Posts Tagged ‘Benjamin Franklin’

America is Nuts: School Expels Good Samaritan!

March 28, 2014

America is Nuts: School Expels Good Samaritan!

When a culture punishes removes the teaching of virtuous behavior from its schools it is moving down the road to its decline.

When a culture allows the punishment of virtuous behavior in schools, it is accelerating rapidly to its end.

You must see the following to appreciate what it is that I am referring to.  You must know that this is only the tip of  the iceberg, so to speak.

The following quote is taken from Benjamin Franklin’s book: Poor Richard’s Almanac.

“No longer virtuous no longer free; is a Maxim as true with regard to a private person as a Common-Wealth.” (Kindle Loc. 594).

“Separation of Church and State”, taken to its current ridiculous extremes gets us this and much worse, as we so clearly can observe without bias.

You must see the following:

VTM, 3/28/14


The Security/Liberty Conundrum

December 16, 2011

The Security/Liberty Conundrum

The following comments by Gonzo appeared in the comments section of my blog. I think it merits more attention, so I placed it here.

Gonzo wrote:

When I sounded the alarm bells over the Patriot Act, most people commented that it was ok with them if our Constitutional rights were stepped all over, after all, it was only the enemy we were fighting…right?

So why did 93% of the Senate vote to remove the right to Due Process for US citizens, just recently?

Why is it so hard to believe for some people that our government is trying to take away our guns – to make controlling us easier?

Why are people so silent over the unconscionable violation of our 4th Amendment right NOT to be subjected to unreasonable search and seizure?

NEVER, EVER, EVER, under any circumstance, allow a government to breach the US Constitution, EVER.

Do you really believe that this is temporary to fight some “soon to end” war on terror? Foolishness!!! Who is the enemy? What country can be attacked to end terrorism? Who can be arrested and terrorism instantly dies? Shouldn’t everything have stopped with Osama dead? So why further encroachment on the Constitution?

Easy, because “terrorism” will exist forever by government definition.

“Those who would give up liberty for security deserve neither.” – Benjamin Franklin

End of Quote by Gonzo.

The following is an adaptation of my response to Gonzo’s comments:

Yes, Gonzo, you are making me fearful. Lincoln suspended Habeas Corpus, the Japanese were interned during WWII, and there are more examples of U.S.  suspensions of civil rights during war-time. We can argue about the propriety of these two, and other war-time curtailments of freedom in America. But, it is notable that we have always returned these Consitituional rights to citizens following the end of these wars.

That said,  our government is now predominantly a progressive/socialist one, moving swiftly to unalloyed socialism.  The history of civilizations reliably notes that governments tend to move from socialism to tyranny–the confiscation of liberty.  I am now greatly concerned that the so-called “War on Terror” is capable of dealing such fatal permenant blow to the balance of liberty and security in America.

Maintaining the workable balance of liberty and security in any socioculture that hopes to live long and well requires the application of  rare and delicate political art-forms. My historical readings suggest that every form of government, and every written governing doctrine, contains the seeds of its own destruction within.

I can only hope that I am wrong about these “seeds of destruction” in our own case. Let us pray that the fabled courage, industry, and wisdom of our citizenry will, once again, save Our Republic.

Wake-Up America!

VTM, 12/16/11

Remember This On November 2012!

October 27, 2011

Remember This On November 2012!

VTM, 10/27/11

Founder's Quote Daily

“We must all hang together, or assuredly we shall all hang
separately.” –Benjamin Franklin, at the signing of the Declaration of
Independence, 1776


We Must Regulate Immigration Very Carefully

December 15, 2010

 We Must Regulate Immigration Very Carefully

The following was a truth from a time long gone. Now, in our modern (some say post-modern) technological and information-processing America, teetering on a disastrous collapse, there is a new truth..

Founder's Quote Daily

“Strangers are welcome because there is room enough for them all, and therefore the old inhabitants are not jealous of them; the laws protect them sufficiently so that they have no need of the patronage of great men; and every one will enjoy securely the profits of his Industry. But if he does not bring a fortune with him, he must work and be industrious to live.” –Benjamin Franklin, Those Who Would Remove to America, 1784

End of Quote.

With all due respect to Benjamin Franklin, and America’s needs of his time….


We cannot survive with open borders and unskilled, criminal (even terrorist) people of every description pouring into our nation. We must regulate immigration very carefully. We must recruit only the best, the most skilled,  the most highly motivated, the most moral, law-abiding and promising individuals in only those categories of skill sets that we need to remain the “championship team” we have traditionally been.

Failing this, we will fail.

How can any championship team prevail if it does not recruit the very best and most dedicated  players needed in order to maintain its excellence?

V. Thomas Mawhinney, Ph.D., 12/15/10

Constitutional Convention Prayers

September 13, 2010

Founder's Quote Daily

“I have lived, Sir, a long time; and the longer I live, the more convincing proofs I see of this Truth, that God governs in the Affairs of Men. And if a Sparrow cannot fall to the Ground without his Notice, is it probable that an Empire can rise without his Aid?” –Benjamin Franklin, Motion for Prayers in the Constitutional Convention, 1787

VTM, 9/13/10

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