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20 Ways Media Completely Misread Congress’ Weak-Sauce Benghazi Report
Posted By: Letters on November 27, 2014 06:43 AM in MEDIA
Mollie Hemingway  TheFederalist.com Published on November 24, 2014


"On September 11, 2012, Islamist militants attacked U.S. complexes in Benghazi, Libya. Ambassador Chris Stevens was killed, the first U.S. Ambassador killed in the line of duty since 1979. Three other men were killed and 10 were injured.

The media immediately turned it into a political story, focusing more anger on Mitt Romney’s comments about the administration’s blaming of a YouTube video critical of Islam than determining the facts of the attack itself. Many in the media thought it fine that President Obama jetted off to a high-dollar fundraiser before the bodies cooled. When various high-level government officials blamed either a YouTube video critical of Islam — or our laws protecting free speech, it didn’t generate much controversy among big media.

The media tended to parrot White House talking points about the attack even years later. So even though everyone with knowledge of the scene in Benghazi knew otherwise, the New York Times was claiming until Friday — just this past Friday— that al Qaeda had nothing to do with the attack on Benghazi.

Really. Less than one year ago, the New York Times ran one of its massive “projects” — Pulitzer Prize attempts, basically — around the following claim:

Months of investigation by The New York Times, centered on extensive interviews with Libyans in Benghazi who had direct knowledge of the attack there and its context, turned up no evidence that Al Qaeda or other international terrorist groups had any role in the assault. The attack was led, instead, by fighters who had benefited directly from NATO’s extensive air power and logistics support during the uprising against Colonel Qaddafi. And contrary to claims by some members of Congress, it was fueled in large part by anger at an American-made video denigrating Islam.

If there’s something true in that pile of horse manure, you’ll have to point it out. Within days this was thoroughly debunked by those in the know (albeit highlighted by media outlets such as CNN). But just this past Friday afternoon, the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence released “the definitive House statement on the Intelligence Community’s activities before, during and after the tragic events that caused the deaths of four brave Americans” in Benghazi. We’ll look through all the flaws with this report (.pdf) here soon, but first we need to talk about the media reaction to same.

Things seemed to kind of get going with this tweet at 5:47 PM:

 The report and its appendices are hundreds of pages long. And I’d argue that the executive summary of the report is not well supported by the contents. It took me several hours to read and research it on Saturday and Sunday and I’m not even done with all the appendices. But let’s look at how journalists and media outlets responded:

Do you sense a pattern here? The groupthinkers got to the keyboards and pounded out surprisingly similar headlines, whether they were from far-left partisan groups or just the typically left-leaning (in some cases left-careening) big media:

CNN: Republican-led report debunks Benghazi theories and accusations
Slate: GOP-Controlled Intelligence Committee Debunks Benghazi Conspiracies
Talking Points Memo: GOP Intel Report Debunks Its Own Party’s Nutty Benghazi Theories
Atlanta Journal-Constitution: GOP-led report obliterates Fox News’ version of Benghazi

I could go on and on and on and on and on. In fact, I only found one noteworthy story that didn’t adopt the groupthink.

And within a few hours, the story about this report became about Fox News’ coverage of same. See these tweets with links to stories:

We’re going on six years of many major media outlets completely failing to inform their viewers and readers about numerous Obama administration scandals, but this is what the “media reporters” choose to focus on? Really? In just this past week alone, for instance, we had updates to the IRS scandal relating to targeting of conservative groups (some 30,000 irretrievably lost emails were found), updates to the many scandals surrounding Obamacare’s drafting (note which outlets are carrying substantive updates about Obamacare architect Jonathan Gruber) and implementation (thank God for Peter Suderman or we might not have learned about the latest Obamacare surprise coming out in the latest Friday night document dump), news a huge Obama bundler and major gay rights activist being arrested for child rape, reports of emails revealing Department of Justice attempts to silence one of the rare tenacious reporters covering the administration, a teensie weensie little Constitutional problemo about President Obama usurping the legislative process, signing a secret order to extend the war in Afghanistan, and probably a half dozen other things I’m missing.

If there’s a story about media downplaying Obama administration scandal news, and boy is there, this Fox News not giving enough coverage to a weak-sauce Benghazi report sure as hell ain’t it. Let’s look at what else the media missed.

1. Many journalists obviously didn’t read the report.

Much less read it critically.

One might assume this both because of the speed with which they joined the groupthink and their complete and uncritical acceptance of what they heard the report said. I grant that they may have read the 2-page executive summary.

2. They forgot the well-known problems with Congressional oversight

The relationship between intelligence agencies and the members of Congress who are supposed to oversee them could not be more damaged. I’m not even talking about stuff like how the CIA admitted to spying on members of the Senate committee that is supposed to oversee the agency.

It’s actually the good relationships that are even worse. (And I’m not even talking about how sometimes members are married to people who work in the private sector on related topics.) One of the most common criticisms levied against the intelligence oversight committees is that they’re far too approving and accepting of what the intelligence community wants. I’ve covered the federal government for more than 10 years, so I’m familiar with bureaucratic jargon. Still, I was stunned by the level of obfuscating jargon I found in the report, and what a reasonable person might assume that meant:

Exactly. This is, like, reporting 101. How did so many big-shot reporters miss just that initial skepticism we should all share when reporting on — especially — politicians?

3. “Mistakes were made.”

On May 1, 1973, Nixon’s Press Secretary Ron Ziegler famously said, “I would apologize to the Post, and I would apologize to Mr. Woodward and Mr. Bernstein… We would all have to say that mistakes were made in terms of comments.” Ziegler wasn’t the first to use the line “mistakes were made” but he made it so famous that it was included in obituaries when he died. The phrase is a cliched way to avoid responsibility for wrong-doing and to try to diminish the seriousness of allegations.

Guess what page “mistakes were made” appears in the explosive Benghazi report that supposedly exonerates everybody in the intelligence community that was within 3,000 miles of the deadly attack? Did you guess page one of the executive summary? Congratulations. You win.

4. Actual vs. caricatured complaints about Obama’s handling of Benghazi

Now, if you were to ask people who aren’t reflexively defensive of President Obama (as the media tend to be) what their main concerns with Benghazi were two years ago, they’d probably say something along the lines of:

  • That we allowed an ambassador to be assassinated by Islamist militants in Libya.
  • That we didn’t quite seem as concerned as we should have been, as evidenced by our commander-in-chief heading off to a Vegas fundraiser hours after it happened and a general patience about seeking justice.
  • That we claimed that an attack on September 11 probably actually had something to do with a silly video and nothing to do with Al Qaeda.
  • The we officially told the world that “since our founding, the United States has been a nation that respects all faiths. We reject all efforts to denigrate the religious beliefs of others,” as President Obama said.
  • That our Secretary of State said of a video made by an American that “We absolutely reject its content and message.”
  • That these statements were dangerously untrue. In America, you’re actually totally allowed to disparage any religion you want. (I myself have fun targeting Methodists.) (Sidenote, check out how our Secretary of State gave a rhetorical beatdown to the Nazis when they complained about a mock trial of Hitler held in Madison Square Gardens in 1934.)
  • That our media seemed more obsessed with covering for Obama than investigating what the heck happened that night.

