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Politics as Usual

 

Everybody loves quotes, and they stand with satistics, in that you can use them to inhance most anything you’d like even from the same person, even more so if you take them out of context, for in a lifetime of quotes it is unusual for anyone to stay “consistant”, for that assumes no intellictual growth, and one would hope most people gain knowledge from their teens to their dotage.

First Exhibit: The Modern Political Speech.

Brooke McEldowney (creator of 9 Chickweed Lane): What this country needs is a solid, unwavering foreign policy that sets out unwaveringly to the rest of the world the solidity of our unwaveringness at a time when people everywhere are looking to this country for an unwavering stance in our solid policies toward the foreign areas of the rest of the world.

This is the year we have in front of us until the Presidential Election.

Second Exhibit: A plethora, starting and ending (the Alpha/Omega) with the Greeks

Aristophanes c400bc: Under every stone lurks a politician

Seems like not much has changed in 2400 years

Plato: Democracy, which is a charming from of government, full of variety and disorder, and dispensing a sort of equality to equals and un-equals alike.

Yes, it has always been messy.

Machiavelli: Many have imagined republics and principalities which have never been seen or known to exist in reality; for how we live is so far removed from how we ought to live, that he who abandons what is done for what ought to be done, will rather bring about his own ruin than his preservation.

Very important, for from Rand to Marx and everyone in between, everything looks good on paper, until you put the Rats (that would be we humans) in the Maze.

George Washington: Over grown military establishments are under any form of government inauspicious to liberty, and are to be regarded as particularly hostile to republican liberty.

And so we arm and militarize our police forces, and George has the results nailed.

Thomas Jefferson: I hope we shall crush in its birth the aristocracy of our moneyed corporations which dare already to challenge our government to a trial by strength, and bid defiance to the laws of our country.

Tom gets in his licks about Citizens United.

Thomas Jefferson 2: The care of human life and happiness, and not their destruction, is the first and only object of good government.

Right on Tom, now everyone feel free to interpret “Human life and Happiness” in your own way

Benjamin Franklin: Our new Constitution is now established and has an appearance that promises permanency; but in this world nothing can be said to be certain but death and taxes

We thought it might be useful to add the rest of the quote.

Edmund Burke: All government – indeed every human benefit and enjoyment, every virtue and every prudent act – is founded on compromise and barter.

A lesson for all Times

Alexis de Tocqueville: Within these limits the power vested in the American courts of justice to pronouncing a statute to be unconstitutional forms one of the most powerful barriers that have been devised against the tyranny of political assemblies.

The most important Power of the Presidency; Civilian control of the Military a close second.

Abe Lincoln: Politicians (are) a set of men who have interests aside from the interests of the people, and who, to say the most of them, are, taken as a mass, at least one long step removed from honest men. I say this with the greatest freedom because, being a politician myself none can regard it as personal.

Lincoln gets a hard ride within these pages, but he was very self-aware.

Theodore Roosevelt: Behind the ostensible government sits enthroned an invisible government owing no allegiance and acknowledging no responsibility to the people.

Hanther is smiling


Roscoe Pound: The law must be stable, but it must not stand still.

Times change. Corporations are “People”, the Rites of Marriage are universal, etc. etc. Choose your poison.

Walt Kelly: We have met the enemy and he is us.

Our Republic, any republic, in a nutshell

And finally;

Aristophanes c400bc: Even if you persuade me, you won’t persuade me

No one concedes their Core Values, or their World View, even if they “agree” with you.

Unkwil

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Uncle Willie loves to have feedback from both readers who appreciate his point of view as well as from missguided souls who disagree.