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What is Libertarianism?

Libertarianism is the philosophy which says that you can run your life better than the government can, and you have the right to be left alone in order to do it. -- Anonymous

Other people are not your property. -- Roderick T. Long

A Libertarian Limerick

There once was a man from Nantucket,
Who wanted to sell me a bucket,
But he couldn't, because,
There were too many laws,
So he threw up his hands and said, "Vote Libertarian!" -- Anonymous

More Libertarian Poetry

How small, of all that human hearts endure,
That part which laws or kings can cause or cure! -- Samuel Johnson

Where Is True Liberty?

Liberty lies in the hearts of men and women. When it dies there, no constitution, no law, no court can save it. -- Judge Learned Hand

The Constitution is ink on paper. It doesn't stop injustice. It doesn't enforce itself. And if the ideas expressed in it are not put into practice, what protection does it give anyone? None. Not a shred. -- Larken Rose

Freedom rests, and always will, on individual responsibility, individual integrity, individual effort, individual courage, and individual religious faith. It does not rest in Washington. It rests with you and me.

Two things you and I can do, and two only. First, we can practice what we profess. Second, we can each preach, from our own personal pulpit, the principles we practice, whether that pulpit looks out upon a continent, a country town, or a single cottage.

As we thus prove our faith by our works — as we accept with diligence and devotion the responsibility for areas within our reach — as we inspire those about us and send them in turn to inspire others — we shall find that we are making an ever-increasing contribution to the accomplishment of our century’s most challenging job. -- Ed Lipscomb

America's True Constitution

It is a great mistake to suppose that the paper we are to propose will govern the United States... It is the men whom it will bring into the government, and interest [they have] in maintaining it, that are to govern them. The paper will only mark out the mode and the form. Men are the substance and must do the business. -- John Francis Mercer

If Only I Could Be So Succinct:

If you're going to sin, sin against God, not the bureaucracy. God will forgive you but the bureaucracy won't. -- Admiral Hyman G. Rickover

Political power grows out of the barrel of a gun. -- Mao Tse-Tung

I would rather be governed by 2000 people selected at random from the Boston telephone directory, than by the 2000 faculty members at Harvard. -- William F. Buckley (Please forgive any Yale partisanship.)

Those people who are not governed by God will be ruled by tyrants. -- William Penn

Everything the government touches turns to crap. -- Ringo Starr

People riot for two reasons: fun and profit. -- Robert Novak

Beware, Americans, that they who cannot fight you out of your liberties, be not suffered to lie you out of them. -- New Jersey Gazette, July 4th, 1781

Putting uniforms and badges on criminals doesn't make them good. -- Amos Vaden

Most conservatives come to Washington knowing that it's a sewer. The trouble is, most of them wind up treating it like a hot tub. -- Stan Evans

This is supposed to be the land of free enterprise. It seems to be more and more, the land of the government do gooders doing no good! -- Kevin Zahrte

The welfare of humanity is always the alibi of tyrants. -- Albert Camus

Live free or die. -- New Hampshire license plate

Television is a drug with a plug. -- Bill Quain

What the American public doesn't know is what makes them the American public. -- Dan Aykroyd in "Tommy Boy"

Consensus means that lots of people say collectively what nobody believes individually. -- Abba Eban

There is no constitutional right to be protected by the state against being murdered by criminals or madmen. -- Bowers v. DeVito, 686 F.2d 616, at 618 (7th Cir. 1982)

Too many naked emperors, too little time. -- Cat Farmer

Life, liberty, and the pursuit of all who threaten them. -- U.S. Navy recruiting poster

If a politician promises to help you by hamstringing your neighbor, it's a pretty good bet he just told your neighbor the same thing about you! -- Dave Dawson

To commit our children to the care of irreligious people is to commit lambs to the superintendency of wolves. -- Timothy Dwight, President of Yale, 1795-1817

You can not reason a man out of a position he didn't reason himself into in the first place. -- Jonathan Swift

Internet search engines are the bathroom wall of society. -- Greg Duncan

If I can control a nation's money supply, I care not who makes its laws. -- Meyer Rothschild

Government cannot make you richer, but it sure can make you poorer. -- Chuck Bates

Two words you should know if you really want to be an honest journalist: Governments Lie. -- Howard Zinn

The truth must be said, even when saying it may cause a scandal. -- Jose Marti

Zero tolerance equals zero intelligence. -- Tom Gresham

Secular nations have one thing in common -- mass graves. And the reason is that they believe the government is the final arbiter of right and wrong and good and evil. -- Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore

The government that gives a lot, takes a lot. -- David Brownlow

A society of sheep must in time beget a government of wolves. -- Bertrand de Jouvenal

There should be a sign outside every institution of higher learning saying "Beware: what happens here could be harmful to your life, if you do what we teach you." -- Ron Puryear

There is not a dime's worth of difference between Republicans and Democrats. -- George Wallace

The intent of infamy is to put two lies on stage and get the public to argue heatedly over which one is telling the truth. -- Ezra Pound

Remember, when Jesus came there were numerous political and religious parties in Israel. Which one of them did he join? -- Warren Baldwin

Freiheit stirbt in kleinen Teilen. (Freedom dies in little pieces.) -- German proverb

Because "we have to do something" is not a reason to do something stupid. -- Taxpayers Against Congestion (opposing the expansion of light rail in Denver)

If people behaved like governments, you'd call the cops. -- Kelvin Throop

In a truly Free Country anybody could do what ever they damned well wanted to do with out any form of limitations whatsoever! -- Robert (last name unknown)

It is well enough that people of the nation do not understand our Banking and Monetary system, for if they did, I believe there would be a Revolution before tomorrow morning. -- Henry Ford

Of two evils choose neither. -- Charles Haddon Spurgeon

Everyone is entitled to his own opinion, but not his own facts. -- Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan

It is difficult to get a man to understand something when his salary depends on his not understanding it. -- Upton Sinclair

If we don't believe in freedom of expression for people we despise, we don't believe in it at all.  -- Noam Chomsky

War is the health of the state. -- Randolph Bourne

The more you read the more you realize you don't know anything except for what some guy knew in 1702. -- Dean Kosage

A fear of weapons is a sign of retarded sexual and emotional maturity. -- Sigmund Freud

We simply cannot keep the country in readiness to fight an all-out war unless we are willing to turn our country into a garrison state and abandon all [its] ideals of freedom. -- Senator Robert A. Taft (R-Ohio)

Politics is a strife of interests masquerading as a contest of principles. -- Ambrose Bierce

Government programs are the only sign of eternal life on earth. -- Cal Thomas

A right is not what someone gives you; it's what no one can take from you. -- Ramsey Clark

When the president does it, that means it's not illegal. -- Richard Nixon

Three groups spend other people's money: children, thieves, politicians. All three need supervision. -- Congressman Dick Armey

None are more hopelessly enslaved than those who falsely believe they are free. -- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

If ten percent is good enough for Jesus, it ought to be enough for Uncle Sam. -- Ray Stevens

A man that would expect to train lobsters to fly in a year is called a lunatic; but a man that thinks men can be turned into angels by an election is a reformer and remains at large. -- Finley Peter Dunne

I think politics is more akin to baseball [than football]. Both teams use the same plate and have the same goals. The only difference is that they want to score while preventing the other team from scoring. -- Al Newberry

Boy, I feel safer now that (Martha Stewart's) behind bars. O.J. & Kobe are walking around; Osama Bin Laden too, but they take the one woman in America willing to cook, clean and work in the yard and haul her a** to jail. -- Tim Allen

The draft is slavery. It is worse than slavery. Forcing a man or woman to work your fields is bad enough, forcing them to kill and die is another. -- Mary Starrett

I am only one, but I am one. I cannot do everything, but I can do something. What I can do, I should do and, with the help of God, I will do! -- Nathan Hale

If a nation values anything more than freedom, it will lose its freedom; and the irony of it is that, if it is comfort or money it values more, it will lose that too. -- William Somerset Maugham

Freedom is strangely ephemeral. It is something like breathing; one only becomes acutely aware of its importance when one is choking. -- William E. Simon

Simple, clear purpose and principles give rise to complex, intelligent behavior. Complex rules and regulations give rise to simple, stupid behavior. -- Dee Hock, Founder and CEO Emeritus of Visa Corporation

You're not to be so blind with patriotism that you can't face reality. Wrong is wrong, no matter who does it or says it. -- Malcolm X

A democratic government that respects no limits on its own power is a ticking time bomb, waiting to destroy the rights it was created to protect. -- James Bovard

Once the government becomes the supplier of people's needs, there is no limit to the needs that will be claimed as a basic right. -- Lawrence Auster

I never could believe that Providence had sent a few men into the world, ready booted and spurred to ride, and millions ready saddled and bridled to be ridden. -- Richard Rumbold

Every actual state is corrupt. Good men must not obey laws too well. -- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Government machinery has been described as a marvelous labor saving device which enables ten men to do the work of one. -- John Maynard Keynes

If I could have convinced more slaves that they were slaves, I could have freed thousands more. -- Harriet Tubman

Okay, joke's over... Bring back the Constitution. -- Lisa Trainor

Americans used to roar like lions for liberty. Now they bleat like sheep for security. -- Norman Vincent Peale

The hottest places in hell are reserved for those who, in time of great moral crisis, maintain their neutrality. -- Dante

Half of the modern drugs should be thrown out the window, except that the birds might eat them. -- Dr. Martin Henry Fischer

It's a good thing I had a bag of Marijuana instead of a bag of spinach. I'd be dead by now. -- Willie Nelson

Washington needs adult supervision. -- Senator Barack Obama

There are no aims of education. The aim is education. If—and only if—you seek it…education will find you. -- Andrew Abbott

Truth must count. Innocence must matter. -- Richard Epstein

An unarmed people are subject to slavery at any time. -- Huey Newton

A holy war will now begin on America, and when it is ended, America will supposedly be the citadel of freedom, but her millions will unknowingly be the loyal subjects of the Crown. -- General George Cornwallis, 1781

It is one thing to wish to have truth on our side, and another to wish sincerely to be on the side of truth. -- Richard Whately

The end move in politics is always to pick up a gun. -- Buckminster Fuller

Anyone who believes America is winning the drug war must be high. -- Stephen Littau

The World Wide Web is the only thing I know of whose shortened form takes three times longer to say than its long form. Douglas Adams

The individual is handicapped by coming face-to-face with a conspiracy so monstrous he cannot believe it exists. -- J. Edgar Hoover

We know of no spectacle so ridiculous as the British public in one of its periodic fits of morality. -- Lord Thomas Macaulay

Americans are the best entertained and the least informed people in the world. -- Neil Postman

The world is not the way they tell you it is. -- Adam Smith

The news and truth are not the same thing. -- Walter Lippmann

People do not like to think. If one thinks, one must reach conclusions. Conclusions are not always pleasant. -- Helen Keller

Fifty men have run America and that's a high figure. -- Joseph Kennedy, Sr.

The enormous gap between what US leaders do in the world and what Americans think their leaders are doing is one of the great propaganda accomplishments of the dominant political mythology. -- Michael Parenti

The world is governed by very different personages to what is imagined by those who are not themselves behind the scenes. -- Benjamin Disraeli

Whoever controls the media, controls the (people's) minds. -- Jim Morrison of the Doors

Great God in Heaven, save us from the humanitarians who are generous with the lives of other people's sons. Amen. -- Thomas Eddlem

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

We federalize everything that walks, talks or moves. -- Senator Joseph Biden

There are two things you don’t want to see being made: sausage and legislation. -- Otto von Bismarck

I think the internet is probably going to save this country ... it (and not Sam Colt's revolver) is the Great Equalizer -- one of the most important inventions in history. -- Kevin Tuma

When fascism comes to America it will be wrapped in the flag and carrying a cross. -- Sinclair Lewis

Wherever there's a prohibition, there's a bootlegger. -- James Burnham

Power is the ability to force compliance with one’s demands; authority is the ability to command voluntary obedience. -- Hannah Arendt

Most Christians would not recognize the harlot of Babylon if she gave them a lap dance. -- James Lloyd

Did you kill these people as an act of self-defense? Were they threatening your life or your family? Were they on your shores, about to enslave you? -- Leonard Read

When even one "American" -- who has done nothing wrong -- is forced by fear to shut his mind and close his mouth, then all Americans are in peril. -- Harry S. Truman

Whoever would overthrow the Liberty of a Nation, must begin by subduing Freedom of Speech... Without Freedom of Thought, there can be no such Thing as Wisdom; and no such Thing as publick Liberty, without Freedom of Speech... -- Cato

They must find it difficult... Those who have taken authority as the truth, rather than truth as the authority. -- Gerald Massey

Lying is done with words and also with silence. -- Adrienne Rich

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. -- Dresden James

Foreign aid might be defined as a transfer of money from poor people in rich countries to rich people in poor countries. -- Douglas Casey

Just because you do not take an interest in politics doesn't mean politics won't take an interest in you! -- Pericles

If you don't trust gold, do you trust the logic of taking a pine tree, worth $4,000-$5,000, cutting it up, turning it into pulp, putting some ink on it and then calling it one billion dollars? -- Kenneth J. Gerbino

When evil men make bad laws, righteous men disobey them. -- Pastor Butch Paugh

War is sweet to those who don't know it. -- Desiderius Erasmus

God blessed America, and look what we did with it. -- Donna Marsh O'Connor, whose daughter was killed on 9/11 and who does not at all buy the official lies

Can anything be stupider than that a man has the right to kill me because he lives on the other side of a river and his ruler has a quarrel with mine, though I have not quarreled with him? -- Blaise Pascal

The greatest challenge for the church is not the economy or feeding the hungry or anything else like that, the greatest challenge will be to not take the mark of the beast, lest the whole church winds up in hell and all our work here is for naught. -- James McInerney

Torture is no more about learning the truth than rape is about sex. -- Michael Winship

It is a fair summary of history to say that the safeguards of liberty have been forged in controversies involving not very nice people. -- Felix Frankfurter

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

A liberal is someone who feels a great debt to his fellow man, which debt he proposes to pay off with your money. -- G. Gordon Liddy

Dictatorships start wars because they need external enemies to exert internal control over their own people. -- Richard Perle

You couldn’t get a clue during the clue mating season in a field full of horny clues if you smeared your body with clue musk and did the clue mating dance. -- Edward Flaherty

The people always have some champion whom they set over them and nurse into greatness...This and no other is the root from which a tyrant springs; when he first appears he is a protector. -- Socrates

If every life is a biography, what will yours reflect? -- Devvy Kidd

When I tell the truth, it is not for the sake of convincing those who do not know it, but for the sake of defending those that do. -- William Blake

What is one to do when, in order to rule men, it is necessary to deceive them? -- Helena Blavatsky

If the American people had ever known the truth about what we Bushes have done to this nation, we would be chased down in the streets and lynched. -- George H.W. Bush, 1992

Paper money eventually returns to its intrinsic value: zero. -- Voltaire

If great empires continued through perpetuity, then we would all be Babylonians. -- Bob Strodtbeck

Obama is my Jesus. I've officially been saved, and soon, whether they like it or not, the rest of the country will be too. I will follow him. -- Maggie Mertens, Smith College

All who have ever written of government are unanimous, that among a people generally corrupt, liberty cannot long exist. -- Edmund Burke

Never give your friend any power which your enemy might someday inherit. -- Paul Weyrich

These days, everyone wants to be a "right wing extremist" until they meet a real right wing extremist. Then they want to call the cops. -- Matthew Robinson

Bad habits are like a comfortable bed, easy to get into but hard to get out of. -- B. Strauss

The Constitution protects us from our own best intentions. -- Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia,, Printz v. United States (1997)

Palinism is a hairstyle. Paulism is a bona fide movement. -- Justin Raimondo

We pay people to force us to pay for things we don't want to pay for. -- Justin Longo

Someone dead always said it better. -- Adam Miller

An immoral people are easy to enslave. -- George Lilly

Mass murder is not made any the less immoral and destructive to civilization simply because it is ordered by presidents and generals and carried out under the guise of flag and uniform. -- Anthony Gregory

The most dangerous diminutions of freedom come from people who are convinced of their own moral rectitude. -- Daniel Hannan

Imagine how the U.S. would react if a foreign government claimed it had the right to kill people on the streets of New York because it considered them "belligerents." -- Jacob Sullum

If marijuana were a new discovery rather than a well-known substance carrying cultural and political baggage, it would be hailed as a wonder drug. -- Dr. Lester Grinspoon, Harvard Medical School

I want to know who the men in the shadows are, I want to hear somebody asking them why, they can be counted on to tell us who are enemies are, but they're never the ones to fight, to die. -- Jackson Browne, Lives in the Balance

The problem with the "common good" is that it is forced on us by those who are neither "common" nor "good." -- David K. Williams

The tragedy of modern war is that young men die fighting each other, instead of their real enemies back in the capitals. -- Edward Abbey

My grave concern is that the Christian Community – at the time in history when it should “stand in the gap” – will be unwittingly processed through the Hegelian dialectic into world government without even realizing it. -- Joan Veon

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

The first thing that happens after we have realized our election to God in Christ Jesus is the destruction of our prejudices and our parochial notions and our patriotisms; we are turned into servants of God's own purpose. -- Oswald Chambers

I gave my life for freedom — this I know; for those who bade me fight told me so. -- W.N. Ewer

One thing is certain: War is a bloody, uncertain business. When you decide to wage one, you need a good reason. Airy doctrines about impending moral stains on the international conscience don't make the grade. -- Gene Healy

Courage is not the absence of fear. But rather the realization that something else is more important than fear. -- James Hollingsworth

Statutes passed against the plain and obvious principles of common right and common reason are null and void. -- Supreme Court Justice John McLean, Webster v. Reid, 1850

Truth does not change because it is, or is not believed by a majority of the people. -- Anonymous

Error runs down an inclined plane, while Truth has to laboriously climb its way up hill. -- Anonymous

Japan accomplished far more with Toyota and Panasonic than it did with Pearl Harbor. -- Anonymous

There might be two libertarians somewhere in the world who agree on everything, but I am certainly not one of them. -- Anonymous

Those who beat their swords into plough shares shall plough for those who don't. -- Anonymous

Nothing is more dangerous than an idealist with a machine gun. -- Anonymous

Can't feed'em? Then don't breed'em. -- Anonymous

If you play hard, prepare to pay hard. -- Anonymous

Our freedoms depend on five boxes: the soap box, the ballot box, the jury box, the witness box, and the cartridge box. -- Anonymous

Give a man a fish and he will eat for a day. Teach a man to fish and he will eat for the rest of his life. -- Anonymous

A gun in the hand beats a cop on the phone. -- Anonymous

There's no government like no government. -- Anonymous

Letting lawyers make laws is like letting doctors make diseases. -- Anonymous

A government that can give you everything you want must first take away everything you have. -- Anonymous

It is dangerous to be right when your government is wrong. -- Anonymous

Legalize Freedom: Vote Libertarian. -- Anonymous

The Constitution is the Contract with America. -- Anonymous

There may be two libertarians in the world who agree on absolutely everything, but I am not one of them. -- Anonymous

God made Adam and Eve, not Adam and Steve. -- Anonymous

Hetero is bettero. -- Anonymous

186,000 miles per second. It's not just a good idea, IT'S THE LAW! -- Anonymous

My freedom is more important than your great idea. -- Anonymous

If you can remember the sixties, you weren't there. -- Anonymous

Ignorance of my rights is no excuse. -- Anonymous

When dildos are outlawed, only outlaws will have dildos. -- Anonymous

The Supreme Court is a constitutional convention in perpetual session. -- Anonymous

If you're happy and you know it, clank your chains. -- Anonymous

The study of politics is the most superficial of the social sciences. -- Anonymous

Economics without private property is like football without rules. -- Anonymous

Those who trade principle for power are pragmatists, and are slaves to whatever group of incompetents who will trade a vote for a chain, as long as they are empowered by it. -- Anonymous

Little minds control. Littler minds obey. -- Anonymous

If you stand for nothing you will fall for anything. -- Anonymous

The worst kind of liberal is a liberal who talks like a conservative. -- Anonymous

George W. Bush and John Ashcroft are the Blues Brothers: They are on a mission from God. -- Anonymous

Love your country, but fear your government. -- Anonymous

Save a kid. Shoot your television. -- Anonymous

Fear is a weapon of mass destruction. -- Anonymous

God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the weaponry to make the difference! -- Anonymous

If ignorance is bliss, why aren't more people happy? -- Anonymous

Nothing can defend a society against its top 100,000 people. -- Anonymous

Selecting the lesser of two evils is like selecting the best turd in the toilet. -- Anonymous

Jesus didn't ride into town on an elephant. -- Anonymous

Some people use language to express thought, some to conceal thought, and others instead of thought. -- Anonymous

Bipartisanship: I'll hug your elephant if you kiss my ass. -- Anonymous (Lest anyone be offended, this term is used dozens of times in the King James Bible to refer to a not-too-horribly-brilliant beast of burden.)

The conspiratorial view of history is also the Biblical view of history. Try Psalms 2 for starters. -- Anonymous

Saying that guns cause crime is like saying that cameras cause pornography. -- Anonymous

You already have zero privacy -- get over it. -- Anonymous

A small group of people hijacked baseball and turned it into a pharmaceutical arms race. -- Anonymous

One of the great paradoxes of Communism is that when everybody owns everything, nobody owns anything. -- Anonymous

If you will believe absurdities, you will commit atrocities. -- Anonymous

Talk is cheap...except when Congress does it. -- Anonymous

God wants spiritual fruits, not religious nuts. -- Anonymous

Fiat currency works about as well as the Fiat automobile. -- Anonymous

When seconds count, the police are only minutes away. -- Anonymous

Voting rights: gone with the push of a button. -- Anonymous

Don't get God started. -- Anonymous

People will fail you. Principles won't. -- Anonymous

It is better to be hated for who you are than loved for who you are not. -- Anonymous

Atheism is the belief that there was nothing and nothing happened to nothing and then nothing magically exploded for no reason, creating everything and then a bunch of everything magically rearranged itself for no reason whatsoever into self-replicating bits which then turned into dinosaurs. -- Anonymous

Two from Harry Browne

Government doesn't work. -- Harry Browne

Would you give up your favorite government program if you never again had to pay income tax? -- Harry Browne

When They Came...

In Germany , they came first for the Communists, and I didn't speak up because I wasn't a Communist.  
Then they came for the Jews, and I didn't speak up because I wasn't a Jew.  
Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I didn't speak up because I wasn't a Trade Unionist.  
Then they came for the Catholics, and I didn't speak up because I was a Protestant.  

Then they came for me, and by that time, no one was left to speak up. -- Reverend Dr. Martin Niemoeller  

When they came for the Fifth Amendment,
I did not say anything because I had done nothing wrong.
When they came for the Fourth Amendment,
I did not say anything because I had nothing to hide,
When they came for the Second Amendment,
I did not say anything because I did not own a gun,
When they came for the First Amendment,
I could not say anything. -- Anonymous

An update of this concept, with the  United States in mind, would go like this:
First they burned the house of the Symbionese Liberation Army and killed all of their members. Most of us did not object because we did not believe in the same things as the Symbionese Liberation Army.
Then they dropped a bomb on the building of the Philadelphia MOVE group, and destroyed two city blocks, and killed 11 members. Most of us did not object because we did not believe in the same things as the MOVE group.
Then they burned a house to kill Gordon Kahl, a tax protester, and killed him. Most of us did not object because we did not believe in the same things as Gordon Kahl.
Then they burned a house to kill Robert Matthews, leader of "The Order," and killed him. Most of us did not object because we did not believe in the same things as Robert Matthews.
Then they conducted a siege and a raid of 80-member Covenant of the Sword and Arm of the Lord religious group. Most of us did not object because we did not believe in the same things as the Covenant of the Sword and Arm of the Lord.
Then they conducted a siege and a raid of Randy Weaver's family, and killed or wounded nearly everyone present; even including a baby and the dog. Many of us did not object because we did not believe in the same things as Randy Weaver's family.
Then they burned the church of the Branch Davidians and killed nearly all of them. A few of us did not object because we did not believe in the same things as the Branch Davidians.
And then they kidnapped Elian Gonzalez ... -- John Perna 

Eight from Benjamin Franklin

In the beginning of the Contest with Great Britain, when we were sensible of danger we had daily prayer in this room for the divine protection. Our prayers, Sir, were heard, and they were graciously answered. All of us who were engaged in the struggle must have observed frequent instances of a superintending providence in our favor. To that kind providence we owe this happy opportunity of consulting in peace on the means of establishing our future national felicity. And have we now forgotten that powerful friend? Or do we imagine that we no longer need His assistance? I have lived, Sir, a long time, and the longer I live, the more convincing proofs I see of this truth - that God Governs in the affairs of men. And if a sparrow cannot fall to the ground without His notice, is it probable that an empire can rise without His aid? We have been assured, Sir, in the sacred writings, that "except the Lord build the House they labour in vain that build it." I firmly believe this; and I also believe that without His concurring aid we shall succeed in this political building no better, than the Builders of Babel. -- Benjamin Franklin

Those who would sacrifice liberty for security deserve neither. -- Benjamin Franklin

Sell not virtue to purchase wealth, nor liberty to purchase power. -- Benjamin Franklin

We must all hang together, or assuredly we shall all hang separately. -- Benjamin Franklin

There never was a good war or a bad peace. -- Benjamin Franklin

The colonies would gladly have borne the little tax on tea and other matters had it not been that England took away from the colonies their money, which created unemployment and dissatisfaction. The inability of the colonists to get power to issue their own money permanently out of the hands of George III and the international bankers was the PRIME reason for the Revolutionary War. -- Benjamin Franklin

A nation of well informed men who have been taught to know and prize the rights which God has given them cannot be enslaved. It is in the region of ignorance that tyranny begins. -- Benjamin Franklin

A republic, if you can keep it. -- Benjamin Franklin, when he was asked what kind of government the Framers of the Constitution had given us.

Eight from Mark Twain

When you have prayed for victory you have prayed for many unmentioned results which follow victory - must follow it, cannot help but follow it. Upon the listening spirit of God the Father fell also the unspoken part of the prayer. He commandeth me to put it into words. Listen!

O Lord our Father, our young patriots, idols of our hearts, go forth to battle - be Thou near them! With them - in spirit - we also go forth from the sweet peace of our beloved firesides to smite the foe. O Lord our God, help us to tear their soldiers to bloody shreds with our shells; help us to cover their smiling fields with the pale forms of their patriot dead; help us to drown the thunder of the guns with shrieks of their wounded, writhing in pain; help us to lay waste their humble homes with hurricanes of fire; help us to wring the hearts of their unoffending widows with unavailing grief; help us to turn them out roofless with their little children to wander unfriended the wastes of their desolated land in rags and hunger and thirst, sports of the sun flames of summer and the icy winds of winter, broken in spirit, worn with travail, imploring Thee for the refuge of the grave and denied it - for our sakes who adore Thee, Lord, blast their hopes, blight their lives, protract their bitter pilgrimage, make heavy their steps, water their way with tears, stain the white snow with the blood of their wounded feet! We ask it, in the spirit of love, of Him Who is the Source of Love, and Who is the ever-faithful refuge and friend of all that are sore beset and seek His aid with humble and contrite hearts. Amen.

[After a pause.] Ye have prayed it; if ye still desire it, speak! The messenger of the Most High waits. -- Mark Twain

I left these shores, at Vancouver, a red-hot imperialist. I wanted the American eagle to go screaming into the Pacific ...Why not spread its wings over the Philippines, I asked myself? ... I said to myself, Here are a people who have suffered for three centuries. We can make them as free as ourselves, give them a government and country of their own, put a miniature of the American Constitution afloat in the Pacific, start a brand new republic to take its place among the free nations of the world. It seemed to me a great task to which we had addressed ourselves. But I have thought some more, since then, and I have read carefully the treaty of Paris, and I have seen that we do not intend to free, but to subjugate the people of the Philippines. We have gone there to conquer, not to redeem. It should, it seems to me, be our pleasure and duty to make those people free, and let them deal with their own domestic questions in their own way. And so I am an anti-imperialist. I am opposed to having the eagle put its talons on any other land. -- Mark Twain

For in a Republic, who is "the country?" Is it the Government which is for the moment in the saddle? Why, the Government is merely a servant - merely a temporary servant; it cannot be its prerogative to determine what is right and what is wrong, and decide who is a patriot and who isn't. Its function is to obey orders, not originate them. -- Mark Twain

The only difference between a tax man and a taxidermist is that the taxidermist leaves the skin. -- Mark Twain

What if you were an idiot, and what if you were a member of Congress? But I repeat myself. -- Mark Twain

If you don't read the newspaper you are uninformed, if you do read the newspaper you are misinformed. -- Mark Twain

No man's life, liberty, or property is safe while the legislature is in session. -- Mark Twain

There is no distinctly Native American criminal class...save Congress. -- Mark Twain

Three from Robert Heinlein

An armed society is a polite society. -- Robert Heinlein

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

A dying culture invariably exhibits personal rudeness. Bad manners. Lack of consideration for others in minor matters. A loss of politeness, of gentle manners, is more significant than is a riot. -- Robert Heinlein

Two from Roderick Beaman

Every government official should go to bed at night afraid that when he wakes up in the morning, there will be an angry mob outside his house waiting to hang or shoot him. -- Roderick Beaman

This is precisely what I am afraid of. Will the Republicans do the same things they did after 1980, 1994 and 2000?  I want to see entire Departments, not just sub-agencies like the EPA, the CIA, FBI and OSHA shut. I want to see Washington, D.C. a ghost town. I want to see these bloodsucking, bureaucratic no accounts actually have to work for a living like the rest of us who are out on the hustings humping a job. I want to see revolving door autocrats like Dick "Sharpshooter" Cheney, Barney "I knew nothing about any prostitution ring run from my townhouse" Frank and Nancy "How does my taxpaid botox look?" Pelosi selling pencils on street corners. I'm tired of having to support these swine who've never tasted what life is like outside the Beltway, having to sweat out a mortgage or tuition payment.

If the Republicans fail this time, they and the country deserve the destruction that awaits us under these Democratic commie corporatist and Republican fascist corporatist elites. This is the last chance to save this republic and show it's worth saving. -- Roderick Beaman

Four from Plato

The penalty good men pay for indifference to public affairs, is to be ruled by evil men. -- Plato

A tyrant... is always stirring up some war or other, in order that the people may require a leader. -- Plato

This and no other is the root from which a tyrant springs; when he first appears he is a protector. -- Plato

Most people, including ourselves, live in a world of relative ignorance. We are even comfortable with that ignorance, because it is all we know. When we first start facing truth, the process may be frightening, and many people run back to their old lives. But if you continue to seek truth, you will eventually be able to handle it better. In fact, you want more! It's true that many people around you now may think you are weird or even a danger to society, but you don't care. Once you've tasted the truth, you won't ever want to go back to being ignorant! -- Plato

Two from George W. Bush

If this were a dictatorship, it'd be a heck of a lot easier ... just as long as I'm the dictator. -- George W. Bush

Our enemies are innovative and resourceful, and so are we. They never stop thinking about new ways to harm our country and our people, and NEITHER DO WE. -- George W. Bush

Prohibition ... in the Fourth Century

If you say, "Would there were no wine" because of the drunkards, then you must say, going on by degrees, "Would there were no steel," because of the murderers, "Would there were no night," because of the thieves, "Would there were no light," because of the informers, and "Would there were no women," because of adultery. -- St. John Chrysostom, 388 AD

Some Thoughts on Patriotism

True patriotism demands obedience from its "leaders". -- Ron Welch

Patriots are not revolutionaries trying to overthrow government. Patriots are counter-revolutionaries trying to prevent government from overthrowing the U.S. Constitution. -- Anonymous

Patriotism is not a short and frenzied outburst of emotion but the tranquil and steady dedication of a lifetime. -- Adlai E. Stevenson, Jr.

This impostor, this detestable fraud and rapist and murderer, is American nationalism. It births its crimes in a flag, baptizes them with the anthems of bands, and seals them with 21-gun salutes and the rantings of wealthy demagogues who have come no closer to a battlefield than a television camera or studio microphone.

This impostor is not patriotism, though it would pervert that too. The patriot says, "I love my country," works for its good, and defends it if necessary – against enemies within and without. He strives and prays not primarily that God will bless his country, but that his country will bless God. The nationalist, meanwhile, says, "My country is better than yours." "My country is the greatest there has ever been." "The greatest nation on God’s green earth." "They hate my country because it is so good." -- John Dwyer

Patriotism isn't the same as nationalism. The former is a healthy love and respect for your country, but the latter is blind, total, and unrestricted support for any and all legislation, policies, or activities of a nation. Nationalism is the extreme, whereas patriotism is the goal, because good patriots know when to challenge their political leaders, laws, and policies when they become unjust or immoral. -- Rev. John Triglio Jr. and Rev. Kenneth Brighenti

Two from Dave Daubenmire

There was a day when the Church used to resemble a battleship. Today it is a cruise ship. -- Dave Daubenmire

Christianity was birthed in rebellion as well. Nearly all of the heroes of the Bible are heroes because they resisted un-godly authority. (Credit to Dr. Brook Stockton for the following.) Ask your pastor:

Was it right for Joseph to disobey his boss’s wife (Gen. 39)? Was it right for Moses’ parents to disobey the civil authority over them and not kill their baby (Exodus 1)? Was it right for the Hebrew midwives to disobey the Egyptian government and save the babies (Exodus 1)?

Was it right for Rahab to disobey the king of Jericho (Joshua 2)? Was it right for Ruth to disobey her mother-in-law (Ruth 1)? Was it right for the judges in the Book of Judges to take up the sword, organize an army, and overthrow wicked governments?

Was it right for Sampson to disobey the Philistine government officials (Judges 16)? Was it right for David to disobey his older brothers and not go home as ordered (1 Samuel 17)? Was it right for Jonathan to disobey his Father and not deliver David to Saul (I Samuel 20)? Was it right for David not to surrender himself to the will of the king who wanted him dead and destroyed (1 Samuel 19-30). Was it right for the younger prophet to disobey the older prophet (I Kings 13)?

Was it right for Naboth to refuse the offer of King Ahab to purchase his property (I Kings 21)? Was it right for Elijah not to obey the summons of a king Ahaziah (2 Kings 1)? Was it right for Elisha to disobey Elijah and not “Stay here” (2 Kings 2)?

Was it right for the Israel to submit to her idolatrous kings (2 Kings 17)? Wasn’t Israel sent into captivity because they obeyed their idolatrous kings (2 Kings 17)? Wasn’t Israel chided by God for obeying the laws of King Omri (Micah 6:16)? Was it right for Jehoiada the priest to resist the de facto queen and over throw her rule (2 Kings 11?)

Was it right for the three Hebrews to remain standing after the king’s order to bow (Daniel 3)? Was it right for Daniel to pray after an executive order forbidding prayer to any God but the king (Daniel 6)? Was it right for Habakkuk and Zechariah to encourage Israel to disobey the Persian king and revive the building of the temple after they were ordered to stop (Ezra 4 & 5)?

