The most important political office is that of the private citizen.
Publicity is justly commended as a remedy for social and industrial diseases. Sunlight is said to be the best of disinfectants; electric light the most efficient policeman.
Those who won our independence... valued liberty as an end and as a means. They believed liberty to be the secret of happiness and courage to be the secret of liberty.
The greatest dangers to liberty lurk in the insidious encroachment by men of zeal, well meaning but without understanding.
Experience teaches us to be most on our guard to protect liberty when the government's purposes are beneficent.
To declare that in the administration of criminal law the end justifies the means to declare that the Government may commit crimes in order to secure conviction of a private criminal would bring terrible retribution.
If we desire respect for the law, we must first make the law respectable.
Our government... teaches the whole people by its example. If the government becomes the lawbreaker, it breeds contempt for law; it invites every man to become a law unto himself; it invites anarchy.
If you would only recognize that life is hard, things would be so much easier for you.
In the frank expression of conflicting opinions lies the greatest promise of wisdom in governmental action.
Neutrality is at times a graver sin than belligerence.
“Official truth is not actual truth.”
“Power tends to corrupt and absolute power corrupts absolutely.
“Progress, the religion of those who have none.”
“Political atheism: End justifies the means. This is still the most widespread of all the opinions inimical to liberty.”
“Divided, or rather multiplied, authorities are the foundation of good government.”
“Bureaucracy is undoubtedly the weapon and sign of a despotic government, inasmuch as it gives whatever government it serves, despotic power.”
“Bureaucracy tries to establish so many administrative maxims that the minister is as narrowly controlled and guided as the judge.”
“It is bad to be oppressed by a minority, but it is worse to be oppressed by a majority.”
“There should be a law to the People besides its own will.”
“Democracy generally monopolizes and concentrates power.”
“Americans dreaded democracy and contrived their constitution against it.”
“For it is a most striking thing that the views of pure democracy...were almost entirely unrepresented in [the American] convention.”
“The true natural check on absolute democracy is the federal system, which limits the central government by the powers reserved, and the state governments by the powers they have ceded.”
“Limitation is essential to authority. A government is legitimate only if it is effectively limited.”
“Authority that does not exist for Liberty is not authority but force.”
“The will of the people cannot make just that which is unjust.”
“A convinced man differs from a prejudiced man as an honest man from a liar.”
“By liberty I mean the assurance that every man shall be protected in doing what he believes is his duty against the influence of authority and majorities, custom and opinion.”
“It is easier to find people fit to govern themselves than people fit to govern others.”
“The danger is not that a particular class is unfit to govern. Every class is unfit to govern.”
To quote Mike Krieger, www.ZeroHedge.com 10/20/2011
“The reason the liberal mainstream corporate media demonized the Tea Party is because it threatens the status quo.
The reason the conservative corporate mainstream media demonizes Occupy Wall Street is because it threatens the status quo.
These are textbook divide and conquer strategies being used on the American people.
Do not fall for it. ( My emphasis.)
Yesterday I read a really interesting Gallup poll that stated: ‘Not surprisingly, Americans who consider themselves supporters of the Occupy Wall Street movement (26% of all Americans) are more likely to blame Wall Street than the federal government for the nation's economic problems.
Supporters of the Tea Party movement (22% of Americans) are overwhelmingly likely to blame the government.’
What is most compelling to me is that 26%+22% = 48% so basically almost a majority.
All we need to do is teach people that Washington D.C. and Wall Street are now the same corrupt entity.
They are one gigantic rogue trader sucking the lifeblood out of America.
If we can unite these forces, which I can say with certainty agree on the important issues, we can put an end to the status quo and free ourselves of this bondage.”
And among the most remarkable sentences we've ever read is the following from the account of Erwin Rommel's then 15 year old son Manfred regarding the last 15 minutes of his father's life.
On October 14, 1944, his house surrounded by Gestapo, Rommel had just been given the choice of suicide, a state funeral and protection for his family and staff or face trial for treason for his alleged part in a plot to overthrow Adolph Hitler.
