from the desk of: Les Carpenter
Rational Nation USA
Birthplace of Independent Conservatism
Liberty -vs- Tyranny
Words worth contemplating... Especially considering our current national dilemma... A lack of leadership.
"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 is only reestablishing
under another name and a more specious form, force as the measure of right...."
--James Madison, letter to James Monroe, 1786
"In selecting men for office, let principle be your guide. Regard not the particular
sect or denomination of the candidate -- look to his character..."
--Noah Webster Letters to a Young Gentleman Commencing His Education, 1789
"They are not to do anything they please to provide for the general welfare, but
only to lay taxes for that purpose. To consider the latter phrase not as describing
the purpose of the first, but as giving a distinct and independent power to do any
act they please which may be good for the Union, would render all the preceding and
subsequent enumerations of power completely useless. It would reduce the whole
instrument to a single phrase, that of instituting a Congress with power to do
whatever would be for the good of the United States; and as they would be the sole
judges of the good or evil, it would be also a power to do whatever evil they
--Thomas Jefferson, Opinion on National Bank, 1791
History, if understood, can be a positive guide for the future. The billion dollar question is... In general do we understand?