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April 23, 2018

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How America's Arrested Development Is Bringing Down Western Civilization

Grown-Ups, Take the Wheel
http://www.americanthinker.com/2012/05/grown-ups_take_the_wheel.html

Ever wonder why conversations with adults often leave you feeling like you were arguing with teenagers? Take heart, you're not alone: author Diana West, in her brilliant book, The Death of the Grown-Up:  How America's Arrested Development is Bringing Down Western Civilization, explains how and why America has become a nation overrun by adolescent minds disguised as mature adults.

Although West makes numerous compelling and superbly crafted observations, she intentionally offered no specific conclusions as to the impact of her thesis in the realm of politics, stating: "I'll leave it to someone else to argue whether being a grown-up is the same as being a conservative." [i]  But a look at the Obama '08 election and the 2012 campaign does reinforce this extension of her assertion:  In general, juvenile minds vote liberal; mature minds lean conservative. (And I'll leave it to someone else to argue whether being a conservative is necessarily the same as being a Republican.)

Like the analogy of the kindergarten election where one candidate offers free ice cream in exchange for votes and the other valiantly campaigns on serious issues, the ice cream wins. Obama's enticing "blank slate" flavors, labeled with catchy bumper-sticker slogans, were full of hopey-changey ripples and fair-share chunks, served up in an unvetted waffling cone.

The problem for Obama, though, this time around, is that his concoction has melted into a sticky economic goo, and the media-protected cone of his narrative is starting to crumble.  Not to worry, says Obama, urging his troops: "Forward!" while his straw men pass out napkins, blaming Bush and those nasty Republicans for the mess and offering yet more distracting delights in newly packaged flavors.  The poor attendance at Obama's campaign kickoff in Ohio, however, may be a sign that the crowd's tummies are feeling the need for more than sweets.

It remains the job of party-pooper grown-ups to save the day: to truthfully evaluate the situation, take steps to clean up, and formulate solutions to prevent a recurrence.

Writing in American Thinker, Steven Plaut described the "Stupid Left" and "Satanic Left."  I won't address the satanic part here, but it does seem that more than just stupidity creates ice-cream voters on both sides of the political aisle: the kind of mental immaturity West describes.

Entrenched notions of moral and cultural relativism and relative truth have manifested into a mushy, adolescent thoughtlessness -- a superficial reasoning justified by chin-raised assertions of tolerance and "coexistence" -- an intellectual laziness wrapped in the deceptive guise of "multiculturalism" and "inclusiveness," reinforced by society's lack of barriers and boundaries and "embrace of nonjudgmentalism that create[s] a cocoon of unreality." [ii]

Such ideas have infected and arrested the mental maturation of adults in both political parties.  Lately it seems the only major differences between party platforms relate to economic philosophy, with both Democrats and Republicans tiptoeing around implications of societal or cultural issues. Many Republicans have mothballed traditions that once defined The Conservative Mind and describe themselves as "economically conservative, socially liberal" -- which often seems to translate into a rather childish "I just want to keep what's mine" combined with a "whatever" on everything else.  West warns, however, that much more than a healthy economy is at stake:  Western civilization -- with its Judeo-Christian foundation and hallmarks of "liberty, prosperity, and human rights."

"Authority and reason," argues West, have given way to "novelty and feelings."  Youthful minds assert "I feel, therefore I am moral," creating an "ersatz morality." [iii] Emotional appeals, such as Biden's "who you love," sound more like lyrics to a rap song instead of a trailhead marking the slippery slope away from a thousands-year-old foundation of Western culture. Obama's new pro-gay-marriage rainbow, besides yielding a huge pot-o-gold from mega-donors, was drawn to encourage young voters to the polls -- with the revelation that his evolutionary views were shaped by recent conversations with his teenage daughters.

Isn't that admission remarkable -- that adults find it noteworthy or admirable to ask youngsters for advice, or seriously entertain their opinions on culture or politics?  West analyzed the turning point in America's history, beginning in the 1950's, when adults began "orbiting around their children, rather than the other way around" [iv] and were "suddenly looking to those same children not only for guidance but also approval." [v]

Bristol Palin noted the implications of Obama's remarks, according to ABC News:

In a blog posted Thursday, Palin criticized the president for consulting his "teenage daughters" - emphasizing the word "teenage" - when making "a massive change in a policy position that could affect the entire nation."

"I guess we can be glad that Malia and Sasha aren't younger, or perhaps today's press conference might have been about appointing Dora the Explorer as Attorney General because of her success in stopping Swiper the Fox," Palin wrote.

