The Federalist Digest --
From Issue #00-35brf

They Said It About...
Liberty, Culture, Family


"No government can continue good but under the control of the people; and...their minds are to be informed by education what is right and what wrong; to be encouraged in habits of virtue and to be deterred from those of vice.... These are the inculcations necessary to render the people a sure basis for the structure and order of government." — Thomas Jefferson


"Liberty has never come from the government.... The history of liberty is the history of resistance...a history of the limitation of governmental power, not the increase of it." —  Woodrow Wilson


"In the American tradition, reason and revelation combine to support freedom and morality, which joins freedom and morality together, too." — Larry P. Arnn


"And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose." (Romans 8:28)


"Let's pass more gun control laws and buy metal detectors for every public school in the land —  anything but tell kids that life is sacred, because its Creator deems it so." — Don Feder

"The belief that government schools are neutral on morality and religion is extraordinarily naive. Once it becomes clear that government schools indoctrinate captive students in the tenets and dogma of humanism to the exclusion of all other religions, it also becomes clear that the government itself is in the business of establishing a state-run, religious monopoly. It is time for the total privatization of schools and the building of a wall of separation between state and education." — Linda Bowles

"Obviously if we give out vouchers we weaken the public schools. ... But that said, who am I to raise my voice in favor of the public school? I cannot ask another mother to send her child to a 35-kid class with metal detectors at the front door. I cannot ask that some other parent be a foot soldier in our war for a democratic, diverse society. The traditional liberal well-meant position is to support the teachers' union, the people's schools. The honest position in the light of reality is to wince and shut up." — Anne Roiphe, New York Observer columnist and mother of children sent to private school


"We've seen virtually no change in society's glorification of death and violence. As long as the cultural elite [media moguls] can keep our nation focused on a red herring like gun control, they relieve parents from the responsibility of healing empty hearts, wounded spirits, and the numbed consciences that lie behind these senseless acts of violence. If anything, we've witnessed a rise in the barrage of dark, hopeless and annihilative images and words churned out by TV, movies, music, Internet Web sites, and video games." — Dr. James C. Dobson


"The Roman Republic fell, not because of the ambition of Caesar or Augustus, but because it had already long ceased to be in any real sense a republic at all. When the sturdy Roman plebeian, who lived by his own labor, who voted without reward according to his own convictions, and who with his fellows formed in war the terrible Roman legion, had been changed into an idle creature who craved nothing in life save the gratification of a thirst for vapid excitement, who was fed by the state, and who directly or indirectly sold his vote to the highest bidder, then the end of the republic was at hand, and nothing could save it. The laws were the same as they had been, but the people behind the laws had changed, and so the laws counted for nothing." — Teddy Roosevelt

The Federalist is an advocate of individual, family and community governance, rights and responsibilities as espoused by our nation's Founders, and as originally intended by our Republic's Constitution as set forth in the Federalist Papers. The mission of our Editorial Board is to provide Constitutional Conservatives with a brief, timely, informative and entertaining survey and analysis of the week's most significant news, policy and opinion. The Federalist is an antidote to the liberal rhetoric of the mass media.


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30 aug 2000