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Can You Guess How Many Straw Man Arguments Were In Obama's Speech?
Posted By: Letters on January 22, 2013 05:42 PM in Disingenuous Den
Mytheos Holt  TheBlaze.com Published on January 21, 2013


President Obama has an, at times, well-deserved reputation for delivering his speeches well. Certainly, the president made an impression today when he delivered his second inaugural address calling for a bolder, more expansive government that would be committed increasingly to the principles of liberalism, with characteristic soaring rhetoric.

Unfortunately, another characteristic was also in evidence in Obama’s speech: namely, his tendency to argue against positions that nobody holds (and by extension, to mischaracterize his opponents’ views so as to make them easier to argue against). In logic, this unfortunate tendency is referred to as a “straw man fallacy” and it was well-worn in President Obama’s speech today – so well-worn that at times, he seemed to cough up a new straw man fallacy with every sentence. How many of these arguments in bad faith did the President use? Read on as we list each one and explain their fallacious nature.

Straw Man #1:

“For the American people can no more meet the demands of today’s world by acting alone than American soldiers could have met the forces of fascism or communism with muskets and militias.”

The President’s line about muskets and militias is a rhetorical flourish more than an argument, but the first part of this line is an obvious straw man. No one in the current political climate is arguing for a complete dissolution of government power such that only the American people as a collective would be responsible for defending the country or performing any other task. Rather, the question is how much responsibility should be left to private citizens. Saying “private citizens cannot handle all responsibilities” is not the same as saying “private citizens cannot handle any responsibility at all.”

Straw Man #2: 

“No single person can train all the math and science teachers we’ll need to equip our children for the future, or build the roads and networks and research labs that will bring new jobs and businesses to our shores.”

Like the first straw man, this one argues against something which is obviously false, and which no one believes. A single, individual person obviously cannot do all of this alone, but again, that does not imply that if someone cannot do something alone, the government must step in and do it for them. For instance, an architect cannot build a skyscraper alone. He needs laborers, engineers, and other people. But saying he can’t do this alone is not the same thing as saying that private citizens cannot cooperatively agree to do this without help from the government.

Straw Man #3: 

“We reject the belief that America must choose between caring for the generation that built this country and investing in the generation that will build its future.  For we remember the lessons of our past, when twilight years were spent in poverty and parents of a child with a disability had nowhere to turn.”

No one is proposing completely giving up caring for older generations, nor is anyone proposing completely ignoring young people’s needs. The question is how much government can afford to spend on each. More to the point, no one on either side is proposing complete abolition of programs that help the elderly or the disabled.

Straw Man #4:

“We do not believe that in this country freedom is reserved for the lucky, or happiness for the few.”

This particular straw man presumably is meant to apply to income inequality. At least, that’s the only public policy issue that this author can see it relating to. However, as with the others, it is a misreading of people who argue against greater income equality. For one thing, freedom and happiness are not necessarily the same as money, and luck is not the only thing that makes a person wealthy. Moreover, people who argue that income inequality is not necessarily a problem are not defending the idea that only a few can be wealthy, which is a question of income mobility, not equality.

Straw Man #5: 

“Some may still deny the overwhelming judgment of science, but none can avoid the devastating impact of raging fires and crippling drought and more powerful storms.”

This straw man, which deals with global warming, is actually two fallacies in one. It is a straw man because no one believes they can avoid the impact of natural disasters completely, and it also begs the question by assuming that solving global warming will solve the problem of fires, drought and storms, while simultaneously trying to prove that by solving global warming, natural disasters will be lessened.

Straw Man #6:

“We, the people, still believe that enduring security and lasting peace do not require perpetual war.”

The President’s critics on national security do not believe in perpetual war. They may believe in seeing some wars through to their conclusion, or starting other wars out of necessity, but none of them believes in perpetual war for its own sake.

Straw Man #7:

“For our journey is not complete until our wives, our mothers and daughters can earn a living equal to their efforts.”

People arguing against bills such as the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, which claim to be devoted to ensuring equal pay for women, often do so because they are concerned that these laws give trial lawyers too much of an excuse to sue, not because they believe women should be underpaid.

Straw Man #8:

“Our journey is not complete until our gay brothers and sisters are treated like anyone else under the law, for if we are truly created equal, then surely the love we commit to one another must be equal as well.”

