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Silencing The Opposition

"House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, at a June breakfast for reporters sponsored by the Christian Science Monitor, took a bold position on whether government should resume regulating political speech on the radio.

“Do you personally support revival of the Fairness Doctrine,” asked John Gizzi, political editor for Human Events.

“Yes,” said Pelosi.

While this declaration was little noted in the mainstream media, it sent shock waves through the conservative blogosphere. If the new Barack Obama administration were to make moves now to revive the doctrine, however, it surely would become one of the most hotly debated issues in America.

Nicknamed the “Censorship Doctrine” by conservatives, the so-called Fairness Doctrine was a long-time regulation of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) that required that “when a broadcast station presents one side of a controversial issue of public importance reasonable opportunity must be afforded for the presentation of contrasting views.”

When it was in force, many stations simply avoided discussing controversial issues. It wasn’t worth the risk of a licensing dispute with the FCC.

Then, in 1987, an FCC dominated by Reagan appointees announced it would no longer enforce the doctrine. “Our mandate under the Communications Act is to further the public interest,” the commission said. “The FCC has tried over history to achieve that goal by limiting the First Amendment rights of broadcasters. Our experience and the evidence before us now demonstrate that the means chosen were counterproductive.”

Thus was born the Age of Rush Limbaugh.

Today, a multitude of conservative and Christian talk-show hosts, following Limbaugh’s lead, attract large and loyal audiences engaging in exactly the kind of speech the Fairness Doctrine forbade.

Many Republicans, meanwhile, are convinced the success of conservative radio is precisely why a number of top congressional Democrats, like Pelosi, want to revive the doctrine (or some facsimile of it).

A Senate Republican Policy Committee paper, for example, argued that reviving the rule could lead to partisan censorship. To illustrate its point, the committee cited a statement that former CBS President Fred Friendly attributed to Bill Ruder, an assistant secretary of Commerce under President Kennedy.

“Our massive strategy was to use the Fairness Doctrine to challenge and harass right-wing broadcasters and hope that the challenges would be so costly to them that they would be inhibited and decide it was too expensive to continue,” said Ruder.

Yet, those who fear Congress might legislate the return of the doctrine may be scanning the wrong horizon. If history is the guide, restrictions on talk-radio speech are more likely to come directly from the unelected FCC.

That is where the Fairness Doctrine came from in the first place.

REPEATING HISTORY

Recent events, in fact, resemble those of eight decades ago, when Congress, regulating radio for the first time, declined to give federal radio commissioners authority to regulate programming—and the commissioners did it anyway.

First, the recent history: In 2007, Republican Mike Pence of Indiana, in an apparent demonstration of strength by Fairness Doctrine opponents, offered an amendment to deny funding to the FCC to enforce the doctrine in fiscal 2008. It passed 309-115.

A few weeks later, Republican Sen. Norm Coleman of Minnesota offered a similar amendment. This time, Senate Democratic Whip Dick Durbin of Illinois objected.

Coleman argued that the free market, not government, was the best mechanism for providing balance in broadcasting. Durbin rejected the notion that the free market applies to radio.

“What is the senator’s response if the marketplace fails to provide? What if it doesn’t provide the opportunity to hear both points of view?” said Durbin. “Since the people who are seeking the licenses are using America’s airwaves, does the government, speaking for the people of this country, have any interest at that point to step in and make sure there is a fair and balanced approach to the information given to the American people?”

Sixty votes were needed to force a substantive vote on Coleman’s amendment. It got 49.

The Coleman-Durbin debate of 2007 could have been lifted from the Congressional Record of 1927.

Up until then, American broadcasting was governed by the Radio Act of 1912, which was designed to ensure good communications with ships at sea, then the primary users of radio. It gave government no power to deny a broadcasting license to anyone.

In the 1920s, the number of broadcast stations exploded, clogging the limited frequencies available, interfering with each other’s signals. Radio was gagging on its own success.

A 1925 conference convened by Commerce Secretary Herbert Hoover recommended new legislation to regulate the airwaves. Republican President Calvin Coolidge backed the recommendation, and Maine Republican Rep. Wallace White took up the cause in the House.

In a 1926 floor speech, White explained that his radio bill was designed to preserve the freedom of speech and property rights of broadcasters while serving the broader “public interest.” In his view, the “public interest” meant restraining government, not broadcasters.

“We are dealing here with a new means of communication,” said White. “It is fighting to develop its usefulness in a field in which telephones, telegraphs and cables are entrenched. We should exercise every care in the public interest, but there exists a reasonable doubt whether we are justified in applying to this industry different and more drastic rules than the other forms of communication are subjected to.”

The first person to question White on the House floor was New York Republican Rep. Fiorello La Guardia, who had one issue on his mind: preserving freedom of speech.

“The pending bill gives the secretary no power of interfering with freedom of speech in any degree,” White told La Guardia.

