The Pamphleteer

During colonial times in America, if you wanted to convince or inform people about some issue that you considered important, you went to the local printer and got some pamphlets printed. You then handed them out, read them to anybody that was interested, nailed them to the town bulletin board, or the nearest tree. The first amendment was specifically written to protect this type of activity and the writers or "pamphleteers".

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Sunday, October 08, 2006
Refdesk Thoughts of the Day:

"In the United States today, we have more than our share of the nattering nabobs of
negativism. They have formed their own 4–H Club - the 'hopeless, hysterical hypochondriacs of history.' "

-Spiro Theodore Agnew


"War is an ugly thing, but not the ugliest of things..."

"War is an ugly thing, but not the ugliest of things: the decayed and degraded state
of moral and patriotic feeling which thinks nothing worth a war, is worse."

-John Stuart Mill


"If, in my retirement to the humble station of a private citizen..."

"If, in my retirement to the humble station of a private citizen, I am accompanied
with the esteem and approbation of my fellow citizens, trophies obtained by the
bloodstained steel, or the tattered flags of the tented field, will never be envied. The care of human life and happiness, and not their destruction, is the first and only legitimate object of good government."

-Thomas Jefferson


"Where, after all, do universal human rights begin?..."

"Where, after all, do universal human rights begin? In small places, close to home -
so close and so small that they cannot be seen on any map of the world. Yet they are the world of the individual person: the neighborhood he lives in; the school or college he attends; the factory, farm or office where he works. Such are the places where every man, woman and child seeks equal justice, equal opportunity, equal dignity without discrimination. Unless these rights have meaning there, they have little meaning anywhere.

Without concerted citizen action to uphold them close to home, we shall look in vain for progress in the larger world."

-Eleanor Roosevelt