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THE WAR ON PROPERTY RIGHTS & WHAt It MEANS TO YOU: Part I

The War of Worldviews
"Our view of reality and the role of government in our lives greatly influence how we view property rights. Our public education system no longer teaches foundational U.S. Constitutional history and the principles that we derive from it. Consequently, we have become a nation of two worldviews and many of us cannot recognize that we are undermining the very form of government that made America the greatest nation on earth.

The two philosophies that have been struggling for supremacy for the past 250 years, those of John Locke and Jean Jacques Rousseau, have divided America. America’s Constitution is rooted in the thought of John Locke (1632-1704), who’s Two Treatises on Government (1689) provided a framework for England’s Glorious Revolution of 1688 and the American Revolution of 1776. Locke demonstrated that the foundation of a progressive civilization, as outlined in his Second Treatise of Government, begins with natural, God-given rights:

Man being born, as has been proved, with a title to perfect freedom and an uncontrolled enjoyment of all the rights and privileges of the law of Nature, equally with any other man, or number of men in the world, hath by nature a power … to preserve his property- that is, his life, liberty, and estate, against the injuries and attempts of other men.

Thomas Jefferson made them the cornerstone of the Declaration of Independence when he penned, “Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God.” The purpose of government, according to Locke, is to join with others to “unite, for the mutual preservation of their lives, liberties and estate, which I call by the general name, property. The great and chief end, therefore, of men uniting into commonwealths, and putting themselves under government, is the preservation of their property.” (Italics added) This fundamental principle became the cornerstone of the Declaration of Independence “That to secure these Rights, [of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness (property)] Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just Powers from the Consent of the Governed.”

Locke’s political philosophy promotes individual rights and limited constitutional government as the basis of freedom and economic security. Jean-Jacques Rousseau (1712-1778) opposed Locke’s model in the name of the wholeness of man, arguing that it divides man by focusing on self-interest, individual rights, and property. Rousseau sees “man as a malleable creature” to be molded by an enlightened government. He “favors primitive man, the noble savage who lives in simple equality with his fellow man, with few needs, a limited appetite, over man in civilized society.”

Rousseau wrote the Social Contract in 1762, which focuses on the abstract “general will” of the people. Today the same concept is expressed as the “public good” or the “public interest” and forms the heart of socialism. Although Rousseau championed individual freedom from the state and religion, there is nothing to keep the state from defining the “general will” as the “state’s will.” Rousseau’s philosophy therefore inevitably leads to a “statist” approach to government, in which the state is superior to the individual and all individual rights are derived from the state – including property rights. According to Rousseau, property rights bind the poor, give “new powers to the rich” thereby destroying “natural liberty” and equality and convert “usurpation into unalterable right.”

Contrary to the Rousseau model of governance which condemns individualism and self-interest, the Locke model depends on private property rights and self-interest to motivate individuals to do something a better way or create a new product or service that serves a human need. To prevent abuse, both Locke and our founders held that private property rights must have some limits. In this approach, however, the legislature designs only those laws needed prevent the use of property in ways that cause real harm to other people or to their property, not to achieve some altruistic social goal. So important is this principle that the U.S. Supreme Court said in Lynch v. Household Finance Corporation (1972):

The dichotomy between personal liberties and property rights is a false one. Property does not have rights. People have rights. The right to enjoy property without unlawful deprivation, no less than the right to speak or the right to travel, is in truth, a ‘personal’ right, whether the ‘property’ in question be a welfare check, a home, or a savings account. In fact, a fundamental interdependence exists between the personal right to liberty and the personal right in property. Neither could have meaning without the other.

Without the right of private, unencumbered property, people cannot have liberty. True freedom is only an illusion if they are dependent upon the state for water, food, shelter, and other basic needs. When the government, rather than individuals, own the fruits of the citizens’ labors, nothing is safe from abuse by either a democratic majority in the name of a public good, or a tyrant. In their book Property Rights, Understanding Government Takings and Environmental Regulation, Nancie and Roger Marzulla note, “Ultimately, as government dependents, these individuals are powerless to oppose any infringement on their rights…due to the absolute government control over the fruits of their labor.” Nowhere is this more apparent than in the old Soviet Union, where all property belonged to the state. No one could speak out against the government for fear of their government evicting their family or taking away their job by the local communist commissar.

