Saturday, January 5, 2008

Patrick Henry Quote

My Dad sent me this one today:

Bad men cannot make good citizens. It is when a people forget God that tyrants forge their chains. A vitiated state of morals, a corrupted public conscience, is incompatible with freedom. No free government, or the blessings of liberty, can be preserved to any people but by a firm adherence to justice, moderation, temperance, frugality, and virtue; and by a frequent recurrence to fundamental principles.

-- Patrick Henry

Politicians actually do usually carry out the will of the people (most of the time). The real breakdown in the system is the poor quality of the average citizen, both morally and mentally. This is the only explanation for recent populist successes.

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