Crockett’s Caution and Affirmations For Patriots

“We have the right, as individuals, to give away as much of our own money as we please in charity; but as members of Congress we have no right so to appropriate a dollar of the public money.”

–Col. David Crockett

In one of the first essays I penned when I began this blog, I expressed my thoughts on government’s power to appropriate by recounting the experience of Colonel David Crockett, frontiersman, Congressman, and American hero. Because the greedy vultures in Washington are currently fighting over the few pieces of flesh that remain on the carcass of the American taxpayer, I thought it a good time to re-post that piece, and to make Davy’s story of his education in Constitutionalism available for downloading:

Not Theirs To Give

The first guy I ever talked to in Vietnam was a trooper from the 101st Airborne Division who was recuperating in the 6th Convalescent Center at Cam Ranh Bay after having been shot in the foot while sitting peacefully in his hootch at Phan Rang.  He was in the middle of his third tour, and said he planned to stay until the war was over or he was killed.

“Are you crazy?” I asked.  “I thought everybody wanted to get the hell out of here.”

He looked at me and sadly shook his head.  Then he uttered the truest thing I ever heard:  “After a while, Southeast Asia just gets into your blood.”

That’s the way I feel about America, the America of my youth—the former Land of the Free and Home of the Brave (& the Brooklyn Dodgers).  The principles and promises of that America are in my blood forever.  That country, of course, is gone now, having been sold by the pound to deep-pocketed aliens in order that our craven and venal domestic politicians could continue to spend money they didn’t have…

Colonel Davy Crockett, the hero whose likeness adorns the masthead of this website, was, while serving as the United States representative from Tennessee, admonished by one of his rustic constituents that Congress had no right to appropriate funds for reasons other than those specifically defined by the Constitution—that the money was “not theirs to give”.  Crockett, a man of integrity, agreed and was, of course, unceremoniously booted out of office by an angry electorate.  Shortly thereafter he began the fateful journey that ended at the Alamo.  There’s a moral lurking somewhere in that story, but I’m not sure I want to find it.

Crockett’s Constitutional tale may be downloaded below (.pdf file), courtesy of the Foundation for Economic Freedom:

Not Yours to Give


Anthony Martin at Conservative Examiner offers 10 positive affirmations for patriots:

With America now involved in 3 different wars, an economy that continues to teeter on the edge of collapse, gasoline prices skyrocketing, and a Washington political class that increasingly appears hamstrung from doing what is necessary to dig the nation out of the hole, patriots are in a quandary. How do we proceed from here? How do we best address the issues that beset us?

Answers do not come easy but it is very easy to sink into despair and discouragement that saps us of our strength and resolve.

The following 10 positive affirmations are designed to help the weary patriot. They are worded in the first person so as to emphasize the personal, individual nature of these statements.

  • I will renew my dedication to work tirelessly for what is right, for liberty, truth, and common sense in government.
  • I believe that in the end the good will ultimately win over evil.
  • “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me,” Philippians 4:13. (For Christian patriots).
  • “But they that wait upon the Lord will renew their strength. They will mount up with wings as eagles. They will run and not be weary. They will walk and not faint.” (For Jewish patriots).
  • I will not be deterred by opposition no matter how fierce or how formidable.
  • “Give me liberty or give me death.”
  • I am endowed by my Creator will certain unalienable rights that no government and no earthly power can legitimately negate.
  • I believe in the power of the one, the individual, who always takes precedence over the collective.
  • I will take responsibility for my own life, my own choices, my own course, and refuse to allow my fellow citizens to take such responsibility, either through government or any other entity, except through voluntary expressions of assistance if there is a need.
  • I believe in the American dream, the shining city on a hill, where all citizens have the equal opportunity to succeed, not where all citizens are forced to be ‘equal’ in the name of ‘social justice.’

It is to be hoped that these affirmations will provide the patriot with encouragement during these troublesome times.

About Bob Mack

Retired since 2003. Military Service: U.S. Army, 36th Artillery Group, Babenhausen, Germany 1966-67; 1st Signal Brigade, Republic of Vietnam, 1967-68 Attended University of Miami, 1969-73
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14 Responses to Crockett’s Caution and Affirmations For Patriots

  1. bob says:

    Love that quote from DC! I’m adding it to my favorite quotes page.

    • Bob Mack says:

      From the “You Can’t Make This Stuff Up” Department, courtesy of Michelle Malkin’s blog:

      Today, a Wilmington, Delaware train station was officially renamed for Joe Biden, the man charged with ensuring that every stimulus project comes in on time and on budget. Naturally this particular station came in $5.3 million over budget. That, however, was a small price to pay to add another piece to the puzzle of cost-effective reliable mass transit, as those in attendance at the ribbon cutting would find out as soon as the Amtrak CEO got there… by car. The train on which he was going to arrive at the ceremony for the Conductor of America’s Train to the Future broke down.

