Quotable Quotes...

 

"Government is not reason, it is not eloquence, it is force; like fire, a troublesome servant and a fearful master. Never for a moment should it be left to irresponsible action."

---George Washington, Speech of January 7, 1790

 


"It does not require a majority to prevail, but rather an irate, tireless minority keen to set brush fires in people's minds."

---Samuel Adams

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"...She has, in the lapse of nearly half a century, without a single exception, respected the independence of other nations while asserting and maintaining her own.  She has abstained from interference in the concerns of others, even when conflict has been for principles to which she clings, as to the last vital drop that visits the heart.  She has seen that probably for centuries to come, all the contests of that Aceldama the European world, will be contests of inveterate power, and emerging right.  Wherever the standard of freedom and Independence has been or shall be unfurled, there will her heart, her benedictions and her prayers be.  But she goes not abroad, in search of monsters to destroy...."

---John Quincy Adams, July 4, 1821

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"To compel a man to furnish funds for the propagation of ideas he disbelieves and abhors is sinful and tyrannical."

---Thomas Jefferson

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"Since I entered politics, I have chiefly had men's views confided to me privately. Some of the biggest men in the United States, in the field of commerce and manufacture, are afraid of somebody, are afraid of something. They know that there is a power somewhere so organized, so subtle, so watchful, so interlocked, so complete, so pervasive, that they had better not speak above their breath when they speak in condemnation of it."

---Woodrow Wilson

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"He who is the author of a war lets loose the whole contagion of hell and opens a vein that bleeds a nation to death."

---Thomas Paine

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"There is no nation on earth powerful enough to accomplish our overthrow. Our destruction, should it come at all, will be from another quarter. From the inattention of the people to the concerns of their government, from their carelessness and negligence. I must confess that I do apprehend some danger. I fear that they may place too implicit a confidence in their public servants and fail properly to scrutinize their conduct; that in this way they may be made the dupes of designing men, and become the instruments of their own undoing."

---Daniel Webster, 1837

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"What has happened in Europe is that the secular press, which loves to mock the beliefs and symbols of religious faith, has now insulted a deadly serious religion that answers insults with action."

---Patrick Buchanan, WND Commentary, 2/8/2006

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"Give me control over a nation's currency, and I care not who makes its laws."

--- Mayer Amschel Rothschild, 1743 - 1812

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"Mission Accomplished: from single cell to Don Rumsfeld."

---Ellen Dimsdale, Satirist

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"What the Trilateralists truly intend is the creation of a worldwide economic power superior to the political governments of the nation-states involved.  They believe the abundant materialism they propose to create will overwhelm existing differences. As managers and creators of the system they will rule the future."

---Barry Goldwater, With No Apologies

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"I'm very happy for Hillary that she bought this house in Westchester.  It must have been very traumatic emotionally, because you know, buying a house--and if you think about it, this is probably the first legal real estate deal she's been involved with..."

---David Letterman, Late Night with David Letterman, June 30, 1999

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"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 usurpations."

---James Madison

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"The clergy...believe that any portion of power confided to me [as President] will be exerted in opposition to their schemes. And they believe rightly: for I have sworn upon the altar of God, eternal hostility against every form of tyranny over the mind of man. But this is all they have to fear from me: and enough, too, in their opinion."

---Thomas Jefferson to Benjamin Rush, 1800

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"Just as bootleggers were forced out of business in 1933 when prohibition was repealed, making the sale of liquor legal (thus eliminating racketeering), the legalization of drugs would put drug dealers out of business. An added plus: There would be far less crowding in our prisons due to drug-related crimes.  It's something to consider."

---Abigail Van Buren, "Dear Abby," May 3 1994

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"First, God created idiots. That was just for practice. Then He created school boards."

--- Mark Twain

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"Why of course the people don't want war. Why should some poor slob on a farm want to risk his life in a war when the best he can get out of it is to come back to his farm in one piece? Naturally the common people don't want war: neither in Russia, nor in England, nor for that matter in Germany. That is understood. But, after all, it is the leaders of the country who determine the policy and it is always a simple matter to drag the people along, whether it is a democracy, or a fascist dictatorship, or a parliament, or a communist dictatorship. Voice or no voice, the people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. That is easy. All you have to do is tell them they are being attacked, and denounce the peacemakers for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger. It works the same in any country."

--- Hermann Goering, Nazi Reichsmarschall

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"We disapprove of state education.  Then the socialists say we are opposed to any education.  We object to a state religion.  Then the socialists say we want no religion at all.  We object to a state enforced equality.  Then they say we are against equality.  And so on, and so on.  It is as if the socialists were to accuse us of not wanting persons to eat because we do not want the state to raise grain."

