"The government that governs least, governs best"
-Thomas Paine (attributed to Jefferson and Thoreau as well)
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Thread: It's That Time of Year
Oct 26, 2012, 06:15 PM #11Senior Member
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If you're on Canal, what block do you surf? I'm on 600 CB North.
"the trouble with socialism is that you eventually run out of other people's money" M. Thatcher
Oct 26, 2012, 08:06 PM #15
"Don't piss down my back and tell me it's raining"
"If my Aunt had a d!ck, she'd be my Uncle"
"If a society gives up some freedom for security, it is then neither free nor secure"
"We have about as much a chance of stopping that ballpark from being built as a one-legged man winning an a$$ kicking contest!"
All quotes by Ben Franklin
Oct 26, 2012, 10:29 PM #16
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Oct 26, 2012, 11:39 PM #19
"Government is instituted for the common good; for the protection, safety, prosperity, and happiness of the people; and not for profit, honor, or private interest of any one man, family, or class of men; therefore, the people alone have an incontestable, unalienable, and indefeasible right to institute government; and to reform, alter, or totally change the same, when their protection, safety, prosperity, and happiness require it."
“Duty, then is the sublimest word in our language. Do your duty in all things. You cannot do more; you should never wish to do less.“
Robert E. Lee
“Duty, Honor, Country. Those three hallowed words reverently dictate what you ought to be, what you can be, what you will be.“
“We must all hang together, or assuredly we shall all hang separately.”
“To the efficacy and permanency of your Union, a government for the whole is indispensable. No alliance, however strict, between the parts can be an adequate substitute; they must inevitably experience the infractions and interruptions which all alliances in all times have experienced. Sensible of this momentous truth, you have improved upon your first essay, by the adoption of a constitution of government better calculated than your former for an intimate union, and for the efficacious management of your common concerns. This government, the offspring of our own choice, uninfluenced and unawed, adopted upon full investigation and mature deliberation, completely free in its principles, in the distribution of its powers, uniting security with energy, and containing within itself a provision for its own amendment, has a just claim to your confidence and your support. Respect for its authority, compliance with its laws, acquiescence in its measures, are duties enjoined by the fundamental maxims of true liberty. The basis of our political systems is the right of the people to make and to alter their constitutions of government. But the Constitution which at any time exists, till changed by an explicit and authentic act of the whole people, is sacredly obligatory upon all. The very idea of the power and the right of the people to establish government presupposes the duty of every individual to obey the established government.”
Duty: obligatory tasks, conduct, service, or functions that arise from one's position (as in life or in a group)
Ayn Rand and her Nietzsche-ian view can’t hold a candle to the words of true patriots. All who knew, individually we are weak, collectively we are strong and in times of crisis, the needs of the many do indeed outweigh the good of the individual. Ayn Rand was no American patriot. Nor did she believe that the individual had any obligation to any other individual, collective or government; which in my personal moral philosophy is wrong. I truly believe that we are put on this earth to make it a better place for our children, our neighbors, our communities and to help those less fortunate than ourselves. I try to do that. Admittedly, this is a very different place than Adams & Washington envisioned, but I cannot believe that Rand’s philosophies are the answer. I don’t like paying taxes either Pump and I sure do believe that we need a smaller central government and need to reduce the debt; but espousing the ideology that the individual is more important than our society at large is short sighted. “. . .secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity” Sometimes doing what’s best for future generations isn’t in the individual’s best interest.
Also, what’s CB and how’s this thread turned into it?
Oct 26, 2012, 11:52 PM #20