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Property Rights

"Imprimis" is Hillsdale College's monthly publication that has over 1.25 million readers. It's Hillsdale's way of sharing the ideas of the many distinguished speakers invited to their campus. And, I might add, Hillsdale College is one of the few colleges where students get a true liberal arts education, absent the nonsense seen on many campuses.

The January edition of "Imprimis" contains an important speech by former New Jersey Superior Court Judge Andrew P. Napolitano titled "Property Rights After the Kelo Decision." For those who haven't kept up, the Kelo decision is the 2005 U.S. Supreme Court 5-4 decision that upheld the city of New London, Connecticut's condemnation of the property of one private party so that another private party could use it to build an office facility. Such a decision was a flagrant violation of the letter and spirit of the Fifth Amendment, which reads in part, "nor shall private property be taken for public use without just compensation." Public use, according to the Constitution's framers, means uses such as roads, bridges, and forts.

While most Americans appreciate the concept of yours and mine, Judge Napolitano's speech gives it greater focus. Formerly a law professor, Napolitano says, "When teaching law students the significance of private property, we tell them that each owner of such property has something called a 'bundle of rights.' The first of these is the right to use the property. The second is the right to alienate the property. The third and greatest is the right to exclude people from the property."

Can the government force one to sell his property? James Madison said yes, so long as it was for a public use and the owner was paid a fair market value. Thomas Jefferson was opposed to a person being forced to sell his property for a public use, arguing that the essence of private property is the right to exclude anyone, including government, from the property. But Madison's view prevailed, hence the Fifth Amendment provision.

In recent years, state and local governments have been running roughshod over private property rights in ways that would have horrified our founders. In the 1959 Courtesy Sandwich Shop case, a New York court held that if the tax collector collects more taxes by taking the private property of one party and transferring it to another, that's a public use permitted by the Constitution.

Recently, the city of Port Chester, N.Y., gave a private developer virtual power to condemn property within its designated redevelopment area. Bart Didden and Dominick Bologna, owners of property within the redevelopment area, approached the private developer for a permit to build a CVS pharmacy on their land. The developer told them to pay him $800,000 or give him a 50 percent interest in the CVS pharmacy or he'd have the local government condemn the land. Didden and Bologna refused, and the next day their land was condemned. The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals upheld the local government's decision, which is nothing less than sanctioning extortion.

Napolitano concluded his speech pointing out something that few Americans appreciate. Natural rights do not come from government; they spring from our humanity. Or, as our founders put it, we are endowed by our "Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness," the latter meaning property. We establish governments to secure these rights.

Unfortunately, Americans have permitted governments at every level to become increasingly destructive of the ends they were created to serve. Under the color of law, government often does to us what thieves and crooks do, and like a nation of sheep we stand by and take it, and what's worse, sometimes we ask for it. (Walter E. Williams/TownHall.com 1/31/07)

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

    Mayer Amschel Rothschild

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

    WAG

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

    Ayn Rand

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

    Vladimir Lenin

  • "Innocence seldom utters outraged shrieks. Guilt does"

    Whittaker Chambers

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

    Albert Einstein

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

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

    Benjamin Franklin

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

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

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

    Ralph Waldo Emerson

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

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

    Mark Twain

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

    Ralph Waldo Emerson

  • "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)

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

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

    Calvin Coolidge

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

    Vladimir Lenin

  • "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

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

    Demosthenes

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

    George W. Bush

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

    Mark Twain

  • "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

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

    Ayn Rand

  • "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

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

    Miecyslaw Kasprzyk

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

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

    Mark Twain

  • "A free people ought to be armed"

    George Washington

  • "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

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

    Strom Thurmond

  • "Debt is the worst poverty."

    Thomas Fuller

  • “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)

  • “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

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

  • “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

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

    Jacques Barzun

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

    Albert Einstein

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

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

    Mark Twain

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

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

    Abraham Lincoln

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

    Socrates

  • "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

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

    Thomas Sowell

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

    Ayn Rand

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

    Robert Green Ingersoll

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

  • "There is no right way to do wrong"

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

    Mark Twain

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

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

    Ludwig von Mises

  • "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

  • "A day without laughter is a day wasted"

    Charlie Chaplin

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

    Ronald Reagan

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

    Ayn Rand

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

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

    Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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

    Ronald Reagan

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

    Francis Bacon

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

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

    Dietrich Bonhoeffer

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

  • “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)

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

    American Patriot

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

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

    Mark Twain

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

    Margaret Thatcher

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

    Mark Twain

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

    William Pitt

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

    Ian Fleming

  • "The goal of socialism is communism."

