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The Boston Globe Vs. Free Speech
Posted By: Letters on February 15, 2013 11:23 AM in FIRST AMENDMENT
Ilya Feoktistov and Charles Jacobs  AmericanThinker.com Published on February 15, 2013


"A troubled young man plans to go on a shooting rampage at a local mall. A devoted fan of other mass murderers, he gets pleasure watching videos of cruel and graphic violence: actual beheadings, disembowelments, maimings. He hates his neighbors and wishes for their deaths. He's been taught to hate by religious extremists who dominate his community while intimidating their opponents into silence. The FBI catches him before he can go through with his plan to machine gun shoppers at the mall, though the Bureau ignores the people who indoctrinated him. The extremists, meanwhile, are demanding that the would-be murderer be released. They teach their children that he is a hero, and that those who stopped him from slaughtering innocent people are the true villains. A local newspaper journalist knows all this but for motives unknown, she refuses to report this story.

This is not a fictional account. On November 10, 2010, we met with Boston Globe's religion reporter Lisa Wangsness and briefed her for over two hours on a troubling story. A year before, the FBI had arrested Tarek Mehanna, an Islamic extremist from Sudbury, Massachusetts whom it accused of providing material support to Al Qaeda and plotting a shooting spree at the Emerald Square Mall in North Attleboro, MA. In intercepted conversations, Mehanna celebrated the 9/11 hijackers as heroes. According to the indictment, "Mehanna and his coconspirators, who shared videos and took real pleasure in the deaths of American servicemen, seemed to delight in the most horrific atrocities." Watching Iraqi terrorists tearing open a dead U.S. Marine's rib cage and setting it on fire with gasoline, Mehanna gloated: "heh yeah... nice juicy BBQ... Texas BBQ is the way to go." Trial documents show that Mehanna and his co-conspirators referred to themselves as the American wing of Al Qaeda in Iraq. Mehanna was convicted on all charges last year and sentenced to 17 years in prison.

We also shared with the Globe's reporter evidence of an intense campaign by local Islamic extremists to pressure the Justice Department to release Mehanna back into the community that he had planned to attack. The extremists insisted that the twisted mind revealed in FBI-recorded conversations was actually a gentle soul who loved children and playing with his cat. Claiming that Mehanna's arrest was nothing but a witch hunt by the FBI, which they accused of hating Muslims, they incited their followers against the U.S. government by painting the ghoulish would-be killer as the victim.

We showed Ms. Wangsness that well-known religious leaders with connections to Massachusetts political and civic leadership were involved in this campaign. Among them was Imam Abdullah Faaruuq, then the Muslim Chaplain at Northeastern University and a frequent preacher at the largest mosque in the Northeast, the Islamic Society of Boston Cultural Center. (Faaruuq was dismissed from his position at Northeastern after we exposed his actions in support of Mehanna and other convicted terrorists.) Her own newspaper reported that another respected local Muslim leader supporting Tarek Mehanna was a medical doctor named Abdul Cader Asmal, co-chairman of communications for the Islamic Council of New England. In 2011, Dr. Asmal was stripped of his medical license by disciplinary action from the Massachusetts Board of Medicine.

At our meeting with Ms. Wangsness, we traced for her a timeline of Mehanna's trajectory from a Sudbury, MA teenage son of Egyptian immigrants to a budding Al Qaeda terrorist. Mehanna had been radicalized at the Islamic Center of Worcester and the Islamic Center of New England in Sharon, Massachusetts. We showed her documents revealing that these mosques were led by imams who happened to be the brothers of one of the most wanted terrorists in the world, Hafiz Saeed. Saeed, who had visited the Boston area when Mehanna was 12, is the Pakistani mastermind of one of the world's deadliest mass mall shootings: the 2008 Mumbai Massacre. According to the Times of India, his Massachusetts-based brothers raised money and recruited members for his terrorist group in the Bay State.

