Saturday, September 20, 2008
And the Wise Thomas Jefferson Once Said.....
Amy Goodman used a great Thomas Jefferson quote the other day which made me do a little research (everyone knows how much I love to research!) and found some other gems I'd like to disseminate to the masses, reminding all of you your role in the very government you elect. Here are a few that Goodman used during her speech which rattled me to the bones. Remember that our press is currently compromised and according to her, has hit a new low. Disney = ABC and GE = NBC/MSNBC. Try NPR or Democracy Now! for the real truths of the day. Read on to see how history unmistakably repeats itself, under the guise of the great and the downright poor in spirit.
FREE SPEECH JEFFERSON QUOTES
"The basis of our governments being the opinion of the people, the very first object should be to keep that right; and were it left to me to decide whether we should have a government without newspapers or newspapers without a government, I should not hesitate a moment to prefer the latter. But I should mean that every man should receive those papers and be capable of reading them." --Thomas Jefferson to Edward Carrington, 1787. ME 6:57
"The press [is] the only tocsin of a nation. [When it] is completely silenced... all means of a general effort [are] taken away." --Thomas Jefferson to Thomas Cooper, Nov 29, 1802. (*) ME 10:341
"The only security of all is in a free press. The force of public opinion cannot be resisted when permitted freely to be expressed. The agitation it produces must be submitted to. It is necessary, to keep the waters pure." --Thomas Jefferson to Lafayette, 1823. ME 15:491
ON FREEDOM & LIBERTY
**"Every government degenerates when trusted to the rulers of the people alone. The people themselves are its only safe depositories."
**"Educate and inform the whole mass of the people... They are the only sure reliance for the preservation of our liberty."
**"Experience hath shewn, that even under the best forms of government those entrusted with power have, in time, and by slow operations, perverted it into tyranny."
**"I am mortified to be told that, in the United States of America, the sale of a book can become a subject of inquiry, and of criminal inquiry too.
**"Liberty is to the collective body, what health is to every individual body. Without health no pleasure can be tasted by man; without liberty, no happiness can be enjoyed by society."
THE FOLLOWING WILL BE THE SUBJECT OF A NEAR FUTURE BLOG...LET IT MARINATE!
**"I hope we shall crush in its birth the aristocracy of our monied corporations which dare already to challenge our government to a trial by strength, and bid defiance to the laws of our country."
**"I sincerely believe that banking establishments are more dangerous than standing armies, and that the principle of spending money to be paid by posterity, under the name of funding, is but swindling futurity on a large scale."