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Sometimes It’S Just Easier To Care About Dead Lions Than Dead People
Posted By: DAD on July 30, 2015 07:13 AM in CULTURE
Matt Walsh  TheBlaze.com Published on July 30, 2015


"I started noticing “Cecil the Lion” trending on Facebook and Twitter at some point yesterday afternoon. By the evening, it was the most popular topic on social media, and stories about the lion were popping up on all of the national news sites.

Before I took the time to investigate, I tried to imagine if there could be any valid reason for a wild cat to become the biggest news item in the world. On a day when another undercover video revealed Planned Parenthood dismembering murdered children for profit, I strained to think if there might be some justification for ignoring the harvesting of human beings in favor of obsessing over a large feline in Africa.

I thought maybe the lion had cured cancer, or sprouted wings and flown into space, or stood on its hind legs and recited the Gettysburg Address. Surely, these developments would vindicate the disproportionate amount of attention it was receiving. But I quickly found out that the lion, from Zimbabwe, had done no such thing. Apparently, all it did was die.

Of course, lots of people died yesterday too, especially in Zimbabwe. Across the planet, human travesties continued to unfold – Christians were slaughtered in the Middle East, political prisoners were tortured and executed in North Korea and Iran, Americans fell prey to crime and violence spilling over our southern border, and about 3,000 human children were butchered in abortion clinics, some of which were then dissected and sold on the black market – but this one unfortunate beast in a forest 9,000 miles away trumped all of these. Human victims would have to wait yet another day to be noticed by our culture. Their plight just couldn’t compete with a cute, fuzzy mammal.

Poor Cecil, as I’m sure you heard, was ”murdered” by an American dentist named Walter Palmer. The dentist traveled there and paid some $55,000 for the privilege to hunt and kill the king of the jungle. It turns out that the hunt might not have been legal. He says he thought he was acting within the law, and that he didn’t know Cecil was a beloved animal celebrity in Africa. His pleads of ignorance may or may not be true, but they are called into question by the fact that he’s been convicted of poaching before.

This was all enough to earn him the wrath of progressive America, but none of these crimes compare to the fact that he is, evidently, a Republican.

We know these details about his life, and about the sexual harassment claim made against him in 2009, because the media has feverishly poured through his record and heaped more scrutiny upon him than they have on every Democrat politician in the last 40 years combined. Meanwhile, the internet lynch mob predictably leaped into action. Palmer’s personal address was released, death threats were issued, his business was attacked and shutdown, he was forced into hiding, and scores of drooling trolls flocked to Twitter to fantasize about all of the creative and violent things they’d love to do to him.

Some even began non-ironically using #LionLivesMatter

Refusing to be upstaged in this contest for the title of Most Exorbitant Reaction, PETA proclaimed that Palmer ought to be “extradited and hung.” A bunch of famous people joined the dog pile, utilizing their platforms to declare Palmer “disgusting,” a “murderer,” and “Satan.” Other celebrities have asked that hiscitizenship be permanently revoked. Sharon Osbourne labeled Palmer a “killer” and said she hopes he loses his house and his business. According to Sharon, even his wife and children deserve to be homeless. Jimmy Kimmel, late night host on ABC, took time out of his comedy show to deliver a tearful rant, calling the hunter an “a-hole” and a “jackal.”

All of this, over a lion.

It bears repeating that this happened on the same day that a video was released showing lab technicians dissecting the body parts of murdered humans while discussing how much money they could get for each “item.” This footage was completely ignored. Our culture let out a massive, collective yawn, instead choosing to wail over the fate of some random hairy beast in southern Africa.

The whole thing transcends mere absurdity. It is beyond ridiculous. Far past anything that could be called simply exaggerated or irrational. The swarms of petty nitwits in our culture have finally outdone themselves. What we are witnessing is something worse than an Idiocracy; it is total moral chaos.

I’m not defending Walter Palmer, by the way. I don’t have any problem with hunters — and in most cases, African big game hunters help both the local economies in these areas, and the ongoing effort to preserve endangered species — but it seems that Palmer broke the law and killed a lion that was financially valuable to the locals. That was bad. He shouldn’t have done that. If the story we’re hearing is accurate (and there’s always a significant chance that it isn’t accurate, or at least isn’t complete) then Palmer was in the wrong.

