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Post any relevant material in regards to their great WISDOM. Quotes, papers, trials, arguments. Generally any topic that supports Freedom and Liberty.
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Post#1 » Wed Feb 18, 2009 5:15 pm

"Men fight for freedom, then they begin to accumulate laws to take it away from themselves." ~ unknown

"We cannot defend freedom abroad by deserting it at home." ~ Edward R. Murrow

"An investment in knowledge pays the best interest."- Benjamin Franklin

"The real destroyer of the liberties of the people is he who spreads among them bounties, donations and benefits." --Roman historian Plutarch (c.45-125 A.D.)

"There's nothing so useless as doing efficiently that which should not be done at all." --Austrian-American writer Peter Drucker (1909-2005)

"The height of statesmanship is to come home with a dam, even if you have nowhere to put it." --humorist Will Rogers (1879-1935)

"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 gun gives boldness, enterprise, and independence to the mind. Let your gun, therefore, be the constant companion of your walks. — Thomas Jefferson

"Where once a tyrant had to wish that his subjects had but one common neck that he might strangle them all at once, all he has to do now is to 'educate the people' so that they will have but one common mind to delude." ~ Richard Mitchell


The most dangerous man, to any government, is the man who is able to think things out for himself, without regard to the prevailing superstitions and taboos. Almost inevitably he comes to the conclusion that the government he lives under is dishonest, insane and intolerable, and so, if he is romantic, he tries to change it.~H.L. Mencken

Good old Harry Truman was correct when he
observed, 'My choices early in life were either to
be a piano player in a whore house or a politician. And
to tell the truth, there's hardly any difference'

The best analogy to owning a gun and keeping it ready and most handy is the fire extinguisher. It is not acquired in paranoia, but intelligent preparedness. It is not a "Don’t do anything until we get there!" paradigm. It is not brought to bear in anger, but in purpose, and no one needs to show anyone else cause to own several throughout the house and one in the car. It’s so obvious, one has to be insane not to see the identity of values between the fire extinguisher and a battery-ready gun within easy reach. Both can keep a situation from getting out of control, both prevent irrevocable loss, and both are well within public policy and interest.- John Longenecker

"Nothing is more essential to the establishment of manners in a State than that all persons employed in places of power and trust must be men of unexceptionable characters." --Samuel Adams ( this one especially seems to have been forgotten)

A state may not impose a charge for the enjoyment of a right granted by the federal constitution. The power to impose a license tax on the exercise of these freedoms is indeed as potent as the power of censorship which this Court has repeatedly struck down. Aa person cannot be compelled to purchase, through a license fee or a license tax, the privilege freely granted by the Constitution.--Murdock v. Pennsylvania 319 US 105 (1942)

A man is no less a slave because he is allowed to choose a new master once in a term of years. ~ Lysander Spooner

"Fear is the foundation of most governments; but it is so sordid and brutal a passion, and renders men in whose breasts it predominates so stupid and miserable, that Americans will not be likely to approve of any political institution which is founded on it." --John Adams

"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 glorifies it." --French economist, statesman and author Frederic Bastiat (1801-1850)

"You don't make the poor richer by making the rich poorer." --Sir Winston Churchill (1874-1965)

"Wars in old times were made to get slaves. The modern implement of imposing slavery is debt." --American poet Ezra Pound (1885-1972)


"A fear of weapons is a sign of retarded sexual and emotional maturity."
--SIGMUND FREUD, Austrian psychoanalyst (1856 - 1939)

"When every city has every lamp post and city building decorated with the eviscerated bodies of the filth who think they govern us without our consent, then a new culture can arise to replace the old." -- Jim Davidson

The right of a citizen to bear arms, in lawful defense of himself or the State, is absolute. He does not derive it from the State government. It is one of the high powers" delegated directly to the citizen, and `is excepted out of the general powers of government.' A law cannot be passed to infringe upon or impair it, because it is above the law, and independent of the lawmaking power." [Cockrum v. State, 24 Tex. 394, at 401-402 (1859)]

"[P]eople do not ask for socialism because they know that socialism will improve their conditions, and they do not reject capitalism because they know that it is a system prejudicial to their interests. They are socialists because they believe that socialism will improve their conditions, and they hate capitalism because they believe that it harms them. They are socialists because they are blinded by envy and ignorance." --economist Ludwig von Mises (1881-1973)

"Decency, security, and liberty alike demand that government officials shall be subjected to the same rules of conduct that are commands to the citizen. In a government of laws, existence of the government will be imperiled if it fails to observe the law scrupulously. Our government is the potent, the omnipresent teacher. For good or for ill, it teaches the whole people by its example. Crime is contagious. If the government becomes a lawbreaker, it breeds contempt for law; it invites every man to become a law unto himself; it invites anarchy..."

Justice Brandeis, Olmstead v. U.S., 277 U.S. 438, 485 (1928)

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Post#2 » Sat Apr 18, 2009 2:35 pm

"Government can do something for the people only in proportion as it can do something to the people." ~ Thomas Jefferson

"The consolidation of the States into one vast republic, sure to be aggressive abroad and despotic at home, will be the certain precursor
of that ruin which has overwhelmed all those that have preceded it." Robert E. Lee, 1866

"I grieve more for what was lost at Appomattox than I rejoice at what was gained at Waterloo." Lord Acton, 1866

"History is an account mostly false, of events mostly unimportant, which are brought about by rulers, mostly knaves, and soldiers, mostly fools."-- Ambrose Bierce, American writer, 1842-1914

Necessity is the plea for every infringement of human liberty; it is the argument of tyrants; it is the creed of slaves. — William Pitt

The urge to save humanity is almost always a false front for the urge to rule. — H.L. MENCKEN

A man may conduct himself well in both adversity and good fortune, but if you want to test his character, give him power. —ABRAHAM LINCOLN

�You see, when a nation threatens another nation the people of the latter forget their factionalism, their local antagonisms, their political differences, their suspicions of each other, their religious hostilities, and band together as one unit. Leaders know that, and that is why so many of them whip up wars during periods of national crisis, or when the people become discontented and angry. The leaders stigmatize the enemy with every vice they can think of, every evil and human depravity. They stimulate their people�s natural fear of all other men by channeling it into a defined fear of just certain men, or nations. Attacking another nation, then, acts as a sort of catharsis, temporarily, on men�s fear of their immediate neighbors. This is the explanation of all wars, all racial and religious hatreds, all massacres, and all attempts at genocide.�--Taylor Caldwell, "The Devil�s Advocate" (1952) - pg. 299

"Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go."-T.S. ELLIOT

We don't see things as they are, we see them as we are.- Anais Nin

"I think it would be a very good idea." -- Mahatma Gandhi, when asked what he thought about western civilization.

"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 the great struggle for independence."
~ attributed to Charles Austin Beard


"When all government, in little as in great things, shall be drawn to Washington as the Center of all power, it will render powerless the checks provided of one government on another and will become as venal and oppressive as the government from which we separated." ~ Thomas Jefferson

"Any people anywhere, being inclined and having the power, have the right to rise up and shake off the existing government, and form a new one that suits them better. This is a most valuable, a most sacred right – a right which we hope and believe is to liberate the world. Nor is this right confined to cases in which the whole people of an existing government may choose to exercise it. Any portion of such people, that can, may revolutionize, and make their own of so much of the territory as they inhabit." ~ Abraham Lincoln, (speech in Congress January 1848)

“Our government has kept us in a perpetual state of fear, kept us in a continuous stampede of patriotic fervor with the cry of grave national emergency. Always there has been some terrible evil at home or some monstrous foreign power that was going to gobble us up if we did not blindly rally behind it.” - General Douglas MacArthur


" We have a single system, and in that system the only question is the price at which the proletariat is to be bought and sold, the bread and circuses." " The whole fabric of society will go to wrack if we really lay hands of reform on our rotten institutions. From top to bottom the whole system is a fraud, all of us know it, laborers and capitalists alike, and all of us are consenting parties to it."-- Henry Adams

“To achieve world government, it is necessary to remove from the minds of men, their individualism, loyalty to family traditions, national patriotism and religious dogmas.” Dr. G Brock Chisolm

Let the people do what they want, you get Woodstock. Let the government do what it wants, you get WACO!....Anon

"The ideal tyranny is that which is ignorantly self-administered by its victims. The most perfect slaves are, therefore, those which blissfully and unawaredly enslave themselves. A truth's initial commotion is directly proportional to how deeply the lie was believed. It wasn't the world being round that agitated people, but that the world wasn't flat. When a well-packaged web of lies has been sold gradually to the masses over generations, the truth will seem utterly preposterous and its speaker a raving lunatic." --author Dresden James

In wine there is wisdom, in beer there is freedom, in water there is bacteria.-Ben Franklin

Socialism in general has a record of failure so blatant that only an intellectual could ignore or evade it. — Thomas Sowell

Paraphrasing Denis Diderot: "Man will never be free until the last king is strangled with the entrails of the last banker." Banker was originally "priest."