Now, the report whitewashes, excuses or glosses over almost all of this and fails completely to get at any of the deeper and troubling questions about what’s wrong with our intel community. It only “debunks” claims if you think that bureaucratic ass-covering and rather strained justifications of what I would hope all Americans would agree was a clear intelligence failure count as “debunking.”

5. Let’s talk about the Feb. 17th Brigade

Here’s a case in point.

The report says that at “appropriately” (I assume they meant “approximately”) 9:40 PM, dozens of militants approached the compound and that “as the men approached, three Libyan security officers in a car outside the [Temporary Mission Facility] drove away without warning U.S. personnel.” Further:

“The State Department had contracted with the February 17th Brigade and the Blue Mountain Group to provide local security for the TMF facility. All available information indicates that the February 17th Brigade guards were inside the walls of the compound and did not detect or report information about the attackers before the attackers breached the gate.”

Now, the report doesn’t mention the Feb. 17th Brigade too much again (we hear the telling — for what it suggests isn’t mentioned — reference to some “helpful” members of the group a few pages later). And maybe it’s telling because the Feb. 17th Brigade — our security contractors — are now allied with Ansar al Sharia — the perpetrators of the attack — and the two groups have taken over large parts of Benghazi. Now, I know that you have to contract with bad guys when you’re doing shady but important work. But don’t you think that maybe a definitive report about how absolutely nothing went wrong in Benghazi that could have been prevented should include that we contracted out our compound security to al Qaeda affiliates there? I mean, maybe the group used to be totes awesome and only went bad after we left. Or, given how things went down, maybe they totally sold us out. But to not even discuss this issue strikes me as odd in the extreme.

Or what about this guy:

Wissam Bin Hamid’s name has surfaced time and again in the investigation into the Benghazi attack. He admittedly met with American officials in Benghazi just days before the assault to discuss security, and he reportedly refused to provide assistance once the attack was underway. The post-revolution Libyan government also worked with Bin Hamid and his Libya Shield militia, which was supposedly one of the strongest “security” forces inside Benghazi.

You will never ever ever guess where this guy is now. OK, if you guessed that a few weeks ago Ansar al Sharia released a 42-minute video featuring him, you win. However, you won’t find any mention of him in this report.

Another weird paragraph says that a Tripoli security team arranged with someone for some particular equipment to be there when they landed in Benghazi. But when they got there, the equipment was nowhere to be found and their interlocutor’s cell phone was turned off. Interesting.

Should these angles have been discussed in the “definitive” report on how everything is awesome? I kind of think so, don’t you?

6. Remember that New York Times report that was only updated on Friday?

I just want to point out that the first line of the report that supposedly makes Republicans look bad places blame for the attack on “armed militias with ties to terrorist organizations, including al-Qa’ida.” And while, yes, the Times did finally get around to updating their report to note that these militias have ties to al Qa’ida, they hedged as much as you could imagine and buried it on page 8. Why are we making fun of FOX, again?

7. Our response was slow.

Now, you can read the report as a big intel agency CYA or you can read it as just a really charitable defense of the decision making that night. But no matter how you read it, it’s striking how slow we were in responding to this crisis.

You know that line about how when seconds count, the police are minutes away? Well, here we had a situation where seconds counted but the nearest security team was 42 minutes away, because of various delays. And the Tripoli team didn’t even start for the air field in Tripoli until after that. And both cited traffic concerns.

Once the Tripoli team finally got to Benghazi, the equipment they arranged for wasn’t there and the group supposed to take them to the hospital (where they believed the ambassador to be) decided they didn’t want to go. The explosive report simply says, “it was not clear why those individuals did not want to travel to the hospital.”

Oh, and the “confusion at the airport lasted for about three and a half hours.” Oh. OK. And then the reason why they were able to leave was because the Libyan Shield brought vehicles to them. But the committee “uncovered no evidence” that the militia tipped off the attackers to the Tripoli Team’s presence. The attack of lethal and deadly accurate mortar fire just happened to take place 11 minutes after they finally arrived at their destination. After some difficulties, they were able to convince Libyan Shield drivers to help them evacuate.

8. Intelligence failures explained away.

A good example of how the report treads softly happens in Section 2, where we’re told that while intelligence agencies knew the threats in Libya were rising, they didn’t have any knowledge of a specific attack.

“There is no evidence of an intelligence failure,” the report says. But by that it simply means that nobody had given the CIA blueprints for an attack. I mean, we do know that Al Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri “had called for Americans to be targeted in Libya the day before the diplomatic mission was attacked, leading to speculation that al Qaeda’s leadership in Pakistan had some sort of role or influence in the attack.” This would seem to indicate that maybe our confidence al Qaeda had nothing to do with the attack was as misguided as our belief that there was no intel failure in predicting an attack on Americans there.

“One of the first questions [the committee] pursued is whether the U.S. government had or should have had intelligence that could have prevented or disrupted the attacks, and thus whether there was an intelligence failure.” This is idiotic. I mean, you might explain why we had an intel failure but there’s no question that we failed. By definition we failed. We have a dead ambassador, three other dead Americans and 10 severely wounded. All because of a surprise attack we were unprepared for. That’s a failure of the intelligence community.

But instead the report says the Committee “found no evidence of an intelligence failure, and an internal CIA analytic review provided to the Committee on January 4, 2013, corroborates the Committee’s findings.”

Wait, the CIA said the CIA didn’t fail? That’s not surprising at all. I mean, this may be what passes for intelligence committee oversight, but I think most Americans want to know why we weren’t more on top of the Al Qaeda leader’s warning or why we didn’t connect that to one of Al Qaeda’s favorite targets (diplomatic compounds) or why we forgot the significance of September 11. Or just why we weren’t better informed of who was friend and who was foe, who was working with whom and why and what we could do to prevent more dead Americans.

Examples of intel failures are brushed away as uncorroborated. To wit, the CIA apparently reported that “a former Transitional National Council security official in Benghazi said he received, very shortly before the attack, information of a possible imminent attack against the TMF and tried to notify the Libyan Intelligence Service the day of the attacks. However he was unable to make contact and relay the information.” Sounds like a failure. But the committee says it wasn’t corroborated by anyone. OK?