Still, the reaction is so inordinate and overwrought that I have to laugh. I have nothing against Cecil, I’m sure he was a swell chap, but no dead animal could ever justify this excessive and callous backlash from such a frantic mob of vindictive, retaliatory buffoons. Even ancient pagan tribes that literally worshiped animals probably exercised more restraint when a heretic killed one of their animal deities.

It’s fine if you are opposed to what Palmer did, but that doesn’t excuse you from the duty to be sane and rational. It’s a lion, after all. An animal. If you want to be really agitated by a doctor who kills living things, you should probably be less focused on this dentist and a little more focused on abortionists like LeRoy Carhart, who murder actual people. Carhart has killed both unborn and born humans, and likes to do the former by ripping the child apart while it’s still alive. Maybe the media should be camping out in front of his house instead of Palmer’s. Maybe we should be asking why doctors are allowed to execute babies, not why dentists are allowed to hunt African game.

This dichotomy has become, perhaps, the most bewildering and confusing thing about our culture. Progressives actively celebrate the most depraved evils, and then make super villains out of folks who hunt, or fly Confederate flags, or refuse to bake gay wedding cakes. It’s like they’re standing on a street corner simultaneously applauding a thug as he murders a man for his wallet, and calling for a summary execution of a pedestrian who forgot to use the crosswalk. This isn’t just a matter of misplaced priorities; this is unadulterated lunacy.

Yes, I realize that liberal hypocrites aren’t the only ones upset about the lion. Some people are animal lovers, but they put that love for animals in perspective. They might cry for the cat, but they cry more for humans who are murdered, persecuted, or exploited. Compassionate souls love animals deeply because they possess a profound respect for all life. In the mode of St. Francis of Assisi, their mercy for animals stems from their love of God. I take no issue at all with the people in this category, obviously. I love animals myself.

But the fact remains that many in our society are descending like a pack of frenzied hyenas upon a man who shot a lion, yet feel no anger when confronted with the murder of children. And abortion isn’t the only evil accepted or celebrated by progressivism. We are living in a culture of death where cruelty and brutality reign supreme. The reaction to this “scandal” only further reveals and illuminates that cruelty. We think nothing of trying to destroy a man, ruin his life, and wish for his painful demise, without knowing anything else about him. We are so numb, so indifferent, that we will rip a stranger to pieces, cannibalize him publicly, tear him down until there is nothing left, and then sleep like babies at night.

Yet, the lion.

Kill the children if you want. Destroy the dentist just for fun. Demean and degrade anyone who acts or thinks differently, if for no other reason than there’s not much else to do. But a dead lion — now there’s a victim we should mourn.

It seems baffling. It would all make sense if our culture showed no concern for the plight of human beings, and also displayed a similar wanton disregard for animals and trees. Then we would just be nihilists and Darwinists. Human life has no objective value, we would reason, therefore no life has any objective value. We would be naked and honest barbarians.

But our barbarism is clothed and hidden beneath this thin veneer of an arbitrary concern for random animals and plant life. And not even every animal. That’s why most of the people panicking over “Cecil” will still order the hamburger when they go to Applebee’s, still use insecticide to ruthlessly poison innocent roaches and ants, and still drink milk extracted from enslaved cows.

They give lions and elephants a certain elevated status, but can’t explain why. They might insist that these creatures are special because they’re “endangered,” but they can’t tell you why it matters that they’re endangered. If the world didn’t need the baby who’s now being dissected in a petri dish in some research facility, why did it need Cecil the lion? What was he doing that was so special? How was he contributing to the advancement of civilization? He was peeing in the grass, licking his butt, and eating zebras. Big deal. That baby could have grown up and become an inventor, a philanthropist, an artist, a lover, a thinker, a father, a mother, a pioneer. If that potential wasn’t enough to let the child off the hook, why do we make an exception for the beast? Are we grading on a curve here?

These questions are rhetorical. I already know the answer. I know why progressives cry for dead lions and not dead babies: it’s called Natural Law.

