…and you’ll see for yourself America is a Christian nation, founded by Christians!
Download, frame, and put this on the desk in the Oval Office as a reminder. He suffered and died for you too.
A big h/t to FOTM’s Joseph
A big h/t to FOTM’s Joseph
Excellent 10-minute crash course on:
Central to our Founding Fathers’ conception of self-government is self-reliance. Freedom without responsibility is mere license.
The Founders never intended or even envisioned that the day would come when the American Republic has degenerated into a country where more than half (53% or 165 million of the total U.S. population of 311.6 million) of the population are dependent on the government.
Given the selfishness inherent in human nature, the dependents keep voting in their narrow self-interest while the equally self-interested pandering politicians keep promising and ensuring the “largesse” to continue. All at the expense of the 49% — and decreasing by the day — of adult Americans who actually pay federal income taxes.
Anyone with half a brain knows that this is unsustainable. All the warning signs are there:
Bill Wilson, the President of Americans for Limited Government, is the latest voice sounding the alarm. But as with Cassandra of Greek mythology, no one is listening.
By Bill Wilson – Forbes.com – Aug. 15, 2012:
Is America descending into a dependency state, where the majority uses its voting power to demand government services from taxpayers?
New research from Ranking Member of the Senate Budget Committee Jeff Sessions (R-AL) reveals that this reality may already be here, with more than 107 million Americans on some form of means-tested government welfare.
Add to that 46 million seniors collecting Medicare (subtracting out about 10 million on Supplemental Security Income, Medicaid, and other senior-eligible programs already included in Sessions’ means-tested chart) and 22 million government employees at the federal, state, and local level — and suddenly, over 165 million people, a clear majority of the 308 million Americans counted by the U.S. Census Bureau in 2010, are at least partially dependents of the state.
Since President Obama took office in 2009, eligibility for Medicaid, food stamps, the earned income tax credit, the making work pay tax credit, and unemployment benefits has increased by roughly 10 million. To add insult to injury, Obama then unilaterally dismantled the work requirements that were the heart of the 1990’s welfare reform via an arbitrary executive order.
But it’s even worse than that. In fact, most voting-age Americans do not pay income taxes — approximately 50.6 percent.
That includes 53.91 million Americans who pay nothing in income taxes, and another 64.7 million who get refunds in excess of what was owed. That’s 118.61 million out of 234.6 million Americans 18 years and older, based on data compiled by the Joint Committee on Taxation and the U.S. Census Bureau.
The U.S. Constitution was designed to protect against such an outcome. The Founders did not want a democracy, which tends to be problematic because of the failure of minority rights to be defended against an arrogant or authoritarian majority. So, instead, the Founders created a republic.
In Federalist No. 10, James Madison wrote that in democracies, “governments are too unstable, [and] the public good is disregarded in the conflicts of rival parties, and that measures are too often decided, not according to the rules of justice and the rights of the minor party, but by the superior force of an interested and overbearing majority.”
Madison prescribed “curing the mischiefs of faction”, including a tyranny of the majority, by “controlling its effects”. Madison warned that “a pure democracy, by which I mean a society consisting of a small number of citizens, who assemble and administer the government in person, can admit of no cure for the mischiefs of faction.”
So, the “majority, having such coexistent passion or interest, must be rendered, by their number and local situation, unable to concert and carry into effect schemes of oppression.” But how?
Instead of everyone gathering on a hill and voting on laws, the scheme of representation was established, wherein we elect our representatives to make decisions. Also, having a large, geographically wide republic and constitutional limits on the powers of government, complete with two branches of legislature, was supposed to prevent a tyranny of the majority from ever appearing.
Or at least, as Madison put it, such factors would “make it less probable that a majority of the whole will have a common motive to invade the rights of other citizens”.
But has America reached a tipping point where it will no longer work?
Today, a majority of Americans have a direct financial interest in voting for representatives to ensure they keep collecting their benefits and salaries, making sure others are taxed to pay for it all.
Additionally, policies enacted since the financial crisis of 2008 have guaranteed that, for example, virtually every single new home mortgage is being purchased or guaranteed by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, and the student loan industry has been nationalized. It is almost impossible today to find credit that is not allocated by the government, implying that even more than 165 million are in some way dependent — whether they realize it or not.
All of which leads to the question of whether the U.S. today is in danger of becoming a tyranny of the majority.
To say the least, it would appear on the surface that Madison’s concerns about an oppressive majority were well-founded. But whether his “cure” was effective may well be determined by the outcome of the 2012 election.
Americans have a message for the Founding Fathers: Let’s pick presidents by popular vote.
A new Gallup Poll shows a strong majority of Americans — 62% — favor getting rid of the Electoral College. And for the first time, Republicans now agree with Democrats and independents that the popular vote should stand.
