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The Solution Is The Problem
Posted By: BullsEye on January 26, 2014 11:52 AM in GOVERNMENT
Daniel Greenfield  Sultan Knish Blog Published on January 26, 2014


"The problem with our problems is usually their solution. If we were to take a closer look at many of our problems, it would turn out that many of them are actually solutions that were meant to solve those very problems. Our War on Poverty has spread poverty. Our attempts at fighting racism have perpetuated it. Our campaigns for energy efficiency invariably waste more energy than they save.

We tried promoting populism to solve terrorism in the Middle East and got even more terrorism for our troubles. The more resources we put into education, the more the educational system runs backward. Every attempt at creating jobs seems to vaporize more jobs than it creates.

Solving problems isn't a bad thing, but the place to start is at the problem, not the solution.

Listen to enough celebrities at fundraisers, politicians thumping podiums with manicured fingernails and thought leaders spinning their little grey wheels and you notice that they assume that the solution is obvious, self-evident and will work. And that's where problems come from.

The more problems we have, the more addicted to solutions we become. But progressives forget what the pre-moderns knew, that many problems have no solutions. Other problems can be ameliorated, but not solved. Life is still tragic. Bad things will happen to good people. Sometimes we can wipe a disease off the map, but more often our solutions trade simple problems for more complex ones.

Human nature, unlike a virus, has no solution. It's hard enough to keep up with a mutating cellular organism, but trying to outpace shifting human motivations is a totalitarian loser's game. It's why social problems have the fewest solutions except distributing more time, more wealth and more resources wholesale through a general step forward and waiting for people to make use of them.

Social solutions are all about social engineering masses of people on the assumption that they will behave in a predictable way over extended periods of time even when they are aware of what is being done to them and even when the conditions of the experiment come apart as your $600 million website not only doesn't lure in the cool kids to sign up, but works about as well as a plugging your toaster into hope and change and waiting for it to magically do something.

None of these gimmicks work really well which is why most aspiring progressive social engineers settle down to a humbler rackets of six-figure salaries at a non-profit that's there to solve a problem that won't be solved or a consulting gig manipulating billionaires who want to solve a social problem like gun violence or obesity before they die and think that it can be done by manipulating the masses.

For sincere problem solvers, the place to start is by examining the problem. That means setting aside the claims that science has already proven X, Y and Z. Science actually proves surprisingly few things outside of an episode of CSI. What science does is tie together working assumptions into a productive workflow. This is much more useful when it comes to producing a smartphone using science, than using a bunch of unduplicated studies with more statistical gimmickry than a political consultant's poll to tackle overeating, drug abuse or risky behavior by teenagers.

Bacteria is a lot less self-aware and less complex than teenagers. It isn't going to change its worldview tomorrow because of a new trend sweeping the nation. It also isn't going to be primed to give the answers that get you the grant by your research assistant who never learned to spell ethics.

Some problems are unsolvable. Others shouldn't be solved. Think about that bookcase you want to move to the other side of the room. What are the odds that the thin pasteboard is finally going to give way and spill all those medical journals all over your rug if you try to do it? A lot of problems are like that. Tackling them sounds good at a fundraiser, but then it breaks your furniture.

Tackling the social problems of low income families broke up those families and made them much more dependent on the social tacklers. A few generations later, the broken family and dependency had made all the original problems even worse and much more unsolvable. It shouldn't have been that surprising an outcome. Taking animals out of the wild and breaking their chain of life strategy transmission leaves them unable to survive. It works that way with people too.

Solving problems generates new problems. People are complex and their complexity generates problems. Even actual solutions create new problems. What makes these solutions actual is that the new problems are several degrees of severity less than the original problem. Plentiful food means childhood obesity. Cures for diseases lead to increased longevity and strain on the social system.

Thinking ahead can head off solution problems. The problem is that solutioneers rarely like to think of problems. They like to skip ahead to practicing their Nobel Prize acceptance speeches.

The progressive mindset treats solutions as a matter of faith. If you assume that society is always on an upward track like a roller coaster that never stops climbing into the sky, then you don't worry that your solutions will general future problems. Thinking that way is blasphemy against progress. And if you aren't a 1920s progressive with shiny hair and a great deal of confidence in a future where radio pills are an entire meal and a vast government bureaucracy will end poverty for good, but a 1970s progressive with a necklace of Made in China tribal beads and a misplaced confidence that the only reason that problems don't get solved is that people don't care enough to solve them, then you can't even process the idea that hugging a problem to death might not be the solution that is needed.

