Quote of the Day

“Tis folly in one Nation to look for disinterested favors from another; that it must pay with a portion of its Independence for whatever it may accept under that character; that by such acceptance, it may place itself in the condition of having given equivalents for nominal favours and yet of being reproached with ingratitude for not giving more. There can be no greater error than to expect, or calculate upon real favours from Nation to Nation. ‘Tis an illusion which experience must cure, which a just pride ought to discard.”

— George Washington (Farewell Address, 19 September 1796)

Reference: Washington’s Maxims, 71.

And this is why it’s a waste of time to worry too much about our standing in the world. Nations will act in their own self-interest. When they need us for something, they’ll be our friends. When it’s to their advantage to oppose us, they’ll do that. Our standing among the nations is determined more by other nation’s need for us than by our goodness or virtue. Believing otherwise is foolishness.

Quote-a-palooza

“Public affairs go on pretty much as usual: perpetual chicanery and rather more personal abuse than there used to be…” – John Adams

“Get rid of all these rotten politicians that we have in Washington, who are nothing more than corporate toadies. This is treason. And we need to start treating them as traitors.” – Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. , at “Live Earth” on what to do about global warming doubters (Does this mean it’s okay to question people’s patriotism again?)

“[I]n the post-civil-rights era, two competing ideas about discrimination, particularly racial discrimination, have arisen. The ‘conservative’ view is that discrimination is wrong, period. The ‘liberal’ view is that discriminatory means are acceptable in pursuing a noble end.” – James Taranto

“If the American public wants the border closed first, and discussion of everything else later, is that really such a bad thing?” – Victor Davis Hanson

“Referring to opponents of the [Senate immigration] bill, Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S. C., said, ‘We’ve been down this road before. No Catholics, no Jews, Irish, need not apply. That’s not the America I want.’ One could get bogged down in pointing out that few people have problems with immigrants applying. It’s the part where they skip the application process and illegally jump the line that rankles.” – Jonah Goldberg

“We don’t give federal grants to tobacco companies to teach students ‘low-risk’ forms of smoking on the grounds that ‘kids are going to smoke anyway.’ We shouldn’t be giving federal grants to groups that sell contraception, to teach kids to use contraception.” – Jennifer Roback Morse

“If the next century does not find us a great nation… it will be because those who represent the… morality of the nation do not aid in controlling the political forces.” – James Garfield

“A nation that is afraid to let its people judge the truth and falsehood in an open market is a nation that is afraid of its people.” – John F. Kennedy

“Liberty is not to be found in any form of government; she is in the heart of the free man; he bears her with him everywhere.” – Jean-Jacques Rousseau

“Patriotism is easy to understand. It means looking out for yourself by looking out for your country.” – Calvin Coolidge

“There is something about a Republican that you can only stand him just so long; and on the other hand, there is something about a Democrat that you can’t stand him quite that long.” – Will Rogers

Jay Leno: Happy birthday to President Bush, who turned 61 on Friday. But since he’s the president, he had his age commuted down to 59. … President Bush told British reporters last week he wishes he was a better speaker- at least that’s what they think he said. They’re not quite sure. … Al Gore’s son, Al Gore III, arrested in Laguna Niguel, California. Police found marijuana in his car. Police searched the car after pulling him over for going 100mph in his Prius. When his dad found out he said, “Whew, thank God it was a Prius. That could’ve been so embarrassing.”

Quote-a-palooza

“Public affairs go on pretty much as usual: perpetual chicanery and rather more personal abuse than there used to be…” – John Adams

“Get rid of all these rotten politicians that we have in Washington, who are nothing more than corporate toadies. This is treason. And we need to start treating them as traitors.” – Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. , at “Live Earth” on what to do about global warming doubters (Does this mean it’s okay to question people’s patriotism again?)

“[I]n the post-civil-rights era, two competing ideas about discrimination, particularly racial discrimination, have arisen. The ‘conservative’ view is that discrimination is wrong, period. The ‘liberal’ view is that discriminatory means are acceptable in pursuing a noble end.” – James Taranto

“If the American public wants the border closed first, and discussion of everything else later, is that really such a bad thing?” – Victor Davis Hanson

“Referring to opponents of the [Senate immigration] bill, Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S. C., said, ‘We’ve been down this road before. No Catholics, no Jews, Irish, need not apply. That’s not the America I want.’ One could get bogged down in pointing out that few people have problems with immigrants applying. It’s the part where they skip the application process and illegally jump the line that rankles.” – Jonah Goldberg

“We don’t give federal grants to tobacco companies to teach students ‘low-risk’ forms of smoking on the grounds that ‘kids are going to smoke anyway.’ We shouldn’t be giving federal grants to groups that sell contraception, to teach kids to use contraception.” – Jennifer Roback Morse

“If the next century does not find us a great nation… it will be because those who represent the… morality of the nation do not aid in controlling the political forces.” – James Garfield

“A nation that is afraid to let its people judge the truth and falsehood in an open market is a nation that is afraid of its people.” – John F. Kennedy

“Liberty is not to be found in any form of government; she is in the heart of the free man; he bears her with him everywhere.” – Jean-Jacques Rousseau

“Patriotism is easy to understand. It means looking out for yourself by looking out for your country.” – Calvin Coolidge

“There is something about a Republican that you can only stand him just so long; and on the other hand, there is something about a Democrat that you can’t stand him quite that long.” – Will Rogers

Jay Leno: Happy birthday to President Bush, who turned 61 on Friday. But since he’s the president, he had his age commuted down to 59. … President Bush told British reporters last week he wishes he was a better speaker- at least that’s what they think he said. They’re not quite sure. … Al Gore’s son, Al Gore III, arrested in Laguna Niguel, California. Police found marijuana in his car. Police searched the car after pulling him over for going 100mph in his Prius. When his dad found out he said, “Whew, thank God it was a Prius. That could’ve been so embarrassing.”