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Quotations Related to Terrorism

“We still lack a global definition of terrorism.”
— Gijs de Vries

“They were unable to stand up and say: ‘Here’s our policy. It’s Unite the world against terrorism.’ ”
— Chris Matthews

“We remain vulnerable. There is no such thing as 100 percent security against terrorism.”
— Gijs de Vries

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by Gerald Boerner

 

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Quotations Related to Mail

“Independence did not mean chauvinism and narrow nationalism.”
— Said Musa

“Independence means you decide according to the law and the facts.”
— Stephen Breyer

“Independence is not a whim or an ambition. It is the necessary condition of our survival as an ethnic group.”
— Aslan Maskhadov

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by Gerald Boerner

 

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Quotations Related to Terrorism

“I am committed to protecting our country against the threat of terrorism.”
— Jim Ryun

“On September 11 last year international terrorism entered a new dimension.”
— Otto Schily

“In a world of inhumanity, war and terrorism, American citizenship is a very precious possession.”
— Phyllis Schlafly

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by Gerald Boerner

 

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JerryPhoto_8x8_P1010031 We previously looked at some of the details of the 911 attacks on the Twin Towers (New York) and the Pentagon (Virginia). Today we move on to consider a bit more about those who participated in those attacks. While they were under the al-Qaeda organization, they utilized intelligence from a variety of sources and by logic should have been detected and prevented from boarding their flights.

We have had nine years in which to study these tactics, but no one really feels like we have put into place the safeguards that would keep our country safe from more such attacks. The main response seems to have been to strip personal freedoms from the general population. When will government get things right?

Let us learn to be diligent and alert to those who would attack this great land of ours. But let us NOT lose sight of the liberties that brave men and women patriots have fought hard for over the years.

Long may our flag wave over the land of the free and the home of the brave.  GLB

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Quotations Related to Terrorism

“Terrorism is not new to black people.”
— Vernon Jordan

“We need new partnerships in fighting terrorism and building peace.”
— Anna Lindh

“The threat of terrorism is not stronger than the will of the American people.”
— Chaka Fattah

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by Gerald Boerner

  

JerryPhoto_8x8_P1010031 As we approach the celebration of the 4th of July American Independence Day festivities, we believe that this is a good time to reflect on how and why we became a new nation over two hundred years ago. To a great extent, it had to do with the abuses of the British colonial system AND the presence at that point in time of great men of vision — the Founding Fathers.

Last year we posted an extensive series on the American Revolution. We will draw upon some of those posts again this year, but with more emphasis on the specific roles selected Founding Fathers played in the quest for independence. Today we will wrap-up those men who have been identified by historians as Founding Fathers; in our previous postings, we have selected a few who filled important functions in the nation-building process, but others were also involved. Looking at these men as a group shows how broad a spectrum of the population was involved in the Revolution against the British.

We hope that you will follow us through this exploration and come out with a renewed respect for our great struggle in those years in the 18th century. GLB

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“Government is necessary for our survival. We need government in order to survive. The Founding Fathers created a special place for government. It is called the Constitution.”
— Michael Badnarik

“Maintaining checks and balances on the power of the Judiciary Branch and the other two branches is vital to keep the form of government set up by our Founding Fathers.”
— Todd Tiahrt

“Our Founding Fathers crafted a constitutional Republic for the first time in the history of the world because they were shaping a form of government that would not have the failures of a democracy in it, but had the representation of democracy in it.”
— Steve King

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by Gerald Boerner

  

JerryPhoto_8x8_P1010031 As we approach the celebration of the 4th of July American Independence Day festivities, we believe that this is a good time to reflect on how and why we became a new nation over two hundred years ago. To a great extent, it had to do with the abuses of the British colonial system AND the presence at that point in time of great men of vision — the Founding Fathers.

Last year we posted an extensive series on the American Revolution. We will draw upon some of those posts again this year, but with more emphasis on the specific roles selected Founding Fathers played in the quest for independence. Today we will examine the contributions of that writer, idealist, diplomat, and politician — Thomas Jefferson. Not only was he the chief author of the Declaration of Independence, but he defined the function of the State Department, served as the third President of the U.S., and the leader of the Jeffersonian-Republican party.