The 1920s progressive was the product of a rational culture. His modern descendants confuse being rational with being obtuse, snarky, outraged and any of the other phases of the progressive moon. That leaves them completely unable to solve anything and utterly unaware of their own inability to do anything more complex than edit a Republican politician's Wikipedia entry to reflect a gaffe distributed by a Think Progress' mailing list and call it a day for the progressive movement.

Instead of solving anything, they declare social problems solved. Then when the social problems have gotten so bad that the voters turn to a Republican to solve them, the progressives begin churning out articles, books and documentaries about how the Republican deregulation of whatever messy system they set up to solve old problems by creating more of them wrecked everything.

Crime was solved, until the Republicans came in and began fighting it. Poverty was solved, until Reagan got in. Race relations were great, until Nixon. Every disease was cured until Bush failed to increase NHS funding in line with the growth curve of the economy. This comforting hateful nonsense frees progressives from ever questioning the progress that they have made.

Progressives are forever fixing things and conservatives are forever breaking them because they hate progress. The only way to make progress is by eliminating all opposition. It worked in the USSR where the authorities spent three generations blaming every one of their failures on a vast army of saboteurs working for Great Britain, Leon Trotsky and the remnants of the Czarist regime.

Ask a modern progressive to name what his politicians did wrong and the usual answer is that they weren't radical enough. ObamaCare was bad because it wasn't Single Payer. If it had been Single Payer, it would have been bad because of medical tourism. If a giant barbed wire fence had been set up and all the doctors rounded up into it, the complaint would be that the fence wasn't electrified.

Like the guy trying to fix a television set with a hammer and twelve beers, the progressive review board's conclusion is always that he didn't hit the broken pieces of the television hard enough.

This same solutionist mindset doomed the USSR to wallowing in its own economic filth because it could rarely work its way backward from its latest mess. Instead it found a few scapegoats to shoot and went on marching forward over a cliff until everyone got tired of the whole thing and decided to go back to an oligarchy with fewer rules and better movies.

Those who believe in the solution can never accept that they are the problem. That they aren't smart enough to outsmart the rest of the population and that they should stop trying before they make their problematic solutions unsolvable. The solution is more than just something they do, it's an act of faith in a rational future. But there is nothing rational about problem solving as a progressive act of faith.

Solutions and problems aren't polar opposites like heaven and hell or Beethoven and the sound a broken fax machine makes when you try to call it; they're entangled bits of each other like a Rubik's Cube. The solution is present in a problem and the problem in a solution. That is all the truer when the problem is people, rather than the alignment of colored squares.

Solving a human problem isn't a transformation, but a realignment, and there is rarely more than a thin line between the problem state and the solution state. We are never far from the problems of the last century or the last millennium. Like yesterday's hunger pangs, we may have forgotten the raw experience of living that way, but there is very little objectively that separates the solutions we live from the problems that they solved. It is best to remember that the problems of human nature today were the problems of human nature yesterday and will be the problems of human nature tomorrow." -- Daniel Greenfield

Daniel Greenfield is a New York City based writer and blogger and a Shillman Journalism Fellow of the David Horowitz Freedom Center.

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

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


Daniel Greenfield  Sultan Knish Blog January 26, 2014

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

    Antonio Porchia

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

  • “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

  • "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

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

    Cal Thomas

  • “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

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

    Herbert Spencer

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

    John Wayne

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

    Thomas Jefferson

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

    Thomas Fuller

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

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

    WAG

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

    Andrew Carnegie

  • “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

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

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

    WAG

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

    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."

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

    Henry David Thoreau

  • "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

  • “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

  • "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

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

    Winston Churchill

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

    Theodore M. Hesburgh

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

    John Adams

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

    Thomas Edison

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

  • "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

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

    Paul Horning

  • "Put your hand on a hot stove for a minute, and it seems like an hour. Sit with a pretty girl for an hour, and it seems like a minute. THAT'S relativity"

    Albert Einstein

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

    Joseph Stalin

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

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

    George Washington

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

    WAG

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

    WAG

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

    Liberal Lingo

  • "Go put your creed into your deed."

    Ralph Waldo Emerson

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

    WAG

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

    James Madison

  • 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

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

    WAG

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

    Robert Green Ingersoll

  • "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 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

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

    George Orwell

  • “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)

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

    Vladimir Lenin

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

    Bob Hope

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

  • "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

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

    Kathy Ireland

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

    Will Rogers

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

    George Washington

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

    Supreme Court Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.

