Wednesday, July 04, 2007

Happy Independence Day

"We, the people are the rightful masters of both Congress and the courts--not to overthrow the Constitution, but to overthrow men who pervert the Constitution--Abraham Lincoln

"Posterity, you will never know how much it cost the present generation to preserve your freedom. I hope you will make good use of it. If you do not, I shall repent in heaven that ever I took half the pains to preserve it."--John Adams

And what country can preserve its liberties, if it's rulers are not warned from time to time, that this people preserve the spirit of resistance? Let them take arms. The remedy is to set them right as to the facts, pardon and pacify them. What signify a few lives lost in a century or two? The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time, with the blood of patriots and tyrants. It is its natural manure."--Thomas Jefferson

Noble quotes and open to interpretation as to our present situation but remember, all three exercised presidential powers during their tenures. Lincoln suspended the writ of Habeas Corpus during the civil war, Adams enacted the Alien and Sedition Acts under threat of war with France, and Jefferson purchased Louisiana without Congressional approval and also attacked the Barbary Pirates without a declaration of war. There's really nothing new under the sun.

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