Teens naturally object to restraints on anything that feels good or makes them happy at the moment, so it's not surprising that similarly immature adults consistently warn grown-up conservatives to steer clear of social issues -- at least those they might say "No" to.  The Democrat's "Yes" (and the GOP's "no comment") is always music to the ears, and academia and the mainstream media reassure society that objections, limitations or discipline are "simplistic, naïve, irrelevant, and out-of-date." [vi]

West referred to anthropologist Margaret Mead who described the "abdication of the adult":  "When mothers cease to say, 'When I was a girl, I was not allowed...' and substitute the question, 'What are the other girls doing?' something fundamental has happened to the culture." [v]

Peer approval greatly influences immature minds.  It's the juvenile thinkers that call others names like "racist" and "birther" (and are especially fearful of being called such names themselves), protest with actual sticks and stones, and bully those who don't agree with them.  Gray-haired ponytail types dominate college campuses, teaching groupthink to the next generation.  Wrinkled fans esteem botoxed rock stars as political gurus, who twitter wisdom like: "If ROMNEY gets elected I don't know if i can breathe same air as Him & his Right Wing Racist Homophobic Women Hating Tea Bagger Masters."

Perpetual adolescents also feel entitled to believe that the world revolves around them instead of truth and reality.  "Our first adolescent president" [vii] exemplified the value that lies are only bad when caught, and even then, supposedly grown-up Republicans accommodated childish arguments over the meaning of simple words and allowed Clinton to walk away unscathed. Incapable of rationally debating with adults, juvenile minds tend to react with emotional comebacks:  "So why do you hate me?!"  Sound familiar?

Saying "no" to children elicits the same responses as saying "no" in politics.  And when conservatives say "no," their views are characterized as a "vast right-wing conspiracy," "hate," a "war against women," or flat-earth thinking.

Even the anti-war crowd backs a Prez who sends soldiers to fight unsanctioned wars or deploys killer drones like a Nerf-shooter, because inconsistency has never been an issue with kids -- unless it can be used as a weapon against adults, as in: "But you never objected before, why this time?" when the straw finally breaks the camel's back.

In the Teen Fiction section, next to books on vampires and hooking up, sits the Obama narrative, full of composite characters and "compression" and wrapped in glowing bookjackets supplied by the mainstream media (and awkwardly avoided by the GOP establishment).  Noemie Emery outlined the fiction of the Obama's "alternative universe, in which much is asserted and nothing proved...based not on what has happened, but what could, would or might have occurred under different conditions, which he is allowed to make up."

An alternate universe where "the economy is just fine and the most pressing issues on voters' minds is whether Billy can marry Bob and if women can get someone else to pay for their birth control" was described by columnist Mike Flynn.

But are these social issues merely distractions intentionally aimed at perpetual adolescents and away from Obama's economic failures? The "democratization of vice" and "sexual shamelessness and unconstrained passions that...would make democracy unworkable" were examined by West in an essay by professor Mary Ann Glendon: "When regime-threatening questions might come to mind, the oligarchs have authorized a modern form of bread and circuses, an array of new sexual freedoms to compensate for the loss of the most basic civil right of all -- the right of self-government." [viii]

Mark Steyn, bravely detailing the perils of being Geert Wilders, had this to say regarding licentiousness in exchange for freedom:  "In 21st-century Amsterdam, you're free to smoke marijuana and pick out a half-naked sex partner from the front window of her shop. But you can be put on trial for holding the wrong opinion about a bloke who died in the seventh century."

West warns:  "[T]here are alarming similarities between dhimmi life under Islam and PC life in a multicultural world.  We have long lived in a self-censoring society, stunted by a kind of fear of political correctness," which helps explain the "seamless compatibility between dhimmitude and the multicultural mind-set that flourishes in a post-grown-up world." [ix]

Has a collective fear of political correctness, on both sides of the aisle, turned into a collectively immature mentality that may ultimately destroy individual freedom, and result in a kind of (if not actual) dhimmitude?

It is interesting to note that Obama's recent distractions relate to Glendon's "compensating" "array of sexual freedoms."  Perhaps Obama's "bread and circuses" and the GOP's insistence on redirecting the focus back on the economy both divert attention from the most important issue:  the very real erosion of the right to self-government. And further, as West painfully documents, the monumental question becomes whether our society as a whole, having discarded virtue for "values," [x] remains capable of governing itself.

