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The Wasatch Behind: True Jeffersonian democracy


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By TOM MCCOURT
Sun Advocate Columnist

Sunday we watched with high emotion as congress voted for the Democrat health care bill. I have never seen a more ugly mix of highhanded politics and disdain for the will of the American people. Now that the bill is law, I find myself sad and anxious like I have never been before.

Nothing in my lifetime has polarized us like the hope and change agenda of the Obama administration. The Vietnam War wasn't this controversial. I've never seen grandmas and grandpas marching in the streets before. I've never seen a member of congress call the president a liar to his face on national TV before. I've never before seen a political party openly bribe congressmen for votes. I've never seen a president mock and belittle Supreme Court justices before. I've never seen debt and unemployment this high and faith in our future so low. I've never seen a run on guns and ammunition like we have witnessed this past year.

I would never have guessed that one day I would see our government take over banks and financial institutions, the auto industry, hospitals and health care. I can't believe we are so incredibly stupid as to lock up millions more acres of our God-given oil and coal reserves in wilderness and parks while we buy those things from our enemies. I can't believe that in this era of international terrorism our borders remain wide open. I can't believe we have stopped teaching patriotism and Christian morality in our schools. What is happening to us?

A long time ago a wise man predicted our time and our probable fate. Here are some of the things he said:

"I predict future happiness for Americans if they can prevent the government from wasting the labors of the people under the pretense of taking care of them."

"It is incumbent on every generation to pay its own debts as it goes. A principle which if acted on would save one-half the wars of the world.

Was the government to prescribe to us our medicine and our diet, our bodies would be in such keeping as our souls are now."

"The democracy will cease to exist when you take away from those who are willing to work and give to those who would not."

"My reading of history convinces me that most bad government results from too much government."

"I think we have more machinery of government than is necessary, too many parasites living on the labor of the industrious."

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

"When wrongs are pressed because it is believed they will be borne, resistance becomes morality."

"When people fear the government there is tyranny; when the government fears the people there is freedom."

"What country can preserve its liberties if its rulers are not warned from time to time that their people preserve the spirit of resistance?"

"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."

"The beauty of the second amendment is that it will not be needed until they try to take it."

"Timid men prefer the calm of despotism to the tempestuous sea of liberty."

"All tyranny needs to gain a foothold is for people of good conscience to remain silent."

"I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just."

These things were written by Thomas Jefferson. For you young people who were never taught American history in school, Thomas Jefferson was our third president and the author of our declaration of independence. He was a man who pledged his life, his fortune, and his sacred honor to the creation of this nation and its constitution.

In contrast, our current congressmen pledge only their votes for special favors, pork projects, and political patronage. They do it with arrogance and impunity.

Today (Tuesday) we hold political caucus meetings to select candidates for high office. It is our chance to send congress a message by dumping the incumbents who have presided over this political and economic mess our country is in.

We need results not rhetoric and promises. Attend the caucus of your choice and let your voice be heard.

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