Was it right for Peter to keep on preaching Christ after Israel’s government ordered him to stop preaching (Acts 5)? Was it right for Martin Luther to disobey the Pope (15th Century)? Was John Huss wrong for resisting the hierarchy of the Catholic Church (14th Century)? Was it right for John Bunyan to refuse to take a government license to preach the gospel—something that cost him years in prison (16th Century)?

Was it right for the Pilgrims not to submit to the King of England (1620)? Was it right for John Hancock, George Washington, and Patrick Henry to declare independence from rebellious King George because of taxation and other reasons (Declaration of Independence)?

Was it right for the Germans at the concentration camps to obey their wicked, elected officials and kill Jews? Was it right for the French underground to disobey the German authorities and to smuggle Jews out of France?

Was it right for General Robert E. Lee to teach his slaves how to read and write so they could earn a living upon their release when the laws of Virginia forbid him to do so? Was it right for General Robert E. Lee to resist the federal forces marching into Virginia, to take up arms, and resist the order of President Lincoln?

Was it right for Bostonians to trespass on private property and to dump tea in the Boston Harbor to protest a tea tax? Should Christians in the 1850s have obeyed the Fugitive Slave Laws and sent runaway slaves back to their owners?

Should Rosa Parks should have obeyed the local segregation ordinances and given up her bus seat to that white man? Was it right for Judge Moore to disobey an order from the federal judiciary and refuse to remove a monument of the Ten Commandments from an Alabama Court Room?

Is it wrong to disobey those who disobey the Constitution? According to the “Prissy Pastors” it is. They are worse than Peter. Their cowardly obedience to evil rulers spits on the graves of those who “gave their last full measure of devotion” that “that this nation might live.” -- Dave Daubenmire

Two from Mahatma Gandhi

If man will only realize that it is unmanly to obey laws that are unjust, no man's tyranny will enslave him. -- Mahatma Gandhi

I like your Christ. I do not like your Christians. Your Christians are so unlike your Christ. -- Mahatma Gandhi

Prayer for Obama

Dear God, please put your angels around our new President and his family to keep them from harm, and guide his decisions for the good of all mankind.  Please enlighten him with the Holy Spirit, and your wisdom, and keep the evil one far from his path. I pray that with your help God, he can lead us in the spiritual battle against the evils of this world. I pray you make America’s enemies fall before him, and that his path be the righteous narrow one. I pray that he will have the power of the Holy Spirit to overcome those who rule from the shadows.   I pray he will grow in knowledge with the help of the Holy Spirit to overcome his demons. I pray that he may be a good judge, so please grant him the Wisdom of Solomon, son of David. I pray that those that hate and fear him will come to accept him. I pray that the Holy Spirit brings change in his life, and that he will embrace a spirit of life. Thank you God for your son Jesus that was crucified and died for our sins, and has risen again to provide for our path to your Kingdom. -- Richard Charles Antolinez

Bailouts Backfire

Mene Mene Tekel Upharsin.

I see the Senate passed the deadbeat homebuyer and Wall-street corrupt banker bailout bill.

This marks the beginning of the end for this country. Today, the government said that instead of rewarding hard work and savings, we are going to reward debt and irresponsible spending. Instead of figuring out how to reform government and Wall Street, the government said that we can print money and spend our way out of this problem. Today, the government said that the same thing that got us into this mess -- easy credit and spending - will get us out of this mess.

It won't work and we will all be poorer for it.  Next year, there will be another bill asking for another $700B.  We have spent, borrowed, and printed our way into oblivion. Our fate is sealed. Like Daniel's handwriting on the wall, God has numbered this kingdom and finished it. -- RD

To Be Governed

To be GOVERNED is to be watched, inspected, spied upon, directed, law-driven, numbered, regulated, enrolled, indoctrinated, preached at, controlled, checked, estimated, valued, censured, commanded, by creatures who have neither the right nor the wisdom nor the virtue to do so. To be GOVERNED is to be at every operation, at every transaction noted, registered, counted, taxed, stamped, measured, numbered, assessed, licensed, authorized, admonished, prevented, forbidden, reformed, corrected, punished. It is, under pretext of public utility, and in the name of the general interest, to be place under contribution, drilled, fleeced, exploited, monopolized, extorted from, squeezed, hoaxed, robbed; then, at the slightest resistance, the first world of compliant, to be repressed, fined, vilified, harassed, hunted down, abused, clubbed, disarmed, bound, choked, imprisoned, judged, condemned, shot, deported, sacrificed, sold, betrayed; and to crown all, mocked, ridiculed, derided, outraged, dishonored. That is government; that is its justice; that is its morality. -- P.J. Proudhon

Oh Yes It Can Happen Here

Anyone who tells you that "It Can't Happen Here" is whistling past the graveyard of history. There is no "house rule" that bars tyranny coming to America. History is replete with republics whose people grew complacent and descended into imperial butchery and chaos. -- Mike Vanderboegh

Someone's Gotta Do It

To be an effective criminal defense counsel, an attorney must be prepared to be demanding, outrageous, irreverent, blasphemous, a rogue, a renegade and a hated, isolated and lonely person. Few love a spokesman and active defender for the despised and the damned. -- Clarence Darrow

Two from Frank Zappa

The United States is a nation of laws: badly written and randomly enforced. -- Frank Zappa

I am gross and perverted
I'm obsessed 'n deranged
I have existed for years
But very little has changed
I'm the tool of the Government
And industry too
For I am destined to rule
And regulate you

I may be vile and pernicious
But you can't look away
I make you think I'm delicious
With the stuff that I say
I'm the best you can get
Have you guessed me yet?
I'm the slime oozin' out
From your TV set

You will obey me while I lead you
And eat the garbage that I feed you
Until the day that we don't need you
Don't go for help ... no one will heed you
Your mind is totally controlled
It has been stuffed into my mold
And you will do as you are told
Until the rights to you are sold

That's right, folks . . .
Don't touch that dial

Well, I am the slime from your video
Oozin' along on your livin' room floor

I am the slime from your video
Can't stop the slime, people, lookit me go

I am the slime from your video
Oozin' along on your livin' room floor

I am the slime from your video
Can't stop the slime, people, lookit me go. -- Frank Zappa

Two from Andrew Jackson

It is to be regretted that the rich and powerful too often bend the acts of government to their selfish purposes. -- Andrew Jackson

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

Two from Edward R. Murrow

A nation of sheep will beget a government of wolves. -- Edward R. Murrow

We must not confuse dissent with disloyalty. We must remember always that accusation is not proof, and that conviction depends upon evidence and due process of law. We will not walk in fear, one of another. We will not be driven by fear into an age of unreason, if we dig deep in our history and our doctrine, and remember that we are not descended from fearful men, not from men who feared to write, to speak, to associate, and to defend causes that were for the moment unpopular. This is no time for men...to keep silent, or for those who approve. We can deny our heritage and our history, but we cannot escape responsibility for the result. There is no way for a citizen of a republic to abdicate his responsibilities. -- Edward R. Murrow

Two from Fisher Ames

A democracy is a volcano which conceals the fiery materials of its own destruction. These will produce an eruption and carry desolation in their way. -- Fisher Ames

Should not the Bible regain the place it once held as a schoolbook? Its morals are pure, its examples are captivating and noble. In no Book is there so good English, so pure and so elegant, and by teaching all the same they will speak alike, and the Bible will justly remain the standard of language as well as of faith. -- Fisher Ames

Two from Doug Carkuff

Both the left and the right are fundamentally the same – authoritarian statists who wish to use the force of government to make society in their own images and to compel others to live in ways that they approve of. -- Doug Carkuff

It is those who think they can fashion society to fit some ideal they imagine who are utopian. Libertarianism is the only political philosophy which actually takes into account the fallibility and corruptibility of man by recognizing that the last thing we should do is give men power over the lives of other men. If m[e]n cannot be trusted to govern their own lives as the left and right believe, then how can they possibly be entrusted with the power to govern the lives of others? -- Doug Carkuff

Acknowledging the Truth

All truth passes through three stages: First, it is ridiculed. Second, it is violently opposed. Third, it is accepted as self-evident. -- Arthur Schopenhauer

A: It's nonsense. B: It is not important. C: I always said it was a good idea. D: I thought of it first. -- Arthur C. Clarke

America before the Fall

The United States today is like a cruise ship on the Niagara River upstream of the most spectacular falls in North America. A few people on board have begun to pick up a slight hiss in the background, to observe a faint haze of mist in the air or on their glasses, to note that the river current seems to be running slightly faster. But no one yet seems to have realized that it is almost too late to head for shore. -- Chalmers Johnson

Four from Phil Murphy

We have no national conscience anymore. It was bought out in a hostile takeover after we began to downsize our morality. -- Phil Murphy

Whether it's refusing to show Oskar Schindler arming "his" Jews or digitally doctoring "ET" by removing all of the agents' sidearms, Steven Spielberg is constantly selling us revisionist history. I'm certain "Pol Pot: The Musical" will be his next feature film. -- Phil Murphy

Paper buys time. Steel buys freedom. -- Phil Murphy

A personal note to the Founding Fathers: We're sorry. We blew it. You made it possible for us to live free and we blew it. We've given up nearly every personal liberty in the name of a false sense of security sold to the masses by the same type of maniacal government about which you warned us and against which you fought so bravely. We now have to ask permission to take a leak on an airline flight. We never deserved you. -- Phil Murphy, 7/4/2002

Three from Will Rogers

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

I don't make jokes. I just watch the government and report the facts. -- Will Rogers

Somebody is always telling us in the paper how to prevent war. There is only one way in the world to prevent war and that is for every nation to tend to its own business. Trace any war and you will find some nation was trying to tell some other nation how to run their business. All these nations are interfering with some other nation’s personal affairs but with an eye to business. Why don’t we let the rest of the world act like it wants to. -- Will Rogers

Four from Douglas MacArthur

Our government has kept us in a perpetual state of fear and kept us in a continuous stampede of patriotic fervour 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

It's the age-old struggle: the roar of the crowd on the one side, and the voice of your conscience on the other. -- General Douglas MacArthur

Our country is now geared to an arms economy bred in an artificually induced psychosis of war hysteria and an incessant propaganda of fear. -- General Douglas MacArthur

I find in existence a . . . dangerous concept that the members of the armed forces owe their primary allegiance and loyalty to those who temporarily exercise the authority of the executive branch of the Government, rather than to the country and its Constitution they are sworn to defend. No proposition could be more dangerous. -- General Douglas MacArthur

Four from Dwight Eisenhower

This conjunction of an immense military establishment and a large arms industry is new in the American experience. The total influence -- economic, political, even spiritual -- is felt in every city, every State house, every office of the Federal government. We recognize the imperative need for this development. Yet we must not fail to comprehend its grave implications. Our toil, resources and livelihood are all involved; so is the very structure of our society.

In the councils of government, we must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military-industrial complex. The potential for the disastrous rise of misplaced power exists and will persist.

We must never let the weight of this combination endanger our liberties or democratic processes. We should take nothing for granted. Only an alert and knowledgeable citizenry can compel the proper meshing of the huge industrial and military machinery of defense with our peaceful methods and goals, so that security and liberty may prosper together. -- Dwight D. Eisenhower, 1961 Farewell Address

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 at all, in any true sense. Under the cloud of threatening war, it is humanity hanging from a cross of iron. -- Dwight D. Eisenhower

Preventive war was an invention of Hitler. Frankly, I would not even listen to anyone seriously that came and talked about such a thing. -- Dwight D. Eisenhower

In most communities it is illegal to cry "fire" in a crowded assembly. Should it not be considered serious international misconduct to manufacture a general war scare in an effort to achieve local political aims? -- Dwight D. Eisenhower

Eisenhower's Crystal Ball

The U.S. military has 1.5 million active personnel and another 1.5 million reserve personnel. The U.S. Navy has 280 ships and 3,700 aircraft. The U.S. Air Force has 5,573 aircraft, 446 ICBMs, and 32 satellites. The U.S. Army has 7,851 M1 Abrams tanks, 6,724 Bradley fighting vehicles, 15,000 armored personnel carriers, 80,000 HUMVEEs, 1,300 attack helicopters, 3,000 other helicopters, and a few other miscellaneous odds and ends. The U.S. Marine Corps has thousands of vehicles and aircraft to fulfill their mission. Does this force seem adequate to protect the United States from attack by Iran, Afghanistan or North Korea? The U.S. military is clearly a BIG hammer. When you are a BIG hammer, everything looks like a nail. -- Jim Quinn

Three from General Robert E. Lee

What a cruel thing is war: to separate and destroy families and friends, and mar the purest joys and happiness God has granted us in this world; to fill our hearts with hatred instead of love for our neighbors, and to devastate the fair face of this beautiful world. -- General Robert E. Lee

I believe that the maintenance of the rights and authority reserved to the states and to the people … are the safeguard to the continuance of a free government … whereas 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. -- General Robert E. Lee

Had I foreseen the use these people desired to make of their victory, there would have been no surrender at Appomattox, no, sir, not by me. Had I seen these results of subjugation, I would have preferred to die at Appomattox with my brave men, my sword in this right hand. -- General Robert E. Lee

Two from Thomas Sowell

Asking liberals where wages and prices come from is like asking six-year-olds where babies come from. -- Thomas Sowell

If you have ever seen a four-year-old trying to lord it over a two-year-old, then you know what the basic problem of human nature is and why government keeps growing larger and ever more intrusive. -- Thomas Sowell

If They Did to Animals what They Do to Humans

Anarchists are not S & M freaks like the ones infesting every layer of government.

If governments did to innocent animals what they do to people, a cry of protest would go up from the most pitiless corners of the world.  Imagine putting millions of dogs in small cages for the majority of their lives for their victimless choices.  Imagine caging a sick animal and denying them medicine because of some artificial social more.  Imagine chafing little doggie shackles used to humiliate and subjugate.  Imagine torturing animals with the intention of causing them to suffer.  If these atrocities were done to dogs, people the world over would not stand for it.  Rather than allow suffering, they shoot horses, don’t they?  In these terms, it’s easy to see the perversion inherent in the strong-arm tactics of the state.  Government violently forces us all to pay to save the whales and snowy owls, but blowing up or locking up our brothers and throwing away the key while we pay for it all is business as usual with a yawn. -- Retta Fontana

Three from Eric Hoffer

Absolute power turns its possessors not into a God but an anti-God. For God turned clay into men, while the absolute despot turns men into clay. -- Eric Hoffer

Those in possession of absolute power can not only prophesy and make their prophecies come true, but they can also lie and make their lies come true. -- Eric Hoffer

Absolute power corrupts even when exercised for humane purposes. The benevolent despot who sees himself as a shepherd of the people still demands from others the submissiveness of sheep. -- Eric Hoffer

Two from Franklin D. Roosevelt

In politics, nothing happens by accident. If it happens, you can bet it was planned that way. -- Franklin D. Roosevelt

The real truth of the matter is, as you and I know, that a financial element in the larger centers has owned the Government ever since the days of Andrew Jackson. -- Franklin D. Roosevelt

Two Views of History

There are two views of history
1: History happens by accident or
2: It is planned.
The general public is taught that history happens by accident. However, the upper echelons know that history is planned. -- R.E. McMaster, Jr.

Politics in a Nutshell

Yes, they know in large measure, Republicans and Democrats, that we are on a course that doesn't add up. Because it's always easier not to ... because it's always easier to defer, to kick the can down the road to avoid making choices. You get in trouble in politics when you make choices. -- Senator Kent Conrad (R-ND)

Spineless

Republicans talk a good game about reducing federal power, but when it comes time for the hard choices, they fall back on reliable symbolic gimmicks: flag-burning amendments, the Pledge of Allegiance and the like. Those who support smaller government shouldn't let them get away with it this time. -- Gene Healy

Two from Pastor Gregory Boyd

When the church wins the culture wars, it inevitably loses. When it conquers the world, it becomes the world. When you put your trust in the sword, you lose the cross. -- Pastor Gregory Boyd

When Christians entangle themselves with the kingdoms of the world, they become worldly in the very worst way. -- Pastor Gregory Boyd

Ten from Lew Rockwell

To rule is to destroy. -- Lew Rockwell

The problem is this. The US has not only failed to accomplish its mission, whether that means reducing terrorism, democratizing the country, making Iraq into a beacon of Western-minded thinking for the region, or what have you. Quite the reverse. It has added massively to the ranks of terrorists, turned Saddam into a nationwide folk hero, and illustrated just how incompetent the US is to accomplish much of anything. -- Lew Rockwell

With this comes a belligerent and blind nationalism that has affected the whole culture in one degree or another. But then, in an empire, the people must become "hollow dummies," said Orwell. They must believe they are superior to others, and have a right to tell others what to do. Americans seem to go beyond even this. They believe that other countries actually want to be invaded and occupied and shaped into mini-Americans by the United States. All we have to do is "get their dictators off their backs, and the men will start building shopping malls and the women dressing like Britney Spears." -- Lew Rockwell

The modern institution of the presidency is the primary political evil Americans face, and the cause of nearly all our woes. It squanders the national wealth and starts unjust wars against foreign peoples that have never done us any harm. It wrecks our families, tramples on our rights, invades our communities, and spies on our bank accounts. It skews the culture toward decadence and trash. It tells lie after lie. Teachers used to tell school kids that anyone can be president. This is like saying anyone can go to Hell. It’s not an inspiration; it’s a threat.

The presidency – by which I mean the executive State – is the sum total of American tyranny. The other branches of government, including the presidentially appointed Supreme Court, are mere adjuncts. The presidency insists on complete devotion and humble submission to its dictates, even while it steals the products of our labor and drives us into economic ruin. It centralizes all power unto itself, and crowds out all competing centers of power in society, including the church, the family, business, charity, and the community. I’ll go further. The US presidency is the world’s leading evil. It is the chief mischief-maker in every part of the globe, the leading wrecker of nations, the usurer behind Third-World debt, the bailer-out of corrupt governments, the hand in many dictatorial gloves, the sponsor and sustainer of the New World Order, of wars, interstate and civil, of famine and disease. To see the evils caused by the presidency, look no further than Iraq or Serbia, where the lives of innocents were snuffed out in pointless wars, where bombing was designed to destroy civilian infrastructure and cause disease, and where women, children, and the aged have been denied essential food and medicine because of a cruel embargo. Look at the human toll taken by the presidency, from Dresden and Hiroshima to Waco and Ruby Ridge, and you see a prime practitioner of murder by government. -- Lew Rockwell

I once heard a leading Republican intellectual, a respected figure with lots of books on everyone’s shelves, express profound regret when the Soviet Union was falling apart. The problem, from this person’s perspective, is that this led to disorder, and order – meaning control even by the Soviet state – is the fundamental conservative value. That about sums it up. Even communism is to be tolerated so long as it keeps away what they dread more than death: people within their rights doing whatever they want. -- Lew Rockwell

The problem with American conservatism is that it hates the left more than the state, loves the past more than liberty, feels a greater attachment to nationalism than to the idea of self-determination, believes brute force is the answer to all social problems, and thinks it is better to impose truth rather than risk losing one soul to heresy. It has never understood the idea of freedom as a self-ordering principle of society. It has never seen the state as the enemy of what conservatives purport to favor. It has always looked to presidential power as the saving grace of what is right and true about America. -- Lew Rockwell

I will gladly pile the bodies high in Iran, Obama told government officials in Israel, to protect your nuclear monopoly. I will obliterate homes, businesses, charities, mosques, whole towns and cities. I will kill babies, children, women, men, the sick and the elderly. I will tear them limb from limb, and laugh as they die in agony. I will create cripples in huge numbers. I will even unleash the radioactive lightning of my terrible swift sword, if the Iranians do not bow to my imperial will, and be subservient and vulnerable.

Of course, that is NOT what Obama said. He said "no option is off the table." But that is what he meant. -- Lew Rockwell

Who could doubt, if we could read the emails, that every single state initiative would turn out to be a scam purveyed by liars: the war on drugs, the war on terror, the war on Afghanistan, the war on Iraq, the war on Iran, the merchants of death, health care reform, the Fed and the banksters, the FDIC, the State Department, USAID, the CIA, the NSA, the TSA, the EPA, FEMA, FAMA, FOAMA. the Redistribution Agency, the Ministry of Propaganda, the Torture Camp Administration, and all the rest. Come on, whistleblowers! -- Lew Rockwell

What does conservatism today stand for? It stands for war. It stands for power. It stands for spying, jailing without trial, torture, counterfeiting without limit, and lying from morning to night. There comes a time in the life of every believer in freedom when he must declare, without any hesitation, to have no attachment to the idea of conservatism. -- Lew Rockwell

Even though I was once deeply  involved in it, before going straight, I hate politics; it is, after all, virtually always a struggle among criminals for the power to loot and kill our fellow men. Elections are corrupt and corrupting, even when they don’t stuff the ballot boxes. In other words, politics is government. But I can’t take my eyes off politics. It’s as if I’m passing a train wreck and slowing down. I can't help it. -- Lew Rockwell

Big Crock Obama

You have to pinch yourself – a Marxist radical who all his life has been mentored by, sat at the feet of, worshipped with, befriended, endorsed the philosophy of, funded and been in turn funded, politically promoted and supported by a nexus comprising black power anti-white racists, Jew-haters, revolutionary Marxists, unrepentant former terrorists and Chicago mobsters, is on the verge of becoming President of the United States. And apparently it’s considered impolite to say so. -- The Spectator

Twelve from George Washington

Government is not reason; it is not eloquence; it is force! Like fire, it is a dangerous servant and a fearful master. -- George Washington

The very atmosphere of firearms everywhere restrains evil interference; they deserve a place of honor with all that's good. -- George Washington

Paper money has had the effect in your state that it will ever have, to ruin commerce, oppress the honest, and open the door to every species of fraud and injustice. If ever again our nation stumbles upon unfunded paper, it shall surely be like death to our body politic. This country will crash. -- George Washington

When firearms go, all goes -- we need them every hour. -- George Washington

The time is now near at hand which must probably determine whether Americans are to be freemen or slaves; whether they are to have any property they can call their own; whether their houses and farms are to be pillaged and destroyed, and themselves consigned to a state of wretchedness from which no human efforts will deliver them. The fate of unborn millions will now depend on God, on the courage and conduct of this army. Our cruel and unrelenting enemy leaves us only the choice of brave resistance, or the most abject submission. We have, therefore, to resolve to conquer or die. -- George Washington

Against the insidious wiles of foreign influence (I conjure you to believe me, fellow-citizens,) the jealousy of a free people ought to be constantly awake; since history and experience prove, that foreign influence is one of the most baneful foes of Republican Government. But that jealousy, to be useful, must be impartial; else it becomes the instrument of the very influence to be avoided, instead of a defence against it. Excessive partiality for one foreign nation, and excessive dislike of another, cause those whom they actuate to see danger only on one side, and serve to veil and even second the arts of influence on the other. Real patriots, who may resist the intrigues of the favorite, are liable to become suspected and odious; while its tools and dupes usurp the applause and confidence of the people, to surrender their interests. -- George Washington

The spirit of encroachment tends to consolidate the powers of all the departments in one, and thus to create whatever the form of government, a real despotism. A just estimate of that love of power, and proneness to abuse it, which predominates in the human heart is sufficient to satisfy us of the truth of this position. -- George Washington

A free people ought not only to be armed and disciplined, but they should have sufficient arms and ammunition to maintain a status of independence from any who might attempt to abuse them, which would include their own government. -- George Washington

Without looking forward to an extremity of this kind, (which nevertheless ought not to be entirely out of sight,) the common and continual mischiefs of the spirit of party are sufficient to make it the interest and duty of a wise people to discourage and restrain it. It serves always to distract the Public Councils, and enfeeble the Public Administration. It agitates the Community with ill-founded jealousies and false alarms; kindles the animosity of one part against another, foments occasionally riot and insurrection. It opens the door to foreign influence and corruption, which find a facilitated access to the government itself through the channels of party passions. Thus the policy and the will of one country are subjected to the policy and will of another. -- George Washington

Should any American soldier be so base and infamous as to injure any [prisoner]. . . I do most earnestly enjoin you to bring him to such severe and exemplary punishment as the enormity of the crime may require. Should it extend to death itself, it will not be disproportional to its guilt at such a time and in such a cause… for by such conduct they bring shame, disgrace and ruin to themselves and their country. -- George Washington

The great rule of conduct for us, in regard to foreign nations, is in extending our commercial relations, to have with them as little political connection as possible. Europe has a set of primary interests, which to us have... none, or a very remote relation. Hence she must be engaged in frequent controversies the causes of which are essentially foreign to our concerns. Hence, therefore, it must be unwise in us to implicate ourselves, by artificial ties, in the ordinary vicissitudes of her politics, or the ordinary combinations and collisions of her friendships or enmities. -- George Washington

Avoid the necessity of those overgrown military establishments which, under any form of government, are inauspicious to liberty, and which are to be regarded as particularly hostile to republican liberty. -- George Washington

Six from William Norman Grigg

Granted, there is one thing Bush could do to help roll back tyranny. He could resign immediately and surrender himself to be prosecuted for his crimes against our Constitution. His trial could wait until after he had brought our troops home and personally visited the home of every family – American, ally, or Iraqi – that has been deprived of a child or a parent to plead, on his knees, for their forgiveness.

But we already know, from both his words and his gestures, what the man thinks of those of us upon whom he has built his throne. -- William Norman Grigg

“I ... find it frustrating that so many conservatives/Christians whom I respect seem to be totally oblivious to the real problems and think that George Bush is such a wonderful man,” writes a reader named Dave. “After all, `He prays over every decision he makes.'”

Question: If a cannibal says grace, does the prayer sanctify his meal? -- William Norman Grigg

If totalitarianism is the solution, we can live with the problem. -- William Norman Grigg

Government is nothing more than the rationalization and exercise of violence. Everything done by government contains at least the implicit threat of lethal coercion. Thus the indictment's description of Hutaree as “an anti-government extremist organization which advocates violence against local, state and Federal law enforcement” is a product of rhetorical onanism. -- William Norman Grigg

Philosopher Hannah Arendt, one of the most astute analysts of totalitarianism, observed: “Power is the ability to force compliance with one’s demands; authority is the ability to command voluntary obedience.”

As Mark 1:22 recounts, Jesus taught His disciples “as one having authority....” As God Incarnate, Jesus certainly had the power to compel compliance, but He chose instead to exercise authority by teaching and exemplifying what the Epistle of James called “The Perfect Law of Liberty.”

In a free society, power is used only to protect the persons, property, and rights of the innocent, and then only after an appeal to authority fails. In contemporary America, however, practically every social institution has become infected with the plague of power, with the State claiming the role of enforcing “laws” regulating behavior, speech, and even individual attitudes.

We suffer from a surfeit of power, and a critical lack of legitimate authority – and a growing inability on the part of Americans to distinguish between the two. -- William Norman Grigg

Every invasion of individual rights happens with the eager support of people acting in the sincere and thoroughly mistaken confidence that what they permit the state to do to others will never be done to them.

The seminal error is to insist on exceptions to the principle that government -- assuming, of course, that one should be permitted to exist -- must be strictly limited to protecting the life, liberty, and property of every individual.

When that error is coupled with a fertile topic of public concern -- such as terrorism, drug addiction, child abuse, or illegal immigration -- politics becomes pregnant with large-scale abuses of individual rights. -- William Norman Grigg

Creeping Taxes

In the early stages of the state, taxes are light in their incidence, but fetch in a large revenue...As time passes and kings succeed each other, they lose their tribal habits in favor of more civilized ones. Their needs and exigencies grow...owing to the luxury in which they have been brought up. Hence they impose fresh taxes on their subjects...[and] sharply raise the rate of old taxes to increase their yield...But the effects on business of this rise in taxation make themselves felt. For business men are soon discouraged by the comparison of their profits with the burden of their taxes...Consequently production falls off, and with it the yield of taxation. -- Ibn Khaldun

Civil Liberties and Bumper Stickers

Destroying civil liberties is like letting the terrorists win. -- From a bumper sticker

Oh, well. I wasn't using my civil liberties anyway. -- From a bumper sticker

Ignore your rights and they will go away. -- From a bumper sticker

The Only Purpose of Power

The only purpose for which power can be rightfully exercised over any member of a civilized community, against his will, is to prevent harm to others. His own good, either physical or moral, is not sufficient warrant. -- John Stuart Mill

Void for Vagueness

Any statute which either forbids or requires the doing of an act in terms so vague that men of common intelligence must necessarily guess at its meaning and differ as to its application. -- Connally v. General Construction Company, 1926

Any statute, on its face, which is repugnant to the due process clause, [where] specification of details of the offense would not serve to validate it...No one may be required at peril of life, liberty or property to speculate as to the meaning of penal statutes. All are entitled to be informed as to what the State commands or forbids. -- Lanzetta v. New Jersey, 1939

To have available, through a sufficiently precise statute, information regarding the standard of criminality before being charged with the alleged commission of a crime. -- Watkins v. U.S., 1957

A state may not issue commands to its citizens in language so vague and undefined as to afford no fair warning of what conduct might transgress them. -- Raley v. Ohio, 1959

Five from Fred Reed

Without men, civilization would last until the oil needed changing. -- Fred Reed

Now, any time I refer to the United States as a democracy, I get mail, from people vaguely remembering high-school civics, who tell me that the US is not a democracy but a constitutional republic. In fact is neither. A democracy is of course any governmental system in which ultimate power rests with the people; direct democracies, parliamentary democracies, and constitutional republics are all examples of democracy. In America, the people are nearly powerless, in large part without knowing it. The trick has been done by giving them furiously fought elections that don’t mean anything. This distracts them and gives them a sense of participation, while maintaining their proper role as consumers.

The United States is not the country it thinks it is. It moves fast toward a curious comfortable despotism. This is of course precisely what people want. -- Fred Reed

On examination, most of the measures purportedly taken to stifle Terror don’t. Opening mail without a warrant? It’s pointless once the terrorists know you are doing it, but effective in intimidating honest citizens. The same is true of warrantless wiretaps and searches. Does the gutting of habeas corpus make us safer against terrorists? Or merely suppress dissent by citizens?

The whole business looks remarkably like malign vaudeville, like mummery intended to accomplish two things. The first is to persuade the foolish that the nation is At War. Actually only the president is at war. The second, and I would like to be wrong about this, is to train the public to obedience. The formula is simple: Keep’em scared and you can do anything. It works. Americans are rapidly becoming accustomed to Soviet-style surveillance, to the state’s power to search and spy without restraint, to being barked at and ordered about by low-level federal employees. People deserve what they tolerate. -- Fred Reed

If an Iraqi army attacked your home state in an endeavor to impose democracy on the United States, killed thousands of your fellow citizens, and left your daughter of seven years screaming as she died of burns, what would you do? Would you accept Islam with gratitude and embrace democracy? Or would you fight the invaders? Would you spend the rest of your life trying to kill as many of them as you could, in any way that you could? Just curious. -- Fred Reed

People really, really do not like American soldiers invading their countries, wrecking cities and killing their children. The military, which thinks at right angles, cannot wrap its mind around this difficult thought. -- Fred Reed

Two from Manuel Miles

In a police state, who protects us from police statism? Oh yeah, the State and its police. I forgot for a minute. -- Manuel Miles

Choosing the lesser evil does not serve the greater good. Evil thrives on endorsement, however reluctant. -- Manuel Miles

Two from Albert Jay Nock

Many now believe that with the rise of the totalitarian State the world has entered upon a new era of barbarism. It has not. The totalitarian State is only the State; the kind of thing it does is only what the State has always done with unfailing regularity, if it had the power to do it, wherever and whenever its own aggrandizement made that kind of thing expedient. Give any State like power hereafter, and put it in like circumstances, and it will do precisely the same kind of thing. The State will unfailingly aggrandize itself, if only it has the power, first at the expense of its own citizens, and then at the expense of anyone else in sight. It has always done so, and always will. -- Albert Jay Nock

So it strikes me that instead of sweating blood over the iniquity of foreign States, my fellow-citizens would do a great deal better by themselves to make sure that the American State is not strong enough to carry out the like iniquities here. The stronger the American State is allowed to grow, the higher its record of criminality will grow, according to its opportunities and temptations. If, then, instead of devoting energy, time, and money to warding off wholly imaginary and fanciful dangers from criminals thousands of miles away, our people turn their patriotic fervor loose on the only source from which danger can proceed, they will be doing their full duty by their country. -- Albert Jay Nock

Three from George Bernard Shaw

A government which robs Peter to pay Paul can always depend on the support of Paul. -- George Bernard Shaw

Liberty means responsibility. That is why most men dread it. -- George Bernard Shaw

Englishmen will never be slaves. They are free to do whatever the government and public opinion allow them to do. -- George Bernard Shaw

Two from Edward Bernays

The conscious and intelligent manipulation of the organized habits and opinions of the masses is an important element in democratic society. Those who manipulate this unseen mechanism of society constitute an invisible government which is the true ruling power of our country. We are governed, our minds are molded, our tastes formed, our ideas suggested, largely by men we have never heard of. -- Edward Bernays

If we understand the mechanism and motives of the group mind, it is now possible to control and regiment the masses according to our will without them knowing it. -- Edward Bernays

Who Really Governs?

Shortly after our return to America the New York Times sent a reporter to ask me the names of the "rulers of America." Sitting in my office that afternoon, I gave the reporter a list. They amounted finally to fifty-two, and of course, as Ferdinand Lundberg says in his book Sixty Families, it was quite evident that I added some personal friends to the list.... Of course my list of "rulers" referred to economic headship, but it was taken generally to mean the men who ruled America not only economically but politically. -- James Gerard

The real menace of our republic is this invisible government which like a giant octopus sprawls its slimy length over city, state and nation. Like the octopus of real life, it operates under cover of a self-created screen. It seizes in its long and power(ful) tentacles our executive officers, our legislative bodies, our schools, our courts, our newspapers, and every agency created for the public protection.... let me say at the head of this octopus are the Rockefeller-Standard Oil interests and a small group of powerful banking houses generally referred to as the international bankers.... They practically control both political parties, write political platforms, make catspaws of party leaders, use the leading men in private organizations, and resort to every device to place in nomination for high public office only such candidates as will be amenable to the dictates of corrupt big business.... They use the columns of these papers to club into submission or drive out of office public officials who refuse to do the bidding of the powerful corrupt cliques which compose the invisible government. -- James Hylan, Mayor of New York, 1922

Eight from Chuck Baldwin

To those who are engaged in war, the consequences can be nightmarish! Arms and legs cut off. Eyes put out. Flesh burned. Intestines ripped out. Backs broken. Skulls crushed. Lives lost. Families torn apart. Homes destroyed. Children left without parents. Parents never able to see their children again. Wives without husbands. Husbands without wives. Souls snuffed into eternity. Emotional scars that never heal. These are the realities of war. And this is what the neo-cons who profit from war never have to see up close and personal.

Instead, pro-war neo-cons sit in their comfortable, air-conditioned offices and send other husbands, other wives, other parents, other children, other people to incur the "scourge" of war. But the neo-cons who trumpet war, who promote war, and who finance war never actually experience war. -- Chuck Baldwin

Couple the implementation of the Military Commissions Act with the already-passed USA Patriot Act and all the legalities necessary to completely eviscerate America's constitutionally-protected liberties are in place. Think of it. Without firing a shot or dropping a bomb, President George W. Bush has done more to strip the American people of their liberties than all the world's despots and dictators combined!

