Understanding A Statist/Leftist/Progressive In One Simple Quote

The Left is fond of telling us that our founders are irrelevant today.  They tell us their ideology, their morals and their government were designed for their times — not ours.  We are told that technology and scientific advancement have rendered the founders obsolete.  Well, if one never reads the founders, one might be excused for accepting this lie.  But then, with as easy as it is to find and read their words today, there can be no excuse.

Our founders sought eternal truths: principles by which they could understand man and design a system of governance as perfect as men are capable of creating — and they succeeded.  So, to understand why they succeeded and why we are failing today, I thought I would reach back to one of our founders and allow his words to explain the problem we are facing:

“Governments, like clocks, go from the motion men give them; and as governments are made by men, so by them they are ruined too. Wherefore governments rather depend upon men than men upon governments. Let men be good and the government cannot be bad… But if men be bad, let the government be never so good, they will endeavor to warp and soil it to their turn… [T]hough good laws do well, good men do better; for good laws may want [lack] good men and be abolished or invaded by ill men; but good men will never want good laws nor suffer [allow] ill ones.”

~William Penn

[William Penn quoted from: Thomas Clarkson, memoirs of the Private and Public Life of William Penn (London: Richard Taylor and Co., 1813) Vol. 1, p.303.]

And with those few words, one of our founders reaches forward through time and slaps down all of the prideful boasts and ignorant assertions of one who sought to pervert the principles and ideals upon which our nation was founded for no purpose other than to appease his own vanity and selfish need for recognition — that being Woodrow Wilson (as well as all those who have ever stood with him in asserting that our founders are applicable only to their time and not to all time as they so boldly proclaimed).

[NOTE: I consider Penn a founder, more so even than I do the men who wrote the Declaration and the Constitution.  I place him in the ranks of men such as John Locke and George Whitfield.  For, as much as the Revolutionary founders did, they were building off the backs of these great men who came before them.  Men like Penn actually paved the road to Concord, whereas our founders are the ones who actually had to fight the fight that made the principles they defined and refined into a reality.]

10 thoughts on “Understanding A Statist/Leftist/Progressive In One Simple Quote

  1. A Marxist would take that from the quote Karl ……. a person who wishes to impose their will on others, who sees THEIR idea of Government as the greatest creation of Man.

    Penn is saying within his words that BAD Government is Forced upon Good men …. who by their nature would never institute Bad Government and, if it was within their power, would abolish it.

  2. A Constitutional Republic with Democratically elected representatives ( supposedly) adhereing to the Rule of Law as embodied in the Written Contitution and Bill of Rights….and with True Balance of power between Separate branches of Government. so no Collusion and subversion of the People’s rights can occur…..

    Is HARDLY anarchy Karl……………Come on now.

    • The Problem has arisen unfortunately where “The Rule of Law” …. has become the Rule of Lawyers !

      • law is created by men. That is the way it is and will always be. You can’t have a ‘small-government’ state because the oursuit for private property will lead to corruption of the gov’t.

    • A constitution can be ignored and amended be humans. So your solutions is not a solution to the problem of bad people ruling good people.

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