No law ever written has stopped any robber, rapist or killer, like cold blue steel in the hands of their last intended victim. — W. Emerson Wright

"The difference between death and taxes is death doesn't get worse every time Congress meets." ~ Will Rogers

Vice is a monster of so frightful mien,
As to be hated, needs but to be seen;
Yet seen too oft, familiar with her face,
We first endure, then pity, then embrace.-Alexander Pope in "Essay On Man"

"The law has been used to destroy its own objective: It has been applied to annihilating the justice that it was supposed to maintain; to limiting and destroying rights which its real purpose was to respect. The law has placed the collective force at the disposal of the unscrupulous who wish, without risk, to exploit the person, liberty, and property of others. It has converted plunder into a right, in order to protect plunder. And it has converted lawful defense into a crime, in order to punish lawful defense." ~ Frederick Bastiat

I do believe that where there is a choice only between cowardice and violence, I would advise violence. Thus when my eldest son asked me what he should have done had he been present when I was almost fatally assaulted in 1908 [by an Indian extremist opposed to Gandhi's agreement with Smuts], whether he should have run away and seen me killed or whether he should have used his physical force which he could and wanted to use, and defend me, I told him it was his duty to defend me even by using violence. Hence it was that I took part in the Boer War, the so-called Zulu Rebellion and [World War I]. Hence also do I advocate training in arms for those who believe in the method of violence. I would rather have India resort to arms in order to defend her honor than that she should in a cowardly manner become or remain a helpless witness to her own dishonor. — Mohandas K. Gandhi, Young India, August 11, 1920 from Fischer, Louis ed.,The Essential Gandhi, 1962

I have never been taken with the idea of selling a gun. When you possess a firearm, you possess something of importance. If you trade it for cash, you have lost it - and the cash in your hand will soon be gone. Sell something else!- Jeff Cooper

"It is the duty of the patriot to protect his country from its government."-- Thomas Paine

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Post#3 » Tue Jul 28, 2009 1:38 pm

"The worst evils which mankind has ever had to endure were inflicted by bad governments. The state can be and has often been in the course of history the main source of mischief and disaster." ~ Ludwig von Mises

"When plunder has become a way of life for a group of people living together in society, they create for themselves in the course of time a legal system that authorizes it, and a moral code that glorifies it." -- Frederic Bastiat

“The spirit of resistance to government is so valuable on certain occasions that I wish it to be always kept alive.”
-Thomas Jefferson

"War is the health of the State. It automatically sets in motion throughout society those irresistible forces for uniformity, for passionate cooperation with the Government in coercing into obedience the minority groups and individuals which lack the larger herd sense. The machinery of government sets and enforces the drastic penalties; the minorities are either intimidated into silence, or brought slowly around by a subtle process of persuasion which may seem to them really to be converting them."

~ Randolph Bourne

"Whoever controls the media, controls the peoples' minds."-- author unknown

"To make marijuana against the law is like saying God made a mistake." - Bill Hicks

"What's "just" has been debated for centuries but let me offer you my definition of social justice: I keep what I earn and you keep what you earn. Do you disagree? Well then tell me how much of what I earn "belongs" to you – and why? -- Walter Williams

"A society that robs an individual of the product of his effort … is not strictly speaking a society, but a mob held together by institutionalized gang violence." -- Ayn Rand


We insist on the principle that no danger or crisis, foreign or domestic, will be solved by Americans surrrendering more of their constitutional liberties, in the foolish hope that a bigger government will provide greater security. ~ Larry P. Arnn

“Sometimes I wonder whether the world is being run by smart people who are putting us on or by imbeciles who really mean it.” - Mark Twain

"The principle, on which the war was waged by the North, was simply this: That men may rightfully be compelled to submit to, and support, a government that they do not want; and that resistance, on their part, makes them traitors and criminals. No principle, that is possible to be named, can be more self-evidently false than this; or more self-evidently fatal to all political freedom. Yet it triumphed in the field, and is now assumed to be established. If it really be established, the number of slaves, instead of having been diminished by the war, has been greatly increased; for a man, thus subjected to a government that he does not want, is a slave. And there is no difference, in principle --- but only in degree --- between political and chattel slavery. The former, no less than the latter, denies a man's ownership of himself and the products of his labor; and asserts that other men may own him, and dispose of him and his property, for their uses, and at their pleasure." -- Lysander Spooner (Nineteenth-Century lawyer, abolitionist, entrepreneur)

A question settled by violence, or in disregard of law, must remain unsettled for ever~Jefferson Davis

"The first panacea for a mismanaged nation is inflation of the currency; the second is war. Both bring a temporary prosperity; both bring a permanent ruin. But both are the refuge of political and economic opportunists."
--- Ernest Hemingway, “Notes on the Next War: A Serious Topical Letter” (1935)

"I heartily accept the motto, ‘That government is best which governs least’; and I should like to see it acted up to more rapidly and systematically. Carried out, it finally amounts to this, which also I believe-’That government is best which governs not at all’; and when men are prepared for it, that will be the kind of government which we will have.”- Henry David Thoreau


"Once the principle is admitted that it is the duty of government to protect the individual against his own foolishness, no serious objections can be advanced against further encroachments."
~ Ludwig von Mises

Congress, 535 commoditized temple monkeys pawing through the ruins of America in search of bribes. The bicameral whorehouse on Capitol Hill works like a vending machine. You put coins in the slot, select your law, and the desired legislation slides out.- Fred Reed

"Resist much, obey little." ~ Walt Whitman (Karen says this is me)

Who can protest and does not, is an accomplice in the act. — THE TALMUD

"Our constitutions purport to be established by 'the people,' and, in theory, 'all the people' consent to such government as the constitutions authorize. But this consent of 'the people' exists only in theory. It has no existence in fact. Government is in reality established by the few;
and these few assume the consent of all the rest, without any such consent being actually given." ~ Lysander Spooner



"One loves to possess arms, though they hope never to have occasion for them." Thomas Jefferson

"The evils of tyranny are rarely seen but by him who resists it." John Hay

"You assist an evil system most effectively by obeying its orders and decrees. An evil system never deserves such allegiance. Allegiance to it means partaking of the evil. A good person will resist an evil system with his or her whole soul." ~ Gandhi

"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

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Post#4 » Sat Aug 08, 2009 2:42 pm

"Governments lie. It is what they do best, except for stealing, kidnapping, and killing." -- Kent McManigal

“We could certainly slow the aging process down if it had to work its way through Congress.”
- Will Rogers

"War is mass murder wrapped in a pretty flag." -- Michael Rivero

“This country was founded by religious nuts with guns.”
P.J. O’Rourke

Every war … with all its ordinary consequences … the murder with the justifications of its necessity and justice, the exaltation and glorification of military exploits, the worship of the flag, the patriotic sentiments … and so on, does more in one year to pervert men’s minds than thousands of robberies, murders, and arsons perpetrated during hundreds of years by individual men under the influence of passion.~ Leo Tolstoy (1828–1910), the author of War and Peace and a harsh critic of both war and the state.

The State can only survive as long as a majority [of the citizenry] is mentally programmed to believe that theft is not wrong if it is called taxation or asset forfeiture or eminent domain, that assault and kidnapping is not wrong if it is called arrest, that mass murder is not wrong if it is called war. ~ Bill St. Clair

It is time for people to understand that governments not only are not necessary, but are harmful and most highly immoral institutions, in which a self-respecting honest man cannot and must not take part, and the advantages of which he cannot and should not enjoy. ~ Leo Tolstoy

He or she who supports a State organized in a military way – whether directly or indirectly – participates in sin. Each man takes part in the sin by contributing to the maintenance of the State by paying taxes. ~ Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi


"Depressions and mass unemployment are not caused by the free market but by government interference in the economy." -- Ludwig von Mises

"We are living in a sick society filled with people who would not directly steal from their neighbor but who are willing to demand that the government do it for them." -- William L. Comer

"When they call the roll in the Senate, the Senators do not know whether to answer 'present' or 'not guilty.'" --President Theodore Roosevelt (1858-1919)

"As Americans we must always remember that we all have a common enemy, an enemy that is dangerous, powerful, and relentless. I refer, of course, to the federal government." - Dave Barry

"Whenever is found what is called a paternal government, there is found state education. It has been discovered that the best way to ensure implicit obedience is to commence tyranny in the nursery." -- Benjamin Disraeli, 1874


“It has been said that politics is the second oldest profession. I have learned that it bears a striking resemblance to the first.”
- Ronald Reagan

The 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


"Life and liberty can be as much endangered from illegal methods used to convict those thought to be criminals as from the actual criminals themselves" ~ Earl Warren

The difference between a democracy and a dictatorship is that in a democracy you vote first and take orders later; in a dictatorship you don't have to waste your time voting.~ Charles Bukowski

Government sponsors untold waste, criminality and inequality in every sphere of life it touches, giving little or nothing in return. Its contributions to the commonweal are wars, pogroms, confiscations, persecutions, taxation, regulation and inflation. And it’s not just some governments of which that’s true, although some are clearly much worse than others. It’s an inherent characteristic of all government.~ Doug Casey

The argument that the two parties should represent opposed ideals and policies, one, perhaps, of the Right and the other of the Left, is a foolish idea acceptable only to the doctrinaire and academic thinkers. Instead, the two parties should be almost identical, so that the American people can “throw the rascals out” at any election without leading to any profound or extreme shifts in policy. ~Carroll Quigley in Tragedy & Hope: A History of the World in Our Time:

Power concedes nothing without a demand. It never did and it never will. Find out just what any people will quietly submit to and you have the exact measure of the injustice and wrong which will be imposed on them, and these will continue till they have been resisted with either words or blows, or with both. The limits of tyrants are prescribed by the endurance of those whom they suppress.

-- Frederick Douglass

"The state calls its own violence law, but that of the individual crime." -- Max Stirner

"[T]he opinion which gives to the judges the right to decide what laws are constitutional and what not, not only for themselves, in their, own sphere of action, but for the Legislature and Executive also in their spheres, would make the Judiciary a despotic branch." --Thomas Jefferson

"If you put the federal government in charge of the Sahara Desert, in 5 years there'd be a shortage of sand." -- Milton Friedman

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Post#5 » Mon Sep 21, 2009 5:21 pm

“The problem with socialism is that eventually you run out of other people’s money.” ~ —Margaret Thatcher

"An armed society is a polite society. Manners are good
when one may have to back up his acts with his life."
- Robert A. Heinlein



“The problem with socialism is that eventually you run out of other people’s money”-Margaret Thatcher.

