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Fiat Currency: Using The Past To See Into The Future
Posted By: Letters on August 12, 2012 07:45 AM in MONEY
Nick Jones  DailyReckonig.com


Fiat Money -Toilet Paper Money

The history of fiat money, to put it kindly, has been one of failure. In fact, EVERY fiat currency since the Romans first began the practice in the first century has ended in devaluation and eventual collapse, of not only the currency, but of the economy that housed the fiat currency as well.

Why would it be different here in the U.S.? Well, in actuality, it hasn’t been. In fact, in our short history, we’ve already had several failed attempts at using paper currency, and it is my opinion that today’s dollars are no different than the continentals issued during the Revolutionary War. But I will get into that in a moment. In the meantime, I will show you that fiat currencies have not been successful, and the only aspect of fiat currencies that have stood the test of time is the inability of political systems to prevent the devaluation and debasement of this toilet paper money by letting the printing presses run wild.

Fiat Money - Rome — The Denarius

Although Rome didn’t actually have paper money, it provided one of the first examples of true debasement of a currency. The denarius, Rome’s coinage of the time, was, essentially, pure silver at the beginning of the first century A.D. By A.D. 54, Emperor Nero had entered the scene, and the denarius was approximately 94% silver. By around A.D.100, the denarius’ silver content was down to 85%.

Emperors that succeeded Nero liked the idea of devaluing their currency in order to pay the bills and increase their own wealth. By 218, the denarius was down to 43% silver, and in 244, Emperor Philip the Arab had the silver content dropped to 0.05%. Around the time of Rome’s collapse, the denarius contained only 0.02% silver and virtually nobody accepted it as a medium of exchange or a store of value.

Fiat Money - China — Flying Money

When the Chinese first started using paper money, they called it “flying money,” because it could just fly from your hands. The reason for the issuance of paper money is simple. There was a copper shortage, so banks had switched to the use of iron coinage. These iron coins became overissued and fell in value.

In the 11th century, a bank in the Szechuan province of China issued paper money in exchange for the iron coins. Initially, this was fine, because the paper money was exchangeable for gold, silver, or silk. Eventually, inflation began to take hold, as China was funding an ongoing war with the Mongols, which it eventually lost.

Genghis Khan won this war, but the Mongols didn’t assume immediate control over China as they pushed westward to conquer more lands. Genghis Khan’s grandson Kublai Khan united China and assumed the emperorship. After running into some setbacks with paper currency, Kublai eventually had some success with fiat money. In fact, Marco Polo said of Kublai Khan and the use of paper currency:

“You might say that [Kublai] has the secret of alchemy in perfection…the Khan causes every year to be made such a vast quantity of this money, which costs him nothing, that it must equal in amount all the treasure of the world.”

Even Helicopter Ben would be impressed. Marco Polo went on to say:

“This was the most brilliant period in the history of China. Kublai Khan, after subduing and uniting the whole country and adding Burma, Cochin China, and Tonkin to the empire, entered upon a series of internal improvements and civil reforms, which raised the country he had conquered to the highest rank of civilization, power, and progress.”

Wait a second, I thought we were bashing fiat currencies here…Can anyone say crackup boom? Since Marco Polo experienced this firsthand, and has been very helpful to us thus far, I think I will allow him to finish his analysis of China’s paper money experiment.

“Population and trade had greatly increased, but the emissions of paper notes were suffered to largely outrun both…All the beneficial effects of a currency that is allowed to expand with a growth of population and trade were now turned into those evil effects that flow from a currency emitted in excess of such growth. These effects were not slow to develop themselves…The best families in the empire were ruined, a new set of men came into the control of public affairs, and the country became the scene of internecine warfare and confusion.”

I wonder if Keynes read Marco Polo’s experiences with Chinese fiat currencies when he said that the U.S. government should just bury bottles full of money in old mine shafts to spur economic growth.

Fiat Money - France — Livres, Assignats, and Francs

The French have been particularly unsuccessful in their attempts with fiat money.

John Law was the first man to introduce paper money to France. The notion of paper money was greatly helped along by the passing of Louis XIV and the 3 billion livres of debt that he left.

