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Morality Of Money
Posted By: Letters on July 6, 2012 08:06 AM in MONEY
MarkAmerica.com Published on July 6, 2012


"In all of literature, there is no greater passage to describe the root of all good in the world, and I think most will be somewhat surprised.  In my estimation, there has never been a better description of the moral root of capitalism, and indeed, of money.  The author chose to use the character Francisco d’Anconia to deliver this enduring statement on the moral good that is money.  For once, in a quiet moment of contemplation, you should consider the piercing logic of this statement – this little speech of a character in a book – and consider how it applies to your life and to the world around you, and when you’ve considered it, you should evaluate what you’ve been taught before and wonder at how you may have been misled: -- MarkAmerica.com

From Ayn Rand’s magnificent novel Atlas Shrugged

“So you think money is the root of all evil?” said Francisco d’Anconia. “Have you ever asked what is the root of money? Money is a tool of exchange, which can’t exist unless there are goods produced and men able to produce them. Money is the material shape of the principle that men who wish to deal with one another must deal by trade and give value for value. Money is not the tool of the moochers who claim your product by tears, or of the looters, who take it from you by force. Money is made possible only by the men who produce. Is this what you consider evil?

“When you accept money in payment for your effort, you do so only on the conviction that you will exchange it for the product of the effort of others. It is not the moochers or the looters who give value to money. Not an ocean of tears nor all the guns in the world can transform those pieces of paper in your wallet into the bread you will need to survive tomorrow. Those pieces of paper, which should have been gold, are a token of your honor–your claim upon the energy of the men who produce. Your wallet is your statement of hope that somewhere in the world around you there are men who will not default on the moral principle which is the root of money. Is this what you consider evil?

“Have you ever looked for the root of production? Take a look at the electric generator and dare tell yourself that it was created by the muscular effort of unthinking brutes. Try to grow a seed of wheat without the knowledge left to you by men who had to discover it for the first time. Try to obtain your food by means of nothing but physical motions–and you’ll learn that man’s mind is the root of all the goods produced and of all the wealth that has ever existed on earth.

“But you say that money is made by the strong at the expense of the weak? What strength do you mean? It is not the strength of guns or muscles. Wealth is the product of man’s capacity to think. Then is money made by the man who invents a motor at the expense of those who did not invent it? Is money made by the intelligent at the expense of the incompetent? By the ambitious at the expense of the lazy? Money is made–before it can be looted or mooched–made by the effort of every honest man, each to the extent of his ability. An honest man is one who knows that he can’t consume more than he has produced.

“To trade by means of money is the code of the men of good will. Money rests on the axiom that every man is the owner of his mind and his effort. Money allows no power to prescribe the value of your effort except the voluntary choice of the man who is willing to trade you his effort in return. Money permits you to obtain for your goods and your labor that which they are worth to men who buy them, but no more. Money permits no deals except those to mutual benefit by the unforced judgment of the traders. Money demands of you the recognition that men must work for their own benefit, not their own injury, for their gain, not their loss–the recognition that they are not beasts of burden, born to carry the weight of your misery–that you must offer them values, not wounds–that the common bond among men is not the exchange of suffering, but the exchange of goods. Money demands that you sell, not your weakness to men’s stupidity, but your talent to their reason; it demands that you buy, not the shoddiest they offer, but the best your money can find. And when men live by trade–with reason, not force, as their final arbiter–it is the best product that wins, the best performance, the man of best judgment and highest ability–and the degree of a man’s productiveness is the degree of his reward. This is the code of existence whose tool and symbol is money. Is this what you consider evil?

“But money is only a tool. It will take you wherever you wish, but it will not replace you as the driver. It will give you the means for the satisfaction of your desires, but it will not provide you with desires. Money is the scourge of the men who attempt to reverse the law of causality–the men who seek to replace the mind by seizing the products of the mind.

