What More Is Necessary To Make Us A Happy And Prosperous People?

The the years leading up to the election of 1800 produced some of the most bitter politics ever seen. We think we we have crappy campaigns, this one was chocked full of outright lies from both sides. The election was a tie and was thrown into the House of Representatives – Thomas Jefferson prevailed on the 36th ballot.

Even with the libel and slander heaped upon him, Jefferson called for unity in his inaugural address:

Let us, then, with courage and confidence pursue our own Federal and Republican principles, our attachment to union and representative government. Kindly separated by nature and a wide ocean from the exterminating havoc of one quarter of the globe; too high-minded to endure the degradations of the others; possessing a chosen country, with room enough for our descendants to the thousandth and thousandth generation; entertaining a due sense of our equal right to the use of our own faculties, to the acquisitions of our own industry, to honor and confidence from our fellow-citizens, resulting not from birth, but from our actions and their sense of them; enlightened by a benign religion, professed, indeed, and practiced in various forms, yet all of them inculcating honesty, truth, temperance, gratitude, and the love of man; acknowledging and adoring an overruling Providence, which by all its dispensations proves that it delights in the happiness of man here and his greater happiness hereafter—with all these blessings, what more is necessary to make us a happy and a prosperous people? Still one thing more, fellow-citizens—a wise and frugal Government, which shall restrain men from injuring one another, shall leave them otherwise 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, and this is necessary to close the circle of our felicities [great happiness – Ed.].

15 thoughts on “What More Is Necessary To Make Us A Happy And Prosperous People?

  1. Aaron Burr agreed with a Federalist newspaper essay that argued defeat meant “happiness, constitution and laws [faced] endless and irretrievable ruin.” Sounds familiar.
    Jefferson said the Adams administration was against liberty and would ruin the Republic.
    Isn’t it ironic that Adams and Jefferson both died on the Fourth of July.

    • Thomas Jefferson and John Adams reconciled their differences and died friends, exchanging letters arguing the meaning, until the day they both died; both reportedly stated, 50 years to the day after signing the Declaration of Independence, “at least the other still lives.”

      The Declaration of Independence was inspired by our creator.

  2. SOCIALISM!!!!!!! ABOLISH PRIVATE PROPERTY!!!!

    If you study economics, you know this is the only path, currently capitalism is decaying into feudalism.

    • Interestingly enough, this country was founded as an answer to feudalism and had we actually followed the plan that was initiated at the ratification of the Constitution, we wouldn’t be where we are today.

      Karl, ole buddy, unfortunately what you call the cure is actually the disease. America began life as the most free nation in the world, founded under a doctrine of individual liberty like no other.

      What changed us?

      Look at where the rights of the individual have been trampled and why – our rights have been compromised, not by voluntary banding together for mutual benefit, our rights have been trampled by the lust for power of people bent on building a central authority to confiscate, restrict and distribute the individual output of one to another…and the only way to do that is forced collectivism through coercion. The latter are common features of the system you praise.

      You say that we are becoming a feudal state – you may find this strange but I agree – there are millions in this country living a feudal existence right now at the pleasure of the government, being paid by the government, living on government or government subsidized property and complying with restrictive government rules in order that the government continues to pay for them – that, my friend, is the definition of a vassal or a serf.

      No, it is not capitalism or republicanism that failed America, it is the Godless disease of collectivism in its many seductive forms, masquerading as a savior and selling the lies that it is “good for all”, a total “democracy”, that it is the only way to assure “equality”, that “progress” must mean subversion of man’s most powerful desire – that for freedom – when history teaches us something quite different about every society that has attempted total collectivism/socialism.

      The future you propose is one of herd animals and is a future that I want no part of.

      The only place where herd animals and solitary hunters can be equally free to live as each chooses is on the open prairie, savannah or forest, each independently fulfilling their role in Nature. The only place that these same beasts can be freely equal is in the slaughterhouse pen, collectively fulfilling their role as food for the central authority that has power over them.

      The answer is not to take on more of the disease. It is to rid ourselves of it. If Americans choose collectivism, let them do so voluntarily as it suits their timing, patience and needs rather than forcing every citizen to be forced into membership.

      America was unique in the world once, it can be so again. There is noting inevitable about our fate until we become resigned to it.

      • this individual vs collective is a false dichotomy. it is private vs. collective interest. The reason Joe’s is against corporations is because corporations are having a really good time and small time bourgeoisie are getting squeezed. So, they blame it on corporations and trampling of individual rights on ‘collectivism’ when really it is the almighty god of private interest, which is what right-wingers want to base society on, that is leading to the squeeze on the small time bourgeoisie,

        Americans have hardly chosen collectivism.

