A few words of wisdom on Independence Day

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By Eric Utter

The U.S. Capitol building has been an iconic symbol of democracy for well over two hundred years, much like the U.S. itself.  It remained so through the Civil War, World Wars I and II, and too many lesser crises to count, all while remaining largely accessible to the citizens whose interests those who work there are supposed to represent.  However, this Independence Day finds the Capitol off-limits to all but a select few.  Our elite overseers can’t be expected to open themselves up to a possible “insurrection,” can they?  Sad.

The tragic events of the past year and a half, and our “representatives'” reaction to them, as well as our own response, have left me wondering what the Founders and other astute political observers might say to us now if they had the chance.  Then I realized they would say pretty much what they said back then.  Here are some of the most profound, universal — and yet timely — words of wisdom ever uttered with regard to societies, governments, and freedom:

“They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.” —Benjamin Franklin.  COVID-19?

“Whoever would overthrow the liberty of a nation must begin by subduing the freeness of speech.” —Benjamin Franklin.  Sound familiar?  I wonder what Franklin’s preferred pronouns were.

“For true patriots to be silent, is dangerous.” —Samuel Adams.

“The price of freedom is eternal vigilance.” —Thomas Jefferson. MORE

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2 Comments on A few words of wisdom on Independence Day

  1. “If the freedom of speech is taken away then dumb and silent we may be led, like sheep to the slaughter.” ~ George Washington

    “A government plan that in any way encourages or makes it easier for a person to ruin his life is abhorrent.” ~ Michael James

    “I… never talk about the good intentions of the people in government, I talked about those people w/ good intentions that promoted that legislation. Once you get legislation the people in power are the people that want power, not people that want good intentions. That is a very different thing.” ~ Dr. Milton Friedman

    “How do you do good with someone else’s money unless you first take it away from them?” ~ Dr. Milton Friedman.

    “Those who can make you believe absurdities can make you commit atrocities.” ~ Voltaire

    “the further a society drifts from the truth, the more it will hate those that speak it.” ~ Selwyn Duke

    “We have broken faith with our past and embraced madness, corruption, and degeneracy as our cultural and societal watchwords. … When this happens to any nation, it is only a matter of time before it follows the sadly typical path of previous empires, with porous borders, a less unifying ethno-cultural narrative, and rank indifference to or brazen embrace of all things perverse and immoral (if not amoral).”  ~ Cam Brown

    “Behind the ostensible government sits enthroned an invisible government owing no allegiance and acknowledging no responsibility to the people.” – Theodore Roosevelt

    “Experience has 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

    “They say that hens do cackle loudest when there is nothing vital in the eggs they have laid.” ~ Ambrose Bierce

    “Government is not reason; it is not eloquence.  It is force.  And force, like fire, is a dangerous servant and a fearful master.” —George Washington

    btw, before it’s too late …. Happy Independence Day!

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  2. The continuing Capital lock down is the sole responsibility of the demented Nancy Pelosi.
    It’s purpose is to continue the illusion that the federal government is under siege by Trump supporters.
    This woman is as evil as it gets.

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