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

    Mike Adams

  • "Truth Does Not Fear Knowledge"

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

    Ronald Reagan

  • "Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it"

    George Santayana

  • "Comedy is tragedy plus time"

    Woody Allen

  • "Tolerance is the virtue of believing in nothing"

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

    WAG

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

    Jack Miner

  • "Everything has beauty but not everyone sees it"

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

    WAG

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

    Rush Limbaugh

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

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

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

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

    WAG

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

  • "Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow. The important thing is to not stop questioning"

    Albert Einstein

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

    Vladimir Lenin

  • “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)

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

    Albert Einstein

  • "A free people ought to be armed"

    George Washington

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

    Ayn Rand

  • "Ignorance is the truest form of freedom"

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

  • “It is not the responsibility of parents to pave the road for their children, but to provide them a road map”

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

    Maya Angelou

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

    Charles Haddon Spurgeon

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

    WAG

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

    Benjamin Franklin

  • "Knowledge is power."

    Sir Francis Bacon

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

  • “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)

  • "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

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

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

  • "No Man is a Failure who has Friends"

    It's A Wonderful Life

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

    Isaiah 5:20

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

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

  • “Only in Washington does a decrease in the proposed increase equal a spending cut”

    Larry Elder

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

    Nicholas Murray Butler

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

    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

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

    Thomas Henry Huxley

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

    WAG

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

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

    Phillip Brooks

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

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

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

  • "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

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

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

    Steven Wright

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

    WAG

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

    John Adams

  • "All men by nature desire knowledge."

    Aristotle

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

    Ayn Rand

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

    Doug Powers

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

    WAG

  • "Better a broken promise than none at all"

    Mark Twain

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

    Joseph Stalin

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

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

    Adolph Hitler

  • "A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step"

    Confucious

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

    Alexander Pope

  • "Debt is the worst poverty."

    Thomas Fuller

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

    Syrus

  • “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

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

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

    Will Rogers

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

    George Washington

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

  • "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

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

  • "Gray hair is God's graffiti"

    Bill Cosby

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

    Vladimir Lenin

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

    Bob Hope

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

  • "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

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

    Napoleon Bonaparte

  • "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

  • "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

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

    Mark Twain

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

    WAG

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

    Mark Twain

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

    Joseph Stalin

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

    Thomas Jefferson

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

    Vladimir Lenin

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

    Sam Rayburn

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

    Rush Limbaugh

  • "Never put off till tomorrow what you can do the day after tomorrow"

    Mark Twain

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

    Dutch Proverb

  • “To possess a memory is to be blessed with a priceless good. It is our link to the past, our guidepost to the present and our passport to the future”

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

    Ronald Reagan

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

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

    George Washington

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

  • "Happiness is good health and a bad memory"

    Ingrid Bergman

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

    John Kenneth Galbraith

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

  • "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

  • "All the perplexities, confusion and distresses in America arise not from defects in the constitution or confederation, nor from want of honor or virtue, as much from downright ignorance of the nature of coin, credit, and circulation."

    John Adams

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

    Adolf Hitler (1939)

  • "Failure is success if we learn from it"

    Malcolm S. Forbes

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

    John Wooden

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

    Thomas Jefferson

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

    WAG

  • "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

  • "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

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

    William Arthur Ward

  • “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

  • "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

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

    Calvin Coolidge

  • “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

  • "For my part I believe in the forgiveness of sin and the redemption of ignorance"

    Adlai E. Stevenson

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

    Abraham Lincoln

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

    Aristotle

  • "That to which we aspire, though cannot attain, we often tear down"

    WAG

  • "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

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

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

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

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

    George Orwell

  • “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

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

    Ronald Reagan

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

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

    Thomas Fuller

  • "Plan ahead, Noah didn’t build the Ark in a storm"

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

    WAG

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

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

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

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

    John Adams

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

  • "Political power grows out of the barrel of a gun"

    Mao Tse-Tung

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

    Margaret Thatcher

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

    Mark Twain

  • "Three may keep a secret, if two of them are dead"

    Benjamin Franklin

  • "The road to hell is paved with good intentions"

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

    Willis Player

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

    Mark Twain

  • “Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable.”

