Note To Democrats From Founding Fathers: ‘Please Stop Making Us Spin In Our Graves’

(CNSNews.com)When CNSNews.com asked House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) on Thursday where the Constitution authorized Congress to order Americans to buy health insurance–a mandate included in both the House and Senate versions of the health care bill–Pelosi dismissed the question by saying: “Are you serious? Are you serious?”

Pelosi then shook her head before taking a question from another reporter. Her press spokesman, Nadeam Elshami, then told CNSNews.com that asking the speaker of the House where the Constitution authorized Congress to mandated that individual Americans buy health insurance as not a “serious question.”

“You can put this on the record,” said Elshami. “That is not a serious question. That is not a serious question.”

I can’t help but be reminded by something Thomas Jefferson said:

“The Tenth Amendment is the foundation of the Constitution.”

And what does the 10th Amendment say?  Only this:

“The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people”

You can understand why Nancy Pelosi couldn’t care less about the Constitution, or its limitations on the exercise of government power.  Thomas Jefferson also said, “Let’s hear no more about the confidence in men but to bind them down by the chains of the Constitution.”  That phrase was intended to underscore the role of the Constitution as chains to any who would try to impose more government on the people.  But Nancy Pelosi and the Democrat Party have thrown off the “chains of the Constitution.”  They believe that confidence in men is just fine – as long as those men are liberals and socialists who impose massive government and massive bureaucracies through which they seek to empower themselves and control the people.  And everything they are trying to do makes a mockery of the Constitution.

And, after all, Nancy Pelosi’s president — a man liberals believe is greater than Jesushas pronounced that the Constitution is deeply flawed.

“I think we can say that the Constitution reflected an enormous blind spot in this culture that carries on until this day, and that the Framers had that same blind spot. I don’t think the two views are contradictory, to say that it was a remarkable political document that paved the way for where we are now, and to say that it also reflected the fundamental flaw of this country that continues to this day.”

One wonders how Barack Obama could swear to uphold and defend a document that he himself has publicly held to have deep flaws and reflect an enormous blind spot.  It would seem that his oath amounted to “just words.”

Under Barack Obama and the Democrat-dominated Congress, we are seeing government spending, government debts, and government deficits soar beyond anything ever before seen in the history of the human race.

The excellent work on the Constitution and its history by W. Cleon Skousen entitled The 5000 Year Leap has an amazing thesis in light of what we are seeing from our government today:

Since the genius of the American system is maintaining the eagle in the balanced center of the spectrum, the Founders warned against a number of temptations which might lure subsequent generations to abandon their freedoms and their rights by subjecting themselves to a strong federal administration operating on the collectivist Left.

They warned against the “welfare state” where the government endeavors to take care of everyone from the cradle to the grave.  Jefferson wrote:

“If we can prevent the government from wasting the labors of the people, under the pretense of taking care of them, they must become happy.”

They warned against confiscatory taxation and deficit spending.  Jefferson said it was immoral for one generation to pass on the results of its extravagance in the form of debts to the next generation.  He wrote:  “…we shall all consider ourselves unauthorized to saddle posterity with our debts, and morally bound to pay them ourselves;  and consequently within what may be deemed the period of a generation, or the life [expectancy] of the majority.”

Every generation of Americans struggled to pay off the national debt up until the present one.

Let us see what the founding fathers who wrote our Constitution said that liberals so eagerly and so cavalierly wish to dismiss from the people’s attention:

“I am for a government rigorously frugal and simple, applying all the possible savings of the public revenue to the discharge of the national debt, and not for a multiplication of officers and salaries merely to make partisans, and for increasing, by every device, the public debt on the principle of its being a public blessing.” — Thomas Jefferson letter to Elbridge Gerry, January 26, 1799

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“To preserve our independence, we must not let our rulers load us with perpetual debt.” — Thomas Jefferson

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“As a very important source of strength and security, cherish public credit. One method of preserving it is to use it as sparingly as possible.” — George Washington, Farewell Address, September 17, 1796

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“If we can prevent the government from wasting the labors of the people, under the pretense of taking care of them, they must become happy.” — Thomas Jefferson, to Thomas Cooper, January 29, 1802

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“[W]ith all these blessings, what more is necessary to make us a happy and a prosperous people?

