The Deterioration of Government

The deterioration of every government begins with
the decay of the principles on which it was founded
~Charles-Louis de Secondat

  • When you open your heart to patriotism, there is no room for prejudice. The Bible tells us, “How good and pleasant it is when God’s people live together in unity.” We must speak our minds openly, debate our disagreements honestly, but always pursue solidarity. When America is united, America is totally unstoppable ~President Donald J. Trump
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  • “The abuse of greatness is when it disjoins remorse from power.” ~William Shakespeare (1564-1616)
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  • “[The president] is the dignified, but accountable magistrate of a free and great people. The tenure of his office, it is true, is not hereditary; nor is it for life: but still it is a tenure of the noblest kind: by being the man of the people, he is invested; by continuing to be the man of the people, his investiture will be voluntarily, and cheerfully, and honourably renewed.” ~James Wilson (1791)
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  • “The ‘wall of separation between church and State’ is a metaphor based on bad history, a metaphor which has proved useless as a guide to judging. It should be frankly and explicitly abandoned. It is impossible to build sound constitutional doctrine upon a mistaken understanding of Constitutional history . . . The establishment clause had been expressly freighted with Jefferson’s misleading metaphor for nearly forty years . . . There is simply no historical foundation for the proposition that the framers intended to build a wall of separation . . . The recent court decisions are in no way based on either the language or intent of the framers . . . But the greatest injury of the ‘wall’ notion is its mischievous diversion of judges from the actual intentions of the drafters of the Bill of Rights.” ~Justice William Rehnquist (in dissent of Wallace v Jaffree, 1984)
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  • “This Nation’s history has not been one of entirely sanitized separation between Church and State. It has never been thought either possible or desirable to enforce a regime of total separation.” ~In Committee for Public Education & Religious Liberty v. Nyquist, 413 U.S. 756, 760 (1973)
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  • “The ACLU makes repeated reference to ‘the separation of church and state.’ This extra-constitutional construct has grown tiresome. The First Amendment does not demand a wall of separation between church and state. Our nation’s history is replete with governmental acknowledgment and in some cases, accommodation of religion.” ~Judge Richard Suhrheinrich ACLU v Mercer County, 2006
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  • “The Court . . . is not aided . . . by the . . . invocation of metaphors like the ‘wall of separation,’ a phrase nowhere to be found in the Constitution.” ~Justice Potter Stewart (in dissent of Engle v Vitale, 1962)
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  • “The concept of a ‘wall’ of separation between church and state is a . . . figure of speech . . . but the metaphor itself is not a wholly accurate description of the practical aspects of the relationship that in fact exists between church and state. The Constitution does not require complete separation of church and state; it affirmatively mandates accommodation, not merely tolerance, of all religions, and forbids hostility toward any. Anything less would require the ‘callous indifference’ (Zorach v. Clauson), that was never intended by the Establishment Clause . . . Indeed, we have observed, such hostility would bring us into ‘war with our national tradition as embodied in the First Amendment’s guaranty of the free exercise of religion. (McCollum) . . .” ~Chief Justice Warren E. Burger referenced Justice William O’Douglas’ Zorach v. Clauson opinion in the 1984 decision of Lynch v Donnelly
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  • “It was not the tycoons of big business, it was not the working classes, it was the intellectuals who reversed the trend toward political freedom and revived the doctrines of the absolute State, of totalitarian government rule, of the government’s right to control the lives of the citizens in any manner it pleases. This time, it was not in the name of the ‘divine right of kings,’ but in the name of the divine right of the masses. The basic principle was the same: the right to enforce at the point of a gun the moral doctrines of whoever happens to seize control of the machinery of government.” ~Ayn Rand (1905-1982)
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  • “Their arts may be more dangerous than their arms. Let us then renounce all treaty with them upon any score but that of total separation, and under God trust our cause to our swords.” ~Samuel Adams (1776)
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