Tuesday, July 04, 2006

July 4, 2006: Some Advice from the Past for George W. Bush

On the perils of empire:
The use of force alone is but temporary. It may subdue for a moment; but it does not remove the necesssity of subduing again; and a nation is not governed, which is perpetually to be conquered.
—Edmund Burke, member of Parliament, 1775

On the nature of government:
A government of laws, and not of men.
—John Adams, 1775

On the nature of assuming too much power during war:
When we assumed the soldier, we did not lay aside the citizen.
—George Washington, 1775

On the commitment to do more than one out of three when serving the public:
I can answer for but three things: a firm belief in the justice of our cause, close attention in the prosecution of it, and the strictest integrity.
—George Washington, 1775

On the need for a free press:
Were it left to me to decide whether we should have a government without newspapaers, or newspapers without a government, I should not hesistate a moment to prefer the latter.
—Thomas Jefferson, 1787

On the need to read Winston Churchill more closely:
The empires of the future are the empires of the mind.
—Winston Churchill, 1944

On the hypocrisy of conservatives who talk much about democracy:
She can talk beautifully about democracy but doesn't know how to live democracy.
—Eleanor Roosevelt, on Madame Chiang Kai-shek

May our democracy and constitution survive many more celebrations!

1 Comments:

Blogger Bob said...

BRAVO!
BRAVO!!
BRAVO!!!

(and so on for a '21-BRAVO' salute)

12:08 AM  

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