Let Liberty And Freedom Ring…

July 4th, 2010 by David Leland Hyde Leave a reply »

Happy 4th Of July!  Independence Day…

United States Of America 13-Star Betsy Ross Flag, courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.

This is the original rebel flag…

Did you know that Thomas Jefferson and John Adams both died on the 4th of July, 1826? There was something deeper and more profound going on with these two men and the other founders of this country than is easily seen. Have you ever looked carefully at a dollar bill? The structures that made our nation were fashioned as precisely as the pyramids and in a state of perfection as precise as the temples of any ancient people, both physically and metaphysically. They conceived a system that would last and keep the people in power. They designed the three branches of government to limit each other. They built the system to support business, but also warned us to be wary of business interests corrupting the system.

Here are some of the insights and admonitions of our founding fathers:

Power is not alluring to pure minds. –Thomas Jefferson

What country can preserve its liberties if its rulers are not warned from time to time that their people preserve the spirit of resistance?  –Thomas Jefferson

A free people claim their rights as derived from the laws of nature, and not as the gift of their chief magistrate. –Thomas Jefferson

Banks have done more injury to the religion, morality, tranquility, prosperity, and even wealth of the nation than they can have done or ever will do good.  –John Adams

Government is instituted for the common good; for the protection, safety, prosperity, and happiness of the people; and not for profit, honor, or private interest of any one man, family, or class of men; therefore, the people alone have an incontestable, unalienable, and indefeasible right to institute government; and to reform, alter, or totally change the same, when their protection, safety, prosperity, and happiness require it.  –John Adams

Guard against the impostures of pretended patriotism.  –George Washington

If the freedom of speech is taken away then dumb and silent we may be led, like sheep to the slaughter.  –George Washington

When the people find that they can vote themselves money, that will herald the end of the republic.  –Ben Franklin

Freedom is not a gift bestowed upon us by other men, but a right that belongs to us by the laws of God and nature.  –Ben Franklin

Only a virtuous people are capable of freedom. As nations become more corrupt and vicious, they have more need of masters.  –Ben Franklin

They that can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither safety nor liberty.  –Ben Franklin

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8 comments

  1. Derrick says:

    Happy 4th of July, David!

  2. Hi Derrick, Happy 4th of July.

  3. Greg Boyer says:

    Hi David,
    We are the recipients of the courage and brilliance of a some of histories greatest minds.
    John Adams is my most admired of the group. A shame more people don’t realize his contribution to the success of this country.
    But then he predicted his own fate.
    I will never stop being awed, nor grateful for their sacrifices.
    A Jubilant 4th for all.

  4. Hi Greg,
    Thank you for stopping by. John Adams was an interesting character and the most like everyday people. He had moments of greatness and flawed moments too. The book on him by David McCullough has brought John Adams’ magnificent life story back into more recognition, as did the TV special based on the book, you may have seen. Thomas Jefferson was of course the popular favorite. He and Adams were often at odds, though also dear friends, which makes their deaths only two hours apart on the 4th of July all the more uncanny. These amazing individuals were ideal role models to lead a new country. If each of us set out to better ourselves the way they did, to maintain the integrity, excellence, education, courage, humility and acuity they had, we would not have any of the problems we do that stem from laziness, ignorance, greed, fear, wastefulness and arrogance.

  5. Steve Sieren says:

    Happy 4th David!

    Banks have done more injury to the religion, morality, tranquility, prosperity, and even wealth of the nation than they can have done or ever will do good. –John Adams

    This quote grabs me the most since it relates to some the nations current problems. It’s soothing to know that we have recovered from similar issues.

  6. Hi Steve, thank you for the comment. Happy 4th of July. It will be interesting to see if we will have a recovery or not. Some say that we will not have a double-dip recession or a recovery, just a long, 10-year plus economic malaise due to many factors. The scary idea about banks to think about is this: People say, “Oh gee those banks got really carried away and caused an economic mess.” However, I have been in banking before and the rules are not made by the clerks working on the bank floor. Just think about it for a moment: who made the bank rules so lax that we ended up extending too much credit? Who makes the bank rules anyway? Isn’t it the top executives, the few, the elite that conspiracy theorists are usually blaming anyway? Yes, they are the reason the whole system became over-extended in the first place. Now, the real question is, Why would they do that? That is the question to ponder.

  7. Steve Sieren says:

    Maybe greed was temporarily acceptable through out the ranks of the industry.

  8. That was most probably part of it. Consider also that the banking industry has an accurate profile of most of its borrowers. The bankers, particularly in the mortgage industry, have a very clear idea where borrowers stand as far as what they can afford and whether they are taking on too much house. The bankers also keep close tabs on value fluctuations and how they relate to mortgage rates and qualifying. The lenders did not dish out too many loans by accident and they did not become as wealthy and powerful as they are by letting emotions drive them. On the contrary, in banking usually everything is devoid of emotion and highly calculated. I’m not saying greed did not, and does not enter in, I’m just suggesting that there was more to all of it than meets the eye. Okay, I might as well say it since I have gone this far. There are books and a number of sources that say the Dow Jones Industrial Average is directly correlated to the number of people in the 45-55 age bracket, who are the big spenders, make the major purchases and drive the economy. Population growth and aging Baby Boomers have been increasing the number of people in the 45-55 age range steadily just like the stock market, which supposedly will “always go up.” This is actually a myth that we are now seeing come to fruition as the Baby Boomers move beyond 45-55 in age. The major players know we are faced with a long decline, but the Wall Street Brokers do not make money if nobody buys stocks and they must therefore keep the game going as best they can. Also, from an energy standpoint, to transition to a green-energy economy we will have to run the entire economy on 35 percent of the energy it runs on now. Therefore, the powers that be (whoever they are) believe they can plan a managed collapse. You can hear even mainstream media talking about it now. On NPR the other day there was a man discussing a sort of long-term economic malaise. What does this mean for photographers and photography? In some ways it will get harder and harder to make a living from photography. This is already the case due mainly to factors within photography such as the implosion of the stock industry and secondarily to the general economy, which does effect gallery and museum sales significantly. However, I am optimistic in that no matter how bad it gets, we are not talking about a doom and gloom complete collapse or permanent down-slide. We are talking about zero to slightly negative growth for an extended period of time, not forever. At the end of it, we will have a new civilization if we don’t blow ourselves up first. The good news is that for those who can get used to this economic climate and find ways to innovate, surviving and even thriving is possible, with eyes open and proper preparation. In all downturns, the cream rises to the top. Photography will survive, each of us will have to decide whether we can survive with it, or not. Okay, so were the bankers/corporate elite up to something? Yes, it was a setup, that’s my opinion. We have yet to see how it will all play out. I have intended to write about the economy, the future and how the arts may be effected. I may again in another blog post, but perhaps this is enough for now.

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