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Unmasking The Myths Behind The Fairness Doctrine

Introduction
The mood was sour on Capitol Hill in June 2007.  Powerful members of the Senate were humiliated when they were forced to withdraw a wildly unpopular immigration bill that would have provided de facto amnesty to illegal aliens.

Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) quickly blamed conservative talk radio hosts for the embarrassing defeat.  On CNN’s Lou Dobbs Tonight, Feinstein said, “I listened to talk show hosts drumming up the opposition by using this word ‘amnesty’ over and over and over again and essentially raising the roil of Americans to the extent that in my 15 years I’ve never received more hate, or more racist phone calls and threats.”

Talk show hosts frequently express opinions that rankle prominent politicians, and occasionally they even whip up inconvenient public outcries that torpedo deals cut in Congressional cloakrooms.  But isn’t talk radio in effect the national conversation about public policy?  Don’t our leaders trust us to accept responsibility for governing ourselves by choosing our own sources of information?  Aren’t radio talkers protected by freedom of speech and freedom of the press? Maybe so, but Constitutional principles won’t prevent unscrupulous politicians from seeking a way to punish their political enemies.

Freedom of speech may be a central pillar upholding American culture, but that didn’t prevent recently retired U.S. Sen. Trent Lott (R-Miss.), then a member of the Senate Republican leadership, from casting down the gauntlet: “Talk radio is running America, and we have to deal with that problem.”
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So how could the Senate deal with those troublesome talkers?  A group of senators started speaking publicly about reviving the so-called Fairness Doctrine, an FCC regulation suspended by the Reagan administration in 1987.  The Fairness Doctrine, first established in 1949, required broadcasters who expressed opinions about controversial issues to give air time to the other side.  While its stated intent was to provide balance and increase the amount of opinion available to the public, in practice the Fairness Doctrine stifled free speech by intimidating broadcasters and driving up the cost of broadcasting editorials, and it served as a handy weapon against political opponents.

Efforts to re-implement the Fairness Doctrine were already underway when the immigration debate brought the topic to the surface in June 2007.  In fact, such efforts had begun as soon as the FCC ceased enforcing the doctrine in 1987, when the Democrat-controlled Congress passed a bill to reinstate it.  President Reagan vetoed the measure.   In 1993, Sens. Ernest Hollings (D-S.C.), Daniel Inouye (D-Hawaii) and John Danforth (R-Mo.) introduced the unsuccessful Fairness in Broadcasting Act.  In 2003, New York Rep. Maurice Hinchey vowed to pursue legislation to “reestablish the public’s control of its airwaves.” 2  Sen. James Inhofe (R-Okla.) says that in 2004, he overheard, in a Senate elevator, Sens. Hillary Clinton (D-NY) and Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) discussing the need for a “legislative fix” to rein in conservative talk radio. Boxer and Clinton deny the account.  However, there’s no denying that in January 2007, as soon as the newly Democrat-controlled Congress was seated, 16 Democratic congressmen led by Hinchey, along with far-left Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), introduced the Media Ownership Reform Act, which would reinstate the Fairness Doctrine.  As of May 2008, Hinchey’s official Web site says the U.S. representative is planning to introduce an updated version of MORA “in the coming weeks.”

On the heels of the June 2007 immigration controversy, a report appeared in Washington, D.C. that offered a pretext for restoring the Fairness Doctrine.  Written by two liberal advocacy groups, the Center for American Progress and the Free Press, the June 21 paper The Structural Imbalance of Political Talk Radio concluded that commercial talk radio is heavily biased in favor of conservatives principally because major corporations, rather than local owners, women and minorities, own the radio stations.   The CAP report was clearly designed to provide a rationale for bringing back the Fairness Doctrine.

Efforts to reinstitute the Fairness Doctrine have historically been founded on three arguments:

The scarcity argument.  The airwaves are public property and only a limited number of broadcast frequencies exist.  Federal intervention in radio content is justified because conservatives dominate the limited radio spectrum and are presumably distorting the outcome of public policy debates.  As Lott said, “talk radio is running America.”

The censorship argument.  In the words of Massachusetts Sen. John Kerry, conservatives have managed to “squeeze down and squeeze out opinion of opposing views,” thereby preventing Americans from hearing the liberal side on public policy controversies.
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The “public interest” argument.  Reviving the Fairness Doctrine would improve the amount and balance of information available to the public. As California’s Feinstein put it, “I remember when there was a Fairness Doctrine, and I think there was much more serious, correct reporting to people.”
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Are these arguments valid, or are they myths?  We will test the scarcity argument by determining how many news sources are available to Americans, and identifying where Americans turn for their news.  We will test the censorship argument by determining the availability of liberal-leaning and conservative-leaning talk show hosts and talk radio stations.  We’ll also place the argument about talk radio in the context of the media as a whole, by revealing the audience reach of the principal liberal-leaning and conservative-leaning sources in the five major news media: radio, broadcast television, cable television, newspapers and news magazines. While no single talker, radio station, newspaper or broadcast network is 100 percent liberal or conservative, almost every source leans distinctly in one direction or the other. Finally, we will test the public interest argument by reviewing the history of the Fairness Doctrine in practice.

Myth 1:
  The Scarcity Argument
Does conservative talk radio really dominate the political landscape?  That could be true only if talk radio is the prevailing source of news and information in the United States, a doubtful proposition on its face.  Given that the liberal party took control of Congress and many state governments in 2006, the notion that conservative talk show hosts are calling the shots in the United States seems dubious.

The original justification for the Fairness Doctrine, which became public policy in 1949, was the “scarcity” argument.  The idea was that the airwaves are public property, and the number of wavelengths available on the public airwaves was limited, so the number of radio stations was also limited. Therefore, the government was obligated to make sure broadcasters provided the public with both sides of controversial issues.

Were Americans really deprived of information in 1949?  Given that 2,881 radio stations and 98 television stations existed at the time, 9 this argument was questionable from the beginning.

