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DANGEROUS SPEECH: WOULD THE FOUNDERS BE CONSIDERED DOMESTIC EXTREMISTS TODAY?
Posted By: Letters on February 15, 2016 07:40 AM in FIRST AMENDMENT
James W. Whitehead  The Daily Sheeple Published on February 11, 2016


"Not only has free speech become a four-letter word—profane, obscene, uncouth, not to be uttered in so-called public places—but in more and more cases, the government deems free speech to be downright dangerous and in some instances illegal.

The U.S. government has become particularly intolerant of speech that challenges the government’s power, reveals the government’s corruption, exposes the government’s lies, and encourages the citizenry to push back against the government’s many injustices.

Indeed, there is a long and growing list of the kinds of speech that the government considers dangerous enough to red flag and subject to censorship, surveillance, investigation and prosecution: hate speech, bullying speech, intolerant speech, conspiratorial speech, treasonous speech, threatening speech, incendiary speech, inflammatory speech, radical speech, anti-government speech, right-wing speech, extremist speech, etc.

Yet by allowing the government to whittle away at cherished First Amendment freedoms—which form the backbone of the Bill of Rights—we have evolved into a society that would not only be abhorrent to the founders of this country but would be hostile to the words theyused to birth this nation.

Don’t believe me?

Conduct your own experiment into the government’s tolerance of speech that challenges its authority, and see for yourself.

Stand on a street corner—or in a courtroom, at a city council meeting or on a university campus—and recite some of the rhetoric used by the likes of Thomas Jefferson, Patrick Henry, John Adams and Thomas Paine without referencing them as the authors.

For that matter, just try reciting the Declaration of Independence, which rejects tyranny, establishes Americans as sovereign beings, recognizes God as a Supreme power, portrays the government as evil, and provides a detailed laundry list of abuses that are as relevant today as they were 240 years ago.

My guess is that you won’t last long before you get thrown out, shut up, threatened with arrest or at the very least accused of being a radical, a troublemaker, a sovereign citizen, a conspiratorialist or an extremist.

Try suggesting, as Thomas Jefferson and Benjamin Franklin did, that Americans should not only take up arms but be prepared to shed blood in order to protect their liberties, and you might find yourself placed on a terrorist watch list and vulnerable to being rounded up by government agents.

“What country can preserve its liberties if their rulers are not warned from time to time that their people preserve the spirit of resistance. Let them take arms,” declared Jefferson. He also concluded that “the tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants.” Observed Franklin: “Democracy is two wolves and a lamb voting on what to have for lunch. Liberty is a well-armed lamb contesting the vote!”

Better yet, try suggesting as Thomas Paine, Marquis De Lafayette, John Adams and Patrick Henry did that Americans should, if necessary, defend themselves against the government if it violates their rights, and you will be labeled a domestic extremist.

“It is the duty of the patriot to protect his country from its government,” insisted Paine. “When the government violates the people’s rights,” Lafayette warned, “insurrection is, for the people and for each portion of the people, the most sacred of the rights and the most indispensable of duties.” Adams cautioned, “A settled plan to deprive the people of all the benefits, blessings and ends of the contract, to subvert the fundamentals of the constitution, to deprive them of all share in making and executing laws, will justify a revolution.” And who could forget Patrick Henry with his ultimatum: “Give me liberty or give me death!”

Then again, perhaps you don’t need to test the limits of free speech for yourself. One such test is playing out before our very eyes in Portland, Oregon, where radio “shock jock” Pete Santilli, a new media journalist who broadcasts his news reports over YouTube and streaming internet radio, is sitting in jail.

Santilli, notorious for his controversial topics, vocal outrage over government abuses, and inflammatory rhetoric, is not what anyone would consider an objective reporter. His radio show, aptly titled “Telling You the Truth…Whether You Like It or Not,” makes it clear that Santilli has a viewpoint (namely, that the government has overstepped its bounds), and he has no qualms about sharing it with his listeners.

It was that viewpoint that landed Santilli in jail.

