Wednesday, November 10, 2004

New Campaign Signs

I was in Portland, Maine this past week working with my friend Dana who is Director of Education there. She walked me through their Becoming a Nation exhibition (it and the museum are definately worth a trip). The final room had the quotes below all over the walls. They were so powerful that I asked her to send them to me. The quotes were selected before the election. Seeing them after the election I was surprised by how prescient she was to pick them. Especially interesting to me now is the Jefferson quote. The one that resonated with me the most was the Buck quote I mentioned earlier. I plan to turn some of these into yard signs for our house.

None who have always been free can understand the terrible fascinating power of the hope of freedom to those who are not free
Pearl S. Buck, 20th-Century Author

They that can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.
Benjamin Franklin, American Statesman

The only sure bulwark of continuing liberty is a government strong enough to protect the interests of the people, and a people strong enough and well enough informed to maintain its sovereign control over the government.
Franklin Delano Roosevelt, US President 1933-1945

Eternal vigilance is the price of liberty.
Wendell Phillips, Abolitionist

Freedom is not something that anybody can be given. Freedom is something people take, and people are as free as they want to be.
James Baldwin, Author

Government is not reason. Government is not eloquence. It is force. And, like fire, it is a dangerous servant and a fearful master.
George Washington, US President 1789-1797

A democracy is nothing more than mob rule, where fifty-one percent of the people may take away the rights of the other forty-nine
Thomas Jefferson, American President 1801-1809

We are not afraid to entrust the American people with unpleasant facts, foreign ideas, alien philosophies, and competitive values. For 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, US President 1961-63



2 Comments:

Blogger potterdad said...

Hmmm...almost eerie. And it makes my heart glad that a place I love, Maine, still has some independent thinkers in this day and age.

5:07 PM  
Blogger Troy said...

Portland voted 90% for Kerry. I'd say there are quite a few independent thinkers up there!

5:11 AM  

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