In 2008, the number of news sources has increased exponentially.  Americans can choose from at least five major forms of news media: radio, broadcast television, cable television, newspapers and newsmagazines.  These sources are multiplied by the gigantic new factor, the Internet, which makes newspapers, magazines and broadcasting stations, wherever they are located, available to every American with a modem.  The World Wide Web itself is home to a tremendous variety of news sources of every political stripe, including news sites, opinion sites, political blogs, news portals, and political activist sites. Alexa, the self-described “Web Information Company,” lists 226,927 news sites as of December 20, 2007,10 including more than 3,000 newspaper Web sites.11 In addition, Alexa lists nearly 4,000 “politics” Web sites.
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With the advent of the Internet, the number of news sources available to every individual with a modem has soared into the hundreds of thousands.  So how many Americans have modems?  According to the Project for Excellence in Journalism’s annual State of the News Media report for 2008, 75 percent of American adults are using the Internet as of December 2007, up from 70 percent in December 2006.13 And how many people with modems are turning to the Net for news?  According to comScore Networks, a global Internet information provider, “half of all U.S. Internet users visited news sites” during the month of June 2006.14 The Internet has profoundly expanded the availability of news media.

Still, the biggest news players on the Internet are the traditional news providers.  According to several sources, the Internet’s most popular news destinations are the Web sites of newspapers, television stations, and radio stations, or portals that lead to the sites of these news organizations.15,16, 17 Therefore, we will focus on television, radio, newspapers, and news magazines, rather than Internet political sites and blogs.

Major News Sources Available to Americans
Americans can choose from thousands of news sources available around the clock.  While the Fairness Doctrine did not apply to non-broadcast media listed here, and presumably would not in the future, our purpose is to establish that an unprecedented number of news and opinion sources are available to the public.

1.  Broadcast Television
Broadcast television offers seven national news shows per weekday, plus local news shows.  The three major commercial networks, ABC, CBS and NBC, each broadcast morning and evening news shows, and PBS airs an evening news show.  ABC, NBC, CBS and Fox also have affiliated stations throughout the nation broadcasting one or more local evening news shows.  Not even counting TV news magazines and overnight and weekend shows, the typical American can choose from 12 to 15 broadcast television news shows every day.

2.  Cable Television
Cable television offers 10 national news and public affairs channels available all day long.  The typical American cable subscriber can choose from four major cable news and opinion networks, Fox News, CNN, CNN Headline News and MSNBC, which provide virtually continuous news and opinion programming.  CNBC, Fox Business Network and Bloomberg offer business news.  In addition, C-SPAN broadcasts three channels with separate schedules of live or recorded news events.

3.  Newspapers and News Magazines
1,437 daily newspapers were published in America in 2006.18 Three major weekly news magazines are available throughout the nation.

Newspaper circulation has been dropping for years, but the newspaper remains a vital source of news in America.  Many people who once subscribed to newspapers now read them online.  According to the Newspaper Association of America, 57 percent of American adults, or 124 million people, read a newspaper on any given day.
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4.  Radio
Americans can choose from 10,000 commercial radio stations and 2,500 noncommercial stations, according to Music Biz Academy.20 Inside Radio reports that 2,026 of these stations run a news/talk format, including 1,366 commercial stations and 660 noncommercial stations.
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Internet radio broadcasting has made more than 1,000 talk radio stations available.  Web Radio lists 991 U.S. news/talk stations available on the Internet, along with 54 international stations.22 According to Arbitron, 21 percent of the public over the age of 12 – 52 million people – have listened to radio on the Internet in the past month, and 12 percent – 30 million – in the past week.
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With All These Choices, Where Do Americans Turn for News?
According to the National Cultural Values Survey conducted for CMI in December 2006, most Americans say they rely on either cable or broadcast television as their principal source of news and information.  Talk radio, while popular, is not a principal source of news.


The Project for Excellence in Journalism reports similar results



Is Talk Radio Really Running America?
In sum, traditional news sources – newspapers, news magazines and broadcast television – provide the typical American dozens of news broadcasts and publications to choose from every day.  Cable networks and radio news/talk stations provide news and opinion programming around the clock.  The Internet pushes the number of news sources available every day well into the thousands.  Even the most badly addicted news junkie could not possibly watch, read or listen to every source of news available to the typical American.

Only a small fraction of Americans say they count on talk radio as their primary source of news, so the notion that talk radio is running America is difficult to justify.

The scarcity myth simply doesn’t hold water.  Nobody can possibly justify re-imposing the Fairness Doctrine on the grounds that Americans have limited access to news, or because conservative talk radio, in consequence, is running the country.

Myth 2:  The Censorship Argument
Are Americans being deprived of access to liberal points of view?  Any examination of the talk radio universe will reveal that liberal voices are very well represented on the airwaves.  Moreover, talk radio is only one slice of the media pie.  Within the “elite media,” the major television and cable networks, the leading news magazines, the most circulated newspapers, and most popular news/talk radio programming, liberal news and opinion sources reach a far greater audience than conservative sources.

Have Liberals Been Squeezed Out of Talk Radio?
One linchpin in the effort to restore the Fairness Doctrine is the June 2007 joint report by the Center for American Progress and the Free Press, The Structural Imbalance of Political Talk Radio.   The CAP report analyzes “political talk radio programming on the 257 news/talk stations owned by the five largest commercial station owners,” and concludes that 91 percent of their programming is conservative, and nine percent “progressive.”  In an additional analysis of all news/talk stations in the top 10 markets, the CAP report finds that 76 percent of the programming is conservative and 24 percent is progressive.

The CAP report suffers from a number of structural flaws of its own.  For example, its principal study reviews only the five biggest radio station owners, who together own only 18.8 percent of the 1,366 commercial news/talk stations counted by Inside Radio.  Also, the report overlooks Air America, a 55-station commercial network created deliberately to spread liberal ideas, and at least 800 noncommercial public radio stations that broadcast liberal news/talk programming.

The CAP report fails completely to document any effort by radio broadcasting companies to “squeeze out” liberal opinion.  Readers of the CAP report will search in vain for a single example of a broadcaster canceling a liberal talk show or shutting down a liberal station on ideological grounds.

If liberals were being squeezed out of talk radio, then liberal talkers should be difficult to find on the radio dial, especially in the AM commercial wavelengths.  The evidence says otherwise.

1.  Commercial Talk: Anybody who wants to hear liberal talk radio can find it on the airwaves or over the Internet.
Without a doubt, commercial talk radio is dominated by conservatives, but commercial talk is not an exclusively conservative domain.  According to Talkers Magazine’s March 2008 list of the top commercial issues-oriented talk radio shows, 19 of the nation’s top 25 shows are hosted by conservatives or libertarians and 6 are hosted by liberals.
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Air America’s Ed Schultz, America’s most popular liberal talker, appears on more than 100 talk stations, including stations in nine of the top 10 markets, according to his Web site.27 In addition to broadcasting over the airwaves, 26 of Air America’s 55 stations stream over the Internet, making commercial liberal talk radio available 24/7 to anybody with a modem.