Another problem arises from government ownership of land. While environmentalists and socialists blame greed and the self-interest of private property owners for the environmental destruction, that is not accurate. Ironically, it was because no one owned our air or waterways that pollution occurred. It is the natural consequence of the law of the commons; the air and waterways are not property owned by individuals, but theoretically belong to all people. Since there was no pride of ownership, however, there was no motivation to care for or optimize property held in common with the millions of other citizens. Called the Tragedy of the Commons, everyone sinks to the lowest common denominator, the economic structure stagnates, and the infrastructure collapses.

Although property rights motivate individuals to be creative and take risk in finding a better way or product, Rousseau socialism does just the opposite. Rousseau socialism places control in the hands of unaccountable, unelected government bureaucrats whose primary incentive is to make their regulatory jobs easier and more efficient so they can build bigger empires at the people’s expense. Unless there is strong oversight of bureaucrats – something politicians rarely do – there is no accountability to keep them from administering laws in an arbitrary and capricious manner leading to corruption.

While Rousseau socialism does not destroy property rights as effectively as totalitarianism or communism, it nonetheless places a stranglehold on it and reduces economic and personal freedom in proportion to the amount of regulation imposed. Tragically, environmental and planning laws passed at all levels of government over the past thirty-five years has taken thousands of towns, cities, counties and states from the Locke model of governance by the consent of the governed to the Rousseau model where the government rules supreme over the citizens. Many communities, however, have councils who want to do the right thing for their citizens, but their professional planners and lawyers tell them what they need to do to implement socialist smart growth and environmental protection in their communities. It is to that group that the following information will be most informative. It clearly shows socialist smart growth and environmentalism come at an extremely high cost to citizens."  (Dr. Michael S. Coffman Ph.D./NewsWithViews.com 8/23/06)

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

    Mark Twain

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

    WAG

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

    Kinky Friedman

  • "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

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

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

    Jay Leno

  • “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

  • "Democracy is the road to socialism."

    Karl Marx

  • "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

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

    Mark Twain

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

    David Letterman

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

    Thomas Paine

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

    Anonymous

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

    Alexis de Tocqueville

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

    Nicholas Murray Butler

  • "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

  • "Heroes get remembered - but legends never die"

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

    George Mason

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

    Socrates

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

    Karl Marx

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

    Phillip Brooks

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

    Winston Churchill

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

    WAG

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

    John Wayne

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

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

    Robert Green Ingersoll

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

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

    John Jay, First Chief Justice of the Supreme Court

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

    George Berkeley

  • “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

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

    George Washington

  • “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 where they lend you an umbrella in fair weather and ask for it back when it begins to rain"

    Robert Frost

  • "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

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

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

    Upton Sinclair

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

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

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

    Sir Walter Scott

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

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

    Mark Twain

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

    John Adams

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

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

    Martin Luther King, Jr.

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

    Abraham Lincoln

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

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

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

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

    Mike Adams

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

    George Washington

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

    Miecyslaw Kasprzyk

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

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

    P. J. O'Rourke

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

    Paul Jacob

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

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

    Fletcher Knebel, Historian

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

    Mark Steyn

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

    Albert Einstein

  • "Irony is the hygiene of the mind."

    Elizabeth Bibesco

  • "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

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

    Niccolo Machiavelli

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

    Adolf Hitler (Mein Kampf )

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

    Margaret Thatcher

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

    Alexis de Tocqueville

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

    WAG

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

  • "This is like deja vu all over again"

    Yogi Berra

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

    Alexis de Tocqueville

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

    Rush Limbaugh

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

    George Washington

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

    Reverend Ike

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

    Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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

    John Adams

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

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

    Marie von Ebner-Eschenbach

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

    Ronald Reagan

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

    Rush Limbaugh

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

    John F. Kennedy

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

    John Kerry

  • "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

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

    Henry Ford

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

    Mark Twain

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

  • "Education consists mainly of what we have unlearned"

    Mark Twain

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

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

    Cherokee proverb

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

    WAG

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

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

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

    Alexis de Tocqueville

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

    Dave Barry

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

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

    Jack Miner

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

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

    Albert Einstein

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

    American Patriot

  • "Banking establishments are more dangerous than standing armies"

    Thomas Jefferson

  • "You can observe a lot just by watchin"

    Yogi Berra

  • "Irony differentiates. Cynicism never does."

