Videos, Quotes: 9 Fave Presidents.

Via Waylon Lewis
on Feb 21, 2011
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Happy President’s Day from #elej and Wanderlust Festival, who designed the above: “Who knew that Guruji Washington was flying Baberaham Lincoln in the Oval Office generations ago?!”

With thanks to our best Presidents, who did (and do) their best to evoke and represent our better angels.

Who do I give my thanks to on this day?

“I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crisis. The great point is to bring them the real facts.” – Lincoln

“The only thing we have to fear is fear itself.” – FDR

“The history of liberty is a history of the limitations of governmental power, not the increase of it.” – Wilson

“No Man is justified in doing evil on the grounds of expedience.” – Roosevelt

“The nation which indulges towards another a habitual hatred, or an habitual fondness, is in some degree a slave. It is a slave to its animosity or to its affection, either of which is sufficient to lead it astray from its duty and its interest.” – Washington

“I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just; that his justice cannot sleep forever. the Almighty has no attribute that can take side with us in such a contest.” – Jefferson

But what we can do, as flawed as we are, is still see God in other people, and do our best to help them find their own grace. That’s what I strive to do, that’s what I pray to do every day. ~ Barack Obama

“Every gun that is made, every warship that is launched, every rocket fired signifies in the final sense a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are cold and not clothed” – Eisenhower

“It is to be regretted that the rich and powerful too often bend the acts of government to their selfish purposes.” – Jackson


About Waylon Lewis

Waylon Lewis, founder of elephant magazine, now & host of Walk the Talk Show with Waylon Lewis, is a 1st generation American Buddhist “Dharma Brat." Voted #1 in U.S. on twitter for #green two years running, Changemaker & Eco Ambassador by Treehugger, Green Hero by Discovery’s Planet Green, Best (!) Shameless Self-Promoter at Westword's Web Awards, Prominent Buddhist by Shambhala Sun, & 100 Most Influential People in Health & Fitness 2011 by "Greatist", Waylon is a mediocre climber, lazy yogi, 365-day bicycle commuter & best friend to Redford (his rescue hound). His aim: to bring the good news re: "the mindful life" beyond the choir & to all those who didn't know they gave a care. | His first book, Things I would like to do with You, is now available.


3 Responses to “Videos, Quotes: 9 Fave Presidents.”

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  2. I love our president! I am proud to have a president who I trust is doing his best every single day at a very challenging job. With integrity!

  3. Alyosha says:

    Of course, you could as easily give quotations for Andrew Jackson that relate to the Indian Removal Acty of 1830 that he rammed through Congress in his first term. This was the basis for the forced removal of the Cherokee nation (a Democratic soverign nation) from Georgia — the infamous Trail of Tears. When the Suptreme Coutrt ruled that Georgia laws could not bind the Cherokee nation, Jackson supposedly said "John Marshall has made his decision, now let him enforce it! . . . Build a fire under them. When it gets hot enough, they'll go."

    Or you could quote Theodore Roosevelt or Woodrow Wilson in their statements condemning "hyphenated Americans". Wilson's favorite film — one that he screened in the White House was "Birth of a Nation" — a seminal early film extolling the Ku Klux Klan.

    Our Presidents are men of their times. Some show leadership toward an ideal that is greater than the common view of self-interest. But all are politicians — and with politicians it is good to view rhetoric in context.