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Historic Moral Statements

'What above all else is eroding public confidence in the judicial system is the perception that litigation is simply a game, the party with the most resourceful lawyer can play it to win, our long and boring legal proceedings are wonderfully self-perpetuating but incapable of delivering real-world justice'.  Caperton v. A. T. Massey Coal Co., 129 S. Ct. 2252 (2009). Scalia, U.S. Supreme Court Justice
"The nation that asks nothing of government but the maintenance of order is already a slave in the depths of its heart; it is a slave of its well-being, ready for the man who will put it in chains."  Alexis De Tocqueville
Justice Marshall: The Government of the United States has been emphatically termed a government of laws, and not of men. It will certainly cease to deserve this high appellation if the laws furnish no remedy for the violation of a vested legal right."
Excerpt: President George Washington's Farewell Address 1796

Of all the dispositions and habits which lead to political prosperity, religion and morality are indispensable supports. In vain would that man claim the tribute of patriotism, who should labor to subvert these great pillars of human happiness, these firmest props of the duties of men and citizens. The mere politician, equally with the pious man, ought to respect and to cherish them. A volume could not trace all their connections with private and public felicity. Let it simply be asked: Where is the security for property, for reputation, for life, if the sense of religious obligation desert the oaths which are the instruments of investigation in courts of justice ? And let us with caution indulge the supposition that morality can be maintained without religion. Whatever may be conceded to the influence of refined education on minds of peculiar structure, reason and experience both forbid us to expect that national morality can prevail in exclusion of religious principle. 

It is substantially true that virtue or morality is a necessary spring of popular government. The rule, indeed, extends with more or less force to every species of free government. Who that is a sincere friend to it can look with indifference upon attempts to shake the foundation of the fabric?

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Droit Ne Poet Pas Morier

Right does not die

Fiat iustitia, et pereat mundus 1
Let there be justice, though the world perish
Summum jus, summa injuria 2
Ruthless law can be put in force under the name of justice


"Nothing In Life Is To Be Feared.  It Is Only To Be Understood.."  Marie Curie, 1867-1934

"Of all the Sciences that I know in the World, that of Government concerns us most, and is the easiest to be known, and yet is the least understood."  Marcus Porcius Cato 234-149 BC


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