Thoughts from the past to ponder as the New Year begins (from a speech by Col. Robert G. Ingersoll, 1888):
"Nations can win success, can be rich and powerful, can cover the earth with their armies, the seas with their fleets, and yet be selfish, small and mean. Physical progress means opportunity for doing good. It means responsibility. Wealth is the end (aim) of the despicable, victory the purpose of brutality."
“But there is something nobler than all these -- something that rises above wealth and power -- something above lands and palaces -- something above raiment and gold -- it is the love of right, the cultivation of the moral nature, the desire to do justice, the inextinguishable love of human liberty.”
“Nothing can be nobler than a nation governed by conscience, nothing more infamous than power without pity, wealth without honor and without the sense of justice.”
"For many years we insisted that our fathers had founded a free Government, that they were the lovers of "liberty, believers in equal rights. We were mistaken. The colonists did not believe in the freedom of to-day. Their laws were filled with intolerance, with slavery and the infamous spirit of caste. They persecuted and enslaved. Most of them were narrow, ignorant and cruel. For the most part, their laws were more brutal than those of the nations from which they came. They branded the forehead of intelligence, bored with hot irons the tongue of truth. They persecuted the good and enslaved the helpless. They were believers in pillories and whipping-posts for honest, thoughtful men."
Come back, Colonel. We need you, desperately.
If you would like to read the entire speech go here: