Thursday, July 05, 2007

Liberties lost

Thoughts of liberties lost and government run amok, this Independence Day weekend

Liberties lost -

Besides all his other gifts, Thomas Jefferson appears to have been prophetic.

In his first presidential inaugural address in 1801, he ticked off a long list of essential principles of government, featuring highlights of the Bill of Rights, and called preservation of the government 'in its whole constitutional vigor' the 'anchor of our peace at home and safety abroad.' These principles 'should be the creed of our political faith,' he said. 'Should we wander from them in moments of error or of alarm, let us hasten to retrace our steps and to regain the road which alone leads to peace, liberty and safety.'

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