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The Empress Of ObamaCare
Posted By: Letters on March 16, 2017 09:11 AM in COMMENT CORNER
PHILIP KLEIN  The American Spectator Published on June 4, 2010


"Nancy Pelosi has often been referred to as “the most powerful woman in America” for her ability to wrangle votes for major legislation. But, after muscling through the massive new national health care law this March, the House Speaker has some tough competition.

As Democrats in Congress rushed to pass a health care overhaul of stunning scope, they didn’t bother working out key details about how the new law would be implemented. Instead, they left many crucial decisions in the hands of one woman: Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius.

There are more than 2,500 references to the secretary of HHS in the health care law (in most cases she’s simply mentioned as “the Secretary”). A further breakdown finds that there are more than 700 instances in which the Secretary is instructed that she “shall” do something, and more than 200 cases in which she “may” take some form of regulatory action if she chooses. On 139 occasions, the law mentions decisions that the “Secretary determines.” At times, the frequency of these mentions reaches comic heights. For instance, one section of the law reads: “Each person to whom the Secretary provided information under subsection (d) shall report to the Secretary in such manner as the Secretary determines appropriate.”

The powers given to Sebelius are wide ranging. In the coming years, if she remains in office, the former Kansas governor will be able to determine what type of insurance coverage every American is required to have. She can influence what hospitals can participate in certain plans, can set up health insurance exchanges within states against their will, and even regulate McDonald’s Happy Meals. She’ll run pilot programs that Democrats have set up in an effort to control costs, and be in a position to dole out billions of dollars in grant money.

But the full breadth of her powers will be known only over time, due to the ambiguity of the language in many parts of the health care legislation. As conservatives make the case for repealing ObamaCare over the course of the next several years, it will be imperative to highlight the arbitrary new powers given to an unelected bureaucrat.

KATHLEEN SEBELIUS IS NO STRANGER to wielding power as a regulator. As a former director of the Kansas Trial Lawyers Association and a state legislator, her first foray into statewide office came when she was elected Kansas insurance commissioner in 1994. It was a position she would hold for eight years, until she assumed the governorship in 2003.

During her tenure at the helm of the regulatory body, Sebelius won praise from the national media for her battles with insurers. Governing magazine named her one of its “public officials of the year” in 2001 for upgrading the department’s technological capabilities and putting more pressure on insurance companies. She also served as president of the National Association of Insurance Commissioners. The following year, Modern Healthcare magazine listed her as one of the 100 most powerful people in health care because of her “aggressive campaigns to force insurers to promptly pay claims.”

In 2002, the year she ran for governor, Sebelius took her boldest action as commissioner when she decided to block a planned merger of two large insurance companies, Indiana-based Anthem and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Kansas. “I am denying this takeover because it would have cost Kansas businesses, small employers and families millions of dollars in additional health insurance premiums,” she said at the time, according to Newsweek. She forced insurance company executives to appear before the state legislature to expose the fact that they wouldn’t be able to promise not to raise premiums, and put together a commission to investigate them. Her decision to block the deal was appealed to the state supreme court, but she won the case.

As a prominent female chief executive, Gov. Sebelius provided a key endorsement to Barack Obama in January 2008, when he found himself in a bitter primary battle with Hillary Clinton for the Democratic presidential nomination. Sebelius had been floated as a possible vice-presidential choice because many political observers thought Obama would have to pick a female running mate to mollify women voters still miffed about the outcome of the nomination fight. Though she didn’t ultimately get chosen for the number-two slot, Sebelius emerged as a natural pick for secretary of HHS after President Obama’s first choice, Tom Daschle, had to withdraw for failure to pay taxes. Despite objections among conservatives to her record on life issues, specifically donations she received from late-term abortion provider George Tiller, Sebelius was confirmed to her post with 65 votes in the Senate.

The 2,409-page comprehensive health care law, along with its companion 153-page reconciliation package, spells out many of the steps that will put America on the pathway to a government-run health care system. The law forces individuals to purchase insurance coverage or else hits them with a tax. It adds 15 million people to Medicaid rolls. It creates a raft of new regulations on the health care industry. And it provides hundreds of billions of dollars in subsidies to individuals to purchase government-designed insurance policies on government-run insurance exchanges.

The legislation is so expansive that even thousands of pages of legislative text were insufficient to spell out how huge chunks of the new program will operate in reality. One Republican health care staffer in the Senate complained that those who drafted the health care bill were so “incompetent and out of their depth” that whenever they couldn’t grasp how an idea would translate into reality, they simply left it to the secretary of HHS to work out.