“Money will not purchase happiness for the man who has no concept of what he wants; money will not give him a code of values, if he’s evaded the knowledge of what to value, and it will not provide him with a purpose, if he’s evaded the choice of what to seek. Money will not buy intelligence for the fool,  or admiration for the coward, or respect for the incompetent. The man who attempts to purchase the brains of his superiors to serve him, with his money replacing his judgment, ends up becoming a victim of his inferiors. The men of intelligence desert him, but the cheats and the frauds come flocking to him, drawn by a law which he has not discovered; that no man may be smaller than his money. Is this the reason why you call it evil?

“Only the man who does not need it, is fit to inherit wealth–the man who would make his own fortune no matter where he started. If an heir is equal to his money, it serves him; if not, it destroys him. But you look on and cry that money corrupted him. Did it? Or did he corrupt his money? Do not envy a worthless heir; his wealth is not yours and you would have done no better with it. Do not think it should have been distributed among you; loading the world with fifty parasites instead of one, would not bring back the dead virtue which was the fortune. Money is a living power that dies without its root. Money will not serve the mind that cannot match it. Is this the reason you call it evil?

“Money is your means of survival. The verdict you pronounce upon the source of your livelihood is the verdict you pronounce upon your life. If the source is corrupt, you have damned your own existence. Did you get your money by fraud? By pandering to men’s vices or men’s stupidity? By catering to fools in the hope of getting more than your ability deserves? By lowering your standards? By doing work you despise for purchasers you scorn? If so, then your money will not give you a moment’s or a penny’s worth of joy. Then all things you buy will become , not a tribute to you, but a reproach; not an achievement, but a reminder of shame. Then you’ll scream that money is evil. Evil, because it would not pinch-hit for your self-respect? Evil, because it would not let you enjoy your depravity? Is this the root of your hatred of money?

“Money will always remain an effect and refuse to replace you as the cause. Money is the product of virtue, but it will not give you virtue and it will not redeem your vices. Money will not give you the un-earned, neither in matter nor in spirit. Is this the root of your hatred of money?

“Or did you say it’s the love of money that’s the root of all evil? To love a thing is to know and love its nature. To love money is to know and love the fact that money is the creation of the best power within you, and your passkey to trade your effort for the effort of the best among men. It’s the person who could sell his soul for a nickel, who is loudest in proclaiming his hatred of money–and he has good reason to hate it. The lovers of money are willing to work for it. They know they are able to deserve it.

“Let me give you a tip on a clue to men’s characters: the man who damns money has obtained it dishonorably; the man who respects it has earned it.

“Run for your life from any man who tells you that money is evil. That sentence is a leper’s bell of an approaching looter. So long as men live together on earth and need means to deal with one another–their only substitute, if they abandon money, is the muzzle of a gun.

“But money demands of you the highest virtues, if you wish to make it or keep it. Men who have no courage, pride or self-esteem, men who have no moral sense of their right to keep their money and are not willing to defend it as they defend their life, men who apologize for being rich–will not remain rich for long. They are natural bait for the swarms of looters that stay under rocks for centuries, but come crawling out at the first smell of a man who begs to be forgiven for the guilt of owning wealth. They will hasten to relieve him of the guilt–and of his life, as he deserves.

“Then you will see the rise of the men of the double standard–the men who live by force, yet count on those who live by trade to create the value of their looted money–the men who are the hitchhikers of virtue. In a moral society, these are the criminals, and the statutes are written to protect you against them. But when a society establishes criminals-by-right and looters-by-law–men who use force to seize the wealth of disarmed victims–then money becomes its creators’ avenger. Such looters believe it is safe to rob defenseless men, once they’ve passed a law to disarm them. But their loot becomes the magnet for other looters, who get it from them as they got it. Then the race goes, not to the ablest at production, but to those most ruthless at brutality. When force is the standard, the murderer wins over the pickpocket. And then that society vanishes, in a spread of ruins and slaughter.

“Do you wish to know whether that day is coming? Watch money. Money is the barometer of a society’s virtue. When you see that trading is done, not by consent, but by compulsion–when you see that in order to produce, you need to obtain permission from men who produce nothing–when you see that money is flowing to those who deal, not in goods, but in favors–when you see that men get richer by graft and by pull than by work, and your laws don’t protect you against them, but protect them against you–when you see corruption being rewarded and honesty becoming a self-sacrifice–you may know that your society is doomed. Money is so noble a medium that it does not compete with guns and it does not make terms with brutality. It will not permit a country to survive as half-property, half-loot.

