Fear of Clowns

"Faith may be defined briefly as an illogical belief in the occurrence of the improbable."
- H. L. Mencken

Monday, April 19, 2004

Prescient quotes 

"We must give notice to this president and other Presidents that deceit and deception over issues as grave as going to war and waging war cannot be tolerated in a constitutional democracy."
- Elizabeth Holtzman
Debate on Articles of Impeachment,
Hearings of the Committee on the Judiciary, House of Reps.
93rd Congress, 2nd Session, p 494


'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."'
- Abraham Lincoln
Letter to William H. Herndon, February 15, 1848

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