Again, there are no mainstream political figures who believe that gays should be unequal before the law. In fact, gays enjoy all the same constitutional protections as straight people. The question of whether the right to marriage is one of those constitutional protections, however, is an unresolved question, though the Supreme Court may resolve it later this year. This straw man also assumes that the only function of marriage is to facilitate love. That is certainly one view, but it is not one that all critics of gay marriage subscribe to, and thus assuming that they oppose gay marriage out of opposition to love is a straw man.

Straw Man #9:

Our journey is not complete until we find a better way to welcome the striving, hopeful immigrants who still see America as a land of opportunity.”

Shutting off immigration completely is not a policy proposal being offered. What is being argued about is the question of what to do with people who immigrated to the US in contradiction to its laws.

Straw Man #10:

“Being true to our founding documents does not require us to agree on every contour of life. It does not mean we all define liberty in exactly the same way or follow the same precise path to happiness.”

This is obviously true, but is also a straw man because no one believes that following a blueprint for governance requires the people following that blueprint to make all the same lifestyle choices. This is not even an argument that constitutional originalists on the Supreme Court advance. The President is arguing against a position that is not held by his critics.

That’s ten straw men in slightly under 20 minutes. In other words, one logical fallacy every 2 minutes, on average." -- Mytheos Holt


Mytheos Holt  TheBlaze.com January 21, 2013

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

    Ralph Waldo Emerson

  • “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

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

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

    Edmund Burke

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

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

    Dr. Martin Luther King

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

  • "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

  • Scheme: “To be shady or otherwise use intellectual power to deceive or carry out a plan for a personal interest. To plan to do something to get someone’s money, most often by cheating.”

  • "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

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

    Adolf Hitler (1939)

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

    Edmund Burke

  • “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 )

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

    Joseph Stalin

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

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

    George Orwell

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

    Charlotte

  • “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

  • "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

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

    WAG

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

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

  • “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

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

    Martin Luther King, Jr.

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

    Albert Einstein

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

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

    Mark Twain

  • "I'm not an old, experienced hand at politics. But I am now seasoned enough to have learned that the hardest thing about any political campaign is how to win without proving that you are unworthy of winning"

    Adlai E. Stevenson

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

    Dave Barry

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

    John Adams

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

    Anonymous

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

    Adlai E. Stevenson

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

    Thomas Jefferson

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

    Adlai E. Stevenson

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

    Burt Shavitz (Burt's Buzz)

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

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

    WAG

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

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

    Alexander Pope

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

    Mark Twain

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

    Aulus Persius Flaccus

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

    Alexis de Tocqueville

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

    Charles de Montesquieu

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

    Jimi Hendrix

  • “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

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

    WAG

  • "Irony is the hygiene of the mind."

    Elizabeth Bibesco

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

    WAG

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

    John Wooden

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

  • “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)

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

    Bill Vaughan

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

    Joseph Stalin

  • "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

  • “Wisdom is the chief element of happiness”

    Sophocles

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

    Margaret Thatcher

  • "Aspire to inspire before you expire."

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

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

    Alexis de Tocqueville

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

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

    Unknown

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

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

    Antonio Porchia

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

    Paul Proctor

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

    Ronald Reagan

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

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

    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

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

    Thomas Jefferson

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

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

    WAG

  • "Government Integrity: An Oxymoron"

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

    John Adams

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

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

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

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

    Miecyslaw Kasprzyk

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

  • "When injustice becomes law, resistance becomes duty"

    Thomas Jefferson

  • "Ignorance is the truest form of freedom"

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

    Knute Rockne

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

    Albert Einstein

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

    John F. Kennedy

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

    Adolf Hitler

  • "It does not take a majority to prevail... but rather an irate, tireless minority, keen on setting brushfires of freedom in the minds of men."

    Samuel Adams

  • "I 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

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

    Robert David Steele (CIA)

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

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

    Mark Twain

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

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

    Benjamin Disraeli

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

    Joseph Stalin

  • "All bad precedents begin as justifiable measures"

    Julius Caesar

  • 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

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

    Dave Gardner

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

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

    George Orwell

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

    WAG

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

    Jay Leno

  • "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

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

    Thomas Jefferson

  • “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

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

    Bob Hope

  • "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.