"Patriotism is the principle that will justify the training of wholesale murderers."-- Leo Tolstoy

"Never fight against heavy odds, if by any possible maneuvering you can hurl your own force on only a part, and that the weakest part, of your enemy and crush it. Such tactics will win every time, and a small army may thus destroy a large one in detail, and repeated victory will make it invincible."~ Stonewall Jackson

Why any self respecting Southron would consider himself an american is beyond me. To love a country that hates you isn't patriotism. It's servility. HaroldC

No human rights can exist without property rights. Since material goods are produced by the mind and effort of individual men, and are needed to sustain their lives, if the producer does not own the result of his effort, he does not own his life. -- Ayn Rand


That was a very well thought out reply and is the same conclusion that a large portion of our population has reached. Unfortunately however, it's not about the "War on Drugs" or saving kids or anything else. It's about profit. Money. The drug war is probably our country's largest economy. Politicians, judges, lawyers, police officers, deputy sheriffs, jailers, prison guards, social workers, probation and parole officers, a third of the military, Customs, FBI, DEA, IRS, U.S. Marshals. The drug war makes these people’s house and car payments at least in part. The drug war is about continuing to expend resources on an issue that will not go away. They'll never legalize it. There's too much money to be made fighting it and too many jobs at stake to make it legal. But it is what they should do, they just won't.~ Just a guy
"I cannot find any authority in the Constitution for public charity.... [It] would be contrary to the letter and the spirit of the Constitution and subversive to the whole theory upon which the Union of these States is founded." --President Franklin Pierce (1804-1869)

"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." --President Grover Cleveland (1837-1908)

"[Monday was] Labor Day, I suppose set by [an] Act of Congress. Everything we do nowadays is either by, or against, Acts of Congress. How Congress knew anything about Labor is beyond us." --American humorist Will Rogers (1879-1935)


"[When it comes to government giveaways,] the word 'free' should be banned and replaced with the following phrase: 'paid for with money stolen from your neighbors, who have worked to earn the money but are not permitted to keep what they've earned so that you can have a fill-in-the-blank.'" --author and "serial entrepreneur" Dan Kennedy

"There are a thousand hacking at the branches of evil to one who is striking at the root."-- Henry David Thoreau

"Liberty cannot be preserved without a general knowledge
among the people, who have a right, from the frame of their nature, to
knowledge, as their great Creator, who does nothing in vain, has given
them understandings, and a desire to know; but besides this, they have
a right, an indisputable, unalienable, indefeasible, divine right to
that most dreaded and envied kind of knowledge; I mean, of the
characters and conduct of their rulers." ---John Adams, Dissertation on the Canon and Feudal Law, 1756

The American Republic will endure, until politicians realize they can bribe the people with their own money. — Alexis de Tocqueville

The aim of public education is not to spread enlightenment at all; it is simply to reduce as many individuals as possible to the same safe level, to breed and train a standardized citizenry, to down dissent and originality. That is its aim in the United States, whatever pretensions of politicians, pedagogues other such mountebanks, and that is its aim everywhere else…. Their purpose, in brief, is to make docile and patriotic citizens, to pile up majorities, and to make John Doe and Richard Doe as nearly alike, in their everyday reactions and ways of thinking, as possible.~ H.L. Mencken

Lincoln's war implied, and the Gettysburg Address set to words, a firm message to the States of the Union - "I love you all, and if you leave me, I'll hunt you down and kill you."~ Lewis Goldberg


"Whenever the legislators endeavor to take away and destroy the property of the people, or to reduce them to slavery under arbitrary power, they put themselves into a state of war with the people, who are thereupon absolved from any further obedience." -- John Locke.

"When men get into the habit of helping themselves to the property of others, they cannot easily be cured of it." NY Times editorial opposing the proposed income tax, 1909

America needs fewer laws, not more prisons. — JAMES BOVARD

A state may not impose a charge for the enjoyment of a right granted by the federal constitution... The power to impose a license tax on the exercise of these freedoms is indeed as potent as the power of censorship which this Court has repeatedly struck down... a person cannot be compelled 'to purchase, through a license fee or a license tax, the privilege freely granted by the constitution.' —MURDOCK V. PENNSYLVANIA 319 US 105 (1942)

The argument that the two parties should represent opposed ideals and policies, one, perhaps, of the Right and the other of the Left, is a foolish idea acceptable only to the doctrinaire and academic thinkers. Instead, the two parties should be almost identical, so that the American people can “throw the rascals out” at any election without leading to any profound or extreme shifts in policy. ~Carroll Quigley in Tragedy & Hope: A History of the World in Our Time:

"What passes as standard American history is really Yankee history written by New Englanders or their puppets to glorify Yankee heroes and ideals." -- Dr. Grady McWhitney

"Does the propriety of discussing the causes of the War Between the States belong exclusively to Northern writers and speakers? Did the South, when she laid down her arms, surrender the right to state in self-justification her reasons for taking them up? If not, I fail to see how it can be improper, when perpetuating the memory of the Confederate dead, at least to attempt to correct false and injurious representations of their aims and deeds and to hand down their achievements to posterity as worthy of honorable remembrance." -- Robert Catlett Cave, 1911

A man may conduct himself well in both adversity and good fortune, but if you want to test his character, give him power. —ABRAHAM LINCOLN
(what a hypocrite)

"The several States composing the United States of America, are not united on the principle of unlimited submission to their General Government."
--Thomas Jefferson

"The crimes of the U.S. throughout the world have been systematic, constant, clinical, remorseless, and fully documented but nobody talks about them."-- Harold Pinter, English dramatist

"Behind the apparent insanity of contemporary history is the actual insanity of psychopaths fighting to preserve their disproportionate power." ~ Dr. Kevin Barrett, in Twilight of the Psycopaths
http://www.agoracosmopolitan.com/home/F ... 02073.html

One doesn't have to read too much history to come to the conclusion that throughout history religion and government have skipped hand in hand down the road to tyranny. - suijurisfreeman


Here richly, with ridiculous display
The Politician's corpse was laid away.
While all of his acquaintance sneered and slanged
I wept: for I had longed to see him hanged. ~ Hilaire Belloc


"Did you really think that we want those laws to be observed?" said Dr. Ferris. "We want them broken. You'd better get it straight that it's not a bunch of boy scouts you're up against - then you'll know that this is not the age for beautiful gestures. We're after power and we mean it. You fellows were pikers, but we know the real trick, and you'd better get wise to it. There's no way to rule innocent men. The only power any government has is the power to crack down on criminals. Well, 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. Who wants a nation of law-abiding citizens? What's there in that for anyone? But just pass the kind of laws that can neither be observed nor enforced nor objectively interpreted - and you create a nation of law-breakers - and then you cash in on guilt. Now, that's the system, Mr. Rearden, that's the game, and once you understand it, you'll be much easier to deal with." Ayn Rand

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Post#6 » Wed Oct 21, 2009 6:39 pm

"The State's criminality is nothing new and nothing to be wondered at. It began when the first predatory group of men clustered together and formed the State, and it will continue as long as the State exists in the world, because the State is fundamentally an anti-social institution, fundamentally criminal." ~ Albert Jay Nock

"The several states composing the United States of America are not united on the principle of unlimited submission to their general government."
–Thomas Jefferson

A system of licensing and registration is the perfect device to deny gun ownership to the bourgeoisie. — VLADIMIR ILYICH LENIN

A patriot must always be ready to defend his country against his government. — Edward Abbey

If you have always believed that everyone should play by the same rules and be judged by the same standards, that would have gotten you labeled a radical 50 years ago, a liberal 25 years ago, and a racist today. —THOMAS SOWELL

It only stands to reason that where there's sacrifice, there's someone collecting the sacrificial offerings. Where there's service, there is someone being served. The man who speaks to you of sacrifice is speaking of slaves and masters, and intends to be the master. ~ Ayn Rand

The aim of public education is not to spread enlightenment at all; it is simply to reduce as many individuals as possible to the same safe level, to breed and train a standardized citizenry, to down dissent and originality. That is its aim in the United States, whatever the pretensions of politicians, pedagogues, and other such mountebanks, and that is its aim everywhere else…. Their purpose, in brief, is to make docile and patriotic citizens, to pile up majorities, and to make John Doe and Richard Doe as nearly alike, in their everyday reactions and ways of thinking, as possible.~ H. L. Mencken

"Shame on the men who can court exemption from present trouble and expense at the price of their own posterity's liberty!" --Samuel Adams

"The most dangerous man to any government is the man who is able to think things out for himself, without regard to the prevailing superstitions and taboos. Almost inevitably he comes to the conclusion that the government he lives under is dishonest, insane, and intolerable ..." -- H.L. Mencken

"There are two reasons for the decline in living standards, both tied to the push for a one world government. Before national barriers may be brought down between two economies the economies have to be made equal, and since it is easier to pull the top down than the bottom up, the prosperity and standard of living our parents and grandparents worked hard to create must be destroyed.

"History is an account mostly false, of events mostly unimportant, which are brought about by rulers, mostly knaves, and soldiers, mostly fools."-- Ambrose Bierce, American writer, 1842-1914

“It takes a special sort of man to understand and enjoy liberty – and he is usually an outlaw in democratic societies.”~ H. L. Mencken

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 HEINLEIN

"Of all tyrannies, a tyranny exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive. 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 "

"Truth does not become more true by virtue of the fact that the entire world agrees with it, nor less so even if the whole world disagrees with it." --Maimonides (1135-1204)

If the representatives of the people betray their constituents, there is then no recourse left but in the exertion of that original right of self defense which is paramount to all positive forms of government. — Alexander Hamilton, The Federalist (#28)

"Our government has kept us in a perpetual state of fear-kept us in a continuous stampede of patriotic fervor-with the cry of grave national emergency. Always there has been some terrible evil at home or some monstrous foreign power that was going to gobble us up if we did not blindly rally behind it ..."-- US General Douglas MacArthur, 1957

"Power is always dangerous. Power attracts the worst and corrupts the best." ~ Edward Abbey

"History would be a lot more fun if we didn�t have to kill so many people making it!" -- Michael Rivero

“When a small man casts a long shadow the sunset is near.” — Lin Yutang

"It is neither the job of government nor the business of any individual to prohibit, regulate, restrict, or otherwise control what a man desires to eat, drink, smoke, inject, absorb, snort, sniff, inhale, swallow, or otherwise ingest into his body." -- Laurence M. Vance

The only things that government “makes” are criminals out of innocent people, and corpses out of living human beings. anon

Mencken’s description of Congress: “Congress consists of one third, more or less, scoundrels; two thirds, more or less, idiots; and three thirds, more or less, poltroons.”