Internet streaming of broadcasts has expanded the radio landscape dramatically. Broadband connections make it easy to listen to radio on the Internet, and Americans have proven they know how to use their computers as tuners.  According to the Pew Internet & American Life Project, as of March 2006, broadband had expanded into 42 percent of American homes.28 Bridge Ratings & Research reported that as of January 2007, the number of weekly Internet radio listeners was 57 million, or 26 percent of all persons aged 12 and older.
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2.  Noncommercial Talk: Liberal programming is available throughout the nation on the “public” airwaves.
The CAP report’s greatest flaw is ignoring noncommercial talk radio.  Public radio offers consistently liberal news/talk programming produced by four separate networks.  The biggest single player in noncommercial issues-oriented radio broadcasting is the government-supported National Public Radio network.

The Center for Media Research describes National Public Radio as “an oft unreported, but formidable airwaves presence,” the “fourth most listened to radio format,” with “an adult audience 75 percent as large as News/Talk, the largest format in the nation.”30    NPR’s network provides news and talk programming to at least 860 stations.
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A second publicly supported network, far-left Pacifica Radio, owns five noncommercial stations, and is broadcast on more than 100 affiliated stations.32 All five Pacifica stations and at least 300 NPR stations stream over the Internet, making their programming available to the entire nation all day, every day.

A third noncommercial public radio network, American Public Media, claims 15 million weekly listeners and lists 10 news/talk shows on its Web site.33 Rounding out the major public radio networks is Public Radio International, which lists 13 news/talk shows on its Web site.  According to PRI, the network’s programming is broadcast or streamed online by 827 affiliated radio stations across the nation.34 Citing Arbitron figures, Wikipedia reports that as long ago as 2002, PRI reached 15.2 million people per week.
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Audiences Reached by Major Liberal and Conservative Media
While the biggest voices in radio lean conservative, liberal-leaning news sources in broadcast television, cable television, newspapers and news magazines reach far more people than conservative-leaning sources.

1.  Broadcast Television News Audience Reach in 2006

Liberal-leaning sources: 42.1 million/day
Conservative-leaning sources: 0

The biggest news medium in the United States is broadcast television, and every major broadcasting network leans to the left.  In 2006, ABC, NBC and CBS news programs reached 26.1 million people every evening.36 The network morning news shows collectively reached 13.6 million per day, and the liberal-leaning PBS evening news show reached a daily audience of 2.4 million.
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No major conservative-leaning broadcast television network exists, so conservative-leaning broadcast audience reach is 0.

Audience reach statistics for the morning and evening news programs are not “additive” in a strict statistical sense because the audiences overlap.  However, audiences overlap for newspapers, news magazines, talk radio and cable news as well.  For simplicity’s sake, we combine the morning and evening numbers in this paper.




2.  Cable Television News Audience Reach in 2006

Liberal-leaning sources: 182.8 million/month
Conservative-leaning sources: 61.6 million/month

“Wait a minute!” you cry.  Am I really saying the three liberal-leaning cable news networks, CNN, CNN Headline News and MSNBC, together draw three times as many people as the single conservative-leaning network, Fox News Channel?  Doesn’t Fox have nine of the 10 highest rated shows?

The answers are Yes and Yes.





Cable TV ratings are based on the average number of viewers watching at any given moment during the daytime or evening.   Fox News Channel viewers tend to stay with Fox shows for longer periods of time, while the liberal networks’ viewers are more likely to watch for a just few minutes at a time, so Fox programs have more eyes glued to the screen at any given moment and Fox shows generate higher ratings.  Far more sets of eyes, however, visit the liberal cable networks.

Cable ratings are not unimportant, but measuring average audience at any given moment doesn’t tell us what we want to know.  Because we’re assessing the audience reach of liberal and conservative news sources, we’re more interested in the total number of viewers who watch each network.

Cable TV measures total audience on a monthly basis – and the monthly “cumes” tell a different story from the averages.  As a group, the liberal-leaning cable networks reach about three times more viewers per month than conservative-leaning Fox News.




3.  Top 25 Newspapers by Circulation in 2006

Liberal-leaning newspapers 11.7 million/day
Conservative-leaning papers            1.3 million/day
Mixed liberal/conservative paper     2.1 million/day

America’s leading newspapers overwhelmingly tilt to the left. Twenty-one of the 25 newspapers with the highest daily circulation lean liberal, three lean conservative, and one paper fits in neither category.  The paper with the second greatest circulation, The Wall Street Journal, has a famously conservative editorial page, but the Journal’s news pages are among the nation’s most liberal, so we list the WSJ as “mixed.”

Circulation numbers, which emphasize subscriptions, may significantly understate the true newspaper audience.   Readership, an attempt to count the actual number of people who read the newspapers either in hard copy form or on line, may double or treble  circulation.  Readership figures are far less exact, however, so we use circulation figures instead.

CMI’s list of top circulation newspapers comes from BurrellesLuce March 2007.42




4.  Talk Radio Audience Reach in 2007 (estimates)

Liberal-leaning sources         24.5 million/week
Conservative-leaning             87 million/week

No solid, publicly available numbers exist for talk radio audience reach.  Only Talkers Magazine compiles a list of the top commercial talk shows by size of audience, and many people in the radio industry passionately dispute Talkers’ numbers and rankings.

For example, Talkers estimates Rush Limbaugh’s audience at 14 million per week, while the corporation behind Limbaugh’s show, Premiere Radio Networks, asserts that Limbaugh reaches 20 million.  CMI attempted to contact each of the issues-oriented talk shows on Talkers’ list of top radio audiences, and found some hosts who accept their Talkers estimate and others who say they’re undercounted.  One company actually said one of its shows is overcounted. For the sake of argument we will use Talkers’ data, which fall somewhere in the middle of the possible range of audience figures.

No complete picture of talk radio’s audience reach can ignore the noncommercial side of the equation—public radio. According to the Project for Excellence in Journalism (PEJ), the news/talk shows of the four major public radio networks collectively reach 14 million people per week, an audience that rivals the biggest commercial talk shows.  The noncommercial public radio networks, unfortunately, do not provide comprehensive audience reach statistics for their shows.  Therefore, we are considering public radio as a whole alongside our list of the top 25 talk show hosts.  Even factoring in public radio, conservative dominance of news/talk radio is clear: the leading conservative and libertarian-leaning sources reach about 3.6 times more people per week than the leading liberal-leaning sources.