    Paul Horgan

  • "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

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

    George Orwell

  • "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

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

    James Madison

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

    Danny Schecter

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

    Mark Twain

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

    Abraham Lincoln

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

    Mark Twain

  • 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

  • "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

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

    Mark Twain

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

  • "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

  • "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

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

    Abraham Lincoln

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

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

    Moliere

  • "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

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

    Voltaire

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

    John Kenneth Galbraith

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

    Ronald Reagan

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

    Thomas Jefferson

  • "Debt is the worst poverty."

    Thomas Fuller

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

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

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

    Thomas Jefferson

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

    Isoroku Yamamoto

  • "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)

  • "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

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

    Benjamin Franklin

  • “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)

  • "Humor is mankind's greatest blessing"

    Mark Twain

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

    Robert A. Heinlein

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

    WAG

  • “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

  • “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

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

    Benjamin Disraeli

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

    Milton Friedman

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

    Margaret Thatcher

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

  • "An informed public is essential to a democracy"

    Thomas Jefferson

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

    Rush Limbaugh

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

    Alexander Pope

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

    WAG

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

    Pat Flynn

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

    Byrd Baggett

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

    WAG

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

    Ronald Reagan

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

    George Orwell

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

  • "A man cannot be comfortable without his own approval"

    Mark Twain

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

    Leo Durocher

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

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

    Alexis de Tocqueville

  • “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

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

    Government Motto

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

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

    Rush Limbaugh

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

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

    Rudy Giuliani

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

    Robert Green Ingersoll

  • "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)

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

    Mayer Amschel Rothschild

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

    Thomas Paine

  • “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

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

    WAG

  • "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

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

    Alexander Tytler

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

  • "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

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

    Albert Einstein

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

    Patrice Lewis

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

    Napoleon Bonaparte

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

    Winston Churchill

  • "Golf is a good walk spoiled"

    Mark Twain

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

    Oliver Ellsworth (Supreme Court Chief Justice)

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

    Pietro Aretino

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

    Thomas Paine

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

    WAG

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

    WAG

  • "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

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

    Douglas Casey

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

    Author Unknown

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

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

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

    Mao Tse-Tung

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

    George Eliot

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

    WAG

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

    Ayn Rand

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

    Herb Stein (Economist)

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

    Alexander Hamilton

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

    WAG

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

    Alexis de Tocqueville

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

    Ronald Reagan

  • “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”

  • "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

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

    Joseph Goebbels

  • "Against the assault of laughter nothing can stand"

    Mark Twain

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

    WAG

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

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

    Will Rogers

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

    Abraham Lincoln

  • "Truth Does Not Fear Knowledge"

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

    George W. Bush

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

    Rush Limbaugh

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

    Abraham Lincoln

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

    Evan Sayet

  • "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

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

    Ronald Reagan

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

    Mark Twain

  • "Government Integrity: An Oxymoron"

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

  • "In politics, stupidity is not a handicap"

    Napoleon Bonaparte

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

    Mark Twain

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

    Alexis de Tocqueville

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

    Professor Irwin Corey

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

    Mark Twain

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

    Mark Twain

  • "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

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

    Margaret Thatcher

  • "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

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

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

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

    Liberal Logic

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

    Pastor John MacArthur

  • “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

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

    Tacitus, The Annals III.27

  • "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

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

    Ralph Waldo Emerson

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

    Adlai E. Stevenson

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

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

    WAG

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

    WAG

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

    Joseph Stalin

  • "Failure is success if we learn from it"

    Malcolm S. Forbes

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

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

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

    James Madison

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

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

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

    Mark Twain

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

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

    George Washington

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

    Albert Einstein

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

    Will Rogers

  • “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

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

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

    Thomas Fuller

  • "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

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

    Aristotle

  • “Paper money is founded upon fraud and knavery”

