Fourth of July – Quotes from our Founders

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Happy Fourth of July. On this, the day that we celebrate the creation of the great democratic experiment of our country, I thought it appropriate that we read what our founders said during that tumultuous time. The majority of these quotes are just as applicable to our country today as they were at the beginning of our country.

I include Abraham Lincoln in this list because he is instrumental in the preservation of our country. And besides, I am a fan.

I am sure that you have other favorites, but I found these quotes to be inspiring and some are just funny. I hope you enjoy them also. Sources for the quotes are listed below.

George Washington

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The Constitution is the guide which I never will abandon.

The power under the Constitution will always be in the people.

Associate yourself with men of good quality if you esteem your own reputation; for ’tis better to be alone than in bad company

I hold the maxim no less applicable to public than to private affairs, that honesty is always the best policy.

Our Constitution gives to bigotry no sanction.

The power under the Constitution will always be in the people. It is entrusted for certain defined purposes, and for a certain limited period, to representatives of their own choosing; and whenever it is executed contrary to their interest, or not agreeable to their wishes, their servants can, and undoubtedly will, be recalled.

If the freedom of speech is taken away then dumb and silent we may be led, like sheep to the slaughter.

John Adams

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There is nothing I dread so much as the division of the republic into two great parties, each arranged under its leader, and concerting measures in opposition to each other. This, in my humble apprehension, is to be dreaded as the greatest political evil under our constitution.

If ever a time should come when vain and aspiring men shall possess the highest seats in government, our country will stand in need of its experienced patriots to prevent its ruin.

Always stand on principle….even if you stand alone.

To be good, and to do good, is all we have to do.

**As the government of the United States is not, in any sense, founded on the Christian religion; as it has in itself no character of enmity against the laws, religion or tranquility of Musselmen [Muslims] … it is declared … that no pretext arising from religious opinion shall ever product an interruption of the harmony existing between the two countries…. The United States is not a Christian nation any more than it is a Jewish or a Mohammedan nation.**

There are two ways to conquer and enslave a country. One is by the sword. The other is by debt.

As the happiness of the people is the sole end of government, so the consent of the people is the only foundation of it.

 Power always thinks… that it is doing God’s service when it is violating all his laws.

Thomas Jefferson

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The States can best govern our home concerns and the general government our foreign ones. I wish, therefore . . . never to see all offices transferred to Washington, where, further withdrawn from the eyes of the people, they may more secretly be bought and sold at market.

Every government degenerates when trusted to the rulers of the people alone. The people themselves are its only safe depositories.

We in America do not have government by the majority—we have government by the majority who participate…. All tyranny needs to gain a foothold is for people of good conscience to remain silent.

Whenever a man has cast a longing eye on offices, a rottenness begins in his conduct.

It is not only vain, but wicked, in a legislator to frame laws in opposition to the laws of nature, and to arm them with the terrors of death. This is truly creating crimes in order to punish them.

I am… for freedom of the press, and against all violations of the Constitution to silence by force and not by reason the complaints or criticisms, just or unjust, of our citizens against the conduct of their agents.

Nothing is more incumbent on the old than to know when they should get out of the way and relinquish to younger successors the honors they can no longer earn, and the duties they can no longer perform.

**I know no safe depository of the ultimate powers of the society but the people themselves; and if we think them not enlightened enough to exercise their control with a wholesome discretion, the remedy is not to take it from them, but to inform their discretion by education. This is the true corrective of abuses of constitutional power.**

If the present Congress errs in too much talking, how can it be otherwise in a body to which the people send one hundred and fifty lawyers, whose trade it is to question everything, yield nothing, and talk by the hour?

I prefer the tumult of liberty to the quiet of servitude

It is more dangerous that even a guilty person should be punished without the forms of law than that he should escape

No provision in our Constitution ought to be dearer to man than that which protects the rights of conscience against the enterprises of the civil authority.

Question with boldness even the existence of a God; because, if there be one, he must more approve of the homage of reason, than that of blind-folded fear.

I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just; that his justice cannot sleep forever.

