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Calhoun Warns of the Evils of Government Patronage
John C. Calhoun of South Carolina saw the evil effect political patronage was having on the American experiment in government, and perceptively observed that the object was “under form of law to take from others and appropriate to themselves more than would otherwise be so taken and appropriated.”
Bernhard Thuersam, Chairman
North Carolina War Between the States Sesquicentennial Commission
"The Official Website of the North Carolina WBTS Sesquicentennial"
Calhoun Warns of the Evils of Government Patronage:
“Were a premium offered for the best means of extending to the utmost the power of patronage, to destroy the love of country, and to substitute a spirit of subserviency and man-worship; to encourage vice and discourage virtue, and, in a word, to prepare for the subversion of liberty and the establishment of despotism, no scheme more perfect could be devised; and such must be the tendency of the practice, with whatever intention adopted, or to whatever extent pursued.
If to this difficulty….there be added others of a formidable character….on the part of government, in large communities , to seize on and corrupt all the organs of public opinion, and thus to delude and impose on the people; the greater tendency in such communities to the formation of parties on local and separate interests….some conception may be formed of the vast superiority which that organized and central party, consisting of office-holders and office-seekers, with their dependents, forming one compact, disciplined corps, wielded by a single individual, without conflict of opinion within….and aiming at the single object of retaming and perpetuating power in their own ranks, must have, in such country as ours, over the people, a superiority so decisive that it may safely be asserted that, whenever the patronage and influence of the government are sufficiently strong to form such a party, liberty, without a speedy reform, must inevitably be lost.
Every lover of this country, and of its institutions, be his party what it may, must see and deplore the rapid growth of patronage, with all its attendant evils, and the certain catastrophe which awaits its further progress, if not timely arrested.
Among [the patronage interests], the first and most powerful is that active, vigilant and well-trained corps which lives on the government, or expects to live on it, which prospers most when the revenue is the greatest, the treasury the fullest, and expenditures the most profuse, and, of course, is ever the firm and faithful supporter of whatever system shall extract the most from the pockets of the rest of the community, to be emptied into theirs.”
(The Life of John C. Calhoun, Gustavus M. Pinckney, Walker, Evans & Cogswell, 1903, pp. 106-110)
“If two parties with two sets of bad ideas cooperate, the result is not good policy, but policy that is extremely bad. What we really need are correct economic and political ideas, regardless of the party that pushes them.”
― Ron Paul, Liberty Defined: The 50 Urgent Issues That Affect Our Freedom
By Curtis Patranella
Too often we all fall into the trap of taking hearsay as gospel, gossip as truth, and misinformation as fact; not because we are stupid or lazy, but because we either wish to trust those who are delivering the information; the messenger is cloaked in authority; or perhaps the truth is too frightening to face. The reality is, most of what you learned about freedom, the Constitution, your rights, government, etc. is a lie. You have been raised on falsehoods, smoke and mirrors. "Understanding Liberty" seeks to blow away the smoke, lift the veil, and act as a guide to explain to anyone, of any background, and any level of political experience, exactly what true liberty means. It is time to wake up, take charge of your rights as a Human Being, and break the chains of those who seek to enslave you. "Understanding Liberty" is the first step on that journey.
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HOW TO CONTACT CONGRESS
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