For the Love of Freedom (Brain Bullets)

July 3, 2007

We are rapidly approaching our nation’s 231st birthday and I thought I wanted to give at least one post to this very important day. We have those among us who claim they love the constitution, love freedom, love America, but spend so little time learning about it.
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Instead, we choose to tell each other what we can’t do, worrying about what everybody else is doing, and in the process we are losing our very own freedoms. We’re scratching our heads, wondering what happened to our country, but the truth is, we couldn’t surrender our freedoms fast enough.

If you love the constitution, shouldn’t you read it once in a while? Perhaps daily? Shouldn’t each of us take the time out of our day to learn what the founding fathers meant when they sacrificed everything for a thing called freedom? This Fourth of July, every time you hear about something you can’t do or what laws you must obey, let that be an excuse to learn a little about the founding fathers and what freedom is.

Here’s a few of those brain bullets to get your cerebral uzi cocked and loaded.

“He that would make his own liberty secure, must guard even his enemy from opposition; for if he violates this duty he establishes a precedent that will reach himself.” — Thomas Paine

“Here is my advice as we begin the century that will lead to 2081. First, guard the freedom of ideas at all costs. Be alert that dictators have always played on the natural human tendency to blame others and to oversimplify. And don’t regard yourself as a guardian of freedom unless you respect and preserve the rights of people you disagree with to free, public, unhampered expression.” — Gerard K. O’Neill

“Those who deny freedom to others deserve it not for themselves.” — Abraham Lincoln

“There are two freedoms – the false, where a man is free to do what he likes; the true, where he is free to do what he ought.” — Charles Kingsley

“Men fight for freedom, then they begin to accumulate laws to take it away from themselves.” — Author Unknown

“No man can put a chain about the ankle of his fellow man without at last finding the other end fastened about his own neck.” — Frederick Douglass

“I prefer liberty with danger to peace with slavery.” — Author Unknown

“Liberty means responsibility. That is why most men dread it.” — George Bernard Shaw

“Many politicians are in the habit of laying it down as a self-evident proposition that no people ought to be free till they are fit to use their freedom. The maxim is worthy of the fool in the old story who resolved not to go into the water till he had learned to swim.” — Thomas Macaulay

“When liberty is taken away by force it can be restored by force. When it is relinquished voluntarily by default it can never be recovered.” — Dorothy Thompson

“We must not believe the many, who say that only free people ought to be educated, but we should rather believe the philosophers who say that only the educated are free.” — Epictetus

“Those who profess to favor freedom and yet depreciate agitation, are people who want crops without ploughing the ground; they want rain without thunder and lightning; they want the ocean without the roar of its many waters. The struggle may be a moral one, or it may be a physical one, or it may be both. But it must be a struggle. Power concedes nothing without a demand; it never has and it never will.” — Frederick Douglass

“Is life so dear or peace so sweet as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery? Forbid it, Almighty God! I know not what course others may take, but as for me, give me liberty, or give me death!” — Patrick Henry

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Alexander announces plans to end ‘clutter’ of career guidance service

The Herald January 11, 2001 | Elizabeth Buie; Education correspondent plans to set up a national body to take control of Scotland’s careers guidance service will be announced today by Wendy Alexander, the minister for enterprise and lifelong learning. see here dish network careers

It is understood the service will play a strategic role and will be part of the Scottish Enterprise network, offering a potentially significant growth in the network’s power-base.

The move would mark a radical departure from the current provision of 17 separate companies which operate locally and have no national umbrella body.

Careers services are designed to cater for young people still in school or about to leave school but the new service will be for people of all ages, reflecting the government’s policies and aims for lifelong learning and raising the skills base in Scotland.

It is understood the local careers service organisations will operate in parallel with the local enterprise companies and be under the umbrella of Scottish Enterprise and Highlands and Islands Enterprise, although the proposals will be subject to an eight-week consultation exercise.

The arrangement would mean staff currently employed by the Glasgow and the joint North and South Lanarkshire services would have to be transferred from their current employers – Glasgow City Council and North and South Lanarkshire councils – to the enterprise network.

Careers services in other parts of Scotland are run as private companies in partnership with local authorities and local enterprise companies.

The minister’s proposals are understood to reflect the recommendations made in the Duffner report and will attract a major increase in resources.

The committee, chaired by Mrs Barbara Duffner, and set up under Henry McLeish, Ms Alexander’s predecessor, is understood to have recommended that a new body, Careers Scotland, be established to set standards and to be a national voice for careers guidance.

The committee was not asked to examine what structure of organisation should be set up and Ms Alexander’s department has spent the last few months examining that area. site dish network careers

The reorganised service would take in organisations currently catering for different sectors of the market, such as adult careers guidance, education business partnerships, and also more vulnerable members of society with disabilities whose needs were addressed in the Beattie report.

Ms Alexander is understood to be keen to clear up the “organisational clutter” of the current provision and to have pinpointed the services provided in two areas in particular – Grampian and Renfrewshire – as examples of good practice.

Today’s announcement is understood to be the first of three major events in the lifelong learning and training sector, the others being the formal launch of the Scottish University for Industry and the publication of the review of Scottish Enterprise.

Elizabeth Buie; Education correspondent


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Thanks Avman for your article, and have a happy fourth.Btw everyone have a great fourth, and if your drinking please let a friend drive you home.


"Better Dead Than a Slave" Not sure of it's origin. It has been used for many years; notably by Jewish victims of Hitler.

Sissy Willis
Sissy Willis

Wonderful collection of spirited quotes. Have a free and happy Fourth!

GM Roper
GM Roper

Fabulous quotes. Especially the one by Dorothy Thompson.

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