    George Mason (letter to George Washington)

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

    Albert Einstein

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

    Albert Einstein

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

    WAG

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

    Thomas Jefferson

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

    George Washington

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

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

    Antonio Porchia

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

    Napoléon Bonaparte

  • “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

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

    Adolf Hitler

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

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

    Thomas Jefferson

  • "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

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

    Jacques Barzun

  • "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

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

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

    Thomas Jefferson

  • “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

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

    Isaiah 5:20

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

    Ronald Reagan

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

    Thomas Jefferson

  • "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

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

    Mitt Romney

  • “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

  • "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

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

  • “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

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

    WAG

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

    Mark Twain

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

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

    Joseph Stalin

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

    Joseph Stalin

  • "All bad precedents begin as justifiable measures"

    Julius Caesar

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

    William F. Buckley Jr.

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

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

    Anonymous

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

    Hodding Carter, J.R.

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

    Soviet Union saying

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

    Lt. Colonel James G. Zumwalt

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

    Albert Einstein

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

    Alexis de Tocqueville

  • "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

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

    Doug Powers

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

    W. C. Fields

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

    Knute Rockne

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

    John Adams

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

  • "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

  • "Never spend your money before you have it"

    Thomas Jefferson

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

    WAG

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

    George Mason

  • "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

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

    Demosthenes

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

    Robert Green Ingersoll

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

    WAG

  • "No Man is a Failure who has Friends"

    It's A Wonderful Life

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

    Ayn Rand

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

    Robert David Steele (CIA)

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

    Margaret Thatcher

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

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

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

    WAG

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

  • "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.

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

    Benjamin Franklin

  • "All men by nature desire knowledge."

    Aristotle

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

    Richard Henry Lee, signer of Declaration of Independence

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

    Robert Schuller

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

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

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

    Adlai E. Stevenson

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

    Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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

    WAG

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

    Thomas Jefferson

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

    Thomas Jefferson

  • "Ignorance is the seed of APATHY"

    WAG

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

    Dwight D. Eisenhower

  • "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

  • "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)

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

    Alexis de Tocqueville

  • "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

  • "Truth will always fuel the embers of liberty"

    WAG

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

    Noelle Pikus Pace (Olympian)

  • "Tolerance is the virtue of believing in nothing"

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

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

    Galileo

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

    Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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

    Mark Twain

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

    WAG

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

    Philip K. Dick

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

    Psalm 118:8

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

    Ralph Waldo Emerson

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

    Joseph Stalin

  • "One man with courage is a majority"

    Thomas Jefferson

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

  • "Democracy is indispensable to socialism."

    Vladimir Lenin

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

    Benjamin Franklin

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

    Mark Twain

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

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

    WAG

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

    Oscar Wilde

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

    Mark Twain

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

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

    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

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

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

    William Pitt

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

    WAG

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

    Jerry Pournelle

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

    Ronald Reagan

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

    WAG

  • "When GOD fights for Israel, Israel wins"

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

  • "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"

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

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

    Jason Laumark

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

    WAG

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

    Benjamin Franklin

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

    Vladimir Lenin

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

    Jimi Hendrix

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

    Otto von Bismarck

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

    Mark Twain

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

    Burt Shavitz (Burt's Buzz)

  • "Debt is the slavery of the free."

    Publilius Syrus

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

    Mark Twain

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

    Calvin Coolidge

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

    Harry Truman

  • “Every library is an arsenal”

    Robert Green Ingersoll

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

    Mark Twain

  • "Gray hair is God's graffiti"

    Bill Cosby

  • “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”

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

    Charley Reese

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

    WAG

  • "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

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

    Enrico Fermi

  • "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

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

    Wendell Phillips

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

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

    WAG

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

    Liberal when confronted with reality

  • People once came to America to GIVE all that they had, to become all that they could. Now they come only to TAKE all that they can.

    WAG

  • "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."