“It is the belief of the gentleman and the intent of Congress in passing this bill not to give the secretary any power whatever in that respect in considering a license or the revocation of a license,” said La Guardia.

“No power at all,” responded White.

Rep. Luther Johnson, a Texas Democrat, was unhappy about this. He offered an amendment instructing broadcasters that “equal facilities and rates, without discrimination, shall be accorded to all political parties and all candidates for office, and to both the proponents and opponents of all political questions or issues.”

It was ruled not germane. The bill that the House sent to the Senate gave the government no power to regulate political speech on the radio.

SENATE FIGHT OVER SPEECH

In the Senate, there was a bloc that did want to regulate political speech on the radio.

Contrary to the views of the Senate sponsor, Washington Democrat Clarence Dill, the Senate Committee on Interstate Commerce produced a bill that said: “If any licensee shall permit a broadcasting station to be used … by a candidate or candidates for public office, or for the discussion of any question affecting the public, he shall make no discrimination as to the use of such broadcasting station, and with respect to said matters the licensee shall be deemed a common carrier in Interstate commerce: Provided, that such licensee shall have no power to censor the material broadcast.”

The practical effect of this provision would have been that any station that allowed any discussion of a public issue would have been required to allow access to all comers to say anything they wanted about that issue.

Dill took the Senate floor intent on removing this provision. He argued for free-market radio.

“First and most important of all, radio in the United States is free,” said Dill. “In practically all other countries, the government either owns or directly controls all broadcasting stations. In this country, there has been practically no control exercised by the government, except as to the assignment of wave lengths and regulations as to the amount of power to be used. What has been the result of this policy of freedom for radio broadcasting and radio reception? The result is that American initiative and American business ingenuity have developed radio broadcasting in the United States far beyond anything known in other parts of the world.”

Dill offered an amendment to strip the bill of the language that said broadcasters could not discriminate between points of view in “the discussion of any question affecting the public.” However, his amendment maintained an equal-time rule for political candidates.

Nebraska Republican Sen. Robert Howell objected to Dill’s amendment. “To perpetuate in the hands of a comparatively few interests the opportunity of reaching the public by radio and allowing them alone to determine what the public shall and shall not hear is a tremendously dangerous course for Congress to pursue,” said Howell. “If both sides of a question cannot be heard over a particular radio station, none should be heard.”

Dill countered by predicting that if Howell’s version of the legislation were enacted, that is exactly what would happen. “[T]here is probably no question of any interest whatever that could be discussed but that the other side of it could demand time,” said Dill, “and thus a radio station would be placed in the position … that they would have to give all their time to that kind of discussion, or no public question could be discussed.”

Congress sided with Dill, not Howell. The Radio Act of 1927 required broadcasters to give “equal opportunities” to candidates but not to opposing sides of public issues. It expressly denied regulators “the power of censorship” or the authority to “interfere with the right of free speech” on the radio.

It also instructed federal regulators to use the general standard of “public interest, convenience, or necessity” when granting, renewing or modifying broadcast licenses.

IMPORTANCE OF INTENTION

In 1968, the staff of the House Committee on Interstate and Foreign Commerce published a study on the “Legislative History of the Fairness Doctrine.” “As enacted by the 69th Congress, the Radio Act contained no provision similar to the Fairness Doctrine,” the study concluded. “This omission seems to have been specifically intended.”

Initially, the Federal Radio Commission (FRC) created by the 1927 act saw it that way, too. Its first report to Congress included a speech by Commissioner Henry Bellows.

“Very rightly Congress has held that the broadcaster shall not be subject to government dictation as to the character of the material he sends out: The Federal Radio Commission under the present law cannot and will not interfere with any broadcaster’s right to control and censor his own programs,” said Bellows. “In that matter, his relations are not with the government, not with the commission, but with you. It is for you, the listeners, not for us, to censor his programs. It is for you to tell him when he is rendering, or failing to render, real service to the public, and you may be sure he will listen to your voices.”

While Bellows expressed concern that “the newcomer, the nonconformist, the representative of the minority” might not fi nd a voice on the air because of the limited number of broadcast licenses available, he also said the law gave the FRC no power to deal with this potential problem.

If listener feedback did not cause broadcasters to provide a broad range of programs, Bellows said, “then it may be that Congress will feel that there is a need for some amendment to the present radio law, an amendment calling for such government regulation of radio programs as would manifestly be deplorable if it can possibly be avoided.”

Congress passed no amendment. But two years later, in the case of Great Lakes Broadcasting Co., the FRC unilaterally adopted precisely the sort of regulation of speech Congress had rejected—using the law’s vague “public interest” standard to justify the move.

“Insofar as a program consists of discussion of public questions,” the commission said, “public interest requires ample play for the free and fair competition of opposing views, and the commission believes that the principle applies not only to addresses by political candidates but to all discussions of issues of importance to the public.”

