Thursday, December 16, 2010

Hamilton on government.

For the Tea Partiers who think this is about money or morality.

‎''Why has government been instituted at all? Because the passions of man will not conform to the dictates of reason and justice without constraint.'' Alexander Hamilton

3 comments:

Democurmudgeon said...

Great quote. Kind of says it all about the "passions" demonstrated at town halls and the tea party movement in general.

Kevin Scheunemann said...

So man, all of a sudden, becomes "reasonable" with the mechanism of government mixed in?

The founders also warned about the damage an overbloated and unrestrained government can do!

If you watch the video of John McCain reading the list of irresponsible projects the porkulous money went for, you would realize that restraint on government is the justice problem in our society. (I am also NOT really a fan of McCain, but it was interesting.)

How much government is enough in your book? 20% of GNP? 40%? 50%, 70%, or the Stalinist 100%?

I'd be curious to know what your "reasoned" answer is on the ideal amount of government consumption of our time, money, and talents.

videoseltuttle said...

At the end of the Constitutional Convention, George Washington said, "I do not expect the Constitution to last for more than 20 years."
source- http://www.digitalhistory.uh.edu/database/article_display.cfm?HHID=297

Well at least Hamilton wasn't a slave owner!

Now since the GOP wasn't actually around for the framing of this document does this preclude them from laying claim to the intent of the framers?
Hey, I'm just saying.