My Newz 'n Ideas

It is my intent to express my opinion and to discuss current events. Feel free to make suggestions to fields you would like to see covered, and I will consider them. Please leave your name with comments. Thank you. Arabic: عربي.

Sunday, December 18, 2005

Daily Quote 12/18/2005

Moday, Dec. 12, 2005
"This country and this people seem to have been made for each other, and it appears as if it was the design of Providence that an inheritance so proper and convenient for a ban of brethren, united to each other by the strongest of ties, should never be split into a number of unsocial, jealous, and alien sovereignties." --John Jay (Federalist No. 2), Reference: Jay, Federalist No. 2 (38)

I imagine this to mean one should not covet another's wealth or income, nor should they try to destroy the stronghold of America--faith and the family. I guess that makes me an extremist. So be it.

Tuesday, Dec. 13, 2005
"When divorces can be summoned to the aid of levity, of vanity, or of avarice, a state of marriage frequently becomes a state of war or strategem." --James Wilson (Lectures on Law, 25 November 1791), Reference: Vindicating the Founders, West (100); original Works,

Here, here! We need to have stronger divorce laws with fault so people would not enter so lightly into that which is most sacred.

Wednesday, Dec. 14, 2005
"Tis well." --George Washington (., 14 December 1799), Reference: The First of Men, Ferling (507)

Thursday, Dec. 15, 2005
"Every government degenerates when trusted to the rulers of the people alone. The people themselves, therefore, are its only safe depositories." --Thomas Jefferson (Notes on the State of Virginia, Query XIV, 1781), Reference: Jefferson: Writings, Peterson ed., Library of America

Friday, Dec. 16, 2005
"[B]ut whatever be their degree of talent it is no measure of their rights. Because Sir Isaac Newton was superior to others in understanding, he was not therefore lord of the person or property of others. On this subject they are gaining daily in the opinions of nations, and hopeful advances are making towards their re-establishment on an equal footing with the other colors of the human family." --Thomas Jefferson (letter to Henri Gregoire, 25 February 1809), Reference: The Portable Thomas Jefferson, Peterson, ed., 517.

Thomas Jefferson detested slavery, even as he have owned some. I do not understand tis dilemna, for I was not alive at that time. I do not justify it, but I thank God that detestable practice no longer exists in this country. It completely saddens me to acknowledge it does exist in Darfur, Sudan, and other parts of Africa and the Middle East. It is to our shame for not speaking loud enough to end it.