Quotes Suitable for Framing: Niall Ferguson

Wednesday, August 9, AD 2017



Freedom is rarely killed off by people chanting “Down with Freedom!” It is killed off by people claiming that the greater good/the general will/the community/the proletariat requires “examination of the parameters” (or some such cant phrase) of individual liberty. If the criterion for censorship is that nobody’s feelings can be hurt, we are finished as a free society.

Where such arguments lead is just a long-haul flight away.

The regime of Hugo Chavez and his successor, Nicolas Maduro, in Venezuela, used to be the toast of such darlings of the American Left as Naomi Klein, whose 2007 book “The Shock Doctrine” praised Venezuela as “a zone of relative economic calm” in a world dominated by marauding free market economists. Today (as was eminently foreseeable 10 years back), Venezuela is in a state of economic collapse, its opposition leaders are in jail, and its constitution is about to be rewritten yet again to keep the Chavista dictatorship in power. Another regime where those who speak freely land in jail is Saudi Arabia, a regime lauded by Women’s March leader and sharia law enthusiast Linda Sarsour.

Mark my words, while I can still publish them with impunity: The real tyrants, when they come, will be for diversity (except of opinion) and against hate speech (except their own).

Niall Ferguson, British Historian

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  • Some of us might think that whispering, “You can be like God,” in Eden was the most vile hate speech ever…and how nice it was that not one person on Earth had their feelings hurt when it was spoken..

  • Many well-educated people with whom I work say they would rather be identified as liberal progressives against Trump and the uneducated lower white class that voted him into power. They look down on anyone not sharing their paradigm, marginalizing by sophist ridicule those whom they cosider their intellectual inferiors.

    Now I share their frustration over Trump – he knows nothing about the Constitution or how government really works, and other than personal loyalty and personal kindess, he has no principle. Nevertheless, the disrespect shown his supporters – some of whom are actually very well educated – is nothing but outright contempt and disdain. That fuels this whole movement of diversity except in opinion and opposition to hate speech except their own.

    I have had real serious conversations with my co-workers who are anti-Trump. They have a lot of valid points, particularly when it comes to my area of nuclear power, the Department of Energy, etc. I can’t go into all the details here because that’s not relevant to the subject of Donald McClarey’s post. But with all due respect to the President, the man is ignorant when it comes to technical, engineering and scientific fields (of course, what politician isn’t?). And the younger people in my industry pick up on that ignorance and project it onto all his supporters without distinction, unfairly stereotyping everyone disagreeing with them.

    This isn’t going to end well, especially when the people opposite of me politically do have some valid points that I cannot simply ignore out of hand.

    For the record, I voted for Darrell Castle of the Constitution Party in November of 2016. My hands are clean at least in this [ though certainly not in anything else 😉 ] and I proudly state that.

  • His words are chillingly sobering.
    What will it take to preserve freedom from perverse and distorted pagans?

    A civil war?

    The Church Mush isn’t helping.
    Relativism has infected many.
    Truth? What is Truth? Our Lord is hearing this again..but now it’s from his closest friends. His consecrated ones.

    A clandestine holy church in America?
    A possibility.
    A certainty if we let it by doing nothing more than remaining silent.

  • The right to speak is the right to prevail. The disputes over ‘free speech’ are derived ultimately from the self-concept of certain professional-managerial occupations: the educational apparat, the legal profession, the media, the mental-health trade, and now the tech industry. They conceive of themselves as the school administrators while the rest of us are unruly adolescents.

  • I don’t think “freedom” is an absolute good– in part because it can’t be, with free will*, and in part because as Fulton Sheen said, freedom to do what— but I notice the shutting down of free speech is very high cost (damaged communication) for very low return (possibly some people do not feel bad because of what they hear; definitely other people are hurt by being actively told that they are unacceptable without even a trial, and definitely people are hurt by not being able to trust the communications they get, and possibly people are hurt by what they don’t hear.)

    * explaining:
    if you have free will, then two people can want two contradictory things; if they are both absolutely free, then they must both be able to get what they want– which is impossible.

