John Adams on democracy

“Remember, democracy never lasts long. It soon wastes, exhausts, and murders itself. There never was a democracy yet that did not commit suicide.” – John Adams, 1814

I found this interesting as we wait for news from Washington on the bailout to “save the economy”.

With so many politicians involved I fear we will cure a 5 year headache with a 20 year cancer.

A Common American on 911

The mentors of those who attacked our country on September 11, 2001 have said that America’s greatness is out of all proportion to the greatness of its people. But I would say they do not truly understand either America or Greatness.

I say the greatness of our county comes only from the greatness of its people. People made great though great ideals, ideals that were only achieved thought great sacrifice.

And greatness achieved in this way can never be diminished by hatred or intolerance or cowardly acts.

For this day shall not be remembered for the evil that was so violently poured out upon us but for the love, the courage, and the unity that gripped all Americans that September morning seven years ago today.

Eugene Victor Debs on intelligent discontent

While reading the news that our local City Council would not allow a question and answer forum to be included in citizens comments I was reminded of the importance of the words of Eugene V. Debs who of course was a key figure in early American Union formation. Though my personal view of unionization and Debs later socialist leanings are much to lengthy for this blog I do appreciate the spirit of this famous quote and believe them worthy of being called “words of freedom”:

“If it had not been for the discontent of a few fellows who had not been satisfied with their conditions, you would still be living in caves. Intelligent discontent is the mainspring of civilization. Progress is born of agitation. It is agitation or stagnation.” – Eugene Victor Debs