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The Atheist Civil-Liberty Union? Facing The Silent Artillery Of Time

"The American Civil Liberties Union has a public agenda, and that agenda appears to be this: to make the United States in all her public manifestations reflect an atheist's view of the nation's Founding and continuing existence. Is it item #84 on the ACLU's published agenda that calls for the elimination of "In God We Trust" from our coins? "Under God" must also be torn from the Pledge of Allegiance. The Commandments given Moses must never appear as public symbols under government auspices. This nation must so thoroughly appear to be atheist in public as to be, in fact, and for all practical purposes, atheist in all public spheres.

The sweet air of liberty must be replaced with an invisible gas that detects, exterminates, and suffocates any breath that would expel a religious word in public life. Publicly, religion must be totally repressed, so that soon only atheists will find the public atmosphere comfortable.

The accommodation this nation long ago reached between believers and nonbelievers must be abandoned. Religion shall be banned from all public appearances under government auspices, until it is totally squeezed down into private life, underground. There, harmless, it can survive as long as it may. Ideally, some atheists have written and many have heavily implied, religion will perish forever. Its vanishing will free the planet from divisiveness, intolerance, hatred, persecution, and the desire to sweep alternative views from public existence.

Secularism, the world's best hope for tolerance, will then rule triumphant, sweetly, having driven its foes from every inch of public existence. To save the world from intolerance, the ACLU must be rigorously intolerant. Public life in the United States must be made religion-free.

Atheism is a long-term project. It is not completed when one ceases believing in God. It is necessary to carry it through until one empties from the world all the conceptual space once filled by God. One must also, for instance, abandon the conviction that the events, phenomena, and laws of the world we live in (those of the whole universe) cohere, belong together, have a unity. What is born from chance may be ruled by chance, quite insanely.

Most atheists one meets, however, take up a position rather less rigorous. To the big question - Did the world of our experience, with all its seeming intelligibility and laws, come into existence by chance, or by the action of an agent that placed that intelligibility there in the first place? - the run-of- the-mill journalistic atheist replies, By chance.

Problem is, such fellows blink at the point grasped so fearlessly by Nietzsche. If the answer to the Big Question is chance, then all the coherence among the little questions may mean nothing at all - is intelligible only in appearances, and is otherwise a big lie. Courage is not really any better than cowardice; that's only a preference. Hate is not really worse than love; to think so is merely a weakling's prejudice. Freedom is no better than slavery; both are equally absurd. Destructiveness is no better and no worse than creativity.

Most atheists, of course, would rather get rid of God, but still keep the rationality in the universe that comes from actually having a God, Who understood all things before they were, and then made them to be. Atheists of that sort would even like to keep the Jewish vision of community, justice, and compassion, as set forth in the Prophets. All this, without keeping the God of Israel.

A nice deal, if you can negotiate it.

Even Jean-Paul Sartre thought being an atheist is a lot harder than that. At a minimum, he thought, one has to be honest, and not steal what one no longer has title to steal. In America, however, most of our atheists are actually thinly disguised Christians, or sometimes thinly disguised Jews, who want to retain the humanism taught by the Creator, without believing in the Creator.

They believe in the image of God, without believing in God. They want the Kingdom of God - the Kingdom of compassion, justice, peace, love, integrity, honesty, and commitment - without God, the King.

A terrific deal, if you can get it. A steal!

What makes the life of the ACLU difficult is that the actual history of the United States has been borne aloft on the wings of Jewish and Christian faith since its very beginning: The first act of the First Continental Congress in 1774 was a motion to pause for prayer, for guidance in a sudden extremity (British troops were reported to have landed with flame and violence in Boston). When that motion was carried, the prayer chosen was a Jewish prayer, Psalm 35. With American troops suffering terribly at Valley Forge, under the blows of defeat after defeat following July 4, Congress decreed an invitation to the states to celebrate a national day of fasting and humiliation [December 11, 1776], to beg God's pardon for the manifest sins of Americans of all ranks, and to ask for His assistance in the present just and necessary war. [Where was the ACLU that December, when we needed them?]

Even Tom Paine wrote that he was not so much of an infidel as to believe that Almighty God could abandon a people committed to the liberty to which he had called them. Commander-in-chief Washington ordered his soldiers to begin each day with public prayer, in ranks, in the presence of their
officers.

During the Jefferson administration, the largest church service in the United States was held in the US Capitol Building, and Jefferson publicly attended, and saw to it that music was supplied at government expense, by the Marine Band. Decades later, a large church service was also held each Sunday in the Supreme Court building.

The American way was not separation of church and state. It was accommodation. The Americans did not want a national, federally chosen established church, such as the Church of England was in Britain. They insisted that the Congress accommodate itself to existing establishments of religion in the several states, and not prohibit existing exercises of religion, public or private. They also wanted unfettered freedom of individual religious conscience, for that is what alone of all world religions, Judaism and Christianity distinctively require.

The American people, led by the Baptists of James Madison's district in Virginia (who forced Madison to change his intentions on the matter, if he wanted their votes), demanded a constitutional amendment to make freedom of religion explicit in the Constitution. The final amendment prohibited Congress both from any action regarding the establishment of any one national religion, and from any action regarding the disestablishment of any of the existing established churches (in the five states that had such). Congress was to "make no law respecting the establishment of religion," neither for nor against establishment.

In sum, the official actions, decrees, and laws of the Founding generation, and for generations after them asserted or implied that whole peoples and states, as well as individuals, have duties toward their Creator. In fighting for their independence, the American nation had formed a bond with Him to treat liberty as His sacred trust. By giving humans liberty in their natural endowment, liberty above all when face-to-face with Himself, the Creator had led them to believe that "rebellion to tyrants is obedience to God." Setting liberty as a pillar of light advancing before them, He had guided them through the night of war. With His help, they outlasted a far superior power and won their independence. They felt a duty to be grateful, as a nation.

It is hard to imagine American public life over the next four or five score years after independence without the public presence and leavening power of Judaism and Christianity. Think of the abolition movement, the temperance movement, the Sunday-School movement, the Social Gospel. The early Protestants were uncommonly attached to the Jewish Testament, as the best practical guide for a new people building a new nation. They saw themselves in a position much like that of the ancient people of Israel, the "First" Israel, to which they imagined themselves the "Second." They were coming out of captivity, crossing through a wilderness, trying to build a city on the hill, trying to establish a new nation, and to find a method of government both successful and pleasing to God. (Many sermons in those days took as their texts the biblical history of the Jewish nation. So, often enough, did John Locke himself.)

Imagine American history once the ACLU gets finished cleansing it from public mention of religion. Consider the plight of Abraham Lincoln. The ACLU will have to ban the public singing of the anthem that more than any other symbolized the crusade against slavery, "The Battle Hymn of the Republic." There's a lot about God in that hymn, and His Truth, and its power to keep marching on, trampling on vineyards, loosing lightning-swift swords. Even the Easter of the Savior Who died to set men free. In other words, quite publicly, quite officially, the armies of this nation sang aloud, over tramping feet, that human freedom is a sacred cause, singled out by Judaism and Christianity as the central historical responsibility of every single woman and man created by God, the author of liberty.

Few other world religions require that their God must be worshiped "in spirit and in truth." It is not clear, for example, that Buddhism is even to be understood as a theistic religion; and probably not Animism, either. For most world religions, such as those of ancient Greece and Rome, all that is required is external observance: bow your head, bend your knee, burn the incense, say the words. There is no personal God to see directly into your heart as in an open book.

Not so, Judaism and Christianity. Here the appeal is directly to the conscience of each, in that sacred arena in which the Creator and each human creature are present to each other, as Madison's Remonstrance puts it, prior to civil society, and prior to all obligations of any man to either state or civil society. The Jewish and Christian God, like no other, offers His friendship to each man and woman, and each of them, inalienably, must reply, Yes, or No. Neither mother nor father, nor brother nor sister, can reply for you. You must reply, as I must reply, alone.

Inalienably.

There, for Madison (as for the Virginia Declaration of Rights and Statute of Religious Liberty), on ground that comes not from philosophy but from Judaism and Christianity and them alone, lies the foundation of natural rights. Arguments from philosophy may complement this religious conviction. But they are not nearly so tight or precise in pinpointing the individual conscience, or the source of its sacred inviolability. So also, Tom Paine sailed to France in 1789 to beg the French revolutionaries not to turn to atheism, lest in that way they undercut the ground of their human rights. Paine was no orthodox Christian or Jew of any stripe, but from such sources he had imbibed much about conscience, Final Judgment, and the ground of human rights. He warned the Jacobins that atheism would lead to rivers of blood. He was thrown into jail as many meddlesome preachers before him had been. A great deal of blood flowed, in the name of Reason, as he had feared.

For such reasons, virtually all America's Founders (take the top 100, for instance), believed that religion, at least natural religion, of the Jewish and Christian type, that is, putting individual conscience, human liberty, and the brotherly community at the center of political striving, was indispensable to the thriving of republican government. Without liberty, no republic. Without virtue (sound habits of specific sorts), no liberty. Without religion (at least for most people, and over the long run), no virtue.

A large majority of Americans learn their moral principles in the context of a Judge to Whom they must render an account, and in the form of the Commandments given to Moses (and all civilized peoples) by the Creator. For them, the good civic habits that protect liberty come from religious nurturing. When their. religious faith weakens, so does their moral strictness. They loosen up. Moral entropy is a constant theme down the generations. Great Awakenings, followed by lower standards and broader permissiveness. A few modern Americans may not see the importance of religion to the morals of many others. Recent surveys suggest some 7 to 9 percent count themselves atheists, who seem to find that at least they can have virtue without religion. Could be. Yet as George Washington put it in his Farewell Address: Whatever may be said of persons of a peculiar character [such as Jefferson?], religion and morality are indispensable foundations for republican government. So also said the Congress, in the same year as the drafting of the Constitution, 1787, in the Northwest Ordinance.

One must feel sorry for atheists. They seem so lonely. Alone not only under the vast stars of a summer's night, in all this immense cosmos. And passing through it as we do all, as evanescently as fireflies. But alone also in this religion- drenched country, most of whose public spaces reek of faith in the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.

With great self-restraint on the part of our people, the God who blesses America is seldom referred to as Savior, Redeemer, or Holy Trinity, in the traditional Christian symbols, but rather as Governor of nature's laws, Creator who endowed in us our rights, Judge of our hidden consciences, and Providence in whom we place our trust - all of which are Jewish names for God.

Poor, lonely ACLU. If you have friends with membership cards, give them each a hug. Despite all, they have every right to feel included. We want them to feel included. We do our best to accommodate them, without making over the whole of public life in their image.

For Jews and Christians are obliged to respect liberty of conscience, since, they have been taught, God Himself respects it. They will be trigger-quick to point to eras in which Christians have not respected consciences. We have similar fears about atheist regimes we have known. And this is America, 2002. Atheists in our midst are proof that all consciences can be accommodated here, even those that have no ground for holding that conscience is sacred, inalienable, and prior to civil society.

So also we accommodate - even give tenure to, in certain privileged universities - those who hold that animals, who are not required to respond to God in spirit and in truth, nonetheless bear the same dignity as humans, and have natural rights just as humans do. We make this accommodation, even though we see vividly that animals can't have rights in the same sense, exactly, as humans do, not bearing the same relationship to God that God has uniquely established with human beings.

Unless, of course, there is no God. In which case, our own rights are as meaningless as those of animals. Perhaps that is why animals don't respect one another's rights. And why it's a bit odd that we humans do try to respect one another's rights. At least those try, who live in the civilizations shaped by the beliefs of Judaism and Christianity.

