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An old Cherokee is teaching his grandson about life. "A fight is going on inside me," he said to the boy.

"It is a terrible fight and it is between two wolves. One is evil—he is anger, envy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, false pride, superiority, and ego." He continued, "The other is good—he is joy, peace, love, hope, serenity, humility, kindness, benevolence, empathy, generosity, truth, compassion, and faith. The same fight is going on inside you—and inside every other person, too."

The grandson thought about it for a minute and then asked his grandfather, "Which wolf will win?"

The old Cherokee simply replied, "The one you feed."

First People - The Legends. Cherokee Legend of Two Wolves. November 16, 2004. [accessed April 7, 2012].

Friday, April 10, 2009

Prince George, Pirates, and the US Constitution

When it comes to pirates, I wonder why the United States does not enact Letters of Marque and Reprisal. Article I, Section 8, paragraph 11 of the U.S. Constitution? This authority in the Constitution enables Congress to “grant Letters of Marque and Reprisal, and make rules concerning captures on land and water." It seems to me that this would give our “private” security firms something to do. They could escort our ships through the waters and when attacked respond legally to the threat. Fred E. Foldvary writes that “[t]he risk would then be concentrated on those who chose to engage in the reprisal. This empowers private citizens to protect themselves and other Americans.”

And you wondered how I am going to tie this posting to Prince George’s County?
Certainly Prince George, son of Frederick III of Denmark, husband of Queen Anne of Great Britain, Lord High Admiral of England, and name-sake of Prince George’s County, would have found this a reasonable response to the violent seizure of men and ships.

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