For Founding Father’s Quotes Friday, on Saturday we’ve decided that based on so many quotes – moreover, the exacting detail in letters, papers, and journals recorded and left by this Nation’s founders – that on this lovely Summer afternoon we would feature a few quotes.
We would like to add a little commentary; however, where it is deemed unnecessary or repetitive we may let the quote stand alone. First up and by consensus is Mr. James Madison:
A popular Government, without popular information, or the means of acquiring it, is but a Prologue to a Farce or a Tragedy; or, perhaps both. Knowledge will forever govern ignorance: And a people who mean to be their own Governors, must arm themselves with the power which knowledge gives. – James Madison, letter to W.T. Barry, August 4, 1822
How valid is the information our government receives? More importantly, how well is the main-stream media (MSM) being ethical and fair with the information? Lastly, how is this knowledge disseminated, ergo, how transparent is our government? Critical thinking is optimum when one thinks of the changes to health care, environmental issues, illegal immigration, and misspeaking.
Energy in government is essential to that security against external and internal danger and to that prompt and salutary execution of the laws which enter into the very definition of good government. Stability in government is essential to national character and to the advantages annexed to it, as well as to that repose and confidence in the minds of the people, which are among the chief blessings of civil society. – James Madison, Federalist No. 37, January 11, 1788
Well given the government’s track record over the last 25-years – especially on matters of illegal immigration – we see that the “We the People” are feeling quite unstable.
If Congress can do whatever in their discretion can be done by money, and will promote the General Welfare, the Government is no longer a limited one, possessing enumerated powers, but an indefinite one, subject to particular exceptions. – James Madison, letter to Edmund Pendleton, January 21, 1792
Just as in the time of our Founder’s the news media is quintessentially responsible for communicating this Nation’s traditions, heritage, customs, and cultural norms.”By an intermixture with our people, they, or their descendants, get assimilated to our customs, measures, laws: in a word soon become one people”…George Washington in a letter to John Adams.
Whenever I need a reality check with regards to how effective our government is – it is a real award to go back to those who founded this country and look at their morality and values.