Thoughts On Shutdown Eve 2013

Actually, these thoughts are from 1835:

Unlimited power is in itself a bad and dangerous thing. Human beings are not competent to exercise it with discretion. God alone can be omnipotent, because his wisdom and his justice are always equal to his power. There is no power on earth so worthy of honor in itself or clothed with rights so sacred that I would admit its uncontrolled and all-predominant authority. When I see that the right and the means of absolute command are conferred on any power whatever, be it called a people or a king, an aristocracy or a democracy, a monarchy or a republic, I say there is the germ of tyranny, and I seek to live elsewhere, under other laws.

In my opinion, the main evil of the present democratic institutions of the United States does not arise, as is often asserted in Europe, from their weakness, but from their irresistible strength. I am not so much alarmed at the excessive liberty which reigns in that country as at the inadequate securities which one finds there against tyranny. an individual or a party is wronged in the United States, to whom can he apply for redress? If to public opinion, public opinion constitutes the majority; if to the legislature, it represents the majority and implicitly obeys it; if to the executive power, it is appointed by the majority and serves as a passive tool in its hands. The public force consists of the majority under arms; the jury is the majority invested with the right of hearing judicial cases; and in certain states even the judges are elected by the majority. However iniquitous or absurd the measure of which you complain, you must submit to it as well as you can.

If, on the other hand, a legislative power could be so constituted as to represent the majority without necessarily being the slave of its passions, an executive so as to retain a proper share of authority, and a judiciary so as to remain independent of the other two powers, a government would be formed which would still be democratic while incurring scarcely any risk of tyranny.

I do not say that there is a frequent use of tyranny in America at the present day; but I maintain that there is no sure barrier against it, and that the causes which mitigate the government there are to be found in the circumstances and the manners of the country more than in its laws.

– Alexis de Tocqueville, “Democracy in America” 1835

6 thoughts on “Thoughts On Shutdown Eve 2013

  1. In my 67 years I have seen the tyranny increase and the manners decrease. In my studies of history these trends were seriously escallated by Woodrow Willson and the progressive movement. Old news to the readers of this blog but the leadership in both parties have moved so far toward the tyranny side that without serious increases of the checks and balances provide in the constitution only the blood of patriots will suffice to remove the tyranny. How to improve the manners is far beyond my meager skills but I will pray continuously for it to happen.

    • I’m 54 but I have noticed two things:

      1) Totalitarianism and tyranny are rarely implemented by iron law, most often they are introduced incrementally via capricious application of a myriad of smaller laws and regulations.

      2) Those who support tyranny only do so because they assume that its evils will not be vested on them. They are always wrong. Tyranny is its own master.

    • What foresight: so I’ll repeat again.

      “I do not say that there is a frequent use of tyranny in America at the present day; but I maintain that there is no sure barrier against it, and that the causes which mitigate the government there are to be found in the circumstances and the manners of the country more than in its laws.”

      – Alexis de Tocqueville, “Democracy in America” 1835

      There are no honest and knowledgeable leaders in America today. (Except sam johnson and maybe ted cruz) The people controlling the federal govt. today are all mere small minded manipulators.

      The progressives are failing. Lies can only fool the ignorant and indoctrinated.

      • My favorite part of this is this:

        “Unlimited power is in itself a bad and dangerous thing. Human beings are not competent to exercise it with discretion. God alone can be omnipotent, because his wisdom and his justice are always equal to his power”

  2. Hate to say it, I welcome to the shutdown. Those things generally hurt a President with a D behind is name as he represents unions, and labor.

    See you guys after tonight’s “cataclysm”, lol — oh the theatrics of those crazy f**king liberals. 🙂

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