Wednesday, December 17, 2008

"More Jeffersonian Than Jefferson Himself"

Clyde N. Wilson introduces us to "an important Founding Father almost unknown these days," who, compared "with the politicians of today gives us a benchmark as to how dreadfully far America has degenerated from the principles on which it was founded" — Nathaniel Macon and The Way Things Should Be. His principles:
    The federal government should be tightly bound by the Constitution. It should not tax the people and spend money any more than was absolutely necessary for the things it was entitled to do, nor go into debt, which was just a way to make the taxpayers pay interest to the rich. Eternal vigilance was the price of liberty. Power was always stealing from the many to the few. Office-holders were to be watched closely and kept as directly responsible to the citizens as possible.

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