A Reminder From Franklin

by: Les Carpenter
Rational Nation USA
Birthplace of Independent Conservatism

Benjamin Franklin had it right. Today I think one can safely say that since the great experiment in self government (republican government), whose concepts were born during the Age of Reason and the Enlightenment and came to full fruition with the American Revolution, the nation founded on the principles contained in Franklin's quote below has strayed far.

"The ordaining of laws in favor of one part of the nation, to the prejudice and oppression of another, is certainly the most erroneous and mistaken policy. An equal dispensation of protection, rights, privileges, and advantages, is what every part is entitled to, and ought to enjoy." --Benjamin Franklin, Emblematical Representations, 1774

The further we have strayed from the founding republican principles on which this nation was built and grew strong staying true to, the greater our problems seem to grow. We are already in the shadows of a declining nation. The choice we have is to continue on the same path or chart a new one.

Perhaps the nation and its leaders will put aside the politics of political correctness and special interest, turning away from corruption, and pandering to those with the heaviest and most fully stuffed wallet. Even a great nation such as the United States of America can not expect to survive if it turns from the very values that were responsible for it achieving greatness.

Words from a great 18th century thinker. And just some thoughts from a 21st century American patriot who loves his country. It's the {unsavory} politicians, businesses, and unions that are the problem.

Cross posted to Rational Nation USA


  1. Easier said than done. However, we don't necessarily have to put aside every difference and become automatons who all think alike to save the country. We simply need to look at the main 2 or 3 issues facing our country, fix those and the others will fall into place. Look at where we were when Reagan took office. We had unemployment, stagflation, gas lines, Iran hostage, after 4 years of Carter. Reagan was a great President and leader, but he wasnt the second coming. We can get ourselves out of this malaise as long as we don't irreparably split over irrelevant social issues. The biggest threat to preventing the repairing of the country is the religious right/libertarian split. If we get past that divide early in the election cycle and unified then we beat BHO and the progressives. Otherwise we may as well hang it up.

  2. Agreed. However, the religious right does need to moderate itself.

    And we certainly need leaders with integrity on both sides of the aisle . Something that we are currently lacking, other than a few rare exceptions. a few rare exceptions.

  3. Freedom and liberty, once won, must be but be cherished and guarded as life itself. For truly, there can be no satisfying nor productive life without the existence of both.

  4. ""the religious right/libertarian split""

    Yes. It's amazing that many moderates consider Mormons libertarians, or moderates, or Barry Goldwater types. Nothing could be farther from the truth. Mormons are to the right of the traditional christians on most issues (not all). I don't approve of biblethumpers (or koran, or torah thumpers) but the Book of Mormon/LDS counts as one of the greatest farces of US History--be sure the Founders would agree with that .

    James Buchanan , usually considered a Jeffersonian thought so--though the US Army could not stop King Brigham and his LDS army (ie, the US Army turned tail, more or less). Romney will not prove successful, mainly because of his connection to the LDS cult.

    Here's an example of the sort of freaks who support LDS these days:

    New Worlds

    This piece of mierda "Byronius", from Sacto CA, supported Schwarzenegger, and most GOP causes--yet puts on a liberal schtick to help out his rinky-dink mail order business. Even the few rational democrats around Sac. consider him a shrieking nutcase. IN this case, it's LDS on LSD


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