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

    Abkhasian Proverb

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

    Dean Acheson

  • "Innocence seldom utters outraged shrieks. Guilt does"

    Whittaker Chambers

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

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

    Rod Serling

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

    WAG

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

    Vladimir Lenin

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

    Margaret Thatcher

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

    Grover Cleveland

  • “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

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

    Paul Craig Roberts

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

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

    Martin Luther King, Jr

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

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

    Edgar J. Mohn

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

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

    Thomas Jefferson

  • "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)

  • "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

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

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

  • "Political correctness is tyranny with manners."

    Charlton Heston

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

    Charles Gordy

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

    Winnie the Pooh

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

    Thomas Sowell (1992)

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

    Ecclesiastes 10:2 NIV

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

    Vladimir Lenin

  • "Everything has beauty but not everyone sees it"

  • “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

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

    James Madison

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

  • “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

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

    Martin Luther King, Jr.

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

  • "I owe nothing to Women’s Lib.”

    Margaret Thatcher

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

    Alexis de Tocqueville

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

    David Stockman

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

    WAG

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

    Mahatma Ghandi

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

    John Wooden

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

    Saul Bellow

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

    Ronald Reagan

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

    Henry Louis Mencken

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

    Larry Elder

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

    Alexis de Tocqueville

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

    Ronald Reagan

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

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

    Joseph Addison

  • "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)

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

    Charles Caleb Colton

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

    Albert Einstein

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

    Charles Haddon Spurgeon

  • "Half the people you know are below average"

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

    Charles de Montesquieu

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

    Thomas Jefferson

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

    Theodore M. Hesburgh

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

    Supreme Court Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.

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

    Vladimir Lenin

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

    Adlai E. Stevenson

  • "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

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

    Ludwig von Mises

  • "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

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

    Alexis de Tocqueville

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

    Ann Coulter

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

    Mark Twain

  • "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

  • "An armed society is a polite society"

    Robert A. Heinlein

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

    James Madison

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

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

    Thomas Jefferson

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

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

    Mark Twain

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

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

    Vladimir Lenin

  • "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

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

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

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

  • "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

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

    Francis Bacon

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

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

    Sophia Loren

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

    Abraham Lincoln

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

    William Faulkner

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

    Brad Thor

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

    James Bovard

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

  • "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

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

    Thomas Jefferson

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

    von Clausewitz

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

    WAG

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

    Daniel Greenfield

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

    John Adams

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

    Albert Einstein

  • "Truth has no agenda"

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

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

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

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

    Robert Frost

  • "Lies serve to influence the ignorant"

    WAG

  • "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

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

    Margaret Thatcher

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

    Thomas Jefferson

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

    James Madison

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

    James Madison

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

  • "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.

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

    WAG

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

    Abraham Lincoln

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

    Isaac Asimov

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

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

    Benjamin Franklin

  • "Reason often makes mistakes but conscience never does"

    Josh Billings (Henry Wheeler Shaw)

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

    Groucho Marx

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

    Ronald Reagan

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

    Mahatma Ghandi

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

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

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

    Harry Browne

  • "Today is tomorrow’s past"

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

    Mark Twain

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

    Dick Cheney

  • "Go put your creed into your deed."

    Ralph Waldo Emerson

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

    Alfred Adler

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

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

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

  • “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)

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

    Benjamin Franklin

  • “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

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

  • "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

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

    WAG

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

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

    St. Augustine

  • "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

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

    Steven Wright

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

    Saint Pope John Paul II

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

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

    Larry Elder

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

  • "Ignorance is the truest form of freedom"

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

    Mark Twain

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

    Mark Twain

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

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

    James Madison

  • "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

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

    Progressive apologist

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

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

    Ann Landers

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

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

    WAG

  • "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

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

    Bob Hope

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

    Cal Thomas

  • "There is no right way to do wrong"

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

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

    Karl Wilhelm Friedrich Schlegel

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

    Sam Adams

  • "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

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

    Benjamin Franklin

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

  • "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

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

    Andrew Carnegie

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

    Adlai E. Stevenson

  • “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

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

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

    Vince Lombardi

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

    Dana Buchman

  • "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

  • "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

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

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

    James Madison

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

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

    George Santayana

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

    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)

  • "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

  • "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

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

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

    Mark Twain

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

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

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

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

    Joseph Stalin

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

    WAG

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

    Plato

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

    Winston Churchill

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

    Mark Twain

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

    Strom Thurmond

  • "Happiness is good health and a bad memory"