Tocqueville warned of the nanny state and the power of despotism as resembling "parental authority if, fatherlike, it tried to prepare its charges for a man's life but on the contrary, it only tries to keep them in perpetual childhood." [xi]

Grown-ups see beyond the distractions and are despised by those who, as Robert Knight noted, "openly wish their opponents were dead. In the Washington Post, the far-left cartoonist Tom Toles showed a man holding a book in front of two men. He says, 'If anyone here objects to the marriage of these two men, speak up now because opponents are aging and dying off and soon won't matter anymore.' In the lower right corner, a man at a desk says, 'Is it okay to yell "hurry up"?'"

Restless and tired of "austerity," France elected the ice cream socialist who promised to expand, as Thomas Lifson described, "the welfare state even beyond the generous cradle to grave cocoon in which the French state lovingly wraps its citizens." While the majority apparently voted in "favor of heading straight for the fiscal cliff, pedal to the metal," wealthy French citizens are planning to get off the bus and head elsewhere, leaving the kids behind to ultimately realize (to paraphrase Margaret Thatcher):  Socialism is great until daddy's wallet is empty, he moves away, or he can no longer provide because Toles et al urged him to hurry up and die -- and take his old-fashioned ideas with him.

To paraphrase West:  Grown-ups must put an end to being taken for a ride by the kids in the backseat [v], and station real adults behind the wheel of our government. More than "stand athwart history, yelling stop" -- we must shift -- not always into "forward," but even reverse at times, to find our way back to the road that leads to the shining city on the hill." -- Cindy Simpson/AmericanThinker.com (5/26/12)

  • "Irony is the hygiene of the mind."

    Elizabeth Bibesco

  • “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

  • "There is no right way to do wrong"

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

    Supreme Court Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.

  • "An informed public is essential to a democracy"

    Thomas Jefferson

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

    WAG

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

    Thomas Paine (December 23, 1776)

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

    Charles Haddon Spurgeon

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

    Thomas Paine

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

    Robert Green Ingersoll

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

    WAG

  • "Laughter is the shortest distance between two people"

    Victor Borge

  • "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

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

    Alexis de Tocqueville

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

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

    Edward R. Murrow

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

    Mark Twain

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

  • "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

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

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

    Ronald Reagan

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

  • "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)

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

    George Washington

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

  • "Happiness is good health and a bad memory"

    Ingrid Bergman

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

    Mark Twain

  • "A free people ought to be armed"

    George Washington

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

    Ronald Reagan

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

    Mark Twain

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

    John Wooden

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

    Martin Luther King, Jr.

  • "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

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

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

    Thomas Paine

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

    Thomas Jefferson

  • "As an American I am not so shocked that Obama was given the Nobel Peace Prize without any accomplishments to his name, but that America gave him the White House based on the same credentials."

    Newt Gingrich

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

    Frederick Douglass

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

    George Bernard Shaw

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

    Isaiah 5:20

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

    Ann Landers

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

    Robert Green Ingersoll

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

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

    Charles Dickens

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

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

    Lt. Colonel James G. Zumwalt

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

    James Madison

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

    Napoleon Bonaparte

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

  • "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

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

    Herb Stein (Economist)

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

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

    Margaret Thatcher

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

    Hunter S. Thompson

  • "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

  • "We are fast approaching the stage of the ultimate inversion: the stage where the government is free to do anything it pleases, while the citizens may act only by permission; which is the stage of the darkest periods of human history, the stage of rule by brute force"

    Ayn Rand

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

    Ayn Rand

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

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

    Will Rogers

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

    Vladimir Lenin

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

    Vladimir Lenin

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

    Bob Hope

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

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

    WAG

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

    Thomas Sowell

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

    Josef Stalin

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

    Charlotte

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

  • 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

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

    WAG

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

    Thomas Jefferson

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

    Martin Luther King, Jr.

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

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

    Adlai E. Stevenson

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

    Isoroku Yamamoto

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

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

    WAG

  • "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)

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

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

    WAG

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

    Anne Coleman

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

    Margaret Thatcher

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

    Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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

    Lord Byron

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

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

    George Orwell

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

    Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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

    Aristotle

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

    Mark Twain

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

    Abraham Lincoln

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

    Robert A. Heinlein

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

    Author Unknown

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

    WAG

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

    Arthur C. Clarke

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

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

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

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

    Eugene McCarthy

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

    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

  • "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

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

    Joseph Stalin

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

    WAG

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

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

    Dave Barry

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

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

    Abraham Lincoln

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

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

    Voltaire

  • "Failure to prepare is preparing to fail"

