My Purpose as expressed by those with more eloquence than I
“I must study politics and war that my sons may have liberty to study mathematics and philosophy. My sons ought to study mathematics and philosophy, geography, natural history, naval architecture, navigation, commerce and agriculture in order to give their children a right to study painting, poetry, music, architecture, statuary, tapestry, and porcelain.”
- John Adams
"These are not the vapors of a melancholy mind, nor the effusions of envy, disappointed ambition, nor of a spirit of opposition to government, but the emanations of a hear that burns for its country's welfare. No one of any feeling, born and educated in this once happy country, can consider the numerous distresses, the gross indignities, the barbarous ignorance, the haughty usurpations, that we have reason to fear are meditating for ourselves, our children, our neighbors, in short, for all our countrymen and all their posterity, without the utmost agonies of hear and many tears."
"I do not stand here as advocate for any partisan cause, for the issues are fundamental and quite beyond the realm of partisan consideration. They must be resolved on the highest plane of national interest of our course is to prove sound and our future protected. I trust, therefore, that you will do me the justice of receiving that which I have to say as solely expressing the considered viewpoint of a fellow American. I address you with neither rancor nor bitterness...with but one purpose in mind - to serve my country."
-General Douglas MacArthur
Wednesday, March 16, 2011
Right now I am in a Modern American Political Thought class taught by a born and raised Canadian, who is here teaching in America because he couldn't find a political science job in Canada. Its hard to here a Canadian talk up Canada in an American Political Thought class while describing American politics from the perspective of a Canadian thinking he knows how Americans think about politics! Its ridiculous, and of course everything has a left of center, socialist spin on it, just what we need at college, another liberal professor. I am giving a presentation on the New Deal and FDR on Friday, this is pretty much the point in America where we took a turn to the left welfare state and never returned. Oh but my professor thinks it is hardly a deviation from traditional American values, yet it is trying to guarantee equal outcome not equal opportunity. Can't wait to say that my presentation should not get a lower grade than anybody elses' because it should be "fair" it should be "equal outcome" right? Dang those Canadians and their inferior social policies!