Here are recommended essays regarding Thomas Jefferson (April 13, 1743 – July 4, 1826) on The Imaginative Conservative:
Looking for Mr. Jefferson by Clyde Wilson
Thomas Jefferson’s Birthday by Clyde Wilson
Thomas Jefferson & the American Declaration of Independence by Ross Lence
Thomas Jefferson, Conservative by Clyde Wilson
Jefferson Was Right by Joseph Sobran
Calhoun, Jefferson, and Popular Rule by Lee Cheek
The Jeffersonian Conservative Tradition by Clyde Wilson
From Union to Empire by W. Winston Elliott III
More on “Thomas Jefferson” on The Imaginative Conservative (including quotations from Mr. Jefferson)
Temperate, sound in morals, sound in taste, learned in more than one discipline, open-handed, ready to fill great offices at personal sacrifice and then to retire modestly to Monticello—this was the genuine Jefferson, no doctrinaire egalitarian, no abstract intellectual…Jefferson indeed was a Whig through and through, with the virtues and the defects of the breed. Joined with this Whiggery was another facet of his character…a bitter partisanship, not overly scrupulous…Jefferson could be ferociously emotional in politics.—Russell Kirk (pg. xvii, introduction to Mr. Jefferson by Albert J. Nock)
Jefferson and his friends came to power (the “Revolution of 1800”) in opposition to the economic and moral imperialism of Hamilton and his friends—a program of taxes, manipulation of the economy for the inevitable benefit of the few and the burden of the many, moral dragooning of the population, and involvement in foreign power politics. It was this threat that Jefferson and his friends put down, and kept down, for half a century—the happiest era of the Union.—Clyde Wilson (Thomas Jefferson’s Birthday)
Jefferson, despite the show of French ideas which he made from time to time, founded his idea of liberty and justice upon the writings of Coke and Kames and the other English juridical writers, and upon the tradition of English freedom from the Anglo-Saxons down to the 18th century.—Russell Kirk, Program for Conservatives
Among the agrarian and democratic Republicans looms the angular figure of Jefferson, whose doctrines always were more radical than his practice and far less extreme than French notions of liberty…as his talents were immensely varied, so did his character display odd and sometimes inconsistent facets…Yet for all this, and for all his acquaintance with the philosophes and his affection for France, Jefferson had Coke, Locke, and Kames for his real political mentors; and, like them, he had half a mind to be a conservative—and sometimes more than half a mind for it.—Russell Kirk, The Conservative Mind, p. 73
Well, the 2018 mid-term elections are on us. As we all know, today every aspect of our existence is affected by government, so naturally, I do understand why we want to keep an eye on the thing. That’s just good citizenship.
Damn! Here we go again. The Senate this week passed a 2,200-page, $1.3 trillion spending bill that includes some wins for both parties, but avoids major issues that the voter think important. Yes, it will keep the government open through the end of September. Without a doubt, the passing of the 1.3 trillion dollar budget bill, one thing has become crystal clear, insane liberals and the corrupt Washington elite always win the day, no matter what the election results may say. This is a fact of life.
One of the big points of the omnibus spending bill, passed by the Republican-controlled House and Senate, will allow more illegal aliens to be released into the United States after they are caught crossing the southern border through the “Catch and Release” program. For every action there is a reaction.
For nearly six decades now, we’ve watched this charade time after time. This crap has got to stop. Despite Republican or Democratic promises for fiscal responsibility, they continue to spend like a bunch of drunken sailors on liberty. Our elected leaders chose to blow this huge amount of money without even the pretense of having read the frickin’ bill is both shocking, disgusting and unbelievable. What is hard to handle is most of us remain complacent and continue about our daily routines like I don’t have time or I don’t give a shit. We barely blink as Congress binges on $1.3 trillion in unpaid- federal spending. Thinking back not that long to ago, a bill hammered out in secret. caused the House to revolt against then-speaker dumb ass John Boehner. Yet today’s secretly negotiated package fails to crack even the front page of the news, we are treated instead to the blow by blow details of Trump’s alleged affair with a Playboy model. This is our American version of the great America.