    Benjamin Franklin

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

    WAG

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

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

    Margaret Thatcher

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

    John Adams

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

    Thomas Jefferson

  • 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

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

    Mark Twain

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

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

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

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

    James Madison

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

    James Madison

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

    Mark Twain

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

    Mark Twain

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

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

    Jack Miner

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

    Enrico Fermi

  • "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

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

    Hugo Black

  • "When in doubt tell the truth"

    Mark Twain

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

  • "Everything has beauty but not everyone sees it"

  • "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

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

    Anonymous

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

    Larry Elder

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

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

    Margaret Thatcher

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

    Joseph Stalin

  • “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

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

    Andrew Carnegie

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

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

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

    WAG

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

    John F. Kennedy

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

    Will Rogers

  • “My greatest thought is my accountability to God”

    Daniel Webster

  • "A government is the most dangerous threat to man's rights: it holds a legal monopoly on the use of physical force against legally disarmed victims”

    Ayn Rand

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

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

    Cherokee proverb

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

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

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

  • "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

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

    Mark Twain

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

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

    Ayn Rand

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


    WAG

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

    Robert Green Ingersoll

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

    Bill Vaughan

  • "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

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

    Calvin Coolidge

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

  • “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 )

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

    Mark Twain

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

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

    William Faulkner

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

  • "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

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

  • "If the American people ever allow private banks to control the issue of their currency, first by inflation, then by deflation, the banks and corporations that will grow up around the banks will deprive the people of all property - until their children wake-up homeless on the continent their fathers conquered."

    Thomas Jefferson

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

    Vladimir Lenin

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

    Syrus

  • “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)

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

    Mark Twain

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

    Mao Tse-Tung

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

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

    Winston Churchill

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

    Leo Durocher

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

    Adolf Hitler

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

    Charles Gordy

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

    Maya Angelou

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

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

    Dean Acheson

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

    Edgar J. Mohn

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

    WAG

  • "If we only wanted to be happy it would be easy; but we want to be happier than other people, which is almost always difficult, since we think them happier than they are"

    Charles-Louis de Secondat Baron de Montesquieu

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

    Thomas Jefferson

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

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

    Dr. Martin Luther King

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

    Alfred Kazin

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

  • “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

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

    Alexis de Tocqueville

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

    Ted Nugent

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

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

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

  • "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

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

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

    Danny Schecter

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

    St. Augustine

  • “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

  • "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

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

    Jay Leno

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

    Alexis de Tocqueville

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

    WAG

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

    Doug Christie

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

    Upton Sinclair

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

  • "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

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

    Francis Bacon

  • "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.

  • “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

  • "Democracy is the road to socialism."

    Karl Marx

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

    Tacitus, The Annals III.27

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

    Tullius Cicero

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

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

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

    WAG

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

  • "Innocence seldom utters outraged shrieks. Guilt does"

    Whittaker Chambers

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

    Joseph Stalin

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

    Thomas Edison

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

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

  • “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”

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

    George Washington

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

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

    Alexander Pope

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

    Albert Einstein

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

    Wendell Phillips

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

    WAG

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

    Martin Luther King Jr.

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

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

    C. S. Lewis

  • "One man with courage is a majority"

    Thomas Jefferson

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

    Mark Twain

  • “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

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

    Benjamin Franklin

  • "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

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

    Edmund Burke

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

    John Kerry

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

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

  • “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)

  • "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

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

    Anatole France

  • "Ignorance is the truest form of freedom"

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

    Thomas Fuller

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

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

    Strom Thurmond

  • "Tolerance is the virtue of believing in nothing"

  • "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."

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

    Albert Einstein

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

    Robert A. Heinlein

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

  • "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

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

    Ayn Rand

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

    Aristotle

  • “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

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

    Alexis de Tocqueville

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

    Benjamin Franklin

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

    Joseph Addison

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

    Alexis de Tocqueville

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

  • "Heroes get remembered - but legends never die"

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

    Bob Hope

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

    Alexis de Tocqueville

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

    Mark Twain

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

    Rod Serling

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

    Mohandas Gandhi

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

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

    Rush Limbaugh

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

  • “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

  • “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

  • “One man with courage is a majority”

    Thomas Jefferson

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

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

  • "Life………. It’s GOD’s choice"

  • "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

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

    Thomas Jefferson

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

    Oscar Wilde

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

    Alexis de Tocqueville

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

    George Washington

  • "I owe nothing to Women’s Lib.”

