Sitting Ducks

…are preferable to lame ducks at any rate, at least they are choosing to stay still… “Our obligations to our country never cease but with our lives.”-John Adams, Letter to Benjamin Rush (18 April 1808) ____________________________________________________________________________ It’s funny. I can’t seem to recall anything about the second half of a second presidential term being inherently […]

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Data Selection

…is much more important than blanket data collection… “Obsta principiis, nip the shoots of arbitrary power in the bud, is the only maxim which can ever preserve the liberties of any people. When the people give way, their deceivers, betrayers, and destroyers press upon them so fast, that there is no resisting afterwards. The nature […]

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Justice

…isn’t what we always want it to be… “We find, in the rules laid down by the greatest English Judges, who have been the brightest of mankind; We are to look upon it as more beneficial, that many guilty persons should escape unpunished, than one innocent person should suffer. The reason is, because it’s of […]

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Call Them Out

Just because your boss has been visited by the good idea fairy again doesn’t mean you have to be his yes man… “Power always sincerely, conscientiously, de tres bon foi, believes itself right.  Power always thinks it has a great soul, and vast views, beyond the comprehension of the weak….Power must never be trusted without […]

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A Fair Trial

Isn’t just a fundamental American right…it’s a cornerstone of American liberty, even in the worst cases… “I have reason to remember that fatal night.  The part I took in defense of Captn. Preston and the soldiers, produced me anxiety, and obloquy enough.  It was, however, one of the most gallant, generous, manly and disinterested actions […]

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Revolutionary

“If you imagine that I expect this Declaration, will ward off, Calamities from this Country, you are much mistaken.  A bloody Conflict We are destined to endure…If you imagine that I flatter myself, with Happiness and Halcyon days, after a Separation from Great Britain, you are mistaken again.  I don’t expect that our new Governments […]

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