September 27, 2011
A modern man is simply "a man who forgets what is known about man"For our founders, democracy was rooted in the conviction that all citizens are capable of being either ruler or ruled. Therefore, people who are incapable of self-rule are specifically unfit to engage in democracy. If you cannot even master your own domain, how can you presume to be sovereign over others? -- One Cʘsmos: Hurtling Downward Faster than the Speed of Light?
Posted by Vanderleun at September 27, 2011 12:33 PM. This is an entry on the sideblog of American Digest: Check it out.
One afternoon about 40 years ago I was in a graduate American History course taught by Shaw Livermore, a wonderful man, and he asked the question: "How can you have self-government, if you cannot govern yourselves?"
It was perhaps the beginning of my conversion.
I was therefor thrilled to hear President Bush say in his Second Inaugural:
In America's ideal of freedom, the public interest depends on private character - on integrity, and tolerance toward others, and the rule of conscience in our own lives. Self-government relies, in the end, on the governing of the self. That edifice of character is built in families, supported by communities with standards, and sustained in our national life by the truths of Sinai, the Sermon on the Mount, and the faith of our people. Americans move forward in every generation by reaffirming all that is good and true that came before - ideals of justice and conduct that are the same yesterday, today, and forever.
Posted by: Fat Man at September 27, 2011 6:14 PM