Ladies and gentlemen, please wake up! Under the leadership of President George W. Bush, rights and freedoms that have been lost to you include your right to an attorney, your right to know the charges being levied against you, the right to a speedy trial, the right to trial by a jury of your peers, the right to not be subjected to torture, the right to not have your home and personal items searched and seized without warrant, the right to not have your personal conversations (including letters and email) intercepted without court order, and the right to not incriminate yourself, just to name a few. And now we learn that our government has authorized and is planning to build "concentration camp facilities."

Furthermore, just because you or I have not yet been personally subjected to this tyranny, does not mean that we won't be! The seeds are already planted; the die is already cast. The time to act is not when you are being carted off to an "undisclosed location." By then, it is too late. -- Chuck Baldwin

When is the last time you heard a sermon on hell or judgment? When is the last time you heard a preacher call sin by its first name? Most notable mega-churches proudly say that they never use the word "sinner." Lost, unredeemed souls are now called "pre-Christian" people. Words such as "repentance" have been removed from the vocabulary of the average pulpit in America today.

Yet, without sin and judgment, there is no grace and forgiveness. Without hell, there is no heaven. No repentance, no faith. No wrath, no mercy. No cross, no crown. No conviction, no Holy Spirit. No serpent, no Paradise. No transgression, no Gospel. -- Chuck Baldwin

To the Religious Right: get tough with G.W. Bush or apologize to Bill Clinton -- Chuck Baldwin

G. W. Bush is an elected politician. He was elected President of these United States. Nothing more; nothing less. He has no more divine "anointing" than any other elected politician.

Where was all this "anointing" talk when Bill Clinton was elected President? The same God that permitted Bush to become President permitted Clinton to become President. Yet, Christian conservatives called Clinton the Anti-Christ, whereas they now want to add Bush to the Holy Trinity. -- Chuck Baldwin

Someone rightly observed that one can determine the focus of, and influence upon, societies by analyzing its architecture. For example, from the founding of Jamestown in 1607 through the beginning of the War for Southern Independence, the most notable buildings (in most communities) belonged to churches. From the mid-nineteenth century to the mid-twentieth century, the most prominent buildings belonged to various governments. From the mid-twentieth century to the present, the biggest, most lavish, and most notable buildings belong to Big Business. This is not accidental or coincidental. These buildings are the monuments of men to the ideas that mean the most to them. Accordingly, a vast number of today's Americans have come to worship at the shrine of Big Business. -- Chuck Baldwin

Did Moses violate God's principle of submission to authority when he killed the Egyptian taskmaster in defense of his fellow Hebrew? Did Elijah violate God's principle of submission to authority when he openly challenged Ahab and Jezebel? Did David violate God's principle of submission to authority when he refused to surrender to Saul's troops? Did Daniel violate God's principle of submission to authority when he disobeyed the king's law to not pray audibly to God? Did the three Hebrew children violate God's principle of submission to authority when they refused to bow to the image of the state? Did John the Baptist violate God's principle of submission to authority when he publicly scolded King Herod for his infidelity? Did Simon Peter and the other Apostles violate God's principle of submission to authority when they refused to stop preaching on the streets of Jerusalem? Did Paul violate God's principle of submission to authority when he refused to obey those authorities who demanded that he abandon his missionary work? In fact, Paul spent almost as much time in jail as he did out of jail.

Remember that every apostle of Christ (except John) was killed by hostile civil authorities opposed to their endeavors. Christians throughout church history were imprisoned, tortured, or killed by civil authorities of all stripes for refusing to submit to their various laws and prohibitions. Did all of these Christian martyrs violate God's principle of submission to authority?

So, even the great prophets, apostles, and writers of the Bible (including the writer of Romans Chapter 13) understood that human authority--even civil authority--is limited. -- Chuck Baldwin

Had Daniel been "practical," he would have stopped praying for a few weeks and stayed out of the lions' den. Had the three Hebrew children been "pragmatic," they would have given a symbolic bow to the statue of Nebuchadnezzar. And I can just hear Christians living in the First Century talking about how they would vote for Nero over Caligula, as he would be "the lesser of two evils." -- Chuck Baldwin

The Scourge of War

The bodies of millions of innocent men which lie in military graves throughout the world serve as a reminder to the true meaning of “promoting the general welfare” so I won’t go into detail about the lives destroyed, those killed and maimed, post traumatic stress disorders, flashbacks, dreams and memories of war that those who serve go through and the costs of paying death benefits, disability, hospital and doctor bills and counseling. The only winners are the capitalist corporations and their stockholders when they go into the countries to rebuild that which we’ve helped destroy. -- Betty Freauf

You look down, and you think about all the borders you fly over. You fly by those borders so quickly, and you think of all the things that people do to each other because of those borders. -- John Glenn

Two from G.K. Chesterton

"My country, right or wrong," is a thing that no patriot would think of saying. It is like saying, "My mother, drunk or sober." -- G.K. Chesterton

America is a nation with the soul of a church…the only nation in the world that is founded on a creed. That creed is set forth with dogmatic and even theological lucidity in the Declaration of Independence. -- G.K. Chesterton

Two from Chief Justice John Marshall

The power to tax is the power to destroy. -- Chief Justice John Marshall

The general rule is that an unconstitutional statute, though having the form and name of law, is in reality no law, but is wholly void ... unconstitutional law bears no power to enforce, it purports to settle as if it never existed, for unconstitutionality dates from the enactment of such a law and not such time as branded in an open court of law ... it confers no rights; it imposes no duties; affords no protection; it creates no office; it is in legal contemplation, as inoperative as though it had never been passed. No courts are bound to uphold it and no persons are bound to obey it. 16 Am Jur 256. (and)

...[W]hat shall be the supreme law of the land...only laws that are made in pursuance of the constitution have that rank...All laws repugnant to the Constitution are null and void of law. -- Chief Justice John Marshall, Marbury v. Madison 5 US 137 at Sec. 180, (1803)

Marbury Revisited

An unconstitutional act is not law; it confers no rights; it imposes no duties; affords no protection; it creates no office; it is in legal contemplation, as inoperative as though it had never been passed. -- Supreme Court Justice Stephen Field, Norton v. Shelby County (1886)

It's the Stupidity, Stupid!

You cannot legislate stupidity. -- Jesse "The Governing Body" Ventura

If 50 million people say a stupid thing, it's still a stupid thing. -- David Severn

The two most common commodities in the universe are nitrogen and stupidity. -- Anonymous

Life is tough. It's even tougher if you're stupid. -- John Wayne

Decision Time

When principles that run against your deepest convictions begin to win the day, then battle is your calling, and peace has become your sin; you must, at the price of dearest peace, lay your convictions bare before friend and enemy, with all the fire of your faith. -- Abraham Kuyper

Two from George Carlin

I think people should be allowed to do anything they want. We haven't tried that for a while. Maybe this time it'll work. -- George Carlin

I think I figured out why Americans are so stupid. Think about how stupid the Average American is. Well, HALF of 'em are stupider than THAT! -- George Carlin

Three from Albert Einstein

Two things are infinite, the universe and human stupidity. And I am not sure about the former. -- Albert Einstein

The world is a dangerous place, not because of those who do evil, but because of those who look on and do nothing. -- Albert Einstein 

Nationalism is an infantile disease. It is the measles of mankind.-- Albert Einstein

The Price You Pay

The individual has always had to struggle to keep from being overwhelmed by the tribe. To be your own man is hard business. If you try it, you will be lonely often, and sometimes frightened. But no price is too high to pay for the privilege of owning yourself. -- Rudyard Kipling

Two from Walter Williams

Government is about coercion. Limiting government is the single most important instrument for guaranteeing liberty. We're working on a third generation which has little in the way of education about what our Constitution means and why it was written. Thus, we've fallen easy prey to charlatans, quacks, and hustlers. -- Walter Williams

The liberal civil rights establishment is the Klan with a tan. -- Walter Williams

Three from Michael Badnarik

The Constitution: It's not just a good idea, IT'S THE LAW! -- Michael Badnarik

On September 11, America was attacked by terrorists. On September 12, the American people became suspects. -- Michael Badnarik

The foreign policy of the US has been one of "empire building" ever since the First World War. The Constitution authorizes government to provide for "national DE-fense", not "international OF-fense". If Americans were really interested in promoting our national safety, they would realize that a policy of constant foreign intervention directly undermines that stated goal. Our country has military forces stationed in 135 countries around the world, and we are influencing their governments and economies either directly or indirectly in every case. That is the political equivalent of poking them in the eye with a sharp stick. It is little wonder then that dozens of countries and millions of people around the world harbor more than a little resentment against us. The recent mutilation of American civilians is just the beginning of the violence that will be directed toward us if we do not bring our troops home where they belong. -- Michael Badnarik

People are usually surprised to discover that I hate the phrase "constitutional rights." I hate the phrase because it is terribly misleading. Most of the people who say it or hear it have the impression that the Constitution "grants" them their rights. Nothing could be further from the truth. Strictly speaking it is the Bill of Rights that enumerates our rights, but none of our founding documents bestow anything on you at all [...] The government can burn the Constitution and shred the Bill of Rights, but those actions wouldn't have the slightest effect on the rights you've always had. -- Michael Badnarik

The Most Basic Right of All

The right of self-defense is founded in the law of nature, and is not, nor can be, superseded by any law of society. If your enemy or oppressor has a bomb, then get yourself a bomb. -- Sir Michael Foster

Is This a Free Country or What?

It’s a free country, but: I need a license to drive, a license to work, a permit to protest, a permit to make changes to my own house, a license to get married, I can’t grow vegetables in my front yard, I can’t buy raw milk, I can’t fly without being searched and molested, I can be arrested for taking video of the police, I can go to jail for handing out fliers or for wearing a hat in court, I can have everything I own taken from me just on the accusation that I have drugs in my house, and I can be targeted for assassination if I disagree with the government. I don’t call this "freedom." Am I missing something? -- Eris Pandora

Two from Louis Brandeis

The makers of the Constitution conferred, as against the government, the Right to be left alone; the most comprehensive of rights, and the right most valued by civilized men. -- United States Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis, Olmstead v. United States (1928)

Fear of serious injury cannot alone justify suppression of free speech and assembly. Men feared witches and burned women. It is the function of speech to free men from the bondage of irrational fears. -- United States Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis, Whitney v. California (1927)

Fools and Traitors

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 banners 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 garments, and 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 a city, he infects the body politic so that it can no longer resist. A murderer is less to be feared. -- Marcus Tullius Cicero

The danger to America is not Barack Obama but a citizenry capable of entrusting a man like him with the Presidency. It will be far easier to limit and undo the follies of an Obama presidency than to restore the necessary common sense and good judgment to a depraved electorate willing to have such a man for their president. The problem is much deeper and far more serious than Mr. Obama, who is a mere symptom of what ails America. Blaming the prince of the fools should not blind anyone to the vast confederacy of fools that made him their prince. The Republic can survive a Barack Obama, who is, after all, merely a fool. It is less likely to survive a multitude of fools such as those who made him their president. -- Prager Zeitung, April 28, 2010

Litmus Test for Freedom

Would Keyes support the right of a nine-year-old girl to walk into a hardware store and, without signing anything or producing identification of any kind, pay cash for a submachinegun, several hundred rounds of ammunition, and a supply of morphine? If he wouldn't, then whatever he's in favor of, it isn't freedom. -- L. Neil Smith & Vin Suprynowicz

Seven from Vin Suprynowicz

A well-regulated population being necessary to the security of a police state, the right of the Government to keep and destroy arms shall not be infringed. -- Vin Suprynowicz

A few fans of totalitarianism, having been coached by the slyest of lawyers and union schoolmarms, will point out that the preamble to the Constitution advises us the purpose of the document is to "promote the general welfare," whereupon they will contend this plainly means the Congress is allowed to enact any law and do anything which a temporary majority of the two houses shall determine tends to "promote the general welfare."

But if that were the case, surely the whole document need take up only 28 words: "The Congress may enact any law which the majority of both houses shall determine to their own satisfaction tends to 'promote the general welfare'; have a nice day." -- Vin Suprynowicz

If 2,380 Bush supporters in the Florida Panhandle really decided not to vote after hearing some guy on TV say he was 'projecting' Mr. Gore had won their state, they're a bunch of dolts. Generations of our forefathers fought and died to preserve Americans' right to cast a vote as they see fit, and these folks stayed home and watched "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" ... or the Ellie Mae Clampett Bib Overall Beauty Pageant and Gator Rassling Finals, or whatever it is they watch out west of Panama City ... because some guy on TV told them not to bother? -- Vin Suprynowicz

Pretend with me that you’re an old German on your deathbed today. Would you rather tell your grandchildren, "I voted for the Nazis because they seemed better than the Communists and no other party could win"? Wouldn’t you rather be able to rise up and say, "I publicly denounced the Nazis and the Communists? We were a minority – 1 or 2 percent – but we stood up for the truth and we were right! We proved not all Germans were mindless torchbearers for tyranny! We were ridiculed, we were beaten and jailed, but we saved this nation’s soul. Now children, go and live your lives in a way to make me proud"? -- Vin Suprynowicz

First, not voting is OK. Choosing the new ruler who will decide how much of our money and property to "allow" us to keep from among two or three Republicrat lawyers who've already piled up hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of obligations to the big developers, law firms and casinos resembles assisted suicide.

Which candidate on Tuesday's ballots would close the compulsory government youth propaganda camps (cutting our tax burdens in half, setting our children free to apprentice in useful trades and mature at a far earlier age, allowing a return to the kind of real literacy demonstrated by folks like Ben Franklin, who quit school at 10)? Which would sue the federal government for claiming to "own" most of Nevada, throw out all the unconstitutional gun laws and re-legalize all medicinal plant extracts? Not a one. -- Vin Suprynowicz

If we have two different major parties, tell me which one, placed in power, would quickly end the War on Drugs; pull our troops out of 103 nations overseas; restore the Second Amendment right to own a machine gun without having to sign your name or show a photo ID; end the actuarially bankrupt and constitutionally unauthorized Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security Ponzi schemes; shut down the Federal Reserve Board and put us back on a sound, non-inflating dollar made of gold and/or silver. Tell me which one would declare that children belong to their parents, shutting down the state "Child Protection" kidnapping racket (kids have been kidnapped and killed for an offense as minor as mom not "getting them their shots" -- see Cameron Justin Demery, Oct. 14, 1996) and the vastly expensive Government Youth Propaganda Camps which are dumbing down our children into quasi-literate sociopaths.

That would be "change." And the One Party has none to offer. -- Vin Suprynowicz

The government schools are a vast social engineering project designed to dumb students down, alienate them from their families, teach them that books are boring, shorten their attention spans, get them to shout out their memorized government-propaganda sound bites with increasing scorn, derision, and anger at anyone who disagrees, and finally to respond with arrogant hostility, sarcasm and ad hominem attacks on anyone who tries to point all this out to them. -- Vin Suprynowicz

Tyrants Near and Far

They call me a brainless Tory; but tell me, my young friend, which is better, to be ruled by one tyrant three thousand miles away, or by three thousand tyrants not a mile away. I tell you, my boy, there was just as much humbug in politics seventy years ago as there is today. -- Mather Byles

Why They Hate Us

I think the most basic thing for Americans to realize is that this war has nothing to do with who we are or what we believe, and everything to do with what we do in the Islamic world. Mr. Bush, Mr. Clinton, Mr. Bush before Mr. Clinton — they all identified Islamic militancy as being based on the hatred of Western democracy and freedom, and that’s clearly not the case. They surely don’t like our way of life, but very few people are willing to die to keep us from having primary elections or because we have freedom of the press. Universally in the Muslim world, at least according to the most recent polling data, American foreign policy in several specific areas is hated by Muslims. Majorities of 85-90 percent are registered as hating or resenting American policies, towards our support for Israel, our ability to keep oil prices low, or low enough to satisfy Western consumers, our support for Arab tyrannies from Morocco to the Indian Ocean, our support for Putin in Chechnya. -- Michael Scheur

Three from Martin Luther King, Jr.

We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly affects all indirectly. Never again can we afford to live with the narrow, provincial “outside agitator” idea. Anyone who lives in the United States can never be considered an outsider anywhere in this country…. Nonviolent direct action seeks to create such a crisis and establish such creative tension that a community that has constantly refused to negotiate is forced to confront the issue. It seeks so to dramatize the issue that it can no longer be ignored…. We know through painful experience that freedom is never voluntarily given by the oppressor; it must be demanded by the oppressed…. You express a great deal of anxiety over our willingness to break laws. This is certainly a legitimate concern…. One may well ask, “How can you advocate breaking some laws and obeying others?” The answer is found in the fact that there are two types of laws: there are just and there are unjust laws. I would agree with Saint Augustine that “An unjust law is no law at all.”… Any law that uplifts human personality is just. Any law that degrades human personality is unjust…. I submit that an individual who breaks a law that conscience tells him is unjust, and willingly accepts the penalty by staying in jail to arouse the conscience of the community over its injustice, is in reality expressing the very highest respect for law…. We can never forget that everything Hitler did in Germany was “legal” and everything the Hungarian freedom fighters did in Hungary was “illegal.” It was “illegal” to aid and comfort a Jew in Hitler’s Germany. But I am sure that if I had lived in Germany during that time I would have aided and comforted my Jewish brothers even though it was illegal…. It is the strangely irrational notion that there is something in the very flow of time that will inevitably cure all ills. Actually time is neutral. It can be used either destructively or constructively. I am coming to feel that the people of ill will have used time much more effectively than the people of good will…. But as I continued to think about the matter I gradually gained a bit of satisfaction from being considered an extremist. Was not Jesus an extremist in love--“Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, pray for them that despitefully use you.”… Was not Abraham Lincoln an extremist--“This nation cannot survive half slave and half free.” Was not Thomas Jefferson an extremist--“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal.” So the question is not whether we will be extremist but what kind of extremist will we be. Will we be extremists for hate or will we be extremists for love? -- Martin Luther King, Jr.

Don't let anybody make you think that God chose America as his divine messianic force to be a sort of policeman for the whole world. God has a way of standing before the nations with judgment and it seems that I can hear God saying to America, "You are too arrogant! If you don't change your ways, I will rise up and break the backbone of your power, and I will place it in the hands of a nation that doesn't even know my name!" -- Martin Luther King, Jr.

Cowardice asks the question: is it safe? Expediency asks the question: is it political? Vanity asks the question: is it popular? But conscience asks the question: is it right? And there comes a time when one must take a position that is neither safe, nor political, nor popular -- but one must take it simply because it is right. --  Martin Luther King, Jr.

Consent of the Governed, One More Time

Our present condition, achieved in a manner unprecedented in the history of nations, illustrates the American idea that governments rest upon the consent of the governed, and that it is the right of the people to alter or abolish governments whenever they become destructive of the ends for which they were established. -- Jefferson Davis' First Inaugural Address, February 18, 1861

Three from P.J. O'Rourke

There are just two rules of governance in a free society: Mind your own business. Keep your hands to yourself. -- P.J. O'Rourke

If you think health care is expensive now, just wait until it is free. -- P.J. O'Rourke

The drug war has also taken a toll on an institution that's even more noble and venerated than our wallet. Drug-control zealotry has led to what constitutional scholar Roger Pilon calls "the drug exception to the Bill of Rights":

I. Freedom of religion - except for religions involving peyote.

II. Right to keep and bear arms - except when you point one at ninja-dressed members of a SWAT team that breaks through the wrong door at 3 A.M.

III. Quartering soldiers in our houses - to be fair, I haven't noticed any soldiers actually in the house, but some National Guard helicopters have been hovering over my backyard marijuana patch.

IV. No unreasonable searches and seizures - except mandatory random piss tests.

V. No self-incrimination - except that urine in the bottle.

VI. Right to counsel - except if the government suspects your lawyer is being paid with drug money.

VII. Right to trial by jury - except in the case of RICO property forfeitures.

VIII. No cruel or unusual punishments - except to those caught selling 'shroorns at rock concerts.

IX. The enumeration of certain rights shall not be construed to deny others - except when it looks like you might have drugs in your car.

X. The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution are reserved for the DEA. -- P.J. O'Rourke

Two from Henry Kissinger

Today, Americans would be outraged if U.N. troops entered Los Angeles to restore order. Tomorrow they will be grateful! This is especially true if they were told that there were an outside threat from beyond, whether real or promulgated, that threatened our very existence. It is then that all peoples of the world will plead to deliver them from this evil. The one thing every man fears is the unknown. When presented with this scenario, individual rights will be willingly relinquished for the guarantee of their well-being granted to them by the World Government. -- Henry Kissinger, 1991

Military men are dumb, stupid animals to be used as pawns for foreign policy. -- Henry Kissinger

Six from Al Cronkrite

As I stand in the grocery store line and watch the person in front of me pay with food stamps it always strikes me that the vote of such a person will cancel mine.  Democracy is a charade! -- Al Cronkrite

Essays attempting to inform a complacent and unteachable citizenry about their loss of freedom and impending subjection to a despotic state no longer serve a utilitarian purpose; tyranny is already functional in America. Those who wield the power are bent on enslaving the world, puny protests mean nothing to them and those who are subjected to the power have proved to be beyond redemption. -- Al Cronkrite

This is indeed "very interesting".

America is home to a variety of Christians.  I do not question their conversion - some are, some aren't. The problem seems to be that those whom God has chosen have not graduated to meat and are still nursing. How else can you explain the behavior of a nation, 70% (more or less) of whose citizens claim to be Christian, who willingly support a President who is engaged in a war that breaches the Eighth Commandment (Thou Shalt Not Steal); who welcomes and prays with Muslims in our Capitol; hires homosexuals (who actively promote their pagan agenda) in his Administration; supports international programs that illegally and with apparent treasonous intent rob the nation of its sovereignty; has usurped Federal control of our airports and made of them mini-police states; has spent more money than any other president in history; promotes a socialistic drug program; has begun to addict Christian organizations to Government largess (thereby gaining control); has increased the size of government by forming the unconstitutional, freedom robbing Patriot Act; has failed to stem the abomination of abortion; who support the Devilish programs of the United Nations; who willingly, dishonestly, and treasonously breaches his Constitutional responsibility by allowing porous borders and granting amnesty to illegal aliens, and who consorts with a cabal whose agenda favors a foreign nation.

Those who support this President because of his flimsy, emotion driven Christianity show a blind, milk-fed naivety that is not worthy of the Great God Of All Creation Who created the world in which we live and everything in it and who has given us Laws by which to guide our behavior. 

I know these are hard words. They are not meant to be insulting but hopefully to wake up the citizens of this dying nation to quite supporting the elitist mendacity that is killing us! -- Al Cronkrite (In response to those ooey-gooey e-mails that go around about what a wonderful godly noble righteous Christian man Dubya is.)

I am always amazed at the belligerence of church going, ostensibly Christian Americans. Many support wars that involve bombing innocent women and children and believe that all inmates of our prisons deserve to be tortured. I receive numerous favorable comments on the tough prison policies of Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio. (Read about Joe Arpaio here.) There are hundreds of thousands of Americans who support the War in Iraq. They believe it is our right to invade a nation that never threatened us and occupy a land that does not belong to us. The monstrous evil of killing masses of innocent civilians in the process evades them. They have lost all affinity for God’s Laws and are quick to bring their sinful judgment to bear on others.

Falling into the jurisdiction of the United States legal system puts a defendant at the mercy of circumstances that involve a host of considerations other then guilt or innocence and a conviction, though it may be unjust, is almost impossible to reverse. -- Al Cronkrite

President George W. Bush has arguably been the worst president in United States history.  He has allowed a group of secular Zionist intellectuals to commandeer our government, sullied our image by supporting torture and aggressive warfare, engineered the potential collapse of the dollar by creating more debt than any other regime in history, peppered his administration with homosexuals, prayed to foreign gods, lied to the people, exported our industry, diminished our standard of living, abolished Posse Comitatus, allowed our infrastructure to collapse, siphoned our wealth to foreign nations, passed tyrannical laws, and through it all has swaggered like a third world dictator.

President George W. Bush, like the infamous leader of the Third Reich, received much of his support from rightwing Christians. -- Al Cronkrite

My email is inundated with warnings about Barack Obama. Many of the warnings are intended to create fear so that I will support John McCain. Others are based on a fatalistic, end-times perspective that reeks with defeat and acceptance. I am also regaled by those who believe Grace and Law are incompatible. There is mortal error in all of these positions. Pragmatism is sinful. Christians can never allow the end to justify the means. Our first duty is to be obedient and because we have failed in that duty in a few short months we may be living under the leadership of Barack Obama. The candidacy of Barack Obama is being supported by the defeatist philosophy of end-times minions. Without Law, Christians have no defense against codified evil. It is humanistic law that is responsible for the deterioration of our nation and until Christians understand that God’s Law is the only proper solution, we will continue down the road to tyranny and destruction. -- Al Cronkrite

Democrats and Republicans

Democrats want government to be your mommy. Republicans want government to be your daddy. Libertarians think you are an adult and want government to treat you as such. -- Anonymous

Democrats can never get any sleep because they are afraid somebody somewhere is making too much money. Republicans can never get any sleep because they are afraid somebody somewhere is having too much fun. -- Anonymous

Make no mistake, the Democratic Party is corrupted beyond redemption, but the Republican Party can be even more dangerous, in that it combines deceptive rhetoric with fascist law enforcement... The Republicans sound like Libertarians, but they work like Fascists. -- Lexrex

Republicans and Democrats. The only parties where people are screwed without taking their clothes off. -- Israel Anderson

Our Post-9/11 Soul

Giuliani's line of argument — though "argument" is too generous a word — isn't new. Since 9/11, our political leaders have proceeded on the assumption that Americans are cringing, cowardly souls more than ready, when we hear the word "terrorism," to suspend our critical capacities, mortgage our futures and jettison our civil liberties and our principles — all for impossible assurances of "safety." The awful thing is, many of us obediently conformed to this condescending stereotype. The United States is the most prosperous and powerful nation in the world, but after 9/11, many of us started to act as if we're in danger of imminent extinction. -- Rosa Brooks

The Drug War Doesn't Work

If the government can't keep drugs away from inmates who are locked in steel cages, surrounded by barbed wire, watched by armed guards, drug-tested, strip-searched, X-rayed, and videotaped – how can it possibly stop the flow of drugs to an entire nation? -- Ron Crickenberger

Democracies and Republics

In a democracy, two wolves and a sheep take a majority vote on what's for supper. In a constitutional republic, the wolves are forbidden on voting on what's for supper, and the sheep are well armed. -- Anonymous

Democracy is a form of government where you can say what you think even if you don't think. -- Anonymous

Representative Democracies and Representative Republics

A Republic is a government by law.

A Democracy is a government by majority rule.

A Representative of a Republic (Congressman etc.) is an elected official whose duty it is to make up the laws.

A Representative of a Democracy is an elected official who is to do, as hose who elected him want him to do.

Under a Representative Republic the most important qualification for election is to be a moral man so he can uphold the law and understand hat would make a good law. Good laws are based on morals.

Under a Representative Democracy the most important qualification for election is that the one running for election be solely interested in serving the public welfare and that he have no interest above the public welfare.

Under a Representative Republic the representative is to uphold that which is right regardless of what the majority wants.

Under a Representative Democracy the representative is to do what the people want regardless of what’s right.

Under a Representative Republic you are looking for the most moral man.

Under a Representative Democracy you are looking for an amoral man. That is, a man who would not have morals standing in the way of the majorities will.

Although this country is supposed to be a Representative Republic, the people have been made to believe it is a Representative Democracy. In the recent past when the people have gone to the polls they have looked for the man who promised he would give the people what they wanted. The moral man who said, “You can’t have what you want because we would have to steal it from someone else.” Didn’t have a chance.

So if you wonder why we no longer have statesmen for representatives, it's probably because you haven’t been looking for statesmen but have been looking for so called “public servants” who are one step away from common criminals looking for the opportunity to serve themselves.

This is a Republic not a Democracy. Look for the moral man. -- Richard Cure

The Perils of Democracy

A democracy cannot exist as a permanent form of government. It can only exist until the voters discover that they can vote themselves largesse from the public treasury. From that moment on, the majority always votes for the candidates promising them the most benefits from the public treasury, with the result that a democracy always collapses over a loose fiscal policy, always followed by a dictatorship. The average age of the world's great civilizations has been 200 years. These nations have progressed through this sequence:

From bondage to spiritual faith; From spiritual faith to great courage;
From courage to liberty; From liberty to abundance;
From abundance to selfishness; From selfishness to complacency;
From complacency to apathy; From apathy to dependence;
From dependence back into bondage.
-- Alexander Fraser Tyler, Scottish economist, 1776

In its purest form, democracy means 51 percent of the people can pee in the cornflakes of 49 percent of the people. -- Jonah Goldberg

Two from Oscar Wilde

Democracy means simply the bludgeoning of the people, by the people, for the people. -- Oscar Wilde

The pure and simple truth is rarely pure and never simple. -- Oscar Wilde

The Perils of Conformity

If you stand up and be counted, from time to time, you will get yourself knocked down. But, remember this, a man flattened by an opponent can get up again. A man flattened by conformity stays down for good. -- Thomas J. Watson, Jr.

Pangs of Conscience

I have never seen more senators express discontent with their jobs. ... I think the major cause is that, deep down in our hearts, we have been accomplices to doing something terrible and unforgivable to this wonderful country. Deep down in our hearts, we know that we have bankrupted America and that we have given our children a legacy of bankruptcy. ... We have defrauded our country to get ourselves elected. -- Senator John C. Danforth

Democracy, Socialism and Communism

Democracy is indispensable to Socialism. -- V. I. Lenin

Democracy is the road to Socialism. -- Karl Marx

The goal of Socialism is Communism. -- V. I. Lenin

Communism is Socialism in a hurry. -- V. I. Lenin

The Truth about Taxes

I don't like the income tax. Every time we talk about these taxes we get around to the idea of "from each according to his capacity and to each according to his needs." That's socialism. It's written in the Communist Manifesto. Maybe we ought to see that every person who gets a tax return receives a copy of the Communist Manifesto with it so he can see what's happening to him. I am convinced the present tax leads to dictatorship. -- T. Coleman Andrews, IRS Commissioner, 1956

America Has No Free Press

There is no such thing, at this date of the world’s history, in America as an independent press. You know it and I know it! There is not one of you who dare to write your honest opinions, and if you did, you know beforehand that it would never appear in print. I am paid weekly for keeping my honest opinions out of the paper I am connected with. Others of you are paid similar salaries for similar things, and any of you who would be so foolish as to write honest opinions would be out on the streets looking for another job. If I allowed my honest opinions to appear in one issue of my paper, before twenty-four hours my occupation would be gone. The business of the journalists is to destroy the truth: to lie outright; to pervert; to vilify; to fawn at the feet of mammon, and to sell his country and his race for his daily bread. You know it and I know it and the folly of this toasting an independent press? We are the tools and vassals of rich men behind the scenes. We are jumping jacks, they pull he string and we dance. Our talents, our possibilities and our lives are all the property of other men. WE ARE INTELLECTUAL PROSTITUTES -- John Swinton, Chief of Staff of the New York Times, before the National Press Club, 1953

The Lesser of Two Evils

Some people tell me that the reality is that one of the two major parties is going to win each major election. God gave us free will (Genesis -- the apple...) -- the ability to choosse good or evil. Do these people really want to stand before their maker and explain to him that the candidate they really thought best to govern them didn't have a chance, so they voted for the lesser of two evils? If we continue to vote for the lesser of two evils, we still vote for evil. And what does that make us as a country? Let's all start voting for who we "really" want in office - and stop telling everyone else that they're throwing their vote away if they don't vote for the lesser of two evils. -- Richard Randall

Be Vigilant

There is no week nor day nor hour when tyranny may not enter upon this country - if the people lose their confidence in themselves - and lose their roughness and spirit of defiance. -- Walt Whitman

Liberaler and Liberaler

The chief liberal gains in the past generally remain on the statute books when the conservatives recover power...liberalism grows constantly more liberal, and by the same token, conservatism grows constantly less conservative. -- Arthur Schlesinger

[Its] history has been that it demurs to each aggression of the progressive party, and aims to save its credit by a respectable amount of growling, but always acquiesces at last in the innovation. What was the resisted novelty of yesterday is today one of the accepted principles of conservatism; it is now conservative only in affecting to resist the next innovation, which will tomorrow be forced upon its timidity and will be succeeded by some third revolution, to be denounced and then adopted in its turn. American conservatism is merely the shadow that follows Radicalism as it moves forward to perdition. It remains behind it, but never retards it, and always advances near its leader. This pretended salt hath utterly lost its savor: wherewith shall it be salted? Its impotency is not hard to explain. It is worthless because it is the conservatism of expediency only, and not of sturdy principle. It tends to risk nothing serious for the sake of truth. -- Robert L. Dabney

Six from Thomas Paine

The supposed quietude of a good man allures the ruffian; while on the other hand, arms like laws discourage the keep the invader and the plunderer in awe, and preserve order in the world as well as property. -- Thomas Paine

These are the times that try men's souls. The summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from the service of their country; but he that stands it now, deserves the love and thanks of man and woman. Tyranny, like hell, is not easily conquered; yet we have this consolation with us, that the harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph. What we obtain too cheap, we esteem too lightly. Heaven knows how to put a proper price upon its goods; and it would be strange indeed, if so celestial an article as Freedom should not be highly rated. -- Thomas Paine

Those who expect to reap the benefits of freedom, must, like men, undergo the fatigue of supporting it. -- Thomas Paine

Society in every state is a blessing, but government, even in its best state, is but a necessary evil; in its worst state an intolerable one; for when we suffer or are exposed to the same miseries by a government, which we might expect in a country without government, our calamity is heightened by reflecting that we furnish the means by which we suffer. -- Thomas Paine

Some writers have so confounded society with government, as to leave little or no distinction between them; whereas they are not only different, but have different origins. Society is produced by our wants, and government by our wickedness; the former promotes our happiness positively by uniting our affections, the latter negatively by restraining our vices. The one encourages intercourse, the other creates distinctions. The first is a patron, the last a punisher. -- Thomas Paine

In America, the law is King. For as in absolute governments, the King is law, so in free countries the law ought to be king; and there ought to be no other. -- Thomas Paine

Seven from Ronald Reagan

Politics is supposed to be the second oldest profession. I have come to realize that it bears a very close resemblance to the first. -- Ronald Reagan

Even many of us who believe in free enterprise have fallen into the habit of saying when something goes wrong: "There ought to be a law." Sometimes I think there ought to be a law against saying there ought to be a law. -- Ronald Reagan

Government is like a baby. An alimentary canal with a big appetite at one end and no sense of responsibility at the other. -- Ronald Reagan

The federal government has taken too much tax money from the people, too much authority from the states, and too much liberty with the Constitution. -- Ronald Reagan

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

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

I am going to talk of controversial things. I make no apology for this.