“Whenever destroyers appear among men, they start by destroying money, for money is men’s protection and the base of a moral existence. Destroyers seize gold and leave to its owners a counterfeit pile of paper. This kills all objective standards, and delivers men into the arbitrary power of an arbitrary setter of values. Gold was an objective value, an equivalent of wealth produced. Paper is a mortgage on wealth that does not exist, backed by a gun aimed at those who are expected to produce it. Paper is a check drawn by legal looters upon an account which is not theirs: upon the virtue of the victims. Watch for the day when it bounces, marked: ‘Account overdrawn.’

“When you have made evil the means of survival, do not expect men to remain good. Do not expect them to stay moral and lose their lives for the purposes of becoming the fodder of the immoral. Do not expect them to produce, when production is punished and looting rewarded. Do not ask, ‘Who is destroying the world?’ You are.

“You stand in the midst of the greatest achievements of the greatest productive civilization and you wonder why it’s crumbling around you, while you’re damning its life-blood–money. You look upon money as the savages did before you, and you wonder why the jungle is creeping back to the edges of your cities. Throughout men’s history, money was always seized by looters of one brand or another, whose names changed, but whose method remained the same: to seize wealth by force and to keep the producers bound, demeaned, defamed, deprived of honor. That phrase about the evil of money, which you mouth with such righteous recklessness, comes from a time when wealth was produced by the labor of slaves–slaves who repeated the motions once discovered by somebody’s mind and left unimproved for centuries. So long as production was ruled by force, and wealth was obtained by conquest, there was little to conquer. Yet through all the centuries of stagnation and starvation, men exalted the looters, as aristocrats of the sword, as aristocrats of birth, as aristocrats of the bureau, and despised the producers, as slaves, as traders, as shopkeepers–as industrialists.

“To the glory of mankind, there was, for the first and only time in history, a country of money– and I have no higher, more reverent tribute to pay America, for this means: a country of reason, justice, freedom, production, achievement. For the first time, man’s mind and money were set free, and there were no fortunes-by-conquest, but only fortunes-by-work, and instead of swordsmen and slaves, there appeared the real maker of wealth, the greatest worker, the highest type of human being–the self-made man–the American industrialist.

“If you ask me to name the proudest distinction of Americans, I would choose–because it contains all the others–the fact that they were the people who created the phrase ‘to make money.’ No other language or nation has used these words before; men had always thought of wealth as a static quantity–to be seized, begged, inherited, shared, looted, or obtained as a favor. Americans were the first to understand that wealth was to be created. The words ‘to make money’ hold the essence of human morality.

“Yet these were the words for which the Americans were denounced by the rotted cultures of the looters’  continents. Now the looters’ credo has brought you to regard your proudest achievement as a hallmark of shame, your prosperity as guilt, your greatest men, the industrialists, as blackguards, and your magnificent factories as the product and property of muscular labor, the labor of whip-driven slaves, like the pyramids of Egypt. The rotter who simpers that he sees no difference between the power of the dollar and the power of the whip, ought to learn the difference on his own hide–as, I think, he will.

“Until and unless you discover that money is the root of all good, you will ask for your own destruction. When money ceases to be the tool by which men deal with one another, then men become the tools of men. Blood, whips and guns–or dollars. Take your choice–there is no other–and your time is running out.” 


MarkAmerica.com July 6, 2012

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

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

    Mark Twain

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

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

    Albert Einstein

  • "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"

  • "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

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

    Aulus Persius Flaccus

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

    Thomas Jefferson

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

    Thomas Jefferson

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

    Joseph Stalin

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

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

    Paul Jacob

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

    Sir Walter Scott

  • “My greatest thought is my accountability to God”

    Daniel Webster

  • “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”

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

    Thomas Jefferson

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

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

    Chinese Proverb

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

    Thomas Jefferson

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

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

    G. K. Chesterton

  • "Knowledge is power."

