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Sunday, September 03, 2006

Daily Quote 9/3/2006

Tue. 8/29/2006.
"Harmony in the married state is the very first object to be aimed at."

--Thomas Jefferson (letter to Mary Jefferson Eppes, 7 January 1798)

Wed. 8/30/2006.
"As there is a degree of depravity in mankind which requires a certain degree of circumspection and distrust: So there are other qualities in human nature, which justify a certain portion of esteem and confidence. Republican government presupposes the existence of these qualities in a higher degree than any other form. Were the pictures which have been drawn by the political jealousy of some among us, faithful likenesses of the human character, the inference would be that there is not sufficient virtue among men for self-government; and that nothing less than the chains of despotism can restrain them from destroying and devouring one another."

--James Madison (Federalist No. 55, 15 February 1788); Reference: Madison, Federalist No. 55.

Where have I heard that recently? Hmm...

Thu. 8/31/2006.
"A fondness for power is implanted, in most men, and it is natural to abuse it, when acquired."

--Alexander Hamilton (The Farmer Refuted, 23 February 1775); Reference: The Papers of Alexander Hamilton, Syrett, ed., vol. 1 (126)

Fri. 9/1/2006.
"If, from the more wretched parts of the old world, we look at those which are in an advanced stage of improvement, we still find the greedy hand of government thrusting itself into every corner and crevice of industry, and grasping the spoil of the multitude. Invention is continually exercised, to furnish new pretenses for revenues and taxation. It watches prosperity as its prey and permits none to escape without tribute."

--Thomas Paine (Rights of Man, 1791); Reference: Thomas Paine: Collected Writings , Foner ed., Library of America (549)

Gee, now THAT sounds familiar. I used to think it is was only one party, but not both. I was wrong.

Category: Constitutional Issues.