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Monday, January 27, 2003
"To take from one, because it is thought his own industry and that of his fathers has acquired too much, in order to spare to others, who, or whose fathers, have not exercised equal industry and skill, is to violate arbitrarily the first principle of association, the guarantee to everyone the free exercise of his industry and the fruits acquired by it." --Thomas Jefferson

(as seen in The Federalist newsletter)

Tuesday, January 14, 2003
"Smokers don't impose health care costs on society; governments that insist on paying for smokers' health care impose health care costs on society." -- Sasha Volokh, from The Volokh Conspiracy blog

"History fails to record a single precedent in which nations subject to moral decay have not passed into political and economic decline. There has been either a spiritual awakening to overcome the moral lapse, or a progressive deterioration leading to ultimate national disaster." --Douglas MacArthur

(as seen in The Federalist newsletter)

"The powers delegated by the proposed Constitution to the federal government are few and defined. Those which are to remain in the State governments are numerous and indefinite. The former will be exercised principally on external objects, as war, peace, negotiation and foreign commerce. ... The powers reserved to the several States will extend to all the objects which in the ordinary course of affairs, concern the lives and liberties, and properties of the people, and the internal order, improvement and prosperity of the State." --James Madison, author of our Constitution, in Federalist Paper No. 45

(as seen in The Federalist newsletter)

"This is not the first time the president has been called upon to protect embryos. In 1972, Congress passed and the president signed legislation incorporated in 16 U.S.C. 668. That law says it is a crime punishable by a fine of up to $5,000 and imprisonment up to one year to 'take, possess, sell, purchase, barter, offer to sell, purchase or barter, transport, export or import, at any time in any manner, any bald eagle, alive or dead, or any part, nest, or egg thereof.' Today we read news reports of the sale of human eggs for fertilization in a Virginia laboratory and the destruction of these embryonic humans for experimental purposes. Can anyone imagine the cries of the environmentalists if President Bush proposed not to enforce any one of these stringent protections the law gives to bald eagles? Yet here we are, debating whether the laws already passed to protect embryonic human life should be enforced. When will clarity of thought replace our national schizophrenia?" --Ken Connor

(as seen in The Federalist newsletter)

"Guard with jealous attention the public liberty. Suspect everyone who approaches that jewel. Unfortunately, nothing will preserve it but downright force. Whenever you give up that force, you are ruined." -- Patrick Henry

(as seen in The Federalist newsletter)

"Only a virtuous people are capable of freedom. As nations become corrupt and vicious, they have more need of masters." --Benjamin Franklin

(as seen in The Federalist newsletter)

"One of the sad signs of our times is that we have demonized those who produce, subsidized those who refuse to produce, and canonized those who complain." --Thomas Sowell

(as seen in The Federalist newsletter)

"...[T]he States can best govern our home concerns and the general government our foreign ones. I wish, therefore ... never to see all offices transferred to Washington, where, further withdrawn from the eyes of the people, they may more secretly be bought and sold at market." --Thomas Jefferson

(as seen in The Federalist newsletter)

Monday, January 13, 2003
I've been delinquent in updating my "Great Quotes from the Internet" page, because I can only do that from the PC I have the FrontPage web on. (OK, OK, I could make a copy, but then they get out of sync, and that's a hassle.) So I decided to convert it to blog format, and thus is born "Considerable Quotes". Hope you enjoy it.