What An Inaugural Speech Should Sound Like

Thomas Jefferson’s Inaugural Speech / Noon, March 04, 1801

Friends & Fellow Citizens,
Called upon to undertake the duties of the first Executive office of our country, I avail myself of the presence of that portion of my fellow citizens which is here assembled to express my grateful thanks for the favor with which they have been pleased to look towards me, to declare a sincere consciousness that the task is above my talents, and that I approach it with those anxious and awful presentiments which the greatness of the charge, and the weakness of my powers so justly inspire. A rising nation, spread over a wide and fruitful land, traversing all the seas with the rich productions of their industry, engaged in commerce with nations who feel power and forget right, advancing rapidly to destinies beyond the reach of mortal eye; when I contemplate these transcendent objects, and see the honour, the happiness, and the hopes of this beloved country committed to the issue and the auspices of this day, I shrink from the contemplation & humble myself before the magnitude of the undertaking. Utterly indeed should I despair, did not the presence of many, whom I here see, remind me, that, in the other high authorities provided by our constitution, I shall find resources of wisdom, of virtue, and of zeal, on which to rely under all difficulties. To you, then, gentlemen, who are charged with the sovereign functions of legislation, and to those associated with you, I look with encouragement for that guidance and support which may enable us to steer with safety the vessel in which we are all embarked, amidst the conflicting elements of a troubled world.

During the contest of opinion through which we have past, the animation of discusions and of exertions has sometimes worn an aspect which might impose on strangers unused to think freely, and to speak and to write what they think; but this being now decided by the voice of the nation, announced according to the rules of the constitution all will of course arrange themselves under the will of the law, and unite in common efforts for the common good. All too will bear in mind this sacred principle, that though the will of the majority is in all cases to prevail, that will, to be rightful, must be reasonable; that the minority possess their equal rights, which equal laws must protect, and to violate would be oppression. Let us then, fellow citizens, unite with one heart and one mind, let us restore to social intercourse that harmony and affection without which liberty, and even life itself, are but dreary things. And let us reflect that having banished from our land that religious intolerance under which mankind so long bled and suffered, we have yet gained little if we countenance a political intolerance, as despotic, as wicked, and capable of as bitter and bloody persecutions. During the throes and convulsions of the ancient world, during the agonising 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. We have called by different names brethren of the same principle. We are all republicans: we are all federalists. If there be any among us who would wish to dissolve this Union, or to change its republican form, let them stand undisturbed as monuments of the safety with which error of opinion may be tolerated, where reason is left free to combat it. I know indeed that some honest men fear that a republican government cannot be strong; 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, by possibility, want energy to preserve itself? I trust not. I believe this, on the contrary, the strongest government on earth. I believe it the only one, where every man, at the call of the law, would fly to the standard of the law, and would meet invasions of the public order as his own personal concern.—Sometimes it is said that man cannot be trusted with the government of himself. Can he then be trusted with the government of others? Or have we found angels, in the form of kings, to govern him? Let history answer this question.

Let us then, with courage and confidence, pursue our own federal and republican principles; our attachment 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 practised 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 dispensations proves that it delights in the happiness of man here, and his greater happiness hereafter; with all these blessings, what more is necessary to make us a happy and a 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.

About to enter, fellow citizens, on the exercise of duties which comprehend every thing dear and valuable to you, it is proper you should understand what I deem the essential principles of our government, and consequently those which ought to shape its administration. I will compress them within the narrowest compass they will bear, stating the general principle, but not all its limitations.—Equal and exact justice to all men, of whatever state or persuasion, religious or political:—peace, commerce, and honest friendship with all nations, entangling alliances with none:—the support of the state governments in all their rights, as the most competent administrations for our domestic concerns, and the surest bulwarks against anti-republican tendencies:—the preservation of the General government in its whole constitutional vigor, as the sheet anchor of our peace at home, and safety abroad: a jealous care of the right of election by the people, a mild and safe corrective of abuses which are lopped by the sword of revolution where peaceable remedies are unprovided:—absolute acquiescence in the decisions of the majority, the vital principle of republics, from which is no appeal but to force, the vital principle and immediate parent of the despotism:—a well disciplined militia, our best reliance in peace, and for the first moments of war, till regulars may relieve them:—the supremacy of the civil over the military authority:—economy in the public expence, that labor may be lightly burthened:—the honest payment of our debts and sacred preservation of the public faith:—encouragement of agriculture, and of commerce as its handmaid:—the diffusion of information, and arraignment of all abuses at the bar of the public reason:—freedom of religion; freedom of the press; and freedom of person, under the protection of the Habeas Corpus:—and trial by juries impartially selected. 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 our political faith; the text of civic instruction, the touchstone by which to 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.