  • The Church isn’t so mushy. Here is Bishop Jose Luis Azuaje Ayala, who spoke recently on the results of the Constituent Assembly election that is intended by the government to impose a new constitution and the general situation:

    “On Sunday, [July] 30 we could see with our eyes the small amount of participation of the people in the elections. In this way a direct, informal, but experiential audit was made. Before six o’clock in the afternoon, which was the official time of the closing of the tables, they sent to speak to one of the observers of the National Electoral Council to announce that there was an immense number of people remaining still in lines to vote, and the vote was extended for another hour. I looked at the school that is close to the diocesan see where there were several polling stations and it looked like a desert. They tried to make people believe that there were voters at that time. There’s nothing more false. It was like the official announcement of fraud…before and during the electoral process for the Constituent Assembly, many people were coerced and threatened to attend to vote…

    “There is large number of murders that, according to the national prosecution, number 121 deaths. Of these, 25 percent have been murdered by state security agencies and 40 percent by groups of armed civilians sympathetic to the regime. There are more than 1,500 wounded, with more than thousands of detainees, in little more than three months, give us a hellish picture that would make any person or institution worried about the lives of citizens at stake…

    “[The economic collapse] is the result of dire governmental policies, of improvisation, of wanting to establish a socialism without humanist support, and in its place generating a permanent conflict plagued by corruption and violence…

    “Whenever this government has been at a disadvantage, it has asked to dialogue, but it is always the same script: dialogue is used to gain time and advance in the hegemonic project of totalitarianism and greater power of domination”

  • MY APOLOGIES! I didn’t see this was posted below! I do think the language is tougher than shown below.

  • “Facts do not care about your feelings”…Ben Shapiro

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Quotes Suitable for Framing: Alvin C. York

Thursday, August 3, AD 2017

The American-born boys and the Greeks, Irish, Poles, Jews, and Italians who were in my platoon in the World War. A heap of them couldn’t speaker write the American language until they larned it in the Army. Over here in the training camps and behind the lines in France a right-smart lot of them boozed, gambled, cussed, and went A. W. O. L. But once they got into it Over There they kept on a-going. They were only tollable shots and burned up a most awful lot of ammunition. But jest the same they always kept on a-going. Most of them died like men, with their rifles and bayonets in their hands and their faces to the enemy. I’m a-thinkin* they were real heroes. Any way they were my buddies. I jes learned to love them.


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Quotes Suitable for Framing: Anthony Esolen

Saturday, July 22, AD 2017


The colleges are thus committed to a moral inversion. High and noble virtues, especially those that require moral courage, are mocked: gallantry in wartime, sexual purity, scrupulous honesty and plain dealing, piety, and the willingness to subject your thoughts, experiences, and most treasured beliefs to the searching scrutiny of reason. What is valued then? Debauchery, perversion, contempt for your supposedly benighted ancestors, lazy agnosticism, easy and costless pacifism, political maneuvering, and an enforcement of a new orthodoxy that in denying rational analysis seeks to render itself immune to criticism. You sink yourself in debt to discover that your sons and daughters have been severed from their faith, their morals, and their reason. Whorehouses and mental wards would be much cheaper. They might well be healthier, too.

Professor Anthony Esolen, Out of the Ashes

Hattip to John C. Wright.

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  • Anthony M. Esolen’s prose is poetic

  • Perfect definition of political correctness: “…a new orthodoxy…(that) seeks to render itself immune to criticism.”

  • I don’t know what we are going to do about the generation now coming out of our elementary and high schools, let alone our colleges. They are trained to hate American history, to believe the USA was built upon being a slave Kingdom, that only the wealthy rule America, but worst of all, to hate anyone who disagrees with them with a furious bitter hatred.

    They will risk nothing for a noble cause; serve nothing, except themselves; and cannot seem to measure themselves by avoiding cheating stealing and lying. It is a grim outlook.

  • People who are taught lies can always be taught truth. I have hope in the young.

  • Hillsdale College is my oldest son’s top college choice. He attended their Liberty and Learning Youth Conference earlier this summer.

  • Jay Anderson.

    Thank God.
    Ave Maria University, Hillsdale college these are the antidote to the poison that is being happily distributed through out the world. God bless your eldest son’s top pick.
    I hope he enters in.

  • Anthony Esolen is one of the few orthodox Catholic intellectual leaders of our time. Show your appreciation by buying his book ‘Out of the Ashes’ and maybe subscribing to Touchstone magazine for which he is a writer and edits.

