Watching the shenanigans in DC of late, I feel as if the current Congress has forgotten why they are there. They are not there to serve corporate masters, privileged contributors, or their next campaign finances.
I must study politics and war that my sons may have liberty to study mathematics and philosophy. My sons ought to study mathematics and philosophy, geography, natural history, naval architecture, navigation, commerce, and agriculture, in order to give their children a right to study painting, poetry, music, architecture, statuary, tapestry, and porcelain.
John AdamsUS diplomat & politician (1735 - 1826)
Don't lose sight of the goals. Cutting the opportunity for advancement so that the rich grow richer is exactly the opposite of the goals of the founders. We do not need a new oligarchy to replace the one we overthrew in 1776. Don't let the selfish and self involved, the greedy and those drunk on their own entitlements sell you a bill of goods about "cutting taxes". All of the founders understood "The Commons" ... those things that belonged to all of the people and shared among them toward the betterment of the country as a whole. Today's Conservatives have been lied to. You conserve "The Commons". When you fail to do that you damn the country.
Against the passion of Adams you have the "Cool Considerate Men" always dancing to the right. I both see and hear Adams than side with John Dickinson who refused to vote for independence though he did fight for it on the side of America.
John Dickinson: Don't forget that most men without property would rather protect the possibility of becoming rich, than face the reality of being poor. And that is why they will side with us.