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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, March 05, 2006

Daily Quote 3/5/2006

Monday, Feb. 27, 2006
"We are not to consider ourselves, while here, as at church or school, to listen to the harangues of speculative piety; we are here to talk of the political interests committed to our charge." --Fisher Ames (speech in the United States House of Representatives, 8 April 1789), Reference: Forge of Union, St. John (90); original James Madison: Father of the Constitution - 1787-1800, Brandt (248)

I disagree. One cannot separate onesself from who they are without forming a government which is at odds with what we are charged!

Tuesday, Feb. 28, 2006
"The nation which indulges towards another an habitual hatred, or an habitual fondness, is in some degree a slave. It is a slave to its animosity or to its affection, either of which is sufficient to lead it astray from its duty and its interest." --George Washington (letter to Alexander Hamilton, 8 May 1796)

Wednesday, March 1, 2006
"Each individual of the society has a right to be protected by it in the enjoyment of his life, liberty, and property, according to standing laws. He is obliged, consequently, to contribute his share to the expense of this protection; and to give his personal service, or an equivalent, when necessary. But no part of the property of any individual can, with justice, be taken from him, or applied to public uses, without his own consent, or that of the representative body of the people. In fine, the people of this commonwealth are not controllable by any other laws than those to which their constitutional representative body have given their consent." --John Adams (Thoughts on Government, 1776), Reference: The Works of John Adams, Charles Adams, ed., 225.

Oh yeah? Check out the SCOTUS of today!

Thursday, March 2, 2006
"He that goes a borrowing goes a sorrowing." --Benjamin Franklin (from his writings, 1758), Reference: Franklin: Writings, Lemay, ed., Library of America (1300)

This is because the federal government does not make or create any wealth. All it can do is get out of the way of others to do so.

Friday, March 3, 2006
"As a man is said to have a right to his property, he may be equally said to have a property in his rights. Where an excess of power prevails, property of no sort is duly respected. No man is safe in his opinions, his person, his faculties, or his possessions." --James Madison (National Gazette Essay, 27 March 1792), Reference: Advice to my Country, Mattern, 21.

That is precisely my point in the Kelo decision, and the Founding Fathers agree with ME, not the SCOTUS!