In the same case, the FRC said it intended to discriminate against radio stations “operated by religious or similar organizations.”

“Certain enterprising organizations, quick to see the possibilities of radio and anxious to present their creeds to the public, availed themselves of license privileges from the earlier days of broadcasting and now have good records and a certain degree of popularity among listeners,” said the Great Lakes ruling. “The commission feels that the situation must be dealt with on a commonsense basis. It does not seem just to deprive such stations of all right to operation, and the question must be solved on a comparative basis. While the commission is of the opinion that a broadcasting station engaged in general public service has, ordinarily, a claim to preference over a propaganda station, it will apply this principle as to existing stations by giving preferential facilities to the former and assigning less desirable facilities to the latter to the extent that engineering principles permit.”

In 1934, when Congress replaced the Radio Act with the Communications Act (which currently governs radio regulation), it again had an opportunity to authorize regulation of programming content. It declined to do so.

The Senate passed language in the 1934 bill that required broadcasters “to permit equal opportunity for the presentation of both sides of public questions.” The House did not. As enacted, the 1934 law preserved Sen. Dill’s 1927 amendment verbatim. “Equal opportunities” were required for political candidates but not for opposing views on public issues.

The 1968 congressional study on the legislative history concluded: “The enactment of the Communications Act in the 73rd Congress provided another instance wherein language similar to the present Fairness Doctrine was unsuccessfully proposed for incorporation into the law.”

Nonetheless, the FCC, which under the 1934 law replaced the FRC, advanced the FRC’s vision for regulating content.

In 1941, a potential competitor sought a license to take over the frequency used by WAAB in Boston, which the FCC found had broadcast editorials “from time to time urging the election of various candidates for political office or supporting one side or another of various questions in public controversy.”

The FCC renewed WAAB’s license but warned that a broadcaster could not operate a station “devoted to the support of principles he happens to regard most favorably.”

“In brief,” said the FCC, “the broadcaster cannot be an advocate.”

It should be noted that this sweeping regulatory ruling came down at a time when a single party had controlled the Congress and White House for eight years.

FORMAL PRONOUNCEMENT

It was not until eight years later that the FCC modified its position by issuing a follow-up opinion on the question of “whether the expression of editorial opinions by broadcast station licensees on matters of public interest and controversy is consistent with their obligations to operate their stations in the public interest.”

Here the Fairness Doctrine was formally pronounced. It was OK for stations to editorialize, said the FCC, but the public interest “requires that licensees devote a reasonable percentage of their broadcasting time to the discussion of public issues of interest in the community served by their stations and that such programs be designed so that the public has a reasonable opportunity to hear different opposing positions on the public issues of interest and importance in the community.”

Ten years later, the issue came up in Congress again. The FCC ruled that a broadcaster that gave exposure to a politician in routine news coverage must give equal time to rival candidates. Congress—full of incumbents likely to gain exposure in routine news coverage—sought to overrule this.

Again, there was disagreement about codifying a requirement that broadcasters also air opposing sides of public issues. In 1959, the exemption to the candidate equal-time rule Congress finally approved warned broadcasters that it did not exempt them “from the obligation imposed upon them under this act to operate in the public interest and to afford reasonable opportunity for the discussion of conflicting views on issues of public importance.”

The meaning of this provision was disputed. Like the 1968 staff of the Interstate Commerce Committee, author Steven J. Simmons studied the legislative history of the Fairness Doctrine. “Whether by congressional mandatory compulsion on licensees or by congressional authorization of FCC mandatory compulsion on licensees, it is obvious that Congress in 1959 was approving the commission’s Fairness Doctrine,” Simmons wrote in his 1978 book, “The Fairness Doctrine and the Media.” “If the amendment compels the fairness doctrine, then the FCC cannot remove it without congressional approval. … If, by the 1959 amendment, the Commission is simply authorized, and not compelled, to impose the doctrine, then the Commission could indeed suspend its enforcement if it deemed this to be in the public interest.”

RULED ‘CONSTITUTIONAL’

In the 1969 case of Red Lion Broadcasting v. FCC, the Supreme Court ruled that the Fairness Doctrine was constitutional. In the 1986 case of Telecommunications Research and Action Center v. FCC, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia settled the dispute on the meaning of the 1959 amendment.

“We do not believe that language adopted in 1959 made the Fairness Doctrine a binding statutory obligation; rather, it ratified the commission’s longstanding position that the public interest standard authorizes the Fairness Doctrine,” said the court. “The language, in its plain import, neither creates nor imposes any obligation, but seeks to make it clear that the statutory amendment does not affect the Fairness Doctrine obligation as the commission had previously applied it.” The opinion was written by Judge Robert Bork, and joined by Judge Antonin Scalia.

As far as the courts were concerned, the Fairness Doctrine was constitutionally permissible, but not statutorily mandated. That is how the law stood in 1987 when the FCC exercised its discretion to stop enforcing the doctrine, and that is how it stands today.

