Weekends, for me, mean work. Therefore, so I can study and do everything else I’m unable to do during the week, I’m in the habit now of putting up weekend projects for y’all. If you’ve been around for a while, you know it.
The idea for this weekend’s project came from the enormous amount of e-mail I received following Wednesday’s posting of Ronald Reagan’s fantastic “A Time For Choosing” speech. (If you haven’t seen it delivered or read it, please do so.) So many of you took the time to write and say “thank you” for bringing the speech to light. The funny thing is — I might not have posted it had it not been for a bunch of e-mail I received on Wednesday pointing it out (apparently, Rush Limbaugh read it or cited it that day or something).
Anyway, this weekend’s homework is simple. I want one quote from you. It should be from the era of our founding, it could be from the founding documents themselves, some extemporaneous writing, or even a historical account of a particular conversation or meeting. The bottom line, though, is that I want it to be timely.
In the same way that Reagan’s October 1964 speech could very well be delivered today with barely any changes, I want to read quotes that are equally apropos.
You might know them off the top of your head, but I hope that you’ll have to go a-hunting. In the process of doing so, after all, you might read something you’ve never read before. And education, my friends, is the key to a wholesome discretion. And, according to Thomas Jefferson, informing the people’s discretion by education is the true corrective to abuses of constitutional power.
UPDATE: Obviously, the intent behind these weekend projects, as strange as they may be, is to keep you folks involved while I can have a reprieve and use it to catch up on schoolwork and housework and such. I don’t have time during the weekend to address new news, but these deserve a mention:
- Scozzafava Out in NY-23. This is an absolutely huge victory for conservatives, and a lesson to the GOP that bringing out moderate candidates in races large and small will be a victory for no one. I know that Robert is planning a piece on this race, and while I don’t know what he’s going to say, I must caution that this should be interpreted as a sign that we should force the GOP to be the right vehicle for conservative ideals; I love the idea of a third party in theory, but in terms of the money and attention Doug Hoffman’s race received, this race could prove more anomaly than norm.
- Pence to Pentagon: Rethink Decision to Offer H1N1 Vaccine to Gitmo Detainees. I didn’t even hear that the Pentagon was planning to offer swine flu vaccines to people who were caught in the process of trying to kill Americans. Had I heard that yesterday, I would have absolutely exploded. Until I have the time to do so, though, I’m going to stick with Rep. Pence’s statement to CNN: “I don’t know if detainees at Gitmo should never be given the H1N1 vaccine. But, certainly, at a time of such acute shortages, again, involving American citizens. I think the administration should immediately suspend the plan to deploy H1N1 vaccines to terrorist detainees at Guantanamo Bay, until such a time that sufficient vaccinations are made available to the American public.” Gosh, I like that Mike Pence.