Tag Archives: Force

Breathe the Legacy

The Na/GloPoWriMo Day Four challenge is to write a sad poem.   That’s easy enough to do this time around.  Someone who is increasingly important to me beyond nearly all measure of my meager words recently lost someone.  I can … Continue reading

Posted in Poetry and Poems | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

The Do Nothing Days

My inner child likes yours more than a little, he said… The Do Nothing Days by Michael Romani The do nothing days come to pass With only their memories held; alas Kept as long as we can in our minds … Continue reading

Posted in Poetry and Poems | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

First Principles: Guard Public Liberty Vigilantly Against Anyone Who Seeks To Encroach On This

“Guard with jealous attention the public liberty. Suspect every one who approaches that jewel. Unfortunately, nothing will preserve it but downright force. Whenever you give up that force, you are inevitably ruined.” – Patrick Henry, speech in the Virginia Ratifying Convention, … Continue reading

Posted in First Principles | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

First Principles: The Interest of the Majority Does Not Set the Standard of Right Or Wrong

“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 … Continue reading

Posted in First Principles | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

First Principles: Government Is Force Like Fire, A Dangerous Servant and Fearful Master

“Government is not reason; it is not eloquence. It is force. And force, like fire, is a dangerous servant and a fearful master.” – George Washington    

Posted in First Principles | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

First Principles: A Government of Unjust Laws Cannot Stand Before An Armed People

“Before a standing army can rule, the people must be disarmed; as they are in almost every kingdom of Europe. The supreme power in America cannot enforce unjust laws by the sword; because the whole body of the people are … Continue reading

Posted in First Principles | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Thought For the Day: Politics Has Little Love of Truth and Accurate Reasoning

“The political spirit is the great force in throwing the love of truth and accurate reasoning into a secondary place.”  – John Viscount Morley (1838-1923)      

Posted in Thought For the Day | Tagged , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

First Principles: It is Our Duty To Resist Wrongful Force Exerted For Bad Purposes

“Has force, exerted for the purposes of malevolance, a right to command? Can it impose an obligation to obey? No. Resistance to such force is a right, and, if resistance can prove effectual, it is a duty also.” – James … Continue reading

Posted in First Principles | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Thought of the Day: To Hold That Argument May Be Won By Force Is To Admit the Right To Silence People By Force

“If you admit that to silence your opponent by force is to win an intellectual argument, then you admit the right to silence people by force.” – Hans Eysenck (1916-1997)      

Posted in Thought For the Day | Tagged , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

First Principles: Virtue and Morality Are Necessary For Popular Free Government

“Virtue or morality is a necessary spring of popular government. The rule indeed extends with more or less force to every species of free Government.”  – George Washington (1796)        

Posted in First Principles | Tagged , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment