Jim Pruitt [mailto
Independence Day
Tue Jul 4, 2006 19:16

Independence Day

Since we a celebrating Independence Day, a few quotations from Thomas Jefferson are in order.

In reading the quotes, notice how far we have deviated from the ideals this government was founded upon. We have the Federal Reserve. There are folks here as well as in the UN who want to disarm us. Our right to medications is controlled by the state, and they are currently talking of regulating the portion size of our meals. Democracy is touted as the be all, end all, even though the founders eschewed it as a form of government — we are supposed to have a republic. Almost every act of the congress is not authorized by the Constitution, meaning we are living in a lawless society.

Jefferson though we should have a revolution every 20 years or so. We are about a dozen past due.

We should be marching on Washington, our state capitals and county commissions and hanging them all. When are we going to reach a critical mass of discontent so we will act now as our forefathers did in the past?

“Anyone who has the power to make you believe absurdities has the power to make you commit injustices.” — Voltaire

“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, Letter to the Secretary of the Treasury Albert Gallatin (1802) 3rd president of US (1743 - 1826)

“I would rather be exposed to the inconveniences attending too much liberty than to those attending too small a degree of it.”

— Thomas Jefferson, to Archibald Stuart, 1791 3rd president of US (1743 - 1826)

“Question with boldness even the existence of God; because, if there is one, he must more approve of the homage of reason than that of blindfolded faith.”

— Thomas Jefferson 3rd president of US (1743 - 1826)

“When a man assumes a public trust, he should consider himself as public property”

— Thomas Jefferson 3rd president of US (1743 - 1826)

“If people let government decide what foods they eat and what medicines they take, their bodies will soon be in as sorry a state as are the souls of those who live under tyranny.”

— Thomas Jefferson 3rd president of US (1743 - 1826)

“The price of freedom is eternal vigilance.”

— Thomas Jefferson 3rd president of US (1743 - 1826)

“There is nothing more unequal, than the equal treatment of unequal people.”

— Thomas Jefferson 3rd president of US (1743 - 1826)

“Democracy is 51% of the people taking away the rights of the other 49%.”

— Thomas Jefferson 3rd president of US (1743 - 1826)

“Sometimes it is said that man cannot be trusted with the governing of himself. Can he, then, be trusted with the government of others? Or have we found angels in the forms of kings to govern him? Let history answer this question.”

— Thomas Jefferson, First Inaugural Address 3rd president of US (1743 - 1826)

“The legitimate powers of government extend to such acts only as are injurious to others. But it does me no injury for my neighbor to say there are twenty gods, or no god. It neither picks my pocket nor breaks my leg.”

— Thomas Jefferson, Notes on the State of Virginia, 1781-82 3rd president of US (1743 - 1826)

“The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants.”

— Thomas Jefferson 3rd president of US (1743 - 1826)

“A wise and frugal government, which shall leave men free to regulate their own pursuits of industry and improvement, and shall not take from the mouth of labor and bread it has earned - this is the sum of good government.”

— Thomas Jefferson

“Delay is preferable to error.” — Thomas Jefferson

“For a people who are free, and who mean to remain so, a well-organized and armed militia is their best security.” — Thomas Jefferson

“Ignorance is preferable to error, and he is less remote from the truth who believes nothing than he who believes what is wrong.”

— Thomas Jefferson

“It is always better to have no ideas than false ones; to believe nothing, than to believe what is wrong.”

— Thomas Jefferson

“No free man shall ever be debarred the use of arms.”

— Thomas Jefferson

“Nothing can stop the man with the right mental attitude from achieving his goal; nothing on earth can help the man with the wrong mental attitude.”

— Thomas Jefferson

“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

“The natural progress of things is for liberty to yield and government to gain ground.” — Thomas Jefferson

“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

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

— Thomas Jefferson

“When the people fear their government, there is tyranny; when the government fears the people, there is liberty.”

— Thomas Jefferson

“I consider trial by jury as the only anchor yet imagined by man by which a government can be held to the principles of its constitution.”

— Thomas Jefferson

“No man has a natural right to commit aggression on the equal rights of another, and this is all from which the laws ought to restrain him. ...the idea is quite unfounded that on entering into society we give up any natural rights.”

— Thomas Jefferson in a letter to Francis W. Gilmor, July 7, 1786

“Our tenet ever was . . . that Congress had not unlimited powers to provide for the general welfare, but were restrained to those specifically enumerated; and that, as it was never meant that they should provide for that welfare but by the exercise of the enumerated powers, so it could not have been meant they should raise money for purposes which the enumeration did not place under their action.”

— Thomas Jefferson

“Experience hath shown, that even under the best forms [of government] those entrusted with power have, in time, and by slow operations, perverted it into tyranny.” — Thomas Jefferson

“The two enemies of the people are criminals and government, so let us tie the second down with the chains of the constitution so the second will not become the legalized version of the first.” — Thomas Jefferson


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Tuesday, July 04, 2006

Padres head to Philly for Independence Day

(Sports Network) - The San Diego Padres will try to stay atop the NL West standings this afternoon when they battle the Philadelphia Phillies in a matinee affair on Independence Day at Citizens Bank Park.

The Padres have lost two in a row and own a slim half-game lead over San Francisco in the National League West division. In Sunday's 6-2 loss against the Giants, Josh Bard had three hits and Chris Young failed to get his fifth consecutive win by giving up four runs on six hits in 6 2/3 innings.

San Diego completed a 10-game homestand at 5-5 and will open a six-game road trip today in Philly. The Padres are 20-15 on the road this season and will send Clay Hensley to the mound on Tuesday.

Hensley ended a four-start winless streak in his last outing on June 28 against Oakland. He only allowed one run on five hits in seven innings for the win.

The right-hander has no record and a 2.25 earned run average in four career relief appearances versus the Phillies.

Philadelphia will send rookie left-hander Cole Hamels to the mound for the series opener. Hamels is riding a personal four-game losing streak and was roughed up in his last outing on June 28 against Baltimore, allowing seven runs on nine hits in five innings.

Hamels, whose only win this season was on June 6 at Arizona, will make his first-ever appearance against the Padres on Tuesday afternoon.

The Phillies ended a two-game losing streak on Sunday with an 11-6 victory over the Toronto Blue Jays. Philadelphia salvaged the finale of the three-game series and won for just the second time in the last 11 games.

Bobby Abreu drove in four runs and Ryan Howard hit his 28th home run of the season at Rogers Centre. Chase Utley drove in three runs on three hits, while David Bell finished 3-for-4 with three runs scored for the Phillies.

Philadelphia went 2-7 on its nine-game road trip and will open a six-game homestand today. The club is 18-23 at Citizens Bank Park this season.

Tuesday's contest is the first meeting of the season between San Diego and the Phillies. Philadelphia went 6-0 last season and is 15-4 against the Padres since the start of the 2003 campaign.



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