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Gun Control Myths: Gun Restrictions And Murder Rates
Posted By: Letters on May 17, 2006 01:20 PM in MYTHS
Thomas Sowell  CapMag.com Published on November 27, 2006


"Talking facts to gun control zealots is only likely to make them angry. But the rest of us need to know what the facts are. More than that, we need to know that much of what the gun controllers claim as facts will not stand up under scrutiny.

The grand dogma of the gun controllers is that places with severe restrictions on the ownership of firearms have lower rates of murder and other gun crimes. How do they prove this? Simple. They make comparisons of places where this is true and ignore all comparisons of places where the opposite is true.

Gun control zealots compare the United States and England to show that murder rates are lower where restrictions on ownership of firearms are more severe. But you could just as easily compare Switzerland and Germany, the Swiss having lower murder rates than the Germans, even though gun ownership is three times higher in Switzerland. Other countries with high rates of gun ownership and low murder rates include Israel, New Zealand and Finland.

Within the United States, rural areas have higher rates of gun ownership and lower rates of murder, whites have higher rates of gun ownership than blacks and much lower murder rates. For the country as a whole, handgun ownership doubled in the late 20th century, while the murder rate went down. But such facts are not mentioned by gun control zealots or by the liberal media.

Another dogma among gun control supporters is that having a gun in the home for self-defense is futile and is only likely to increase the chances of your getting hurt or killed. Your best bet is to offer no resistance to an intruder, according to this dogma.

Actual research tells just the opposite story. People who have not resisted have gotten hurt twice as often as people who resisted with a firearm. Those who resisted without a firearm of course got hurt the most often.

Such facts are simply ignored by gun control zealots. They prefer to cite a study published some years ago in the New England Journal of Medicine and demolished by a number of scholars since then. According to this discredited study, people with guns in their homes were more likely to be murdered.

How did they arrive at this conclusion? By taking people who were murdered in their homes, finding out how many had guns in the house, and then comparing them with people who were not murdered in their homes.

Using similar reasoning, you might be able to show that people who hire bodyguards are more likely to get killed than people who don't. Obviously, people who hire bodyguards already feel at risk, but does that mean that the bodyguards are the reason for the risk?

Similarly illogical reasoning has been used by counting how many intruders were killed by homeowners with guns and comparing that with the number of family members killed with those guns. But this is a nonsense comparison because most people who keep guns in their homes do not do so in hopes of killing intruders.

Most uses of guns in self-defense -- whether in the home or elsewhere -- do not involve actually pulling the trigger. When the intended victim turns out to have a gun in his hand, the attacker usually has enough brains to back off. But the lives saved this way do not get counted.

People killed at home by family members are highly atypical. The great majority of these victims have had to call the police to their homes before, because of domestic violence, and just over half have had the cops out several times. These are not just ordinary people who happened to lose their temper when a gun was at hand.

Neither are most "children" who are killed by guns just toddlers who happened to find a loaded weapon lying around. More of those "children" are members of teenage criminal gangs who kill each other deliberately.

Some small children do in fact get accidentally killed by guns in the home -- but fewer than drown in bathtubs. Is anyone for banning bathtubs? Moreover, the number of fatal gun accidents fell, over the years, while the number of guns was increasing by tens of millions. None of this supports the assumption that more guns mean more fatal accidents.

Most of the gun controllers' arguments are a house of cards.

No wonder they don't want any hard facts coming near them." (Thomas Sowell/CapMag.com 11/27/06)

Gun Control Myths: The Case of England

Thomas Sowell  CapMag.com November 27, 2006

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

    Mark Twain

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

    Dietrich Bonhoeffer

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

    John Adams

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

    Karl Wilhelm Friedrich Schlegel

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

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

    Alfred Adler

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

    G. K. Chesterton

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

    Chinese Proverb

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

    Mark Twain

  • ”In war there is no substitute for victory”

    General Douglas MacArthur

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

    Karl Marx

  • “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

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

    W. C. Fields

  • “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

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

    WAG

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

    WAG

  • "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

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

    Will Rogers

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

    WAG

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

    WAG

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

    Joseph Stalin

  • “Paper money is founded upon fraud and knavery”