9. Try cutting through the jargon here.

Finding #2 says that the “CIA provided sufficient security personnel, resources, and equipment to defend against the known terrorist threat and to enable CIA operations in Benghazi. There is no evidence that the CIA turned down requests for additional security resources at the Annex.”

Well, we’ve already excused failures by saying that the CIA couldn’t have known of the threat. So the first line that they had appropriate resources for “known” threats is basically meaningless. And we already knew two years ago that Ambassador Stevens requested a beefing up of security.

Now, let’s say the request was never officially turned down but just never fulfilled, which is, in fact, extremely plausible. The end result is a lack of requested security but you could report that “There is no evidence that the CIA turned down requests for additional security.” See how bureaucratic jargon works? It’s like magic. (And if you’re immediately wondering how that first line about “known threats” doesn’t work in conjunction with the knowledge that Stevens requested more security, you are smarter than a typical reporter.)

Does a finding like that really “debunk” the supposed conspiracy theory that there wasn’t enough security? I don’t see how it does. Further, Finding #2 is something of a slap in the face of Ambassador Stevens’ memos to his superiors. These aren’t mentioned in the section.

Should I mention that this section about how everything was hunky dory mentions that “perhaps all of the [Diplomatic Security] agents were unarmed and one of them was not wearing shoes”? Or should I instead Groupthink my way into poking fun at conservatives and telling them to be ashamed?

10. Scathing indictment of how little our Feds understand about al Qaeda

As recently as Friday, the State Department was being mocked for its refusal to acknowledge that Ansar al Sharia is tied to Al Qaeda.

Finding #5 is fairly explicit about how a ragtag group of Al Qaeda affiliates launched the attack.

What’s going on with the State Department’s downplaying of Al Qaeda links? Well, I think it has a lot to do with Obama campaign pledges regarding Al Qaeda. You’d have to be a Major League Gruber to claim that the global Islamist militant movement is waning. But President Obama did make a lot of claims about Al Qaeda being “on its heels” or “on the run” or “decimated” and so on. To wit:

“Now, four years ago, I made a few commitments to you. I told you I’d end the war in Iraq, and I did. I said I’d end the war in Afghanistan, and we are,” said Obama. “I said we’d refocus on the people who actually attacked us on 9/11 — and today, al Qaeda is on its heels and Osama bin Laden is no more.”

To make this campaign rhetoric stick, our executive branch has claimed that it meant “core” al Qaeda as opposed to all the groups al Qaeda oversees and works with. Because if we know anything about al Qaeda it’s not that it’s a powerful decentralized operation with a global network. Oh wait, that’s precisely what we do know.

So Finding #5 says “A mixed group, including members of al-Qa’ida in the lands of the Islamic Meghreb (AQIM), al-Qa’ida in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), al-Qaida in Iraq (AQI), the Muhammad Jamal Network (MJN), Ansar al-Sharia (AAS), and Abu Abaydah Ibn Jarah Battalion (UJB) participated in the attacks, along with Qadafi loyalists.

Of course it was a mixed group such as this! It was the White House that consistently downplayed al Qaeda’s involvement for so long. It’s not entirely clear why this finding is such a debunking of what people other than the New York Times have been saying.

11. The involvement of prisoners released from Gitmo

So that New York Times report I keep going back to includes a portion that says this:

The C.I.A. kept its closest watch on people who had known ties to terrorist networks abroad, especially those connected to Al Qaeda. Intelligence briefings for diplomats often mentioned Sufian bin Qumu, a former driver for a company run by Bin Laden. Mr. Qumu had been apprehended in Pakistan in 2001 and detained for six years at Guantánamo Bay before returning home to Derna, a coastal city near Benghazi that was known for a high concentration of Islamist extremists. But neither Mr. Qumu nor anyone else in Derna appears to have played a significant role in the attack on the American Mission, officials briefed on the investigation and the intelligence said.

Again, if you were reading conservative sites, you already knew that this wasn’t true.

But the report says he was almost certainly involved and that he was trained by al Qaeda. And that others who were involved were part of al Qaeda.

12. “They told us to wait.” “Yeah, We told them to wait.”

Remember a few months ago when FOX News had a special documentary “13 Hours at Benghazi”? This was an explosive documentary hosted by Bret Baier that featured three American security forces who were in Benghazi saying they disagreed with how long they were told to wait before trying to rescue folks at TMF.

You can watch the relevant portion here but I’ll just note that these men are speaking on the record about their experience:

If you’d rather read the relevant portion, here’s a transcript. The guys said they were ready to go within five minutes but they were held back by a top CIA officer named “Bob.”

“It had probably been 15 minutes I think, and … I just said, ‘Hey, you know, we gotta– we need to get over there, we’re losing the initiative,’” said Tiegen. “And Bob just looks straight at me and said, ‘Stand down, you need to wait.’” “We’re starting to get calls from the State Department guys saying, ‘Hey, we’re taking fire, we need you guys here, we need help,’” said Paronto. After a delay of nearly 30 minutes, the security team headed to the besieged consulate without orders. They asked their CIA superiors to call for armed air support, which never came. Now, looking back, the security team said they believed that if they had not been delayed for nearly half an hour, or if the air support had come, things might have turned out differently. “Ambassador Stevens and Sean [Smith], yeah, they would still be alive, my gut is yes,” Paronto said. Tiegen concurred. “I strongly believe if we’d left immediately, they’d still be alive today,” he added… In a statement to Fox News, a senior intelligence official did allow that the security team was delayed from responding while the CIA’s top officer in Benghazi tried to rally local support.

Here’s how this is “debunked” according to the report:

Finding #7: Prior to the CIA security team departing for the TMF, the Annex leadership deliberated thoughtfully, reasonable, and quickly about whether further security could be provided to the team. Although some security officers voiced a greater urgency to depart for the TMF, no officer was ever told to stand down.

Oh where to begin? Now, what the report does is explain the delay, not deny it. It characterizes the delay as thoughtful and reasonable. The guys who went on the record thought it overdone, but that’s a natural disagreement.

But note that while the guys said they were told to “stand down” by a top CIA officer, the “debunkers” say that no CIA officer was told to stand down. Later they say that no “stand down” order was given from CIA HQ or from the Tripoli Team.

Of course, these security guys never said that. They said they were told to stand down by an officer right there who looked them in the eye and was named Bob. Further, it’s rather obvious from the actual interview that their big point of dispute is that they were told to wait. The report confirms that is exactly what happened.

13. Explanations aren’t eviscerations

Similarly, Finding #9 explains “The Tripoli Team’s decision not to move to the hospital to retrieve Ambassador Stevens was based on the best intelligence at the time.”