And what will happen to our own civilization, when the full atheistic agenda of the ACLU has finally and completely been accomplished? When there is no one who can speak publicly, under government auspices, about the ground of our rights? When no public symbols or ceremonies remind the young of these sacred sources, from whose depths alone spring their special nobility and unique calling? When the United States of America has thoroughly abandoned in public the faith of our forebears, and only the desolate winds of atheism blow across our monuments? When our rights are reduced to those of a
barnyard? Poor ACLU.

No more than the Jacobins of France in 1789 do they know what they do." (Michael Novak/FaithOfOurFathers.org)

Michael Novak, the George F. Jewett scholar at the American Enterprise Institute. Mr. Novak is theauthor, most recently, of On Two Wings: Humble Faith and Common Sense at the American Founding.

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  • "The principle of spending money to be paid by posterity, under the name of funding, is but swindling futurity on a large scale."

    Thomas Jefferson (letter to John Taylor - 1816)

  • “He must be very ignorant for he answers every question he is asked”

    Voltaire

  • "Nothing in the world is more dangerous than a sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity"

    Martin Luther King, Jr.

  • “Being ignorant is not so much a shame, as being unwilling to learn.”

    Benjamin Franklin

  • "The best we can hope for concerning the people at large is that they be properly armed."

    Alexander Hamilton

  • “If you tax something more, you get less of it. If you subsidize something you get more of it”

  • We never really grow up, we only learn how to act in public"

  • "It is far easier to keep the law abiding in line, than those who disregard the law altogether."

    WAG

  • "What country can preserve its liberties if its rulers are not warned from time to time that their people preserve the spirit of resistance?"

    Thomas Jefferson

  • "A free people ought to be armed"

    George Washington

  • "Parents can tell but never teach, unless they practice what they preach"

  • "Kindness is the language which the deaf can hear and the blind can see"

    Mark Twain

  • "Thinking was OUTLAWED in the 1980's. The first time you think is the last time you are a Democrat.”

    Evan Sayet

  • "Facts are not liberals' strong suit. Rhetoric is."

    Thomas Sowell

  • "That which we call sin in others is experiment for us."

    Ralph Waldo Emerson

  • "It is so much more difficult to manipulate people when they are educated and enlightened"

    WAG

  • "When you give a monkey the choice between an addictive drug and food, it will starve to death."

    Rick Perry

  • "A woman with a gun can't be beaten"

    GR

  • “The process by which banks create money is so simple that the mind is repelled.”

    John Kenneth Galbraith

  • "We now have more people in the business of preparing tax returns than we have in the … army”

    Dick Cheney

  • Scheme: “To be shady or otherwise use intellectual power to deceive or carry out a plan for a personal interest. To plan to do something to get someone’s money, most often by cheating.”

  • "No man stands so tall as when he stoops to help a child"

    Abraham Lincoln

  • “Rarely is it said after Senate debate that everything has not been said, rather it is whether every Senator has said it”

  • “A man's admiration for absolute government is proportionate to the contempt he feels for those around him.”

    Alexis de Tocqueville

  • "Ignorance is the seed of APATHY"

    WAG

  • "Freedom is not free. Free men are not equal. Equal men are not free."

    Jerry Pournelle

  • “I bring reason to your ears, and, in language as plain as ABC, hold up truth to your eyes.”

    Thomas Paine (December 23, 1776)

  • "Tis curious that we only believe as deeply as we live."

    Ralph Waldo Emerson

  • “Nothing is so admirable in politics as a short memory.”

    John Kenneth Galbraith

  • "It’s not the votes that count. It’s who counts the votes"

    Joseph Stalin

  • “The beauty of the Second Amendment is that it will not be needed until they try and take it.”

    Thomas Jefferson

  • "A diplomat is someone who can tell you to go to hell in such a way that you will look forward to the trip"

  • "The only thing worse than suffering an injustice is committing an injustice"

    Plato

  • “Paper money is founded upon fraud and knavery”

    George Mason (letter to George Washington)

  • “When an opponent declares, 'I will not come over to your side,' I calmly say, 'Your child belongs to us already....”

    Adolph Hitler

  • "Everything has beauty but not everyone sees it"

  • "A memorandum is written to protect the writer -- not to inform the reader"

    Dean Acheson

  • "Statistics are not meant to inform, but to deceive"

    WAG

  • "Government is the great fiction, through which everybody endeavors to live at the expense of everybody else."

    Frederic Bastiat

  • "Half the people you know are below average"

  • "I'm not upset that you lied to me, I'm upset that from now on I can't believe you.”

    Friedrich Nietzsche

  • "We are fast approaching the stage of the ultimate inversion: the stage where the government is free to do anything it pleases, while the citizens may act only by permission; which is the stage of the darkest periods of human history, the stage of rule by brute force"

    Ayn Rand

  • "Destroy the family, you destroy the country."

    Vladimir Lenin

  • "Knowledge is a powerful tool. Without it, a powerful tool one becomes."

    WAG

  • "The happiest people don't have the best of everything. They just make the best of everything that they have."

  • “The reports of my death are greatly exaggerated”

    Mark Twain

  • “A woman's outfit should be like a barbed-wire fence - serving its purpose without obstructing the view.”

    Sophia Loren

  • "Those who hammer their guns into plows will plow for those who do not"

    Thomas Jefferson

  • "The human race has one really effective weapon, and that is laughter"

    Mark Twain

  • "Truth Does Not Fear Knowledge"

  • "I can only say that there is not a man living who wishes more sincerely than I do to see a plan adopted for the abolition of slavery."

    George Washington

  • "Life's about the journey, not a destination."

    Anne Coleman

  • “It is hard to imagine a more stupid or more dangerous way of making decisions than by putting those decisions in the hands of people who pay no price for being wrong."

    Thomas Sowell

  • “Every time government attempts to handle our affairs, it costs more and the results are worse than if we had handled them ourselves”

    Benjamin Constant, Brazilian statesman

  • “To be fair, we should all be allowed our own set of facts, truth be dammed”

    WAG

  • "Give me four years to teach the children and the seed I have sown will never be uprooted"


    Vladimir Lenin

  • "Borrow money from pessimists - they don't expect it back"

    Steven Wright

  • "A free society is one where it is safe to be unpopular"

    Adlai E. Stevenson

  • "Security is not the absence of danger, but the presence of God"

  • "We are one justice away from the Supreme Court ruling that the U.S. Constitution is unconstitutional."

    WAG

  • "One of the great mistakes is to judge policies and programs by their intentions rather than their results."

    Milton Friedman

  • "Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it is time to pause and reflect"

    Mark Twain

  • "Worrying does not empty tomorrow of its trouble - it empties today of its strength"

  • "Show me your friends I'll show you your future"

  • "Innocence seldom utters outraged shrieks. Guilt does"

    Whittaker Chambers

  • “There is only one way to succeed in anything and that is to give it everything”

    Vince Lombardi

  • "Mankind have a great aversion to intellectual labor; but even supposing knowledge to be easily attainable, more people would be content to be ignorant than would take even a little trouble to acquire it."

    Samuel Johnson

  • “The most effective way to destroy people is to deny and obliterate their own understanding of their history.”

    George Orwell

  • "Media outlets exist not to inform us, but to influence us; not to educate us, but to enrich themselves"

    WAG

  • “There's nothing better than a friend ... unless it's a friend with chocolate.”

    Charles Dickens

  • ”In war there is no substitute for victory”

    General Douglas MacArthur

  • "Life is but an experiment, and we are all lab rats."

    WAG

  • “I hope our wisdom will grow with our power, and teach us, that the less we use our power the greater it will be”

    Thomas Jefferson

  • "Gray hair is God's graffiti"

    Bill Cosby

  • “The most merciful thing that a large family does to one of its infant members is to kill it”

    Margaret Sanger (Founder of Planned Parenthood)

  • "May your troubles be less, may your blessings be more, and may nothing but happiness come through your door"

  • “My greatest thought is my accountability to God”

    Daniel Webster

  • “Men who so uneasily tolerate superiors patiently suffer a master, and show themselves proud and servile at the same time.”

    Alexis de Tocqueville

  • "In three words I can sum up everything I’ve learned in life. It goes on."

    Robert Frost

  • "The people who cast the votes decide nothing. The people who count the votes decide everything."

  • "Hypocrite: the man who murdered both his parents... pleaded for mercy on the grounds that he was an orphan."

    Abraham Lincoln

  • "If everything seems to be going well, you have obviously overlooked something"

  • "Better to die on your feet, than live on your knees."

    American Patriot

  • "The human race has one really effective weapon, and that is laughter"

    Mark Twain

  • "Pity for the guilty is treason to the innocent"

    Ayn Rand

  • “To sit back hoping that someday, someway, someone will make things right is to go on feeding the crocodile, hoping he will eat you last – but eat you he will."

    Ronald Reagan

  • “Knowledge will forever govern ignorance; and a people who mean to be their own governors must arm themselves with the power which knowledge gives.”

    James Madison

  • "Few men have virtue to withstand the highest bidder"

    George Washington

  • If there is any principle of the Constitution that more imperatively calls for attachment than any other it is the principle of free thought, not free thought for those who agree with us but freedom for the thought that we hate” Oliver Wendell Holmes

    Oliver Wendell Holmes

  • "Golf scores are directly proportional to the number of witnesses"

  • "The purpose of the Second Amendment is to protect the First Amendment"

  • "It ain't what you don't know that gets you into trouble. It's what you know for sure that just ain't so"

    Mark Twain

  • "When we lose GOD, it is not GOD who is lost"

  • "The truth is like a lion. You don't have to defend it. Let it loose. It will defend itself."

    St. Augustine

  • "Ignorance truly is a choice…….. in this age of information."

    WAG

  • "Though something may be true, if not widely known, it cannot be considered fact."

    Liberal Logic

  • "The last capitalist we hang shall be the one who sold us the rope"

    Karl Marx

  • "There are two ways to conquer and enslave a nation. One is by the sword. The other is by debt."

    John Adams

  • "Character may be manifested in the great moments, but it is made in the small ones"

    Phillip Brooks

  • "Without question, the greatest invention in the history of mankind is beer. Oh, I grant you that the wheel was also a fine invention, but the wheel does not go nearly as well with pizza."

    Dave Barry

  • "Sell a man a fish, he eats for a day, teach a man how to fish, you ruin a wonderful business opportunity"

    Karl Marx

  • "If I could live my life over again, I wouldn't have time"

    Bob Hope

  • Unlimited power is apt to corrupt the minds of those who possess it; and this I know, my lords, that where laws end, tyranny begins”

    William Pitt

  • "Many of us believe that wrongs aren't wrong if it's done by nice people like ourselves."

    Author Unknown

  • "It is easier to fight for one's principles than to live up to them"

    Alfred Adler

  • "We are a government of laws, and not of men"

    John Adams

  • "A lie is an untruth told with intent to deceive."

  • "The short memories of American voters is what keeps our politicians in office"

    Will Rogers

  • "I would rather die on my feet than live on my knees"

  • "Logical consequences are the scarecrows of fools and the beacons of wise men"

    Thomas Henry Huxley

  • "The heart of the wise inclines to the right, but the heart of the fool to the left"

    Ecclesiastes 10:2 NIV

  • “The reason the charge of having a double standard never sticks against liberal/progressives, is because they have no standards to begin with.”

    WAG

  • "I value the friend who for me finds time on his calendar, but I cherish the friend who for me does not consult his calendar"

    Robert Brault

  • “Any man who is under 30, and is not a liberal, has not heart; and any man who is over 30, and is not a conservative, has no brains”

    Winston Churchill

  • "Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn't pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same."