  • Dr. Esolen had a long history at Providence College. Toward the end of his tenure there, he was subject to a campaign of vilification from the usual suspects there, a campaign endorsed by the college administration. The whole mess left a bad taste in his mouth and when a job offer came over the transom from a serious Catholic college in New Hampshire, he took it. Providence College is run by the Dominican order. I’m sure there’s a religious order of some vintage which isn’t a scandal. I’m not sure which though…

  • Esolen is of course on target about the need to find a restoration of fundamental moral and societal values, but there is abundant reason for pessimism.

    Close to “home” here in the SF Baytheist Area, the product of the k-12 public school system, filled with teachers staffed for decades by radicals from UC Berkeley and San Francisco State, the violence is reflected in the utterly amoral attacks on ordinary citizens in the BART public transit system that have been suppressed by the BART authorities and the media:
    Masses of “youths” — let’s be blunt, black teenagers in the Oakland and Richmond areas—have turned criminal attacks into a sporting event. Although the most attention was given to an April 2017 incident, these are regular events and near-events, now, everywhere here. Specifically with regard to BART, people avoid the system if they are wise. But it is all over the area, now, the Lord-of-the-Flies feral youth.
    Now, the most outrageous attack to date occurred this past Thurs, July 20th, at the Richmond BART station, and was witnessed from a train car by, of all people, Richmond Mayor Tom Butt—who to his credit, unlike Mayor Ed Lee (SF) or Sam Liccardo (San Jose), doesn’t try to suppress the exploding crime wave sweeping the Bay Area by “youths” .

    Even while a single man was attacked—who by the way, was a young black guy on his way to work in SF—at least two orange-and-yellow uniformed BART facility personnel watched the attack impassively from their truck nearby—and did nothing. Tom Butt was astounded at the callousness of everyone. When BART police were called by 911, BART police argued that the site of the assault was in Richmond’s jurisdiction. You have to remember, they have been Ferguson-ized, after the Oscar Grant shooting a few years ago, when a BART policeman killed a black hoodlum in the BART Oakland station.

    So, this is the context in which I say that the youth emerging from our public schools today at least in the SF Bay Area, are now the most feral, violent, and conscience-less, that I have witnessed in my lifetime.

  • I have always been a big fan of the Order of Preachers, having been brought into the Church in a Dominican parish in the Dominican Province of St. Joseph (covering roughly the northeast and mid-Atlantic, including Providence College). I have a number of Dominican friends, including one who was once the Chaplain at Providence. Let’s just say I lost a LOT of respect for the Dominican Province of St. Joseph in general and for Providence College president Fr. Brian J. Shanley, O.P., in particular, over their treatment of Prof. Anthony Esolen. I wouldn’t send any of my kids to Providence College under ANY circumstances.

  • Michael Dowd, thanks for the tip on “Touchstone”, now being edited by Esolen. I will subscribe today.

  • Also, @ Jay Anderson:

    I used to regularly support the Dominican Province of St Joseph (141 E 65th St, NY, NY – HQ), until the literature they began sending me with their requests for financial support including the full Frankenchurch in display and they as proud standard-bearers. (They didn’t have the good sense to hoodwink me into thinking they remained the way previously had been at Providence and elsewhere. Oy vey. )

  • I believe Prof. Esolen was hired by Thomas More College in Texas, not New Hampshire. There is a Thomas More College in New Hampshire, also.


Quotes Suitable for Framing: Abraham Lincoln

Sunday, July 16, AD 2017

And, after that, the chunky man from the West,
Stranger to you, not one of the men you loved
As you loved McClellan, a rider with a hard bit,
Takes you and uses you as you could be used,
Wasting you grimly but breaking the hurdle down.
You are never to worship him as you did McClellan,
But at the last you can trust him.  He slaughters you
But he sees that you are fed.  After sullen Cold Harbor
They call him a butcher and want him out of the saddle,
But you have had other butchers who did not win
And this man wins in the end.