When the federal government gives itself the power to force individuals to purchase insurance coverage, it also has to define what constitutes insurance. The new health care law provides the broad outlines of the “essential health benefits” that every insurance policy must have. But as for the details, the law states that “the Secretary shall define the essential health benefits…” Thus, with the stroke of a pen, Sebelius could coerce every American, under the threat of a tax penalty, into purchasing any health benefit she deems “essential.”

Government-run health insurance exchanges, similar to the one Mitt Romney set up as governor of Massachusetts, form the spine of ObamaCare. While the plans offered by the exchanges are ostensibly private, government will effectively design them. And under the new law, once again, it’s the Secretary who “shall, by regulation, establish criteria for the certification of health plans as qualified health plans.”

There are a number of problems with having the government dictate such benefits. Most importantly, in a free society, individuals should have the right to purchase a health care plan with as many or as few benefits as they want, or to go without health insurance at all. Setting such requirements makes a mockery out of the idea that the exchanges will offer more competition and choice to consumers. And in financial terms, mandating additional benefits will jack up the cost of premiums and help drive up health care spending.

According to the Congressional Budget Office, the new law will increase health care premiums by 10 to 13 percent in the individual market in 2016 as a result of the more generous benefits that will have to be offered. To be clear, that’s not relative to today’s prices, but relative to what prices would have been in 2016 had we stuck with the status quo that President Obama consistently called “unsustainable.” In addition, the chief actuary at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services determined that the new health care law will increase health spending as a percentage of gross domestic product, because an expansion of insurance coverage will lead to wider use of health services. This means that the determinations by Sebelius, or any future HHS secretary, on what constitutes “minimum essential benefits” or a “qualified health plan,” will have a tremendous impact on the nation’s health care costs.

While the health care law specifies who qualifies for certain benefits and who is subject to the mandates, at the margins, the Secretary would also be given leeway to determine eligibility and to make exceptions. This gives her influence over how large the expansion of Medicaid will end up being, who counts as a “dependent” for the purposes of forcing insurers to allow young adults to stay on their parents’ insurance policies until age 26, and who gets to claim the religious exemption to the individual mandate.

But dictating what type of coverage all Americans must purchase wouldn’t be an end to the Secretary’s influence over the insurance market. As part of her duties in helping to set up insurance exchanges, she has been tasked with creating a government rating system to evaluate all plans offered on the exchanges on quality and price, thus giving her the ability to steer consumers toward certain plans. The Secretary must also establish enrollment periods for the plans.

ANOTHER NEW AUTHORITY given to the Secretary would represent a troubling expansion of federal control over the states. While the law allows the states some flexibility in setting up the new health insurance exchanges, it says that if the Secretary determines that a given state will not have a functioning exchange by January 1, 2014, “the Secretary shall (directly or through agreement with a not-for-profit entity) establish and operate such Exchange within the State and the Secretary shall take such actions as are necessary to implement such other requirements.” In other words, whether citizens in a state like it or not, Sebelius will be setting up a government-run insurance exchange for them.

One of the major differences between the two main versions of Democrats’ health care legislation was that the original House-passed bill had a national exchange, while the Senate bill created state-based exchanges. This issue was supposed to have been resolved when the chambers merged the two bills into one. But then Sen. Scott Brown got elected in Massachusetts, and to avoid a filibuster, Democrats had to jam through the health care legislation using the procedural maneuver of reconciliation, which didn’t allow them to alter the structure of the exchanges. As a result, the Senate plan for state-based exchanges was adopted.

While there is disagreement among those who are intimately familiar with the legislation, some argue that the Secretary’s power to set up exchanges for states that refuse to participate could provide an opening for her to move toward a national exchange. If a large number of states choose not to set up exchanges, there doesn’t appear to be anything in the law that would prohibit Sebelius from determining that the most efficient way to respond would be to set up one exchange for all the non-participating states. But like much of the law, it remains debatable whether she could take such action.

OVER THE COURSE of the health care push, Democrats tried to argue that the purpose of the legislation was to rein in costs that were spiraling out of control. But due to political pressure, they didn’t go as far as nations with single-payer health care systems in adopting wholesale rationing of medical services. They also rejected the free market approach that would drive down costs by putting American consumers in control of their own health care dollars. Instead, they adopted the Jackson Pollock method of legislating: throw a bunch of ideas against the canvas and see what sticks. The law that we ended up with thus contains a series of “pilot programs” and “demonstration projects” aimed at containing costs. And as with other parts of the law, it will fall on the Secretary to fill in the details of the experiments.