When Louis XV was old enough to make his own mistakes, he required that all taxes be paid in paper money. The currency was backed by coinage…until people actually wanted coins.

The theme of the day…the new paper currency rapidly became oversupplied until nobody wished to own the worthless junk anymore and demanded coinage for their currency.

Oops. It looks like Law didn’t think that anyone would actually want coins ever again. After making it illegal to export any gold or silver, and the failed attempts by the locals to exchange their paper currency for something of actual value, the currency collapsed.

John Law became the most hated man in France and was forced to flee to Italy.

In the latter part of the 18th century, the French government again tried to give paper money another go. This time, the pieces of garbage they issued were called assignats. By 1795, inflation of assignats was running at approximately 13,000%. Oops.Then Napoleon stepped on the scene and brought with him the gold franc. One of the good things that Napoleon realized is that gold is the way of a stable currency, and that’s what pretty much ensued during his reign.

After Waterloo had come and gone, the French gave it another go in the 1930s, this time with the paper franc. It took only 12 years for them to inflate their currency until it lost 99% of its value. History has proven a couple things about the French: 1) They are quick to surrender and 2) They are very talented at making worthless currency.

Weimar Germany — Mark
Post-World War I Weimar Germany was one of the greatest periods of hyperinflation that ever existed. The Treaty of Versailles was essentially a financial punishment placed on Germany to make reparations.

The sums of money to be paid by Germany were enormous, and the only way it could make repayment was by running the printing press. (Huge unpayable debt — that sounds familiar. I wonder what the solution in the U.S. will be.)

Inflation got so bad in this period that German citizens were literally using stacks of marks to heat their furnaces. Here is a brief timeline of the marks per one U.S. dollar exchange rate:

April 1919: 12 marks

November 1921: 263 marks

January 1923: 17,000 marks

August 1923: 4.621 million marks

October 1923: 25.26 billion marks

December 1923: 4.2 trillion marks.

Fiat Money - More Recent Times

In recent times, fiat failures have become more common occurrences. For the sake of time, I won’t go into extensive details of all these examples of paper money failures, because there are SO many. But here you have it:

In 1932, Argentina had the eighth largest economy in the world before its currency collapsed. In 1992, Finland, Italy, and Norway had currency shocks that spread through Europe.

In 1994, Mexico went through the infamous “Tequila Hangover,” which sent the peso tumbling and spread economic hardships throughout Latin America.

In 1997, the Thai baht fell through the floor and the effects spread to Malaysia, the Philippines, Indonesia, Hong Kong, and South Korea.

The Russian ruble was not the currency you wanted your investments denominated in in 1998, after its devaluation brought on economic recession. In the early 21st century, we have seen the Turkish lira experience strokes of hyperinflation similar to that of the mark of Weimar Germany.

In present times, we have Zimbabwe, which was once considered the breadbasket of Africa and was one of the wealthiest countries on the continent. Now Mugabe’s attempts at price controls, combined with hyperinflation, have the nation unable to supply the most basic essentials such as bread and clean water.

Fiat Money - Lessons to Be Learned

Here in the U.S., I should say the lessons were not learned. There are many consistencies from the above-mentioned stories that led up to the eventual collapse of the currencies.

The scary thing is that the U.S. has some of these above-mentioned characteristics, the ones that lead to toilet paper money becoming just that. More on that in just a second. I would first like to give a brief look at the U.S. attempts with paper money in our short history.

The first attempt with paper money came in 1690 with the issuance of Colonial notes. The first Colonial notes were issued in Massachusetts and were redeemable for gold, silver, corn, cattle and other commodities.

The other Colonies quickly jumped on the toilet paper money bandwagon and began issuing their own paper currencies. Like a broken record, the money quickly became overissued. The lessons of John Law and others were definitely not learned. It is not good enough just to say that a currency is backed by commodities. It actually HAS to be backed by commodities. Essentially, it was still a fiat money, and in a short period of time, Colonials became as good as toilet paper.

The next experiment came during the Revolutionary War. Big surprise — the issuance of paper money was used to finance the war efforts. This time, the currency was called a continental.

