"The only thing necessary for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing." This famous quote was from British statesman Edmund Burke, who was born this day, Jan. 12, 1729. Considered the most influential orator in the House of Commons, Burke stands out in history, for, as a member of the British Parliament, he defended the right of the American colonies to be free and strongly opposed the slave trade. Edmund Burke stated: "What is liberty without ... virtue? It is ... madness, without restraint. Men are qualified for liberty in exact proportion to their disposition to put moral chains upon their own appetites."