Some Good Quotes

As a companion to my lengthy amazing quotes page, here are some that are actually insightful, moving or just plain right on. I have to admit, that while the majority of the entries on my other quotes page are by government and military officials, once in a while I actually have to give one of them some credit.
We will build the roads and bridges, the electric grids and digital lines that feed our commerce and bind us together. We will restore science to its rightful place, and wield technology's wonders to raise health care's quality and lower its cost. We will harness the sun and the winds and the soil to fuel our cars and run our factories. And we will transform our schools and colleges and universities to meet the demands of a new age. All this we can do. And all this we will do. [....] As for our common defense, we reject as false the choice between our safety and our ideals. Our Founding Fathers, faced with perils we can scarcely imagine, drafted a charter to assure the rule of law and the rights of man, a charter expanded by the blood of generations. Those ideals still light the world, and we will not give them up for expedience's sake. --President Barack Obama, January 20, 2009

[Obama has been a big disappointment, but he still has a few years to go. I don't even want to think what things would be like right now if McCain - or Palin - were in charge right now.]

After years of disclosures by government investigations, media accounts, and reports from human rights organizations, there is no longer any doubt as to whether the current [George W Bush] administration has committed war crimes. The only question that remains to be answered is whether those who ordered the use of torture will be held to account. -- Major General Anthony Taguba, US Army (ret)

[Although things aren't nearly as bad as they were during our 8-year national nightmare under George Bush, Obama hasn't really taken the steps needed to repair the damage. In any event, it's a job that will take decades and span many presidents.]

Last modified: Sat Oct 3 19:24:25 PDT 2009