    Ronald Reagan

  • "When I read about the evils of drinking, I gave up reading."

    Paul Horning

  • "When plunder becomes a way of life for a group of men living together in society, they create for themselves in the course of time a legal system that authorizes it and a moral code that justifies it."

    Frederic Bastiat

  • "A society will be judged on the basis of how it treats its weakest members and among the most vulnerable are surely the unborn and the dying,"

    Saint Pope John Paul II

  • “The greatest ignorance is to reject something you know nothing about”

  • “The path to perfection, the loftiest goal, is success in and of itself”

  • "Socialized medicine is the keystone to the arch of the socialist state."

    Vladimir Lenin

  • "The early bird might get the worm, but the second mouse gets the cheese"

  • “Men are born ignorant, not stupid. They are made stupid by education.”

    Bertrand Russell

  • "Have a place for everything and keep the thing somewhere else; this is not advice, it is merely custom"

    Mark Twain

  • “Be truthful … Truth leads to trust”

  • “The largest single barrier to full employment of our manpower and resources and to a higher rate of economic growth is the unrealistically heavy drag of federal income taxes on private purchasing power, initiative and incentive.”

    John F. Kennedy - special message to Congress on tax reduction and reform (1/24/63)

  • "History will record with the greatest astonishment that those who had the most to lose did the least to prevent its happening."

    Ronald Reagan

  • "The further a society drifts from the truth, the more it will hate those that speak it."

    George Orwell

  • "Don’t tell me how ruff the water is – just bring in the ship."

  • "Lord, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference"

  • "You can observe a lot just by watchin"

    Yogi Berra

  • "In the Soviet army it takes more courage to retreat than advance"

    Joseph Stalin

  • "The greatest enemy of a good plan is the dream of a perfect plan”

    von Clausewitz

  • "Both oligarch and tyrant mistrust the people, and therefore deprive them of their arms."

    Aristotle

  • "Suburbia is where the developer bulldozes out the trees, then names the streets after them"

    Bill Vaughan

  • "The greatness of a nation can be judged by the way its animals are treated"

    Mohandas Gandhi

  • "It is impossible to rightly govern a nation without God and the Bible."

    George Washington

  • "Let every nation know, whether it wishes us well or ill, that we shall pay any price, bear any burden, meet any hardship, support any friend, oppose any foe to assure the survival and the success of liberty"

    John F. Kennedy

  • "When you find you are digging yourself into a hole, dig faster, you’ll get to your destination sooner”

    WAG

  • "I love you, and because I love you, I would sooner have you hate me for telling you the truth than adore me for telling you lies.”

    Pietro Aretino

  • "It is the duty of the patriot to protect his country from its government." "Those who expect to reap the blessings of freedom, must, like men, undergo the fatigue of supporting it."

    Thomas Paine

  • "The voices in my head may not be real, but they have some good ideas"

  • Government is not reason; it is not eloquent; it is force. Like fire, it is a dangerous servant and a fearful master."

    George Washington

  • "When injustice becomes law, resistance becomes duty"

    Thomas Jefferson

  • "The only real power comes out of a long rifle"

    Joseph Stalin

  • "The Second Amendment has never been about hunting or crime prevention; it’s about keeping our government in check."

    Patrice Lewis

  • "The hottest places in Hell are reserved for those who remain neutral in time of great moral crisis"

    Dante Alighieri

  • "Communism is the death of the soul. It is the organization of total conformity - in short, of tyranny - and it is committed to making tyranny universal"

    Adlai E. Stevenson

  • "Wise men learn by other men's mistakes, fools by their own"

  • “No one is useless in this world who lightens the burden of anyone else”

  • "Opportunity is missed by most people because it comes dressed in overalls and looks like work."

    Thomas Edison

  • "Socialism needs two legs on which to stand; a right and a left. While appearing to be in complete opposition to one another, they both march in the same direction"

    Paul Proctor

  • "Greed, is a great motivator, yet a powerful destroyer."

  • "Every time Congress makes a joke, it’s a law. And every time it makes a law, it’s a joke"

    Will Rogers

  • "If it weren't for my aversion to lying, I’d go into politics."

    WAG

  • "Anyone who believes exponential growth can go on forever in a finite world is either a madman or an economist.”

    Kenneth Boulding (economist)

  • “It’s unprofessional to confuse loyalty with integrity”

    Robert David Steele (CIA)

  • "A smile costs nothing but gives much. It enriches those who receive without making poorer those who give. It takes but a moment, but the memory of it sometimes lasts forever. None is so rich or mighty that he cannot get along without it and none is so poor that he cannot be made rich by it. Yet a smile cannot be bought, begged, borrowed, or stolen, for it is something that is of no value to anyone until it is given away. Some people are too tired to give you a smile. Give them one of yours, as none needs a smile so much as he who has no more to give."

    Unknown

  • "Blaming guns for spree killings is like blaming short skirts for rape."

  • "Bureaucracy is the art of making the possible impossible. He who has trusted where he ought not will surely mistrust where he ought not"

    Marie von Ebner-Eschenbach

  • "For a representative republic to prosper, much less survive, its citizens must be both informed and engaged."

    WAG

  • "Statism survives by looting; a free country survives by production"

    Ayn Rand

  • “Since the general civilization of mankind, I believe there are more instances of the abridgment of the freedom of the people by gradual and silent encroachments of those in power than by violent and sudden usurpation”

    James Madison

  • "Facts are stubborn, but statistics are more pliable"

    Mark Twain

  • "Someone who does not know the difference between good and evil is worth nothing"

    Miecyslaw Kasprzyk

  • "Welfare is mistrusted by those who pay for it, and held in contempt by those who receive it"

  • "We have our theory; don't confuse me with the facts"

  • "How fortunate for governments that the people they administer don't think"

    Adolf Hitler

  • "Every job is a self-portrait of the person who did it. Autograph your work with excellence"

  • "I used to be indecisive. Now I'm not sure"

  • "Our political parties are broken and have failed miserably. They stand for nothing and will compromise everything”

    David Stockman

  • "I can remember when the air was clean and sex was dirty"

    Strom Thurmond

  • "One of the greatest ironies of our day is that in this age of information, so many are so ignorant"


    WAG

  • "We are fast approaching a time when the majority sign the back of the check, rather than the front"

  • May Americans' thirst for the truth, never be quenched."

    WAG

  • "Rights are granted by the individual, or governmental agency, that signs your welfare check"

    WAG

  • “The study of money, above all other fields in economics, is one in which complexity is used to disguise truth or to evade truth, not to reveal it.”

    John Kenneth Galbraith

  • It's not that liberals are ignorant, it's just that they know so much that isn't so"

    Ronald Reagan

  • Political correctness does not legislate tolerance; it only organizes hatred."

    Jacques Barzun

  • "Learn to say no. It will be of more use to you than to be able to read Latin"

    Charles Haddon Spurgeon

  • “To compel a man to subsidize with his taxes the propagation of ideas which he disbelieves and abhors is sinful and tyrannical”

    Thomas Jefferson

  • "Americans have the right and advantage of being armed, unlike the citizens of other countries whose governments are afraid to trust the people with arms."

    James Madison

  • "Truth has no agenda"

  • "Always laugh when you can. It is cheap medicine"

    Lord Byron

  • "As an American I am not so shocked that Obama was given the Nobel Peace Prize without any accomplishments to his name, but that America gave him the White House based on the same credentials."

    Newt Gingrich

  • “I do not know if the people of the United States would vote for superior men if they ran for office, but there can be no doubt that such men do not run.”

    Alexis de Tocqueville

  • "I feel obliged to withhold my approval of the plan to indulge in benevolent and charitable sentiment through the appropriation of public funds. ... I find no warrant for such an appropriation in the Constitution"

    Grover Cleveland

  • "When you find you’re digging yourself into a hole, I always say dig faster, you’ll get to the bottom sooner."

    WAG

  • Ineptocracy: (in-ep-toc'-ra-cy) - a system of government where the least capable to lead are elected by the least capable of achieving, and where the members of society least likely to succeed or even to sustain themselves, are abundantly rewarded with goods and services paid for by the confiscated wealth of a diminishing number of producers.

  • “In a world of thieves, the only final sin is stupidity.”

    Hunter S. Thompson

  • "If you really want to judge a man's character, give him power"

  • "If you can’t explain what you're doing in simple English, you’re probably doing something wrong"

    Alfred Kazin

  • “The only difference between death and taxes is that death doesn't get worse every time Congress meets”

    Will Rogers

  • "I am in politics because of the conflict between good and evil, and I believe that in the end good will triumph.”

    Margaret Thatcher

  • "It is not the years in your life but the life in your years that counts"

    Adlai E. Stevenson

  • "Example isn't another way to teach, it is the only way to teach"

    Albert Einstein

  • "In the age of information, ignorance is a choice"

    WAG

  • “Nothing is more powerful in a democracy than knowledge”

    Rudy Giuliani

  • "Banning gun shows to reduce violent crime will work about as well as banning auto shows to reduce drunken driving"

    Bill McIntire - NRA Spokesman (1992)

  • "Whether we bring our enemies to justice, or bring justice to our enemies, justice will be done"

    George W. Bush

  • "Our Constitution was not written in the sands to be washed away by each wave of new judges blown in by each successive political wind"

    Hugo Black

  • “Society is endangered not by the great profligacy of a few, but by the laxity of morals amongst all.”

    Alexis de Tocqueville

  • "No freeman shall ever be debarred the use of arms"

    Thomas Jefferson

  • "Ignorance is a choice one makes, often with happiness being the desired outcome. They are however mutually exclusive.”

    WAG

  • "Who better to solve a problem then the people responsible for creating it in the first place."

    WAG

  • "There are many men of principle in both parties in America, but there is no party of principle.”

    Alexis de Tocqueville

  • "It is incumbent on every generation to pay its own debts as it goes. A principle which if acted on would save one-half the wars of the world."

    Thomas Jefferson

  • "A half-truth is the most cowardly of lies.”

  • "Free speech is a two-way street, and if you use it, you'd better be prepared to dodge oncoming traffic"

    Doug Powers

  • "Irony is the hygiene of the mind."

    Elizabeth Bibesco

  • "Wise men learn from their mistakes, wiser men learn from the mistakes of others"

  • “There’s only one kind of patriotism, and that’s the kind that loves and supports – not loathes and fears – America”

    Rush Limbaugh

  • "A bank is a place where they lend you an umbrella in fair weather and ask for it back when it begins to rain"

    Robert Frost

  • "If the American people ever allow private banks to control the issue of their currency, first by inflation, then by deflation, the banks and corporations that will grow up around the banks will deprive the people of all property - until their children wake-up homeless on the continent their fathers conquered."

    Thomas Jefferson

  • "History records that the money changers have used every form of abuse, intrigue, deceit, and violent means possible to maintain their control over governments by controlling the money and its issuance."

    James Madison

  • "Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.”

    Winston Churchill

  • "I sincerely believe ... that banking establishments are more dangerous than standing armies, and that the principle of spending money to be paid by posterity under the name of funding is but swindling futurity on a large scale."

    Thomas Jefferson

  • "It is said that all humor has a little bit of truth to it. Sarcasm, it is said, often contains a lot of truth with the thinnest veneer of humor."

  • "If the continued existence of mathematics depended on the ability of the Republicans to defend the proposition that two plus two equals four, that would probably mean the end of mathematics and of all the things that require mathematics.”

    Thomas Sowell

  • "Friends are angels who lift us to our feet when our wings have trouble remembering how to fly."

    Anonymous

  • "Winners make things happen - Losers let things happen"

  • "For the saddest epitaph which can be carved in memory of a vanished freedom is that it was lost because its possessors failed to stretch forth a saving hand while there was still time."

