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Thomas McIntyre Cooley: “shall have the right to keep and bear arms and they need no permission”

24 March 2018

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“The Right is General – It might be supposed from the phraseology of this provision that the right to keep and bear arms was only guaranteed to the militia but this would be an interpretation not warranted by the intent. The militia as has been elsewhere explained consists of those persons who under the law are liable to the performance of military duty and are officered and enrolled for service when called upon. But the law may make provision for the enrollment of all who are fit to perform military duty or of a small number only or it may wholly omit to make any provision at all and if the right were limited to those enrolled the purpose of this guaranty might be defeated altogether by the action or neglect to act of the government it was meant to hold in check. The meaning of the provision undoubtedly is that the people from whom the militia must be taken shall have the right to keep and bear arms and they need no permission or regulation of law for the purpose.”

Thomas McIntyre Cooley, General Principles of Constitutional Law in the United States of America

(Thomas McIntyre Cooley, 1824-1898, was Chief Justice of the Michigan Supreme Court, and Dean of the University of Michigan.)


Alexander Hamilton: “keeping their own arms”

24 March 2018

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“The constitution shall never be construed…to prevent the people of the United States who are peaceable citizens from keeping their own arms.”

Alexander Hamilton



George Bernanos: “The wish to pray”

24 March 2018


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“The wish to pray is a prayer in itself.”

George Bernanos, The Diary of a Country Priest

Peter Kreeft: “the law of non-contradiction”

22 March 2018

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“If your life is Christ, then your death will be only more of Christ, forever. If your life is only Christlessness, then your death will be only more Christlessness, forever. That’s not fundamentalism, that’s the law of non-contradiction.”

Peter Kreeft

Bonaventure: “what use is that?”

21 March 2018



“To know much and taste nothing-of what use is that?”


Henry Ford: “no greater absurdity and no greater disservice to humanity”

20 March 2018

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“There can be no greater absurdity and no greater disservice to humanity in general than to insist that all men are equal.”

“We have to recognize the unevenness in human mental equipments.”

“Any plan which starts with the assumption that men are or ought to be equal is unnatural and therefore unworkable.”

Henry Ford




All are equal before God, and all should be equal before the law. But to suggest that all are, or can be made to be,  equal in terms of intelligence, ability, resources, etc. is foolishness.

Pointing out that the inequities exist, and then offering the false promise that surrendering your conscience to some political ideology will eliminate all inequities is the means by which some of history’s most monstrous villains have gained power. Utopia never actually arrives, but tyranny very well may.







Peter Kreeft: “This is the secret of life”

20 March 2018

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“This is the secret of life: the self lives only by dying, finds its identity (and its happiness) only by self-forgetfulness, self-giving, self-sacrifice, and agape love.”

Peter Kreeft