Natural Law holds that all people possess a conscience, therefore all people innately recognize the distinction between good and evil. We are naturally repulsed by evil and attracted to goodness. This is why every civilization has outlawed sins like murder and theft, and hailed virtues like charity and mercy. Of course, many civilizations have redefined murder so as to permit a convenient form of it, but still no society has ever come out and defended murder in principle.

No society can ever be explicitly nihilist. As in, no society can outwardly live by the philosophy that everything is meaningless and nothing matters. Individuals can try it, but like Nietzsche they’ll end up in a mental institution, babbling to themselves while eating their own excrement. Societies, though, have to at least pretend they believe in doing the right thing. A society must convince itself it hates evil and loves goodness. Even the Nazis rationalized that they were serving the greater good of mankind.

So when our culture decides to sit back and tolerate, or even revere and commend, perverse evils like abortion, pornography, the breakdown of the family, the persecution of Christians, etc., it begins to accumulate a kind of Outrage Reservoir. Deep down, we must feel like we oppose evil. We can’t laud the most insidious atrocities of our time, and then look in the mirror and face ourselves honestly. The righteous anger that should be poured out in response to these true horrors is bottled and contained, clogging up our souls like constipated bowels.

We search desperately for an acceptable target for our surplus of withheld scorn, and when we locate it, we unload like we just chugged a gallon of laxative. Suddenly, some guy who killed a lion in Zimbabwe receives all of the compiled disdain that should have been discharged on the abortionists and the pornographers and the persecutors. Our pent up rage and anger mixes with guilt and self-loathing, and together it creates this concentrated bile that drowns and destroys whatever tragic chump they throw before us to be devoured. It’s nothing personal against him, really. Walter Palmer is a sacrificial lamb. A punching bag, strung up and dangled in front of progressive America as a way for them to release their moral frustrations. He’s an object. A receptacle for their misdirected vengeance. It’s like self-flagellation, only minus the self. And next week they’ll be flagellating some other patsy, and nobody will even remember or care about poor old Walter Palmer.

A year from now, someone will do a follow up story about that villainous dentist from long ago, and we’ll all think, “Oh yeah, whatever happened to that guy?” Then we’ll see that he lost his business, his family, and his dignity, and now lives as a sad shell of a forgotten man. “Serves him right for doing whatever he did,” we’ll say proudly, as we get back to feasting upon the newest Scoundrel Du Jour. It’s a never ending pattern, played out over and over again by a progressive culture filled with craven wimps, always compensating for their moral failings by tearing down false Satans, too afraid to do battle with the real one.

You might wonder how progressives choose their new devils and new gods. Why Walter Palmer? Why Cecil the Lion? Well, there’s a randomness to it, of course. And there are always the superfluous reasons, like the fact that most of the members of the lynch mob probably have fond memories of “The Lion King.” But I think, more fundamentally, progressives choose to care about lions because lions are an abstraction. They care about the idea of lions.

Real lions are all the way in Africa, or else contained in zoos. You can go and see them, or watch them on TV, or read about them, but crucially, lions will never ask anything from us. Our affection for them presents no challenges. We don’t have to accommodate them. I can say I love lions, but this love will never require me to do anything. Lions will never inconvenience me. They’ll never get in my way. I can defend the lives of lions by angrily Tweeting about hunters, and then I can go on my way, live however I want, and never be asked to change my lifestyle for their sake.

People, on the other hand, are real. They are here. They impose themselves on our lives. They burden us. They surround us. To care about people is hard. It requires us to live, act, think, and speak differently. We have to accommodate people. We have to tolerate people. We have to do things for people, especially the most vulnerable and helpless people. It’s no coincidence that progressivism advocates abortion to deal with children, and euthanasia to handle the old and the infirm. If it is going to pretend to love human beings at all, it must first get rid of the most burdensome types.

It can be hard to love people. And if you say you love people, life is going to constantly demand that you prove it. If you say you love people, you certainly can’t kill your own child, and you can’t support the killing of children, and even if you don’t have kids, you have to be patient and kind with other people’s kids, and other people generally. This is very different from loving lions. You can love lions passively, in the abstract; people must be loved actively, in reality.

If ever some deranged terrorist transported thousand of lions into our neighborhoods, forcing us to actually love lions in some real and present sense, I can guarantee the progressive affection for the species would vanish rapidly.