It's time we asked ourselves if we still know the freedoms intended for us by the Founding Fathers. James Madison said, "We base all our experiments on the capacity of mankind for self-government."

This idea that government was beholden to the people, that it had no other source of power is still the newest, most unique idea in all the long history of man's relation to man. This is the issue of this election: Whether we believe in our capacity for self-government or whether we abandon the American Revolution and confess that a little intellectual elite in a far-distant capital can plan our lives for us better than we can plan them ourselves.

You and I are told we must choose between a left or right, but I suggest there is no such thing as a left or right. There is only an up or down. Up to man's age-old dream-the maximum of individual freedom consistent with order or down to the ant heap of totalitarianism. Regardless of their sincerity, their humanitarian motives, those who would sacrifice freedom for security have embarked on this downward path. Plutarch warned, "The real destroyer of the liberties of the people is he who spreads among them bounties, donations and benefits."

The Founding Fathers knew a government can't control the economy without controlling people. And they knew when a government sets out to do that, it must use force and coercion to achieve its purpose. So we have come to a time for choosing.

Public servants say, always with the best of intentions, "What greater service we could render if only we had a little more money and a little more power?" But the truth is that outside of its legitimate function, government does nothing as well or as economically as the private sector.

Yet any time you and I question the schemes of the do-gooders, we're denounced as being opposed to their humanitarian goals. It seems impossible to legitimately debate their solutions with the assumption that all of us share the desire to help the less fortunate. They tell us we're always "against," never "for" anything.

We are for a provision that destitution should not follow unemployment by reason of old age, and to that end we have accepted Social Security as a step toward meeting the problem. However, we are against those entrusted with this program when they practice deception regarding its fiscal shortcomings, when they charge that any criticism of the program means that we want to end payments....

We are for aiding our allies by sharing our material blessings with nations which share our fundamental beliefs, but we are against doling out money government to government, creating bureaucracy, if not socialism, all over the world.

We need true tax reform that will at least make a start toward I restoring for our children the American Dream that wealth is denied to no one, that each individual has the right to fly as high as his strength and ability will take him.... But we can not have such reform while our tax policy is engineered by people who view the tax as a means of achieving changes in our social structure....

Have we the courage and the will to face up to the immorality and discrimination of the progressive tax, and demand a return to traditional proportionate taxation? ... Today in our country the tax collector's share is 37 cents of every dollar earned. Freedom has never been so fragile, so close to slipping from our grasp.

Are you willing to spend time studying the issues, making yourself aware, and then conveying that information to family and friends? Will you resist the temptation to get a government handout for your community? Realize that the doctor's fight against socialized medicine is your fight. We can't socialize the doctors without socializing the patients. Recognize that government invasion of public power is eventually an assault upon your own business. If some among you fear taking a stand because you are afraid of reprisals from customers, clients, or even government, recognize that you are just feeding the crocodile hoping he'll eat you last.

If all of this seems like a great deal of trouble, think what's at stake. We are faced with the most evil enemy mankind has known in his long climb from the swamp to the stars. There can be no security anywhere in the free world if there is no fiscal and economic stability within the United States. Those who ask us to trade our freedom for the soup kitchen of the welfare state are architects of a policy of accommodation.

They say the world has become too complex for simple answers. They are wrong. There are no easy answers, but there are simple answers. We must have the courage to do what we know is morally right. Winston Churchill said that "the destiny of man is not measured by material computation. When great forces are on the move in the world, we learn we are spirits - not animals." And he said, "There is something going on in time and space, and beyond time and space, which, whether we like it or not, spells duty."

You and I have a rendezvous with destiny. We will preserve for our children this, the last best hope of man on earth, or we will sentence them to take the first step into a thousand years of darkness. If we fail, at least let our children and our children's children say of us we justified our brief moment here. We did all that could be done. -- Ronald Reagan, A Time for Choosing (1964)

Two from Aristotle

A tyrant must put on the appearance of uncommon devotion to religion. Subjects are less apprehensive of illegal treatment from a ruler whom they consider god-fearing and pious. On the other hand, they do less easily move against him, falsely believing that he has the gods on his side. -- Aristotle

The high-minded man must care more for the truth than for what people think. -- Aristotle

Jury Rights

The biggest and most powerful law enforcement agency in the United States has the absolute, non-negotiable power to ignore laws, judges and prosecutors, to keep people out of prison, to make any jury trial come out the way they want it, and to keep our government honest. What is this agency? A fully informed jury. -- The Fully Informed Jury Association

Turning in Their Graves

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 A. Beard

Who Are the Militia?

Who are the militia? Are they not ourselves? Is it feared, then, that we shall turn our arms each man against his own bosom? Congress shall have no power to disarm the militia. Their swords, and every other terrible implement of the soldier, are the birth-right of an American ... The 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. -- Tench Coxe  

Two from Lew Goldberg

If you feel driven to feed the poor, get your checkbook out and keep your tyrannical mouth shut about it. -- Lew Goldberg

...every Democrat, and almost every Republican in Congress today, if held to the standards expected of legislators in post-revolutionary America, would be guilty of treason and hung by the neck until dead. We are a nation of prostitutes in the sense that as long as we are fat, warm, and dry we don't care what Congress does. The few of us who complain regularly are simply spoiling the party.

... the American Colonists under King George III had it pretty good compared to us. They would wonder why we haven't taken up arms and seceded yet. -- Lew Goldberg

Change

So many Americans are so simple-minded, so stupid, so easy to sway. They are emotional loose cannons, just waiting on that one great promise to lead them to the golden land of easy chairs. The word CHANGE, in spite of its objective dictionary meaning, has become the pet phrase that's repeated over and over and over and over, by a totalitarian man who has spent years trying to get to the White House. And like good little automatons they parade behind the ruthless pig, jabbing their silly signs in the air, chanting "change," while they apply God-like greatness to their new Lord and Master. People are so desperate to be led - over a cliff, into the fire, straight to the gas chamber - it doesn't matter. Lead me Dear Great One. Throw me some bread, put on a circus or two, and I shall be your true-blue worshiper. -- Karen DeCoster

We Ought to be Ashamed

The Berlin Wall has fallen; the Romanian people dragged President Ceaucescu and his wife into a public square and riddled them with bullets, and laughed for days at the putrefaction, and rightly so. Even Putin's suspect Russia has adopted a fair flat-taxation system, of roughly 13% across-the-board. Much of the world admires the Founders' accomplishments, and yet We The Sheeple cower.

Did Thomas Jefferson waste his time? -- Todd Brendan Fahey

Three from George Mason

The laws of nature are the laws of God, whose authority can be superceded by no power on earth. A legislature must not obstruct our obedience to Him from whose punishment they cannot protect us. All human laws which contradict His laws we are in conscience bound to disobey. -- George Mason

To disarm the people is the best and most effectual way to enslave them. -- George Mason

That no free government, nor the blessings of liberty, can be preserved to any people but by ... a frequent recurrence to fundamental principles. -- George Mason

Liberals and Conspiracies

There does exist, and has existed for a generation, an international Anglophile network which operates, to some extent in the way the radical Right believes the Communists act. In fact, this network, which we may identify as the Round Table Groups, has no aversion to cooperating with the Communists, or any other groups, and frequently does so. I know of the operation of this network because I have studied it for twenty years, and was permitted for two years, in the early 1960s, to examine its papers and secret records.... [I]n general my chief difference of opinion is that it wishes to remain unknown... -- Carroll Quigley, Bill Clinton's mentor at Georgetown

Two from Woodrow Wilson

Some of the biggest men in the U. S., in the field of commerce and manufacturing, are afraid of somebody, are afraid of something. They know that there is a power somewhere so organized, so subtle, so watchful, so interlocked, so complete, so pervasive, that they had better not speak above their breath when they speak in condemnation of it. -- Woodrow Wilson

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. -- Woodrow Wilson

Nineteen from H.L. Mencken

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

An election is a sort of advance auction on the sale of stolen goods. -- H.L. Mencken

The most popular man under a democracy is not the most democratic man, but the most despotic man. The common folk delight in the exactions of such a man. They like him to boss them. Their natural gait is the goosestep. -- 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

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 a standard citizenry, to put down dissent and originality. -- H.L. Mencken

If a politician learned he had cannibals for constituents, he would promise them missionaries for dinner. -- H.L. Mencken

The most Dangerous Man, to any Government, is the man who is able to Think Things Out for himself. Almost inevitably, he comes to the conclusion that the Government he lives under is Dishonest, Insane and Intolerable. -- H.L. Mencken

The notion that a radical is one who hates his country is naive and usually idiotic. He is, more likely, one who likes his country more than the rest of us, and is thus disturbed more than the rest of us when he sees it debauched. He is not a bad citizen turning to crime; He is a good citizen driven to despair. -- H.L. Mencken

Five years of Prohibition have had, at least, this one benign effect: they have completely disposed of all the favorite arguments of the Prohibitionists. None of the great boons and usufructs that were to follow the passage of the Eighteenth Amendment has come to pass. There is not less drunkenness in the Republic, but more. There is not less crime, but more. There is not less insanity, but more. The cost of government is not smaller, but vastly greater. Respect for law has not increased, but diminished. -- H.L. Mencken

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

No one ever went broke underestimating the intelligence of the American public. -- H.L. Mencken

The men the American people admire most extravagantly are the greatest liars; the men they detest most violently are those who try to tell them the truth. -- 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

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

People do not expect to find chastity in a whorehouse. Why, then, do they expect to find honesty and humanity in government, a congeries of institutions whose modus operandi consists of lying, cheating, stealing, and if need be, murdering those who resist? -- H.L. Mencken

He can no more escape the tax-gatherer and the policemen, in all their protean and multitudinous guises, than he can escape the ultimate mortician. They beset him constantly, day in and day out…. They invade his liberty, affront his dignity, and greatly incommode his search for happiness, and every year they demand and wrest from him a larger and larger share of his worldly goods. -- H.L. Mencken

Seventeen from Joseph Sobran

The Constitution poses no threat to our current form of government. -- Joseph Sobran

It would be a healthy exercise for every politician to look in the mirror every morning and remind himself that he holds office only because, in a two-man race against another mediocrity, a modest majority of those half-informed people who imagined that their votes mattered reckoned that he was the lesser evil. And they weren't too sure about that. -- Joseph Sobran

One of the odd things about our mistakes is that after we commit ourselves to them, it becomes difficult even to perceive them as mistakes. We adapt to them, justify them, become dependent on them, and forget the alternatives to them, until we no longer have the mental detachment we had before we made them. They become almost impossible to disown, and we sacrifice our judgment to them.

And over time, our wrong turns are normalized and exalted as steps in the epic of progress. Anyone who proposes to correct them is given the standard homily:

"We can't turn back the clock!"

It's amazing how seldom societies ask themselves, before making a fateful decision, some simple questions:

What if this turns out to be a disastrous mistake? Will we be able to undo it? -- Joseph Sobran

The only thing George Bush did better than Ronald Reagan was pick a running mate. -- Joseph Sobran

Anything called a "program" is unconstitutional. -- Joseph Sobran

If you favor federal intervention at home, you're a liberal. If you favor federal intervention abroad, you're a conservative. If you favor both, you're a moderate. If you favor neither, you're an extremist.-- Joseph Sobran

“But what would you replace the state with?” The question reveals an inability to imagine human society without the state. Yet it would seem that an institution that can take 200,000,000 lives within a century hardly needs to be “replaced.” -- Joseph Sobran

As a spender of the taxpayer’s money, Bush is to Lyndon Johnson as Barry Bonds is to Babe Ruth. He has rewritten the record book. Some want him impeached; I’d settle for mandatory steroid testing. Weight-training alone can’t explain this man. -- Joseph Sobran

Most Americans aren't the sort of citizens the Founding Fathers expected; they are contented serfs. Far from being active critics of government, they assume that its might makes it right. -- Joseph Sobran

"Need" now means wanting someone else's money. "Greed" means wanting to keep your own. "Compassion" is when a politician arranges the transfer. -- Joseph Sobran

In one century we went from teaching Latin and Greek in high school to offering remedial English in college. -- Joseph Sobran

War has all the characteristics of socialism most conservatives hate: Centralized power, state planning, false rationalism, restricted liberties, foolish optimism about intended results, and blindness to unintended secondary results. -- Joseph Sobran

People who create things nowadays can expect to be prosecuted by highly moralistic people who are incapable of creating anything. There is no way to measure the chilling effect on innovation that results from the threats of taxation, regulation and prosecution against anything that succeeds. We'll never know how many ideas our government has aborted in the name protecting us. -- Joseph Sobran

What is the purpose of government? I will tell you.

It is to protect us from violence and fraud. And to ensure peace, here and around the world. And to manage the economy, promoting prosperity and full employment. And to abolish poverty. And to redress historical injustices. And to see to it that everyone is educated, preferably college educated. And to make sure we don't ingest harmful substances. And to guarantee fair compensation for farmers and laborers. And to provide assistance for artists. And to care for the homeless. And to preserve the environment. And to guarantee safe working conditions. And to protect minorities from discrimination. And to manage parks and forests. And to foster scientific research. And to build streets and highways. And to subsidize small businesses. And to send people into outer space.

In short, anything and everything is the government's proper concern.

Just the other day, for example, armed FBI agents raided five Indian reservations in Arizona to crack down on gambling. One of our government's many purposes -- somehow I forgot to include it in my list -- is to protect us from Indian gamblers. -- Joseph Sobran

The prospect of a government that treats all its citizens as criminal suspects is more terrifying than any terrorist. And even more frightening is a citizenry that can accept the surrender of its freedoms as the price of "freedom." -- Joseph Sobran

Your chances of meeting an IRS agent are far greater than your chances of meeting anyone you voted for. -- Joseph Sobran

Freedom has ceased to be a birthright; it has come to mean whatever we are still permitted to do. -- Joseph Sobran

Two From Gary Fallon

Jesus turned water into wine at the wedding at Cana (John 2:1-11) -- without a liquor license or a park permit, and that wine was most likely served to people under the age of 21. Modern day politicians would have thrown Jesus into jail for making alcohol without a license, distributing alcohol without a permit, and serving to underaged children. -- Gary Fallon

I don't mind losing elections as much as I mind losing my freedom. -- Gary Fallon

Fear and Change

Do not fear the government that fears the informed citizen. Become informed and change it.
Do not fear the government that fears the armed citizen. Become armed and change it. -- Joseph L. Hodge

Keep Your Hands to Yourself

I believe that if we had and would keep our dirty, bloody, dollar-soaked fingers out of the business of these 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 M. Shoup - Commandant of the Marine Corps 1960-63, winner of the Congressional Medal of Honor

Turn Off, Tune In and Clue In

Shut off the TV and radio, turn off your computer (check e-mails only as absolutely necessary), throw away the worldly newspapers and mags, and sit down with the Holy Bible and read that for a while and let God speak to your heart.  Do that for a month and see how much clearer your thinking will be, etc.

No Jesus, no peace; know Jesus, know Peace. -- Richard Bedi

Ron Paul Is Right

In the most recent Republican presidential debate, the loudest applause of the evening came when Rudy Giuliani rebuked Ron Paul’s suggestion that America’s long-term foreign policy of Middle East intervention might have helped to motivate the 9/11 attacks.

Why is that such a far-fetched idea? Yes, I know it’s nicer to think that in playing our self-appointed role of “global cop,” we are on the side of God and justice. But many people in the world hate us, and it’s not simply because they oppose our money and freedom. Many European countries also enjoy money and freedom yet mind their own business. Why don’t we see more terrorist attacks in those countries? -- Randy Braun

How Far We Have Fallen

Income tax day—when government agents command we submit to their ever-increasing demands for the money we earned—will soon be here again.

 

How far we have fallen from our heritage of freedom!  How meekly we cower before the implied threats of those who should be our servants!  How silently we tolerate their overt and arrogant squandering of our families' treasure!

 

Collectivists in every level of government—federal, state, county, city, school and other districts—oppose the fundamental principles of the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, and the Holy Bible.

 

God commanded, “Thou shall not steal.”  Taxation is theft.  Democracy—a political system whereby two wolves and one sheep vote on what’s for dinner—doesn’t alter the evil nature of taxation one iota.

 

Income tax day—when the IRS commands us to serve and support the smothering state—symbolizes shameful submission to the socialistic demons that disobey God’s laws.

 

The Founding Fathers would revolt at the servile cowardice of their progeny if they knew how readily we comply with the onerous demands of the devilish thieves who inhabit the dens of government. -- Steve Gresh

 

The Obamanthem

I find Republican/Conservative criticism of Obama as "messiah" to be fascinating and a whole lot hypocritical. Where were these Republicans when George W. Bush was hailed as the savior of mankind, the vanquisher of evil for all time and the one who would set all the captives free? Where were they when at least one church in Orange County, California, told its Sunday school students in 2004 that if Bush isn't re-elected, Jesus couldn't come back and the rapture couldn't happen? And where were they when adulating crowds yearned for Sarah Palin as God's anointed to lead the United States?

Obama's followers are motivated by religious (or religious-like) fervor -- they want to heal the world and let justice roll down like waters. The Kingdom of God that they seek is an earthly one they build with their own hands. They read prophetic commands for justice and think we human beings are capable of being just. But I find them little different than rightists who are seeking a Kingdom of God built by American military power and domination of the world, in which God's anointed one rules from the White House.

It should be remembered, God does the anointing, and not us. In Isaiah 45, God proclaims that Cyrus, the shahanshah of Persia, "his anointed one" even though Cyrus "does not know" God. And is not even one of God's people. -- Charles Featherstone

Four from Alan Stang

The purpose of a government investigation is to conceal what it is investigating. -- Alan Stang

What do I mean by “corporate Christianity?” I mean the mega-churches and groups, often associated with the name of a man, whose name could even appear in big letters on the side of the meeting-hall. I mean the prosperity place, where you go not so much to worship and celebrate Jesus as to perfect your own purpose, the smiley place where Satan is hardly ever mentioned, with the inevitable result that evil is so hard to recognize. -- Alan Stang

By now we are all used to how Washington works. The conspiracy for world government concocts and announces an emergency. It could be military. Someone “has attacked us.” It could be medical. “Millions of Americans lack health care. Or there is an epidemic.” It could be a natural disaster, like a hurricane. Or, maybe it is economic or cultural. “Women routinely are abused. They earn only a fraction of a man’s pay. Black people are deprived. Latinos are insulted.” Et cetera and so on. Then whichever marionette the conspirators have installed in the Oval Office at the time announces an emergency “solution.” -- Alan Stang

Wasn’t Paul a notorious jailbird? Wasn’t Peter? Wasn’t Jesus a criminal? He must have been, according to today’s pansy preachers, because the government—the Sanhedrin and the Romans—said He was. Didn’t He destroy property and use violence when He kicked the moneychangers out? Didn’t He break the law Himself?

If you preach that the government can do no wrong and must be obeyed blindly whatever it does, that is where you must wind up. Romans 13 means that you must obey and defer to government as long as it does what God installed it to do. When government stops doing what God installed it to do—stops clearly and incontrovertibly—your obedience is no longer required. Weren’t our Founding Fathers criminals?

Is God a Nazi? That is the question. If you subscribe to the preaching of today’s pansy preachers, you believe He is. You believe you must obey Hitler because he is the government. You believe you must defer to whatever crimes the government commits because of what some pansy preacher says about Romans 13. -- Alan Stang

Two from L. Neil Smith

Any official, appointed or elected, at any level of government, who attempts, through legislative act or other means, to nullify, evade, or avoid the provisions of the first ten amendments to this Constitution, or of the Thirteenth Amendment, shall be summarily removed from office, and, upon conviction, deprived of all pay and benefits including pension, and sentenced to imprisonment for life. -- L. Neil Smith

A vivid example is the so-called "War on Drugs". People say they don't want their children to be given or sold drugs. They don't want those who maintain civilization—bus drivers, brain surgeons—to use drugs, either. Secretly, they're afraid they might try drugs themselves and like them. So because they lack the character to do it themselves, they ask government to keep their kids in line, certify among those offering professional services, and help them avoid temptation.

With government "help" of course, the drug problem is worse than ever. Every year, it's reported that younger and younger children are using drugs, and that, despite the unspeakable practice of demanding that prospective employees meekly offer up their bodily fluids for scrutiny (a demand amounting to rape), nothing seems to stop not only the widespread use of traditional drugs, but the invention of many newer ones. The fact that drugs (like weapons) are plentiful and cheap in prisons—a completely supervised and controlled environment—shows exactly how effective we can expect any kind of prohibition to be.

Thanks to government activity in this area—increasing the risks involved, and creating artificial shortages of what would otherwise be extremely cheap agricultural or chemical products—the manufacture, transport, distribution, sale, and use of illegal drugs has become one of the largest industries in Western civilization, subsidized, in effect, by the influence that government has on the market, and vastly more competitive and rewarding than anything else happening in the economy.

And because the manufacture, transport, distribution, sale, and use of drugs is so competitive and rewarding—and at the same time, illegal—civilized means of protecting one's business and settling disputes with customers and competitors are unavailable, leading to turf wars, drive-by shootings, and all of the other crimes we once associated with alcohol Prohibition and now see associated with drug laws. -- L. Neil Smith

Prohibition Doesn't Work

The reign of tears is over. The slums will soon be a memory. We will turn our prisons into factories, and our jails into storehouses and corncribs. Men will walk upright now, women will smile, and the children will laugh. Hell will be forever for rent. -- Billy Sunday, on the evening before the Eighteenth Amendment took effect.

Prohibition goes beyond the bounds of reason in that it attempts to control a man's appetite by legislation, and makes a crime out of things that are not crimes. -- Abraham Lincoln

Vices Are Not Crimes

Vices are those acts by which a man harms himself or his property.

Crimes are those acts by which one man harms the person or property of another.

Vices are simply the errors which a man makes in his search after his own happiness. Unlike crimes, they imply no malice toward others, and no interference with their persons or property.

In vices, the very essence of crime --- that is, the design to injure the person or property of another --- is wanting. -- Lysander Spooner

Whores of a Different Color

The most dissolute whores in America do not wear skin-tight hot pants and low cut blouses. They wear business suits with dignified pinstripes, starched white collars, and two hundred-dollar silk ties. They will sell themselves to whomever and whatever will buy them -- usually on the cheap. They have become the most powerful, the most skilled whores in the history of the world, piously, willfully screwing us under the bedcovers of government in the largest brothel (polite name for whorehouse) in America, the Congress of the United States. -- Gerry Spence

Keeping Track...

Hmmmm, we have mind control, population control, weather control, and gun control. What's next?

How about people control?

How about a chip for everyone, either in their right hand or in their forehead, to make sure no one gets away with anything? Problem is, the Bible has a very strong warning not to do any such thing in Revelation 13, and who would want such a thing in the first place? I mean while "they" are keeping track of us, who will be keeping track of "them"? -- Cheryl DeJesus

All There Is to Know about Gun Control in 96 Words

Gun-control laws do not control crime because crimes are not committed by guns; they are committed by criminals. Criminals will always have guns because they do not obey laws, including anti-gun laws. Those without guns are easy prey for criminals with guns. Gun control encourages crime. The right to bear arms was included in the Bill of Rights, not to deter crime, but to deter oppressive government. Just governments honor and protect the right to bear arms. Oppressive governments fear and prohibit the right to bear arms. Guns are dangerous. The only thing more dangerous is not having them. -- G. Edward Griffin

Five from Martin Luther

Do not suppose that abuses are eliminated by destroying the object which is abused. Men can go wrong with wine and women. Shall we then prohibit and abolish women? -- Martin Luther

I am much afraid that schools will prove to be great gates of Hell unless they diligently labor in explaining the Holy Scriptures, engraving them in the hearts of youth. I advise no one to place his child where The Scriptures do not reign paramount. Every institution in which men are not increasingly occupied with the Word of God must become corrupt. -- Martin Luther

If I profess with the loudest voice and clearest exposition every portion of the truth of God except precisely that little point which the world and the devil are at that moment attacking, I am not confessing Christ however boldly I may be professing Christ. Where the battle rages there the loyalty of the soldier is proved; and to be steady on all the battlefield besides is mere flight and disgrace if he flinches at that point. -- Martin Luther

"Suppose my lord were wrong in going to war." I reply: If you know for sure that he is wrong, then you should fear God rather than men, (Acts 4:19, 5:29), and you should neither fight nor serve, for you cannot have a good conscience before God. "Oh, no," you say, "my lord would force me to do it; he would take away my fief and would not give me my money, pay and wages. Besides, I would be despised and put to shame as a coward, even worse, as a man who did not keep his word and deserted his lord in need." I answer: You must take that risk and, with God’s help, let whatever happens, happen. He can restore it to you a hundredfold, as he promises in the gospel, "Whoever leaves house, farm, wife, and property, will receive a hundredfold," etc. (Matthew 19:29) -- Martin Luther

Unless I am convinced by proofs from Scriptures or by plain and clear reasons and arguments, I can and will not retract, for it is neither safe nor wise to do anything against conscience. Here I stand. I can do no other. God help me. Amen. -- Martin Luther

Six from Patrick Henry

For my part, whatever anguish of spirit it may cost, I am willing to know the whole truth; to know the worst, and provide for it. -- Patrick Henry

The great object is that every man be armed. Everyone who is able may have a gun. -- Patrick Henry

Show me that age and country where the rights and liberties of the people were placed on the sole chance of their rulers being good men without a consequent loss of liberty! I say that the loss of that dearest privilege has ever followed, with absolute certainty, every such mad attempt. -- Patrick Henry

It cannot be emphasized too clearly and too often that this nation was founded, not by religionists, but by Christians; not on religion, but on the gospel of Jesus Christ. For this very reason, peoples of other faiths have been afforded asylum, prosperity, and freedom of worship here. -- Patrick Henry

This is no time for ceremony. The question before the House is one of awful moment to this country. For my own part, I consider it as nothing less than a question of freedom or slavery; and in proportion to the magnitude of the subject ought to be the freedom of the debate. It is only in this way that we can hope to arrive at truth, and fulfill the great responsibility which we hold to God and our country. Should I keep back my opinions at such a time, through fear of giving offense, I should consider myself as guilty of treason towards my country, and of an act of disloyalty toward the Majesty of Heaven, which I revere above all earthly kings. Gentlemen may cry, Peace, Peace -- but there is no peace. The war is actually begun! The next gale that sweeps from the north will bring to our ears the clash of resounding arms! Our brethren are already in the field! Why stand we here idle? What is it that gentlemen wish? What would they have? Is life so dear, or peace so sweet, as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery? Forbid it, Almighty God! I know not what course others may take; but as for me, give me liberty or give me death! -- Patrick Henry

Guard with jealous attention the public liberty. Suspect everyone who approaches the jewel. Unfortunately, nothing will preserve it but downright force. Whenever you give up that force, you are inevitably ruined. -- Patrick Henry

Political Definitions

A ''Democrat'' is a ''Communist'' that votes.
A "Republican'' is a ''Democrat'' thats been robbed.
A ''Libertarian'' is a ''Republican'' thats been arrested.
An "Anarchist'' is a ''Libertarian'' that was arrested by the guy that robbed him. -- Anonymous

Four from Pat Buchanan

He invaded Kuwait, a sandbox half the size of Denmark, and got tossed out after a 100-hour ground war. His country has been overflown 40,000 times by U.S. and British planes, and he has not been able to shoot a single plane down. He has no navy, a fourth-rate air force, and a shrunken, demoralized army. His economy is not 1 percent of ours.

No, senators, this is not the Fuehrer and the Republican Guard is not the Wehrmacht. As Marx said, history repeats itself – first as tragedy, then as farce. -- Pat Buchanan

The dynamiting of the King David Hotel convinced the British to accelerate their departure from Palestine. Zionist terror ended. Mau Mau terror ended when the Brits left Kenya. When De Gaulle cut Algeria loose, FLN terror ended. When Reagan withdrew his Marines from Beirut, anti-American terror ended in Lebanon.

Lesson? The price of empire is terror. The price of occupation is terror. The price of interventionism is terror. -- Pat Buchanan

Democratic imperialism is still imperialism. To Islamic peoples, whether the Crusaders come in the name of God or in the name of democracy, they are still Crusaders. -- Pat Buchanan

The character of Islamic peoples, formed by their history, beliefs and faith, has, for centuries, called authoritarians to power. If we dethrone their tyrants, dismantle their states, and disband their armies, when we depart, the character of the people will recreate the institutions we tore down. Human beings are not clean sheets of paper on which idealistic Wilsonian Man can write his blueprints for society. -- Pat Buchanan

Three from Benjamin Rush, M.D.

A simple democracy is the devil's own government. -- Benjamin Rush, M.D.

Unless we put medical freedom into the Constitution, the time will come when medicine will organize into an undercover dictatorship ... To restrict the art of healing to one class of men and deny equal privileges to others will constitute the Bastille of medical science. All such laws are un-American and despotic and have no place in a republic ... The Constitution of this republic should make special privilege for medical freedom as well as religious freedom. -- Benjamin Rush, M.D.

I lament that we waste so much time and money in punishing crimes and take so little pains to prevent them…we neglect the only means of establishing and perpetuating our republican forms of government; that is, the universal education of our youth in the principles of Christianity by means of the Bible; for this Divine Book, above all others, constitutes the soul of republicanism.

Let the children who are sent to those schools be taught to read and write and above all, let both sexes be carefully instructed in the principles and obligations of the Christian religion. This is the most essential part of education” The great enemy of the salvation of man, in my opinion, never invented a more effectual means of extirpating [removing] Christianity from the world than by persuading mankind that it was improper to read the Bible at schools. -- Benjamin Rush, M.D.

Early Detection of Tyranny

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. -- Supreme Court Justice William O. Douglas

Five from John F. Kennedy

We are not afraid to entrust the American people with unpleasant facts, foreign ideas, alien philosophies, and competitive values. For 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

By calling attention to 'a well regulated militia', the 'security' of the nation, and the right of each citizen 'to keep and bear arms', our founding fathers recognized the essentially civilian nature of our economy. Although it is extremely unlikely that the fears of governmental tyranny which gave rise to the Second Amendment will ever be a major danger to our nation, the Amendment still remains an important declaration of our basic civilian-military relationships, in which every citizen must be ready to participate in the defense of his country. For that reason, I believe the Second Amendment will always be important. -- John F. Kennedy

Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable. -- John F. Kennedy

We must face the fact that the U.S. is neither omnipotent nor omniscient and that we are only six percent of the world’s population and that we cannot impose our will upon the other 94 percent of mankind. We cannot right every wrong or reverse each adversity and that therefore there cannot be an American solution to every world problem. -- John F. Kennedy

The very word “secrecy” is repugnant in a free and open society; and we are as a people inherently and historically opposed to secret societies, to secret oaths and to secret proceedings. We decided long ago that the dangers of excessive and unwarranted concealment of pertinent facts far outweighed the dangers which are cited to justify it. Even today, there is little value in opposing the threat of a closed society by imitating its arbitrary restrictions. Even today, there is little value in insuring the survival of our nation if our traditions do not survive with it. And there is very grave danger that an announced need for increased security will be seized upon by those anxious to expand its meaning to the very limits of official censorship and concealment. That I do not intend to permit to the extent that it is in my control. And no official of my Administration, whether his rank is high or low, civilian or military, should interpret my words here tonight as an excuse to censor the news, to stifle dissent, to cover up our mistakes or to withhold from the press and the public the facts they deserve to know.

For we are opposed around the world by a monolithic and ruthless conspiracy that relies primarily on covert means for expanding its sphere of influence–on infiltration instead of invasion, on subversion instead of elections, on intimidation instead of free choice, on guerrillas by night instead of armies by day. It is a system which has conscripted vast human and material resources into the building of a tightly knit, highly efficient machine that combines military, diplomatic, intelligence, economic, scientific and political operations.

Its preparations are concealed, not published. Its mistakes are buried, not headlined. Its dissenters are silenced, not praised. No expenditure is questioned, no rumor is printed, no secret is revealed. It conducts the Cold War, in short, with a war-time discipline no democracy would ever hope or wish to match.

Without debate, without criticism, no Administration and no country can succeed–and no republic can survive. That is why the Athenian lawmaker Solon decreed it a crime for any citizen to shrink from controversy. And that is why our press was protected by the First Amendment– the only business in America specifically protected by the Constitution -- not primarily to amuse and entertain, not to emphasize the trivial and the sentimental, not to simply “give the public what it wants”–but to inform, to arouse, to reflect, to state our dangers and our opportunities, to indicate our crises and our choices, to lead, mold, educate and sometimes even anger public opinion. -- John F. Kennedy

Ten from Daniel Webster

Where is it written in the Constitution, in what article or section is it contained, that you may take children from their parents and parents from their children, and compel them to fight the battles of any war in which the folly and wickedness of the government may engage itself? Under what concealment has this power lain hidden, which now for the first time comes forth, with a tremendous and baleful aspect, to trample down and destroy the dearest right of personal liberty? Who will show me any Constitutional injunction which makes it the duty of the American people to surrender everything valuable in life, and even life, itself, whenever the purposes of an ambitious and mischievous government may require it? ... A free government with an uncontrolled power of military conscription is the most ridiculous and abominable contradiction and nonsense that ever entered into the heads of men. -- Daniel Webster

If we and our posterity...live always in the fear of God and shall respect His Commandments...we may have the highest hopes of the future fortunes of our country....