"Men use thought only to justify their wrongdoings, and speech only to conceal their thoughts." --French writer Voltaire (1694-1778)

"Words, like eyeglasses, blur everything that they do not make more clear." --French writer Joseph Joubert (1754-1824)

"We resent all criticism which denies us anything that lies in our line of advance." --American essayist Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882)

"If you ever injected truth into politics, you would have no politics." --American humorist Will Rogers (1879-1935)

"Grown men do not need leaders." ~Edward Abbey

"The idea that the State originated to serve any kind of social purpose is completely unhistorical. It originated in conquest and confiscation— that is to say, in crime. It originated for the purpose of maintaining the division of society into an owning- and-exploiting class and a propertyless dependent class — that is, for a criminal purpose." ~ Albert Jay Nock


"The State always moves slowly and grudgingly towards any purpose that accrues to society's advantage, but moves rapidly and with alacrity towards one that accrues to its own advantage; nor does it ever move towards social purposes on its own initiative, but only under heavy pressure, while its motion towards anti-social purposes is self-sprung." ~ Albert Jay Nock


"We protest solemnly in the face of mankind, that we desire peace at any sacrifice, save that of honor. In independence we seek no conquest, no aggrandizement, no concession of any kind from the states with which we have lately been confederated. All we ask is to be let alone – that those who never held power over us shall not now attempt our subjugation by arms. This we will, we must resist to the direst extremity. The moment that this pretension is abandoned, the sword will drop from our grasp, and we shall be ready to enter into treaties of amnesty and commerce that cannot but be mutually beneficial. So long as this pretension is maintained, with a firm reliance on that Divine Power which covers with its protection the just cause, we must continue to struggle for our inherent right to freedom, independence, and self government." -- President Jefferson Davis' first address to the Confederate Congress

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The congress of the United States possesses no power to regulate, or interfere with the domestic concerns, or police of any state: it belongs not to them to establish any rules respecting the rights of property; nor will the constitution permit any prohibition of arms to the people; or of peaceable assemblies by them, for any purposes whatsoever, and in any number, whenever they may see occasion. —ST. GEORGE TUCKER'S BLACKSTONE

"War is the public agenda for the hidden desires of a private elite"--Bodazey

"If there's anything a public servant hates to do it's something for the public." -- Anonymous

Doing what's right isn't always easy but it's always right. ~anon

"When you see that trading is done, not by consent, but by compulsion -- when you see that in order to produce, you need to obtain permission from men who produce nothing -- when you see money flowing to those who deal, not in goods, but in favors -- when you see that men get richer by graft and pull than by work, and your laws don’t protect you against them, but protect them against you -- when you see corruption being rewarded and honesty becoming a self-sacrifice -- you may know that your society is doomed."
-- Ayn Rand


"History is fables agreed upon."-- Francois Voltaire, French philosopher and author, 1694-1778

"Should the Northern States continue willfully and deliberately to
circumvent federal law, the South would no longer be bound to observe the
{constitutional} compact. A bargain cannot be broken on one side and still
bind the other side." -- Daniel Webster, Senator from Massachusetts

“Whenever the legislators endeavor to take away and destroy the property of the people, or to reduce them to slavery under arbitrary power, they put themselves into a state of war with the people, who are thereupon absolved from any further obedience.” ~ John Locke

“PATRIOTISM, n. 1) The inability to distinguish between the government and one’s ‘country’; 2) A highly praiseworthy virtue characterized by the desire to dominate and kill; 3) A feeling of exultation experienced when contemplating heaps of charred ‘enemy’ corpses; 4) The first, last, and perennial refuge of scoundrels.” - Chaz Bufe


"Our rulers will become corrupt, our people careless... the time for fixing every essential right on a legal basis is [now] while our rulers are honest, and ourselves united. From the conclusion of this war we shall be going downhill. It will not then be necessary to resort every moment to the people for support. They will be forgotten, therefore, and their rights disregarded. They will forget themselves, but in the sole faculty of making money, and will never think of uniting to effect a due respect for their rights. The shackles, therefore, which shall not be knocked off at the conclusion of this war, will remain on us long, will be made heavier and heavier, till our rights shall revive or expire in a convulsion. Thomas Jefferson


"...And to preserve their independence, we must not let our rulers load us with perpetual debt. We must make our election between economy and liberty or profusion and servitude. If we run into such debts as that we must be taxed in our meat and in our drink, in our necessaries and our comforts, in our labors and our amusements, for our callings and our creeds, as the people of England are, our people, like them, must come to labor sixteen hours in the twenty-four, and give the earnings of fifteen of these to the government for their debts and daily expenses; and the sixteenth being insufficient to afford us bread, we must live, as they now do, on oatmeal and potatoes; have not time to think, no means of calling the mismanager's to account; but be glad to obtain subsistence by hiring ourselves to rivet their chains on the necks of our fellow sufferers..." (Thomas Jefferson)


"There are more instances of the abridgement of the freedom of the people by the gradual and silent encroachment of those in power, than by violent and sudden usurpation." -- James Madison

"They are not to do anything they please to provide for the general welfare.... [G]iving a distinct and independent power to do any act they please which may be good for the Union, would render all the preceding and subsequent enumerations of power completely useless. It would reduce the whole instrument to a single phrase, that of instituting a Congress with power to do whatever would be for the good of the United States; and as they sole judges of the good or evil, it would be also a power to do whatever evil they please." --Thomas Jefferson

"Where is it written in the Constitution, in what section or clause is it contained, that you may take children from their parents and parents from their children, and compel them to fight the battle in any war in which the folly or the wickedness of government may engage it?" -- Daniel Webster


"The whole gospel of Karl Marx can be summed up in a single sentence: Hate the man who is better off than you are. Never under any circumstances admit that his success may be due to his own efforts, to the productive contribution he has made to the whole community. Always attribute his success to the exploitation, the cheating, the more or less open robbery of others. Never under any circumstances admit that your own failure may be owing to your own weakness, or that the failure of anyone else may be due to his own defects -- his laziness, incompetence, improvidence, or stupidity." -- Henry Hazlitt


“I would give no thought of what the world might say of me, if I could only transmit to posterity the reputation of an honest man.” - Sam Houston

“An error does not become truth by reason of multiplied propagation, nor does truth become error because nobody sees it. Truth stands, even if there be no public support. It is self sustained.” - Mohandas Gandhi, Young India 1924-1926

"All real libertarians are dedicated to the eventual elimination of all taxes. That's one way you can tell them from the fakes. If anyone asks what government will run on, tell them it's not our problem. If they can create a 'government' that doesn't initiate force and steal from us, that doesn't break things and kill people in the enforcement of the will of parasites, that doesn't subsist by beating individuals up and killing them, they're welcome to try. Just leave us out of it altogether." ~ L. Neil Smith

"The Central Intelligence Agency owns everyone of any significance in the major media." ~ William Colby, Director, CIA 1973–1976
The purpose of the legal system is to protect the elites from the wrath of those they plunder.- Elliott Jackalope

"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


How a politician stands on the Second Amendment tells you how he or she views you as an individual... as a trustworthy and productive citizen, or as part of an unruly crowd that needs to be lorded over, controlled, supervised, and taken care of. — Representative Suzanna Gratia Hupp (TX)

After having thus successively taken each member of the community in its powerful grasp and fashioned him at will, the supreme power then extends its arm over the whole community. It covers the surface of society with a network of small, complicated rules, minute and uniform, through which the most original minds and the most energetic characters cannot penetrate, to rise above the crowd. The will of man is not shattered, but softened, bent, and guided; men seldom forced by it to act, but they are constantly restrained from acting. Such a power does not destroy, but it prevents existence; it does not tyrannize, but it compresses, enervates, extinguishes, and stupefies a people, till each nation is reduced to nothing better than a flock of timid and industrious animals, of which the government is the shepherd. — Alexis de Tocqueville

"As I understand it, laws, commands, rules, and edicts are for those who have not the light which makes plain the pathway."~ Anne Hutchinson, 1591–1643


Liberty alone demands for its realisation the limitation of the public authority, for liberty is the only object which benefits all alike, and provokes no sincere opposition. Lord Acton

Freedom, once so embedded in the hearts of all Americans, was surrendered by Americans who believed the sinister men who were determined to enslave them. It was to be for a limited time only, we were assured. But tyrants never relinquish the powers they have gained; they incorporate them into perpetual law. It was done so quietly, so skillfully. A nation will fight when its full liberty is threatened, and the full plot exposed. But if liberties are subdued, little by little, no provocation for a nationwide revolt is given. Like thieves in the night, who move stealthily and without sound, so did the evil men move in your former free government, robbing away the heart and the body of your liberty, denuding your homes of its treasures, slowly stifling your tongues, imperceptibly silencing your press. They invaded the schoolrooms of your children, poisoning and debasing their minds, twisting them to their purposes so that future generations would know nothing of honor or pride and the might of free men. But you were not guiltless.~unknown

" What would have happened if millions of American and British people, struggling with coupons and lines at the gas stations, had learned that in 1942 Standard Oil of New Jersey [part of the Rockefeller empire] managers shipped the enemy's fuel through neutral Switzerland and that the enemy was shipping Allied fuel? Suppose the public had discovered that the Chase Bank in Nazi-occupied Paris after Pearl Harbor was doing millions of dollars' worth of business with the enemy with the full knowledge of the head office in Manhattan [the Rockefeller family among others?] Or that Ford trucks were being built for the German occupation troops in France with authorization from Dearborn, Michigan? Or that Colonel Sosthenes Behn, the head of the international American telephone conglomerate ITT, flew from New York to Madrid to Berne during the war to help improve Hitler's communications systems and improve the robot bombs that devastated London? Or that ITT built the FockeWulfs that dropped bombs on British and American troops? Or that crucial ball bearings were shipped to Nazi-associated customers in Latin America with the collusion of the vice-chairman of the U.S. War Production Board in partnership with Goering's cousin in Philadelphia when American forces were desperately short of them? Or that such arrangements were known about in Washington and either sanctioned or deliberately ignored?"-- Charles Higham, researcher, about U.S.-Nazi collaboration during WWII

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“We are a nation bereft of truth and wallowing in lies which are perpetuated to enslave us by those who have an unquenchable thirst for power.” ~ Judy R.Lawyers

"All men having power ought to be mistrusted." -- James Madison

"True, the white man brought great change. But the varied fruits of his civilization, though highly colored and inviting, are sickening and deadening. And if it be the part of civilization to maim, rob, and thwart, then what is progress? I am going to venture that the man who sat on the ground in his tipi meditating on life and its meaning, accepting the kinship of all creatures, and acknowledging unity with the universe of things, was infusing into his being the true essence of civilization.... "-- Chief Luther Standing Bear, in his 1933 autobiography

"I think we have more machinery of government than is necessary, too many parasites living on the labor of the industrious."
Thomas Jefferson, 1824

My choices in life were either to be a piano player in a whore house or a politician. And to tell the truth, there's hardly any difference!- Harry Truman


Ben Franklin gave us 13 Rules for the Ultimate Man:

1. Temperance: Eat not to dullness; drink not to elevation.
2. Silence: Speak not but what may benefits others for yourself; avoid trifling conservation.
3. Order: Let all your things have their places; let each part of your business have its time.
4. Resolution: Resolve to perform what you ought; perform without fail what your resolve.
5. Frugality: Make no expense but to do good to others or yourself; i.e. waste nothing.
6. Industry: Lose not time: be always employed in something useful; cut off all unnecessary actions.
7. Sincerity: Use no hurtful deceit; think innocently and justify, and, if you speak, speak accordingly.
8. Justice: Wrong none by doing injuries, or omitting the benefits that are your duty.
9. Moderation: Avoid extremes, forbear resenting injuries so much as you think they deserve.
10. Cleanliness: Tolerate no uncleanliness in body, clothes, or habitation.
11. Tranquility: Be not disturbed at trifles, or at accidents common or unavoidable.
12. Chastity: Rare use venery but for health or offspring, never to dullness, weakness,
or the injury of your own or another's peace or reputation.
13. Humility: Imitate Jesus and Socrates.