In early January 2016, a group of armed activists, reportedly protesting the federal government’s management of federal lands and its prosecution of two local ranchers convicted of arson, stagedan act of civil disobedience by occupying the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in Burns, Oregon. Santilli, who has covered such protests in the past, including the April 2014 standoff in Nevada between the Bundy ranching family and the federal government over grazing rights, reported on the occupation in Burns as an embedded journalist, albeit one who was sympathetic to the complaints (although not the tactics) of the occupiers.

When asked to clarify his role in relation to the occupation, Santilli declared, “My role is the same here that it was at the Bundy ranch. To talk about the constitutional implications of what is going on here. The Constitution cannot be negotiated.”

Well, it turns out that the Constitution can be negotiated, at least when the government gets involved.

Long a thorn in the side of the FBI, Santilli was arrested by the FBI following its ambush and arrest of key leaders of the movement. He was charged, along with the armed resistors, with conspiracy to impede federal officers from discharging their duties by use of force, intimidation, or threats—the same charge being levied against those who occupied the refuge—which carries a maximum sentence of six years in prison.

Notably, Santilli is the only journalist among those covering the occupation to be charged with conspiracy, despite the fact that he did not participate in the takeover of the refuge, nor did he ever spend a night on the grounds of the refuge, nor did he ever represent himself as anything but a journalist covering the occupation.

Of course, the government doesn’t actually believe that 50-year-old Santilli is an accomplice to any criminal activity.

Read between the lines and you’ll find that what the government is really accusing Santilli of is employing dangerous speech. As court documents indicate, the government is prosecuting Santilli solely as a reporter of information. In other words, they’re making an example of him, which is consistent with the government’s ongoing efforts to intimidate members of the media who portray the government in a less than favorable light.

This is not a new tactic.

During the protests in Ferguson, Missouri, and Baltimore, Maryland,numerous journalists were arrested while covering the regions’ civil unrest and the conditions that spawned that unrest. These attempts to muzzle the press were clearly concerted, top-down efforts to restrict the fundamental First Amendment rights of the public and the press.

As The Huffington Post reports:

The Obama administration’s treatment of reporters has caused controversy before. In 2009, the Department of Justice targeted a Fox News reporter in an investigation. Three years later, DOJ seized Associated Press reporters’ phone records. After that, former Attorney General Eric Holder ordered a review of the Justice Department’s news media policies. DOJ employees must consult with a unit within the Criminal Division before they arrest someone when there is a “question regarding whether an individual or entity is a ‘member of the news media,’” according to a January 2015 memo from Holder to DOJ employees.”

That the government is choosing to target Santilli for prosecution, despite the fact that they do not recognize new media journalists as members of the mainstream media, signals a broadening of the government’s efforts to suppress what it considers dangerous speech and stamp out negative coverage.

The message is clear: whether a journalist is acting alone or is affiliated with an established news source, the government has no qualms about subjecting them to harassment, arrest, jail time and trumped up charges if doing so will discourage others from openly opposing or exposing the government.

You see, the powers-that-be understand that if the government can control speech, it controls thought and, in turn, it can control the minds of the citizenry.

Where the government has gone wrong is in hinging its case against Santilli based solely on his incendiary rhetoric, which is protected by the First Amendment and which bears a striking resemblance to disgruntled patriots throughout American history.

Here’s what Santilli said: “What we need, most importantly, is one hundred thousand unarmed men and women to stand together. It is the most powerful weapon in our arsenal.”

Now compare that with the call to action from Joseph Warren, aleader of the Sons of Liberty and a principal figure within the American Revolution: “Stain not the glory of your worthy ancestors, but like them resolve never to part with your birthright; be wise in your deliberations, and determined in your exertions for the preservation of your liberties. Follow not the dictates of passion, but enlist yourselves under the sacred banner of reason; use every method in your power to secure your rights.”

Indeed, Santilli comes across as relatively docile compared to some of our nation’s more outspoken firebrands.

Santilli: “I’m not armed. I am armed with my mouth. I’m armed with my live stream. I’m armed with a coalition of like-minded individuals who sit at home and on YouTube watch this.”

