To: Clint N. Suhks; American Constitutionalist; Antoninus; Colonel_Flagg; cripplecreek; ...
posted on 02/21/2012 6:10:34 PM PST
(Mark Levin Is The Constitutional Engine Of Conservatism)
to remind everyone what it's all about.
posted on 02/21/2012 7:40:33 PM PST
"I think there does not exist a good elementary work on the organization of society into civil government: I mean a work which presents in one full and comprehensive view the system of principles on which such an organization should be founded, according to the rights of nature. For want of a single work of that character, I should recommend Locke on Government, Sidney, Priestley's Essay on the First Principles of Government, Chipman's Principles of Government, and the Federalist. Adding, perhaps, Beccaria on crimes and punishments, because of the demonstrative manner in which he has treated that branch of the subject. If your views of political inquiry go further to the subjects of money and commerce, Smith's Wealth of Nations is the best book to be read, unless Say's Political Economy can be had, which treats the same subjects on the same principles, but in a shorter compass and more lucid manner." --Thomas Jefferson to John Norvell, 1807. ME 11:222
Of Chipman, readers may read his "Sketches of the Principles of Government, Of the Nature of Equality in Republics" here.
In order to achieve equality of results, America's founders understood that the coercive force of the power of government would be required, and that tyrannical power and force would, of necessity, have to be applied to all citizens, rich and poor alike.
Today's so-called "progressives" disguise their tyrannical policies under many deceptive banners. In the end, however, it is their desire for power which motivates them.
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