    George Sutherland

  • Ships are safe in harbors, but that's not what ships are for...

  • "A bus is a vehicle that runs twice as fast when you are after it as when you are in it."

  • "Just because you do not take an interest in politics doesn't mean politics won't take an interest in you."

    Pericles (495-429 BC)

  • "The more I know, the more I realize how much I don’t know."

  • "Influence peddling and corruption are bipartisan sins: those out of power allege them, those in power commit them"

  • "True friendship is like sound health, the value of it is seldom known until it be lost"

    Charles Caleb Colton

  • "He does not believe who does not live according to his belief."

    Thomas Fuller

  • “The very people, who will go to the ends of the earth to defend the most heinous of murderers, do not give a second thought to the taking of an innocent life”

    WAG

  • "In politics, stupidity is not a handicap"

    Napoleon Bonaparte

  • "Failure to prepare is preparing to fail"

    Benjamin Franklin

  • "Every member of the State ought diligently to read and to study the Constitution [the documents] of this country...By knowing their rights they will sooner perceive when they are violated and be the better prepared to defend and assert them."

    John Jay, First Chief Justice of the Supreme Court

  • "The progressive mind is as deep as the pavement puddle"

    WAG

  • "For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? What shall a man give in exchange for his soul?”

    Matthew 16:26

  • “Give me control over a man's economic actions, and hence over his means of survival, and except for a few occasional heroes, I'll promise to deliver to you men who think and write and behave as I want them to”

    Benjamine A. Rooge

  • "It is far easier to introduce a government program than to get rid of it"

    Milton Friedman

  • “It could probably be shown by facts and figures that there is no distinctly American criminal class except Congress”

    Mark Twain

  • "The American constitution was designed by a group of geniuses, knowing it would be administered by a group of idiots"

  • "Once is happenstance. Twice is coincidence. Three times is enemy action."

    Ian Fleming

  • “Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.”

    Martin Luther King Jr.

  • "The goal of socialism is communism."

    Vladimir Lenin

  • "If you cannot prove a lie is a lie, is it then the truth?"

    WAG

  • “If a man doesn’t find something he is willing to die for, he isn’t fit to live”

    Martin Luther King, Jr.

  • "An armed man is a citizen; a disarmed man is a subject"

  • "It is better to remain silent and be thought a fool, than to speak out and remove all doubt"

    Abraham Lincoln

  • "If you choose public service, choose it to serve the public, not your bank account. When you're done serving, go home. Get a real job."

    Jack Abramoff

  • "War does not determine who is right - only who is left"

  • "A good day is when no one shows up and you don't have to go anywhere."

    Burt Shavitz (Burt's Buzz)

  • "An ignorant electorate, every politician's lifeblood."

  • "If you tell a lie, but have a good reason for telling that lie, then it really is not a lie."

    WAG

  • “We are all born ignorant, but one must work hard to be stupid.”

    Benjamin Franklin

  • "When we hang the capitalists they will sell us the rope we use"

    Joseph Stalin

  • "The problem is not that people are taxed too little, the problem is that government spends too much"

    Ronald Reagan

  • “Government cannot make man richer, but it can make him poorer”

    Ludwig von Mises

  • "We provide Americans an education in exchange for their commitment to serve in our armed forces, while at the same time, we offer amnesty to illegal immigrants in exchange for their commitment to vote Democrat for life."

    WAG

  • "The greatest tyrannies are always perpetrated in the name of the noblest causes"

    Thomas Paine

  • "Make sure the government treats others the same, as you would want the government to treat you. … Once you consent to the government ignoring the Constitution, you deny yourself the protection of the Constitution”

    Charley Reese

  • "History does not long entrust the care of freedom to the weak or the timid."

    Dwight D. Eisenhower

  • “Do you think you would ever have heard of Christianity if the Apostles had gone out and said, ‘I believe in consensus?’”

    Margaret Thatcher

  • "If most thinking people supported me it still wouldn't be enough. Because in America, you need a majority."

    Adlai E. Stevenson

  • "Instead of giving a politician the keys to the city, it might be better to change the locks"

    Doug Larson

  • "America's liberty depends on the freedom of the press, and that cannot be limited without being lost.”

    Thomas Jefferson

  • "Life is not measured by the breaths that we take, but by the moments that take our breath away!"

    Unknown

  • “What matters is not the truth, but what we choose (are told) to believe.”

    WAG

  • “If you voted for Obama to prove that you were not a racist - Who will you vote for in 2012 to prove that you are not an idiot?”

  • “The news is not about news anymore. It’s about protecting some people, destroying others and shoving a socialist agenda down the collective throats of America.”

    Charlie Daniels

  • “When your talent interests a human need, you are on the path of your life’s purpose”

  • "Humor is mankind's greatest blessing"

    Mark Twain

  • "Politics is the art of looking for trouble, finding it whether it exists or not, diagnosing it incorrectly, and applying the wrong remedy"

    Ernest Benn

  • “If you put the federal government in charge of the Sahara Desert, in 5 years you would have a shortage of sand.”

    Milton Friedman

  • "The best way to control the opposition is to lead it ourselves."

    Vladimir Lenin

  • “I may be ignorant, but I’m in the majority”

    American Citizen

  • "Only a virtuous people are capable of freedom. As nations become corrupt and vicious, they have more need of masters."

    Benjamin Franklin

  • "Courage is not the absence of fear but the presence of faith."

  • "Inflation rewards debt – and erodes savings. It is legalized counterfeiting, the deliberate creation of money with nothing to back it up."

  • You need only reflect that one of the best ways to get yourself a reputation as a dangerous citizen these days is to go about repeating the very phrases which our founding fathers used in their struggle for independence"

    C. A. Beard

  • “It’s a funny thing about free speech: It can’t be just for your political friends. If freedom means anything, it is the one valuable gift you have to give to your worst enemies, in order to keep it for yourself”

    Doug Christie

  • “May the saddest day of your future be no worse than the happiest day of your past”

  • "Wings on a Pig Don't Make It an Eagle."

  • "Look to Government to solve most problems. Often going to the source is the best solution"

    WAG

  • "The liberties of a people never were, nor ever will be, secure, when the transactions of their rulers may be concealed from them."

    Patrick Henry

  • "Every morning is the dawn of a new error."

  • "A great man never ignores the simplicity of a child"

    Chinese fortune cookie

  • "I'd rather die on my feet, than live on my knees."

    American Patriot

  • "Government can solve nearly any problem. After all, they created most of them."

    WAG

  • "The mind is like a parachute, it works best when it is opened"

  • "You're never too old to learn something stupid"

  • "A government that requires "integrity provisions" is by definition past the stage where they will do any good."

    Mark Steyn

  • "If a nation values anything more than freedom, it will lose its freedom, and the irony of it is that if it is comfort or money that it values more, it will lose that too."

    W. Somerset Maugham

  • “If you tell the truth you don’t have to remember anything”

    Mark Twain

  • "Where there is discord, may we bring harmony. Where there is error, may we bring truth. Where there is doubt, may we bring faith. And where there is despair, may we bring hope.”

    Margaret Thatcher

  • "Today is tomorrow’s past"

  • “If you laid all the economists in the world end to end, they would not reach a conclusion”

  • "All you need in this life is ignorance and confidence, and then success is sure."

    Mark Twain

  • “There are two sides to every issue: one side is right and the other is wrong, but the middle is always evil”

    Ayn Rand

  • “It will be of little avail to the people that the laws are made by men of their own choice if the laws be so voluminous that they cannot be read, or so incoherent that they cannot be understood.”

    James Madison

  • “The first duty of government is the protection of life, not its destruction. The chief purpose of government is to protect life. Abandon that and you have abandoned all.”

    Thomas Jefferson

  • "I am a simple man who happens to still possess what at one time was all too common….. A thing called sense."

  • “When the power of Love overcomes the love of Power, the world will know PEACE”

    Jimi Hendrix

  • "Never trust a government that doesn't trust its own citizens with guns"

    Thomas Jefferson

  • "God made man before woman so as to give him time to think of an answer for her first question."

  • “One useless man is a shame, two is a law firm, and three or more is a Congress”

    John Adams

  • "Reputation is what others perceive you to be. Character is what you are"

    John Wooden

  • "If you can imagine it, you can achieve it. If you can dream it, you can become it"

    William Arthur Ward

  • "Liberals have two sets of rules – one for the average Joe, the ordinary American who they have contempt for and don’t have much faith in, and another set of rules for themselves"

    Rush Limbaugh

  • "In politics, never let facts get in the way of a good story"

    WAG

  • “Always speak the truth, and you will never be concerned with your memory”

  • "It is never too late to be what you might have been"

    George Eliot

  • "Debt is the slavery of the free."

    Publilius Syrus

  • “Life is ten percent what happens to you and ninety percent how you respond to it.”

    Lou Holtz

  • “Wisdom is the chief element of happiness”

    Sophocles

  • “The honesty of the press is as great an object to society as the freedom of it.”

    Thomas Paine

  • "The high-minded man must care more for the truth than for what people think"

  • "I cannot undertake to lay my finger on that article of the Constitution which granted a right to Congress of expending, on objects of benevolence, the money of their constituents"

    James Madison

  • "If I agreed with you we'd both be wrong"

  • “You don’t marry someone you can live with; you marry the person who you cannot live without”

  • "One of the great mistakes is to judge policies and programs by their intentions rather than their results."

    Milton Friedman

  • "Knowledge is power."

    Sir Francis Bacon

  • "Irony is a clear consciousness of an eternal agility, of the infinitely abundant chaos."

    Karl Wilhelm Friedrich Schlegel

  • "Statistics are not intended to enlighten, but instead to deceive"

    WAG

  • "Life can only be understood backward, but it must be lived forward"

  • "Whoever controls the volume of money in any country is absolute master of all industry and commerce."

    James A. Garfield

  • "I will prepare, and some day my chance will come"

    Abraham Lincoln

  • “There are no easy answers' but there are simple answers. We must have the courage to do what we know is morally right.”

    Ronald Reagan

  • “A man's reputation is the opinion people have of him; his character is what he really is."

    Jack Miner

  • "In America today, it's considered anti-American to be pro-American"

    Rush Limbaugh

  • ”The beauty of the Second Amendment is that it will not be needed until they try to take it."

    Thomas Jefferson

  • "Baseball is 90% mental, the other half is physical"

    Yogi Berra

  • "In matters of style, swim with the current; in matters of principle, stand like a rock."

    Thomas Jefferson

  • "For when democracy becomes tyranny, those of us with rifles still get to vote"

  • “The state must declare the child to be the most precious treasure of the people. As long as the government is perceived as working for the benefit of the children, the people will happily endure almost any curtailment of liberty and almost any deprivation.”

    Adolf Hitler (Mein Kampf )

  • "A clear conscience is usually the sign of a bad memory"

  • "One of the penalties of not participating in politics is that you will be governed by your inferiors."

    Plato

  • “American consumers have no problem with carcinogens, but they will not purchase any product, including floor wax, that has fat in it”

    Dave Barry

  • "To steal ideas from one person is plagiarism; to steal from many is research"

  • “Live your life so that whenever you lose, you are ahead”

    Will Rogers

  • "Give me four years to teach the children and the seed I have sown will never be uprooted."

    Vladimir Lenin

  • "Disobedience to tyrants is Obedience to God"

    Benjamin Franklin

  • "Those who corrupt the public mind are just as evil as those who steal from the public purse"

    Adlai E. Stevenson

  • "A nation can survive its fools, and even the ambitious. But it cannot survive treason from within. An enemy at the gates is less formidable, for he is known and carries his banner openly. But the traitor moves amongst those within the gate freely, his sly whispers rustling through all the alleys, heard in the very halls of government itself."