Now compare that to what George Washington had to say: “Unhappy it is, though, to reflect that a brother’s sword has been sheathed in a brother’s breast and that the once-happy plains of America are either to be drenched with blood or inhabited by slaves. Sad alternative! But can a virtuous man hesitate in his choice?”

And then there was Andrew Jackson, a hothead if ever there was one. He came of age in the early days of the republic, served as the seventh president of the United States, and was not opposed to shedding blood when necessary: “Peace, above all things, is to be desired, but blood must sometimes be spilled to obtain it on equable and lasting terms.”

This is how freedom rises or falls.

There have always been those willing to speak their minds despite the consequences. Where freedom hangs in the balance is when “we the people” are called on to stand with or against individuals who actually exercise their rights and, in the process, push the envelope far enough to get called out on the carpet for it.

Do we negotiate the Constitution, or do we embrace it, no matter how uncomfortable it makes us feel, no matter how hateful or ugly it gets, and no matter how much we may dislike its flag-bearers?

Comedian Lenny Bruce laid the groundwork for the George Carlins that would follow in his wake: foul-mouthed, insightful, irreverent, incredibly funny, and one of the First Amendment’s greatest champions who dared to “speak the unspeakable” about race, religion, sexuality and politics. As Village Voice writer Nat Hentoff attests, Bruce was “not only a paladin of free speech but also a still-penetrating, woundingly hilarious speaker of truth to the powerful and the complacent.”

Bruce died in 1966, but not before being convicted of alleged obscenity for challenging his audience’s covert prejudices by brandishing unmentionable words that, if uttered today, would not only get you ostracized but could get you arrested and charged with a hate crime. Hentoff, who testified in Bruce’s defense at his trial, recounts that Lenny used to say, “What I wanted people to dig is the lie. Certain words were suppressed to keep the lie going. But if youdo them, you should be able to say the words.”

Not much has changed in the 50 years since Bruce died. In fact, it’s gotten worse.

What we’re dealing with today is a government that wants to suppress dangerous words—words about its warring empire, words about its land grabs, words about its militarized police, words about its killing, its poisoning and its corruption—in order to keep its lies going.

As I document in my book Battlefield America: The War on the American People, what we are witnessing is a nation undergoing a nervous breakdown over this growing tension between our increasingly untenable reality and the lies being perpetrated by a government that has grown too power-hungry, egotistical, militaristic and disconnected from its revolutionary birthright.

The only therapy is the truth and nothing but the truth.

Otherwise, there will be no more First Amendment. There will be no more Bill of Rights. And there will be no more freedom in America as we have known it.

As the insightful and brash comedian George Carlin observed:

“Rights aren’t rights if someone can take them away. They’re privileges. That’s all we’ve ever had in this country, is a bill of temporary privileges. And if you read the news even badly, you know that every year the list gets shorter and shorter. Sooner or later, the people in this country are gonna realize the government does not give a fuck about them! The government doesn’t care about you, or your children, or your rights, or your welfare or your safety. It simply does not give a fuck about you! It’s interested in its own power. That’s the only thing. Keeping it and expanding it wherever possible.” -- James W. Whitehead


James W. Whitehead  The Daily Sheeple February 11, 2016

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

    Fletcher Knebel, Historian

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

    Thomas Jefferson

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

    American Patriot

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

    George Santayana

  • "Happiness is good health and a bad memory"

    Ingrid Bergman

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

    Alexis de Tocqueville

  • "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

  • "Democracy is indispensable to socialism."

    Vladimir Lenin

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

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

    Ronald Reagan

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

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

    George W. Bush

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

    WAG

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

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

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

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

    Mark Twain

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

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

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

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

    James Madison

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

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

    Joseph Stalin

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

    William Pitt

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

    Paul Proctor

  • 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

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

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

    Karl Marx

  • “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”

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

  • "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

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

    Vladimir Lenin

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

  • "Half the people you know are below average"

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

    Karl Wilhelm Friedrich Schlegel

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

    Samuel Johnson

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

    Margaret Thatcher

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

    Sam Adams

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

    James Madison

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

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

    Mark Twain

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

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

    Confucius

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

    Robert Green Ingersoll

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

    Jay Leno

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

    George Mason

  • "Ignorance is the seed of APATHY"