The crash of the continental was spectacular, and the phrase “not worth a continental” was coined. This brought on a large distrust for paper currency, and until 1913, toilet paper money in the U.S. wasn’t used. Enter the infamous Federal Reserve and its monopoly on money and interest rates. Now we have the greenback.

Although the money was “officially” backed by a gold standard until 1971, it wasn’t a true gold standard. When the government found it inconvenient to have a gold standard, it just made it illegal for U.S. citizens to hold gold or exchange dollars for gold.

As reported on Strike-the-root.com:

“Under the infallible leadership of President Franklin Roosevelt, it was made illegal to own gold. On March 11, 1933, he issued an order forbidding banks to make gold payments. On April 5, Roosevelt ordered all citizens to surrender their gold — no person could hold more than $100 in gold coins, except for collector’s coins. He also made it unlawful to export gold for payment abroad, unless done through the Treasury. The penalty for defying Roosevelt was 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.”

But the official demise of the dollar was locked into place in 1971 when “Tricky Dick” Nixon completely severed all ties between the dollar and the gold standard. During the decade that followed, the U.S. experienced some of the worst inflation in its history, only matched by today’s U.S. monetary and fiscal irresponsibility.

The U.S. of A. has all the characteristics set in place that have led to the collapse of every other fiat currency money in history.

We are currently at war, and the financing of this war is extremely inflationary. In fact, if you look back at our history, since 1914, the U.S has engaged in 16 military conflicts. We have been involved in some form of violent international accord in 44 of the past 93 years. The overwhelming majority of military conflicts result in monetary inflation.

The U.S. has a debt similar to that of Weimar Germany. All though the reasons for the debt are completely different, it appears thatthis Mount Everest of IOUs is going to be impossible to pay back. I guess the U.S. could just print 10 trillion dollar bills and hand them out, but the implications of such actions are obvious.
We are currently increasing the supply of dollars at a rate of 13% per annum. This overissuance of a currency has been the leading indicator of a currency on the brink.

So what’s in the future for the dollar?

Some, myself included, might say that the dollar has already failed. It has lost over 92% of its value since its initial issuance in 1913. After the revaluation in 1934, the dollar dropped another 41%. In my opinion, it already is toilet paper money, but for the above-mentioned characteristics, which are alarmingly similar to the circumstances that led up to the eventual collapse of the dollar’s toilet paper predecessors, I believe that we have seen only the tip of the iceberg of the dollar’s inevitable path toward becoming toilet paper money." -- Nick Jones


Nick Jones  DailyReckonig.com

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

    GR

  • "If we're dealing with Islamic nations, the suspects are Middle Eastern. Some people call that profiling. Law enforcement people would call it a clue."

    Wayne LaPierre

  • "Against the assault of laughter nothing can stand"

    Mark Twain

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

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

    George Santayana

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

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

    Mike Adams

  • "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

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

    Napoleon Bonaparte

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

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

    Mark Twain

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

    Thomas Paine

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

    Margaret Thatcher

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

    Alexis de Tocqueville

  • "This is like deja vu all over again"

    Yogi Berra

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

    Margaret Thatcher

  • "All men by nature desire knowledge."

    Aristotle

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

    Yogi Berra

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

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

  • "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

  • "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."

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

    Phillip Brooks

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

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

    Will Rogers

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

    WAG

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

    Sam Rayburn

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

    Rush Limbaugh

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

    Adlai E. Stevenson

  • "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

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

    Joseph Goebbels

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

    George Orwell

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

    Mark Twain

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

    Vladimir Lenin

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

    John F. Kennedy

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

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

    Rush Limbaugh

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

    Edward R. Murrow

  • “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)

  • “If you just set out to be liked, you would be prepared to compromise on anything at any time, and you would achieve nothing.”

    Margaret Thatcher

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

    Benjamin Franklin

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

    WAG

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

    Thomas Jefferson

  • “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

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

    John Adams

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

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

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

    Psalm 118:8

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

  • "Debt is the slavery of the free."