The new initiatives to be spearheaded by the Secretary include: a wellness program in 10 states, programs for bundling payments for health care services, a national payment system for Medicaid, an “individualized wellness plan” for “at-risk populations,” a program to train low-income Americans to work in the health care field, and “national demonstration projects on culture change and use of information technology in nursing homes.”

As a result of these pilot programs, as well as other aspects of the law, Sebelius is in a position to dole out billions of taxpayer dollars in the form of grants. This opens the door for the administration to reward its political allies, such as unions and liberal activist groups, and offer political favors to well-connected private companies.

One aspect of the bill calls for creating a payment structure for “rewarding quality,” the guidelines of which are left up to Sebelius. The law specifies that a qualified health plan is allowed to contract with a hospital with more than 50 beds only if that hospital abides by certain requirements. But it says that the Secretary “may establish reasonable exceptions” and “may by regulation adjust the number of beds…” Ultimately, the qualified health plan can contract with a health care provider “only if such provider implements such mechanisms to improve health care quality as the Secretary may by regulation require.”

As part of new labeling requirements, she’ll also have the power to regulate a wide variety of foods — even Happy Meals. A clause of the law titled “MENU VARIABILITY AND COMBINATION MEALS” reads: “The Secretary shall establish by regulation standards for determining and disclosing the nutrient content for standard menu items that come in different flavors, varieties, or combinations, but which are listed as a single menu item, such as soft drinks, ice cream, pizza, doughnuts, or children’s combination meals, through means determined by the Secretary, including ranges, averages, or other methods.”

Not entirely satisfied with the sweeping new powers already given to the Secretary under the comprehensive health care law, Sen. Dianne Feinstein has offered a measure that would give Sebelius the authority to reject rate increases deemed unacceptable. “Water and power are essential for life,”Feinstein said in justifying the proposal, according to the New York Times. “So they are heavily regulated, and rate increases must be approved. Health insurance is also vital for life. It too should be strictly regulated so that people can afford this basic need.”

While Sebelius does not yet have that authority, she does have to establish, along with the states, “a process for the annual review, beginning with the 2010 plan year…of unreasonable increases in premiums for health insurance coverage.” And insurers will have to submit to her justification for any increases deemed “unreasonable.”

PRESIDENT EISENHOWER CREATED HHS in 1953 when he merged several agencies into a Department of Health, Education and Welfare. At the time, the functions of the new entity were to be narrow in scope relative to today, as he tasked it with overseeing health care research and distributing educational materials. Like many government programs, it expanded over time, especially when Medicare and Medicaid were created and it took charge of the mammoth new entitlements. (The major exception to this trend being that Eisenhower originally put the department in charge of Social Security, a responsibility that it has since relinquished.) In 1979 the name was changed to the Department of Health and Human Services.

The introduction of ObamaCare will require the largest expansion of the department’s duties since the Great Society. In response to the passage of the law, it has already created an Office of Consumer Information and Insurance Oversight to police insurance company compliance. This new office is being headed by Jay Angoff, who worked previously as a lobbyist for Ralph Nader’s Congress Watch.

The most worrisome aspect of the new powers granted to Sebelius, and whichever HHS secretary may follow her, is that the full extent of her powers remain unknown even to experts at interpreting legislative language. A recent analysis by the Congressional Research Service struggled in several cases to interpret the powers given to her by certain sections of the law.

And CRS isn’t the only government entity struggling to figure out the new authorities. There actually is a section of the health care law titled “TRANSPARENCY IN GOVERNMENT” requiring that “Not later than 30 days after the date of enactment of this Act, the Secretary of Health and Human Services shall publish on the Internet website of the Department of Health and Human Services, a list of all of the authorities provided to the Secretary under this Act (and the amendments made by this Act).” But as of this writing, more than 30 days have passed since President Obama signed the health care bill into law, and Sebelius still has not complied with this requirement. In its place, the website has posted what is essentially the table of contents of the new health care legislation. Either the new powers and responsibilities given to the Secretary are too complicated for even HHS to figure out, or they’re so arbitrary that Sebelius can pick and choose how she’ll comply with parts of the law.

Speaker Nancy Pelosi infamously declared that, “[W]e have to pass the bill so that you can find out what is in it.” In much the same way, the breadth of the new powers granted to Sebelius will become known only over time." -- PHILIP KLEIN


PHILIP KLEIN  The American Spectator June 4, 2010

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

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

    Nicholas Murray Butler

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

    Thomas Jefferson

  • "Half the people you know are below average"

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

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

    Adolf Hitler

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

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

  • "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

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

    Rod Serling

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

    Isaiah 5:20

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

    Winnie the Pooh

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

    Mark Twain

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

    James Madison

  • "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.

