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The Kelo Backlash: What The Supreme Court Touched Off With Its Eminent Domain Decision

"A year ago, before the Supreme Court issued its decision in Kelo v. New London, the abuse of eminent domain was practically invisible. Today it's a hot-button issue in nearly every state in the Union--not least in Ohio, where the state supreme court last month unanimously blocked the city of Norwood's attempt to clear out a middle-class residential neighborhood to make way for a private developer to build condominiums, offices, and retail space. It's worth revisiting the oral argument in City of Norwood v. Joseph P. Horney et al, which took place before Ohio's high court on January 11. One exchange in particular captures the passions stirred by the controversy over eminent domain. Attorney Timothy Burke, arguing for the city, explained that the neighborhood could be taken and handed over to the developer because it was deteriorating owing to a "diversity of ownership"--that is, lots of people owned their own homes. Asked by one of the justices why the city government alone should be allowed to control property ownership, Burke replied, "These are the folks who live there. They've lived there all their lives, they've walked those neighborhoods, they've seen how it has changed. They've made a decision." Another justice interjected, "Counselor, couldn't the same argument be made for the homeowners?" The packed courtroom erupted in laughter. And then applause. After the arguments were concluded, one of the justices could be heard over an open mike asking his colleagues, "Is this as big a crowd as we've ever had?" In the Kelo case in June 2005, the U.S. Supreme Court held, 5-4, that it was permissible for the government to seize property by eminent domain not just for "public use," as the Constitution specifies, but for "public purpose," including potential economic gain. Kelo, that is, legitimized the government-imposed transfer of property from one private party to another, so long as the new owner claimed--he need not guarantee or provide any third-party evidence in support of this claim--that he could generate more tax revenue than the current owner. The Kelo decision attracted much attention and prompted state governments to rebuild protections the Supreme Court had obliterated. Since Kelo, 25 states have enacted legislation attempting to reform the use of eminent domain, some with more success than others. (Five state legislatures have not been in session.) Florida, Georgia, South Dakota, and South Carolina passed the strongest reforms, although each took a different approach. In Florida, Gov. Jeb Bush signed a bill mandating that property seized via eminent domain cannot be transferred to another private owner for ten years. Georgia's reform, signed by Gov. Sonny Perdue, stipulated that economic development was not a "public use" and that for a property to be considered "blighted" it must be a danger to the public's health or safety. South Dakota's new law went even further, outlawing the use of eminent domain "for transfer to any private person, nongovernmental entity, or other public-private business entity." South Carolina's legislature passed an amendment to the state constitution that--if endorsed by the voters this November, as expected--will outlaw economically motivated takings. The Institute for Justice, which has led the fight against eminent domain abuse, counts 14 states as having passed serious property-rights protections. Other states have adopted weaker reforms. A new law in Iowa, for instance--enacted over the veto of Gov. Tom Vilsack--limited the conditions in which blight could be declared and put the onus of justifying the designation on the government. The Ohio senate passed a bill that put a moratorium on the taking of non-blighted property for the purpose of economic development through the end of 2006 and established a legislative task force to look at the state's eminent domain laws. Kentucky has redefined "public use," but also expanded the definition of "blight"--making its reform something of a wash. Six states--including California and New Jersey, where eminent domain abuse is rampant--have reform legislation pending. But in most of these states, the odds of reforms being enacted are relatively poor. Other states have actually moved in the opposite direction. Vermont governor Jim Douglas signed a law that purports to limit eminent domain takings, but includes loopholes so broad as to be effectively meaningless. Delaware governor Ruth Ann Minner signed legislation that reinforces the language in Kelo, making it harder for residents to find protection even in the local courts. But New York gets the prize for cravenness. The village of North Hills tried to use eminent domain to seize a ritzy private golf club, Deepdale, and turn it into a public--but expensive--golf course for North Hills residents. Deepdale member Edward D. Herlihy wrote an op-ed about the scheme that was published in the Wall Street Journal, and the state legislature quickly passed legislation designed to protect the club. In other words, New York passed eminent domain "reform"--but only for members of an elite golf club. As states have grappled with eminent domain, a strange politics has emerged. There is no real split between Democrats and Republicans. In some states, it is Democrats who oppose reform. In Connecticut, for example, Democrats in the legislature obstructed attempts to change the law. But in Oklahoma it was Republicans who prevented reform from passing. As Scott Bullock, an attorney at the Institute for Justice (and the lawyer who argued Kelo before the Supreme Court), notes: "Republicans who are limited government types are typically good on eminent domain, but those who are tied too deeply to big business are bad. With Democrats, those who are keyed into the rights of the oppressed and the effects of power structures are typically good, but Democrats who are into good government and civil planning are bad on the issue." Another interesting aspect of the debate has been the lopsidedness of the votes in the legislatures. Where eminent domain reform has passed, it has passed overwhelmingly. This is probably because, as poll after poll demonstrates, there is no grassroots support for the expansive view of eminent domain. There are no citizen or corporate groups lined up to defend public seizures of private property. The only people arguing for them are developers and local politicians. Their strategy is to prevent reform from coming to a vote or, failing that, to dilute legislation in committee. (A political aside: It may be worth noting that two Democratic presidential hopefuls--Vilsack and New Mexico governor Bill Richardson--vetoed eminent domain reform. Those vetoes may come back to haunt them.) A lot has changed since the Kelo decision came down last year. But some things, sadly, have not changed. The town of New London still insists on taking Susette Kelo's land from her--though on June 30 the town agreed to allow Kelo to keep her little pink cottage and move it to another location in town. Ironically, it's a solution Kelo herself proposed years ago, when the government first came calling. The irony is that, had the town taken her up on it then, there would have been no legal battle or Supreme Court ruling, and developers across America would still be quietly pushing homeowners around with the help of local governments and eminent domain. Those days are coming to an end. But not soon enough." (Jonathan V. Last/WeeklyStandard.com 8/21/06)

