible to maintain their control over governments by controlling money and its issuance." James Madison (1751-1836), President.
"I believe that banking institutions are more dangerous to our liberties than standing armies. If the American people ever allow private banks to control the issue of their currency, first by inflation, then by deflation, the banks and corporations that will grow up around [the banks] will deprive the people of all property until their children wake-up homeless on the continent their fathers conquered. The issuing power should be taken from the banks and restored to the people, to whom it properly belongs." Thomas Jefferson, (Attributed) 3rd president of US (1743 - 1826)
-(Jefferson may not have said the exact words. I do recall reading him say things about both against the Bankers and a standing army. I would love to find who coined the phrase: "A standing army has been the bane of liberty since the invention of the sword."? Had first read that back in the 1990s.)
The following quote reminds me much of what John Lennon's Imagine a brotherhood of mankind learning to share this boiling melting pot is all about. Hope it helps bring down mental walls built inside of us all. I believe there are solutions there are solutions in different thoughts that have the same goal.
Dorothy Lemus: -~" May i suggest for the new year avoiding all tittles such as liberals, rep, demo, progressives, races, color, educational idiots,etc. and come to a realistic confederation of humanistic individuals understanding and taking over this country and changing it to a better, healthier, educated, spiritual, hard-working, united place to breath in. love and light."
I do dream of another shot of liberty being fired from Massachusetts. The first one seems to have fired a shot of the ideals all over the world. Its just that they are not reality today. It was a fun 45-minute walk east to the North Bridge with Shemp in '76. I was there flipping out in a sleeping bag remembering saying, "That's Arlo Guthrie", as crashed for the night. I did see my only President that next day, as he drove by with rear window down waving. Arlo jokes about that day in this video, "Try and rekindle the Patriot's Dreams."
"As for the best leaders, the people do not notice them. When the best leader's work is accomplished, the people say, 'We did it ourselves!'" -- Lao Tzu, The Book of Tao
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