Wednesday, December 02, 2009

A Founding Father on the subject of war

For those who have forgotten:

Of all the enemies of true liberty, war is, perhaps, the most to be dreaded, because it comprises and develops the germ of every other.

War is the parent of armies; from these proceed debts and taxes; and armies, and debts, and taxes are the known instruments for bringing the many under the domination of the few.

In war, too, the discretionary power of the Executive is extended; its influence in dealing out offices, honors and emoluments is multiplied; and all the means of seducing the minds, are added to those of subduing the force of the people.
No nation can preserve its freedom in the midst of continual warfare.

-- James Madison

You are a constitutional scholar, Mr. President, so I know you've read James Madison.

Please read him again.

1 comment:

  1. All those lunatics who go on about the founding fathers really ought to READ what they wrote.

    Nice quote, very fitting in this day and age.


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