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Heavy-Handed Politics

"€œGod willing, with the force of God behind it, we shall soon experience a world
without the United States and Zionism."€ -- Iran President Ahmadi-Nejad

Thursday, May 05, 2005


Thoughts and quotes from Thomas Jefferson:

"No power over the freedom of religion...(is) delegated to the United States by the Constitution." (1798)

"I have sworn upon the altar of God eternal hostility against every form of tyranny over the mind of man." (1800)

"Nothing in the Constitution has given them (the federal judges) a right to decide for the executive, more than to the Executive to decide for them....But the opinion which gives to the judges the right to decide what laws are constitutional, and what (are) not, not only for themselves in their own sphere of action, but for the legislature and executive also, in their spheres, would make the judiciary a despotic branch." (1804) - Emphasis mine -H.H.

"......to consider the judges as the ultimate arbiters of all constitutional questions; (would be) a very dangerous doctrine indeed, and one which would place us under the despotism of an oligarchy. Our judges are as honest as other men, and not more so...and their power (is) the more dangerous, as they are in office for life and not responsible, as the other functionaries are, to the elective control. The Constitution has erected no such single tribunal, knowing that to whatever hands confided, with corruptions of time and party, its members would become despots." (1820) - Emphasis mine - H.H.

"I am for freedom of Religion, and against all maneuvers to bring about a legal ascendacy of one sect over another." (Written on the index page of his own personal well-worn bible; date unknown.)

"I have always said, I will always say, that the studious perusal of the sacred volume (bible) will make better citizens, better fathers, and better husbands." (1816)

"I have little doubt that the whole country will soon be rallied to the unity of our Creator, and, I hope, to the pure doctrines of Jesus also." (1816)


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