This is the progressive modus operandi. Progressivism loves everything that can be loved lazily or indulgently, and nothing that must be loved sacrificially and earnestly. It loves nothing that requires any action on its part.

Put more simply, it loves nothing.

But it will keep pretending anyway." -- Matt Walsh


Matt Walsh  TheBlaze.com July 30, 2015

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

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

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

    Dante Alighieri

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

    Liberal Lingo

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

    Ronald Reagan

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

    WAG

  • "Ignorance is the lifeblood of every politician"

    WAG

  • "There has never been a golden age of liberty, and there never will be. People who value freedom will always have to defend it from those who claim the right to wield power over others."

    David Boaz

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

    WAG

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

    Thomas Jefferson

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

    Edgar J. Mohn

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

    William Arthur Ward

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

    Nicholas Murray Butler

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

    Rush Limbaugh

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

    Charles Caleb Colton

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

    G. K. Chesterton

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

    Chinese fortune cookie

  • "Humor is mankind's greatest blessing"

    Mark Twain

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

    Cherokee proverb

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

    Alexis de Tocqueville

  • "Disobedience to tyrants is Obedience to God"

    Benjamin Franklin

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

    Arthur C. Clarke

  • "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

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

    Alexis de Tocqueville

  • “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

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

    von Clausewitz

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

  • "Life………. It’s GOD’s choice"

  • “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

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

    Isaac Asimov

  • "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

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

    WAG

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

    Robert Frost

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

    Voltaire

  • 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

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

    WAG

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

    WAG

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

    Philip K. Dick

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

    Lao-tzu

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

    Karl Marx

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

    Oliver Wendell Holmes

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

    Miecyslaw Kasprzyk

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

    Thomas Jefferson

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

  • “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)

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

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

  • "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

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

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

    Abkhasian Proverb

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

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

    Ronald Reagan

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

    WAG

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

    Joseph Stalin

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

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

  • 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.”

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

  • "Gray hair is God's graffiti"

    Bill Cosby

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

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

    Abraham Lincoln

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

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

  • "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

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

    Martin Van Buren

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

    Ralph Waldo Emerson

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

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

  • "In politics, stupidity is not a handicap"

    Napoleon Bonaparte

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

    Frederic Bastiat

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

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

    Mark Twain

  • “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

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

    Alexis de Tocqueville

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

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

    Robert Frost

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

    Plato

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

    Proverbs 17:28 (NIV)

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

    Milton Friedman

  • “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”

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

    John Kerry

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

    Winston Churchill

  • "A day without laughter is a day wasted"

    Charlie Chaplin

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

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

    Benjamin Franklin

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

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

    Larry Elder

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

    Luck

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

    P.J. O'Rourke

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

    Thomas Jefferson

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

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

    Francis Bacon

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

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

    Isaiah 5:20

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

    WAG

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

    Demosthenes

  • "All men by nature desire knowledge."

    Aristotle

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

    Albert Einstein

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

    George Orwell

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

    Thomas Jefferson

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

    Chinese proverb

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

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

  • 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 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

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

    Will Rogers

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

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

    Ecclesiastes 10:2 NIV

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

    Mark Twain

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

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

    Bob Hope

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

    Vladimir Lenin

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

    Erma Bombeck

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

    Harry Truman

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

    Adlai E. Stevenson

  • "Debt is the worst poverty."

    Thomas Fuller

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

    Mark Twain

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

    John Adams

  • "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

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

    Jerry Pournelle

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

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

    James Bovard

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

    Thomas Jefferson

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

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

    Albert Einstein

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

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

    Alfred Adler

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

    Margaret Thatcher

  • "Half the people you know are below average"

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

    Mark Twain

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

    Ian Fleming

  • "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)

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

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

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

    Mayer Amschel Rothschild

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

    St. Augustine

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

    Charlotte

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

    Supreme Court Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.

  • "I owe nothing to Women’s Lib.”

    Margaret Thatcher

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

    Rush Limbaugh

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

    Patrick Henry

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

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

    Thomas Jefferson

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

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

    Edward R. Murrow

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

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

    Albert Einstein

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

    Joseph Stalin

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

    Bill Vaughan

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

    George Orwell

  • "The goal of socialism is communism."

