Government Of The People, By The People, And For The People

this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom — and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.

– Gettysburg Address

If our government was functioning as Lincoln described, it would be nothing our current government. There would be no EPA wrecking our energy security and polluting our rivers. There would be no Obamacare stealing our money. There would be no IRS stealing our money. 99.9% of our laws would not exist.

Our government is corrupt to its very core, and controlled by special interests. Which leads us back to the Declaration of Independence.

when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.–Such has been the patient sufferance of these Colonies; and such is now the necessity which constrains them to alter their former Systems of Government. The history of the present King of Great Britain Kenya is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute Tyranny over these States.

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20 Responses to Government Of The People, By The People, And For The People

  1. the interesting thing is that it was Lincoln who started this by not allowing several states to succeed from the union, which under the constitution was their right.

    • inMAGICn says:

      I believe it’s “secede” and I don’t recollect Lincoln firing on Fort Sumter which by any definition was an act of armed rebellion. Please remember that throughout the war, the worst enemy of the Confederacy was itself.

  2. Andy DC says:

    All of those pretty words ring very hollow right now. Our President and representatives are basicallly puppets of special interests, with the docile, corrupt media following in lockstep behind.

  3. omanuel says:

    We did not know that seventy years ago CHAOS and FEAR of nuclear annihilation convinced our frightened politicians to join Stalin’s chant, Better Red Than Dead!” USSR control of our research agencies – NASA, EPA, DOE, NSF, NOAA, etc. – was achieved by putting the US National Academy of Sciences in control of budget review of these agencies for Congress, and the Swedish & Norwegian National Academies of Science reward Nobel and Crafoord Prizes to those who best cooperated.

    Click to access STALIN’S_SCIENCE.pdf

  4. beowulftoo says:

    Federalist 47: “The accumulation of all powers & Legislative, Executive and Judiciary in the same hands, whether one, a few, or many and whether Hereditary, Self-appointed or Elected may justly be Pronounced the very definition of Tyranny!”

  5. Chris Barron says:

    Nothing can change, until the electorate get to vote directly on policies, like the Swiss can.

    Every ‘representative government has the same problem, it cannot serve the people well because it has to remain separate enough from the people for it to make a special case for it’s own interests, but calling it ‘in the best interests of everyone’

    Dumbing down 101

  6. inMAGICn says:

    So the government is corrupt and tyrannical. What can be done? The unutterably alien Marxist mindset has been inculcated for generations now to the point where a useless and destructive entity in the White House still is very popular, overwhelmingly so in some important circles.

    • omanuel says:

      Fortunately there is the benevolent and intelligent Mind that Max Planck perceived guiding the creative force” that holds spinning electrons and protons together as atoms.

  7. Robertv says:

    “Government is not reason, it is not eloquence, it is force; like fire, a troublesome servant and a fearful master. Never for a moment should it be left to irresponsible action.”

    Every form of government will seek more power and eventually grow BIG and end up in tyranny destroying like a cancer itself and the body it is feeding from.

    • Chris Barron says:

      Just like every society fails, sooner or later, if not through the failure to recognise it’s own self defeating mistakes then through the choice to leave the ‘very big decisions’ up to a god.

  8. “Government suppressing opinion
    And freedom of thought,
    In what school of democracy
    Was that ever taught?
    A people of the government
    Is what we’re becoming,
    A government of the people
    Now not in the running…”

    From: “A People of the Government”

  9. beowulftoo says:

    The framers of our Constitution provided for a bloodless revolution in Article 5 (written by James Madison). “On the application of the legislatures of two-thirds of the several states, [Congress] shall call a convention for proposing amendments.” Let the revolution begin! Already we have 28 or 29 states that filed the necessary petitions.

  10. Libsarenavelint says:

    Scroll down to “The Promise of Publius”. It’s a real eye opener.

    • Neal S says:

      Wow. They sure don’t teach that in school. One of the things I love about this site is that there are so many opportunities here to learn things new to me. An eye opener indeed.

      I am guessing most Lincoln biographies tend to gloss over such, or skip it altogether. There are probably many who idolize Lincoln who if they knew of such, might not view him quite so favorably any longer.

      Thanks for sharing.

    • Gail Combs says:

      Thank you for that piece on Lincoln. It supports the fact that the Civil war was not really about slavery but about state rights, balance of power and tarrifs that would penalize the South and help the northern manufacturers.