    WAG

  • "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

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

    John Wooden

  • "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

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

    Douglas Casey

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

    Aristotle

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

    Kathy Ireland

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

    Milton Friedman

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

    David Letterman

  • "Ignorance is the truest form of freedom"

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

    Dietrich Bonhoeffer

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

    Yogi Berra

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

    Napoleon Bonaparte

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

    Thomas Jefferson

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

    WAG

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

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

    Ronald Reagan

  • "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

  • "Your success as a family, our success as a society, depends not on what happens at the White House, but what happens inside your house"

    Barbara Bush

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

    Thomas Jefferson

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

    Ayn Rand

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

    Patrick Henry

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

    Ted Nugent

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

    James Madison

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

    Adolf Hitler (1939)

  • "Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn’t pass it on to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same, or one day we will spend our sunset years telling our children and our children's children what it was once like in the United States where men were free."

    Ronald Reagan

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

    Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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

    Thomas Jefferson

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

  • "Truth has no agenda"

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

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

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

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

    Alexis de Tocqueville

  • “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

  • "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

  • “Wisdom is the chief element of happiness”

    Sophocles

  • “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

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

    Joseph Stalin

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

    Alexis de Tocqueville

  • “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

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

    Chinese fortune cookie

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

    Winston Churchill

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

    Winston Churchill

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

    George Washington

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

    Frederic Bastiat

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

    WAG

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

    WAG

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

    Ayn Rand

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

    Thomas Fuller

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

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

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

    Margaret Thatcher

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

  • “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)

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

  • "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

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

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

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

    David Stockman

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

    Vince Lombardi

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

    Adlai E. Stevenson

  • "Adversity makes a good man better"

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

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

    Mark Twain

  • “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

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

    James Bovard

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

    WAG

  • "When injustice becomes law, resistance becomes duty"

    Thomas Jefferson

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

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

    Antonio Porchia

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

    WAG

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

    Eugene McCarthy

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

    Alexis de Tocqueville

  • “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

  • "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

  • "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

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

    John Adams

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

    James Madison

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

    WAG

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

    John Adams

  • "Police in Austria are looking for a bank robber who wears a Sarah Palin mask while committing robberies. He started out with a Barack Obama mask, but no one took him seriously"

    Jay Leno

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

    Lou Holtz

  • "I love you, and because I love you, I would sooner have you hate me for telling you the truth than adore me for telling you lies.”

    Pietro Aretino

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

  • "Failure to prepare is preparing to fail"

    Benjamin Franklin

  • “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

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

    Mark Twain

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

    Mark Twain

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

    Adlai E. Stevenson

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

    Thomas Henry Huxley

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

  • "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

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

    Robert Schuller

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

    George Orwell

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

    Socrates

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

  • "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

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

    WAG

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

    WAG

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

  • "Ignorance is the lifeblood of every politician"

    WAG

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

    Thomas Jefferson

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

    Noelle Pikus Pace (Olympian)

  • “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

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

  • "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.

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

    Albert Einstein

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

    Mark Twain

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

    Margaret Thatcher

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

    James Madison

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

    Anatole France

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

    John Kerry

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

    Ralph Waldo Emerson

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

    WAG

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

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

  • "If 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

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

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

    Progressive apologist

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

    Liberal Lingo

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

    Plato

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

    Robert Green Ingersoll

  • "Heroes get remembered - but legends never die"

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

    Mark Twain

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

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

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

  • "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

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

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

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

    Sir Walter Scott

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

    WAG

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

    Adlai E. Stevenson

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

    WAG

  • "It took Teddy Kennedy longer to call the police after his Oldsmobile sunk at Chappaquiddick, than it took the 3rd Infantry Division and the Marines to destroy the Medina Republican Guard"


    Rush Limbaugh

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

    Steven Wright

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

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

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

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

    Rush Limbaugh

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

    Albert Einstein

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

    Byrd Baggett

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

    Isaiah 5:20

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

    Alexis de Tocqueville

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

    Edward R. Murrow

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

    Margaret Thatcher

  • "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

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

    Thomas Jefferson

  • “In a free country the monetary unit rests upon a fixed foundation of gold or gold and silver, independent of the ruling politicians.”

