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Friday, February 20, 2009

Founders' Daily Quote: 2/16--2/20/09

Monday, February 16, 2009.
"First in war, first in peace, and first in the hearts of his countrymen, he was second to none in humble and enduring scenes of private life. Pious, just, humane, temperate, and sincere; uniform dignified, and commanding; his example was as edifying to all around him as were the effects of that example lasting.... The purity of his private charter gave effulgence to his public virtues...."

--John Marshall, official eulogy of George Washington, delivered by Richard Henry Lee, 26 December 1799

I long for such men as this to fill our legislative halls. Alas, the process has become so corrupt. They voted in a way to guarantee their own success against any opposition at the voting polls. Thanks alot, John MexiCain.

Tuesday, February 17, 2009.
"The multiplication of public offices, increase of expense beyond income, growth and entailment of a public debt, are indications soliciting the employment of the pruning knife."

--Thomas Jefferson, letter to Spencer Roane, 9 March 1821

What can one person out of 300 million do? What a great name for website! The Pruning Knife. Yes, I like it very much. If anyone would like to take that name and run with it, please let me know. I'd love to add it to my blogroll.

Wednesday, February 18, 2009.
"It might be demonstrated that the most productive system of finance will always be the least burdensome."

--Alexander Hamilton, Federalist No. 35

Aw, that would mean the people would have the OPPORTUNITY to think for themselves and be responsible for their actions whereas the faceless government would gladly take away any LIBERTY the people - after being convinced the government was the solution to any problem - would allow.

Thursday, February 19, 2009.
"Laws that forbid the carrying of arms ... disarm only those who are neither inclined nor determined to commit crimes... Such laws make things worse for the assaulted and better for the assailants; they serve rather to encourage than to prevent homicides, for an unarmed man may be attacked with greater confidence than an armed man."

Oh, come on. That's too logical. That's not 'playing' fair. After all, it doesn't 'feel good' to know that you could actually be attacked, so the Left would prefer to pretend the only enemies they have are Conservatives.

--Cesare Beccaria, On Crimes and Punishment, quoted by Thomas Jefferson in Commonplace Book, 1774-1776

Friday, February 20, 2009.
"[W]hereas, to preserve liberty, it is essential that the whole body of the people always possess arms, and be taught alike, especially when young, how to use them; nor does it follow from this, that all promiscuously must go into actual service on every occasion. The mind that aims at a select militia, must be influenced by a truly anti-republican principle; and when we see many men disposed to practice upon it, whenever they can prevail, no wonder true republicans are for carefully guarding against it."

--Richard Henry Lee, Letters from the Federal Farmer, 1788

Has anyone presented this to the SCOTUS?

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May you walk with the LORD always, and when you cannot take another step, may He carry you the rest of the way until you can walk along side Him again.

Cross-posted @ Rosemary's Thoughts. Rosemary's News and Ideas.

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