    George Mason (letter to George Washington)

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

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

    Lou Holtz

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

    WAG

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

    Paul Horning

  • “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 )

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

    Joseph Stalin

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

    Saul Bellow

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

    Adolf Hitler

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

    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

  • "You can observe a lot just by watchin"

    Yogi Berra

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

    Mark Twain

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

    Willis Player

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

    Abraham Lincoln

  • "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

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

    Ayn Rand

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

  • "Golf is a good walk spoiled"

    Mark Twain

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

    Mark Twain

  • "Honor, justice, and humanity, forbid us tamely to surrender that freedom which we received from our gallant ancestors, and which our innocent posterity have a right to receive from us."

    Thomas Jefferson

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

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

    Thomas Paine

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

  • "Knowledge is power."

    Sir Francis Bacon

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

    Ronald Reagan

  • "There is no right way to do wrong"

  • "Banking establishments are more dangerous than standing armies"

    Thomas Jefferson

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

    Ronald Reagan

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

    Mark Twain

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

    Adlai E. Stevenson

  • “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

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

    WAG

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

    Ann Landers

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

    Ralph Waldo Emerson

  • "All men by nature desire knowledge."

    Aristotle

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

    Sam Adams

  • "Against the assault of laughter nothing can stand"

    Mark Twain

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

    Thomas Jefferson

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

    Benjamin Franklin

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

    Mark Twain

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

    Dana Buchman

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

    William Pitt

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

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

    WAG

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

    John F. Kennedy

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

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

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

    James Madison

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

    Francis Bacon

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

    John F. Kennedy

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

    Winston Churchill

  • “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?”

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

    Abraham Lincoln

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

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

    Larry Elder

  • "Of all the contrivances for cheating the laboring classes of mankind, none has been more effective than that which deludes them with paper money."

    Daniel Webster

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

    Ralph Waldo Emerson

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

  • "An informed public is essential to a democracy"

    Thomas Jefferson

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

    Pastor John MacArthur

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

    Friedrich Nietzsche

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

    Mark Twain

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

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

    Burt Shavitz (Burt's Buzz)

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

    Danny Schecter

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

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

    James Madison

  • "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

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

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

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

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

    George Washington

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

    Liberal when confronted with reality

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

    WAG

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

    Albert Einstein

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

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

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

    Ronald Reagan

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

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

  • “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

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

    Mark Twain

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

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

    Pericles (495-429 BC)

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

    WAG

  • “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

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

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

    Mark Twain

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

    Dave Barry

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

    Moliere

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

    Aaron Levenstein

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

    Thomas Edison

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

    Ronald Reagan

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

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

    Aulus Persius Flaccus

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

  • "Bad laws are the worst sort of tyranny"

    Edmund Burke

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

    George Washington

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

    H.L. Mencken

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

    Strom Thurmond

  • "Half the people you know are below average"

  • “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

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

    Mark Twain

  • "Irony is the hygiene of the mind."

    Elizabeth Bibesco

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

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

    Alexis de Tocqueville

  • “I prefer dangerous freedom over peaceful slavery.”

    Thomas Jefferson

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

    WAG

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

    Albert Einstein

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

    Dave Gardner

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

    Winnie the Pooh

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

    Sam Rayburn

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

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

    Adlai E. Stevenson

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


    Alexander Hamilton

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

    Milton Friedman

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

    Winston Churchill

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

    Mark Twain

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

    WAG

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

    Yogi Berra

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

    WAG

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

    Cal Thomas

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

    Martin Van Buren

  • "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)

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

    Soviet Union saying

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

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

    Rick Perry

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

    Jay Leno

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

    John F. Kennedy

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

  • “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

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

    Joseph Stalin

  • "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

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

    Margaret Thatcher

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

    Bob Hope

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

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

    Mark Twain

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

    Thomas Jefferson

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

    Lord Byron

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

    Bob Hope

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

    Ecclesiastes 10:2 NIV

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

  • “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

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

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

    Abraham Lincoln

  • “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

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

    Progressive apologist

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

    P. J. O'Rourke

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

    Thomas Jefferson

  • "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

  • "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

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

    Liberal Lingo

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

    Mark Twain

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

  • "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

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

    Vladimir Lenin

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

    Patrice Lewis

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

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

    Margaret Thatcher

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

    WAG

  • “Every library is an arsenal”

    Robert Green Ingersoll

  • "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

  • "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

  • "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

  • "When GOD fights for Israel, Israel wins"

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

    Psalm 118:8

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

    John Kenneth Galbraith

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

    Galileo

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

    Ronald Reagan

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

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

    James Madison

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

  • "Democracy is the road to socialism."

