"The essence of Government is power; and power, lodged as it must be in human hands, will ever be liable to abuse." -- James Madison - (1751-1836)

"We are fast approaching the stage of the ultimate inversion: the stage where the government is free to do anything it pleases, while the citizens may act only by permission; which is the stage of the darkest periods of human history, the stage of rule by brute force. " :
Ayn Rand in "The Nature of Government"

"Throughout history there have been tyrants and murderers. And for a while they seem invincible, but always they fall. Always."-Mahatma Gandhi

Science may have found a cure for most evils; but it has found no remedy for the worst of them all -- the apathy of human beings: Helen Keller

The notion that a radical is one who hates his country is naive and usually idiotic. He is , more likely, one who likes his country more than the rest of us, and is thus more disturbed than the rest of us when he sees it debauched. He is not a bad citizen turning to crime ; he is a good citizen driven to despair.--H.L Mencken

"When even one American-who has done nothing wrong-is forced by fear to shut his mind and close his mouth-then all Americans are in peril" Harry S. Truman

"The power of the Executive to cast a man into prison without formulating any charge known to the law, and particularly to deny him the judgment of his peers, is in the highest degree odious and is the foundation of all totalitarian government whether Nazi or Communist."- Winston Churchill, Nov. 21, 1943

"When you see that in order to produce, you need to obtain permission from men who produce nothing - when you see that money is flowing to those who deal, not in goods, but in favors - when you see that men get richer by graft and by pull than by work, and your laws don't protect you against them, but protect them against you - when you see corruption being rewarded and honesty becoming a self-sacrifice - you may know that your society is doomed: Ayn Rand - (1905-1982) Author - Source: Atlas Shrugged, Francisco's "Money Speech"

"Loss of freedom seldom happens overnight. Oppression doesn't stand on the doorstep with toothbrush moustache and swastika armband -- it creeps up insidiously...step by step, and all of a sudden the unfortunate citizen realizes that it is gone." ~ Baron Lane

U.S. Constitution - R.I.P.

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Ultimate Irony

Just as I hit the "Publish" button on the previous post, This popped into my email inbox , from my brother.........

Saint Paul to Welcome Return of Declaration of Independence
During Convention

City Hall/County Courthouse to Display Copy of Declaration
SAINT PAUL – As part of the celebrations surrounding the Republican National Convention in
September, an original printing of the Declaration of Independence will return to Saint Paul for
public viewing Sept. 2-4 at Saint Paul City Hall/Ramsey County Courthouse.
“I am happy to partner with Secretary of State Mark Ritchie to bring the Declaration of
Independence back to Saint Paul,” Mayor Coleman said. “A national political party convention is
about so much more than just the nomination of a candidate. It is a celebration of democracy and
American civic pride, and having the Declaration of Independence on public display provides
another dimension for residents and visitors to participate and enjoy all that a convention brings
with it.”
“I am thrilled that Mayor Coleman and county officials are making this possible for Minnesota,”
said Secretary of State Ritchie, whose office is orchestrating the display. “The Declaration of
Independence represents the origins of the very idea of democracy, and bringing it to Minnesota
during a time when a presidential candidate will be nominated will give residents and visitors a
chance to see the very birth certificate of our nation.”

I wonder if the hundreds of journalists and protesters who have been pepper sprayed, tear gassed, beaten, and "detained" for exercising their constitutional rights will be allowed to take a peek at
the "origins of the very idea of democracy" when the gestapo releases them....quaint little artifact these days, isn't it?

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Ahh, the theatre of propaganda. Phil

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