Wednesday, April 06, 2011

T.J. Has the Answer - An American Remedy in Tax Season


"The Government is shutting down."

It really depends on your perspective as to how you feel about the above statement. If you are serving in our military and need to take care of your family, getting a paycheck is kind of a big deal. If your work is private sector, perhaps you feel the gubmint has it coming after more than a century of waste, fraud and abuse. Regardless, you should be concerned.

There are a lot of issues swirling around the USA's financial disarray. I'm no economist. But is it really that complicated to fix?

"Riots, revolutions and anarchy plague the nations of the world."

Is that really anything new?

I turn to Thomas Jefferson's inaugural address for comfort and direction.

March 4, 1801, Washington, D.C.

Global Perspective

"During the throes and convulsions of the ancient world, during the agonizing spasms of infuriated man, seeking through blood and slaughter his long-lost liberty, it was not wonderful that the agitation of the billows should reach even this distant and peaceful shore; that this should be more felt and feared by some and less by others, and should divide opinions as to measures of safety. But every difference of opinion is not a difference of principle."

All Things to All People?

On limited government vs. spreading ourself too thin and taking on too much: Some men fear "that this Government is not strong enough; but would the honest patriot, in the full tide of successful experiment, abandon a government which has so far kept us free and firm on the theoretic and visionary fear that this Government, the world's best hope, may possibly want the energy to preserve itself?"

What is "American"?

"Let us, then, with courage and confidence pursue our own Federal and Republican principles, our attachments to union and representative government. Kindly separated by nature and a wide ocean from the exterminating havoc of one quarter of the globe; too high-minded to endure the degradations of the others; possessing a chosen country, with room enough for our descendants to the thousandth and thousandth generation; entertaining a due sense of our equal right to the use of our own faculties, to the acquisitions of our own industry, to honor and confidence from our fellow-citizens, resulting not from birth, but from our actions and their sense of them; enlightened by a benign religion, professed, indeed, and practiced in various forms, yet all of them inculcating honesty, truth, temperance, gratitude, and the love of man; acknowledging and adoring an overruling Providence, which by all its dispensation proves that it delights in the happiness of man here and his great happiness hereafter--with all these blessings, what more is necessary to make us a free and prosperous people?"

Making a Free and Prosperous People

"Still one thing more, fellow-citizens--a wise and frugal Government, which shall restrain men from injuring one another, shall leave them otherwise free to regulate their own pursuits of industry and improvement, and shall not take from the mouth of labor the bread it has earned. This is the sum of good government, and this is necessary to close the circle of our felicities."

General Principles to Follow

1. Equal and exact justice to all men
2. Peace, commerce, and honest friendship with all nations, entangling alliances with none
3. The support of the State governments in all their rights, as the most competent administrations for our domestic concerns
4. The preservation of the General Government in its whole constitutional vigor, as the sheet anchor of our peace at home and safety abroad
5. A jealous care of the right of election by the people
6. A well disciplined militia
7. The supremacy of the civil over the military authority
8. Economize public expenses, so that labor is only lightly burdened
9. Honest payment of our debts and sacred preservation of the public faith
10. Encouragement of agriculture and commerce
11. Diffusion of information and arraignment of all abuses at the bar of public reason
12. Freedom of religion
13. Freedom of the press
14. Freedom of person under the protection of habeas corpus, trial by impartial juries


What Now? Thomas Jefferson Has the Answer

"These principles form the bright constellation which has gone before us and guided our steps through an age of revolution and reformation. The wisdom of our sages and blood of our heroes have been devoted to their attainment. They should be the creed of the political faith, the text of civic instruction, the touchstone by which we try the services of those we trust; and should we wander from them in moments of error or of alarm, let us hasten to retrace our steps and to regain the road which alone leads to peace, liberty, and safety."

April 6, 2011, Washington, D.C.

The Government is shutting down. Riots, revolutions and anarchy plague the nations of the world.

Let us HASTEN to retrace our steps, unentangled.

2 comments:

FlyingScotsman7 said...

A splendid piece of work, KJ! Your trip to TJ/VA has clearly been inspirational.

Read as a call to action your words are irresistable in their wisdom and in their power. American salvation demands that your words be heeded by all thinking Americans and by thinking people around the world.

But the actively thinking alone will not bring change. Others too, will need to be persuaded that the choice is between urgent change and continued cancerous decay...with the inevitable outcome...

Time is limited, cancerous decay is already too far advanced to be ignored. Multiple tumours have been allowed to grow and pose a challenge to the surgical team of an entirely new order. A successful outcome to surgery is far from certain and with each passing day the patient becomes weaker and less able to resist the tumours or the surgery required to remove them.

Immediate radical surgery is undoubtedly called for but where is the lead surgeon...is she you..?

I firmly believe she is you.

I believe you are the lead surgeon for this greatest of all surgical challenges, the analytical lead, the intellectual lead and the persuasive lead.

Your analysis of the condition of the patient leaves me in no doubt that a surgical team without your leadership will be much the poorer for your absence. Not only impoverished but likely doomed to failure.

Your words are a call to action. My words are a call to you!

A call to you to rise to this great challenge!

A call to you to lead!

Many will join your team, and willingly. They will each bring their individual talents, but success will depend on how the team is led and how its work is shaped.

This is the role of a leader...your role.

Perhaps the cancer is so advanced that new surgical ground will have to be broken. Teams of surgeons working around the clock, many other supporting specialists too, ensuring that vital functions are maintained while those that are cancerous are removed and that their regrowth is inhibited with powerful effect.

A detailed surgical plan will be required where none presently seems to exist except in outline.

I am convinced that recent advances in attacking cancer by restriction of the blood supply to the tumours will play a crucial role in their eradication. This is my own view of the plan in principle and I commend it to you for your consideration.

A plan based on disrupting and eventually preventing blood reaching the tumours will hinder their future growth and ease their eventual removal.

The patient is still alive, still breathing, although less powerfully than before, there is still time...

Such a plan may yet work but time is ebbing away and the call to action is ever louder.

So too, the call for leadership...

I hope you will hear the call, and rise to the challenge...

cschwiderski@compellent.com said...

That's pretty impressive! He would be rolling over, and over, in his grave if he saw the size and power and reliance so many have on the Federal Gov't