    John F. Kennedy

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

    Dwight D. Eisenhower

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

    Robert Green Ingersoll

  • “To disarm the people is the best and most effectual way to enslave them"

    George Mason

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

  • "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

  • “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

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

    Benjamin Franklin

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

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

    Patrice Lewis

  • "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

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

  • "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

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

  • "Until such time that compassion is measured by helping people to help themselves, we will only ensure the enslavement of others, in the very name of compassion"

    WAG

  • “Everything will be all right in the end... if it's not all right then it's not yet the end.”

  • "Irony differentiates. Cynicism never does."

    Paul Horgan

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

    Alexis de Tocqueville

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

    Thomas Sowell

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

  • “May you live as long as you want and never want as long as you live”

  • “I think the terror most people are concerned with is the IRS”

    Malcolm Forbes (when asked if he was afraid of terrorism)

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

    Will Rogers

  • “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”

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

  • "Irony is the gaiety of reflection and the joy of wisdom."

    Anatole France

  • "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

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

    Robert Schuller

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

    Aristotle

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

    Charles Caleb Colton

  • “The satisfaction acquired through giving surpasses those pleasures attained from receiving”

    WAG

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

    WAG

  • “Never interfere with an enemy while he’s in the process of destroying himself.”

    Napoléon Bonaparte

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

    WAG

  • “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

  • "In politics, stupidity is not a handicap"

    Napoleon Bonaparte

  • "All bad precedents begin as justifiable measures"

    Julius Caesar

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

    Vladimir Lenin

  • "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

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

    WAG

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

    Edmund Burke

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

    Albert Einstein

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

    Antonio Porchia

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

    Rush Limbaugh

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

    William Pitt

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

    Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

  • “In framing a government which is to be administered by men over men, the great difficulty lies in this: you must first enable the government to control the governed; and in the next place oblige it to control itself”

    James Madison

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

    Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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

    Bill Vaughan

  • "That government governs best that governs least"

    Thomas Jefferson

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

    Mark Twain

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

    Tacitus

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

    WAG

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

    Pat Flynn

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

    American Patriot

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

    Ronald Reagan

  • “In a free country the monetary unit rests upon a fixed foundation of gold or gold and silver, independent of the ruling politicians.”

    Howard Buffett

  • “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

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

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

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

    Aristotle

  • "Today is tomorrow’s past"

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

    WAG

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

    WAG

  • "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

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

    Aaron Levenstein

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

    GR

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

    Ralph Waldo Emerson

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

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

  • "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."

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

    Abraham Lincoln

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

    Ralph Waldo Emerson

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

    Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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

  • "You can observe a lot just by watchin"

    Yogi Berra

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

    WAG

  • "Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil"

    Ephesians 6:11

  • "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)

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


    Alexander Hamilton

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

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

  • "I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word in reality. This is why right temporarily defeated is stronger than evil triumphant."

    Martin Luther King, Jr.

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

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

    Martin Luther King, Jr.

  • "A strong body makes the mind strong. As to the species of exercises, I advise the gun. While this gives moderate exercise to the body, it gives boldness, enterprise and independence to the mind. Games played with the ball and others of that nature, are too violent for the body and stamp no character on the mind. Let your gun therefore be the constant companion of your walks."

    Thomas Jefferson

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

    Mark Twain

  • "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

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

    George Washington

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

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

    Doug Larson

  • "A smile is an inexpensive way to change your looks"

    Charles Gordy

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

    Robert Green Ingersoll

  • "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

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

    Mahatma Ghandi

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

    Yiddish Proverb

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

    Ronald Reagan

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

    Benjamin Franklin

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

  • "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)

  • “Every library is an arsenal”

    Robert Green Ingersoll

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

    Mark Twain

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

    WAG

  • “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

  • “Reality is that which, when you stop believing in it, doesn’t go away”

    Philip K. Dick

  • "Adversity makes a good man better"

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

    Mark Twain

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

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

    George Orwell

  • "If we agreed 100 percent of the time, one of us wouldn't be necessary"

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

    John Wayne

  • "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

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

    Rush Limbaugh

  • "Disobedience to tyrants is Obedience to God"

    Benjamin Franklin

  • “Fathom the hypocrisy of a Government that requires every citizen to prove they are insured.... but not everyone must prove they are a citizen.”

