Sunday, August 09, 2009

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Anonymous rockybutte said...

Inspiring words of moderation from this country's greatest political thinker:

"Things even salutary should not be crammed down the throats of dissenting brethren, especially when they may be put into a form to be willingly swallowed." --Thomas Jefferson to Edward Livingston, 1824. ME 16:25

"I see the necessity of sacrificing our opinions sometimes to the opinions of others for the sake of harmony." --Thomas Jefferson to Francis Eppes, 1790. FE 5:194

"It is for the happiness of those united in society to harmonize as much as possible in matters which they must of necessity transact together." --Thomas Jefferson: Notes on Virginia Q.VIII, 1782. ME 2:120

"A great deal of indulgence is necessary to strengthen habits of harmony and fraternity." --Thomas Jefferson to Edward Livingston, 1824. ME 16:25

"Every man cannot have his way in all things. If his opinion prevails at some times, he should acquiesce on seeing that of others preponderate at other times. Without this mutual disposition we are disjointed individuals, but not a society." --Thomas Jefferson to John Dickinson, 1801. FE 8:76

"[A] reasonable disposition,... sensible that advantages are not all to be on one side, yielding what is just and liberal, is the more certain of obtaining liberality and justice." --Thomas Jefferson to Robert Walsh, 1818. ME 15:176

"That differences of opinion should arise among men on politics, on religion and on every other topic of human inquiry, and that these should be freely expressed in a country where all our faculties are free, is to be expected. But these valuable privileges are much perverted when permitted to disturb the harmony of social intercourse, and to lessen the tolerance of opinion." --Thomas Jefferson: Reply to Citizens of Washington, 1809. ME 16:348

"So confident am I in the intentions, as well as wisdom, of the government, that I shall always be satisfied that what is not done, either cannot, or ought not to be done." --Thomas Jefferson to James Madison, 1813. ME 13:268

"Nothing gives one person so great advantage over another as to remain always cool and unruffled under all circumstances." --Thomas Jefferson to Francis Eppes, 1816. ME 19:242

"With a man possessing so many other estimable qualities, why should we be dissocialized by mere difference of opinion in politics, in religion, in philosophy, or anything else?" --Thomas Jefferson to Benjamin Rush, 1811. ME 13:116

Wednesday, August 12, 2009 10:37:00 PM  
Blogger The WordSmith from Nantucket said...


But what exactly is it that you find "moderate" about the policies being peddled and pushed by the Democratic Congress and President Obama?

Wednesday, August 12, 2009 10:41:00 PM  
Anonymous rockybutte said...

Word, I am speechless.

Wednesday, August 12, 2009 10:44:00 PM  
Blogger J_G said...

You should be speechless. Having quoted so many words from people that would have vehemently opposed the policies of the current crop of pseudo leaders that calls themselves congress, you have just made the point we have been trying to make leftists understand.

When those very people you have quoted got fed up with the policies of a tyranical king and Bristish Parliment they went to war and drove them out of the country. Talking works when you are trading goods or making contracts to build something for someone but when it comes to defense of freedoms every means neccessary is order of the day.

Wednesday, August 12, 2009 11:05:00 PM  
Anonymous rockybutte said...

J_G, The only person I quoted was Thomas Jefferson. Read the words more carefully and try to imagine TJ aligning himself with the boorish puppets of the health insurance industry.

Thursday, August 13, 2009 9:45:00 PM  
Blogger J_G said...

Try to imagine the government telling you will be cut off from the medication or treatment you need to live because your life has become worthless to them.

Thursday, August 13, 2009 11:25:00 PM  
Anonymous rockybutte said...

"It does us no good to incite fear in people by saying that there's these end-of-life provisions, these death panels," Murkowski, a Republican, said. "Quite honestly, I'm so offended at that terminology because it absolutely isn't (in the bill). There is no reason to gin up fear in the American public by saying things that are not included in the bill."

Senator Murkowski(R-Alaska)said this in response to Palin's statements about "death panels". Other republicans/conservatives support Murkowski's position. Look it up.

Friday, August 14, 2009 3:38:00 PM  
Blogger rockybutte said...

On a personal note, my father was diagnosed with plural sac cancer in 1996, which originated with his exposure to asbestos in the 1940s. The cancer was advanced.

His oncologist called us in for a conference. He let us know that my father probably had no more than six months to live. The doctor said that he was going to order that my father would receive hospice care, a health care practice that provides comfort care to terminally ill individuals in their final days. Hospice patients are under DNR (do not resuscitate) orders.

The goal was to make his passing as comfortable and pain-free as possible. The goal was achieved.

Representative Earl Blumenauer (D-Oregon; my congressman)introduced an amendment to one of the House health reform bills that would offer end-of-life counseling to terminally ill patients and their families. That's all.

Friday, August 14, 2009 3:55:00 PM  
Anonymous rockybutte said...

One final word on the so-called "death panels": Senator Johnny Isakson (R-Georgia) proposed the end-of-life counseling amendment to the Senate health reform bill. He has also criticized Palin and other prevaricators for making untrue and misleading statements about this issue.

Saturday, August 15, 2009 10:14:00 AM  

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