Sunday, September 26, 2010

Quote of the Day

Daniel Patrick Moynihan personal and confidential memorandum for John D. Ehrlichmann and H. H. Haldeman, July 24, 1970:
I would argue that in such circumstances the first [rule] of patriotism is the willingness not to worsen things, even when the provocation is outrageous, even when there may appear to be a short-term advantage to be gained. This is not just the measure of patriotism, it is the measure of prudence as well.


MT said...

First rule of medicine too.

J. said...

Great set of letters in that link. It's hard to believe that he's describing the 1970s - history is circular, it seems. Same problems, same issues.