My New Hero, Alexis deTocqueville

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I had thought Thomas Jefferson to be the wisest, or shall we say able to see what was coming. The more I Quote Alexis deTocqueville, the more I see he was at least on par with Jefferson. Just some quotes. for today.
——————————— Steve  ——————————————

In New England every citizen is instructed in the elements of human knowledge; he is also taught the doctrine and the evidences of his religion; he must know the history of his country and the main features of its Constitution. In Connecticut and Massachusetts you will very seldom find a man whose knowledge of all these things is only superficial, and anybody completely unaware of them is quite an oddity.

The safeguard of morality is religion, and morality is the best security of law as well as the surest pledge of freedom.

Alexis DeTocqueville, French philosopher

The Americans combine the notions of Christianity and of liberty so intimately in their minds, that it is imposible to make them conceive the one without the other.

Alexis DeTocqueville, French philosopher

From the earliest settlement of the emigrants, politics and religion contracted an alliance which has never been dissolved.

Alexis DeTocqueville

I do not question that the great austerity of manners that is observable in the United States arises, in the first instance, from religious faith.

Alexis DeTocqueville

I do not know whether all Americans have a sincere faith in their religion – for who can read the secrets of the heart? – but I am certain that they hold it be indispensable to the maintainance of republican institutions. This opinion is not peculiar to a class of citizens or a party, but it belongs to the whole nation and to every rank of society.

Alexis DeTocqueville

Men think that the greatness of the idea of unity lies in means. God sees it in the end. It is for that reason that the idea of greatness leads to a thousand mean actions. To force all men to march in step toward the same goal – tthat is a human idea. To encourage endless variety of actions but to bring them about so that in a thousand different ways all tend toward the fulfillment of one great design – that is a God-given idea.

Alexis DeTocqueville, French philosopher

…what does decide events, gentlemen, is the essential spirit of the government…for God’s sake, change the spirit of the government, for that spirit, I repeat, is leading you to the abyss.

Alexis DeTocqueville, to a EuropeanChamber of Deputies

Therefore, in all matters concerning the duties of citizens toward each other he (the individual) is subordinate. In all matters that concern himself alone he remains the master; he is free and owes an account of his actions to God alone. From this derives the maxim that the individual is the best and only judge of his own interest and that society has no right to direct his behavior unless it feels harmed by him or unless it needs his concurrence.

Alexis deTocqueville, French philosopher

Do you not see that religions are growing weak and that the conception of the sanctity of rights is vanishing? Do you not see that mores are changing and that the moral conception of rights is being obliterated with them?
Alexis deTocqueville, French philosopher

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  1. It’s time this message sent to Euroland: “…what does decide events, gentlemen, is the essential spirit of the government…for God’s sake, change the spirit of the government, for that spirit, I repeat, is leading you to the abyss.”
    Alexis DeTocqueville, to a EuropeanChamber of Deputies

  2. Thomas Jefferson was a very staunch proponent of the separation of church and state for a reason. Crazy Jesus freaks like you people.

    • Separation of church and state are necessary for neither religion nor government to become corrupt. Both have become corrupt, because they became entwined during George W. Bush’s reign of horror. Evangelism is destroying this country with intolerance. And laws should never be made based on religious beliefs.

      • I have a feeling I am far more educated than you. You make absolutely no sense, you know that right? Or did Jesus tell you what to type and you can’t be held responsible?

        • Actually, I am extremely intelligent. And the logical fallacy you created by calling me anti-Christian and then the leap you made to anti-Jewish is just the type of judgmental crap I would expect from you. I am accepting of all faiths. This site is anti-Moslem and anti-Democrat. One does not need organized religion to have a moral compass. Organized religion seems to lead to amoral acts more often than not. This whole place is a mess of hate and you seem to be the most vocal at the moment.

          • I have read the Koran, and the bible. Also, Democrats have been far more constitutionally correct historically than Republicans.
            And again, calling me anti-semitic? Still a leap, and something I never said.

        • Jelly Bean:
          How Dare You! You need to go spew your ugliness at someone else….DO NOT ATTACK OUR LORD AND SAVIOR ever, especially here. And you do not have a clue who u are up against when taking on a man like Grouchy. No matter your education, an arrogant person, as yourself, should be taking notes from a respectable, God Fearing Man like Grouchy. You need to learn how to show someone respect. He deserves your respect. Ppl like you are one of the reasons I am embarrassed by my own generation.

          • Respectable and god-fearing? The attitude of the people on this site is judgmental bullying. That is not what Jesus taught. How dare you? You use his name the way you do? Maybe you’re the one who should go read the bible again. He may not have been the son of god (because that story is like greek mythology, as far as I’m concerned), but he was an amazing human being who wanted others to be like him. Not oppose marriage between people who love each other. Not browbeat single mothers. Not bully and talk fire and brimstone like this cult-like sect of “Christianity” is doing.

            • “Judgmental bullying”?
              You misuse the English language like it’s Orwell’s 1984.
              Judgmental means we actually know right from wrong, good from evil, and have the courage to point it out. You, sad to say, have neither knowledge nor courage.
              Bullying: Pointing out right from wrong, good from evil, is just that — pointing it out. If doing so actually succeeds in pricking your near-dead conscience, I’m proud we “bullied” you.

            • Hello, ‘Jelly’! I’m rather late getting to this discussion, but perhaps I’m the labourer who came to the vineyard at the eleventh hour. Here are my thoughts, for what they’re worth.
              As a member of the Religious Society of Friends [commonly known as Quakers] we are enjoined to listen to everyone, as there is that of God within all of us, and yes, even you. Therefore no matter how difficult it can be at times, Friends strive to understand what the other’s concern is about and respond appropriately, with regard for the other’s personhood. So here’s what I hear from you as a starter.
              Firstly, I feel you made a number of good points which deserve a response, but the tone in which they were made is at least off-putting, if not derisive and contentious. In short, not likely to win the hearts of the hamlet. Bear w/me, please, before you hit the keys.
              While most of us may be followers of the Christ, that’s NOT a qualification for posting here, so derisively labelling us as ‘Jesus freaks’ is not very useful in any way, except to vent your spleen, which is something I do as well, but it doesn’t make me a better person.
              Secondly, it’s best if you start by asking for what you want or need, and not demanding it. That approach won’t garner much sympathy. As I said above, you have a number of valid points, i.e., substance, but they are vitiated by your style. Please: don’t yell at us. Most of us –as you are– have a lot on our plates and don’t need brow-beating. Steve has just undergone medical crisis that would flatten you as well.
              There must be SOMETHING about us that attracts you, as you are clearly an intelligent –albeit frustrated person– which is why we too are here and write as we do.
              OK: this is my opening to you. Now, can we talk as equals w/o the sounding and pounding?
              Many thanks, Joseph

  3. Ah come on know facts mean nothing to trolls 🙂
    Ignore him, as he asked, he’ll be banned tomorrow once Dr. E sees his vile comments. Bye bye troll!

  4. Sorry I’m late to this round, as my business life awakened, then finances exacted a monstrous toll, but I’m here now and will get on the case!

  5. True that Steve. Happy Sunday to all!

  6. Got it, and ditto to DCG!


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