    Tullius Cicero

  • "Let us with caution indulge the supposition that morality can be maintained without religion. Reason and experience both forbid us to expect that national morality can prevail in exclusion of religious principle."

    George Washington

  • "Knowledge is knowing a tomato is a fruit; Wisdom is not putting it in a fruit salad"

  • “The more corrupt the state, the more it legislates"

    Tacitus

  • "Neither the wisest constitution nor the wisest laws will secure the liberty and happiness of a people whose manners are universally corrupt."

    Sam Adams

  • "Beer: helping ugly people have sex since 3000 B.C."

    W. C. Fields

  • "Your success as a family, our success as a society, depends not on what happens at the White House, but what happens inside your house"

    Barbara Bush

  • "Love is the only force capable of transforming an enemy into a friend" .

    Martin Luther King, Jr

  • I am not afraid of an army of lions led by a sheep; I am afraid of an army of sheep led by a lion."

    Alexander the Great

  • "24 hours in a day, 24 beers in a case. Coincidence? I think not."

    H.L. Mencken

  • "A nation's greatness is measured by how it treats its weakest members."

    Mahatma Ghandi

  • "A lie can travel half way around the world while the truth is putting on its shoes"

    Mark Twain

  • "Find out just what people will submit to, and you have found out the exact amount of injustice and wrong which will be imposed upon them"

    Frederick Douglass

  • "Happiness is good health and a bad memory"

    Ingrid Bergman

  • "Uncommon valor was a common virtue." - Iwo Jima

  • "Failure is success if we learn from it"

    Malcolm S. Forbes

  • "Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results"

    Albert Einstein

  • “Half of the American people have never read a newspaper. Half never voted for President. One hopes it is the same half”

  • "An informed public is essential to a democracy"

    Thomas Jefferson

  • "If voting made a difference they wouldn't let us do it."

    Mark Twain

  • “If you have been voting for politicians who promise to give you goodies at someone else's expense, then you have no right to complain when they take your money and give it to someone else, including themselves”

    Thomas Sowell (1992)

  • “It is a thousand times better to have common sense without education than to have education without common sense.”

    Robert Green Ingersoll

  • "There is no right way to do wrong"

  • "Oh, what a tangled web we weave when first we practice to deceive."

    Sir Walter Scott

  • "If a man empties his purse into his head no one can take it away from him. An investment in knowledge always pays the best interest."

    Benjamin Franklin

  • “Worse than evil is the apathy that allows it”

  • "I'll bet you never dreamed you'd look back at Jimmy Carter as the good old days."

    Mitt Romney

  • "That may be a FACT, but it’s still just your opinion"

    Liberal when confronted with reality

  • "Islam is a religion in which God requires you to send your son to die for him. Christianity is a faith in which God sends his son to die for you"

    John D. Ashcroft

  • "The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing"

    Edmund Burke

  • "Tolerance and apathy are the last virtues of a dying society.”

    Aristotle

  • “A government which robs Peter to pay Paul can always depend on the support of Paul.”

    George Bernard Shaw

  • "Life is tough, but it's tougher when you're stupid.”

    John Wayne

  • "Ignorance is the truest form of freedom"

  • "Put your hand on a hot stove for a minute, and it seems like an hour. Sit with a pretty girl for an hour, and it seems like a minute. THAT'S relativity"

    Albert Einstein

  • "He who loses money, loses much; He who loses a friend, loses more; He who loses faith, loses all."

  • “Never be afraid to try something new. Remember that a lone amateur built the Ark. A large group of professionals built the Titanic”

  • "I owe nothing to Women’s Lib.”

    Margaret Thatcher

  • “GOD may not lighten my load, but HE will strengthen my back.”

  • "Those who have been intoxicated with power... can never willingly abandon it"

    Edmund Burke

  • "Why is it that so many individuals place their trust in people to solve the very problems which those people created in the first place?"

    WAG

  • "What is the difference between a taxidermist and a tax collector? The taxidermist takes only your skin"

    Mark Twain

  • "All men by nature desire knowledge."

    Aristotle

  • “Permit me to issue and control the money of a nation, and I care not who makes its laws.”

    Mayer Amschel Bauer Rothschild

  • "Middle age is when you choose your cereal for the fiber, not the toy"

  • "Look at yourself, like yourself, and find the positive"

    Dana Buchman

  • “It is hard to believe that a man is telling the truth when you know that you would lie if you were in his place.”

    Henry Louis Mencken

  • “Ignorance is an asset, when common among the majority.”

    WAG

  • "The great enemy of the truth is very often not the lie -- deliberate, contrived and dishonest -- but the myth -- persistent, persuasive and unrealistic."

    John F. Kennedy

  • "To be sure of hitting the target, shoot first and call whatever you hit the target"

  • "Heroes get remembered - but legends never die"

  • "A truly happy person is one who can enjoy the scenery on a detour"

  • “You learn a lot about people not just by what they say, but by what they don't say”

  • “A great deal of intelligence can be invested in ignorance when the need for illusion is deep.”

    Saul Bellow

  • “Tolerance is the last virtue of a dying society.”

    Aristotle

  • "Loyalty to the country always. Loyalty to the government when it deserves it"

    Mark Twain

  • Democracy must be something more than two wolves and a sheep voting on what to have for dinner."

    James Bovard

  • "One man with a gun can control 100 without one"

    Vladimir Lenin

  • "Some goals are so worthy, it's glorious even to fail"

  • "This is like deja vu all over again"

    Yogi Berra

  • “If you just set out to be liked, you would be prepared to compromise on anything at any time, and you would achieve nothing.”

    Margaret Thatcher

  • "The Capitalists will sell us the rope with which we will hang them."

    Vladimir Lenin

  • "The less a man thinks or knows about his virtues, the better we like him"

    Ralph Waldo Emerson

  • "Republicans believe every day is the Fourth of July, but Democrats believe every day is April fifteenth"

    Ronald Reagan

  • "Genius is one per cent inspiration and ninety-nine percent perspiration"

    Thomas Edison

  • "A wise man will make more opportunities than he finds"

    Francis Bacon

  • "Whoever wishes to foresee the future must consult the past; for human events ever resemble those of preceding times"

    Niccolo Machiavelli

  • "The trouble with the world is not that people know too little, but that they know so many things that aren't true”

    Mark Twain

  • "Perfection is not attainable. But if we chase perfection, we can catch excellence.”

    Vince Lombardi

  • "Going to law is losing a cow for the sake of a cat"

    Mark Twain

  • “Success is getting what you want, happiness is wanting what you get."

    Dave Gardner

  • "The strongest reason for the people to retain the right to keep and bear arms is, as a last resort, to protect themselves against tyranny in government"

    Thomas Jefferson

  • "I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crises. The great point is to bring them the real facts"

    Abraham Lincoln

  • "We have now sunk to a depth at which restatement of the obvious is the first duty of intelligent men."

    George Orwell

  • "Wisdom too often never comes, and so one ought not to reject it merely because it comes late."

    Justice Felix Frankfurter

  • "The woman’s mission is not to enhance the masculine spirit, but to express the feminine; hers is not to preserve a man-made world, but to create a human world by the infusion of the feminine element into all of its activities.”

    Margaret Thatcher

  • "Don't part with your illusions. When they are gone, you may still exist, but you have ceased to live"

    Mark Twain

  • "With each failure, you move one step closer to success. It’s when you give up that you truly fail."

    Pat Flynn

  • "One death is a tragedy; one million is a statistic"

    Joseph Stalin

  • “An individual who believes their lies cannot be considered a liar.”

    Progressive apologist

  • "Freedom is never won in a single battle - It must be fought for every day"

  • "Modern day liberalism is a disease that literally has the power to poison the character of those who fall under its spell"

    Rush Limbaugh

  • "Some cause happiness wherever they go. Others whenever they go"

  • The most aggravating thing about the younger generation is that I no longer belong to it"

    Albert Einstein

  • "There's no way to rule innocent men. The only power government has is the power to crack down on criminals. When there aren't enough criminals, one makes them. One declares so many things to be a crime that it becomes impossible for men to live without breaking laws"

    Ayn Rand

  • “It isn't what people think that is important, but the reason they think what they think."

    Eugene Ionesco

  • "Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other"

    John Adams

  • “I fear not the individual who occupies the Oval Office, but the people who elected him to that office.”

  • “It is when people forget God that tyrants forge their chains.”

    Patrick Henry

  • “We always have enough time to do a job a second time – and never enough time to do it right the first time”

  • In my many years I have come to a conclusion that one useless man is a shame, two is a law firm, and three or more is a congress"

    John Adams

  • "You don’t get ahead in life by looking into your rear view mirror"

    WAG

  • "And what is the state but a servant and a convenience for a large number of people, just like the electric light and the plumbing system? And wouldn't it be preposterous to claim that men must exist for their plumbing, not the plumbing for the men"

    Ayn Rand

  • "If you watch a game, it's fun. If you play at it, it's recreation. If you work at it, it's golf"

    Bob Hope

  • "No Man is a Failure who has Friends"

    It's A Wonderful Life

  • "Knowledge is the source of Wealth. Applied to tasks we already know, it becomes Productivity. Applied to tasks that are new, it becomes Innovation"

    Peter Drucker

  • "You piss off a conservative by lying. You piss off a liberal by telling the truth."

  • Nothing could be more dangerous to the existence of this Republic than to introduce religion into politics”

    Robert Green Ingersoll

  • "The US dollar is backed by little more than confidence. Confidence in people's lack of understanding of how America's monetary system functions."

  • "I know of no way to judge the future but by the past"

  • “Silence in the face of evil is itself evil: God will not hold us guiltless. Not to speak is to speak. Not to act is to act.”

    Dietrich Bonhoeffer

  • "The people who cast the votes don't decide an election, the people who count the votes do"

    Joseph Stalin

  • “Even fools are thought wise if they keep silent, and discerning if they hold their tongues.”

    Proverbs 17:28 (NIV)

  • "To be prepared for war is one of the most effectual means of preserving peace"

    George Washington

  • "The very atmosphere of firearms anywhere and everywhere restrains evil interference - they deserve a place of honor with all that's good."

    George Washington

  • “Facts do not cease to exist because they are ignored.”

    Aldous Huxley

  • "I don’t know what my future holds, but have faith in whose hands it’s held."

  • "A sincere diplomat is like dry water or wooden iron"

    Joseph Stalin

  • "Golf is a good walk spoiled"

    Mark Twain

  • "Nothing beats a failure but the failure to try"

  • “The truth is that all men having power ought to be mistrusted.”

    James Madison

  • "The man that sets out to change the world without first changing himself is a fool"

  • “The choices we make reveal the true nature of our character.”

  • "A banker is a fellow who lends you his umbrella when the sun is shining, but wants it back the minute it begins to rain"

    Mark Twain

  • "Aspire to inspire before you expire."

  • "Bureaucracy is nothing more than the hardening of an organization's arteries"

    William P. Anthony

  • When we get piled upon one another in large cities, as in Europe, we shall become as corrupt as Europe.”

    Thomas Jefferson

  • "The optimist simply does not have all the facts."

    WAG

  • "Does reality influence the news, or is it the news that influences reality?"

    WAG

  • “Perception is today’s reality”

  • “I am an ignorant American and proud to be in the majority.”

  • "Nothing is more destructive to a democracy than ignorance and an uniformed citizenry"

  • "In faith and hope the world will disagree, but all mankind’s concern is charity"

    Alexander Pope

  • "Let it never be said that failure arose from lack of effort"

  • "I could give up chocolate but I'm no quitter!"

