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Over the 4th of July Holiday, I was reminded of how our country came about. I started reading about the ideas and the thoughts of our Founding Fathers. Here are some quotes to ponder on:

“…a wise and frugal government, which shall restrain men from injuring one another, which shall leave them otherwise free to regulate their own pursuits of industry and improvement, and shall not take from the mouth of labor the bread it has earned. This is the sum of good government.” – Thomas Jefferson

This was the intent for the government of the United States of America to keep the peace and settle disputes and to stay out of the way and out of the pocketbooks of the American people. Man, we sure have “progressed”.

“The Constitution is not an instrument for the government to restrain the people, it is an instrument for the people to restrain the government — lest it come to dominate our lives and interests.” – Patrick Henry

I think government schools have done more to destroy this gold nugget. I wonder how many people think the Constitution enumerates the rights of the people when, in fact, the Constitution enumerates the limitations of government in regards to the rights of the people. And how many think the government should lend a “helping hand” when truth be told that extended hand is the same one that will hold you down.

“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.” – Thomas Jefferson

Maybe all those in favor of Socialized Healthcare should read that one. Ronald Reagan, while not a founding father, put it this way, “Nations crumble from within when the citizenry asks of government those things which the citizenry might better provide for itself.” What a brilliant understanding of the role of government and human nature.

“Any society that would give up a little liberty to gain a little security will deserve neither and lose both.” – Ben Franklin

This one should hit home in relation to our over-reaction to 9/11 and the new “security measures”. I would much rather deal with the occasional terrorist on a plane than the ones who accost me every time I go thru “security”. You may not agree with all of my points of view, but I hope you will ponder the words of the guys who crafted the basis for the grotesque mutation that is our Federal Government.