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Perfect Union · Economic Catastrophe · The Candidates · Peak Oil · Food Sovereignty · Africa Summit · Traveling Light · Rule of Law · Kosovo · Social Ethics · Inspiration · Stimulus Package · Molly Ivins · Big Pharma · Arrival of Tomorrow · Israel's Decay · Moral Babble · Dear Hillary · Rewarding Lawlessnes · The Friend I Had

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Words of Inspiration


On Governance


No one can read our Constitution without concluding that the people who wrote it wanted their government severely limited; the words 'no' and 'not' employed in restraint of government power occur 24 times in the first seven articles of the Constitution and 22 more times in the Bill of Rights.

Rev. Edmund A. Opitz (1914-2006) American minister, author


The government of the absolute majority is but the government of the strongest interests; and when not effectively checked, is the most tyrannical and oppressive that can be devised. [To read the Constitution is to realize that] no free system was ever farther removed from the principle that the absolute majority, without check or limitation, ought to govern.

John C. Calhoun - (1782-1850) American statesman


Now those who seek absolute power, even though they seek it to do what they regard as good, are simply demanding the right to enforce their own version of heaven on earth, and let me remind you they are the very ones who always create the most hellish tyranny. 

Barry Goldwater


The modern conservative is engaged in one of man's oldest exercises in moral philosophy: that is the search for a superior moral justification for selfishness.

John Kenneth Galbraith, Economist 


Today the real test of power is not capacity to make war but capacity to prevent it. 

Anne O'Hare McCormick: First woman to win a Pulitzer Prize in journalism for her work as a foreign correspondent.


Today's human rights violations are the causes of tomorrow's conflicts.

Mary Robinson, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (Retired)


Justice in the life and conduct of the State is possible only as first it resides in the hearts and souls of the citizens.

Plato, Greek philosopher (428/427-348/347 B.C.)


A really efficient totalitarian state would be one in which the all-powerful executive of political bosses and their army of managers control a population of slaves who do not have to be coerced, because they love their servitude.

Aldous Huxley, from Brave New World


Every collectivist revolution rides in on a Trojan horse of 'emergency'. It was the tactic of Lenin, Hitler, and Mussolini. In the collectivist sweep over a dozen minor countries of Europe, it was the cry of men striving to get on horseback. And 'emergency' became the justification of the subsequent steps. This technique of creating emergency is the greatest achievement that demagoguery attains.

Herbert Hoover, (1874-1964), 31st U.S. President


And so, to the end of history, murder shall breed murder, always in the name of right and honor and peace. 

George Bernard Shaw, Irish playwright, from "Caesar and Cleopatra"


In reviewing the history of the English Government, its wars and its taxes, a bystander, not blinded by prejudice nor warped by interest, would declare that taxes were not raised to carry on wars, but that wars were raised to carry on taxes.

Thomas Paine


On Corruption                 


There is no week nor day nor hour when tyranny may not enter upon this country - if the people lose their confidence in themselves - and lose their roughness and spirit of defiance. 

Walt Whitman                                                


The moment a man claims a right to control the will of a fellow being by physical force, he is at heart a slaveholder.

Henry C. Wright, from The Liberator, 7 April 1837


...the people shall become so corrupted as to need despotic Government, being incapable of any other.

Benjamin Franklin, 1787


The strongest passions and most dangerous weaknesses of the human breast; ambition, avarice, vanity, the honorable or venal love of fame, are all in conspiracy against the desire and duty of peace.

James Madison


Just as love for one individual which excludes the love for others is not love, love for one's country which is not part of one's love for humanity is not love, but idolatrous worship.

Erich Fromm (1900-1980), U.S. psychologist.


On Being Human


Africans have this thing called UBUNTU.

It is about the essence of being human,

it is part of the gift that Africa will give the world.

It embraces hospitality, caring about others,
being able to go the extra mile for the sake of others.

We believe that a person is a person through another person,

that my humanity is caught up, bound up, inextricably, with yours.  

When I dehumanize you, I inexorably dehumanize myself.

The solitary human being is a contradiction in terms and therefore you seek to work for the common good because your humanity comes into its own in belonging.

Desmond Tutu, Archbishop Emeritus of South Africa


I do not believe that women are better than men. We have not wrecked railroads, nor corrupted legislature, nor done many unholy things that men have done; but then we must remember that we have not had the chance.

Jane Addams, Social Reformer, Author, Sociologist, Peace Activist, Suffragist and a founding member of the NAACP


What after all has maintained the human race on this old globe despite all the calamities of nature and all the tragic failings of mankind, if not faith in new possibilities and the courage to advocate them. 

Jane Addams (1860-1935)


Posted  March 17, 2008

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