Quote Of The Day — January 19, 2015

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I apprehend no danger to our country from a foreign foe. Our destruction, should it come at all, will be from another quarter. From the inattention of the people to the concerns of their government, from their carelessness and negligence, I must confess that I do apprehend some danger. I fear that they may place too implicit a confidence in their public servants, and fail properly to scrutinize their conduct; that in this way they may be made the dupes of designing men, and become the instruments of their own undoing. Make them intelligent, and they will be vigilant; give them the means of detecting the wrong, and they will apply the remedy.”

Daniel Webster – Born January 18, 1782, Died October 24, 1852

 

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7 Responses to Quote Of The Day — January 19, 2015

  1. captbogus2 says:

    Ah, but the wisdom of our forefathers has been lost along with reverence and respect for education and educators.

    • Grouchy says:

      All too true, Capt. The reverence for sacredness has been made into idolatry, and the basis of the sacred, of any level, has indeed been lost.
      That said, the loss of reverence and respect for the educational industry has been brought on through its own neglect of principles. There are those who realize the truth and are working to correct the slide, but at the moment, they are also fighting not only their own industry, but the apathy and inertia of the public. Waken the public, as we are trying to do on the blogs, and we’ll have a chance to win back a lot of lost ground.

  2. Liz entrekin says:

    Agree capt. Apathy, loss of moral guideposts and greed are the downfall of all successful humans and countries. Whether religious or not, good standards, commonsense education, and conscience in all aspects of life are necessary to survival.

  3. CW says:

    Webster was right on the money, wasn’t he?

    • Grouchy says:

      Indeed he was, CW. I am continually amazed at the vision and wisdom many of the early leaders of our country exhibited.
      They were a product of an educational system that has long been demeaned and cast aside as of “no relevance”.
      Now, we pander to the slowest and there is no separation of ability. America will, and is even now, paying the price for that~!

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