Wednesday, August 30, 2006

Donnie's Democracy

Welcome to "The Gods Are Bored!" We don't discuss politics much here. There are far better sites than us for that. However, we have a nice Point/Counterpoint today for your personal perusal.

"Any kind of moral and intellectual confusion about who and what is right or wrong can severely weaken the ability of free societies to persevere."
--Donald Rumsfeld

"Statesmen will invent cheap lies, putting blame upon the nation that is attacked, and every man will be glad of those conscience-soothing falsities, and will diligently study them, and refuse to examine any refutations of them; and thus he will by and by convince himself that the war is just, and will thank God for the better sleep he enjoys after this process of grotesque self-deception."
--Mark Twain















"Against our traditions we are now entering upon an unjust and trivial war, a war against a helpless people, and for a base object — robbery. At first our citizens spoke out against this thing, by an impulse natural to their training. Today they have turned, and their voice is the other way. What caused the change? Merely a politician's trick — a high-sounding phrase, a blood-stirring phrase which turned their uncritical heads: Our Country, right or wrong! An empty phrase, a silly phrase. It was shouted by every newspaper, it was thundered from the pulpit, the Superintendent of Public Instruction placarded it in every schoolhouse in the land, the War Department inscribed it upon the flag. And every man who failed to shout it or who was silent, was proclaimed a traitor — none but those others were patriots. To be a patriot, one had to say, and keep on saying, "Our Country, right or wrong," and urge on the little war.

"Have you not perceived that that phrase is an insult to the nation? For in a republic, who is "the Country"? Is it the Government which is for the moment in the saddle? Why, the Government is merely a servant — merely a temporary servant; it cannot be its prerogative to determine what is right and what is wrong, and decide who is a patriot and who isn't. Its function is to obey orders, not originate them."
--Mark Twain

3 Comments:

At August 30, 2006 , Blogger Nixie B said...

Great quotes! And cool pic of Mark Twain.

 
At August 30, 2006 , Blogger Sojourner said...

I agree with Nixie - great quotes!

 
At September 01, 2006 , Blogger Athana said...

Did you hear about Keith Olberman on MSNBC the other night? He ripped into Rummie quite nicely, if I do say so myself. Maybe the national networks are beginning to read Mark Twain.

 

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