Thursday, June 25, 2009

Founders' Daily Quote(s): 6/22-25/09

Monday, June 22, 2009.
"The first and governing maxim in the interpretation of a statute is to discover the meaning of those who made it."

--James Wilson, Of the Study of Law in the United States, Circa, 1790

Try telling that most of these Senators. Yes, I do mean from both parties. I am really beginning to dislike party politics more than I dislike liver. Take that anyway you want. ;)

Tue. 6/23.
"[T]he Constitution ought to be the standard of construction for the laws, and that wherever there is an evident opposition, the laws ought to give place to the Constitution. But this doctrine is not deducible from any circumstance peculiar to the plan of convention, but from the general theory of a limited Constitution."

--Alexander Hamilton, Federalist No. 81, 1788

Oh God, please grant us great thinkers such as he!

Wed. 6/24.
"The moment the idea is admitted into society that property is not as sacred as the laws of God, and that there is not a force of law and public justice to protect it, anarchy and tyranny commence. If `Thou shalt not covet' and `Thou shalt not steal' were not commandments of Heaven, they must be made inviolable precepts in every society before it can be civilized or made free."

--John Adams, A Defense of the American Constitutions, 1787

But...but...but...I thought we were not a Christian Nation even though the Supreme Court of the United States said we are? Well, I'll be. Who'da thunk it? (Hint: Anyone with a thinking brain.)

Thu. 6/25.
"Work as if you were to live 100 Years, Pray as if you were to die To-morrow."

--Benjamin Franklin, Poor Richard's Almanack, 1757

Amazingly brilliant man.

Here is another great essay from Mark Alexander:

Robert's Rules.
Mark Alexander,
From Patriot Post Vol. 09 No. 25; Published 25 June 2009

"Resolve to perform what you ought. Perform without fail what you resolve." --Benjamin Franklin

Anyone familiar with the procedures for deliberative assemblies will recognize "Robert's Rules of Order," a manual authored by a 19th-century Army officer and adopted as the standard for official proceedings. Of course, a discussion of parliamentary procedure would be an unwelcome and out-of-order topic for The Patriot, but there are some rules we should consider amid the endless bantering about how to treat jihadi detainees...[Read the whole article.]

Source: Patriot Post.

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