And yes, this report says, that intelligence turned out to be completely inaccurate. (But remember, there were no intelligence failures, just inaccurate or insufficient intelligence that turned out to be disastrous.) But if the claim is that nobody moved to the hospital to help Stevens, explaining why no one moved isn’t the same thing as “debunking” the claim.

14.No focus on State Department or Defense Department

This isn’t a big thing but it’s worth noting that this review was of intelligence agencies. Therefore, it lacks a substantive discussion of State Department and Defense Department performance. Not that I’d expect any biting oversight of those departments, either, but since those departments also played (or didn’t play, as the case may be) roles in what happened, the lack of focus is just something to consider when declaring, as one media outlet did, the release date of this report the date when Benghazi was no longer up for discussion.

15. Did we mention that there was nothing good about the talking points?

Yeah, so, late in the report we learn that “the Administration’s initial public narrative on the causes and motivations for the attacks were not fully accurate.” You don’t say! Also that “The process and edits made to these talking points was flawed.”

And for this, the GOP should be ashamed? Really? It’s almost like a less obsequious press might think something else might be amiss.

Much of the report wishy-washily explains that there is a fog in intel gathering that makes things difficult to assess and that this kind of sort of excuses all the horse manure that was shoveled by the administration during the campaign-season terrorist attack.

Now, earlier in the report we’re told that “[Ansar al Sharia] posted a video on YouTube on September 12, 2012, claiming participation in the attacks” and we know that the head of al Qaeda called for attacks on the U.S. in Libya the day before the attack. We know that the attack took place on September 11, what even the most casual observer might note is a significant date. We’re told that the Defense Intelligence Agency said the attacks were pre-planned on September 12.

But you see, man, like a few weeks later the CIA totally thought it just happened to fall on September 11.

Let me be clear, as President Obama might say, if you’re a reporter reading this and think this sounds even remotely plausible and you think that this section is anything other than a great explanation of how idiotic the CIA can be, you are an idiot.

Everything about this section is groan-inducing. Such as that when a cable came from Tripoli to the CIA on September 14 that was the “first indication that there may not have been a protest,” according to deputy director Mike Morell, he wasn’t sure if he’d read it. Nevermind that we later learn that folks in Libya had within hours assessed that there was a lack of protests that day. I just have a hard time believing that the deputy director wouldn’t care if a Tripoli intelligence cable came around. Either way, by September 15, he’d gotten an email specifically saying there’d been no protest.

And when did Susan Rice go on television blaming a YouTube video for sparking a protest that somehow magically transformed into this super-effective double-location onslaught that took four American lives including an American Ambassador’s? That would be September 16.

That was when she said the actions in Benghazi were a “direct result of a heinous and offensive video that was widely disseminated.”

This report that supposedly makes Republicans look bad notes that Deputy National Security Advisor Ben Rhodes wrote on September 14 that “one of the goals of Administration public statements should be ‘To underscore that these protests are rooted in an Internet video, and not a broader failure of policy.’”

Exactly the opposite, Ben.

Anyway, this report then claims, more or less completely implausibly, that Rice couldn’t have really known until afterwards that her assessments were incorrect. Um, OK. But maybe when you’re, I don’t know, trying to “underscore that these protests are rooted in an Internet video, and not a broader failure of policy” because you’re focusing on campaigning more than truth-telling, you end up underscoring something that isn’t true. I don’t care if we have some difficult-to-swallow bureaucratic BS explanation that avoids tough questions and instead pats Susan Rice on the head as if she couldn’t be expected to do better. Or, rather, I don’t see why we let certain administrations get away with this type of explanatory defense while nailing other people to the wall for the smallest slight.

16. Wait, what’s this about Mike Morell again?

So the same Morell who accidentally didn’t read a memo related to a horrific terror attack and forgot to tell anyone about the cables from Tripoli also was this guy:

“Finding 12: Deputy CIA Director Michael Morell made significant changes to the talking points”

Wait, what? Are you kidding me?

But, the report says, it’s OK because, um, well, you see, he didn’t know Susan Rice or anyone else in the Administration would use talking points he made. And then the report says something about excellent beachfront property for sale cheap. No, actually it says he “made a large number of edits after a September 15 White House Deputies Committee meeting.” Oh dear.

Earlier drafts of the talking points mentioned al Qaeda but by the time Morell was done with them, he didn’t even include “Islamist” in them. Because our CIA is full of people who do not commit intelligence failures but can’t figure out that an al Qaeda attack on September 11 might be related to Islamism.

By the way, the CIA’s office of public affairs also stripped language about attacks and changed it to “demonstrations” and I am sure that had nothing whatsoever to do with it being an election year or their bosses allowing a major attack on the anniversary of September 11.

17. CIA could have done things better? You don’t say.

Finding #14 says “the CIA could have placed more weight on eyewitness sources on the ground and should have challenged its initial assessments about the existence of a protest earlier.” Of course, its initial assessment was right on. Within hours, the CIA noted that the attack was premeditated and there was no protest. It was politics that changed that rather obvious conclusion. And as noted above, the guys in Tripoli specifically told the agency that they had no evidence of a protest before Susan Rice received talking points making contrary claims.

Looking through all of this talking-point changing and reversal of initial assessments, and White House efforts to make sure everyone believed it was a protest, this whole “what difference does it make?” episode from Hillary Clinton sure doesn’t look any better (though I’m sure the media will continue to give her one of their trademarked passes).

18. Wrongly forced to sign NDAs?

Another finding is that no one was improperly forced to sign non-disclosure agreements. This is in response to the claims made by some that they were encouraged to sign multiple non-disclosure agreements.

The report in fact acknowledges that some of those who were told to sign secondary NDAs felt uncomfortable about it. It says “three of the six contractors who signed new NDAs testified that they believed CIA’s request for the new NDAs appeared odd.” But the committee feels strongly that everything was cool about it.

But how does this debunk reporting that contractors were asked to sign further NDAs or that the request felt it odd? The report confirms it. And it seems sensible that some might find it odd. Reporters shouldn’t delight in CIA explanations for why it was totally no big deal over other claims at odds with CIA talking points.

The report goes into twists and turns to explain that these secondary NDAs weren’t really tied to Benghazi, they just super seem like it. And further the report says that Director Brennan was “factually accurate” when he denied it had anything to do with Benghazi but then suggests he didn’t handle it well. What a mess.

19. If you can’t trust the CIA completely, who can you trust?

Finding #16 is “There is no evidence that the CIA conducted any unusual polygraph exams related to Benghazi.”

You’ll note a few things. Namely the word “unusual” and the phrase “related to Benghazi.”CNN reported that some people who had been in Benghazi were being polygraphed once a month. They also reported that was an unusual rate.

