- The founders warned us of a drift towards the collectivist left.
Since the American system was designed to keep us in the balanced center. The founders warned us to resist the temptation of future generations to abandon their liberty and rely on a strong federal system of leftist collectivism.
They warned us against the welfare state where the government would care for us from craddle to grave. Jefferson wrote..
“ If we can prevent the government from wasting the labors of the people, under the pretense of taking care of them, they must become happy.” Jefferson also warned about high taxation and deficit spending. He wrote.......
“ We shall all consider ourselves unauthorized to saddle posterity with our debts, and morally bound to pay them ourselves; and consequently within in what may be deemed the period of a generation, or the life expectancy of the majority.”
They also argued that in order for a nation to truly prosper was to have equal protection of rights and not allow the government to get involved in trying to provide equal distribution of things.
Adams said that they had tried to do everything possible to make the ideas of socialism and communism UNCONSTITUTIONAL. He said.......
“ The Utopian schemes of leveling ( re-distribution of wealth and a community of goods) ( central ownership of the means of production and distribution) are as visionary and impractical as those that vest all property to the crown. These ideas are arbitrary, despotic, and, in our government, UNCONSTITUTIONAL.”
They believed that to prevent the tipping of power over to the left (tyranny) or to the right ( anarchy ) they campaigned for the strong program of education. So as to maintain an intelligent, informed electorate. Jefferso made this abundantly clear when he said........
“ If a nation expects to be ignorant and free, in a state of civilization, it expects what never was and never will be.”
The founders knew that they created a great country and wanted future generations to maintain it.
The great one warned us also of the dangers of a progressive government....
“Government is not reason; it is not eloquent; it is
force. Like fire, it is a
dangerous servant and a fearful master.” –George Washington
"America will never be destroyed from the outside. If we falter and lose ourfreedoms, it will be because we destroyed ourselves."Abraham Lincoln