Benjamin Franklin

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**Without freedom of thought, there can be no such thing as wisdom; and no such thing as public liberty without freedom of speech; which is the right of every man as far as by it he does not hurt or control the right of another; and this is the only check it ought to suffer and the only bounds it ought to know…. Whoever would overthrow the liberty of a nation must begin by subduing the freedom of speech, a thing terrible to traitors.**

The rapid progress of the sciences makes me sorry, at times, that I was born so soon. Imagine the power that man will have over matter, a few hundred years from now. We may learn how to remove gravity from large masses, and float them over great distances. Agriculture will double its produce with less labor. All diseases will surely be cured… even old age. If only the moral sciences could be improved as well. Perhaps men would cease to be wolves to one another… and human beings could learn to be human.

If everyone is thinking alike, then no one is thinking.

The best thing to give to your enemy is forgiveness; to an opponent, tolerance; to a friend, your heart; to your child, a good example; to a father, deference; to your mother, conduct that will make her proud of you; to yourself, respect; to all others, charity.

We need a revolution every 200 years, because all governments become stale and corrupt after 200 years.

Where liberty dwells there is my country.

In free governments the rulers are the servants and the people are their superiors and sovereigns.

They that can give up essential liberty to purchase a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety.

Common sense is something that everyone needs, few have, and none think they lack.

Abraham Lincoln

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**I see in the near future a crisis approaching that unnerves me and causes me to tremble for the safety of my country… corporations have been enthroned and an era of corruption in high places will follow, and the money power of the country will endeavor to prolong its reign by working upon the prejudices of the people until all wealth is aggregated in a few hands and the Republic is destroyed.**

We the people are the rightful masters of both Congress and the courts, not to overthrow the Constitution but to overthrow the men who pervert the Constitution.

Elections belong to the people. It’s their decision. If they decide to turn their back on the fire and burn their behinds, then they will just have to sit on their blisters.

Sir, my concern is not whether God is on our side; my greatest concern is to be on God’s side, for God is always right.

The most reliable way to predict the future is to create it.

It is a sin to be silent when it is your duty to protest.

**Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man’s character, give him power.**

Peaceful Resistance!

 

Pictures from: https://digitalcollections.nypl.org/

Quotes from: https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/better-perfect/201702/inspirational-quotes-the-45-us-presidents

http://rangefire.us/2014/09/17/famous-quotes-from-the-founding-fathers-on-constitution-day/

http://www.goodreads.com/quotes/tag/constitution

https://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/quotes/g/georgewash146824.html

 

 

GOP Healthcare – Weapon of Mass Destruction

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27,000 or more people will DIE because of a lack of insurance.

Actual CBO report: http://www.cnn.com/2017/06/26/politics/cbo-report-health-care-bill-senate-republicans/index.html

The CBO (Congressional Budget Office) report on the Senate Healthcare bill shows that at least 22 million people will be thrown off of healthcare. However, some reports show that by 2026, there will be 51 million uninsured people with the house bill and 49 million with the Senate bill. https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-fix/wp/2017/06/26/the-three-numbers-you-need-to-understand-the-cbo-report-on-senate-republicans-health-care-bill/?utm_term=.178d39998832. But one of the numbers largely going unreported is the detail that 15 million people will lose their insurance in 2018.

“The Center for American Progress compiled the CBO’s estimates of annual coverage losses from the House bill, applied Sommers’ rate (… one death a year would be prevented for every 830 adults gaining coverage), and showed that over the next decade, the repeal would lead to about 217,000 more deaths than would occur under current law — that is, the Affordable Care Act.”  http://www.latimes.com/business/hiltzik/la-fi-hiltzik-repeal-deaths-20170623-htmlstory.html  

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Trumpcare – Two Sides of the Same Coin

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Hi all. For those of you who have followed me, I have been out of circulation recently because, you know, life happens.

Well, the Senate finally revealed their ultra-secret health care plan, called the Better Care Reconciliation Act. And it is as we all expected. There is very little difference between the Senate bill and the House bill. They both take health care from the poor and infirmed just to give their money to the wealthiest individuals and corporations in the form of tax cuts. What is their reasoning for this? They give a bunch of politico-speak which the Trump faithful believe. I know people who are willing to believe because of their racist beliefs about Obama. In fact, when people were polled, one third of the people were in favor of the Affordable Care Act but not in Obamacare. That one third did not know that the ACA and Obamacare were the same. https://www.nytimes.com/2017/02/07/upshot/one-third-dont-know-obamacare-and-affordable-care-act-are-the-same.html

The truth is the ACA fought to provide health insurance to millions of the poor, not a priority of the wealthy and GOP politicians. Now that they have control of our government, they are working hard to repeal the ACA and implement their own plan of cutting back Medicaid and eliminate millions of Americans from any federal assistance. The republican Congress is too spineless to make their cuts directly leaving it to the states. Both the Senate and House plans will put states back in charge of providing for the poor, which of course the states won’t do. And it will come at a time when federal assistance to states is reduced. The states will use the excuse that they cannot afford to pay for the poor. And they will price millions out of healthcare again.