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

    WAG

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

    Margaret Thatcher

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

    Confucius

  • "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

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

    Mark Twain

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

    Yogi Berra

  • “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

  • "I ask, sir, what is the militia? It is the whole people, except for few public officials."

    George Mason

  • "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)

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

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

    Charles Dickens

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

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

  • "Bad laws are the worst sort of tyranny"

    Edmund Burke

  • "The American dream is not that every man must be level with every other man. The American dream is that every man must be free to become whatever God intends he should become.”

    Ronald Reagan

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

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

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

    Mark Twain

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

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

    Miecyslaw Kasprzyk

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

    Justice Felix Frankfurter

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

    Will Rogers

  • "Sometimes things are so obvious, they appear unbelievable."

    WAG

  • "A person who won't read has no advantage over one who can't read"

    Mark Twain

  • "To delve inside the liberal progressive mind, one must endure a dark and errie place, absent all logic and devoid all reason and common sense"

    WAG

  • "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

  • ”In war there is no substitute for victory”

    General Douglas MacArthur

  • “I used to think of Wall Street as a financial center. I now think of it as a crime scene.”

    Danny Schecter

  • "The surest way to destroy a nation is to debauch its currency."

    Vladimir Lenin

  • “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

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

    Thomas Jefferson

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

    Mark Twain

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

    Albert Einstein

  • "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.

  • "Against the assault of laughter nothing can stand"

    Mark Twain

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

    James Madison

  • "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

  • “Success usually comes to those who are too busy to be looking for it”

    Henry David Thoreau

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

    Byrd Baggett

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

    Thomas Jefferson

  • “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?”

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

    Adlai E. Stevenson

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

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

    Ayn Rand

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

    Oscar Wilde

  • "Apparently, I'm supposed to be more angry about what Mitt Romney does with his money than what Barack Obama does with mine."

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

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

    WAG

  • "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

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

  • "Democracy is the road to socialism."

    Karl Marx

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

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

    Sophia Loren

  • "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)

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

    Ronald Reagan

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

  • "Knowledge is power yes, and often a burden as well"

    WAG

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

    Ronald Reagan

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

    George W. Bush

  • "Never spend your money before you have it"

    Thomas Jefferson

  • 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.”

  • "Corrupt government is host to many ironies, but three are paramount: SUCCESS is a liability, FAILURE is an asset, and as long as the INTENTIONS are pure in the public mind, better funding follows failure, not success."

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

    George Berkeley

  • "Reason often makes mistakes but conscience never does"

    Josh Billings (Henry Wheeler Shaw)

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

    Mark Twain

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

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

  • "You can entertain without teaching, however cannot teach without entertaining."

  • "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

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

    Milton Friedman

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

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

    H.L. Mencken

  • “The American Republic will endure until the day Congress discovers that it can bribe the public with the public's money.”

    Alexis de Tocqueville

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

  • "Europe will never be like America. Europe is a product of history. America is a product of philosophy.”

    Margaret Thatcher

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

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

    Milton Friedman

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

    Vladimir Lenin

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

    Mark Twain

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

    Ronald Reagan

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

    Margaret Thatcher

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

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

    George Orwell

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

    Karl Marx

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

    Liberal when confronted with reality

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

    Benjamin Franklin

  • “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

  • "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

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

    WAG

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

  • “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

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

    Thomas Paine (December 23, 1776)

  • “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”

  • "Political correctness is tyranny with manners."

    Charlton Heston

  • "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

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

    Francis Bacon

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

    Progressive apologist

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

    Mark Twain

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

    Alexis de Tocqueville

  • “The one (a president) can confer no privileges whatever; the other (the king) can make denizens of aliens, noblemen of commoners; can erect corporations with all the rights incident to corporate bodies.”

    Alexander Hamilton in Federalist 69

  • “The American people will never knowingly adopt Socialism, but under the name of Liberalism, they will adopt every fragment of the Socialist program until one day America will be a Socialist nation without knowing how it happened”

    Norman Thomas - Socialist Party Presidential candidate (1976)

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

    Noelle Pikus Pace (Olympian)

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

  • "A free nation is armed with a free press."