THE GOAL: WEAKEN RIGHT-WING SPEECH

Today’s congressional opponents and proponents of the Fairness Doctrine have reached a stalemate, but that does not mean the FCC cannot take steps that, without actually re-imposing the doctrine, can achieve the same end: diminishing the conservative presence on radio.

After his one-year funding moratorium passed in 2007, Rep. Pence introduced a bill to permanently prohibit the FCC from reviving the doctrine. When the Democratic leadership refused to bring it up, Pence started a “discharge petition” that if signed by 218 members would have forced a vote. It garnered only 202.

This year, Pence has joined with Republican Sen. Jim DeMint, S.C., to reintroduce his bill. But in a Congress that has a larger Democratic majority, it will not see the light of day.

The experience of Rep. Maurice Hinchey, a New York Democrat who sponsored a bill to revive the Fairness Doctrine, illustrates the problem for its proponents. When Hinchey appeared on Tucker Carlson’s MSNBC program in 2007 to defend his proposal, he ended up defending the right of Holocaust deniers to be heard on TV.

“So, I’m required to put a holocaust denier on?” asked Carlson.

“Any particular point of view that you have, if somebody has an alternative point of view, then there is a responsibility to give that point of view an opportunity to be heard,” said Hinchey.

Supporters of legislatively mandating the Fairness Doctrine risk putting themselves in a politically untenable position.

“Obama is way smarter than that,” conservative writer Jack Thompson noted in a November column in Human Events.

So is John Podesta, who led Obama’s transition team, whom conservative critics such as Thompson and other close observers of the Fairness Doctrine debate believe has already laid out an alternative strategy for censuring talk radio.

Podesta, a former Clinton White House chief of staff, is president of the Center for American Progress (CAP). In 2007, CAP published a study detailing the policy steps needed to reverse conservative domination of talk radio. It neither rejected nor recommended resurrecting the Fairness Doctrine.

But it did argue that the free market does not work in radio.

“When 91 percent of the talk radio programming broadcast each weekday is solely conservative—despite a diversity of opinions among radio audiences and the proven success of progressive shows—the market solution has clearly failed to meet audience demand,” said the CAP study.

CAP said its study showed “that stations owned by women, minorities or local owners are statistically less likely to air conservative hosts or shows,” while “stations controlled by group owners— those with stations in multiple markets or more than three stations in a single market—were statistically more likely to air conservative talk.”

HOW OBAMA COULD SQUELCH TALK RADIO

To increase “progressive” talk and decrease conservative talk, CAP recommended capping the number of stations any organization can own, increasing the percentage of stations owned by women and minorities, shortening the lifespan of broadcasting licenses from eight years to three, and compelling licensees to show they are serving the local “public interest.”

Could an Obama administration do this?

The FCC has fi ve commissioners appointed by the president, who chooses the chairman from among them. No more than three can be from one party. The commission is now missing a Republican member whose term expired. Obama can immediately name a Democrat to fi ll the vacancy, securing a Democratic majority, and elevate one of the Democrats to the chairmanship.

Obama spokesman Michael Ortiz told Broadcasting & Cable last year that Obama does not favor the Fairness Doctrine, considering discussion of it “a distraction from the conversation we should be having about opening up the airwaves and modern communications to as many diverse viewpoints as possible.” Ortiz mentioned “media-ownership caps” and “increased minority ownership of broadcasting and print outlets” as things Obama did support.

In a 2007 letter to the FCC, Obama criticized the commission because he believed it “failed to further the goals of diversity in the media and promote localism.

Obama’s team may be preparing not to censor Rush Limbaugh but to have the FCC transfer broadcast licenses to station owners who will hire someone else in his place." (Terence Jeffrey/TownHall.com 3/18/09)

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    WAG

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

    Justice Felix Frankfurter

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

    Winston Churchill

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

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

    George Eliot

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

    WAG

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

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

    Albert Einstein

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

    Joseph Stalin

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

  • "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

  • "Half the people you know are below average"

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

    Groucho Marx

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

    Abraham Lincoln

  • "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

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

    Winston Churchill

  • "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

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

    Abraham Lincoln

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

    Benjamin Franklin

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

    WAG

  • “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

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

    Aristotle

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

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

    John Adams

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

    Eugene Ionesco

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

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

    John F. Kennedy

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

    Jack Miner

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

    Abraham Lincoln

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

    Psalm 118:8

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

    Byrd Baggett

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

    Thomas Jefferson

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

    Robert Schuller

  • "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

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

    Anonymous

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

    Benjamin Franklin

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

    Edward Langley (artist)

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

    Sam Adams

  • "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

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

    Thomas Jefferson

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

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

    Milton Friedman

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

    Margaret Thatcher

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

  • "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

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

    George Washington

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

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

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

    Rush Limbaugh

  • “Paper money is founded upon fraud and knavery”