    Vladimir Lenin

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

    Mark Twain

  • "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

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

  • “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

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

    Margaret Thatcher

  • "Government Integrity: An Oxymoron"

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

  • "Failure to prepare is preparing to fail"

    Benjamin Franklin

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

    Margaret Thatcher

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

    Alexis de Tocqueville

  • "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

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

    Strom Thurmond

  • "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

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

    WAG

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

  • "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)

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

    Friedrich Nietzsche

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

    Rick Perry

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

    Albert Einstein

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

    Harry Browne

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

    Abraham Lincoln

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

    Winnie the Pooh

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

  • "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)

  • “Every library is an arsenal”

    Robert Green Ingersoll

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

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

    Daniel Greenfield

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

    John F. Kennedy

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

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

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

    WAG

  • "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

  • “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)

  • "For the saddest epitaph which can be carved in memory of a vanished freedom is that it was lost because its possessors failed to stretch forth a saving hand while there was still time."

    George Sutherland

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

    Reverend Ike

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

    Herb Stein (Economist)

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

    Rush Limbaugh

  • “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)

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

    Paul Jacob

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

    Winston Churchill

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

    Vince Lombardi

  • "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

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

    WAG

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

    Benjamin Franklin

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

    Progressive apologist

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

    Karl Marx

  • "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

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

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

    George Washington

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

    Byrd Baggett

  • "Happiness is good health and a bad memory"

    Ingrid Bergman

  • "Ask why until you understand"

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

    Abraham Lincoln

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

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

    Henry David Thoreau

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

    Mark Twain

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

    Napoléon Bonaparte

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

    Mahatma Ghandi

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

    Rush Limbaugh

  • "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

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

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

    Dietrich Bonhoeffer

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

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

    Ronald Reagan

  • "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

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

    Unknown

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

    Dutch Proverb

  • "You can observe a lot just by watchin"

    Yogi Berra

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

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

    Alexis de Tocqueville

  • "Irony differentiates. Cynicism never does."

    Paul Horgan

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

    Ann Landers

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

    Upton Sinclair

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

    Thomas Jefferson

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

    Author Unknown

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

    Larry Elder

  • "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

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

    Mark Twain

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

    John Adams

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

    George W. Bush

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

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

    George Washington

  • "This year will go down in history; for the first time a civilized nation has full gun registration! Our streets will be safer, our police more efficient, and the world will follow our lead into the future!"

    Adolph Hitler (1935)

  • "It is 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

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

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

  • "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

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

  • "Go put your creed into your deed."

    Ralph Waldo Emerson

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

    Kinky Friedman

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

    John Wooden

  • "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

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

    George W. Bush

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

    Martin Luther King, Jr

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

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

    Spanish Proverb

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

    Galileo

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

    Margaret Thatcher

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

    Martin Luther King, Jr.

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

    Ted Nugent

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

  • "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

  • “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

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

    Benjamin Franklin

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

    Orison S. Marden

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

    Thomas Fuller

  • "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

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

    Margaret Thatcher

  • “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)

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

    Daniel Patrick Moynihan

  • “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

  • "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

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

    Isoroku Yamamoto

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

    Kathy Ireland

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

  • "Knowledge is power."

    Sir Francis Bacon

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

    James Madison

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

  • "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

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

    Hodding Carter, J.R.

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

    Edmund Burke

  • "I love my job, I love fighting for what I believe in, I love having fun while I am doing it, I love reporting stories that the complex refuses to report, I love fighting back, I love finding allies, and famously I enjoy enemies."

    Andrew Breitbart

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

    American Patriot

  • "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

  • "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

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

    WAG

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

    Aulus Persius Flaccus

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

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

    William Faulkner

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

    Mark Twain

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

    Thomas Paine

  • "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

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

    James Madison

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

    Lt. Colonel James G. Zumwalt

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

    WAG

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

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

    Burt Shavitz (Burt's Buzz)

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

    John Adams

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

    Margaret Thatcher

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

    WAG

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

    Sam Adams

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


    WAG

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

    James Madison

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

    Mayer Amschel Bauer Rothschild

  • "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

  • "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

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

    Andrew Carnegie

  • "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

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

    Syrus

  • "Better a broken promise than none at all"

    Mark Twain

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

    George Washington

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

    WAG

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

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

    Ayn Rand

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

    Thomas Jefferson

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

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

    Antonio Porchia

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

    Margaret Thatcher

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

    Edmund Burke

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

    Doug Larson

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

    Thomas Jefferson

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

    Albert Einstein

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

    Tacitus

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

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

    WAG

  • "If you choose public service, choose it to serve the public, not your bank account. When you're done serving, go home. Get a real job."

