Curtis Dahlgren
"TALON TRUTH" to power: How does this grab you, media?
By Curtis Dahlgren
September 21, 2018

"Lack of principle is power. Truth and honesty set a limit to our efforts, which impudence and hypocrisy easily overlap." – William Hazlitt, 1823

IT'S JUST A POWER GRAB, and they think they have us by the short hairs. You know what I'm talking about. All of a sudden the Lefties are acting like Holy Rollers and 'Fundies' in their "moral outrage." HUH? This from the ones who gave us "just do it," Woodstock, and the "New" morality? Suddenly actors and actresses are acting like good little nuns and priests! Mother Teresa can't hold a candle to them.

But if the high school girls now throw more keg parties than the boys, and get pregnant, no wonder those kinds of girls want abortion on demand through all nine months of pregnancy, eh? I can see clearly now. It takes nine months for them to make up their minds. I speak as a fool, beside myself, but here are a few "power" proverbs, set in order:

- "Suppose now that there were such magic rings. . No man would keep his hands off what was not his own when he had the power to take what he liked out of the market, or go into houses and lie with anyone at his pleasure . . . " – Plato, fourth century BC

- "There is a God who changes the times and the seasons; He removes kings and sets up kings." – the prophet Daniel, second century BC

- "We wrestle against wicked spirits in high places." – the apostle Paul to Ephesus, first century AD

- "Let prayers and intercessions be made for rulers and all in authority, that we may lead a quiet and peaceful life." – Paul to Timothy

- "Shun profane and vain babblers, for their word will eat at you as does a cancer." – ibid

- "Have we not the power to have a 'sister,' a wife, like the other apostles?" – Paul to Corinth

- "Lust of absolute power burns more fiercely than all the [other] passions combined." – Tacitus, 116 AD

- "The power that makes men terrible is a terror first to its possessor." – St. Cyprian of Carthage, 250 AD

- "Much power makes many enemies, partly due to envy and partly fear." – Kelly, 1721 (Scottish Proverbs)

- "Power is always slipping away from the many to the few, because the few are more vigilant and cunning." – Samuel Johnson, 1753 (paraphrased)

- "Power gradually extinguishes from the mind every mind every humane and gentle virtue." – Edmund Burke, 1756

- "The greater the power the more dangerous the abuse." – Burke, 1771

- "Power, like a desolating pestilence, pollutes whate'er it touches." – Shelley, 1813

- "Unlimited power is helpless, as arbitrary power is capricious." – Hazlitt, 1823

- "When this corrupting passion once takes possession of the human mind, like the love of gold it becomes insatiable . . As long as the love of power is a dominant passion of the human bosom . . so long will the liberties of a people depend on their constant attention to its preservation." – President Harrison, 1841

- "Everyone loves power, even if they do not know what to do with it." – Disraeli, 1880

- "Power tends to corrupt and absolute power corrupts absolutely . . the certainty of corruption by authority." – Lord Acton (Dahlberg), 1887

- "Our next war will be fought for the highest interests of our country and mankind. World power or downfall." – Fredrich von Bernhardi, Germany 1913

- "Power, the most intoxicating of all immortal drugs." – P.C. Wren, 1941

- "There is a lure in power. It can get into a man's blood just as gambling and lust for money have been known to do." – President Truman, 1950

- "I often say of George Washington that he was one of the few men in the whole history of the world who was not carried away with power." – Robert Frost, 1874-1963

One could write a whole column using just a fraction of Washington's words, as Bill Federer just did (9-18-18, Frontpage magazine and As one example, in his farewell address, he warned of the:

"fatal tendency to put, in place of the delegated will of the Nation, the will of a party;- often a small but artful and enterprising minority . . [and] unprincipled men will be enabled to subvert the Power of the People and to usurp for themselves the reins of Government; destroying afterwards the very engines which have lifted them to unjust dominion . . "

Plato warned that if mortals had Lord-of-the-Rings type power, he could kill or release from prison whom he would, and in all respects be like a god among men[and] "Then the actions of the just would be as the action of the unjust" (i.e., TOPSY-TURVEYDOM. LIKE AMERICA, SEPTEMBER 2018. NO JUSTICE, NOT "EQUAL" ANYWAY).

P.S. Go read the third chapter of Isaiah's book, and you will get the whole picture about the women and "babes" (spoiled brats) who are trying to grab the reins, grab the power, from a duly elected President for the first time since 1860. The Democrats are almost outdoing the Democrats of the South who refused to accept the results of an election.

PPS: Where are the Trumans and Daniel Patrick Moynihans, now that we could use them? At least we knew which side they were on – AMERICA'S!

© Curtis Dahlgren


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Curtis Dahlgren is semi-retired in southern Wisconsin, and is the author of "Massey-Harris 101." His career has had some rough similarities to one of his favorite writers, Ferrar Fenton... (more)


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