Ms. Wangsness learned how the Islamic Center of Worcester, in particular, actively engages in youth indoctrination. During Mehanna's trial, the mosque's elementary schoolchildren were tasked with drawing "Free Tarek Mehanna" posters and then carted off to the Federal Court building in Boston to chant anti-American slogans.

We shared with Ms. Wangsness interviews with moderate Muslims who reached out to us asking for help in fighting the extremists who had hijacked their community and are brainwashing their children. We showed her a vicious and threatening letter that local extremist leader Nabeel Khudairi sent to a moderate Muslim who dared challenge the extremists in his mosque.

She looked at all our evidence, thanked us politely, and reported nothing. Now perhaps we can understand why.

On January 30, 2013, Wangsness spent part of the day with Abdul Cader Asmal -- the disgraced medical doctor and supporter of Tarek Mehanna; with officials from the Islamic Center of Worcester -- which was the incubator for Mehanna's hatred and still may be for dozens of young children; and with Nabeel Khudairi -- the intimidator of moderate Muslims. Their goal, according to leaked emails, was to pressure the Catholic Diocese of Worcester to cancel a talk by Robert Spencer, a well-known critic of Islamic doctrine, especially its treatment of non-believers, whom they falsely accused of hating Muslims.

They succeeded. The Worcester Diocese cancelled Spencer's talk without the courtesy of informing him directly. He had to learn about it from Wangsness, who reached out to him for comment in a series of emails whose line of questioning followed the "have you stopped beating your wife?" formula. The article she published in the next day's Boston Globe ("Catholic event cancels talk by Islam critic") was a foregone conclusion: Spencer was portrayed as a villain, while Wangsness's extremist associates were made to look like sympathetic victims. Though the article quoted Abdul Cader Asmal positively as a doctor, it made no mention of his permanent removal from practice through disciplinary action.

Robert Spencer is a controversial author and speaker, yet in some ways, his views on Islam tend to be more scholarly than many of the atheist critics of Christianity, who, without much fuss, populate American universities and cultural institutions. Spencer forcefully makes the point that, as with all religions, adherents range widely -- from the absolute literalists to the largely secular "cultural" Muslims. Spencer says he is not against Muslims, but against the political aspect of Islam, which demands that its followers act -- violently if necessary -- to subjugate infidels and establish a theocracy.

Disagreeing with Spencer is simply not a valid reason to prevent people from hearing his arguments and his warnings. A pluralistic and open society must always favor the free exchange of all ideas to the intolerant suppression of dissent. It is sadly ironic, though no longer surprising, that a member of the press would join Islamist extremists in trying to suppress free speech, and -- in Wangsness' case -- go as far asto effectively censor information related to extremist activities.

Why would Ms.Wangsness behave this way? Surely she doesn't share the radical Islamic ideological hatred toward America espoused by the people she's protecting. Much more likely, she believes in the political dogma adopted by the 'social justice'-seeking media and civic elites. It is based on the false narrative that American Muslims constitute a "vulnerable minority," which deserves protection from criticism -- even if such protection involves the suppression of facts and the repression of critics. Sadly, too many journalists and political leaders collaborate with this crusade against the truth, and too many newspapers make it a matter of editorial policy. Journalists like Lisa Wangsness of the Boston Globe have largely become instruments of a truly illiberal orthodoxy. Its fetishes and myths -- that Western culture is racist, that Islam is the religion of peace, that Muslims are always victims, and that anyone who says otherwise must be denounced and silenced -- can never be questioned. It is through this dogmatism that the radical Islamists have won from the media and political elites a special set of protections.

Commenting on the infamous YouTube video criticizing Islam's prophet Mohammed, which resulted in Muslim mobs rioting and killing around the world, President Obama expressed a strange view on the concept of dissent in a free society. He said: "The future must not belong to those who slander the prophet of Islam." With this statement, Obama attacked the right to criticize Islam, and he was in effect targeting not only YouTube provocateurs, but also people like Robert Spencer.

