There are words in the quote above which appear to be from two other sources --
"The price of freedom is eternal vigilance" -- often attributed to Thomas Jefferson, the source for the sentiment is actually Irish orator John Philpot Curran, in 1790: "It is the common fate of the indolent to see their rights become a prey to the active. The condition upon which God hath given liberty to man is eternal vigilance."
"All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing." -- almost universally attributed to Edmond Burke, but -- via WikiQuote,
This is probably the most quoted statement attributed to Burke, and an extraordinary number of variants of it exist, but all without any definite original source. These very extensively used "quotations" may be based on a paraphrase of some of Burke's ideas, but he is not known to have ever declared them in such a manner in any of his writings. It may have been adapted from these lines of Burke's in his Thoughts on the Cause of Present Discontents (1770): "When bad men combine, the good must associate; else they will fall one by one, an unpitied sacrifice in a contemptible struggle."
As an aside, the Burke quote given in the WikiQuote reference also reminds me of "divide and conquer" and the famous Franklin quote "We must all hang together, or we shall all hang separately" (paraphrased from memory).
The quote from Pearl Buck, however, is a good one, regardless of how it was derived. It's also a very good lead-in to this, which is a Godwinesque warning against the current methods of divisive hatemongering currently being employed by the GOP and their teabagging monster, the "Tea Party" --
What are your thoughts on the above?
It's Thursday, 9 September 2010, and this is an Open Thread.
Via the Boston.com article Earl Bears Down by Andrew Ryan and Eric Moskowitz:
Hurricane Earl swelled yesterday into a massive storm almost the size of New England, swirling north up the Eastern Seaboard on a track expected to take it perilously close to Nantucket around midnight tonight.
Forecasters expect the full fury of the storm to pass just southeast of Nantucket as a Category 1 or 2 storm, enveloping the island, Martha’s Vineyard, Cape Cod, and portions of Southeastern Massachusetts in hurricane-force winds gusting up to 100 miles per hour and bringing possible flash floods.
Here's hoping that folks in New England are taking care to be safe and batten down the hatches.
Families queued to use a special telephone cabin and were given one minute each to talk to the trapped men.
From the LA Times: Foreclosures of million-dollar-plus homes on the rise. The number of homes in the $1-million-and-up slice of the market that have become bank owned has tripled during the last three years in Los Angeles County, and the trend has shown little sign of slowing.
From CNN: Author: More teens becoming 'fake' Christians. [Kenda Creasy] Dean says more American teenagers are embracing what she calls "moralistic therapeutic deism." Translation: It's a watered-down faith that portrays God as a "divine therapist" whose chief goal is to boost people's self-esteem.
From the Wall Street Journal: Cash-Poor Governments Ditching Public Hospitals. Faced with mounting debt and looming costs from the new federal health-care law, many local governments are leaving the hospital business, shedding public facilities that can be the caregiver of last resort.
Keep in mind that the WSJ is owned by Rupert Murdoch, and have a platter of salt grains available. -- GH
This kid's got talent, and can certainly handle herself:
Kids are amazing. It's the ones who show such promise that give me a sense that there's still hope for our species even amid the global catastrophes caused by small groups of so-called 'adults' making stupid and destructive decisions.
Williams told the panel that he understood that the rig had been operating with the gas alarm system in "inhibited" mode for a year to prevent false alarms from disturbing the crew.
Williams said that when he discovered that the alarm system was inhibited, he reported it to supervisors. He said they informed him that orders were to keep it that way.
If the safety system was disabled, it would not have been unusual. Records of federal enforcement actions reviewed by The Washington Post show that, in case after case, rig operators paid fines for allegedly bypassing safety systems that could impede routine operations.
Apparently, other critical were also impaired on the rig.
All in all, it was a far cry from what we might envision as being "operationally safe & secure" and certainly not anywhere close "regulationally compliant."
What's news in your neck of the woods? This is an Open Thread.
It sounds like something out of a Dan Brown novel, but a scholar in Manchester, England, claims to have found hidden code in the ancient writings of Plato. If true, the secret messages would have made the ancient philosopher and mathematician a heretic in his day.
June 28, 2010 U.S. SEN. ROBERT C. BYRD DIES AT 92 By Greg Moore, The Charleston Gazette
CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Robert Carlyle Byrd, the longest-serving member of Congress in United States history, who spent much of his career as a conservative Democrat and ended it by fiercely opposing the war in Iraq and questioning the state's powerful coal industry, died Monday. He was 92.
"I am saddened that the family of U.S. Senator Robert C. Byrd, D-W.Va., tearfully announces the passing" of the senator, Jesse Jacobs, Byrd's press spokesman, said in a statement.
Byrd died at 3 a.m. at Inova Fairfax Hospital in Falls Church, Va., according to the statement.