But if we...neglect religious instruction and authority; violate the rules of eternal justice, trifle with the injunctions of morality, and recklessly destroy the constitution which holds us together, no man can tell how sudden a catastrophe may overwhelm us and bury all our glory in profound obscurity. -- Daniel Webster

God grants liberty only to those who love it, and are always ready to guard and defend it. -- Daniel Webster

Good intentions will always be pleaded for any assumption of power. 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

Hold on, my friends, to the Constitution and to the Republic for which it stands. Miracles do not cluster and what has happened once in 6,000 years, may not happen again. Hold on to the Constitution, for if the American Constitution should fail, there will be anarchy throughout the world. -- Daniel Webster

While I trust that liberty and free institutions, as we have experienced them, may ultimately spread over the globe, I am by no means sure that all people are fit for them; nor am I desirous of imposing or forcing our peculiar form upon any other nation that does not wish to embrace them. -- Daniel Webster

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

Of all the contrivances for cheating the laboring classes of mankind, none has been more effectual than that which deludes them with paper money. -- Daniel Webster

We are in danger of being overwhelmed with irredeemable paper, mere paper, representing not gold nor silver; no, Sir, representing nothing but broken promises, bad faith, bankrupt corporations, cheated creditors, and a ruined people. -- Daniel Webster

How is it supposed that when different parties enter into a compact for certain purposes either can disregard one provision of it and expect others to observe the rest...If the Northern States wilfully and deliberately refuse to carry out their part of the Constitution, the South would no longer be bound to keep the compact...A bargain broken by one side is broken on all sides. -- Daniel Webster

Three from Noah Webster

Before a standing army can rule, the people must be disarmed; as they are in almost every kingdom in Europe. The supreme power in America cannot enforce unjust laws by the sword, because the whole body of the people are armed, and constitute a force superior to any band of regular troops that can be, on any pretence, raised in the United States. A military force, at the command of Congress, can execute no laws, but such as the people perceive to be just and constitutional; for they will possess the power, and jealousy will instantly inspire the inclination, to resist the execution of a law which appears to them unjust and oppressive. -- Noah Webster

Men, from the beginning of the world, have been devising forms of government best adapted to secure their safety, property, peace, justice and liberty. Numerous forms have been tried: monarchy, aristocracy and democracy. After all their efforts, a perfect government has not yet been found. In the best form hitherto devised, defects have been discovered, which have frustrated the hopes of the founders. And what is the reason? Why, the reason is comprised in a few words: Men have not obeyed God's precepts. This is the reason, the prominent cause of all political evils. Rulers, when hereditary, are often corrupt men, indulging in all sensual vices, ambition, selfishness, war; in short, they seek their own pleasure and grandeur, rather than the happiness of their subjects. In republics, in which rulers are elected by the people, or some portion of them, the case is sometimes better; but in this form of government men have hitherto been disappointed. Corrupt, selfish men, are often elected, and such men abuse their authority, neglect or violate the laws and occasion great public evils. -- Noah Webster

When you become entitled to exercise the right of voting for public officers, let it be impressed on your mind that God commands you to choose for rulers, just men who will rule in the fear of God. The preservation of a republican government depends on the faithful discharge of this duty; If the citizens neglect their duty and place unprincipled men in office, the government will soon be corrupted; laws will be made not for the public good so much as for the selfish or local purposes; Corrupt or incompetent men will be appointed to execute the Laws; the public revenues will be squandered on unworthy men; and the rights of the citizens will be violated or disregarded. If a republican government fails to secure public prosperity and happiness, it must be because the citizens neglect the divine commands, and elect bad men to make and administer the Laws. -- Noah Webster

Three from Judge Andrew Napolitano

But when the president says that his first job is to keep us safe, He is dead wrong. Read the oath of office: His first job is not to keep us safe, but to keep us free (by upholding the Constitution). When you have this value judgment between freedom and safety, I’d rather have freedom with danger than slavery with safety. -- Judge Andrew Napolitano

I believe we have a one party system in this country, called the big-government party. There is a Republican branch that likes war and deficits and assaulting civil liberties. There is a Democratic branch that likes welfare and taxes and assaulting commercial liberties. -- Judge Andrew Napolitano

Killing by the government is a crime, except in self-defense, in war on the battlefield, and after a verdict by a jury for the death penalty. Self-defense means that a person or a group or a country is just about to attack the U.S. War means that Congress has declared war on the person, group or country. And a jury verdict means that there was a trial. None of those conditions existed with Bin Laden. -- Judge Andrew Napolitano

The Road to Hell...

Most of the major ills of the world have been caused by well-meaning people who ignored the principle of individual freedom, except as applied to themselves, and who were obsessed with fanatical zeal to improve the lot of mankind-in-the-mass through some pet formula of their own. The harm done by ordinary criminals, murderers, gangsters, and thieves is negligible in comparison with the agony inflicted upon human beings by the professional do-gooders, who attempt to set themselves up as gods on earth and who would ruthlessly force their views on all others - with the abiding assurance that the end justifies the means. -- Henry Grady Weaver

Three from Malcolm Muggeridge

Only as children of God are we equal; all other claims to equality -- social, economic, racial, intellectual, sexual -- only serve in practice to intensify inequality. -- Malcolm Muggeridge

People do not believe lies because they have to, but because they want to. -- Malcolm Muggeridge

The efforts that men make to bring about their own happiness, their own ease of life, their own self-indulgence, will in due course produce the opposite, leading me to the absolutely inescapable conclusion that human beings cannot live and operate in this world without some concept of a being greater than themselves, and of a purpose which transcends their own egotistic or greedy desires. Once you eliminate the notion of a God, once you eliminate the notion that the creator has a purpose for us, and that life consists essentially in fulfilling that purpose, then you are bound, as Pascal points out, to induce the megalomania of which we've seen so many manifestations in our time. -- Malcolm Muggeridge

No Just War Or Wise War

For God's sake, do not drag me into another war! I am worn down, and worn out, with crusading and defending Europe, and protecting mankind; I must think a little of myself. I am sorry for the Spaniards -- I am sorry for the Greeks -- I deplore the fate of the Jews; the people of the Sandwich Islands are groaning under the most detestable tyranny; Baghdad is oppressed, I do not like the present state of the Delta; Tibet is not comfortable. Am I to fight for all these people? The world is bursting with sin and sorrow. Am I to be champion of the Decalogue, and to be eternally raising fleets and armies to make all men good and happy? We have just done saving Europe, and I am afraid the consequence will be, that we shall cut each other's throats. No war, dear Lady Grey! -- No eloquence; but apathy, selfishness, common sense, arithmetic! I beseech you, secure Lord Grey's swords and pistols, as the housekeeper did Don Quixote's armour. If there is another war, life will not be worth having.

May the vengeance of Heaven overtake the Legitimates of Verona! but, in the present state of rent and taxes, they must be left to the vengeance of Heaven. I allow fighting in such a cause to be a luxury, but the business of a prudent, sensible man is to guard against luxury.

There is no such thing as a just war, or at least, as a wise war. -- Sydney Smith to Lady Grey, 1832

This Would Not Be America

Of course, there is no doubt that if we lived in a police state, it would be easier to catch terrorists. If we lived in a country that allowed the police to search your home at any time for any reason; if we lived in a country that allowed the government to open your mail, eavesdrop on your phone conversations, or intercept your email communications; if we lived in a country that allowed the government to hold people in jail indefinitely based on what they write or think, or based on mere suspicion that they are up to no good, then the government would no doubt discover and arrest more terrorists. But that probably would not be a country in which we would want to live. And that would not be a country for which we could, in good conscience, ask our young people to fight and die. In short, that would not be America. -- Senator Russ Feingold (D-WI)

The Old Paths

 I liked the old paths, when
  Moms were at home.
  Dads were at work.
  Brothers went into the army.
  And sisters got married BEFORE having children! 

Crime did not pay;
  Hard work did;
  And people knew the difference. 

Moms could cook;
  Dads would work;
  Children would behave.. 

 Husbands were loving;
  Wives were supportive;
  and children were polite.

Women wore the jewelry;
  and Men wore the pants.
  Women looked like ladies;
  Men looked like gentlemen;
  and children looked decent. 

 People loved the truth,
  and hated a lie;
  they came to church to get IN,
  Not to get OUT! 

 Hymns sounded Godly;
  Sermons sounded helpful;
  Rejoicing sounded normal;
  and crying sounded sincere. 

Cursing was wicked;
  Drinking was evil;
  and divorce was unthinkable

The flag was honored;
  America was beautiful;
  and God was welcome! 

We read the Bible in public;
  Prayed in school;
  And preached from house to house
  To be called an American was worth dying for;
  To be called a Christian was worth living for;
  To be called a traitor was a shame! 

Sex was a personal word.
  Homosexual was an unheard of word,
  and abortion was an illegal word.

Preachers preached because they had a message;
  and Christians rejoiced because they had the VICTORY!
  Preachers preached from the Bible;
  Singers sang from the heart;
  and sinners turned to the Lord to be SAVED!

A new birth meant a new life;
  Salvation meant a changed life;
  Following Christ led to eternal life. 

Being a preacher meant you proclaimed the word of God;
  Being a deacon meant you would serve the Lord;
  Being a Christian meant you would live for Jesus;
  And being a sinner meant someone was praying for you! 

Laws were based on the Bible;
  Homes read the Bible;
  and churches taught the Bible. 

Preachers were more interested in new converts,
  than new clothes and new cars.
  God was worshiped;
  Christ was exalted;
  and the Holy Spirit was respected. 

Church was where you found Christians
  on the Lord's day, rather than in the garden,
  on the creek bank, on the golf course,
  or being entertained somewhere else. 

I still like the old paths the best! -- Anonymous

Lost Individuality

Have you nothing of your own?  Nothing to stand on that is not provided, defined, delineated, stamped, sanctioned, numbered and approved by others?  How can you be expected to fight for someone else when you haven't the barest idea of who you are? -- Sebastian, the Inquisitor from Babylon 5

Ze ID Please

In the 19th century, it was sufficient to ask who you are. In the 20th century, it was sufficient to show who you are. In the 21st century, you will have to prove who you are. -- Tate Preston, Vice President of Datacard

Framing the Question

Understand that all battles are waged on an unconscious level before they are begun on the conscious one, and this battle is no different. The power structure wishes us to believe that the only options available are those which they present to us, we know this is simply not true, and therefore we must redefine the terrain of this conflict, and clearly, it is a conflict of worldviews and agendas. -- Teresa Stover

Five from Jay Leno

They keep talking about drafting a Constitution for Iraq. Why don't we just give them ours? It was written by a lot of really smart guys, it's worked for over 200 years, and we're not using it anymore. -- Jay Leno

The Supreme Court has ruled that medicinal marijuana use is illegal. That ought to teach those people to come down with cancer! -- Jay Leno

In his speech the other night President Bush called for the National Guard to patrol the U.S.-Mexican border. The guard will track down and find illegals. I don’t know, that’s not really what the guard’s job is. They’re trained to fight, not track and find people. Lets be honest, the guard couldn't track and find President Bush when he was in the National Guard. -- Jay Leno

Do we need a constitutional amendment? Is that the most important issue facing the country today -- gay marriage? We were off last week, so apparently we must have caught bin Laden. -- Jay Leno

Is anybody really that surprised that Hillary Clinton is running for president? I'm not surprised. I mean, if you were married to Bill Clinton ... wouldn't you want to be able to tap his phone, read his mail, and torture him? -- Jay Leno

Who's in Charge?

Today the path of total dictatorship in the United States can be laid by strictly legal means, unseen and unheard by the Congress, the President, or the people. Outwardly we have a Constitutional government. We have operating within our government and political system, another body representing another form of government -- a bureaucratic elite. -- Senator William Jenner, 1954

Two from Paul Proctor

... those who refuse the government leash, regardless of their good behavior, are considered dangerous and should be demonized and destroyed for the good of society. This is why the Davidians were burned alive in Waco.....an offering to the gods of globalism, courtesy of Big Bubba. -- Paul Proctor

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

The Apex of the Pyramid

The powers of financial capitalism had (a) far-reaching aim, nothing less than to create a world system of financial control in private hands able to dominate the political system of each country and the economy of the world as a whole. This system was to be controlled in a feudalist fashion by the central banks of the world acting in concert, by secret agreements arrived at in frequent meetings and conferences. The apex of the systems was to be the Bank for International Settlements in Basel, Switzerland, a private bank owned and controlled by the world's central banks which were themselves private corporations. Each central bank...sought to dominate its government by its ability to control Treasury loans, to manipulate foreign exchanges, to influence the level of economic activity in the country, and to influence cooperative politicians by subsequent economic rewards in the business world. -- Carroll Quigley

Glory is Fleeting

For over a thousand years, Roman conquerors returning from the wars enjoyed the honor of a triumph, a tumultuous parade. In the procession came trumpeters and musicians and strange animals from the conquered territories together with carts laden with treasure and captured armaments. The conqueror rode in a triumphal chariot with the dazed prisoners walking in chains before him. Sometimes, his children, robed in white, stood with him in the chariot, or rode the trace horses. A slave stood behind the conqueror holding a golden crown and whispering in his ear a warning that all glory is fleeting. -- General George S. Patton

Armed Neutrality

The best and first guarantor of our neutrality and our independent existence is the defensive will of the people…and the proverbial marksmanship of the Swiss shooter. Each soldier a good marksman! Each shot a hit! -- Schweizerische Schuetzenzeitung (Swiss Shooting Federation) April, 1941

California, 1850

Do you know what happened this week back in 1850, in California? California became a state. The State had no electricity. The State had no money. Almost everyone spoke Spanish. There were gun fights in the streets. So basically, it was just like California today except the women had real breasts and men didn't hold hands. -- Anonymous

Eight from Winston Churchill

If you will not fight for right when you can easily win without bloodshed; if you will not fight when your victory is sure and not too costly; you may come to the moment when you will have to fight with all the odds against you and only a precarious chance of survival. There may even be a worse case. You may have to fight when there is no hope of victory, because it is better to perish than to live as slaves. -- Winston Churchill

From the days of Spartacus, Weishaupt, Karl Marx, Trotsky, Belacoon, Rosa Luxenburg, and Emma Goldman, this world conspiracy has been steadily growing. This conspiracy played a definite recognizable role in the tragedy of the French revolution. It has been the mainspring of every subversive movement during the 19th Century. And now at last this band of extraordinary personalities from the underworld of the great cities of Europe and America have gripped the Russian people by the hair of their head and have become the undisputed masters of that enormous empire. -- Winston Churchill

America should have minded her own business and stayed out of the World War. If you hadn’t entered the war the Allies would have made peace with Germany in the spring of 1917. Had we made peace then there would have been no collapse in Russia followed by Communism, no breakdown in Italy followed by Fascism, and Germany would not have signed the Versailles Treaty, which has enthroned Nazism in Germany. If America had stayed out of the war, all of these "isms" wouldn’t today be sweeping the continent and breaking down parliamentary government, and if England had made peace early in 1917, it would have saved over one million British, French, American and other lives. -- Winston Churchill

The power of the Executive to cast a man into prison without formulating any charge known to the law, and particularly to deny him the judgment of his peers, is in the highest degree odious and is the foundation of all totalitarian government whether Nazi or Communist. -- Winston Churchill

Socialism is the philosophy of failure, the creed of ignorance, and the gospel of envy. Its inherent virtue is the equal sharing of misery. -- Winston Churchill

The best argument against democracy is a five-minute conversation with the average voter. -- Winston Churchill

Truth is incontrovertible, ignorance can deride it, panic may resent it, malice may destroy it, but there it is. -- Winston Churchill

This is no time for ease and comfort. It is the time to dare and endure. -- Winston Churchill

The Why of Taxes

The Government has been compelled to levy taxes which unavoidably hit large sections of the population. The Italian people are disciplined, silent and calm, they work and know that there is a Government which governs, and know, above all, that if this Government hits cruelly certain sections of the Italian people, it does not so out of caprice, but from the supreme necessity of national order. -- Benito Mussolini

If "A", then "B"

Control's real name is bondage. The logical conclusion would be, if giving up some rights produces a better society, then by giving up all our rights we could produce a perfect society. -- Citizens' Rule Book

Seven from Charley Reese...

Utopians are like a rhinoceros trying to stamp out a forest fire. All too often in its frustration it becomes dangerous. Instead of realizing that their schemes are flawed, they begin to see their perfect society being frustrated by people. If we can get rid of only those people, then the scheme would work, they say, and the blood begins to flow. -- Charley Reese

Americans need to understand the difference between patriotism and nationalism. A patriot loves his land and his people. A nationalist loves his government. The patriot voluntarily does what is necessary to protect his land and his people. A nationalist blindly obeys his government. -- Charley Reese

The universal franchise is a bad idea. The notion that the destiny of the nation should be put in the hands of ignoramuses, parasites, boobs, party hacks and idiots is absurd on its face. -- Charley Reese

I wish there were some way we could gather up all these chicken hawks, put them on a plane with rifles and parachutes and dump them out over Fallujah. If they're so enthusiastic about war, they ought to participate in it. Instead, they are like a bunch of kids urging someone else to fight so they can be entertained. There is hardly a more contemptible role a human being can play than being a vicarious warrior. -- Charley Reese

Just keep in mind that no terrorist has an army; no terrorist controls a country or even a city. Terrorists are nothing more than criminal gangs scattered about and perpetually on the run. When they occasionally draw blood, it is usually at the cost of their own lives. However magnified they might be in Cheney's murky mind, they are in reality losers, doomed to die for lost causes. -- Charlie Reese

Powers once assumed are never relinquished, just as bureaucracies, once created, never die. -- Charley Reese

The intention is often to intimidate those who disagree with them. Nobody who claims to be an American should ever allow himself to be intimidated by anybody for any reason. To forfeit the right of free speech out of fear should be unacceptable in the United States. A million or more Americans didn't give their lives so Americans could become sheep. It is especially shameful to be a sheep in America, because nothing bad is going to happen to you for speaking out. You may be slandered or questioned, but you won't be tortured, shot or imprisoned.

How'd you like to be standing in a long line before God on Judgment Day hearing the stories of people who confronted evil and paid for it with their lives? And all the time knowing that when your turn comes, you'll have to say, "Well, I never spoke out against the wrongs or injustices I saw in my country because I was afraid somebody would call me a bad name or not invite me to tea."

People who live in a free society but don't avail themselves of their freedom are like people dying of thirst while standing in a pool of sweet water. You are free. You have unalienable rights. Use them. If you don't use them, you might as well not have them. They exist only in use. Even dictatorships will let you babble on about trivial matters such as sports and entertainment.

But the men who pledged their lives, their fortunes and their sacred honor to the concepts of freedom expressed in the Declaration of Independence were not taking those risks so people could gossip about inconsequential matters. They did not write the First Amendment for the benefit of pornographers and nude dancers or dirty-mouthed comics. The First Amendment is there to ensure a free discussion of political and other ideas that are important to establishing a civil society, and to pursue truth. -- Charley Reese

Liberals Used to Get It

But the right of citizens to bear arms is just one more guarantee against arbitrary government, and one more safeguard against a tyranny which now appears remote in America, but which historically has proved to be always possible. -- Hubert Humphrey

I carried it (a revolver) religiously and during the summer I asked a friend, a man who had been one of Franklin's bodyguards in New York State, to give me some practice in target shooting so that if the need arose I would know how to use the gun. -- Eleanor Roosevelt

Two from William Pitt

The poorest man may, in his cottage, bid defiance to all the forces of the Crown. It may be frail, its roof may shake; the wind may blow though it; the storm may enter; the rain may enter; but the King of England may not enter; all his force dares not cross the threshold of the ruined tenement. -- William Pitt

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

Your Home, Your Castle

Now, one of the most essential branches of English liberty is the freedom of one’s house. A man’s house is his castle; and while he is quiet, he is as well guarded as a prince in his castle. This writ, if it should be declared legal, would totally annihilate this privilege. Customhouse officers may enter our houses when they please; we are commanded to permit their entry. Their menial servants may enter, may break locks, bars, and everything in their way; and whether they break through malice or revenge, no man, no court can inquire. Bare suspicion without oath is sufficient. -- James Otis, warning of the dangers of the Writs of Assistance, 1761

Power Like a River

Power may justly be compared to a great river. While kept within its due bounds it is both beautiful and useful. But when it overflows its banks, it is then too impetuous to be stemmed; it bears down all before it, and brings destruction and desolation wherever it comes. If, then, this is the nature of power, let us at least do our duty, and like wise men who value freedom use our utmost care to support liberty, the only bulwark against lawless power, which in all ages has sacrificed to its wild lust and boundless ambition the blood of the best men that ever lived. -- Andrew Hamilton

The Morphing of Christianity

Christianity started in Palestine as a fellowship; it moved to Greece and became a philosophy; it moved to Italy and became an institution; it moved to Europe and became a culture; it came to America and became an enterprise. -- Sam Pascoe

Pity the Fool

We must pity the poor wretched timid soul who is too faint-hearted to resist his oppressors. He sings the song of the damned: "I can't fight back; I have too much to lose; I own too much property; I have worked too hard to get what I have; They will put me out of business if I resist; I might go to jail; I have my family to think about." Such poor miserable creatures have misplaced values and are hiding their cowardice behind pretended family responsibility - blindly refusing to see that the most glorious legacy that one can bequeath to posterity is liberty; and that the only true security is liberty. -- Marvin Cooley

Pity the Partisan Fools

Of course, it’s all a fraud, designed to distract people from the overriding reality of political life, which is that the state and its principal supporters are constantly screwing the rest of us, regardless of which party happens to control the presidency and the Congress. Amid all the partisan sound and fury, hardly anybody notices that political reality boils down to two “parties”: (1) those who, in one way or another, use state power to bully and live at the expense of others; and (2) those unfortunate others.

Yet, rather than hating the predatory state, the masses have been conditioned to love this blood-soaked beast and even, if called upon, to lay down their lives and the lives of their children on its behalf. From my vantage point on the outside, peering in, I am perpetually mystified that so many people are taken in by the phony claims and obscurantist party rhetoric. As the song says, “clowns to the left of me, jokers to the right,” but unlike the fellow in the song, I am not “stuck in the middle.” Instead, I float above all of this wasted emotion, looking down on it with disgust and sadness. Moreover, as an economist, I am compelled to regret such an enormously inefficient allocation of hatred. -- Robert Higgs

Two from Karen Kwiatkowski

The tsunami of MCA 2006, like all tsunamis in the open ocean, causes no stir, no alarm. It gives little warning, and only those who understand the ocean and are watching for just such a disturbance notice what has happened. -- Karen Kwiatkowski, Lt. Col., USAF (Retired)

That so many people - candidates and voters - are today willing to buck the GOP is a sign of the times, and a sign of GOP decay. The facts have not been kind to the Republican Party over the adult lifetimes of most Americans. We saw an explosion of government growth, illegal wars, and monetary compromise under Nixon. We suffered the Ford administration’s elevation of Cheney and Rumsfeld, both of whom would haunt Washington, D.C. and threaten the Constitution for decades. We had the inspiring years of Reagan but were told that conservatism meant deficits didn’t matter. We were embarrassed and betrayed by the young Gingrichians and the false promises of their Contract with America. More recently we had a dozen years of Bush mediocrity bringing a flood of spending and borrowing, and the tenacious growth of the neo-conservative warfare-welfare state. Any honest conservative still clinging to the Republican Party in my lifetime must be both philosophically challenged and deeply morose. -- Karen Kwiatkowski, Lt. Col., USAF (Retired)

Gangsta Politicians

I have started referring to the two gangster parties as Crips (Blue) and Bloods (Red). As in,

Nancy Pelosi (Crip-CA)
John McCain (Blood-AZ) -- Adam Muntner

Seven from Adolf Hitler

Make the lie big, make it simple, keep saying it, and eventually they will believe it. -- Adolf Hitler

What luck for rulers that men do not think. -- Adolf Hitler

The victor will never be asked if he told the truth. -- Adolf Hitler

It is thus necessary that the individual should finally come to realize that his own ego is of no importance in comparison with the existence of his nation; that the position of the individual ego is conditioned solely by the interests of the nation as a whole...that above all, the unity of a nation's spirit and will are worth far more than the freedom of the spirit and will of an individual...we understand only the individual's capacity to make sacrifices for the community, for his fellow man. -- Adolf Hitler

This year will go down in history. For the first time, a civilized nation has full gun registration! Our streets will be safer, our police more efficient, and the world will follow our lead into the future! -- Adolf Hitler

Only force rules. Force is the first law. -- Adolf Hitler

The leader of genius must have the ability to make different opponents appear as if they belonged to one category. -- Adolf Hitler

What an Awful Business Politics Is

This gibberish could run on forever and even now I can see myself falling into the old trap that plagues every writer who gets sucked into this rotten business. You find yourself getting fascinated by the drifts and strange quirks of the game. Even now, before I've even finished this article, I can already feel the compulsion to start handicapping politics and primaries like it was all just another fat Sunday of pro football.... After several weeks of this you no longer give a flying f*** who actually wins; the only thing that matters is the point-spread. -- Hunter Thompson

Two from Jacob Hornberger

At the hearing on the writ of habeas corpus, the judge hears sworn testimony. If he determines that the prisoner is being held without just cause, he orders the jailer to release him, and the jailer is required to comply with the judge’s order. In our example, the judge might say, “The First Amendment to the Constitution guarantees the right of people to criticize their government and its policies and there are no exceptions for crises or emergencies, including war. The law that converts government critics into aiders and abetters of terrorism is unconstitutional. You are hereby ordered to release the petitioner immediately.” Absent appeals, the prisoner would go free at the conclusion of the hearing. In the event of appeals, petitions for writ of habeas corpus are usually given priority over most other appellate cases. -- Jacob Hornberger

In 1787, the Framers brought into existence the U.S. federal government, a government whose powers were expressly restricted by the Constitution. Our ancestors understood what all too many Americans today fail to appreciate -- that the biggest threat to people’s lives, liberties, and fortunes lies with their own government, which is precisely why they used the Constitution to severely constrain the government’s powers.

Our ancestors brought into existence the freest society in history, slavery notwithstanding. No income tax. No Federal Reserve. No welfare. No Social Security. No Medicare or Medicaid. No public schooling. No paper money. No gun control. No immigration controls. No trade protectionism. No drug war. No military-industrial complex. No foreign empire. No foreign wars. Minuscule government spending and borrowing. Sound money. Unlimited accumulation of wealth. Free markets. Liberty of contract. Private enterprise free of government control or regulation. -- Jacob Hornberger

Five from Robert Jackson

When the Supreme Court moved to Washington in 1800, it was provided with no books, which probably accounts for the high quality of early opinions. -- United States Supreme Court Justice Robert Jackson

It is not the function of the government to keep the citizen from falling into error; it is the function of the citizen to keep the government from falling into error. -- United States Supreme Court Justice Robert Jackson

One's right to life, liberty, and property, to free speech, a free press, freedom of worship and assembly, and other fundamental rights may not be submitted to vote; they depend on the outcome of no elections. -- United States Supreme Court Justice Robert Jackson

These rights, I protest, are not mere second-class rights but belong in the catalog of indispensible freedoms. Among deprivations of rights, none is so effective in cowing a population, crushing the spirit of the individual and putting terror in every heart. Uncontrolled search and seizure is one of the first and most effective weapons in the arsenal of every arbitrary government. -- United States Supreme Court Justice Robert Jackson, Brinegar v. United States

Struggles to coerce uniformity of sentiment in support of some end thought essential to their time and country have been waged by many good as well as by evil men. Nationalism is a relatively recent phenomenon but at other times and places the ends have been racial or territorial security, support of a dynasty or regime, and particular plans for saving souls. As first and moderate methods to attain unity have failed, those bent on its accomplishment must resort to an ever-increasing severity. As governmental pressure toward unity becomes greater, so strife becomes more bitter as to whose unity it shall be. Probably no deeper division of our people could proceed from any provocation than from finding it necessary to choose what doctrine and whose program public educational officials shall compel youth to unite in embracing. Ultimate futility of such attempts to compel coherence is the lesson of every such effort from the Roman drive to stamp out Christianity as a disturber of its pagan unity, the Inquisition, as a means to religious and dynastic unity, the Siberian exiles as a means to Russian unity, down to the fast failing efforts of our present totalitarian enemies. Those who begin coercive elimination of dissent soon find themselves exterminating dissenters. Compulsory unification of opinion achieves only the unanimity of the graveyard. -- United States Supreme Court Justice Robert Jackson, Brinegar v. United States

You Will Never Take Our Freedom

Fight and you may die, run and you'll live - at least a while. And, dying in your beds many years from now, would you be willing to trade all the days, from this day to that, for one chance, just one chance, to come back here and tell our enemies that they may take our lives, but they will never take OUR FREEDOM!!! -- William Wallace

What's the Difference between Legal and Right?

Right is right no matter who's against it.  Wrong is wrong, no matter who's for it.  Legal simply means that more people and politicians are for it than against it.

Of all the lessons history teaches, this one is plainest:  the person who tries to achieve ends through force is always unscrupulous and is always cruel.

We should remember this in an age where morality seems to be disappearing and is being replaced by politics. -- Eustace Percy

Three from Milton Friedman

There are four ways in which you can spend money. You can spend your own money on yourself. When you do that, why then you really watch out what you’re doing, and you try to get the most for your money. Then you can spend your own money on somebody else. For example, I buy a birthday present for someone. Well, then I’m not so careful about the content of the present, but I’m very careful about the cost. Then, I can spend somebody else’s money on myself. And if I spend somebody else’s money on myself, then I’m sure going to have a good lunch! Finally, I can spend somebody else’s money on somebody else. And if I spend somebody else’s money on somebody else, I’m not concerned about how much it is, and I’m not concerned about what I get. And that’s government. And that’s close to 40% of our national income. -- Milton Friedman

Your mistake is failing to recognize that the very measures you favor are a major source of the evils you deplore. Of course the problem is demand, but it is not only demand, it is demand that must operate through repressed and illegal channels. Illegality creates obscene profits that finance the murderous tactics of the drug lords; illegality leads to the corruption of law enforcement officials; illegality monopolizes the efforts of honest law forces so that they are starved for resources to fight the simpler crimes of robbery, theft and assault. -- Milton Friedman, letter to Drug Czar Bill Bennet, 1989

A society that puts equality... ahead of freedom will end up with neither equality nor freedom. -- Milton Friedman

Eight from Laurence Vance

Defending spying, torture, assassination, and preemptive and perpetual war – Is this what conservatism has come to? -- Laurence Vance

Throughout the twentieth century, interventionism, at home and abroad, was the guiding principle of the U.S. government under either political party. The 9/11 attacks were just the beginning of a worldwide revolt against U.S. imperialism and empire. Christians, of all people, should know the truth and speak the truth about the evils of U.S. wars and foreign policy. They should see Bush’s rhetoric about extending "the benefits of freedom across the globe" and enlarging "the realm of liberty" for what it is: plain, old-fashioned interventionism, pure and simple. Only a Jeffersonian foreign policy of peace, commerce, friendship, and no entangling alliances can cut the tentacles of U.S. global interventionism. Can any Christian honestly say that Bush’s principles are better than Jefferson’s principles? -- Laurence Vance

One of my readers came up with a great (but sad) description of the Christian lust for war:

"I have had good Christian people cheering 'shock and awe' and emailing around videos of US snipers blowing people apart with .50 cal sniper rifles. I like to call it 'War Porn' as it seems to give them perverse pleasure like some folks get by passing pornography around." -- Laurence Vance

Imperial Christians have a warped view of Christianity. Aggression, violence, and bloodshed are contrary to the very nature of Christianity. And so is defending, making excuses for, condoning, encouraging, and supporting evil – even if it is committed by one’s government. -- Laurence Vance

Back in 1964, Strom Thurmond left the Democratic Party for the Republican Party, saying, among other things, that the Democratic Party was "leading the evolution of our nation to a socialistic dictatorship."

And to my critics, I should also say that I would take it a step further. I believe the Republican Party is leading the evolution of our nation to a faith-based, compassionate, fascist dictatorship.

Down with the whole rotten two-party system. Neither party is the lesser of two evils. -- Laurence Vance

No soldier in any of the world’s other 193 countries is supposed to follow an order to fire a weapon at an American soldier, sink an American ship, shoot down an American plane, drop a bomb on American territory, invade American soil, mine an American harbor, occupy an American city, torture an American, or kill an American. Those that do are considered terrorists, insurgents, and enemy combatants, all worthy of torture. -- Laurence Vance

The day is long past (if it ever existed) when the function of the U.S. military was limited to what it should be: defending the United States, securing U.S. borders, guarding U.S. shores, patrolling U.S. coasts, and enforcing no-fly zones over U.S. skies – not defending, guarding, patrolling, attacking, invading, or occupying other countries. And not providing disaster relief, dispensing humanitarian aid, supplying peacekeepers, enforcing UN resolutions, nation building, spreading goodwill, launching preemptive strikes, changing regimes, enforcing no-fly zones, rebuilding infrastructure, reviving public services, promoting good governance, stationing troops in other countries, garrisoning the planet with bases, and killing foreigners in their countries and destroying their property.

A military not strictly for defense of U.S. borders, shores, coasts, and skies is nothing more than the president’s personal attack force staffed by mercenaries willing to obey his latest command to bomb, invade, occupy, and otherwise bring death and destruction to any country he deems necessary. -- Laurence Vance

To libertarians, ending the war on drugs is a no-brainer. Aside from the moral argument for personal liberty, which is compelling enough, the costs of drug prohibition far outweigh any possible benefits. It clogs the judicial system, swells prison populations, fosters violence, corrupts law enforcement, erodes civil liberties, destroys financial privacy, encourages illegal searches and seizures, ruins lives, wastes hundreds of billions of taxpayer dollars, hinders legitimate pain treatment, turns law-abiding people into criminals, inconveniences shopping, and has no impact on the use or availability of most drugs in the United States. -- Laurence Vance

Uncommon Man's Creed

I do not choose to be a common man. It is my right to be uncommon -- if I can. I seek opportunity -- not security. I do not wish to be a kept citizen, humbled and dulled by having the state look after me. I wish to take the calculated risk; to dream and to build, to fail and to succeed. I refuse to barter incentive for a dole, I prefer the challenges of life to the guaranteed existence; the thrill of fulfillment to the stale calm of utopia. I will not trade freedom for beneficence, nor my dignity for a handout. I will never cower before any master, nor bend to any threat. It is my heritage to stand erect, proud, and unafraid, to think and act for myself, to enjoy the benefit of my creations, and to face the world boldly and say, "this I have done." All this is what it means to be an American. -- Anonymous

Eleven from C.S. Lewis

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. They may be more likely to go to Heaven yet at the same time likelier to make a Hell of earth. This very kindness stings with intolerable insult. To be “cured” against one’s will and cured of states which we may not regard as disease is to be put on a level of those who have not yet reached the age of reason or those who never will; to be classed with infants, imbeciles, and domestic animals. But to be punished, however severely, because we have deserved it, because we “ought to have known better,” is to be treated as a human person made in God’s image. -- C.S. Lewis

The State exists to promote and to protect the ordinary happiness of human beings in this life. A husband and wife chatting over a fire, a couple of friends having a game of darts in a pub, a man reading a book in his own room or digging in his own garden -- that is what the State is there for. And unless they are helping to increase and prolong and protect such moments, all the laws, parliaments, armies, courts, police, economics, etc., are simply a waste of time. -- C.S. Lewis

A man may have to die for our country: but no man must, in any exclusive sense, live for his country. He who surrenders himself without reservation to the temporal claims of a nation, or a party, or a class is rendering to Caesar that which, of all things, most emphatically belongs to God: himself. -- C.S. Lewis

God whispers to us in our pleasures, speaks to us in our conscience, but shouts in our pains: It is His megaphone to rouse a deaf world. -- C.S. Lewis

He who converts his neighbour has performed the most practical Christian political act of all. -- C.S. Lewis

What I want to fix your attention on is the vast overall movement towards the discrediting, and finally the elimination, of every kind of human excellence -- moral, cultural, social or intellectual. And is it not pretty to notice how "democracy" (in the incantatory sense) is now doing for us the work that was once done by the most ancient dictatorships, and by the same methods? The basic proposal of the new education is to be that dunces and idlers must not be made to feel inferior to intelligent and industrious pupils. That would be "undemocratic." Children who are fit to proceed may be artificially kept back, because the others would get a trauma by being left behind. The bright pupil thus remains democratically fettered to his own age group throughout his school career, and a boy who would be capable of tackling Aeschylus or Dante sits listening to his coeval's attempts to spell out A CAT SAT ON A MAT. We may reasonably hope for the virtual abolition of education when "I'm as good as you" has fully had its way. All incentives to learn and all penalties for not learning will vanish. The few who might want to learn will be prevented; who are they to overtop their fellows? And anyway, the teachers -- or should I say nurses? -- will be far too busy reassuring the dunces and patting them on the back to waste any time on real teaching. We shall no longer have to plan and toil to spread imperturbable conceit and incurable ignorance among men. -- C.S. Lewis

Whichever he adopts, your main task will be the same. Let him begin by treating the Patriotism or the Pacifism as a part of his religion. Then let him, under the influence or partisan spirit, come to regard it as the most important part. Then quietly and gradually nurse him on to the stage at which the religion becomes merely part of the "Cause", in which Christianity is valued chiefly because of the excellent arguments it can produce in favor of the British war effort or of pacifism. The attitude which you want to guard against is that in which temporal affairs are treated primarily as material for obedience. Once you have made the World an end, and faith a means, you have almost won your man, and it makes very little difference what kind of worldly end he is pursuing. Provided that meetings, pamphlets, policies, movements, causes, and crusades, matter more to him than prayers and sacraments and charity, he is ours - and the more "religious" (on those terms), the more securely ours. I could show you a pretty cageful down here. -- C.S. Lewis

That brings us right up against the real snag in all this drawing up of blueprints for a Christian society. Most of us are not really approaching the subject in order to find out what Christianity says: we are approaching it in the hope of finding support from Christianity for the views of our own party. -- C.S. Lewis

Ever since I served as an infantryman in the first world war, I have had a great dislike of people who, themselves in ease and safety, issue exhortations to men in the front line. -- C.S. Lewis

That is the key to history. Terrific energy is expended—civilizations are built up—excellent institutions devised; but each time something goes wrong. Some fatal flaw always brings the selfish and cruel people to the top, and then it all slides back into misery and ruin. In fact, the machine conks. It seems to start up all right and runs a few yards, and then it breaks down. -- C. S. Lewis

Power is what pride really enjoys: there is nothing that makes a man feel so superior to others as being able to move them about like toy soldiers. -- C.S. Lewis

I Am Not Afraid

Terrorists aim to cause fear, and by feeling fear we've given them what they want.

