Recently, I’ve begun looking into our past to discover some rather amazing revelations from our forefathers regarding our government. What’s surprising is just how relevant their wisdom is in today’s society. Yesterday, I provided a few thoughts regarding a couple quotes from George Washington and Thomas Jefferson. Today, I’ll add some more juicy nuggets to chew on.
“I am for doing good to the poor, but…I think the best way of doing good to the poor, is not making them easy in poverty, but leading or driving them out of it. I observed…that the more public provisions were made for the poor, the less they provided for themselves, and of course became poorer. And, on the contrary, the less was done for them, the more they did for themselves, and became richer.”
― Benjamin Franklin
Sadly, this topic is as relevant today as it was back then. The most unfortunate part is there are good people struggling, who suffer as a result of folks taking advantage of government assistance. My belief is benefits should be given, with the understanding that one must make an effort to pull themselves up…if at all possible.
“There is nothing which I dread so much as a division of the republic into two great parties, each arranged under its leader, and concerting measures in opposition to each other. This, in my humble apprehension, is to be dreaded as the greatest political evil under our Constitution.”
― John Adams,
John Adams read the writing on the wall, regarding the formation of multiple political parties. The division of our government into separate parties has damaged our nation’s ability to get things done. Time and again we’ve seen issues addressed, yet they can’t seem to find a fast solution. We have a democratic and republican party…great!?! How about a “real” people’s party? I’m certainly tired of all the posturing that seems to consume these parties today.
“If ever a time should come, when vain and aspiring men shall possess the highest seats in Government, our country will stand in need of its experienced patriots to prevent its ruin.”
― Samuel Adams
This statement alone tells me, Samuel would be livid today. Based on that statement alone, it stands to reason that our country has been in trouble for a long time now.