A Warning From the Past
Benjamin Franklin was very prophetic in his declaration when warning the Convention:
“Sir, there are two passions which have a powerful influence on the affairs of men. They are … the love of power and the love of money. Separately each of these has great force in prompting men to action; but when united in view of the same object, they have in many minds the most violent affects. Place before the eyes of such men, a post of honor that shall be at the same time a place of profit, and they will move heaven and earth to obtain it. . . .
“Besides these evils, sir, tho’ we may set out in the beginning with moderate salaries, we shall find that such will not be long continuance. Reason will never be wanting for proposed augmentations. And there will always be a party for giving more to them. Hence as all history informs us, there has been in every state and kingdom a constant kind of warfare between the governing and the governed; the one striving to obtain more for its support, and the other to pay less. And this has alone occasioned great convulsions, actual civil wars, ending either in dethroning of the prince, or enslaving of the people. Generally indeed the ruling power carries its point, the revenues of the prince constantly increasing, and we see that they are never satisfied, but always in want of more. The more the p eople are discontented with the oppression of taxes, the greater the need the prince has of money to distribute among his partisans and pay the troops that are to suppress all resistance, and enable him to plunder at pleasure.
“. . . But this catastrophe, I think, may be long delayed, if in our proposed system we do not sow the seeds of contention, faction, and tumult, by making our posts of honor, places of profit.”
History has shown us that there are combinations organized to pervert the government. Most recently we have seen the dynasties of the Kennedy, Bush and Clinton families and the turmoil that ensues from one dynasty to the other. We had the dictatorship of the FDR era and the democratic and republican parties. The People need to understand that the election of Donald Trump sets a new course in politics. For what I know of presidential history, Mr. Trump has no history in politics, having never held an office in government, nor worked for the government, is the first non-lawyer and non-professional politician to be elected to the office of President of the United States. And considering the prophecy of Franklin, Mr. Trump does not seek the honor of the office nor the monetary profit of the office. These two evils do not come into play. Mr. Trump has already achieved these positions by his own effort outside of government. The only motive that remains is, like most of us: is he is fed up with the bureaucracy and waste in government.
Having looked briefly in to the past of Mr. Trump, I would say that he is not a “dyed-in-the-wool” republican or democrat and that he sees corruption of office in both parties. I believe that when he “drains the swamp” that both parties will be put through the refiner’s fire. For these reasons I believe that Mr. Trump is well qualified for the office of President.
The protesting of the outcome of the election was also foreseen by Franklin, quoting from his remarks: “ The struggles for them are the true source of all those factions which are perpetually dividing the nation, distracting its councils, hurrying it sometimes into fruitless and mischievous wars, and often compelling a submission to dishonorable terms of peace. . . .
“And of what kind are the men that will strive for this profitable pre-eminence, through all the bustle of cabal, the heat of contention, the infinite mutual abuse of parties, tearing to pieces the best of characters? It will not be the wise and moderate, the lovers of peace and good order, the men fittest for the trust. It will be the bold and the violent, the men of strong passions and indefatigable activity in their selfish pursuits. These will thrust themselves into your government, and be your rulers. And these, too, will be mistaken in the expected happiness of their situation, for their vanquished competitors, of the same spirit, and from the same motives, will perpetually be endeavoring to distress their administration, thwart their measures, and render them odious to the people.”
This is born true as you watch the news. Reduce from our “posts of honor” the profit motive and you will see much less violence in the aftermath. We will for the most part, have removed “the men of strong passions and indefatigable activity in their selfish pursuits.”
Hacking of the DNC to favor Trump
The ruckus over the hacking of the internet to favor Donald Trump is getting out of hand. It has been brought to the attention of Congress and the Obama administration that this exercise has been going on for some time by all nations, including the United States. It is an evil of the “technology” age we are in and we have to learn to cope with it.
It is contended by the Democrats that Russia purposely intervened to influence the election in favor of the Republicans. Personally, I can side with the ones that say otherwise, and the reason is based upon the fact that the Union of the Socialist Republic is more interested in the political philosophy of the Democratic party which is socialism at its finest and would continue the path of Obama to reduce the United States to be an equal, in status, with other nations. They are more interested in Hillary being president than Donald Trump.
The Democrats along with all of the “never Trump” Republicans led by the “song bird” Senator from Arizona are just fueling the “smoke screen” to cover their embarrassment. The losing party in all of our election go through period of depression, but this time their loss is unmatched in history and a black mark on our republican system of elections.