"It is terrible to contemplate how few politicians are hanged." -- G.K. Chesterton

"“Gentlemen, I have had men watching you for a long time, and I am convinced that you have used the funds of the bank to speculate in the breadstuffs of the country. When you won, you divided the profits amongst you, and when you lost, you charged it to the bank. You tell me that if I take the deposits from the bank and annul its charter, I shall ruin ten thousand families. That may be true, gentlemen, but that is your sin! Should I let you go on, you will ruin fifty thousand families, and that would be my sin! You are a den of vipers and thieves. I intend to rout you out, and by the eternal God, I will rout you out.”

ANDREW JACKSON, SPEAKING TO INTERNATIONAL BANKERS IN 1832


"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

"History would be a lot more fun if we didn't have to kill so many people making it!" -- Michael Rivero

"Disobedience is the true foundation of liberty. The obedient must be
slaves." -- Henry David Thoreau

"To compel a man to furnish contributions of money for the propagation of opinions which he disbelieves and abhors, is sinful and tyrannical." -- Thomas Jefferson

"If angels were to govern men, neither external nor internal controls on government would be necessary. In framing a government that 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


"Where is it written in the Constitution, in what section or clause is it contained, that you may take children from their parents and parents from their children, and compel them to fight the battle in any war in which the folly or the wickedness of government may engage it?" -- Daniel Webster

"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

"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


“All the extravagance and incompetence of our present Government is due, in the main, to lawyers, and, in part at least, to good ones. They are responsible for nine-tenths of the useless and vicious laws that now clutter the statute-books, and for all the evils that go with the vain attempt to enforce them. Every Federal judge is a lawyer. So are most Congressmen. Every invasion of the plain rights of the citizens has a lawyer behind it. If all lawyers were hanged tomorrow, and their bones sold to a mah jong factory, we’d be freer and safer, and our taxes would be reduced by almost a half.”
—H.L. Mencken (1880-1956), “Breathing Space”, The Baltimore Evening Sun, 1924-08-04. Reprinted in A Carnival of Buncombe.

"Mr. Chairman, we have in this country one of the most corrupt institutions the world has ever known. I refer to the Federal Reserve Board and the Federal reserve banks. The Federal Reserve Board, a Government Board, has cheated the Government of the United States and the people of the United States out of enough money to pay the national debt. The depredations and the iniquities of the Federal Reserve Board and the Federal reserve banks acting together have cost this country enough money to pay the national debt several times over. This evil institution has impoverished and ruined the people of the United States; has bankrupted itself, and has practically bankrupted our Government. It has done this through the misadministration of that law by which the Federal Reserve Board, and through the corrupt practices of the moneyed vultures who control it". Congressman Louis T. McFadden-on June 10, 1932:

"The more Indians we can kill this year, the less will have to be killed
next year, for the more I see of these Indians, the more convinced I am that
they all have to be killed or be maintained as a species of paupers." --
W.T. Sherman

"Terrorism has become a sort of screen created since the end of the Cold War by policymakers in Washington ... It is fabricated to keep the population afraid and insecure, and to justify what the United States wishes to do globally."-- Edward Said, Palestinian activist

"How does it become a man to behave toward this American government to-day? I answer that he cannot without disgrace be associated with it." -- Henry David Thoreau


"It is one of the maladies of our age to profess a frenzied allegiance to truth in unimportant matters, and to refuse consistently to face her where graver issues are at stake." --British writer Norman Douglas (1868-1952)

"Armed people are free. No state can control those who have the machinery and the will to resist, no mob can take their liberty and property. And no 220-pound thug can threaten the well-being or dignity of a 110-pound woman who has two pounds of iron to even things out … People who object to weapons
aren't abolishing violence, they're begging for rule by brute force, when the biggest, strongest animals among men were always automatically right.
Guns ended that, and a social democracy is a hollow farce without an armed populace to make it work." -- L. Neil Smith

War is just one more big government program. — JOSEPH SOBRAN

"If Tyranny and Oppression come to this land, it will be in the guise of
fighting a foreign enemy." -- James Madison

"Judea Declares War on Germany!" - Daily Express headline, March 24, 1933.

"The state tends to expand in proportion to its means of existence and to live beyond its means, and these are, in the last analysis, nothing but the substance of the people. Woe to the people that cannot limit the sphere of action of the state! Freedom, private enterprise, wealth, happiness, independence, personal dignity, all vanish." --French economist Frederic Bastiat (1801-1850)

Violence, naked force, has settled more issues in history than has any other factor, and the contrary opinion is wishful thinking at its worst. Nations and peoples who forget this basic truth have always paid for it with their lives and freedoms. — Robert Heinlein

"I believe that if we had and would keep our dirty, bloody, dollar soaked fingers out of the business of these [Third World] nations so full of depressed, exploited people, they will arrive at a solution of their own. And if unfortunately their revolution must be of the violent type because the "haves" refuse to share with the "have-nots" by any peaceful method, at least what they get will be their own, and not the American style, which they don't want and above all don't want crammed down their throats by Americans."--General David Shoup [Former United States Marine Commandant 1966]

"We protest solemnly in the face of mankind, that we desire peace at any
sacrifice, save that of honor. In independence we seek no conquest, no
aggrandizement, no concession of any kind from the states with which we have
lately been confederated. All we ask is to be let alone – that those who
never held power over us shall not now attempt our subjugation by arms. This
we will, we must resist to the direst extremity. The moment that this
pretension is abandoned, the sword will drop from our grasp, and we shall be
ready to enter into treaties of amnesty and commerce that cannot but be
mutually beneficial. So long as this pretension is maintained, with a firm
reliance on that Divine Power which covers with its protection the just
cause, we must continue to struggle for our inherent right to freedom,
independence, and self government." -- President Jefferson Davis' first
address to the Confederate Congress

"I have ever deemed it fundamental for the United States never to take
active part in the quarrels of Europe. Their political interests are
entirely distinct from ours. Their mutual jealousies, their balance of
power, their complicated alliances, their forms and principles of
government, are all foreign to us. They are nations of eternal war." --
Thomas Jefferson (1823)

"America does not go abroad in search of monsters to destroy. She is the
well-wisher to the freedom and independence of all. She well knows that by
enlisting under other banners than her own, were they even the banners of
foreign independence, she would involve herself beyond the power of
extrication in all the wars of interest and intrigue, of individual avarice,
envy and ambition, which assume the colors and usurp the standards of
freedom." -- John Quincy Adams (1821)

"The fact is that the average man's love of liberty is nine-tenths
imaginary, exactly like his love of sense, justice and truth. He is
not actually happy when free; he is uncomfortable, a bit alarmed,
and intolerably lonely. Liberty is not a thing for the great masses
of men. It is the exclusive possession of a small and disreputable
minority, like knowledge, courage and honor. It takes a special
sort of man to understand and enjoy liberty-- and he is usually
an outlaw in democratic societies."
--H.L. Mencken,
Baltimore Evening Sun
Feb. 12, 1923


“As this government will not enjoy the confidence of the people, but be executed by force, it will be a very expensive and burthensome government. The standing army must be numerous, and as a further support, it will be the policy of this government to multiply officers in every department; judges, collectors, tax-gathers, excisemen, and the whole host of revenue officers will swarm over the land, devouring the hard earnings of the industrious. Like the locusts of old, impoverishing and desolating all before them.” ~ Anon

Some of the worst abuses of government force in recent years were precipitated by technical and victimless gun-law violations. For example, the BATF claimed that the Branch Davidians possessed machine guns without paying the required federal tax and filling in the proper registration forms. So a tax case worth less than $10,000 led to a 76-man helicopter, machine gun, and grenade assault on a home in which 2/3 of the occupants were women and children. — Dave Kopel and Dr. Michael S. Brown, Prohibition Fever, NationalReview.com

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Post#9 » Tue Mar 30, 2010 3:06 pm

Justice Sotomayor, States may have grown accustomed to violating the rights of American citizens, but that does not bootstrap those violations into something that is constitutional. Alan Gura to SCOTUS hearing on Chicago handgun ban.

The problem isn't that Johnny can't read. The problem isn't even that Johnny can't think. The problem is that Johnny doesn't know what thinking is; he confuses it with feeling.
Thomas Sowell


"I BELIEVE I'M CORRECT ON THIS. I THINK IF YOU WERE TO GO BACK AND TRY TO FIND AND REVIEW THE RATIFICATION OF THE 16TH AMENDMENT, WHICH WAS THE INTERNAL REVENUE, INCOME TAX, I THINK IF YOU WENT BACK AND EXAMINED THAT CAREFULLY, YOU WOULD FIND THAT A SUFFICIENT NUMBER OF STATES NEVER RATIFIED THAT AMENDMENT. " -- Judge James C. Fox, Sullivan Vs. United States.

