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  •  The most honest and safe though not the most wise (11+ / 0-)

    Look. Thomas Jefferson nailed this situation in 1834.

    Men by their constitutions are naturally divided into two parties: 1. Those who fear and distrust the people, and wish to draw all powers from them into the hands of the higher classes. 2. Those who identify themselves with the people, have confidence in them, cherish and consider them as the most honest and safe, although not the most wise depositary of the public interests. In every country these two parties exist, and in every one where they are free to think, speak, and write, they will declare themselves. Call them therefore liberals and serviles, . . . Whigs and Tories, . . . aristocrats and democrats, or by whatever name you please, they are the same parties still and pursue the same object. The last one of aristocrats and democrats is the true one expressing the essence of all.
    --Thomas Jefferson to H. Lee, 1824

    The GOP Prime Directive: Be Silent - Consume - DIE!

    by Lance Bearer on Thu Dec 20, 2012 at 11:07:34 AM PST

    •  Wow -- had not read that quote (0+ / 0-)

      That's perhaps the best Jefferson quote I've ever read.  And it proves the adage that the more things change, the more they stay the same.

      "[W]e shall see the reign of witches pass over . . . and the people, recovering their true spirit, restore their government to its true principles." Jefferson

      by RenMin on Fri Dec 21, 2012 at 03:36:39 AM PST

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