Friday, November 19, 2004

Walter Williams

Walter Williams substituted for Rush Limbaugh today on Rush's show. I learn something every time I listen to him. A very interesting character.

Some words to ponder from Dr. Williams website:

Wisdom of the Month
"A bill of rights is what the people are entitled to against every government on earth, general or particular; and what no just government should refuse, or rest on inferences." --Thomas Jefferson to James Madison, 1787.
Alexander Hamilton opposed any such bill of rights, writing:
I go further, and affirm that bills of rights, in the sense and in the extent in which they are contended for, are not only unnecessary in the proposed constitution, but would even be dangerous. They would contain various exceptions to powers which are not granted; and on this very account, would afford a colourable pretext to claim more than were granted. For why declare that things shall not be done which there is no power to do? Why for instance, should it be said, that the liberty of the press shall not be restrained, when no power is given by which restrictions may be imposed? I will not contend that such a provision would confer a regulating power; but it is evident that it would furnish, to men disposed to usurp, a plausible pretence for claiming that power. -- Alexander Hamilton, Federalist, no. 84, 575-581, 28 May 1788

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