We believe it's possible to win the war on terror instantly. All we have to do is
stop being afraid, and stop acting out of fear.


This makes sense not only in terms of defeating the terrorists' intentions, but also in terms of managing the terrorist threat.

To us, America's fear of terrorism is like a cat being afraid of a mouse. Actually, it's worse than that, because all the terrorists in all the world amount to no more than an anemic mosquito on the snout of a whale. The fact is . . .

We're in far more danger from our own cars than we are from terrorism.

Nearly 800,000 people have died in car accidents in the last twenty years. During that time there have been exactly two Islamic terrorist attacks on U.S. soil, with less than 3,000 total fatalities. That's more than 200 TIMES as many Americans dying in their cars as at the hands of Islamic terrorism. And yet . . .

We've turned the whole world upside down in response to the two terrorist attacks. We've launched invasions, created vast new bureaucracies, shredded the Bill of Rights, compounded regulations, spent hundreds of billions of dollars, and disrupted travel and commerce. But no one is suggesting that we do 200 times as much to address the driving risk, which is 200 times greater.


Can we conclude from this that Americans are brave when it comes to their cars, but cowardly when it comes to Islamic terrorism?

We think the proper conclusion is that Americans have VASTLY OVERREACTED to the threat of Islamic terrorism, and that the politicians have encouraged and exploited this overreaction to expand the power of government.

If Ernest Hemingway had the right definition of courage — “grace under pressure” — then our country has shown little grace in the face of not much pressure. To us, the official government “War on Terror” amounts to one giant national cringe.

We can do better, with less effort and more grace.

There is really only one way to win a war on terrorism. Stop being afraid!

Achieving this victory does not require large armies, invasions, illegal spying, torture, detention camps, Kangaroo courts, or multi-billion dollar Congressional appropriations. Neither does it require us to shred the Bill of Rights or the Geneva Conventions. All it requires is a little backbone. And a little common sense.

The minute the first politician proposed the first imposition on the Bill of Rights, or the first call to invade Iraq, or the first request for large new bureaucracies to fight the anemic mosquito, the terrorists won, and we lost.

And they've been winning, and we've been losing, ever since.

Can we stop being afraid?

Can you?

Here's what it means to not be afraid, here's what it means to fight a real war on terror, and here's what it means to win that war, instantly . . .

There is one solution to these two problems. Tell Congress that you've already won your war on terror, and that you've done so by not being afraid. Use the form below to send Congress the following message:

“I am not afraid of terrorism, and I want you to stop being afraid on my behalf. Please start scaling back the official government war on terror. Please replace it with a smaller, more focused anti-terrorist police effort in keeping with the rule of law. Please stop overreacting. I understand that it will not be possible to stop all terrorist acts. I accept that. I am not afraid.” -- Courtesy of Downsize DC

So This Is Freedom?

Let's look at how well laws protect freedom. In the U.S., a person is completely free to live his or her life ... as long as he or she doesn't mind:

I sure feel free after compiling that list -- which could be much longer if I'd have invested a few minutes into thinking about the laws I'm aware of. --Sunni Maravillosa

Conservatives Love Big Government

How can a group of politicians and political activists be said to hate government, or “Washington,” when they enthusiastically support: the U.S. government’s global bullying; invasions, occupations, and endless wars; secret CIA prisons; torture as an interrogation technique; extraordinary rendition in which suspects are sent to foreign countries for torture by brutal dictatorships; support for “friendly” foreign autocrats and other oppressive regimes; the USA PATRIOT Act, including warrantless surveillance; national-security letters; the military-industrial complex; the war on drug users/sellers/makers; energy independence; intellectual-property enforcement; restrictions on immigrants and employer sanctions; consumption taxes; federal marriage regulation; and corporate welfare? I’m sure I’ve left some things out. -- Sheldon Richman

Ushering in the Kingdom of God

The coming in of the kingdom of Christ shall not be by the arm of flesh, nor shall it be the product of the strifes and contests of men which are in the world, — it is not to be done by might or power, but by the Spirit of the Lord of hosts, Zech. iv. 6. Great wars, desolations, alterations, shall precede it; but it is not the sons of men that, by outward force, shall build the new Jerusalem:— that comes down from heaven adorned as a bride for Christ, fitted and prepared by himself. Certainly the strivings of men about this business shall have no influence into it. It shall be by the glorious manifestation of his own power, and that by his Spirit subduing the souls of men unto it; — not by the sword of man setting up a few to rule over others... -- John Owen

Our Greatest Need

If our greatest need had been information, God would have sent us an educator.
If our greatest need had been technology, God would have sent us a scientist.
If our greatest need had been money, God would have sent us an economist.
If our greatest need had been pleasure, God would have sent us an entertainer.
But our greatest need was forgiveness, so God sent us a Savior. -- Anonymous

Germany 1935, America 2005

Using the First Amendment while it lasts, we just wish to remind you that in less than three years America will move to a National ID system. Its purpose will be used to accomplish the following: as an internal travel and surveillance passport; the sole method of identification for employment, and as identification for banking. Most significant is that the National ID will be used to validate commerce, or more aptly put, to validate "buying and selling". What does that mean to you as a believer? Perhaps nothing right now. However consider these similarities we have with the former Nazi Germany. Similarities that have no doubt lead to a National ID being forwarded.
 
1. In Nazi Germany, the people labored under an economic model of national socialism. The word Nazi is derived from the two words national and socialism. We labor under the same system today.

2. In Nazi Germany, evolution played an important role in education and demonizing less desirables. Government schools in America still teach evolution as fact today. 

3. In Nazi Germany, gun registration was required. In fact, our current registration and licensing laws of today mirror those of Nazi Germany.

4. In Nazi Germany, genetic manipulation for a desired race was favored. We also tinker with life's blueprint today.

5. In Nazi Germany, euthanasia was used to dispose of undesirable. We have just recently crossed that threshold.

6. In Nazi Germany, the people did not resist laws and actions that were shown to be unlawful, and they allowed liberty to be suspended by dismantling crucial Constitutional mandates and administrations for the sake of supposed "security". We have done the same today. 

7. In Nazi Germany, the country moved on several countries in a preemptive attack to make the homeland more "secure". We have done the same today.

8. In Nazi Germany, a National ID [internal passport/work papers] was required to be held by citizens at all times. We will be under the same travel and nationalized work surveillance system soon.

9. In Nazi Germany, genocide happened for years in people's back yards because they believed the lies of their government about undesirables. Church leaders were instrumental in solidifying those lies through the sin of silence, or by waving the banner of "false patriotism". How far behind can sanctioned genocidal acts be in America? Especially with partial birth infanticide already taking place? Who or what could possibly precipitate the next slaughter of the innocent? -- From the Free Church Ministry

By Any Other Name

In the U.S. their followers would use language as their first line of attack and deceit. They would wear no badge nor socialist label, but were to call themselves “liberal,” “progressive” and even “moderate.” Words were the weapon of choice for this new war. By changing and shifting word meanings the socialists could cover their true purpose. Everything would be done under the banners of “reform” and “social justice,” suggesting all was for the public good, for humanitarian reasons, for true democracy -- and finally -- for the children. The buzzwords of socialism were then, and are today, “social” and “democracy” (i.e. social science, social studies and socialization of the child). Robert Conquest observed, “a communist never does anything under his own name that he can do under someone else's.” -- Joe Larson

The American people will never knowingly adopt socialism, but under the name of liberalism, they will adopt every fragment of the socialist program until one day America will be a socialist nation without ever knowing how it happened. -- Norman Thomas

I have not believed the immediate threat is Communism. The outright confiscation of property, and the overnight destruction of liberty are not likely. The danger today is something else. It is creeping collectivism.

...The progress will be gradual but the end inevitable. There will be no sudden coup d'etat. The march will be step by step, and by muffled tread. It will move under the smoke-screen of laudable 'objectives' to its hidden goal. That goal is National Socialism.

...We are yet a long way from National Socialism of the Hitler species. We will probably never get that variety. But that we are moving toward some form of National Socialism and away from our form of government seems hard to not believe.

...What is really at stake in America today is our form of government. The issue is "Freedom or Feudalism." -- Samuel Pattengill

Hypocrites, All!

Doug; taking a look at our two big political parties, I've come up with a list of things:

We've had Whitewater Democrats and Watergate Republicans.

We've had the sexual misconduct of Democrat Bill Clinton and Republican Newt Gingrich.

We've had the bizarre homosexual behavior of Democrat Barney Frank and Republican Mark Foley.

Democrat Nancy Pelosi has marched in Gay Pride parades; Republican Rudolph Guliani has marched in Gay Pride parades.

Democrat Ted Kennedy supports socialist, big-brother government; Republican George W. Bush supports socialist, big-brother government.

Democrats support legalized abortion; Republicans support legalized abortion. If I recall, five of the seven Supreme Court justices who gave us Roe v. Wade were appointed by Republicans.

The Republicans are currently known as the War Party. At one time, the Democrats were the War Party -- WWI, WWII, Korea, Vietnam, all started with Democrats in the White House.

Finally, the Democrats are known as the secular humanist and atheist political party. A long time ago, it was the GOP. Abraham Lincoln, our first Republican president, thought that Jesus Christ was a myth. Robert Ingersoll, a well-known nonbeliever of the late 19th century, was a staunch Republican. H.L. Menken, a famous journalist of the 1920s, was a big Republican and happened to be a flaming atheist.

The more things change, the more they remain the same; this might help explain why I don't support the Dems or the GOP anymore. -- Jim Monaghan

Pro-Life Hypocrites

The civilized have created the wretched, quite coldly and deliberately, and do not intend to change the status quo; are responsible for their slaughter and enslavement; rain down bombs on defenseless children whenever and wherever they decide that their "vital interests" are menaced, and think nothing of torturing a man to death: these people are not to be taken seriously when they speak of the "sanctity" of human life, or the "conscience" of the civilized world. -- James Baldwin

Two from Carl Schurz

The senator from Wisconsin cannot frighten me by exclaiming, ‘My country, right or wrong.’ In one sense I say so, too. My country--and my country is the great American Republic. My country, right or wrong; if right, to be kept right; and if wrong, to be set right. -- Senator Carl Schurz

I confidently trust that the American people will prove themselves . . . too wise not to detect the false pride or the dangerous ambitions or the selfish schemes which so often hide themselves under that deceptive cry of mock patriotism: "Our country, right or wrong!" They will not fail to recognize that our dignity, our free institutions and the peace and welfare of this and coming generations of Americans will be secure only as we cling to the watchword of TRUE patriotism: "Our country--when right to be kept right; when wrong to be put right." -- Senator Carl Schurz

Kansas Senate Prayer

Heavenly Father, we come before you today to ask your forgiveness and to seek your direction and guidance. We know Your Word says, "Woe to those who call evil good," but that is exactly what we have done. We have lost our spiritual equilibrium and reversed our values. We confess that:
We have ridiculed the absolute truth of Your Word and called it Pluralism.
We have exploited the poor and called it the Lottery.
We have rewarded laziness and called it welfare.
We have killed our unborn and called it choice.
We have shot abortionists and called it justifiable.
We have neglected to discipline our children and called it building self-esteem.
We have abused power and called it politics.
We have coveted our neighbor's possessions and called it ambition.
We have polluted the air with profanity and pornography and called it freedom of speech.
We have ridiculed the time-honored values of our forefathers and called it enlightenment.
Search us, Oh, God, and know our hearts today; cleanse us from every sin and set us free. Guide and bless these men and women who have been sent to direct us to the center of your will and to openly ask these things in the name of Your Son, the living Savior, Jesus Christ. Amen. -- Pastor Joe Wright
The response was immediate. A number of legislators walked out during the prayer in protest. In 6 short weeks, Central Christian Church, where Reverend Wright is pastor, logged more than 5,000 phone calls with only 47 of those calls responding negatively. The church is now receiving international requests for copies of this prayer from India, Africa, and Korea. Commentator Paul Harvey aired this prayer on his radio program "The Rest of the Story" and received a larger response to this program than any other he has ever aired. With the Lord's help, may this prayer sweep over our nation and wholeheartedly become our desire so that we again can be called, "...one nation under God..."

The Ten "Cannots" of Political Economy

You cannot bring about prosperity by discouraging thrift.
You cannot strengthen the weak by weakening the strong.
You cannot help small men by tearing down big men.
You cannot help the wage-earner by tearing down the wage-payer.
You cannot further the brotherhood of mankind by encouraging class hatred.
You cannot help the poor by destroying the rich.
You cannot establish sound security on borrowed money.
You cannot keep out of trouble by spending more than you earn.
You cannot build character and courage by taking away man's initiative.
You cannot help man permanently by doing for them what they could do and should do for themselves. -- Although often attributed to Abraham Lincoln, he did not say this. The exact origin of this quote is unknown.

States Rights for Dummies

When the rights reserved to the several states by the Constitution are deliberately violated, it is the right and duty of those states to intervene so as to stop the progress of the evil, oppose the usurpation, and maintain within their respective limits the powers and privileges that belong to them as independent sovereigns. If the states did not possess this right, in vain would they pretend to be sovereign. South Carolina recognizes no tribunal on earth that stands above her. It is true that she, along with other sovereign states, has entered into a solemn contract of union, but she claims and will exercise the right to explain what that means in her eyes, and when that contract is violated by her partners and by the government they have created, she will use the unquestionable right to judge the extent of the infraction and what measures are to be taken to obtain justice. — South Carolina Ordinance of Nullification, 1832

Which Came First?

It can't be repeated too often that, in the Declaration of Independence, our Founding Fathers asserted the revolutionary and "self evident" truth that "men...are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights." The Founders went on to assert, "to secure these Rights, Governments are instituted among Men." Note the logical sequence: 1) God exists; 2) God creates man and endows him with rights; and 3) Man creates government to protect those rights. The individual precedes and is superior to government. Our Constitution is not a body of law to govern the people; it was formulated to govern the government, to make government the servant and not the master of the people. -- William F. Jasper

Denial

Man is deeply vulnerable when faced with overwhelming evil. Instead of consolidating his energy to fight it, he wastes valuable time and effort puzzling over it, insisting it is not, cannot possibly be, what it seems. -- Konnilyn G. Feig Source: Hitler's Death Camps: The Sanity Of Madness

You the People

Our country is in danger, but not to be despaired of. Our enemies are numerous and powerful; but we have many friends, determining to be free, and heaven and earth will aid the resolution. On you, depend the fortunes of America. You are to decide the important question, on which rest the happiness and liberty of millions yet unborn.

Act worthy of yourselves. -- Joseph Warren

Six Miracles of Socialism

There is no unemployment, but no one works.
No one works, but everyone gets paid.
Everyone get's paid, but there is nothing to buy with the money.
No one can buy anything, but everyone owns everything.
Everyone ones everything, but no one is satisfied.
No one is satisfied, but 99 percent of the people vote for the system. -- Anonymous

A New Pledge

I pledge allegiance to the ideals,
Upon which this country was founded.
Not one nation indivisible,
But millions of sovereign individuals,
Trading peacefully among themselves.
With liberty and justice for all. -- John deLaubenfels

How Dumb Can We Be?

If you are ready for the adventure of a lifetime,

TRY THIS:

Enter Mexico illegally. Never mind immigration quotas, visas, international law, or any of that nonsense.
Once there, demand that the local government provide free medical care for you and your entire family.
Demand bilingual nurses and doctors.
Demand free bilingual local government forms, bulletins, etc.
Procreate abundantly. Deflect any criticism of this allegedly irresponsible reproductive behavior with, "It is a cultural USA thing. You would not understand, pal."
Keep your American identity strong. Fly Old Glory from your rooftop, or proudly display it in your front window or on your car bumper.
Speak only English at home and in public and insist that your children do likewise.
Demand classes on American culture in the Mexican school system.
Demand a local Mexican driver license. This will afford other legal rights and will go far to legitimize your unauthorized, illegal presence in Mexico.
Drive around with no liability insurance and ignore local traffic laws.
Insist that local Mexican law enforcement teach English to all its officers.
Good luck! You'll be demanding for the rest of time or soon dead.
Because it will never happen. It will not happen in Mexico or any other country in the world except right here in the United States, Land of the naive and stupid, idiotic politically correct politicians.
If you agree, pass it on. If you don't, go ahead and try the above in Mexico or Iran.
-- Anonymous

Beware of Psychology

The danger is that these psychologies may, to one degree or another, replace Christianity without most people even noticing that any substitution has taken place. -- Christianity Today, 1994

In August 2003, the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) and the National Science Foundation (NSF) announced the results of their $1.2 million taxpayer-funded study. It stated, essentially, that traditionalists are mentally disturbed. Scholars from the Universities of Maryland, California at Berkeley, and Stanford had determined that social conservatives, in particular, suffer from "mental rigidity," "dogmatism" and "uncertainty avoidance" together with associated indicators for mental illness. -- Beverly Eakman

It (psychology) is not merely a religion that pretends to be science, it is actually a fake religion that seeks to destroy true religion. … psychotherapy is a modern, scientific-sounding name for what used to be called the “cure of souls” … with the decline of religion and the growth of science in the eighteenth century, the cure of (sinful) souls, which had been an integral part of the Christian religions, was recast as the cure of (sick) minds, and became an integral part of medicine. It is customary to define psychiatry as a medical specialty concerned with the study, diagnosis, and treatment of mental illness. This is a worthless and misleading definition. Mental illness is a myth. … the notion of a person “having a mental illness” is scientifically crippling. It provides professional assent to the popular rationalization – namely, that problems in living experienced and expressed in terms of so-called psychiatric symptoms are basically similar to bodily diseases. -- Thomas Szasz

Kleptocracy

Justice being taken away, then, what are kingdoms but great robberies? For what are robberies themselves, but little kingdoms? The band itself is made up of men; it is ruled by the authority of a prince, it is knit together by the pact of the confederacy; the booty is divided by the law agreed on. If, by the admittance of abandoned men, this evil increases to such a degree that it holds places, fixes abodes, takes possession of cities, and subdues peoples, it assumes the more plainly the name of a kingdom, because the reality is now manifestly conferred on it, not by the removal of covetousness, but by the addition of impunity. Indeed, that was an apt and true reply which was given to Alexander the Great by a pirate who had been seized. For when that king had asked the man what he meant by keeping hostile possession of the sea, he answered with bold pride, "What thou meanest by seizing the whole earth; but because I do it with a petty ship, I am called a robber, whilst thou who dost it with a great fleet art styled emperor." -- St. Augustine, City of God

The Source of America's Greatness

I sought for the greatness and genius of America in her commodious harbors and her ample rivers, and it was not there; in her fertile fields and boundless prairies, and it was not there; in her rich mines and her vast world commerce, and it was not there. Not until I went to the churches of America and heard her pulpits aflame with righteousness did I understand the secret of her genius and power. America is great because America is good. And if America ever ceases to be good, America will cease to be great. -- Alexis deTocqueville

Two from Mark Gilmore

Thieves have the guts to do the job themselves.
Thieves don't steal in the name of "justice".
Thieves don't masquerade as "liberals".
Thieves don't comprise a unified political mob of millions.
Thieves don't loath freedom and individuality.
Thieves don't undermine the Constitution.
Thieves don't promote mind control via "political correctness" and "hate" crimes.
Thieves don't own/control the "establishment" media.
Thieves don't indoctrinate our children to be unquestioning drones of the state.
Thieves can be arrested. -- Mark Gilmore

Gun registration is a gateway drug. -- Mark Gilmore

Two from R.J. Rummel

Power kills. Absolute power kills absolutely. -- Professor R.J. Rummel

{During the 20th century}…170 million men, women, and children have been shot, beaten, tortured, knifed, burned, starved, frozen, crushed, or worked to death; buried alive, drowned, hung, bombed, or killed in any other of the myriad ways governments have inflicted death on unarmed, helpless citizens and foreigners. -- Professor R.J. Rummel

Two from Michael Rozeff?

How much barbed wire, guns, rockets, drones, tanks, bombs, fighter aircraft, carriers, task forces, soldiers — all stationed and operating overseas — does it take to defend freedom with honor here in the States? How much torture? How much spying? How much killing? How much injuring? How much aid to oppressive governments? How many entangling alliances? How much of this is really necessary? -- Michael Rozeff

An oppressive police-state replete with spying, informants, accusations, distrust, visible weaponry, checkpoints, searches, arrests, and scanning devices is spreading poison throughout a land that once was carefree to a normal extent.

This won’t go away until the U.S. stops its significant intrusions in the politics, economies, and military affairs of other nations, as in the cases of Palestine and Israel, Iraq, Lebanon, Iran, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Libya, Egypt, and others. -- Michael Rozeff

Rating Minds

The third-rate mind is only happy when it is thinking with the majority.
The second-rate mind is only happy when it is thinking with the minority.
The first-rate mind is only happy when it is thinking. -- A. A. Milne

Useful Idiots

Take your example from the good housewife who finds use for even a broken shoestring. A good Communist finds use for everything and nothing is more useful than a useful idiot. -- V.I. Lenin

The Bush Presidency in 53 Words

For the past several years our government has been doing the exact opposite. The rule has been, first, do harm. Make unnecessary enemies. Tell lies. Jump to conclusions. Presume guilt. Foster torture. Kidnap people. Deny due process. Do as we say, not as we do. Truth does not count. Innocence does not matter. -- Jim Babka

What is War?

War is a quarrel between two thieves too cowardly to fight their own battle; therefore they take boys from one village and another village, stick them into uniforms, equip them with guns, and let them loose like wild beasts against each other. -- Thomas Carlyle

Four from Aldous Huxley

Dictators can always consolidate their tyranny by an appeal to patriotism. -- Aldous Huxley

Facts do not cease to exist because they are ignored. -- Aldous Huxley

A really efficient totalitarian state would be one in which the all-powerful executive of political bosses and their army of managers control a population of slaves who do not have to be coerced, because they love their servitude. To make them love it is the task assigned, in present-day totalitarian states, to ministries of propaganda, newspaper editors and schoolteachers. -- Aldous Huxley

The third petition of the Lord's Prayer is repeated daily by millions who have not the slightest intention of letting anyone's will be done but their own. -- Aldous Huxley

Two from Will Durant

A great civilization is not conquered from without until it has destroyed itself within. The essential causes of Rome's decline lay in her people, her morals, her class struggle, her failing trade, her bureaucratic despotism, her stifling taxes, her consuming wars... -- Will Durant

Civilization exists by geological consent, subject to change without notice. -- Will Durant

Not a Dime's Worth of Difference

I'm glad there are still people out there that are willing to point out Bush's unconstitutional agenda. I once thought that if Gore had been elected as president we would have a second American Revolutionary War before his term was over. Now I think we need one! -- Michael Scherback

No Other Gods

By its very nature, government is hostile to any authority higher than itself. God, being that authority, will eventually be removed from all subjects in order to lift up the state by marginalizing or eradicating the reality of God. -- Elizabeth Farah

Stand in the Place Where You Publish

Retreat is no longer an option. But neither is appeasement. Neither is holding the line. Neither is 'conserving' the past. The only option is fighting back, telling the truth without embarrassment or shame. -- Joseph Farah

Wake Up, American Christians!

The apocalyptic narcissism of American evangelical leaders and their misguided zeal to isolate Israel, thus fulfilling the end-times prophecies, blinds them to geopolitical truth. These leaders, and their neoconservative political power broker partners, accepted and promoted lie after lie to sell the Iraq invasion to the American public. Good hearted, but misinformed, Americans swallowed these lies, thinking they were being patriotic Christians by supporting their “Christian” president.

Now Iran is in their crosshairs, and the familiar marketing campaign has begun. Now is the time for American Christians to wake up, educate themselves, and resist the next campaign of lies. Do not be afraid of being branded a liberal or anti-American.  Political labels and “unpatriotic” branding are favorite tactics of neoconservative narcissists; ignore them and instead live your faith. Real patriotism means speaking difficult truth to power, and real faith means worshiping God and helping bring dignity to all of God’s children. If your faith is too easy and comfortable, you’re not following Jesus. Chose to follow Jesus.

 God will not be manipulated like some pawn on a geopolitical chessboard. -- Alan Homcy

Blind Loyalty

My wife, who was unfortunate enough to have been born into the Third Reich under Adolph Hitler, has related what it was like to be dominated by such a regime, and how blind obedience and reverence for the Fuehrer made it possible for this maniac to rise to power and to hold onto that power. That she survived the bombings and the horrors of the war to relate these observations was providential. There was a time when the rise of this maniacal tyrant could have been thwarted, but people were too enamored by his political charisma and verbal expertise to mount a campaign to do so. Later, when he had complete control it was too late. Still he would not have been able to maintain his murderous control over the nation without the acquiescence of all too many German citizens who had a blind allegiance to him. Criticism was not allowed and to participate in such could cause political incarceration and death. Even political jokes were forbidden by the state. How were these restrictions on the people enforced? The answer is with the help of blindly obedient Germans, who informed on their neighbors and reported every minor criticism of the Fuehrer and his regime.  -- Jim Schwiesow

Thirteen from James Madison

We have staked the whole future of American civilization, not upon the power of government, far from it. We have staked the future of all of our political institutions...upon the capacity of each and all of us to govern ourselves, to control ourselves, to sustain ourselves according to the Ten Commandments of God. -- James Madison

Oppressors can tyrannize only when they achieve a standing army, an enslaved press, and a disarmed populace. -- James Madison

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

History records that the money changers have used every form of abuse, intrigue, deceit, and violent means possible to maintain their control over governments by controlling money and its issuance. -- James Madison

Americans need never fear their government because of the advantage of being armed, which the Americans possess over the people of almost every other nation. -- James Madison

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

Of all the enemies to public liberty war is, perhaps, the most to be dreaded, because it comprises and develops the germ of every other. War is the parent of armies; from these proceed debts and taxes; and armies, and debts, and taxes are the known instruments for bringing the many under the domination of the few. In war, too, the discretionary power of the Executive is extended; its influence in dealing out offices, honors, and emoluments is multiplied; and all the means of seducing the minds, are added to those of subduing the force, of the people. . . . [There is also an] inequality of fortunes, and the opportunities of fraud, growing out of a state of war, and . . . degeneracy of manners and of morals. . . . No nation could preserve its freedom in the midst of continual warfare. . . .  -- James Madison

If Congress can employ money indefinitely to the general welfare, and are the sole and supreme judges of the general welfare, they may take the care of religion into their own hands; they may appoint teachers in every state, county, and parish, and pay them out of their public treasury; they may take into their own hands the education of children establishing in like manner schools throughout the Union; they may assume the provision for the poor; they may undertake the regulation of all roads other than post-roads; in short, everything from the highest object of state legislation down to the most minute object of police, would be thrown under the power of Congress. -- James Madison

It will be of little avail to the people, that the laws are made by men of their own choice, if the laws be so voluminous that they cannot be read, or so incoherent that they cannot be understood; if they be repealed or revised before they are promulgated, or undergo such incessant changes that no man, who knows what the law is today, can guess what it will be tomorrow. Law is defined to be a rule of action; but how can that be a rule, which is little known, and less fixed?...

Every new regulation ... presents a new harvest to those who watch the change, and can trace its consequences; a harvest, reared not by themselves, but by the toils and cares of the great body of their fellow-citizens. This is a state of things in which it may be said with some truth that laws are made for the FEW, not for the MANY. -- James Madison

A standing military force, with an overgrown Executive will not long be safe companions to liberty. The means of defense [against] foreign danger, have been always the instruments of tyranny at home. Among the Romans it was a standing maxim to excite a war, whenever a revolt was apprehended. Throughout all Europe, the armies kept up under the pretext of defending, have enslaved the people. -- James Madison

I am constrained by the insuperable difficulty I feel in reconciling the bill with the Constitution of the United States… The legislative powers vested in Congress are specified and enumerated… and … To refer the power in question to the clause "to provide for common defense and general welfare" would be contrary to the established and consistent rules of interpretation… Such a view of the Constitution would have the effect of giving to Congress a general power of legislation instead of the defined and limited one hitherto understood to belong to them. But seeing that such a power is not expressly given by the Constitution, and believing that it cannot be deduced from any part of it without an inadmissible latitude of construction and reliance on insufficient precedents; believing also that the permanent success of the Constitution depends on a definite partition of powers between the General and the State Governments, and that no adequate landmarks would be left by the constructive extension of the powers of Congress as proposed in the bill, I have no option but to withhold my signature from it. -- James Madison

To cherish peace and friendly intercourse with all nations having correspondent dispositions; to maintain sincere neutrality toward belligerent nations-to exclude foreign intrigues and foreign partialities-to foster a spirit of independence too just to invade the rights of others, [and] too proud to surrender our own. -- James Madison

Is there no virtue among us? If there be not, we are in a wretched situation. No theoretical checks — no form of government can render us secure. To suppose liberty or happiness without any virtue in the people, is a chimerical idea. If there be sufficient virtue and intelligence in the community, it will be exercised in the selection of these men. So that we do not depend on their virtue, or put confidence in our rulers, but in the people who are to choose them. -- James Madison, Speech in the Virginia Ratifying Convention

Four from John C. Calhoun

The error is in the assumption that the General Government is a party to the constitutional compact.  The States formed the compact, acting as sovereign and independent communities. -- John C. Calhoun

The Constitution has admitted the jurisdiction of the United States within the limits of the several States only so far as the delegated powers authorize; beyond that they are intruders, and may rightfully be expelled. -- John C. Calhoun

The government of the uncontrolled numerical majority, is but the absolute and despotic form of popular government... -- John C. Calhoun

If we do not defend ourselves none will defend us; if we yield we will be more and more pressed as we recede; and if we submit we will be trampled underfoot. -- John C. Calhoun

Two from Ayn Rand

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

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. -- Ayn Rand

From North of the 49th Parallel

I'm one of those Canadians who has always seen the United States as a big brother to Canada: older, stronger, the kind of guy you look up to and want to pattern yourself after.  It is difficult to watch your big brother make the same mistakes that you have made when he's the guy who is supposed to have the answers. The problem that the States has, as I see it, is the same as in Canada and that is that people have forgotten that the Constitution was founded upon certain principles and principles are immutable and unchanging, unlike values which change with time. Whether the date is 1776 or 2004, Freedom is NOT Free. -- Randy Frost in Edmonton

You Can't Make a Nation Christian

The world can never be reformed. Never! That is absolutely certain. A christian State is impossible. All the experiments have failed. They had to fail. They must fail. The Apocalypse alone can cure the world's ills. Man even at his best, even as a Christian, can never do so. You can never make people Christian by Acts of Parliament. You can never Christianize society. It is folly to attempt to do so. I would even suggest that it is heresy to do so. -- Martyn Lloyd-Jones

The Bible or the Bayonet?

Men, in a word, must necessarily be controlled either by a power within them or by a power without them; either by the Word of God or by the strong arm of man; either by the Bible or by the bayonet. -- Robert Winthrop

Two from Napoleon Bonaparte

When a government is dependent upon bankers for money, they and not the leaders of the government control the situation, since the hand that gives is above the hand that takes. Money has no motherland; financiers are without patriotism and without decency; their sole object is gain. -- Napoleon Bonaparte

Alexander, Caesar, Charlemagne, and I myself have founded great empires; but upon what did these creations of our genius depend? Upon force. Jesus alone founded His empire upon love; and at this hour millions of men would die for Him. -- Napoleon Bonaparte

The Tenth Amendment

Nullification is not secession or insurrection, but neither is it unconditional or unlimited submission. Nullification is not something that requires any decision, statement or action from any branch of the federal government. Nullification is not the result of obtaining a favorable court ruling. Nullification is not the petitioning of the federal government to start doing or to stop doing anything. Nullification doesn’t depend on any federal law being repealed. Nullification does not require permission from any person or institution outside of one’s own state.