    George Mason (letter to George Washington)

  • "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

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

    Joseph Stalin

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

    G. K. Chesterton

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

  • "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

  • “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

  • “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)

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

    WAG

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

  • "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

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

    WAG

  • “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

  • "In politics, stupidity is not a handicap"

    Napoleon Bonaparte

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

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

    Winston Churchill

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

    WAG

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

    WAG

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

    Ronald Reagan

  • “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

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

    Albert Einstein

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

    Ralph Waldo Emerson

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

    Adlai E. Stevenson

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

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

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

    Abkhasian Proverb

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

    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

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

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

    Alfred Adler

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

    WAG

  • "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"

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

    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

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

    Mark Twain

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

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

    Larry Elder

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

    Milton Friedman

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

    John F. Kennedy

  • "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

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

    Mark Twain

  • “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

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

    Joseph Stalin

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

    Alexis de Tocqueville

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

    Dutch Proverb

  • "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

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

    Yiddish Proverb

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

    Patrice Lewis

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

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

    Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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

    Thomas Jefferson

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

    Thomas Paine

  • "The goal of socialism is communism."

    Vladimir Lenin

  • "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

  • "Democracy is indispensable to socialism."

    Vladimir Lenin

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

    Thomas Paine

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

    Kinky Friedman

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

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

    Saint Pope John Paul II

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

    WAG

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

    Adlai E. Stevenson

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

    Kenneth Boulding (economist)

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

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

    Abraham Lincoln

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

    Robert Frost

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

    James Madison

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

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

    WAG

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

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

    Edmund Burke

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

    Professor Irwin Corey

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

    Mark Twain

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

    Benjamin Franklin

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

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

    Jay Leno

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

    Napoleon Bonaparte

  • "All bad precedents begin as justifiable measures"

    Julius Caesar

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

    John Wooden

  • 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.”

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

    Ralph Waldo Emerson

  • "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

  • 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.

  • “I prefer dangerous freedom over peaceful slavery.”

    Thomas Jefferson

  • “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 )

  • “Perception is today’s reality”

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

    Vince Lombardi

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

    Adlai E. Stevenson

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

    Anatole France

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

    Margaret Thatcher

  • "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

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

    Upton Sinclair

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

  • "A day without laughter is a day wasted"

    Charlie Chaplin

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

    Ecclesiastes 10:2 NIV

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

    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

  • "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

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

    WAG

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

    Margaret Thatcher

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

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

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

    Joseph Stalin

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

    George Orwell

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

    Thomas Jefferson

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

    Rush Limbaugh

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

    Mark Twain

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

    Senator Jim Talent

  • "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

  • "Education consists mainly of what we have unlearned"

    Mark Twain

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

    WAG

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

    George Mason

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

    Ayn Rand

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

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

    Aristotle

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

    Leo Durocher

  • “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

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

    Mayer Amschel Rothschild

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

    Ephesians 6:11

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

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

    Aristotle

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

    Pastor John MacArthur

  • ”In war there is no substitute for victory”

    General Douglas MacArthur

  • "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

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

    Mark Twain

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

    Paul Craig Roberts

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

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

    Charles Dickens

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

    Mark Twain

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

    Will Rogers

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

    Alexis de Tocqueville

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

    Alfred Kazin

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

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

  • "We are great because we are good"

  • "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

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

    Ronald Reagan

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

    Lt. Colonel James G. Zumwalt

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

    Theodore M. Hesburgh

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

    Rick Perry

  • "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

  • "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

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

    Benjamin Franklin

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

    Wendell Phillips

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

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

    John D. Ashcroft

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

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

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

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

    Mark Twain

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

    Harry Truman

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

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

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

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

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

    Mark Twain

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

    Ronald Reagan

  • "Never spend your money before you have it"

    Thomas Jefferson

  • "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

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

    WAG

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

    Alexander Hamilton

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

    Thomas Edison

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

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

    William F. Buckley Jr.

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

    Albert Einstein

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

    Francis Bacon

  • "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

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

    Mitt Romney

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

    St. Augustine

  • "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

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

    Margaret Thatcher

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

    Mark Twain

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

    Ian Fleming

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

    Joseph Goebbels

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

    W. C. Fields

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

    Martin Van Buren

  • "Laughter is the shortest distance between two people"

    Victor Borge

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

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

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

    WAG

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

    Martin Luther King Jr.