  • “I’m extraordinarily patient provided I get my own way in the end.”

    Margaret Thatcher

  • "Go often to the house of thy friend, for weeds choke off the unused path"

  • “Truth is Treason to an Empire Built of Lies.”

  • Thinking is hard work – that is why so few engage in it”

    Mark Twain

  • "Police in Austria are looking for a bank robber who wears a Sarah Palin mask while committing robberies. He started out with a Barack Obama mask, but no one took him seriously"

    Jay Leno

  • "A gun is like a parachute. If you need one, and don't have one, you'll probably never need one again."

  • “Everybody feels the evil, but no one has courage or energy enough to seek the cure”

    Alexis de Tocqueville

  • “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.”

    Nelson Mandela

  • "What lies behind us and what lies ahead of us are tiny matters compared to what lives within us"

    Ralph Waldo Emerson

  • "There are lies, damned lies and statistics"

    Mark Twain

  • "A nation of sheep will get a government of wolves"

    Edward R. Murrow

  • “The Nine most feared words – I am with the government and here to help”

    Ronald Reagan

  • "Print is the sharpest and the strongest weapon of our party"

    Joseph Stalin

  • "Always be sincere, even if you don’t mean it"

    Harry S. Truman

  • "How the media reports what they report (their bias) is important. What they choose to report (or not report) is equally important"

    WAG

  • "Rather than being a selfless act of service, becoming a politician is now about enriching oneself"

    WAG

  • "The democracy will cease to exist when you take away from those who are willing to work and give to those who would not."

    Thomas Jefferson

  • It has been said that politics is the second oldest profession. I have learned that it bears a striking resemblance to the first."

    Ronald Reagan

  • “Never believe anything in politics until it has been officially denied.”

    Otto von Bismarck

  • "Among the many misdeeds of British rule in India, history will look upon the Act depriving a whole nation of arms as the blackest."

    Mohandas Gandhi

  • "The more one worries, the older one gets; the more one laughs, the younger one feels"

    Chinese proverb

  • "Nothing is so permanent as a temporary government program"

    Milton Friedman

  • "It’s tough to make predictions, especially about the future"

    Yogi Berra

  • "Of all the enemies of true liberty, war is, perhaps, the most to be dreaded, because it comprises and develops the germ of every other."

    James Madison

  • “The inherent vice of capitalism is the unequal sharing of the blessings. The inherent blessing of socialism is the equal sharing of misery”

    Winston Churchill

  • "What this country needs are more unemployed politicians."

    Edward Langley (artist)

  • "If you’re not getting flack, you’re not over the target"

  • "Reason often makes mistakes but conscience never does"

    Josh Billings (Henry Wheeler Shaw)

  • "Never spend your money before you have it"

    Thomas Jefferson

  • “When the desire for success, overcomes the fear of failure, great things can be achieved”

    WAG

  • "If we desire to avoid insult, we must be able to repel it; if we desire to secure peace, one of the most powerful instruments of our rising prosperity, it must be known, that we are at all times ready for War."

    George Washington

  • "Ask not that GOD be on our side, insist that we be on His"

    WAG

  • “Nobody made a greater mistake than he who did nothing because he could only do a little.”

    Edmund Burke

  • "The great ignorant failure of the left: Though it has learned how to get elected, it has not learned how to govern."

    Daniel Greenfield

  • "If the freedom of speech is taken away then dumb and silent we may be led, like sheep to the slaughter."

    George Washington

  • “I am proud of my country, yet ashamed of my government”

  • "The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated.”

    Mahatma Ghandi

  • “Look at life through the windshield, not the rear-view mirror"

    Byrd Baggett

  • "Remember, the Ark was built by amateurs, the Titanic by professionals"

  • “The more alike men are, the weaker each feels in the face of all.”

    Alexis de Tocqueville

  • "Governments have killed more innocent people than all the wars combined. 170 MILLION in the 20th Century alone."

  • "There is not a truth existing which I fear or would wish unknown to the world"

    Thomas Jefferson

  • "In politics, if you want anything said, ask a man - if you want anything done, ask a woman"

    Margaret Thatcher

  • "Sports do not build character, they reveal it."

  • At that point when we put America first, will be the time that this nation begins to heal itself”

    WAG

  • "Agenda 21 is not a "conspiracy theory", it is an Action Plan."

  • "When you want to help people, you tell the truth. When you want to help yourself, you tell people what they want to hear."

    Thomas Sowell

  • "There has never been a golden age of liberty, and there never will be. People who value freedom will always have to defend it from those who claim the right to wield power over others."

    David Boaz

  • "The experiment of self-government can't work where people do not govern themselves"

    James Madison

  • "Go put your creed into your deed."

    Ralph Waldo Emerson

  • "Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn’t pass it on to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same, or one day we will spend our sunset years telling our children and our children's children what it was once like in the United States where men were free."

    Ronald Reagan

  • "Don't let schooling interfere with your education"

    Mark Twain

  • "Luck is at the intersection of preparation and opportunity."

    Luck

  • "Funny term “progressive” – oxymoron if ever I heard one when used to describe an ideology so destructive to the liberties and freedoms of the individual."

    WAG

  • “Liberty cannot be established without morality, nor morality without faith"

    Alexis de Tocqueville

  • “An appeaser is one who feeds a crocodile, hoping it will eat him last”

    Winston Churchill

  • "Lies serve to influence the ignorant"

    WAG

  • "You can't have freedom of speech, and at the same time have people not being offended"

    Rush Limbaugh

  • "The best thing you can do for the poor is not become one"

    Reverend Ike

  • "If we're dealing with Islamic nations, the suspects are Middle Eastern. Some people call that profiling. Law enforcement people would call it a clue."

    Wayne LaPierre

  • "Laws control the lesser man... Right conduct controls the greater one"

    Mark Twain

  • The only good is knowledge and the only evil is ignorance.

    Socrates

  • "Take the first step in faith. You don’t have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step"

    Dr. Martin Luther King

  • “Of the four wars in my lifetime, none came about because the U.S. was too strong”

    Ronald Reagan

  • "I feel sorry for people who don't drink. When they wake up in the morning, that's as good as they're going to feel all day."

    Lyndon B. Johnson

  • "How is it one careless match can start a forest fire, but it takes a whole box to start a campfire"

  • “Every man is dishonest who lives upon the labor of others, no matter if he occupies a throne”

    Robert Green Ingersoll

  • "Anger is an acid that can do more harm to the vessel in which it is stored than to anything on which it is poured"

    Mark Twain

  • "Feed a man a fish, you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish, you feed him for a lifetime"

  • "Friendship improves happiness, and abates misery, by doubling our joys, and dividing our grief"

    Joseph Addison

  • “If you have truth on your side, you really don't need to lie”

    Paul Jacob

  • “Politics is the art of looking for trouble, finding it, misdiagnosing it and them misapplying the wrong remedies”

    Groucho Marx

  • "I'm a great believer in luck, and I find the harder I work, the more I have of it"

    Thomas Jefferson

  • "Comedy brings out laughter, tragedy fear. Hopelessness leads to despair, sadness a tear. It takes a unique individual who can elicit all of these emotions by the mere mention of their name – Obama is a unique individual"

    WAG

  • "The lesson of history is that people never learn the lessons of history."

  • "Profanity is the act of a feeble mind attempting to express itself forcibly"

  • “Honesty is the first chapter of the book of wisdom”

    Thomas Jefferson

  • “We can state with conviction, therefore, that a man's support for absolute government is in direct proportion to the contempt he feels for his country.”

    Alexis de Tocqueville

  • "Work as if you were to live a hundred years. Pray as if you were to die tomorrow."

    Benjamin Franklin

  • "Saying a gun shoots people is like saying a pencil makes mistakes, or a spoon makes people fat."

  • Yesterday is history; Tomorrow is a mystery: Today is a gift, that’s why we call it the Present"

    Winnie the Pooh

  • “It is easier to do a job right than to explain why you didn't.”

    Martin Van Buren

  • "Statistics are like bikinis. What they reveal is suggestive, but what they conceal is vital.”

    Aaron Levenstein

  • "The supreme irony of life is that hardly anyone gets out of it alive."

    Robert A. Heinlein

  • "The day that you are born is the day that you begin to die"

    William Faulkner

  • "If only the Nazis and Soviets had been as merciful to the innocent as America is to the guilty"

    Senator Jim Talent

  • “There is no worse tyranny than to force a man to pay for what he does not want merely because you think it would be good for him”

    Robert A. Heinlein

  • "A government is the most dangerous threat to man's rights: it holds a legal monopoly on the use of physical force against legally disarmed victims”

    Ayn Rand

  • "When GOD fights for Israel, Israel wins"

  • “Man is not free unless government is limited … As government expands, liberty contracts”

    Ronald Reagan

  • "I didn't say it was your fault, I said I was blaming you"

  • "A joy shared is doubled, a sorrow shared is halved"

  • "It's no wonder that truth is stranger than fiction. Fiction has to make sense"

    Mark Twain

  • “A country that can't control its borders isn't really a country anymore”

    Ronald Reagan

  • "An error does not become a mistake until you refuse to correct it."

  • "A nation which can prefer disgrace to danger is prepared for a master, and deserves one"


    Alexander Hamilton

  • “When I refuse to obey an unjust law, I do not contest the right of the majority to command, but I simply appeal from the sovereignty of the people to the sovereignty of mankind.”

    Alexis de Tocqueville

  • “Let me issue and control a nation’s money and I care not who writes the laws”

    Mayer Amschel Rothschild

  • Real knowledge is to know the extent of one's ignorance.”

    Confucius

  • "The last thing I want to do is hurt you. But it's still on the list"

  • "He who would give up a little liberty in return for a little security deserves neither liberty nor security"

    Benjamin Franklin

  • “Great men set out not to be great, but to do great things”

  • "Light travels faster than sound. This is why some people appear bright until you hear them speak"

  • “No republic has long outlived the discovery by a majority of its people that they could vote themselves largesse from the public treasury”

    Alexander Tytler

  • "I am an American voter, ignorant of my ignorance."

  • "The last time France needed more proof it rolled through the streets of Paris in the form of a German tank"

    David Letterman

  • "Without rest, a man cannot work; without work, the rest does not give you any benefit."

    Abkhasian Proverb

  • "As I grow older I pay less attention to what men say. I just watch what they do."

    Andrew Carnegie

  • "He who fails to prepare, prepares for failure"

  • “One lives in the hope of becoming a memory.”

    Antonio Porchia

  • “There are severe limits to the good that the government can do for the economy, but there are almost no limits to the harm it can do”

    Milton Friedman, Nobel laureate

  • "it is the first responsibility of every citizen to question authority."

    Benjamin Franklin

  • "Remove one freedom per generation, and soon you will have no freedom and no one would have noticed."

    Karl Marx

  • "Spend other people's money as though it was your own"

    WAG

  • "There are two ways of doing things: the right way, and the way they do it in Washington"

    Ronald Reagan

  • "Expect the best, prepare for the worst, capitalize on what comes"

  • "A wise man can see more from the bottom of a well than a fool can from a mountain top"

  • “The University campus is the only place where everything that a parent has taught a young person for 18 years is completely undermined in one semester of their freshman year"

    Kevin McCullough

  • “The same administration that can’t build a web site, just took over the internet.”

    Brad Thor

  • "Small opportunities are often the beginning of great enterprises"

    Demosthenes

  • "The government that can give you everything you want, can take everything that you have"

  • "I'm not an old, experienced hand at politics. But I am now seasoned enough to have learned that the hardest thing about any political campaign is how to win without proving that you are unworthy of winning"

    Adlai E. Stevenson

  • "There are two lasting bequests we can give our children: one is roots, the other is wings"

    Hodding Carter, J.R.

