When giving his centennial address to Congress in 1876, President James Garfield issued the following warning:
“Now, more than ever before, the people are responsible for the character of their Congress. If that body be ignorant, reckless, and corrupt, it is because the people tolerate ignorance, recklessness, and corruption. If it be intelligent, brave, and pure, it is because the people demand these high qualities to represent them in the national legislature…If the next centennial does not find us a great nation…it will be because those who represent the enterprise, the culture, and the morality of the nation do not aid in controlling the political forces.”...
just as true today as then
I actually believe that is MORE true today then when Garfield said it. Back then, senators were appointed by the State's legislature. It wasn't until 1913 that the 17th amendment allowed the people to vote for their senators. Maybe that was the wrong thing to do since it seems once these guys are elected we can never get rid of them!
Yes it is well said, but I do think that the increased population from then to now may have some bearing on the subject.
Ohma...what do you mean?
It seems to me that more people can create a larger force for what is right, if....IF, they get informed, search their souls and stand up for what is Constitutionally, morally and psychologically sound...
I would agree with the statement you made Jewels.
However, it's a disappointing reality to show, because it points to the underlying cause of the problem in America, in more ways than one way, which is now very obvious to many.
The biggest problem is a lack of knowledge. The size of America's population(agreeing with Ohma) is nothing compared to what it was then.
There are hundreds of thousands who are now living in America, and you would be lucky if some of them even knew what the Constitution actually is to begin with? So, you get my point.
Don't expect those who went through school to remember anything about the Constitution, until it warrants their attention, such as actions that are harmful to them or their freedoms.
I can pretty much sum up a lot of the problems due to a lack of knowledge, because many people do not really understand the way of life in America.
So, that is my take on it.
by bluebird4 years ago
Because of their idolatry and Sabbath breaking, God allowed His people to be conquered and brought into captivity by the Assyrians in 721 BC. Then again, for the same reasons, they were also made slaves of the...
by My Esoteric19 months ago
In reading Federalist Paper # 36 on Taxation, I found the jewel that speaks to one of the main differences between today's Republicans and Democrats"...; and must naturally tend to make it a fixed point of policy...
by Steve5 years ago
Does it seem strange to anyone, other than mysel,f to see Pope Benedict XVI visiting Mexico, while 500 years ago the Spanish Conquistadors, in the name of Pope Leo X and the Catholic Church basically wiped out the...
by Catherine Mostly2 months ago
#ProtestTheVote – A protest by the American public against the way the two main political parties have continued to deflect their responsibilities toward serving We the People while attempting to manipulate, blame...
by My Esoteric2 years ago
47 conservative Republican Senators signed a letter to Iran intended to undercut Presidential foreign policy. This breaks over 200 years of precedent, and probably violates the separation of Powers part of the...
by Susan Reid6 years ago
For those of us who have been wondering what the heck Michele Bachmann is doing in the US Congress, we now have an answer!Her comment vis a vis yesterday's House repeal of the Health Care Law:Said Rep. Michele Bachmann...
Copyright © 2017 HubPages Inc. and respective owners.
Other product and company names shown may be trademarks of their respective owners.
HubPages® is a registered Service Mark of HubPages, Inc.
HubPages and Hubbers (authors) may earn revenue on this page based on affiliate relationships and advertisements with partners including Amazon, Google, and others.