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.
At one time, California was the envy of America, attracting people from around the nation to move to a state offering opportunity and the chance to pursue ambitious dreams. With scenic beauty, the Pacific Ocean coastline, the major cities of San Diego, Los Angeles and San Francisco, California recruited entrepreneurs looking for economic growth. As the home of Hollywood and multitudes of celebrities, California presented an enticing potential to enjoy “lifestyles of the rich and famous.”
California has become an economic and cultural disaster
Today, California has become an economic and cultural disaster. The state is home to over 114,000 homeless people, one quarter of the total in the nation. In San Francisco, a health crisis has developed as the homeless have created a mess in the downtown area, littering it with fecal matter, spent needles and piles of trash.
The droughts have led to misguided water regulations imposed by environmentalists and liberal government bureaucrats. These officials also love to burden state residents and corporations with higher taxes. As a result, people and businesses are fleeing a state beset with too many regulations, tax rates that are not competitive with neighboring states and an array of other insufferable liberal policies. Even a sizable portion of the film industry has moved from Hollywood to other states offering tax incentives and a better business climate.
California officials have implemented high tax rates to fund an array of expensive services for an ever-growing population of illegal aliens. Their statewide elected politicians, such as Governor Jerry Brown, support open borders and sanctuary status for illegal aliens. In fact, the entire state has become a sanctuary for those who break our immigration laws.
Americans should never forget Juan Francisco Lopez-Sanchez, an illegal alien who had been deported five times to Mexico, who shot 32-year-old Kate Steinle on a San Francisco pier and ran away from the scene as she died in the arms of her father. Several months before the July 1, 2015 incident, Lopez-Sanchez was in the custody of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) after serving a federal prison sentence. However, San Francisco Police wanted him on a drug related warrant, so he was transferred to their control. Unfortunately, the San Francisco Police subsequently released him and did not bother to notify federal authorities. This is due to their refusal to honor “immigration detainers” that San Francisco officials believe is a violation of the Fourth Amendment rights against unreasonable searches and seizures.
800 illegal aliens evaded capture
As a result of their desire to protect the rights of non-citizens, San Francisco officials allowed an illegal alien back onto the streets. Sadly, that decision ultimately cost one young woman her life. The tragic death produced a national outcry, but it did not lead to any changes in California policies. The Steinle killing was not an isolated incident as throughout California, local and state officials refuse to work with federal authorities to combat the out-of-control problem of illegal immigration. These misguided policies prevent the Trump administration from taking effective action.
Over the last week, California was in the news again for the wrong reasons. The liberal Democrat Mayor of Oakland, Libby Schaaf, issued a warning to illegal aliens that Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents were conducting raids in the city. She asked residents to “protect” these illegal aliens, who she called the “most vulnerable” residents of Oakland.
As a result, 800 illegal aliens evaded capture and the ICE agents were only able to apprehend 232 lawbreakers. These individuals were not Boy Scouts, in fact, 180 of them had criminal records and 115 of them had convictions for serious offenses such as child sex crimes, weapons charges or assault.
ICE was doing the community a favor by removing criminal threats and protecting innocent citizens. Regrettably, the Oakland Mayor decided to give support to illegal aliens and violent criminals instead of law abiding taxpayers.
Attorney General Jeff Sessions called the California laws “unjust, unfair and unconstitutional.”
At a press opportunity on Thursday, President Trump denounced her actions and called it “a disgrace” that she undercut the ability of ICE agents to conduct raids. The acting Director of ICE, Tom Homan, labeled her comments “a whole new low, to intentionally warn criminals that law enforcement is coming.”
Fortunately, the Trump administration acted in federal court against the rogue state of California. On Tuesday night, the Justice Department filed a lawsuit which claimed that three state laws are illegal and are pre-empted by federal law. The laws prevent employers and state officials from cooperating with federal officials on cases involving illegal immigrants.
In his speech announcing the lawsuit, Attorney General Jeff Sessions called the California laws “unjust, unfair and unconstitutional.” He also condemned the actions of the Mayor of Oakland by asking “How dare you needlessly endanger the lives of our law enforcement officers to promote a radical open borders agenda?”
These are good first steps by the Department of Justice, but they are not enough. The Attorney General should also file charges against the Mayor of Oakland personally. It is time that these California elected officials face legal consequences for their despicable behavior and their arrogant flouting of federal law.
The Trump Administration is being panned by leftists as politicizing the Department of Justice – like during the Obama years, it was a beacon of fairness, impartiality and a complete lack of political bias.
What a joke.
Under Barack Obama, the Department of Justice was used as a political weapon to go after enemies, support friends and manipulate the levers of government. It’s worth noting just a few of the most egregious examples of the political weaponization of the Justice Department under Barack Obama:
Back in October, we reported that the Obama Administration created a slush fund to siphon settlement money from companies found culpable in the 2008 financial collapse. That slush fund sent millions of dollars to leftist activist groups like the National Council of La Raza, the National Urban League and NeighborWorks America.
This was all done in secret, of course – or at least without consulting Congress. Three years ago, the head of the House Judiciary Committee, Rep. Bob Goodlatte, warned the Obama Administration that they needed to disclose where the money was going, but they never did.
Back in 2012, after George Zimmerman fatally shot Tayvon Martin in Florida, the Community Relations Service (CRS), a unit of DOJ, deployed to Sanford, “to provide technical assistance for the preparation of possible marches and rallies related to the fatal shooting,” according to DOJ documents obtained by Judicial Watch.
The rally featured prominent racial provocateur Rev. Al Sharpton as a speaker. The unit “was in Florida as part of their mandated mission,” a CRS spokeswoman told The Daily Caller. The mission is to serve as a “‘peacemaker’ for community conflicts and tensions arising from differences of race, color, and national origin,” according to department’s website.
Fast and Furious
The DOJ gave guns to Mexican cartel members in the hopes of tracking the guns higher up the chain. When the operation went awry, as it was destined to, the DOJ engaged in a cover-up. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives’ effort backfired when authorities lost track of 1,000 firearms they allowed straw buyers to take across the border.
Former Attorney General Eric Holder was cited for contempt of Congress after Obama asserted executive privilege to avoid turning over the documents, which Congress sought to explain why the DOJ decided to withdraw as inaccurate in a February 2011 letter. The letter claimed top officials were unaware of the operation until long after its conclusion.
We have the The Tarmac Meeting
Former President Bill Clinton’s meeting with then-Attorney General Loretta Lynch in the summer of 2016 on the Phoenix airport tarmac was as shady as it got.
Former FBI Director James Comey testified in June 2017 that the ethically dubious meeting forced him to hold an independent press conference announcing Clinton’s use of a private email server was “extremely careless,” but decided against recommending charges. He further testified that Lynch asked him to refer to the investigation as a “matter,” so as to downplay its significance — a request Comey admitted made him feel “queasy.”
Under Barack Obama, the DOJ spent most of a decade fighting voter ID laws in Texas. After the Supreme Court weakened the Voter Rights Act in 2013, Texas moved ahead to implement their own law.
This prompted the Obama DOJ to issue a legal challenge on a basis the law was intended to disenfranchise racial minorities. Holder’s opposition to the High Court’s ruling drew intense criticism from Republican lawmakers and governors who argued the move represented an affront to the Constitution.
“This end run around the Supreme Court undermines the will of the people of Texas, and casts unfair aspersions on our state’s common-sense efforts to preserve the integrity of our elections process,” former Texas Gov. Rick Perry, a Republican, said in a statement.
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