    Vladimir Lenin

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

    Oscar Wilde

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

    Rush Limbaugh

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

    WAG

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

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

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

    Vladimir Lenin

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

    Ayn Rand

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

    Vladimir Lenin

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

    Rush Limbaugh

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

    George Washington

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

    Ecclesiastes 10:2 NIV

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

    Joseph Stalin

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

    Edmund Burke

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

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

    Anonymous

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

  • "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.

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

    Mark Twain

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

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

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

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

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

    John Adams

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

    Liberal when confronted with reality

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

    George W. Bush

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

  • "Irony differentiates. Cynicism never does."

    Paul Horgan

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

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

    Margaret Thatcher

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

    Thomas Jefferson

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

    Ralph Waldo Emerson

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

    Joseph Stalin

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

    John F. Kennedy

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

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

  • "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

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

    Orison S. Marden

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

    Ronald Reagan

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

    David Boaz

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

  • "You can observe a lot just by watchin"

    Yogi Berra

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

  • “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

  • "All men by nature desire knowledge."

    Aristotle

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

    Liberal Logic

  • "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

  • "Never spend your money before you have it"

    Thomas Jefferson

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

    Groucho Marx

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

    Lou Holtz

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

    Enrico Fermi

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

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

    Oliver Wendell Holmes

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

    Philip K. Dick

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

    Alexis de Tocqueville

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

    Mark Twain

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

    George Bernard Shaw

  • "I owe nothing to Women’s Lib.”

    Margaret Thatcher

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

    Margaret Thatcher

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

    Rush Limbaugh

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

    WAG

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

    David Letterman

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

    Fletcher Knebel, Historian

  • "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

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

    Niccolo Machiavelli

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

    Mitt Romney

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

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

    Thomas Henry Huxley

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

    Benjamin Franklin

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

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

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

    Harry S. Truman

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

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

    Winston Churchill

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

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

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

    Bertrand Russell

  • "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

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

    Mark Twain

  • "Go put your creed into your deed."

    Ralph Waldo Emerson

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

  • “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

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

    John Adams

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

    Thomas Jefferson

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

    Isaac Asimov

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

    Martin Luther King, Jr.

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

    Pat Flynn

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

    Mark Twain

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

    Thomas Paine

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

    Spanish Proverb

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

    Alexander Hamilton

  • "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

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

    WAG

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

    Byrd Baggett

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

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

  • "Better a broken promise than none at all"

    Mark Twain

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

    Pericles (495-429 BC)

  • “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

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

    James Bovard

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

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

    Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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

    Frederick Douglass

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

    Adlai E. Stevenson

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

    Mao Tse-Tung

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

    Thomas Jefferson

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

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

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

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

    George Orwell

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

    Thomas Paine (December 23, 1776)

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

    Burt Shavitz (Burt's Buzz)

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

    Ralph Waldo Emerson

  • "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

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

    Mark Twain

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

    Albert Einstein

  • "When in doubt tell the truth"

    Mark Twain

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

    Mark Twain

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

    Thomas Jefferson

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

    Nelson Mandela

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

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

    Benjamin Disraeli

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

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

    Abraham Lincoln

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

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

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

    Bob Hope

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

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

    Dwight D. Eisenhower

  • “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

  • "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

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

    WAG

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

    Jack Miner

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

    Paul Proctor

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

    Luck

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

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

    Sir Walter Scott

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

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

  • "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

  • "Gray hair is God's graffiti"

    Bill Cosby

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

    Mark Twain

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

    WAG

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

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

    Margaret Thatcher

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

    Liberal Lingo

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

    Voltaire

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

  • "Education consists mainly of what we have unlearned"

    Mark Twain

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

    Jason Laumark

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

    John Adams

  • "Truth Does Not Fear Knowledge"

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

    Mahatma Ghandi

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

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

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

    George Orwell

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

    Anatole France

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

    WAG

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

    Mark Twain

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

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

    Ann Landers

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

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

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

    Dean Acheson

  • "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

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

  • "Democracy is the road to socialism."

