The Patriot Post® · Brief

· https://patriotpost.us/digests/7323-brief-2001-07-23

THE FOUNDERS

“He who permits himself to tell a lie once, finds it much easier to do it a second and third time, till at length it becomes habitual; he tells lies without attending to it, and truth without the world’s believing him. This falsehood of the tongue leads to that of the heart, and in time depraves all its good disposition.” –Thomas Jefferson

INSIGHT

“The one resolution, which was in my mind long before it took the form of a resolution, is the key-note of my life. It is this, always to regard as mere impertinences of fate the handicaps which were placed upon my life almost at the beginning. I resolved that they should not crush or dwarf my soul, but rather be made to blossom, like Aaron’s rod, with flowers.” –Helen Keller

GOOD NEWS

“Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see.” (Hebrews 11:1)

“For wrath kills a foolish man, and envy slays a simple one.” (Job 5:2)

“A wrathful man stirs up strife: but he who is slow to anger allays contention.” (Proverbs 15:18)

“Pride goes before destruction, and a haughty spirit before a fall.” (Proverbs 16:18)

“Therefore, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath; for the wrath of man does not produce the righteousness of God.” (James 1:19-20)

ICTUS IMPRIMIS

“Peace is more important than all justice; and peace was not made for the sake of justice, but justice for the sake of peace.” –Martin Luther

FAMILY

“Decisions about the morality of human embryo research and human cloning are not for a few scientific elitists to make. This is about the future of humanity as we know it. This is about our children being used as research subjects. This is about our human progeny being used as guinea pigs in someone’s big summer science project. The stakes are gargantuan, and together we have to decide how we will regulate this kind of research.” –C. Ben Mitchell

CULTURE

“A dangerous theme runs through Western thinking. We believe that if enough people can see our goodness and the benefits of democracy and free enterprise they will reject evil, perhaps even overthrowing their dictators. We are so convinced that our way of life is superior to all others that we think we only have to expose people to that way of life and they will embrace our beliefs. …Americans used to care most about freedom, our own and the freedom of others. Now, we care most about commerce. The material has replaced the spiritual. Nothing China does to suppress its people seems to sufficiently outrage enough politicians or corporations to change their attitude about doing business with this regime. Would the world have stood for awarding the Olympic Games to South Africa when apartheid was in force? Couldn’t it have been argued that the Olympics might have opened South Africa to racial tolerance and diversity? Why would that argument have been rejected in the case of South Africa but accepted when it comes to China?” –Cal Thomas

LIBERTY

“Those of you on the Pollyannaish side better wake up. The gun-control extremists see no redeeming value in individual gun ownership, but rather positive harm. They therefore refuse to recognize a constitutional right guaranteeing it. I think it’s reasonable to infer that they will not be satisfied until the citizenry is disarmed. They say we should be afraid of weapons. Perhaps we should be afraid of them.” –David Limbaugh

OPINION IN BRIEF

“While Johnny and Jill may not be learning how to read, they are learning that: teachers are underpaid, God is irrelevant, big business is ruining the environment, the Bible says driving an SUV is a sin, rewards should be based on need rather than performance, bisexual individuals are under the command of unstable genes, the Alamo was a great Mexican victory, society rather than the individual is responsible for crime, saving the sucker fish is more important than saving farmers, teachers’ pay should be doubled, a diversity of cultures and languages is America’s strength, Thomas Jefferson was a racist, two plus two equals whatever, competition is destructive, the right to be wrong makes wrong right, the Boy Scouts are a hate group, Ronald Reagan is responsible for the disappearance of the dinosaurs, the Catholic Church is a hate group, defending yourself promotes violence, the government is the source from which all blessings flow, Southern Baptists are a hate group, high taxes are good for America, equality is more important than excellence, carbon dioxide is poisoning the world, cops hate black people, putting a condom on a cucumber is child’s play, the Salvation Army is a hate group, the Constitution is obsolete, God is a homophobe, porpoises are smarter than people, the Constitution requires the government to censor religious speech, taxes are the same as charitable contributions, boys and girls are exactly the same except girls are better, the toleration of evil is a virtue, moral discernment is a hate crime, cutting taxes is like stealing from poor people, American Indians would not have polluted the environment even if they had known how, George Washington was a racist, rich people enjoy stomping on poor people, the condom is mightier than the conscience, Christopher Columbus infected the natives with syphilis, one person’s opinion is as good as any other, the American Constitution was written by racists and sexists, Ronald Reagan is responsible for the spread of AIDS, teachers should be paid as much as NFL quarterbacks, sex between consenting children is inevitable, all sexual orientations are created equal, religious people are bigots, in the beginning there was a big explosion, a family is any collection of oddballs living under one roof, the right to kill babies is in the Constitution, it is un-American to have more than someone else does, the only hope of the world is for workers everywhere to unite, and it is the constitutional responsibility of government to provide jobs, housing, clothing, condoms, hot lunches, living wages, family leave, child care and band-aids to all citizens.” –Linda Bowles

EDITORIAL EXEGESIS

“If all Mr. Bush wants is summer vacation, he should sign the compromise [education] bill if it comes out of committee before summer recess. If he indeed wants to leave no child behind, he has only one choice: Veto.” –The Washington Times

THE GIPPER

“We fear the government may be powerful enough to destroy our families; we know that it is not powerful enough to replace them.” –Ronald Reagan

GOVERNMENT

“Since when did conservatives come to the conclusion that the federal government should serve as the Grand Ethicist, ensuring that researchers don’t do immoral things? …Would government funding of human embryonic stem cell research be another Tuskegee Experiment in the making? Probably not, but a government that saw no shame in putting black Americans at risk for the advancement of scientific knowledge should move cautiously. Before conservatives assume that the government will guarantee high ethical research standards, they ought to ask themselves why they fight government intrusion in almost every other area of life.” –Merrill Matthews Jr.