When I look back at all the election I voted in the one thing jumps out at me over and over and over is politicians are the only people in the world who work their ass off at creating problems and then have the gall to come to us blowing smoke up our skirt then go all out to campaign against the problem. Just think for one minute—I think we have a problem here.
All right, for example, have you ever wondered, we hear all the time both the Democrats and the Republicans are against deficits, then WHY in the cat hair do we have deficits? Deficits just didn’t jump out of thin air, do they. For every action there is a reaction.
OK! how about this one, have you ever wondered, if all the politicians are against inflation and high taxes, WHY in the cat hair do we have inflation and high taxes? For every action there is a reaction.
Let’s look at this:
- You and I don’t propose a federal budget. The President does.
- You and I don’t have the Constitutional authority to vote on appropriations.
- The House of Representatives does.
- You and I don’t write the tax code, Congress does.
- You and I don’t set fiscal policy, Congress does.
- You and I don’t control monetary policy, the Federal Reserve Bank does.
Now let’s look at the players here:
We have 100 senators, 435 congressmen, 1 President, and 9 Supreme Court justices. Now that equates to 545 human beings out of the 300 million plus voters. The way I see this is that the 545 politicians are directly, legally, morally, and individually responsible for the domestic problems that plague this country, without any doubt.
To be fair here I have to exclude the members of the Federal Reserve Board because that frickin’ problem was created by the dumb ass Congress. In 1913, Congress delegated it’s Constitutional duty to provide a sound currency to a federally chartered, but private, central bank.
Oh hell, I have to exclude all the special interests and dirt bag lobbyists for this reason: They have no legal authority and they have no ability to coerce a senator, a congressman, or a President to do one frickin’ thing.
Now, think about this! I do not give a damn if they offer a politician $50 million dollars in cash, they just don’t have any authority.
Now, at this point the politician has the power to accept or reject it.
Those 545 politicians that we sent to Washington to do our business will spend much of their time and energy convincing you and me that what they did or how they voted is never their fault. Now that’s BULL SHIT!!
They all cooperate in some form of this misinformation BS regardless of party. For every action there is a reaction.
I think one of the biggest things that separate a politician from a normal human being is an excessive amount of arrogance, self-importance and gall. No normal human being would have the gall of a House Speaker, who stands up and criticizes the President for creating deficits. (The President can only propose a budget. He cannot force the Congress to accept it.)
The Constitution, which is the supreme law of the land, gives sole responsibility to the House of Representatives for originating and approving appropriations and taxes. Who is the speaker of the House? That would be Paul Ryan. He is the leader of the majority party. (Right) He and fellow House members, not the President, can approve any budget they want. (Right) If the President vetoes it, they can pass it or override his veto if they agree to and have the votes to do it.
It seems inconceivable to me that a nation of 300 million plus voters cannot replace 545 people who stand convicted — by present facts — of incompetence and irresponsibility.
I can’t think of a single domestic problem that is not traceable directly back to those 545 people. When you fully look at the full picture there can be no doubt in your mind that the plain truth is when these 545 people exercise the full power of the federal government, the outcome that follows every time they vote is that they own 100% of that outcome, it’s all there.
We need to clean our house, this crap has got to stop, we need to hold our federal government accountable for their votes, action, or anything we don’t like.
Trump’s Steel and Aluminum Tariffs
There are a couple of important economic lessons that the American people should learn. I’m going to title one “the seen and unseen” and the other “narrow well-defined large benefits versus widely dispersed small costs.” These lessons are applicable to a wide range of government behavior, but let’s look at just two examples.
Last week, President Donald Trump enacted high tariffs on imports of steel and aluminum. Why in the world would the U.S. steel and aluminum industries press the president to levy heavy tariffs? The answer is simple. Reducing the amounts of steel and aluminum that hit our shores enables American producers to charge higher prices. Thus, U.S. steel and aluminum producers will earn higher profits, hire more workers and pay them higher wages. They are the visible beneficiaries of Trump’s tariffs.