We hope that you will follow us through this exploration and come out with a renewed respect for our great struggle in those years in the 18th century. GLB

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“Our political differences, now matter how sharply they are debated, are really quite narrow in comparison to the remarkably durable national consensus on our founding convictions.”
— John McCain

“We grew up founding our dreams on the infinite promise of American advertising. I still believe that one can learn to play the piano by mail and that mud will give you a perfect complexion.”
— Zelda Fitzgerald

“What has made America great have been the opportunities given to everyone in this country. Since our founding, individuals and families have come to America to seek freedom, opportunity and the choice for a better life.”
— Cathy McMorris

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by Gerald Boerner

  

JerryPhoto_8x8_P1010031 As we approach the celebration of the 4th of July American Independence Day festivities, we believe that this is a good time to reflect on how and why we became a new nation over two hundred years ago. To a great extent, it had to do with the abuses of the British colonial system AND the presence at that point in time of great men of vision — the Founding Fathers.

Last year we posted an extensive series on the American Revolution. We will draw upon some of those posts again this year, but with more emphasis on the specific roles selected Founding Fathers played in the quest for independence. Today we will examine the contributions of that American military leader, commander-in-chief of the Continental Army, and first President of this country, George Washington.

We hope that you will follow us through this exploration and come out with a renewed respect for our great struggle in those years in the 18th century. GLB

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“Thousands of present day students, like many of our Founding Fathers, are being taught at home.”
— Ernest Istook

“We believe that an Iraqi founding national assembly, freely elected, must decide the future of Iraq.”
— Jalal Talabani

“Two hundred years ago, our Founding Fathers gave us a democracy. It was based upon the simple, yet noble, idea that government derives its validity from the consent of the governed.”
— Paul Tsongas

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by Gerald Boerner

  

JerryPhoto_8x8_P1010031 As we approach the celebration of the 4th of July American Independence Day festivities, we believe that this is a good time to reflect on how and why we became a new nation over two hundred years ago. To a great extent, it had to do with the abuses of the British colonial system AND the presence at that point in time of great men of vision — the Founding Fathers.

Last year we posted an extensive series on the American Revolution. We will draw upon some of those posts again this year, but with more emphasis on the specific roles selected Founding Fathers played in the quest for independence. Today we will examine the contributions of that American “Renaissance Man” who was a scientist, scholar, printer, diplomat, and general “grandfather” type, Benjamin Franklin.

We hope that you will follow us through this exploration and come out with a renewed respect for our great struggle in those years in the 18th century. GLB

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“The Founding Fathers would be sorry to see that America had become so divided and factionalized.”
— Michael Beschloss

“The founding fathers were not only brilliant, they were system builders and systematic thinkers. They came up with comprehensive plans and visions.”
— Ron Chernow

“The myth that the founding of American Republic was based on the philosophy of John Locke could only have been maintained, because the history of Leibniz’s influence was suppressed.”
— Robert Trout

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by Gerald Boerner

  

JerryPhoto_8x8_P1010031 As we approach the celebration of the 4th of July American Independence Day festivities, we believe that this is a good time to reflect on how and why we became a new nation over two hundred years ago. To a great extent, it had to do with the abuses of the British colonial system AND the presence at that point in time of great men of vision — the Founding Fathers.

Last year we posted an extensive series on the American Revolution. We will draw upon some of those posts again this year, but with more emphasis on the specific roles selected Founding Fathers played in the quest for independence. Today we will examine the contributions of that crusader for the adoption of the Constitution and writer of the Federalist Papers, Alexander Hamilton.

We hope that you will follow us through this exploration and come out with a renewed respect for our great struggle in those years in the 18th century. GLB

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“Since its founding in 1854, Penn State has proven to be a leading institution of higher learning.”
— Tim Holden

“The fact is, almost every year since the founding of these United States, our government has lived beyond its means.”
— Paul Gillmor

“The Founding Fathers gave the free press the protection it must have to bare the secrets of government and inform the people.”
— Hugo Black

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by Gerald Boerner

  

JerryPhoto_8x8_P1010031 As we approach the celebration of the 4th of July American Independence Day festivities, we believe that this is a good time to reflect on how and why we became a new nation over two hundred years ago. To a great extent, it had to do with the abuses of the British colonial system AND the presence at that point in time of great men of vision — the Founding Fathers.

Last year we posted an extensive series on the American Revolution. We will draw upon some of those posts again this year, but with more emphasis on the specific roles selected Founding Fathers played in the quest for independence. Today we will examine the contributions of that great diplomat and future President, John Adams.

We hope that you will follow us through this exploration and come out with a renewed respect for our great struggle in those years in the 18th century. GLB

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“Our Founding Fathers would be proud of all that America has achieved, and will continue to achieve, in the coming years.”
— John Linder

“Second, marriage is an issue that our Founding Fathers wisely left to the states.”
— Judy Biggert

“Our political differences, now matter how sharply they are debated, are really quite narrow in comparison to the remarkably durable national consensus on our founding convictions.”
— John McCain

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