Daily Quote 5/14-18/2007
"To prevent crimes, is the noblest end and aim of criminal jurisprudence. To punish them, is one of the means necessary for the accomplishment of this noble end and aim."
--James Wilson (Of the Study of the Law in the United States, Circa 1790); Reference: The Works of James Wilson, McCloskey, ed., vol. 1 (441-43) [Sheehan (5:14)].
Tuesday 15 May 2007.
"The ingredients which constitute energy in the Executive are, first, unity; secondly, duration; thirdly, an adequate provision for its support; fourthly, competent powers. ... The ingredients which constitute safety in the republican sense are, first, a due dependence on the people, secondly, a due responsibility."
--Alexander Hamilton (Federalist No. 70, 14 March 1788); Reference: The Federalist.
Wednesday, 16 May 2007.
"Guard with jealous attention the public liberty. Suspect every one who approaches that jewel. Unfortunately, nothing will preserve it but downright force. Whenever you give up that force, you are inevitably ruined."
--Patrick Henry (speech in the Virginia Ratifying Convention, 5 June 1778); Reference: The Debates of the Several State..., Elliot, vol. 3 (45).
This seems to have happened with this amnesty bill. Please do not allow this pass. You can make a change, but you must do it now. The toll free number to the Capitol is 1-866-340-9281. You may ask for any senator you choose. I recommend you go to Hugh Hewitt's site and get the names of the senator to call. Thank you.
Thursday, 17 May 2007.
"[W]e are confirmed in the opinion, that the present age would be deficient in their duty to God, their posterity and themselves, if they do not establish an American republic. This is the only form of government we wish to see established; for we can never be willingly subject to any other King than He who, being possessed of infinite wisdom, goodness and rectitude, is alone fit to possess unlimited power."
Instructions of Malden, Massachusetts for a Declaration of Independence, 27 May 1776; Reference: Documents of American Histroy, Commager, vol. 1 (97).
Friday, 18 May 2007.
"If a well-regulated militia be the most natural defense of a free country, it ought certainly to be under the regulation and at the disposal of that body which is constituted the guardian of the national security. If standing armies are dangerous to liberty, an efficacious power over the militia in the same body ought, as far as possible, to take away the inducement and the pretext to such unfriendly institutions. If the federal government can command the aid of the militia in those emergencies which call for the military arm in support of the civil magistrate, it can the better dispense with the employment of a different kind of force. If it cannot avail itself of the former, it will be obliged to recur to the latter. To render an army unnecessary will be a more certain method of preventing its existence than a thousand prohibitions upon paper."
--Alexander Hamilton (Federalist No. 29, 10 January 1788);
Reference: Hamilton, Federalist No. 29.
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