Wednesday, March 08, 2006

just a reminder. P.J. O'Rourke is still alive. And Older than me. Apparently, from his days at National Lampoon, he worked at the CATO institute, and I dunno exactly what he is doing now.

Anyhow, he wrote many books that influenced me while growing, and reminds me politics is fun and games, not to take it too all fired seriously.

I am trying to find an online copy of his discussion of the Declaration of Independance, and why it is so applicable today. We should declare independence form the current tyrrany, of our government.

Take Democracy Back!

What would Jefferson say?

“To compel a man to furnish funds for the propagation of ideas he disbelieves and abhors is sinful and tyrannical.”

"[A] wise and frugal government...shall restrain men from injuring one another, 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."

"Every government degenerates when trusted to the rulers of the people alone. The people themselves, therefore, are its only safe depositories."

“The legitimate powers of government extend to such acts only as are injurious to others.”

"Peace, commerce and honest friendship with all nations, entangling alliances with none."

"Congress has not unlimited powers to provide for the general welfare but only those specifically enumerated."

~"Our peculiar security is in the possession of a written Constitution. Let us not make it a blank paper by construction."

~~“The issue today is the same as it has been throughout all history, whether man shall be allowed to govern himself or be ruled by a small elite.”

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