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Monday, June 22, 2009.
“The first and governing maxim in the interpretation of a statute is to discover the meaning of those who made it.”

–James Wilson, Of the Study of Law in the United States, Circa, 1790

Try telling that most of these Senators. Yes, I do mean from both parties. I am really beginning to dislike party politics more than I dislike liver. Take that anyway you want. 😉

Tue. 6/23.
“[T]he Constitution ought to be the standard of construction for the laws, and that wherever there is an evident opposition, the laws ought to give place to the Constitution. But this doctrine is not deducible from any circumstance peculiar to the plan of convention, but from the general theory of a limited Constitution.”

–Alexander Hamilton, Federalist No. 81, 1788

Oh God, please grant us great thinkers such as he!

Wed. 6/24.
“The moment the idea is admitted into society that property is not as sacred as the laws of God, and that there is not a force of law and public justice to protect it, anarchy and tyranny commence. If `Thou shalt not covet’ and `Thou shalt not steal’ were not commandments of Heaven, they must be made inviolable precepts in every society before it can be civilized or made free.”

–John Adams, A Defense of the American Constitutions, 1787

But…but…but…I thought we were not a Christian Nation even though the Supreme Court of the United States said we are? Well, I’ll be. Who’da thunk it? (Hint: Anyone with a thinking brain.)

Thu. 6/25.
“Work as if you were to live 100 Years, Pray as if you were to die To-morrow.”

–Benjamin Franklin, Poor Richard’s Almanack, 1757

Amazingly brilliant man.
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Here is another great essay from Mark Alexander:

Robert’s Rules.
Mark Alexander,
From Patriot Post Vol. 09 No. 25; Published 25 June 2009

Resolve to perform what you ought. Perform without fail what you resolve.” –Benjamin Franklin

Anyone familiar with the procedures for deliberative assemblies will recognize “Robert’s Rules of Order,” a manual authored by a 19th-century Army officer and adopted as the standard for official proceedings. Of course, a discussion of parliamentary procedure would be an unwelcome and out-of-order topic for The Patriot, but there are some rules we should consider amid the endless bantering about how to treat jihadi detainees…[Read the whole article.]

Source: Patriot Post.

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Monday, June 15, 2009.
“Justice is the end of government. It is the end of civil society. It ever has been and ever will be pursued until it be obtained, or until liberty be lost in the pursuit.”

–James Madison, Federalist No. 51, February 8, 1788

We are determined to continue the fight for Liberty dear, sweet, precious Liberty.

Tue. 6/16.
“It is the duty of every good citizen to use all the opportunities which occur to him, for preserving documents relating to the history of our country.”

–Thomas Jefferson, letter to Hugh P. Taylor, October 4, 1823

Yes, I agree, but what shall be done when such documents of our birth are prohibited by our educational systems and those of other governments are taught such communism with all its ills?

Wed. 6/17.
“Every child in America should be acquainted with his own country. He should read books that furnish him with ideas that will be useful to him in life and practice. As soon as he opens his lips, he should rehearse the history of his own country.”

–Noah Webster, On the Education of Youth in America, 1788

They are censored, and I doubt if their parents even know it. I want to cry.

Thu. 6/18.
“As parents, we can have no joy, knowing that this government is not sufficiently lasting to ensure any thing which we may bequeath to posterity: And by a plain method of argument, as we are running the next generation into debt, we ought to do the work of it, otherwise we use them meanly and pitifully. In order to discover the line of our duty rightly, we should take our children in our hand, and fix our station a few years farther into life; that eminence will present a prospect, which a few present fears and prejudices conceal from our sight.”

–Thomas Paine, Common Sense, 1776

EVERYONE READ THIS BOOK! Now Common Sense – by Thomas Paine is on sale for only $7.95.

Fri. 6/19.
“The foundation of national morality must be laid in private families. … How is it possible that Children can have any just Sense of the sacred Obligations of Morality or Religion if, from their earliest Infancy, they learn their Mothers live in habitual Infidelity to their fathers, and their fathers in as constant Infidelity to their Mothers?”

–John Adams, Diary, June 2, 1778

Would anyone (I dare you) care to argue with me why it is better for a woman to have children without fathers or for homosexuals to be allowed to adopt children? Take your best shot, you will still lose. Why? Is it because I believe they are not capable? No, that is not the reason. The reason being a child needs both a female and a male role model to grow into the moral fabric of society. Are they all the best? Don’t ask such insulting questions! No one is the best! In the child’s eye is what matters. We adults need to stop being so selfish as to what we WANT and think about what a child NEEDS. There’s a big difference most of the time.
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Source: Patriot Post.

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Monday, June 8, 2009.
“If men through fear, fraud or mistake, should in terms renounce and give up any essential natural right, the eternal law of reason and the great end of society, would absolutely vacate such renunciation; the right to freedom being the gift of God Almighty, it is not in the power of Man to alienate this gift, and voluntarily become a slave.”