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

    Alexis de Tocqueville

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

    Albert Einstein

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

    Nelson Mandela

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

    William P. Anthony

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

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

    John Wooden

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

  • “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 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

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

    WAG

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

    Ronald Reagan

  • “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

  • "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

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

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

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

    WAG

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

    Mark Twain

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

    Karl Marx

  • "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

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

    Karl Marx

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

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

    Alexis de Tocqueville

  • "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

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

    WAG

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

    Confucious

  • "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

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

    Mark Twain

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

    Bob Hope

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

    Alexis de Tocqueville

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

    Chinese fortune cookie

  • "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

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

  • “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

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

    Friedrich Nietzsche

  • "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

  • "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)

  • “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

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

    Bill McIntire - NRA Spokesman (1992)

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

    Winston Churchill

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

    Adolph Hitler

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

    Abraham Lincoln

  • "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

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

    Benjamin Franklin

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

    Enrico Fermi

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

    Rush Limbaugh

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

    WAG

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

    Progressive apologist

  • "Disobedience to tyrants is Obedience to God"

    Benjamin Franklin

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

    Demosthenes

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

    Martin Luther King, Jr.

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

    Thomas Jefferson

  • “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

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

    Rush Limbaugh

  • "One man with courage is a majority"

    Thomas Jefferson

  • "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

  • “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

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

  • 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

  • “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

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

    WAG

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

  • "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

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

    Mark Twain

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

    Winston Churchill

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

    Margaret Thatcher

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

    Ayn Rand

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

    Bill Vaughan

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

    John Adams

  • "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

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

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

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

    Winston Churchill

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

    Mark Twain

  • "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)

  • "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

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

    Daniel Patrick Moynihan

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

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

    Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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

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

    WAG

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

    Supreme Court Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.

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

    Kathy Ireland

  • "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

  • "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

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

    Frederic Bastiat

  • "Democracy is the road to socialism."

    Karl Marx

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

    Aldous Huxley

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

    Mark Twain

  • “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

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

    Hodding Carter, J.R.

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

    WAG

  • “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

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

    Edward R. Murrow

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

    Danny Schecter

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

    Mark Twain

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

    Margaret Thatcher

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

    Larry Elder

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

    Mark Twain

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

    Herb Stein (Economist)

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

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

    Joseph Stalin

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

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

    James Madison

  • “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

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

    Dean Acheson

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

    Winnie the Pooh

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

    Vince Lombardi

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

    Patrick Henry

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

    WAG

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

    Thomas Jefferson

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

    Samuel Adams

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

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

    George Orwell

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

    Adolf Hitler

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

    Mark Twain

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

    Robert Green Ingersoll

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

    Calvin Coolidge

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

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

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

    Albert Einstein

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

    Josef Stalin

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

    Ted Nugent

  • "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

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

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

    Voltaire

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

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

    Joseph Stalin

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

    Adlai E. Stevenson

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

    WAG

  • "Aspire to inspire before you expire."

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

    Herbert Spencer

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

    James Madison

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

    Mohandas Gandhi

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

    Margaret Thatcher

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

    William Arthur Ward

  • "Heroes get remembered - but legends never die"

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

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

    Vladimir Lenin

  • “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

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

    Benjamin Franklin

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

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

    WAG

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

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

    Aulus Persius Flaccus

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

    Adolf Hitler (1939)

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

    Spanish Proverb

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

    Unknown

  • “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?”

  • "Life………. It’s GOD’s choice"

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

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

    Charles Haddon Spurgeon

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

    Mark Twain

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

    WAG

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

    Mark Twain

  • “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

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

    Charles de Montesquieu

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

    Eugene McCarthy

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

  • "Government Integrity: An Oxymoron"

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

    Liberal when confronted with reality

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

    Brad Thor

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

  • "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

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

  • "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

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

    John Kenneth Galbraith

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

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

    Robert David Steele (CIA)

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

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

    Mao Tse-Tung

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

    Miecyslaw Kasprzyk

  • "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

  • "Go put your creed into your deed."

    Ralph Waldo Emerson

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

    Benjamin Franklin

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

  • “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

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

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

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

    WAG

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

    Doug Larson

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

    Henry David Thoreau

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

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

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

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

    George Santayana

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

    Dwight D. Eisenhower

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

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

    Mark Twain

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

    Mark Steyn

  • "Political correctness is tyranny with manners."

    Charlton Heston

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

  • "Better a broken promise than none at all"

    Mark Twain

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


    WAG

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

    Charles Caleb Colton

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

    Confucius

  • "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

  • "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

  • "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

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

    Philip K. Dick

  • "Debt is the slavery of the free."

    Publilius Syrus

  • "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

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

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

    Albert Einstein

  • "Truth has no agenda"

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

    American Patriot

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

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

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

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

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

    Margaret Thatcher

  • "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

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

    John Adams

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

    Lou Holtz

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

    Ronald Reagan

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

    Vladimir Lenin

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

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

  • "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

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

    Evan Sayet

  • "Knowledge is power."

