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November 05, 2004

A few words of comfort

Jay's posting of that awesome quote by Thomas Paine led me to look up some other words that might provide some comfort (or at least a reminder that the country has been through roughness of this magnitude and greater and survived) and inspiration. I hope some of them serve you well:

"If the Constitution is to be construed to mean what the majority at any given period in history wish the Constitution to mean, why a written Constitution?" --Frank J. Hogan, President, American Bar Assn. (1939)

"One man with courage is a majority." --Thomas Jefferson

"The whole of the Bill of Rights is a declaration of the right of the people at large or considered as individuals…It establishes some rights of the individual as unalienable and which consequently, no majority has a right to deprive them of." --Albert Gallatin of the New York Historical Society, October 7, 1789

"When my country, into which I had just set my foot, was set on fire about my ears, it was time to stir. It was time for every man to stir." --Thomas Paine, 1788

"The one pervading evil of democracy is the tyranny of the majority, or rather of that party, not always the majority, that succeeds, by force or fraud, in carrying elections." --Lord Acton, English historian, 1907

"It is the American vice, the democratic disease which expresses its tyranny by reducing everything unique to the level of the herd." --Henry Miller, American author, 1947

"There is nothing wrong with America that cannot be cured by what is right with America." --Bill Clinton

"The countries the most famous and the most respected of antiquity are those which distinguished themselves by promoting and patronizing science, and on the contrary those which neglected or discouraged it are universally denominated rude and barbarous. " --Thomas Paine

"There are two things which cannot be attacked in front: ignorance and narrow-mindedness. They can only be shaken by the simple development of the contrary qualities. They will not bear discussion. " --Lord Acton

"The power of a movement lies in the fact that it can indeed change the habits of people. This change is not the result of force but of dedication, of moral persuasion." --Steven Biko

"The government of the United States is not in any sense founded upon the Christian religion. "--John Adams

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