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

    Ayn Rand

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

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

    Bob Hope

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

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

    Rod Serling

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

    Benjamin Franklin

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

    Isaac Asimov

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

    John Wayne

  • “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

  • "We are great because we are good"

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

    Chinese proverb

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

    Eugene McCarthy

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

    Psalm 118:8

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

    Vince Lombardi

  • "Better a broken promise than none at all"

    Mark Twain

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

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

    Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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

    Ayn Rand

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

    Lou Holtz

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

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

    Thomas Jefferson

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

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

    George Mason

  • "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

  • "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

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

    Joseph Stalin

  • "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

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

    Philip K. Dick

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

    Danny Schecter

  • "Why would anyone save for tomorrow, if tomorrow, that which you can buy today, will be so much more expensive. Therein lies the problem. Therein lies the plan."

    WAG

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

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

    Noelle Pikus Pace (Olympian)

  • "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

  • "Education consists mainly of what we have unlearned"

    Mark Twain

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

    Margaret Thatcher

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

    Ronald Reagan

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

    WAG

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

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

    Ronald Reagan

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

  • "Today is tomorrow’s past"

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

    Rudy Giuliani

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

    WAG

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

    Abraham Lincoln

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

    Margaret Thatcher

  • "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

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

    Phillip Brooks

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

    Thomas Sowell

  • "The goal of socialism is communism."

    Vladimir Lenin

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

    Anatole France

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

    George Orwell

  • "A woman who demands further gun control legislation is like a chicken who roots for Colonel Sanders"

    Larry Elder

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

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

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

    Edmund Burke

  • "Humor is mankind's greatest blessing"

    Mark Twain

  • "Democracy is indispensable to socialism."

    Vladimir Lenin

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

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

    WAG

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

    Rush Limbaugh

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

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

    Miecyslaw Kasprzyk

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

    Vince Lombardi

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

    Winston Churchill

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

    George W. Bush

  • “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

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

    Winnie the Pooh

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

  • 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.

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

    WAG

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

    Dante Alighieri

  • “The reports of my death are greatly exaggerated”

    Mark Twain

  • "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

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

    Ludwig von Mises

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

    Harry S. Truman

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

    American Patriot

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

    Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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

    Otto von Bismarck

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

    Margaret Thatcher

  • “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?”

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

    WAG

  • "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."

