"What becomes of the surplus of human life?
It is either, 1st destroyed by infanticide,
as among the Chinese and Lacedemonians; or
2nd it is stifled or starved,
as among other nations whose population is
commensurate to its food; or
3rd it is consumed by wars and endemic diseases; or
4th it overflows, by emigration, to places where
a surplus of food is attainable."
James Madison
(1751-1836), Father of the Constitution for the USA, 4th US President
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Whats Up with this Quote? Did he see the path of least resistance to annialating 90% of the world?
 -- Anonymous     
    "What becomes of the surplus of human life?"

    It becomes indoctrinated by religion.
     -- anonymous     
    I see his point. People once came to America for freedom and opportunity. Now they come for the freebies.
     -- cal, Lewisville, tx     
    Right on cal, Lewisville.
     -- jim k, austin tx     
    Madison is simply stating the facts. It is not surprising that the 'surplus of human life' would be reduced to prayer for their salvation -- their human oppressors will not help. Organized religion is political power. Expect it to rise up wherever the people have been reduced to living in a tent city built out of garbage -- I have personally been in these ghettos in India.
     -- E Archer, NYC     
    Archer the ghetto's are world wide. Faith is the most powerful thing in the universe. Thank God for our founding fathers, who had the faith in God to REVOLT against tyranny and oppression, and declare so, with our Constitution. The fight does come, and is upon us. Never suppress the revolting spirit of man and his ability to speak out and act upon it. Keep the brushfires burning in the minds of the people, who would be free.
     -- Ronw13, Yachats Or     
    Ronw13 - Excelsior! And, yes "Thank God for our founding fathers" who bestowed on this sovereign nation the protection of the natural rights of all individuals in their right to "Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness."
    As for those trashing and bashing "Organized Religion" ... well, we have numerous religions and their parishioners joining in the pursuit of joining together to gather food, clothing and other necessities of life to help those less fortunate.
    That volunteer help has been taking place in my own community with various religious denominations joining together and forming a soup kitchen to feed the homeless on a daily and regular basis.
    There is also a food pantry in our local community manned and voluntarily worked by individuals and helped by churches and businesses garnering and gathering produce.
     -- Mary - MI     
    Well said Mary, From out of the many come the few, as also in our community. Thank you. this is true religion. Threskos in nature as I was taught to relate in simplicity. No more or less than someone who cares for their neighbor. I am human, not a denomination.
     -- Ronw13, Yachats Or     
    And we now know that Obama has chosen #3 for America - with a 62% fatality rate, he is sure to eliminate the elderly and infirm and the many of the young, but the last category is not a problem since he is busily welcoming the "future of America" his words, not mine , in from the southern border.
     -- H Rearden, Burr Ridge IL     
    I am referring of course to his refusal to protect our populace from Ebola; his stewardess-like monotonous speech that" in the unlikely event "that it will reach our shores... his CDC director insisting that it is a "very difficult disease to contract" "requires bodily fluid exchange" " not airborne"....just wait.
     -- H Rearden, Burr Ridge IL     
    Play not in the hands of fear, in the eyes of adversity . But direct your motion to that which you do, not what you say ! Watchman 13 , We do in that that we believe in. Semper Fi. H Rearden , it is a mute point.
     -- Ronw13, Yachats Or     
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