–John Adams, Rights of the Colonists, 1772

That is why I believe that after someone has done their time in prison or wherever, they should have the right to protect themselves with a gun. Many disagree. I recommend you check yourself. Where does your freedom come from, eh?

Tue, 6/9.
“A free people [claim] their rights as derived from the laws of nature, and not as the gift of their chief magistrate.”

–Thomas Jefferson, Rights of British America, 1774

And nature’s GOD.

Wed, 6/10.
“Government, in my humble opinion, should be formed to secure and to enlarge the exercise of the natural rights of its members; and every government, which has not this in view, as its principal object, is not a government of the legitimate kind.”

–James Wilson, Lectures on Law, 1790

That is exactly why we are having these Tea Parties. THROW THE BUMS OUT!

Thu. 6/11.
“Under all those disadvantages no men ever show more spirit or prudence than ours. In my opinion nothing but virtue has kept our army together through this campaign.”

–Colonel John Brooks, letter to a friend, January 5, 1778

Virtue. Is this a ‘concept’ or a reality that is removed from our educational system? It certainly has lost its place in our government. *anger*

Fri. 6/12.
“The hour is fast approaching, on which the Honor and Success of this army, and the safety of our bleeding Country depend. Remember officers and Soldiers, that you are Freemen, fighting for the blessings of Liberty – that slavery will be your portion, and that of your posterity, if you do not acquit yourselves like men.”

–George Washington, General Orders, August 23, 1776
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This is an excellent essay by Mark Alexander: Memo to Republicans: Don’t Cuddle the Counsel of Competitors.

Source: Patriot Post.

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Monday, June 1, 2009.
“[T]here is not a syllable in the plan under consideration which directly empowers the national courts to construe the laws according to the spirit of the Constitution.”

–Alexander Hamilton, Federalist No. 81, 1788

HA! I wish you were here to argue that point in front of the SCOTUS and the next nominee.

Tue. 6/2.
“The truth is, that, even with the most secure tenure of office, during good behavior, the danger is not, that the judges will be too firm in resisting public opinion, and in defence of private rights or public liberties; but, that they will be ready to yield themselves to the passions, and politics, and prejudices of the day.”

–Joseph Story, Commentaries on the Constitution, 1833

That is what we have now. Could someone please explain to me why we are NOT supposed to listen these WISE old white men?

Wed. 6/3.
“One single object … [will merit] the endless gratitude of the society: that of restraining the judges from usurping legislation.”

–Thomas Jefferson, letter to Edward Livingston, March 25, 1825

***clap, clap, clap***

Thu. 6/4.
“The aim of every political constitution is, or ought to be, first to obtain for rulers men who possess most wisdom to discern, and most virture to pursue, the common good of the society; and in the next place, to take the most effectual precautions for keeping them virtuous whilst they continue to hold their public trust.”

–Federalist No. 57 (Alexander Hamilton or James Madison), 1788

Fri. 6/5.
“His Example is now complete, and it will teach wisdom and virtue to magistrates, citizens, and men, not only in the present age, but in future generations, as long as our history shall be read.”

–John Adams, message to the U.S. Senate on George Washington’s death, December 19, 1799

Amen. It surely has and does. Thank you, and rest in peace General George Washington.

Source: PatriotPost.us.

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It didn’t have to happen. Tienanmen Square. Below please find lost audios about what led up to that awful, terrifying, unforgivable day on 4 June 1989 and try to contemplate what could have been.

Zhao Ziyang Tapes Reveal Call for Democracy.
For more, go to www.RFA.org.

HONG KONG, May 14, 2009 — Twenty years after the People’s Liberation Army crushed the student-led pro-democracy movement in China with guns and tanks, a former top Communist Party official has released audio recordings in which former premier Zhao Ziyang calls for parliamentary democracy for China, Radio Frede Asia (RFA) reports.

Zhao, who fell into political disgrace in the wake of the crackdown, described it in recordings as “a tragedy to shock the world, which was happening in spite of attempts to avert it.”

He recalls hearing the sound of “intense gunfire” on the evening of June 3, 1989 while sitting at his Beijing home, where he was held under house arrest until his death. He concludes in extracts read from an unpublished political memoir that the only way forward for China is a parliamentary democracy.

“Of course, it is possible that in the future a more advanced political system than parliamentary democracy will emerge,” Zhao said. “But that is a matter for the future. At present, there is no other.”

He said China could not have a healthy economic system, nor become a modern society with the rule of law without democracy.

“Instead, it will run into the situations that have occurred in so many developing countries, including China: the commercialization of power, rampant corruption, and a society polarized between rich and poor.”

Released by aide.

Zhao’s former political aide, Bao Tong, who served a seven-year jail term in the wake of the crackdown, released the tapes ahead of the 20th anniversary of the violent suppression of the 1989 student movement, in which hundreds, perhaps more than 1,000, died.