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

    Mark Twain

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

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

    Richard Henry Lee (1787)

  • "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

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

    Dave Barry

  • "When in doubt tell the truth"

    Mark Twain

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

    Mao Tse-Tung

  • "An armed society is a polite society"

    Robert A. Heinlein

  • "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

  • "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)

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

    Albert Einstein

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

    Fletcher Knebel, Historian

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

    Groucho Marx

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

    WAG

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

  • "Adversity makes a good man better"

  • "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

  • "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

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

    WAG

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

    Albert Einstein

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

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

    Joseph Stalin

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

    Nicholas Murray Butler

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

    Abraham Lincoln

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

    Wayne LaPierre

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

    Paul Jacob

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

    Ayn Rand

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

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

    Alexis de Tocqueville

  • "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

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

    WAG

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

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

    Joseph Stalin

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

    Thomas Jefferson

  • “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

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

    Benjamin Franklin

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

    Adlai E. Stevenson

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

    St. Augustine

  • "A friend is someone who reaches for your hand and touches your heart"

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

    W. C. Fields

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

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

    Adlai E. Stevenson

  • “Wisdom is the chief element of happiness”

    Sophocles

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

  • "One man with courage is a majority"

    Thomas Jefferson

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

    Mark Twain

  • "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)

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

    Ralph Waldo Emerson

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

    Ronald Reagan

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

    Friedrich Nietzsche

  • “Always love your country — but never trust your government”

    Robert Novak

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

    George Washington

  • "Laughter is the shortest distance between two people"

    Victor Borge

  • “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

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

    John Adams (1826)

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

    Liberal when confronted with reality

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

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

    Rush Limbaugh

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

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

    Mark Twain

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

    Sophia Loren

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

    WAG

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

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

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

    Margaret Thatcher

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

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

    George Washington

  • "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

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

    WAG

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

    Aristotle

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

    Proverbs 17:28 (NIV)

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

    Henry David Thoreau

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

    Mark Twain

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

  • "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

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

    Liberal Lingo

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

    Joseph Stalin

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

    Mark Twain

  • "Failure to prepare is preparing to fail"

    Benjamin Franklin

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

    Joseph Addison

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

    WAG

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

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

    Rush Limbaugh

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

  • 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

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

    Peter Drucker

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

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

    Winston Churchill

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

    WAG

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

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

    Mark Twain

  • "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

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

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

    Orison S. Marden

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

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

    Margaret Thatcher

  • 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

  • "Truth Does Not Fear Knowledge"

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

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

    Thomas Jefferson

  • "Reason often makes mistakes but conscience never does"

    Josh Billings (Henry Wheeler Shaw)

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

    Theodore M. Hesburgh

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

  • “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

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

    John Adams

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

  • "Debt is the fatal disease of republics, the first thing and the mightiest to undermine governments and corrupt the people."

    Wendell Phillips

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

    James Madison

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

    WAG

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

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

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

    Mark Twain

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

    Albert Einstein

  • “Perception is today’s reality”

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

    WAG

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

    George Washington

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

    Benjamin Franklin

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

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

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

    George Berkeley

  • “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)

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

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

    John Wooden

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

    Mark Twain

  • "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

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

    Ayn Rand

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

    Jerry Pournelle

  • "Comedy is tragedy plus time"

    Woody Allen

  • "One man practicing good sportsmanship is far better than 50 others preaching it"

    Knute Rockne

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

    Edgar J. Mohn

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

    Bill Vaughan

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

    Rush Limbaugh

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

  • “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

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

    Alexis de Tocqueville

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

    Joseph Stalin

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

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

    Albert Einstein

  • “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”

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

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

    Mark Twain

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

  • "No Man is a Failure who has Friends"

    It's A Wonderful Life

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

    Mark Twain

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

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

    WAG

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

    Margaret Thatcher

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

    John Adams

  • "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

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

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

    Mark Twain

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

    Karl Wilhelm Friedrich Schlegel

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

    Charlotte

  • "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

  • "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

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

    Kinky Friedman

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

    James Madison

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

    WAG

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

    Ayn Rand

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

    Bob Hope

  • "In politics, stupidity is not a handicap"

    Napoleon Bonaparte

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

    George Orwell

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

    Paul Craig Roberts

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

    Adolf Hitler

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

    WAG

  • "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."

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

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

    Rush Limbaugh

  • "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)

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

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

    G. K. Chesterton

  • "Irony is the hygiene of the mind."

    Elizabeth Bibesco

  • "When GOD fights for Israel, Israel wins"

  • "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

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

    James Madison

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

  • "We consume our tomorrows fretting about our yesterdays."

