Rational Nation US has been running quotes of the week for going on the eight week. Generally they have been well received. They were not designed to elicit comment. Nor were they intended to generate negative or positive political references.
Quotes of the week were merely intended as a fun diversion for me, and for my readers to use as they see fit. On a personal note I have always found quotes that have real value as stimulus for individual thought, and how each might relate to the present. Quotes from wise and knowledgeable people, either living or dead, offer value to the present and future.
There is apparently at least one individual who runs a Radical Perspective blog who has taken Rational Nation USA to task if you will for running quotes of our Founding Fathers and Ayn Rand. In essence his comments are specifically meant to bring into question my intelligence, but I suspect his intent is also to marginalize our nations history to some degree.
If the use of quotes to highlight, or add emphasis to issues or concepts is so out of place (as the Radical one seems to believe) why is it these quotes have remained available for us to read yet today. Why is it that Confucius, Gandhi, Martin Luther King, John F. Kennedy, FDR, ... as well as Rand and the founding fathers are quoted yet today.
I believe it is because wisdom and truth live forever. I also believe quotes from men and women with intellect and rational thought (living or dead) can be useful in focusing our own thoughts on matters of concern. There is realty little that is new, or hasn't been thought of before in the sphere of politics, government, ethics, and philosophy. The trick is to apply relevant available knowledge to changing circumstances in effective ways.
Rational Nation USA merely makes available quotes that seem reasonable and sometimes thought provoking. It is then up to the individual to use them, or not, as they see fit.
There will one day spring from the brain of science a machine or force so fearful in its potentialities, so absolutely terrifying, that even man, the fighter, who will dare torture and death in order to inflict torture and death, will be appalled, and so abandon war forever. Thomas A. Edison
A free America... means just this: individual freedom for all, rich or poor, or else this system of government we call democracy is only an expedient to enslave man to the machine and make him like it. Frank Lloyd Wright
Conservative, n: A statesman who is enamored of existing evils, as distinguished from the Liberal who wishes to replace them with others. Ambrose Bierce
Free speech is not to be regulated like diseased cattle and impure butter. The audience that hissed yesterday may applaud today, even for the same performance. William O. Douglas
I would remind you that extremism in the defense of liberty is no vice! And let me remind you also that moderation in the pursuit of justice is no virtue. Barry Goldwater
If we don't believe in freedom of expression for people we despise, we don't believe in it at all.
Life without liberty is like a body without spirit. Kahlil Gibran
Bonus Quote of the week:
A democracy is nothing more than mob rule, where fifty-one percent of the people may take away the rights of the other forty-nine. Thomas Jefferson