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  •  Conservatives ideas are counter to what Founders (17+ / 0-)

    said, wrote, and intended. I don't know why liberals and progressives don't use the example of the Founders more in battling conservative ideas (which, after all, are the ideas foisted on disgruntled Americans by the European oligarchs - conservatives are more likely to quote Edmund Burke, Benjamin Disraeli, or Adam Smith, than Benjamin Franklin, George Washington, or Alexander Hamilton!).

    John Adams took the most pride in the Constitution he wrote for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Here is Chapter V, Section II:

    Wisdom and knowledge, as well as virtue, diffused generally among the body of the people being necessary for the preservation of their rights and liberties; and as these depend on spreading the opportunities and advantages of education in various parts of the country, and among the different orders of the people, it shall be the duty of legislators and magistrates in all future periods of this commonwealth to cherish the interests of literature and the sciences, and all seminaries of them, especially the university at Cambridge, public schools, and grammar schools in the towns; to encourage private societies and public institutions, rewards and immunities, for the promotion of agriculture, arts, sciences, commerce, trades, manufactures, and a natural history of the country; to countenance and inculcate the principles of humanity and general benevolence, public and private charity, industry and frugality, honesty and punctuality in their dealings, sincerity, good humor, and all social affections, and generous sentiments among the people.
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    Or Consider John Adams' 1765 A Dissertation on the Canon and Feudal Law


    The poor people, it is true, have been much less successful than the great. They have seldom found either leisure or opportunity to form a union and exert their strength; ignorant as they were of arts and letters, they have seldom been able to frame and support a regular opposition. This, however, has been known by the great to be the temper of mankind; and they have accordingly labored, in all ages, to wrest from the populace, as they are contemptuously called, the knowledge of their rights and wrongs, and the power to assert the former or redress the latter. I say RIGHTS, for such they have, undoubtedly, antecedent to all earthly government, - Rights, that cannot be repealed or restrained by human laws - Rights, derived from the great Legislator of the universe….  Liberty cannot be preserved without a general knowledge among the people, who have a right, from the frame of their nature, to knowledge, as their great Creator, who does nothing in vain, has given them understandings, and a desire to know; but besides this, they have a right, an indisputable, unalienable, indefeasible, divine right to that most dreaded and envied kind of knowledge, I mean, of the characters and conduct of their rulers…. The preservation of the means of knowledge among the lowest ranks is of more importance to the public than all the property of all the rich men in the country.
    Emphasis mine. I love that last sentence, because it perfectly contrasts the conservative fixation with tax cuts, with what Adams and the Founders wrote into the U.S. Constitution: promoting the general welfare. In this case of Jindal cutting all library funding, the quotes are devastating, imho.

    A conservative is a scab for the oligarchy.

    by NBBooks on Sat Nov 17, 2012 at 10:45:48 AM PST

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