CMI compiled the following list of the top 25 hosts in issues-driven talk radio from Talkers Magazine’s 2008 list of top talk radio audiences43 and added data on public radio from PEJ’s The State of the News Media 2008.




5.  Weekly News Magazine Circulation in 2007

Liberal-leaning sources: 8.5 million/week
Conservative-leaning: 0

The weekly news magazine medium is dominated by the Big Three: Time, Newsweek and U.S. News and World Report.  Like the biggest medium, broadcast television, the news world’s smallest major medium is composed exclusively of liberal-leaning sources.

Are Americans Really Deprived of Liberal News and Opinion?

After examining the audience reach of major liberal- and conservative-leaning news media sources, the “Squeezed Out” myth – that liberal voices are being squeezed out of radio, so Americans aren’t hearing one side of the debate – doesn’t hold water.

News/talk radio reaches about 110 million people per week, and the leading conservative-leaning sources lead in audience reach by a ratio of 3.6 to 1.  Talk radio, however, is not the only, or even the biggest, news medium.

Liberal-leaning news and opinion sources have no conservative rivals in the biggest medium, broadcast television, which reaches about 42 million people per day.  Liberal-leaning sources dominate the circulation of the leading newspapers, about 13 million per day, by a ratio of 9 to 1.

News magazines have a circulation of about 9 million people per week, and all of the big three news magazines lean liberal.

Cable television reaches about 244 million people per month, and liberal-leaning sources dominate cable television audience reach by a ratio of 3 to 1.

Liberal-leaning news and opinion sources dominate four of the five major information media. Though we cannot precisely compare total audience reach because the numbers are calculated for some media by million per day, others by millions per week, and one by millions per month, we can confidently assert that liberal-leaning news and opinion sources reach a far greater audience than conservative-leaning sources.

Myth 3: The Public Interest Argument
At first blush the Fairness Doctrine seems very sensible, even obvious.  Who wouldn’t want broadcasters to provide both sides of controversial issues? Wouldn’t the public benefit from hearing even more opinions?

The historical record, however, belies the assertion that the so-called Fairness Doctrine facilitates more speech.  Broadcasters, intimidated by the potential difficulties and expense of providing alternative views whenever they aired a controversial opinion, often chose simply to avoid controversial topics altogether.  The Project for Excellence in Journalism, in its report The State of the News Media 2007, asserts that the result of the Fairness Doctrine “was that radio talk programs consisted primarily of general (non-political) talk and advice.  The big names were people like Michael Jackson in Los Angeles, whose program included interviews with celebrities, authors, and civic leaders.”46 PEJ observes that “the modern era in talk radio effectively began with the Federal Communications Commission’s repeal of the Fairness Doctrine in 1987.”
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It’s no wonder many broadcasters apparently were intimidated by the Fairness Doctrine, given the ugly history of politically inspired infringement on broadcasters’ freedom of speech when the Fairness Doctrine was in force.

1963: President Kennedy used the Fairness Doctrine to stifle opposition to a major foreign policy initiative.  During the debate over the Nuclear Test Ban Treaty, the FCC determined that if one side of a controversial issue was presented in a sponsored program, the other side had to be given an opportunity, even if nobody was willing to pay for the time.  According to Lucas Powe, Jr., the “Citizens Committee for a Nuclear Test Ban Treaty took as one of its functions the need to counter attacks on radio by the ultra right wing, using as its vehicle the FCC’s fairness doctrine.…”48 The committee requested response time whenever opponents attacked the treaty on the radio.  Under Kennedy, the Democratic National Committee became “determined to use the fairness doctrine to counter the radical right.”
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1963: President Johnson initiated monitoring of conservative radio stations, and “the DNC prepared a do-it-yourself kit to enable friends of the DNC to use the fairness doctrine against offending stations.”
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1964: following the GOP nomination of Barry Goldwater for president, former Kennedy administration official Bill Ruder said, “Our massive strategy was to use the Fairness Doctrine to challenge and harass right-wing broadcasters and hope the challenges would be so costly to them that they would be inhibited and decide it was too expensive to continue.”51 Another former Kennedy staffer, former New York Times reporter Wayne Phillips, said, “Even more important than the free radio time (1,700 minutes) was the effectiveness of this operation in inhibiting the political activity of these right-wing broadcasts.”
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1969: President Nixon, in an effort to counter hostile press coverage, dispatched FCC Chairman Dean Burch to request transcripts of network commentaries on a Nixon speech, a veiled threat against the broadcasting license renewals of ABC, NBC and CBS.
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The Fairness Doctrine has been used repeatedly as a weapon to chill the speech of political opponents.  Do the current proponents of the doctrine plan to use it the same way?  Statements by the politicians who want to bring it back—for example, Sen. Lott declaring, “Talk radio is running America, and we have to deal with that problem”—strongly suggest that their purpose is to use it again as a weapon. Leading Democrats in the House of Representatives plan to restore the Fairness Doctrine strictly to deny Republicans a perceived advantage in the 2008 election, according to a May 2007 article in The American Spectator, “Her Royal Fairness.”54 The Spectator quotes a senior adviser to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi:

“First, [Democrats] failed on the radio airwaves with Air America, no one wanted to listen.  Conservative radio is a huge threat and political advantage for Republicans and we have had to find a way to limit it. Second, it looks like the Republicans are going to have someone in the presidential race who has access to media in ways our folks don’t want, so we want to make sure the GOP has no advantages going into 2008.”

The Spectator quotes a second “Democrat leadership aide” saying Pelosi has targeted Rush Limbaugh and the Salem Radio Network, and that Ohio Democratic Rep. Dennis Kucinich’s Government Reform committee staff has begun to investigate Salem.  “‘They are identifying senior employees, their political activities and their political giving,’ says a Government Reform committee staffer. ‘Salem is a big target, but the big one is going to be Limbaugh. We know we can’t shut him up, but we want to make life a bit more difficult for him.’” Pelosi and other Democratic leaders have since denied having such a plan.

Conclusion
America does not need the so-called Fairness Doctrine.