    Karl Marx

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


    Vladimir Lenin

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

    WAG

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

    Mark Twain

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

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

    Margaret Sanger (Founder of Planned Parenthood)

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

    Napoleon Bonaparte

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

    James Madison

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

    Alfred Adler

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

    WAG

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

    George Santayana

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

    Mark Twain

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

    Adolf Hitler (Mein Kampf )

  • “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)

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

    Sophia Loren

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

    WAG

  • “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

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

    Thomas Jefferson

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

    WAG

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

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

    James Madison

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

    Chinese proverb

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

    Karl Wilhelm Friedrich Schlegel

  • “Every library is an arsenal”

    Robert Green Ingersoll

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

    Will Rogers

  • "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."

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

    Yiddish Proverb

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

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

    Thomas Jefferson

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

    Cherokee proverb

  • “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

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

    Karl Marx

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

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

    Aristotle

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

    Cal Thomas

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

    Samuel Johnson

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

    Steven Wright

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

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

    Joseph Stalin

  • “About all I can say for the United States Senate is that it opens with a prayer and closes with an investigation”

    Will Rogers

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

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

    WAG

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

    Abraham Lincoln

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

    Margaret Thatcher

  • "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

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

    William Arthur Ward

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

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

    Psalm 118:8

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

    WAG

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

    Soviet Union saying

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

    Adlai E. Stevenson

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

    James Madison

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

    Winston Churchill

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

    Jay Leno

  • "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

  • "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

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

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

    Ronald Reagan

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

    Willis Player

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

    Mark Twain

  • "This is like deja vu all over again"

    Yogi Berra

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

    John Adams

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

    Jimi Hendrix

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

    Thomas Jefferson

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

    Isoroku Yamamoto

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

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

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

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

  • "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

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

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

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

    WAG

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

    Thomas Jefferson

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

    Maya Angelou

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

    Alexis de Tocqueville

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

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

    Mark Twain

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

    Ronald Reagan

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

    George Washington

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

    Mark Steyn

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

    WAG

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

    Kinky Friedman

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

    George Washington

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

    John Wooden

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

    Sam Rayburn

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

    Antonio Porchia

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

    Mahatma Ghandi

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

    Abraham Lincoln

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

    Joseph Stalin

  • "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)

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

    Albert Einstein

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

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

    Danny Schecter

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

  • "Truth has no agenda"

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

    Voltaire

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

    Dave Gardner

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

    James Madison

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

    Ayn Rand

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

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

    Thomas Jefferson

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

    Adolf Hitler

  • “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

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

    Vince Lombardi

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

  • "Truth will always fuel the embers of liberty"

    WAG

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

    Vladimir Lenin

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

    Ayn Rand

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

    Plato

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

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

    Mark Twain

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

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

    WAG

  • "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

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

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

    Thomas Sowell

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

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

    Alexis de Tocqueville

  • "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

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

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

    Rod Serling

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

    WAG

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

    Rick Perry

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

    WAG

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

    Adolf Hitler (1939)

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

  • "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

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

    Albert Einstein

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

    Abkhasian Proverb

  • "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

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

    Ralph Waldo Emerson

  • "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

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

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

    Napoléon Bonaparte

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

    John Kenneth Galbraith

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

    Albert Einstein

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

    WAG

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

    Milton Friedman

  • "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

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

    WAG

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

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

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

    Kevin McCullough

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

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

    Joseph Stalin

  • "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

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

    WAG

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

    James Madison

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

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

    Milton Friedman

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

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

    George Washington

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

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

    Alexis de Tocqueville

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

    Lyndon B. Johnson

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

    Mark Twain

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

    David Stockman

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

    Alexis de Tocqueville

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

    WAG

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

    Alexis de Tocqueville

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

    Anne Coleman

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

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

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

    Dante Alighieri

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

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

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

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

    Charlotte

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

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

    Alexis de Tocqueville

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

    Adlai E. Stevenson

  • "All bad precedents begin as justifiable measures"