Not enough significance has been paid to the implications of the president's bizarre pronouncement. Obama left unsaid what he thinks should be done with those who criticize Islam in order to ensure that "the future must not belong" to them. However, the subsequent arrest of the producer of the offending YouTube video on charges that posting the video violated his probation, speaks louder than words. Will Robert Spencer and other authors and scholars who find sufficient reason to criticize any aspect of Islam have to worry about special scrutiny that could lead to prosecution or face other, more subtle, government sanctions?

Amazingly, such threats to freedom of expression seem not to bother those who otherwise make criticism of those in power the key element of their profession. This is not a new phenomenon. In his essays, "Writers and Leviathan" and "The Prevention of Literature," George Orwell seems to speak from the grave directly to Lisa Wangsness and journalists like her:

Freedom of the Press, if it means anything at all, means the freedom to criticize and oppose... To yield subjectively, not merely to a party machine, but even to a group ideology, is to destroy yourself as a writer... If you possess information that conflicts with the prevailing orthodoxy you are expected either to distort it or to keep quiet about it... Even a single taboo can have an all-round crippling effect upon the mind, because there is always the danger that any thought which is freely followed up may lead to the forbidden thought.

A modern literary intellectual lives and writes in constant dread -- not, indeed, of public opinion in the wider sense, but of public opinion within his own group. As a rule, luckily, there is more than one group, but also at any given moment there is a dominant orthodoxy, to offend against which needs a thick skin... To accept an orthodoxy is always to inherit unresolved contradictions... In every such case there is a conclusion which is perfectly plain but which can only be drawn if one is privately disloyal to the official ideology. The normal response is to push the question, unanswered, into a corner of one's mind, and then continue repeating contradictory catchwords.

Ms. Wangsness has redefined the role of the journalist from providing true information to promoting a group's dominant orthodoxy, which in this case also requires blacklisting, silencing, and employing neo-McCarthyism against those who violate its taboos. The ultimate victims here are the people of New England, who are kept ignorant of the potential dangers in their community. Welcome to the New Journalism -- serving private ideology against the public interest." -- Ilya Feoktistov and Charles Jacobs


Ilya Feoktistov and Charles Jacobs  AmericanThinker.com February 15, 2013

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

    Voltaire

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

    Margaret Thatcher

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

    Thomas Jefferson

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

    Thomas Jefferson

  • “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

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

    Calvin Coolidge

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

    Alexis de Tocqueville

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

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

    P.J. O'Rourke

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

    Alexis de Tocqueville

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

    WAG

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

  • "Knowledge is power."

    Sir Francis Bacon

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

  • "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

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

    Spanish Proverb

  • "Debt is the worst poverty."

    Thomas Fuller

  • "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

  • "The liberties of a people never were, nor ever will be, secure, when the transactions of their rulers may be concealed from them."

    Patrick Henry

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

    Benjamin Franklin

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

    Martin Luther King, Jr

  • "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

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

    P. J. O'Rourke

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

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


    WAG

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

    WAG

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

    Miecyslaw Kasprzyk

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

    Mark Twain

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

    Alexis de Tocqueville

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

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

    Paul Craig Roberts

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

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

    Rick Perry

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

    Rudy Giuliani

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

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

    Edward Langley (artist)

  • "Comedy is tragedy plus time"

    Woody Allen

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

    WAG

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

    Ronald Reagan

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

    Mark Twain

  • "Innocence seldom utters outraged shrieks. Guilt does"

    Whittaker Chambers

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

    Joseph Stalin

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

    Thomas Sowell

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

    Bill McIntire - NRA Spokesman (1992)

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

    WAG

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

  • "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

  • "Debt is the slavery of the free."

    Publilius Syrus

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

    Herb Stein (Economist)

  • "Democracy is the road to socialism."

    Karl Marx

  • "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

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

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

    George Washington

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

    Thomas Jefferson

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

    Adlai E. Stevenson

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

    George Washington

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

    Ronald Reagan

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

    Pastor John MacArthur

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

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

    GR

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

  • "A day without laughter is a day wasted"

    Charlie Chaplin

  • "The goal of socialism is communism."