    Margaret Thatcher

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

    Alexis de Tocqueville

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

    John Adams

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


    Vladimir Lenin

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

    Abraham Lincoln

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

    Charles Caleb Colton

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

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

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

    Plato

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

  • "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

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

    Vladimir Lenin

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

    Mayer Amschel Bauer Rothschild

  • "Truth will always fuel the embers of liberty"

    WAG

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

  • “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”

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

    Bertrand Russell

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

  • "Bad laws are the worst sort of tyranny"

    Edmund Burke

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

    Ronald Reagan

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

    Albert Einstein

  • "Education consists mainly of what we have unlearned"

    Mark Twain

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

    Eugene Ionesco

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

    Rush Limbaugh

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

    Joseph Goebbels

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

    Rush Limbaugh

  • “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

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

    George Washington

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

    Vladimir Lenin

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

  • “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

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

    Ralph Waldo Emerson

  • "Debt is the worst poverty."

    Thomas Fuller

  • "When GOD fights for Israel, Israel wins"

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

    Proverbs 17:28 (NIV)

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

    Aristotle

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

    Abraham Lincoln

  • "Ignorance is the lifeblood of every politician"

    WAG

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

    Thomas Jefferson

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

    William F. Buckley Jr.

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

    Ronald Reagan

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

  • "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)

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

    Abraham Lincoln

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

    Winston Churchill

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

    George W. Bush

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

  • “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

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

    Mark Twain

  • “Be truthful … Truth leads to trust”

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

    Martin Van Buren

  • "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

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

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

    P.J. O'Rourke

  • "You can observe a lot just by watchin"

    Yogi Berra

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

    Kenneth Boulding (economist)

  • "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

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

    Bill McIntire - NRA Spokesman (1992)

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

    Ronald Reagan

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

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

    WAG

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

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

    David Stockman

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

    Frederic Bastiat

  • "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

  • "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

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

    Ayn Rand

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

    WAG

  • "Truth Does Not Fear Knowledge"

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

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

    Winston Churchill

  • "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)

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

    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

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

    WAG

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

    Winston Churchill

  • “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

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

    Saul Bellow

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

    Margaret Thatcher

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

    Yogi Berra

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

    Voltaire

  • "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 better to conceal one's knowledge than to reveal one's ignorance”

    Spanish Proverb

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

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

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

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

    Daniel Greenfield

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

    WAG

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

    Thomas Jefferson

  • "Democracy is indispensable to socialism."

    Vladimir Lenin

  • "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

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

    Winnie the Pooh

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

    WAG

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

    Joseph Stalin

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

    Thomas Jefferson

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

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

    Ephesians 6:11

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

  • 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.”

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

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

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

    WAG

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

    Martin Luther King, Jr.

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

    Winston Churchill

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

  • "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

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

    Mark Twain

  • "Gray hair is God's graffiti"

    Bill Cosby

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

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

    WAG

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

    Soviet Union saying

  • "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

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

    Moliere

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

    James Madison

  • "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

  • "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

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

  • "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

  • "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.

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

    WAG

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

    Ayn Rand

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

    Harry Truman

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

    Mark Twain

  • “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

  • "Golf is a good walk spoiled"

    Mark Twain

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

    Ian Fleming

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

    Mark Twain

  • “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

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

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

    Joseph Stalin

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

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

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

    Sam Adams

  • "Government Integrity: An Oxymoron"

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

    Jacques Barzun

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

    Mark Twain

  • “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 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)

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

    George Washington

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

    John Adams (1826)

  • "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

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

    Larry Elder

  • "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

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

    Edward Langley (artist)

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

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

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

    Ronald Reagan

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

  • "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

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

    Paul Craig Roberts

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

    G. K. Chesterton

  • "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

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

    Chinese Proverb

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

    WAG

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

    Aulus Persius Flaccus

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

    Vladimir Lenin

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

    Rush Limbaugh

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

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

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

    Mark Twain

  • "The 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

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

    Anonymous

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

    Sophia Loren

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

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

    Mayer Amschel Rothschild

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

    Isaac Asimov

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

    Ayn Rand

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

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

    Albert Einstein

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

    Doug Powers

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

    George Orwell

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

    Justice Felix Frankfurter

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

    Margaret Thatcher

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

  • “Paper money is founded upon fraud and knavery”

    George Mason (letter to George Washington)

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

    Douglas Casey

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

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

    Winston Churchill

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

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

    Dwight D. Eisenhower

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

    Pastor John MacArthur

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

    Adlai E. Stevenson

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

    WAG

  • "Lies serve to influence the ignorant"

