Where Have All the Good Men Gone?

“Perhaps the strongest feature in his character was prudence, never acting until every circumstance, every consideration was maturely weighed. . . . His integrity was most pure, his justice the most inflexible I have ever known, no motives of interest or consanguinity, of friendship or hatred, being able to bias his decision. He was, indeed, […]

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One / Un

…is sometimes all it takes… “So ask the travelled inhabitant of any nation, In what country on earth would you rather live?&—Certainly in my own, where are all my friends, my relations, and the earliest & sweetest affections and recollections of my life. Which would be your second choice? France.” ~Thomas Jefferson, *Autobiography*, 1821 —– […]

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Not my kind of Party

… what’s more fun than watching a bunch of 60 year olds travel across the country tearing each other apart?  Probably watching anything else.… “The alternate domination of one faction over another, sharpened by the spirit of revenge, natural to party dissension, which in different ages and countries has perpetrated the most horrid enormities, is […]

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Not Me

…the problem is everyone else… “[The Convention] thought it wrong to admit in the Constitution the idea that there could be property in men.” — James Madison, Records of the Convention, 25 August 1787 ______________________________________________________________________ If the Founding Fathers had realized how divisive and deeply unsettling the legacy of slavery and race relations would be […]

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The Right to Live

…means being able to earn a living… “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights,–That among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.  That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers […]

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The True Price of “Free” Society

…because while the pen is almost certainly mightier than the sword, the sword still cuts deep… “A zeal for different opinions concerning religion, concerning government, and many other points, as well of speculation as of practice; an attachment to different leaders ambitiously contending for pre-eminence and power; or to persons of other descriptions whose fortunes […]

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Torture

…isn’t really cruel and unusual….is it? “Excessive bail shall not be required, nor excessive fines imposed, nor cruel and unusual punishments inflicted.” ~ Amendment VIII, The Bill of Rights, 15 December 1791 ______________________________________________________________________ It’s interesting how easily and readily most people, and to an even greater extent, groups comprised of the same wonderfully fallible people, […]

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Interference

…doesn’t negate the past or necessarily help the future… “After deliberate examination, with the aid of the best lights I could obtain, I was well satisfied that our country, under all the circumstances of the case, had a right to take, and was bound in duty and interest to take, a neutral position. Having taken […]

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International Piracy

…you can always trust a dishonest man to be dishonest, it’s the honest ones you have to watch out for, you never know when they’re going to do something incredibly stupid.. “The question is whether their peace or war will be cheapest?  But it is a question which should be addressed to our Honor as […]

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