  • “No matter how fast a lie is, the truth will catch up with her.”

    Dutch Proverb

  • “Nothing is more wonderful than the art of being free, but nothing is harder to learn how to use than freedom.”

    Alexis de Tocqueville

  • "To some it's a six-pack, to me it's Support Group Salvation in a can"

    Leo Durocher

  • “Taxes are not levied for the benefit of the taxed”

    Robert A. Heinlein

  • "Blessed are those who can give without remembering and take without forgetting."

  • "If my critics saw me walking over the Thames they would say it was because I couldn’t swim.”

    Margaret Thatcher

  • "A hypocrite is the kind of politician who would cut down a redwood tree, then mount the stump and make a speech for conservation"

    Adlai E. Stevenson

  • “Our forefathers made one mistake. What they should have fought for was representation without taxation”

    Fletcher Knebel, Historian

  • "If you think health care is expensive now, wait until you see what it costs when it's free"

    P.J. O'Rourke

  • "I love to go to Washington, if only to be nearer my money"

    Bob Hope

  • "The hardest thing in the world to understand is the income tax"

    Albert Einstein

  • “America is the best half-educated country in the world”

    Nicholas Murray Butler

  • "Bad laws are the worst sort of tyranny"

    Edmund Burke

  • “The test of the morality of a society is what it does for its children.”

    Dietrich Bonhoeffer

  • "Women who seek to be equal to men lack ambition"

  • “To be clever enough to get all that money, you must be stupid enough to want it”

    G. K. Chesterton

  • “Bureaucracy -- the organizational weaknesses that cause smart people to make dumb decisions”

  • “Nothing in the world will take the place of persistence … and determination”

    Calvin Coolidge

  • "When in doubt tell the truth"

    Mark Twain

  • "There is no crueler tyranny than that which is perpetuated under the shield of law and in the name of justice."

    Charles de Montesquieu

  • “If no American voted on election day, what would Hillary Clinton’s margin of victory be?”

  • "Should FDR have warned us about Pearl Harbor?"

    Rush Limbaugh

  • "Defeat? I do not recognize the meaning of the word.”

    Margaret Thatcher

  • "Foreign aid might be defined as a transfer of money from poor people in rich countries to rich people in poor countries."

    Douglas Casey

  • "America is like a healthy body and its resistance is threefold: its patriotism, its morality and its spiritual life. If we can undermine these three areas, America will collapse from within."

    Josef Stalin

  • "The fear of death follows from the fear of life. A man who lives fully is prepared to die at any time"

    Mark Twain

  • “The American people are the passengers aboard the Titanic… And Obama is at the helm.”

    Lt. Colonel James G. Zumwalt

  • "To preserve liberty it is essential that the whole body of the people always possess arms and be taught alike, especially when young, how to use them."

    Richard Henry Lee (1787)

  • "Strive not to be a success, but rather to be of value"

    Albert Einstein

  • "This year will go down in history; for the first time a civilized nation has full gun registration! Our streets will be safer, our police more efficient, and the world will follow our lead into the future!"

    Adolph Hitler (1935)

  • "If a nation expects to be ignorant and free, in a state of civilization, it expects what never was and never will be"

    Thomas Jefferson

  • “Gold is important, but so are guns and ammunition, and it’s the guys with the guns and ammunition that’ll get the gold in the end”

  • “The government is good at one thing. It knows how to break your legs, and then hand you a crutch and say, ‘See if it weren’t for the government, you wouldn’t be able to walk.’”

    Harry Browne

  • "Tolerance is the virtue of believing in nothing"

  • "When people fear government, there is tyranny – When government fears the people, there is liberty"

    Thomas Paine

  • “A standing military force, with an overgrown Executive will not long be safe companions to liberty."

    James Madison

  • "Communism is the corruption of a dream of justice"

    Adlai E. Stevenson

  • "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth."

    George Washington

  • “When the truth hurts, or is otherwise offensive, it is inappropriate.”

    WAG

  • "Any man who thinks he can be happy and prosperous by letting the Government take care of him better take a closer look at the American Indian."

    Henry Ford

  • “The power to tax is the power to destroy”

    Supreme Court Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.

  • "Those ignorant of history are condemned to repeat it."

  • “One man with courage is a majority”

    Thomas Jefferson

  • "Never pick a fight with a man who buys his ink by the barrel"

    Mark Twain

  • "The hardness of the butter is proportional to the softness of the bread"

  • "Try not to become a man of success, but rather, try to become a man of value"

    Albert Einstein

  • "Socialism is the philosophy of failure, the creed of ignorance and the gospel of envy"

    Winston Churchill

  • "It is difficult to get a man to understand something when his salary depends upon his not understanding it"

    Upton Sinclair

  • “The naked truth is always better than the best dressed lie”

    Ann Landers

  • “I prefer dangerous freedom over peaceful slavery.”

    Thomas Jefferson

  • "Reality is that which, when you stop believing in it, doesn't go away."

    Philip K. Dick

  • "Education consists mainly of what we have unlearned"

    Mark Twain

  • “One must indoctrinate a child while he still fits width-wise on the bed.”

    Soviet Union saying

  • "If voting made a difference, it would be illegal"

  • Use truth as your anvil, nonviolence as your hammer and anything that does not stand the test when it is brought to the anvil of truth and hammered with nonviolence, reject it.”

    Mohandas K. Gandhi

  • "Always do right. This will gratify some people and astonish the rest"

    Mark Twain

  • "Laws were most numerous when the state was most corrupt"

    Tacitus, The Annals III.27

  • "That government governs best that governs least"

    Thomas Jefferson

  • "If you're not out there upsetting idiots, you just might be yourself an idiot"

    Ted Nugent

  • “Capitalism is a system whereby the rich are powerful. Communism and Socialism are systems where the powerful are rich.”

  • “If the facts don’t fit the theory, just change the facts”

    Albert Einstein

  • "Forgiveness is the fragrance that the violet sheds on the heal that has crushed it"

    Mark Twain

  • “Ability may get you to the top, but it takes character to keep you there”

    John Wooden

  • "It is far easier to control those who obey the law, than to control those who disregard the law altogether."

    WAG

  • "We can evade reality, but we cannot evade the consequences of evading reality"

    Ayn Rand

  • "My reading of history convinces me that most bad government has grown out of too much government"

    Thomas Jefferson

  • "Charity is no part of the legislative duty of the government"

    James Madison

  • "What if there was a cure for the disease we call LIBERLISM? There is, and it's called REALITY (one dose daily)."

    WAG

  • "Al Gore proved that you can win the Presidential election without a single Southern state"

    John Kerry

  • "Money is like manure; If you spread it around, it does a lot of good. But if you pile it up in one place, it stinks like hell"

    Clint Murchison

  • "One of the reasons people hate politics is that truth is rarely a politician's objective - election and power are"

    Cal Thomas

  • "Republicans in Washington have shown that the word ‘cave’ is a noun in places like Afghanistan, but it’s a verb in places like Congress"

    Rush Limbaugh

  • "Progressivism is an illness and should be treated as such….. Institutionalize them all."

  • "To be conscious that you are ignorant is a great step to knowledge."

    Benjamin Disraeli

  • “So far consumers are worried about the future. Once they start worrying about the present, we’re in trouble.”

  • Common Sense: “when we remove the sense, it becomes all too common”

    WAG

  • “None are more hopelessly enslaved than those who falsely believe they are free.”

    Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

  • Necessity is the plea for every infringement of human freedom. It is the argument of tyrants; it is the creed of slaves.”

    William Pitt

  • "You can not raise the weak, by holding down the strong"

    Abraham Lincoln

  • "For those who have fought for it, freedom has a taste the protected will never know."

  • “If government didn’t create problems they’d be left will none to solve”

    WAG

  • "Where the press is free, and every man able to read, all is safe"

    Thomas Jefferson

  • "The ultimate result of shielding men from the effects of folly, is to fill the world with fools."

    Herbert Spencer

  • "Honor, justice, and humanity, forbid us tamely to surrender that freedom which we received from our gallant ancestors, and which our innocent posterity have a right to receive from us."

    Thomas Jefferson

  • “There is nothing more frightful than ignorance in action.”

    Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

  • "The pessimist sees difficulty in every opportunity. The optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty."

    Winston Churchill

  • "They keep saying, 'A school is supposed to be a safe place!' Yeah well so is a womb."

    Pastor John MacArthur

  • "The idea of war is not to die for your country. It's to make the other poor S.O.B. die for his"

    General George Patton

  • “I won't insult your intelligence by suggesting that you really believe what you just said."

    William F. Buckley Jr.

  • “First they came for the communists, and I didn't speak out because I wasn't a communist. Then they came for the trade unionists, and I didn't speak out because I wasn't a trade unionist. Then they came for the Jews, and I didn't speak out because I wasn't a Jew. Then they came for me, and there was no one left to speak out for me.”

    Pastor Martin Niemöller

  • “A person who lives by logic and studies history and tries to implement the lessons learned by history cannot begin to rationally explain the conduct of this president or his attorney general or this administration,” Nugent said. “It is psychotic, it is crazy, it is illogical.”

    Ted Nugent

  • "Money can't buy happiness, but it sure makes misery easier to live with"

  • "Japan would never invade the United States. We would find a rifle behind every blade of grass."

    Isoroku Yamamoto

  • "When the Federal Reserve cites statistics to claim that there is not much evidence of inflation, we need to keep in mind that the statistics they rely on exclude food and energy prices. The cost of living is no sweat if you can do without electricity and food."

    Thomas Sowell

  • "The main thing in one’s own private world is to try to laugh as much as you cry"

    Maya Angelou

  • "Setting an example is not the main means of influencing others; it is the only means"

    Albert Einstein

  • "If we only wanted to be happy it would be easy; but we want to be happier than other people, which is almost always difficult, since we think them happier than they are"

    Charles-Louis de Secondat Baron de Montesquieu

  • "Laughing at oneself is often the best source of humor"

    WAG

  • "For a nation to try to tax itself into prosperity is like a man standing in a bucket and trying to lift himself up by the handle"

    Winston Churchill

  • “Every library is an arsenal”

    Robert Green Ingersoll

  • "That which does not destroy me, makes me stronger"

    Friedrich Nietzsche

  • "If you don’t read the newspaper, you are uninformed; If you do read the newspaper you are misinformed"

    Mark Twain

  • "The power to unite is stronger than the power to destroy"

    Anonymous

  • "Before you open your mouth to speak, please make sure it's an improvement upon the silence"

  • "Peace, commerce, and honest friendship with all nations -- entangling alliances with none"

    Thomas Jefferson

  • "I swear by my life, and my love of it, that I will never live for the sake of another man, nor ask another man to live for mine"

    Ayn Rand

  • "Some men change their party for the sake of their principles; others their principles for the sake of their party"

    Winston Churchill

  • "No arsenal, or no weapon in the arsenals of the world, is as formidable as the will and moral courage of free men and women."

    Ronald Reagan

  • "I’ve had my fun and I didn’t enjoy it"

  • "Democracy is the worst form of government except all others"

    Winston Churchill

  • “To anger a conservative, tell him a lie. To anger a liberal, tell him the truth”

  • "One of the most striking differences between a cat and a lie is that a cat has only nine lives"

    Mark Twain

  • "Politics is the only field in which the more experience you have, the worse you get”

    Kinky Friedman

  • "Tell me and I forget - Teach me and I remember - Involve me and I learn"

    Benjamin Franklin

  • "The man who is a pessimist before 48 knows too much; if he is an optimist after it, he knows too little"

    Mark Twain

  • "TRUTH is a hard, and often bitter, pill to swallow."

