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April 15, 2008


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1. It is futile to find a "confucian country". No country can be completely "confucian", even when Confucius was running the show.

2. You may be able to find glimpses of deeds, words, and actions by individuals that are close to be "confucian". And even when that happen, you are still not sure whether it is really "confucian", because you have to varify the motive of such actions. For example, when a man is being dutiful to his parents. The action is "confucian". But if the motive is so that his parent will give him privileged treatment, then the action is not "confucian".

Hopefully, Italy's newly democratically re-elected Prime Minster will provide the world with the much needed humane leadership as he has a track record in condemning inhumane behavior from totalitarian countries. (

Mr. Berlusconi, are you feeling OK? They say you've gone a little bit crazy.

If you read Italian newspapers, you'll understand the electoral campaign and how the communist left always uses the same method. Communist parties, when they didn't have any more arguments, used to say that who opposed them was crazy and put him in a mental hospital.

"I never actually said that communists eat children," he told the bemused audience of European right-wingers on Wednesday, "but it's a fact," he said, "that the Chinese used to boil babies and use them as fertilizer."

That IS the highest point of Western civilization!

Human life is limited, but knowledge is limitless. To drive the limited in pursuit of the limitless is fatal; and to presume that one really knows is fatal indeed! (Chuang Tzu, The Book of Chang Tzu)
How often do governments believe that they know a better way. It was understood by the framers of the American Constitution that unchecked, even the best laid plans can and often do go to ruin. They did their best to implement checks and balances. But this was still not enough! Jefferson said, "Whenever any form of government becomes destructive of these ends [i.e., securing inherent and inalienable rights, with powers derived from the consent of the governed], it is the right of the people to alter or abolish it, and to institute new government, laying its foundation on such principles, and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their safety and happiness." Declaration of Independence, 1776. ME 1:29, Papers 1:315
Nothing will change the misdirected US Government but another rebellion and that will never happen without much bloodshed.
In other words, I think that nothing will ever change.


Finally someone who understands limited government and constitutional rights!

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