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"Indeed, the rage of theorists to make constitutions a vehicle for the conveyance of their own crude, and visionary aphorisms of government, requires to be guarded against with the most unceasing vigilance."
     -- Joseph Story
     Commentaries on the Constitution of the United States
     Book III, § 1857.

Sunday, June 27, 2004

From Andrew Sullivan, upon whom the irony is lost:

QUOTE OF THE DAY: "But there is an added technique for weakening a nation at its very roots ... The method is simple. It is first, a dissemination of discord. A group - not too large - a group that may be sectional or racial or political - is encouraged to exploit its prejudices through false slogans and emotional appeals. The aim of those who deliberately egg on these groups is to create confusion of counsel, public indecision, political paralysis and, eventually, a state of panic. Sound national policies come to be viewed with a new and unreasoning skepticism ... As a result of these techniques, armament programs may be dangerously delayed. Singleness of national purpose may be undermined. . . . The unity of the state can be so sapped that its strength is destroyed. All this is no idle dream. It has happened time after time, in nation after nation, during the last two years." - FDR, May 26, 1940. I wonder what Roosevelt would have made of Michael Moore, don't you?
Probably just what he'd make of Andrew Sullivan. After all, the perfect time to shove a controversial and illegitimate agenda through the courts, to publicly proclaim one's intent to pout on the sidelines if anyone dare push back, and to travel around the country encouraging others to do the same, is when there's a war on.

-- posted by Clayton 6/27/2004 05:06:00 PM | comments (0)

Sunday, June 20, 2004

Various persons are hashing over Andrew Sullivan's state of mind.

You're approaching this from the wrong angle, people. All Andrew needs is a pirin tablet -- that, and a supporting cast to worry over whether he takes it or not.

-- posted by Clayton 6/20/2004 08:16:00 AM | comments (0)

Saturday, June 19, 2004

Al-Qaeda has beheaded another one. Sure makes me want to rush to the bargaining table, that one does.

A curiosity: When Al-Qaeda first threatened Johnson's beheading, I saw their demands reported as, Saudi Arabia to release all these prisoners (see list), and that all United States personnel leave the Middle East, all within 72 hours. The second demand disappeared in all subsequent reports. Does anyone else recall it?

Of course, it's perfectly understandable why it would disappear. After all, it's not like Al-Qaeda, or Johnson's beheading, has anything to do with the war, y'know, and any journalist would be irresponsible, who would leave anything lying around that might send the lumpen proletariat jumping to conclusions.

-- posted by Clayton 6/19/2004 12:41:00 AM | comments (0)




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