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

    WAG

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

    Mark Twain

  • “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”

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

    Ayn Rand

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

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

    Groucho Marx

  • "All bad precedents begin as justifiable measures"

    Julius Caesar

  • “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

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

    Vladimir Lenin

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

    Jacques Barzun

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

    Ronald Reagan

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

    Tacitus

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

    Isaac Asimov

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

    Ralph Waldo Emerson

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

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

    WAG

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

    WAG

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

    Lou Holtz

  • 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

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

    Winston Churchill

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

    WAG

  • "Debt is the slavery of the free."

    Publilius Syrus

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

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

    Margaret Thatcher

  • “I prefer dangerous freedom over peaceful slavery.”

    Thomas Jefferson

  • “The reports of my death are greatly exaggerated”

    Mark Twain

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

    Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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

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

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

    Margaret Thatcher

  • "Innocence seldom utters outraged shrieks. Guilt does"

    Whittaker Chambers

  • “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)

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

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

    Noelle Pikus Pace (Olympian)

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

    Dietrich Bonhoeffer

  • “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

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

    James A. Garfield

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

    Senator Jim Talent

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

    Willis Player

  • "Aspire to inspire before you expire."

  • "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

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

    David Stockman

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

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

    Jimi Hendrix

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

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

    Abraham Lincoln

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

    Ayn Rand

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

  • "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

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

  • "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

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

    Abraham Lincoln

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

    Joseph Stalin

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

    Albert Einstein

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

    Mark Twain

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

    George Washington

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

    Aaron Levenstein

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

    Ronald Reagan

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

    Justice Felix Frankfurter

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

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

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

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

    Ralph Waldo Emerson

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

    Mark Twain

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

    Ann Landers

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

    William Pitt

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

    Karl Marx

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

    Mark Twain

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

    Winston Churchill

  • "I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crises. The great point is to bring them the real facts"

    Abraham Lincoln

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

    Thomas Jefferson

  • "The American dream is not that every man must be level with every other man. The American dream is that every man must be free to become whatever God intends he should become.”

    Ronald Reagan

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


    Alexander Hamilton

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

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

    WAG

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

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

    Miecyslaw Kasprzyk

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

    Ayn Rand

  • "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

  • "Truth will always fuel the embers of liberty"

    WAG

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

    Anonymous

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

    Lyndon B. Johnson

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

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

  • "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)

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

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

    Thomas Jefferson (letter to John Taylor - 1816)

  • "The 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

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

    Thomas Jefferson

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

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

    Bob Hope

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

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

  • "It took Teddy Kennedy longer to call the police after his Oldsmobile sunk at Chappaquiddick, than it took the 3rd Infantry Division and the Marines to destroy the Medina Republican Guard"


    Rush Limbaugh

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

    Byrd Baggett

  • "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

  • "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

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

    William Pitt

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

    Adlai E. Stevenson

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

    Yogi Berra

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

    George Mason

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

    Thomas Jefferson

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

  • 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

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

    George W. Bush

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

    Jerry Pournelle

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

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

    Luck

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

    Margaret Thatcher

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

    Author Unknown

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

    James Madison

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

    Alexander Hamilton

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

    Mark Twain

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

    Ronald Reagan

  • “In 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

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

    Larry Elder

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

    Rush Limbaugh

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

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

    Mark Twain

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

    David Letterman

  • “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

  • "Adversity makes a good man better"

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

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

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

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

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

    Vladimir Lenin

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

    Aristotle

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

    George Washington

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

    Sam Adams

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

    Mark Twain

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

  • "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

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

    Patrick Henry

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

    Mark Twain

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

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

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

    Liberal Logic

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

    Dick Cheney

  • "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

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

    Charlotte

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

    Theodore M. Hesburgh

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

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

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

    WAG

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

    William Faulkner

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

    WAG

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

    St. Augustine

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

    Rush Limbaugh

  • "This is like deja vu all over again"

    Yogi Berra

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

    Will Rogers

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

    John Adams (1826)

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

    Bob Hope

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

  • "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

  • "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)

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

    WAG

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

    WAG

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

    Ayn Rand

  • "You can observe a lot just by watchin"

    Yogi Berra

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

    Eugene Ionesco

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

    Larry Elder

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

    WAG

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

    Dave Gardner

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

  • “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

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

    Mayer Amschel Rothschild

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

    Government Motto

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

    John Kenneth Galbraith

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

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

    Joseph Stalin

  • "We are great because we are good"

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

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

    Robert Green Ingersoll

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

    Albert Einstein

  • "A day without laughter is a day wasted"