"People whose lives are barren and insecure seem to show a greater willingness to obey than people who are self--sufficient and self--confident. To the frustrated, freedom from responsibility is more attractive than freedom from restraint. They are eager to barter their independence for relief of the burdens of willing, deciding and being responsible for inevitable failure. They willingly abdicate the directing of their lives to those who want to plan, command and shoulder all responsibility." ~Eric Hoffer "The True Believer"

Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired signifies in the final sense, a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are cold and are not clothed. This world in arms is not spending money alone. It is spending the sweat of its laborers, the genius of its scientists, the hopes of its children. This is not a way of life…. Under the clouds of war, it is humanity hanging on a cross of iron. --Dwight Eisenhower, American Society of Newspaper Editors, 16 April 1953

'Public school -- where the human mind is drilled and manupulated into submission to various social and moral spooks, and thus fitted to continue our system of exploitation and oppression." ~ anon

War against a foreign country only happens when the moneyed classes think they are going to profit from it.
George Orwell

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

"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. We cannot endure the infamy and guilt of resigning succeeding generations to that wretchedness which inevitably awaits them if we basely entail hereditary bondage on them." --Thomas Jefferson

All men having power ought to be distrusted to a certain degree.
James Madison

No attempt or pretence, that was ever carried into practical operation amongst civilized men -- unless possibly the pretence of a “Divine Right,” on the part of some, to govern and enslave others -- embodied so much of shameless absurdity, falsehood, impudence, robbery, usurpation, tyranny, and villany of every kind, as the attempt or pretence of establishing a government by consent, and getting the actual consent of only so many as may be necessary to keep the rest in subjection by force. Such a government is a mere conspiracy of the strong against the weak. It no more rests on consent than does the worst government on earth.
Lysander Spooner

"The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy." —John 10:10

[The Fall of Rome] . . the rising costs of armies, doles, public works, an expanding bureaucracy, and a parasitic court; the depreciation of the currency; the discouragement of ability and the absorption of investment capital by confiscatory taxation, the strait jacket of serfdom placed upon agriculture, and of caste forced upon industry: all these conspired to sap the material bases of Italian life, until at last the power of Rome was a political ghost surviving its economic death.
Will Durant

The more you observe politics, the more you've got to admit that each party is worse than the other.
Will Rogers


False is the idea of utility that sacrifices a thousand real advantages for one imaginary or trifling inconvenience; that would take fire from men because it burns, and water because one may drown in it; that has no remedy for evils except destruction. The laws that forbid the carrying of arms are laws of such a nature. They disarm only those who are neither inclined nor determined to commit crime. — Cesare Beccaria, quoted by Thomas Jefferson

"I think we have more machinery of government than is necessary...." --Thomas Jefferson

"The liberties of our country, the freedom of our civil Constitution, are worth defending at all hazards; and it is our duty to defend them against all attacks. We have received them as a fair inheritance from our worthy ancestors: they purchased them for us with toil and danger and expense of treasure and blood, and transmitted them to us with care and diligence. It will bring an everlasting mark of infamy on the present generation, enlightened as it is, if we should suffer them to be wrested from us by violence without a struggle, or to be cheated out of them by the artifices of false and designing men." ~ Samuel Adams

" With unfailing consistancy, U.S. intervention has been on the side of the rich and powerful of various nations at the expense of the poor and needy. Rather than strengthening democracies, U.S. leaders have overthrown numerous democratically elected governments or other populist regimes in dozens of countries ... whenever these nations give evidence of putting the interests of their people ahead of the interests of multinational corporate interests. "-- Michael Parenti, political scientist and author

"While American politicians and intellectuals have not reached the depths of tyrants such as Lenin, Stalin, Mao and Hitler, they share a common vision. Tyrants denounce free markets and voluntary exchange. They are the chief supporters of reduced private property rights, reduced rights to profits, and they are anti-competition and pro-monopoly. They are pro-control and coercion, by the state. These Americans who run Washington, and their intellectual supporters, believe they have superior wisdom and greater intelligence than the masses. They believe they have been ordained to forcibly impose that wisdom on the rest of us. Like any other tyrant, they have what they consider good reasons for restricting the freedom of others. A tyrant's primary agenda calls for the elimination or attenuation of the market. Why? Markets imply voluntary exchange and tyrants do not trust that people behaving voluntarily will do what the tyrant thinks they should do. Therefore, they seek to replace the market with economic planning and regulation, which is little more than the forcible superseding of other people's plans by the powerful elite. We Americans have forgotten founder Thomas Paine's warning that 'Government, even in its best state, is but a necessary evil; in its worst state, an intolerable one.'" -- Walter E. Williams

"If we had to apply the Constitution to all the legislation that passes before us, we wouldn't be able to pass anything." - Senator John Glenn


"A fanatic is a person who can't change his mind and won't change the subject." --former England Prime Minister Sir Winston Churchill (1874-1965)

A fool and his money are soon elected.
Will Rogers

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Post#10 » Tue May 11, 2010 2:01 pm

“We need to consider what drug prohibition has done to the vital profession of law enforcement. It has divided police officers from the communities we serve, alienated us from young people, sent our call-loads through the roof, placed huge financial strains on police budgets and, sometimes, my colleagues have been injured or murdered while enforcing these drug laws. Every police officer should question whether the War on Drugs is worth fighting, particularly when there are other policy options that would result in less crime, addiction, disease and death.” — David Bratzer

"Whenever the legislators endeavor to take away and destroy the property of the people, or to reduce them to slavery under arbitrary power, they put themselves into a state of war with the people, who are thereupon absolved from any further obedience." ~ John Locke

"The consolidation of the States into one vast republic, sure to be aggressive abroad and despotic at home, will be the certain precursor of that ruin which has overwhelmed all those that have preceded it." Robert E. Lee, 1866

"All government, of course, is against liberty." ~ H.L. Mencken

"On the day when you again allow abominable men to confiscate your freedom, your money, your lives, your private property, your manhood and your sacred honor, in the name of "security' or "national emergency' you will die, and never again shall you be free. If plotters again destroy your Republic, they will do it by your greedy and ignorant assent, by your disregard of your neighbors' rights, by your apathy and your stupidity. We were brought to the brink of universal death and darkness because we had become that most contemptible of people -- an angerless one. Keep alive and vivid all your righteous anger against traitors, against those who would abrogate your Constitution, against those who would lead you to wars with false slogans and cunning appeals to your patriotism."--Taylor Caldwell, "The Devil's Advocate" (1952)

"I grieve more for what was lost at Appomattox than I rejoice at what was gained at Waterloo." Lord Acton, 1866

"That we are overdone with banking institutions which have banished the precious metals and substituted a more fluctuating and unsafe medium, that these have withdrawn capital from useful improvements and employments to nourish idleness, that the wars of the world have swollen our commerce beyond the wholesome limits of exchanging our own productions for our own wants, and that, for the emolument of a small proportion of our society who prefer these demoralizing pursuits to labors useful to the whole, the peace of the whole is endangered and all our present difficulties produced, are evils more easily to be deplored than remedied." --Thomas Jefferson to Abbe Salimankis, 1810. ME 12:379

"The 'leaders' of the states of the world seem perfectly happy to send their young men and women off to kill and die, by the thousands, in foreign wars. And to kidnap and cage their own citizens for inhaling the smoke of a burning weed. It’s hard to imagine people who can engage in that kind of insanity responding in a moral and rational manner to much of anything." -- Bill St. Clair

"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 thro' every change of ministers, too plainly prove a deliberate, systematical plan of reducing us to slavery."

~ Thomas Jefferson, 1774

Congress have no power to disarm the militia. Their swords, and every other terrible implement of the soldier, are the birth-right of an American... [T]he unlimited power of the sword is not in the hands of either the federal or state governments, but, where I trust in God it will ever remain, in the hands of the people. ~ Coxe


"In any bureaucracy, the people devoted to the benefit of the bureaucracy itself always get in control and those dedicated to the goals the bureaucracy is supposed to accomplish have less and less influence, and sometimes are eliminated entirely." - Pournelle's Iron Law of Bureaucracy

"There is (a) class of colored people who make a business of keeping the troubles, the wrongs, and the hardships of the Negro race before the public. Having learned that they are able to make a living out of their troubles, they have grown into the settled habit of advertising their wrongs -- partly because they want sympathy and partly because it pays. Some of these people do not want the Negro to lose his grievances, because they do not want to lose their jobs. ... " Booker T. Washington

"It is impossible to introduce into society a greater change and a greater evil than this: the conversion of the law into an instrument of plunder." ~ Frederic Bastiat

"Whensoever the General Government assumes undelegated powers, its acts are unauthoritative, void, and of no force."
--Thomas Jefferson

"You know the one thing that is wrong in this country? Everyone gets a chance to have their fair say."-- President Bill Clinton
"Everything the State says is a lie, and everything it has it has stolen."~ Friedrich Nietzsche, Thus Spake Zarathustra

“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

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Post#11 » Mon Jul 05, 2010 6:24 pm

"Nothing fills me with deeper sadness than to see a Southern man apologizing for the defense we made of our inheritance. Our cause was so just, so sacred, that had I known all that has come to pass, had I known what was to be inflicted upon me, all that my country was to suffer, all that our posterity was to endure, I would do it all over again.''
----Jefferson Davis
Where the election is a fiction, the representation is a fiction also. Like will always produce like.
- Thomas Paine to the Citizens of the United States, January 29, 1803

"Charity is no part of the legislative duty of the government." --James Madison

"I've never killed a man, but I've read many an obituary with a great
deal of satisfaction." ~ Mark Twain

Every decent man is ashamed of the government he lives under. H.L. Mencken

~

I believe that all government is evil, and that trying to improve it is largely a waste of time. H.L. Mencken

~

In the United States, doing good has come to be, like patriotism, a favorite device of persons
with something to sell. H.L. Mencken

~

Puritanism: The haunting fear that someone, somewhere, may be happy.

~H.L. Mencken

The men the American public admire most extravagantly are the most daring liars; the men they detest most violently are those who try to tell them the truth. H.L. Mencken

~

The whole aim of practical politics is to keep the populace alarmed (and hence clamorous to be led to safety) by menacing it with an endless series of hobgoblins, all of them imaginary. H.L. Mencken

~

Under democracy one party always devotes its chief energies to trying to prove that the other party is unfit to rule – and both commonly succeed, and are right. H.L. Mencken

~

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


“The issue which has swept down the centuries and which will have to be fought sooner or later is the people versus the banks.” — Lord Acton

"I am a most unhappy man. I have unwittingly ruined my country. A great industrial nation is controlled by its system of credit. Our system of credit is concentrated. The growth of the nation, therefore, and all our activities are in the hands of a few men. We have come to be one of the worst ruled, one of the most completely controlled and dominated Governments in the civilized world - no longer a Government by free opinion, no longer a Government by conviction and the vote of the majority, but a Government by the opinion and duress of a small group of dominant men. former US President Woodrow Wilson, penned just 6 years after he signed the Federal Reserve act

War is terrorism. Soldiers are not heroes. Presidents are not saviors. -anon

This country, with its institutions, belongs to the people who inhabit it. Whenever they shall grow weary of the existing Government, they can exercise their constitutional right of amending it or their revolutionary right to dismember or overthrow it.