    Aulus Persius Flaccus

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

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

    Milton Friedman

  • “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

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

    Daniel Patrick Moynihan

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

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

    WAG

  • “Be truthful … Truth leads to trust”

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

    Alexis de Tocqueville

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

    Albert Einstein

  • "An informed public is essential to a democracy"

    Thomas Jefferson

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

    Oscar Wilde

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

    Benjamin Franklin

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

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

    Adlai E. Stevenson

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

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

  • "Debt is the worst poverty."

    Thomas Fuller

  • "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

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

    Alexis de Tocqueville

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

    Ronald Reagan

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

    Dick Cheney

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

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

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

    Ayn Rand

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

    William Faulkner

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

    Tacitus, The Annals III.27

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

    George Washington

  • "Lies serve to influence the ignorant"

    WAG

  • “It is better to conceal one's knowledge than to reveal one's ignorance”

    Spanish Proverb

  • “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

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

    Margaret Thatcher

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

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

    James Madison

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

    Harry Truman

  • "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

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

    Abraham Lincoln

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

    Martin Luther King Jr.

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

    Larry Elder

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

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

    George Washington

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

  • “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

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

    Mitt Romney

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

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

    WAG

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

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

    WAG

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

    Professor Irwin Corey

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

    Douglas Casey

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

    American Patriot

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

    Adolf Hitler (1939)

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

    Yogi Berra

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

    Mark Twain

  • "Democracy is the road to socialism."

    Karl Marx

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

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

    Yogi Berra

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

    Justice Felix Frankfurter

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

    Benjamin Franklin

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

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

    Mark Twain

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

    Mark Twain

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

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


    Vladimir Lenin

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

    Bob Hope

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

    WAG

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

    George Orwell

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

    Sam Adams

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

    WAG

  • “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)

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

    Karl Marx

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

    Isoroku Yamamoto

  • "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

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

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

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

  • "Life………. It’s GOD’s choice"

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

    Mark Twain

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

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

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

    George Bernard Shaw

  • "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

  • "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

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

    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

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

    Luck

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

    Cherokee proverb

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

    Friedrich Nietzsche

  • "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.

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

    Vladimir Lenin

  • "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

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

    Adlai E. Stevenson

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

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

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

    George Orwell

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

    Rick Perry

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

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

    Author Unknown

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

    Ronald Reagan

  • “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)

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

    Mark Twain

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

    Maya Angelou

  • “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

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

    Tullius Cicero

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

    Mark Twain

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

    George Santayana

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

    Reverend Ike

  • “One man with courage is a majority”

    Thomas Jefferson

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

    Unknown

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

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

    Jay Leno

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

    Ronald Reagan

  • "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

  • "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

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

    Martin Luther King, Jr

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

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

    Kathy Ireland

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

    Adolph Hitler

  • “Every library is an arsenal”

    Robert Green Ingersoll

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

    Mark Twain

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

    Syrus

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

    Will Rogers

  • "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

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

    Thomas Jefferson

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

  • "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

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

    Abraham Lincoln

  • "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

  • "Political correctness is tyranny with manners."

    Charlton Heston

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

    WAG

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

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

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

    WAG

  • "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)

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

    WAG

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

    Eugene Ionesco

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

    Mark Twain

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

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

    Ralph Waldo Emerson

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

    American Citizen

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

    WAG

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

    Karl Marx

  • “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

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

    WAG

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

    WAG

  • "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

  • "Friends, like life itself, should be cherished ALWAYS!"

    WAG

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

    Alexander Pope

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

    Robert David Steele (CIA)

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

    Ian Fleming

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

    Evan Sayet

  • "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

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

    Bob Hope

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

    WAG

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

    Alexis de Tocqueville

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

    Progressive apologist

  • "A free people ought to be armed"

    George Washington

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

    Vladimir Lenin

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

    James Bovard

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

    Burt Shavitz (Burt's Buzz)

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

    Kevin McCullough

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

    Calvin Coolidge

  • "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

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

    George Washington

  • “Tell a lie often enough, it becomes the truth”

    Joseph Goebbels

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

    Dean Acheson

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

    Abkhasian Proverb

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

    Doug Christie

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

    Enrico Fermi

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

    Winston Churchill

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

    Anonymous

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

    James Madison

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

    Steven Wright

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

    Chinese fortune cookie

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

    Thomas Paine (December 23, 1776)

