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Jefferson saw fringe elements & extremists in both parties

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To The Daily Sun,

Totalitarian governments come from the left. Communism, Naziism, and fascism differ only in style. They seek total government control. The extreme right, on the other hand, operates outside the law. They are anarchists who have no respect of the law. The left wing refers to conservatives as right-wing radicals because they work to stop the endless creep of government power upon our lives. It is a smear tactic developed decades a go by communist insurgents and their agents. The ploy seems to have worked well.

In the Federalist papers. No. 45 pp 293-3 James Madison describes the powers of the federal government. "The powers delegated by the proposed Constitution to the federal are few and defined. Those which are to remain in the State governments are numerous and indefinite ... the powers reserved to the several States will extend to all the objects which, in the ordinary course of affairs, concern the lives, liberties, and properties of the people, and the internal order, improvement, and prosperity of the state."

The left wing was supposed to be the problem-solving wing. It was considered the progressive wing. The intention was to fulfill the needs of the people, not to control and rule over them. Right wing had the responsibility of preserving the nation's resources and people's freedom. They looked at the cost and could it create a financial bondage for the following generations. Would it curtail individual rights of the people. The guardians of liberties rested here.

If wing #1 dwells on solving all the problems of the country and the right wing does not bring it back, the eagle will soar out of control and lean left. This is tyranny. If the right wing fails to solve any problems the people may take matters into their own hands. Which is anarchy.

Thomas Jefferson saw fringe elements and political extremist in both parties. In the Federalist Party were those who would pull the eagle away from its balance center toward the tyrannical left. That it would become so strong a monarchy might form. In the Federalist Party he saw fringe elements who called themselves federalist, but "under that name there lurks the heretical set of monarchists." Jefferson wrote Dr. George Logan in May of 1805, "I am with infinite pain the bloody schism which has taken place among friends of Pennsylvania and New York, and will probably take place in other states. The main body of both sections mean well, but their intentions will produce great public evil." He further said it was "immoral for one generation to pass its extravagance and debts on to the next generation ... we shall all consider ourselves unauthorized to saddle posterity with our debts, and morally bound to pay them ourselves."

Samuel Adams said, "The utopian schemes of leveling (redistribution of wealth) and a community of goods (central ownership of the means of production and distribution) are as visionary and impractical as those which vest all property in the crown." He reiterated, "(They) are arbitrary, despotic, and in our government unconstitutional."

A 1978 Congressional investigation looked into how our Founding Fathers warnings had become ignored. The hearings found as early as 1900 some of the wealthiest men in the country wanted to promote a new system of economics and political control. They placed much of their money into tax-free foundations, colleges and universities that would promote their ideas. J.P. Morgan, John D. Rockefeller and Andrew Carnegie bought up networks of media, gained control of the Federal Reserve System and invested heavily in political candidates. In 1932 the wealthy who operated within the Democratic Party sought to capture the majority of Congress. By 1936 they captured the majority of the Supreme Court. Dr. Carroll Quigley, who Bill Clinton praised, wrote in "Tragedy and Hope" of these men. William Simon's description of the results that followed is worth reading and pondering in his book "Time for Truth."

In 1936 the Butler Case (297 U.S.) U.S. Supreme court voted 5-4 in favor of federal intervention. Justice Roberts ruled that congress could appropriate money under the General Welfare clause to special groups and any region. They altered the interpretation of limited government and unlocked the U.S. Treasury to any good-sounding cause.

Sen. Joseph Clark of Pennsylvania sought to move the government even more to the left. In 1963 he stated, " ... the executive should be strengthened at the expense of the legislature." Governor Albert Smith warned that the Democratic Party was not adhering to the party platform of 1932, promising "to reduce governmental expenditures by abolishing useless commissions and offices." Instead, he said, "... on the other hand, the alphabet was exhausted." He further said new departments were created.

Socialist Norman Thomas stated in the Congressional Record for April 17, 1958, "The United States is making greater strides towards socialism under Eisenhower than under Roosevelt, particularly in the fields of federal spending and welfare legislation." He stated in 1962 the Democrats have accepted some ideas of socialism cheerfully, while Republicans have accepted them reluctantly." Cleveland Plain Dealer, Oct. 19, 1962.

Leonard Peikoff wrote in his book "The Ominous Parallels, the End of Freedom in America" " the Nazi party did attract many thugs, crooks, and drifters into its ranks. But such men are an inconsequential minority in any country; they were not the reason for Hitler's rise. The reason was the millions of non-thugs in the land of poets and philosophers, the decent, law-abiding Germans who found hope in Hitler.." (Are we there yet?)

Before the presidential election of 2008, Barack Obama stated, "we're five days away from the fundamental transformation of the United States." Once he moved into the White House it is the only promise he has lived up to.

Gene F. Danforth