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

    Ralph Waldo Emerson

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

    WAG

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

    Friedrich Nietzsche

  • "A free people ought to be armed"

    George Washington

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

    Phillip Brooks

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


    WAG

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

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

    Ayn Rand

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

    Benjamin Franklin

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

    Daniel Patrick Moynihan

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

    Joseph Stalin

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

    John Kenneth Galbraith

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

    James Madison

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

    Daniel Greenfield

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

    Will Rogers

  • “The 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

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

    Noelle Pikus Pace (Olympian)

  • “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

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

    George Washington

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

    Thomas Jefferson

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

    Adlai E. Stevenson

  • "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

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

  • “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

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

    David Letterman

  • "Every member of the State ought diligently to read and to study the Constitution [the documents] of this country...By knowing their rights they will sooner perceive when they are violated and be the better prepared to defend and assert them."

    John Jay, First Chief Justice of the Supreme Court

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

    John F. Kennedy

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

    John Adams (1826)

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

    Mark Twain

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

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

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

  • "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

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

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

    Thomas Paine

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

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

    Ralph Waldo Emerson

  • "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

  • "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

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

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

    James A. Garfield

  • "Failure is success if we learn from it"

    Malcolm S. Forbes

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

    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

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

    Albert Einstein

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

    Joseph Stalin

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

    Milton Friedman

  • "There is no right way to do wrong"

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

    Ronald Reagan

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

    Alexis de Tocqueville

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

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

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

    Mark Twain

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

    Mark Twain

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

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

    WAG

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

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

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

    Margaret Thatcher

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

    WAG

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

    Isaac Asimov

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

    Mike Adams

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

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

    Spanish Proverb

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

    Isoroku Yamamoto

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

    Byrd Baggett

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

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

    Anonymous

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

    Steven Wright

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

    Martin Luther King Jr.

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

    Thomas Jefferson

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

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

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

    Vladimir Lenin

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

    Mark Twain

  • “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

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

    WAG

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

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

    Cherokee proverb

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

    Winston Churchill

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

    Vladimir Lenin

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

    Progressive apologist

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

    Alexis de Tocqueville

  • "Disobedience to tyrants is Obedience to God"

    Benjamin Franklin

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

    Abraham Lincoln

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

    Mark Twain

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

    Martin Luther King, Jr.

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

    Supreme Court Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.

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

    Albert Einstein

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

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

    Jacques Barzun

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

    Thomas Jefferson

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

    WAG

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

    Robert Schuller

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

    Rush Limbaugh

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

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

    Thomas Paine

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

    Liberal Logic

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

    William Faulkner

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

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

    Winnie the Pooh

  • "Against the assault of laughter nothing can stand"

    Mark Twain

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

    Socrates

  • “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

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

    Mark Twain

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

    Kenneth Boulding (economist)

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


    Vladimir Lenin

  • "I owe nothing to Women’s Lib.”

    Margaret Thatcher

  • "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

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

    Vladimir Lenin

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

    Dwight D. Eisenhower

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

    Thomas Jefferson

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

    Patrick Henry

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

    Alexander Hamilton in Federalist 69

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

    Joseph Stalin

  • "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

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

    Mark Twain

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

    Robert Frost

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

    Alexis de Tocqueville

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

    Ronald Reagan

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

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

    Niccolo Machiavelli

  • “One man with courage is a majority”

    Thomas Jefferson

  • “Be truthful … Truth leads to trust”

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

    Joseph Addison

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

    WAG

  • "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

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

    George Mason

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

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

    Justice Felix Frankfurter

  • "Democracy is indispensable to socialism."

    Vladimir Lenin

  • "When in doubt tell the truth"

    Mark Twain

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

    WAG

  • "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

  • "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

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

    Margaret Thatcher

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

    George Washington

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

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

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

  • "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

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

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

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

    Sam Rayburn

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

    Joseph Stalin

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

    Jack Miner

  • "Islam is a religion in which God requires you to send your son to die for him. Christianity is a faith in which God sends his son to die for you"

    John D. Ashcroft

  • “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

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

    George Mason

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

    Benjamin Franklin

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

    Robert Green Ingersoll

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

    Thomas Edison

  • "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)

  • “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

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

  • “It’s better to die a Hero, than live the life of a Coward”

    Charles Woods (father of murdered Benghazi SEAL Tyrone Woods) in a message to President Obama

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

    Ayn Rand

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

  • "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

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

    Vladimir Lenin

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

    Moliere

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

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

    WAG

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

    Eugene McCarthy

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

    Sophia Loren

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

    WAG

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

    Abraham Lincoln

  • “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”

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

    Ludwig von Mises

  • "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

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

    WAG

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

    Mark Twain

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

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

    Mark Twain

  • "You can observe a lot just by watchin"

    Yogi Berra

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

    Rush Limbaugh

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

    Vladimir Lenin

  • "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

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

    Robert Green Ingersoll

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

    Oscar Wilde

  • “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

  • "Without question, the greatest invention in the history of mankind is beer. Oh, I grant you that the wheel was also a fine invention, but the wheel does not go nearly as well with pizza."