“Americans show relatively little attachment to this unique invention of the country’s Founding Fathers,” Gallup’s Lydia Saad writes. “Those who advocate abolishing the Electoral College often do so on the basis that the system puts undue emphasis on a small number of swing states.”
You will find the rest of the article here.
Of course, the democrats have been pining for the elimination of the electoral college for years, as doing so would severely water down the votes of Americans who live in more sparsely populated rural areas – that would be flyover country.
The left has made no secret of its contempt for those residing outside of major population centers, which are primarily dominated by liberals – hence their support for a popularly elected president.
What surprises me about this poll is that a majority of republicans are now in favor of dumping the electoral college as well. Government education strikes again, I guess.
Anytime I see Americans wanting to tamper with our nation’s founding document, I start getting really nervous.
After all, there is that old saying that goes: If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.
So is the solution direct voting (or referendum) on every policy issue? That would transform the United States from our present republican system of indirect democracy (via elected representatives) into a direct democracy, which was not what the Founding Fathers instituted.
Do you believe Americans, in the interest of reducing our national debt of 101% of our GDP, will actually vote for cuts in their entitlements?
To the Editor:
“The Nation’s Cruelest Immigration Law” (editorial, Aug. 29), about a lawsuit by four church leaders against new restrictions by Alabama on undocumented immigrants, says that those who support enforcing immigration laws “have made many in this country forget who and what we are.” Indeed, I think The New York Times seems to have forgotten who and what we are.
The United States was founded on law and justice. The only earthly hope of protecting the equality and dignity of all mankind is with a rule of law that holds both the janitor and the senator completely equal in both benefit and constraint. This was the founders’ dream. Continue reading
“Whatever may be the judgement pronounced on the competency of the architects of the Constitution, or whatever may be the destiny of the edifice prepared by them, I feel it a duty to express my profound and solemn conviction … that there never was an assembly of men, charged with a great and arduous trust, who were more pure in their motives, or more exclusively or anxiously devoted to the object committed to them.” –James Madison, 1835
This 16-year-old young man from Massachusetts gets it.
So don’t despair.
Don’t let the bastards get you down.
Despair only leads to apathy and inaction, which directly plays into the hands of our enemies.
Always remember who you are.
We are the biological and spiritual children of extraordinary and extraordinarily brave men and women — the Founders of a new America — who fought long and hard, and against all odds, for Independence and Self-Government.
We owe it to them.
NEVER give up!
How can self-government work if the people’s “self” is depraved? As James Madison so rightly observed, “What is government itself but the greatest of all reflections on human nature?” (Federalist No. 51, 1788)
Both the Left as well as Libertarians like to think that America’s Founding Fathers pursued individual liberty merely and solely for itself, without regard to matters of morality and faith.
Our Founders believed that the new American Republic was possible and viable only if it rested on the proper foundation or infrastructure — a virtuous people. (A good book on this is The Moral Foundations of the American Republic.)
In a letter to George Logan in 1816, Thomas Jefferson wrote: “The man who is dishonest as a statesman would be a dishonest man in any station. It is strangely absurd to suppose that a million of human beings collected together are not under the same moral laws which bind each of them separately.”
John Adams, in his letter to Mercy Warren in 1776, similarly noted: “Public virtue cannot exist in a nation without private, and public virtue is the only foundation of republics. There must be a positive passion for the public good, the public interest, honour, power and glory, established in the minds of the people, or there can be no republican government, nor any real liberty….”
But it was George Washington, the Father of the new American Republic, who put it best when he sounded this warning in his first inaugural address in 1789: “There exists in the economy and course of nature an indissoluble union between virtue and happiness … we ought to be no less persuaded that the propitious smiles of Heaven can never be expected on a nation that disregards the eternal rules of order and right which Heaven itself has ordained.”
Popular culture is the expression of a people’s moral orientation. Look at the state of America’s pop culture today.
Who speaks of “virtue” today? What an old-fashioned archaic word!
A half-naked Britney “The Crotch” Spears, 29, bumps, grinds, and gyrates before a rapt crowd of 6,000 in San Francisco; while the media slavishly report on the latest antics of bad ”boys” like middle-aged Charlie Sheen, 45, and bad “girls” like mature adult Lindsay Lohan, 24.
Less than 20 minutes after the tickets for Sheen’s two ”My Violent Torpedo of Truth/Defeat is Not an Option” concerts went on sale, they were all sold out. So he expanded his concert tour to 20 cities. A ticket for his “concert” in San Francisco costs $97 to $136. After Lohan wore a tightly-fitted white Kimberly Ovitz dress to court to face grand theft charges of a necklace she claims she had merely “borrowed” from a jewelry store, the $575 dress quickly sold out.
So much for our supposed economic recession-depression!
Did you know that John Adams was 41, Thomas Jefferson only 30, and Alexander Hamilton a mere 21 years old, in 1776 when the American Revolution began? [Source]
At the root of our political-economic-social problems is plain moral rot.