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    "Freedom of the press is limited to those who own one". --A. J. Liebling (I own this Blog, GET-IT?) --DA

    "Better to write for yourself and have no public, than to write for the public and have no self." --Cyril Connolly

    "The most important political office is that of the private citizen."--Louis D. Brandeis

    "Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it's the only thing that ever has." --Margaret Mead

    “The arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends towards justice.”--Martin Luther King Jr.

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  • "Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one's lifetime." - Innocents Abroad -- Mark Twain

    "It liberates the vandal to travel--you never saw a bigoted, opinionated, stubborn, narrow-minded, self-conceited, almighty mean man in your life but he had stuck in one place since he was born and thought God made the world and dyspepsia and bile for his especial comfort and satisfaction." - The American Abroad speech, 1868 - Mark Twain

    Travel has no longer any charm for me. I have seen all the foreign countries I want to except heaven & hell & I have only a vague curiosity about one of those. - Letter to W. D. Howells, 5/20/1891 - Mark Twain

Monday, June 18, 2018

It is especially appropriate to remember Sophia Magdalena Scholl at this time in America.

Quotation:

“The real damage is done by those millions who want to 'survive.'

The honest men who just want to be left in peace.

Those who don’t want their little lives disturbed by anything bigger than themselves.

Those with no sides and no causes.

Those who won’t take measure of their own strength, for fear of antagonizing their own weakness.

Those who don’t like to make waves—or enemies.

Those for whom freedom, honour, truth, and principles are only literature.

Those who live small, mate small, die small.

It’s the reductionist approach to life: if you keep it small, you’ll keep it under control. If you don’t make any noise, the bogeyman won’t find you.

But it’s all an illusion, because they die too, those people who roll up their spirits into tiny little balls so as to be safe.

Safe?! From what?

Life is always on the edge of death; narrow streets lead to the same place as wide avenues, and a little candle burns itself out just like a flaming torch does.

I choose my own way to burn.

Stand up for what you believe in.

Even if you stand alone.”

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“Nothing is so unworthy of a nation as allowing itself to be governed without opposition by a clique that has yielded to base instinct…Western civilization must defend itself against fascism and offer passive resistance, before the nation’s last young man has given his blood on some battlefield.”--Sophia Magdalena Scholl

Author:

Sophia Magdalena Scholl (9 May 1921 – 22 February 1943) was a German student and anti-Nazi political activist, active within the White Rose non-violent resistance group in Nazi Germany. She was convicted of high treason after having been found distributing anti-war leaflets at the University of Munich with her brother Hans. As a result, they were both executed.

Reference(s):

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sophie_Schol

https://en.wikiquote.org/wiki/Sophie_Scholl (includes a few disputes of precise sourcing due to lack of hard copy documentation).

https://www.biographyonline.net/women/sophie-scholl.html

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A contemporary article which speaks similarly to the issue of activism and resistance:

“Nice people made the best Nazis.”--Naomi Shulman

 

 

 

Friday, March 09, 2018

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Patriotism & Dissent


  • "To announce that there must be no criticism of the president, or that we are to stand by the president, right or wrong, is not only unpatriotic and servile, but is morally treasonable to the American public."
    -- Republican President Theodore 'Teddy' Roosevelt

    "When fascism comes to America, it will be wrapped in the flag and carrying a cross." --Sinclair Lewis

    "If Tyranny and Oppression come to this land, it will be in the guise of fighting a foreign enemy." -- James Madison

    "When the government fears the people it is a democracy....when the people fear their government it is tyranny..." -- Thomas Jefferson

    "The people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders...tell them they are being attacked, and denounce the peacemakers for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger." – Herman Goering - Nazi

    "patriotism is the last refuge of scoundrels." - Samuel Johnson

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War

  • "I like guys who've never been there that criticize us who've been there. I like that. I like guys who got five deferments and never been there and send people to war, and then don't like to hear suggestions about what needs to be done."--John Murtha Congressman (D-PA) -------
    "War is a rackett"--Major General Smedley Darlington Butler, United States Marine Corps, 1881 - 1940, Double recipient of the Congressional Medal of Honor.
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    "Many of those who want to rush this country into war and think it would be so quick and easy don't know anything about war. They come at it from an intellectual perspective, versus having sat in jungles or foxholes and watched their friends get their heads blown off."--Republican Senator Chuck Hagel of Nebraska
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More "Quotes"


  • Democracy is when the indigent, and not the men of property, are the rulers.--Aristotle

  • A liberal is a man or a woman or a child who looks forward to a better day, a more tranquil night, and a bright, infinite future.--Leonard Bernstein

  • The modern conservative is engaged in one of man's oldest exercises in moral philosophy; that is, the search for a superior moral justification for selfishness.--John Kenneth Galbraith

  • The problems that exist in the world today cannot be solved by the level of thinking that created them.--Albert Einstein

  • The darkest places in hell are reserved for those who maintain their neutrality in times of moral crisis.--Dante Alighieri

  • "Not until the creation and maintenance of decent conditions of life for all people are recognized and accepted as a common obligation of all people and all countries - not until then shall we, with a certain degree of justification, be able to speak of humankind as civilized."--Albert Einstein

  • Those who are too smart to engage in politics are punished by being governed by those who are dumber.--Plato

  • Bad politicians are sent to Washington by good people who don't vote.--William E. Simon

  • Those who stand for nothing fall for anything.--Alexander Hamilton

  • They that can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety. --Ben Franklin

  • "Fool me once, shame on -- shame on you. Fool me -- you can't get fooled again." --The Biggest Fool of 'em All

  • Regarding "Trickle-Down Economics: "If you feed enough oats to the horse, some will pass through to feed the sparrows."--John Kenneth Galbraith

  • "This is not about who they are. This is about who we are. We are Americans and we hold ourselves to a higher standard of conduct. And, no, the end does not justify the means. Not now. Not ever, when the means include torturing prisoners." --Republican Senator John McCain

  • "Repetition does not transform a lie into a truth"--Franklin D. Roosevelt

  • "When bad men combine, the good must associate; else they will fall one by one, an unpitied sacrifice in a contemptible struggle. --Edmund Burke

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