    Charlie Chaplin

  • “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

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

    Paul Horning

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

    WAG

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

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

    Vladimir Lenin

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

    Unknown

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

    Margaret Thatcher

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

    George Mason

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

    Liberal Lingo

  • “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

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

    Voltaire

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

    Mark Twain

  • 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

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

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

    Mark Twain

  • “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

  • "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

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

    Ronald Reagan

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

    Joseph Stalin

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

  • "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

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

    WAG

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

  • "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

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

    Thomas Jefferson

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

    John Wooden

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

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

    Charles Gordy

  • “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

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

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

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

    Charles de Montesquieu

  • ”In war there is no substitute for victory”

    General Douglas MacArthur

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

    Mahatma Ghandi

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

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

    Joseph Goebbels

  • "Comedy is tragedy plus time"

    Woody Allen

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

    Winston Churchill

  • “Wisdom is the chief element of happiness”

    Sophocles

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

    George Washington

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

    Mahatma Ghandi

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

    Ayn Rand

  • "The liberties of a people never were, nor ever will be, secure, when the transactions of their rulers may be concealed from them."

    Patrick Henry

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

    WAG

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

    George Washington

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

    Abraham Lincoln

  • "Ask why until you understand"

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

    John Wooden

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

    Thomas Edison

  • "When in doubt tell the truth"

    Mark Twain

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

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

    Alexis de Tocqueville

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

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

    Thomas Jefferson

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

    George Orwell

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

    Pastor John MacArthur

  • "Political correctness is tyranny with manners."

    Charlton Heston

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

    Abraham Lincoln

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

    WAG

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

    Alfred Kazin

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

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

    Edmund Burke

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

    Sam Rayburn

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

    Edward R. Murrow

  • "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

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

    Thomas Henry Huxley

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

    Enrico Fermi

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

    Martin Luther King, Jr.

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

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

    Orison S. Marden

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

    WAG

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

    Jason Laumark

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

    Winston Churchill

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

    Steven Wright

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

    Ronald Reagan

  • “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

  • "Tolerance is the virtue of believing in nothing"

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

    G. K. Chesterton

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

    Benjamin Franklin

  • "Banking establishments are more dangerous than standing armies"

    Thomas Jefferson

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

    WAG

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

    American Citizen

  • "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

  • "I know in my heart that man is good. That what is right will always eventually triumph. And there's purpose and worth to each and every life."

    Ronald Reagan

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

    Will Rogers

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

    Larry Elder

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

    Anatole France

  • "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 power to tax is the power to destroy”

    Supreme Court Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.

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

    Rush Limbaugh

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

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

    George Washington

  • “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?”

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

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

    Chinese Proverb

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

    Margaret Thatcher

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

    Daniel Greenfield

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

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

    WAG

  • "If you want to protect vital national security secrets from WikiLeaks, just put them in the same vault as Obama's birth certificate"

    Mike Huckabee (a.k.a The Guv)

  • "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

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

    Margaret Thatcher

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

    Thomas Jefferson

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

  • "Never spend your money before you have it"

    Thomas Jefferson

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

    Mark Twain

  • "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

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

    Demosthenes

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

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

    WAG

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

    James Madison

  • 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

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

    Ludwig von Mises

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

    Martin Van Buren

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

    Herb Stein (Economist)

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

    Thomas Paine (December 23, 1776)

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

    Paul Jacob

  • "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

  • "When GOD fights for Israel, Israel wins"

  • "Ignorance is the seed of APATHY"

    WAG

  • "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

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

    Robert Novak

  • “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

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

    Francis Bacon

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

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

    Thomas Jefferson

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

    Alexis de Tocqueville

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

    Joseph Stalin

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

    Dana Buchman

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

    WAG

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

  • "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

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

    Psalm 118:8

  • "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

  • "Truth has no agenda"

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

    Benjamin Franklin

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

    Mark Twain

  • "There is no right way to do wrong"

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

    Mark Twain

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

    Bertrand Russell

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

    WAG

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

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

    Hunter S. Thompson

  • “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)

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

    WAG

  • "Irony is the hygiene of the mind."

    Elizabeth Bibesco

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

    Dietrich Bonhoeffer

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

    Thomas Jefferson

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

    Philip K. Dick

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

    Benjamin Franklin

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

    Alexis de Tocqueville

  • "Heroes get remembered - but legends never die"

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

    Dutch Proverb

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

    John Adams

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

  • 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.”