    Jack Abramoff

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

    H.L. Mencken

  • “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

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

    WAG

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

    Abraham Lincoln

  • "When GOD fights for Israel, Israel wins"

  • "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

  • "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

  • "Aspire to inspire before you expire."

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

    Winston Churchill

  • "Republicans in Washington have shown that the word ‘cave’ is a noun in places like Afghanistan, but it’s a verb in places like Congress"

    Rush Limbaugh

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

    Ayn Rand

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

    Niccolo Machiavelli

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

    Benjamin Franklin

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

    Vladimir Lenin

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

    Winston Churchill

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

    Richard Henry Lee, signer of Declaration of Independence

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

    WAG

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

    Thomas Henry Huxley

  • "The truth is usually pretty simple, but as I’m sure you would agree, finding it in the mainstream media is next to impossible"

    Ann Coulter

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

    Joseph Stalin

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

    WAG

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

  • “It is 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

  • "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

  • "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

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

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

    Edmund Burke

  • "Truth Does Not Fear Knowledge"

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

    Adlai E. Stevenson

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

    Margaret Thatcher

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

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

    WAG

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

    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

  • "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

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

    GR

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

    Joseph Stalin

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

    Charles Dickens

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

    Mark Twain

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

  • "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"

  • “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

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

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

    WAG

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

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

    Thomas Jefferson

  • "We are great because we are good"

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

    Napoleon Bonaparte

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

    Joseph Goebbels

  • "Tolerance is the virtue of believing in nothing"

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

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

    Adlai E. Stevenson

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

    Alexis de Tocqueville

  • "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

  • "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

  • “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

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

  • "Adversity makes a good man better"

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

    Chinese Proverb

  • "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

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

    Liberal when confronted with reality

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

    Plato

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

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

    Hunter S. Thompson

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

    WAG

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

    Ayn Rand

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

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

    Adolph Hitler

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

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

    Mitt Romney

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

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

    Knute Rockne

  • 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

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

    John Wayne

  • "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

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

    Benjamin Franklin

  • “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

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

    Albert Einstein

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

    Robert Novak

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

    Abraham Lincoln

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

  • "An informed public is essential to a democracy"

    Thomas Jefferson

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

    Mark Twain

  • "Democracy is the road to socialism."

    Karl Marx

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

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

    Senator Jim Talent

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

    Benjamin Disraeli

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

    George Orwell

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

    Evan Sayet

  • "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

  • “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

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

  • "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

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

  • "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

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

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

    Moliere

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

    Bertrand Russell

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

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

    Albert Einstein

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

    WAG

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

    Charles Haddon Spurgeon

  • "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

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

    Ralph Waldo Emerson

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

    Mark Twain

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

    Milton Friedman

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

    Mohandas Gandhi

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

    WAG

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

    George Orwell

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

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

    Vladimir Lenin

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

  • "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

  • “Be truthful … Truth leads to trust”

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

    Winston Churchill

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

    WAG

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

    Mark Twain

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

    Sir Walter Scott

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

    Voltaire

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

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

    Anonymous

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

    James Madison

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

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

    Mark Twain

  • “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

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

    Patrice Lewis

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

  • "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

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

    Benjamin Franklin

  • "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.

