Alexander Hamilton – The Federalist, No. 29, regarding the people’s militias ability to be a match for a standing army: ” . . . but if circumstances should at any time oblige the government to form an army of any magnitude, that army can never be formidable to the liberties of the people, while there is a large body of citizens, little if at all inferior to them in discipline and use of arms, who stand ready to defend their rights . . . .”
Humanism or atheism is a wonderful philosophy of life as long as you are big, strong, and between the ages of eighteen and thirty-five. But watch out if you are in a lifeboat and there are others who are younger, bigger, or smarter. ~ William Murray
By Andy Wendt:
If I Wanted America To Fail
I’d label successful women as “shiny packages” & mindless traitors, unless they agreed with my policies.
I’d demonize successful minorities in the other party & make “success” itself a dirty word.
I’d slowly shift the social norms so that what’s now perverse will someday be the American way.
I’d label as “haters” & “bigots” anyone who clings to traditional Christian values.
I’d label patriots as “extremists” & call the words of our founding fathers “outdated” & “dangerous”.
I’d claim our Constitution & our nation’s founding principles, were from the beginning, “flawed”.
I’d open our borders & flood the ranks of America’s unemployed with 11 million illegal aliens.
I’d invent fake “wars” & accuse the other side of being against the very things they cherish.
I’d convince people that redistributing the wealth was a good thing.
I’d pray on the kindness of the American people until they believed charity was the role of Government.
I’d remove God from public life until Americans forget from whom their rights are derived.
I’d borrow money from our enemies until they became our financial masters.
I’d use that borrowed money to buy votes & claim I was “putting America back to work”.
I’d burden our children with so much debt that they’d never have a chance at financial independence.
I’d cut our military & bow to Muslim kings while claiming I was making America safe.
If I wanted America to fail I’d travel from cost to coast calling out “Forward”… and not change a thing.
Reminded: Our fear of death is like our fear that summer will be short, but when we have had our swing of pleasure, our fill of fruit and our swelter of heat, we say we have had our day. ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson
“Society does not consist of individuals, but expresses the sum of interrelations, the relations within which these individuals stand.” ~ Karl Marx, 1858
“If you were successful, somebody along the line gave you some help. There was a great teacher somewhere in your life. Somebody helped to create this unbelievable American system that we have that allowed you to thrive. Somebody invested in roads and bridges. If you’ve got a business — you didn’t build that. Somebody else made that happen.” ~ Barack Obama, 2012
Manners are the happy way of doing things; each once a stroke of genius or of love –now repeated and hardened into usage. They form at last a rich varnish, with which the routine of life is washed, and its details adorned. If they are superficial, so are the dewdrops which give such depth to the morning meadows. ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson
WARREN: That was a freebie. That was a gimme. That was a gimme, OK? Now, let’s deal with abortion; 40 million abortions since Roe v. Wade. As a pastor, I have to deal with this all of the time, all of the pain and all of the conflicts. I know this is a very complex issue. Forty million abortions, at what point does a baby get human rights, in your view?
OBAMA: Well, you know, I think that whether you’re looking at it from a theological perspective or a scientific perspective, answering that question with specificity, you know, is above my pay grade.
Saddleback Presidential Candidates Forum – August 16, 2008
He had a word, too. Love, he called it. But I had been used to words for a long time. I knew that that word was like the others: just a shape to fill a lack; that when the right time came, you wouldn’t need a word for that any more than for pride or fear…One day I was talking to Cora. She prayed for me because she believed I was blind to sin, wanting me to kneel and pray too, because people to whom sin is just a matter of words, to them salvation is just words too. ~ William Faulkner, As I Lay Dying
Slavery in the modern world implies the absolute deprivation of the individual’s liberty, while possession of weapons and mastery of their use are means to the individual’s liberation. We do not perceive how a man may be armed and at the same time bereft of his freedom. ~ John Keegan
And if you have not read it I highly recommend The Face of Battle by John Keegen
Sadly Reminded By An Amazing Friend:
The sun no longer shows
His face; and treason sows
His secret seeds that no man can detect;
Fathers by their children are undone;
The brother would the brother cheat;
And the cowled monk is a deceit…
Might is right, and justice there is none.
Walther von der Vogelweide