    Karl Marx

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

    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."

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

    Antonio Porchia

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

    Isoroku Yamamoto

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

    Thomas Paine

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

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

    WAG

  • "Ignorance is the truest form of freedom"

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

    WAG

  • "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

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

    Frederick Douglass

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

    Benjamin Franklin

  • “The reports of my death are greatly exaggerated”

    Mark Twain

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

    Ronald Reagan

  • "Life………. It’s GOD’s choice"

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

    Winston Churchill

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

    WAG

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

    Albert Einstein

  • "All bad precedents begin as justifiable measures"

    Julius Caesar

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

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

    George Santayana

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

    Henry David Thoreau

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

    Abraham Lincoln

  • "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

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

    Robert Frost

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

    Vladimir Lenin

  • “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

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

    Joseph Stalin

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

    Syrus

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

    Dick Cheney

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

    Nelson Mandela

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

    Doug Powers

  • "Irony differentiates. Cynicism never does."

    Paul Horgan

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

    George Washington

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

    Ralph Waldo Emerson

  • "The goal of socialism is communism."

    Vladimir Lenin

  • “Knowledge will forever govern ignorance; and a people who mean to be their own governors must arm themselves with the power which knowledge gives.”

    James Madison

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

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

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

    Larry Elder

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

    William Pitt

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

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

    Mark Twain

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

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

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

    W. Somerset Maugham

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

  • "Go put your creed into your deed."

    Ralph Waldo Emerson

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

    Alexis de Tocqueville

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

    WAG

  • "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

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

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

    Plato

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

    Margaret Thatcher

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

    Kathy Ireland

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

  • "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

  • "Ignorance is the lifeblood of every politician"

    WAG

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

    Samuel Johnson

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

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

    George Orwell

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

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

    Martin Luther King, Jr.

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

  • “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

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

    Alexis de Tocqueville

  • "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

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

    Enrico Fermi

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

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

    Milton Friedman

  • "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

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

    Albert Einstein

  • "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

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

    George Washington

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

    Vladimir Lenin

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

    Robert A. Heinlein

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

    Abraham Lincoln

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

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

    Joseph Goebbels

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

    Bob Hope

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

    Luck

  • "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

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

    Oscar Wilde

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

    American Citizen

  • "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

  • "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

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

  • "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

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

    Ralph Waldo Emerson

  • "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

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

    Arthur C. Clarke

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

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

    Vince Lombardi

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

  • "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

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

    Otto von Bismarck

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

    Benjamin Disraeli

  • “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)

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

    Will Rogers

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

    George Washington

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

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

    Alexander Hamilton

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

  • "I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word in reality. This is why right temporarily defeated is stronger than evil triumphant."

    Martin Luther King, Jr.

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

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

    WAG

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

    Alexander Pope

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

    Thomas Jefferson

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

    Rudy Giuliani

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

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

    Chinese fortune cookie

  • “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

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

    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

  • "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

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

    Thomas Jefferson

  • "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

  • "We are great because we are good"

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

    Napoléon Bonaparte

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

    Charles Dickens

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

    Aristotle

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

    Doug Christie

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

    Albert Einstein

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

    Will Rogers

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

  • “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

  • "To delve inside the liberal progressive mind, one must endure a dark and errie place, absent all logic and devoid all reason and common sense"

    WAG

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

    Thomas Fuller

  • "Education consists mainly of what we have unlearned"

    Mark Twain

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

    Steven Wright

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

  • "Humor is mankind's greatest blessing"

