Friday, May 20, 2005

What an awesome quote

Thanks to Jaeger for emerging from his secure whatever to post it. Also, thanks to Bruce for the pointer, and may I add, also for his ongoing takes on our Parliament and the CPC. I've retired from commenting on partisan politics, but I haven't yet managed to completely stop caring. Anyone wondering what I think about the crisis of the day, any day, is hereby advised to read Bruce and assume I concur.

Anyway, here's the quote:
I have little interest in streamlining government or in making it more efficient, for I mean to reduce its size. I do not undertake to promote welfare, for I propose to extend freedom. My aim is not to pass laws, but to repeal them. It is not to inaugurate new programs, but to cancel old ones that do violence to the Constitution or that have failed their purpose, or that impose on the people an unwarranted financial burden. I will not attempt to discover whether legislation is "needed'' before I have first determined whether it is constitutionally permissible. And if I should later be attacked for neglecting my constituents "interests", I shall reply that I was informed that their main interest is liberty and that in that cause I am doing the very best I can. -- Barry Goldwater


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