Tuesday, April 10, 2007

Doing right

On "60 Minutes" this weekend, John McCain was interviewed and was asked:
We've talked about the majority of Americans wanting out of Iraq at this point. I wonder at what point do you stop doing what you think is right and you start doing what the majority of the American people want? [emphasis added]
Thomas More in A Man for All Seasons:
I think that when statesmen forsake their own private conscience for the sake of their public duties they lead their country by a short route to chaos.
Edmund Burke to the Electors of Bristol:
Your representative owes you, not his industry only, but his judgment; and he betrays, instead of serving you, if he sacrifices it to your opinion.
Sources: Best of the Web Today; A Man for All Seasons; Edmund Burke: Speech to the Electors of Bristol

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