---Frederic Bastiat (1801-1850)

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"Single acts of tyranny may be ascribed to the accidental opinion of a day; but a series of oppressions, begun at a distinguished period and pursued unalterably through every change of ministers, too plainly prove a deliberate, systematic plan of reducing [a people] to slavery."

---Thomas Jefferson: Rights of British America, 1774

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"...the Waco search warrant...didn't establish enough probable cause to even knock on the Branch Davidian's door.  When the FBI took over from the BATF... they knew they would find no illegal weapons in the Branch Davidian compound. They were between a rock and a hard place. Four ATF men dead, and an unknown number of Branch Davidians dead, the FBI had only one choice: destroy the compound so that no one could ever prove whether illegal weapons were present or not. ...The FBI did not pump CS gas into the Branch Davidian compound to force its occupants to come out. They pumped that gas in to make sure the occupants couldn't come out."

---Lt. Harry Thomas in the Aid & Abet Police Newsletter (September 1994, pages 12-13).

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"First of all, President Clinton, whether you like him; whether you hate him--and let's face it, the country runs itself now anyway, Alan Greenspan controls everything..."

---David Letterman, interviewing Ted Koppel, July 26, 1999

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To the neocon guru Irving Kristol, "The historical task and political purpose of neoconservatism would seem to be ... to convert the Republican Party and American conservatism in general, against their respective wills, into a new kind of conservative politics suitable to governing a modern democracy."

---Patrick Buchanan, WND, August 18, 2006

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"The Central Bank is an institution of the most deadly hostility existing against the principles and form of our Constitution...if the American people allow private banks to control the issuance of their currency, first by inflation and then by deflation, the banks and corporations that will grow up around them will deprive the people of all their property until their children will wake up homeless on the continent their fathers conquered."

---Thomas Jefferson

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 "The Constitution is a Radical Document...It is the job of Government to rein in people's rights!"

---President Bill Clinton on MTV

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"A thousand people out there aren't worth upsetting the Russians over."

--- Morton Halperin, State Department policy planning director referring to residents of Alaska's Aleutian Islands, which cannot be protected from a single U.S. missile site.

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"The majority, being satisfied with the ways of mankind as they now are (for it is they who make them what they are), cannot comprehend why those ways should not be good enough for everybody..."

---John Stuart Mill

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"Let us strangle the last king with the entrails of the last priest."

---Diderot

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Quote of the Century:

"...It is our true policy to steer clear of permanent alliances with any portion of the foreign world; so far, I mean, as we are now at liberty to do it; for let me not be understood as capable of patronizing infidelity to existing engagements. I hold the maxim no less applicable to public than to private affairs, that honesty is always the best policy. I repeat it, therefore, let those engagements be observed in their genuine sense. But, in my opinion, it is unnecessary and would be unwise to extend them...As avenues to foreign influence in innumerable ways, such attachments are particularly alarming to the truly enlightened and independent Patriot. How many opportunities do they afford to tamper with domestic factions, to practise the arts of seduction, to mislead public opinion, to influence or awe the Public Councils…

Taking care always to keep ourselves by suitable establishments on a respectable defensive posture, we may safely trust to temporary alliances for extraordinary emergencies.

Harmony, liberal intercourse with all nations, are recommended by policy, humanity, and interest. But even our commercial policy should hold an equal and impartial hand; neither seeking nor granting exclusive favors or preferences; consulting the natural course of things; diffusing and diversifying by gentle means the streams of commerce, but forcing nothing; establishing (with powers so disposed, in order to give trade a stable course, to define the rights of our merchants, and to enable the government to support them) conventional rules of intercourse, the best that present circumstances and mutual opinion will permit, but temporary, and liable to be from time to time abandoned or varied, as experience and circumstances shall dictate; constantly keeping in view that it is folly in one nation to look for disinterested favors from another; that it must pay with a portion of its independence for whatever it may accept under that character; that, by such acceptance, it may place itself in the condition of having given equivalents for nominal favors, and yet of being reproached with ingratitude for not giving more. There can be no greater error than to expect or calculate upon real favors from nation to nation. It is an illusion, which experience must cure, which a just pride ought to discard..."

---George Washington's Farewell Address, September 17, 1796

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"Historians will one day marvel that, as their Southwest was slipping away from the United States demographically, linguistically and culturally Americans were fighting to keep Iraq together. Remarkable. Foreigners are invading and occupying Arizona, while Americans are fighting for Anbar province."

---Patrick Buchanan, WND, 4/4/2006

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"It is a paradoxical truth that tax rates are too high today, and tax revenues are too low and the soundest way to raise the revenues in the long run is to cut the tax rates."

--John F Kennedy, Yale Commencement Speech, 1962

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"I'm a liberal Democrat. I started in Florida politics. I worked for George McGovern. I worked for Jimmy Carter. I've worked for Ted Kennedy, Mario Cuomo. ... But I have to tell you, at this point it's hard to believe that my party, the party that I've belonged to since my great, great grandfather..., has become no longer a party of principles, but has been hijacked by a confederacy of gangsters who need to take power by whatever means and whatever canards they can say."