    WAG

  • "Tis better to be ignorant and happy, than informed and upset"

    WAG

  • "Find something that you love, and you will never work a day in your life"

  • "If you want to protect vital national security secrets from WikiLeaks, just put them in the same vault as Obama's birth certificate"

    Mike Huckabee (a.k.a The Guv)

  • "The best way to cheer yourself up is to try to cheer somebody else up"

    Mark Twain

  • "People are difficult to govern because they have too much knowledge."

    Lao-tzu

  • “The health of a democratic society may be measured by the quality of functions performed by private citizens.”

    Alexis de Tocqueville

  • "Success is never final. Failure is never fatal."

  • "I predict future happiness for Americans if they can prevent the government from wasting the labors of the people under the pretense of taking care of them."

    Thomas Jefferson

  • The smallest minority on earth is the individual. Those who deny individual rights cannot claim to be defenders of minorities”

    Ayn Rand

  • "One should examine oneself for a very long time before thinking of condemning others."

    Moliere

  • "Providence has given to our people the choice of their rulers. And it is the duty as well as the privilege and interest of a Christian Nation to select and prefer Christians for their rulers."

    John Jay

  • "In a time of universal deceit telling the truth is a revolutionary act."

    George Orwell

  • "When tempted to fight fire with fire, remember that the Fire Department usually uses water"

  • "Hospitality: making your guests feel like they're at home, even if you wish they were"

  • "May the thirst for truth never be quenched."

    WAG

  • “There are two ways to conquer and enslave a nation. One is by the sword. The other is by debt.”

    John Adams (1826)

  • “A goal without a plan is just a wish”

    Larry Elder

  • "A bad day on the lake is better than a good day at the office"

  • “If you will not fight for right when you can easily win without bloodshed; if you will not fight when your victory is sure and not too costly; you may come to the moment when you will have to fight with all the odds against you and only a precarious chance of survival. There may even be a worse case. You may have to fight when there is no hope of victory, because it is better to perish than to live as slaves”

    Winston Churchill

  • "An investment in knowledge always pays the best interest”

    Benjamin Franklin

  • “All truths are easy to understand once they are discovered; the point is to discover them."

    Galileo

  • "One man with courage is a majority"

    Thomas Jefferson

  • "It is better to trust in the Lord, than to put confidence in man."

    Psalm 118:8

  • "Life………. It’s GOD’s choice"

  • “You cannot strengthen the weak, by weakening the strong.”

    Abraham Lincoln

  • "Liberalism faltered when it turned out it could not cope with the truth"

    Daniel Patrick Moynihan

  • “The truth is not for all men, but only for those who seek it”

    Ayn Rand

  • “The Constitution does not grant rights, it recognizes them”

    Jason Laumark

  • "The more comfortable you make welfare recipients, the more welfare recipients you will have."

    WAG

  • “Woe to those who call evil good and good evil...”

    Isaiah 5:20

  • "Better to do something imperfectly than to do nothing flawlessly"

    Robert Schuller

  • “Giving money and power to government is like giving whiskey and car keys to teenage boys”

    P. J. O'Rourke

  • "Liberty, once lost, is lost forever."

    John Adams

  • "Hey, don’t get me wrong. I 'm all for the government (spending) investing our money into “shovel” ready projects, so long as I’m the one selling the shovels."

    WAG

  • "The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants."

    Thomas Jefferson

  • Government "help" to business is just as disastrous as government persecution... the only way a government can be of service to national prosperity is by keeping its hands off”

    Ayn Rand

  • "Ronald Reagan pursued those things which he believed in, not necessarily those things which he knew he could win"

    Rush Limbaugh

  • “Money has no motherland; financiers are without patriotism and without decency: their sole object is gain”

    Napoleon Bonaparte

  • "A liberal is a person whose interests aren't at stake, at the moment"

    Willis Player

  • "A bus station is where a bus stops. A train station is where a train stops. On my desk, I have a work station"

  • "I do benefits for all religions - I'd hate to blow the hereafter on a technicality"

    Bob Hope

  • "It is a curious fact that people are never so trivial as when they take themselves seriously"

    Oscar Wilde

  • “It ain't what you don't know that gets you into trouble. It's what you know for sure that just ain't so."

    Mark Twain

  • “When injustice becomes law, then resistance becomes duty.”

    Thomas Jefferson

  • “It’s better to die a Hero, than live the life of a Coward”

    Charles Woods (father of murdered Benghazi SEAL Tyrone Woods) in a message to President Obama

  • "Silence is foolish if we are wise, but it is wise if we are foolish"

  • "Beer is proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy."

    Benjamin Franklin

  • "The budget should be balanced, the Treasury should be refilled, public debt should be reduced, the arrogance of officialdom should be tempered and controlled, and the assistance to foreign lands should be curtailed, lest Rome become bankrupt. People must again learn to work instead of living on public assistance."

    Cicero, 55 BC

  • “There is no medicine like hope, no incentive so great, no tonic so powerful as expectation of something tomorrow.”

    Orison S. Marden

  • "What soap is to the body, laughter is to the soul"

    Yiddish Proverb

  • "If you want the rainbow, you gotta put up with the rain"

  • “I know enough to know, there is so much that I do not know”

  • "Don't let yesterday use up too much of today"

    Cherokee proverb

  • "Democracy is the road to socialism."

    Karl Marx

  • “Don't ever argue with an idiot.... they'll drag you down to their level and beat you with experience"

    Anonymous

  • "Life would be infinitely happier if we could only be born at the age of eighty and gradually approach eighteen"

    Mark Twain

  • “America will never be destroyed from the outside. If we falter and lose our freedoms, it will be because we destroyed ourselves”

    Abraham Lincoln

  • "Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man's character, give him power"

    Abraham Lincoln

  • "The difference between genius and stupidity is genius has its limits."

    Albert Einstein

  • "Nations crumble from within when the citizenry asks of government those things which the citizenry might better provide for itself"

    Ronald Reagan

  • "There is but one straight course, and that is to seek truth and pursue it steadily"

    George Washington

  • "No man's life, liberty, or property are safe while the legislature is in session"

    Mark Twain

  • "It took Teddy Kennedy longer to call the police after his Oldsmobile sunk at Chappaquiddick, than it took the 3rd Infantry Division and the Marines to destroy the Medina Republican Guard"


    Rush Limbaugh

  • "Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear, not absence of fear"

    Mark Twain

  • "At least the federal governments is there to hand you a crutch after it breaks your leg, right?"

  • "Being powerful is like being a lady. If you have to tell people you are, you aren’t.”

    Margaret Thatcher

  • "Don't steal - The government hates competition"

  • "Every man must decide whether he will walk in the light of creative altruism or in the darkness of destructive selfishness."

    Martin Luther King, Jr.

  • "It is certainly true that a popular government cannot flourish without virtue in the people."

    Richard Henry Lee, signer of Declaration of Independence

  • "No man is good enough to govern another man without that other's consent"

    Abraham Lincoln

  • "I have more guns than I need but fewer than I want"

    Mike Adams

  • "Few men think, yet all will have opinions"

    George Berkeley

  • "In Washington, second guessing has become second nature"

    George W. Bush

  • "Just because someone says something that’s not factual, does not mean it’s not truthful, if they believe what they are saying."

    Liberal Logic

  • "The irony of life is that, by the time you're old enough to know your way around, you're not going anywhere."

  • "If Mother Nature doesn’t get you, Father Time will"

  • "Not interested in Left vs. Right. Interested in Right vs. Wrong."

  • "Snowflakes are one of nature's most fragile things, but just look what they can do when they stick together"

  • "Never allow success to go to your head, nor failure to your heart."

  • "No one has a finer command of language than the person who keeps his mouth shut"

    Sam Rayburn

  • "When you vote to allow the taking of another life, you are complicit in the taking of that life."

  • "Mama used to say, dig faster, you’ll get to the bottom sooner (rather than later)."

  • “Better to deny a child some of life’s wants and pleasures, than to deny them a brother or sister.”

    Pope Saint John Paul II

  • "Abortion is not a woman’s rights issue but a human rights issue"

    Kathy Ireland

  • "Going to church doesn't make you a Christian any more than standing in a garage makes you a car"

  • "There are times in one’s life, and in a nation’s life, where siting on the sidelines just isn’t an option."

    WAG

  • "Debt is the worst poverty."

    Thomas Fuller

  • "I oppose the war, but support the troops"

    Liberal Lingo

  • “Government's view of the economy could be summed up in a few short phrases: If it moves, tax it - If it keeps moving, regulate it - And if it stops moving, subsidize it“

    Ronald Reagan

  • "Man will do many things to get himself loved, he will do all things to get himself envied"

    Mark Twain

  • "Everything the Democrats do is the result of a political calculation designed to take advantage of something going wrong"

    Rush Limbaugh

  • "A system of licensing and registration is the perfect device to deny gun ownership to the bourgeoisie."

    Vladimir Lenin

  • “Success in business, as in life, requires character, confidence, consistency, commitment and courage. It's a marathon, not a sprint"

  • "The means of defense against foreign danger historically have become the instruments of tyranny at home."

    James Madison

  • "All receive advice - only the wise profit from it"

    Syrus

  • "The problem with the gene pool is that there is no lifeguard"

  • "One of the penalties of not participating in politics is that you will be governed by your inferiors"

    Plato

  • “It is not enough to merely be enlightened, one must also be engaged.”

    WAG

  • "It is better to deserve honors and not have them than to have them and not deserve them"

    Mark Twain

  • “If you don't have the law, you argue the facts; if you don't have the facts, you argue the law; if you have neither the facts nor the law, then you argue the Constitution”

  • "History shows that all conquerors who have allowed their subjected peoples to carry arms have prepared their own fall"

    Adolf Hitler (1939)

  • "The world is a dangerous place, not because of those who do evil, but because of those who look on and do nothing"

    Albert Einstein

  • “There are a terrible lot of lies going about the world, and the worst of it is that half of them are true.”

    Winston Churchill

  • "Logic is an enemy and truth is a menace"

    Rod Serling

  • "Life without GOD is like an unsharpened pencil – it has no point"

  • "Great men do not set out to be great, they set out to do great things"

  • “The tragedy in life is not reaching your goals, it is to have no goals to achieve”

  • "If you tell the truth often enough, people will come around to believing it"

  • "To learn who rules over you, simply find out who you are not allowed to criticize.”

    Voltaire

  • "A man of quality is never threatened by a woman of equality"

  • "Sometimes you do have to go backwards before you can move forward"

    Noelle Pikus Pace (Olympian)

  • "Good friends, good books and a sleepy conscience: this is the ideal life"

    Mark Twain

  • "Climate is what we expect, weather is what we get"

    Mark Twain

  • "The problem with Socialism is that you eventually run out of other people's money"

    Margaret Thatcher

  • "Standing in the middle of the road is very dangerous; you get knocked down by the traffic from both sides.”

    Margaret Thatcher

  • “Education is a weapon whose effects depend on who holds it in his hands and at whom it is aimed”

    Joseph Stalin

  • "The secret to creativity is knowing how to hide your sources"

    Albert Einstein

  • "He who asks is a fool for five minutes, but he who does not ask remains a fool forever."

    Chinese Proverb

  • "A free nation is armed with a free press."

  • “If men were angels, no government would be necessary."

    James Madison

  • People once came to America to GIVE all that they had, to become all that they could. Now they come only to TAKE all that they can.

    WAG