    Publilius Syrus

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

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

    Larry Elder

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

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

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

    Ted Nugent

  • "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

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

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

    Arthur C. Clarke

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

    WAG

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

    Kenneth Boulding (economist)

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

    James Madison

  • "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

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

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

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

    Thomas Jefferson

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

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

    Proverbs 17:28 (NIV)

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

    Ronald Reagan

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

    Abraham Lincoln

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

    American Patriot

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

    WAG

  • "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

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

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

    Ayn Rand

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

    George Orwell

  • "There is no right way to do wrong"

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

    Napoléon Bonaparte

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

    Mark Twain

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

    Maya Angelou

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

    American Patriot

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

    WAG

  • "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

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

    Alfred Kazin

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

    Thomas Jefferson

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

    Tacitus

  • "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

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

    Hunter S. Thompson

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

    Mark Twain

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

    Thomas Jefferson

  • "Better a broken promise than none at all"

    Mark Twain

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

    WAG

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

    Friedrich Nietzsche

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

    Ronald Reagan

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

    G. K. Chesterton

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

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

    WAG

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

    Abraham Lincoln

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

    Bill Vaughan

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

    Syrus

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

  • "You can observe a lot just by watchin"

    Yogi Berra

  • "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

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

    Vladimir Lenin

  • "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

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

    Mao Tse-Tung

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

    Joseph Stalin

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

    WAG

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

    Mark Twain

  • "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

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

    Oliver Ellsworth (Supreme Court Chief Justice)

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

    Ann Landers

  • "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

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

    George Orwell

  • "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

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

  • “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

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

    Anatole France

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

  • “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

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

    Alexis de Tocqueville

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

    Mohandas Gandhi

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

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

    Edmund Burke

  • "An informed public is essential to a democracy"

    Thomas Jefferson

  • “To sit back hoping that someday, someway, someone will make things right is to go on feeding the crocodile, hoping he will eat you last – but eat you he will."

    Ronald Reagan

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

    Robert Green Ingersoll

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

    Albert Einstein

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

    WAG

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

    Milton Friedman

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

    Alexis de Tocqueville

  • “Wisdom is the chief element of happiness”

    Sophocles

  • "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

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

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

    Abraham Lincoln

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

    Mark Twain

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

    George Orwell

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

    Dave Barry

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

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

    WAG

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

    W. C. Fields

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

    WAG

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

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

    Bob Hope

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

    John Kerry

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

    WAG

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

    Ralph Waldo Emerson

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

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

  • "Irony is the hygiene of the mind."

    Elizabeth Bibesco

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

    William F. Buckley Jr.

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

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

  • "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

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

    WAG

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

    Antonio Porchia

  • "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

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

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

    Socrates

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

    Calvin Coolidge

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

    Abraham Lincoln

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

  • “Be truthful … Truth leads to trust”

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

    Ayn Rand

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

  • "Adversity makes a good man better"

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

    Charlotte

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

    Bob Hope

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

    Aristotle

  • "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

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

    Harry S. Truman

  • "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

  • People once came to America to GIVE all that they had, to become all that they could. Now they come only to TAKE all that they can.

    WAG

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

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

    Kinky Friedman

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

    Mitt Romney

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

    Plato

  • "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

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

    Chinese proverb

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

    Supreme Court Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.

  • "Today is tomorrow’s past"

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

    Liberal when confronted with reality

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

    Adlai E. Stevenson

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

    Doug Larson

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

    Tacitus, The Annals III.27

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

    Rudy Giuliani

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

    Ronald Reagan

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

    Rush Limbaugh

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

  • "I owe nothing to Women’s Lib.”

    Margaret Thatcher

  • “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

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

    Lou Holtz

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

    Dave Gardner

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

    Anonymous

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

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

    Daniel Greenfield

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

    Ralph Waldo Emerson

  • "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

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

    Will Rogers

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

    Philip K. Dick

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

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

    Margaret Thatcher

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

    Will Rogers

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

    Eugene McCarthy

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

    Alexis de Tocqueville

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

    Leo Durocher

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

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

    Ronald Reagan

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

    Cherokee proverb

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

    Dwight D. Eisenhower

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

    Adolf Hitler

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

  • 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

  • “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

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

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

    Ian Fleming

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

    Margaret Thatcher

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

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

    Benjamin Franklin

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

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

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

  • "That government governs best that governs least"

    Thomas Jefferson

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

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

    Milton Friedman, Nobel laureate

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

    Margaret Thatcher

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

    Margaret Thatcher

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

    Winston Churchill

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

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

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

    Abraham Lincoln

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

    Enrico Fermi

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

    Paul Jacob

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

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

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

    Hodding Carter, J.R.