    Sir Francis Bacon

  • "Laughter is the shortest distance between two people"

    Victor Borge

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

  • "Ask why until you understand"

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

    Thomas Sowell

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

    Dutch Proverb

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

    WAG

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

    Arthur C. Clarke

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

  • "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

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


    Vladimir Lenin

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

    Unknown

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

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

    Mark Twain

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

    Friedrich Nietzsche

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

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

    Thomas Jefferson

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

    Niccolo Machiavelli

  • "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

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

  • "An informed public is essential to a democracy"

    Thomas Jefferson

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

    WAG

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

    Luck

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

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

    Syrus

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

    Theodore M. Hesburgh

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

    American Patriot

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

    Anonymous

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

    Mark Twain

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

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

    WAG

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

    Cherokee proverb

  • “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)

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

    WAG

  • "Innocence seldom utters outraged shrieks. Guilt does"

    Whittaker Chambers

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

    Upton Sinclair

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

    Professor Irwin Corey

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

    Dave Barry

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

    Ronald Reagan

  • "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

  • “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

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

    Daniel Patrick Moynihan

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

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

    Margaret Thatcher

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

    Dante Alighieri

  • "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)

  • "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)

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

    Napoléon Bonaparte

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

    Vladimir Lenin

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

    Mark Twain

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

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

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

    Rush Limbaugh

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

    WAG

  • "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

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

    Alexis de Tocqueville

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

  • "All bad precedents begin as justifiable measures"

    Julius Caesar

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

    Bob Hope

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

    Mark Twain

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

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

    Chinese proverb

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

    Joseph Stalin

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

    Adolf Hitler (Mein Kampf )

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

    Jack Miner

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

    Karl Marx

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

    P. J. O'Rourke

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

    Mark Twain

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

    Richard Henry Lee, signer of Declaration of Independence

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

    Benjamin Franklin

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

    Reverend Ike

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

    Yogi Berra

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

    Martin Luther King, Jr.

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

    Socrates

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

    Pat Flynn

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

    Ronald Reagan

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

  • "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)

  • "A day without laughter is a day wasted"

    Charlie Chaplin

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

  • 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

  • "Today is tomorrow’s past"

  • "Political correctness is tyranny with manners."

    Charlton Heston

  • "Golf is a good walk spoiled"

    Mark Twain

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

    WAG

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

    Larry Elder

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

    WAG

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

    Charles Caleb Colton

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

    William Faulkner

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

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

    Ronald Reagan

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

    Benjamin Franklin

  • "Truth Does Not Fear Knowledge"

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

    Patrice Lewis

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

    Henry Ford

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

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

    Ayn Rand

  • 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.”

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

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

  • "Government Integrity: An Oxymoron"

  • "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

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


    Alexander Hamilton

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

    Mohandas Gandhi

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

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

    Ayn Rand

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

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

    Bob Hope

  • "Adversity makes a good man better"

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

    Thomas Jefferson

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

    Isaiah 5:20

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

    William Arthur Ward

  • "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)

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

    Moliere

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

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

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

    Thomas Jefferson

  • 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

  • “Every library is an arsenal”

    Robert Green Ingersoll

  • "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

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

    Sam Rayburn

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

    Albert Einstein

  • "Debt is the slavery of the free."

    Publilius Syrus

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

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

    WAG

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

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

    Oscar Wilde

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

    WAG

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

    Rush Limbaugh

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

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

  • "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

  • "Happiness is good health and a bad memory"

    Ingrid Bergman

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

    Liberal Lingo

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

  • “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)

  • ”In war there is no substitute for victory”

    General Douglas MacArthur

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

    Thomas Paine

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

    Frederic Bastiat

  • “I 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

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

    Benjamin Franklin

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

    WAG

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

    Ralph Waldo Emerson

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

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

  • "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

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

    George Washington

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

    Albert Einstein

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

    Proverbs 17:28 (NIV)

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

    WAG

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

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

    John Kenneth Galbraith

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

    John Wooden

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

    Knute Rockne

  • “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)

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

    Thomas Edison

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

    Voltaire

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

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

    George Orwell

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

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

    Ronald Reagan

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

    James Madison

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

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

    Joseph Stalin

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

    WAG

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

    Jerry Pournelle

  • "Banking establishments are more dangerous than standing armies"

    Thomas Jefferson

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

    Benjamin Franklin

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

    Mao Tse-Tung

  • “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)

  • "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

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

    C. S. Lewis

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

    Cal Thomas

  • "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

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

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

    Thomas Jefferson

  • "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

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

    George Bernard Shaw

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

    Vladimir Lenin

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

    Liberal Logic

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

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

    Adlai E. Stevenson

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

    Joseph Goebbels

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

    Alexis de Tocqueville

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

    Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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

    Aristotle

  • “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

  • "Democracy is the road to socialism."