    Mark Twain

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

    Robert Green Ingersoll

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

    Joseph Stalin

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

    Albert Einstein

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

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

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

    James Bovard

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

    Thomas Edison

  • "Government Integrity: An Oxymoron"

  • "Reason often makes mistakes but conscience never does"

    Josh Billings (Henry Wheeler Shaw)

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

    Mark Twain

  • “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)

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

    Herbert Spencer

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

    WAG

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

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

    Joseph Stalin

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

    St. Augustine

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

    WAG

  • "Corrupt government is host to many ironies, but three are paramount: SUCCESS is a liability, FAILURE is an asset, and as long as the INTENTIONS are pure in the public mind, better funding follows failure, not success."

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

    GR

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

    Tacitus

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

    Karl Marx

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

    Mark Twain

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

    Harry Truman

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

    Vladimir Lenin

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

  • "Truth will always fuel the embers of liberty"

    WAG

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

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

    John Adams

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

    Edmund Burke

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

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

    Martin Luther King, Jr.

  • "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

  • "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

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

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

    Joseph Addison

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

    Rush Limbaugh

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

    WAG

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

    Mark Twain

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

    Joseph Stalin

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

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

    Thomas Jefferson

  • "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

  • “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)

  • “Liberalism is not really a political philosophy. Instead, it is a state of arrested emotional development. It is a way of thinking, which leads to no place in the real world. It is a place existing only in the imagination”

    Mike S. Adams

  • “A 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

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

    WAG

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

    Edmund Burke

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

    Kinky Friedman

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

    WAG

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

    WAG

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

    WAG

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

    Government Motto

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

    Confucious

  • "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

  • "An armed society is a polite society"

    Robert A. Heinlein

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

    Eugene McCarthy

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

  • "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

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

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

    James Madison

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

    Ralph Waldo Emerson

  • "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

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

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

    Senator Jim Talent

  • "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

  • "Democracy is indispensable to socialism."

    Vladimir Lenin

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

    William F. Buckley Jr.

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

    Phillip Brooks

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

    Unknown

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

    Oliver Wendell Holmes

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

    Rod Serling

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

    Charles de Montesquieu

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

    Henry Ford

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

    Ronald Reagan

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

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

    Ian Fleming

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

    George Orwell

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

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

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

    Charles Haddon Spurgeon

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

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

    WAG

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

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

    Evan Sayet

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

  • "Debt is the worst poverty."

    Thomas Fuller

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

    Abkhasian Proverb

  • "As an American I am not so shocked that Obama was given the Nobel Peace Prize without any accomplishments to his name, but that America gave him the White House based on the same credentials."

    Newt Gingrich

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

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

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

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

    Upton Sinclair

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

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

    Mark Twain

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

    WAG

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

    Yogi Berra

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

    Tacitus, The Annals III.27

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

    Thomas Jefferson

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

  • "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

  • "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

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

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

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

    William P. Anthony

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

    WAG

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

    David Stockman

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

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

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

    Bertrand Russell

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

    C. A. Beard

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

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

    WAG

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

    Milton Friedman

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

    Wendell Phillips

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

    Reverend Ike

  • "Tolerance is the virtue of believing in nothing"

  • "It is said that all humor has a little bit of truth to it. Sarcasm, it is said, often contains a lot of truth with the thinnest veneer of humor."

  • “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

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

    William Faulkner

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

    Ludwig von Mises

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

  • “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)

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

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

    Edmund Burke

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

    Yiddish Proverb

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

    Charles Gordy

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

    Mahatma Ghandi

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

    William Arthur Ward

  • “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”

  • "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

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

    Aristotle

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

    WAG

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

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

    Mark Twain

  • "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

  • "Ask why until you understand"

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

    WAG

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

    Mahatma Ghandi

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

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

    Douglas Casey

  • "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

  • "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

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

    WAG

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

    Thomas Jefferson

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

    Mark Steyn

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

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

    George Orwell

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

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

  • "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

  • “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

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

    Confucius

  • “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

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

    Eugene Ionesco

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

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

    Leo Durocher

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

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

    Vladimir Lenin

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

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

    Thomas Jefferson

  • "No arsenal, or no weapon in the arsenals of the world, is as formidable as the will and moral courage of free men and women."

