Saturday, November 12, 2011

OWS was known to the Founding Fathers

I presume that there can be no political happiness, unless industry be cherished and protected, and properly secured.

Suppose a poor man becomes rich by honest labor, and increases the public stock of wealth: shall his reward be the loss of that liberty he set out with?

Will you take away every stimulus to industry, by declaring that he shall not retain the fruits of it? The idea of the poor becoming rich by assiduity is not mere fancy.

I am old enough, and have had sufficient experience, to know the effects of it. I have often known persons, commencing in life without any other stock but industry and economy, by the mere efforts before, rise to opulence and wealth. This could not have been the case without a government to protect their industry.
Edmund Pendleton, speech to the Virginia Ratifying Convention, June 12, 1788; "The Debates in the Several State Conventions on the Adoption of the Federal Constitution," Vol. 3, p. 295

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