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Thomas Jefferson: “the right to keep and bear arms”

31 July 2015

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“The strongest reason for people to retain the right to keep and bear arms is, as a last resort, to protect themselves against tyranny in government.”

– Thomas Jefferson

Benjamin Franklin: “Liberty”

30 July 2015

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“Democracy is two wolves and a lamb voting on what to have for lunch. Liberty is a well-armed lamb contesting the vote.”

– Benjamin Franklin

“Obviously, it’s the Modern World that’s doing things right.”

29 July 2015

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“My European ancestors, who believed in the Real Presence and in miracles and demons and angels and evil, built a prosperous civilization and made stunning achievements in philosophy, poetry, art, engineering, science and architecture.

My European and American contemporaries, who do not believe in any of the things I mentioned, destroy cities for the sake of giant highways, have abandoned reason to the point of denying that objective reality and truth exist at all, have killed poetry, think that junk and pictures of the Pope in a jar of urine are art, discard or accept science as it suits their political biases and think that featureless concrete cubes constitute good architecture. And we’ve succesfully engineered numerous ways to poison whole regions and murder billions with the push of a button and claim that profit or national security are acceptable justifications.

Obviously, it’s the Modern World that’s doing things right.”

 

Matthew Robare, here.

John Adams: “The Constitution preserves the advantage of being armed”

29 July 2015

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“The Constitution preserves the advantage of being armed which Americans possess over the people of almost every other nation, where the Government are afraid to trust their people with arms.”

— John Adams

“Why does the Republican Party even exist?”

28 July 2015

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This from Pascal-Emmanuel Gobry in The Week:

 

‘The GOP is just a vehicle for winning elections. It has no value in and of itself. Why should pro-lifers support a political entity that does not fight for the policies we care about most?

‘Early this year, the GOP failed at what should have been a simple task: Pass an enormously popular late-term abortion ban. Passing a bill that polls well, and is symbolically very important to your biggest constituency, ought to be the no-brainer to end all no-brainers. But Republican politicians couldn’t even do that.
‘And now, after the devastating revelations that Planned Parenthood routinely engages in the sale of baby organs for profit — something that is illegal, unethical, and disgusting on at least 12 different levels — GOP Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell couldn’t bring himself to allow to the Senate floor a bill to defund that activity by Planned Parenthood. Why not? Because he wants to pass a highway bill instead — a pork-laden monstrosity that comes with the disgusting cherry on top that is the reauthorization of the Export-Import Bank, a corporate welfare program that free-market conservative activists particularly detest. I have to share the cri de coeur by my friend Ben Domenech, the conservative editor of The Federalist: Why does the Republican Party even exist?'”

 

Read more here.

Christopher Dawson: “We are faced with a spiritual conflict of the most acute kind”

27 July 2015

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“We are faced with a spiritual conflict of the most acute kind, a sort of social schizophrenia which divides the soul of society between non-moral will to power served by inhuman techniques and a religious faith and a moral idealism which have no power to influence human life. There must be a return to unity—a spiritual integration of culture—if mankind is to survive.”
– Christopher Dawson: “Gifford Lectures, 1947: Religion and Culture.”

Amborse of Milan: “Who except man himself has taught us ways of repudiating children?”

25 July 2015

 

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“The wealthy, in order that their inheritance may not be divided among several, deny in the very womb their own progeny. By use of parricidal mixtures they snuff our the fruit of their wombs in the genital organs themselves. In this way life is taken away before it is born… Who except man himself has taught us ways of repudiating children?”

– St. Amborse of Milan, Hexameron

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