Americans enjoy overwhelming, unprecedented access to news and opinion from a practically unlimited number of sources representing every conceivable value system and school of thought.  While no individual news medium is perfectly balanced in the variety of opinions it provides to the public, the sheer volume of information provided by the news media, increased exponentially by the Internet, guarantees that anybody can find liberal or conservative takes on public policy issues at any time of day or night.   We do not need government to dictate to radio broadcasters, or anybody else, that they must counter their own opinions by subsidizing the presentation of opinions they disbelieve.

Thomas Jefferson said
“To compel a man to subsidize with his taxes the propagation of ideas which he disbelieves and abhors is sinful and tyrannical.”  Government compulsion of speech is a form of taxation for commercial broadcasters, and for all of us it’s a threat to one of our most cherished civil liberties, freedom of speech.

America enjoys such an embarrassment of riches in news and information that Fairness Doctrine advocates on Capitol Hill have opened their motives to question.  Is it really conceivable that they are trying to make Americans better informed?  Or is it more likely that they want to bring the monster back from the grave in order to hush Rush and his colleagues in talk radio, as Presidents Kennedy and Johnson did to political opponents?   Don’t they believe the American people, who dictate what succeeds in the market, can be trusted to choose their own information sources?

These politicians need a refresher course in the Constitution, in particular the First Amendment, and in basic democratic principles such as respecting the right of others to oppose you.  As Voltaire said, “I do not agree with what you have to say, but I’ll defend to the death your right to say it.”  Greater dedication to free speech would be welcome on Capitol Hill."  (Brian Fitzpatrick/Culture and Media Institute 2008)

1.  Fox News Sunday, June 17, 2007,
http://youtube.com/watch?v=xBsbvP0-410&feature=related

2  Hinchey press release, June 5, 2003, http://www.house.gov/apps/list/press/ny22_hinchey/060503FCC.html

3.  Broadcasting & Cable Web site article posted June 27, 2007, http://www.broadcastingcable.com/article/CA6456031.html

4.  Fox News Sunday, June 17, 2007,  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pe22Vn6wJEM&NR=1

5.  Thierer, Adam, Why the Fairness Doctrine is Anything but Fair, Heritage Foundation Executive Memorandum #368, October 29, 1993, http://www.heritage.org/Research/Regulation/EM368.cfm

6. Alexa.com Web site.  http://www.alexa.com/browse?Mode=general&CategoryID=1

7. Alexa.com Web site, http://www.alexa.com/browse?&CategoryID=8

8. Alexa.com Web site, http://www.alexa.com/browse?&CategoryID=14

9.  Project for Excellence in Journalism, State of the News Media 2008, http://www.stateofthenewsmedia.com/2008/narrative_online_audience.php?cat=2&media=5

10. comScore Web site, http://www.comscore.com/press/release.asp?press=971 

11.  Alexa.com Web site, http://www.alexa.com/browse?Mode=general&CategoryID=1 

12.  Nielsen, as cited by Project for Excellence in Journalism’s State of the News Media 2008,  http://www.stateofthenewsmedia.com/2008/narrative_online_ownership.php?cat=4&media=5 

13. comScore Web site, http://www.stateofthemedia.org/2007/chartland.asp?id=485&ct=col&dir=&sort=&col2_box=1

14. Newspaper Association of America, http://www.naa.org/thesource/14.asp#number 

15. Newspaper Association of America, cited by the Project for Excellence in Journalism, http://www.stateofthemedia.org/2007/narrative_newspapers_audience.asp?cat=2&media=3 

16. MusicBizAcademy Web site,   http://www.musicbizacademy.com/articles/radio/stations.htm 

17. Inside Radio,   http://ftp.media.radcity.net/ZMST/insideradio/NOV07TOTALFormats.htm

18.  Web-Radio Web site, http://www.web-radio.fm/fr_netk.cfm 

19.  Arbitron data cited by Project for Excellence in Journalism, http://stateofthemedia.org/2007/narrative_radio_audience.asp

20.  Project for Excellence in Journalism, op. cit., http://www.stateofthemedia.org/2007/narrative_online_audience.asp 

21.  Ibid., http://www.stateofthemedia.org/2007/narrative_localtv_publicattitudes.asp
22.  Talkers Magazine Web site, http://www.talkers.com/main/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=17&Itemid=34

23.  Ed Schultz Show Web site, http://www.wegoted.com/aboutEd/index.asp

24.  Horrigan, John, Home Broadband Adoption 2006, Pew/Internet, http://www.pewinternet.org/pdfs/PIP_Broadband_trends2006.pdf 

25.  Deitz, Corey, Listenership to Internet Radio Jumped 26% Over Past Year, About.com Web site, February 23, 2007, http://radio.about.com/od/radiotheinternet/a/aa022207a.htm 

26. NPR: An Oft Unreported, but Formidable Airwaves Presence, Center for Media Research, http://www.centerformediaresearch.com/cfmr_brief.cfm?fnl=060809 

27.  National Public Radio Web site,  http://www.npr.org/about/

28.  Pacifica Radio Web site, http://www.pacifica.org/about/ 

29.  American Public Media Web site, http://americanpublicmedia.publicradio.org/ 

30.  Public Radio International Web site, http://www.pri.org/

31.  Wikipedia, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Public_Radio_International  

32.  Evening News Viewership, All Networks, Project for Excellence in Journalism,  http://journalism.org/node/1344

33.  Project for Project for Excellence in Journalism, State of the News Media 2007, http://stateofthemedia.org/2007/printable_networktv_audience.asp 

34.  Ibid, http://stateofthemedia.org/2007/printable_networktv_audience.asp, http://www.stateofthemedia.org/2007/chartland.asp?id=393&ct=line&dir=&sort=&col1_box=1&col2_box=1&col3_box=1

35.  Ibid,  http://stateofthemedia.org/2007/printable_cabletv_chapter.asp?media=1&cat=1 

36.  Ibid,  http://stateofthemedia.org/2007/printable_cabletv_chapter.asp?media=1&cat=1 

37. Ibid,  http://www.stateofthenewsmedia.org/2007/narrative_cabletv_audience.asp?cat=2&media=6 

38.  Top 100 U.S. Daily Newspapers, BurrellesLuce Web site, http://www.burrellesluce.com/top100/2007_Top_100List.pdf 

39.  The Top Talk Radio Audiences, Talkers Magazine Web site, http://www.talkers.com/main/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=17&Itemid=34 

40.  Project for Excellence in Journalism, State of the News Media 2008, http://www.stateofthemedia.org/2008/narrative_radio_audience.php?cat=2&media=10 