    Ronald Reagan

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

    Lao-tzu

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

    Vladimir Lenin

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

    Andrew Carnegie

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

    Groucho Marx

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

    Alexis de Tocqueville

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

    Jack Miner

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

    Rush Limbaugh

  • "Failure is success if we learn from it"

    Malcolm S. Forbes

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

    Voltaire

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

    George Bernard Shaw

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

    WAG

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

    Isaiah 5:20

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

    Rush Limbaugh

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

    Martin Luther King, Jr.

  • "When injustice becomes law, resistance becomes duty"

    Thomas Jefferson

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

    Niccolo Machiavelli

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

    WAG

  • "Every man must decide whether he will walk in the light of creative altruism or in the darkness of destructive selfishness."

    Martin Luther King, Jr.

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

    Mark Twain

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

    Robert Novak

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

    Rush Limbaugh

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

    Thomas Jefferson

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

    Richard Henry Lee (1787)

  • "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)

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

    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

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

    Charlotte

  • "Political correctness is tyranny with manners."

    Charlton Heston

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

    Benjamin Franklin

  • "A day without laughter is a day wasted"

    Charlie Chaplin

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

    Adlai E. Stevenson

  • "Lies serve to influence the ignorant"

    WAG

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

    Adlai E. Stevenson

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

    Nicholas Murray Butler

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

    Calvin Coolidge

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

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

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

  • “Wisdom is the chief element of happiness”

    Sophocles

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

    Harry S. Truman

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

    Kenneth Boulding (economist)

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

    Rush Limbaugh

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

    Anatole France

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

    Rush Limbaugh

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

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

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

    Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

  • "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

  • “Be truthful … Truth leads to trust”

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

    Liberal Logic

  • "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

  • "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

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

    WAG

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

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

    Hunter S. Thompson

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

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

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

    Bill McIntire - NRA Spokesman (1992)

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

    Albert Einstein

  • “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

  • "A free people ought to be armed"

    George Washington

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

    Thomas Paine (December 23, 1776)

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

    Vladimir Lenin

  • "Gray hair is God's graffiti"

    Bill Cosby

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

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

    Winston Churchill

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

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

    Margaret Thatcher

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

    Author Unknown

  • “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

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

    Ronald Reagan

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

    Albert Einstein

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

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

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

    Philip K. Dick

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

    George Washington

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

    James Madison

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

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

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

    Joseph Stalin

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

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

    Spanish Proverb

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

    George Orwell

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

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

    Frederic Bastiat

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

    WAG

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

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

    Margaret Thatcher

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

  • “Perception is today’s reality”

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

    Margaret Thatcher

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

    Noelle Pikus Pace (Olympian)

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

    WAG

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

    Dwight D. Eisenhower

  • "Ignorance is the seed of APATHY"

    WAG

  • "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

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

    Benjamin Franklin

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

    Ayn Rand

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

    Albert Einstein

  • "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

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

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

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

    Albert Einstein

  • "The strongest reason for the people to retain the right to keep and bear arms is, as a last resort, to protect themselves against tyranny in government"

    Thomas Jefferson

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

    John Wooden

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

    Mark Twain

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

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

    Anonymous

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

    David Letterman

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

    WAG

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

    Benjamin Franklin

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

    Adolph Hitler

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

    WAG

  • "If the continued existence of mathematics depended on the ability of the Republicans to defend the proposition that two plus two equals four, that would probably mean the end of mathematics and of all the things that require mathematics.”