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

    Bob Hope

  • "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

  • "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

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

    George Washington

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

    WAG

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

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

    George Washington

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

    Mark Twain

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

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

    James Bovard

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

    Plato

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

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

    WAG

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

    Dietrich Bonhoeffer

  • "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

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

    Joseph Stalin

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

    WAG

  • "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

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

    Sam Adams

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

    Alexander Hamilton

  • "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

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

  • “There are no easy answers' but there are simple answers. We must have the courage to do what we know is morally right.”

    Ronald Reagan

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

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

    Abraham Lincoln

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

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

  • "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

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

    Pastor John MacArthur

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

    Adlai E. Stevenson

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

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

  • “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

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

    WAG

  • "An armed society is a polite society"

    Robert A. Heinlein

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

    Government Motto

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

    Abraham Lincoln

  • “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

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

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

    Abraham Lincoln

  • "Humor is mankind's greatest blessing"

    Mark Twain

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

    Vince Lombardi

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

    Plato

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

    WAG

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

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

    Adlai E. Stevenson

  • "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

  • “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

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

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

    WAG

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

    Thomas Paine

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

    H.L. Mencken

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

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

    Alfred Adler

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

    Ayn Rand

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

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

    Nelson Mandela

  • “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 )

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

    Thomas Edison

  • "Golf is a good walk spoiled"

    Mark Twain

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

  • "Democracy is indispensable to socialism."

    Vladimir Lenin

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

    Doug Powers

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

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

    Joseph Stalin

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

    Dr. Martin Luther King

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

  • "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

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

    John Wooden

  • "Everything has beauty but not everyone sees it"

  • "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

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

    Thomas Jefferson

  • "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

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

    Dana Buchman

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

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

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

    WAG

  • "Laughter is the shortest distance between two people"

    Victor Borge

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

    Milton Friedman

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

    WAG

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

    Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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

  • “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

  • "Knowledge is power."

    Sir Francis Bacon

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

    Alexis de Tocqueville

  • "A day without laughter is a day wasted"

    Charlie Chaplin

  • "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

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

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

    Will Rogers

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

    Steven Wright

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

    Margaret Thatcher

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

    George Washington

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

    John F. Kennedy

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

    Joseph Stalin

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

    Thomas Jefferson

  • "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

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

    John Wooden

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

    Joseph Stalin

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

    Spanish Proverb

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

    Thomas Paine

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

    David Letterman

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

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

    WAG

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

    Charles Dickens

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

    Winnie the Pooh

  • “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

  • "Ignorance is the seed of APATHY"

    WAG

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

    Yiddish Proverb

  • ”In war there is no substitute for victory”

    General Douglas MacArthur

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

    WAG

  • “If you voted for Obama to prove that you were not a racist - Who will you vote for in 2012 to prove that you are not an idiot?”

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

    Benjamin Franklin

  • "In politics, stupidity is not a handicap"

    Napoleon Bonaparte

  • "Education consists mainly of what we have unlearned"

    Mark Twain

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

    Albert Einstein

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

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

    Thomas Jefferson

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

    Reverend Ike

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

    Voltaire

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

    Vladimir Lenin

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

    Galileo

  • "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

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

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

    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

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

    Friedrich Nietzsche

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

    Albert Einstein

  • "Heroes get remembered - but legends never die"

  • "All bad precedents begin as justifiable measures"

    Julius Caesar

  • "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)

  • "A smile costs nothing but gives much. It enriches those who receive without making poorer those who give. It takes but a moment, but the memory of it sometimes lasts forever. None is so rich or mighty that he cannot get along without it and none is so poor that he cannot be made rich by it. Yet a smile cannot be bought, begged, borrowed, or stolen, for it is something that is of no value to anyone until it is given away. Some people are too tired to give you a smile. Give them one of yours, as none needs a smile so much as he who has no more to give."