Still one thing more, fellow citizens — 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. This is the sum of good government, and this is necessary to close the circle of our felicities.” — Thomas Jefferson, First Inaugural Address, March 4, 1801

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“He that goes a borrowing goes a sorrowing.”  Benjamin Franklin, from his writings, 1758

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“We are endeavoring, too, to reduce the government to the practice of a rigorous economy, to avoid burdening the people, and arming the magistrate with a patronage of money, which might be used to corrupt and undermine the principles of our government.”– Thomas Jefferson, letter to Mr. Pictet, February 5, 1803

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“With respect to the words general welfare, I have always regarded them as qualified by the detail of powers connected with them. To take them in a literal and unlimited sense would be a metamorphosis of the Constitution into a character which there is a host of proofs was not contemplated by its creators.” — James Madison

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“My reading of history convinces me that most bad government results from too much government.” –Thomas Jefferson

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“To compel a man to subsidize with his taxes the propagation of ideas which he disbelieves and abhors is sinful and tyrannical.” –Thomas Jefferson

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“I go on the principle that a public debt is a public curse.” — James Madison letter to Henry Lee, April 13, 1790

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“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.” — Thomas Jefferson to John Taylor, 1816. ME 15:23

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“When the people find they can vote themselves money, that will herald the end of the republic.” — Benjamin Franklin

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“Experience has proved to us that a dollar of silver disappears for every dollar of paper emitted.” –Thomas Jefferson to James Monroe, 1791. ME 8:208

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“If the debt which the banking companies owe be a blessing to anybody, it is to themselves alone, who are realizing a solid interest of eight or ten per cent on it. As to the public, these companies have banished all our gold and silver medium, which, before their institution, we had without interest, which never could have perished in our hands, and would have been our salvation now in the hour of war; instead of which they have given us two hundred million of froth and bubble, on which we are to pay them heavy interest, until it shall vanish into air… We are warranted, then, in affirming that this parody on the principle of ‘a public debt being a public blessing,’ and its mutation into the blessing of private instead of public debts, is as ridiculous as the original principle itself. In both cases, the truth is, that capital may be produced by industry, and accumulated by economy; but jugglers only will propose to create it by legerdemain tricks with paper.” –Thomas Jefferson to John W. Eppes, 1813. ME 13:423

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“It is a [disputed] question, whether the circulation of paper, rather than of specie [gold,silver], is a good or an evil… I believe it to be one of those cases where mercantile clamor will bear down reason, until it is corrected by ruin.” –Thomas Jefferson to John W. Eppes, 1813. ME 13:409

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“To contract new debts is not the way to pay for old ones.”– George Washington letter to James Welch, April 7, 1799

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“The maxim of buying nothing without the money in our pockets to pay for it would make of our country one of the happiest on earth.” — Thomas Jefferson to Alexander Donald, 1787. ME 6:192

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The democracy will cease to exist when you take away from those who are willing to work and give to those who would not. — Thomas Jefferson

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“I am for doing good to the poor, but I differ in opinion of 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. In my youth I traveled much, and I observed in different countries, that the more public provisions were made for the poor, the less they provided for themselves, and of course became poorer. And, on the contrary, the less was done for them, the more they did for themselves, and became richer.” — Benjamin Franklin, On the Price of Corn and Management of the Poor, November 1766

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“Repeal that [welfare] law, and you will soon see a change in their manners. St. Monday and St. Tuesday, will soon cease to be holidays. Six days shalt thou labor, though one of the old commandments long treated as out of date, will again be looked upon as a respectable precept; industry will increase, and with it plenty among the lower people; their circumstances will mend, and more will be done for their happiness by inuring them to provide for themselves, than could be done by dividing all your estates among them.” — Benjamin Franklin letter to Collinson, May 9, 1753

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“I place economy among the first and most important virtues, and public debt as the greatest of dangers to be feared. To preserve our independence, we must not let our rulers load us with perpetual debt. If we run into such debts, we must be taxed in our meat and drink, in our necessities and in our comforts, in our labor and in our amusements. If we can prevent the government from wasting the labor of the people, under the pretense of caring for them, they will be happy.” — Thomas Jefferson

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“I hope a tax will be preferred [to a loan which threatens to saddle us with a perpetual debt], because it will awaken the attention of the people and make reformation and economy the principle of the next election. The frequent recurrence of this chastening operation can alone restrain the propensity of governments to enlarge expense beyond income.” — Thomas Jefferson to Albert Gallatin, 1820.