    Howard Buffett

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

    Yiddish Proverb

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

    Eugene Ionesco

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

    Mark Twain

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

    Newt Gingrich

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

    Dutch Proverb

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

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

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

    Abraham Lincoln

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

    Miecyslaw Kasprzyk

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

    WAG

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

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

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

    Anonymous

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

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

    Kinky Friedman

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

  • "Education consists mainly of what we have unlearned"

    Mark Twain

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

  • "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

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

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

    Ronald Reagan

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

    Aristotle

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

    Ephesians 6:11

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

    Thomas Jefferson

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

    Albert Einstein

  • "Better a broken promise than none at all"

    Mark Twain

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

    WAG

  • “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?”

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

    George W. Bush

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

    WAG

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

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

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

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

    Ronald Reagan

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

    Ronald Reagan

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

    Ralph Waldo Emerson

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

    Isaac Asimov

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

    Niccolo Machiavelli

  • "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

  • "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)

  • “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

  • "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

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

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

    Plato

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

    Dana Buchman

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

  • "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

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

    Alexis de Tocqueville

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

    Milton Friedman

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

    Aulus Persius Flaccus

  • “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

  • “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

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

    Alexis de Tocqueville

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

    Edmund Burke

  • "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)

  • "Irony is the hygiene of the mind."

    Elizabeth Bibesco

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

    Mark Twain

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

    Albert Einstein

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

    John Wayne

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

    WAG

  • “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

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

    Aldous Huxley

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

    Thomas Jefferson

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

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

    Ayn Rand

  • "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

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

    George Washington

  • "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

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

    WAG

  • "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

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

    Tacitus, The Annals III.27

  • "Banking establishments are more dangerous than standing armies"

    Thomas Jefferson

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

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

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

    George Orwell

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

    George Washington

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

    Mark Twain

  • "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.

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

    Alexis de Tocqueville

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

    Calvin Coolidge

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

    Patrick Henry

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

    WAG

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

    Brad Thor

  • "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

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

    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

  • "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

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

    Daniel Patrick Moynihan

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

    Enrico Fermi

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

    Albert Einstein

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

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

    Thomas Jefferson

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

    Soviet Union saying

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

    Upton Sinclair

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

  • "Innocence seldom utters outraged shrieks. Guilt does"

    Whittaker Chambers

  • 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

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

    Philip K. Dick

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

    Albert Einstein

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

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

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

    John Adams

  • "The goal of socialism is communism."

    Vladimir Lenin

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

    WAG

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

    Ronald Reagan

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

    Otto von Bismarck

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

    Ronald Reagan

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

    Albert Einstein

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

  • "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

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

    Abraham Lincoln

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

    George Washington

  • "In politics, stupidity is not a handicap"

    Napoleon Bonaparte

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

    Government Motto

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

    Luck

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

    Dante Alighieri

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

    Philip K. Dick

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

    WAG

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

    Ronald Reagan

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

    Bill Vaughan

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

    WAG

  • “My greatest thought is my accountability to God”

    Daniel Webster

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

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

    George Bernard Shaw

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

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

    Paul Craig Roberts

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

    Herb Stein (Economist)

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

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

    Robert A. Heinlein

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

    Jason Laumark

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

    Abraham Lincoln

  • "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

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

    Mark Twain

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

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

    Charles de Montesquieu

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

    Thomas Edison

  • “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

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

    Theodore M. Hesburgh

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

    Thomas Jefferson

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

    Benjamin Franklin

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

    John F. Kennedy

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

    Thomas Paine

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

    Friedrich Nietzsche

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

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

    Thomas Jefferson

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

    Albert Einstein

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

    George Washington

  • “Perception is today’s reality”

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

    Kenneth Boulding (economist)

  • "Gray hair is God's graffiti"

    Bill Cosby

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

    Unknown

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

    Doug Larson

  • 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

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

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

    George Orwell

  • "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

  • "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

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

    Thomas Jefferson

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

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

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

    Joseph Stalin

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

    Vladimir Lenin

  • "Americans have the right and advantage of being armed, unlike the citizens of other countries whose governments are afraid to trust the people with arms."