    Thomas Sowell

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

    Anonymous

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

    Dutch Proverb

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

    Pope Saint John Paul II

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

    Abraham Lincoln

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

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

    Edward R. Murrow

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

    Ronald Reagan

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

    Thomas Jefferson

  • "We are fast approaching the stage of the ultimate inversion: the stage where the government is free to do anything it pleases, while the citizens may act only by permission; which is the stage of the darkest periods of human history, the stage of rule by brute force"

    Ayn Rand

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

    George W. Bush

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

    Thomas Jefferson

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

    Paul Craig Roberts

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

    Miecyslaw Kasprzyk

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

    James Madison

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

    James A. Garfield

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

    Mark Twain

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

    WAG

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

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

  • “One man with courage is a majority”

    Thomas Jefferson

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

    Thomas Sowell

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

    John Kenneth Galbraith

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

    Joseph Stalin

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

    Mark Twain

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

    Thomas Sowell

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

    Alexis de Tocqueville

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


    Vladimir Lenin

  • "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

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

    George W. Bush

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

    George Eliot

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

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

    WAG

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

    George Washington

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

    Mark Twain

  • "One man with courage is a majority"

    Thomas Jefferson

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

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

    Robert Schuller

  • "Adversity makes a good man better"

  • "Aspire to inspire before you expire."

  • "Heroes get remembered - but legends never die"

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

    Ephesians 6:11

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

    John Adams

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

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

    Karl Marx

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

    John Adams (1826)

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

    Mohandas Gandhi

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

    Rush Limbaugh

  • "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

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

    Anne Coleman

  • "Never spend your money before you have it"

    Thomas Jefferson

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

    Abraham Lincoln

  • 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

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

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

    Charles Caleb Colton

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

    Supreme Court Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.

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

    Herb Stein (Economist)

  • "I sincerely believe ... that banking establishments are more dangerous than standing armies, and that the principle of spending money to be paid by posterity under the name of funding is but swindling futurity on a large scale."

    Thomas Jefferson

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

    Alexis de Tocqueville

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

    Abraham Lincoln

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

    Mark Twain

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

    Voltaire

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

    Paul Jacob

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

    Rush Limbaugh

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

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

    WAG

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

    von Clausewitz

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

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

  • "Debt is the slavery of the free."

    Publilius Syrus

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

    Friedrich Nietzsche

  • "Better a broken promise than none at all"

    Mark Twain

  • "The budget should be balanced, the Treasury should be refilled, public debt should be reduced, the arrogance of officialdom should be tempered and controlled, and the assistance to foreign lands should be curtailed, lest Rome become bankrupt. People must again learn to work instead of living on public assistance."

    Cicero, 55 BC

  • "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

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

    Aristotle

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

    Chinese proverb

  • "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

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

    Mark Twain

  • “We can state with conviction, therefore, that a man's support for absolute government is in direct proportion to the contempt he feels for his country.”

    Alexis de Tocqueville

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

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

    Maya Angelou

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

    Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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

  • "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

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

    Mark Twain

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

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

    Charley Reese

  • "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

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

    Socrates

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

    Dante Alighieri

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

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

    Adolf Hitler (1939)

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

    WAG

  • “The first duty of government is the protection of life, not its destruction. The chief purpose of government is to protect life. Abandon that and you have abandoned all.”

    Thomas Jefferson

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

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

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

    Mark Twain

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

    Mark Twain

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

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

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

    Mark Twain

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

  • “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”

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

    Edward Langley (artist)

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

    Thomas Jefferson

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

    Bill Vaughan

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

    Doug Larson

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

    Aldous Huxley

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

    Ronald Reagan

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

    WAG

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

    Alexis de Tocqueville

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

    Margaret Thatcher

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

    Alexis de Tocqueville

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

    WAG

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

    Jimi Hendrix

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

    Milton Friedman

  • “My greatest thought is my accountability to God”

    Daniel Webster

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

    Alfred Kazin

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

    James Madison

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

    Milton Friedman

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

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

    Lt. Colonel James G. Zumwalt

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

    Benjamin Franklin

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

  • “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

  • "Money is like manure; If you spread it around, it does a lot of good. But if you pile it up in one place, it stinks like hell"

    Clint Murchison

  • "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 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

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

    Dr. Martin Luther King

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

    James Madison

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

    Marie von Ebner-Eschenbach

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

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

    Jerry Pournelle

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

    Knute Rockne

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

    Jacques Barzun

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

  • "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

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

    Rush Limbaugh

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

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

    Mark Twain

  • “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”

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

    Hodding Carter, J.R.

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

    Ronald Reagan