41.  Project for Excellence in Journalism, State of the News Media 2007, http://www.stateofthemedia.org/2007/narrative_magazines_audience.asp?cat=2&media=8 

42.  Ibid,  http://www.stateofthemedia.org/2007/narrative_radio_talk_radio.asp

43.  Ibid, http://www.stateofthemedia.org/2007/narrative_radio_talk_radio.asp 

44.  Powe Jr., Lucas A., American Broadcasting and the First Amendment, University of California Press, 1987, p. 113.

45.  Ibid, p. 114.

46.  Ibid.

47.  Ibid, p. 115.

48.  Ibid, p. 115.

49.  Ibid, p. 126.

50.  The American Spectator, Washington Prowler, “Her Royal Fairness,” May 14, 2007, http://www.spectator.org/dsp_article.asp?art_id=11427


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

    Joseph Stalin

  • "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

  • "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

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

    Alexander Hamilton

  • "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

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

    Winston Churchill

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

    Mike Adams

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

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

    Dave Gardner

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

    Benjamin Franklin

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

    Ronald Reagan

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

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

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

    Aldous Huxley

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

    Chinese fortune cookie

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

  • "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

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

    Douglas Casey

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

    WAG

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

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

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

    Evan Sayet

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

    James Madison

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

    George Washington

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

    WAG

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

    Mark Twain

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

    John Wooden

  • "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

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

    Rush Limbaugh

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

  • "We are great because we are good"

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

    Joseph Stalin

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

    Daniel Patrick Moynihan

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

    Thomas Jefferson

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

    Martin Van Buren

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

    WAG

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

    Winston Churchill

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

    Syrus

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

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

    Bob Hope

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

    Edmund Burke

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

    Albert Einstein

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

    Leo Durocher

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

    John Adams

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

    Ronald Reagan

  • "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

  • "When GOD fights for Israel, Israel wins"

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

    Albert Einstein

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

    Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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

    Galileo

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

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

  • "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

  • "Everything has beauty but not everyone sees it"

  • "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

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

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

    Abkhasian Proverb

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

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

    Margaret Thatcher

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

    Mark Twain

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

    Mao Tse-Tung

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

    Patrick Henry

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

  • “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

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

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

    Thomas Jefferson

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

    Aristotle

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

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

    Milton Friedman

  • "Ask why until you understand"

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

    Mark Twain

  • “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

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

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

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

    WAG

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

    Joseph Stalin

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

    Knute Rockne

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

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

    Abraham Lincoln

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

    Thomas Jefferson

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

    Charlotte

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

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

    WAG

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

    Ayn Rand

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

    Vladimir Lenin

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

    WAG

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

    Alexis de Tocqueville

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

    Willis Player

  • "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

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

    Anonymous

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

    WAG

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

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

    Dutch Proverb

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

    Mark Twain

  • "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

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

    Edward Langley (artist)

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

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

    WAG

  • "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)

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

    Thomas Edison

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

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

    Joseph Stalin

  • "Truth has no agenda"

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

    Mark Twain

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

    Winnie the Pooh

  • "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

  • "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

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

    Thomas Henry Huxley

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

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

    Charles de Montesquieu

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

    David Stockman

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

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

    WAG

  • "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 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)

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

    Isoroku Yamamoto

  • "A day without laughter is a day wasted"

    Charlie Chaplin

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

    WAG

  • “Paper money is founded upon fraud and knavery”

    George Mason (letter to George Washington)

  • "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

  • "Reason often makes mistakes but conscience never does"

    Josh Billings (Henry Wheeler Shaw)

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

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

    Mark Twain

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

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

    Alexis de Tocqueville

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

  • "Today is tomorrow’s past"

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

    Mark Twain

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

    Ronald Reagan

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

    Alexis de Tocqueville

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

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

    WAG

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

    GR

  • “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)

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

    Mayer Amschel Bauer Rothschild

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

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

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

    Adlai E. Stevenson

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

    Dana Buchman

  • “Wisdom is the chief element of happiness”

    Sophocles

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

    Antonio Porchia

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

    George Orwell

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

    Winston Churchill

  • 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

  • In my many years I have come to a conclusion that one useless man is a shame, two is a law firm, and three or more is a congress"

    John Adams

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

    Jay Leno

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

    Albert Einstein

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

    Joseph Stalin

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

    Alfred Adler

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

    Benjamin Franklin

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

    Dave Barry

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

    George W. Bush

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

    George W. Bush

  • "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

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

  • “Be truthful … Truth leads to trust”

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

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

    George Orwell

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

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

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

    Soviet Union saying

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

    WAG

  • "There is no right way to do wrong"

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

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

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

    Groucho Marx

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

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

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

    American Citizen

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

    Ayn Rand

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

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

    Mahatma Ghandi

  • "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

  • “I prefer dangerous freedom over peaceful slavery.”

    Thomas Jefferson

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

    Margaret Thatcher

  • "Tolerance is the virtue of believing in nothing"

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

    WAG

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

    Anne Coleman

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

    Voltaire

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

  • "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

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

    Aaron Levenstein

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

    WAG

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

    Joseph Stalin

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

  • "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

  • “The largest single barrier to full employment of our manpower and resources and to a higher rate of economic growth is the unrealistically heavy drag of federal income taxes on private purchasing power, initiative and incentive.”

    John F. Kennedy - special message to Congress on tax reduction and reform (1/24/63)

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

    Proverbs 17:28 (NIV)

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

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

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

    Henry David Thoreau

  • "Political correctness is tyranny with manners."

    Charlton Heston

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

    WAG

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

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

    Ann Landers

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

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

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

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

  • "Comedy is tragedy plus time"

    Woody Allen

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

    Joseph Stalin

  • “My greatest thought is my accountability to God”

    Daniel Webster

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

    Pat Flynn

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

    Harry S. Truman

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

    WAG

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

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

    Cal Thomas

  • "All men by nature desire knowledge."

    Aristotle

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

    George Berkeley

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

    George Orwell

  • "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

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

    Martin Luther King, Jr.

  • "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

  • "The goal of socialism is communism."

    Vladimir Lenin

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

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

  • “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 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)

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

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

    Mark Twain

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

    Ronald Reagan

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

    Alexis de Tocqueville

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

    Saul Bellow

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

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

    Robert Green Ingersoll

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

    Karl Marx

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

    Ralph Waldo Emerson

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

    Philip K. Dick

  • 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

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

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

    George Mason

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

    William Faulkner

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

    Liberal when confronted with reality

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

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

    John F. Kennedy

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

    Lord Byron

  • “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

  • "Knowledge is power."

