Uncle Jaque's Soap-Box

Posted in POLITICS by Uncle Jaque on 09/04/2010

So what have we learned in 2,065 years ?

“The budget should be balanced, the Treasury should be refilled,
public debt should be reduced, the arrogance of officialdom should be
tempered and controlled, and the assistance to foreign lands should be
curtailed lest Rome  become bankrupt. People must again learn to work,
instead of living on public assistance.”
–     Cicero   – 55 BC

Evidently . . . . . nothin’

I just finished “John Adams” by David McCullough.  I would highly recommend it.

Both Adams and Jefferson, who were instrumental in developing and signed both the Declaration of Independence and our Constitution, were intimately familiar with Cicero and read him extensively.  Adams, who was fluent in Latin among several other languages, translated some of his ancient works.

There can be no doubt that Cicero as well as other statesmen and philosophers of antiquity had significant influence on the creation of our American Republic.

You know what they say about the lessons of History, and what happens to fools who fail or refuse to learn from them?

4G&C ~  J.

The democracy will cease to exist when you take away from those who are willing to work and give to those who would not.

It is incumbent on every generation to pay its own debts as it goes.
A principle which if acted on would save one-half the wars of the world.

I predict future happiness for Americans if they can prevent the government from wasting the labors of the people under the pretense of taking care of them.

My reading of history convinces me that most bad government results from too much government.

Thomas Jefferson


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