“Zhao Ziyang left behind a set of audio recordings. These are his legacy,” Bao wrote to RFA’s Mandarin service from under house arrest at his Beijing home.

“Zhao Ziyang’s legacy is for all of China’s people. It is my job to transmit them to the world in the form of words and to arrange things,” he said.

“Their contents have implications for a history that is still influencing the people of China to this day. The key theme of this history is reform,” Bao said.

Authorities in Beijing suppressed any public displays of grief for Zhao in the days after his death on Jan. 17, 2005, detaining dozens of people for wearing white flowers in his honor or attempting to pay their respects at the former premier’s home.

Zhao was openly mourned by thousands in the former British colony of Hong Kong, however, where is seen by many as a symbol of the territory’s own struggle for political change.

Educating China’s youth.

Bao said his purpose in releasing the tapes, which he described as “political task,” was partly to educate a whole generation of young people in China who had never heard of Zhao Ziyang.

“On the mainland at the current time, this part of history has been sealed off and distorted, so it will be useful to discuss some of this history for younger readers.”

“The name of Zhao Ziyang was erased from news media, books and periodicals, and the historical record within China,” Bao wrote in a six-part essay accompanying the tapes, titled “The Historical Background to the Zhao Ziyang Recordings.”

“Zhao wanted to address the issues of official corruption and democracy which were the concerns of most ordinary Chinese people, using the principle of the rule of law,” Bao wrote of the conflict between his former political mentor and late supreme leader Deng Xiaoping.

“He wanted to instigate reforms of China’s political system alongside deepening economic reforms, concentrating the attention of the whole of society onto the issue of reforms.”

The Chinese authorities have already begun tightening security in and around Beijing ahead of the sensitive anniversary.

Articles and forum posts connected in any way to the events of 20 years ago are being deleted regularly from Chinese cyberspace, including an appeal for the rehabilitation of Zhao and Hu Yaobang, whose death on April 15, 1989 triggered the student movement.

Original reporting by RFA’s Mandarin service. Mandarin service director: Jennifer Chou. Translated and written in English by Luisetta Mudie. Edited by Sarah Jackson-Han.

Source: RFA.

May you walk with the LORD always, and when you cannot take another step, may He carry you the rest of the way until you can walk along side Him again.

Cross-posted @ Rosemary’s Thoughts.

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Monday, May 25, 2009.
“Our obligations to our country never cease but with our lives.”

–John Adams, letter to Benjamin Rush, April 18, 1808

Tue. 5/26/09.
“Guard against the impostures of pretended patriotism.”

–George Washington, Farewell Address, September 19, 1796

Wed. 5/27/09.
“The eyes of the world being thus on our Country, it is put the more on its good behavior, and under the greater obligation also, to do justice to the Tree of Liberty by an exhibition of the fine fruits we gather from it.”

–James Madison, letter to James Monroe, December 16, 1824

Thu. 5/28/09.
“It has long, however, been my opinion, and I have never shrunk from its expression … that the germ of dissolution of our federal government is in the constitution of the federal Judiciary; … working like gravity by night and by day, gaining a little today and a little tomorrow, and advancing its noiseless step like a thief, over the field of jurisdiction, until all shall be usurped.”

–Thomas Jefferson, letter to Charles Hammond, August 18, 1821

He saw it coming, and no one listened.

Fri. 5/29/09.
“The Constitution … is a mere thing of wax in the hands of the judiciary which they may twist and shape into any form they please.”

–Thomas Jefferson, letter to Judge Spencer Roane, September 6, 1819

Cross-posted @ Rosemary’s Thoughts.

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Monday, May 18, 2009.
“The essence of Government is power; and power, lodged as it must be in human hands, will ever be liable to abuse.”

–James Madison, speech in the Virginia constitutional convention, December 2, 1829

Tue. 5/19/09.
“The freedom and happiness of man…[are] the sole objects of all legitimate government.”

–Thomas Jefferson, letter to Thaddeus Kosciusko, 1810

Wed. 5/20/09.
“This Government, the offspring of your own choice, uninfluenced and unawed, adopted upon full investigation and mature deliberation, completely free in its principles, in the distribution of its powers, uniting security with energy, and containing within itself a provision for its own amendment, has a just claim to your confidence and your support.”

–George Washington, Farewell Address, 1796

Thu. 5/21/09.
“There is no maxim in my opinion which is more liable to be misapplied, and which therefore needs elucidation than the current one that the interest of the majority is the political standard of right and wrong…. In fact it is only reestablishing under another name and a more specious form, force as the measure of right….”

–James Madison, letter to James Monroe, October 5, 1786

Fri. 5/22/09.
“Gentlemen, you will permit me to put on my spectacles, for, I have grown not only gray, but almost blind in the service of my country.”

–George Washington, upon fumbling for his glasses before delivering the Newburgh Address, March 15, 1783

Source: PatriotPost.us.

Cross-posted @ Rosemary’s Thoughts.

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