Magnificent Monday Quotes – Anglosphere Edition

Since I’m currently reading The Decline and Fall of the British Empire, 1781-1997 by Piers Brendon, I thought that I would do a post of quotes about and from the Anglosphere.

“God bless America. God save the Queen. God defend New Zealand and thank Christ for Australia.”– Russell Crowe

“Seldom have so few done so much for so many” – Winston Churchill

“Timid men prefer the calm of despotism to the tempestuous sea of liberty.” – Thomas Jefferson

“If a nation values anything more than freedom, it will Lose its freedom: and the irony of it is that if it is comfort or money that it values more, it will lose that, too.” – William Somerset Maugham

“None can love freedom heartily but good men; the rest love not freedom, but license.” – John Milton

“These are the times that try men’s souls. The summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from the service of their country; but he that stands it now, deserves the love and thanks of man and woman.” – Thomas Paine

Breathes there the man with soul so dead

Who never to himself hath said,

This is my own, my native land!

Whose heart hath ne’er within him burn’d

As home his footsteps he hath turn’d

From wandering on a foreign strand?

Sir Walter Scott

Our hearts where they rocked our cradle,

Our love where we spent our toil,

And our faith, and our hope, and our honor,

We pledge to our native soil.

God gave all men all earth to love,

But since our hearts are small,

Ordained for each one spot should prove

Beloved over all.

Rudyard Kipling

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Big Brother and Your Life

In an interview (see it here – you’ll have to scroll down a bit), Archbishop Charles Chaput says the following: “The logic behind abortion makes all human rights politically contingent.” A clear understanding of the Founders lets us know that they would support his contention because the Founders were all believers in Natural Law. They believed that the rights of life and liberty and all of the other rights they enumerated were given by God, the Creator. Government’s role was to protect those rights. But the state by no means granted these rights. Chaput argues that when the state gets to determine when life begins, all other human rights are then within the state’s power to give or take away. Morality aside do we really want our government to have that power? But there is really no way to put morality aside when it comes to abortion. Abortion on demand (essentially abortion for convenience sake) is the supreme moral failing of our generation. I have a friend that I talk politics with and he argues that for Pro-Lifers to conclusively win the ongoing debate, we have to shift the focus from “women’s” and privacy rights to human rights. Life is a fundamental human right and should not be within the State’s power to take away. Once you shift the argument to a human rights issue most of the pro-choice argument goes away and the only question central to the debate becomes: when does life begin? That question can’t be answered by the government nor is it answered by religion. Many people on both sides of the debate try to frame the beginning of life as a religious belief, but that is not the case. The answer to that question can be found in the our study of biology. Modern science is offering increasing evidence that at the point of conception a separate human life is created. In a time when various groups in our county are clamoring for and demanding a host of invented “rights”, it is time for those of us who believe in American and Western values to fight harder to win the hearts and minds of our fellow citizens regarding the most basic human right. It’s time for our country to realize that the right to life is the foundational right upon which all of our other rights are built upon.

I can’t remember who, but someone said that societies are judged by how they treat their weakest members. How will America, supposedly the most enlightened society in history, be judged? I do know who said the following: “I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just, that His justice cannot sleep forever.” That was Thomas Jefferson speaking about the biggest moral failing of his generation – slavery. When I compare the evil of slavery with the evil of murdering millions upon millions of innocent babies, I can only pray that God’s justice will sleep a little longer.