    Sir Francis Bacon

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

    Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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

    Joseph Stalin

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

    Mark Twain

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

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


    Alexander Hamilton

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

    Mark Twain

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

    Winston Churchill

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

    Rod Serling

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

    WAG

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

    Cherokee proverb

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

    WAG

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

    George Washington

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

    Margaret Thatcher

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

    Thomas Jefferson

  • "Happiness is good health and a bad memory"

    Ingrid Bergman

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

    Ronald Reagan

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

    Alexis de Tocqueville

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

    Yogi Berra

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

    Jason Laumark

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

    Chinese proverb

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

  • "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

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

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

    Thomas Jefferson

  • 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

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

    George Washington

  • “One man with courage is a majority”

    Thomas Jefferson

  • 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

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

    WAG

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

  • “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

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

    WAG

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

    William Faulkner

  • "Failure is success if we learn from it"

    Malcolm S. Forbes

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

    Dick Cheney

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

    Mark Twain

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

    John Wayne

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

    Milton Friedman

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

    WAG

  • "Failure to prepare is preparing to fail"

    Benjamin Franklin

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

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

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

    Winston Churchill

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

    Alexis de Tocqueville

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

    Mark Twain

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

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

    Sir Walter Scott

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

    Mark Twain

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

    Milton Friedman

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

  • "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

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

    Rush Limbaugh

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

    Plato

  • "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

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

  • "Reason often makes mistakes but conscience never does"

    Josh Billings (Henry Wheeler Shaw)

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

    Philip K. Dick

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

    Pastor Martin Niemöller

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

  • "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

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

    Liberal Lingo

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

    James Bovard

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

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

  • "An armed society is a polite society"

    Robert A. Heinlein

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

    WAG

  • "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

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

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

    Andrew Carnegie

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

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

    Ronald Reagan

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

    Otto von Bismarck

  • "Comedy is tragedy plus time"

    Woody Allen

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

    Isaiah 5:20

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

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

  • "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

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

    Paul Horning

  • "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 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

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

    P.J. O'Rourke

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

    WAG

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

    Douglas Casey

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

    Thomas Paine (December 23, 1776)

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

    Patrick Henry

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

    Albert Einstein

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

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

    von Clausewitz

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

    Mark Twain

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

    Yogi Berra

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

    John F. Kennedy

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

    WAG

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

    Samuel Johnson

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

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

    Alexis de Tocqueville

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

    Mark Twain

  • “Be truthful … Truth leads to trust”

  • "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

  • “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

  • 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

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

    Mark Twain

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

  • "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

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

    Ludwig von Mises

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

    Steven Wright

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

    Aaron Levenstein

  • “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

  • "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

  • "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

  • "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

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

    Thomas Edison

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

    Ayn Rand

  • "Truth will always fuel the embers of liberty"

    WAG

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

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

    Pat Flynn

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

  • "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

  • "Against the assault of laughter nothing can stand"

    Mark Twain

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

    George Washington

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

    Mark Twain

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

    Charles Gordy

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

    Ronald Reagan

  • "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

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

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

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

    Richard Henry Lee, signer of Declaration of Independence

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

    Ralph Waldo Emerson

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

    Mark Twain

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

    WAG

  • "Everything has beauty but not everyone sees it"

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

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

    American Patriot

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

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

    Adlai E. Stevenson

  • "When injustice becomes law, resistance becomes duty"

    Thomas Jefferson

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

    Vladimir Lenin

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

    Thomas Jefferson

  • "This is like deja vu all over again"

    Yogi Berra

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

    Charlie Daniels

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

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

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

    Alexis de Tocqueville

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

    Dante Alighieri

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

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

    James Madison

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

    Thomas Jefferson

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

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

    Edmund Burke

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

    WAG

  • “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

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

    Government Motto

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

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

    Abraham Lincoln

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

    George Mason

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

    Martin Luther King, Jr

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

    Plato

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

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

    American Citizen

  • 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

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

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


    Vladimir Lenin

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

    WAG

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

    WAG

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

    Napoléon Bonaparte

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

    Orison S. Marden

  • "Gray hair is God's graffiti"

    Bill Cosby

  • "Ignorance is the truest form of freedom"

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

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

    George Washington

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

    WAG

  • “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

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

    Thomas Jefferson

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

    Mark Twain

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

    Sam Rayburn

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

    Hunter S. Thompson

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

    Abraham Lincoln

  • "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.

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

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

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

    WAG

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

    Will Rogers

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

    Mark Twain

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

    James A. Garfield

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

    Abraham Lincoln

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

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

    James Madison

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

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

    Harry S. Truman

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

    George Orwell

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

    Proverbs 17:28 (NIV)

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

    Thomas Jefferson

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

    Winston Churchill

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

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

    Burt Shavitz (Burt's Buzz)

  • “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”

  • "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

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

    John Adams (1826)

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

    Fletcher Knebel, Historian

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

    Bob Hope

  • “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)

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

    Bertrand Russell

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

    Mark Twain

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

    Strom Thurmond

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

    Maya Angelou

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

    Margaret Thatcher

  • "An informed public is essential to a democracy"

    Thomas Jefferson

  • "Irony is the hygiene of the mind."

