"When misguided public opinion honors what is despicable and despises what is honorable, punishes virtue and rewards vice, encourages what is harmful and discourages what is useful, applauds falsehood and smothers truth under indifference or insult, a nation turns its back on progress and can be restored only by the terrible lessons of catastrophe." … Frederic Bastiat

Evil talks about tolerance only when it’s weak. When it gains the upper hand, its vanity always requires the destruction of the good and the innocent, because the example of good and innocent lives is an ongoing witness against it. So it always has been. So it always will be. And America has no special immunity to becoming an enemy of its own founding beliefs about human freedom, human dignity, the limited power of the state, and the sovereignty of God. – Archbishop Chaput


Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving to my American readers

We do indeed have much to still be thankful for in this wondrous land of ours.

The Wall Street Journal has a fine tradition of reprinting some wonderful reading each and every year in honor of our Thanksgiving holiday. May I suggest taking a bit of time to read these two fine articles and reflect on the sacrifices made by those who came to these shores more than 400 years ago  and by those who looked upon what they had created years later and recorded their thoughts.

The Desolate Wilderness

A chronicle of the Pilgrims' arrival at Plymouth, as recorded by Nathaniel Morton.


And the Fair Land

'For all our social discord we yet remain the longest enduring society of free men governing themselves without benefit of kings or dictators



  1. Dan,

    Thanks for all your insight, time and calm approach to analyzing these crazy times.

    Happy Thanksgiving

  2. Dan, may you have a Happy Thanksgiving as well. Thank you for your insight to the markets and helping me understand them, just a bit better.

    Enjoy your holiday.

  3. I live in Louisiana, does that make me an American?

  4. No snakes from Louisiana are not Americans but they are North Americans!


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