Where is the Rep[ublican response to this fools rant?/
That’s right there is none.
FU Harry Reid, and F those who remain silent while you spit in their faces.
"...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.