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Sunday, October 01, 2006

James Madison Warned of Opportunities of Fraud Growing out of a State of War

by Jay Allbritton
Crossposted at The Walrus Speaks.

Air America host Tom Hartman busted out some Jefferson and Madison on Friday.

MP3 - Tom Hartman - Jefferson and Madison exchange ideas on War, the Presidency and the Constitution.

Featured in this segment, Tom reads this bit from Madison's, "Political Observations," April 20, 1795 (Letters and Other Writings of James Madison , Volume IV, page 491). Pretty inspirational, take a whiff.
Of all the enemies of true liberty, war is, perhaps, the most to be dreaded, because it comprises and develops the germ of every other.

War is the parent of armies; from these proceed debts and taxes; and armies, and debts, and taxes are the known instruments for bringing the many under the domination of the few.

In war, too, the discretionary power of the Executive is extended; its influence in dealing out offices, honors and emoluments is multiplied; and all the means of seducing the minds, are added to those of subduing the force, of the people.

The same malignant aspect in republicanism may be traced in the inequality of fortunes, and the opportunities of fraud, growing out of a state of war, and in the degeneracy of manner and of morals, engendered in both.

No nation can preserve its freedom in the midst of continual warfare.
If you really want to go to town, here's a very good reading of the Declaration of Independence. Let's get back to our roots people.

By the way something, Jefferson's criticisms of George III sound like shit I say about Bush, with equal eloquence, ya'alls.

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