Any people anywhere, being inclined and having the power, have the right to rise up, and shake off the existing government, and form a new one that suits them better. This is a most sacred right—a right, which we hope and believe, is to liberate the world. Nor is this right confined to cases in which the whole people of an existing government may choose to exercise it. Any portion of such people that can, may revolutionize, and make their own, of so much territory as they inhabit. Abe Lincoln(he changed his mind later)


"The privacy and dignity of our citizens [are] being whittled away by sometimes imperceptible steps. Taken individually, each step may be of little consequence. But when viewed as a whole, there begins to emerge a society quite unlike any we have seen -- a society in which government may intrude into the secret regions of a [person’s] life." ~ William O. Douglas

“What’s breaking into a bank compared with founding a bank?”-Lord Acton

“Truth never damages a cause that is just.” — Gandhi

"For you see, the world is governed by very different personages from what is imagined by those who are not behind the scenes." ~ Benjamin Disraeli

"The big thieves hang the little ones." ~ Czech proverb

“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 the struggle for independence.”
Charles Austin Beard (1874 - 1948)


"All those who seek to destroy the liberties of a democratic nation ought to know that war is the surest and shortest means to accomplish it." ~ Alexis de Tocqueville

"He is free who knows how to keep in his own hands the power to decide at each step, the course of his life, and who lives in a society which does not block the exercise of that power." ~ Salvador De Madariaga


"The inherent vice of capitalism is the uneven division of blessings, while the inherent virtue of socialism is the equal division of misery." ~ Winston Churchill

False is the idea of utility that sacrifices a thousand real advantages for one imaginary or trifling inconvenience; that would take fire from men because it burns, and water because one may drown in it; that has no remedy for evils except destruction. The laws that forbid the carrying of arms are laws of such a nature. They disarm only those who are neither inclined nor determined to commit crime. — Cesare Beccaria, quoted by Thomas Jefferson

"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 (we sure don't seem to have learned from the past)

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Post#12 » Thu Jul 29, 2010 10:01 am

"Good intentions will always be pleaded for every assumption of authority. It is hardly too strong to say that the

Constitution was made to guard the people against the dangers of good intentions. There are men in all ages who mean to

govern well, but they mean to govern. They promise to be good masters, but they mean to be masters." -Daniel Webster



There is no difference between communism and socialism, except in the means of achieving the same ultimate end: communism proposes to enslave men by force, socialism—by vote. It is merely the difference between murder and suicide.

- Ayn Rand, “Foreign Policy Drains U.S. of Main Weapon,” The Los Angeles Times, Sept. 9, 1962



A woman who demands further gun control legislation is like a chicken who roots for Colonel Sanders. —Larry Elder



"A false conclusion once arrived at and widely accepted is not easily dislodged and the less it is understood the more tenaciously it is held." ~ Georg Cantor



“the cynics are right nine times out of ten.”- H.L. Mencken

paranoia means having all the facts. -William S. Burroughs



Quote for the day: “We can forgive a child who is afraid of the dark; the real tragedy of life is when men are afraid of the light.” — Plato



"The culture so dramatically symbolized by the Southern redneck [is] the greatest inhibitor of the plans of the activist Left and the cultural Marxists for a new kind of society altogether." Senator James Webb (In case you were wondering why they hate us.)



"No free people can lose their liberties while they are jealous of liberty. But the liberties of the freest people are in danger when they set up symbols of liberty as fetishes, worshipping the symbol instead of the principle it represents."
~ Wendell Phillips



John F. Kennedy held a dinner in the white House for a group of the
brightest minds in the nation at that time. He made this statement:
"This is perhaps the assembly of the most intelligence ever to
gather at one time in the White House with the exception of
when Thomas Jefferson dined alone."
Especially read the last quote from 1802



"All politics in this country now is just dress rehearsal for civil war."- Billy Beck


You say: "There are persons who lack education," and you turn to the law. But the law is not, in itself, a torch of learning which shines its light abroad. The law extends over a society where some persons have knowledge and others do not; where some citizens need to learn, and others can teach. In this matter of education, the law has only two alternatives: It can permit this transaction of teaching and learning to operate freely and without the use of force, or it can force human wills in this matter by taking from some of them enough to pay the teachers who are appointed by government to instruct others, without charge. But in this second case, the law commits legal plunder by violating liberty and property. Bastiat


"The establishment of the Board of Education seems to be the
commencement of a system of centralization and monopoly of power in
a few hands, contrary, in every respect, to the true spirit of democratic
institutions; and which, unless speedily checked, may lead to
unlooked for and dangerous results."

Massachusetts Legislature 1852


“Give me four years to teach the children and the seed I have sown will never be up rooted.” – Vladimir Ilyich Lennin
“Education is dangerous - every educated person is a future enemy.” -
Hermann Goering


"When an opponent declares, 'I will not come over to your side.'
I calmly say, “Your child belongs to us already…
What are you? You will pass on. Your descendants, however,
now stand in the new camp. In a short time they will know nothing
else but this new community". – Adolf Hitler


“We want one class to have a liberal education. We want another class, a very much larger class of necessity, to forgo the privilege of a liberal education and fit themselves to perform specific difficult manual tasks.” – Woodrow Wilson (1856-1924) to a group of businessmen shortly before WW1

The liberal education Mr. Wilson is speaking of is one proper to a freeman. The name comes from the Latin liber, meaning “free”.




“The purpose of Compulsory Education is to deprive the common people of their commonsense.”
Gilbert K. Chesterton


“A tax-supported, compulsory education system is the complete model of the totalitarian state.” – Isabel Paterson (1886-1961)


Your tax dollars are being used to pay for grade school classes that teach our children that cannibalism, wife-swapping and the murder of infants and the elderly are acceptable behavior – Jesse Helms



The aim of public education is not to spread enlightenment at all; it is simply to reduce as many individuals as possible to the same safe level, to breed and train a standardized citizenry, to down dissent and originality. That is its aim in the United States, whatever the pretensions of politicians, pedagogues, and other such mountebanks, and that is its aim everywhere else…. Their purpose, in brief, is to make docile and patriotic citizens, to pile up majorities, and to make John Doe and Richard Doe as nearly alike, in their everyday reactions and ways of thinking, as possible.
– H. L. Mencken (1889-1945)



is the history of war -- of leaders of countries finding reasons and rationales to send the young people off to fight."-- John Stockwell, former CIA official and author



"Must the citizen ever for a moment, or in the least degree, resign
his conscience to the legislator? Why has every man a conscience
then? I think that we should be men first, and subjects afterward.
It is not desirable to cultivate a respect for the law, so much as
for the right. The only obligation which I have a right to assume
is to do at any time what I think right." - Henry David Thoreau



“There was not a single act of Arab terrorism against Americans before 1968, when the U.S. became the chief supplier of military equipment and economic aid to Israel.” - Thaddeus Russell



"If a government cannot prove the accuracy and honesty of the elections by which they claim authority over the people, then the people are neither legally nor morally obligated to obey that government's dictates, nor to pay its bills!" -- Michael Rivero

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Post#13 » Mon Nov 01, 2010 4:47 pm

“You have to recognize that I don’t think you win this war. I think you keep fighting. You have to stay after it. This is the kind of fight we’re in for the rest of our lives and probably our kids’ lives,” said Patraeus, oblivious to the Constitution. (follow the money)

"The multiplication of public offices, increase of expense beyond income, growth and entailment of a public debt, are indications soliciting the employment of the pruning knife." --Thomas Jefferson



"I want the people of America to be able to work less for the government and more for themselves. I want them to have the rewards of their own industry. This is the chief meaning of freedom. Until we can re-establish a condition under which the earnings of the people can be kept by the people, we are bound to suffer a very severe and distinct curtailment of our liberty." --President Calvin Coolidge (1872-1933)



"Government can do something for the people only in proportion as it can do something to the people." --Thomas Jefferson



Democracy broke down, not when the Union ceased to be agreeable to all its constituent States, but when it was upheld, like any other Empire, by force of arms.” –The London Times, 1865.



"Brainwashing, lies, fraud, extortion, assault, kidnapping, and murder. The only tools in the state's tool chest." -- Bill St. Clair



"I've never had a problem with drugs. I've had problems with the police." -- Keith Richards



"We, as criminal defense lawyers, are forced to deal with some of the lowest people on earth, people who have no sense of right and wrong, people who will lie in court to get what they want, people who do not care who gets hurt in the process. It is our job - our sworn duty - as criminal defense lawyers, to protect our clients from those people." -- Cynthia Roseberry



“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 the struggle for independence.”
Charles Austin Beard (1874 - 1948)




"I believe that all government is evil, and that trying to improve it is largely a waste of time." ~ H. L. Mencken



“If you want government to intervene domestically, you’re a liberal. If you want government to intervene overseas, you’re a conservative. If you want government to intervene everywhere, you’re a moderate. If you don’t want government to intervene anywhere, you’re an extremist.”

— Joe Sobran (1946–2010)



"Our government has kept us in a perpetual state of fear--kept us in a continuous stampede of patriotic fervor--with the cry of grave national emergency. Always there has been some terrible evil at home or some monstrous foreign power that was going to gobble us up if we did not blindly rally behind it ..."-- General Douglas MacArthur, 1957



"All nonstate threats to life, liberty, and property appear to be relatively petty and therefore can be dealt with. Only states can pose truly massive threats, and sooner or later the horrors with which they menace mankind invariably come to pass." ~ Robert Higgs





“Printing up extra money – with no backing – used to be the sort of thing only counterfeiters did. Now it is done by the central bankers and Treasury Secretaries themselves. They don’t apologize for it. They don’t hang their heads and contemplate blowing their brains out. Instead, they’re proud of it... announcing that they ‘saved civilization,’ or some such claptrap.” ~ Bill Bonner



“An eye for an eye only ends up making the whole world blind.”