The ACA raised taxes on the wealthiest people and the health care industry in order to provide federal support for healthcare. The GOP calls that income redistribution. But they fail to mention all those nice tax cuts and loopholes for the rich that were not always part of our taxation system, as they like to claim. Those cuts and loopholes were put in during the Bush Jr, the Bush Sr. and the Regan administrations. That was when the real income redistribution occurred. The wealthy have already won the income redistribution war. When I was growing up, multi-millionaires were a big deal. Now we have multi-billionaires. More information on taxes: http://www.salon.com/2016/03/24/robert_reich_the_gop_is_plotting_partner/ Continue reading

Trump-The Ugliest American

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Fear and Loathing

For those of you who are old fogies like me you will probably remember the movie The Ugly American with Marlon Brando as the ugly American. The movie was based upon the 1958 book by William J. Lederer and Eugene Burdick. Lederer was an author and a captain in the U.S. Navy. He was also the assistant to the commander in chief of the U.S. forces in the Pacific and Asian theaters during World War II. Burdick was an American political scientist and author. He was also in the Navy during WW II. The two authors met during plans for the Viet Nam War. They found that they had similar, unhappy feelings about the way that the U.S. diplomats were dealing with S.E. Asia. They felt that Americans could make a difference in SE Asia if they would learn the languages and customs of the people with whom they worked. The book became a sensation, selling millions of books. President Kennedy was so impressed by the book that he began plans for the Peace Corps. He also sent the book to every Representative and Senator in Congress. The term “The Ugly American” became a phrase used to refer to American visitors to foreign lands who were “loud and ostentatious”; rude people who refused to accept the customs of the lands they were visiting. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Ugly_American

Donald Trump is the quintessential Ugly American. I have never seen nor read about a president who is so insensitive to the effect that his words and actions have on other people. Calling a woman ugly! Coming from him, what a joke that is. Saying “I am not a racist” and then going on a rant about an intelligent and caring London mayor after effectively handling an atrocity which was committed in his city, or calling for a Muslim Ban. RACISM!!

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Hail President Bannon

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I cannot tell you how upset I am today. I keep hoping that some of the more moderate Trump handlers will be able to rein him in, but they failed again. It’s only 4 months and look at the disasters he has caused. He is deliberately going after everything that President Obama achieved, trying to undo Obama’s accomplishments. But what Trump does not realize or care about is that he is hurting the planet, his country, his own supporters, and himself. 

The whole world is alternately laughing at Trump, as in his last trip, or bemoaning his actions. First we laugh, and then we cry. First it was ‘covfefe’ and we quizzically laughed. As Chuck Todd said, “It’s a typo, who cares?” Why lie about that?

Today we cry, again. Backing out of our commitment to the Paris Climate Agreement confuses and scares the Western world. The only people smiling are Trump, Trump’s uneducated supporters, Trump’s boss – President Bannon, and of course Putin. Trump’s childish, racist, and dictator wannabe behavior is endangering the world. He is so insecure that he honors dictators because they throw out the red carpet and honor him. In the west though, the leaders of state don’t give him special privileges and he despises them for not bowing down to him. He pushes them aside so that he can be center stage.

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Memorial Day. Please Remember!

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Don’t Let Those with Hate in Their Hearts Drive Us Apart.

Arlington National Cemetery has more than 400,000 people interred on its grounds, and that is only the second largest number of people buried in a U.S. national cemetery. They are people from the US and 11 other countries, who fought and died in wars since 1860. The cemetery also holds monuments to the Challenger astronauts, who died in that tragic explosion, and other important people to the history of the United States. It holds the real patriots who gave their full measure to protect us all from dictators and despots. http://www.cnn.com/2013/10/21/us/arlington-national-cemetery-fast-facts/

So many people were tragically taken during senseless wars and other heartbreaking events.  How can we not remember? Memorial Day helps us remember. Originally called Decoration Day, which was a practice begun during the Civil War by women, south and north, who decorated the graves of the fallen. Over 600,000 Americans died during the Civil War.