Nullification begins with a decision made in your state legislature to resist a federal law deemed to be unconstitutional. It usually involves a bill, which is passed by both houses and is signed by your governor. In some cases, it might be approved by the voters of your state directly, in a referendum. It may change your state’s statutory law or it might even amend your state constitution. It is a refusal on the part of your state government to cooperate with, or enforce any federal law it deems to be unconstitutional. -- Derek Sheriff

Three from John Locke

Any single man must judge for himself whether circumstances warrant obedience or resistance to the commands of the civil magistrate; we are all qualified, entitled, and morally obliged to evaluate the conduct of our rulers. This political judgment, moreover, is not simply or primarily a right, but like self-preservation, a duty to God. As such it is a judgment that men cannot part with according to the God of Nature. It is the first and foremost of our inalienable rights without which we can preserve no other. -- John Locke

Whenever the legislators endeavor to take and destroy the porperty 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

Should a robber break into my house, and, with a dagger at my throat, make me seal deeds to convey my estate to him, would this give him any title? Just such a title by his sword has an unjust conqueror who forces me into submission. The injury and the crime is equal, whether committed by the wearer of a crown or some petty villain. -- John Locke

The Citizen as Slave

The ideal citizen of a tyrannical state is the man or woman who bows in silent obedience in exchange for the status of a well cared for herd animal. Thinking people become the tyrant's greatest enemy. -- Claire Wolfe

Tax Prophecy

A hand from Washington will be stretched out and placed upon every man's business; the eye of the federal inspector will be in every man's counting house.... The law will of necessity have inquisical features, it will provide penalties, it will create complicated machinery. Under it, men will be hauled into courts distant from their homes. Heavy fines imposed by distant and unfamiliar tribunals will constantly menace the taxpayer. An army of federal inspectors, spies, and detectives will descend upon the state. -- Richard E. Byrd

Protecting Those We Hate

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

Four from Samuel Adams

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

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

The liberties of our country, the freedoms of our civil Constitution are worth defending at all hazards; 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. It will bring a mark of everlasting 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 designing men. -- Samuel Adams

The general principles upon which the Fathers achieved independence were the general principals of Christianity. I will avow that I believed and now believe that those general principles of Christianity are as eternal and immutable as the existence and attributes of God. -- Samuel Adams

Nine from John Adams

I must study politics and war, that my sons may have the liberty to study mathematics and philosophy, geography, natural history, and naval architecture, navigation, commerce, and agriculture, in order to give their children a right to study painting, poetry, music, architecture, statuary, tapestry and porcelain. -- John Adams

The moment the idea is admitted into society that property is not as sacred as the laws of God, and that there is not a force of law and public justice to protect it, anarchy and tyranny commence. If "Thou shalt not covet" and "Thou shalt not steal" were not commandments of Heaven, they must be made inviolable precepts in every society before it can be civilized or made free. -- John Adams

The Revolution was effected before the War commenced. The Revolution was in the minds and hearts of the people; a change in their religious sentiments of their duties and obligations ... This radical change in the principles, opinions, sentiments, and affections of the people, was the real American Revolution. -- John Adams

Remember, democracy never lasts long. It soon wastes, exhausts, and murders itself. There never was a democracy yet that did not commit suicide. -- John Adams

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

All the perplexities, confusion and distress in America arise not from defects in their Constitution or Confederation, nor from want of honor or virtue, so much as downright ignorance of the nature of coin, credit, and circulation. -- John Adams

You have rights antecedent to all earthly governments: rights that cannot be repealed or restrained by human laws; rights derived from the Great Legislator of the universe. -- John Adams

The general principles upon which the Fathers achieved independence were the general principals of Christianity. I will avow that I believed and now believe that those general principles of Christianity are as eternal and immutable as the existence and attributes of God. -- John Adams

Be not intimidated... nor suffer yourselves to be wheedled out of your liberties by any pretense of politeness, delicacy, or decency. These, as they are often used, are but three different names for hypocrisy, chicanery and cowardice. -- John Adams

Five from John Quincy Adams

America goes not abroad, in search of monsters to destroy. She is the well-wisher to the freedom and independence of all. She is the champion and vindicator only of her own. She will commend the general cause by the countenance of her voice, and the benignant sympathy of her example. She well knows that by once 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 standard of freedom. The fundamental maxims of her policy would insensibly change from liberty to force.... She might become the dictatress of the world. She would be no longer the ruler of her own spirit.... America's glory is not dominion, but liberty. -- John Quincy Adams

Why is it that, next to the birthday of the Savior of the world, your most joyous and most venerated festival returns on this day? ... Is it not that, in the chain of human events, the birthday of the nation is indissolubly linked with the birthday of the Savior? That it forms a leading event in the progress of the Gospel dispensation? Is it not that the Declaration of Independence first organized the social compact on the foundation of the Redeemer's mission upon earth. That it laid the cornerstone of human government upon the first precepts of Christianity, and gave to the world the first irrevocable pledge of the fulfillment of the prophecies announced directly from Heaven at the birth of the Savior and predicted by the greatest of the Hebrew prophets six hundred years before? -- John Quincy Adams

The Law given from Sinai (The Ten Commandments) was a civil and municipal as well as a moral and religious code. -- John Quincy Adams

Duty is ours. Results are God's. -- John Quincy Adams

Always vote for principle, though you may vote alone, and you may cherish the sweetest reflection that your vote is never lost. -- John Quincy Adams

Christian Beginnings

In the name of God, Amen. ... Having undertaken, for the Glory of God, and Advancement of the Christian Faith, and Honour of our King and Country, a voyage to plant the first colony in the northern parts of Virginia; do by these presents, solemnly and mutually in the Presence of God and one of another, covenant and combine ourselves together into a civil Body Politick, for our better Ordering and Preservation, and Furtherance of the Ends aforesaid; And by Virtue hereof to enact, constitute, and frame such just and equal Laws, Ordinances, Acts, Constitutions and Offices, from time to time, as shall be thought most meet and convenient for the General good of the Colony; unto which we promise all due submission and obedience. -- From the Mayflower Compact, November 11, 1620

Two from Alexander Hamilton

The best we can hope for concerning the people at large is that they be properly armed. -- Alexander Hamilton

I have carefully examined the evidences of the Christian religion, and if I was sitting as a juror upon its authenticity I would unhesitatingly give my verdict in its favor. I can prove its truth as clearly as any proposition ever submitted to the mind of man. -- Alexander Hamilton

People as Inventory

The IRS is an extraordinary example of the end justifying the means. The means of this agency is growth. It is interesting that the revenue officers within the IRS refer to taxpayers as "inventory". The IRS embodies the political realities of the selfish human desire to dominate others. Thus the end of this gigantic pretense of officialdom is power, pure and simple. The meek may inherit the earth, but they will never receive a promotion in an agency where efficiency is measured by the number of seizures of taxpayers' property and by the number of citizens and businesses driven into bankruptcy. -- George Hansen

Pharmaceutical Hypocrisy

A car company can move its factories to Mexico and claim it's a free market.
A toy company can out source to a Chinese subcontractor and claim it's a free market.
A shoe company can produce its shoes in south east Asia and claim it's a free market.
A major bank can incorporate in Bermuda to avoid taxes and claim it's a free market.
We can buy HP Printers made in Mexico. We can buy shirts made in Bangladesh.
We can purchase almost anything we want from 20 different countries.

But, heaven help the elderly who dare to buy their prescription drugs from a Canadian or Mexican pharmacy.  That's called un-American!  And you think the pharmaceutical companies don't have a powerful lobby?  Think again! -- Anonymous

Three from Paul Craig Roberts

As the growing emphasis on feelings crowds out reason, facts will play a smaller role in public discourse. -- Paul Craig Roberts

All Americans have a huge stake in Christianity. Whether or not we are individually believers in Christ, we are beneficiaries of the moral doctrine that has curbed power and protected the weak. Power is the horse ridden by evil. In the 20th century the horse was ridden hard. One hundred million people were exterminated by National Socialists in Germany and by Soviet and Chinese communists simply because they were members of a race or class that had been demonized by intellectuals and political authority.

Power that is secularized and cut free of civilizing traditions is not limited by moral and religious scruples. V.I. Lenin made this clear when he defined the meaning of his dictatorship as "unlimited power, resting directly on force, not limited by anything." -- Paul Craig Roberts

Brainwashed "conservatives" are so accustomed to denouncing federal judges for "judicial activism" that Cheney’s charge of overreach goes down smoothly. Vast percentages of the American public are simply unconcerned that their liberty can be revoked at the discretion of a police or military officer and that they can be held without evidence, trial or access to attorney and tortured until they confess to whatever charge their torturers wish to impose.

Americans believe that such things can only happen to "real terrorists," despite the overwhelming evidence that most of the Bush regime’s detainees have no connections to terrorism.

When these points are made to fellow citizens, the reply is usually that "I’m doing nothing wrong. I have nothing to fear."

Why, then, did the Founding Fathers write the Constitution and the Bill of Rights?

But, alas, "law and order conservatives" have been brainwashed for decades that civil liberties are unnecessary interferences with the ability of police to protect us from criminals. Americans have forgotten that we need protection from government more than we need protection from criminals. Once we cut down civil liberty so that police may better pursue criminals and terrorists, where do we stand when government turns on us? -- Paul Craig Roberts

Two from John Lofton

We are seriously concerned about, deeply grieved by and lament the fact that far too many of today’s so-called “Christian leaders” are a sinful embarrassment and are responsible for the cause of Christ being mocked and ridiculed. By being, first, cheerleaders for the Republican Party, they have dishonored their Lord and sold their Christian birthright for a mess of partisan political pottage. These individuals and organizations are Christian in name only, “Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof.” From such, it is added, we must turn away.

Secular, Christless conservatism — even when it is supposedly “compassionate” — will not defeat secular, Christless liberalism because to God they are two atheistic peas-in-a-pod and, thus, predestined to failure. -- John Lofton

ARROGANT AMERICA. Imagine this scenario. Pakistan is pursuing a man they say is a "terrorist." The man has, however, been convicted in a court of law of NOTHING. Many charges are made against him, of course. There are numerous allegations, but the man has been convicted of NOTHING. He's had no trial, no what we in the West call due process of law --- a process which it has been said,repeatedly, makes us DIFFERENT from "terrorists." This man moves to America, to Maryland, where he lives in a big house, surrounded by high walls, a few miles from the U.S. Naval Academy. The Pakistan government learns where this man lives. So, without seeking the permission of the US Government, the Maryland government -- or even notifying these governments prior to coming here --- they send in choppers and a military team who kill this unarmed "terrorist" and his guards.

Question: What do you think would be the reaction when all this became public? Obvious Answer: All hell would break loose! Such an action would be denounced on national TV by the President, Governor of Maryland, the Mayor of Annapolis. Our Ambassador to Pakistan would be recalled; we might even break diplomatic relations with Pakistan, close our embassy there, cut off all foreign aid. Their action might even be called a act of war by Pakistan against us. Complaints would be made to the United Nations by us. How this Pakistan "violation of our sovereignty as a nation" constituted the violation of numerous treaties would be cited. Several Members of Congress would die in a stampede on their way to TV cameras in the Capitol press gallery to denounce Pakistan. Drunken flash mobs from near-by sports bars would rally in front of the White House, burning the Pakistan flag and their own clothing. The lives of all Pakistani people in America would be endangered.....etc.


But, when AMERICA does exactly this same thing, that, supposedly, is OK, something to be applauded, cheered about, something to celebrate, to feel good about. But, what we did is NOT OK. It was utterly lawless, not in accord with, or authorized by, any valid law of God or man.

We are, sad to say --- for the most part --- an arrogant, stiff-necked, self-centered, hypocritical, prideful, we-can-do-no-wrong-because-we-are-Americans bunch of murderous, lawless bastards* who are cruising for a major bruising. It's not going to be pretty what God has in store for us.......and we deserve it.

*Hebrews 12:8 KJV.
-- John Lofton

1776 and 1861

If we were wrong in our contest, then the Declaration of Independence of 1776 was a grave mistake and the revolution to which it led was a crime. If Washington was a patriot; Lee cannot have been a rebel. -- General Wade Hampton, CSA

Two from Herbert Spencer

A man's liberties are none the less aggressed upon because those who coerce him do so in the belief that he will be benefited. -- Herbert Spencer

The ultimate result of shielding men from the effects of folly is to fill the world with fools. -- Herbert Spencer

Fruit of the Spirit

They love one another; they never fail to help widows; they save orphans from those who would hurt them; if they have something they give it freely to those who have nothing; if they see a stranger, they take him home and are happy as though he were a real brother. -- A Roman official describing First Century Christians to Emperor Hadrian

True Support for the Troops

May I please express my concern for the men and women wearing the military uniform of the United States of America? I am one who believes that you can support the troops even if you do not support the action or the purpose of the action they've been ordered to undertake.  Pray for: all aspects of their mission to be only righteous; their actions to be just, harming no innocents; and their safe delivery home. Is that not support?

I also believe that you CANNOT support the troops by sending them into combat without a very definite, well-defined, properly constituted declaration of war that is supported by the just, full backing of the United States Congress which commits all of our resources to their victory. If troops are to pay with blood, we are to pay with everything we can to ensure their just victory.  When Congress abdicates its authority and sends troops into combat with anything less, THEY and the President, who also commands the action, show disrespect -- not support -- for the troops. -- Mike Smith

Seven from Frederic Bastiat

When goods do not cross borders, troops will. -- Frederic Bastiat

Socialism, like the ancient ideas from which it springs, confuses the distinction between government and society. As a result of this, every time we object to a thing being done by government, the socialists conclude that we object to its being done at all. -- Frederic Bastiat

And now that the legislators and do-gooders have so futilely inflicted so many systems upon society, may they finally end where they should have begun: May they reject all systems, and try liberty; for liberty is an acknowledgment of faith in God and His works. -- Frederic Bastiat

Government is the great fiction, through which everybody endeavors to live at the expense of everybody else. -- Frederic Bastiat

The claims of these organizers of humanity raise another question which I have often asked them and which, so far as I know, they have never answered: If the natural tendencies of mankind are so bad that it is not safe to permit people to be free, how is it that the tendencies of these organizers are always good? Do not the legislators and their appointed agents also belong to the human race? Or do they believe that they themselves are made of a finer clay than the rest of mankind? -- Frederic Bastiat

The law perverted! And the police powers of the state perverted along with it! The law, I say, not only turned from its proper purpose but made to follow an entirely contrary purpose! The law become the weapon of every kind of greed! Instead of checking crime, the law itself guilty of the evils it is supposed to punish!

If this is true, it is a serious fact, and moral duty requires me to call the attention of my fellow-citizens to it.  -- Frederic Bastiat

Sometimes the law defends plunder and participates in it. Thus the beneficiaries are spared the shame and danger that their acts would otherwise involve... But how is this legal plunder to be identified? Quite simply. See if the law takes from some persons what belongs to them and gives it to the other persons to whom it doesn't belong. See if the law benefits one citizen at the expense of another by doing what the citizen himself cannot do without committing a crime. Then abolish that law without delay ... No legal plunder; this is the principle of justice, peace, order, stability, harmony and logic. -- Frederic Bastiat

The Church's Mission to the State

Thus the true church in every age has a mission to the state, to proclaim the fall of Babylon, to declare to the state that civil government can endure only under God and in obedience to His word, that every attempt of civil government to become as god, to be the purveyor of grace and of paradise, is damned and doomed. The cleansing of civil government and the indictment of it by the word must be the task of the church in every age. -- R. J. Rushdoony

Sinning by Silence

Silence in the face of evil is itself evil. God will not hold us guiltless. Not to speak is to speak. Not to act is to act. -- Dietrich Bonhoeffer

The trouble is that once you see it, you can’t unsee it. And once you’ve seen it, keeping quiet, saying nothing becomes as political an act as speaking out. There’s no innocence. Either way, you’re accountable. -- Arundhati Roy

Two Cents: What Matters?

If you believe the United States is the greatest nation on the planet (and you're not sorry for that fact)...
I BELIEVE UNITED STATES
WAS THE GREATEST NATION ON THE PLANET.

If you believe the best way to fight terrorism is to eliminate terrorists, not negotiate with them...
I AGREE PROVIDED THE TERRORISM WAS NOT EARNED BY THE ACTS OF THE RECIPIENT.

If you believe unelected, elitist, liberal judges ought not to be making our laws by fiat...
THEY SHOULD NOT, BUT THIS IS WARMED OVER STEW SINCE REPUBLICANS HAVE DONE NO BETTER WITH JUDGES THAN DEMOCRATS.

If you believe the 2nd Amendment is just as valid as the 1st Amendment...
TOTAL AGREEMENT BUT NEITHER IS STANDING UP WELL.

If you believe a "Global Test" will not adequately protect America...
NOT SURE WHAT IS MEANT HERE..  I BELIEVE IN INDEPENDENCE FOR AMERICA. AND ITS CITIZENS.

If you believe life begins at conception...
BUSH SAYS AMERICANS ARE NOT READY TO END ABORTION
http://www.usatoday.com/news/washington/2003-10-28-bush-abortion_x.htm

If you believe a man who accused his fellow Vietnam veterans of horrible war crimes is not worthy of the office of Commander-in-Chief...
PROVIDED HE WAS WRONG, I AGREE.

If you believe you know how to spend and save your money better than the government does...
AGREE.

If you believe terrorism should never again be viewed as a nuisance...
I BELIEVE WE SHOULD STOP ACTING IN WAYS THAT EXACERBATE TERRORISM.

If you believe a self-admitted war criminal should never be elected President of the United States...
AGREE.

If you believe marriage should be respected and protected as only one man and one woman...
AGREE BUT BUSH DOES NOT
http://www.usatoday.com/news/washington/2003-10-28-bush-abortion_x.htm

If you believe our schools should be more accountable to the children they're teaching...
I BELIEVE ALL GOVERNMENT SCHOOLS SHOULD BE CLOSED AND EDUCATION SHOULD BE THE RESPONSIBILITY OF PARENTS AND NEIGHBORHOODS.

If you believe the war on terror is a life and death matter, not merely a law enforcement issue...
I BELIEVE IT IS BOTH BUT SO IS BOMBING INNOCENT CIVILIANS.

If you believe the military ought to be led by a man who has always respected the U.S. military...
OUR FOUNDERS DISDAINED A STANDING ARMY - SO DO I.  THE ANSWER IS TOO OBVIOUS - OF COURSE! 

If you believe a leader, a President, can't afford to whimsically change his mind to follow the political winds...
BOTH MAJOR PARTIES HAVE DONE SO FOR DECADES!

If you believe Truth exists...
JESUS CHRIST IS THE WAY, THE TRUTH, AND THE LIGHT - BUT BOTH MAJOR PARTIES ARE LIARS.

If you believe meeting with the enemy during wartime is not an appropriate action to take for a man who wants to be President some day...
SUCH A MAN IS A TRAITOR BUT SO IS A MAN WHO WOULD USE PROPAGANDA TO LEAD THE NATION INTO WAR.

If you believe partial birth abortion is a brutal, barbaric act...
ALL ABORTION IS BRUTAL AND BARBARIC BUT BUSH WILL MAINTAIN ACCESS TO IT.

If you believe the United Nations should not be the director of the United States' self-defense...
BUSH IS A HUGE SUPPORTER OF THE UNITED NATIONS.

If you believe any ONE of these things, then you have an important job to do come Tuesday...
VOTE FOR MICHAEL PEROUTKA!

For those of you who may 'hate George W. Bush', at least consider these facts. -- Michael Peroutka

Six from James Garfield

Now more than ever the people are responsible for the character of their Congress. If that body be ignorant, reckless, and corrupt, it is because the people tolerate ignorance, recklessness, and corruption. If it be intelligent, brave, and pure, it is because the people demand these high qualities to represent them in the national legislature. . . . If the next centennial does not find us a great nation . . . it will be because those who represent the enterprise, the culture, and the morality of the nation do not aid in controlling the political forces. -- James Garfield

I love agitation and investigation and glory in defending unpopular truth against popular error. -- James Garfield

Whoever controls the volume of money in any country is absolute master of all industry and commerce. -- James Garfield

Poverty is uncomfortable; but nine times out of ten the best thing that can happen to a young man is to be tossed overboard and compelled to sink or swim. -- James Garfield

A law is not a law without coercion behind it. -- James Garfield

The truth will set you free, but first it will make you miserable. -- James Garfield

It's the Pulpit

If there is a decay of conscience, the pulpit is responsible for it. If the public press lacks moral discrimination, the pulpit is responsible for it. If the church is degenerate and worldly, the pulpit is responsible for it. If the world loses its interest in religion, the pulpit is responsible for it. If Satan rules in our halls of legislation, the pulpit is responsible for it. If our politics become so corrupt that the very foundations of our government are ready to fall away, the pulpit is responsible for it. Let us not ignore this fact, my dear brethren; but let us lay it to heart, and be thoroughly awake to our responsibility in respect to the morals of this nation. -- Charles Finney

E-Mail Disclaimers

NOTICE: Due to Presidential Executive Orders, the National Security Agency (NSA) may read this email without warning, warrant or notice.  They may do this without any judicial or legislative oversight.  You have no recourse or protection.  Everything you type may be used against you to detain you in a secret prison, where you will be held without right of habeas corpus or right to trial by jury. -- Paul De Parrie

NOTICE: Due to Presidential Executive Orders, the National Security Agency may have read this email without warning, warrant or notice. They may do this without any judicial or legislative oversight. You have no recourse nor protection save to call for the impeachment of the current President. -- Anonymous

Roadmap to Middle East Peace

While not representing the mainstream of Israeli politics, there is a growing group of Israelis who are, apparently, praying that peace talks between Prime Minister Sharon and President Abbas fail.

And, it's not just a bunch of "kooks" apparently. The Israelis are able to fill 100 synagogues with the faithful praying for failure. In addition, Rabbi Mordechai Elihyaum, former chief rabbi, has thrown his weight behind the prayer measure.

It makes me wonder if peace in this region is really attainable. The U.S. is always called upon to "do something" to broker peace in this region between the Israelis and the Palestinians. Do what exactly? How can we force a people who pray that peace talks fail, to begin to want peace? How do we deal rationally with a group, like the Palestinians, who strap bombs on their children to kill women and other children?

It seems fairly hopeless to me, sitting on this side of the world. Further, of what business is it to me and my country? The United Kingdom, United Nations, Israel, and the Palestinians made this proverbial bed. Why is it that the world looks to the United States to make it right?

Why are U.S. taxpayers robbed of billions of dollars of earned money to send to Egypt and Jordan to bribe them not to invade Israel? Why do we send billions more to Israel to prop up their socialist government and defend them from the Palestinians, while at the same time sending millions to the Palestinians (whose leaders, like the dead Arafat, line their personal pockets with U.S. taxpayer money) to appear even-handed in the region.

I ask again - why is this my country's problem? Why am I robbed by my government through confiscatory taxes only to have it sent to people who do not want peace and who actually pray for failure?

Here's a solution. President Bush should call the leaders of Egypt, Jordan, Israel, and Palestine and say this: "Gentlemen, you may have noticed we're running deficits. We've noticed you're not really interested in peace. So, as of January of 2006, no more cash from Uncle Sam for any of you. Yep, you're getting kicked off the teet! If you make peace - it's because you want it. If you blow each other up to smithereens ... well, I guess that will be OK too. Good luck! God bless! Salim ali Koum! Shalom!"

Only in my dreams, right? -- Keith Brumley

Two from David Rockefeller

We are grateful to the Washington Post, The New York Times, Time Magazine and other great publications whose directors have attended our meetings and respected their promises of discretion for almost forty years....It would have been impossible for us to develop our plan for the world if we had been subjected to the lights of publicity during those years. But, the world is now more sophisticated and prepared to march towards a world government. The supranational sovereignty of an intellectual elite and world bankers is surely preferable to the national auto-determination practiced in past centuries. -- David Rockefeller

All we need is the right major crisis and the nation will accept the New World Order. -- David Rockefeller

Who Really Runs Things

Banking was conceived in iniquity and was born in sin. The Bankers own the Earth. Take it away from them, but leave them the power to create deposits, and with the flick of the pen they will create enough deposits to buy it back again. However, take it away from them, and all the great fortunes like mine will disappear, and they ought to disappear, for this would be a happier and better world to live in. But if you wish to remain the slaves of Bankers and pay the cost of your own slavery, let them continue to create deposits.  -- Sir Josiah Stamp, President of the Bank of England in the 1920s

Two from Ludwig von Mises

Everyone carries a part of society on his shoulders: no one is relieved of his share of responsibilities by others. And no one can find a safe way for himself if society is sweeping towards destruction. Therefore, everyone, in his own interests, must thrust himself vigorously into the intellectual battle. No one can stand aside with unconcern: the interests of everyone hang on the result. Whether he chooses or not, every man is drawn into the great historical struggle, the decisive battle into which our epoch has plunged us. -- Ludwig von Mises

History has witnessed the failure of many endeavors to impose peace by war, cooperation by coercion, unanimity by slaughtering dissidents.... A lasting order cannot be established by bayonets. -- Ludwig von Mises

Adventures at Jury Selection

Not long ago I was invited to serve on the jury at the County Court House in Mercer, Pennsylvania. While the process of choosing /rejecting jurors was going on, the judge called me to the bench. I had written on my juror card that I believed that jurors have the right and duty to consider "both the facts and the law." Neither the judge nor the attorneys like that, so the judge asked if I would be willing to forego my claim. I stated that I would not, and that I would explain why if the judge was so inclined. He agreed, so this is what I told him:

Sir, we live in the State of Pennsylvania which was founded by William Penn. Years before William Penn came to America, he was arrested in Britain for preaching the Gospel of Christ, which at that time was an illegal act for an unlicensed person to do; and the penalty was death. But some members of the jury felt that the death penalty for preaching the Gospel was too severe, and they refused to render a "guilty" verdict, even though they were subjected to severe threats of punishment. In short, they applied the legal principle of "Jury Nullification." And the result was that William Penn survived the ordeal to found this State of Pennsylvania. Thus, for many, many years juries in America were recognized as having the power and the right to consider both the facts and the law in performing their court duties.

When I finished, the judge replied with a slight show of irritation, "Well, today in the State of Pennsylvania, it is the judge who considers the law, not the jury!" For the rest of the week, every time my name came up to serve on a jury, the judge smiled at me and pleasantly said, "Mr. Rose, we will excuse you!" -- Tom Rose

Dr. Seuss Couldn't Say It So Well

License me, tag me, take all my pay.
Tell me what to do, tell me what not to say.
Take all my money, take all my stuff.
I'll give it all to you, though it's never enough.
You can search me all over, I will never complain.
Nor fight you, contradict you, no matter what pain.
Tell me again I can't think on my own.
I need you to tell me I can't own my own home.
Take all my guns, take all my pride.
I will not defend myself, I'll only subside.
Give me the chip, give me free food.
I know you're here to help us, so we know you are good.
Give me the gas chamber.
I will not ask why.
You're only doing what's best for us.
We know you won't lie.
We worship you oh state.
You care for our needs.
We know you just love us.
And aren't thinking of greed.
Tell us what to do, where to go, what to say.
We'd better get on our knees and really start to pray.
Our freedoms are leaving and some don't know why.
They don't have the time to care and it makes me cry. -- David & Linda Elston

Tax Poem

Tax his cow, Tax his goat;
Tax his pants, Tax his coat;
Tax his crop, Tax his work;
Tax his ties, Tax his shirt;
Tax his chew, Tax his smoke;
Teach him taxing is no joke;
Tax his tractor, Tax his mule;
Tell him, Taxing is the rule;
Tax his oil, Tax his gas;
Tax his notes, Tax his cash;
Tax him good and let him know;
That after taxes, he has no dough;
If he hollers, Tax him more;
Tax him till he's good and sore;
Tax his coffin, Tax his grave;
Tax his sod in which he's laid;
Put these words upon his tomb;
"Taxes drove him to his doom;"
After he's gone, we won't relax;
We'll still collect inheritance tax. -- Anonymous

The Lessons of Iraq

. . . So we would leave Iraq, scarred, but hopefully smarter as well. The "long war" is a war of ideas. If Iraq is to teach us anything, it must be that a new idea cannot be beat into a society. I'm a believer in John Stuart Mill's assertion that "All people have the government they deserve," implying that both the choice and its consequences belong to the society as a whole. Rather than putting my faith in the force of arms to transform a society, I put my faith in the force of our ideas. The power of the idea of America had been on the march for half a century -- vanquishing its contrapositive in the form of global communism and gradually changing the face of the world -- until those who didn't really believe it themselves corrupted that idea. "Extraordinary rendition," Guantanamo Bay, and Abu Ghraib have all become shorthand for an America (or an American administration) that lost faith in the power of its own idea. Their hypocrisy seemingly exposed, people who had embraced and were gradually working towards that American idea in the world's most volatile regions were emasculated. These liberals, moderates, progressives and reformers have been overwhelmed by a new generation of extremists determined that an open society in which people were free to express themselves, to make decisions about how to live their own lives, and to have a voice in dictating the laws that would govern them was not a desirable one. What gives me some degree of hope is the ultimate vacuity of this alternative to the American idea. But as long as they can point to the adoo baeed -- the external enemy -- to deflect the blame from their own moral and material bankruptcy, they may stay afloat. If we're able to reassert our idea and to hold it up to people as a real choice, I know this current setback can be overcome. No amount of violence inflicted in the name of freedom, however, will be the force to bring it about. -- An anonymous U.S. Army Captain just returned from Iraq

Government Should Just Butt Out

These things I believe:
That government should butt out.
That freedom is our most precious commodity and if we are not eternally vigilant, government will take it all away.
That individual freedom demands individual responsibility.
That government is not a necessary good but an unavoidable evil.
That the executive branch has grown too strong, the judicial branch too arrogant and the legislative branch too stupid.
That political parties have become close to meaningless.
That government should work to insure the rights of the individual, not plot to take them away.
That government should provide for the national defense and work to insure domestic tranquillity.
That foreign trade should be fair rather than free.
That America should be wary of foreign entanglements.
That the tree of liberty needs to be watered from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants.
That guns do more than protect us from criminals; more importantly, they protect us from the ongoing threat of government.
That states are the bulwark of our freedom.
That states should have the right to secede from the Union.
That once a year we should hang someone in government as an example to his fellows. -- Lyn Nofziger

Becoming Illegal

Dear Senator Sarbanes,

As a native Marylander and excellent customer of the Internal Revenue Service, I am writing to ask for your assistance. I have contacted the Department of Homeland Security in an effort to determine the process for becoming an illegal alien and they referred me to you.

My primary reason for wishing to change my status from U.S. Citizen to illegal alien stem from the bill which was recently passed by the Senate and for which you voted. If my understanding of this bill's provisions is accurate, as an illegal alien who has been in the United States for five years, all I need to do to become a citizen is to pay a $2,000 fine and income taxes for three of the last five years. I know a good deal when I see one and I am anxious to get the process started before everyone figures it out.

Simply put, those of us who have been here legally have had to pay taxes every year so I'm excited about the prospect of avoiding two years of taxes in return for paying a $2,000 fine. Is there any way that I can apply to be illegal retroactively? This would yield an excellent result for me and my family because we paid heavy taxes in 2004 and 2005.

Additionally, as an illegal alien I could begin using the local emergency room as my primary health care provider. Once I have stopped paying premiums for medical insurance, my accountant figures I could save almost $10,000 a year. Another benefit in gaining illegal status would be that my daughter would receive preferential treatment relative to her law school applications, as well as "in-state" tuition rates for many colleges throughout the United States for my son.

Lastly, I understand that illegal status would relieve me of the burden of renewing my driver's license and making those burdensome car insurance premiums. This is very important to me given that I still have college age children driving my car.

If you would provide me with an outline of the process to become illegal (retroactively if possible) and copies of the necessary forms, I would be most appreciative. Thank you for your assistance.

Your Loyal Constituent -- Anonymous

Two from Larry Bigham

Today's called "Columbus Day" and some get upset over it, but it's the only holiday I'm aware of that's dedicated to the actions of the world's most well known alcoholic. Alcoholic? Yep! When he took off he had no idea where he was going, when he arrived he had no idea where he was, then he somehow found his way back home and he did it all with someone else's transportation and money and if that's not the act of an alcoholic I don't know what is 'cause when I was drinkin' I did the same a few times, just not on such a grand scale! -- Larry Bigham

P-athetic
A-sinine
T-hickheaded
R-abble
I-gnoramuses
O-pposing
T-ruth
They'd rather swallow government propaganda! -- Larry Bigham

What to Do about Illegals

Try this experiment.

Put a bird feeder in your yard and fill it with bird seed.
It doesn't take long before the birds learn that a free meal is in the offing.
They come by the hundreds. Now, empty the feeder.
What happens? No more birds.
Take away the free medical care. Take away the free schooling. Take away the free welfare. Take away the jobs.
What happens? No more illegals.
WOW! What a simple solution!
No need for a border fence at the cost of hundreds of millions of tax dollars. -- Anonymous

More Than One Way to Burn a Book

There is more than one way to burn a book. And the world is full of people running about with lit matches. Every minority, be it Baptist/Unitarian, Irish/Italian/Octogenarian/Zen Buddhist, Zionist/Seventh-day Adventist, Women’s Lib/Republican, Mattachine/FourSquareGospel feel it has the will, the right, the duty to douse the kerosene, light the fuse. Every dimwit editor who sees himself as the source of all dreary blanc-mange plain porridge unleavened literature, licks his guillotine and eyes the neck of any author who dares to speak above a whisper or write above a nursery rhyme. -- Ray Bradbury 

Whose Side Shall We Take?

Christians can no longer divide the world neatly into decent and disgusting; they must take their place with the prostitutes and publicans rather than with the Pharisees in order to enter the Kingdom of Heaven. -- Michael Horton

Politics and Cows

DEMOCRAT
You have two cows.
Your neighbor has none.
You feel guilty for being successful.

REPUBLICAN
You have two cows.
Your neighbor has none.
So?

SOCIALIST
You have two cows.
The government takes one and gives it to your neighbor.
You form a cooperative to tell him how to manage his cow.

COMMUNIST
You have two cows.
The government seizes both and provides you with milk.
You wait in line for hours to get it.
It is expensive and sour.

CAPITALISM, AMERICAN STYLE
You have two cows.
You sell one, buy a bull, and build a herd of cows.

BUREAUCRACY, AMERICAN STYLE
You have two cows.
Under the new farm program the government pays you to shoot one, milk the
other, and then pours the milk down the drain.

AMERICAN CORPORATION
You have two cows.
You sell one, lease it back to yourself and do an IPO on the 2nd one. You force the two cows to produce the milk of four cows. You are surprised when one cow drops dead. You spin an announcement to the analysts stating you have downsized and are reducing expenses. Your stock goes up.

FRENCH CORPORATION
You have two cows.
You go on strike because you want three cows.
You go to lunch and drink wine.
Life is good.

JAPANESE CORPORATION
You have two cows.
You redesign them so they are one-tenth the size of an ordinary cow and produce twenty times the milk.
They learn to travel on unbelievably crowded trains.
Most are at the top of their class at cow school.

GERMAN CORPORATION
You have two cows.
You engineer them so they are all blond, drink lots of beer, give excellent quality milk, and run a hundred miles an hour. Unfortunately they also demand 13 weeks of vacation per year.

ITALIAN CORPORATION
You have two cows but you don't know where they are.
While ambling around, you see a beautiful woman.
You break for lunch.
Life is good.

RUSSIAN CORPORATION
You have two cows.
You have some vodka.
You count them and learn you have five cows.
You have some more vodka.
You count them again and learn you have 42 cows.
The Mafia shows up and takes over however many cows you really have.

TALIBAN CORPORATION
You have all the cows in Afghanistan , which are two.
You don't milk them because you cannot touch any creature's private parts.
You get a $40 million grant from the US government to find alternatives to milk production but use the money to buy weapons.

IRAQI CORPORATION
You have two cows.
They go into hiding.
They send radio tapes of their mooing.

POLISH CORPORATION
You have two bulls.
Employees are regularly maimed and killed attempting to milk them.

BELGIAN CORPORATION
You have one cow.
The cow is schizophrenic.
Sometimes the cow thinks it's French, other times it's Flemish.
The Flemish cow won't share with the French cow.
The French cow wants control of the Flemish cow's milk.
The cow asks permission to be cut in half.
The cow dies happy.