    Karl Marx

  • "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

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

    Mark Twain

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

    Pastor John MacArthur

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

    Rush Limbaugh

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

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

    Senator Jim Talent

  • "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

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

    WAG

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

    William Pitt

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

    Grover Cleveland

  • "The 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

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

    Patrick Henry

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

    Paul Horning

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


    WAG

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

    Alexis de Tocqueville

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

    James Madison

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

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

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

    Robert A. Heinlein

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

    Anatole France

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

    Joseph Stalin

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

    Nelson Mandela

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

    Edgar J. Mohn

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

    Jack Abramoff

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

    John F. Kennedy

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

    Mark Twain

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

    George Washington

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

    WAG

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

    Margaret Thatcher

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

    Martin Luther King Jr.

  • "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

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

    George W. Bush

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

    Thomas Henry Huxley

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

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

    Ian Fleming

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

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

    Aristotle

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

    Vladimir Lenin

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

    Mark Twain

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

    Ralph Waldo Emerson

  • "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

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

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

    WAG

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

    Joseph Stalin

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

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

    Mayer Amschel Bauer Rothschild

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

    Jay Leno

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

    Aldous Huxley

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

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

    Margaret Thatcher

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

    WAG

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

  • “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

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

    Rick Perry

  • "If the continued existence of mathematics depended on the ability of the Republicans to defend the proposition that two plus two equals four, that would probably mean the end of mathematics and of all the things that require mathematics.”

    Thomas Sowell

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

    WAG

  • "Reason often makes mistakes but conscience never does"

    Josh Billings (Henry Wheeler Shaw)

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

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

    Edmund Burke

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

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

    WAG

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

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

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

    Otto von Bismarck

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

    Daniel Greenfield

  • "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

  • "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

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

    Thomas Jefferson

  • "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

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

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

    Ronald Reagan

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

    WAG

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

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

  • "We are great because we are good"

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

    Margaret Thatcher

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

    Albert Einstein

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

    Ayn Rand

  • "Half the people you know are below average"

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

    Justice Felix Frankfurter

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

    Charlotte

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

    George W. Bush

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

    Thomas Jefferson

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

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

    Vladimir Lenin

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

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

    Mahatma Ghandi

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

    WAG

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

    Hugo Black

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

    Brad Thor

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

    Aaron Levenstein

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

    Robert Novak

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

    Will Rogers

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

    Winston Churchill

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

    Albert Einstein

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

    Eugene McCarthy

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

    Mitt Romney

  • “The reports of my death are greatly exaggerated”

    Mark Twain

  • “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

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

    Benjamin Disraeli

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

    WAG

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

    WAG

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

    Dave Gardner

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

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

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

    Dietrich Bonhoeffer

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

    WAG

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

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

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

    Thomas Edison

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

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

    George Washington

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

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

    WAG

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

    Larry Elder

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

    Lou Holtz

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

    Bill Vaughan

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

    Joseph Stalin

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

    Alexis de Tocqueville

  • "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

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

    Alexis de Tocqueville

  • "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

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

    Byrd Baggett

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

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

    George Orwell

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

    Alexis de Tocqueville

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

    WAG

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

    John Adams

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

    Winston Churchill

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

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

    Abraham Lincoln

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

    Margaret Thatcher

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

    Abraham Lincoln

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

    WAG

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

    WAG

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

    James Madison

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

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

    Robert Green Ingersoll

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

    Orison S. Marden

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

    Ralph Waldo Emerson

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

  • “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”

  • “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

  • “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

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

    George Santayana

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

  • “The news is not about news anymore. It’s about protecting some people, destroying others and shoving a socialist agenda down the collective throats of America.”