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“If Congress can employ money indefinitely to the general welfare… they may appoint teachers in every state… The powers of Congress would subvert the very foundation, the very nature of the limited government established by the people of America.” — James Madison

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“I think we have more machinery of government than is necessary, too many parasites living on the labor of the industrious.” –Thomas Jefferson

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“The same prudence, which in private life would forbid our paying our own money for unexplained projects, forbids it in the dispensation of the public monies.” — Thomas Jefferson letter to Shelton Giliam, June 19, 1808

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“It is the highest impertinence and presumption, therefore, in kings and ministers, to pretend to watch over the economy of private people, and to restrain their expense. … They are themselves always, and without any exception, the greatest spendthrifts in the society.” — Adam Smith, “Wealth of Nations,” Book II, Chapter II

“Every discouragement should be thrown in the way of men who undertake to trade without capital.” — Thomas Jefferson to Nathaniel Tracy, 1785. Papers 8:399

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“It is a miserable arithmetic which makes any single privation whatever so painful as a total privation of everything which must necessarily follow the living so far beyond our income.” –Thomas Jefferson to William Hay, 1787. ME 6:223

Barack Obama and the Democrats have been offering a disingenuous and dishonest thesis: that they are spending insane amounts of money to save money.  They touted their massive $787 billion (and really $3.27 trillion!!!) stimulus as an “investment” in jobs.  Jobs that never came.  And now a solid plurality of Americans agree that massive stimulus pork bill HURT the economy.  That realization is coming even as the facts are increasingly emerging that the Democrats have been using the stimulus to reward themselves in pork-style politics EXACTLY AS THOMAS JEFFERSON WARNED.

And now they are touting their health care bill – and the gimmickry they have played to make it appear “deficit neutral” over the long haul – and their cap-and-trade legislation, to say that their massive spending is really an “investment” in the future as well.

Don’t buy their spin.

Stop the madness.  Stop the depraved and insane spending.  Stop the Democrats from imposing a socialist agenda that will take away our freedoms and tax us into oblivion all in the name of helping us.

Stop the founding fathers from having to spin in their graves.

It has often occurred to me these past months that the founding fathers were willing to fight in order to throw off tyranny that were virtually nothing compared to the onerous ones we are being fitted with today.

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12 Responses to “Note To Democrats From Founding Fathers: ‘Please Stop Making Us Spin In Our Graves’”

  1. jim Says:

    I profoundly agree. It’sabout time for civil unrest-approaching your representatives is hardly productive, as a matter of fact from the responses I’ve received they don’t give a (insert expletive) what the constituency think.

    The BO/Democrat leftist juggernaut seems formidable but not impossible to overturn. In your opinion with reference to a “willingness to fight” how do we ie. grass roots organizations gain enough power to challenge the Dem’s?

    As we’ve witnessed- the “Tea Party” assemblers have been branded- so what, brand me, I’d rather be punished for upholding the truth than quietly
    living a lie. I suspect the socialist leaner’s will be voted out, perhaps too late.

    Mr. Eden this is a magnificent blog and I applaud your work, the information is profound and indeed sharper than a two edged sword!

  2. Michael Eden Says:

    Thank you for the last, Jim. I appreciate it greatly.

    As for the question, “how do we fight,” I would submit that we at least currently have a system where the armed revolution of our founding fathers is unnecessary. We merely have to unite, and vote out the bad guys.

    Then the question becomes, how do we unite? And how do we amass enough unity that we can overcome the ACORN-style fraud?

    I think we have to demonstrate a committed “willingness to fight” for the truth. To get out there in the public square and take back the field.

    Just one example: Democrats have repeatedly blamed Republicans for the “failed policies” that created the economic meltdown. Their only “argument” for that was that Bush was president when it happened.

    I have been enraged that Republicans didn’t do FAR more to respond to that argument with the facts. I have written a number of articles pointing out that it was largely DEMOCRATS and DEMOCRAT POLICIES that created the disaster (with the last attempt being here).

    I think that a great strategy – particularly if we really MEAN it – would be to go back to the key principles of our founding fathers and build a movement around the Republican Party. Don’t fracture and divide ourselves, just get the conservatives moving in the same direction. I think by doing so we can become immune to the leftist demagoguery, and that more and more people will start marching with us as we in turn march to the beat of the founding fathers.

  3. HL Says:

    I agree with Jefferson about what is happening. It is sinful and tyrannical. Our founding fathers were wise.