      If this story gets injected with any more symbolism and irony it’s going to turn into a Stanley Kubrick film.

      Incidentally, today, Biden said he didn’t deserve the honor. Don’t be so hard on yourself, Joe — it’s the taxpayers who don’t deserve it.

  2. AFVET says:

    Great post Bob.
    Truer words were never spoken.
    It is a shame the country has fallen so far away from what it was meant to be.

    • Bob Mack says:

      Regarding government appropriations, a Scotchman named Alexander Tyler supposedly wrote this:

      “A democracy will continue to exist up until the time that voters discover that they can vote themselves generous gifts from the public treasury. From that moment on, the majority always votes for the candidates who promise the most benefits from the public treasury, with the result that every democracy will finally collapse due to loose fiscal policy, which is always followed by a dictatorship.”

      Tyler’s authorship of the quote may be questionable, but its truth is not.

      • But Tyler, if he wrote that, stole it from Polybius:
        “And hence when by their foolish thirst for reputation they have created among the masses an appetite for gifts and the habit of receiving them, democracy in its turn is abolished and changes into a rule of force and violence. For the people, having grown accustomed to feed at the expense of others and to depend for their livelihood on the property of others, as soon as they find a leader who is enterprising but is excluded from the houses of office by his penury, institute the rule of violence; and now uniting their forces massacre, banish, and plunder, until they degenerate again into perfect savages and find once more a master and monarch.”[Polybius, The Histories 6.9.7-9.]

  3. Angel says:

    love it Bob! for this: America of my youth—the former Land of the Free and Home of the Brave ..sad but painfully true..sigh Keep the faith my friend..We must win her back!

  4. Freedom, by the way says:

    Love the 10 Aspirations. I’m going to print out and hang on my fridge. Great post, Bob!

  5. Grumpyelder says:

    I know Disney’s been dead a long time, but why is it our youngsters know so little about the Davy Crocketts, Daniel Boone’s and Andy Jackson’s that used to symbolize American Beliefs and Traditions?

  6. TexasFred says:

    If we had REAL leaders, REAL activists like those during the revolution, and in years past to Crockett’s day, this nation would be infinitely better off…

  7. Johnny says:


    Pres. Lincoln stated: “I believe the Bible is the best gift God has ever given to man.” But several Bible verses are embarrassing to Pres. Obama:
    Proverbs 19:10 (NIV): “It is not fitting for a fool to live in luxury – how much worse for a slave to rule over princes!”
    Also Proverbs 30:22 (NIV) which says that the earth cannot bear up under “a servant who becomes king.”
    And Ecclesiastes 5:2-3 (KJV) advises: “let thy words be few…a fool’s voice is known by multitude of words.”
    Although Obama is not descended from slaves, he may feel that he’s destined to become a black-slavery avenger.
    Or maybe an enslaver of all free citizens!
    For some stunning info on Pres. Obama and his fellow subversives, Google “Michelle Obama’s Allah-day,” “Obama Supports Public Depravity,” “David Letterman’s Hate Etc.,” “Un-Americans Fight Franklin Graham” and also “Sandra Bernhard, Larry David, Kathy Griffin, Bill Maher, Sarah Silverman.”
    PS – Since Christians are commanded to ask God to send severe judgment on persons who commit and support the worst forms of evil (see I Cor. 5 and note “taken away”), Christians everywhere should constantly pray that the Lord will soon “take away” or at least overthrow all US leaders who continue to sear their conscience and arrogantly trample the God-given rights of the majority including the rights of the unborn. Do we need a second American Revolution?
    (Theologically radioactive Harold Camping prophesied that Christ would return during Sep. 1994. Undaunted, con man Camping now predicts it will occur in May of 2011. Since Deut. 18:20-22 requires the death penalty for false prophets, Camping and his deluded groupies deserve inclusion in the above “take away” prayers. False prophets in the OT were stoned to death. Today they are just stoned!)
    PPS – For a rare look at the 181-year-old, imported-from-British-crazies endtime escapist belief which has long neutralized millions by promising them an “imminent rapture” off earth – which has diverted them away from being prepared to stand against all enemies, domestic as well as foreign – Google “Pretrib Rapture Dishonesty” and “Pretrib Rapture – Hidden Facts” (both by the author of the bestselling book THE RAPTURE PLOT, the most accurate and highest endorsed work on pretrib rapture history – see Armageddon Books).

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