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

    Strom Thurmond

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

    Mark Twain

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

    Margaret Thatcher

  • "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

  • "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

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

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

  • "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

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

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

    Anonymous

  • "Ignorance is the truest form of freedom"

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

    Bill Vaughan

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

    Ian Fleming

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

    Dr. Martin Luther King

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

    Mark Twain

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

    Rush Limbaugh

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

    Abraham Lincoln

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

    John Kerry

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

  • “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

  • "Democracy is indispensable to socialism."

    Vladimir Lenin

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

    Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

  • "Disobedience to tyrants is Obedience to God"

    Benjamin Franklin

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

    Adolph Hitler

  • "Humor is mankind's greatest blessing"

    Mark Twain

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

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

    Alexander Tytler

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

    WAG

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

    WAG

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

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

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

    Saul Bellow

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

    Abraham Lincoln

  • "Democracy is the road to socialism."

    Karl Marx

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

    Mark Twain

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

    George Orwell

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

    Mark Twain

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

    Andrew Carnegie

  • "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

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

    WAG

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

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

    Alexis de Tocqueville

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

    James Madison

  • “The University campus is the only place where everything that a parent has taught a young person for 18 years is completely undermined in one semester of their freshman year"

    Kevin McCullough

  • “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)

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

    Albert Einstein

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

    Herbert Spencer

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

    WAG

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

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

    James Madison

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

  • "Let every nation know, whether it wishes us well or ill, that we shall pay any price, bear any burden, meet any hardship, support any friend, oppose any foe to assure the survival and the success of liberty"

    John F. Kennedy

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

    WAG

  • “First they came for the communists, and I didn't speak out because I wasn't a communist. Then they came for the trade unionists, and I didn't speak out because I wasn't a trade unionist. Then they came for the Jews, and I didn't speak out because I wasn't a Jew. Then they came for me, and there was no one left to speak out for me.”

    Pastor Martin Niemöller

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

    Mark Twain

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

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

  • "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

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

    Thomas Jefferson

  • “My greatest thought is my accountability to God”

    Daniel Webster

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

    WAG

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

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

    John F. Kennedy

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

    Mark Steyn

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

    Cal Thomas

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

    Rudy Giuliani

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

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

    WAG

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

    Alexander Hamilton in Federalist 69

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

    Adlai E. Stevenson

  • “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

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

    Lord Byron

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

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

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

    Abraham Lincoln

  • "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

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

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

    Adlai E. Stevenson

  • "Gray hair is God's graffiti"

    Bill Cosby

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

    Joseph Stalin

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

    George Orwell

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

    WAG

  • "Happiness is good health and a bad memory"

    Ingrid Bergman

  • "Money is like manure; If you spread it around, it does a lot of good. But if you pile it up in one place, it stinks like hell"

    Clint Murchison

  • "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

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

    Dave Barry

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

    Ephesians 6:11

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

    Benjamin Franklin

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

    Alexis de Tocqueville

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

    Leo Durocher

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

    Thomas Paine

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

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

    WAG

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

    Ronald Reagan

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

    Ronald Reagan

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

    WAG

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

    WAG

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

    John Kenneth Galbraith

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

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

    Nelson Mandela

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

    Albert Einstein

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

  • "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

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

    P.J. O'Rourke

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

    William P. Anthony

  • “I hope our wisdom will grow with our power, and teach us, that the less we use our power the greater it will be”

    Thomas Jefferson

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

    George Eliot

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

    Joseph Stalin

  • "The goal of socialism is communism."

    Vladimir Lenin

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

    Philip K. Dick

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

    George Orwell

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

    Mark Twain

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

  • "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

  • "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

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

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

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

  • "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."

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

  • “Be truthful … Truth leads to trust”

  • "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

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

    Ronald Reagan

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

    Thomas Jefferson

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

    Vladimir Lenin

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

    Niccolo Machiavelli

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

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

    WAG

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

    Proverbs 17:28 (NIV)

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

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

    Progressive apologist

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

    WAG

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

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

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

    Albert Einstein

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

    Lao-tzu

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

    Isoroku Yamamoto

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

    Kenneth Boulding (economist)

  • “Paper money is founded upon fraud and knavery”

    George Mason (letter to George Washington)

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

    Patrice Lewis

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

    WAG

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

    WAG

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

    Vince Lombardi

  • "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

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

    Reverend Ike

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

    Dean Acheson

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

    Professor Irwin Corey

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

    GR

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

    Rush Limbaugh

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

    John Adams

  • “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)

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

    Vladimir Lenin

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

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

    Mark Twain

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

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

    Danny Schecter

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

    Will Rogers

  • "I owe nothing to Women’s Lib.”