Does the CIA justify its claim by saying once a month is a totally usual rate? That the polygraphs were done at an unusual rate but weren’t actually related to Benghazi but, instead, something else agency related? Is the distinction related to the difference between the journalistic claim regarding “CIA operative” and the CIA claim that “no officer” was polygraphed? We don’t know. There is no substantiating evidence that would make someone believe the CIA over Jake Tapper on this one. Should journalists jump up and down and make partisan clowns out of themselves before asking these questions?

20. What a waste of two years.

The conclusion to the report claims “This report is the result of nearly two years of intensive investigation.” I’d like to see how they define intensive.

Because if you spend two years to come up with a report that one of our worst failures was not preventable and you don’t even explore, say, whether we were sold out by supposed friends who turn out to be al Qaeda affiliated, what are you doing with your time?

If I wanted to read a bunch of unconvincing explanations for bad behavior, I’d talk to a group of poorly disciplined children. We should expect a bit more from an oversight committee.

And as for the clown show of our reporter class who spent the last couple of years making B-E-N-G-H-A-Z-I acrostics? Joking about dead ambassadors and lacking curiosity are not as good looking as you think." -- Mollie Hemingway

The Anti-Anti-Islam Film TV Ad By US in Pakistan Repudiating Film
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XtNu6E7c4vA

The untold story about what happened in Benghazi
http://video.foxnews.com/v/3768140200001


Mollie Hemingway  TheFederalist.com November 24, 2014

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

  • "Truth Does Not Fear Knowledge"

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

    Ronald Reagan

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

  • “My greatest thought is my accountability to God”

    Daniel Webster

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

    Mark Twain

  • "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

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

    Harry Truman

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

    Martin Luther King Jr.

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

    George Orwell

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

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

    James Bovard

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

    WAG

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

    Cal Thomas

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

  • "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

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

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

    Vladimir Lenin

  • "Lies serve to influence the ignorant"

    WAG

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

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

    John Adams (1826)

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

    Will Rogers

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

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

  • "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

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

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

    Mark Twain

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

    Martin Luther King, Jr.

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

    Herbert Spencer

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

    Lt. Colonel James G. Zumwalt

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

    Napoleon Bonaparte

  • “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

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

    WAG

  • “Paper money is founded upon fraud and knavery”

    George Mason (letter to George Washington)

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

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

    Joseph Goebbels

  • “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

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

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

    Alexis de Tocqueville

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

    Joseph Stalin

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

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

    American Patriot

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

    George Mason

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

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

    G. K. Chesterton

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

    Thomas Jefferson

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

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

    Anne Coleman

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

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

  • "Debt is the worst poverty."

    Thomas Fuller

  • "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

  • "Innocence seldom utters outraged shrieks. Guilt does"

    Whittaker Chambers

  • "Half the people you know are below average"

  • "I owe nothing to Women’s Lib.”

    Margaret Thatcher

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

    Kinky Friedman

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

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

    Byrd Baggett

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

    WAG

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

    Rush Limbaugh

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

  • "There is no right way to do wrong"

  • "Failure to prepare is preparing to fail"

    Benjamin Franklin

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

    Knute Rockne

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

    Larry Elder

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

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

    Ian Fleming

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

    Benjamin Franklin

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

    Mark Twain

  • "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

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

    Bob Hope

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

    John F. Kennedy

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

    Mitt Romney

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

    Benjamin Franklin

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

    Henry David Thoreau

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

    Edgar J. Mohn

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

    Mark Steyn

  • “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

  • "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

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

    Jack Miner

  • “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)

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

    Rush Limbaugh

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

    Milton Friedman

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

    WAG

  • "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

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

    Margaret Thatcher

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

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

    Mark Twain

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

    Oscar Wilde

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

    GR

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

    Jimi Hendrix

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

    Thomas Jefferson

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

    Adlai E. Stevenson

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

    Charles Caleb Colton

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

    Reverend Ike

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

    Anonymous

  • "Democracy is the road to socialism."

    Karl Marx

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

    Bill Vaughan

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

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

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

    Thomas Jefferson

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

    Doug Larson

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

    Winston Churchill

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

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

    George Washington

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

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

    Tacitus, The Annals III.27

  • “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

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

    Winston Churchill

  • “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

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

    Thomas Jefferson

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

    Thomas Jefferson

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

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

    Margaret Thatcher

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

    Aulus Persius Flaccus

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

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

    Margaret Thatcher

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

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

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

    Mark Twain

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

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

    Winston Churchill

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

    Albert Einstein

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

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

    Mark Twain

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

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

    Friedrich Nietzsche

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

    William Faulkner

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

    Plato

  • "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

  • "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

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

    Benjamin Franklin

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

    WAG

  • "Irony is the hygiene of the mind."

    Elizabeth Bibesco

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

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

    Oliver Ellsworth (Supreme Court Chief Justice)

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

    John Kenneth Galbraith

  • "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

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

    Abraham Lincoln

  • "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

  • “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

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

    Niccolo Machiavelli

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

  • "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

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

    Lao-tzu

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

    Alexis de Tocqueville

  • "This is like deja vu all over again"

    Yogi Berra

  • "Ignorance is the lifeblood of every politician"

    WAG

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

    Larry Elder

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

    Ayn Rand

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

  • "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

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

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

    Thomas Jefferson

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

    John Wooden

  • "Comedy is tragedy plus time"

    Woody Allen

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

  • "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

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

    Dr. Martin Luther King

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

    Thomas Jefferson

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

    WAG

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

  • "Tolerance is the virtue of believing in nothing"

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

    WAG

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

    Joseph Addison

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

    George W. Bush

  • "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

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

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

    Aaron Levenstein

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

    Bob Hope

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

    Patrick Henry

  • “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”

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

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

    Yogi Berra

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

    Charlotte

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

    Burt Shavitz (Burt's Buzz)

  • "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

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

  • "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

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

    Albert Einstein

  • "Disobedience to tyrants is Obedience to God"

    Benjamin Franklin

  • "Political correctness is tyranny with manners."

    Charlton Heston

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

    Isaac Asimov

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

    Alexis de Tocqueville

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

    von Clausewitz

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

    WAG

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

    Milton Friedman

  • "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

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

    Alfred Adler

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

    Ronald Reagan

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

    James Madison

  • "Bad laws are the worst sort of tyranny"

    Edmund Burke

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

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

    Robert Green Ingersoll

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

    WAG

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

    Thomas Jefferson

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

    Patrice Lewis

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

  • "When GOD fights for Israel, Israel wins"

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

    Ronald Reagan

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

    Friedrich Nietzsche

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

    Chinese Proverb

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

    Unknown

  • "When plunder becomes a way of life for a group of men living together in society, they create for themselves in the course of time a legal system that authorizes it and a moral code that justifies it."

