Just a note: Preparing oneself for disastrous poll results? What is happening politically is not new; it will not be the last time that the heavily-invested will attempt to power grab; and it won’t be the last.
Actually, our current system needs reform to not only ‘get money out of politics,’ but to help the other non-millionaires run, who do not have the national exposure Mr. Sanders has as not only a member of the Senate, but also a weekly guest on progressive radio (The Thom Hartmann syndicated talk show).
The founders were determined enough to c o n s i s t e n t l y push against concentrated power, giving sense to the phrase ‘Eternal Vigilance’*. So, we are finding our collective spine. Watch the young Occupiers and their spin-offs. Watch the renewed Collective-Living Movement. Watch the $3/per person campaigns. The metaphorical water will continue to find its way through the metaphorical rocks blocking its path.
* Whomever said it! Some say Jefferson. + / Probably not.⊛
Earliest known appearance in print, attributed to Jefferson: 1834: “Mr. Jefferson, the great apostle of human rights, has told us, that ‘the price of Liberty is eternal vigilance.'”
Comments: This quotation was well-known in the nineteenth century, and was in fact used by a number of famous figures, including Frederick Douglass, James Buchanan, and William Henry Harrison. It can be traced back, ultimately, to John Philpot Curran’s statement✝, “The condition upon which God hath given liberty to man is eternal vigilance; which condition if he break, servitude is at once the consequence of his crime and the punishment of his guilt.” Curran was still being directly quoted (more or less accurately) and credited with the quote in American newspapers in the early 19th century, but before long the quote was being used without Curran’s name, and was being shortened to its more well-known modern form.
⊛ Earliest known appearance in print: 1817 (as “eternal vigilance is the price we pay for liberty”)RQ traces the ultimate origins of this quote to a speech by John Philpot Curran, given in Dublin in 1790.
✝“The condition upon which God hath given liberty to man is eternal vigilance,” said Curran.