    Elizabeth Bibesco

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

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

    Mike Adams

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

  • “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

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

    Jimi Hendrix

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

    Anonymous

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

    WAG

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

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

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

    Moliere

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

    WAG

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

    Dave Barry

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

    Nicholas Murray Butler

  • "When GOD fights for Israel, Israel wins"

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

    John Kenneth Galbraith

  • "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

  • "There is no right way to do wrong"

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

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

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

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

    Thomas Jefferson

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

    Albert Einstein

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

    WAG

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

    Liberal Logic

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

    Mark Twain

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

    Thomas Jefferson

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

    WAG

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

    Rush Limbaugh

  • "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)

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

    Edgar J. Mohn

  • "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

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

    Reverend Ike

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

    Syrus

  • "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

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

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

    Mohandas Gandhi

  • “The 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

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

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

    Tacitus

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

    Chinese Proverb

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

    Mahatma Ghandi

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

    Robert Green Ingersoll

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

    Ayn Rand

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

    Joseph Stalin

  • “Every library is an arsenal”

    Robert Green Ingersoll

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

    George Orwell

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

    Rush Limbaugh

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

    Adlai E. Stevenson

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

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

    WAG

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

    WAG

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

    Bob Hope

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

    Soviet Union saying

  • "Adversity makes a good man better"

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

    Robert Novak

  • “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

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

    Abraham Lincoln

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

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

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

    Mark Twain

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

    John Jay, First Chief Justice of the Supreme Court

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

    James Madison

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

    Benjamin Disraeli

  • "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

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

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

    Friedrich Nietzsche

  • “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)

  • 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

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

    Thomas Fuller

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

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

    John Adams

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

  • "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)

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

    Benjamin Franklin

  • "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

  • "A free people ought to be armed"

    George Washington

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

    George Washington

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

    Jacques Barzun

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

  • "Today is tomorrow’s past"

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

    James Madison

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

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

    Daniel Greenfield

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

  • "Debt is the worst poverty."

    Thomas Fuller

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

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

    Voltaire

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

    Dave Gardner

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

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

    Thomas Jefferson

  • "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

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

    Alexis de Tocqueville

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

    Margaret Thatcher

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

    Vladimir Lenin

  • "No Man is a Failure who has Friends"

    It's A Wonderful Life

  • "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

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

    Niccolo Machiavelli

  • “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

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

    Milton Friedman

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

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

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

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

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

    Vladimir Lenin

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

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

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

    Margaret Thatcher

  • "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

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

  • “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

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

    Galileo

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

  • "You can observe a lot just by watchin"

    Yogi Berra

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

    Willis Player

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

    Ronald Reagan

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

    Albert Einstein

  • "When in doubt tell the truth"

    Mark Twain

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

    Will Rogers

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

  • "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

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

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

    Author Unknown

  • “Wisdom is the chief element of happiness”

    Sophocles

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

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

    Will Rogers

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

    WAG

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

    Vladimir Lenin

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

    William Pitt

  • "Tolerance is the virtue of believing in nothing"

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

    Karl Marx

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

    George W. Bush

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

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

    Plato

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

    Thomas Jefferson

  • "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.

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

    Doug Powers

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

    Socrates

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

    Joseph Stalin

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

    WAG

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

    Ann Landers

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

    WAG

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

    Pope Saint John Paul II

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

    George Washington

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

    WAG

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

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

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

    WAG

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

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

    Thomas Jefferson

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

    Alexis de Tocqueville

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

    Rudy Giuliani

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

    Isoroku Yamamoto

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

    Charlotte

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

    Dietrich Bonhoeffer

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

    Anne Coleman

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

    Ronald Reagan

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

    Thomas Jefferson

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

    Robert A. Heinlein

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

    Edmund Burke

  • "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

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

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

    Lord Byron

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

  • "Banking establishments are more dangerous than standing armies"

    Thomas Jefferson

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

    Lao-tzu

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

    Pericles (495-429 BC)

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

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

    George Orwell

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

    John Kerry

  • "Bad laws are the worst sort of tyranny"

    Edmund Burke

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

    WAG

  • "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

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

    Albert Einstein

  • "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."

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

    Jerry Pournelle

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

    Ayn Rand

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

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

    Alexander the Great

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

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

    Cal Thomas

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

    Robert A. Heinlein

  • "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

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

    H.L. Mencken

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

  • “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

  • "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

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

    Vladimir Lenin

  • "That government governs best that governs least"

    Thomas Jefferson

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

    John Adams

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

    Dietrich Bonhoeffer

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

    David Letterman

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

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

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

    Mark Twain

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

    P. J. O'Rourke

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

    Bob Hope

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

    Mahatma Ghandi

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

    Antonio Porchia

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

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

  • "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

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

    George W. Bush

  • "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

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

    Benjamin Franklin

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

    Benjamin Franklin