Obama Admin Actively Sabotaged Gun Background Check System.
By Cillian Zeal
Testimony by acting FBI Deputy Director David Bowdich before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Wednesday revealed that the Obama administration removed the names of over 500,000 individuals with active arrest warrants from the National Instant Criminal Background Check System, according to The Daily Wire.
The deletion of the names was first reported by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, who had originally pinned the change on the Trump administration.
“A little-noticed mandate from the Trump administration has cleared the way for some people with outstanding arrest warrants to purchase guns, a change that worries law enforcement officials who say it could be allowing dangerous criminals to arm themselves,” The Journal-Constitution reported last October.
Here is :Bill Muckler commentary
Author Bill Muckler
The religion of peace, which is not a religion at all, got its start in 630 CE by slaughtering Arabs who didn’t think the way they do. (See my many revealing articles on IJETOF on this webpage): http://2020americabook.com/blog/
Muhammad was born in Mecca in 570 CE coming from a noble family and was well-known for his honesty and upright character. According to Muslim belief, at the age of 40, Muhammad was visited by the angel Gabriel while on retreat in a cave near Mecca. The angel recited the first revelations of the Quran and informed him that he is God’s prophet. He is told to call his people to the worship of the one God, but they reacted with hostility and began to persecute him and his followers. This definition tells us all we need to know: Allahu Akbar meaning “God is Greater” or Allah is the one God who is greater than all other Gods.”
Muhammad and his followers endured persecution in Mecca and then in 622 CE they then migrated to the nearby town of Yathrib, later known as Medina, where the people accepted Islam. This marks the “hijrah” or “emigration” and the beginning of the Islamic calendar. Muhammad established an Islamic state in Medina based on the laws revealed in the Quran and the inspired guidance coming to him from God. Eventually he invited other tribes and nations to Islam.
Muhammad and many his followers returned to Mecca in 630 CE. He entered the city peacefully, and eventually all accepted Islam. The prophet then cleared all idols and images out of the Kaaba.
Muhammad Died in 633 C.E.
The Muslim community, upon Muhammad’s death, elected his father-in-law and close associate, Abu Bakr, as caliph, or successor. Abu Bakr’s daughter Aisha was married to Muhammad when she was six years old and he consummated his marriage when she was nine. She remained with him for nine years until his death.
The Killing Spree Gains a Foothold
The spread of Islam was accomplished by invading areas which did not have a religion and those that were Christian as well. Countries were not established as we know them today. Most of the Middle East was comprised of tribal areas that were self-ruled. These lands were easy pickings for roving bands of crazed barbarians who spread their ideology by forcing men to either “join up” or be “beheaded.” Capturing men and forcing them to watch their wives and children raped and murdered was a common tactic to spread the “religion of peace.”
Muslims entered the area north of Arabia, known as “Sham,” including Syria, Palestine, Lebanon and in Iraq 638 CE. They invaded Egypt in 641 CE, enriched by their conquests and routed the Byzantine army. Thus, began the destruction of Christianity in Egypt then one of the centers of Christianity. Muslims considered their conquest as the liberation of subjugated people, since in most instances they were under oppressive rule.
There was no stopping this vicious wave of Islam as they murdered, raped and plundered across North Africa in 655 CE and into Europe, all in the name of peace.
Imam Ali was killed in 661 CE bringing an end the rule of the four “righteous caliphs”: Abu Bakr, Umar, Uthman, and Ali. This also marked the beginning of the Umayyad rule.
Much Has Been Said About Islam Being a Religion of Peace
There is so much to say about this perverse entity masquerading as a religion that is essentially a political, cultural, economic theocracy of domination and rule. We have been duped by this perversity and have become weak and willing to accept this as the “New Muslim Normal.”