    Frederic Bastiat

  • "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

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

    Thomas Sowell

  • "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

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

    Ronald Reagan

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

    Thomas Jefferson

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

    Kenneth Boulding (economist)

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

    George Washington

  • "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

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

    Mark Twain

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

    Rush Limbaugh

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

    Jacques Barzun

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

    Marie von Ebner-Eschenbach

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

    John Adams

  • "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.

  • 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

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

    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

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

    WAG

  • "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

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

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

    American Patriot

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

    John Adams

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

    Abraham Lincoln

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

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

    Benjamin Franklin

  • "Debt is the slavery of the free."

    Publilius Syrus

  • "Ignorance is the truest form of freedom"

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

    Karl Marx

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

    Chinese fortune cookie

  • "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

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

    Ralph Waldo Emerson

  • "One man with courage is a majority"

    Thomas Jefferson

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

    P. J. O'Rourke

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

    Mark Twain

  • “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

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

    Mike S. Adams

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

    John Adams

  • “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

  • “Every time government attempts to handle our affairs, it costs more and the results are worse than if we had handled them ourselves”

    Benjamin Constant, Brazilian statesman

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

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

    Thomas Jefferson

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

    Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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

    William Arthur Ward

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

    Sophia Loren

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

    Mark Twain

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

    Albert Einstein

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

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

    Joseph Stalin

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

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

    Isoroku Yamamoto

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

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

    Liberal Lingo

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

    John Kenneth Galbraith

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

    WAG

  • "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

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

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

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

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

    Vladimir Lenin

  • "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

  • "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 goal of socialism is communism."

    Vladimir Lenin

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

    Ayn Rand

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


    Alexander Hamilton

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

    Mark Twain

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

    Mark Twain

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

    Mark Twain

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

    Martin Van Buren

  • "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

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

    George Berkeley

  • "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

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

    Thomas Jefferson

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

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

  • "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

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

    Vladimir Lenin

  • "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

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

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

    WAG

  • "That government governs best that governs least"

    Thomas Jefferson

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

    Lou Holtz

  • "Happiness is good health and a bad memory"

    Ingrid Bergman

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

    Rush Limbaugh

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

    Alexis de Tocqueville

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

    Ronald Reagan

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

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

    Abraham Lincoln

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

  • “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)

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

    Will Rogers

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

    Adlai E. Stevenson

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

    Mark Twain

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

  • “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)

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

    WAG

  • "Why is it that so many individuals place their trust in people to solve the very problems which those people created in the first place?"

    WAG

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

    Mark Twain

  • “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?”

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

    WAG

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

    Ayn Rand

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

    WAG

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

    James Madison

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

    Willis Player

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

    Thomas Jefferson

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

    Mao Tse-Tung

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

    Benjamin Franklin

  • "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

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

    Margaret Thatcher

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

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

  • "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

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

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

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

    Ronald Reagan

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

    Edmund Burke

  • "An armed society is a polite society"

    Robert A. Heinlein

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

    Will Rogers

  • "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

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

    Vladimir Lenin

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

    Alexis de Tocqueville

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

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

    Benjamin Franklin

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

    Thomas Jefferson

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

  • "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)

  • “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)

  • “Every library is an arsenal”

    Robert Green Ingersoll

  • "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

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

    Mark Twain

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

    Thomas Jefferson

  • "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

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

    Margaret Thatcher

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

    Daniel Patrick Moynihan

  • "Ask why until you understand"

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

    Milton Friedman

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

    Milton Friedman

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

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

    WAG

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

    Robert Novak

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

    Paul Craig Roberts

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

    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 )

  • "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

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

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

    Will Rogers

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

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

    Alfred Kazin

  • “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

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

    Robert A. Heinlein

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

    Abkhasian Proverb

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

    Mark Twain

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

    WAG

  • “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

  • “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

  • "In politics, stupidity is not a handicap"

    Napoleon Bonaparte

  • “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

  • "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

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

    Winston Churchill

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

    Ayn Rand

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

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

    Dick Cheney

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

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

    WAG

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

    Adolf Hitler (1939)

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

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

    Psalm 118:8

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

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

    Thomas Edison

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

    Rudy Giuliani

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

    Miecyslaw Kasprzyk

  • "Irony differentiates. Cynicism never does."

    Paul Horgan

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

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

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

    Daniel Webster

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

    Alexis de Tocqueville

  • "Reason often makes mistakes but conscience never does"

    Josh Billings (Henry Wheeler Shaw)

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

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

    Leo Durocher

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

    Ralph Waldo Emerson

  • “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

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

    Abraham Lincoln

  • “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

  • “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

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

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

    Mark Twain

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

    Mark Twain

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

    Margaret Thatcher

  • "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

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

    Milton Friedman

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

    Progressive apologist

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

    Charley Reese

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

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

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

    George Orwell

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

    WAG

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

    WAG

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

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

    Alexis de Tocqueville

  • "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

  • "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

  • "Humor is mankind's greatest blessing"

    Mark Twain

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

    Mark Twain

  • "Education consists mainly of what we have unlearned"

    Mark Twain

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

    Mark Twain

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

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

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

    Joseph Stalin

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

    Kathy Ireland

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

    Pastor John MacArthur

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

    James Madison

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

    George Santayana

  • "Knowledge is power."

    Sir Francis Bacon

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

    Voltaire

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

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

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

    Yogi Berra

  • 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

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

    Aristotle

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

  • "All bad precedents begin as justifiable measures"

    Julius Caesar

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

    Mark Twain

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

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

    Alexis de Tocqueville

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

    Joseph Stalin

  • "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

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

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

    WAG

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

    Moliere

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

    Noelle Pikus Pace (Olympian)

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

    Anonymous

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

    WAG

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

    George W. Bush

  • "Heroes get remembered - but legends never die"

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

    Professor Irwin Corey

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

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

  • "Golf is a good walk spoiled"

    Mark Twain

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

    Mike Adams

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

    Adlai E. Stevenson

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

    Chinese proverb

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

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

    Ronald Reagan

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

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

    Napoléon Bonaparte

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

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

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

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

    Mark Twain

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

    Vladimir Lenin

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

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

    WAG

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

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

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

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

    Rod Serling

  • 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

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

    Joseph Stalin

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

    Rush Limbaugh

  • "An informed public is essential to a democracy"

    Thomas Jefferson

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

    Albert Einstein

  • "Truth has no agenda"

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

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

    Frederick Douglass

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

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

    Lord Byron

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

    Hunter S. Thompson

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

    Author Unknown

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

    Edmund Burke

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

    Philip K. Dick

  • "Today is tomorrow’s past"

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

    Adlai E. Stevenson

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

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

    WAG

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

  • "Against the assault of laughter nothing can stand"

    Mark Twain

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

    WAG

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

    Danny Schecter

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

    Alexander Hamilton

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

    Mark Twain

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

  • “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

  • "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

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

    WAG

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

    George Washington

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

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

    William P. Anthony

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

    Fletcher Knebel, Historian

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

    George Orwell

  • "Aspire to inspire before you expire."