    Margaret Thatcher

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

    Oliver Wendell Holmes

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

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

  • "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)

  • "Better a broken promise than none at all"

    Mark Twain

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

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

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

    Winston Churchill

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

    Benjamin Franklin

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

    Burt Shavitz (Burt's Buzz)

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

    Robert Green Ingersoll

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

    Frederic Bastiat

  • "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

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

    Thomas Jefferson

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

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

    Thomas Jefferson

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

    WAG

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

    Mark Twain

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

    WAG

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

    Robert Frost

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

  • "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

  • "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

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

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

    Evan Sayet

  • "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

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

    Voltaire

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

    Vladimir Lenin

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

    Joseph Addison

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

    Syrus

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

    John Kenneth Galbraith

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

    WAG

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

    Charles Caleb Colton

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

    Confucius

  • “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

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

    Mark Twain

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

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

  • "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

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

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

    William F. Buckley Jr.

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

    WAG

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

    WAG

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

    Aristotle

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

    Benjamin Disraeli

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

    Harry S. Truman

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

    Albert Einstein

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

    Mark Twain

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

    Maya Angelou

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

    Ronald Reagan

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

  • “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

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

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

    Winston Churchill

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

    Mayer Amschel Bauer Rothschild

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

    Antonio Porchia

  • "Golf is a good walk spoiled"

    Mark Twain

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

    Adlai E. Stevenson

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

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

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

  • "Irony differentiates. Cynicism never does."

    Paul Horgan

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

    Edmund Burke

  • "Against the assault of laughter nothing can stand"

    Mark Twain

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


    Vladimir Lenin

  • "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

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

    George W. Bush

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

    Milton Friedman

  • “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)

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

    Mark Twain

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

    Aldous Huxley

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

    Ralph Waldo Emerson

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

    Thomas Fuller

  • "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

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

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

    Alexis de Tocqueville

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

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

    Friedrich Nietzsche

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

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

    William Arthur Ward

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

    Phillip Brooks

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

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

    Thomas Jefferson

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

    George Sutherland

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

    Lt. Colonel James G. Zumwalt

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

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

    Abraham Lincoln

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

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

    Knute Rockne

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

    Albert Einstein

  • “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 )

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

    WAG

  • “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

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

    Tacitus, The Annals III.27

  • "Mankind have a great aversion to intellectual labor; but even supposing knowledge to be easily attainable, more people would be content to be ignorant than would take even a little trouble to acquire it."

    Samuel Johnson

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

    Mark Twain

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

    WAG

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

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

    Edmund Burke

  • "Ignorance is the lifeblood of every politician"

    WAG

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

    Robert David Steele (CIA)

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

    WAG

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

    Alexis de Tocqueville

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

    Albert Einstein

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

    WAG

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

    Adlai E. Stevenson

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

    Milton Friedman

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

    Benjamin Franklin

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

  • "Laughter is the shortest distance between two people"

    Victor Borge

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

    Mike Adams

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

    Anonymous

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

    Chinese fortune cookie

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

    Liberal Logic

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

  • "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

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

    Rick Perry

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

    Fletcher Knebel, Historian

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

    Bob Hope

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

    Oscar Wilde

  • "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

  • I am not afraid of an army of lions led by a sheep; I am afraid of an army of sheep led by a lion."

    Alexander the Great

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

    Aristotle

  • "The world is a dangerous place, not because of those who do evil, but because of those who look on and do nothing"

    Albert Einstein

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

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

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

    WAG

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

    W. C. Fields

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

    Thomas Edison

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

    Thomas Sowell

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

    Robert A. Heinlein

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

    Mark Twain

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

    WAG

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

    Will Rogers

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

    Doug Powers

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

    Winston Churchill

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

    Socrates

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

    Cherokee proverb

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

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

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

    Eugene McCarthy

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

    WAG

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

    Mark Twain

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

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

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

    Kinky Friedman

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

    Peter Drucker

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

  • "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

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

    Robert Schuller

  • "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."

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

    WAG

  • "Knowledge is power."

    Sir Francis Bacon

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

    Plato

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

    Alexis de Tocqueville

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

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

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

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

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

    Alexander Pope

  • "No arsenal, or no weapon in the arsenals of the world, is as formidable as the will and moral courage of free men and women."

