March 18, 2010

Voices from the past, speaking to our present

"Equality of talents, of education, or of wealth cannot be produced by human institutions. In full enjoyment of the gifts of heaven and the fruits of superior industry, economy, and virtue, every man is equally entitled to protection by law. But when the laws undertake to add to these natural and just advantages artificial make the rich
richer and the potent more powerful, the humble members of our society -the farmers, mechanics, and laborers-who have neither the time or the means of securing political favors to themselves have the right to complain of the injustices of their government.

There are no necessary evils of government.

Its evils exist only in its abuses."

Those are the words 'ol Hickory, Andrew Jackson, seventh president of the United States, spoke during his veto of the charter of the Second National Bank, which came back bigger and worse as our current Federal Reserve.

Two quick points:

1. Jackson knew that a bank that was basically above the laws of the land would only work to serve the interests of the captains of industry and more importantly and ominously the nuveau aristocracy of the political class. It, the 2nd National Bank, was heavily in the business of buying off congressmen and using it's extreme special interest influence to pick winners and losers. This should sound eerily familiar.

2. These words also have a broader implication. They speak to the injustice of a government that attempts social engineering. In this case it was to tilt the playing field towards the new aristocracy of the government and the big businesses. In our current situatuon it is to destroy any semblence of wealth to give entitlements out as bribes and tilt the playing field towards the aristocracy of the political class in government.

Same deal, been going on for over two hundred two thousand years.

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