Stephen Vincent Benet, John Brown’s Body


“I appealed to Lincoln for his own sake to remove Grant at once, and, in giving my reasons for it, I simply voiced the admittedly overwhelming protest from the loyal people of the land against Grant’s continuance in command. I could form no judgment during the conversation as to what effect my arguments had upon him beyond the fact that he was greatly distressed at this new complication. When I had said everything that could be said from my standpoint, we lapsed into silence. Lincoln remained silent for what seemed a very long time. He then gathered himself up in his chair and said in a tone of earnestness that I shall never forget: ‘I can’t spare this man; he fights.‘”

Alexander McClure recalling a meeting with President Lincoln shortly after the Battle of Shiloh

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Quotes Suitable for Framing: John Paul II

Wednesday, July 5, AD 2017



For this reason the Second Vatican Council states that all the Pope’s teaching should be listened to and accepted, even when it is not given ex cathedra, but is proposed in the ordinary exercise of the magisterium with a clear intention to enunciate, recall, reiterate Faithful doctrine.

Pope John Paul II, General Audience, March 17, 1993 (Italics added.)

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  • So, what part of the Faithful doctrine, from Apostolic Times, can we find the saying that people who are known to engage in a mortal sin can receive the Sacraments?

    Anyone else note that PF’s most frequent references are his own writings and speeches? I guess not much else was important before 2013

  • You know if you take powerful medicine that is not appropriate for your condition, it could be very bad for you. Perhaps, as St. Paul indicates, profane reception may be why some of us are sick.

  • Pope John Paul II is saying we should not listen to Pope Francis because he does not intend to “enunciate, recall, reiterate Faithful doctrine.” Good advice.

  • Michael Dowd: Bingo!

    Nobody licitly can abolish, alienate or alter Objective Truth.

  • That deduction pertains only to the Character of St. John Paul II, and not to any other Pope who may or may not be orthodox.

Quotes Suitable for Framing: Pope Leo XIII

Tuesday, June 27, AD 2017


18. In like manner, the other pains and hardships of life will have no end or cessation on earth; for the consequences of sin are bitter and hard to bear, and they must accompany man so long as life lasts. To suffer and to endure, therefore, is the lot of humanity; let them strive as they may, no strength and no artifice will ever succeed in banishing from human life the ills and troubles which beset it. If any there are who pretend differently – who hold out to a hard-pressed people the boon of freedom from pain and trouble, an undisturbed repose, and constant enjoyment – they delude the people and impose upon them, and their lying promises will only one day bring forth evils worse than the present. Nothing is more useful than to look upon the world as it really is, and at the same time to seek elsewhere, as We have said, for the solace to its troubles.

Leo XIII, Rerum Novarum

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Quotes Suitable for Framing: Thornton Wilder

Wednesday, May 31, AD 2017

On Memorial Day I spent the morning working in my office.  Before returning home for lunch, I stopped to visit the grave of my son. Mount Olivet cemetery was beautiful with American flags marking the graves of the veterans.  It brought to mind these lines from Thornton Wilder’s Our Town:


“Over there are some Civil War veterans. Iron flags on their graves…New Hampshire boys… had a notion that the Union ought to be kept together, though they’d never seen more than fifty miles of it themselves. All they knew was the name, friends – the United States of America. The United States of America. And they went and died about it.”

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Quotes Suitable for Framing: Edmund Burke

Friday, April 21, AD 2017



“The temper and character which prevail in our Colonies are, I am afraid, unalterable by any human art. We can not, I fear, falsify the pedigree of this fierce people, and persuade them that they are not sprung from a nation in whose veins the blood of freedom circulates. The language in which they would hear you tell them this tale would detect the imposition. Your speech would betray you. An Englishman is the unfittest person on earth to argue another Englishman into slavery.”

Edmund Burke, On Conciliation With America, March 22, 1775


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  • A lawyer associate/friend once told me the first thing one learns in Law Scholl is the short answer for all issues is, “It depends.” No lawyer jokes, some of my best friends are lawyers.

Quotes Suitable for Framing: Benjamin Disraeli

Tuesday, April 4, AD 2017

That dense population in extreme distress inhabited an island where there was an established church which was not their church; and a territorial aristocracy, the richest of whom lived in distant capitals. Thus they had a starving population, an absentee aristocracy, and an alien Church, and, in addition, the weakest executive in the world. That was the Irish question.

Benjamin Disraeli, February 16, 1844

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  • Disraeli should have said this. Still, he has plenty of immortals. Such as this dig at his less-talented rival:

    “The difference between a misfortune and a calamity is this: If Gladstone fell into the Thames, it would be a misfortune. But if someone dragged him out again, that would be a calamity.”