I repair then, fellow citizens, to the post you have assigned me. With experience enough in subordinate offices to have seen the difficulties of this the greatest of all, I have learnt to expect that it will rarely fall to the lot of imperfect man to retire from this station with the reputation, and the favor, which bring him into it. Without pretensions to that high confidence you reposed in our first and greatest revolutionary character, whose pre-eminent services had entitled him to the first place in his country’s love, and destined for him the fairest page in the volume of faithful history, I ask so much confidence only as may give firmness and effect to the legal administration of your affairs. I shall often go wrong through defect of judgment. When right, I shall often be thought wrong by those whose positions will not command a view of the whole ground. I ask your indulgence for my own errors, which will never be intentional; and your support against the errors of others, who may condemn what they would not if seen in all its parts. The approbation implied by your suffrage, is a great consolation to me for the past; and my future solicitude will be, to retain the good opinion of those who have bestowed it in advance, to conciliate that of others by doing them all the good in my power, and to be instrumental to the happiness and freedom of all.

Relying then on the patronage of your good will, I advance with obedience to the work, ready to retire from it whenever you become sensible how much better choices it is in your power to make. And may that infinite power, which rules the destinies of the universe, lead our councils to what is best, and give them a favorable issue for your peace and prosperity.

The Future of the Libertarian Movement

With the first debate out of the way, the GOP/ DEM politico did nothing to convince the American people of a secure and better future. What it did, is solidify a place for the Libertarian Party (LP). Ok, Governor Gary Johnson was excluded but his media time did increase. During the debate and after, his exclusion garnished enough talk, for the media to take notice. Furthermore, some sponsors even withdrew support from the First Presidential Debate because of the mandated two party format. From the GOP/DEM Presidential party nomination (teleprompter fiasco), lack of specifics on key topics, lack of action on key current National events unfolding, and inconsistent decision making of the current Presidential cabinet, more and more Americans are disenchanted with the Two party system today. The TWO parties have done it to themselves by not providing the leadership that Americans expect out of their Government.

The Libertarian movement has taken off, largely through social networking, the grass root movement of hard working, free thinking Americans, getting the job done. Political analysis have already predicted that Gov. Gary Johnson, even with his comparative low media exposure, is expected to take away key votes in States that were heavy DEM/GOP voting states, possibly affecting the Presidential outcome. Whether now or the next, Libertarian Party will be a a force to be recon with.

Given the time and rope , I think DEM/GOP, will hang themselves with their antiquated view, lack of progressive and intuitive programs, and the ever growing Government intervention, in all aspects of peoples lives…. “LIVE FREE”

Allen Acosta

The Neocons Are Revolting Against Romney

I was trying to consolidate my thoughts into something that would elaborate on how much Romney IS NOT the best choice to face Obama in November.  The best I have come up with is “I told you so.”  Some of you have already taken the fabled Red Pill* and are awake to the thin line that separates the Dumbocrats from the Spend-Crazy-Republicans.  But I ask you to think on this –

  • If you are a wavering Obama supporter, is Romney offering you anything that would make you see him as the better choice? I cringe every time I hear Mitt for Brains say he wants to “repeal and replace” Obamacare.  Replace it with what? Certainly not the Free Market.
  •  Has the Romney campaign been clear on anything they want to do? Other than pump more money (and lives) into the war machine?

Check out the following links –

Mitt Romney is getting the full John Kerry treatment on national security — and some top Republicans are alarmed by what they see as his ham-handed response to it.

Mitt Romney’s public positions on the war in Afghanistan have usually boiled down to this: He won’t do what President Barack Obama has done. But in a speech Tuesday, he seemed to endorse the broad outlines of Obama’s policy.

