That was then, as it should be now

Posted on December 23, 2009


I don’t have anything particularly pithy to say this evening.  So I will use the wise and forethinking words of men far smarter than I to convey what I’m thinking and feeling:

All power is originally vested in, and consequently derived from, the people. That government is instituted and ought to be exercised for the benefit of the people;which consists in the enjoyment of life and liberty and the right of acquiring property,and generally of pursuing and obtaining happiness and safety. That the people have an indubitable, unalienable, and indefeasible right to reform or change their government whenever it be found adverse or inadequate to the purpose of its institution.”  — James Madison, 1787

Unless the mass retains sufficient control over those entrusted with the powers of their government, these will be perverted to their own oppression, and to the perpetuation of wealth and power in the individuals and their families selected for the trust.” — Thomas Jefferson, 1812

But, then even brilliant men are wrong occasionally:

People can decide with as much propriety on the alterations and amendment [to the Constitution] which shall be found necessary, as ourselves, or I do not conceive that we are more inspired, have more wisdom or possess more virtue than those who will come after us.”– George Washington, 1787