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

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

  • "Debt is the worst poverty."

    Thomas Fuller

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

  • "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

  • "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

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

    Robert Novak

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

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

    Alexis de Tocqueville

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

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

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

    Douglas Casey

  • "Knowledge is power."

    Sir Francis Bacon

  • “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

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

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

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

    Philip K. Dick

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

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

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

    Mark Twain

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

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

    Alexis de Tocqueville

  • "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

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

  • "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.

  • "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

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

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

    Winston Churchill

  • "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

  • "Adversity makes a good man better"

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

    Ralph Waldo Emerson

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

    Thomas Jefferson

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

    Strom Thurmond

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

    Sophia Loren

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

    Enrico Fermi

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

    Thomas Jefferson

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

    Martin Luther King, Jr.

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

    WAG

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

    Albert Einstein

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

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

    Mark Twain

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

    WAG

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

    Chinese proverb

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

    Eugene McCarthy

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

    Albert Einstein

  • "There are lies, damned lies and statistics"

    Mark Twain

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

    Harry Browne

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

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

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

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

    Martin Luther King, Jr

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

    James Madison

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

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

    WAG

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

    Thomas Jefferson

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

    Benjamin Franklin

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

    Anatole France

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

    Dante Alighieri

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

    Mark Twain

  • "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

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

    Hunter S. Thompson

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

  • "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

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

    William Faulkner

  • "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

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

  • "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

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

    Albert Einstein

  • "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

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

    Jason Laumark

  • "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

  • "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

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

    Adlai E. Stevenson

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

  • "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

  • "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

  • "Irony is the hygiene of the mind."

    Elizabeth Bibesco

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

    Ronald Reagan

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

    Joseph Stalin

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

  • “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

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

    WAG

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

    Professor Irwin Corey

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

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

    Alexis de Tocqueville

  • "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

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

    Winston Churchill

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

    WAG

  • "We are great because we are good"

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

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

    H.L. Mencken

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

    Milton Friedman

  • "Democracy is indispensable to socialism."

    Vladimir Lenin

  • "Life………. It’s GOD’s choice"

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

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

  • "There is no right way to do wrong"

  • "A free people ought to be armed"

    George Washington

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

    George Washington

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

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

    Rush Limbaugh

  • “Every library is an arsenal”

    Robert Green Ingersoll

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

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

    Dick Cheney

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

    Ronald Reagan

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

    Ronald Reagan

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

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

    Adlai E. Stevenson

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

    Daniel Patrick Moynihan

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

    Reverend Ike

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

    William P. Anthony

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

    Plato

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

    WAG

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

    Evan Sayet

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

    Eugene Ionesco

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

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

    Syrus

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

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

    Ronald Reagan

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

    WAG

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

    Mark Twain

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

    John Wooden

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

    Ted Nugent

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

    Mark Twain

  • “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

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

    WAG

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

  • "When GOD fights for Israel, Israel wins"

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

    Aldous Huxley

  • “Perception is today’s reality”

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

  • “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

  • "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

  • "A day without laughter is a day wasted"

    Charlie Chaplin

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

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

    Winnie the Pooh

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

    Charley Reese

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

    Vince Lombardi

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

  • “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

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

    Will Rogers

  • "No Man is a Failure who has Friends"

    It's A Wonderful Life

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

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

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

    Mark Twain

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

    Burt Shavitz (Burt's Buzz)

  • “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

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

    Lao-tzu

  • "Democracy is the road to socialism."

    Karl Marx

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

    Karl Marx

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

    Alfred Kazin

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

    WAG

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

    Albert Einstein

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

    Calvin Coolidge

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

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

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

    Thomas Jefferson

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

    WAG

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

    Mark Twain

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

    P.J. O'Rourke

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

    Dean Acheson

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

  • "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

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

    Alexis de Tocqueville

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


    Vladimir Lenin

  • "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

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

    Aristotle

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

    Yiddish Proverb

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

    Albert Einstein

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

    Mark Steyn

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

    Joseph Addison

  • "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

  • "Ignorance is the seed of APATHY"

    WAG

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

    WAG

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

    WAG

  • "In politics, stupidity is not a handicap"

    Napoleon Bonaparte

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

    Charles Gordy

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

    Benjamin Franklin

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

    Mark Twain

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

    Mohandas Gandhi

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

    Ian Fleming

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

    Otto von Bismarck

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

    Jacques Barzun

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

    Margaret Thatcher

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

    Martin Luther King, Jr.