    Vladimir Lenin

  • "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

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

  • "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)

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

    Thomas Jefferson

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

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

    George Orwell

  • "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

  • “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 )

  • "A bank is a place where they lend you an umbrella in fair weather and ask for it back when it begins to rain"

    Robert Frost

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

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

    Confucious

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

    WAG

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

    Benjamin Franklin

  • "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

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

    George Mason

  • "Government Integrity: An Oxymoron"

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

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

    Mark Twain

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

    WAG

  • "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

  • "When GOD fights for Israel, Israel wins"

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

    Alexis de Tocqueville

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

    Mark Twain

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

    Joseph Stalin

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

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

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

    Harry Truman

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

    Kinky Friedman

  • “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

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

    Evan Sayet

  • "I'm not an old, experienced hand at politics. But I am now seasoned enough to have learned that the hardest thing about any political campaign is how to win without proving that you are unworthy of winning"

    Adlai E. Stevenson

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

    Mark Twain

  • "When injustice becomes law, resistance becomes duty"

    Thomas Jefferson

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

    Lyndon B. Johnson

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

    Margaret Thatcher

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

    Thomas Edison

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

  • "Life………. It’s GOD’s choice"

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

    Joseph Stalin

  • "Humor is mankind's greatest blessing"

    Mark Twain

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

    John Adams

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

    John Wayne

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


    Alexander Hamilton

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

    Senator Jim Talent

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

    Rush Limbaugh

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

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

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

    Margaret Thatcher

  • "Gray hair is God's graffiti"

    Bill Cosby

  • "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

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

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

    John Adams (1826)

  • "When I stand before God at the end of my life, I would hope that I would not have a single bit of talent left, and could say, "I used everything You gave me"

    Erma Bombeck

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

    Alexis de Tocqueville

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

    Ayn Rand

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

    Abraham Lincoln

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

    John F. Kennedy

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

    Ann Landers

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

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

    Mark Twain

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

    Robert Green Ingersoll

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

    George Berkeley

  • "For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? What shall a man give in exchange for his soul?”

    Matthew 16:26

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

    Albert Einstein

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

    Mark Twain

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

    WAG

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

    Ronald Reagan

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

    Aaron Levenstein

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

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

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

    Ralph Waldo Emerson

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

    Ronald Reagan

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

    Alexis de Tocqueville

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

  • "Truth will always fuel the embers of liberty"

    WAG

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

    Margaret Thatcher

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

    Mitt Romney

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

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

    Charles Gordy

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

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

    WAG

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

    Orison S. Marden

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

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

    Lou Holtz

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

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

    Charles Caleb Colton

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

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

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

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

  • “Wisdom is the chief element of happiness”

    Sophocles

  • “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

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

    WAG

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

    George W. Bush

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

    George Washington

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

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

    Upton Sinclair

  • “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

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

  • "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

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

    Nelson Mandela

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

    WAG

  • “I prefer dangerous freedom over peaceful slavery.”

    Thomas Jefferson

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

    Thomas Jefferson

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

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

    Steven Wright

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

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

    Winston Churchill

  • "Heroes get remembered - but legends never die"

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

    WAG

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

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

    Charles Dickens

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

    Benjamin Franklin

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

  • “Any man who is under 30, and is not a liberal, has not heart; and any man who is over 30, and is not a conservative, has no brains”

    Winston Churchill

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

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

    George Washington

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

    Douglas Casey

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

    Thomas Jefferson

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

    Plato

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

    Albert Einstein

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

  • "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

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

    Vladimir Lenin

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

    Margaret Sanger (Founder of Planned Parenthood)

  • "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

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

    Noelle Pikus Pace (Olympian)

  • "There is no right way to do wrong"

  • "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

  • “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

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

    Eugene Ionesco

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

    Joseph Addison

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

  • "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

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

    American Patriot

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

    Winston Churchill

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

  • "Truth has no agenda"