    Unknown

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

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

    Robert A. Heinlein

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

    Winston Churchill

  • "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

  • "Debt is the worst poverty."

    Thomas Fuller

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

    Mark Twain

  • “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)

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

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

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

    Alexis de Tocqueville

  • 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

  • "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

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

    Milton Friedman

  • "When injustice becomes law, resistance becomes duty"

    Thomas Jefferson

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

    James Madison

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

    Joseph Stalin

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

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

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

    Brad Thor

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

    WAG

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

    Rush Limbaugh

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

    Lyndon B. Johnson

  • "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

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

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

    Mark Twain

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

    Thomas Jefferson

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

    Herb Stein (Economist)

  • "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

  • "Ignorance is the truest form of freedom"

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

    Benjamin Franklin

  • "The principle of spending money to be paid by posterity, under the name of funding, is but swindling futurity on a large scale."

    Thomas Jefferson (letter to John Taylor - 1816)

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

    WAG

  • "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

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

    Joseph Stalin

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

  • “Better to deny a child some of life’s wants and pleasures, than to deny them a brother or sister.”

    Pope Saint John Paul II

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

    Mark Twain

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

    Mark Twain

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

    Saint Pope John Paul II

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

    Daniel Patrick Moynihan

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

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

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

    Thomas Jefferson

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

    Abkhasian Proverb

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

    John Adams

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

  • "Truth has no agenda"

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

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

    Fletcher Knebel, Historian

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

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

    Ecclesiastes 10:2 NIV

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

    Vladimir Lenin

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

    Ayn Rand

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

    WAG

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

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

    Niccolo Machiavelli

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

    Winston Churchill

  • "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

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

    WAG

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


    Vladimir Lenin

  • "Truth will always fuel the embers of liberty"

    WAG

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

    Paul Horning

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

    Jacques Barzun

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

    Patrice Lewis

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

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

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

  • "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

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

    Mark Twain

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

  • "When GOD fights for Israel, Israel wins"

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

    Luck

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

    Liberal Logic

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

    Burt Shavitz (Burt's Buzz)

  • "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

  • "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)

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

    WAG

  • "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

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

    William P. Anthony

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

    Anonymous

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

    Ralph Waldo Emerson

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

    Sophia Loren

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

    Joseph Stalin

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

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

    Winston Churchill

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

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

    WAG

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

    Jay Leno

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

    Rush Limbaugh

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

    Mayer Amschel Bauer Rothschild

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

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

    Wendell Phillips

  • "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

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

    Mark Twain

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

    Otto von Bismarck

  • "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

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

    Thomas Jefferson

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

  • “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

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

    Larry Elder

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

    Albert Einstein

  • "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

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

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

    James Madison

  • "We are great because we are good"

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

    Robert David Steele (CIA)

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

    Rick Perry

  • "Ignorance is the lifeblood of every politician"

    WAG

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

    von Clausewitz

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

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


    WAG

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

    Saul Bellow

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

    P.J. O'Rourke

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

    Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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

    WAG

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

    Knute Rockne

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

    Joseph Stalin

  • "Comedy is tragedy plus time"

    Woody Allen

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

    Albert Einstein

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

    Mark Twain

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

    Mark Twain

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

    Mark Twain

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

    Robert A. Heinlein

  • "Never spend your money before you have it"

    Thomas Jefferson

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

  • "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

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

    Thomas Henry Huxley

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

    WAG

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

    Vladimir Lenin

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

    Ronald Reagan

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

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

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

    Karl Marx

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

    Senator Jim Talent

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

  • "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

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

    Dante Alighieri

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

    Harry Truman

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

    John Adams

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

    Henry David Thoreau

  • “A person who lives by logic and studies history and tries to implement the lessons learned by history cannot begin to rationally explain the conduct of this president or his attorney general or this administration,” Nugent said. “It is psychotic, it is crazy, it is illogical.”

    Ted Nugent

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

    Milton Friedman

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

    Ronald Reagan

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

    Mark Twain

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

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

    American Citizen

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

    Mark Twain

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

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

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

  • 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

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

    Confucius

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

    Margaret Thatcher

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

    Aaron Levenstein

  • “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

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

    Adolf Hitler (1939)

  • "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

  • “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

  • "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

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

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

    Martin Luther King, Jr

  • "Truth Does Not Fear Knowledge"

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

    WAG

  • "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

  • "Life………. It’s GOD’s choice"

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

    Mark Twain

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

    Mark Twain

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

    Dean Acheson

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

  • "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

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

    Martin Luther King Jr.

