"Posterity, you will never know how much it cost the present generation to preserve your freedom. I hope you will make good use of it. If you do not, I shall repent in heaven that ever I took half the pains to preserve it." -John Adams

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Wednesday, February 1, 2012

A lesson from James Madison

"I believe there are more instances of the abridgement of freedom of the people by gradual and silent encroachments by those in power than by violent and sudden usurpations."

"Of all the enemies of public liberty, war is perhaps the most to be dreaded, because it comprises and develops the germ of every other."

"No nation could preserve its freedom in the midst of continual warfare."

And finally;
"If Tyranny and Oppression come to this land, it will be in the guise of fighting a foreign enemy."  

I know these days people don't have much respect for those old dead guys who lost blood and fortune to secure our Liberty. I know they weren't perfect men, and they sometimes did things that flew in the face of the very Liberty they sought to secure. Oh sure, we hear talking head idiots say things like,"the founding fathers told us," then they do the exact opposite of what they did tell us.
But we would do ourselves Justice to look at the writings and the warnings these men gave us. Who can look at our history this past century and see where we have gone to war and come out being more free here at home?
September 11th, 2001.
Under the guise of fighting a foreign enemy, we have the Patriot Act. We have seen the president kill American citizens without due process. We now get groped when we want to fly within our own country. We now have roadside checks where your car can be searched merely because you are traveling.
And now, the NDAA. Soon, the expatriation act. And don't think it's going to get better. They are warning us now.

"For him who has an ear, let him hear".

We may well be going to war with Iran. Many know this would be a stupid idea, but the chicken hawks want it. And I think they will get it. So what's the point of this post?

They are coming to get us!!!

Maybe the folks in charge (the guys that have all the guns pointed at our heads) actually have read the writings of Madison, maybe they read these quotes and said," Hey! That's a great idea!"

I wonder how many miles they will get out of this gallon of gas.

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