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

    Ronald Reagan

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

    Vladimir Lenin

  • 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

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

    Jacques Barzun

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

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

    Bill Vaughan

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

    Professor Irwin Corey

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

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

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

    Ralph Waldo Emerson

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

    William Arthur Ward

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

    Dwight D. Eisenhower

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

    James Madison

  • “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)

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

    WAG

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

    John Adams

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

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

    Ronald Reagan

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

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

    Saint Pope John Paul II

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

    Rush Limbaugh

  • “One man with courage is a majority”

    Thomas Jefferson

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

    Joseph Goebbels

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

    Byrd Baggett

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

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

  • “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

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

  • “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

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

    Progressive apologist

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

    Galileo

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

    WAG

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

    James Madison

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

    Thomas Paine

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

    Mark Twain

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

    Benjamin Disraeli

  • “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

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

    Winston Churchill

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

    Robert Green Ingersoll

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

    Henry David Thoreau

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

    Anne Coleman

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

    Edmund Burke

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

    WAG

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

    Dr. Martin Luther King

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

    Alexis de Tocqueville

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

    James Madison

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

    Milton Friedman

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

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

    WAG

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

    Unknown

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

    Doug Powers

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

  • "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)

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

    Benjamin Franklin

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

    Phillip Brooks

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

    James Madison

  • “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)

  • "Golf is a good walk spoiled"

    Mark Twain

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

    Adlai E. Stevenson

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

    Aristotle

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

    Edmund Burke

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

    Thomas Paine

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

    Winnie the Pooh

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

    WAG

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

    Mark Twain

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

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

    Thomas Jefferson

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

    Sam Rayburn

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

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

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

    Margaret Thatcher

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

    Thomas Edison

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

    George Washington

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

    William P. Anthony

  • "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

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

    Chinese fortune cookie

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

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

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

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

    John Kerry

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

    Frederick Douglass

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

    Ayn Rand

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

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

    John Adams

  • "Communism is the death of the soul. It is the organization of total conformity - in short, of tyranny - and it is committed to making tyranny universal"

    Adlai E. Stevenson

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

    Lao-tzu

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

    George Orwell

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

    Voltaire

  • “It’s better to die a Hero, than live the life of a Coward”

    Charles Woods (father of murdered Benghazi SEAL Tyrone Woods) in a message to President Obama

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

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

    W. C. Fields

  • "Tolerance is the virtue of believing in nothing"

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

    Philip K. Dick

  • "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

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

    John Adams

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

    Joseph Stalin

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

    Abraham Lincoln

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

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

    Mark Twain

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

    Albert Einstein

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

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

    Alexander Hamilton

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

    Alexis de Tocqueville

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

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

    WAG

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

    Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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

    Charles Haddon Spurgeon

  • "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

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

    Adolph Hitler

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

    Mark Twain

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

    Aristotle

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

    Dick Cheney

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

    Maya Angelou

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

    Confucius

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

    Thomas Paine

  • "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

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

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

    Robert A. Heinlein

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

    Jimi Hendrix

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

    WAG

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

    Ronald Reagan

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

    Ralph Waldo Emerson

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

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

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

    WAG

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

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

    St. Augustine

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

    Joseph Stalin

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

    John Wooden

  • "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

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

    American Patriot

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

  • "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

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

    Rush Limbaugh

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

    Richard Henry Lee (1787)

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

    Kathy Ireland

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

    WAG

  • ”In war there is no substitute for victory”

    General Douglas MacArthur

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

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

    Anonymous

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

    Plato

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

    Joseph Stalin

  • "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

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

    Liberal Logic

  • "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

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

    WAG

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

    WAG

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

    Adolf Hitler

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

    Albert Einstein

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

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

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

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

    Adlai E. Stevenson

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

    George Washington

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

    Isoroku Yamamoto

  • "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

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

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

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

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

    Larry Elder

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

    Karl Wilhelm Friedrich Schlegel

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

    Larry Elder

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

    WAG

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

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

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

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

    Thomas Jefferson

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

    Mayer Amschel Rothschild

  • "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

  • “Paper money is founded upon fraud and knavery”

    George Mason (letter to George Washington)

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

    George Santayana

  • "Against the assault of laughter nothing can stand"

    Mark Twain

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

    Mayer Amschel Bauer Rothschild

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

    Abraham Lincoln

  • "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

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

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

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

    Mark Twain

  • "Political correctness is tyranny with manners."

