Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Quotes from our Presidents


George Washington: "In offering to you, my countrymen, these counsels of an old and affectionate friend, I dare not hope they will make the strong and lasting impression I could wish; that they will control the usual current of the passions, or prevent our nation from running the course, which has hitherto marked the destiny of nations. But, if I may even flatter myself, that they may be productive of some partial benefit, some occasional good; that they may now and then recur to moderate the fury of party spirit, to warn against the mischiefs of foreign intrigue, to guard against the impostures of pretended patriotism; this hope will be a full recompense for the solicitude for your welfare, by which they have been dictated."

Abraham Lincoln: "Shall we expect some transatlantic military giant to step the ocean and crush us at a blow? Never! All the armies of Europe, Asia, and Africa combined, with all the treasure of the earth (our own excepted) in their military chest, with a Bonaparte for a commander, could not by force take a drink from the Ohio or make a track on the Blue Ridge in a trial of a thousand years. At what point then is the approach of danger to be expected? I answer. If it ever reach us it must spring up amongst us; it cannot come from abroad. If destruction be our lot we must ourselves be its author and finisher. As a nation of freemen we must live through all time or die by suicide."

Teddy Roosevelt: "We must treat each man on his worth and merits as a man. We must see that each is given a square deal, because he is entitled to no more and should receive no less. ...The welfare of each of us is dependent fundamentally upon the welfare of all of us."

Thomas Jefferson: "The basis of our government being the opinion of the people, the very first object should be to keep that right; and were it left to me to decide whether we should have a government without newspapers, or newspapers without a government, I should not hesitate a moment to prefer the latter. But I should mean that every man should receive those papers and be capable of reading them."

Dwight Eisenhower: "And I should like to assure you, my Islamic friends, that under the American Constitution, under American tradition, and in American hearts, this Center, this place of worship, is just as welcome as could be a similar edifice of any other religion. Indeed, America would fight with her whole strength for your right to have here your own church and worship according to your own conscience. This concept is indeed a part of America, and without that concept we would be something else than what we are."

Donald Trump: "Yeah, that’s her. With the gold. I better use some Tic Tacs just in case I start kissing her. You know, I’m automatically attracted to beautiful — I just start kissing them. It’s like a magnet. Just kiss. I don’t even wait. And when you’re a star, they let you do it. You can do anything. ...Grab ’em by the pussy. You can do anything."

JMJ
America will never be destroyed from the outside. If we falter and lose our freedoms, it will be because we destroyed ourselves.
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America will never be destroyed from the outside. If we falter and lose our freedoms, it will be because we destroyed ourselves.
Read more at: https://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/quotes/a/abrahamlin143183.html
America will never be destroyed from the outside. If we falter and lose our freedoms, it will be because we destroyed ourselves.
Read more at: https://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/quotes/a/abrahamlin143183.html
America will never be destroyed from the outside. If we falter and lose our freedoms, it will be because we destroyed ourselves.
Read more at: https://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/quotes/a/abrahamlin143183.html
America will never be destroyed from the outside. If we falter and lose our freedoms, it will be because we destroyed ourselves.
Read more at: https://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/quotes/a/abrahamlin143183.html

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

The Danger of the Conservative Nanny State

 From NBC:

Epic Drug Lab Scandal Results in More Than 20,000 Convictions Dropped


 ..."This was a mistake that comes from the war on drugs," said Carl Williams, an ACLU lawyer. ...

When I hear conservatives complain about the weight of the government on our lives, I hear about things like high taxes, regulations, litigation, etc.  They're annoyed.

When I hear disadvantaged young people complain about the weight of the government on our lives, I hear about already difficult lives being utterly and permanently destroyed under the hammer of the War on Drugs.  They're doomed.

Please, conservatives, use the same logic you apply to regulations, taxes, litigiousness, to the plight of these people.  It's not as if they're lives are ideal in the first place.  The War on Drugs, as it does with so many other social ills, only makes things worse.

JMJ