    Julius Caesar

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

    Mark Twain

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

    Edmund Burke

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

    Ronald Reagan

  • “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"

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

    Leo Durocher

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

  • “Wisdom is the chief element of happiness”

    Sophocles

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

    WAG

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

    Robert Brault

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

    Paul Jacob

  • "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

  • "Half the people you know are below average"

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

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

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

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

    Tacitus

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

    WAG

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

    George Mason

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

    WAG

  • “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

  • "Tolerance is the virtue of believing in nothing"

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

    Justice Felix Frankfurter

  • "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.

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

    Upton Sinclair

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

    WAG

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

    George Washington

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

    Thomas Edison

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

  • "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

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

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

    Mark Twain

  • "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

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

    Albert Einstein

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

    Albert Einstein

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

    Patrice Lewis

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

    Nicholas Murray Butler

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

  • “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

  • “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”

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

    Tacitus, The Annals III.27

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


    Alexander Hamilton

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

    WAG

  • "Lies serve to influence the ignorant"

    WAG

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

    Mark Twain

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

    Noelle Pikus Pace (Olympian)

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

    WAG

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

    Ronald Reagan

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

    Bob Hope

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

    Author Unknown

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

    WAG

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

    WAG

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

    Phillip Brooks

  • “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

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

    Abraham Lincoln

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

    Aaron Levenstein

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

    WAG

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

    Thomas Jefferson

  • "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

  • "Democracy is indispensable to socialism."

    Vladimir Lenin

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

    Martin Luther King, Jr.

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

    Confucious

  • "Heroes get remembered - but legends never die"

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

    Thomas Sowell

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

    James A. Garfield

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

    G. K. Chesterton

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

    Anonymous

  • “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

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

    Martin Luther King Jr.

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

    Robert Novak

  • “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”

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

    Mark Twain

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

    Yogi Berra

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

    Thomas Jefferson

  • "Against the assault of laughter nothing can stand"

    Mark Twain

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

    Robert David Steele (CIA)

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

    Robert A. Heinlein

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

    Patrick Henry

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

    Alexis de Tocqueville

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

    Pastor John MacArthur

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

    Alexis de Tocqueville

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

    Richard Henry Lee, signer of Declaration of Independence

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

    Mark Twain

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

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

    Robert Green Ingersoll

  • “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

  • "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

  • "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

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

    Robert Green Ingersoll

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

    Professor Irwin Corey

  • “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

  • "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."

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

    Chinese fortune cookie

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

    Senator Jim Talent

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

    Will Rogers

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

    Charles Dickens

  • "Irony is the hygiene of the mind."

    Elizabeth Bibesco

  • “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”

  • "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

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

  • 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

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

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

    Mark Twain

  • "When GOD fights for Israel, Israel wins"

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

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

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

    Winston Churchill

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

    Margaret Thatcher

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

    Margaret Thatcher

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

    Albert Einstein

  • "Laughter is the shortest distance between two people"

    Victor Borge

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

    WAG

  • "Failure is success if we learn from it"

    Malcolm S. Forbes

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

    Rush Limbaugh

  • "Ignorance is the lifeblood of every politician"

    WAG

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

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

    Mark Twain

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

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

    Proverbs 17:28 (NIV)

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

    Joseph Stalin

  • "Knowledge is power."

    Sir Francis Bacon

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

    Thomas Jefferson

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

    WAG

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

    WAG

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

    Plato

  • 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

  • "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

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

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

  • "In politics, stupidity is not a handicap"

    Napoleon Bonaparte

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

    Mark Twain

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

    Abraham Lincoln

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

    Joseph Addison

  • "Comedy is tragedy plus time"

    Woody Allen

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

    Voltaire (1764)

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

    Dr. Martin Luther King

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

    Charles Haddon Spurgeon

  • "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

  • "Happiness is good health and a bad memory"

    Ingrid Bergman

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

    Evan Sayet

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

    Thomas Jefferson

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

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

    Ronald Reagan

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

    Alexis de Tocqueville

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

    Alexis de Tocqueville

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

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

    Robert Frost

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

    Mark Twain

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

    George Orwell

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

    Vladimir Lenin

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

  • "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

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

    Dave Barry

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

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

    Harry Truman

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

    Chinese Proverb

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

    Charles Caleb Colton

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

    P.J. O'Rourke

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

    Ronald Reagan

  • “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

  • "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

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

    Supreme Court Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.

