Wednesday, January 09, 2008

The Wolves and The Sheep

This one, though written in 1788, seems like a good fit for today:

"[T]he natural process of things is for liberty to yield, and government to gain ground." The governments in Europe...."have divided their nations into two classes, wolves and sheep." If the people of America become......"inattentive to the public affairs, you and I, and Congress, and Assemblies, judges and governors shall become wolves. It seems to be the law of our general nature, in spite of individual exceptions."--Thomas Jefferson, to Edward Carrington."

When we get comfortable, we get lazy, I guess, and there's always some power-mad criminal type to fill the void.


Warm regards,

Col. Hogan
Stalag California


MK said...

The people of Europe are indeed sheep now, their leaders won't let them be any different. I'm hoping they get together and use their superior numbers to turn on the wolves.

Aurora said...

Col., that is an excellent quote. How true! Governments if left to their own devices will just keep grabbing more and more and more power to themselves. Corruption seems to go hand in hand with power, unfortunately.

Col. Hogan said...


I hope so, too. There are many in the US who wish to emulate the governments and philosophies of Europe. That, while looking at the way the various countries in Europe are crumbling.

This is why I consider the philosophy of the left to be a philosophy of death.

Col. Hogan said...


Jefferson understood the dangers of government, the way it grows and gathers power to itself. He was one of the young country's primary advocates for individual rights.

The Guy said...

And to think, many democrats consider Tom their founding father. They should read more of what he says.

Like your site, Colonel. You should check out Ol' Stogie Chomper's site "At Saber Point" he'd fit into your blog roll well:

Col. Hogan said...


Thanks for the kind words. ....And I'll take a read over at Saber Point. Regards!

T. F. Stern said...

When those in positions of leadership seek to serve their fellows extraordinary progress towards true democracy can be achieved; however, this very seldom is the case as the benefits of power often blind those into believing they are above their fellows who now become servants rather than equals. How fortunate we were a couple of hundred years back to have had Washington write his explanation of this paradox in his Farewell Address.