    Charlie Daniels

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

    Karl Wilhelm Friedrich Schlegel

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

    Isaac Asimov

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

    Government Motto

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

    Miecyslaw Kasprzyk

  • “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)

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

    WAG

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

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

    Margaret Thatcher

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

    David Letterman

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

  • "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

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

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

    Alexis de Tocqueville

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

    Ronald Reagan

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

  • "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

  • 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.

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

    Albert Einstein

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

    Maya Angelou

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

    William F. Buckley Jr.

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

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

    Ted Nugent

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

    Joseph Stalin

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

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

    WAG

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

  • "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

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

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

    Sam Adams

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

    William Pitt

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

    WAG

  • "There are lies, damned lies and statistics"

    Mark Twain

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

    Dana Buchman

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

    Ronald Reagan

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

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

    Danny Schecter

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

    George Berkeley

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

    Robert Green Ingersoll

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

    Vladimir Lenin

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

    Mark Twain

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

    Benjamine A. Rooge

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

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

    Benjamin Franklin

  • "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

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

  • “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

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

    Mark Twain

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

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

    Antonio Porchia

  • "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

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

    Edmund Burke

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

    WAG

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

    Adlai E. Stevenson

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

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

    Thomas Jefferson

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

    Milton Friedman

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

    Bob Hope

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

    John Kenneth Galbraith

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

    Groucho Marx

  • “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

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

    WAG

  • "Life………. It’s GOD’s choice"

  • "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

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

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

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

    Mark Twain

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

    Voltaire

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

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

    Ronald Reagan

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

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

    Soviet Union saying

  • "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

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

    John F. Kennedy

  • “Perception is today’s reality”

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

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

    Abraham Lincoln

  • “I prefer dangerous freedom over peaceful slavery.”

    Thomas Jefferson

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

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

    Milton Friedman

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

    WAG

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

    Benjamin Franklin

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

    Benjamin Franklin

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

  • "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

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

    Mark Steyn

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

    Martin Van Buren

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

    Ayn Rand

  • “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

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

    Anonymous

  • "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

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

    Henry David Thoreau

  • "Ignorance is the lifeblood of every politician"

    WAG

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

    James Bovard

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

    WAG

  • "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

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

    Adlai E. Stevenson

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

    George Mason

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

    Phillip Brooks

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

    WAG

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

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

    Margaret Thatcher

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

    Martin Luther King, Jr.

  • "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

  • "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)

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

    Alexis de Tocqueville

  • "Lies serve to influence the ignorant"

    WAG

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

    Winston Churchill

  • "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

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

    Mark Twain

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

    Mark Twain

  • "Humor is mankind's greatest blessing"

    Mark Twain

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

    Bob Hope

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

    Thomas Jefferson

  • "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

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

    Ralph Waldo Emerson

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

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

    Edward Langley (artist)

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

    Supreme Court Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.

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

    Adlai E. Stevenson

  • "The goal of socialism is communism."

    Vladimir Lenin

  • "If a man empties his purse into his head no one can take it away from him. An investment in knowledge always pays the best interest."

    Benjamin Franklin

  • “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

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

    Hodding Carter, J.R.

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

    John Wooden

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

    Charles de Montesquieu

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

    John Kerry

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

    Psalm 118:8

  • "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

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

    WAG

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

    Joseph Addison

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

    Adolph Hitler

  • "One man with courage is a majority"

    Thomas Jefferson

  • "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

  • "No Man is a Failure who has Friends"

    It's A Wonderful Life

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

    Ann Landers

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

    Karl Marx

  • "I owe nothing to Women’s Lib.”

