Archive for October, 2007

The Constitution (of the United States of America)

Oct 31st, 2007 Posted in Constitution | no comment »

As we come into the twelve months preceding the next Presidential election, we find two things are true. First, few are acting “presidential” at all, and second, that we – as a country – are far from the original vision. I thought it a good idea to write on the document that formalized this great experiment – a little bit each few days – so that we are each reminded of what the Founding Fathers had to say about how this country should be organized and run. I hope that their wisdom can guide us as we vote and as we are active in local politics. Read the rest of this entry »

Frugality (Economy)

Oct 31st, 2007 Posted in Virtue | no comment »

“Make no expense but to do good to others or to yourself; waste nothing.”

(three of several definitions)
1. Characterized by thriftiness and avoidance of waste
2. Involving very little expense
3. A sparing, controlled, or efficient use of something

Economy does not consist in saving the coal, but in using the time while it burns. – Ralph Waldo Emerson

Mere parsimony is not economy… Expense, and great expense, may be an essential part in true economy… Economy is a distributive virtue, and consists, not in saving, but in selection. – Thomas Nixon Carver

Economy is the art of making the most of life. The love of economy is the root of all virtue. – George Bernard Shaw.

I envy Franklin’s mastery of the language as he is able to say – in a short sentence – that which I cannot explain even in a paragraph. The statement made here clearly outlines the concept that every outlay should be non-trivial. Read the rest of this entry »

Resolution

Oct 30th, 2007 Posted in Virtue | no comment »

“Resolve to perform what you ought; perform without fail what you resolve.”

(two of thirteen definitions)
1. A firm decision to do something
2. Firmness of mind or purpose

Irresolution on the schemes of life which offer themselves to our choice, and inconstancy in pursuing them, are the greatest causes of all our unhappiness. – Joseph Addison

No one would have crossed the ocean if he could have gotten off the ship in a storm. – Charles Kettering

When nothing seems to help, I go and look at a stonecutter hammering away at this rock, perhaps a hundred times without as much as a crack showing in it. Yet, at the hundred and first blow it will split in two, and I know it was not the last blow that did it, but all that had gone before. – Jacob A. Riis

It is trivial to say that success comes from perseverance because it is so obvious. Franklin’s text shows an added depth however, as he implies that each of us should work at finding out what it is that we should be doing, as well as doing it without fail. This concept brings together the best of Order, Resolution, and Integrity. Read the rest of this entry »

What Kinds of People Are There?

Oct 29th, 2007 Posted in Liberty, Self-Defense | no comment »

Standing in a long line at the local fright fest (corn maze) with my two eldest (daughters) last evening, we came ’round to the subject of people, and what types there were, and why. I explained that I thought there were three basic kinds of people and we could liken each to an animal… the girls were interested, so I continued… Read the rest of this entry »

Year and Subject?

Oct 29th, 2007 Posted in Abortion, Crisis Pregnancy | no comment »

In this year, by a 7 to 2 margin, the Supreme Court finally decided a very vexing question which had troubled the citizens of the United States for many years. In this decision, an entire class of people in the United States were labeled “not legal persons” according to the U.S. Constitution and therefore could receive no protection under that founding document. Those who opposed this decision, were met with the following; “You say it is against your moral, religious, and ethical convictions? Then don’t have one, but don’t impose your morality on me. This is legal!”. What was the year and what was the subject? Read the rest of this entry »