"The germ of dissolution of our federal government is in ... the federal judiciary; an irresponsible body (for impeachment is scarcely a scare-crow), working like gravity by night and by day, gaining a little today and a little tomorrow, and advancing it’s noiseless step like a thief, over the field of jurisdiction, until all shall be usurped from the States, and the government of all be consolidated into one. ...when all government... in little as in great things, shall be drawn to Washington as the centre of all power, it will render powerless the checks provided of one government on another and will become as venal and oppressive as the government from which we separated."
by:
Thomas Jefferson
(1743-1826), US Founding Father, drafted the Declaration of Independence, 3rd US President
Date:
1821
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A prophetic utterance absolutely come true through fruition. The occupying statist theocracy infesting this land is a direct fulfillment of the now venal and oppressive government rendering powerless all checks of a once free people.
 -- Mike, Norwalk     
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    A whole new level of legislating from the bench.
     -- Mike, Norwalk     
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    So much for the wisdom of the Founding Fathers being "antiquated". This is amazingly prescient.
     -- J Carlton, Calgary     
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    Excellent! We, the poorly educated US citizens need to read much more of what the founding geniuses wrote.
     -- joe miller, Metropolis     
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    Sort of like the bunch currently infesting Washington.
     -- jim k, Austin, Tx     
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    The founders must be rolling in their graves.
     -- E Archer, NYC     
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