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Study history to discover future of our own country

The resurgence of our country can’t begin by siding with the Republicans or the Democrats. I am not saying that there aren’t good principles and good people in each party. What I am saying is that, over time, power and human nature tend to corrupt people and their policies.

Many politicians often put a “spin” on facts, so that neither present not future conditions in our country can be determined by what they say. For these reasons, I am neither a Republican nor a Democrat: I am a historian and, for this reason, I am a passionate conservative.

Believing that we have to look at the histories of nations around the world and see what made them great, what kept them great and what eventually caused their deterioration is a common sense approach to gathering information.

We especially need to explore the history of our nation, the United States of America (unique in world history) to determine what made it great, what has kept it great and what dangers lie on the horizon to cause its deterioration.

Patrick Henry said, “I have but one lamp by which my feet are guided; that is the lamp of experience. I know of no way of judging the future but by the past.” Thomas Jefferson said, “If a nation expects to be ignorant and free in a state of civilization, it expects what never was and never will be.”

Each of us is obligated to ourselves and to our posterity to become well-informed about our history (especially the thoughts and actions of the founding fathers) and to understand the histories of other countries during the last century.

Those wanting to see the outcome of liberalism as it progresses to socialism and communism have only to look at Eastern Europe and the former USSR in the 20th century.

Those wondering how rapidly these changes can occur need only study Germany and Italy at the end of World War 1. The recent riots in Greece show what changes are taking place in Western Europe in our day.

More worldwide unrest is inevitable if liberalism is not reversed. Common sense and history cry out to steer clear of that path.

There are many books and organizations that are good sources for historical information. One of the best books that I have found is “The 5000 Year Leap” by W. Cleon Skousen.

John Potts M.D.

Peachtree City, Ga.

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You speak of our greatness here in the USA and how long it has lasted and will last. However we are on our way to lose all that if we don't elect Republicans everywhere.
First of all a couple of hundred years of being partially free, some more were freed in 1865 or so, is a drop in the bucket of longevity.

The Greeks and the Romans, and others lasted much longer than have we.
They were basically Republicans, but they eventually failed more or less for the same reasons.
Those reasons were selfishness, class sensitive, ignoring the common citizen, and continuous expansion. They also taxed and robbed the citizenry.

Religion should play no part in any government however many countries have failed due to religious interference alone.

To allow only the devious, more intelligent, wealthiest, and inheritors of great wealth to rule as a group will always fail eventually.

Cleon Skousen was a nutball Bircher who lost all credibility when he declared Dwight Eisenhower to be a Communist agent.

His "5000 Year Leap" book was one of the very first attempts at historical revisionism by the religious right, a <a href="http://www.salon.com/news/feature/2009/09/16/beck_skousen">factually challenged attempt to explain American history through an unspoken lens of Mormon theology</a>

The book "is a textbook full of aggressively selective quotations intended for conservative religious schools". Small wonder it's highly regarded by the 912ers and other "cuckoo for cocoa puffs" groups.

watching the Falcons flounder against the Packers last Sunday or watching Bacon clean the floor with with GPAT, PTCO, OOFU, and that other guy. Sheesh, talk about a butt-kicking of late. Come on guys, if you can't do any better than than what you have been putting up lately, you should get off the Citizen and join me on the football blogs. Come on Man!

Oh, BTW, turns out Jefferson was a commie too, just like Ike.

“Another means of silently lessening the inequality of property is to
exempt all from taxation below a certain point, and to tax the higher
portions of property in geometric progression as they rise”

Go Jets!

PTC Observer's picture

in context:

http://www.wealthandwant.com/themes/Jeffersonian_Ideals.html

Who's playing against the Jets?

I support them, whoever they are.

my point exactly!

The Steelers.

Go Jets!

PTC Observer's picture

Steelers!

I thought it was a good read, of course I actually read it so I can have an informed opinion, unlike bacon. Let me let you in on a little secret. If you highlight/copy bacons posts and then copy to google and search you can see where bacon gets most of his talking points/socialist drivel; media matters/dailey KOS/etc, no original thought there. Keep the progressive/socialist crap coming, the last thing I want is to silence it. Thank God 58 percent see socialism negatively: http://www.gallup.com/poll/125645/socialism-viewed-positively-americans.... Oh yea, that poll...that poll was the rest of THE ACTUAL TRUTH from what Chris P(P for partial truth?) Bacon posted earlier about 36 percent socialism... drivel. And you two seem to be ganging together lately,... do you guys have a shaggy van? Just sayin. Mind if I just call you two Harry and Lloyd...or maybe Beavis and Pighead fits better? -GP

Yours seems about 60 years of age!

I'm not surprised you "actually read" the 5000 Year Derp. It appears to me you are the target demographic for that book: incurious, gullible, and easily distracted by pretty pictures.

I downloaded the book last night, it's very amusing. I picked a quote at random...George Washington on gummint being a <em>Dangerous Servant</em>...and found out, not surprisingly, that he never said that. That quote was attributed to him in 1915, then popularized by Commie-hunter Skousen.

Edited to add: Oh HERE's a classic: The quote misattributed to Jefferson about <em>"issuing power of money should be taken from the banks and restored to Congress and the people to whom it belongs."</em> Not only was this debunked at Wikiquotes as fictional, but way back in 1894 some Congressman attempted to read this into the Congressional record and was interrupted with objection from two congressmen, asking the source. "A pamphlet given to me" <a href="http://is.gd/HvO1U8">LINK</a>

Great scholarship there! Perfect for the homeskooled!

By the way, as is usually the case, you've misunderstood the point I was trying to make about socialism in the United States. I did not claim that socialism was popular in the United States...for cryin' out loud, only 36% of Americans have a favorable view of it! It's NOT popular!

No, my point was that you and your fellow Tea Party extremists are LESS POPULAR THAN SOCIALISM right now. That's quite a feat!

Insofar as asking permission to call us names, we both know that a lack of permission won't stop someone from you from name-calling. That's what you do. I suspect you're held in high regard at your church.

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uqUa_G1h3pw">Click here to play the "Georgia Patriot Theme Song"!</a>

That is a great song that even a "dullard" like myself can appreciate. I am grateful so I thought I would return the favor with something that fits for you: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PxyISsA0Oh0 Thanks again and please keep those socialist ideas coming, we need more like you willing to share their ideas, with your help we should be able to get that 58 percent number higher by 2012. -GP

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