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Wednesday, December 22, 2010
The absolute rights of man considered as a free agent, endowed with discernment to know good from evil, and with power of choosing those measures which appear to him to be most desirable, are usually summed up in one general appellation, and denominated the natural liberty of mankind.
This natural liberty consists properly in a power of acting as one thinks fit, without any restraint or control, unless by the law of nature: being a right inherent in us by birth, and one of the gifts of God to man at his creation, when he endued him with the faculty of free-will.
But every man, when he enters into society, gives up a part of his natural liberty, as the price of so valuable a purchase; and, in consideration of receiving the advantages of mutual commerce, obliges himself to conform to those laws, which the community has thought proper to establish. And this species of legal obedience and conformity is infinitely more desirable, than that wild and savage liberty which is sacrificed to obtain it.
About to enter, fellow-citizens, on the exercise of duties which comprehend everything dear and valuable to you, it is proper you should understand what I deem the essential principles of our Government, and consequently those which ought to shape its Administration.
I will compress them within the narrowest compass they will bear, stating the general principle, but not all its limitations.
Thursday, December 16, 2010
WELFARE, n. [well and fare, a good faring; G.]
1. Exemption from misfortune, sickness, calamity or evil; the enjoyment of health and the common blessings of life; prosperity; happiness; applied to persons.
2. Exemption from any unusual evil or calamity; the enjoyment of peace and prosperity, or the ordinary blessings of society and civil government; applied to states. ("Welfare.")
It is apparent from Webster's definition that he and his contemporaries as being a condition of humanity. The first entry defines a condition of life for individuals. The second entry applies welfare to the larger populace: society and government.
Interestingly, at no point does this definition suggest caring for the poor and the needy. Yet, it is reasonable to conclude that "the enjoyment of peace and prosperity...applied to states" would infer caring for the needy. I submit that it is government's responsibility to care for the needy if and only when we as civilized people do not or cannot care for our needy first.
If you, as an individual or business, provide for the needy either directly or through charitable giving, you are tending to the welfare of the needy. This is a good thing and is to be commended.
Tuesday, November 16, 2010
It is vain, sir, to extenuate the matter. Gentlemen may cry, Peace, peace! But there is no peace. The war is actually begun! The next gale that sweeps from the north will bring to our ears the clash of resounding arms! Our brethren are already in the field! Why stand we here idle? What is it that gentlemen wish? What would they have? Is life so dear or peace so sweet as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery? Forbid it, Almighty God! I know not what course others may take; but as for me, give me liberty or give me death!
Thursday, September 16, 2010
On the Price of Corn and Management of the PoorNovember 1766
"I am for doing good to the poor, but I differ in opinion of the means. I think the best way of doing good to the poor, is not making them easy in poverty, but leading or driving them out of it. In my youth I traveled much, and I observed in different countries, that the more public provisions were made for the poor, the less they provided for themselves, and of course became poorer. And, on the contrary, the less was done for them, the more they did for themselves, and became richer"
Wednesday, August 25, 2010
John Quincy Adams
From "A Eulogy On The Life and Character of James Madison"
And what, my friends and fellow citizens, what is that duty of our own? Is it not to preserve, to cherish, to improve the inheritance which they have left us—won by their toils —watered by their tears—saddened but fertilized by their blood?
Tuesday, August 17, 2010
All of us who were engaged in the struggle must have observed frequent instances of superintending providence in our favor. To that kind providence we owe this happy opportunity of consulting in peace on the means of establishing our future national felicity. And have we now forgotten that powerful friend? Or do we imagine that we no longer need his assistance? I have lived, Sir, a long time, and the longer I live, the more convincing proofs I see of this truth-that God governs in the affairs of men. And if a sparrow cannot fall to the Ground without his Notice, is it probable that an Empire can rise without his Aid?
Thursday, August 12, 2010
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Thursday, July 08, 2010
However, I heartily recommend reading it all the way through!!!!!!!!
It is available here on my blog and here as a pdf.
Sunday, June 06, 2010
However, Tim Burton has a gift for all things bizarre (i.e., Edward Scissorhands, The Nightmare before Christmas, etc,....), and this gift paid off with Alice in Wonderland.
I haven't read the books, but I think Lewis Carroll would be pleased.
My Rating: ★★★★☆
Wednesday, June 02, 2010
The framers, the founders, and the citizens of the newborn nation had just fought their way out from under the control of a King that taxed them to oblivion. They were not separatists. They only wanted fair and equal treatment under the law. Having just won independence, though, they wanted to preserve the rights they sought and fought to acquire for everyone.
Today, the noisiest factions of our society are clamoring for a king. We have forgotten our origins. Unless those of us who do remember our origins and understand what it cost, step forward to reclaim this great nation, I fear we will be enslaved by our own government before clarity and reality sink in again. By that time, we will have a civil war on our hands--the likes this country has never known.
Monday, May 24, 2010
MTV ThenBorn in the 80s, MTV presented programming that more closely related to its name, Music Television. MTV played nearly non-stop music videos. They played Charlie Daniels along side Duran Duran, Michael Jackson, and Def Leppard. Genres only existed in the form of programming. They had played classic videos from the 70's as well as "headbangers ball," a late night program for metal lovers.
MTV NowNow, however, MTV seems to have abandoned music in favor of monotonously moronic mischief making. Of course, this is not to say MTV has no music at all but that the majority of the programming is not about music anymore.
Thursday, May 20, 2010
I heartily recommend it. ★★★★☆
Wednesday, May 19, 2010
The term, "Entertainment," speaks for itself and is highly subjective. I mean, there's a reason why a plethora of categories exists. Think about British Humor. British Humor has a cult-like fan base in the United States because many US citizens don't get the unique humor as it is offered by the Brits.
Wednesday, May 05, 2010
Friday, April 09, 2010
While I am certain that what follows will end in someone believing I am taking their side of a potential issue, I am not. I am taking a side and a stand, but I am not writing this "article" as an advocate for one political party or another. Quite frankly both of the major US parties rather disgust me right now. I am sick and tired of having to choose “the better of a field of evils.”
Thursday, April 01, 2010
Lady Justice, featured above, has been a symbol of the United States Judicial system for many, many years. She hold in her left hand a scale and in her right a sword. Her eyes are blindfolded. These three elements have meaning. The blindfold secures impartiality from circumstance, acquaintance, and emotion. The scales suggest reason and balance are deciding factors. Finally, her right hand is prepared to deliver swift justice pending the verdict of the scales.
Political Correctness has eroded the blindfold from the eyes of justice causing her to falter in her resolve and making what was once impartial now partial. Consequently, political correctness will not be found here!
Okay. So I'm opinionated. So are you. We don't have to agree or even be on the same side of an issue to have a mature discussion about politics. Here are the ground rules for political comments on my blog:
- Be Polite (No name calling simply because you disagree with me. Besides, name calling only shows the limit of your own intelligence and tends to bolster me and my position.)
- Be Factual. By this I mean, support your opinions with verifiable facts. (I'd like you to be honest as well, but some people have lost that capacity.)
You do not have to agree with me, and I want to have an open, honest discussion/debate.
Thanks for your cooperation.