Lessons from history tell where we are now
Thursday, March 20, 2014 12:00 AM
To understand where our country is now, let us ask our founding fathers and a past president.
"Every step we take towards making the state our caretaker of our lives, by that much we move towards making the state our master." Those words are from President Dwight D. Eisenhower.
"Democracy is two wolves and a lamb voting on what to have for lunch. Liberty is a well-armed lamb contesting the vote." That was said by Benjamin Franklin.
"We the people are the rightful masters of both Congress and the courts, not to overthrow the Constitution but to overthrow the men who pervert the Constitution." Abraham Lincoln said that.
"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 spoke those words.
"The liberties of a people never were, nor ever will be, secure when the transactions (health care) of their rulers may be concealed from them." Again, Patrick Henry.
"America will never be destroyed from the outside. If we falter and lose our freedoms, it will be because we destroyed ourselves. Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man's character, give him power.” or a pen. Spoken by Abraham Lincoln.
"To sin by silence when they should protect makes cowards of men." Again, Abraham Lincoln.