  • I always rather liked his taunt of the Liberals of the Manchester School of Free Trade: “They proclaim ‘peace and plenty,’ amid a starving people and a world in arms.”

Quotes Suitable for Framing: Daniel Webster

Sunday, March 26, AD 2017



If we work upon marble, it will perish; if we work upon brass, time will efface it; if we rear temples, they will crumble to dust; but if we work on men’s immortal minds, if we impress on them with high principles, the just fear of God and love for their fellow-men, we engrave on those tablets something which no time can efface, and which will brighten and brighten to all eternity.

Daniel Webster, May 22, 1852

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Quotes Suitable for Framing: Philander Knox

Tuesday, March 14, AD 2017

“I think, it would be better to keep your action free from any taint of legality.”

Attorney General Philander Knox’ response when President Theodore Roosevelt asked him to craft a legal defense for American actions which led to the independence of Panama and the treaty between Panama and the United States for the construction of the Panama Canal.  Hurrah for Theodore Roosevelt, the father of Panamanian independence and the Panama Canal!

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Quotes Suitable for Framing: Pope Saint John XXIII

Tuesday, March 7, AD 2017



Why I don’t applaud in Church:

“I am very glad to have come here. But if I must express a wish, it is that in church you not shout out, that you not clap your hands, and that you not greet even the Pope, because ‘templum Dei, templum Dei.’ (‘The temple of God is the temple of God.’)

Now, if you are pleased to be in this beautiful church, you must know that the Pope is also pleased to see his children. But as soon as he sees his good children, he certainly does not clap his hands in their faces. And the one who stands before you is the Successor of St. Peter.”

Pope Saint John XXIII


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  • Stop the talking in church. God is trying to pray.

  • There were many good and loving ideas and inspirations Pope John 23 left for us.
    There had been years of renewal movements prior to his papacy and I think the mood after the Wars was that society needed to institute change. Institutionalize it. He had already announced the ecumenical council in January 1959 before he was given the secret to read in the fall of that year. Prob the mention of an evil council didn’t sit well. He didn’t live to see what mischief was worked at/after the Council though- Paul VI had to face that.

Quotes Suitable for Framing: Henry Adams

Friday, February 17, AD 2017




Power when wielded by abnormal energy is the most serious of facts, and all Roosevelt’s friends know that his restless and combative energy was more than abnormal. Roosevelt, more than any other man living within the range of notoriety, showed the singular primitive quality that belongs to ultimate matter,—the quality that mediæval theology assigned to God,—he was pure act.

Henry Adams, The Education of Henry Adams (1918)

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Quotes Suitable for Framing: Abraham Lincoln

Sunday, February 12, AD 2017

The dogmas of the quiet past, are inadequate to the stormy present. The occasion is piled high with difficulty, and we must rise — with the occasion. As our case is new, so we must think anew, and act anew. We must disenthrall ourselves, and then we shall save our country.

Abraham Lincoln, Annual Message to Congress, December 1, 1862

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  • To those who stood their ground, the public square in front of Worse than Murder Inc., you succeed in raising US higher in heart, mind and soul. De-funding death camps like Planned Murder is saving ourselves and our Country. Thank you patriots unaware.

  • For 44 years Church hierarchy hasn’t shared the urgency.

    “Abortion is murder.” Repeat these three words in response to each and very bleat by your typical, pro-abortion nincompoop.

    Reminds me that Democrats haven’t been this bat-crap crazy since Lincoln freed their slaves.

  • If I’m not mistaken, 12 February is Abraham Lincoln’s birth date. It once was a National Holiday, regardless of what day of the week. Similarly, Washington’s birth date is 22 February another former national holiday. I don’t celebrate “presidents’ day” because Barack Hussein Obama and Jimmeh Carter.

    Also, 11 November was known as “Armistice Day.” Now, it’s “Veterans’ Day.”

    All that was before the elites determined that the lower classes need three-day weekends.

    I’m old enough to remember. God gave us memory that we might have America in 2017.

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  • Mr. McClarey.

    Thank you from my heart.
    I’m taking a day off to nurse a flu and this timely truth from JRL has reached its target.

    Like rich cuisine I must taste the entree with reasonable amounts and cherish the flavors slowly and carefully.

    Going back for another bite.Thanks.

  • Hope you get better Philip. TR.