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

    Ronald Reagan

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

    Abraham Lincoln

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

    Jack Miner

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

    Danny Schecter

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

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

    Mark Twain

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

    WAG

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

    Thomas Jefferson

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

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

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

    Alexis de Tocqueville

  • “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

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

    Ayn Rand

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

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

    Abraham Lincoln

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

    Aaron Levenstein

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

    Mark Twain

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

    Martin Van Buren

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

    Noelle Pikus Pace (Olympian)

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

  • “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

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

    John F. Kennedy

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

    James Madison

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

    Justice Felix Frankfurter

  • “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

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

    Abraham Lincoln

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

    Winston Churchill

  • "Ignorance is the truest form of freedom"

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

    WAG

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

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

    Vladimir Lenin

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

    Thomas Jefferson

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

    John Wooden

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

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

    Rush Limbaugh

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

    Benjamin Franklin

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

    Leo Durocher

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

  • "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

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

    Byrd Baggett

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

    WAG

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

    WAG

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

    Voltaire

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

    Mark Twain

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

    Author Unknown

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

    Mohandas Gandhi

  • “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)

  • "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

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

    Friedrich Nietzsche

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

    WAG

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

    Mark Twain

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

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

    Ronald Reagan

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

    Knute Rockne

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

    WAG

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

    Bob Hope

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

  • "Laughter is the shortest distance between two people"

    Victor Borge

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

    Sir Walter Scott

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

  • "I owe nothing to Women’s Lib.”

    Margaret Thatcher

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

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

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

    Mark Twain

  • "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

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

    Mark Twain

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

    Charles Haddon Spurgeon

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

    George Washington

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

    Unknown

  • "Ignorance is the lifeblood of every politician"

    WAG

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

  • “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?”

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

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

    Mark Twain

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

    Mark Twain

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

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

    George Orwell

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

    WAG

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

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

    Benjamin Franklin

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

    William F. Buckley Jr.

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

    Wendell Phillips

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

    WAG

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

    Charles Dickens

  • "History records that the money changers have used every form of abuse, intrigue, deceit, and violent means possible to maintain their control over governments by controlling the money and its issuance."

    James Madison

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

    Alfred Adler

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

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

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

    Ronald Reagan

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

    Niccolo Machiavelli

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

    Anonymous

  • “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)

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

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

    John F. Kennedy

  • "Truth will always fuel the embers of liberty"

    WAG

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

    Abraham Lincoln

  • "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

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

    Alexis de Tocqueville

  • "Failure is success if we learn from it"

    Malcolm S. Forbes

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

    Soviet Union saying

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

    Adlai E. Stevenson

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

    Rick Perry

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

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

    Anonymous

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

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

  • "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 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)

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

    Ronald Reagan

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

    Patrice Lewis

  • "Aspire to inspire before you expire."

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

    George Orwell

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

    Paul Jacob

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

    Joseph Stalin

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

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

  • "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

  • "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

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

    Newt Gingrich

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

    Robert Green Ingersoll

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

    WAG

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

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

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

    von Clausewitz

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

    Margaret Thatcher

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

    Alexis de Tocqueville

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

    Will Rogers

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

  • "Banking establishments are more dangerous than standing armies"

    Thomas Jefferson

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

    Thomas Jefferson

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

    Ayn Rand

  • “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

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

    George Berkeley

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

    Joseph Stalin

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

    Albert Einstein

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

    Abraham Lincoln

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

    Will Rogers

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

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

    Joseph Stalin

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

    Pat Flynn

  • "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

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

    Aulus Persius Flaccus

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

    Vince Lombardi

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

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

    WAG

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

    Ephesians 6:11

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

  • "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

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

    Harry S. Truman

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

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

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

    Margaret Thatcher

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

    Mark Twain

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

    Karl Wilhelm Friedrich Schlegel

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

    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

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

    Benjamin Franklin

  • "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

  • "Government Integrity: An Oxymoron"

  • “My greatest thought is my accountability to God”

    Daniel Webster

  • "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

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

    Plato

  • "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 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 )

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

    Thomas Jefferson

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

    Alexander Pope

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

    Patrick Henry

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

    Dietrich Bonhoeffer

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

    Mahatma Ghandi

  • “Paper money is founded upon fraud and knavery”

    George Mason (letter to George Washington)

