March 28th, 2009

Advice from Daniel Webster

Here are a couple of quotes to ponder, from New Englander and patriot Daniel Webster:

“There is no nation on earth powerful enough to accomplish our overthrow. Our destruction, should it come at all, will be from another quarter. From the inattention of the people to the concerns of their government, from their carelessness and negligence. I must confess that I do apprehend some danger. I fear that they may place too implicit a confidence in their public servants and fail properly to scrutinize their conduct; that in this way they may be made the dupes of designing men and become the instruments of their own undoing.”

“Hold on, my friends, to the Constitution and to the Republic for which it stands. Miracles do not cluster, and what has happened once in 6000 years, may not happen again. Hold on to the Constitution, for if the American Constitution should fail, there will be anarchy throughout the world.”

14 Responses to “Advice from Daniel Webster”

  1. huxley Says:

    We shall nobly save, or meanly lose, the last best hope of earth.
    — Abraham Lincoln, 1862

  2. PapaMAS Says:

    I really wish I had something intelligent to say on this which has not been said already. I am pretty dis-spirited right now watching us slice our own throats. Soon, I imagine, I will get mad and try to do something useful, although God knows what. Victor David Hanson, as usual, has a good description of where we are at and why.

  3. jon baker Says:

    I suspect once the dollar collapses we will hear more calls for regional currency- which really does not solve anything, but it will be the excuse they will use. The long term goal of the globalist, both right and left, is the weakening of the western Nation-State.
    Traitors all.

  4. rpf Says:

    “…for if the American Constitution should fail, there will be anarchy throughout the world.””

    I think the above phrase is what touches the worlds’ nerve. When they see the recklessness of this administration to use thie current financial crises to set upon us a radical agenda it gives the truly sane (among his supporters) reason to pause.

    I am not surprised at all by Obama’s behavior. I told my brother before the election…

    “Take in full account past behavior, faith can only be placed in things that ARE TRUE. When Obama speaks in moderate platitudes he is not a physician who heals, but a magician who decieves, nothing else.”

    “Obama won’t be bi-partisan, he can’t because he would need to be a moderate and he is a radical, all he has ever been is a radical, all his friends and associates are radicals. Obama speaking in platitudes will never make him a moderate anymore then John Gotti speaking softly never made him a gentle man.”

    My brother took a chance that to him seemed worth taking, and voted for Obama. I doubt Obama will get my brothers vote again. Obama better have more tricks because the ones he uses are getting old, even to many of his supporters.

    We could have been spared all this if instead of covering for Obama and carrying his water the MSM would have just vetted him like they vet all Republicans. Trust me, his tricks, lies, etc. would have been exposed if he had an (R) behind his name.

    Our Founding Fathers gave all kinds of warnings and sage advice. Instead of spoon feeding our youth about global warning, politically correct based current events and history that justifies government actions that trash our Constitution, we ought to have our students study the simple text of the Constitution, study the Federalist Papers and discuss these things along with other things said by our Founding Fathers in context with today.

    Today we talk with complete narcissistic views of current events, coupled with momentary wants and needs as if they were constitutionally guaranteed. Of course the Constitution is never directly referenced in such cases because it does not guarantee such things. We instead turn to thin court decisions and legislation that is at best constitutionally questionable. All this is put in a moral context that discards any context our Founding Fathers would have found moral let alone justifiable.

  5. SteveH Says:

    It never really crossed my mind 20 or 30 years ago that reason and logic could just go out of style. But thats exactly whats happened.

  6. S. Graham Says:

    I am both encouraged and discouraged.The incredible ineptitude of this admin. gives me hope that they will accomplish little of what they want.
    Then ,I think that in four years they will have another 60+ million, from who knows where , to delude the uninformed and I think only in terms of despair.

  7. njcommuter Says:

    “Hold on, my friends, to the Constitution and to the Republic for which it stands. Miracles do not cluster, and what has happened once in 6000 years, may not happen again. Hold on to the Constitution, for if the American Constitution should fail, there will be anarchy throughout the world.”

    Those who have read the Federalist Papers will realize how prescient that have proven to be. It seems like there is a great deal of prescient wisdom in and around the “traditional” America, and an inordinate amount of folly in those who would tear it down. One could almost discern a battleground between the Divine and the Diabolical.

    How many times must people face ‘I told you so’ situations before they see that the people who oppose them have some wisdom?

  8. Kurt Says:

    I also linked to a Daniel Webster quote in my comment at this post about Obama’s questionable proposal for mandatory national slavery–oops, I mean, national service.

    At this point, I’m beginning to wonder if there are any leaders from the early years of the republic who wouldn’t be horrified at what has been happening in Washington during the last two months.

  9. Kurt Says:

    OOps… I forgot to include the link to the post…

  10. toaster Says:

    Kipling’s applicable as usual:

    In the Carboniferous Epoch we were promised abundance for all,
    By robbing selected Peter to pay for collective Paul;
    But, though we had plenty of money, there was nothing our money could buy,
    And the Gods of the Copybook Headings said: “If you don’t work you die.”

  11. SteveH Says:

    I wonder if there was similar correspondence to ours (though handwritten) in 1930’s Germany between the Germans who knew they were headed to hell in a handbasket? I’ll have to do a search on that and get back with you.

  12. ELC Says:

    Lincoln said something quite similar, January 27, 1838:

    “At what point shall we expect the approach of danger? By what means shall we fortify against it? Shall we expect some transatlantic military giant, to step the Ocean, and crush us at a blow? Never! All the armies of Europe, Asia and Africa combined, with all the treasure of the earth (our own excepted) in their military chest; with a Buonaparte for a commander, could not by force, take a drink from the Ohio, or make a track on the Blue Ridge, in a trial of a thousand years.

    “At what point then is the approach of danger to be expected? I answer, if it ever reach us, it must spring up amongst us. It cannot come from abroad. If destruction be our lot, we must ourselves be its author and finisher. As a nation of freemen, we must live through all time, or die by suicide.”

    The Prophet Abraham Speaks

  13. sergey Says:

    Actually, Daniel Webster was wrong: miracles tend to cluster, but his conclusion still holds. They are rare exactly because they cluster in very few historic turnpoints, and this clustering is a miracle in itself. Carl Yung wrote a very insightfull paper on this, called Synchronisticity; anybody without his credentials would be called a superstitios nut for this.

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