      This is a rather even handed explanation. Causes of the Civil War – A Northern Perspective

      ….By 1820, Southerners had long ago given up on maintaining a majority in the House of Representatives. The growth of the industrialized North meant the distribution of seats in the House was in their favor…..

      The Northern economy manufactured goods it wanted to sell abroad, but more importantly, at home. The South was a good market for these manufacturers. Flush with cash from the sale of cotton, the South represented a prime, albeit small market. Northern manufacturers wanted tariffs imposed on imported foreign goods that could be made in the United States to ensure that the South bought northern goods. The agrarian South demanded almost a “status quo” government which left them alone while dealing with other problems. Northerners looked to the government for help with immigration, population and competition. Frequently the two goals of the regions were at direct odds with each other.

      ….During Jackson’s first term, the Nullification Crisis began the first talk of secession in the South. Believing it had the right to “nullify” an act of Congress, South Carolina overturned the Tariff of 1832. Jackson warned the errant state that it had no such right and sent troops to Charleston to make certain the Tariff was collected. A crisis was averted when a compromise was reached in the Senate, courtesy of Henry Clay….

      The Panic of 1837 spawned the worst economic depression in United States history. Van Buren then used the panic/depression to institute banking changes that many viewed as ill-advised…..

      …..Adding to the sectionalism, the Panic of 1857 had a much wider effect on the industrialized North and the railroad-oriented West. In the North, warehouses began to pile up with unsold merchandise forcing across-the-board layoffs. Demands for an increase in protective tariffs continued to feed the sectionalism in Congress. In the West, over-expansion of the railroads caused many to collapse, taking with them tens of thousands of land speculators. The West wanted the government to support the failing railroads and banks……

      ….Abraham Lincoln touched the subject of slavery only briefly in his speeches and was always certain to point out that he did not intend to abolish slavery where it already existed. He pushed his Homestead Act and transcontinental everything to his constituents. With Lincoln’s election, the Deep South seceded.

      • rah says:

        If it wasn’t about slavery/money, then why were the slave states which voted for succession divided? Even in the very state you live in Gail this was the case. The majority that lived in western NC in the hill country where they had little use for slaves voted against succession. The same is true for Eastern TN where the majority voted against succession. The same for N. VA which became WV. The same for even some places like the swamps of LA, MS,AL where again the representatives in the state legislatures voted against succession. This all happened before Sumter and then afterward, in some places like NC the vote went unanimously for.

        The internal votes of the state legislatures of the Confederacy on the question of succession pretty much followed this general pattern. Where the land was suitable for plantations or where there were ports and major hubs that depended on the slave trade or where a significant segment of their local economy involved the procession, shipping, and/or exportation of the product of the slaves, the majority voted for succession. Where this was not the case the majority voted against succession. It was S.Carolina leading the way with the attack on Sumter that changed the votes so that succession would carry in NC, TN, VA and even then in VA it was very very close.

        People can claim it was states rights. But in the end, just like our Revolution, the overriding consideration was economic! On the balance People vote their pocket books until war fever and sectionalism, over rode all AFTER the heavy artillery came to bear!

        I believe it is in these facts along with what happened in the decade previous leading up to the war and the newspaper articles chronicling the events and opinions at that time and then the first shots fired in Missouri and Kansas before the actual vote for succession that the key reasons for the division that led to the war are shown.

      • rah says:

        BTW Gail I was sent to the Big Apple again. This one was to Maspeth, NY in Queens. It is not a back haul and was a regular run before I took the job I have now so I can’t complain about being sent there. However, I could have thought of many better 60th birthday presents than being sent to deliver there to the Coke plant to deliver 41,000 lb. + of soda can lids.

        It was my first run with Big Brother e-logs dictating my driving time. So since the load started late even though traffic going in over the George Washington wasn’t too bad the load arrived 1 1/2 hours late and when I was finally unloaded at 16:30 I had to beat my way out of that crazy mess they call rush hour in NYC Tuesday. My truckers GPS has WiFi traffic updates. It actually took me way out of the way up I-295 avoiding the George Washington and going all the way up to 287 to go over the Tappan Zee north of the city before going back down south to catch I-95/NJ Turnpike to get to Dayton, NJ NE of Camden to pick up my back haul.

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