Coming up on the July 4th holiday and besides being a traditional time to get out on the lake, drink beers and cook up something on the grill, it also happens to mean this; lest we forget:
Independence Day, commonly known as the Fourth of July or July Fourth, is a federal holiday in the United States commemorating the adoption of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776, declaring independence from Great Britain.
No secret to most of y’all that I have strong leanings on certain holidays and I have written about it before. My BFF Cait crept too close to the flame and the nightmares wake her still yet. It is worth a re-read; 3 years is a stretch of time but still very much in my thoughts daily.
Some of what follows will be bothersome to a few readers; it always is. But seein’ as how this is (still-for now) the United States of America, I can still share what is on my mind freely with little thought to negative consequence.
You tell me……….. are these quotes and verses from centuries long in the dust still meaningful and relevant? Do they still hold water? Or are the talking heads right? They are relics of a time gone by which do not apply to our present day.
You tell me……
- “Be courteous to all, but intimate with few, and let those few be well tried before you give them your confidence. True friendship is a plant of slow growth, and must undergo and withstand the shocks of adversity before it is entitled to the appellation.” — George Washington
- “A wise and frugal government, which 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.” — Thomas Jefferson
- “I think my self that we have more machinery of government than is necessary, too many parasites living on the labor of the industrious. “ — Thomas Jefferson at age 81
- “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
- “When governments fear the people, there is liberty. When the people fear the government, there is tyranny. The strongest reason for the people to retain the right to keep and bear arms is, as a last resort, to protect themselves against tyranny in government.” — Thomas Jefferson
- “In the house of the wise are stores of choice food and oil, but a foolish man devours all he has.” –Proverbs 21:20
- “Were we directed from Washington when to sow, and when to reap, we should soon want bread.” — Thomas Jefferson
- “I am for doing good to the poor, but I differ in opinion about the means. I think the best way of doing good to the poor is not making them easy in poverty, but leading or driving them out of it.” — Benjamin Franklin
- “The one who is unwilling to work shall not eat.” — II Thessalonians 3:20
- “The prudent see danger and take refuge, but the simple keep going and pay the penalty.” — Proverbs 22:3
- “To disarm the people is the best and most effectual way to enslave them.” — George Mason, Father of the Bill of Rights
- “Are we at last brought to such a humiliating and debasing degradation, that we cannot be trusted with arms for our own defense?” — Patrick Henry
- “By removing the Bible from schools we would be wasting so much time and money in punishing criminals and so little pains to prevent crime. Take the Bible out of our schools and there would be an explosion in crime.” — Dr. Benjamin Rush, signer of the Declaration of Independence
- “But a Constitution of Government once changed from Freedom, can never be restored. Liberty, once lost, is lost forever.” — John Adams
- “The time is now near at hand which must probably determine whether Americans are to be freemen or slaves; whether they are to have any property they can call their own; whether their houses and farms are to be pillaged and destroyed, and themselves consigned to a state of wretchedness from which no human efforts will deliver them.” — George Washington
- “If Congress can employ money indefinitely to the general welfare, and are the sole and supreme judges of the general welfare, they may take the care of religion into their own hands; they may appoint teachers in every State, county and parish and pay them out of their public treasury; they may take into their own hands the education of children, establishing in like manner schools throughout the Union; they may assume the provision of the poor; they may undertake the regulation of all roads other than post-roads; in short, every thing, from the highest object of state legislation down to the most minute object of police, would be thrown under the power of Congress. Were the power of Congress to be established in the latitude contended for, it would subvert the very foundations, and transmute the very nature of the limited Government established by the people of America.” — James Madison
- “I believe that banking institutions are more dangerous to our liberties than standing armies. If the American people ever allow private banks to control the issue of their currency, first by inflation, then by deflation, the banks and corporations that will grow up around [the banks] will deprive the people of all property until their children wake-up homeless on the continent their fathers conquered. The issuing power should be taken from the banks and restored to the people, to whom it properly belongs.” — Thomas Jefferson
I couldn’t tell you what the Bank Holiday this week in Greece means; nor explain the unconstitutional machinations of recent Supreme Court decisions or understand how Congress can pass a trade bill whose details are held secret from the American People. I am not smart like that. I can tell you I hear the bad dogs that bark through the night and wake unsettled.
“If you love wealth greater than liberty, the tranquility of servitude greater than the animating contest for freedom, go home from us in peace. We seek not your counsel, nor your arms. Crouch down and lick the hand that feeds you; May your chains set lightly upon you, and may posterity forget that you were our countrymen.” – Samuel Adams
**I would encourage you to leave comments and/or your favorite quotes in the comment section.**
End Note: yeah, this