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

    Harry Truman

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

    Psalm 118:8

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

    James Madison

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

    Thomas Edison

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

    Arthur C. Clarke

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

    Dutch Proverb

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

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

    Thomas Jefferson

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

    Bob Hope

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

    John Kenneth Galbraith

  • "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

  • "Heroes get remembered - but legends never die"

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

    Napoléon Bonaparte

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

    Paul Craig Roberts

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

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

    Liberal when confronted with reality

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

    Thomas Jefferson

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

    Saint Pope John Paul II

  • "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

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

    George Washington

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

    WAG

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

  • 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

  • "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

  • "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"

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

    Mark Twain

  • "One man with courage is a majority"

    Thomas Jefferson

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

    WAG

  • "Political correctness is tyranny with manners."

    Charlton Heston

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

    George W. Bush

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

    Alexis de Tocqueville

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

    Dana Buchman

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

    Miecyslaw Kasprzyk

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

    Adolf Hitler (1939)

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

    Confucius

  • "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

  • "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

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

    Ayn Rand

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

    Abraham Lincoln

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

    Yogi Berra

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

    George Santayana

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

    Ronald Reagan

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

    Ludwig von Mises

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

    William Pitt

  • "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

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

    Isaiah 5:20

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

    WAG

  • “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

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

    Mark Twain

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

    Bob Hope

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

    Edward Langley (artist)

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

    George Mason

  • "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

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

    Joseph Stalin

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

    Margaret Thatcher

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

    Rod Serling

  • "Failure to prepare is preparing to fail"

    Benjamin Franklin

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

    Mark Twain

  • "If we're dealing with Islamic nations, the suspects are Middle Eastern. Some people call that profiling. Law enforcement people would call it a clue."

    Wayne LaPierre

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

    John Kerry

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

    Mao Tse-Tung

  • "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

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

    Senator Jim Talent

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

    Henry Ford

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

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

    Margaret Thatcher

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

    Bertrand Russell

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

    Alexis de Tocqueville

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

    Spanish Proverb

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

  • Government "help" to business is just as disastrous as government persecution... the only way a government can be of service to national prosperity is by keeping its hands off”

    Ayn Rand

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

    Ronald Reagan

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

    Margaret Thatcher

  • "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

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

    Margaret Thatcher

  • "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

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

    Thomas Henry Huxley

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

    Robert A. Heinlein

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

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

    Ralph Waldo Emerson

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

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

    Abraham Lincoln

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

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

    James Madison

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

    Mark Twain

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

    Friedrich Nietzsche

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

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

  • "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)

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

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

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

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

    Brad Thor

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

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

    WAG

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

    Mark Twain

  • "All men by nature desire knowledge."

    Aristotle

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

    Yogi Berra

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

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

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

  • "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

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

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

    WAG

  • 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

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

    Kinky Friedman

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

    St. Augustine

  • “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

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

    George W. Bush

  • “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

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

    Thomas Sowell

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

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

    Thomas Paine

  • "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

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

    James Bovard

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

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

    Mark Twain

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

    Confucious

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

    G. K. Chesterton

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

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

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

    Nelson Mandela

  • "Lies serve to influence the ignorant"

    WAG

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

    Winston Churchill

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

  • "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

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

    WAG

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

    Thomas Jefferson

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

    Margaret Thatcher

  • "Humor is mankind's greatest blessing"

    Mark Twain

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

    American Patriot

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

    Milton Friedman

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

    Thomas Jefferson

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

    Jimi Hendrix

  • "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

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

    WAG

  • "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

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

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

    Edmund Burke

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

    WAG

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

    John Adams

  • "Innocence seldom utters outraged shrieks. Guilt does"

    Whittaker Chambers

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

    Martin Luther King, Jr.

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

    Anne Coleman

  • “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

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

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

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

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

    Alexander Tytler

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

    WAG

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

    Will Rogers

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

    Vladimir Lenin

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

    Thomas Jefferson

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

    Steven Wright

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

  • "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

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

    Edgar J. Mohn

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

    Dwight D. Eisenhower

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

    James Madison

  • "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

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

  • "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

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

    Daniel Greenfield

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

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

    Dave Gardner

  • "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

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

    Ann Landers

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

    Napoleon Bonaparte

  • "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)

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

    Rudy Giuliani

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

    Benjamin Franklin

  • "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

  • "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)

  • "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

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

    WAG

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

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

    WAG

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

    Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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

    Charles Caleb Colton

  • 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

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

  • "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

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

    Albert Einstein

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

    Socrates

  • “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

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

    Ronald Reagan

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

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

    Mark Twain

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

    Moliere

  • "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

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

    Groucho Marx

  • 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

  • "Debt is the slavery of the free."