    Dave Barry

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

    Mark Twain

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

    Thomas Jefferson

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

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

    WAG

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

    Henry Ford

  • “The reports of my death are greatly exaggerated”

    Mark Twain

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

    Vladimir Lenin

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

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

    WAG

  • "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."

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

    Alexis de Tocqueville

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

    Mark Twain

  • "Tolerance is the virtue of believing in nothing"

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

    Karl Wilhelm Friedrich Schlegel

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

    Lord Byron

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

    Thomas Jefferson

  • “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

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

    John Adams

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

    Mahatma Ghandi

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

    James Madison

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

    Anne Coleman

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

    Winston Churchill

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

    Dietrich Bonhoeffer

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

    Will Rogers

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

  • "Adversity makes a good man better"

  • "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

  • "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

  • "This is like deja vu all over again"

    Yogi Berra

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

    Edmund Burke

  • “The most merciful thing that a large family does to one of its infant members is to kill it”

    Margaret Sanger (Founder of Planned Parenthood)

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

    WAG

  • "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

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

    Robert Green Ingersoll

  • "Gray hair is God's graffiti"

    Bill Cosby

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

    Charles Haddon Spurgeon

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

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

    Sam Adams

  • "All men by nature desire knowledge."

    Aristotle

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

    Benjamin Franklin

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

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

    Ted Nugent

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

    Ian Fleming

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

    Mark Twain

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

    Thomas Jefferson

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

    American Patriot

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

    Winston Churchill

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

    Ronald Reagan

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

    Adlai E. Stevenson

  • “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

  • "Democracy is the road to socialism."

    Karl Marx

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

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

    Ronald Reagan

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

    Dante Alighieri

  • "Humor is mankind's greatest blessing"

    Mark Twain

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

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

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

    Margaret Thatcher

  • “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?”

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

    Vince Lombardi

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


    Alexander Hamilton

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

    George Orwell

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

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

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

    Charles Gordy

  • "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

  • "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

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

    Saul Bellow

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

    James Madison

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

    Albert Einstein

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

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

    Willis Player

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

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

    Lt. Colonel James G. Zumwalt

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

    Government Motto

  • "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."

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

    Patrice Lewis

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

    Philip K. Dick

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

    Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

  • "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

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

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

    GR

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

    WAG

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

    James Madison

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

    George Washington

  • "I sincerely believe ... that banking establishments are more dangerous than standing armies, and that the principle of spending money to be paid by posterity under the name of funding is but swindling futurity on a large scale."

    Thomas Jefferson

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

    Vladimir Lenin

  • "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

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

    Sir Walter Scott

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

    WAG

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

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

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

    WAG

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

    WAG

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

    Rudy Giuliani

  • "When GOD fights for Israel, Israel wins"

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

    Yogi Berra

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

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

    Ayn Rand

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

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

    Thomas Henry Huxley

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

    Francis Bacon

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

    Rush Limbaugh

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

    Richard Henry Lee, signer of Declaration of Independence

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

    Enrico Fermi

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

    Kathy Ireland

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

  • "Never spend your money before you have it"

    Thomas Jefferson

  • "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

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

    Mark Twain

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

  • "Ignorance is the seed of APATHY"

    WAG

  • "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

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

    George W. Bush

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

    Thomas Jefferson

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

    Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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

  • "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

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

  • “Since the general civilization of mankind, I believe there are more instances of the abridgment of the freedom of the people by gradual and silent encroachments of those in power than by violent and sudden usurpation”

    James Madison

  • "There are lies, damned lies and statistics"

    Mark Twain

  • "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

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

    Frederick Douglass

  • "A 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

  • "Heroes get remembered - but legends never die"

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

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

    Philip K. Dick

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

    Plato

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

  • "Bad laws are the worst sort of tyranny"

    Edmund Burke

  • "That government governs best that governs least"

    Thomas Jefferson

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

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

    Liberal Lingo

  • “My greatest thought is my accountability to God”

    Daniel Webster

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

    Mark Twain

  • "Debt is the worst poverty."