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

    WAG

  • “It is hard to imagine a more stupid or more dangerous way of making decisions than by putting those decisions in the hands of people who pay no price for being wrong."

    Thomas Sowell

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

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

    Robert Frost

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

    James Madison

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

    Mark Steyn

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

    WAG

  • "Innocence seldom utters outraged shrieks. Guilt does"

    Whittaker Chambers

  • "There are lies, damned lies and statistics"

    Mark Twain

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

    John Adams (1826)

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

    Mark Twain

  • "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

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

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

    WAG

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

    Thomas Jefferson

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

    WAG

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

    WAG

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

    Mark Twain

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

    WAG

  • "Bad laws are the worst sort of tyranny"

    Edmund Burke

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

    Benjamin Franklin

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

    George Washington

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

    Mark Twain

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

  • "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

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

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

    James Madison

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

    Chinese fortune cookie

  • “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)

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

    Lao-tzu

  • "Go put your creed into your deed."

    Ralph Waldo Emerson

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

  • "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

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

    Mark Twain

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

    Mark Twain

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

    Cal Thomas

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

    Mark Twain

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

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

    WAG

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

    William Faulkner

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

    Pat Flynn

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

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

    WAG

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

  • "Half the people you know are below average"

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

    William Arthur Ward

  • "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

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

    Rush Limbaugh

  • “Every library is an arsenal”

    Robert Green Ingersoll

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

    Jerry Pournelle

  • "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.

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

    Ayn Rand

  • "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

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

    Adolph Hitler

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

    Bob Hope

  • "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

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

    James A. Garfield

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

    P. J. O'Rourke

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

    Chinese Proverb

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

    Jay Leno

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

  • "Irony differentiates. Cynicism never does."

    Paul Horgan

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

    Benjamin Constant, Brazilian statesman

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

    Theodore M. Hesburgh

  • "Banking establishments are more dangerous than standing armies"

    Thomas Jefferson

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

    Albert Einstein

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

    Lt. Colonel James G. Zumwalt

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

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

    Edgar J. Mohn

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

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

    George Eliot

  • "Failure is success if we learn from it"

    Malcolm S. Forbes

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

    Edmund Burke

  • "Democracy is the road to socialism."

    Karl Marx

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

    Adlai E. Stevenson

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

  • "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

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

    Mark Twain

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

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

    Yogi Berra

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

    Robert Frost

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

    Albert Einstein

  • 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

  • "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

  • "Political correctness is tyranny with manners."

    Charlton Heston

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

    George Mason

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

    Alexis de Tocqueville

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

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

    Danny Schecter

  • "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

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

    Bob Hope

  • "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

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

    WAG

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

    Abraham Lincoln

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

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

    Albert Einstein

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

    Ayn Rand

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

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

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

    Robert Novak

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

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

    Mark Twain

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

    George Berkeley

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

    Alexis de Tocqueville

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

    St. Augustine

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

    Unknown

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

    Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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

    Thomas Jefferson

  • "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

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

    Francis Bacon

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

    Mark Twain

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

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

    Mark Twain

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

    Martin Luther King, Jr.

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

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

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

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

    Progressive apologist

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

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

    Robert A. Heinlein

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

    Vladimir Lenin

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

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

    Ralph Waldo Emerson

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

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

    Robert Green Ingersoll

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

    Ronald Reagan

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

    James Madison

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

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

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

    Strom Thurmond

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

    William Pitt

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

    Ronald Reagan

  • "The goal of socialism is communism."