    Margaret Thatcher

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

    Mark Twain

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

  • "Ignorance is the truest form of freedom"

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

    Thomas Jefferson

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

    Milton Friedman

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

    Burt Shavitz (Burt's Buzz)

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

    Abraham Lincoln

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

    Mark Twain

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

    Matthew 16:26

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

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

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

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

    Benjamin Franklin

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

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

    Alexander Hamilton

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

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

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

    Charles Gordy

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

    James A. Garfield

  • "A free people ought to be armed"

    George Washington

  • "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

  • “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

  • "Anger is an acid that can do more harm to the vessel in which it is stored than to anything on which it is poured"

    Mark Twain

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

    Dietrich Bonhoeffer

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

    Abraham Lincoln

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

    Strom Thurmond

  • "You can observe a lot just by watchin"

    Yogi Berra

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

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

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

    Winston Churchill

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

    Ephesians 6:11

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

    St. Augustine

  • “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

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

    Dr. Martin Luther King

  • "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

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

    Napoleon Bonaparte

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

    James Madison

  • "Never spend your money before you have it"

    Thomas Jefferson

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

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

    GR

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

    Ecclesiastes 10:2 NIV

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

    Alexander Pope

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

    WAG

  • "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

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

    American Patriot

  • "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

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

    Andrew Carnegie

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

    Paul Craig Roberts

  • "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

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

    Willis Player

  • “Paper money is founded upon fraud and knavery”

    George Mason (letter to George Washington)

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

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

    Mark Twain

  • "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

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

    Eugene Ionesco

  • "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

  • "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

  • “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

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

    Ronald Reagan

  • 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

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

    Abkhasian Proverb

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

    Alexis de Tocqueville

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

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

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

    Anonymous

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

    WAG

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

    Evan Sayet

  • “One man with courage is a majority”

    Thomas Jefferson

  • "America is like a healthy body and its resistance is threefold: its patriotism, its morality and its spiritual life. If we can undermine these three areas, America will collapse from within."

    Josef Stalin

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

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

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

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

    Aristotle

  • "Heroes get remembered - but legends never die"

  • "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)

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

    WAG

  • "Irony is the hygiene of the mind."

    Elizabeth Bibesco

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

    James Madison

  • "Gray hair is God's graffiti"

    Bill Cosby

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

    Nicholas Murray Butler

  • “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

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

    Thomas Jefferson

  • "Irony differentiates. Cynicism never does."

    Paul Horgan

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

    Charles Haddon Spurgeon

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

    Robert Schuller

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

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

    Mark Twain

  • "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

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

    WAG

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

    WAG

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

    WAG

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

    Mark Twain

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

    Oliver Wendell Holmes

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

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

  • "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

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

    George Washington

  • "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

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

    Confucius

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

    Abraham Lincoln

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

    H.L. Mencken

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

    Jason Laumark

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

    Noelle Pikus Pace (Olympian)

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

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

    Friedrich Nietzsche

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

    Dick Cheney

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

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

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

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

    Yogi Berra

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

    Spanish Proverb

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

    Ronald Reagan

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

    Mark Twain

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

    John Adams

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

    Ayn Rand

  • "If a nation values anything more than freedom, it will lose its freedom, and the irony of it is that if it is comfort or money that it values more, it will lose that too."

    W. Somerset Maugham

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

    Lt. Colonel James G. Zumwalt

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

    WAG

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

    Thomas Fuller

  • "What country can preserve its liberties if its rulers are not warned from time to time that their people preserve the spirit of resistance?"

    Thomas Jefferson

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

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

    Abraham Lincoln

  • "Education consists mainly of what we have unlearned"

    Mark Twain

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

    Saul Bellow

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

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

    Demosthenes

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

    Herb Stein (Economist)

  • "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

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

    WAG

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

    Francis Bacon

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

    Ayn Rand

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

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

    Philip K. Dick

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

    Mike Adams

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

    George Washington

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

    Joseph Stalin

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

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

    Mark Twain

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

    Larry Elder

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

    WAG

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

    Mark Twain

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

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

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

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

    Joseph Stalin

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

    Alfred Adler

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

    James Madison

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

    Thomas Jefferson

  • 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

  • "In politics, stupidity is not a handicap"

    Napoleon Bonaparte

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

    Ronald Reagan

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

    George Orwell

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

  • "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

  • "This is like deja vu all over again"

    Yogi Berra

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

    Thomas Sowell

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

    Rod Serling

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

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

    Winston Churchill

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

  • “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

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

    Alexis de Tocqueville

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

  • "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

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

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

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

    Tullius Cicero

  • “The one (a president) can confer no privileges whatever; the other (the king) can make denizens of aliens, noblemen of commoners; can erect corporations with all the rights incident to corporate bodies.”

