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Posted on 04/25/2013 3:37:29 AM PDT by markomalley
HARRY REID: We have a situation where this country has been driven by the Tea Party for the last number of years. When I was in school, I studied government and I learned about the anarchists. Now, they were different than the Tea Party because they were violent. But they were anarchists because they did not believe in government in any level and they acknowledged it. The Tea Party kind of hides that.
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Government is not reason; it is not eloquent; it is force. Like fire, it is a dangerous servant and a fearful master. George Washington
I made it my morning update on FB.
Exactly. Fire is a perfect analog for government.
“Projection” I think it’s called and Harry is simply projecting his troubled inner self for all to see...as if his equally lesser public self is any role model.
"...the government that governs least governs best, because the people discipline themselves." (Thos Jefferson -- anarchist?)
Normally, Senator Reid tests the bounds of clear thinking. Yesterday he shattered it's outer limits.
To compare the tea party to anarchists is beyond reason. It is, in fact accusing his enemy of what HE HIMSELF is doing.
Senator Reid is carrying the water for the President. Together with him and Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi, Reid is bent on destroying the nation by turning away from the principle that was claimed by President Kennedy - "Ask not what your country (government) can do for you..."
You should be ashamed of yourself. You are a anathema to the fabric of our government. You need to apologize for your remarks and set your course aright.
I am not part of the tea party. But I am gravely concerned when I hear the attitude and beliefs that you espoused yesterday. You demonstrate duplicity on many levels.
Shame on you."
- the "government best..governs least" quote is not Thos. Jefferson - but more like what Thoreau wrote.
THOREAUS VERSION OF THE AXIOM ABOUT GOVERNMENT:
I heartily accept the motto, That government is best which governs least.
Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862)
American author, philosopher, naturalist and social critic
In his essay Civil Disobedience (1849)
The quotation That government is best which governs least is often attributed to Thomas Jefferson, but without any specific source. No source is given because, as noted by Jefferson scholars and books like Not So!: Popular Myths About America From Columbus to Clinton, there is no record that Jefferson ever said it. Nor did Thomas Paine, another Founding Father who is sometimes wrongly credited with the quote.
Henry David Thoreau did use the line in Civil Disobedience (originally titled Resistance to Civil Government) and its appearance in that famous essay probably popularized the saying in its best known form. However, Thoreau seemed to be making it clear that he was citing an existing motto.
He may have been paraphrasing the slogan coined by American journalist and editor John Louis OSullivan. In 1837, OSullivan wrote The best government is that which governs least in the opening editorial for his periodical The United States Magazine and Democratic Review. He then used those words as the motto of the Review until it ceased publication in 1859.
Thoreaus friend Ralph Waldo Emerson also penned an earlier version. In 1844, Emerson wrote in an essay titled Politics: The less government we have, the better.
Modern political conservatives are quite fond of the quote That government is best which governs least. But even most conservatives might not agree with what Thoreau went on to say about it in Civil Disobedience. He envisioned taking the axiom to its anarchic extreme, writing: Carried out, it finally amounts to this, which also I believe, That government is best which governs not at all.
Except when people like you are Senate Majority Leader.
Historical “anarchism” is “socialism without the state”, best represented today by those wacko WTO protesters. Nothing like the tea party, at all.
What Reid is talking about is anarcho-capitalism. This exists as a minority faction of the Libertarian party.
Perhaps many on the right see it as an ideal society but recognize that it’s a fantasy.
Anyway Harry, never at any time, at any place on the planet, has government been “inherently good”. More often than not it’s been a tool of oppression. It’s inherently the product of whomever is running it, those people are usually morons or jagoffs, like you. It is a necessary evil we should strive to make less evil and less necessary.
Take this statement and the statement from Kerry, and you will notice since the terrorist attack In Boston, a coordinated talking points campaign developing among dems to paint the TEA Party as anarchist and terrorist.
I always tagged him as an aging lesbian.
they stink on ice!
Did that militarized school crossing guard really need a 30 round magazine to take a little boy into custody?
It's just crooked, lying scumbags like Harry Reid, Nancy Pelosi and Barack Obama that make it seem bad. look bad, smell bad and function in bad ways.
The only cure for that is to remove the power by whatever means necessary. Term limits would be a good start; all political donations being anonymous would be another (you can't sell influence if you don't know who is buying).
Harry Reid is EVIL, a POS and needs to go back under the rock from which he came.
” Anyway Harry, never at any time, at any place on the planet, has government been inherently good. More often than not its been a tool of oppression. Its inherently the product of whomever is running it, “
Ain no Tom Jeffersons floatin roun heah!
I’m surprised he didn’t say teabaggers - the only time when it’s politically and socially acceptable to be homophobic.
“friend from Oklahoma...”
Was he going after Inhofe? Just about the only good senator besides Session left in that pit!
Once Harry Reid referred to illegal aliens as ‘free loaders and scam artists’.....If the tea party could pay him as much as the casino owners paid him off for amnesty, he like them too!!!!