    Thomas Fuller

  • "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)

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

    Ralph Waldo Emerson

  • "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

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

    Will Rogers

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

    John F. Kennedy

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

    WAG

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

    Mark Twain

  • "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

  • “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

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

    Herbert Spencer

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

    Mark Twain

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

    WAG

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

    Mark Twain

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

    Margaret Thatcher

  • "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

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

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

    Anatole France

  • "Irony differentiates. Cynicism never does."

    Paul Horgan

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

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

    Albert Einstein

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

    Larry Elder

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

    Thomas Jefferson

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

    WAG

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

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

    Confucious

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

    Milton Friedman

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

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

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

    Isaiah 5:20

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

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

    WAG

  • "The Constitution shall never be construed....to prevent the people of the United States who are peaceable citizens from keeping their own arms."

    Samuel Adams

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

    Vince Lombardi

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

    Ronald Reagan

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

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

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

    Bob Hope

  • "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"

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

    Charley Reese

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

    George Washington

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

    Professor Irwin Corey

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

    Mayer Amschel Bauer Rothschild

  • 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

  • "Politics is the art of looking for trouble, finding it whether it exists or not, diagnosing it incorrectly, and applying the wrong remedy"

    Ernest Benn

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

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

    Benjamin Franklin

  • "Truth Does Not Fear Knowledge"

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

    Edward Langley (artist)

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

    Ayn Rand

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

  • "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

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

    Jason Laumark

  • 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

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

    Mark Twain

  • “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

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

    Aaron Levenstein

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

    George Washington

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

    Will Rogers

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

    Theodore M. Hesburgh

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

    Joseph Stalin

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

    Karl Marx

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

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

    Tacitus, The Annals III.27

  • "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)

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

    Rick Perry

  • "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

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

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

    Voltaire

  • "Happiness is good health and a bad memory"

    Ingrid Bergman

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

    Abraham Lincoln

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

    Martin Luther King, Jr.

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

  • 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

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

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

    John Adams

  • "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

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

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

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

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

    WAG

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

    Pericles (495-429 BC)

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

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

    WAG

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

    Herb Stein (Economist)

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

    WAG

  • "Ignorance is the lifeblood of every politician"

    WAG

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

    Plato

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

    Winston Churchill

  • “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

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

    Frederic Bastiat

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

    Joseph Goebbels

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

    Abraham Lincoln

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

    Jerry Pournelle

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

    George Washington

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

    American Patriot

  • “To possess a memory is to be blessed with a priceless good. It is our link to the past, our guidepost to the present and our passport to the future”

  • "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

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

    Mark Twain

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

    Mark Twain

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

  • “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

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

    George Berkeley

  • “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)

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

    Alexis de Tocqueville

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

    Robert A. Heinlein

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

    Harry Truman

  • "One man with courage is a majority"

    Thomas Jefferson

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

    G. K. Chesterton

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

    James Madison

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

    Bob Hope

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

    W. C. Fields

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

  • "No Man is a Failure who has Friends"

    It's A Wonderful Life

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

    Ronald Reagan

  • "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

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

    Ronald Reagan

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

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

    Mark Twain

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

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

    Benjamin Franklin

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

    Rush Limbaugh

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

    Rush Limbaugh

  • "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

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

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

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

    Albert Einstein

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

  • "Banking establishments are more dangerous than standing armies"

    Thomas Jefferson

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

    Voltaire

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

    WAG

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

    Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

  • "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

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

    Orison S. Marden

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

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

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

    Karl Marx

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

    George Eliot

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

  • “Every library is an arsenal”

    Robert Green Ingersoll

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

    Mayer Amschel Rothschild

  • "The goal of socialism is communism."

    Vladimir Lenin

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

    Napoleon Bonaparte

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

    Demosthenes

  • "Half the people you know are below average"

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

    WAG

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

  • "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

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

    Senator Jim Talent

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

    Robert Novak

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

    Ayn Rand

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

  • "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

  • "Knowledge is power."

