Quote of the Day

A democracy is always temporary in nature; it simply cannot exist as a permanent form of government. A democracy will continue to exist up until the time that voters discover that they can vote themselves generous gifts from the public treasury. From that moment on, the majority always votes for the candidates who promise the most benefits from the public treasury, with the result that every democracy will finally collapse due to loose fiscal policy, which is always followed by a dictatorship.
– Alexander Fraser Tytler

Hat Tip: The Anchoress

Quote of the Day

A democracy is always temporary in nature; it simply cannot exist as a permanent form of government. A democracy will continue to exist up until the time that voters discover that they can vote themselves generous gifts from the public treasury. From that moment on, the majority always votes for the candidates who promise the most benefits from the public treasury, with the result that every democracy will finally collapse due to loose fiscal policy, which is always followed by a dictatorship.
– Alexander Fraser Tytler

Hat Tip: The Anchoress

Quote of the Day

A democracy is always temporary in nature; it simply cannot exist as a permanent form of government. A democracy will continue to exist up until the time that voters discover that they can vote themselves generous gifts from the public treasury. From that moment on, the majority always votes for the candidates who promise the most benefits from the public treasury, with the result that every democracy will finally collapse due to loose fiscal policy, which is always followed by a dictatorship.
– Alexander Fraser Tytler

Hat Tip: The Anchoress

Today in American History

This day in 1957, Senator Joseph McCarthy, Republican of Wisconsin, died at the age of 48 in Bethesda Naval Hospital.

I think the best summary of McCarthy came, ironically, in the heavily fictionalized movie A Beautiful Mind, in which the fictional character Parcher (played brilliantly by Ed Harris) states “McCarthy’s an idiot, but he’s right.” And McCarthy was an idiot: by making wild, and false, accusations he undercut the cause for which he was fighting. And he was right: Communists were trying to infiltrate high levels of government.

His methods were awful, but his overarching point was correct. Just because someone’s an awful person doesn’t make them wrong. So don’t let negative, personal attacks on a person’s character affect your view of the policies they support. Even a complete jerk can be right.

Do we need any more evidence that Episcopalianism is bankrupt?

McGreevey mulling Episcopal priesthood

Former Gov. James E. McGreevey has started the process to become a priest in his newly adopted Episcopal faith and hopes to begin a three-year seminary program in the fall.

McGreevey, 49, resigned in August 2004 after announcing he was gay and had an affair with a male staffer, who has denied it.

What’s bizarre to me is that any Episcopalian seminary would even consider taking someone who is so confused about himself. Someone wanting to serve as a shepherd should have some idea of what he’s doing before he can help people on their journey. In the past few years, McGreevey’s been:

1) a self-described “devout Roman Catholic”
2) closeted while having same-sex intercourse
3) married
4) using a government position to bribe his male lover into silence
5) employing his male lover in a position he was unqualified for to buy his silence
6) divorcing his wife
7) exposing his minor daughter to homosexual pornography (according to his soon to be ex-wife)

I’m sure there’s other stuff I’m not aware of due to my revulsion at the whole story. He needs to get his own house in order before he enters the seminary. A serious religion would acknowledge that, rather than rush him into the priesthood.

Of course, Episcopalianism being what it is, now comes news he’s been accepted to the seminary.

UPDATE: Mark Krikorian makes this point about the ECUSA:

The female head of a church with a practicing homosexual bishop planning to “marry” his lover, a church that could accept into seminary the adulterous homosexual governor of New Jersey, a church that embraces splitting open babies’ skulls and vacuuming their brains out, is complaining about violating ancient customs? Wow.

Do we need any more evidence that Episcopalianism is bankrupt?

McGreevey mulling Episcopal priesthood

Former Gov. James E. McGreevey has started the process to become a priest in his newly adopted Episcopal faith and hopes to begin a three-year seminary program in the fall.

McGreevey, 49, resigned in August 2004 after announcing he was gay and had an affair with a male staffer, who has denied it.

What’s bizarre to me is that any Episcopalian seminary would even consider taking someone who is so confused about himself. Someone wanting to serve as a shepherd should have some idea of what he’s doing before he can help people on their journey. In the past few years, McGreevey’s been:

1) a self-described “devout Roman Catholic”
2) closeted while having same-sex intercourse
3) married
4) using a government position to bribe his male lover into silence
5) employing his male lover in a position he was unqualified for to buy his silence
6) divorcing his wife
7) exposing his minor daughter to homosexual pornography (according to his soon to be ex-wife)

I’m sure there’s other stuff I’m not aware of due to my revulsion at the whole story. He needs to get his own house in order before he enters the seminary. A serious religion would acknowledge that, rather than rush him into the priesthood.

Of course, Episcopalianism being what it is, now comes news he’s been accepted to the seminary.

UPDATE: Mark Krikorian makes this point about the ECUSA:

The female head of a church with a practicing homosexual bishop planning to “marry” his lover, a church that could accept into seminary the adulterous homosexual governor of New Jersey, a church that embraces splitting open babies’ skulls and vacuuming their brains out, is complaining about violating ancient customs? Wow.