Today’s conservatives are suffering from a collective insanity. It started when Barack Obama began running for President & has been getting worse since November 2010. They feed upon the craziness of each other, to reach greater depths of mental dysfunction. We read their words and listen to them speak, and shake our heads in amazement. It doesn’t matter if they are talking heads like Rush Limbaugh or Glenn Beck, or the news makers at Fox News, or GOP members like Darrel Issa, Paul Ryan, Chris Christie, Scott Walker, et al, or Tea Party fanatics, these are not people who are thinking rationally about the needs of ALL Americans. On the face of it, many of them just want to form America into their own image; to conform to what they imagine the Founders thought. Others have a more corporatist or fanatical Christian agenda. The bottom line is that they are being motivated by the rich, major corporations and/or Christian Dominionists, to turn America into what the Founders dreaded & rebelled against. The reality is that today’s conservatives are acting like a swarm of piranhas, dedicated to helping America’s real enemies destroy her. Power & greed are their driving forces.
Some quotes from Abraham Lincoln, Thomas Jefferson and James Madison:
Abraham Lincoln: The money powers prey upon the nation in times of peace and conspire against it in times of adversity. It is more despotic than a monarchy, more insolent than autocracy, and more selfish than bureaucracy. It denounces as public enemies, all who question its methods or throw light upon its crimes. I have two great enemies, the Southern Army in front of me and the Bankers in the rear. Of the two, the one at my rear is my greatest foe.. corporations have been enthroned and an era of corruption in high places will follow, and the money powers of the country will endeavor to prolong its reign by working upon the prejudices of the people until the wealth is aggregated in the hands of a few, and the Republic is destroyed.
Thomas Jefferson: “Experience declares that man is the only animal which devours his own kind, for I can think of no milder term to apply to … the general prey
of the rich on the poor.”
Thomas Jefferson: “I hope [that] we shall crush in its birth the aristocracy of our monied corporations which dare already to challenge our government to a trial by strength and [to] bid defiance to the laws of our country.”
James Madison: “The growing wealth aquired by them [corporations] never fails to be a source of abuses.”
James Madison: “What influence, in fact, have ecclesiastical establishments had on society? In some instances they have been seen to erect a spiritual tyranny on the ruins of the civil authority; in many instances they have been seen upholding the thrones of political tyranny; in no instance have they been the guardians of the liberties of the people. Rulers who wish to subvert the public liberty may have found an established clergy convenient allies.”
James Madison: “Ecclesiastical establishments tend to great ignorance and corruption, all of which facilitate the execution of mischievous projects.”