Friday, February 20, 2009

FFQF: Alexander Hamilton on Rights

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FFQF: Alexander Hamilton on Rights

6 Comments:

akaGaGa said...

Woah, that's a great quote, Herky, and sadly, too true.

And while you rightly point out that our public officials are often ignorant or indifferent to our laws, I think in many case they arrogantly feel that they are above the law.

If they had any fear of the Ultimate Lawgiver, they would instead be on their knees.

Cato said...

Outstanding post!

But another sad story about our nation and it's "progress."

Hercules Mulligan said...

Hello everyone, and thanks for reading and leaving your comments.

Jean, you're right. As Washington said in his preliminary First Inaugural, no mound of parchment could stem the tide of the ambition and evil passions of godless people.

Cato, it IS sad. Like I say, I think our theme this month sounds more like a eulogy on the late great Bill of Rights.

J. P. Schilling said...

Spectacular statements in your quote for today, Herky!

Your outstanding post of today has teeth; moreover, I find it interesting that Hamilton, Madison, Adams, et.al., found the condition of society back then, and warned everyone about it!

Btw, thank you for your lovely words over at The Thinker.

jp

Mike B said...

Another great post. I look forward to reading them.

As an educator in Florida, I notice that the state (and the Federal No Child Left Behind Act) emphasize math, english, and science in the state-wide tests and the national school ranking system.

However, all they do is TALK about Civics, knowing one's responsibilites as a citizen, etc.

Hummmm. And all the while the kids (and their parents) talk of their rights - gay rights, free speech (swearing at the teacher) rights, and right to aggressive behavior (he IS attention deficiet, after all...), having no thought or consideration as to what 'rights' really are - thanks to politicans and news media and (sadly yes) the schools systems.

Guess I wandered on long enough. Just want to say you are right on the mark in your blog.

Hercules Mulligan said...

Hello Jon-Paul and Mike B. Thanks for taking the time to read and leave your comments.

Thanks for your kind compliments.

Jon-Paul, I find it interesting myself. I think that their knowledge of history and their understanding of the Scriptures gave them an insight to human nature which helped them to discern their own times, and predict the repercussions certain actions and conditions would have on the future.

Your welcome for mentioning you blog. My pleasure.


Mike, thanks for taking the time to read my humble blog. It really means a lot to me that you take the time to do it and leave your comment.

I live in New York, where the same kind of things happen, so I completely understand. It seems that our nation has not really learned the difference between licentiousness and liberty, or how dangerous licentiousness is. And when people realize that liberty involves a considerable deal of responsibility and virtue, most people (it seems; I hope I'm wrong) don't want to bother. They are happy with their TV and sports, or the other things that occupy their lives -- until the government comes to take all that away to fight its wars, etc.

Thanks again for taking the time. I haven't had much time to read blogs (or to write articles on my own, for that matter!), but as soon as I do, I will take advantage of the great wealth of historical information on your blogs. I'm adding you to my blogroll.

Have a great weekend.

Hercules Mulligan