    Alexander Hamilton in Federalist 69

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

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

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

    Isoroku Yamamoto

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

  • “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

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

    Vladimir Lenin

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

    American Citizen

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

    John F. Kennedy

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

    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

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

    David Stockman

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

    WAG

  • "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

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

  • "Truth will always fuel the embers of liberty"

    WAG

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

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

    Ayn Rand

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

    WAG

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

    Lord Byron

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

    Rush Limbaugh

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

    Tacitus, The Annals III.27

  • “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

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

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

    Mark Twain

  • "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

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

    WAG

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

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

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

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

    Yiddish Proverb

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

    Thomas Jefferson

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

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

    Sophia Loren

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

    P.J. O'Rourke

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

    Jimi Hendrix

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

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

    Dwight D. Eisenhower

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

    Liberal when confronted with reality

  • "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

  • "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

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

    Martin Luther King, Jr

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

    George Eliot

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

    Vince Lombardi

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

    Plato

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

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

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

    Mark Twain

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

    Will Rogers

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

  • "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

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

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

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

    Kenneth Boulding (economist)

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

    William P. Anthony

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

    Rush Limbaugh

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

    John Wayne

  • 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

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

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

    Alexis de Tocqueville

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

  • "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

  • "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

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

    Abraham Lincoln

  • “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

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

    Enrico Fermi

  • "Against the assault of laughter nothing can stand"

    Mark Twain

  • "All men by nature desire knowledge."

    Aristotle

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

    Philip K. Dick

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

    Anne Coleman

  • "When GOD fights for Israel, Israel wins"

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

    Edmund Burke

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

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

    Mark Twain

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

    Karl Marx

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

    Margaret Thatcher

  • "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

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

    Joseph Stalin

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

    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

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

    Albert Einstein

  • "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

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

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

    Benjamin Franklin

  • "There is no right way to do wrong"

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

    WAG

  • "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.

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

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

    Winnie the Pooh

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

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

    Thomas Paine

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

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

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

    Alexis de Tocqueville

  • “Be truthful … Truth leads to trust”

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

    Steven Wright

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

  • "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

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

    WAG

  • "Knowledge is the source of Wealth. Applied to tasks we already know, it becomes Productivity. Applied to tasks that are new, it becomes Innovation"

    Peter Drucker

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

    WAG

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

    Winston Churchill

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

    WAG

  • “Wisdom is the chief element of happiness”

    Sophocles

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

    Adlai E. Stevenson

  • “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

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

    Mayer Amschel Rothschild

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

    WAG

  • “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

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

    Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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

    Will Rogers

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

    Mark Twain

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

    John Adams

  • "That government governs best that governs least"

    Thomas Jefferson

  • “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

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

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

  • "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

  • “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

  • "Failure to prepare is preparing to fail"

    Benjamin Franklin

  • "Truth has no agenda"

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

    Martin Luther King, Jr.

  • "Debt is the worst poverty."

    Thomas Fuller

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

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

    Milton Friedman

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

    WAG

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

    Lao-tzu

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

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

    Robert Green Ingersoll

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

    Calvin Coolidge

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

    Ralph Waldo Emerson

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

    Robert A. Heinlein

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

    Confucious

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

    Joseph Stalin

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

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

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

    Mark Twain

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

    WAG

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

    Albert Einstein

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

    WAG

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

    Wendell Phillips

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

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

    Robert Green Ingersoll

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

    James Madison

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

    George Washington

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

    Vince Lombardi

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

    Herbert Spencer

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

    Mark Twain

  • "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)

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

    Alexis de Tocqueville

  • "Democracy is indispensable to socialism."

    Vladimir Lenin

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

    Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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

    Vladimir Lenin

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

    Rudy Giuliani

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

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

    WAG

  • “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”

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

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

    Thomas Jefferson

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

    Albert Einstein

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

    Rush Limbaugh