    James Madison

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

    Bob Hope

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

    Margaret Thatcher

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

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

    WAG

  • “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)

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

    Paul Horning

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

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

    Pastor John MacArthur

  • “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

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

    William Arthur Ward

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

    Ronald Reagan

  • "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

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

    Adolf Hitler

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

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

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

    Friedrich Nietzsche

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

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

    Joseph Stalin

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

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

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

    George Orwell

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

    Ralph Waldo Emerson

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

    Mahatma Ghandi

  • “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

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

    WAG

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

    WAG

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

    Larry Elder

  • “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

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

  • "Life………. It’s GOD’s choice"

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

    Will Rogers

  • "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

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

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

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

    Mark Twain

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

    Alfred Kazin

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

    George Washington

  • "Let us with caution indulge the supposition that morality can be maintained without religion. Reason and experience both forbid us to expect that national morality can prevail in exclusion of religious principle."

    George Washington

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

    WAG

  • "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

  • "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

  • "All men by nature desire knowledge."

    Aristotle

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

    John Adams (1826)

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

    Joseph Stalin

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

  • "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

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

    John F. Kennedy

  • ”In war there is no substitute for victory”

    General Douglas MacArthur

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

    James Madison

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

    Mayer Amschel Bauer Rothschild

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

  • "One man with courage is a majority"

    Thomas Jefferson

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

    George Berkeley

  • “Every library is an arsenal”

    Robert Green Ingersoll

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

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

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


    Alexander Hamilton

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

    Knute Rockne

  • "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

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

    Thomas Paine

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

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

    Patrice Lewis

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

    WAG

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

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

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

    Milton Friedman

  • “Paper money is founded upon fraud and knavery”

    George Mason (letter to George Washington)

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

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

    P.J. O'Rourke

  • 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

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

    Larry Elder

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

    American Citizen

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

    William P. Anthony

  • "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

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

    WAG

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

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

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

    William F. Buckley Jr.

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

    Albert Einstein

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

    Thomas Edison

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

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

    Mao Tse-Tung

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

  • “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

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

    Benjamin Franklin

  • “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

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

    Maya Angelou

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

    Voltaire

  • “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)

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

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

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

    Rush Limbaugh

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

    Paul Jacob

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

    Herbert Spencer

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

  • "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

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

    Margaret Thatcher

  • "A hypocrite is the kind of politician who would cut down a redwood tree, then mount the stump and make a speech for conservation"

    Adlai E. Stevenson

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

    Mark Twain

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

    James Madison

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

    Martin Luther King, Jr.

  • "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

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

    WAG

  • "Aspire to inspire before you expire."

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

    Plato

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

  • "Today is tomorrow’s past"

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

    Mark Twain

  • “The state must declare the child to be the most precious treasure of the people. As long as the government is perceived as working for the benefit of the children, the people will happily endure almost any curtailment of liberty and almost any deprivation.”

    Adolf Hitler (Mein Kampf )

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

    Alexander Hamilton

  • "That government governs best that governs least"

    Thomas Jefferson

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

    WAG

  • “I prefer dangerous freedom over peaceful slavery.”

    Thomas Jefferson

  • "Why would anyone save for tomorrow, if tomorrow, that which you can buy today, will be so much more expensive. Therein lies the problem. Therein lies the plan."

    WAG

  • "Go put your creed into your deed."

    Ralph Waldo Emerson

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

    Alexis de Tocqueville

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

    Milton Friedman

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

    Supreme Court Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.