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

    John Wooden

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

    Philip K. Dick

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

    Abraham Lincoln

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

    Mark Twain

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

  • "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

  • "Truth will always fuel the embers of liberty"

    WAG

  • “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

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

    George Mason

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

    Thomas Paine

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

    Ayn Rand

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

    James Madison

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

    Mark Twain

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

    Thomas Paine (December 23, 1776)

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

    William P. Anthony

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

    W. C. Fields

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

    Charles Gordy

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

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

    Joseph Stalin

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

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

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

    Mark Twain

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

    Benjamin Franklin

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

    Margaret Thatcher

  • “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”

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

    Rudy Giuliani

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

    WAG

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

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

    Thomas Jefferson

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

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

    Joseph Stalin

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

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

    Adolf Hitler (1939)

  • "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

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

    Alfred Kazin

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

    Mark Twain

  • "All bad precedents begin as justifiable measures"

    Julius Caesar

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

    Mark Twain

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

    George Bernard Shaw

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

    WAG

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

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

    Vladimir Lenin

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

    Plato

  • "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

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

    John Kenneth Galbraith

  • "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

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

    Winston Churchill

  • "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

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

    Jimi Hendrix

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

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

    Larry Elder

  • “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

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

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

  • "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

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

    Joseph Stalin

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

    Mark Twain

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

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

    WAG

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

    Mark Twain

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

    Bob Hope

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

    Vladimir Lenin

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

    John F. Kennedy

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

    Anonymous

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

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

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

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

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

    Vladimir Lenin

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

    Mark Twain

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

    WAG

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

    WAG

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

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

    WAG

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

    Alexis de Tocqueville

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

    Mark Twain

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

    Will Rogers

  • "Lies serve to influence the ignorant"

    WAG

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

    Alexander Hamilton

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

    Adolf Hitler

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

    Ronald Reagan

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

    Paul Craig Roberts

  • “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

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

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

    Pastor John MacArthur

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

    George Mason

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

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

    Mao Tse-Tung

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

    WAG

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

    WAG

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

    Rod Serling

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

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

    Mark Twain

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

    David Letterman

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

    Saint Pope John Paul II

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

    WAG

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

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

    Will Rogers

  • "Reason often makes mistakes but conscience never does"

    Josh Billings (Henry Wheeler Shaw)

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

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

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

    Psalm 118:8

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

    Mark Twain

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

    Anne Coleman

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

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

    Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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

    Mark Twain

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

    Oscar Wilde

  • "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

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

    Thomas Jefferson

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

    Rush Limbaugh

  • 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

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

    Alexis de Tocqueville

  • 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

  • "Bad laws are the worst sort of tyranny"

    Edmund Burke

  • "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

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

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

    Mike Adams

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

    Ayn Rand

  • "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

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

    Liberal Logic

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

  • "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

  • "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.

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

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

    Martin Luther King Jr.

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

    Saul Bellow

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

    WAG

  • “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

  • "There is no right way to do wrong"

  • “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

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

    Aaron Levenstein

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

    Cal Thomas

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

    Herbert Spencer

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

    Thomas Paine

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

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

    George Berkeley

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

    Martin Luther King, Jr.

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

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

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

    Professor Irwin Corey

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

    Milton Friedman

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

    Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

  • "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

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

  • "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

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

    Dr. Martin Luther King

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

    Mark Twain

  • “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”

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

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

    WAG

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

    Calvin Coolidge

  • "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

  • "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

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

    Milton Friedman

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

  • “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

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

    Ronald Reagan

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

    Aldous Huxley

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

    William F. Buckley Jr.

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

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

  • “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

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


    Vladimir Lenin

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

    Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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

    Steven Wright

  • "Education consists mainly of what we have unlearned"

    Mark Twain

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

    Mark Twain

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

    Phillip Brooks

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

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

    Mark Twain

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

    Mark Twain

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

    Bob Hope

  • “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

  • "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

  • “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?”

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

    Karl Wilhelm Friedrich Schlegel

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

    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

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

    Albert Einstein

  • "That government governs best that governs least"

    Thomas Jefferson

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

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

    George Washington

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

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

    Abraham Lincoln

  • "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

  • "This is like deja vu all over again"

    Yogi Berra

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

    George Washington

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

    Pericles (495-429 BC)

  • "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

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

    Mark Twain

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

    Friedrich Nietzsche

  • "No Man is a Failure who has Friends"

    It's A Wonderful Life

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

    John Kenneth Galbraith

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

    WAG

  • "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

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

  • “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

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

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

    Jason Laumark

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

    Charles de Montesquieu

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

    Joseph Stalin

  • “My greatest thought is my accountability to God”

    Daniel Webster

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

    Bob Hope

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

    WAG

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

    Albert Einstein

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

    Lord Byron

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

    George Santayana

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

    Thomas Edison

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

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

    Theodore M. Hesburgh

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

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

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

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

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

    Dave Barry

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

    George Washington

  • "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

  • "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

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

    Alexis de Tocqueville

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

    Dana Buchman

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

    Willis Player

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

    Robert A. Heinlein

  • "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

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

    WAG

  • "Golf is a good walk spoiled"

    Mark Twain

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

  • “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

  • "Today is tomorrow’s past"

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

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

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

    Thomas Jefferson

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

  • "An armed society is a polite society"

    Robert A. Heinlein

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

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

    Ronald Reagan

  • 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.

