Our rights do not originate with government, but they are to be "secured" by government.
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Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Snippets of Interest From this Week’s Pundits

Snippets of Interest From this Week’s Pundits

Forty-seven years ago Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s "I Have a Dream" speech was a powerful force in awakening our nation to the horrible sin of racism. But it took much more than an exquisite speech for America to begin to change. It took courage; it took time and money; it took an undying commitment to God and His moral absolutes. And for Dr. King, it ended up taking his life. ~ Rebecca Hagelin

Putting more and more wolves in charge of guarding the henhouse might characterize the big problems we’ve now created for ourselves. ~ Star Parker

The truth is that there never was any recovery. The stimulus only allowed the statistical masking of the ongoing economic contraction, and a larger stimulus would have further exacerbated what will eventually be known as the return of the Great Depression. ~ VoxDay

what binds us together as Americans is not shared blood, race, ethnicity, or tribe; it is the unshakable belief in certain universal principles. The American experience is not attached to men who were flawed, but is instead fixed to ideas that remain flawless. The institutions and symbols of America are reflective of the revolutionary idea that all men are the property of God, created with an equal right to life, liberty, private property, and the free pursuit of bettering their station in life. Martin Luther King, Jr., put it more succinctly: “The American dream reminds us…that every man is an heir of the legacy of dignity and worth.” ~ Joseph C. Phillips

Government is growing. The private economy is shrinking. Those wielding political power see fewer and fewer problems they believe private citizens can solve on our own. Soon, each one of us will have our own personal guardian bureaucrat. ~ Star Parker

Two decades have passed since Barton wrote "America's Smallest School: The Family." He has estimated that about 90 percent of the difference in schools' proficiencies can be explained by five factors: the number of days students are absent from school, the number of hours students spend watching television, the number of pages read for homework, the quantity and quality of reading material in the students' homes — and, much the most important, the presence of two parents in the home. Public policies can have little purchase on these five, and least of all on the fifth. ~ George Will

Currently the government spends $6 billion per year on subsidies for a fuel that isn't environmentally friendly and caused a global spasm of starvation. ~ Matt Purple (on Ethanol)

America's social traumas – illegitimacy, juvenile crime, drug abuse, female-headed-households – can all be traced back to the decline of the family, which started with the Great Society in the '60s, accelerated with no-fault divorce in the '70s, continued with the rise of cohabitation and reached its culmination with strange-sex marriage. ~ Don Feeder

I am for doing good to the poor, but I differ in opinion of the means. I think the best way of doing good to the poor, is not making them easy in poverty, but leading or driving them out of it. In my youth I traveled much, and I observed in different countries, that the more public provisions were made for the poor, the less they provided for themselves, and of course became poorer. And, on the contrary, the less was done for them, the more they did for themselves, and became richer. ~ Ben Franklin
(OK - it’s very a very old quote, but it showed up in two different editorials this week)

In New York City one percent of the population pays 55 percent of the taxes and that one percent can flee and is fleeing. ~ Herb London

many Americans seem to have lost faith in God and in his moral absolutes. We have become selfish and slothful, trading in the timeless values of hard work, personal responsibility, sacrifice and duty for what is expedient, convenient and temporary. ~ Rebecca Hagelin

Each of those above snippets would be good places to start a discussion.

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