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Cicero, at around age 60

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“The budget should be balanced, the Treasury should be refilled, public debt should be reduced, the arrogance of officialdom should be tempered and controlled, and the assistance to foreign lands should be curtailed lest Rome become bankrupt. People must again learn to work, instead of living on public assistance.” Cicero ~55 BC

For more on Cicero, check out the wikipedia.

It is important to realize that the challenges we face are not new except maybe in their scope.  Our founding fathers were very familiar with the failures of government through out history.  They designed our Constitution to guard against these failures.  It’s time to return to that constitutions basic principles of a LIMITED government.


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Here are the links for the videos of the last post.

Pelosi/Gingrich Climate Change Commercial:


Newt’s affairs questioned:

In the past, these videos embedded directly into the email  So, I’ll work on debugging it.

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Newt Gingrich in 2007 in Washington, DC at the...

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In the article linked here: It looks as though the former speaker is serious about a run at the presidency.

He won’t win against Obama.  He is damaged goods.


Statesman and oh, I don't know, polictical prophet

Thomas Jefferson was a very remarkable man who started learning very early in life and never stopped.

At 5, began studying under his cousin’s tutor.

At 9, studied Latin, Greek and French.

At 14, studied classical literature and additional languages.

At 16, entered the College of William and Mary.

At 19, studied Law for 5 years starting under George Wythe.

At 23, started his own law practice.

At 25, was elected to the Virginia House of Burgesses.

At 31, wrote the widely circulated “Summary View of the Rights of British America” and retired from his law practice.

At 32, was a Delegate to the Second Continental Congress.

At 33, wrote the Declaration of Independence.

At 33, took three years to revise Virginias legal code and wrote a Public Education bill and a statute for Religious Freedom.

At 36, was elected the second Governor of Virginia succeeding Patrick Henry.

At 40, served in Congress for two years.

At 41, was the American minister to France and negotiated commercial treaties with European nations along with Ben Franklin and John Adams.

At 46, served as the first Secretary of State under George Washington.

At 53, served as Vice President and was elected president of the American Philosophical Society.

At 55, drafted the Kentucky Resolutions and became the active head of Republican Party.

At 57, was elected the third president of the United States.

At 60, obtained the Louisiana Purchase doubling the nation’s size.

At 61, was elected to a second term as President.

At 65, retired to Monticello.

At 80, helped President Monroe shape the Monroe Doctrine.

At 81, almost single-handedly created the University of Virginiaand served as its first president.

At 83, died on the 50th anniversary of the Signing of the Declaration of Independence along with John Adams

Thomas Jefferson knew because he himself studied the previous failed attempts at government.  He understood actual history, the nature of God, his laws and the nature of man.  That happens to be way more than what most understand today. Jefferson really knew his stuff.

A voice from the past to lead us in the future:
John F. Kennedy held a dinner in the white House for a group of the brightest minds in the nation at that time. He made this statement: “This is perhaps the assembly of the most intelligence ever to gather at one time in the White House with the exception of when Thomas Jefferson dined alone.”

When we get piled upon one another in large cities, as in
Europe, we shall become as corrupt as Europe.
Thomas Jefferson

The democracy will cease to exist when you take away from those who are willing to work and give to those who would not.
Thomas Jefferson

It is incumbent on every generation to pay its own debts as it goes.  A principle which if acted on would save one-half the wars of the world.
Thomas Jefferson

I predict future happiness for Americans if they can prevent the government from wasting the labors of the people under the pretense of taking care of them.
Thomas Jefferson

My reading of history convinces me that most bad government results from too much government.
Thomas Jefferson

No free man shall ever be debarred the use of arms.
Thomas Jefferson

The strongest reason for the people to retain the right to keep and bear arms is, as a last resort, to protect themselves against tyranny in government.
Thomas Jefferson

The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants.
Thomas Jefferson

To compel a man to subsidize with his taxes the propagation of ideas which he disbelieves and abhors is sinful and tyrannical.
Thomas Jefferson

Thomas Jefferson said in 1802:
I believe that banking institutions are more dangerous to our liberties than standing armies.  If the American people ever allow private banks to control the issue of their currency, first by inflation, then by deflation, the banks and corporations that will grow up around the banks will deprive the people of all property – until their children wake-up homeless on the continent their fathers conquered.