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

    Alexis de Tocqueville

  • ”In war there is no substitute for victory”

    General Douglas MacArthur

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

    William Arthur Ward

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

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

    Thomas Henry Huxley

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

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

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

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

    Cal Thomas

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

    Vladimir Lenin

  • “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

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

  • "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

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

    WAG

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

    Rush Limbaugh

  • "Bad laws are the worst sort of tyranny"

    Edmund Burke

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

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

    John Adams

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

    John Kerry

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

    Albert Einstein

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

    Margaret Thatcher

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

    Karl Marx

  • "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

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

  • "Tolerance is the virtue of believing in nothing"

  • "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

  • "That government governs best that governs least"

    Thomas Jefferson

  • "Something that can’t go on forever, won’t."

    Herb Stein (Economist)

  • "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

  • "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

  • "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

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

    Robert Frost

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

    Alfred Kazin

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

    Ralph Waldo Emerson

  • "A nation or civilization that continues to produce soft-minded men purchases its own spiritual death on an installment plan."

    Martin Luther King, Jr.

  • "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

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

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

    Mark Twain

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

    Benjamin Franklin

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

    Winston Churchill

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

    Adlai E. Stevenson

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

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

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

    Napoleon Bonaparte

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

    Milton Friedman

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

    Albert Einstein

  • "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

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

    George W. Bush

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

    Winston Churchill

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

    Alexis de Tocqueville

  • "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

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

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

    Abraham Lincoln

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

    Doug Larson

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

    Tacitus

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

    Thomas Jefferson

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

    Ronald Reagan

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

    Robert Green Ingersoll

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

    Charles Dickens

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

    Joseph Stalin

  • "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

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

    Albert Einstein

  • "Heroes get remembered - but legends never die"

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

    Moliere

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

    Mark Twain

  • "I owe nothing to Women’s Lib.”

    Margaret Thatcher

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

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

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

    Mark Twain

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

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

    Herbert Spencer

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

    Alexis de Tocqueville

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

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

    Thomas Paine

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

    Benjamin Constant, Brazilian statesman

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

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

    Vladimir Lenin

  • "Banking establishments are more dangerous than standing armies"

    Thomas Jefferson

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

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

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

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

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

    Frederic Bastiat

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

    Margaret Thatcher

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

    Samuel Adams

  • "When I stand before God at the end of my life, I would hope that I would not have a single bit of talent left, and could say, "I used everything You gave me"

    Erma Bombeck

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

    Aldous Huxley

  • "Government Integrity: An Oxymoron"

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

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

    Thomas Fuller

  • “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

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

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

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

    John Kenneth Galbraith

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

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

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

    Supreme Court Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.

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

    Thomas Edison

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

    Doug Powers

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

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

    Mark Twain

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

    Thomas Sowell (1992)

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

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

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

    Voltaire

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

    WAG

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

    WAG

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

    WAG

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

    Winston Churchill

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

    Winston Churchill

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

    Jimi Hendrix

  • 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

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

  • "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

  • "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

  • "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

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

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

    Robert Green Ingersoll

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

    Adlai E. Stevenson

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

    Albert Einstein

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

    William Pitt

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

    Thomas Jefferson

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

    Joseph Stalin

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

  • "Knowledge is power."

    Sir Francis Bacon

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

    Jay Leno

  • "Half the people you know are below average"

  • "Disobedience to tyrants is Obedience to God"

    Benjamin Franklin

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

    Thomas Jefferson

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

    Ayn Rand

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

    Martin Van Buren

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

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

  • “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)

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

    Mark Twain

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

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

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

    Patrick Henry

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

    Mike Huckabee (a.k.a The Guv)

  • "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

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

    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

  • "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

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

    Richard Henry Lee, signer of Declaration of Independence

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

    Bertrand Russell

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

    Mark Twain

  • "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

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

    WAG

  • "Debt is the slavery of the free."

