Posted by: didyouseethis | February 14, 2009

Can’t Say We Weren’t Warned

“The democracy will cease to exist when you take away from those who are willing to work and give to those who would not.”

“The principle of spending money to be paid by future generations, under the name of funding, is but swindling futurity on a large scale.”

“I predict future happiness for Americans if they can prevent the government from wasting the labors of the people under the pretense of taking care of them.”

“A wise and frugal government, which shall leave men free to regulate their own pursuits of industry and improvement, and shall not take from the mouth of labor any bread it has earned – this is the sum of good government.” “

To compel a man to subsidize with his taxes the propagation of ideas which he disbelieves and abhors is sinful and tyrannical.”

“The beauty of the Second Amendment is that is will not be needed until they try to take it away.”

“To take from one because it is thought that his own industry and that of his father’s has acquired too much, in order to spare others, who, or whose fathers, have not exercised equal industry and skill, is to violate arbitrarily the first principle of association–the guarantee to every one of a free exercise of his industry and the fruits acquired by it.”

“Most bad government has grown out of too much government.”

“Delay is preferable to error.”

Thomas JeffersonAll quotes by the above.

“If a nation expects to be ignorant and free, in a state of civilization, it expects what never was and never will be.”

Just sayin’…




  1. A wise man. He would have understood exactly why the Republicans lost control of Congress in 2006 and the White House in 2008 — too much government, too poorly executed.

    It consistently bothers me that people still buy the idea that Republicans are fiscally conservative. Both parties spend money like drunken, Jefferson-hating sailors. They just argue about whether we should pay for it with taxes (Democrats) or debt (Republicans). Both are shameful. Both ignore Jefferson’s warning, “The principle of spending money to be paid by future generations, under the name of funding, is but swindling futurity on a large scale.”

    We cannot move forward as a country until we stop being mesmerized and distracted by the taxes vs. debt debate, and demand a smaller government.

  2. There is a difference between those who are not willing to work and those who cannot find jobs. There are many fewer of the first than some people think.

    So, did he pay for the Louisiana Purchase with cash? I doubt the US had the cash on hand.

    I don’t see how the third is relevant, since the stimulus plan gets much needed work done.

    The next is as true of banks and Wall Street as of government, more so, in today’s world.

    If we Obama supporters were willing to pay our taxes under Bush, then you should be willing to pay yours under Obama. At least they will go to get work done rather than to destroy in the process of war.

    The second amendment now keeps up the most violent of the first world nations. A gun is no use against a government that has tanks. The cost is now too high.

    I think I’ll stop here. I have seen and lived a way of government that did not exist at that time, that has produced a country with greater democracy and less corruption, the happiest of people and the best climate for business, tiny rates of unemployment and crime, as much economic freedom and greater freedom of the press. If you do not believe me, read the posts on my blog about Denmark. They are fully referenced.

  3. Off topic:

    Happy St. Valentine day to my love!

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