ON THE LEFT

“The AFL-CIO headquarters in Washington, D.C. has been undergoing extensive interior and exterior refurbishment over the past 18 months. And given that it is the AFL-CIO building, you’d assume the big laborites used all-union help. But apparently the AFL-CIO wasn’t looking for the union label as diligently as it expects other contractors to look. On several occasions, the union has hired non-union electrical and construction help. ‘Only if they couldn’t find a local union shop to do it,’ says an in-house source. ‘But it did save us some money.’ If anyone knows about the high cost of union help, it’s the AFL-CIO.” –The Conservative Republican

POLITICAL FUTURES

“Democracy gives an aura of legitimacy to acts that would otherwise be deemed tyranny. That is precisely why the Framers gave us a Constitution that sought to protect us against the abuses of majorities. That’s what our Bill of Rights is all about, those congressional shalt-nots. It’s just too bad that Congress, acting on the will of the majority, have abrogated those protections.” –Walter Williams

FOR THE RECORD

A new study by the Centre for Defence Studies at Kings College in London finds handgun crime rose by 40% in the two years after Britain banned the weapons in 1997. “The research, commissioned by the Countryside Alliance’s Campaign for Shooting, has concluded that existing laws are targeting legitimate users of firearms rather than criminals,” the BBC reports.

SELECT READER COMMENTS

“There is something fundamentally wrong with having to kill our progeny in order for us to live better.”

“You know, giving the Olympics to Red China is really a sinister plot. The Nazis got it and their regime collapsed. The Soviets got it and their regime collapsed. Now the Chinese Reds have it and….!”
Editor’s Reply: But only after much bloodshed in both cases. And we believe that blood sacrifice was increased by the temporary legitimacy the Olympics conveyed to those tyrannies.

In Federalist Digest 01-29 you make reference to the head of Red China as “President Jiang Zemin.” This despotic tyrant should be called by his official title: ‘General Secretary of the Communist Party,’ or ‘Premier’ but NEVER ‘president.’ In my small opinion the Leftmedia has referred to Jiang Zemin as ‘president’ to create legitimacy for tyrants who are anything but ‘presidential.’“

"Characteristics and results of the laissez faire attitude toward immigration and amnesty in government at every level? l. It’s not selective. 2. Often illegal. 3. Drives down wages. 4. Overcrowds schools. 5. Higher costs of welfare. 6. More traffic & pollution. 7. Gangs & crime. 8. Block voting 9. Inflates medical costs. l0. Diminishes of natural resources.”

“Sen. Tom ‘Thumb’ Daschle? I believe your comment above contained an error, especially because in this instance, a posterior alliteration is more appropriate. Shouldn’t it have read Tom ‘Dumb’ Daschle?”

The Federalist noted: ‘Additionally, the House, in a vote of 424-6, laughed off Red China’s request for a million dollars compensation after 'hosting’ a Navy surveillance plane forced to land in China after an overzealous Red Baron collided with the lumbering EP-3. Majority Whip Tom DeLay noted of this ‘deluded daydream of a despotic regime’ that ‘the brazen audacity of some demands can almost take on a kind of comic grandeur.’ How did an asinine topic such as this ever even make it to the House to be voted on, and who are the six treacherous traitors who voted for it?”
Editor’s Reply: The six Sociocrats were Gary Ackerman (NY), William “Lacy” Clay (MO), Alcee Hastings (FL), Jim McDermott (WA), Patsy Mink (HI) and Fortney “Pete” Stark (CA).

Correction: “Andrew Burnett was the man sentenced to three years for the ‘murder’ of Leo the dog, even though the probation report had recommended probation to nine months in jail. Sara McBurnett is not his wife; she is a non-related party who rear-ended Burnett’s vehicle twice, probably due to distraction by the dog.”

THE LAST WORD

“Is there a place for the eunuch in the modern world? The harem hardly exists (outside Utah and Hollywood, anyway), but civil servants are more numerous than ever. Like cockroaches and intellectuals, they multiply madly and you can’t get rid of them. Perhaps castration is the answer. I suggest that we require civil servants to be eunuchs. I don’t say this out of cruelty: the operation could be performed surgically, with anesthetic. It would be voluntary. But it would be our assurance that our civil servants really wanted to serve. Am I asking too much? I don’t think so. After all, these people exercise great power over us; we pay them generously for oppressing us; and they have almost absolute job security. Shouldn’t they be willing to give something back? Putting someone on the government payroll is nearly as irreversible as castration. As things now stand, calling such people our ‘servants’ is a sour joke. They are our masters. Asking them to make a small sacrifice would be no more than requiring a pledge of good faith, a sign that they aren’t in it for selfish gain. Most of them probably wouldn’t be giving up much anyway. Call me a dreamer, a starry-eyed idealist, a deluded utopian, but I think this would be a very practical reform. It would weed out the self-seeking careerists, now all too common, who grab government jobs with no intention of serving anyone’s interest but their own. We would be left with a solid corps of truly dedicated people whom we could call our ‘public servants’ without sarcasm.” –Joseph Sobran