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

    WAG

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

    Mark Twain

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

    Larry Elder

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

    Galileo

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

    Ronald Reagan

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

    George Eliot

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

    James Madison

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

    Wendell Phillips

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

    Thomas Jefferson

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

    Karl Wilhelm Friedrich Schlegel

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

    Luck

  • “The reports of my death are greatly exaggerated”

    Mark Twain

  • "Of all the tyrannies, a tyranny sincerly exercised for the good of its victims may be the most opressive. It may be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies. The robber baron's cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity may at some point be satiated; but those who torment us for our own good will torment us without end, for they do so with the approval of their own conscience."

    C. S. Lewis

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

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

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

    Martin Luther King, Jr.

  • "Go put your creed into your deed."

    Ralph Waldo Emerson

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

    Dietrich Bonhoeffer

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

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

    WAG

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

    Adlai E. Stevenson

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

    Sam Rayburn

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

    Ralph Waldo Emerson

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

    Thomas Jefferson

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

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

    Philip K. Dick

  • "Gray hair is God's graffiti"

    Bill Cosby

  • "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

  • "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

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

    Thomas Paine (December 23, 1776)

  • “Wisdom is the chief element of happiness”

    Sophocles

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

    Liberal Logic

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

    Benjamin Franklin

  • "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

  • "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

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

    Alexis de Tocqueville

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

    Ronald Reagan

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

    Calvin Coolidge

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

    WAG

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

  • "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)

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

    Bertrand Russell

  • “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”

  • “Perception is today’s reality”

  • “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

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

    Pat Flynn

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

    Ralph Waldo Emerson

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

    Mark Twain

  • "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

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

    Vladimir Lenin

  • "Funny term “progressive” – oxymoron if ever I heard one when used to describe an ideology so destructive to the liberties and freedoms of the individual."

    WAG

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

    Evan Sayet

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

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

    WAG

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

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

  • "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

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

    Mayer Amschel Bauer Rothschild

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

    John Wayne

  • "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

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

    Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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

  • “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

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

    Karl Marx

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

    Douglas Casey

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

    Karl Marx

  • "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."

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

    James Madison

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

    Alexis de Tocqueville

  • "Better a broken promise than none at all"

    Mark Twain

  • "A day without laughter is a day wasted"

    Charlie Chaplin

  • "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

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

    Mark Twain

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

    WAG

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

    David Stockman

  • "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

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

    Benjamin Disraeli

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

    WAG

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

    Dutch Proverb

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

  • 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

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

  • "Ignorance is the seed of APATHY"

    WAG

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

    Anatole France

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

    WAG

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

    Ayn Rand

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

    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

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

    Abraham Lincoln

  • "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

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

    Benjamin Franklin

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

    H.L. Mencken

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

  • "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."

  • “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

  • “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

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

    John Kerry

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

    Robert Frost

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

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

    Mark Twain

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

    Eugene McCarthy

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

    Mark Twain

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

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

    Ephesians 6:11

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

    Mahatma Ghandi

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

    W. C. Fields

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

    WAG

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

    Vince Lombardi

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

    Mohandas Gandhi

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

    Mark Twain

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

    Albert Einstein

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

    William Pitt

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

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

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

    Ayn Rand

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

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

    Adlai E. Stevenson

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

    WAG

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

    Albert Einstein

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

    Mark Twain

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

    Mark Twain

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

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

    Mark Twain

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

    George Orwell

  • "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

  • "Providence has given to our people the choice of their rulers. And it is the duty as well as the privilege and interest of a Christian Nation to select and prefer Christians for their rulers."

    John Jay

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

    Ralph Waldo Emerson

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

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

  • "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

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

    WAG

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

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

  • "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

  • 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

  • “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)

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

    Margaret Thatcher

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

    Theodore M. Hesburgh

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

  • "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

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

    Dwight D. Eisenhower

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

    Winston Churchill

  • "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)

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

  • “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

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

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

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

    Government Motto

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

    Mark Twain

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

    Syrus

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

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

    Yiddish Proverb

  • “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

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

    Robert Schuller

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

    WAG

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

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

    WAG

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

    Tacitus

  • “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

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

    Edward R. Murrow

  • “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

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

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

    Thomas Sowell

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

    Martin Luther King, Jr.

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

    WAG

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

    Ayn Rand

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

    George Orwell

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

    Orison S. Marden

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

    WAG

  • "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

  • "Government Integrity: An Oxymoron"

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

    Bob Hope

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

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

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

    Abraham Lincoln

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

    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)

  • "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

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

    Rick Perry

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

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

    WAG

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

    Margaret Thatcher

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

    Charles de Montesquieu

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

    Otto von Bismarck

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

    John F. Kennedy

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

    WAG

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

    Socrates

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

    Charles Gordy

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

  • “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

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

    Doug Powers

  • "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

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

    Aldous Huxley

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

    Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

  • “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)

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

    Joseph Stalin

  • "No Man is a Failure who has Friends"

    It's A Wonderful Life

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

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

    Ludwig von Mises

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

    Mark Twain

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

    Richard Henry Lee, signer of Declaration of Independence

  • "There are lies, damned lies and statistics"

    Mark Twain

  • "It is the duty of the patriot to protect his country from its government." "Those who expect to reap the blessings of freedom, must, like men, undergo the fatigue of supporting it."

    Thomas Paine

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

    WAG

  • “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

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

  • "Failure is success if we learn from it"

    Malcolm S. Forbes

  • "A banker is a fellow who lends you his umbrella when the sun is shining, but wants it back the minute it begins to rain"

    Mark Twain

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

    WAG

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

    Hugo Black

  • "When injustice becomes law, resistance becomes duty"

    Thomas Jefferson

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


    Vladimir Lenin

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

  • "I feel obliged to withhold my approval of the plan to indulge in benevolent and charitable sentiment through the appropriation of public funds. ... I find no warrant for such an appropriation in the Constitution"

    Grover Cleveland

  • “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

  • 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

  • "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

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

    WAG

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

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

    Jason Laumark

  • "Life………. It’s GOD’s choice"

  • "For a nation to try to tax itself into prosperity is like a man standing in a bucket and trying to lift himself up by the handle"

    Winston Churchill

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

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

    George Washington

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

    Ecclesiastes 10:2 NIV

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

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

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

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


    WAG

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

    Nicholas Murray Butler

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

    Dean Acheson

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

    Martin Luther King, Jr.

