Tuesday, February 16, 2010

No unlimited submission

In 1798 Thomas Jefferson and James Madison wrote the Kentucky and Virginia Resolutions, which includes:

"Resolved, that the several States composing the United States of America, are not united on the principle of unlimited submission to their general government; but that by compact under the style and title of a Constitution for the United States and of amendments thereto, they constituted a general government for special purposes, delegated to that government certain definite powers, reserving each State to itself, the residuary mass of right to their own self-government; and that whensoever the general government assumes undelegated powers, its acts are unauthoritative, void, and of no force..."

[Adding an interesting quote: "Politicians are the only people in world who create problems and then campaign against them." -- Charlie Reese]

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

But there are those now in politics and in Washington who believe that submission to their agenda is the only way. Sadly, it looks as though some are on the road to accomplishing this.

Diversity has long been heralded, when in fact, there is nothing diverse about the mission. Individualism was a hallmark of the founding of the U.S.A. Now, the concept is something akin to being a mere spoke in a wagon wheel.