"Nip the shoots of arbitrary power in the bud, is the only maxim which can ever preserve the liberties of any people. When the people give way, their deceivers, betrayers, and destroyers press upon them so fast, that there is no resisting afterwards. The nature of the encroachment upon the American constitution is such, as to grow every day more and more encroaching. Like a cancer, it eats faster and faster every hour. The revenue creates pensioners, and the pensioners urge for more revenue. The people grow less steady, spirited, and virtuous, the seekers more numerous and more corrupt, and every day increases the circles of their dependents and expectants, until virtue, integrity, public spirit, simplicity, and frugality, become the objects of ridicule and scorn, and vanity, luxury, foppery, selfishness, meanness, and downright venality swallow up the whole society." ~ John Adams
Liberty Papers No. 1
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To the People of These Great United States of America.
"After an unequivocal experience of the inefficiency of the subsisting federal government . . . ." Those were the words written by Alexander Hamilton, in his project known as the Federalist Papers. Together with John Jay and James Madison, he laid out the validity of becoming a solid union under one great document, called The Constitution. It is with great sadness and regret, that I must repeat the same words, under very different and yet equally deserving circumstances.
We, the People of the United States have suffered an unequivocal experience of the inefficiency in the federal government, due not to the lack of Union or the lack of a Constitution, but the lack of adherence to this great plan for liberty, as laid out by our Founding Fathers.
Just as Hamilton stated in his day, the People today face a subject once more that "speaks its own importance." When we comprehend the consequences of doing nothing, we again are considering nothing less than the very existence of this great Union.
Hamilton pondered, "It has been frequently remarked that it seems to have been reserved to the people of this country, by their conduct and example, to decide the important question, whether societies of men are really capable or not of establishing good government from reflection and choice, or whether they are forever destined to depend for their political constitutions on accident and force." Today this same principle rings true still. It is up to us. Will we decide while we still can? Or will we allow this great experiment to draw to a close and fall to ruin?
Among the obstacles set in front of us by decades upon decades of allowing tyranny to creep in, ever so subtle and serpent-like, are government encroachments on virtually every facet of private life. "Whether in church, bedchamber, street, field, or forest . . . ," just as the devil himself pointed to his work for the sake of Young Goodman Brown, so is the work of tyranny in the lives of our private citizens. Every facet of life has been invaded by it, and now we are confronted with such a web of deceit as has never before been seen.
Over the course of the next few weeks I shall Endeavour to point out the specific faces of tyranny as well as the masks it wears, as it stealthily steals away Liberty as a wolf devours its sheep. I will as well, attempt to give satisfactory answer to the objections that have arisen to such claims as I have made here.
I would never have imagined that there could be arguments against granting a people Liberty, and yet here they are, facing us at every turn. I will attempt to shine light on these arguments, and others. I shall begin my next address in the realm of education, on account of the fact that this appears to be the most important of areas, as it is knowledge and reason that seem most lacking when Liberty is absent from the hearts of men.