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Daily Quote 12.21.14

Alexis de Tocqueville

 

 

 

” Every central government worships uniformity: uniformity relieves it from inquiry into an infinity of details.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Daily Quote 11.2.14

Alexis de Tocqueville

 

 

 

” There are many men of principle in both parties in America, but there is no party of principle. “

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Daily Quote 2.4.14

Alexis de Tocqueville

 

 

” There are many men of principle in both parties in America, but there is no party of principle.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

De Tocqueville’s Prophesy Has Been FulFilled

 

 

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“The American Republic Will Endure, Until Politicians Realize They Can Bribe The People With Their Own Money.” -Alexis de Tocqueville

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Service To The American People Or To The American State?

 

 

One of the most persistent utopian visions over the last century and more is national service. By “national service” proponents never mean service to Americans. The United States long has been famous for the willingness of its people to organize to help one another and respond to social problems. Alexis de Tocqueville cited this activism as one of the hallmarks of the early American republic.

Rather, advocates of “national service” mean service to the state. To be sure, they believe the American people would benefit. But informal, decentralized, private service doesn’t count.

To Gerson’s credit, he does not advocate a mandatory program, where people would go to jail if they didn’t desire to share the national purpose exalted by their betters. But many people, from Margaret Mead to Senator Ted Kennedy, did want a civilian draft. Indeed, a number of noted liberals who campaigned against military conscription were only too happy to force the young into civilian “service.”  “

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Daily Quote 6.21.13

Alexis de Tocqueville

 

 

 

“I studied the Koran a great deal. I came away from that study with the conviction that by and large there have been few religions in the world as deadly to men as that of Muhammad.” 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Daily Quote 12/09

Alexis de Tocqueville

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” In the end, the state of the Union
comes down to the character of the
people. … I sought for the greatness
and genius of America in her
commodious harbors, her ample
rivers, and it was not there. I sought
for it in the fertile fields, and
boundless prairies, and it was not
there. I sought it in her rich mines,
and vast world commerce, and it was not there. Not until I went into the churches of America and heard her pulpits aflame with righteousness did I understand the secret of her genius and power. “

Daily Quote 10/21

 Alexis de Tocqueville

 

” Democracy extends the sphere of individual freedom, socialism restricts it. Democracy attaches all possible value to each man; socialism makes each man a mere agent, a mere number. Democracy and socialism have nothing in common but one word: equality. But notice the difference: while democracy seeks equality in liberty, socialism seeks equality in restraint and servitude. “

“Mitt’s right:Handouts do win votes”

” This is nothing new. There’s a classic book that’s taught, or used to be taught, in college political
science classes. “Democracy in America” — it was written more than 150 years ago by a Frenchman, Alexis de Tocqueville. He had the
same take as Mitt on what has become the American welfare state:

“A democracy … can only exist until the voters discover that they can vote themselves largesse from the public treasury. From that moment on, the majority always votes for the candidates promising the most benefits from the public treasury with the result that a democracy always collapses over loose fiscal policy.”

  Can someone say QE3, the Fed’s third round of so-called quantitative easing? “

Quote of the Day

Alexis de Tocqueville

 

Tocqueville, Alexis de [Credit: H. Roger-Viollet]

 

 “The American Republic will endure, until politicians realize they can bribe the people with their own money.”

Quote of the Day

Alexis de Tocqueville :

 

“The American Republic will endure, until politicians realize they can bribe the people with their own money.”