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

    Mayer Amschel Rothschild

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

    Dean Acheson

  • "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

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

    Mark Twain

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

    Abraham Lincoln

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

    Paul Jacob

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

  • “It is not heroes that make history, but history that makes heroes.”

    Joseph Stalin

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

    WAG

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

  • “He who controls the past controls the future. He who controls the present controls the past.”

    George Orwell

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

    Chinese proverb

  • "If God wanted us to vote, he would have given us candidates"

    Jay Leno

  • "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

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

    WAG

  • "Be good, stay healthy, and laugh often."

    WAG

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

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

    Winston Churchill

  • “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

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

    Saul Bellow

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

    Psalm 118:8

  • "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

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

    David Stockman

  • "Belief in a falsehood does not make it true"

    WAG

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

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

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

    Pastor John MacArthur

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

    Jimi Hendrix

  • "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

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

    Thomas Edison

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

    James Madison

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

    Anonymous

  • "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

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

    Abraham Lincoln

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

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

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

    Martin Luther King Jr.

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

    George Orwell

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

    Yogi Berra

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

  • "Failure to prepare is preparing to fail"

    Benjamin Franklin

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

    Albert Einstein

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

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

  • “Americans are so enamored of equality, they would rather be equal in slavery than unequal in freedom."

    Alexis de Tocqueville

  • "In wartime, truth is so precious that she should always be attended by a bodyguard of lies."

    Winston Churchill

  • 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

  • "A lie is not a lie if you call it the truth."

  • "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

  • "Truth has no agenda"

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

    Mark Twain

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

    Winston Churchill

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

  • "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

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

    Bertrand Russell

  • "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

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

    Mark Twain

  • “A lie has speed, but truth has endurance.”

    Edgar J. Mohn

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

    George Washington

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

    Author Unknown

  • 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

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

    Alexis de Tocqueville

  • "Banking establishments are more dangerous than standing armies"

    Thomas Jefferson

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

    Mitt Romney

  • "An armed society is a polite society"

    Robert A. Heinlein

  • "Continuing to do nothing and expecting things to change"

  • "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

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

    Mahatma Ghandi

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

    WAG

  • "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

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

    Benjamin Franklin

  • “I used to pray for somebody to speak out, to stand up and defend our liberties, … then I realized I am somebody.”

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

    Andrew Carnegie

  • "Heroes get remembered - but legends never die"

  • "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

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

    WAG

  • “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

  • "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

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

    Martin Van Buren

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

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

    Douglas Casey

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

    Alexis de Tocqueville

  • "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

  • “Be truthful … Truth leads to trust”

  • "Truth will always fuel the embers of liberty"

    WAG

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

    Winston Churchill

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

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

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

    Thomas Jefferson

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

    Dr. Martin Luther King

  • "The hardest thing to explain is the glaringly evident which everybody had decided not to see"

    Ayn Rand

  • "Irony is the hygiene of the mind."

    Elizabeth Bibesco

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

    Mark Twain

  • “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 )

  • "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

  • “Perception is today’s reality”

  • “The Constitution is not an instrument for the government to restrain the people; it is an instrument for the people to restrain the government lest it come to dominate our lives and interests."

    Patrick Henry

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

    Edward R. Murrow

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

    Robert A. Heinlein

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

    Thomas Jefferson

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

    Fletcher Knebel, Historian

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

    Milton Friedman

  • 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

  • "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

  • "Eternity Voter Card……. Don’t leave this life without it"

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

    St. Augustine

  • "When injustice becomes law, resistance becomes duty"

    Thomas Jefferson

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

    Chinese fortune cookie

  • "You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation"

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

    Jason Laumark

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

    Karl Wilhelm Friedrich Schlegel

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

    Philip K. Dick

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

  • "There are lies, damned lies and statistics"

    Mark Twain

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

    Margaret Thatcher

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

    P. J. O'Rourke

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

    Plato

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

    Mark Twain

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

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

    Mayer Amschel Bauer Rothschild

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

    George Washington

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

    George Washington

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

    Isoroku Yamamoto

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

    WAG

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

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

    Demosthenes

  • "Only an educated and informed people will be a free people"

    John F. Kennedy

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

    WAG

  • "There’s no such thing as the future, just history that hasn’t happened yet."