    WAG

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

    WAG

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

    Edmund Burke

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

    Abraham Lincoln

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


    Alexander Hamilton

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

    Abraham Lincoln

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

  • "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

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

    Karl Marx

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

    WAG

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

    Thomas Jefferson

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

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

    Milton Friedman

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

    Rush Limbaugh

  • “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

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

    Friedrich Nietzsche

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

    WAG

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

  • "Adversity makes a good man better"

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

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

    Professor Irwin Corey

  • "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

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

    WAG

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

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

    Alexis de Tocqueville

  • "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

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

    American Patriot

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

    Paul Horning

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

    Confucious

  • "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

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

  • "Never spend your money before you have it"

    Thomas Jefferson

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

    John Kenneth Galbraith

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

    Charley Reese

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

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

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

    WAG

  • "Of all the enemies of true liberty, war is, perhaps, the most to be dreaded, because it comprises and develops the germ of every other."

    James Madison

  • "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

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

    Ronald Reagan

  • "All bad precedents begin as justifiable measures"

    Julius Caesar

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

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

    Noelle Pikus Pace (Olympian)

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

    James Madison

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

  • "There are lies, damned lies and statistics"

    Mark Twain

  • "Political correctness is tyranny with manners."

    Charlton Heston

  • "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

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

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

    Daniel Patrick Moynihan

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

    John F. Kennedy

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

    Adolph Hitler

  • "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

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

    Benjamin Franklin

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

    Albert Einstein

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

    Bob Hope

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

    WAG

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

    Mark Twain

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

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

  • "Truth has no agenda"

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

    Progressive apologist

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

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

    James Bovard

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

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

    Mark Twain

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

    Winston Churchill

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

    Mark Twain

  • "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

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

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

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

    WAG

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

    Benjamin Franklin

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

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

    W. Somerset Maugham

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

    Knute Rockne

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

    Thomas Jefferson

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

    Reverend Ike

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

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

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

    Doug Larson

  • "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

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

  • “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

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

    WAG

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

    Miecyslaw Kasprzyk

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

    Adlai E. Stevenson

  • “Wisdom is the chief element of happiness”

    Sophocles

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

    Ronald Reagan

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

    Margaret Thatcher

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

    Jason Laumark

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

    James A. Garfield

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

    WAG

  • "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

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

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

    Robert Frost

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

    Mike Adams

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

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

    Niccolo Machiavelli

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

    Margaret Thatcher

  • "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

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

    Cal Thomas

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

    Liberal when confronted with reality

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

  • "Aspire to inspire before you expire."

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

    Mohandas K. Gandhi

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

    Abraham Lincoln

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

    Joseph Stalin

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

    Benjamin Disraeli

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

    Sam Rayburn

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

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

    WAG

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

    Jimi Hendrix

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

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

    Unknown

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

    Thomas Paine

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

    WAG

  • "Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn’t pass it on to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same, or one day we will spend our sunset years telling our children and our children's children what it was once like in the United States where men were free."

    Ronald Reagan

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

    Dick Cheney

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

    Samuel Adams

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

    Ronald Reagan

  • “Every library is an arsenal”

    Robert Green Ingersoll

  • "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

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

    John Adams

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

    Plato

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

    Adolf Hitler (1939)

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

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

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

    Alexis de Tocqueville

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

    Demosthenes

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

    Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

  • "Comedy is tragedy plus time"

    Woody Allen

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

    Thomas Jefferson

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

    Plato

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

    Phillip Brooks

  • "Ignorance is the seed of APATHY"

    WAG

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

  • “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)

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

    Ralph Waldo Emerson

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

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

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

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

    Joseph Stalin

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

    Joseph Stalin

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

    WAG

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

    WAG

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

    Thomas Henry Huxley

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

    Rush Limbaugh

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

    Philip K. Dick

  • "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."

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

    WAG

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

    Ronald Reagan

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

    Dutch Proverb

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

  • “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?”

  • "A day without laughter is a day wasted"

    Charlie Chaplin

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

    Mark Twain

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

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

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

    Albert Einstein

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

    Milton Friedman

  • "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

  • 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

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

    Mark Twain

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

    Antonio Porchia

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

    Sir Walter Scott

  • "Better a broken promise than none at all"

    Mark Twain

  • "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

  • "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

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

    James Madison

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

    William P. Anthony

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

    Mark Twain

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

    Paul Jacob

  • 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

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

    Senator Jim Talent

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

  • "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

  • "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

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

    Dante Alighieri

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

    Margaret Thatcher

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

    Mark Twain

  • "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

  • "For a nation to try to tax itself into prosperity is like a man standing in a bucket and trying to lift himself up by the handle"

    Winston Churchill

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

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

    Thomas Jefferson

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

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

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

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

    Karl Wilhelm Friedrich Schlegel

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

    Thomas Jefferson

  • "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

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

    Mark Twain

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

  • "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

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

    Ronald Reagan

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

    John Adams

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

    Thomas Jefferson

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

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

    H.L. Mencken

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

    American Patriot

  • “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)

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

    Benjamin Franklin

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

    Thomas Jefferson

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

    Fletcher Knebel, Historian

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

    Abkhasian Proverb

  • "Knowledge is power."

