Sunday, July 22, 2007

Daily Quote 7/16-20/2007

Monday, July 16, 2007.
"There is a rank due to the United States, among nations, which will be withheld, if not absolutely lost, by the reputation of weakness. If we desire to avoid insult, we must be able to repel it; if we desire to secure peace, one of the most powerful instruments of our rising prosperity, it must be known that we are at all times ready for war."

--George Washington (Fifth Annual Message, 3 December 1793); Reference: George Washington: A Collection, W.B. Allen, ed. (488).

Remarkable. I just wish he could talk to the so-called 'peace' movement. I'll bet they would all end up in jail or dead, charged with treason, in his time.

Tue. 7/17/07.
"It is not necessary to enumerate the many advantages, that arise from this custom of early marriages. They comprehend all the society can receive from this source; from the preservation, and increase of the human race. Every thing useful and beneficial to man, seems to be connected with obedience to the laws of his nature, the inclinations, the duties, and the happiness of individuals, resolve themselves into customs and habits, favourable, in the highest degree, to society. In no case is this more apparent, than in the customs of nations respecting marriage."

--Samuel Williams (The Natural and Civil History of Vermont, 1794); Reference: American Political Writing during the Founding Era: 1760-1805, Hyneman and Lutz, ed., vol. 2 (952).

Vermont? He's probably rolling over in his grave! (Leahy and the socialist/communist for Senators? Argghhh!)

Wed. 7/18/07.
"Nevertheless, to the persecution and tyranny of his cruel ministry we will not tamely submit - appealing to Heaven for the justice of our cause, we determine to die or be free...."

--Joseph Warren (American account of the Battle of Lexington, 26 April 1775); Reference: Documents of American History, Commager, ed., vol. 1 (99).

Yes, and we believe this in every battle that calls us from slumber, so do not be so quick to call on those who are fighting to stop short when you yourself are doing nothing.

Thu. 7/19/07.
"In a society under the forms of which the stronger faction can readily unite and oppress the weaker, anarchy may as truly be said to reign as in a state of nature."

--James Madison (Federalist No. 52, 8 February 1788); Reference: Madison, Federalist No. 52.

Fri. 7/20/07.
"The essence of Government is power; and power, lodged as it must be in human hands, will ever be liable to abuse."

--James Madison (speech in the Virginia constitutional convention, 2 December 1829); Reference: resp. quoted.

Boy, you are not kidding!

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