Not to be insulting but, Thomas Jefferson said that liberty and ignorance cannot coexist
I can not vote with the sheep any longer. It took me thirtytwo years to understand who owns the mainstream media, and the politicians that the main stream media supports. During the Bush I term media was deregulated. This deregulation has led to nearly all of the media being owned by six corporations. This means that there is no honest accounting in the news because the corporations that own all of the media outlets are going to only publish news that suits their big business agenda. Profits and power is what these people crave. In Americas beginning the press was more often than not opposed to government, today the press is in bed with the government and whispering sweet nothings into the politicians ears. http://www.corporations.org/media/I'd like to embed the following image, it is a must see, however I respect the owners rules.A real conservative heeds the values of the Constitution otherwise what exactly is it that is being conserved? The Constitution framed the U.S. as a representative republic, NOT A DEMOCRACY! The Founding Fathers understood that when a majority rules the minority has it's rights violated.
WARNINGS from the Founders
John Witherspoon, signer - “Pure democracy cannot subsist long nor be carried far into the departments of state – it is very subject to caprice and the madness of popular rage.”
Zephaniah Swift, author of America’s first legal text - “It may generally be remarked that the more a government resembles a pure democracy the more they abound with disorder and confusion.”
Benjamin Rush, signer - “ a simple democracy … is one of the greatest of evils.”
John Quincy Adams - “The experience of all former ages had shown that of all human governments, democracy was the most unstable, fluctuating and short-lived.”
Noah Webster - “In democracy … there are commonly tumults and disorders … Therefore a pure democracy is generally a very bad government. It is often the most tyrannical government on earth.”
James Madison - “Democracies have ever been spectacles of turbulence and contention; have ever been found incompatible with personal security or the rights of property; and have, in general, been as short in their lives as they have been violent in their deaths.”
John Adams - “Remember, democracy never lasts long. It soon wastes, exhausts, and murders itself. There never was a democracy yet that did not commit suicide.”
Gouverneur Morris, who led the committee that produced the final draft of the Constitution, said, "We have seen the tumult of democracy terminate - as [it has] everywhere terminated, in despotism - Democracy! savage and wild. Thou who wouldst bring down the virtuous and wise to the level of folly and guilt."
Dr. Benjamin Rush, a signer of the Declaration of Independence, called a "simple democracy...one of the greatest of evils." http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1351222/postsYet the Media rarely or never mentions that this country is a republic because as long as they have the "majorities minds made up" they win, and win big. Don't get me wrong, I'm not against big business, I'm against big business controlling the electorate through manipulation and lies. One of the most morally repugnant things that the Supreme Court has ever done was to grant corporations the capability of being a natural person. In doing so the court essentially injected corporations into the political process by allowing them to act as donors and constituents to what ever cause gained the corporations the greatest profit, Mere mortal men will rarely have the capability to influence politicians in the way that corporations will due to a lack of media influence and cash.
the 1886 Supreme Court decision granting corporations the same rights as living persons under the Fourteenth Amendment to the Constitution. Quoting from David Korten's The Post-Corporate World, Life After Capitalism (pp.185-6):
In 1886, . . . in the case of Santa Clara County v. Southern Pacific Railroad Company, the U.S. Supreme Court decided that a private corporation is a person and entitled to the legal rights and protections the Constitutions affords to any person. Because the Constitution makes no mention of corporations, it is a fairly clear case of the Court's taking it upon itself to rewrite the Constitution. http://www.ratical.org/corporations/SCvSPR1886.html
A democracy cannot exist as a permanent form of government. It can only exist until the voters discover that they can vote themselves largess from the public treasury. From that time on the majority always votes for the candidates promising the most benefits from the public treasury, with the results that a democracy always collapses over loose fiscal policy, always followed by a dictatorship. The average age of the world's great civilizations has been 200 years. These nations have progressed through this sequence:
from bondage to spiritual faith;
from spiritual faith to great courage;
from courage to liberty;
from liberty to abundance;
from abundance to selfishness;
from selfishness to complacency;
from complacency to apathy;
from apathy to dependency;
from dependency back again to bondage.
Sir Alex Fraser Tytler
Our military training manuals used to contain the correct definitions of Democracy and Republic. The following comes from Training Manual No. 2000-25 published by the War Department, November 30, 1928.
* A government of the masses.
* Authority derived through mass meeting or any other form of "direct" expression.
* Results in mobocracy.
* Attitude toward property is communistic--negating property rights.
* Attitude toward law is that the will of the majority shall regulate, whether is be based upon deliberation or governed by passion, prejudice, and impulse, without restraint or regard to consequences.
* Results in demogogism, license, agitation, discontent, anarchy.
* Authority is derived through the election by the people of public officials best fitted to represent them.
* Attitude toward law is the administration of justice in accord with fixed principles and established evidence, with a strict regard to consequences.
* A greater number of citizens and extent of territory may be brought within its compass.
* Avoids the dangerous extreme of either tyranny or mobocracy.
* Results in statesmanship, liberty, reason, justice, contentment, and progress.
* Is the "standard form" of government throughout the world.
The manuals containing these definitions were ordered destroyed without explanation about the same time that President Franklin D. Roosevelt made private ownership of our lawful money (US Minted Gold Coins) illegal. Shortly after the people turned in their $20 gold coins, the price was increased from $20 per ounce to $35 per ounce. Almost overnight F.D.R., the most popular president this century (elected 4 times) looted almost half of this nation's wealth, while convincing the people that it was for their own good. Many of F.D.R.'s policies were suggested by his right hand man, Harry Hopkins, who said,
"Tax and Tax, Spend and Spend, Elect and Elect, because the people are too damn dumb to know the difference".The history posted above is why I do not feel as if I am throwing my vote away. It is why you are throwing your God given rights away by voting for McCain or Obamma. The U.S. Constitution does not give the government any rights, it provides that people are endowed with inalienable rights that are the law of God, not man. The current candidates scoff at such thoughts and are unworthy of my vote for that very reason. With that said, don't get me wrong, I'm not a religious man, but I would rather derive my rights from God, even if God is a fictional character than derive my rights from any man, because rights granted by man is tyrannical in nature.