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Monday, April 19, 2010

From a "Founding Father" of the nation

"All the property that is necessary to a Man, for the Conservation of the Individual and the Propagation of the Species, is his natural Right, which none can justly deprive him of: But all Property superfluous to such purposes is the Property of the Publick, who, by their Laws, have created it, and who may therefore by other laws dispose of it, whenever the Welfare of the Publick shall demand such disposition. He that does not like civil Society on these Terms, let him retire and live among Savages. He can have no right to the benefits of Society, who will not pay his Club towards the Support of it."

- Benjamin Franklin

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

In rivers and bad governments, the lightest things swim at the top

-Benjamin Franklin

Anonymous said...

"Sir, I agree to this Constitution, with all its Faults, if they are such; because I think a General Government necessary for us, and there is no Form of Government but what may be a Blessing to the People if well administered; and I believe farther that this is likely to be well administered for a Course of Years, and can only end in Despotism as other Forms have done before it, when the People shall become so corrupted as to need Despotic Government, being incapable of any other'.
- Benjamin Franklin's Final Speech In the Constitutional Convention

Anonymous said...

You quote a Founding Father, as requested, but Chris is nowhere in sight to offer congratulations. Hmmm...