Thomas Jefferson warnings about big government
The following are some quotations attributed to Thomas Jefferson. We would do well to keep them in mind, as they are quite instructive as to the direction of the federal government, and particularly the Obama administration and its pursuit of socialized medicine.
“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.”
“A wise and frugal government, which shall leave men free to regulate their own pursuits of industry and improvement, and shall not take from the mouth of labor the bread it has earned – this is the sum of good government.”
“Experience hath shown, that even under the best forms of government those entrusted with power have, in time, and by slow operations, perverted it into tyranny.”
“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.”
“My reading of history convinces me that most bad government results from too much government.”
“That government is best which governs the least, because its people discipline themselves.”
“The democracy will cease to exist when you take away from those who are willing to work and give to those who would not.”
“Were we directed from Washington when to sow and when to reap, we should soon want bread.”
“Government big enough to supply everything you need is big enough to take everything you have. The course of history shows us that as a government grows, liberty decreases.”
“To preserve our independence, we must not let our rulers load us with perpetual debt. We must make our election between economy and liberty, or profusion and servitude.”
“There is nothing more unequal than the equal treatment of unequal people.”
“Our country is too large to have all its affairs directed by a single government. Public servants at such a distance, and from under the eye of their constituents, must, from the circumstance of distance, be unable to administer and overlook all the details necessary for the good government of the citizens; and the same circumstance, by rendering detection impossible to their constituents, will invite public agents to corruption, plunder and waste.”
Food for thought.