The Citizen and his bride were driving to Boston the other day when we heard a commentator share a quote from Edmund Burke. For those unfamiliar with the gentleman, he was an Irish political theorist, statesman, essayist, orator, and philosopher who lived in the 18th century. As a member of the House of Commons, his activities and work as a member of the Whig party has earned him the accolade of the ‘Father of Modern Conservatism.’ A man possessed of exceptional insight and wisdom, he penned many memorable quotes. Among them was this piece of sage advice:
When bad men combine, the good must associate; else they will fall one by one, an unpitied sacrifice in a contemptible struggle."
Actually, the quote that was used is one that has never been attributed to Burke, but is often quoted. “All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing.”, while cogent, was likely never uttered by Burke. The Citizen may be accused of splitting hairs, but I actually prefer the verifiable quote from Thoughts of the Cause of Present Discontents.