We could use a man like Jefferson RIGHT NOW!


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It could certainly feel like doomsday, if the Republicans can't field a great candidate.

It’s been a week (or more) since I posted here.  I’ve had a hard time focusing in on any of the salient issues before us and saying something that hasn’t already been said.

However, there is one chilling thought  that comes to mind OVER and OVER.   I believe Obama will win a second term. Despite his once falling approval ratings, and his recent loss of the House of Representatives and near loss of the Senate, I believe Obama is nearly unbeatable.

Here’s why.  The Republicans.

Yes, it’s early, but I haven’t seen one contender from the potential Republican field that makes me excited.  That’s a problem.

It’s likely that the Republicans will gain the Senate in the next election. I’m very happy about that.  However,  I for one don’t think the Republicans are particularly good when they have the trifecta of power.    Further, I think there are many voters who feel as I do.

The genius of our system, the American system, is the separation of powers.  I for one, after the last 2 decades, am very wary of any ONE party occupying the house, senate and white house.  No one seems to do it well.  So, I for one could live with another 4 years of Obama, as long as we keep the house and gain the Senate.  I’d be happy to be proved wrong.


This man demonstrates no humility. He admits what he did was wrong but, “He feels good.” He knows in his heart that he’ll be judged by his overall contribution and life. He claims to have not enriched (as though not paying lawful taxes enriches someone else) himself by his corrupt acts. Is that the only definition of corruption?

Look we all have the right to retain our dignity. However,a man of true humility and character would simply take his lumps, apologize for his misdeeds and THANK the COUNTRY for his opportunity to serve. How can the chairman of the WAYS AND MEANS committee, which sets tax policy for the rest of us, express anything OTHER than SHAME at failing to pay 17 YEARS of taxes HE IMPOSED on the rest of us.

And then these guys applaud him. Rangel seems to forget a non member of the “esteemed” body would have faced fines and possibly jail time for like violations.

Look, I don’t think Ol’ Charlie is the devil incarnate. I don’t even think he’s a truly awful human being. I do believe that at some point he began to see himself as something ABOVE a servant of the people. Therein lay the seed of his corruption and consequent fall. If I ever cheat on my taxes and caught, I hope to be censured by congress. I dont’ even care if they applaud.


A very recent headline is highlighting the fact that many of our representatives in both houses are rich! Further, their collective wealth increased by 16% during 2009 when most Americans took a financial drubbing.

This is disturbing on the surface because the mere fact of it implies that well connected politicians can shield themselves in ways that the typical citizen can not. It conjures concepts of power abuse, elitest entitlement and the political equivalent of insider trading.

Disturbing as this is, and it IS disturbing, the greater story is how did virtual paupers, like Harry Reid, become millionaires while “serving the people”?

Let’s go through the facts and utilize a little grade school math (actually an interest and savings calculator

Senator Reid’s net worth, according to mandated disclosures is probably around $4.5 million. The “probably” comes from the Senate’s reporting rules which make real specificity somewhat optional. In order to have saved this much money over his terms of public service he would have had to put away around $3000/month, every month for the entire period of his working life,(assuming a 6% yearly interest rate and power of compounding). This level of savings from a public service salary seems unlikely, especially when also put 5 kids through college.

When confronted by Sharon Angle about this he refused to respond with any credibility saying he “had a very successful law practice and good investments.” (got to get to minute 8 or so of the video) He’s been in politics since he was 27 years old! The preceding link outlines his career and there is simply nowhere in there, that I can see, the kind of income required to amass this kind of wealth. Unless, of course, he means by good investments,” inside information that his various positions afforded him. And lest we forget, when and where was this “successful” law practice?

Now, I’m picking on Reid in great measure because he is a powerful Democrat and I am a registered Republican. However, I in no way believe that Democrats are the only ones enriching themselves through political connections. The point is that this stinks, it stinks a lot and it needs to be investigated further.