November 28, 2012

November's Title Swap

The Green Smoothies Diet - Robyn Openshaw
Leon's Story - Susan L. Roth
Letters of a Nation - Andrew Carroll
Freedom Shift - Oliver DeMille
The Long Winter - Laura Ingalls Wilder
One Second After - William Forstchen
Alas Babylon - Pat Frank
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The Great Levers in Our Country - Men's Hearts

"Thomas Jefferson once said that all men are created equal, a phrase that the Yankees and the distaff side of the executive branch of Washington are fond of hurling at us.  There is a tendency in this year of grace, 1935 for certain people to use this phrase out of context, to satisfy all conditions.  The most ridiculous example I can think of is that the people who run public education promote the stupid and idle along with the industrious - because all men are created equal, educators will gravely tell you, the children left behind suffer terrible feelings of inferiority.  We know all men are not created equal in the sense some people would have us believe - some people are smarter than others, some people have more opportunity because they-re born with it, some men make more money than others, some ladies make better cakes than others - some people are born gifted beyond the normal scope of most men.

"But there is one way in this country in which all men are created equal - there is one human institution that makes a pauper the equal of a Rockefeller, the stupid man the equal of an Einstein, and the ignorant man the equal of any college president. That institution, gentlemen, is a court.  It can be a the Supreme Court of the United States or the humblest J.P. court in the land, or this  honorable court which you serve.  Our courts have their faults, as does any human institution, buy in this country our courts are the great levelers, an in our courts all men are created equal.

"I'm no idealist to believe firmly in the integrity of our courts and in the jury system - that is no ideal to me, it is a living, working reality.  Gentlemen, a court is no better than each man of you sitting before me on this jury.  A court is only as sound as its jury, and a jury is only as sound as the men who make it up."

To Kill a Mockingbird
by Harper Lee in 1960
First Warner Books Printing 1982
pg. 207- 208