    Harry Truman

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

    Vince Lombardi

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

    WAG

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

    Winston Churchill

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

    Ayn Rand

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

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

    Jacques Barzun

  • "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

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

    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

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

    Edward Langley (artist)

  • “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

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

    Alexander Hamilton

  • "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

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

    Thomas Jefferson

  • "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

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

    Thomas Jefferson

  • "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

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

    Mark Steyn

  • "The sooner you fall behind, the more time you'll have to catch up"

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

    Adolf Hitler

  • "It is no good to try to stop knowledge from going forward. Ignorance is never better than knowledge."

    Enrico Fermi

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

    Robert A. Heinlein

  • "If it ain't broken, fix it until it is"

    Government Motto

  • “The reports of my death are greatly exaggerated”

    Mark Twain

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

    Tacitus, The Annals III.27

  • 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

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

    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

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

    James Madison

  • "The most valuable thing you can spend on your children is your time"

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

    Socrates

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

    Friedrich Nietzsche

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

    Alexis de Tocqueville

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

    Thomas Jefferson

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

    WAG

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

    Mark Twain

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

    Frederic Bastiat

  • "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

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

  • "When in doubt tell the truth"

    Mark Twain

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

    Will Rogers

  • “Truth is like poetry, and most people hate poetry”

  • Tolerance is giving to every other human being every right that you claim for yourself.”

    Robert Green Ingersoll

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

    Milton Friedman

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

    Martin Luther King, Jr

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

    Martin Luther King, Jr.

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

  • "This is like deja vu all over again"

    Yogi Berra

  • "When GOD fights for Israel, Israel wins"

  • "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

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

    Harry S. Truman

  • “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

  • "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

  • “Society was cut in two: those who had nothing united in common envy; those who had anything united in common terror.”

    Alexis de Tocqueville

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

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

    Sam Adams

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

    Dick Cheney

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

    Mark Twain

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

    Joseph Stalin

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

    Kathy Ireland

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

    Liberal Lingo

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

    WAG

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

    WAG

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

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

    Lord Byron

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

  • "Fiction is obliged to stick to possibilities. Truth isn't"

    Mark Twain

  • "Ignorance is the seed of APATHY"

    WAG

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

    Karl Marx

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

    Mark Twain

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

    Adlai E. Stevenson

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

    WAG

  • “Paper money is founded upon fraud and knavery”

    George Mason (letter to George Washington)

  • "Public sector employment....... because it sure beats work."

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

    WAG

  • "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

  • "Go put your creed into your deed."

    Ralph Waldo Emerson

  • "Life………. It’s GOD’s choice"

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

    John Adams

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

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

    William Faulkner

  • "America is great because she is good. If America ceases to be good, America will cease to be great.”

    Alexis de Tocqueville

  • "Don't cry because it’s over, smile because it happened"

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

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

  • "Golf is a good walk spoiled"

    Mark Twain

  • “Accept the past, look to the future, live in the present”

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

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

    Abraham Lincoln

  • "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

  • "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

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

    Vince Lombardi

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

    Strom Thurmond

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

  • "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

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

    William F. Buckley Jr.

  • "Politicians are like diapers. They should be changed often, and for the same reason."

    Mark Twain

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

    John Wooden

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

    Dante Alighieri

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

    Proverbs 17:28 (NIV)

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

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

    Patrick Henry

  • "Always borrow money from a pessimist. He won't expect it back"

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

    Soviet Union saying

  • "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

  • "Law, once a shield of the innocent, is now a weapon in the hands of government"

    Paul Craig Roberts

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

    WAG

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

    Vladimir Lenin

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

    Rush Limbaugh

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

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

    Luck

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

  • "If knowledge can create problems, it is not through ignorance that we can solve them."

    Isaac Asimov

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

    WAG

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

    WAG

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

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

    American Patriot

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

    Nelson Mandela

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

  • "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

  • "The Constitution shall never be construed....to prevent the people of the United States who are peaceable citizens from keeping their own arms."

    Samuel Adams

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

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

    Rod Serling

  • “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

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

    American Citizen

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

    Evan Sayet

  • 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

  • "The road to success is littered with many setbacks, never failures."

