* We always hear (from republicans) that this country was founded on Christian values. Wrong. This country was founded on the labor of African slaves and the decimation of the native populations.
* i have the answer for you. if you and your group like small government i have the solution. quit passing laws to restrict voting rights and quit passing laws to control the rights of women. if you really believe what you say then you should have no problem ALLOWING EVERY AMERICAN THE RIGHT TO VOTE. also you should also like the idea of removing the GOVERNMENT FROM WOMENS LIVES.if they want to have an abortion or need birth control IT IS NONE OF YOUR BUSINESS, mr. small bigoted government!!!!
* '.' Well that tears it. If the guy can't plagiarize the genuine article, i'm not voting for him.
* I don't care if that quote from Patrick Henry is real or not. What I find offensive is having a modern Republican quoting about "restraining the government" when his party's usual m.o. is to interfere as much as possible in anything to do with women's health, medical care, prescription choices and pretty much anyone's activity in the bedroom. Sure, historical accuracy is great, and literary knowledge would be peachy coming from the party of anti-intellectuals. But it's the bloody hypocrisy of the chosen historical quotes that gets my goat.
The Founding Fathers really weren’t Tea Partiers
By Steve Benen, June 9, 2015
Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) routinely incorporates quotes from the Founding Fathers into his campaign speeches, and BuzzFeed highlighted a good example of this the other day.
Speaking in Greenville, South Carolina last week, Rand Paul said, “Patrick Henry said this, Patrick Henry said the Constitution is about ‘restraining the government not the people.’”The problem, of course, is that both versions of the quote are fake. There’s no record of Patrick Henry ever having said or written such a thing. Someone made it up, it made the rounds, and Rand Paul appears to have repeated it.
Paul was summarizing this quote, often attributed to Henry: “The Constitution is not an instrument for the government to restrain the people, it is an instrument for the people to restrain the government – lest it come to dominate our lives and interests.”
This comes on the heels of Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) telling supporters that “Thomas Jefferson said it best” when the Founding Father said, “That government is best which governs least.”
In reality, Thomas Jefferson never said or wrote this. As with Paul, someone made up a quote, conservatives ran with it, and Walker ended up falling for it. (In an amusing coincidence, Rand Paul has repeated this bogus quote, too.)
To be sure, there are plenty of more notable and more substantive controversies surrounding the Republican presidential candidates, neither of whom wrote the fake quotes themselves. But I think there’s a larger takeaway from this that matters.
Last summer, not long after Rep. Jody Hice (R-Ga.) was found to have disseminated all kinds of bogus quotes from prominent historical figures, Jon Chait noted, “A longstanding conceit of conservative thought, which has returned with new force during the Obama years, is that conservatism is the authentic heir to the vision of the Founders. (See, for example, Paul Ryan’s recent op-ed, which offhandedly describes his own polices, in contrast with President Obama’s, as consistent with ‘the Founders’ vision.’)”
The fact remains, however, that “the Founders were not Tea Partiers.”
Rand Paul and Scott Walker unknowingly repeating made-up quotes isn’t terribly important, but it is important that the far-right is under a mistaken impression – that they’re the rightful heirs of the framers’ great legacy. It’s today’s conservatives, the argument goes, that are the direct descendants of the likes of Washington, Adams, Jefferson, and Madison.
It’s nonsense, of course, but it helps explain why Paul and Walker fall for bogus quotes that were never uttered.