  • "Real courage is found, not in the willingness to risk death, but in the willingness to stand, alone if necessary, against the ignorant and disapproving herd"

    Jon Roland (1976)

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

    Isoroku Yamamoto

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

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

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

    Arthur C. Clarke

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

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

    Winston Churchill

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

    WAG

  • "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

  • "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

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

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

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

    Benjamin Franklin

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

    Benjamin Franklin

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

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

  • "All bad precedents begin as justifiable measures"

    Julius Caesar

  • "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

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

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

    Edward Langley (artist)

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

    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

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

    John Kenneth Galbraith

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

    Abraham Lincoln

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

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

    Will Rogers

  • “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)

  • 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

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

    Ronald Reagan

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

  • "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

  • "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

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

    Dietrich Bonhoeffer

  • "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

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

    George Washington

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

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

    Mark Twain

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

    Justice Felix Frankfurter

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

    WAG

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

    Aaron Levenstein

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

    WAG

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

    H.L. Mencken

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

    Dr. Martin Luther King

  • "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

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

    Lao-tzu

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

    Rush Limbaugh

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

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

    Winston Churchill

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

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

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

    Erma Bombeck

  • “It’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

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

    Evan Sayet

  • "Laughter is the shortest distance between two people"

    Victor Borge

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

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

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

    Mark Twain

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

    Dean Acheson

  • "Disobedience to tyrants is Obedience to God"

    Benjamin Franklin

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

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

    Abraham Lincoln

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

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

    Jimi Hendrix

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

    WAG

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

    Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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

    Vince Lombardi

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

    Rush Limbaugh

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

    Benjamin Franklin

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

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

    WAG

  • “Be truthful … Truth leads to trust”

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

    Joseph Stalin

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

    Albert Einstein

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

    WAG

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

    Robert Green Ingersoll

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

    Ronald Reagan

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

    Jerry Pournelle

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

    Mark Twain

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

    Mark Twain

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

    WAG

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

    John F. Kennedy

  • "Government Integrity: An Oxymoron"

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

    Albert Einstein

  • "A day without laughter is a day wasted"

    Charlie Chaplin

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

    Moliere

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

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

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

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

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

    Martin Luther King Jr.

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

    Liberal when confronted with reality

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

  • "Against the assault of laughter nothing can stand"

    Mark Twain

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

    Rush Limbaugh

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

    Winston Churchill

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

    Willis Player

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

  • "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

  • “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

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

    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

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

    WAG

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

    Larry Elder

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

    Rush Limbaugh

  • “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

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

    Robert Frost

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

    WAG

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

    Bob Hope

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

    Will Rogers

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

    WAG

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

    St. Augustine

  • “One man with courage is a majority”

    Thomas Jefferson

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

    Martin Luther King, Jr.

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

    Mark Twain

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

  • "I swear by my life, and my love of it, that I will never live for the sake of another man, nor ask another man to live for mine"

    Ayn Rand

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

    WAG

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

    Margaret Thatcher

  • "We are great because we are good"

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

    Margaret Thatcher

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

  • “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

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

    William Faulkner

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

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

    Napoléon Bonaparte

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

    Albert Einstein

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

    Adlai E. Stevenson

  • "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

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

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

    Sam Rayburn

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

    Thomas Jefferson

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

    Robert Novak

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

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

    Albert Einstein

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

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

    Oscar Wilde

  • "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)

  • "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

  • "Reason often makes mistakes but conscience never does"

    Josh Billings (Henry Wheeler Shaw)

  • “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

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

    Mark Twain

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

  • "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

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

    Robert Green Ingersoll

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

    Joseph Stalin

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

    Mark Twain

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

    Vladimir Lenin

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

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

  • "When GOD fights for Israel, Israel wins"

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

    GR

  • "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

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

    Charles Dickens

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

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

    Doug Powers

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

    Mark Steyn

  • "When in doubt tell the truth"

    Mark Twain

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

    Galileo

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

    Ann Landers

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

    Mark Twain

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

    Senator Jim Talent

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

    Charlotte

  • “When I refuse to obey an unjust law, I do not contest the right of the majority to command, but I simply appeal from the sovereignty of the people to the sovereignty of mankind.”