    WAG

  • "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

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

    Ann Landers

  • "BEER: "I" before "E," except in Budweiser."

    Professor Irwin Corey

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

    Friedrich Nietzsche

  • "Education consists mainly of what we have unlearned"

    Mark Twain

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

    Abraham Lincoln

  • "Laughter is the shortest distance between two people"

    Victor Borge

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

    Adlai E. Stevenson

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

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

    Joseph Stalin

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

    Thomas Jefferson

  • "It does not take a majority to prevail... but rather an irate, tireless minority, keen on setting brushfires of freedom in the minds of men."

    Samuel Adams

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

    WAG

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

    WAG

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

    Thomas Paine

  • “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

  • “The only way to discover the limits of the possible is to go beyond them...”

    Arthur C. Clarke

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

    Lao-tzu

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

    John Adams

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

    John Kenneth Galbraith

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

    WAG

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

    John Kerry

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

    Benjamin Franklin

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

    Thomas Jefferson

  • "You cannot get to the top by sitting on your bottom"

  • "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

  • "All of us are experts at practicing virtue at a distance."

    Theodore M. Hesburgh

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

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

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

    Alexis de Tocqueville

  • "Peace cannot be achieved through violence, it can only be attained through understanding"

    Ralph Waldo Emerson

  • "Ask why until you understand"

  • "It is curious that physical courage should be so common in the world and moral courage so rare"

    Mark Twain

  • “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

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

    Rush Limbaugh

  • “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

  • "The primary objects of government are the peace, order, and prosperity of society. . . . To the promotion of these objects, particularly in a republican government, good morals are essential."

    Oliver Ellsworth (Supreme Court Chief Justice)

  • “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

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

    WAG

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

    Thomas Jefferson

  • "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

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

    Paul Horning

  • “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

  • "Terrorism is the weapon of the weak, against the strong"

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

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

  • “I would not look to the U.S. Constitution, if I were drafting a constitution in the year 2012.”

    Ruth Bader Ginsburg (Supreme Court Justice)

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

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

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

  • "All tyranny needs to gain a foothold is for people of good conscience to remain silent"

    Thomas Jefferson

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

    Senator Jim Talent

  • "Democracy is indispensable to socialism."

    Vladimir Lenin

  • "Half the people you know are below average"

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

    Joseph Stalin

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

    Mark Twain

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

    Robert Green Ingersoll

  • "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

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

    Ian Fleming

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

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

    Mark Twain

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

    Margaret Thatcher

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

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

    Leo Durocher

  • "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

  • "Today, too many polititians seek public office rather than public service."

  • “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)

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

    Winston Churchill

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

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

    Herbert Spencer

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

    Joseph Stalin

  • "Of all the tyrannies, a tyranny sincerly exercised for the good of its victims may be the most opressive. It may be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies. The robber baron's cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity may at some point be satiated; but those who torment us for our own good will torment us without end, for they do so with the approval of their own conscience."

    C. S. Lewis

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

  • "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

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

    Abraham Lincoln

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

    Thomas Jefferson

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

    Burt Shavitz (Burt's Buzz)

  • "I know in my heart that man is good. That what is right will always eventually triumph. And there's purpose and worth to each and every life."

    Ronald Reagan

  • "The only thing that saves us from bureaucracy is inefficiency. An efficient bureaucracy is the greatest threat to liberty"

    Eugene McCarthy

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

    Voltaire

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

  • "Innocence seldom utters outraged shrieks. Guilt does"

    Whittaker Chambers

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

    Plato

  • “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

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

  • "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

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

    WAG

  • “My greatest thought is my accountability to God”

    Daniel Webster

  • "Government Integrity: An Oxymoron"

  • “Wisdom is the chief element of happiness”

    Sophocles

  • "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

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

    WAG

  • "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 secret to creativity is knowing how to hide your sources"

    Albert Einstein

  • “Finding your purpose in life begins with Faith, Hope, and Charity”

  • “In general, the art of government consists in taking as much money as possible from one party of citizens to give to the other”

    Voltaire (1764)

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

    Adlai E. Stevenson

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

    Jerry Pournelle

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

    Thomas Jefferson

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

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

    Margaret Thatcher

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

    Galileo

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

    Supreme Court Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.