Now we have hate crimes committed by people claiming to be patriots, Christians, Muslims, Zionists, Buddhists, and white men, all who are lacking in intelligence, and grace. I reject those who say they kill in their god’s name. Not in my God’s name and not in the name of any founder of man’s religions. 911 was a heinous crime committed by Saudi Arabia supported terrorists. ISIS is a group dedicated only to the bastardization of the Muslim religion. Oklahoma City was a crime committed by American white men who knew only hate. Sandy Hook Elementary, Fort Hood, Charlie Hebdo, Paris, London, Orlando, Nice, Brussels are just a small sample. The list is endless and it goes all the way back to the mid 1860’s. For example, after the Civil War “3,000 Freedmen and their Republican Party allies are killed by the Ku Klux Klan and well-organized campaigns of violence by other local whites in a campaign of terrorist violence…”. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_terrorist_incidents

Please, don’t let ignorance and hate by our governmental leaders and hate groups around the world divide us and push us toward a world in which murder and terrorism is a norm. They do not represent us. AND they do not represent the ideals for which our brave men and women have fought and died.

Peace is a long time away. But it does not mean we should give up and let the cruel and evil control our world.

Peaceful Resistance!

Trump’s War on America

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Water, Water, Everywhere, Nor Any Drop to Drink
Samuel Taylor Coleridge, The Rime of the Ancient Mariner

President Trump is waging war on America. He has made it possible for coal, natural gas and oil industries to dump waste products into water sources that have slowly been made usable. Trump has signed multiple executive orders that all regulations protecting our country’s water should be greatly relaxed or eliminated.

On March 28, 2017, Trump signed an executive order, the purpose of which was to rewrite the Clean Power Plan in favor of fuel producing industries. It is obvious that Trump is step-by-step rolling back Obama’s climate-change plan for the future. The Stream Protection rule forbids coal companies from dumping rocks and other debris created by mountain top removal mining into nearby streams. The Natural Resources Defense Council reported that “mountain top removal mining, in which ground is blasted to access coal seams below has been responsible for the destruction of 2,000 miles of streams in Appalachia”.  http://www.npr.org/2017/01/30/512445032/trump-acts-to-roll-back-regulations-on-businesses. Of course that is rural America so they don’t count (In GOP minds).

Remember that on January 30 Trump signed a stupid and destructive order which states that for every new regulation, two old ones are eliminated. No thinking allowed! So not only does the March 28 order allow for pollution of our drinking water, but it at the same time will seek to remove protections for our National Parks System.

An excellent resource is from Business Insider in which all Trump’s executive orders are explained in reverse order. http://www.businessinsider.com/trump-executive-orders-memorandum-proclamations-presidential-action-guide-2017-1/#executive-order-april-28-exploring-offshore-energy-prospects-4 

Some people have written to me complaining that I am not giving Trump a chance; not enough time to fulfill his campaign promises. That is what scares me. So much damage has been done in just four months. What will be left of our country when Trump and his lackeys in Congress are done?? Maybe Trump’s friends in Russia are planning to come in and pick up the pieces.

Peaceful Resistance!

 

 

In Peach – Impeach

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So much has happened this week that I am having trouble deciding which stupid Trump activity to write about. I will try to keep up, but tonight I heard the news that the Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein appointed Robert Mueller as the Special Counsel to investigate any connection between members of the Trump campaign and the Russian meddling of our 2016 election. Finally, I decided to bring back my “In Peach” cartoon and update it to “Impeach”.

Trump’s potential “High Crimes and Misdemeanors” include but are not limited to:

  1. Fired Preet Bharara, U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York who was investigating Russian money laundering. That case was suddenly “settled”. The Russian lawyer who exposed the money laundering fraud. One other lawyer died and another fell out of a window but survived. The company paid a small fine. http://www.alternet.org/news-amp-politics/preet-bhararas-russian-money-laundering-case-abruptly-settled-raising-eyebrowshttp://www.alternet.org/news-amp-politics/preet-bhararas-russian-money-laundering-case-abruptly-settled-raising-eyebrows
  2. Appearing to directly interfere in the House Investigation by secretly leaking information to Nunes.
  3. May have demanded loyalty oaths to him not the country.
  4. Gave classified documents to Russians.
  5. Reportedly asked the FBI director to quash the investigation into Flynn.
  6. Fired the FBI director James Comey, and admitted that the firing had to do with the Russia-Trump investigation.