    Sir Francis Bacon

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

    Will Rogers

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

    Philip K. Dick

  • "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

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

    Robert David Steele (CIA)

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

    Mahatma Ghandi

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

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

    Nelson Mandela

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

    Orison S. Marden

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

    Adlai E. Stevenson

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

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

    Lou Holtz

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

    Albert Einstein

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

    George Washington

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

    Psalm 118:8

  • "It is the duty of the patriot to protect his country from its government." "Those who expect to reap the blessings of freedom, must, like men, undergo the fatigue of supporting it."

    Thomas Paine

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

    Robert A. Heinlein

  • "If 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

  • “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

  • “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”

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

    WAG

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

    Ronald Reagan

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

    WAG

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

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

    WAG

  • "Irony differentiates. Cynicism never does."

    Paul Horgan

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

    Mark Twain

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

    Edmund Burke

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

    George Washington

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

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

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

    Patrick Henry

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

    von Clausewitz

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

    Napoléon Bonaparte

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

    Ralph Waldo Emerson

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

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

    John Wayne

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

    Larry Elder

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

    Ayn Rand

  • "That government governs best that governs least"

    Thomas Jefferson

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

    James Madison

  • "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

  • “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)

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

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

    George W. Bush

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

    Joseph Stalin

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

    Henry David Thoreau

  • "Reason often makes mistakes but conscience never does"

    Josh Billings (Henry Wheeler Shaw)

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

    Liberal Logic

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

    Charles de Montesquieu

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

    Brad Thor

  • "An armed society is a polite society"

    Robert A. Heinlein

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

    WAG

  • “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)

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

    Rudy Giuliani

  • “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

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

    Mitt Romney

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

    Vince Lombardi

  • "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

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

    Dana Buchman

  • ”In war there is no substitute for victory”

    General Douglas MacArthur

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

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

    WAG

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

    Benjamin Franklin

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

    Albert Einstein

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

    WAG

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

    George Mason

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

    WAG

  • "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)

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

    Pericles (495-429 BC)

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

    Mark Twain

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

    Bob Hope

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

    Mark Twain

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

    Dave Gardner

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

    Frederic Bastiat

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

    John F. Kennedy

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

    Otto von Bismarck

  • "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

  • "Disobedience to tyrants is Obedience to God"

    Benjamin Franklin

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

    GR

  • "No Man is a Failure who has Friends"

    It's A Wonderful Life

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

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

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

    Alexander Hamilton

  • “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

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

    Yogi Berra

  • "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

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

    Jerry Pournelle

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

    George Mason

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

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

    Mark Twain

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

    Abraham Lincoln

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

    WAG

  • “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

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

  • "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

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

    Liberal Logic

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

    John Kenneth Galbraith

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

    Joseph Stalin

  • "When injustice becomes law, resistance becomes duty"

    Thomas Jefferson

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

    Government Motto

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

  • 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

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

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

    Adlai E. Stevenson

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

    Robert Schuller

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

  • "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

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

    Mark Twain

  • “Perception is today’s reality”

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

    Mark Twain

  • "Humor is mankind's greatest blessing"

    Mark Twain

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

    Anonymous

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

    Kathy Ireland

  • "We are great because we are good"

  • "A hypocrite is the kind of politician who would cut down a redwood tree, then mount the stump and make a speech for conservation"

    Adlai E. Stevenson

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

    Mark Twain

  • “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

  • "Against the assault of laughter nothing can stand"

    Mark Twain

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

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

    Will Rogers

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

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

    Alfred Adler

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

    Adlai E. Stevenson

  • "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

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

  • "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

  • “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

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

    Steven Wright

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

    Mark Twain

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

    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

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

    Aaron Levenstein

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

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

    Benjamin Franklin

  • “In a free country the monetary unit rests upon a fixed foundation of gold or gold and silver, independent of the ruling politicians.”

