Posted by Bill R on November 17, 2000 at 12:43:36:
In Reply to: 18th Century Political Thoughts posted by Elaine on November 17, 2000 at 11:42:25:
EXACTLY!!! *gnome hopping up and down*. That is EXACTLY the point!! Presidents and personalities come and go. The Constitution endures and ensures us we can never be led down the garden path by a Cult of Personality or by our prejudices.
Al Gore and George Bush mean nothing. The Consititution is ALL.
Well said Lainey. Again you shame me with making the point so eloquently and easily while I ramble and rumble around trying to get to that point!!!
: -It would be a dangerous delusion were a confidence in the men of our choice to silence our fears for the safety of our rights: that confidence is everywhere the parent of despotism - free government is founded on jealousy, and not in confidence; it is jealousy and not confidence which prescribes limited constitutions ... in questions of power, then, let no more be heard of confidence in man, but BIND HIM DOWN FROM MISCHIEF BY THE CHAINS OF THE CONSTITUTION.
: -A Bill of Rights would help create a national sentiment to 'counteract the impulses of interest and passion' of popular majorities and provide a rallying point against a usurping government.
: -Th Jefferson
: Far greater than the current political pseudo-quagmire is the integrity of the process, the government, & the constitution. The small potatoes now boiling will be mashed by the 'morrow. It is the process of boiling the water that will endure -
: PS The people HAVE decided ... thank those before us for the voice & the proper forum in which to voice.
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