To My Young Friends

Please, my young friends, take a few moments and read this. Having been there, I really remember being a teenager and I understand that your concerns are more associated with your preparation for your future and dealing with the natural physical needs of your newfound maturity than what the older generation wants you to know. I remember hating history and studies about government. I didn't think there was anything in them to prepare me for the future. I was wrong! So this is an attempt of an old man to help you avoid the mistakes that older generations have made that have left you the world in the state that you now find. Please read the following statements which I hope will put away for future debate. Others have said these things, and often better, but I am writing this from memory so I will not include references.

"Freedom is not free."

"Those who do not learn history are doomed to repeat it."

"Ineptocracy: a form of government where the least capable to lead are elected by the least capable of producing, and where the members of society least likely to sustain themselves or suceed, are rewarded with goods and services paid for by the confiscated wealth of a diminishing number of producers."

"The integrity of the leadership of an organization is soon reflected in all its parts." (eg. IRS, State Department, NSA, Justice Department)

"A Bill of Rights is what the people are entitled to against every government, and what no just government should refuse, or rest on inference."

'"If we can but prevent the government from wasting the labours of the people, under the pretence of taking care of them, they must become happy."

"It is incumbent on every generation to pay its own debts as it goes. A principle which if acted on would save one-half the wars of the world." (My generation has failed to do this and as a result, may be responsible for the failure of the grand experiment called the republic of the United States of America. Our only hope is that our youth can learn from our mistakes and recover.)

"A wise and frugal Government, which shall restrain men from injuring one another, which 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 circlue of our felicities."

"To compel a man to furnish funds for the propagation of ideas he disbelieves and abhors is sinful and tyrannical."

"I sincerely believe... that banking establishments are more dangerous than standing armies."

"An armed society is a polite society."

"No freeman shall be debarred the use of arms."

"A strong body makes the mind strong. As to the species of exercises, I advise the gun. While this gives moderate exercise to the body, it gives boldness, enterprise and independence to the mind. Games played with the ball, and others of that nature, are too violent for the body and stamp no character on the mind. Let your gun therefore be your constant companion of your walks."

If you miss this posting, don't worry, I plan to add to in the future. I welcome any discussions on these items and will produce references if requested.