Good morning world! I was born on June 14th 1976 – Flag Day – on our Country’s Bicentennial.
“The United States Bicentennial was a series of celebrations and observances during the mid-1970s that paid tribute to historical events leading up to the creation of the United States of America as an independent republic. It was a central event in the memory of the American Revolution.” As per Google. On this day of American Independence let us not forget the sacrifices our forefathers made to ensure our freedom to have peace, choice of religion was pinnacle to seperating from a church that taxed without representation. Our constitution embodies the principles to protects us from people who set out to change the fundamentals of democracy – Separation of Powers. Who choose to use fear to divide and control, threats of violence to intimidate, name calling, refusing to do ones job against your oath to office and the PEOPLE your only goal being to discredit someone with opinions. We shall never wage war based on the decision of one grumpy old man but a group of grumpy old men. least according to John Locke.
John Locke, (born August 29, 1632, Wrington, Somerset, England—died October 28, 1704, High Laver, Essex), English philosopher whose works lie at the foundation of modern philosophical empiricism and political liberalism. Quotes follow…
“… tyranny is the exercise of power beyond right …”
“The state of nature has a law of nature to govern it, which obliges every one: and reason, which is that law, teaches all mankind, who will but consult it, that being all equal and independent, no one ought to harm another in his life, health, liberty, or possessions.”
“New opinions are always suspected, and usually opposed, without any other reason but because they are not common.”
“Men being, as has been said, by nature, all free, equal and independent, no one can be put out of this estate, and subjected to the political power of another, without his own consent.”
“As if when men, quitting the state of Nature, entered into society, they agreed that all of them but one should be under the restraint of laws; but that he should still retain all the liberty of the state of Nature, increased with power, and made licentious by impunity.”
“But there is only one thing which gathers people into seditious commotion, and that is oppression.”
“The end of law is not to abolish or restrain, but to preserve and enlarge freedom. For in all the states of created beings, capable of laws, where there is no law there is no freedom.”
“The Indians, whom we call barbarous, observe much more decency and civility in their discourses and conversation, giving one another a fair silent hearing till they have quite done; and then answering them calmly, and without noise or passion.”
“The great question which, in all ages, has disturbed mankind, and brought on them the greatest part of their mischiefs … has been, not whether be power in the world, nor whence it came, but who should have it.”
“And because it may be too great a temptation to human frailty, apt to grasp at power, for the same persons, who have the power of making laws, to have also in their hands the power to execute them …”
“… no one can be put out of this estate, and subjected to the political power of another, without his own consent.”
“This is to think that men are so foolish that they take care to avoid what mischiefs may be done them by polecats or foxes, but are content, nay, think it safety, to be devoured by lions.”
“Revolt is the right of the people.”
John Locke was a great thinker providing inspirational writes that are very precise and intelligent in my opinion. I always feel optimistic after reading him.
Happy 4th of July
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