    Michael, I didn’t know if you had come across this info in your reading. Impressive what the Tea Partiers have accomplished in six months in Nevada. Steps in the right direction.

    http://www.nationalprecinctalliance.org/news/news_in_nevada.htm

  4. Michael Eden Says:

    The founding fathers literally believed that the Constitution was a miracle, and that God had spoken to them through the Constitutional Convention.

    “It is impossible for the man of pious reflection not to perceive in [the Constitution] a finger of that Almighty hand which has been so frequently and signally extended to our relief in the critical stages of the revolution.”
    – James Madison, Father of the Constitution.

    The problem is that the modern liberals are anything BUT “men of pious reflection,” bur rather are men who utterly and actively despise God. And it is therefore no wonder they either utterly fail to understand the meaning of the Constitution, or else actively despise it as well.

    We have deviated so far away from the Constitution, and governance as our founding fathers envisioned, that we are like blind men stumbling around.

    I was pleased to see the GOP so prominently mentioned in your Tea Party site. If the Tea Party becomes involved in reforming the GOP – and if the GOP allows itself to be reformed – we will create an unstoppable political wave in 2010.

  5. Joe T Says:

    “Laws for the liberal education of the youth, especially of the lower class of the people, are so extremely wise and useful, that, to a humane and generous mind, no expense for this purpose would be thought extravagant.”
    John Adams

    “Having been poor is no shame, but being ashamed of it, is.”
    Benjamin Franklin”

    “The purpose of separation of church and state is to keep forever from these shores the ceaseless strife that has soaked the soil of Europe in blood for centuries.”
    James Madison

    “The divinity of Jesus is made a convenient cover for absurdity. Nowhere in the Gospels do we find a precept for Creeds, Confessions, Oaths, Doctrines, and whole cartloads of other foolish trumpery that we find in Christianity.”
    John Adams

    “Millions of innocent men, women and children, since the introduction of Christianity, have been burnt, tortured, fined, imprisoned; yet we have not advanced an inch towards uniformity. What has been the effect of coercion? To make one half the world fools, and the other half hypocrites. To support roguery and error all over the earth.”
    Thomas Jefferson

    “I do not believe in the creed professed by the Jewish Church, by the Roman Church, by the Greek Church, by the Turkish Church, by the Protestant Church, nor by any Church that I know of. My own mind is my own Church. Each of those churches accuse the other of unbelief; and for my own part, I disbelieve them all.”
    Thomas Paine

    “I have generally been denominated a Deist, the reality of which I never disputed, being conscious I am no Christian, except mere infant baptism makes me one; and as to being a Deist, I know not strictly speaking, whether I am one or not.”
    Ethan Allen

  6. Michael Eden Says:

    The first two quotes you cite are harmless. I don’t disagree with them, and frankly don’t know anyone who does. I looked over your third and fourth quotes ostensibly by Madison and Adams. Being troublesome, I fact checked them.

    They failed the test. They are bogus. And you make yourself a liar by citing lies.

    There is no reason whatsoever to believe Madison said what you quote him as saying.

    The Adams quote is demonstrably spurious. And this religious man certainly never said what you deceitfully claim.

    Wikiquote shows how this false attributions was combined from multiple quotes to create the perception that Adams said something that his life and public record actually testified against:

    Spurious quotations:

    Statements which evidence indicates are fabrications; in these cases they seem derived from some which are known to have been made by Adams, but have significant alterations and additions.

    * The “divinity” of Jesus is made a convenient cover for absurdity. Nowhere in the Gospels do we find a precept for Creeds, Confessions, Oaths, Doctrines, and whole carloads of other foolish trumpery that we find in Christianity.
    o Attributed to Adams in Spirit (1988) by William Edelen, p. 4, this seems to paraphrase portions of two diary entries (more extensively quoted in the “Diaries” section above):

    Mystery is made a convenient cover for absurdity. (13 February 1756)
    Where do we find a precept in the Gospel requiring Ecclesiastical Synods? Convocations? Councils? Decrees? Creeds? Confessions? Oaths? Subscriptions? and whole cart-loads of other trumpery that we find religion incumbered with in these days? (18 February 1756)

    * The doctrine of the divinity of Jesus is made a convenient cover for absurdity.
    o Attributed to Adams in Pathway to the Stars (2007) by Rev. Ernest A. Steadman, p. 66; this seems to be another paraphrase of the entry for 13 February 1756.

