"It is an unquestionable truth, that the body of the people in every country desire sincerely its prosperity. But it is equally unquestionable that they do not possess the discernment and stability necessary for systematic government. To deny that they are frequently led into the grossest of errors, by misinformation and passion, would be a flattery which their own good sense must despise."
Alexander Hamilton
(1757-1804) American statesman, Secretary of the Treasury
speech to the Ratifying Convention of New York, June, 1788
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Concerning discernment and stability necessary for systematic government, it is not the people that fault but rather, the systematic government. "We The People" were not lead into the grossest of errors, by misinformation and passion. The grossest of errors was forced on "We The People", by threat, duress, maleficence, misinformation, central banking, socialism (fascism / corporatism to communism), an elitist mentality caste system, replacement of a representative republic with a statist theocracy and riding / outlawing sound alternatives. This quote tells a truth, then adds a lie, to enable a most heinous lie's advancement.
 -- Mike, Norwalk     
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    You got that right Norwalk Mike, Hamilton in my opinion was the poorest example of a founding father he favored a large centralized government and I believe even wanted a permanent president.

    I think he got what was coming to him, thank you Mr. Burr.
     -- Mike, Pleasant Hill     
    Please rethink, Mike and Mike...we witness this in our country daily...and we hear many spouting their dislike or disgust for this country even tho they continue to live here, were born here, and don't move on. It is appalling the number of folks who whine today over lack of prosperity yet accept the rules and regulations that are unconstitutional as good law for they truly believe that our government would only do what is best for the nation. They believe the propaganda on msm. Some of the population is paying attention but most are being led into the grossest of errors and they can't even see it happening. (UNs Agenda 21, Common Core, propaganda on tv, lies by politicians, manipulation of stats, theft by central bank). These can only be 'forced' upon an ignorant and misled society...Hamilton is correct~it is the fault of the populace to have no interest in their own liberty for if they were interested, they would learn of and insisted upon a government which didn't lead them away from the Constitution. They would have cheered on Dr Paul at last election instead of Obama, they would be shouting for Sen Paul today rather than for Trump or Bernie. They would elect new city county state and federal servants if they didn't honor their Oath of Office. We live in an extremely ignorant society who just goes along to get along. That makes it the fault of the we the people...for we do not see society rising up united against the force and failures of the government. Sadly, we the people don't seem to give a damn.
     -- Abby     
    The body of the people as a whole, cannot discern, good from evil ? Being the founder of the federalist party, a nationalist. Promoting centralized government. He was nothing more than a British loyalist wanting to continue big banking interest. His education afforded by wealthy Brits, furthering their agendas of centralized control over We the People. Inflationary tactics of the money changers today, usury, fraud, misinformation. Continued blinding of the people. promising prosperity, all the while jerking the rug out from under the feet of We the People. The lack of truthful education concerning the history of our Republican form of government, is the biggest fraud committed against the sovereigns of this once Free society at financial Liberty. Senator Paul and his 15% tax, is a band aid on a severed artery. The excess sucked away by simple inflationary tactics. Just a compromise with the devil to appease, We the people.
     -- Ronw13, Yachats Or     
    Great Quote!
    It is why we are a republic and not a Democracy.
     -- Allen, DC     
    Abby, of course you are absolutely correct. My thoughts went to - at present, there is very little conscience choice available between liberty and tyranny (tyranny at body politic, financially / money / securities / investments, at natural law vs legal positivism, etc., etc., etc.). The vast majority of choices offered to the masses is a choice between forms of communism or forms of fascism, a choice between despotism or tyranny, etc. Most people are just trying to feed them selves with no inkling there is such a thing as liberty. Natural law, prosperity and liberty (even any concept thereof) have all but been vanquished from the land. Government seminaries (public schools), the government's industrial media complex, and other forms of communication will not dare even mention what "the laws of nature and of nature's God - Hebrew natural law (meaning those absolutes and morality is base on law, not to the contrary) - or liberty ARE ! ! ! Even Paul only addresses certain principles (very well I might add) and not the difference between the de jure originating foundation of law (the laws of nature and of nature's God) vs. the tyranny of legal positivism.
     -- Mike, Norwalk     
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