    Sir Francis Bacon

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

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

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

    WAG

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

    WAG

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

    Thomas Jefferson

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

    Mark Twain

  • "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

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

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

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

    G. K. Chesterton

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

    Andrew Carnegie

  • “The reports of my death are greatly exaggerated”

    Mark Twain

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

    Chinese Proverb

  • "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

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

    James Madison

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

    George Santayana

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

    Margaret Thatcher

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

    Mayer Amschel Rothschild

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

    Abraham Lincoln

  • “One man with courage is a majority”

    Thomas Jefferson

  • "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

  • "Half the people you know are below average"

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

    Margaret Thatcher

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

    Edmund Burke

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

    Karl Marx

  • “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)

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

    Jacques Barzun

  • “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

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

    Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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

  • "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

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

  • "Democracy is indispensable to socialism."

    Vladimir Lenin

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

    Plato

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

    James Madison

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

    WAG

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

  • "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

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

  • “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

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

    Joseph Stalin

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

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

    Robert A. Heinlein

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

    Will Rogers

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

    Benjamin Franklin

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

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

    Mark Twain

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

    Author Unknown

  • "Life………. It’s GOD’s choice"

  • "One man with courage is a majority"

    Thomas Jefferson

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

    Albert Einstein

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

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

    Friedrich Nietzsche

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

    H.L. Mencken

  • "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

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

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

    Professor Irwin Corey

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

    Hunter S. Thompson

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

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

    Harry Truman

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

  • "Bad laws are the worst sort of tyranny"

    Edmund Burke

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

    Martin Luther King Jr.

  • "Innocence seldom utters outraged shrieks. Guilt does"

    Whittaker Chambers

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

    Ronald Reagan

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

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

    Bill Vaughan

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

    Abraham Lincoln

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

    WAG

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

  • "Against the assault of laughter nothing can stand"

    Mark Twain

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

    Robert Green Ingersoll

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

    Doug Larson

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

    Cherokee proverb

  • “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?”

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

    Adlai E. Stevenson

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

    Maya Angelou

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

    Abraham Lincoln

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

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

    David Letterman

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

    Margaret Thatcher

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

    John Wayne

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

    George Washington

  • "For a 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

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

    James Madison

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

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

    Nicholas Murray Butler

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

    Vladimir Lenin

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

    Ayn Rand

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

    Brad Thor

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

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

  • "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)

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

    WAG

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

    Mark Twain

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

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

    Martin Luther King, Jr.

  • “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

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

    Tacitus, The Annals III.27

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

    Mark Twain

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

    Thomas Jefferson

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

    Friedrich Nietzsche

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

    WAG

  • "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

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

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

    WAG

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

    Vince Lombardi

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

    Mark Twain

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

  • "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

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

    Moliere

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

    Milton Friedman

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

    WAG

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

    Arthur C. Clarke

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

    Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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

    Adlai E. Stevenson

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

    Albert Einstein

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

    Oliver Ellsworth (Supreme Court Chief Justice)

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

    Vladimir Lenin

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

    Ted Nugent

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

    Frederic Bastiat

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

    Edgar J. Mohn

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

    Liberal Logic

  • "Never spend your money before you have it"

    Thomas Jefferson

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

    Will Rogers

  • “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

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

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

    Adolph Hitler

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

    Sir Walter Scott

  • “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

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

    Joseph Stalin

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

    Larry Elder

  • "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

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

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

    American Patriot

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

    Rush Limbaugh

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

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

    Progressive apologist

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

    Kathy Ireland

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

    WAG

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

  • 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.”

  • "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

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

    Anonymous

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

    Ludwig von Mises

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

    Bob Hope

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

    John Kerry

  • "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)

  • "Humor is mankind's greatest blessing"

    Mark Twain

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

    Vladimir Lenin

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

    Mark Twain

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

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

    Alexander Pope

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

    Sophia Loren

  • "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

  • "Better a broken promise than none at all"

    Mark Twain

  • "Democracy is the road to socialism."

    Karl Marx

  • “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)

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

    Rush Limbaugh

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

    Isaac Asimov

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

    WAG

  • “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’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

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

    George Bernard Shaw

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

    Mohandas K. Gandhi

  • "You can observe a lot just by watchin"

    Yogi Berra

  • "An informed public is essential to a democracy"

    Thomas Jefferson

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

    Margaret Thatcher

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

    John Adams

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

    WAG

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

    WAG

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

  • “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

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

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

    Kinky Friedman

  • "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

  • "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

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

    Herbert Spencer

  • "If a nation values anything more than freedom, it will lose its freedom, and the irony of it is that if it is comfort or money that it values more, it will lose that too."

    W. Somerset Maugham

  • “There are a terrible lot of lies going about the world, and the worst of it is that half of them are true.”

    Winston Churchill

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

    Mark Twain

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

    Robert Schuller

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

    Margaret Thatcher

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

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

    Mark Twain

  • "I owe nothing to Women’s Lib.”

    Margaret Thatcher

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

    Lt. Colonel James G. Zumwalt

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

    WAG

  • ”In war there is no substitute for victory”

    General Douglas MacArthur

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

  • "Education consists mainly of what we have unlearned"

    Mark Twain

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

    Vladimir Lenin

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

    Ronald Reagan

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

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

    Bob Hope

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

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

    Vince Lombardi

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

    Winston Churchill

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

    Milton Friedman

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

    Larry Elder

  • "Disobedience to tyrants is Obedience to God"

    Benjamin Franklin

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

    WAG

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

    Dante Alighieri

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

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

    Mark Twain

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

    George Washington

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

  • "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

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

    Margaret Thatcher

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

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

    Margaret Thatcher

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

    Mark Twain

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

    Eugene Ionesco

  • "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

  • "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

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

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

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

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

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

    Winston Churchill

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

    George Washington

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

    Vladimir Lenin

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

    James Madison

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

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

    James A. Garfield

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

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

    David Boaz

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

    Thomas Jefferson

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

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

    George Washington

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

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

    Mark Twain

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

    Charles Dickens

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

  • "Debt is the worst poverty."