Click on either the photo or the quote for the story of the future Mayor of Stuttgart's last moments with his father.
In the long run we are all dead.
A study of the history of opinion is a necessary preliminary to the emancipation of the mind.
Americans are apt to be unduly interested in discovering what average opinion believes average opinion to be.
Education: the inculcation of the incomprehensible into the indifferent by the incompetent.
The avoidance of taxes is the only intellectual pursuit that still carries any reward.
Successful investing is anticipating the anticipations of others.
Most men love money and security more, and creation and construction less, as they get older.
The importance of money flows from it being a link between the present and the future.
There is no harm in being sometimes wrong - especially if one is promptly found out.
Words ought to be a little wild, for they are the assaults of thoughts on the unthinking.
For at least another hundred years we must pretend to ourselves and to every one that fair is foul and foul is fair; for foul is useful and fair is not. Avarice and usury and precaution must be our gods for a little longer still.
I work for a Government I despise for ends I think criminal.
Capitalism is the astounding belief that the most wickedest of men will do the most wickedest of things for the greatest good of everyone.
Like Odysseus, the President looked wiser when he was seated.
The decadent international but individualistic capitalism in the hands of which we found ourselves after the war is not a success. It is not intelligent. It is not beautiful. It is not just. It is not virtuous. And it doesn't deliver the goods.
The best way to destroy the capitalist system is to debauch the currency. By a continuing process of inflation, governments can confiscate, secretly and unobserved, an important part of the wealth of their citizens.
I think that one merits a repeat.
By a continuing process of inflation, government can confiscate, secretly and unobserved, an important part of the wealth of their citizens.
If economists could manage to get themselves thought of as humble, competent people on a level with dentists: that would be splendid.
So I'm sitting here at about 3:15 AM, wide awake, minding my own business and trying to decide what to post this AM when Outlook offers it's friendly little ding to let me know that I have mail.
"Hmmm. What's a Kaitlyn." I wonder as I open the link.
Well, evidently Kaitlyn is a regular around here, breeds the occasional Appaloosa horse and has forgotten more about Chief Joseph, the Nez Perce people, their culture and horses than most people are ever going to know.
And ......... she's got the links to prove it.
Viola, this mornings post.
With the exception of the first paragraph, these quotes were taken from an 1879 speech Chief Joseph made to a group of Congressman and "other dignitaries" in Washington DC where he had journeyed to meet President Rutherford B. Hayes in an effort to secure a better deal for his people.
" I will not move (to the reservation). I do not need your help; we have plenty, and we are contented and happy if the white man will let us alone. The reservation is too small for so many people with all their stock. You can keep your presents; we can go to your towns and pay for all we need; we have plenty of horses and cattle to sell, and we won't have any help from you; we are free now; we can go where we please, our fathers were born here. Here they lived, here they died, here are their graves. We will never leave them."
Treat all men alike. Give them the same laws. Give them all an even chance to live and grow. All men were made by the same Great Spirit Chief. They are all brothers. The earth is the mother of all people, and all people should have equal rights upon it.
You might as well expect all rivers to run backward as that any man who was born a free man should be contented penned up and denied liberty to go where he pleases. If you tie a horse to a stake, do you expect he will grow fat? If you pen an Indian up on a small spot of earth and compel him to stay there, he will not be contented nor will he grow and prosper.
I have asked some of the Great White Chiefs where they get their authority to say to the Indian that he shall stay in one place, while he sees white men going where they please. They cannot tell me.
I know that my race must change. We cannot hold our own with the white men as we are. We only ask an even chance to live as other men live. We ask to be recognized as men. We ask that the same law shall work alike on all men. If an Indian breaks the law, punish him by the law. If a white man breaks the law, punish him also.
Let me be a free man, free to travel, free to stop, free to work, free to trade where I choose, free to choose my own teachers, free to follow the religion of my fathers, free to talk, think and act for myself -- and I will obey every law or submit to the penalty.
Whenever the white man treats the Indian as they treat each other then we shall have no more wars. (Yeah, I'm not altogether sure about that one)
Hin-mah-too-yah-lat-kekht has spoken for his people.