This is only a partial list of Trump’s definitely non-Presidential activities.

The possibility that President Trump could be charged with obstruction-of-justice has been floated today. One Texas Republican formally called for impeachment proceedings. The ball is rolling and I don’t think that Trump can stop it this time.

So, by firing the Attorney General who was investigating him, Trump may have put himself in the hairs of those who want his impeachment. The appointment of Mueller, a non-partisan and former FBI director as Special Council shows that our republic is still working!! Thank you Deputy General Rosenstein.

Stay vigilant.

Peaceful Resistance!

Here Lies Donald Trump

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Not a Liar? Too Many to Count! SAD!!

My version of Merriam Webster has many definitions of ‘Lie’ but none of them have anything to do with ‘telling a lie’. https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/lie. Many newspapers will not use the word lie when speaking of Trump because a lie is considered to be an untrue statement that is made with intent. They feel that it is not always possible to make that determination. However, as Chuck Todd told Kellyanne Conway, alternate facts are untruths. I feel that most of Trump’s ‘untruths’ are lies. I would rather just say that.

My husband and I always taught our children very early in life that it is wrong to tell a lie. We did not tell our 3 year-olds that they shouldn’t say something that is untrue with intent. Instead we simply told them not to lie. What happened to Trump? Did he never learn that lying and cheating are wrong. Didn’t Trump ever think that he should apologize to the many people that he has bullied and hurt? Apparently not. And that is the fact that scares me the most. He has not one iota of empathy for any people, anywhere. Money always comes first with Trump. Even when he donates to a charity, it is done to improve his bottom line. Now when 20 million or so people will lose healthcare insurance, he lies about how wonderful the ACHA is and goes ahead with it anyway. He knew that thousands of people will die with his insurance plan, but he lied and bullied the House Republicans into supporting it, even though they knew it could hurt them in 2018.

I think that the very fact that so many people are keeping a tally of our President’s lies is a very sad truth for our country today. Trump told so many lies, exaggerations or untruths that one could spend all their time tracking them. Truthfully, I am too lazy to try and keep track of them all myself. So, here are four news outlets that are keeping tallies. There are many, many more keeping tabs on Trump.

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Trump is Destroying the Constitution

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The Deconstruction of Our American Government

Well, Trump is at it again. As I am sure you all know, Trump fired FBI Director Comey. I am no fan of Comey. What he did during the election was at least a violation of the intent of the Hatch Act and definitely impacted the election. But, I feel that he may have been the only one left to run an honest investigation into the Trump-Russia connection. The House investigation is tainted. I don’t know if the Senate will be able to conduct an unbiased investigation. 

The latest I heard is that Comey was asking for more money and planning to expand his investigation into the Trump-Russian connection.  That may be the final straw for Trump. He wants his many connections to Russian covered up. The way that Comey was fired was disgraceful. When is Trump going to learn that he can’t keep acting like a two bit con man while he is president. His ‘crooked’ business deals are supposed to on hold now. Trump is so afraid of his many enemies that he had the letter dismissing Comey carried to the FBI by his personal henchman from his old business days and let Comey find out about it from a television news report. The man has no class and no empathy. He has no pride in the presidency. He doesn’t care what he tears down in our government. He is apparently still following Bannon’s plan to deconstruct our government. Isn’t that treason or at least criminal?

My cartoon today shows Trump kicking down the 6 pillars of our Constitution. He is really trying to make himself an autocratic leader. He has already severely damaged the Separation of Powers pillar of our constitution. He is desperately trying to control the judicial branch of government. Trump tried to get a Hispanic judge removed from one of his cases by claiming that the judge was biased just because he was Hispanic. Racist and cowardly. The appointment of Gorsuch will hurt this country for a generation. I am sorry millennials. 

Trump only cares about himself and he will keep attacking our government to keep himself out of jail. I think that working with an avowed enemy of our country during a cyber war on our election is a treasonable and impeachable act. Russia is conducting a cyber war against the world and they are winning. (I was however, very proud of the French citizens who realized that Putin was trying to influence their election also, and who voted against the extreme right candidate.) I think it is high time for our government to acknowledge that fact and start working to stop Russian aggression towards the U.S. and the world. We have some of the best training in high technology in the world. Why can’t we get a handle on preventing hacks? We must somehow stop Trump, and the weasels in Congress who support him, from destroying our government and our country. We must keep calling and writing to our Congress.

Peaceful Resistance!