    Charlton Heston

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

    Yiddish Proverb

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

    Mark Twain

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

    Psalm 118:8

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

    Robert Frost

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

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

    Napoléon Bonaparte

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

    Yogi Berra

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

    Albert Einstein

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

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

    Karl Marx

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

    Thomas Jefferson

  • "The 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

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

    Pat Flynn

  • "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.

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

    Eugene McCarthy

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

  • "This is like deja vu all over again"

    Yogi Berra

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

    Philip K. Dick

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

    Will Rogers

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

    WAG

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

    Milton Friedman

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

    John Kenneth Galbraith

  • "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

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

    WAG

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

    Abraham Lincoln

  • “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

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

    Richard Henry Lee, signer of Declaration of Independence

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

    Burt Shavitz (Burt's Buzz)

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

    Albert Einstein

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

    Jack Miner

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

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

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

  • "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)

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

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

    Robert Novak

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

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

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

    Socrates

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

    Thomas Jefferson

  • "Never spend your money before you have it"

    Thomas Jefferson

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

    Mark Twain

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

    James Madison

  • "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

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

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

    Martin Luther King, Jr.

  • “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

  • “There are severe limits to the good that the government can do for the economy, but there are almost no limits to the harm it can do”

    Milton Friedman, Nobel laureate

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

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

    Thomas Jefferson

  • "Ask why until you understand"

  • "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

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

    Kenneth Boulding (economist)

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

  • 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

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

    Arthur C. Clarke

  • “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

  • "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)

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

    Mao Tse-Tung

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

    Martin Luther King, Jr.

  • “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?”

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

    Hodding Carter, J.R.

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

  • "And what is the state but a servant and a convenience for a large number of people, just like the electric light and the plumbing system? And wouldn't it be preposterous to claim that men must exist for their plumbing, not the plumbing for the men"

    Ayn Rand

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

    Alexis de Tocqueville

  • “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

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

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

    John F. Kennedy

  • "Everything has beauty but not everyone sees it"

  • “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)

  • "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

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

    William F. Buckley Jr.

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

    Adlai E. Stevenson

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

    Mark Steyn

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

    Supreme Court Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.

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

    Joseph Stalin

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

    John F. Kennedy

  • "Just because someone says something that’s not factual, does not mean it’s not truthful, if they believe what they are saying."

    Liberal Logic

  • "I 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

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

  • "An informed public is essential to a democracy"

    Thomas Jefferson

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

    H.L. Mencken

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

    Vince Lombardi

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

    Mark Twain

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

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

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

    Mark Twain

  • “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

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

    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

  • "Education consists mainly of what we have unlearned"

    Mark Twain

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

    James Madison

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

    WAG

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

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

  • "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

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

    Mark Twain

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

    Paul Horning

  • "All bad precedents begin as justifiable measures"

    Julius Caesar

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

    Doug Larson

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

    Mark Twain

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

    Thomas Jefferson

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

    Vladimir Lenin

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

    WAG

  • 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

  • "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

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

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

    George Washington

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

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

    John Kenneth Galbraith

  • "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

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

    Mark Twain

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

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

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

    Paul Jacob

  • "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

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

    Bob Hope

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

    James Madison

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

    Mark Twain

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

    Frederic Bastiat

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

    Anonymous

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

    Vladimir Lenin

  • “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

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

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

    Alexis de Tocqueville

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

    Thomas Paine (December 23, 1776)

  • "Democracy is indispensable to socialism."

