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Saturday, May 3, 2014

If Good Men Do Nothing...

 
"The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing." 

--Edmund Burke, statesman, author, philosopher, orator and political theorist, who served in the House of Commons in England and was an influential political figure and thinker in the latter part of the 18th Century.  Although, officially an Anglican, the Irish-born Burke was raised in a religiously divided home; his father, an Anglican, and his mother and sister, Roman Catholics.  Having later married a Roman Catholic, some questioned whether his leanings were partial to Rome, at a time when Catholics could not attend certain schools that he attended, practice law, as his father did, or serve in the British Parliament.  In any case, he was distinguished for his support of the American Revolution and his later opposition to the French Revolution.  While praised by both liberals and conservatives, he is often viewed the philosophical founder of modern conservatism.


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