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

    George Washington

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

    Ecclesiastes 10:2 NIV

  • “If Tyranny and Oppression come to this land, it will be in the guise of fighting a foreign enemy”

    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

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

    WAG

  • “Government is not the answer to our problems -- government is the problem"

    Ronald Reagan

  • "The truth is usually pretty simple, but as I’m sure you would agree, finding it in the mainstream media is next to impossible"

    Ann Coulter

  • "A man is never more truthful than when he acknowledges himself a liar"

    Mark Twain

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

    Edmund Burke

  • "I love my job, I love fighting for what I believe in, I love having fun while I am doing it, I love reporting stories that the complex refuses to report, I love fighting back, I love finding allies, and famously I enjoy enemies."

    Andrew Breitbart

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

    Plato

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

    Sir Walter Scott

  • "Aspire to inspire before you expire."

  • "Of all the contrivances for cheating the laboring classes of mankind, none has been more effective than that which deludes them with paper money."

    Daniel Webster

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

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

    Charlotte

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

    Mark Twain

  • "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

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

    WAG

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

    Mark Twain

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

    Moliere

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

    Orison S. Marden

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

    Rudy Giuliani

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

    Edmund Burke

  • "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

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

    WAG

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

    Charles de Montesquieu

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

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

    Joseph Stalin

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

    Thomas Jefferson

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

    Mark Twain

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

    Robert Frost

  • "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

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

    George W. Bush

  • "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

  • “I prefer dangerous freedom over peaceful slavery.”

    Thomas Jefferson

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

    Alexis de Tocqueville

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

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

    Margaret Thatcher

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

    Anne Coleman

  • 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

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

    Liberal Logic

  • "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

  • "We don't let them have ideas. Why would we let them have guns"

    Joseph Stalin

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

  • "Real courage is found, not in the willingness to risk death, but in the willingness to stand, alone if necessary, against the ignorant and disapproving herd"

    Jon Roland (1976)

  • "There is no right way to do wrong"

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

    Joseph Stalin

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

    Aldous Huxley

  • “One man with courage is a majority”

    Thomas Jefferson

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

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

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

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

    Benjamin Franklin

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

    Kenneth Boulding (economist)

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

    Reverend Ike

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

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

    James Madison

  • "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

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

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

    Mark Twain

  • "It’s not really lying if you know I’m not telling the truth."

    WAG

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


    Vladimir Lenin

  • "Abortion is advocated only by persons who have themselves been born"

    Ronald Reagan

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

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

    Albert Einstein

  • “If men were angels, no government would be necessary."

    James Madison

  • "A bank is a place that will lend you money if you can prove that you don't need it"

    Bob Hope

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

    Groucho Marx

  • "I owe nothing to Women’s Lib.”

    Margaret Thatcher

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

    G. K. Chesterton

  • "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

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

    Mark Twain

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

    Mark Twain

  • "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

  • "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

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

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

    Ayn Rand

  • "Sometimes, it's what you do not do, that makes you who you are"

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

    Margaret Thatcher

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

    George Eliot

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

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

    Thomas Jefferson

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

    Benjamin Franklin

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

    Richard Henry Lee, signer of Declaration of Independence

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

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

  • “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

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

    Mohandas Gandhi

  • "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

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

    Alfred Adler

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

    David Letterman

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

    Anonymous

  • 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.

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

    Rick Perry

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

    Alexis de Tocqueville

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

  • "A day without laughter is a day wasted"

    Charlie Chaplin

  • “The ignorance of one voter in a democracy impairs the security of all"

    John F. Kennedy

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

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

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

    James A. Garfield

  • 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

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

    Cherokee proverb

  • "Humor is mankind's greatest blessing"

    Mark Twain

  • "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

  • “Liberalism is not really a political philosophy. Instead, it is a state of arrested emotional development. It is a way of thinking, which leads to no place in the real world. It is a place existing only in the imagination”

    Mike S. Adams

  • "Lies influence the ignorant, and inflame the informed"

    WAG

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

    Thomas Jefferson

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

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

  • "The goal of socialism is communism."

    Vladimir Lenin

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

    John Adams