    Ingrid Bergman

  • ”In war there is no substitute for victory”

    General Douglas MacArthur

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

    George Washington

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

    Mark Twain

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

    Kathy Ireland

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

    Senator Jim Talent

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

    William P. Anthony

  • “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

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

    Dave Barry

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

    Thomas Jefferson

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

    Joseph Stalin

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

    Mayer Amschel Bauer Rothschild

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

    Rush Limbaugh

  • “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

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

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

    Frederic Bastiat

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


    Vladimir Lenin

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

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

    Vladimir Lenin

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

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

    Ted Nugent

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

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

    Friedrich Nietzsche

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

    Yogi Berra

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

    WAG

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

    Mohandas Gandhi

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

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

    Aaron Levenstein

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

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

    WAG

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

    Rush Limbaugh

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

  • "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

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

    Thomas Jefferson

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

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

    Lao-tzu

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

    WAG

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

    Kenneth Boulding (economist)

  • "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

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

  • "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

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

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

    Thomas Sowell

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

    Herbert Spencer

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

    Aristotle

  • “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?”

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

  • “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

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

    G. K. Chesterton

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

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

    Eugene McCarthy

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

    Bob Hope

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

    Mohandas K. Gandhi

  • “I prefer dangerous freedom over peaceful slavery.”

    Thomas Jefferson

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

    WAG

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

    John F. Kennedy

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

    Larry Elder

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

    Alfred Kazin

  • "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

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

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

    Alexis de Tocqueville

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

    Mark Twain

  • 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

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

    James Madison

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

    WAG

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

    Rush Limbaugh

  • "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

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

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

    Thomas Henry Huxley

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

    H.L. Mencken

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

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

    WAG

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

  • "Failure to prepare is preparing to fail"

    Benjamin Franklin

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

    Aldous Huxley

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

    Adolph Hitler (1935)

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

    Thomas Edison

  • "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

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

    Ian Fleming

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

    Dr. Martin Luther King

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

    Ralph Waldo Emerson

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

  • “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

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

  • "When in doubt tell the truth"

    Mark Twain

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

    Benjamin Franklin

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

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

    Philip K. Dick

  • "Knowledge is power."

    Sir Francis Bacon

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

    Martin Luther King, Jr.

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

  • “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

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

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

    Orison S. Marden

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

    Charles Dickens

  • "Better a broken promise than none at all"

    Mark Twain

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

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

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

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

    Ayn Rand

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

    John Wooden

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

  • "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

  • "We are great because we are good"

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

    Joseph Stalin

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

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

    Robert A. Heinlein

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

    C. A. Beard

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

    Aristotle

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

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

    Ralph Waldo Emerson

  • "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."

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

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

    Winston Churchill

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

    Arthur C. Clarke

  • "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

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

    Thomas Jefferson

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

    GR

  • "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

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

    Mark Twain

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

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

    WAG

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

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

  • "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

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

    Milton Friedman

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

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

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

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

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

  • "Aspire to inspire before you expire."

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

    American Citizen

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

    Mark Twain

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

    WAG

  • "Adversity makes a good man better"

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

    Albert Einstein

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

    Chinese proverb

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

    Thomas Jefferson

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

    Mark Twain

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

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

    William Arthur Ward

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

    George Washington

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

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

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

  • “The reports of my death are greatly exaggerated”

    Mark Twain

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

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

    Anonymous

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

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

    John Adams

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

    Abraham Lincoln

  • "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

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

    Bob Hope

  • “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

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

    Ernest Benn

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

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

    WAG

  • "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

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

    Mark Twain

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

    Ayn Rand

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

    George W. Bush

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

    Chinese fortune cookie

  • "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

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

    Maya Angelou

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

    WAG

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

    Milton Friedman

  • 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

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

    Mark Twain

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

    Dave Gardner

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

    Ronald Reagan

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

    Confucius

  • “Perception is today’s reality”

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

    Alexis de Tocqueville

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

    Edmund Burke

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

    Lord Byron

  • "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

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

    Eugene Ionesco