    Thomas Fuller

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

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

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

    Rick Perry

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

    Psalm 118:8

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

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

    Patrick Henry

  • "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

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

    Noelle Pikus Pace (Olympian)

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

    Lao-tzu

  • “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

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

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

    Thomas Jefferson

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

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

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

    William P. Anthony

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

    WAG

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

    Benjamin Franklin

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

    Tacitus

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

    Otto von Bismarck

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

    Eugene McCarthy

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

    Charles Gordy

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

    WAG

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

    Francis Bacon

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

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

    Patrice Lewis

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

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

    Thomas Jefferson

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

    Aristotle

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

    Thomas Sowell

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

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

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

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

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

    Dean Acheson

  • "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

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

    Albert Einstein

  • “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 )

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

    Mark Twain

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

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

    Thomas Jefferson

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

    WAG

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

    Mark Twain

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

    Sam Adams

  • "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

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

    Herb Stein (Economist)

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

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

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

    Richard Henry Lee, signer of Declaration of Independence

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

    George Washington

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

    P.J. O'Rourke

  • “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

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

    George Washington

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

    Bob Hope

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

    Abraham Lincoln

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

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

    Paul Jacob

  • “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

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

    Ronald Reagan

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

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

  • "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

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

  • “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

  • “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

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

    Milton Friedman

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

    WAG

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

    Joseph Addison

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

    Ayn Rand

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

    WAG

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

    WAG

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

    Danny Schecter

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

    Mohandas Gandhi

  • "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

  • "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

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

    Steven Wright

  • "Heroes get remembered - but legends never die"

  • "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

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

    Edmund Burke

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

    John Adams

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

    Mark Twain

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

    Karl Marx

  • "All bad precedents begin as justifiable measures"

    Julius Caesar

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

    Plato

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

    Alexis de Tocqueville

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

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

    George Mason

  • “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

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

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

    John Adams

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

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

    Mark Twain

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

    Winston Churchill

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

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

    Alexis de Tocqueville

  • "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

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

    Oscar Wilde

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

    Albert Einstein

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

    Rush Limbaugh

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

    Paul Horning

  • "When in doubt tell the truth"

    Mark Twain

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

    Aristotle

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

    Albert Einstein

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

    Rush Limbaugh

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

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

    Alexis de Tocqueville

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

    Abraham Lincoln

  • "That government governs best that governs least"

    Thomas Jefferson

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

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

    William Arthur Ward

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

    Hodding Carter, J.R.

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

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

    Thomas Paine

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

    WAG

  • "When injustice becomes law, resistance becomes duty"

    Thomas Jefferson

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

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

    John Wooden

  • "Happiness is good health and a bad memory"

    Ingrid Bergman

  • "Lies serve to influence the ignorant"

    WAG

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

    William Pitt

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

  • "Gray hair is God's graffiti"

    Bill Cosby

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

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


    Alexander Hamilton

  • "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

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

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

    Ronald Reagan

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

    WAG

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

    Mark Twain

  • “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”

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

  • "Irony is the hygiene of the mind."

    Elizabeth Bibesco

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

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

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

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

  • "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

  • "Our Constitution was not written in the sands to be washed away by each wave of new judges blown in by each successive political wind"

    Hugo Black

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

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

    WAG

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

    WAG

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

    Alexis de Tocqueville

  • "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

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

    Mahatma Ghandi

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

    Thomas Jefferson

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

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

    WAG

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

    WAG

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

    WAG

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

    Thomas Fuller

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

    Ayn Rand

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

    Thomas Jefferson

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

    Supreme Court Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.

  • “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

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

    Thomas Jefferson

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

    Ephesians 6:11

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


    Vladimir Lenin

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

    James Bovard

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

    Joseph Stalin

  • “Every library is an arsenal”

    Robert Green Ingersoll

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

  • "Aspire to inspire before you expire."

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

    Byrd Baggett

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

    Bertrand Russell

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

    Benjamin Franklin

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

    WAG

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

    Albert Einstein

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

    Calvin Coolidge

  • "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

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

    W. C. Fields

  • “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

  • "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

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

    Theodore M. Hesburgh

  • "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

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

  • "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

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

    Sam Rayburn

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

    Ralph Waldo Emerson

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

    Paul Proctor

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

    Thomas Edison

  • “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

  • "Failure is success if we learn from it"

    Malcolm S. Forbes

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

  • "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

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

    Thomas Jefferson

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

    Dietrich Bonhoeffer

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

    Ralph Waldo Emerson

  • "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

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

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

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

  • "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

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

    Mark Twain

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

    Abraham Lincoln

  • "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

  • “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

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

    Thomas Jefferson

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

    Thomas Jefferson

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

    Dwight D. Eisenhower

  • "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

  • "This is like deja vu all over again"

    Yogi Berra

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

  • "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

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

    Edward R. Murrow

  • "Government Integrity: An Oxymoron"

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

    Mark Twain

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

  • "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

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

    Miecyslaw Kasprzyk

  • "Ignorance is the lifeblood of every politician"

    WAG

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

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

    Jack Miner

  • "Irony differentiates. Cynicism never does."

    Paul Horgan

  • "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

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

    Charles Caleb Colton

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

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

    Aulus Persius Flaccus

  • "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

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

    American Patriot

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

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

    Doug Powers

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

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

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

    Rush Limbaugh

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

    Luck

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

    Joseph Stalin

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

    Phillip Brooks

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

    Mark Twain

  • "When the Federal Reserve cites statistics to claim that there is not much evidence of inflation, we need to keep in mind that the statistics they rely on exclude food and energy prices. The cost of living is no sweat if you can do without electricity and food."

    Thomas Sowell

  • "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

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

    Margaret Sanger (Founder of Planned Parenthood)

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

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

    Ecclesiastes 10:2 NIV

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

    William F. Buckley Jr.

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

    Confucious

  • "There are lies, damned lies and statistics"

    Mark Twain

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

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

    George Washington

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

    Anonymous

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

    Jerry Pournelle

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

    Ralph Waldo Emerson

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

    Yogi Berra

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

    Alexis de Tocqueville

  • "Failure to prepare is preparing to fail"

    Benjamin Franklin

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

    Mark Twain

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

    Adlai E. Stevenson

  • “There is no worse tyranny than to force a man to pay for what he does not want merely because you think it would be good for him”

    Robert A. Heinlein

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

  • "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 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

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

    Ronald Reagan

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

    Napoléon Bonaparte

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

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

    WAG

  • "There's no 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

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

    Adlai E. Stevenson

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

    Mark Twain

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

    Confucius

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

    Robert Frost

  • “Perception is today’s reality”