    Sir Francis Bacon

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

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

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

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

    Ralph Waldo Emerson

  • "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 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

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

    WAG

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

    Mike S. Adams

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

    George W. Bush

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

    WAG

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

  • "A day without laughter is a day wasted"

    Charlie Chaplin

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

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

    Proverbs 17:28 (NIV)

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

    Fletcher Knebel, Historian

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

    Milton Friedman

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

  • "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

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

    Mark Twain

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

    Mark Twain

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

    Arthur C. Clarke

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

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

    Syrus

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

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

    Margaret Thatcher

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

    Joseph Stalin

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

    Adlai E. Stevenson

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

    Mark Twain

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

    Anonymous

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

    Margaret Thatcher

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

    Thomas Sowell

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

    Mark Twain

  • ”In war there is no substitute for victory”

    General Douglas MacArthur

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

    Psalm 118:8

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

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

    St. Augustine

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

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

    Martin Van Buren

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

    Alexis de Tocqueville

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

    Mark Twain

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

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

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

    Doug Powers

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

    WAG

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

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

    Aristotle

  • "Education consists mainly of what we have unlearned"

    Mark Twain

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

    Mark Twain

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

    John Kerry

  • "We are great because we are good"

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

    P. J. O'Rourke

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

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

    Alexis de Tocqueville

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

    Ronald Reagan

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

    WAG

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

    Abraham Lincoln

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

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

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

    John Wooden

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

    Charles Dickens

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

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

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

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

    Thomas Jefferson

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

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

    Rush Limbaugh

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

    WAG

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

    Alexis de Tocqueville

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

    WAG

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

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

    Barbara Bush

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

    Mark Twain

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

  • "The budget should be balanced, the Treasury should be refilled, public debt should be reduced, the arrogance of officialdom should be tempered and controlled, and the assistance to foreign lands should be curtailed, lest Rome become bankrupt. People must again learn to work instead of living on public assistance."

    Cicero, 55 BC

  • "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

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

  • "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

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

    Robert A. Heinlein

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

    Harry S. Truman

  • "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

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

    Albert Einstein

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

    Adolph Hitler (1935)

  • "Today is tomorrow’s past"

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

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

    Patrick Henry

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

    Thomas Sowell

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

    Mark Twain

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

    Karl Marx

  • "Comedy is tragedy plus time"

    Woody Allen

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

    Winston Churchill

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

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

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

    Plato

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

    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)

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

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

    Martin Luther King, Jr

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

    Rod Serling

  • "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

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

    WAG

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

    Ayn Rand

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

    Hugo Black

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

    Mark Twain

  • “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

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

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

    Wendell Phillips

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

    Ayn Rand

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

    Nicholas Murray Butler

  • "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

  • "Laughter is the shortest distance between two people"

    Victor Borge

  • "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

  • "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

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

    Tacitus

  • "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

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

    Benjamin Franklin

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

    Thomas Paine

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

    Henry David Thoreau

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

    John Kenneth Galbraith

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

    Ayn Rand

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

    Otto von Bismarck

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

    Luck

  • “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

  • "Political correctness is tyranny with manners."

    Charlton Heston

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

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

    Thomas Fuller

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

    Larry Elder

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

    George Washington

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

    Hodding Carter, J.R.

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

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

    Mark Twain

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

    Albert Einstein

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

    Ephesians 6:11

  • “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

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

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

    WAG

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

    Alexis de Tocqueville

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

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

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

    WAG

  • "Just because someone says something that’s not factual, does not mean it’s not truthful, if they believe what they are saying."

    Liberal Logic

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

    Alexis de Tocqueville

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

    Mark Twain

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

    Lou Holtz

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

    Chinese proverb

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

    WAG

  • "Debt is the slavery of the free."

    Publilius Syrus

  • "All the perplexities, confusion and distresses in America arise not from defects in the constitution or confederation, nor from want of honor or virtue, as much from downright ignorance of the nature of coin, credit, and circulation."

    John Adams

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

    James Madison

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

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

    Thomas Jefferson

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

    WAG

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

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

    Ayn Rand

  • “In general, the art of government consists in taking as much money as possible from one party of citizens to give to the other”

    Voltaire (1764)

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

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

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

    Martin Luther King, Jr.

  • "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

  • "In politics, stupidity is not a handicap"

    Napoleon Bonaparte

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

    WAG

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

    Will Rogers

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

    Winston Churchill

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

    Leo Durocher

  • "Ask why until you understand"

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

    Benjamin Franklin

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

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

    Dean Acheson

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

    Nelson Mandela

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

    Friedrich Nietzsche

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

    Hunter S. Thompson

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

    James Madison

  • “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

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

    Margaret Thatcher

  • "Banning gun shows to reduce violent crime will work about as well as banning auto shows to reduce drunken driving"

    Bill McIntire - NRA Spokesman (1992)

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

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

    WAG

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

    William Pitt

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

    Yogi Berra

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

  • "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

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

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

    WAG

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

    William F. Buckley Jr.

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

    Larry Elder

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

    Groucho Marx

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

    Reverend Ike

  • "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

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

    Danny Schecter