August 15, 2009


A section at the end of the book Showdown:

The president should remind Americans that for over a century, the country somehow managed to survice without government regulatory oversight. It wasn't until 1887 that the first independent regulatory commission -- the Interstate Commerce Commission -- was established.

Congress authorized monies to extend the Cumberland Road, a roadway that ran from Cumberland, Maryland, to Wheeling, West Virginia. James Monroe, our nation's fifth president, used the only veto of his presidency to defeat the congressional bill, arguing that the road's extension should not be done by the federal government but by the states it passed through—present-day Pennsylvania, Virginia, Ohio, Indiana, and Illinois.
Franklin Pierce, our fourteenth president, in 1854 vetoed a bill to help the mentally ill saying, "I cannot find any authority in the Constitution for public charity," adding that to approve such spending "would be contrary to the letter and the spirit of the Constitution and subversive to the whole theory upon which the Union of these States is founded."

President Grover Cleveland, our twenty-second and twenty-fourth president, in 1887, said when vetoing an appropriation to help drought-stricken counties in Texas, "I feel obligated to withhold my approval of the plan to indulge in benevolent and charitable sentiment through the appropriate of public funds...I find no warrant for such appropriation in the Constitution."

We've come a long way, baby...

And what high hopes Larry Elder had for President Bush.  Would that he had been the man Elder hoped he was.

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1 Pierce/Cleveland 2012!!! ;-) And wow, yes... how far we've come...

Posted by: Krista at August 15, 2009 01:56 PM (sUTgZ)

2 It really does seem that we've come to the point in our republic that we are witnessing the dying days of the country. The USA will probably outlast our meager lifetimes, but it really seems that the trend is already set where the populace is already willing to destroy the principles that are the foundation of freedom in order to gain a few 'free' trinkets.

History moves faster these days with the advent of lightspeed communication, will the downfall of the US take as long as the downfall of Rome, or will our demise move faster given the speed of the modern world?

I for one am glad I know how to produce my own food, and am a crack shot with any firearm you put in front of me.

Posted by: John at August 15, 2009 04:19 PM (H4a70)

3 My husband wrote this petition for our local group to use. We are still groping for our mission statement, etc. I think it is a very good start for them, I hope they will use it.
It is basically, let's make them get back to the constitution.

Posted by: Ruth H at August 16, 2009 11:07 AM (CvvEA)

4 I simply cannot imagine why we as a country, today in 2009, would like to encourage such destructive sentiments as those espoused by these dead selfish hypocrits who actually argued against public charity!! Why does anyone feel good about that? How can anyone feel good about that?? Would you want your neighbor to ignore your child being kidnapped? Or your spouse being brutally beaten? Or your own house being ransacked?? Then why argue against doing anything for suffering citizenry out of the funds we all contribute to in an effort to keep us all afloat? Pure Capitalism's goal is its own self promotion, self propagation, and if the people engaging in its activities do not take measures to check its progression it will destroy all who fall under its tread. That is a fact. When we "allow the market" to do as it will, we have The Jungle, we have poisoned lands that cannot be used for hundreds of years because of pollution, we have rampant death and destruction. Why? Because the strictures of Pure Capitalism and the Market make no provision for human beings. In the perfect market-driven end game, we would all die, leaving about 10people alive who have all the money and reside on the fraction of land not completely inutile. I worked in urban planning and studied urban developement and sat in on the meetings: trust me, the uninhibited end is always the same. The dying days of our country will arrive if we continue to believe that there is no need to care for the needs/health/wellbeing of anyone the market does not tell us to. We will die as a country if we continue to believe that what keeps us going is our refusal to care about what we do to either each other or people in other countries in our effort to improve our own selfish condition. The only thing that will ensure that in 100years people are not speaking of us in the same nostalgic past-tense tones as they speak of the heyday of Rome is if we look around and say "I want everyone to be well so that as a country we are strong. Everyone irrespective of social status, buying power, or anything else." We must abandon the idea that the Only Value of a Person is what they can either provide as a piece of machinery or what they can acquire by virtue of their status as walking ATMs.

Posted by: Kai at August 18, 2009 03:50 PM (iMRxM)

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