    I should have just stopped there, but I couldn’t help myself, so I fact checked your Jefferson quote to. Again, you make yourself a liar via the lie of omission. Had you gone a couple of sentences further, you would have arrived at the truth that Jefferson was pursuing. But you didn’t WANT the truth; instead you sought to deceive. Here is what Jefferson said in context:

    Millions of innocent men, women and children, since the introduction of Christianity, have been burnt, tortured, fined, imprisoned: yet we have not advanced one inch towards uniformity. What has been the effect of coercion? To make one half the world fools, and the other half hypocrites. To support roguery and error all over the earth. Let us reflect that it is inhabited by a thousand millions of people. That these profess probably a thousand different systems of religion. That ours is but one of that thousand. That if there be but one right, and ours that one, we should wish to see the 999 wandering sects gathered into the fold of truth. But against such a majority we cannot effect this by force. Reason and persuasion are the only practicable instruments. To make way for these, free inquiry must be indulged; and how can we wish others to indulge it while we refuse it ourselves. But every state, says an inquisitor, has established some religion. “No two, say I, have established the same”. Is this a proof of the infallibility of establishments? Our sister states of Pennsylvania and New York, however, have long subsisted without any establishment at all.

    In other words, since the time of Christ, “thousands of millions” of people have been persecuted by a thousand different religious systems – one of which was Christianity. Jefferson is affirming what I myself would affirm: that bad things have been done in the name of Christianity (though not one ten-thousandth the things that were done in the guise of official state atheism). But then Jefferson (who publicly acknowledged his Chrisitianity), says, “If there be one religion that is right, and ours is that one.”

    I didn’t bother to check the rest of your “quotes.” I didn’t even bother to look at them. You forfeited your credibility.

  7. HL Says:

    Thank you Michael for refuting the lies. It is wicked to lie about our Founders and our Christian heritage.

    I just read this in my Bible reading this morning:
    “The righteous HATE what is false but the wicked bring shame and disgrace.”

  8. Michael Eden Says:

    Some founding fathers did make some “troubling” statements as regard to Christianity. But 1) most were very orthodox and devout Christians; and 2) many of the “troubling” quotes were from earlier periods in their lives. As these men grew older, and as they grew in wisdom, Christianity made more and more sense.

    The founding fathers were incredible men. GENUINE history reveals they were Christian men who created the greatest nation in the history of the world by means of their Judeo-Christian worldview.

  9. The Glenn Beck Review Says:

    “Excellent work on the Constitution….” You might be interested in the man behind the lists and the books. I have an expose up on my home page for the remainder of this weekend.

  10. Michael Eden Says:

    An excellent article, worthy of reading.

    I’m kind of neutral on Glenn Beck. I hate the way he tends to always say, “And the Republicans are just as bad.” Because they aren’t anywhere NEAR as bad. At the same time, Beck presents a great deal of great stuff.

    But while I disagree with Beck’s take on Republicans, I’m very much with him on his understanding of the Constitution, and his love for the history surrounding the Constitution.

  11. Barry A. A. Dillinger Says:

    Thanks for this website and all its valuable and insightful information…the truth is still more important than getting ahead. The conservative principles of the Founding Fathers and the Constitution will prevail and the leftist/socialist/marxist/progressive/communist juggernaut will eventually run for the hills, changes its name, shed its skin and reappear under a different guise. But we all know that a wolf in sheep’s clothing is still a wolf…

  12. Michael Eden Says:

    The founding fathers themselves expressed doubts that we would be able to maintain our republic. They understood that human nature was evil and sinful, and that all they could do was fight for and win a republic based on the greatest governing principles in the history of the world.

    I believe it was Ben Franklin who said to posterity, “We have given you a republic, if you can keep it.”

    I agree with them: we may very well not succeed in keeping our republic.

    It is certainly not that the liberals, the progressives, the socialists will simply realize the error of their ways. They are unable to see or think beyond their immoral theories. Rather, it is the same masses who elected Obama who must now realize they massively screwed up.

    Which is to say, it is up to the people who have already demonstrated that they aren’t able to make good choices to now make good choices.

    All folks like you and I can do, Barry, are to keep educating, and keep doing everything that WE can, to fight for the republic our founders saw. That vision was so magnificent it has kept us as the greatest nation in the history of the world. At least, until the present…

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