---Pat Caddell, Democratic Party pollster, On "Hardball with Chris Mathews," MSNBC, November 27, 2000

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"Senator Lieberman--I'm telling you something ladies & gentlemen, there is something wrong when the dullest man in Washington energizes your campaign...In Washington Joe Lieberman is known in the Senate as the moral conscience of the Senate.  So you know those folks are glad he's leaving..."

---David Letterman, Late Night with David Letterman, August 11, 2000

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"If ye love wealth greater than liberty, the tranquility of servitude greater than the animating contest for freedom, go home from us in peace. We seek not your counsel, nor your arms. Crouch down and lick the hand that feeds you. May your chains set lightly upon you; and may posterity forget that ye were our countrymen."

--- Samuel Adams

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"Repression has driven this vice underground and produced the narcotic smugglers and supply agents who have grown wealthy...Drug addiction is not a police problem; it never has and never can be solved by policemen.  It is first and last a medical problem..."

---August Vollmer, leading expert on American policing, 1936

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"Weeks before the crash [of TWA 800], Clinton had placed the United States on its highest state of alert since the 1962 Cuban Missile Crisis. This was because the White House had received classified intelligence reports that Iran was planning a wave of terrorist attacks against the United States."

---USA Today, July 16, 1999

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"The strongest reason for the people to retain the right to bear arms is, as a last resort, to protect themselves against tyranny in government."

---Thomas Jefferson

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"Everyone carries a part of society on his shoulders; no one is relieved of his share of responsibility by others. And no one can find a safe way out for himself if society is sweeping towards destruction. Therefore everyone, in his own interests, must thrust himself vigorously into the intellectual battle. None can stand aside with unconcern; the interests of everyone hang in the result. Whether he chooses or not, every man is drawn into the great historical struggle, the decisive battle into which our epoch has plunged us."

--- Ludwig Von Mises

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"The American People are a greater resource than the American government."

---David Letterman to Cokie Roberts on Hurricane Katrina, September 6, 2005

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"The ultimate consequence of protecting men from the results of their own folly is to fill the world with fools."

--- Herbert Spencer

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"All the perplexities, confusion and distress in America arise, not from defects in their Constitution or Confederation, not from want of honor or virtue, so much as the downright ignorance of the nature of coin, credit and circulation."

---John Adams

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"It is one of the most beautiful compensations of this life that no man can sincerely try to help another without helping himself."

---Ralph Waldo Emerson

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"Peace, commerce and honest friendship with all nations; entangling alliances with none."

---Thomas Jefferson

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"The Bush Administration would like to make the U.N. a cornerstone of its plans to construct a New World Order."

---Time Magazine, September 17, 1990

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"Unquestionably, there is progress. The average American now pays out twice as much in taxes as he formerly got in wages."

--- H. L. Mencken

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"I heartily accept the motto, That government is best which governs least."

---Henry David Thoreau

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"I am not a Republican or a Democrat; I'm a Libertarian. We believe in forced marches and lesbians in government. Did you know that?   It just means what Republicans used to be; it means government out of your life,   freedom, whatever people want to do that doesn't hurt another person.  That's what it is..."

---Bill Maher, April, 9, 1999, Late Night with David Letterman

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"Under regulation the people no longer need to discuss, to compare, to plan ahead; the law does all this for them.  Intelligence becomes a useless prop for the people; they cease to be men; they lose their personality, their liberty, their property.

 ---Frederic Bastiat

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"Giving money and power to government is like giving whiskey and car keys to teenage boys."

---P.J. O'Rourke

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"A wise and frugal government, which shall restrain men from injuring one another, which shall leave them otherwise free to regulate their own pursuits of industry and improvement, and shall not take from the mouth of labor the bread it has earned.  This is the sum of good government."

---Thomas Jefferson (1801)

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"The late editorial editor of the Journal, Robert Bartley, once said, 'I believe the nation-state is finished.' He and his progeny have surely done their level best to bring that about."

---Patrick Buchanan, Human Events, November 10, 2005

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"How we burned in the prison camps later thinking: What would things have been like if every police operative, when he went out at night to make an arrest, had been uncertain whether he would return alive?  If during periods of mass arrests people had not simply sat there in their lairs, paling with terror at every bang of the downstairs door and at every step on the staircase, but had understood they had nothing to lose and had boldly set up in the downstairs hall an ambush of half a dozen people with axes, hammers, pokers or whatever was at hand?  The organs would very quickly have suffered a shortage of officers and, notwithstanding all of Stalin's thirst, the cursed machine would have ground to a halt."

---Alexander Solzhenitsyn

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