Tuesday, July 17, 2007

Quote of the Day

"I predict future happiness for Americans if they can prevent the government from wasting the labors of the people under the pretense of taking care of them." ~ Thomas Jefferson


Mike Arthur said...


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Maggie Thurber said...


Chad said...

So profound..and timely

Jay Ott said...

I get a kick out of some people who revere Jefferson but hate Reagan.

This Jefferson quote is the basis for Reagan's ideas summed up in his first inaugural address:

The economic ills we suffer have come upon us over several decades. They will not go away in days, weeks, or months, but they will go away. They will go away because we as Americans have the capacity now, as we've had in the past, to do whatever needs to be done to preserve this last and greatest bastion of freedom.

In this present crisis, government is not the solution to our problem; government is the problem. From time to time we've been tempted to believe that society has become too complex to be managed by self-rule, that government by an elite group is superior to government for, by, and of the people. Well, if no one among us is capable of governing himself, then who among us has the capacity to govern someone else? All of us together, in and out of government, must bear the burden. The solutions we seek must be equitable, with no one group singled out to pay a higher price.

Maggie Thurber said...

Jay - great complimentary quote...one my Reagan favorites...

The Conservative UAW Guy said...

What a great quote.

Jay Ott said...

Especially if this part is applied to our mayor:

"Well, if no one among us is capable of governing himself, then who among us has the capacity to govern someone else?"

I think I need to do a blog entry and compare and contrast Reagan's quote with Carty's about goody-two-shoes.

One is about taking responsibility and the other is about making an excuse for the lack of it.

-Sepp said...

True today as it was 200 years ago.

Chad said...

Proverbs 25:28
"A person without self-control is like a city with broken down walls."

Maggie Thurber said...

and then there was this from the Patriot Post today:

Founders' Quote Daily

"In a society under the forms of which the stronger faction can readily unite and oppress the weaker, anarchy may as truly be said to reign as in a state of nature."

-- James Madison (Federalist No. 52, 8 February 1788)

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