    Vladimir Lenin

  • "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

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

    George Orwell

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

  • "A free people ought to be armed"

    George Washington

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

    Winston Churchill

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

    WAG

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

    Albert Einstein

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

    Ayn Rand

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

    WAG

  • “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

  • “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

  • "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

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

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

  • "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

  • "We are great because we are good"

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

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

    Herbert Spencer

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

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

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

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

    Rush Limbaugh

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

    Bertrand Russell

  • “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

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

    Mahatma Ghandi

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

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

    Vince Lombardi

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

    Robert David Steele (CIA)

  • “It is hard to believe that a man is telling the truth when you know that you would lie if you were in his place.”

    Henry Louis Mencken

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

    WAG

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

    Margaret Thatcher

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

    Margaret Thatcher

  • 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

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

    George Washington

  • "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

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

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

    Robert Schuller

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

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

    WAG

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

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

    Anonymous

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

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

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

    Abraham Lincoln

  • "One man with courage is a majority"

    Thomas Jefferson

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

    Milton Friedman

  • "Today is tomorrow’s past"

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

    Aldous Huxley

  • "I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crises. The great point is to bring them the real facts"

    Abraham Lincoln

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

    Winston Churchill

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

    Karl Marx

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

  • "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

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

    Soviet Union saying

  • "Ignorance is the lifeblood of every politician"

    WAG

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

    Martin Van Buren

  • "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

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

    Ronald Reagan

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

  • "That government governs best that governs least"

    Thomas Jefferson

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

    Ralph Waldo Emerson

  • "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

  • "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.

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

    Saul Bellow

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

    James Bovard

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

    Dante Alighieri

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

    American Citizen

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

    WAG

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

    Adlai E. Stevenson

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

    Strom Thurmond

  • "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

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

    Benjamin Franklin

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

    Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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

    Dean Acheson

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

    Patrick Henry

  • "Let every nation know, whether it wishes us well or ill, that we shall pay any price, bear any burden, meet any hardship, support any friend, oppose any foe to assure the survival and the success of liberty"

    John F. Kennedy

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

    Government Motto

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

  • "We provide Americans an education in exchange for their commitment to serve in our armed forces, while at the same time, we offer amnesty to illegal immigrants in exchange for their commitment to vote Democrat for life."

    WAG

  • "Better a broken promise than none at all"

    Mark Twain

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

    Mark Twain

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

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

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

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

    Margaret Thatcher

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

    Robert Green Ingersoll

  • “The reports of my death are greatly exaggerated”

    Mark Twain

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

    John Jay, First Chief Justice of the Supreme Court

  • “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

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

    WAG

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

    Wendell Phillips

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

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

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

    WAG

  • "You can observe a lot just by watchin"

    Yogi Berra

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

  • "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

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

    Mark Twain

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

    WAG

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

    Milton Friedman

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

    James A. Garfield

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

    Alexander the Great

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

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

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

    Groucho Marx

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

    Mark Twain

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

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

    James Madison

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

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

    Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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

  • “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)

  • "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

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

    Rush Limbaugh

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

    Alexis de Tocqueville

  • "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

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

    Mark Twain

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

    WAG

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

    Cherokee proverb

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

    Margaret Thatcher

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

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

    Mark Twain

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

    Joseph Stalin

  • 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

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

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

    WAG

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

    William Faulkner

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

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

    James Madison

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

    Mark Twain

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

    Bob Hope

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

    Ayn Rand

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

    Reverend Ike

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

    Robert Green Ingersoll

  • "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)

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

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

    Benjamin Franklin

  • "In politics, stupidity is not a handicap"

    Napoleon Bonaparte

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

    Jay Leno

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

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

    Tacitus

  • "Failure to prepare is preparing to fail"

    Benjamin Franklin

  • "When in doubt tell the truth"

    Mark Twain

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

    Oscar Wilde

  • “Be truthful … Truth leads to trust”

  • "Truth Does Not Fear Knowledge"

  • "Half the people you know are below average"

  • “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

  • “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

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

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

    Chinese proverb

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

    Daniel Greenfield

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

    Knute Rockne

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

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

    David Stockman

  • “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

  • "There are lies, damned lies and statistics"

    Mark Twain

  • "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

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

  • 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

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

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

    Francis Bacon

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

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

    Chinese Proverb

  • "No Man is a Failure who has Friends"

    It's A Wonderful Life

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

    John Adams

  • “My greatest thought is my accountability to God”

    Daniel Webster

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

    Alexis de Tocqueville

  • "All men by nature desire knowledge."

