Quote-a-palooza – Constitution Day

“Each State, in ratifying the Constitution, is considered as a sovereign body, independent of all others, and only to be bound by its own voluntary act. In this relation, then, the new Constitution will, if established, be a FEDERAL, and not a national constitution.” —James Madison

“We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America… Done… the seventeenth day of September, in the year of our LORD one thousand seven hundred and eighty seven.” —George Washington and the delegates

“The Constitution of the United States is to receive a reasonable interpretation of its language, and its powers, keeping in view the objects and purposes, for which those powers were conferred. By a reasonable interpretation, we mean, that in case the words are susceptible of two different senses, the one strict, the other more enlarged, that should be adopted, which is most consonant with the apparent objects and intent of the Constitution.” —Joseph Story

“Christians endeavoring to create a culture that mirrors their values has been a persistent theme in our nation’s history. People of faith founded our nation and formed its institutions—from its schools to its hospitals. Indeed, religious faith is deeply rooted in our founding documents and has animated every major positive socio-political change our country has experienced. Religious faith provided the impetus behind our struggle for independence, and it was the inspiration for the emancipation and desegregation movements, as well as campaigns for child labor laws and women’s suffrage… [T]he [current] hostility to faith… causes some to argue that it should have no voice in the free marketplace of ideas. But, judging by the numbers of people voting their values, [many disagree], as growing numbers of Americans put principle first, so that neither their votes nor their consciences may ever be lost.” —Gary Bauer

“[A]ll Americans should reflect upon the precious heritage of liberty under law passed on to us by our Founding Fathers. This heritage finds its most comprehensive expression in our Constitution. The framing of the Constitution was an arduous task accomplished in the spirit of cooperation and with dedication to the ideals of republican self-government and unalienable God-given human rights that gave transcendent meaning and inspiration to the American Revolution… The wisdom and foresight of the architects of the Constitution are manifest in the fact that it remains a powerful governing tool to the present day. Indeed, a great British statesman has called it ‘the most wonderful work ever struck off at a given time by the brain and purpose of man.’ For 200 years, people from other lands have come to the United States to participate in the great adventure in self-government begun in Philadelphia in 1787. It is no surprise that knowledge of the Constitution is one of the primary requirements for new citizens… [A]ll citizens should reread and study this great document and rededicate themselves to the ideals it enshrines.”—Ronald Reagan

“Much of the Constitution is remarkably simple and straightforward—certainly as compared to the convoluted reasoning of judges and law professors discussing what is called ‘Constitutional law,’ much of which has no basis in that document… The real question [for judicial nominees] is whether that nominee will follow the law or succumb to the lure of ‘a living constitution,’ ‘evolving standards’ and other lofty words meaning judicial power to reshape the law to suit their own personal preferences.”—Thomas Sowell

I Support the Pope

I’ve added a smaller version of this image to my right side control. Both are taken from TimeImmortal.Net.

I haven’t had time to coalesce all my thoughts on this, but it’s got to be frustrating for the Pope: he’s committed to peace and people are using his words to instigate violence. Some are deliberately doing so with what can only be bad intentions and others are reacting out of ignorance. (Equally frustrating is that this is proving his major point: Islam has separated itself from reason.)

Pray for peace.