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Saturday, December 24, 2005

Daily Quote 12/24/2005

Monday, Dec. 19, 2005
"Jefferson was against any needless official apparel, but if the gown was to carry, he said: "For Heaven's sake discard the monstrous wig which makes the English judges look like rats peeping through bunches of oakum." --Thomas Jefferson (commenting on judges' apparel), Reference: respec. Quoted

Tuesday, Dec. 20, 2005
"No man in his senses can hesitate in choosing to be free, rather than a slave." --Alexander Hamilton (A Full Vindication of the Measures of the Congress, &c., 15 December 1774), Reference: The Papers of Alexander Hamilton, Syrett, ed., vol. 1 (47)

Wednesday, Dec. 21, 2005
"[A] good moral character is the first essential in a man, and that the habits contracted at your age are generally indelible, and your conduct here may stamp your character through life. It is therefore highly important that you should endeavor not only to be learned but virtuous." --George Washington (letter to Steptoe Washington, 5 December 1790), Reference: Maxims of George Washington, Schroeder, ed. (143)

Are we allowed to use the word 'virtue' in our mandatory educational camps these days? Hmm...

Thursday, Dec. 22, 2005
"Believing with you that religion is a matter which lies solely between man and his God, that he owes account to none other for his faith or his worship, that the legislative powers of government reach actions only, and not opinions, I contemplate with sovereign reference that act of the whole American people which declared that their legislature should "make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof," thus building a wall of separation between church and State." --Thomas Jefferson (letter to a Committee of the Danbury Baptist Association, Connecticut, January 1st 1802), Reference: Jefferson Writings, Peterson, ed., 510.

Herein lies the problems of today. Jefferson was merely stating to a companion Church that they need not worry about the Church of Virginia in the Danbury Baptist Association, Connecticut. This so called wall was not in the Constitution, rather it was being defined that NO FEDERAL government shall say yea or nay in matters of religion. Period.

Friday, Dec. 23, 2005
"How many observe Christ's birth-day! How few, His precepts! O! 'tis easier to keep Holidays than Commandments." --Benjamin Franklin (Poor Richards Almanack, 1743), Reference: Poor Richard: The Almanacks, for the Years, 1733-1758, Intro by Van Wyck Brooks (111)

Have a wonderfully Merry Christmas, and may your New Year be fabulously Happy!