We Don’t Need Bushes and Kerrys, We Need Davy Crockett…

As I watched King George last night, giving his FDR-like wellfare speech in the evacuated Jackson Square, I was reminded of this story from the life of Davy Crockett. Davy’s argument is just as valid today as it was in his time. Unfortunately, the sheeple of America can no longer wipe their ass without government approved toilet paper and a government goon to make sure they do it right.

Thanks to LewRockwell.com for reprinting this important lesson…

I was one day in the lobby of the House of Representatives when a bill was taken up appropriating money for the benefit of a widow of a distinguished naval officer. Several beautiful speeches had been made in its support – rather, as I thought, because it afforded the speakers a fine opportunity for display than from the necessity of convincing anybody, for it seemed to me that everybody favored it. The Speaker was just about to put the question when Crockett arose. Everybody expected, of course, that he was going to make one of his characteristic speeches in support of the bill. He commenced:

“Mr. Speaker – I have as much respect for the memory of the deceased, and as much sympathy for the sufferings of the living, if suffering there be, as any man in this House, but we must not permit our respect for the dead or our sympathy for a part of the living to lead us into an act of injustice to the balance of the living. I will not go into an argument to prove that Congress has no power to appropriate this money as an act of charity. Every member upon this floor knows it. We have the right, as individuals, to give away as much of our own money as we please in charity; but as members of Congress we have no right so to appropriate a dollar of the public money. Some eloquent appeals have been made to us upon the ground that it is a debt due the deceased. Mr. Speaker, the deceased lived long after the close of the war; he was in office to the day of his death, and I have never heard that the government was in arrears to him. This government can owe no debts but for services rendered, and at a stipulated price. If it is a debt, how much is it? Has it been audited, and the amount due ascertained? If it is a debt, this is not the place to present it for payment, or to have its merits examined. If it is a debt, we owe more than we can ever hope to pay, for we owe the widow of every soldier who fought in the War of 1812 precisely the same amount. There is a woman in my neighborhood, the widow of as gallant a man as ever shouldered a musket. He fell in battle. She is as good in every respect as this lady, and is as poor. She is earning her daily bread by her daily labor; but if I were to introduce a bill to appropriate five or ten thousand dollars for her benefit, I should be laughed at, and my bill would not get five votes in this House. There are thousands of widows in the country just such as the one I have spoken of, but we never hear of any of these large debts to them. Sir, this is no debt. The government did not owe it to the deceased when he was alive; it could not contract it after he died. I do not wish to be rude, but I must be plain. Every man in this House knows it is not a debt. We cannot, without the grossest corruption, appropriate this money as the payment of a debt. We have not the semblance of authority to appropriate it as a charity. Mr. Speaker, I have said we have the right to give as much of our own money as we please. I am the poorest man on this floor. I cannot vote for this bill, but I will give one week’s pay to the object, and if every member of Congress will do the same, it will amount to more than the bill asks.”

He took his seat. Nobody replied. The bill was put upon its passage, and, instead of passing unanimously, as was generally supposed, and as, no doubt, it would, but for that speech, it received but few votes, and, of course, was lost.

Like many other young men, and old ones, too, for that matter, who had not thought upon the subject, I desired the passage of the bill, and felt outraged at its defeat. I determined that I would persuade my friend Crockett to move a reconsideration the next day.

Previous engagements preventing me from seeing Crockett that night, I went early to his room the next morning and found him engaged in addressing and franking letters, a large pile of which lay upon his table.

I broke in upon him rather abruptly, by asking him what devil had possessed him to make that speech and defeat that bill yesterday. Without turning his head or looking up from his work, he replied:

“You see that I am very busy now; take a seat and cool yourself. I will be through in a few minutes, and then I will tell you all about it.”

He continued his employment for about ten minutes, and when he had finished he turned to me and said:

“Now, sir, I will answer your question. But thereby hangs a tale, and one of considerable length, to which you will have to listen.”

I listened, and this is the tale which I heard:

More here…

There is nothing in the Constitution that allows congress to spend one penny on anything other than its enumeratred powers. Many think that the terms “general welfare” and “interstate commerce” grant carte blanche for congress to do as it wants. That was never the intent and such manipulation is a direct violation of the Constitution. As an act performed by the president or the legislature it is treason.

“Our peculiar security is in the possession of a written constitution. Let us not make it a blank paper by construction.” (Letter of September 7, 1803 to Wilson Cary Nicholas).

But with respect to future debt; would it not be wise and just for that nation to declare in the constitution they are forming that neither the legislature, nor the nation itself can validly contract more debt, than they may pay within their own age, or within the term of 19 years.
Thomas Jefferson, September 6, 1789

And Jefferson saw the error of the Supreme Court, early on…

At the establishment of our constitutions, the judiciary bodies were supposed to be the most helpless and harmless members of the government. Experience, however, soon showed in what way they were to become the most dangerous; that the insufficiency of the means provided for their removal gave them a freehold and irresponsibility in office; that their decisions, seeming to concern individual suitors only, pass silent and unheeded by the public at large; that these decisions, nevertheless, become law by precedent, sapping, by little and little, the foundations of the constitution, and working its change by construction, before any one has perceived that that invisible and helpless worm has been busily employed in consuming its substance. In truth, man is not made to be trusted for life, if secured against all liability to account.
Thomas Jefferson, letter to Monsieur A. Coray, Oct 31, 1823

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4 thoughts on “We Don’t Need Bushes and Kerrys, We Need Davy Crockett…

  1. Did you also notice that the prez did not have his shirt buttoned straight? No one (besides the mainstream media) is really addressing the subject matter of his speech, but rather they are focused on the fact that the leader of the free world can’t even dress himself properly. And they are also damning the presidents’ aides for letting him walk to the podium dressed as such.

  2. Thanks for that post David. I enjoyed reading it once again.

    A few tears on occasion are helpful in relieving the anxiety that results from my countrymen who cannot see these things for themselves, but rather because in seeing them they would finally have to admit that their dreams of peace and liberty are truly dead and gone…and with only themselves to blame insomuch that they bury their heads in the sand and continue to turn their backs and their minds…almost as if in not facing the reality it will somehow change.

    I always enjoy what you have to contribute. Thank you!

    Ron Robinson

  3. Hi Candi, Ron,

    How make-up and wardrobe could screw up such a staged event, I don’t know. Or maybe that is part of the dis-arming king image that Bush likes to portray.

    From someone who was there…:

    “I am duty-bound to report the talk of the New Orleans warehouse district last night: there was rejoicing (well, there would have been without the curfew, but the few people I saw on the streets were excited) when the power came back on for blocks on end. Kevin Tibbles was positively jubilant on the live update edition of Nightly News that we fed to the West Coast. The mini-mart, long ago cleaned out by looters, was nonetheless bathed in light, including the empty, roped-off gas pumps. The motorcade route through the district was partially lit no more than 30 minutes before POTUS drove through. And yet last night, no more than an hour after the President departed, the lights went out. The entire area was plunged into total darkness again, to audible groans. It’s enough to make some of the folks here who witnessed it… jump to certain conclusions.

    More….
    http://msnbc.msn.com/id/8045532

    Ron, I am constantly amazed that many of the most learned people I know, no longer seem to be able to put two and two together. My father tells me 95% of the people think like him and that only five percent think like you and I. While I know this isn’t true, I can’t explain why or how he can believe such numbers or tell me the lie, knowing that it is easily disproven. Irregardless of what the numbers are, those that he represent can take great pride in getting to where are today…on the verge of economic collapse in a police state…

    Way to go guys, you served the government well…you just betrayed your fellow citizens….

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