Since May 24, 1998
A nation's life is about as long as its reverential memory.
As the Left breaks down the self-discipline of Judeo-Christian religions, more and more laws are needed simply to keep people from devouring each other.
- Dennis Prager, Sept. 20, 2005 -
Arbitrary power is most easily established on the ruins of liberty abused to licentiousness.
- George Washington, Circular Letter of Farewell to the Army, June 8, 1783 -
A society's first line of defense is not the law but customs, traditions and moral values. These behavioral norms, mostly transmitted by example, word-of-mouth and religious teachings, represent a body of wisdom distilled over the ages through experience and trial and error. They include important thou-shalt-nots such as shalt not murder, shalt not steal, shalt not lie and cheat, but they also include all those courtesies one might call ladylike and gentlemanly conduct.
Policemen and laws can never replace these restraints on personal conduct. At best, the police and criminal justice system are the last desperate line of defense for a civilized society. This failure to fully transmit value norms to subsequent generations represents another failing of the greatest generation.
- Walter E. Williams, Nov. 21, 2007
The question: "Why should I not do as I please within the law, so long as I harm no-one else?" would, at all earlier times, have drawn one or both of the answers: "Because it offends God" or "Because you will become a social outcast".
The first of these has no force for our new elites, who do not believe in God; the second is not only without force for them, it is without meaning. To exclude a person from one's drawing-room because their personal pleasures are aberrant would be "discrimination".
John Derbyshire, Posted by Harrius Magnus
The Founders definition of happiness came from Sir William Blackstones 1765 biblically based definition: [God] has so intimately connected, so inseparably interwoven the laws of eternal justice with the happiness of each individual, that the latter cannot be attained but by observing the former; and, if the former be punctually obeyed, it can not but induce the latter.
Happiness and eternal justice (obedience to Gods law in creation) are inseparable. The founders of our nation understood happy to mean blessed. They knew that true happiness depends on ones obedience to Gods commands (check out Jesus Sermon on the Mount in Matthew 5). Gods commandments are not random demands, they are instructions from the One who made and sustains the universe.
"HAPPY, SHINY PEOPLE" by Robert Regier