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

    William Pitt

  • "The 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

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

    Will Rogers

  • "When injustice becomes law, resistance becomes duty"

    Thomas Jefferson

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

    James Madison

  • “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 )

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

    Rush Limbaugh

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

    Justice Felix Frankfurter

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

    Thomas Jefferson

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

    Alexis de Tocqueville

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

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

    James A. Garfield

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

    Mark Twain

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

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

    WAG

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

  • ”In war there is no substitute for victory”

    General Douglas MacArthur

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

    Aristotle

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

    George Washington

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

    WAG

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

    Robert Green Ingersoll

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

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

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

    Albert Einstein

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

    Robert Schuller

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

    Ronald Reagan

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

    John F. Kennedy

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

    Anatole France

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

    Albert Einstein

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

    Robert David Steele (CIA)

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

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

    Adlai E. Stevenson

  • "Everything has beauty but not everyone sees it"

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

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

    WAG

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

    Thomas Jefferson

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

    John Adams

  • “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)

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

    WAG

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

    Nelson Mandela

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

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

  • “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

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

    Rush Limbaugh

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

    Ronald Reagan

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

    Alexander Pope

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

    George Orwell

  • "Laughter is the shortest distance between two people"

    Victor Borge

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

    Mark Twain

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

    John Adams

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

    WAG

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

  • "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

  • “One man with courage is a majority”

    Thomas Jefferson

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

    Enrico Fermi

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

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

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

    Margaret Thatcher

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

    Rush Limbaugh

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

    Ayn Rand

  • "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

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

    Mark Twain

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

    Ralph Waldo Emerson

  • "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

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

    Abraham Lincoln

  • 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

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

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

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

    Sophia Loren

  • "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

  • “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

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

    Adlai E. Stevenson

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

    Mark Twain

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

    Thomas Jefferson

  • "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

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

    Martin Luther King, Jr.

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

    Dwight D. Eisenhower

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

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

    Lou Holtz

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

    Vladimir Lenin

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

    Ralph Waldo Emerson

  • "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

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

    Tacitus, The Annals III.27

  • “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

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

    WAG

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

    Karl Marx

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

  • "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

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

    Ronald Reagan

  • "Banking establishments are more dangerous than standing armies"

    Thomas Jefferson

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

    Thomas Jefferson

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

    Yogi Berra

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

    Doug Powers

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

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

    Joseph Stalin

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

    Socrates

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

    Joseph Stalin

  • "There are lies, damned lies and statistics"

    Mark Twain

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

    Ephesians 6:11

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

    Dick Cheney

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

    Vladimir Lenin

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

    Jacques Barzun

  • "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

  • "When in doubt tell the truth"

    Mark Twain

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

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

    WAG

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

    P. J. O'Rourke

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

    Mark Twain

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

    Mark Twain

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

    Brad Thor

  • "Democracy is indispensable to socialism."

    Vladimir Lenin

  • "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)

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

    George Eliot

  • "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

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

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

    Albert Einstein

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

    Maya Angelou

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

    Mark Twain

  • "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

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

    Yogi Berra

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

    Thomas Jefferson

  • "Political correctness is tyranny with manners."

    Charlton Heston

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

    Thomas Edison

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

  • "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)

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

    Pat Flynn

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

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

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

    WAG

  • "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

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

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

    WAG

  • “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

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

    Benjamin Franklin

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

    Danny Schecter

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

    Alexis de Tocqueville

  • “The very people, who will go to the ends of the earth to defend the most heinous of murderers, do not give a second thought to the taking of an innocent life”

    WAG

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

    Alexis de Tocqueville

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