“None are so hopelessly enslaved as those who falsely believe that they are free. The truth has been kept from the depth of their minds by masters who also rule them with lies.”                   Johann von Goethe, 1749 – 1832

     Graffiti from wall in Bogota, Columbia: “Let’s save pessimism for better times.”

Old saying that seems really modern –                                                                                                             “In a country well governed, Poverty is something to be ashamed of. In a country poorly governed, Wealth is something to be ashamed of.”                                                                                       Confucius, 400 BC

     “It is horrifying that we have to fight our own government to save the environment.”                     Ansel Adams, 1902-1984, photographer and environmentalist

     The freest government cannot long endure when the tendency of the law is to create a rapid accumulation of property in the hands of a few, and to render the  masses poor and dependent.”   Daniel Webster, 19th century American Senator, famous orator

      “Allow the president to invade a neighboring nation, whenever he shall deem it necessary to repel an invasion, and you allow him to do so whenever he may choose to say he deems it necessary for such a purpose – and you allow him to make war at pleasure.”                                                                                                                                                            Abraham Lincoln

     “They hate our order, our civilization, our enterprising industry, our pure religion. This wild, reckless, indolent, uncertain and superstitious race have no sympathy for our character …Their history describes an unbroken circle of bigotry and blood.”                                                                     Note: it is interesting to see the parallels between the savage treatment of the Irish by the English and the treatment of Black peoples throughout American history. The brits also made it illegal to teach the Irish to read; forebad “Wearing of the Green”, compared them to a form of ape, with sloping foreheads, etc. During the 1845 to 1852 Potato Famine about a quarter of the population died of hunger and accompanying diseases, while Ireland exported grain to England.             English Conservative Prime Minister Benjamin Disraeli, speaking of the Irish in the 1860’s







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