- Gandhi



Posted by Anthony Gregory on October 11, 2010 01:43 PM
They come from an alien culture, have an agenda of wiping out American traditions, wish to expand their religious imperialism here to the United States, and indeed all around the world. Sure, people have a right to worship — but there have to be limits to freedom, especially when a fanatical religious movement comes to this country seeking to displace our own customs and bring us under the dominion of a foreign, backwards theology.

No, I’m not talking about Muslims—this is the way many Americans used to describe Catholics. From LRC blog.



"If you want the government to intervene domestically you’re a liberal, if you want the government to intervene abroad you’re a conservative, if you want the government to intervene both domestically and abroad you’re a moderate, and if you don’t want the government to intervene either domestically or abroad you’re an extremist." Joe Sobran,

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Post#14 » Sat Nov 20, 2010 1:05 pm

Tokes, Toddies and Freedom by Donna Mancini

I’m 59, I drink my wine.

I could smoke pot, but I choose not.

Since my nannies in Washington say I cannot!

A toke or a toddy, it’s my own damn body!

And what I put in it should be up to me.

How can this be? I am told I am free. But reason tells me I am not.



For the million things I have asked,
the Lord gave you to me instead...

Now I know why he gave you
to me,

Because you're worth the million
things that I wished for,

In fact you're even more...♥



"Only government can take perfectly good paper, cover it with perfectly good ink, and make the combination worthless." -- Milton Friedman


“The aim of totalitarian education has never been to instill convictions but to destroy the capacity to form any.”Hannah Arendt



"America’s fate was sealed when the public and the anti-war movement bought the government’s 9/11 conspiracy theory.The government’s account of 9/11 is contradicted by much evidence. Nevertheless, this defining event of our time, which has launched the US on interminable wars of aggression and a domestic police state, is a taboo topic for investigation in the media. It is pointless to complain of war and a Police State when one accepts the premise upon which they are based."

Dr Paul Craig Roberts (former Assy Secy of the Treasury under Reagan)

"The Great Depression was caused by Federal Reserve expansion of the money supply in the 1920s that led to an unsustainable credit-driven boom. When the Federal Reserve belatedly tightened in 1928, it was too late to avoid financial collapse. According to Murray Rothbard, in his book America's Great Depression, the artificial interference in the economy was a disaster prior to the depression, and government efforts to prop up the economy after the crash of 1929 only made things worse. Government intervention delayed the market's adjustment and made the road to complete recovery more difficult. The parallels with today are uncanny." - James Quinn

" It is the very nature of power that it attracts the very sort of people who should not have it. The United States, as the world's last superpower, is a prize that attracts men and women willing to do anything to win that power, and hence are willing to do anything with it once they have it. It is racist to assume that tyrants appear only in other nations and that somehow America is immune simply because we're Americans. America has escaped the clutches of a dictatorship only through the efforts of those citizens who, unlike the Germans and Russians of the 1930s, have the moral courage to stand up and point out where the government is lying to the people."-- Michael Rivero



" ... there is a system of terroristic states -- the real terror network -- that has spread throughout Latin America and elsewhere over the past several decades, and which is deeply rooted in the corporate interest and sustaining political--military--financial propaganda mechanisms of the United States and its allies in the Free World."-- Edward Herman


The Gettysburg speech was at once the shortest and the most famous oration in American history...the highest emotion reduced to a few poetical phrases. Lincoln himself never even remotely approached it. It is genuinely stupendous. But let us not forget that it is poetry, not logic; beauty, not sense. Think of the argument in it. Put it into the cold words of everyday. The doctrine is simply this: that the Union soldiers who died at Gettysburg sacrificed their lives to the cause of self-determination – that government of the people, by the people, for the people, should not perish from the earth. It is difficult to imagine anything more untrue. The Union soldiers in the battle actually fought against self-determination; it was the Confederates who fought for the right of their people to govern themselves. H L Mencken

A little knowledge is a dangerous thing. So is a lot. Albert Einstein


“In a nation ruled by swine, all pigs are upwardly mobile….”~ Hunter S. Thompson:

“We have become a Nazi monster in the eyes of the whole world — a nation of bullies and bastards who would rather kill than live peacefully. We are not just Whores for power and oil, but killer whores with hate and fear in our hearts. We are human scum, and that is how history will judge us…No redeeming social value. Just whores. Get out of our way, or we’ll kill you.” - Hunter S. Thompson


the worst has risen to the top of Washington journalism — and, on inspection, it is pure scum. - Hayek


You can no more win a war than you can win an earthquake. Jeannette Rankin


“The more numerous the laws, the more corrupt the state,” - Tacitus

"Patriotism is the principle that will justify the training of wholesale murderers."-- Leo Tolstoy

There is …no human right, natural or Constitutional, that we have not seen nullified by the United States Government.

Of all the crimes that are committed for gain or revenge, there is not one that we have not seen it commit – murder, mayhem, arson, robbery, fraud, criminal collusion and connivance

Albert Jay Nock, Our Enemy, the State

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Post#15 » Mon Jan 17, 2011 11:31 am

“No matter how disastrously some policy has turned out, anyone who criticizes it can expect to hear: ‘But what would you replace it with?’ When you put out a fire, what do you replace it with?” — Thomas Sowell

"We hang the petty thieves and appoint the great ones to public office." Aesop

"The principle for which we contend is bound to reassert itself, though it may be at another time and in another form." ~ Jefferson Davis

"What country before ever existed a century and a half without a rebellion? And what country can preserve its liberties if their rulers are not warned from time to time that their people preserve the spirit of resistance? Let them take arms. The remedy is to set them right as to facts, pardon and pacify them. What signify a few lives lost in a century or two? The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants. It is its natural manure." ~ Thomas Jefferson

"History would be a lot more fun if we didn't have to kill so many people making it!" -- Michael Rivero


There are two ways to be fooled: One is to believe what isn’t so; the other is to refuse to believe what is so. — Søren Kierkegaard

We do not err because truth is difficult to see. It is visible at a glance. We err because the lie is more comfortable. — Alexander Solzhenitsyn


"The Lincoln regime destroyed the system of federalism, or states' rights, that was established by the founding fathers. After the war, the union was no longer voluntary, and all states, North and South, became mere appendages of Washington, DC. Lincoln illegally suspended the writ of habeas corpus and imprisoned tens of thousands of political dissenters without due process; waged total war with the bombing, plundering, and mass murder of some 50,000 of his own citizens; signed ten tariff-raising bills; imposed heavy "sin taxes" on alcohol and tobacco; introduced the first federal income-tax and military-conscription laws; introduced an internal-revenue bureaucracy for the first time; executed thousands of accused deserters from the army; shut down hundreds of opposition newspapers in the Northern states; went off the gold standard and nationalized the money supply; introduced massive corporate-welfare schemes; deported an opposition member of Congress; and exploded the public debt, among other sins. By "targeting and butchering [Southern] civilians," Murray Rothbard wrote in his essay, "America's Two Just Wars: 1775 and 1861" (in John Denson, ed., The Costs of War), "Lincoln and Grant and Sherman paved the way for all the genocidal horrors of the monstrous 20th century." They "opened the Pandora's Box of genocide and the extermination of civilians …"" ~ Thomas DiLorenz *...But other than that, he was a great president...;-)

"Christianity began as a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. When it went to Athens, it became a philosophy. When it went to Rome, it became an organization. When it went to Europe, it became a culture. When it came to America, it became a business." ~ anon

"The Founding Fathers of this great land had no difficulty whatsoever understanding the agenda of bankers, and they frequently referred to them and their kind as, quote, �friends of paper money. They hated the Bank of England, in particular, and felt that even were we successful in winning our independence from England and King George, we could never truly be a nation of freemen, unless we had an honest money system. " --Peter Kershaw, author of the 1994 booklet "Economic Solutions"


"We should view the WikiLeaks controversy in the larger context of American foreign policy. Rather than worry about the disclosure of embarrassing secrets, we should focus on our delusional foreign policy." Ron Paul

"There is no free lunch for the creature comforts delivered by the corporation. The ravaging of nature, the erosion of economic security, the destabilization of the family, the commercialization of all human relationships, the corruption of democracy, and the dissipation of spiritual meaning in the face of rampant materialism -- these are all part of the cost of the corporate system as we know it. And they add up to a very high price to pay for the bounty of the great American shopping mall."-- Charles Derber, Corporation Nation, p178

"Throughout history, the attachment of even the humblest people to their freedom…has come as an unpleasant shock to condescending ideologues." ~ Paul Johnson

“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. For the traitor appears not a traitor; he speaks in accents familiar to his victims, and he wears their face and their arguments, he appeals to the baseness that lies deep in the hearts of all men. He rots the soul of a nation, he works secretly and unknown in the night to undermine the pillars of the city, he infects the body politic so that it can no longer resist. A murderer is less to fear.” ~ Marcus Tullius Cicero (42B.C)

"I am strongly in favor of common sense, common honesty, and common decency. Of course, this makes me forever ineligible for public office." - H.L. Mencken

A nation that is afraid to let its people judge the truth and falsehood in an open market is a nation that is afraid of its people.— John F. Kennedy

"I saw in States’ rights the only availing check upon the absolutism of the sovereign will, and secession filled me with hope, not as the destruction but as the redemption of Democracy…. Therefore I deemed that you were fighting the battles of our liberty, our progress, and our civilization, and I mourn for the stake which was lost at Richmond more deeply than I rejoice over that which was saved at Waterloo. " ~ Lord Acton, in a letter to Robert E Lee right after the war

"I ain't draft dodging. I ain't burning no flag. I ain't running to Canada. I'm staying right here. You want to send me to jail? Fine, you go right ahead. I've been in jail for 400 years. I could be there for 4 or 5 more, but I ain't going no 10,000 miles to help murder and kill other poor people. If I want to die, I'll die right here, right now, fightin' you, if I want to die. You my enemy, not no Chinese, no Vietcong, no Japanese. You my opposer when I want freedom. You my opposer when I want justice. You my opposer when I want equality. Want me to go somewhere and fight for you? You won't even stand up for me right here in America, for my rights and my religious beliefs. You won't even stand up for my right here at home." -- Muhammad Ali

"We [the U.S.] has over 200 incidents in which we have put our troops into other countries to force them to our will."-- John Stockwell, former CIA official and author

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