How far have we truly strayed from founding principles?

Without slander or name calling on either side explain logically where you stand on the founding principles and these quotes from the founders. And explain why it is the "pursuit of happiness" not "happiness".

From Thomas Jefferson:
"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. "

"But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security."

From Benjamin Franklin:
"The U. S. Constitution doesn’t guarantee happiness, only the pursuit of it. You have to catch up with it yourself."

From John Adams:
"Arms in the hands of citizens may be used at individual discretion… in private self-defense. "

From Thomas Paine:
"Society in every state is a blessing, but government, even in its best state, is but a necessary evil; in its worst state an intolerable one; for when we suffer or are exposed to the same miseries by a government, which we might expect in a country without government, our calamity is heightened by reflecting that we furnish the means by which we suffer. "

Article the third [Amendment I]

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

Article the fourth [Amendment II][4]

A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.

Article the fifth [Amendment III]

No Soldier shall, in time of peace be quartered in any house, without the consent of the Owner, nor in time of war, but in a manner to be prescribed by law.

Article the sixth [Amendment IV]

The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.

Article the seventh [Amendment V]

No person shall be held to answer for a capital, or otherwise infamous crime, unless on a presentment or indictment of a Grand Jury, except in cases arising in the land or naval forces, or in the Militia, when in actual service in time of War or public danger; nor shall any person be subject for the same offence to be twice put in jeopardy of life or limb; nor shall be compelled in any criminal case to be a witness against himself, nor be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor shall private property be taken for public use, without just compensation.

Article the eighth [Amendment VI]

In all criminal prosecutions, the accused shall enjoy the right to a speedy and public trial, by an impartial jury of the State and district wherein the crime shall have been committed, which district shall have been previously ascertained by law, and to be informed of the nature and cause of the accusation; to be confronted with the witnesses against him; to have compulsory process for obtaining witnesses in his favor, and to have the Assistance of Counsel for his defence.

Article the ninth [Amendment VII]

In Suits at common law, where the value in controversy shall exceed twenty dollars, the right of trial by jury shall be preserved, and no fact tried by a jury, shall be otherwise re-examined in any Court of the United States, than according to the rules of the common law.

Article the tenth [Amendment VIII]

Excessive bail shall not be required, nor excessive fines imposed, nor cruel and unusual punishments inflicted.

Article the eleventh [Amendment IX]

The enumeration in the Constitution, of certain rights, shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people.

Article the twelfth [Amendment X]

The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.
Sorry about the length. I could write many books about this…

7 Responses to “How far have we truly strayed from founding principles?”

  1. Doc Says:

    Ben Franklin thought that it would be wise to pay out a "small stipend" to those who serve in public office "so that even the lowliest farmer may serve." It’s a far cry from the $125,000 that our junior congressmen now receive.

    In a personal letter written after having served, the country’s first Chief Justice John Jay wrote:

    "Providence has given to our people the choice of their rulers – and it is the duty, as well as the privilege and interest of our Christian nation – to select and prefer Christians for their rulers."

    Now it seems, we have elected for our ruler, one whose country of origin has yet to be publicly determined. He has been quoted telling the Egyptians that THIS is NOT a Christian nation. He has publicly stated that there is no sound as beautiful as the sound of the Islamic call to worship.

    So, from the Qu’ran 9:5 "Break the Cross" and from 9: 73 "Kill the Infidel."

    And from the book of Sura 4:88-89

    "But if they turn back (from Islam), take (hold of) them and kill (q-t-l) them where ever you find them…"

    The Arabic verb Qatala – root is q-t-l, means exclusively to fight, kill, war, battle or slaughter.

    How far have we strayed? How far is it from the moon to the sun? Multiply it ten fold and still you would not come close to touching the distance traveled.

  2. TEAring down Obama's lies! Says:

    There was no Communism in the Constitution!

  3. discocisco Says:

    that was 300 years ago. let’s live in the now, and not the past.

  4. Ali Says:

    Alot, thanks to the progressive axis.

  5. Obama is a Marxist Says:

    We are moving towards a communist country- this govt has no respect for the constitution. The leaders have been in DC too long- now they want Power over us all! VOTE THEM OUT! JOIN THE TEA PARTY MOVEMENT!
    America is being hijacked by COMMIES!

  6. Southern Belle Says:

    Too much, if you ask me.

  7. brown9500v19 Says:

    We have a Supreme Court that says we are well within the bounds of the Founding Fathers wishes.

    They are smarter than some tin-hat Libertarian web site says we aren’t,