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Charity Over Welfare

" In 1887, a severe drought resulted in widespread crop failure throughout the state of Texas. As the crisis garnered national attention, Congress was eager to pass a bill to assist struggling farmers in the American West that would "enable the Commissioner of Agriculture to make a special distribution of seeds in drought-stricken counties of Texas, and making an appropriation there-for."

President Grover Cleveland, famous for his 584 vetoes and strict Constitutionalist beliefs, had his reservations about the bill and vetoed it. Upon submitting his veto to Congress, Cleveland remarked:

'. . . And yet I feel obliged to withhold my approval of the plan as proposed by this bill, to indulge a benevolent and charitable sentiment through the appropriation of public funds for that purpose.

I can find no warrant for such an appropriation in the Constitution, and I do not believe that the power and duty of the general government ought to be extended to the relief of individual suffering which is in no manner properly related to the public service or benefit. A prevalent tendency to disregard the limited mission of this power and duty should, I think, be steadfastly resisted, to the end that the lesson should be constantly enforced that, though the people support the government, the government should not support the people.

The friendliness and charity of our countrymen can always be relied upon to relieve their fellow citizens in misfortune. . . '"

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Sounds similar to things

Ron Paul has said and was subsequently vilified for.

Grover and Ron are 100% correct - either we have laws that we follow or we don't. When we violate the contraints of those laws, even a little bit, for whatever reason, we open a door that rarely ever gets shut again.

The law cannot make a wicked person virtuous…God’s grace alone can accomplish such a thing.
Ron Paul - The Revolution

Setting a good example is a far better way to spread ideals than through force of arms. Ron Paul

Excellent point!

If you're interested, I previously wrote about what I called the "living Constitution" lie.

http://simplefactsplainarguments.blogspot.com/2013/02/the-li...

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Grover Cleveland was a

Grover Cleveland was a legend.

Amazing how little credit he

Amazing how little credit he gets, isn't it?

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Amazing but not surprising.

Amazing but not surprising. Teaching about him in public schools would be like the DEA lobbying to legalize drugs. It is not in their self interest.

I am working on a project

I am working on a project that I call the "Secret of Liberty", right now it is in the "rambling manifesto" stage, but I am working to tune it and communicate it to deliver the message that the only way to fracture the actual political authority of the state is to redirect the dependency of the poor away from it. I also discuss a concept of how to actually accomplish this.

http://www.secretofliberty.org

I'm checking it out now.

I'm checking it out now. Thank you for sharing it!

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BRump. The Grover Cleveland

BRump. The Grover Cleveland story was a huge part in my transformation from being a self-declared socialist and definitely leaning toward authoritarianism, to becoming a libertarian/trending towards anarcho capitalism.

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