Advice our politicians never should have forgotten.


When I started blogging I always preceded my posts with a few quotations. I’m not sure why I stopped doing that. Below are advice and admonitions that our politicians have likely heard but consistently ignore.

[Source: The 25 best quotes about politics, by John Hawkins]

The left has a penchant for “equality.” Those on the right value equality, as well, but understand what Aristotle taught us nearly 400 years before the birth of Christ. “The worst form of inequality is to try to make unequal things equal.”

Plato, Aristotle’s mentor, cautioned, “The curse of me and my nation is that we always think things can be bettered by immediate action of some sort, any sort rather than no sort.” That, my friends, pretty much sums up Washington’s approach to everything. That they had to borrow $20 trillion, thus far, to “fix” everything doesn’t seem to enter their calculus.

More recently, one of our great political and economic thinkers, Thomas Sowell, instructed, “There are no solutions; there are only trade-offs.”

At the founding of our nation there was a “once-in-the-history-of-mankind” coalescence of brilliant men who gave us our Constitution. They also shared much wisdom about governance.

  • “That government is best which governs the least.” (Thomas Jefferson)
  • “Were we directed from Washington when to sow, and when to reap, we should soon want bread.” (Thomas Jefferson)
  • “There are more instances of the abridgement of the freedom of the people by gradual and silent encroachments of those in power than by violent and sudden usurpations.” (James Madison)

One of the most frequent questions posed to the librarians at the Library of Congress is “How many federal laws are there?” You may be shocked to realize THAT NO ONE KNOWS! The Library of Congress website freely admits that trying to tally this number is nearly impossible. The United States Code currently has 51 titles, each with multiple volumes. And, of course, that does not include the much larger volume of case law or regulatory provisions.

Over the course of the Obama presidency we heard much about his association with Saul Alinsky, the founder of modern community organizing and author of Rules for Radicals: A Pragmatic Primer for Realistic Radicals. Thus, while I detest nearly all of his philosophy, even Mr. Alinsky isn’t always wrong: “The preferred world can be seen any evening on television in the succession of programs where the good always wins — that is, until the late evening newscast, when suddenly we are plunged into the world as it is. Political realists see the world as it is: an arena of power politics moved primarily by perceived immediate self-interests, where morality is rhetorical rationale for expedient action and self-interest.”

I hope you will consider these quotes as you bear witness to our nation’s “leaders.”

Roy Filly

 

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