    Alexis de Tocqueville

  • "An armed society is a polite society"

    Robert A. Heinlein

  • 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

  • “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

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

    Hunter S. Thompson

  • "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

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

    Thomas Jefferson

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

    WAG

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

    Edmund Burke

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

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

    Vladimir Lenin

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

    WAG

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

    Abraham Lincoln

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

    G. K. Chesterton

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

    Mark Twain

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

    Alexis de Tocqueville

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

    WAG

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

    Chinese Proverb

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

    Ronald Reagan

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

    Orison S. Marden

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

  • "Comedy is tragedy plus time"

    Woody Allen

  • “Gold is important, but so are guns and ammunition, and it’s the guys with the guns and ammunition that’ll get the gold in the end”

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

    Cherokee proverb

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

    Wendell Phillips

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

    Karl Marx

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

    Harry S. Truman

  • "Bad laws are the worst sort of tyranny"

    Edmund Burke

  • "Tolerance is the virtue of believing in nothing"

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

    Jack Miner

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

    Benjamin Franklin

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

    Thomas Sowell

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

    Demosthenes

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

    John Kenneth Galbraith

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

    WAG

  • "No Man is a Failure who has Friends"

    It's A Wonderful Life

  • "A free people ought to be armed"

    George Washington

  • "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)

  • “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)

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

    P. J. O'Rourke

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

    WAG

  • "Golf is a good walk spoiled"

    Mark Twain

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

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

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

    Thomas Jefferson

  • “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

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

    Sophia Loren

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

    WAG

  • "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)

  • "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."

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

    Martin Van Buren

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

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

    Winnie the Pooh

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

    Vladimir Lenin

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

    Will Rogers

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

    Vladimir Lenin

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

    Abraham Lincoln

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

  • “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

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

    Joseph Addison

  • "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

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

    Ayn Rand

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

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

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

    Rod Serling

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

    Robert David Steele (CIA)

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

    Charles Haddon Spurgeon

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

    Thomas Paine

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

    Henry David Thoreau

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

    Dave Gardner

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

  • "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)

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

    Mark Twain

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

    Edgar J. Mohn

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

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

    WAG

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

  • "I cannot undertake to lay my finger on that article of the Constitution which granted a right to Congress of expending, on objects of benevolence, the money of their constituents"

    James Madison

  • "Democracy is the road to socialism."

    Karl Marx

  • 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

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

  • "Irony differentiates. Cynicism never does."

    Paul Horgan

  • "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

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

    Benjamin Franklin

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

    Joseph Stalin

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

    Daniel Greenfield

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

    Ralph Waldo Emerson

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

    Ronald Reagan

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

    Professor Irwin Corey

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

    Nelson Mandela

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

    Ludwig von Mises

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

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

    Groucho Marx

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

    Rush Limbaugh

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

    Margaret Thatcher

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

  • “It ain't what you don't know that gets you into trouble. It's what you know for sure that just ain't so."

    Mark Twain

  • "The 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

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

    W. C. Fields

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

    von Clausewitz

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

    Andrew Carnegie

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

    Mark Twain

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

  • “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

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

    Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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

  • "If a nation expects to be ignorant and free, in a state of civilization, it expects what never was and never will be"

    Thomas Jefferson

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

    Ronald Reagan

  • "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

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

    Hodding Carter, J.R.

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

    Rick Perry

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

    Martin Luther King, Jr

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

    Bob Hope

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

    Anne Coleman

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

  • "Truth Does Not Fear Knowledge"

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

    John Adams

  • "Lies serve to influence the ignorant"

    WAG

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

    Confucious

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

    Mahatma Ghandi

  • "Ask why until you understand"

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

    Mark Twain

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

    Mark Twain

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

    Francis Bacon

  • "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

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

    Harry Truman

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

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

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

    Saul Bellow

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

    Abkhasian Proverb

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

    Spanish Proverb

  • "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

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

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

    Nicholas Murray Butler

  • "Debt is the worst poverty."

    Thomas Fuller

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

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

  • "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

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

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

    Joseph Stalin

  • "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

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

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

    Pat Flynn

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

  • “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

  • "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

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

    Edmund Burke

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

    Benjamin Franklin

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

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

    Ayn Rand

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

    Mark Twain

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

    Jacques Barzun

  • "Everything has beauty but not everyone sees it"

  • "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

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

    Robert A. Heinlein

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

    Mark Twain

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

    Mark Twain

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

  • "Knowledge is power."

    Sir Francis Bacon

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

    John Adams

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

    Charles Caleb Colton

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

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

    Mark Twain

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

    Proverbs 17:28 (NIV)