    Publilius Syrus

  • "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

  • “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

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

    Charles de Montesquieu

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

    WAG

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

    Mark Twain

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

    Dutch Proverb

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

    Mark Twain

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

    Benjamin Franklin

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

    Robert A. Heinlein

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

    P.J. O'Rourke

  • "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

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

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

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

    Dwight D. Eisenhower

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

    Rush Limbaugh

  • "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

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

    John F. Kennedy

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

    Mark Twain

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

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

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

    Government Motto

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

    Edmund Burke

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

    Philip K. Dick

  • "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

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

    Winston Churchill

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

    Benjamin Franklin

  • "Ignorance is the truest form of freedom"

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

    Alexis de Tocqueville

  • "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

  • "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

  • “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

  • "The measure of a man’s character is how he treats another who can do nothing for him"

    Rush Limbaugh

  • "He who asks is a fool for five minutes, but he who does not ask remains a fool forever."

    Chinese Proverb

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

    John Kenneth Galbraith

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

    Mark Twain

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

    Will Rogers

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

    Ephesians 6:11

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

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

    John F. Kennedy

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

    Charles Caleb Colton

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

    Mark Twain

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

    Will Rogers

  • "Golf is a good walk spoiled"

    Mark Twain

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

    George Washington

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

    Mayer Amschel Rothschild

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

    Thomas Jefferson

  • “I prefer dangerous freedom over peaceful slavery.”

    Thomas Jefferson

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

    Jack Miner

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

    Francis Bacon

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

    Mark Twain

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

  • "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

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

    Abraham Lincoln

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

    Adlai E. Stevenson

  • "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.

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

    John Wooden

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

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

    Martin Luther King, Jr.

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

    Thomas Jefferson

  • “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

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

    Demosthenes

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

    Abraham Lincoln

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

    John Adams

  • "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

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

    WAG

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

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

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

    James Madison

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

    Sam Rayburn

  • "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

  • "There are lies, damned lies and statistics"

    Mark Twain

  • 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

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

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

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

    Albert Einstein

  • "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

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

    Thomas Jefferson

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

    Ralph Waldo Emerson

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

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

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

  • “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”

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

    Vladimir Lenin

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

  • "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

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

    David Stockman

  • "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

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

    Senator Jim Talent

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

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

    Mark Twain

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

    Pat Flynn

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

    Dietrich Bonhoeffer

  • “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

  • "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

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

    WAG

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

    WAG

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

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

    Mark Twain

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

    Isaiah 5:20

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

    James A. Garfield

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

    H.L. Mencken

  • "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

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

    Alexis de Tocqueville

  • “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

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

    Hodding Carter, J.R.

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

    Galileo

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

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

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

    Ronald Reagan

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

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

    Mike Adams

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

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

    Robert Green Ingersoll

  • "Everything has beauty but not everyone sees it"

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

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

    Martin Luther King, Jr.

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

    Thomas Jefferson

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

    Alexis de Tocqueville

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

    William P. Anthony

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

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

    WAG

  • "Against the assault of laughter nothing can stand"

    Mark Twain

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

    David Boaz

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

    Alexander Hamilton

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

    von Clausewitz

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

    Edmund Burke

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

    Albert Einstein

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

    Liberal Logic

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

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

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

    Soviet Union saying

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

    John F. Kennedy

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

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

    William F. Buckley Jr.

  • "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

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

    Ronald Reagan

  • "Irony differentiates. Cynicism never does."

    Paul Horgan

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

    Lt. Colonel James G. Zumwalt

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

    Aristotle

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

    Aristotle

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

  • "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

  • "Happiness is good health and a bad memory"

    Ingrid Bergman

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

    WAG

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

    WAG

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

    Dave Gardner

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

    George Washington

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

    WAG

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

    Robert Schuller

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


    WAG

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

    Thomas Jefferson

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

    Andrew Carnegie

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

    Albert Einstein

  • “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

  • "Do not argue with an idiot. He will drag you down to his level and beat you with experience"

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

    Thomas Paine

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


    Alexander Hamilton

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

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

    Milton Friedman

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

    Daniel Greenfield

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

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

    Mahatma Ghandi

  • “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

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

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

    Mark Steyn

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

    Plato

  • "This is like deja vu all over again"

    Yogi Berra

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

    P. J. O'Rourke

  • "When injustice becomes law, resistance becomes duty"

    Thomas Jefferson

  • "Educate and inform the whole mass of the people... They are the only sure reliance for the preservation of our liberty"

    Thomas Jefferson

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

    Thomas Jefferson

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

    WAG

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

    Winston Churchill

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

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

    Liberal Logic