    Publilius Syrus

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

    Larry Elder

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

    Mark Twain

  • “Give me control over a man's economic actions, and hence over his means of survival, and except for a few occasional heroes, I'll promise to deliver to you men who think and write and behave as I want them to”

    Benjamine A. Rooge

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

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

    Bill Vaughan

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

    Jerry Pournelle

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

    Luck

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

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

    WAG

  • "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

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

    Adlai E. Stevenson

  • "Truth Does Not Fear Knowledge"

  • "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

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

    John Adams (1826)

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

    Bob Hope

  • “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

  • "An armed society is a polite society"

    Robert A. Heinlein

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

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

    Thomas Jefferson

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

    WAG

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

    Mark Twain

  • "This is like deja vu all over again"

    Yogi Berra

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

    John Adams

  • "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

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

    Robert Green Ingersoll

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

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

    Mark Twain

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

    Isaac Asimov

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

    Alexis de Tocqueville

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

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

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

    Benjamin Franklin

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

    Chinese fortune cookie

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

    Sam Rayburn

  • "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

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

  • "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

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

    Milton Friedman

  • "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

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

    Alexis de Tocqueville

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

    Edmund Burke

  • "Today is tomorrow’s past"

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

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

    Rush Limbaugh

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

    WAG

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

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

    Richard Henry Lee, signer of Declaration of Independence

  • “Wisdom is the chief element of happiness”

    Sophocles

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

    WAG

  • "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)

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

    Mark Twain

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

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

    Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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

    Milton Friedman

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

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

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

    Mark Twain

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

    Liberal Logic

  • "That government governs best that governs least"

    Thomas Jefferson

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

    Mike Adams

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

    Margaret Thatcher

  • “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

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

    WAG

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

    Ayn Rand

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

    Pastor John MacArthur

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

    Mitt Romney

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

    Winston Churchill

  • "When injustice becomes law, resistance becomes duty"

    Thomas Jefferson

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

    Margaret Thatcher

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

    Dr. Martin Luther King

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

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

    William Arthur Ward

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

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

  • "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

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

    Willis Player

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

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

    David Stockman

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

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

    Ayn Rand

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

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

    Benjamin Franklin

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

    Thomas Paine

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

    Mark Twain

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

  • "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

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

    Mark Twain

  • "Irony differentiates. Cynicism never does."

    Paul Horgan

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

  • “The reports of my death are greatly exaggerated”

    Mark Twain

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

    Voltaire

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

    Plato

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

    P. J. O'Rourke

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

    George Orwell

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

    Thomas Jefferson

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

    Maya Angelou

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

  • "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

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

    Rush Limbaugh

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

    Ronald Reagan

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

    Lord Byron

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

    WAG

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

    Demosthenes

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

    John Kenneth Galbraith

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

    Galileo

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


    WAG

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

    Herb Stein (Economist)

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

    John Adams

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

    Adolph Hitler

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

    Ralph Waldo Emerson

  • "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

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

    Robert Frost

  • "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

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

  • "Disobedience to tyrants is Obedience to God"

    Benjamin Franklin

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

    Ralph Waldo Emerson

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

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

    James Madison

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

    WAG

  • "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

  • "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

  • “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

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

    John Adams

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

    Francis Bacon

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

    George Bernard Shaw

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

    Robert David Steele (CIA)

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

    WAG

  • “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

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

  • "Against the assault of laughter nothing can stand"

    Mark Twain

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

    Abkhasian Proverb

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

  • "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

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

    Ronald Reagan

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

    Alexis de Tocqueville

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

    Ecclesiastes 10:2 NIV

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

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

    W. C. Fields

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

    Chinese Proverb

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

    Mayer Amschel Bauer Rothschild

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

    Mark Twain

  • "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

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

    Vladimir Lenin

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

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

  • “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

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

    Mark Twain

  • "Reason often makes mistakes but conscience never does"

    Josh Billings (Henry Wheeler Shaw)

  • "Gray hair is God's graffiti"

    Bill Cosby

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

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

    Dave Barry

  • "When in doubt tell the truth"

    Mark Twain

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

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

    Aristotle

  • "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

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

    Joseph Stalin

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

    Philip K. Dick

  • "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)

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

    Albert Einstein

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

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

    George Orwell

  • "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