        FDR would have started some more alphabet agencies to build and recover america. There would surely be an alphabet agency out there producing, researching and employing people to pursue green energy. Instead what happens ? We have Obama who follows the doctrine of markets know best, private sector is the most efficient. What does he do? He throws money at the private sector expecting it to revolutionize energy in america. Bush was doing the exact same thing. There has been no push to collectivism. only closer relationships between the private sector and the private interest run gov’t. Leading to many small time bourgeoisie feeling outraged at how their tax money is spent, and hearing a giant sucking sound as wealth gets concentrated to the big time players.

        • Collectivism is a disease of incrementalism. There is no way that you can look at society today with only corporations and 53% of individuals paying taxes to support a government that now spends 2 dollars out of every three on entitlement programs. You are right “America” hasn’t chosen collectivism – I haven’t – but the Democrats and the government bureaucracy sure has. It isn’t as “pure” as you would wish but Bush’s expansion of drug benefits under Medicare and Obamacare are about as much as America will tolerate…and that is a hell of a lot more than it would have just 20 years ago.

          You know what the most erroneous “fact” about FDR’s “alphabet agencies” is?

          It is the fable told between collectivists that the work done in these programs was by the collective of governmental agencies and government employees, when the actual jobs were done by private companies employed BY the government. The Hoover Dam is a perfect example of an FDR “New Deal” project that was built by private companies.

          The WPA and CCC didn’t compete with private industry – it only enrolled the unemployed to do work on public projects that yielded a benefit – but today, we just pay the unemployed to sit…in an example of a communist program, today we guarantee them a living (an awful one, no doubt) without a corresponding return to society in any way. This is equivalent to the Marxist ideal that everyone should be guaranteed a job.

          The fallacy of your “green energy” argument rests in understanding that the market did exactly what it should have to be efficient – it killed bad ideas and bad companies. There is a reason that green technology isn’t successful today and it has nothing to do with private industry – it failed for two reasons 1) because the investment went to influence peddlers and cronies who were linked together by statist ideology and motivated by political power and 2) because the technology does not work – or does not work as efficiently as current energy resources. What it is is a perfect example of the failure of a central, arbitrary authority deciding to spend taxpayer’s money on a Quixotic quest for a fairy tale result in contradiction to reality.

          Green tech didn’t fail due to the market economy, it failed due to physics.

          Every socialist/Marxist/communist that I have ever met cries that we must do this “for the people” but getting to know them indicates that it is only about getting “the people” to satisfy their own individual perceived needs for security and to compensate for their individual weaknesses.

          I suspect that this is the case here as well.

        • Karl reminds me of a didgeridoo, one note . over and over ad nauseum. Karl doesn’t comprehend that the elimination of private property is feudalism.

          • Agreed…..he is at the same time devoid of even the Depth of expression of the Didgeridoo….LOL.

  3. Communism is the end of private property. Not giving checks to poor people. that is liberalism. Like I have said redistribution is not collectivization.

    You are right FDR and Obama Aren’t collectivist their cooperation with private interest shows this. So calling them collectivist is wrong.

    • “their cooperation with private interest shows this”

      Basically; FASCISTS

      (which is merely one way of Marxism)

      Not free market capitalism.

    • NO.

      You are wrong once again because as always you refuse to observe History as it is; instead forcing History into the Myopic lense of Marxism.

      There is NOTHING inconsistant with Collectivism existing Side by side with Croney Capitalism…..the Soviet Union, Germany, Italy and Japan all show this explicity….as does any number of Latin / Central American socialist experiments…..The Most germaine for us today is Mexico…. a system which we are importing into America today.

    • “The mania for giving the Government power to meddle with the private affairs of cities or citizens is likely to cause endless trouble, through the rivalry of schools and creeds that are anxious to obtain official recognition, and there is great danger that our people will lose our independence of thought and action which is the cause of much of our greatness, and sink into the helplessness of the Frenchman or German who expects his government to feed him when hungry, clothe him when naked, to prescribe when his child may be born and when he may die, and, in fine, to regulate every act of humanity from the cradle to the tomb, including the manner in which he may seek future admission to paradise.” Samuel Langhorn Clemens (Mark Twain)
      Note to Joe, sometimes Sam could get real serious, not all humor

  4. I am convinced that Komrad Karl is either:
    a student at a public college (perhaps Junior College) or an academic at said J.C., or a government employee.
    At any rate Karl’s real world experience seems limited to what he can see through the lens of Karl Marx, another one who couldn’t comprehend or succeed in any real world work.

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