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

    Margaret Thatcher

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

    Benjamin Franklin

  • "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

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

    Lord Byron

  • "One man with courage is a majority"

    Thomas Jefferson

  • "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)

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

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

    Joseph Stalin

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

    WAG

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

    Galileo

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

    Ronald Reagan

  • 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

  • “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

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

    Winnie the Pooh

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

    WAG

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

    Mark Twain

  • "Political correctness is tyranny with manners."

    Charlton Heston

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

    Thomas Paine

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

    Government Motto

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

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

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

    Rush Limbaugh

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

    Isaiah 5:20

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

    Adlai E. Stevenson

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

    Margaret Thatcher

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

    Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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

    WAG

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

    WAG

  • "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)

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

    St. Augustine

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

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

    Joseph Stalin

  • "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

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

    Henry Ford

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

    George Washington

  • "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

  • "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

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

    WAG

  • "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

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

    Eugene McCarthy

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

    Will Rogers

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

    Benjamin Franklin

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

    Confucius

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

  • “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

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

    Robert A. Heinlein

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

    Charles Gordy

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

    Adlai E. Stevenson

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

    Mark Twain

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

    Mike Adams

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

    Mark Twain

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

    WAG

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

    General George Patton

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

    Douglas Casey

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

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

    Mark Twain

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

    von Clausewitz

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

    John Wayne

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

    Joseph Stalin

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

  • "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

  • “My greatest thought is my accountability to God”

    Daniel Webster

  • "We are great because we are good"

  • “Perception is today’s reality”

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

  • 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

  • "That government governs best that governs least"

    Thomas Jefferson

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

    Lt. Colonel James G. Zumwalt

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

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

    John F. Kennedy

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

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

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

    John Wooden

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

    Martin Luther King, Jr

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

    Thomas Paine

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

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

    Aristotle

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

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

    Saul Bellow

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

    Thomas Jefferson

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

    Mayer Amschel Bauer Rothschild

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

    Dutch Proverb

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

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

    William F. Buckley Jr.

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

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

    Bob Hope

  • "Today is tomorrow’s past"

  • "Bad laws are the worst sort of tyranny"

    Edmund Burke

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

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

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

    Thomas Jefferson

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

    Ronald Reagan

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

    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

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

    Aldous Huxley

  • “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

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

    Jerry Pournelle

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

    Unknown

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

    American Patriot

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

    Dick Cheney

  • "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

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

    Abraham Lincoln

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

    Brad Thor

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

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

    James Madison

  • “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

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

    Andrew Carnegie

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

    Abraham Lincoln

  • "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

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

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

    Adlai E. Stevenson

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

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

    WAG

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

    Ted Nugent

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

    Wendell Phillips

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

    Thomas Jefferson

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

    WAG

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

  • “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?”

  • “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

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

    Margaret Thatcher

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

    Lao-tzu

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

    John Adams

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

    Ayn Rand

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

    John Kenneth Galbraith

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

    Benjamin Constant, Brazilian statesman

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

    Thomas Jefferson

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

    Ronald Reagan

  • "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

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

    Thomas Edison

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

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

    Arthur C. Clarke

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

  • “Be truthful … Truth leads to trust”

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

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

    Rush Limbaugh

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

    George Washington

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

    Vince Lombardi

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

    Margaret Thatcher

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

    William P. Anthony

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

    Hunter S. Thompson

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

    Ted Nugent

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

    Winston Churchill

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

    Albert Einstein

  • "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

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

    Margaret Thatcher

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

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

    Larry Elder

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

    P. J. O'Rourke

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

    John Kerry

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

    Rush Limbaugh

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

    WAG

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

    Robert Green Ingersoll

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

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

    Edward Langley (artist)

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

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

    Rush Limbaugh

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

  • "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

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

    Doug Powers

  • "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

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

    Milton Friedman

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

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

    H.L. Mencken