    Ronald Reagan

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

    Ronald Reagan

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

    John Adams

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

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

    Doug Larson

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

    Ronald Reagan

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

    Mark Twain

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

    Ralph Waldo Emerson

  • “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

  • “The American people will never knowingly adopt Socialism, but under the name of Liberalism, they will adopt every fragment of the Socialist program until one day America will be a Socialist nation without knowing how it happened”

    Norman Thomas - Socialist Party Presidential candidate (1976)

  • "Failure to prepare is preparing to fail"

    Benjamin Franklin

  • "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

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

    Joseph Stalin

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

    Mohandas Gandhi

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

    John Adams

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

    Milton Friedman

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

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

    Mark Twain

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

  • “Perception is today’s reality”

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

    Arthur C. Clarke

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

    Grover Cleveland

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

    Albert Einstein

  • “It is hard to believe that a man is telling the truth when you know that you would lie if you were in his place.”

    Henry Louis Mencken

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

    Chinese proverb

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

  • "A free people ought to be armed"

    George Washington

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

  • "Government Integrity: An Oxymoron"

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

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

    Margaret Thatcher

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

    Vladimir Lenin

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

  • “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

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

    Mark Twain

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

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

    Alexis de Tocqueville

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

    Robert Green Ingersoll

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

    Richard Henry Lee, signer of Declaration of Independence

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

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

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

    John Wayne

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

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

  • "Debt is the worst poverty."

    Thomas Fuller

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

    Plato

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

    Dante Alighieri

  • "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

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

    Abkhasian Proverb

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

    Sophia Loren

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

    Yogi Berra

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

    Robert A. Heinlein

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

    Mark Twain

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

    Rush Limbaugh

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

    Mark Twain

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

  • "An informed public is essential to a democracy"

    Thomas Jefferson

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

    Bob Hope

  • "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

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

    Vladimir Lenin

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

    WAG

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

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

    Karl Marx

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

    WAG

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

    Dwight D. Eisenhower

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

    Jack Miner

  • "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

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

    Pat Flynn

  • “Every library is an arsenal”

    Robert Green Ingersoll

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

    Wendell Phillips

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

    Mark Twain

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

    Martin Luther King Jr.

  • "When injustice becomes law, resistance becomes duty"

    Thomas Jefferson

  • "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

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

    Edgar J. Mohn

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

    Soviet Union saying

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

    Abraham Lincoln

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

    Spanish Proverb

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

    Thomas Sowell

  • "Truth Does Not Fear Knowledge"

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

    Napoléon Bonaparte

  • "Go put your creed into your deed."

    Ralph Waldo Emerson

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

    Sir Walter Scott

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

    Ronald Reagan

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

    American Patriot

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

  • "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

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

    WAG

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

    Mark Twain

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

    Benjamin Franklin

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

    Mark Twain

  • "To preserve liberty it is essential that the whole body of the people always possess arms and be taught alike, especially when young, how to use them."

    Richard Henry Lee (1787)

  • "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

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

  • “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

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

    Joseph Stalin

  • “One man with courage is a majority”

    Thomas Jefferson

  • "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

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

    Paul Craig Roberts

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

    Anne Coleman

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

    Harry Truman

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

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

    Mark Twain

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

    Joseph Stalin

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

    Friedrich Nietzsche

  • "Reason often makes mistakes but conscience never does"

    Josh Billings (Henry Wheeler Shaw)

  • "Today is tomorrow’s past"

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

    Adolf Hitler (1939)

  • “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

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

    Thomas Jefferson

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

    P. J. O'Rourke

  • "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

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

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

    Mark Twain

  • “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

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

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

    Milton Friedman

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

    George Berkeley

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

  • "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

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

    Mark Twain

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

    Thomas Paine

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

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

    James Bovard

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

    Calvin Coolidge

  • "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

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

    WAG

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

    Mark Twain

  • "That government governs best that governs least"

    Thomas Jefferson

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

    Alexis de Tocqueville

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

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

    Oliver Ellsworth (Supreme Court Chief Justice)

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

    Milton Friedman

  • "One man with courage is a majority"

    Thomas Jefferson

  • “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

  • "Bad laws are the worst sort of tyranny"

    Edmund Burke

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

    Alexis de Tocqueville

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


    WAG

  • “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

  • "Failure is success if we learn from it"

    Malcolm S. Forbes

  • “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

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

    Albert Einstein

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

    Benjamin Franklin

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

    WAG

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

    Will Rogers

  • “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

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

    James Madison

  • "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

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

    Mark Twain

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

    Charles Haddon Spurgeon

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

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

    Robert A. Heinlein

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

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

    Margaret Thatcher

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

    David Boaz

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

    Confucious

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

    Jay Leno

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

  • "An armed society is a polite society"

    Robert A. Heinlein

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

  • "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

  • "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

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

    WAG

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

  • “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”

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

    Mao Tse-Tung

  • "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

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