“What is government itself,but the greatest of all reflections on human nature. If men were angels no government would be necessary. If angels were to govern men neither external nor internal controls on government would be necessary. In framing a government which is to be administered by menover men,the great difficulty lies in this: you must first enable the government to control the governed; and in the next place oblige it to control itself” James Madison
“But we had with us, to keep and to care for, more than five hundred bruised bodies of men, – men made in the image of God, marred by the hand of man, and must we say in the name of God? And where is the reckoning for such things? And who is answerable? One might almost shrink from the sound of his own voice, which had launched into the palpitating air words of order – do we call it? – fraught with such ruin. Was it God’s command we heard, or His forgiveness we must forever implore?”
Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain
The Passing of The Armies
Bantam Books, 1992
When the American spirit was in its youth, the language of America was different: Liberty, sir, was the primary object.
“The Constitution is not an instrument for the government to restrain the people, it is an instrument for the people to restrain the government – lest it come to dominate our lives and interests” Patrick Henry
“Without slavery, the rebellion could never have existed. Without slavery, it could not continue.”
Abraham Lincoln, December 1, 1862, Message to Congress, James Ford Rhodes, “History of the Civil War, 1861-1865″, 1917, page 198.
“Captain, my religious belief teaches me to feel as safe in battle as in bed. God has fixed the time for my death. I do not concern myself about that, but to be always ready, no matter when it may overtake me.” He added, after a pause, looking me full in the face: “That is the way all men should live, and then all would be equally brave”
Lt. General Thomas Jackson speaking to then Captain John D. Imboden,
Stonewall Jackson and the American Civil War,
G.F.R Henderson, Vol. 1, p. 163.”
“War is cruelty. There is no use trying to reform it. The crueler it is, the sooner it will be over” – Union General William T. Sherman said this shortly before beginning his brutal March to the Sea
This is what I will be posting for awhile.
The quote of the day is: “South Carolina is to small to be a country and to big to be an insane asylum” Roger Pryor