Leading conservatives are offering blunt advice to Mitt Romney: Quit ducking details, start engaging in a real and specific war of ideas with President Barack Obama — or lose.

While Senate Republicans are shouting to reduce spending, they are salivating over a $Trillion Farm Bill

*referring to the scene from the Matrix

The Montpelier Manifesto

Once again on the topic of Secession.  I just learned of a group called “Second Vermont Republic” who is promoting a non-violent separation movement.  That have recently published an essay they call The Montpelier Manifesto which they will be presenting at the Third Statewide Convention on Vermont Self-Determination on September 14, 2012 to be held in the Vermont State House in Montpelier.

I concur with a majority of their message, but there are things I would remove or alter.  Anyways, it is an interesting read and worth taking a look at their site and mission.

Better Off Without ‘Em

It’s no secret that I am a proponent of secession. Specifically that I believe that States have a right to dissolve their partnership with the federal leviathan. More importantly, I would love to see my state of Texas separate from the Union all on its own.

So, I find it interesting that a Northern Liberal has written a book. According to Mr. Thompson, a veteran travel writer who toured the American South, a degree of mutual enmity between Northerners and Southerners continues to be a source of cultural tension and political gridlock. We remain divided even a 150 years after the War of Northern Aggression. In his new book, Better Off Without ‘Em: A Northern Manifesto For Southern Secession Thompson argues that it may be time for a divorce – to shake hands and go our separate ways.

I haven’t read the book, nor do I plan to, but I have read excerpts, reviews, and author interviews.  From what I summarize, this book basically portrays us Southerners as fat, uneducated, racist, snake handling Christians whom the North would be better off without.  Somewhere amongst the satire, there is the message that we are 2 different peoples, with different ideology and we would be better off without each other.

But I do find it refreshing to see another point of view and for the topic of secession coming to the table.  Another interesting point is what Mr. Thompson would do with Texas.

Even though Texas was part of the original Confederacy, it’s always been an all-around pain in the neck to categorize. They’ve never really been much of a team player, let’s face it. In my breakdown of the South I did not include Texas as a Southern state. I completely acknowledge there’s a lot of room for argument there, and that’s probably the easiest point in my book to argue against. I could argue both sides of it myself. In the end I decided that Texas would stay with the North in large part for economic reason. Texas is really one of the economic anchors of this country.

Fat chance Mr. Thompson.

Now, if you will excuse me, I’m off to have a light meal.  You know – the lunch portion of a Chicken Fried Steak.  I’ll probably accompany that with some Garlic Cheese Grits and Watermelon and a Shiner Bock. Cooked by an obese black women, served to me by an illegal Mexican.  Yes, that just happened.

Tim Bleeker
SOLMC – Founding Father

The Lessor of Two Evils

And here we go again…

It is no surprise that I am a fan, supporter, and contributor to the Ron Paul campaign.  I support Paul’s decision to not endorse Romney.  But with Paul out of the running, what do I do come election time?  Do I vote my conscience by writing in Ron Paul? Or do I jump on the Anybody But Obama (ABO) bandwagon?

I know what I am going to do.  But I ask you, dear reader, to hear me out and come to your own conclusion.

In an article from 7/30/92, the popular Libertarian Murray N Rothbard discusses this very subject.  Click here for the full article, but he concludes with

A victory for Bush will–at least partly–hold back the hordes for another four years. Of course, that is not exactly soul-satisfying. What would be soul-satisfying would be taking the offensive at long last, launching a counter-revolution in government, in the economy, in the culture, everywhere against malignant left-liberalism. When oh when do we get to start?

I say to you, 20 years later, that it is time to start the counter-revolution in government.  I will no longer play the political games.  I will vote my conscience.  If you think I am making a mistake, then I ask you to think on this:

  • Is there really any difference between Obama and Romney?
  • Is there really any difference between Democrats and Republicans?

I will use my vote to send a message.  That message being that I choose republic over Republican.

Tim Bleeker – 6/13/2012

About The Author

  • Tim Bleeker is a father, biker, libertarian philosopher, ruggedly handsome, ex Marine who considers himself on the forefront of the New American Revolution. When Tim isn't doing awesome things like motorcycling, studying Founding Father history, or experimenting with bacon - you will find him grooming his beard, coaching peewee sports or playing Angry Birds.