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The One Constitutional Provision Jefferson Wanted

Thomas Jefferson wrote in 1798, “I wish it were possible to obtain a single amendment to our Constitution. I would be willing to depend on that alone for the reduction of the administration of our government; I mean an additional article taking from the Federal Government the power of borrowing.”

In essence, the one Constitutional provision that Thomas Jefferson wanted and never saw come to fruition was a balanced budget amendment.

Thomas Jefferson also said, "In questions of power, then, let no more be heard of confidence in man, but bind him down from mischief by the chains of the Constitution"

These realities have made me reconsider my position on a balanced budget amendment, and I have taken the position as Legislative Coordinator for Compact for America.

www.compactforamerica.org

We are currently working with States to ratify a BBA into our Constitution in way that would accomplish what Jefferson wanted to accomplish, and reign in our federal government by limiting their power to spend by giving it back to the States.

This can be accomplished by following Article V of our Constitution; a provision handed down to us by our founders.

I know many people are against the idea of a BBA, but as proponents of the Constitution... we must understand that these provisions we given to us for very good reason, and we must do exactly as Thomas Jefferson said...

Bind these men down by the chains of the Constitution.




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TJ also believed that one

TJ also believed that one generation's public debts are not the responsibility of succeeding generations. He believed that generations should be sovereign, each it's own "nation", so to speak.

http://www.let.rug.nl/usa/presidents/thomas-jefferson/letter...

Note too that in this famous letter to Madison TJ makes the argument that, by the same reasoning, a perpetual constitution "is an act of force and not of right".

TJ, the original voluntarist?

Never trouble trouble til trouble troubles you. Fortune Cookie

He recommended a new

He recommended a new Constitutional Convention every 7 years, didn't he?

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I would like the power in the Constitution to be switched from the people having the right to redress the gvt and change it to the gvt has the right to redress the PEOPLE!
That would flip power gvt has

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Thank you for sharing about this refresher.

Thank you for sharing about this refresher.

I take it Jefferson's nightmares on not having this provision made in the founding text before too late, had to become our today's reality.

Now, as we can see it daily, we know for sure how much he was right in his concerns...

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"To study and not think is a waste. To think and not study is dangerous." -- Confucius

The Myth of the Robber Barons with Burt Folsom

Congress has been looting the people for centuries.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4Vw6uF2LdZw&playnext=1&list=P...

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Excellent link.

Excellent link.

"Cyril" pronounced "see real". I code stuff.

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"To study and not think is a waste. To think and not study is dangerous." -- Confucius

It's only a couple of

It's only a couple of centuries. geez!

2nd time this evening.....

A post makes a suggestion that syncs with the philosophy of government called Localism. IN localism the central government is forbidden to borrow, they have to go through the states. The point is made that the feds now borrow money against the people's credit, then split the loot with state governments, so that the states are brought to heel, encourage more 'free to them' spending, and side with the feds rather than the people. This is absolutely a key issue.

If anyone is interested in Localism here is the Amazon link that gives a share to the DP. http://www.amazon.com/Localism-A-Philosophy-Government-ebook...

If you use any e-reader except Kindle, http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/localism-a-philosophy-of-gov...

Localism is for people who can still sleep at night even though somebody they don't know in a city they have never been is doing things differently. ("Localism, A Philosophy of Government" on Amazon for Kindle or Barnes and Noble ebook websites)

IMO

There is a more principled approach: dignifying the prerogative of individual choice concerning public domain, and for reserving the right to withdraw from institutional abuse (including all taxation)

http://Facebook.com/FreeDominionPoliticalParty

Big Difference Between

BBA and borrowing.

And, sadly, this kind of reform can't be put in place overnight.

First step is to deal with money and the Fed. Sorry, but that's that. Reform banking, roll in free money. Nothing can change until that's accomplished (budget-wise that is).

Not completely...

Who is to say that a BBA can't have a profound impact on both? The CFA BBA seriously limits the federal governments ability to borrow by bringing that power back to the states.

I would encourage you to go through the educational resources on the CFA website, many of your worries will be softened when seeing the airtight approach to legality CFA has taken in drafting this legislation.

It has been crafted while seriously considering the scrutiny/critisms of the JBS/eagle forum.

Daniel Fortune

I know not course others may take, but as for me, give me Liberty, or give me Death! ~Patrick Henry
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agreed

why not remove the power to borrow instead?

"The two weakest arguments for any issue on the House floor are moral and constitutional"
Ron Paul

I think we have to work on both fronts

Lets be honest, time is running out. We can no longer look at this as a one weapon game. We not only have to limit the governments power to spend, but we must also limit the governments power to borrow. Unfortunately, we can't sit on the side-lines as we criticize every attempt to do anything. A BBA is a step in the right direction, just like auditing the fed is.

The reason why progressives are so successful is because they don't put all their eggs in one basket, and they are very patient while instituting incramental change.

We have to counter them on many fronts, rather than just one way.

Daniel Fortune

I know not course others may take, but as for me, give me Liberty, or give me Death! ~Patrick Henry
www.4libertysake.com

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+1. Point !

+1. Point !

Now, there's a bit of work ahead for us on that one...

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"To study and not think is a waste. To think and not study is dangerous." -- Confucius

That will be a battle.

You're talking about reforming two hundred years of entrenched organized crime. I'm in.

A Battle that calls for more than one weapon...

We can't be narrow-minded in dealing with our current spending/borrowing problems as a nation. It will call for many battles, with many different weapons, on many different fronts.

I fear that far too often, us libertarians are so gaurded in our skeptism that we only look for the perfect solution to our problems, and it only leads to inaction because the perfect solution never comes.

The CFA BBA initiative is just one of many weapons we must be using to overthrow the progressive means completely imbedded in the fabric of our federal government.

It doesn't hurt that it just so happens to be a provision that our founders wanted us to use, and we have to ask ourselves why we have allowed the opposition to back us so far into a corner that we no longer believe in using the provisions our founders gave us to throw off a tyrannical government?

Daniel Fortune

I know not course others may take, but as for me, give me Liberty, or give me Death! ~Patrick Henry
www.4libertysake.com