James MadisonJames Madison, (1751-1836), Father of the Constitution for the USA, 4th US President

James Madison Quote

“But the mild voice of reason, pleading the cause of an enlarged and permanent interest, is but too often drowned, before public bodies as well as individuals, by the clamors of an impatient avidity for immediate and immoderate gain.”

James MadisonJames Madison
~ James Madison

Federalist No. 42, January 22, 1788

Ratings and Comments

Robert, Somewhere in Europe

Yes, the greedy want their money NOW! And the impatient find ardor in their efforts, to fall quickly into the mire....

H Rearden, Burr Ridge IL

This quote brings to mind every protest movement in the United States other than the Civil Rights protests of the 1960's. Being a libertarian, the gay movement seemed righteous and gay marriage a fair idea. Now they have exposed themselves as scheming charletans - this was not about love, this was about establishing the right to sue businesses and have sexuality trump someone elses's religion. Why would anyone want to pressure a reluctant or non compliant florist or baker into participating in a wedding? Get somebody who needs the business more and is happy for you and stay out of the courts!

The most egregious example of this is probably the protesters in Ferguson and Baltimore. The excuse to loot and destroy businesses and get on TV was evidently like an addictive drug to these surly minions of Al Sharpton; the truth about the guilt of the police officers involved or the lives disrupted was never an important issue. Yet these were the true victims - the working people - police officers and business owners - who have not the leisure time nor inclination to troll the streets and cause trouble. They suffer in silence (or seclusion for safety's sake) And all we hear about is Michael Brown and Freddy Gray, hardly upstanding citizens.

cal, Lewisville, tx

Obama sent representatives to Brown and Gray's funerals, but to hell with fallen officers.

Mike, Norwalk

The plea is always for an immediate remedy, seldom if ever is considered the law (natural or otherwise), justice, freedom, liberty or long term effect of the issue.

Ronw13, Yachats Or

But the mild voice of reason, is but too often drowned. " The words of wise men are heard in quiet more than the cry of him that ruleth among fools. Wisdom is better than weapons of war: but one sinner destroyeth much good." Woe to thee, O land, when thy king is a child, and thy princes eat in the morning ! Blessed art thou, O land, when thy king is the son of nobles, and thy princes eat in due season, for strength, and not for drunkenness ! CAST THY bread upon the waters: for thou shat find it after many days. Give a portion to seven and also to eight; for thou knowest not what evil shall be upon the earth. The preacher sought to find out acceptable words: and that which was written was upright, even words of truth. ( Ecc 9:17,18. 11:1,2. 12:10 )


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