This is a read-only archive. Find the latest Linux articles, documentation, and answers at the new Linux.com!

Linux.com

Re:Sophmoric drivel

Posted by: Anonymous Coward on July 14, 2004 03:35 AM
You said:

(snip)<nobr> <wbr></nobr>...is to make sure to not be completely one-sided<nobr> <wbr></nobr>...(snip)

Benjamin Franklin said at signing of the Constitution:

(snip)<nobr> <wbr></nobr>...In these Sentiments, Sir, I agree to this Constitution, with all its Faults, if they are such; because I think a General Government necessary for us, and there is no Form of Government but what may be a Blessing to the People if well administered; and I believe farther that this is likely to be well administered for a Course of Years, and can only end in Despotism as other Forms have done before it, when the People shall become so corrupted as to need Despotic Government, being incapable of any other.<nobr> <wbr></nobr>.... (snip)

SOURCE: http://www.nv.cc.va.us/home/nvsageh/Hist121/Part2<nobr>/<wbr></nobr> franklin.htm

Question: What part of "a Course of Years" do you not understand?

Historian Lord Acton said:

"Liberty is not a means to a higher political end. It is itself the highest political end...liberty is the only object which benefits all alike, and provokes no sincere opposition...The danger is not that a particular class is unfit to to govern. Every class is unfit to govern...Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely."

Question: Did you know, according to a member of Congress interviewed in F-9/11, that Congressional members _don't_ read MOST of the Bills they sign? I didn't.

Question: Have you read the Patriot Act I or II? I haven't -- but, I don't like much of what I've heard about it. Do you?

"He Who Would Sacrifice Freedom For Safety Deserves Neither" - Benjamin Franklin

I worry that the mainstream press does not give _all sides_ and that you might want to consider that many people, myself included, don't find the daily news feeds a source of insight or enjoyment. Rather we learn through discussion/debate and the occasional 'Sophmoric drivel'. Taking what helps us and leaving the rest. Do you?

#

Return to Commentary: 'Fahrenheit' 98, 2000, and XP