Monday, February 12

We are not enemies, but friends. We must not be enemies.

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 purpose, and you allow him to make war at pleasure. Study to see if you can fix any limit to his power in this respect, after having given him so much as you propose. If to-day he should choose to say he thinks it necessary to invade Canada to prevent the British from invading us, how could you stop him? You may say to him, — "I see no probability of the British invading us"; but he will say to you, "Be silent: I see it, if you don't."

The provision of the Constitution giving the war making power to Congress was dictated, as I understand it, by the following reasons: Kings had always been involving and impoverishing their people in wars, pretending generally, if not always, that the good of the people was the object. This our convention understood to be the most oppressive of all kingly oppressions, and they resolved to so frame the Constitution that no one man should hold the power of bringing this oppression upon us. But your view destroys the whole matter, and places our President where kings have always stood.
- Letter, while US Congressman, to his friend and law-partner William H. Herndon, opposing the Mexican-American War (15 February 1848)
- Wikiquote
Today is the birth anniversary of Abraham Lincoln, one of the most admired American President who ratified the Emancipation Proclamation to banish slavery forever. Generally we dont remember the deeds of great leaders unless there are music concerts or fireworks. Mom found this little info of his anniversary on the back of the Tamil calender.

To think back, and to think of the present, it is sufficient to say, we are taking big steps backward in ridding the world of tyranny and power plays. Sufficient to say again that the American people dont even remember of their revolutionary fathers when they sent their armies of foreign hunting adventures. And more so, on how the rest of the world feels when thousands are killed of war, famine and diseases everyday.

We are not blind, we are just lazy and ignorant.


Marutham said...

We are not blind, we are just lazy and ignorant.// Nethi adi... :)

alex said...

"We are not blind, we are just lazy and ignorant."


Nirek said...

good to see you remember lincoln on his birth anniversary!

Keshi said...

Im not hungry, just greedy :)


Nahuatl said...

We prefer to be ignorant. Because we are lazy.

starry nights said...

So true.everything the forefathers represented is forgotten.Now its only what they can get.and can go to any extent to satisfy that greed and exploit the power that was bestowed upon them.(thank God I was not one of those people who placed him there)


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