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

    Senator Jim Talent

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

    Albert Einstein

  • “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

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

    American Citizen

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

    Henry Ford

  • "Democracy is indispensable to socialism."

    Vladimir Lenin

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

    Paul Jacob

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

    Ann Landers

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

    Eugene Ionesco

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

    Benjamin Franklin

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

    Thomas Jefferson

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

    Steven Wright

  • "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

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

    Edward Langley (artist)

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

    George Bernard Shaw

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

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

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

    Aristotle

  • “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

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

    George Washington

  • “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

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

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

    Mahatma Ghandi

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

  • "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

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

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

    Thomas Jefferson

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

    Alexis de Tocqueville

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

    Thomas Fuller

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

    Margaret Thatcher

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

    Mark Twain

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

    Hodding Carter, J.R.

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

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

    Jerry Pournelle

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

    Adolf Hitler

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

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

    Albert Einstein

  • "A free people ought to be armed"

    George Washington

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

    Bob Hope

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

    Robert A. Heinlein

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

    Ronald Reagan

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

    Rush Limbaugh

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

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

    Mark Twain

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

    Proverbs 17:28 (NIV)

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

    Jay Leno

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

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

    WAG

  • "Everything has beauty but not everyone sees it"

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

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

    Abraham Lincoln

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

    Winston Churchill

  • "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

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

    Dante Alighieri

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

    Arthur C. Clarke

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

    George Washington

  • "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

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

    WAG

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

    Joseph Stalin

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

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

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

    Mark Twain

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

    Mark Twain

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

    Mayer Amschel Rothschild

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

    Alexander Pope

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

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

    Francis Bacon

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

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

    Charles Haddon Spurgeon

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

    WAG

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

    Ronald Reagan

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

    Benjamin Franklin

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

    James Madison

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

    Voltaire

  • "Hey, don’t get me wrong. I 'm all for the government (spending) investing our money into “shovel” ready projects, so long as I’m the one selling the shovels."

    WAG

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

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

    Thomas Edison

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

    WAG

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

    James Madison

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

    Robert Green Ingersoll

  • “Be truthful … Truth leads to trust”

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

    Spanish Proverb

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

    Soviet Union saying

  • “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

  • “One man with courage is a majority”

    Thomas Jefferson

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

    WAG

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

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

    Thomas Jefferson

  • “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

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

    Charles Dickens

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

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

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

    Justice Felix Frankfurter

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

    Ronald Reagan

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

    WAG

  • 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

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

    Ted Nugent

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

    Harry S. Truman

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

    Dana Buchman

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

    Vladimir Lenin

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

  • "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

  • "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

  • "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

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

    Mark Twain

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

    P.J. O'Rourke

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

    Abraham Lincoln

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

    James A. Garfield

  • “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

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

    Phillip Brooks

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

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

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

    WAG

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

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

  • "Laughter is the shortest distance between two people"

    Victor Borge

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

    Thomas Paine

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

    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

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

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

    Vladimir Lenin

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

  • "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

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

    James Madison

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

    St. Augustine

  • "The woman’s mission is not to enhance the masculine spirit, but to express the feminine; hers is not to preserve a man-made world, but to create a human world by the infusion of the feminine element into all of its activities.”

    Margaret Thatcher

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

    Thomas Paine

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

    Andrew Carnegie

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

    Maya Angelou

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

    Will Rogers

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

    Thomas Paine

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

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

    William F. Buckley Jr.

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

  • ”In war there is no substitute for victory”

    General Douglas MacArthur

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

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

    Supreme Court Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.

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

    Mark Twain

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

    George Washington

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

    Thomas Henry Huxley

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

    Margaret Thatcher

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

    Martin Luther King, Jr

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

    Thomas Jefferson

  • "Truth will always fuel the embers of liberty"

    WAG

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

    Ayn Rand

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

    Anonymous

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

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

    Winston Churchill

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

  • "You can observe a lot just by watchin"

    Yogi Berra

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

    WAG

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

    Isaiah 5:20

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

    Rush Limbaugh

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

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

    Joseph Stalin

  • "Never spend your money before you have it"

    Thomas Jefferson

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

    George Washington

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

    Frederic Bastiat

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

  • "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

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

    Albert Einstein

  • "Banking establishments are more dangerous than standing armies"

    Thomas Jefferson

  • "It is incumbent on every generation to pay its own debts as it goes. A principle which if acted on would save one-half the wars of the world."

    Thomas Jefferson

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

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

    Confucious

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

    Abraham Lincoln

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

    John Adams

  • "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,"

    Pope John Paul II

  • “I prefer dangerous freedom over peaceful slavery.”

    Thomas Jefferson

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

    Confucius

  • “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

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

    Enrico Fermi

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

    Cherokee proverb

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

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

    John Wooden

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

    Strom Thurmond

  • "We are great because we are good"

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

    John F. Kennedy

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

    Demosthenes

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

    Dave Gardner

  • "If you choose public service, choose it to serve the public, not your bank account. When you're done serving, go home. Get a real job."

    Jack Abramoff

  • "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

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

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

    Winston Churchill

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

    Plato

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

    John Adams

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

    John F. Kennedy

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

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

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

    Vince Lombardi

  • "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)

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

    Robert David Steele (CIA)

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

    David Letterman

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

    Groucho Marx

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

    Alexis de Tocqueville

  • "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

  • "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

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

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

  • "All men by nature desire knowledge."

    Aristotle

  • "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

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

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

    Robert Green Ingersoll

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

    Robert Green Ingersoll

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

    WAG

  • Scheme: “To be shady or otherwise use intellectual power to deceive or carry out a plan for a personal interest. To plan to do something to get someone’s money, most often by cheating.”

  • "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

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

    Brad Thor

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

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

    Albert Einstein

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

    WAG

  • "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

  • "Adversity makes a good man better"

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

    WAG

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

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

    Sir Walter Scott

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

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

    Aristotle

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

    Winnie the Pooh

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

    Sam Adams

  • "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

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

    Joseph Stalin

  • "When in doubt tell the truth"

    Mark Twain

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

    Upton Sinclair

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

    Adolph Hitler

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

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

    Plato

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

    Herb Stein (Economist)

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

    Nelson Mandela

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

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

    Paul Horning

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

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

    George Washington

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

    Liberal when confronted with reality

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

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

    Antonio Porchia

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

    Dave Barry