Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Quotes are cool!

Let's face it, blogging can be very time consuming; especially when you are doing it for free. I am currently enjoying week one of two of my Easter vacation, and it seems I have less time to blog now than when I am working. This brings me to something I would like to do from time to time, and that is to feature some of my favorite quotes. Is it filler and an easy way out when I don't feel like spending an hour at the computer and want to go to bed instead? You bet your bippy! As wise a sage as I like to think I am, I can't hold a candle to some of the people whose quotes I have saved on a word document over the years. So, here is your first one (four actually). If you like these and subsequent quotes, I suggest you copy, paste, and save them too.
"I do not believe that the power and duty of the general government ought to be extended to the relief of individual suffering. ... A prevalent tendency to disregard the limited mission of this power should, I think, be steadfastly resisted... Federal aid in such cases encourages the expectation of paternal care on the part of the Government and weakens the sturdiness of our National character." --Grover Cleveland

"I feel obliged to withhold my approval of the plan to indulge in benevolent and charitable sentiment through the appropriation of public funds ... I find no warrant for such an appropriation in the Constitution." --Grover Cleveland

"I cannot find any authority in the Constitution for public charity. ... It would be contrary to the letter and the spirit of the Constitution and subversive to the whole theory upon which the Union of these States is founded." --Franklin Pierce (14th President of the United States)

"I cannot undertake to lay my finger on that article of the Constitution which granted a right to Congress of expending, on objects of benevolence, the money of their constituents." --James Madison (The "Father" of our Constitution)
As you contemplate the "conservatism" of these quotes, keep in mind that Grover Cleveland and Franklin Pierce were both Democrats!

Good Day to You, Sir

1 comment:

nebraska girl said...

I just went over Cleveland and Pierce in my Presidency class. Both are way more interesting than I'd ever given them credit for.