Quote of the Day, Jefferson/Madison edition

Posted by: Phineas on March 16, 2012 at 2:01 pm

**Posted by Phineas

Today is James Madison‘s birthday, and what better way to note it than to cite his quotation of Thomas Jefferson in The Federalist #48, something I think you’ll find apropos of our situation today:

“One hundred and seventy-three despots would surely be as oppressive as one. Let those who doubt it, turn their eyes on the republic of Venice. As little will it avail us, that they are chosen by ourselves. An elective despotism was not the government we fought for…

I think I know how Presidents Jefferson and Madison would react to the way ObamaCare was shoved through Congress in the middle of the night by the Democrats, don’t you?

(Crossposted at Public Secrets)

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6 Responses to “Quote of the Day, Jefferson/Madison edition”


  1. Fred Pruitt says:

    That should be chiseled in stone over the door to the Capitol.

  2. Carlos says:

    Yeah, but they were just old white men and didn’t understand the nuances of socialism, something that surely isn’t lost on our Pretender-in-Chief, Dear Leader. Why, he’s so much smarter than those dead old Europeans ever were! They didn’t even go to Hawvud! (‘Course, they didn’t have affirmative action back then, and that would have presented a problem. That, and where the heck he was born, but what the heck. Constitutional mandates and requirements don’t mean nothin’ ta him anyway.)

  3. Mitch says:

    The Founders, including Madison, would take up guns against our current Congress and our Impostor-in-chief.

  4. Drew the Infidel says:

    I scarcely recognize this as the country in which I grew up.

  5. Carlos says:

    Probably because it isn’t, Drew. The people running our socialist state now (from Narcissist-in-Chief to lowliest gulag commander in charge of any “service” desk in any guvmint office anywhere) couldn’t care less about our freedoms or the rules, just that they get to exercise the power decades of malaise on our part has given them.

    They’ve even eliminated the term “public servant” because it’s too suggestive of them having to actually serve the public instead of their own rules and regs.

  6. Mitch says:

    Well spoken Carlos. I totally agree.