    Vladimir Lenin

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

    Edmund Burke

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

    Ephesians 6:11

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

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

    WAG

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

    Edward Langley (artist)

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

    Dick Cheney

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

    Joseph Stalin

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

    Mahatma Ghandi

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

    Adlai E. Stevenson

  • “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)

  • "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

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

    George Washington

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

    Winston Churchill

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

    Benjamin Franklin

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

    Rod Serling

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

    Bertrand Russell

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

    Alexis de Tocqueville

  • "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)

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

  • "To delve inside the liberal progressive mind, one must endure a dark and errie place, absent all logic and devoid all reason and common sense"

    WAG

  • "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

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

    Rush Limbaugh

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

    WAG

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

    Doug Christie

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

    Alexis de Tocqueville

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

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

    Winston Churchill

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


    Alexander Hamilton

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

    Jack Miner

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

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

    Douglas Casey

  • "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

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

    Philip K. Dick

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

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

    Willis Player

  • "One man with courage is a majority"

    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

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

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

    Alexis de Tocqueville

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

    Margaret Thatcher

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

    Rush Limbaugh

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

    John Kenneth Galbraith

  • "A strong body makes the mind strong. As to the species of exercises, I advise the gun. While this gives moderate exercise to the body, it gives boldness, enterprise and independence to the mind. Games played with the ball and others of that nature, are too violent for the body and stamp no character on the mind. Let your gun therefore be the constant companion of your walks."

    Thomas Jefferson

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

    WAG

  • “No republic has long outlived the discovery by a majority of its people that they could vote themselves largesse from the public treasury”

    Alexander Tytler

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

    John Kenneth Galbraith

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

    Ayn Rand

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

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

    Vince Lombardi

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

    Mark Twain

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

  • "Failure to prepare is preparing to fail"

    Benjamin Franklin

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

    WAG

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

    Noelle Pikus Pace (Olympian)

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

    Adlai E. Stevenson

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

    Thomas Jefferson

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

    George Bernard Shaw

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

    WAG

  • "The idea of war is not to die for your country. It's to make the other poor S.O.B. die for his"

    General George Patton

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

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

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

    Marie von Ebner-Eschenbach

  • "Reason often makes mistakes but conscience never does"

    Josh Billings (Henry Wheeler Shaw)

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

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

    Moliere

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

    Professor Irwin Corey

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

    Joseph Stalin

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

    Karl Marx

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

    Mayer Amschel Rothschild

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

  • “The study of money, above all other fields in economics, is one in which complexity is used to disguise truth or to evade truth, not to reveal it.”

    John Kenneth Galbraith

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

    Albert Einstein

  • "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)

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

    Ralph Waldo Emerson

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

    Mark Twain

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

    Benjamin Disraeli

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

    George Orwell

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

    John Adams

  • “Perception is today’s reality”

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

    Ronald Reagan

  • "Happiness is good health and a bad memory"

    Ingrid Bergman

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

    Karl Wilhelm Friedrich Schlegel

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

    Alexis de Tocqueville

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

    George Washington

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

    Alexis de Tocqueville

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

    Vladimir Lenin

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

    Charles Gordy

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

  • "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

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

    George W. Bush

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

    Aristotle

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

    Robert Green Ingersoll

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

  • "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

  • “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

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

    Anonymous

  • “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

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

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

    James Madison

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

    Jason Laumark

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

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

    Thomas Jefferson

  • “The reports of my death are greatly exaggerated”

    Mark Twain

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

    WAG

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

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

    Aldous Huxley

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

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

    Benjamin Franklin

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

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

    Thomas Fuller

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

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

    John F. Kennedy

  • “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

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

    Justice Felix Frankfurter

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

    Thomas Jefferson

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

    Thomas Paine (December 23, 1776)

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

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

    Mark Twain

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

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

  • "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

  • "Gray hair is God's graffiti"

    Bill Cosby

  • "Ask why until you understand"

  • “I prefer dangerous freedom over peaceful slavery.”

    Thomas Jefferson

  • "Lies serve to influence the ignorant"

    WAG

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

    John Adams

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

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

    WAG

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

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

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

    Confucious

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

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

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

    George Mason

  • "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."

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

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

    Albert Einstein

  • "Aspire to inspire before you expire."

  • Use truth as your anvil, nonviolence as your hammer and anything that does not stand the test when it is brought to the anvil of truth and hammered with nonviolence, reject it.”

    Mohandas K. Gandhi

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

    Mark Twain

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

    WAG

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

    Vladimir Lenin