    Aristotle

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

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

    Will Rogers

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

    Karl Marx

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

    WAG

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

    WAG

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

    Bob Hope

  • “I would not look to the U.S. Constitution, if I were drafting a constitution in the year 2012.”

    Ruth Bader Ginsburg (Supreme Court Justice)

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

    Isaiah 5:20

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

    WAG

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

    Charlotte

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

    Mark Twain

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

    Mark Twain

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

    Vladimir Lenin

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

    Theodore M. Hesburgh

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

    Harry S. Truman

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

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

    WAG

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

    David Letterman

  • "Lies serve to influence the ignorant"

    WAG

  • "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

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

    Thomas Jefferson

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

  • "A nation can survive its fools, and even the ambitious. But it cannot survive treason from within. An enemy at the gates is less formidable, for he is known and carries his banner openly. But the traitor moves amongst those within the gate freely, his sly whispers rustling through all the alleys, heard in the very halls of government itself."

    Tullius Cicero

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

    Mike Adams

  • "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."

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

    Dave Barry

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

    Ronald Reagan

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

    Thomas Jefferson

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

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

    Edgar J. Mohn

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

    Ronald Reagan

  • "Reason often makes mistakes but conscience never does"

    Josh Billings (Henry Wheeler Shaw)

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

    Vladimir Lenin

  • “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

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

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

    WAG

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

    WAG

  • "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

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

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

    Friedrich Nietzsche

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

  • "Laughter is the shortest distance between two people"

    Victor Borge

  • "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

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

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

    Plato

  • 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

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

    Danny Schecter

  • “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

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

    WAG

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

    WAG

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

    Luck

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

    Albert Einstein

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

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

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

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

    Fletcher Knebel, Historian

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

    Abkhasian Proverb

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

    Rod Serling

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

    Tacitus, The Annals III.27

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

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

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

    Dutch Proverb

  • “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

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

  • "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

  • “Every library is an arsenal”

    Robert Green Ingersoll

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

    Edward R. Murrow

  • "Failure is success if we learn from it"

    Malcolm S. Forbes

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

    Anatole France

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

    Rush Limbaugh

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

    WAG

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

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

    Ludwig von Mises

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

    Ayn Rand

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

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

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

    WAG

  • "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

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

    Thomas Henry Huxley

  • "An armed society is a polite society"

    Robert A. Heinlein

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

    Adlai E. Stevenson

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

    Ronald Reagan

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

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

    Doug Christie

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

    Syrus

  • "Irony differentiates. Cynicism never does."

    Paul Horgan

  • "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

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

    Joseph Stalin

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

    Justice Felix Frankfurter

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

    Mark Twain

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

    John F. Kennedy

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

    Moliere

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

    Ronald Reagan

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

    Dave Gardner

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

    WAG

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

    Joseph Stalin

  • "Bad laws are the worst sort of tyranny"

    Edmund Burke

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

    Lord Byron

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

    George Mason

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

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

    Vladimir Lenin

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

    Mark Twain

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

    Ronald Reagan

  • "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

  • "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

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

    Proverbs 17:28 (NIV)

  • “I do not know if the people of the United States would vote for superior men if they ran for office, but there can be no doubt that such men do not run.”

    Alexis de Tocqueville

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

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

    Mark Twain

  • “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

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

    Willis Player

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

    Will Rogers

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

    WAG

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

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

    Benjamin Franklin

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

    Mark Twain

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

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

    WAG

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

    Thomas Fuller

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