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Monday, August 5, 2013

Free North Carolina: The most necessary but unpopular function of patriots#comment-form

Free North Carolina: The most necessary but unpopular function of patriots#comment-form

The most necessary but unpopular function of patriots
Via Mike


“The supreme function of statesmanship is to provide against preventable evils.”

“In seeking to do so, it encounters obstacles, which are deeply rooted in human nature. One is that by the very order of things such evils are not demonstrable until they have occurred: At each stage in their onset there is room for doubt and for dispute whether they be real or imaginary. By the same token, they attract little attention in comparison with current troubles, which are both indisputable and pressing: whence the besetting temptation of all politics to concern itself with the immediate present at the expense of the future. Above all, people are disposed to mistake predicting troubles for causing troubles and even for desiring troubles.” 

“At all events, the discussion of future grave, but with effort now, avoidable evils, is the most unpopular and at the same time the most necessary occupation for the politician. Those who knowingly shirk it, deserve, and not infrequently receive, the curses of those who come after.”

Quotes from a speech by Enoch Powell, subsequently demonized by the British MSM. But they would have avoided great, great troubles, had they listened to him. 

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