Tag Archive for liberty

Happy 237th America (Thanks to George Washington!)

Earlier today the Egyptian military leader General Abdul Fattah al-Sisi announced that his country’s first democratically-elected leader, President Mohammed Morsi, was being ousted and the new constitution suspended until (ironically) a new election could be arranged.  Unrest and violence had escalated in the last week, until the Army finally stepped in to finish off the floundering Muslim Brotherhood leadership.  But Morsi himself was the benefactor of the so-called “Arab Spring” movement of 2011, in which the autocrat Hosni Mubarak was overthrown.  And the beat goes on… The Egyptian de facto military coup is in sharp contrast to the American electoral system, in which we enjoy

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The Fire of Samuel Adams

Men of the Junto: I shared a quote from American revolutionary Samuel Adams with you at our last gathering, as best I could remember it. I googled it this afternoon, and found a somewhat longer version than I spoke: It does not take a majority to prevail … but rather an irate, tireless minority, keen on setting brushfires of freedom in the minds of men. Wikiquote says this is misattributed to Samuel Adams, and also to John Adams, with little evidence for either — so I thought I’d look for other relevant sentiments among the man’s verified quotations. Here are

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