    Howard Buffett

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

    Milton Friedman

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

    WAG

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

    Mark Twain

  • "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

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

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

    Thomas Edison

  • 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

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

    George Berkeley

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

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

    Confucius

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

    Liberal Lingo

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

    WAG

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

    Robert Green Ingersoll

  • "In politics, stupidity is not a handicap"

    Napoleon Bonaparte

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

    George Orwell

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

    Patrice Lewis

  • “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

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

    Kinky Friedman

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

    James Madison

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

    Karl Marx

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

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

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

    Benjamin Franklin

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

    Thomas Jefferson

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

    Tacitus

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

    Chinese proverb

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

    Thomas Jefferson

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

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

    Unknown

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

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

    Margaret Thatcher

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

    Chinese fortune cookie

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

    George Orwell

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

    Margaret Thatcher

  • "Go put your creed into your deed."

    Ralph Waldo Emerson

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

    Mark Steyn

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

    Hodding Carter, J.R.

  • "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

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

    Mark Twain

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

    WAG

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

    Dietrich Bonhoeffer

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

    John Adams

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

    Willis Player

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

    Benjamin Franklin

  • "The goal of socialism is communism."

    Vladimir Lenin

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

    Thomas Jefferson

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

    Ronald Reagan

  • "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

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

    Thomas Jefferson

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

    Vince Lombardi

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

    Robert Novak

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

    Vladimir Lenin

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

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

  • "All men by nature desire knowledge."

    Aristotle

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

    Albert Einstein

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

    Rick Perry

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

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

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

    WAG

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

    WAG

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

    Albert Einstein

  • "This is like deja vu all over again"

    Yogi Berra

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

    Nicholas Murray Butler

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

    Ralph Waldo Emerson

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

    Patrick Henry

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

    Rush Limbaugh

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

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

    Milton Friedman

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

    Mahatma Ghandi

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

    James Madison

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

    Burt Shavitz (Burt's Buzz)

  • "Today is tomorrow’s past"

  • “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

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

  • 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

  • "Ask why until you understand"

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

    Mark Twain

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

    Albert Einstein

  • “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

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

    Aldous Huxley

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

    Evan Sayet

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

    Mark Twain

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

    William Arthur Ward

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

    Richard Henry Lee, signer of Declaration of Independence

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

    WAG

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

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

    Albert Einstein

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

    Marie von Ebner-Eschenbach

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

  • "Failure is success if we learn from it"

    Malcolm S. Forbes

  • “I prefer dangerous freedom over peaceful slavery.”

    Thomas Jefferson

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

  • "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

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

    Alexis de Tocqueville

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

    Herbert Spencer

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

    William Pitt

  • "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

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

    Socrates

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

    George Eliot

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

    George Orwell

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

    Mark Twain

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

    WAG

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

    Ralph Waldo Emerson

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

    John Adams

  • "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

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

    WAG

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

    Martin Luther King, Jr

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

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

    Galileo

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

    Jay Leno

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

    Rush Limbaugh

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

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

    George Washington

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

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

    Byrd Baggett

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

    Vladimir Lenin

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

    Yiddish Proverb

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

    Ludwig von Mises

  • "Banking establishments are more dangerous than standing armies"

    Thomas Jefferson

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

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

    Milton Friedman

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

    Mark Twain

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

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

    Ecclesiastes 10:2 NIV

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

    Mark Twain

  • "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

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

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

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

    Alexis de Tocqueville

  • "Half the people you know are below average"

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

    WAG

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

    Bob Hope

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

    P. J. O'Rourke

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

    Groucho Marx

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

    Luck

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

    WAG

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

    Theodore M. Hesburgh

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

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

    WAG

  • “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

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

    W. C. Fields

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

    John Wooden

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

    Friedrich Nietzsche

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

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

    Joseph Stalin

  • “The reports of my death are greatly exaggerated”

    Mark Twain

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

    Will Rogers

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

    Harry S. Truman

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

  • "Debt is the slavery of the free."

    Publilius Syrus

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

    Thomas Jefferson

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

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

    WAG

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

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

    Karl Marx

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

    WAG

  • "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

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

  • “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

  • "There's no way to rule innocent men. The only power government has is the power to crack down on criminals. When there aren't enough criminals, one makes them. One declares so many things to be a crime that it becomes impossible for men to live without breaking laws"

    Ayn Rand

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

    Pat Flynn

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

    Lao-tzu

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

    Alexis de Tocqueville

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

    George Washington

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

    American Citizen

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

    George Santayana

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

    Benjamin Franklin