31 August 2011
A good, almost pain-free night, thanks to ‘ my lovely’ coming down twice, to turn me, just about the time when the pain is beginning.
August Bank Holiday Monday. A day in high summer when villages run their garden fetes and families spend the day on the beach or picnicking in the countryside. Not this year! The day was overcast and surely and the meteorological office admitted that it was the coldest August for 20 years. I did not venture out as I shall hopefully the outside lunch tomorrow and I had a day in the fresh air yesterday at the golf club.
The situation in the Middle East does not improve all eyes are on Libya and the whereabouts of Gadhafi. According to the news one of his sons is discussing surrender terms with the Taliban and the oldest son is broadcasting maniacal messages, like his father has done over the past four decades, trying to convince the rebels but unless they give up they will be annihilated. The truth of the matter appears to be that Gadhafi is cornered in a very small area in Tripoli, that is unless he has fled already, and this will be his last stand.
Today marks the 10th anniversary of the twin towers disaster in New York and of course the various programs and television commemorating the bravery of the firemen and police officers in attempting to rescue the occupants of the buildings with something like 367 fire officers losing their life. It is the biggest single loss of emergency personnel ever suffered, the bravery demonstrated by this incredible people was very humbling. I remember my friend James Faulk telephoning me from the states and telling me to put on my television, we did so in time to see the awesome sight of the south tower collapsing but not before a number of people have leapt out from 70 or 80 floors to certain death, one couple holding hands. Somehow the television anaesthetised his one’s feelings but I’m sure if I’d been standing in the street watching is happening I could have been traumatised for life. It was the most horrendous tragedy and has changed the Western world’s security arrangements, particularly at airports, for ever.
I finish today’s entry with a few words of wisdom and ask you to guess, before you get to the end, which politician said them
(sorry about the spacing but it has something to do with copying the following from an e-mail)
‘When we get piled upon one another in large cities, as in Europe , we shall become as corrupt as Europe.
The democracy will cease to exist when you take away from those who are willing to work and give to those who would not.
It is incumbent on every generation to pay its own debts as it goes, a principle which if acted on, would save one-half the wars of the world.
I predict future happiness for Americans if they can prevent the government from wasting the labors of the people under the pretense of taking care of them.
My reading of history convinces me that most bad government results from too much government.Â
The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants.
To compel a man to subsidize with his taxes the propagation of ideas which he disbelieves and abhors is sinful and tyrannical
I believe that banking institutions are more dangerous to our liberties than standing armies.Â If the American people ever allow private banks to control the issue of their currency, first by inflation, then by deflation, the banks and corporations that will grow up around the banks will deprive the people of all property – until their children wake-up homeless on the continent their fathers conquered.
Well done, if you said Thomas Jefferson.
John F. Kennedy held a dinner in the White House or a group of the brightest minds in mind in the nation at that time. He made this statement “This is perhaps the assembly of the of the most intelligent ever together at one time in the White House with the exception of a when Thomas Jefferson dined alone”
The reason why Jefferson words ring as true today as they did when spoke them is because, he had studied the previously failed attempts at government. He understood the actual history; the nature of God; God’s laws and the nature of man. That happens to be more than what most politicians understand today. His is a voice from the past to lead us into thus into the future.