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Grapenut
07-13-2012, 02:39 PM
Thoughts on our new nation, written by Miss Mercy Otis Warren, historian, in 1805.


"Though the name of liberty delights the ear, and tickles the fond pride of man, it is a jewel much oftener the play-thing of his imagination, than a possession of real stability: it may be acquired to-day in all the triumph of independent feelings, but perhaps to-morrow the world may be convinced, that mankind know not how to make a proper use of the prize, generally bartered in a short time, as a useless bauble, to the first officious master that will take the burden from the mind, by laying another on the shoulders of ten-fold weight. . . . She has in great measure lost her simplicity of manners, and those ideas of mediocrity which are generally the parent of content; the Americans are already in too many instances hankering after the sudden accumulation of wealth, and the proud distinctions of fortune and title. They have too far lost that general sense of moral obligation, formerly felt by all classes in America. . . . We wish for the duration of her virtue; we sigh at every appearance of decline; and perhaps, from a dread of deviations, we may be suspicious of their approach when none are designed. . . . She has in great measure lost her simplicity of manners, and those ideas of mediocrity which are generally the parent of content; the Americans are already in too many instances hankering after the sudden accumulation of wealth, and the proud distinctions of fortune and title. They have too far lost that general sense of moral obligation, formerly felt by all classes in America. . . . This may in some measure have arisen from their late connexions with other nations; and this circumstance may account for the readiness of many, to engraft foreign follies and crimes with their own weak propensities to imitation, and to adopt their errors and fierce ambition, instead of making themselves a national character, marked with moderation, justice, benignity, and all the mild virtues of humanity . . . . If this should ever become the deplorable situation of the United States, let some unborn historian in a far distant day, detail the lapse, and hold up the contrast between a simple, virtuous, and free people, and a degenerate, servile race of beings, corrupted by wealth, effeminated by luxury, impoverished by licentiousness, and become the automatons of intoxicated ambition."

LWW
07-14-2012, 04:41 AM
Sadly, the slaves who post here from the left don't even know what the word liberty even means.

cushioncrawler
07-14-2012, 06:04 AM
Miss Mercy died in 1814.
What sort of poem would she hav written about the second civil war.

Ahhh, civil war, the name delights the ear, and tickles the fond pride of man. What content, what proud distinction, what non-foreign folly to engraft, what non-foreign crime to imitate.
Sigh, civil war, marked with moderation, justice, benignity, and all the mild virtues of humanity.
Miss Mercy.

Qtec
07-14-2012, 08:37 AM
<div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Originally Posted By: cushioncrawler</div><div class="ubbcode-body">Miss Mercy died in 1814.
What sort of poem would she hav written about the second civil war.

Ahhh, civil war, the name delights the ear, and tickles the fond pride of man. What content, what proud distinction, what non-foreign folly to engraft, what non-foreign crime to imitate.
Sigh, civil war, marked with moderation, justice, benignity, and all the mild virtues of humanity.
Miss Mercy. </div></div>


Spot on C.


1805.???????????????

Q

Grapenut
07-14-2012, 09:03 AM
<div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Originally Posted By: LWW</div><div class="ubbcode-body">Sadly, the slaves who post here from the left don't even know what the word liberty even means. </div></div>

They are socialists and firmly believe that socialism is for the people, not themselves.

Nut

LWW
07-14-2012, 09:13 AM
I disagree ... I doubt they could function without the state telling them what to do and not do.