HISTORY REPEATING ITSELF: Words of Civil War from Glenn Beck and Frederick Douglass

Glenn Beck, Fox News, Tuesday, January 26, 2010:

“We’re not a democracy. We’re a republic. And the Founders put those first three words in the Constitution in really big font for a reason, as dumb as we may be, ‘We the People’ still run the country. And it’s our damn country. The Founders like Thomas Jefferson knew the People would make mistakes. ‘Cuz yeah, sometimes we are dumb as a box of rocks. We usually miss it. It takes us a while. But the Founders, including Jefferson, also knew when the government got too big and too out of control the politicians would figure out they could bribe there way into more power. And time and time again it has happened. But the founders said even if the People make that kind of mistake the People would eventually figure it out and fix it. Get out of our way elites. Get out of our way corrupt politicians. It’s time for the People to role up their sleeves and fix it. Maybe, maybe the Founders were wrong as all the elites will tell you know now. It don’t think so.”


Frederick Douglass [1857] (1985). The Significance of Emancipation in the West Indies. Speech, Canandaigua, New York, August 3, 1857; collected in pamphlet by author. In The Frederick Douglass Papers. Series One: Speeches, Debates, and Interviews. Volume 3: 1855-63. Edited by John W. Blassingame. New Haven: Yale University Press, p. 204:

“Let me give you a word of the philosophy of reform. The whole history of the progress of human liberty shows that all concessions yet made to her august claims, have been born of earnest struggle. The conflict has been exciting, agitating, all-absorbing, and for the time being, putting all other tumults to silence. It must do this or it does nothing. If there is no struggle there is no progress. Those who profess to favor freedom and yet depreciate agitation, are men who want crops without plowing up the ground, they want rain without thunder and lightening. They want the ocean without the awful roar of its many waters.”

“This struggle may be a moral one, or it may be a physical one, and it may be both moral and physical, but it must be a struggle. Power concedes nothing without a demand. It never did and it never will. Find out just what any people will quietly submit to and you have found out the exact measure of injustice and wrong which will be imposed upon them, and these will continue till they are resisted with either words or blows, or with both. The limits of tyrants are prescribed by the endurance of those whom they oppress. In the light of these ideas, Negroes will be hunted at the North, and held and flogged at the South so long as they submit to those devilish outrages, and make no resistance, either moral or physical. Men may not get all they pay for in this world; but they must certainly pay for all they get. If we ever get free from the oppressions and wrongs heaped upon us, we must pay for their removal. We must do this by labor, by suffering, by sacrifice, and if needs be, by our lives and the lives of others.”

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