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Thomas Jefferson Quote

At the establishment of our constitutions, the judiciary bodies were supposed to be the most helpless and harmless members of the government. Experience, however, soon showed in what way they were to become the most dangerous; that the insufficiency of the means provided for their removal gave them a freehold and irresponsibility in office; that their decisions, seeming to concern individual suitors only, pass silent and unheeded by the public at large; that the decisions, nevertheless, become law by precedent, sapping, by little and little the foundations of the constitution, and working its change by construction, before any one has perceived that that invisible and helpless worm has been busily employed in consuming its substance. In truth, man is not made to be trusted for life, if secured against all liability to account.

ideas > What Bargain Are You Willing to Make?

What Bargain Are You Willing to Make?
The Russian people made the terrible bargain. The Chinese people did as well. So did the North Koreans, the Germans, the Italians, the Vietnamese, and others. The deal they made was a life without worry, an endless bounty of food, medicine and jobs, a chance to pursue one's dreams for a vote for a politician who made these promises. In each case, the politician was a socialist, who when in power, built a state that eventually suppressed and destroyed all these promises, left tens of millions dead, and hundreds of millions in poverty living a life without freedom and bounty.

It is easier to understand how a people not used to freedom, such as the Russians, would choose Lenin, Stalin, and socialism. But why did Germans, a people used to freedom and democracy, choose a tyrant such as Hitler? That question is much more complex, but I think the answer is quite simple. The German people, as well as any free people who choose socialism, temporarily suspend reality or their ability to reason with hopes for something that can never be. They want bounty without work. They want the easy road, which is no easy road at all. Bounty and plenty cannot come out of a welfare state. Bounty and plenty come out of work. It doesn't come out of a country that has retirement at 65, or millions of babies born out a wedlock and even millions more living off of welfare and other government programs.

As the economy slows as more people produce nothing, the promises become greater and the people reach for a hope that can never deliver the promises of prosperity, but they will continue to suspend reality until it is too late. The politician will have the police state they need to enact their maniacal, egotistical agenda. The people end up in poverty and tyranny and the politician ends up with control. When people suspend reality in their heads, they lose their liberty. Only fools believe the impossible.
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