FLORIDA CORPORATION
You have a black cow and a brown cow.
Everyone votes for the best looking one.
Some of the people who actually like the brown one best accidentally vote for the black one.
Some people vote for both.
Some people vote for neither.
Some people can't figure out how to vote at all.
Finally, a bunch of guys from out-of-state tell you which one you think is the best-looking cow.

CALIFORNIA CORPORATION
You have millions of cows.
They make real California cheese.
Only five speak English.
Most are illegal.
Arnold likes the ones with the big udders.
-- Anonymous

Taxman

Let me tell you how it will be,
There's one for you, nineteen for me,
'Cause I'm the taxman, yeah, I'm the taxman.

Should five per cent appear too small,
Be thankful I don't take it all,
'Cause I'm the taxman, yeah I'm the taxman.

If you drive a car, I'll tax the street,
If you try to sit, I'll tax your seat,
If you get too cold, I'll tax the heat,
If you take a walk, I'll tax your feet.

Don't ask me what I want it for,
If you don't want to pay some more,
'Cause I'm the taxman, yeah, I'm the taxman.

Now my advice for those who die,
Declare the pennies on your eyes.
'Cause I'm the taxman, yeah, I'm the taxman.

And you're working for no one but me. -- John Lennon & Paul McCartney

Murder by Numbers

Once that you’ve decided on a killing,
First you make a stone of your heart,
And if you find that your hands are still willing,
Then you can turn a murder into art.

There really isn’t any need for bloodshed,
You just do it with a little more finesse,
If you can slip a tablet into someone’s coffee,
Then it avoids an awful lot of mess.

It’s murder by numbers, one, two, three
It’s as easy to learn as your abc
Murder by numbers, one, two, three
It’s as easy to learn as your abc.

Now if you have a taste for this experience,
And you’re flushed with your very first success,
Then you must try a twosome or a threesome,
And you’ll find your conscience bothers you much less.

Because murder is like anything you take to,
It’s a habit-forming need for more and more,
You can bump off every member of your family,
And anybody else you find a bore.

Because it’s murder by numbers, one, two, three,
It’s as easy to learn as your abc,
Murder by numbers, one, two, three,
It’s as easy to learn as your abc.

Now you can join the ranks of the illustrious,
In history’s great dark hall of fame,
All our greatest killers were industrious,
At least the ones that we all know by name.

But you can reach the top of your profession,
If you become the leader of the land,
For murder is the sport of the elected,
And you don’t need to lift a finger of your hand.

Because it’s murder by numbers, one, two, three,
It’s as easy to learn as your abc,
Murder by numbers, one, two, three,
It’s as easy to learn as your a, b, c, d, e. -- Sting and Andy Summers

Cult of Personality

Look into my eyes, what do you see?
Cult of Personality,
I know your anger, I know your dreams,
I've been everything you want to be,
I'm the Cult of Personality,
Like Mussolini and Kennedy,
I'm the Cult of Personality,
Cult of Personality
Cult of Personality

Neon lights, a Nobel Prize,
The mirror speaks, the reflection lies,
You don't have to follow me,
Only you can set me free,
I sell the things you need to be,
I'm the smiling face on your T.V.,
I'm the Cult of Personality,
I exploit you still you love me.

I tell you one and one makes three,
I'm the Cult of Personality,
Like Joseph Stalin and Gandhi,
I'm the Cult of Personality,
Cult of Personality,
Cult of Personality

Neon lights a Nobel Prize,
A leader speaks, that leader dies,
You don't have to follow me,
Only you can set you free.

You gave me fortune,
You gave me fame,
You me power in your God's name,
I'm every person you need to be,
I'm the Cult of Personality. -- Living Colour

Two from U2

The God I believe in isn't short on cash. -- Bono (Bullet the Blue Sky, live version)

I went out walking through the streets paved with gold,
Lifted some stones,
Saw the skin and bones,
Of a city without a soul,
I went out walking under an atomic sky,
Where the ground won't turn,
And the rain it burns,
Like the tears when I said goodbye.

Yeah I went with nothing,
Nothing but the thought of you,
I went wandering.

I went drifting through the capitals of tin,
Where men can't walk,
Or freely talk,
And sons turn their fathers in,
I stopped outside a church house,
Where the citizens like to sit,
They say they want the kingdom,
But they don't want God in it.

I went out with nothing,
Nothing but the thought of you,
I went wandering.

I went out walking,
Down that winding road,
Where no one's trusting no one,
And conscience...a too heavy load,
I went out riding, down that ol' eight lane,
I passed by a thousand signs,
Looking for my own name.

I went with nothing,
But the thought you'd be there, too,
Looking for you.

I went out there in search of experience,
To taste and to touch and to feel's as much,
As a man can before he repents.

I went out searching, looking for one good man,
A spirit who would not bend or break,
Who could sit at his father's right hand,
I went out walking with a bible and a gun,
The word of God lay heavy on my heart,
I was sure I was the one,
Now Jesus, don't you wait up,
Jesus, I'll be home soon,
Yea I went out for the papers,
Told her I'd be back by noon.

Yeah I left with nothing,
But the thought you'd be there too,
Looking for you...
Yeah I left with nothing,
Nothing but the thought of you...
I went wandering. -- U2 (Vocals by Johnny Cash)

Silent Running

Take the children and yourself,
And hide out in the cellar,
By now the fighting will be close at hand,
Don’t believe the church and state,
And everything they tell you,
Believe in me, I’m with the high command.

Can you hear me, can you hear me running?
Can you hear me running, can you hear me calling you?
Can you hear me, can you hear me running?
Can you hear me running, can you hear me calling you?

There’s a gun and ammunition,
Just inside the doorway,
Use it only in emergency,
Better you should pray to God,
The father and the spirit,
Will guide you and protect from up here.

Can you hear me, can you hear me running?
Can you hear me running, can you hear me calling you?
Can you hear me, can you hear me running?
Can you hear me running, can you hear me calling you?

Swear allegiance to the flag,
Whatever flag they offer,
Never hint at what you really feel,
Teach the children quietly,
For some day sons and daughters,
Will rise up and fight while we stood still.

Can you hear me, can you hear me running?
Can you hear me running, can you hear me calling you?
Can you hear me, can you hear me running?
Can you hear me running, can you hear me calling you?

Can you hear me running (can you hear me calling you?)
(can you hear me) hear me calling you?
(can you hear me running) hear me running babe?
(can you hear me running) hear me running?
Calling you, calling you.
-- Mike Rutherford

Somebody's Watching Me

I'm just an average guy with an average life
I work from nine to five, hey hell I pay the price
But I want is to be left alone in my average home
But why do I always feel like I'm in the Twilight Zone

I always feel that somebody's watchin' me
And I have no privacy
I always feel that somebody's watchin' me
Is it just a dream?

When I come home at night
I bolt the door real tight
People call me on the phone I'm trying to avoid
Well, can the people on TV see me or am I just paranoid

I always feel that somebody's watchin' me
And I have no privacy
I always feel that somebody's watchin' me
Is it just a dream?

When I'm in the shower, I'm afraid to wash my hair
I might open my eyes and find someone standing there
People say I'm crazy, just a little touched
But maybe showers remind me of Psycho too much
That's why...

I always feel like somebody's watching me
Who's playing tricks on me
I always feel like somebody's watching me
Tell me it can't be

I don't know anymore
Are the neighbors watching me
Well is the mailman watching me
And I don't feel safe anymore, oh what a mess
I wonder who's watching me now?
Who? The IRS?

I always feel like somebody's watching me
Who's playing tricks on me
I always feel like somebody's watching me
I can't enjoy my tea! -- Rockwell

Clampdown

1-2-3-4!
Hey, hey!
Ooh!
the kingdom is ransacked,
the jewels all taken back,
and the chopper descends,
they're hidden in the back,
with a message on a half-baked tape,
with the spool going round,
saying I'm back here in this place,
and I could cry,
and there's smoke you could click on.

What are we gonna do now?
Taking off his turban, they said, Is this man a Jew?
’Cos working for the clampdown,
They put up a poster saying we earn more than you!
When we're working for the clampdown,
We will teach our twisted speech,
To the young believers,
We will train our blue-eyed men,
To be young believers.

The judge said five to ten but I say double that again,
I'm not working for the clampdown,
No man born with a living soul,
Can be working for the clampdown,
Quick over the wall 'cause government's to fall,
How can you refuse It?
Let fury have the hour, anger can be power,
D'you know that you can use It?

The voices In your head are calling,
Stop wasting your time, there's nothing coming,
Only a fool would think someone could save you,
The men at the factory are old and cunning,
You don't owe nothing, so boy get running,
It's the best years of your life they want to steal.

You grow up and you calm down and,
You're working for the clampdown,
You start wearing the blue and brown and,
You're working for the clampdown,
So you got someone to boss around,
It makes you feel big now,
You drift until you brutalize,
You made your first kill now.

In these days of evil president,
Working for the clampdown,
But lately one or two has fully paid their due,
For working for the clampdown,
Ha! Gitalong Gitalong!
Working for the clampdown,
Ha! Gitalong! Gitalong!
Working for the clampdown.

Yeah I’m working hard In Harrisburg,
Working hard In Petersburg,
Working for the clampdown,
Working for the clampdown,
Ha! Gitalong! Gitalong!
Begging to be melted down,
Gitalong, gitalong,
Work,
Work,
And I give away no secrets – ha!
Work
More work
Work
Work.
-- The Clash

With God on Our Side

Oh my name it is nothin'
My age it means less
The country I come from
Is called the Midwest
I's taught and brought up there
The laws to abide
And that land that I live in
Has God on its side.

Oh the history books tell it
They tell it so well
The cavalries charged
The Indians fell
The cavalries charged
The Indians died
Oh the country was young
With God on its side.

Oh the Spanish-American
War had its day
And the Civil War too
Was soon laid away
And the names of the heroes
I's made to memorize
With guns in their hands
And God on their side.

Oh the First World War, boys
It closed out its fate
The reason for fighting
I never got straight
But I learned to accept it
Accept it with pride
For you don't count the dead
When God's on your side.

When the Second World War
Came to an end
We forgave the Germans
And we were friends
Though they murdered six million
In the ovens they fried
The Germans now too
Have God on their side.

I've learned to hate Russians
All through my whole life
If another war starts
It's them we must fight
To hate them and fear them
To run and to hide
And accept it all bravely
With God on my side.

But now we got weapons
Of the chemical dust
If fire them we're forced to
Then fire them we must
One push of the button
And a shot the world wide
And you never ask questions
When God's on your side.

In a many dark hour
I've been thinkin' about this
That Jesus Christ
Was betrayed by a kiss
But I can't think for you
You'll have to decide
Whether Judas Iscariot
Had God on his side.

So now as I'm leavin'
I'm weary as Hell
The confusion I'm feelin'
Ain't no tongue can tell
The words fill my head
And fall to the floor
If God's on our side
He'll stop the next war. -- Bob Dylan

Two from Simon & Garfunkel

A man hears what he wants to hear and disregards the rest. -- Simon & Garfunkel

Hello darkness, my old friend. I've come to talk with you again.
Because a vision softly creeping left its seeds while I was sleeping
and the vision that was planted in my brain still remains within the sound of silence.

In restless dreams I walked alone, narrow streets of cobblestone
‘neath the halo of a street lamp, I turned my collar to the cold and damp
when my eyes were stabbed by the flash of a neon light
that split the night and touched the sound of silence.

And in the naked light I saw ten thousand people, maybe more.
People talking without speaking, people hearing without listening.
People writing songs that voices never shared, no one dared disturb the sound of silence.

Fools, said I, you do not know, silence like a cancer grows.
Hear my words that I might teach you, take my arms that I might reach you."
But my words like silent raindrops fell and echoed in the wells of silence.

And the people bowed and prayed to the neon god they made
and the sign flashed out its warning in the words that it was forming.
And the sign said "The words of the prophets are written on the subway walls
and tenement halls and whispered in the sound of silence. -- Simon & Garfunkel

For Lack of Knowledge

If people tell you to keep your mouth shut when you know about government atrocities or skulduggery, they are toadies to Satan and collaborators in his grand conspiracy. The Christian church is simply stuffed today with such courtiers, fawners, flatterers, sycophants, lackeys, backscratchers, bootlickers, bowers and scrapers, kowtowers, grovellers, gigolos, crawlers, creepers and yes-men. And that's just the pastors! I'm talking here about the likes of Pat Robertson, Billy Graham, Jerry Falwell, etc., who cosy up to corrupt government apparatchiks and presidents as if they were ambassadors of Christ and then speak scathingly of those who dare to tell the truth by calling them "communists", "conspiracy theorists" and "liberals", when they are simply those who seek to live out their Christianity in a dynamic way rather than merely parade it about for manipulative purposes. It is no wonder that the professing Christians who are government toadies are seen by the world as corrupt and irrelevant religious dinosaurs. It is no wonder that the Christian message given by them is seen as a corrupt and irrelevant message. They have brought shame on the name of Christ and tarnished the ministry of His people. -- The Blepo Factor

Is It American?

Is It "American" to write "hate crimes" laws In violation of the First Amendment to silence those our government wishes to silence?
 
Is It "American" to write "lobby laws" to silence critics of our government's newly-acquired paranoia thereby justifying authoritarian and totalitarian solutions?
 
Is It "American" or "Mirandan" not to allow a prisoner to make at least one phone call, or to consult a lawyer, or to ask for a statement of charges, or to inquire as to probable cause, or to even ask for a speedy trial by peers relating to the charges government has brought against one?
 
Is It "American" to allow "free speech" zones within concertina razor wire-confined areas patrolled by "police" with machine-guns?
 
Is It "American" to allow one individual to "decide" for 300 million Americans to "sacrifice" US and our children Into one war after another without bothering to consult Congress or the American people?
 
Is It "American" to attack other nations that have not attacked US?
 
Is It beyond any modicum of doubt that such a government would also easily plan and carry out a manufactured terrorist event and kill Its own people In order to posture Itself for such total control over Its citizens? -- Ted Lang

Chairborne Rangers

Conducting a “war” against terrorists merely makes them warriors instead of criminals and causes more money and fighters to flock to the jihad. Using a lighter touch—intelligence, law enforcement, and maybe even a rare military strike—to counter terrorism would at least be less likely to make the problem worse. And after all, what is wimpy about calling mass murder what it is—an evil crime? If anything is unpatriotic, it’s the macho rattling of the saber from the conservative chairborne brigades—for which five-deferment Cheney is the chief spokesman—because it paints a bull’s eye on America’s back. -- Ivan Eland

Three from Deanna Spingola

Those not Interested In politics will forever be ruled by those who are. -- Deanna Spingola

Despite the Intentionally secular foundation of the Constitution, there have been and will continue to be controversial court cases, many perpetuated by stables of high-priced attorneys retained by different factions of the Religious Right to publicize the questionable premise that America’s Christians are consistently persecuted. The actual objective of such lawsuits Is to outrage the voters who will then demand specific religious freedoms even If It means Incremental loss of religious freedoms or discrimination for others. The very people who should make every effort to protect religious freedom are, In fact, jeopardizing It. -- Deanna Spingola
  • He continually minimizes the Constitution by repeatedly demonstrating his unwillingness to follow It.
  • He has Issued thousands of unconstitutional Presidential Executive Orders.
  • The invasion of Afghanistan 3,000 - 3,400 dead civilians [October 7, 2001 thru March 2002].
  • Consequent resumption of poppy production In Afghanistan.
  • He got rid of the Bridas Operation an obstacle to the United States controlling the Trans-Afghanistan Pipeline.
  • invasion of Iraq – see the population reducing civilian body count.
  • The unimpeded attack of America on 9-11.
  • Created a perpetual enemy: terrorism.
  • He strengthened FEMA.
  • invasion by invitation of America – 2000 -2008 by poverty stricken Illegal aliens to be used as cheap labor.
  • Continued destruction of the middle class.
  • Increased the deficit – pouring trillions Into the banker’s coffers.
  • Politically blackmailed Congress Into passing the un-read CAFTA.
  • Politically blackmailed Congress Into passing the un-read Part Act 1 and 2.
  • Established the nefarious Department of Homeland Security.
  • Fooled ordinary Christians into believing he was one of them.
  • Returned the war hawk neo-cons to leadership position In strategic fields.
  • Collaborated with two foreign countries about the including of our borders.
  • Enriched his cronies and family through no-bid contracts.
  • Strengthened Detention and Removal Strategy for a Secure Homeland 2003-2012 – part of the Department of Homeland Security.
  • Implemented the building of all of those detention centers by Halliburton.
  • Bush has claimed the authority to break more rules than any other president.
  • Sent billions of confiscated tax dollars out of the country – not his to give.
  • Abetted In the sale of national properties to foreign governments.
  • He told us to stop worrying about conspiracy theories and some people did.
  • He has responded to the concerns of the drug companies and agri-business.
  • Through his efforts there are higher profits for the pharmaceutical Industry.
  • Got rid of that annoying Geneva Convention requiring humane treatment.
  • He broadened the government’s wiretapping, surveillance and search-and-seizure authority.
  • He ushered In a new era of secrecy for presidential activities.
  • He has assumed sole authority to Impose martial law, suspend habeas corpus and Ignore the Posse Comitatus Act.
  • He bypassed the Senate and appointed John Bolton as ambassador to the United Nations.
  • Instituted The National Security Strategy of the United States of America. -- Deanna Spingola

A Visitor from the Past

I had a dream the other night, I didn't understand.
A figure walking through the mist, with flintlock In his hand.
His clothes were torn and dirty, as he stood there by the bed.
He took off his three cornered hat, speaking low he said:

We fought a revolution, to secure our liberty.
We wrote the Constitution as a shield from tyranny.
For future generations, this legacy we gave.
In this, the land of the free and the home of the brave.

The freedom we secured for you we hoped you would always keep.
But tyrants labored endlessly while your parents were asleep.
Your freedom gone, your courage lost, you're no more than a slave.
In this, the land of the free and the home of the brave.

You buy permits to travel, and permits to own a gun,
Permits to start a business, or to build a place for one.
On a land that you believe you own you pay a yearly rent.
While you have no voice In choosing how the money Is spent.

Your children must attend a school that doesn't educate.
Your Christian values can't be taught according to the state.
You read about the current news, In a regulated press.
You pay a tax you do not owe to please the IRS.

Your money Is no longer made of silver or of gold.
You traded In your wealth for paper so your life can be controlled.
You pay for crimes that make our Nation turn from God In shame.
You've taken Satan's number as you've traded In your name.

You've given government control to those who do you harm,
So they can padlock churches and steal the family farm,
And keep our country deep In debt, put men of God In jail,
Harass your fellow countrymen, while corrupted courts prevail.

Your public servants don't uphold the solemn oath they've sworn.
Your daughters visit doctors so their children won't be born.
Your leaders ship artillery and guns to foreign shores,
And send your sons to slaughter fighting other peoples wars.

Can you regain the freedom for which we fought and died?
Or don't you have the courage to stand with faIth and pride?
Are there no more values for which you'll fight to save?
Or do you wish your children live In fear and be a slave?

Sons of the republic, arise and take a stand!
Defend the Constitution, the Supreme Law of the Land!
Preserve our Great Republic and each God Given Right!
And pray to God, to keep the torch of freedom burning bright!

As I awoke he vanished, In the mist from which he came.
His words were true, we are not free, we have ourselves to blame.
For even now as tyrants trample each God Given Right.
We only watch and tremble, too afraid to stand and fight.

If he stood by your bedside In a dream, while you were asleep.
And wonders what remains of our Rights he fought to keep.
What we be your answer If he called out from the grave?
"IS THIS STILL THE LAND OF THE FREE AND THE HOME OF THE BRAVE?"
-- Thelan Paulk

Four from George Will

In Washington I have learned that It Is symbolically correct that the Capitol Is on the edge of the continent. In a good society, politics Is a dignifies profession with a vital jurisdiction, but In most lives It Is and should be at the margin. Unhappy Is the country In which people cannot talk about themselves or their relations without recourse to political categories. -- George Will

The first task of government: to establish a monopoly on violence. -- George Will

The Chicago Cubs are America's answer to Soviet agriculture. -- George Will

You cannot have a moral duty to do what cannot be done. -- George Will

Independence

THINK ABOUT THIS FOR A MOMENT.

Denver Post:

This text Is from a county emergency manager out In the central part of Colorado after today's snowstorm.

WEATHER BULLETIN

Up here, In the Northern Plains, we just recovered from a Historic event -- may I even say a "Weather Event" of "Biblical Proportions" -- with a historic blizzard of up to 44&" Inches of snow and winds to 90 MPH that broke trees In half, knocked down utility poles, stranded hundreds of
motorists In lethal snow banks, closed ALL roads, Isolated scores of communities and cut power to 10's of thousands.

FYI:

George Bush did not come.

FEMA did nothing.

No one howled for the government.

No one blamed the government.

No one even uttered an expletive on TV .

Jesse Jackson or Al Sharpton did not visit.

Our Mayor did not blame Bush or anyone else.

Our Governor did not blame Bush or anyone else, either.

CNN, ABC, CBS, FOX or NBC did not visit - or report on this category 5 snowstorm. Nobody demanded $2,000 debit cards.

No one asked for a FEMA Trailer House.

No one looted.

Nobody - I mean Nobody demanded the government do something.

Nobody expected the government to do anything, either.

No Larry King, No Bill O'Reilly, No Oprah, No Chris Mathews and No Geraldo Rivera.

No Shaun Penn, No Barbara Striesand, No Hollywood types to be found.

Nope, we just melted the snow for water.

Sent out caravans of SUV's to pluck people out of snow engulfed cars.

The truck drivers pulled people out of snow banks and didn't ask for a penny.

Local restaurants made food and the police and fire departments delivered It to the snowbound families. Families took In the stranded people - total strangers.

We fired up wood stoves, broke out coal oil lanterns or Coleman lanterns.

We put on extra layers of clothes because up here It Is "Work or Die".

We did not wait for some affirmative action government to get us out of a mess created by being immobilized by a welfare program that trades
votes for 'sittin at home' checks.

Even though a Category "5" blizzard of this scale has never fallen this early, we know It can happen and how to deal with It ourselves.

"In my many travels, I have noticed that once one gets north of about 48 degrees North Latitude, 90% of the world's social problems evaporate." -- Anonymous

Schooling vs. Education

Abe Lincoln never went to high school or college. In fact, he spent very little time In any kind of "educational institution." But was he uneducated? On the contrary, he ranks high among the well-educated men of all centuries, including our own. When Benjamin Franklin first went to Paris as envoy from the newly formed Confederacy of American States, crowds lined the street to see him ride to and from his lodgings. This was not because he represented and upstart little nation fighting for Its Independence. Instead, It was because he was already world famous as a scholar, scientist, and philosopher. Of formal schooling he had almost none; but even by today's standards, he was a highly educated man. — V. Orval Watts

Two from Herbert Hoover

Older men declare war. But It Is youth that must fight and die. And It Is youth who must inherit the tribulation, the sorrow, and the triumphs that are the aftermath of war. -- Herbert Hoover

Every collectivist revolution rides in on a Trojan horse of "emergency." It was the tactic of Lenin, Hitler, and Mussolini. In the collectivist sweep over a dozen minor countries of Europe, it was the cry of men striving to get on horseback. And "emergency" became the justification of the subsequent steps. This technique of creating emergency is the greatest achievement that demagoguery attains. -- Herbert Hoover

Different Kinds of War

But America is not at war. There are no electricity cuts on Valdosta (State's) warm green campus, with its Spanish style department blocks and its narrow, beautiful church. There is no food rationing. There are no air-raid shelters or bombs or "jihadists" stalking these God-fearing folk. It is the US military that is at war, engaged in an Iraqi conflict that is doing damage of a far more subtle kind to America's social fabric.

Off campus, I meet a gentle, sensitive man, a Vietnam veteran with two doctor sons. One is a lieutenant colonel, an army medical officer heading back to Baghdad this week for Bush's "surge", bravely doing his duty in the face of great danger. The other is a civilian doctor who hates the war. And now the two boys - divided by Iraq - can hardly bring themselves to speak to each other. -- Robert Fisk

Two from Rick Fisk

Values voters have strange values. -- Rick Fisk

When Jesus said "I came for the Jews," I personally believe he meant that. When the Jews begged God for a King, a government, God told them that they had better be careful for what they prayed. The King would tax them and impose upon them laws and restrictions on the freedoms they enjoyed. They were, prior to their formal government, a loose tribal society, anarchists essentially who governed themselves. Jesus' message was that a real Kingdom existed outside the realm of government and that they could chose to be under its submission rather than that of the flawed rule of man. That was the salvation he offered. In the two thousand years since, this message has been utterly ignored and the opposite is now being preached in the pulpits of the world as if it were Christ's message. The doctrine, that the Kingdom of God has not yet come to pass and that it will eventually be installed by military force in what is now Israel, is completely counter to everything Jesus taught. If there is anything that one could consider anti-Christian, that is it. -- Rick Fisk

Is Bush Worse than Clinton?

It Is from this perspective that I consider George W. Bush to be much worse than Bill Clinton ever was. With a Clinton-led Democrat Party we had a clear and present danger In the WhIte House. But with a Bush-led Republican Party we have someone in the WhIte House who is teachIng Christian men how to be complacent about sin while at the same time continuing to promote and maintain the most vile and egregious sins known to man. -- Jim Rudd

It Depends on Your Definition of Conservative

During his first term, President Bush signed Domestic Partnership Bills that for the first time gave federal benefits to same-sex couples. He appointed numerous open homosexuals to high public office even paying travel expenses for their homosexual partners. Bush Increased abortion funding through "family planning" organizations like Planned Parenthood. His open border policy leaves our nation vulnerable to more terrorist attacks while Americans are being sexually abused at airports In the name of protecting them from terrorists. Knowing how anti-Christian our government schools are, what benefit Is there for Christian families under Bush's proposed Orwellian "New Freedom Initiative" that calls for all children under the age of 18 years (eventually all Americans) to be examined by a psychiatrist? Sounds more like Stalinist Russia than America to me. In this age of "political correctness", both religion and aversion to socialism are considered mental Illnesses. On ABC News with Charles Gibson, Bush again stated that Muslims and Christians worship the same God - we just have different routes of getting there. It seems that I could continue on with this list almost endlessly, but I think I have proven my point overwhelmingly that Falwell's statement "I proudly say they voted Christian" Is false. Those who use the voting for the "lesser of two evils" argument certainly cannot claim that as a Christian concept. We did have a better choice. (See Leave the Results to God.) -- Debbie O'Hara

The Glory of Communism

Everyone has a job, but no one does any work.
No one does any work, but production targets are always reached.
Production targets are always reached, but the shops are always empty.
The shops are always empty, but everyone has all they need.
Everyone has all they need, but no one is happy.
No one Is happy, but they always vote for Communists. -- Anonymous

The Rule of Law

What would you do? Cut a great road through the law to get after the Devil? ... And when the last law was down, and the Devil turned round on you - where would you hide, Roper, the laws all being flat? This country is planted thick with laws from coast to coast, Man's laws, not God's, and if you cut them down -- and you're just the man to do it -- do you really think you could stand upright in the winds that would blow then? Yes, I give the Devil benefit of law, for my own safety's sake! -- Robert Bolt, A Man for All Seasons

Nineteen from Ron Paul

I'm not just going to cut the fat out of government, I'm also going to cut out the muscle and the bone. -- Congressman Dr. Ron Paul, MD (R-TX)

Truth is treason in the empire of lies. -- Congressman Dr. Ron Paul, MD (R-TX)

If we stuck to the Constitution as written, we would have no federal meddling In our schools, no Federal Reserve, no U.S. membership In the UN, no gun control, and no foreign aid. We would have no welfare for big corporations or the "poor", no American troops In 100 foreign countries, no NAFTA, GATT, or "fast-track",  no arrogant federal judges usurping states rights, no attacks on private property, no Income tax. We could get rid of most of the agencies and most of the budget. The government would be small, frugal, and limited. -- Congressman Dr. Ron Paul, MD (R-TX)

More Important than the names of people ability with neo-conservatism are the views they adhere to.  Here is a brief summary of the general understanding of what neocons believe:
1. They agree with Trotsky on permanent revolution, violent as well as Intellectual.
2.
 They are for redrawing the map of the Middle East and are willing to use force to do so.
3.
 They believe In preemptive war to achieve desired ends.
4.
  They accept the notion that the ends justify the means—that hard-ball politics Is a moral necessity.
5.
  They express no opposition to the welfare state.
6.
 They are not bashful about an American empire; Instead they strongly endorse It.
7.
 They believe lying Is necessary for the state to survive.
8.
 They believe a powerful federal government Is a benefit.
9.
 They believe pertinent facts about how a society should be run should be held by the elite and withheld from those who do not have the courage to deal with It.
10.
They believe neutrality In foreign affairs is ill-advised.
11.
They hold Leo Strauss In high esteem.
12.
They believe imperialism, If progressive In nature, Is appropriate.
13.
Using American might to force American Ideals on others Is acceptable.  Force should not be limited to the defense of our country.
14.
9-11 resulted from the lack of foreign entanglements, not from too many.
15.
They dislike and despise libertarians (therefore, the same applies to all strict Constitutionalists.)
16.
They endorse attacks on civil liberties, such as those found In the Patriot Act, as being necessary.
17.
They unconditionally support Israel and have a close alliance with the Likud Party. -- Congressman Dr. Ron Paul, MD (R-TX)

Quietly Is lost through complacency and a subservient mindset. When we accept or even welcome automobile checkpoints, random searches, mandatory identification cards, and paramilitary police In our streets, we have lost a vital part of our American heritage. America was born of protest, revolution, and mistrust of government. Subservient societies neither maintain nor deserve freedom for long. -- Congressman Dr. Ron Paul, MD (R-TX)

  1. What If the policies of foreign intervention, entangling alliances, policing the world, nation building, and spreading our values through force are deeply flawed?
  2. What If It Is true that Saddam HusseIn never had weapons of mass destruction?
  3. What If It Is true that Saddam HusseIn and Osama bin Laden were never allies?
  4. What If It Is true that the overthrow of Saddam HusseIn did nothing to enhance our national security?
  5. What If our current policy In the Middle East leads to the overthrow of our client oil states In the region?
  6. What If the American people really knew that more than 20,000 American troops have suffered serious casualties or died In the Iraq war, and 9% of our forces already have been made Incapable of returning to battle?
  7. What If It turns out there are many more guerrilla fighters In Iraq than our government admits?
  8. What If there really have been 100,000 civilian Iraqi casualties, as some claim, and what Is an acceptable price for “doing good?”
  9. What If Rumsfeld Is replaced for the wrong reasons, and things become worse under a Defense Secretary who demands more troops and an expansion of the war?
  10. What If we discover that, when they do vote, the overwhelming majority of Iraqis support Islamic (Sharia) law over western secular law, and want our troops removed?
  11. What If those who correctly warned of the disaster awaiting us In Iraq are never asked for their opinion of what should be done now?
  12. What If the only solution for Iraq Is to divide the country Into three separate regions, recognizing the principle of self-determination while rejecting the artificial boundaries created In 1918 by non-Iraqis?
  13. What If It turns out radical Muslims don’t hate us for our freedoms, but rather for our policies In the Middle East that directly affected Arabs and Muslims?
  14. What If the invasion and occupation of Iraq actually distracted from pursuing and capturing Osama bin Laden?
  15. What If we discover that democracy can’t be spread with force of arms?
  16. What If democracy Is deeply flawed, and Instead we should be talking about liberty, property rights, free markets, the rule of law, localized government, weak centralized government, and self-determination promoted through persuasion, not force?
  17. What If Osama bin Laden and al Qaeda actually welcomed our invasion and occupation of Arab/Muslim Iraq as proof of their accusations against us, and It served as a magnificent recruiting tool for them?
  18. What If our policy greatly Increased and prolonged our vulnerability to terrorists and guerilla attacks both at home and abroad?
  19. What If the Pentagon, as reported by Its Defense Science Board, actually recognized the dangers of our policy before the invasion, and their warnings were Ignored or denied?
  20. What If the argument that by fighting over there, we won’t have to fight here, Is wrong, and the opposite Is true?
  21. What If we can never be safer by giving up some of our freedoms?
  22. What If the principle of pre-emptive war Is adopted by Russia, China, Israel, India, Pakistan, and others, “justified” by current U.S. policy?
  23. What If pre-emptive war and pre-emptive guilt stem from the same flawed policy of authoritarianism, though we fail to recognize It?
  24. What If Pakistan Is not a trustworthy ally, and turns on us when conditions deteriorate?
  25. What If plans are being laid to provoke Syria and/or Iran Into actions that would be used to justify a military response and pre-emptive war against them?
  26. What If our policy of democratization of the Middle East fails, and ends up fueling a Russian-Chinese alliance that we regret – an alliance not achieved even at the height of the Cold War?
  27. What If the policy forbidding profiling at our borders and airports Is deeply flawed?
  28. What If presuming the guilt of a suspected terrorist without a trial leads to the total undermining of Constitutional protections for American citizens when arrested?
  29. What If we discover the army Is too small to continue policies of pre-emption and nation-building? What If a military draft Is the only way to mobilize enough troops?
  30. What If the “stop-loss” program Is actually an egregious violation of trust and a breach of contract between the government and soldiers? What If It actually Is a backdoor draft, leading to unbridled cynicism and rebellion against a voluntary army and generating support for a draft of both men and women? Will lying to troops lead to rebellion and anger toward the political leadership running the war?
  31. What If the Pentagon’s legal task-force opinion that the President Is not bound by International or federal law regarding torture stands unchallenged, and sets a precedent which ultimately harms Americans, while totally disregarding the moral, practical, and legal arguments against such a policy?
  32. What If the intelligence reform legislation – which gives us bigger, more expensive bureaucracy – doesn’t bolster our security, and distracts us from the real problem of revamping our interventionist foreign policy?
  33. What If we suddenly discover we are the aggressors, and we are losing an unwinnable guerrilla war?
  34. What If we discover, too late, that we can’t afford this war – and that our policies have led to a dollar collapse, rampant inflation, high Interest rates, and a severe economic downturn? -- Congressman Dr. Ron Paul, MD (R-TX)

It's a bad Idea.

There's no need for It.

There's great danger In doing It.

America Is against It, and Congress should be.

The United Nations Is against It.

The Russians, the Chinese, the Indians, and the Pakistanis are against It.

The whole world Is against It.

Our allies are against It.

Our enemies are against It.

The Arabs are against It.

The Europeans are against It.

The Muslims are against It.

We don't need to do this.

The threat Is overblown.

The plan Is an hysterical reaction to a problem that does not yet exist.

Hysteria Is never a good basis for foreign policy.

Don't we ever learn?

Have we already forgotten Iraq?

The plan defies common sense.

If It's carried out, the Middle East, and possibly the world, will explode.

Oil will soar to over $100 a barrel, and gasoline will be over $5 a gallon.

Despite what some think, It won't serve the Interests of Israel.

Besides – It's Illegal.

It's unconstitutional.

And you have no moral authority to do It.

We don't need It.

We don't want It.

So, Mr. President, don't do It.

Don't bomb Iran!

The moral of the story, Mr. Speaker, Is this: If you don't have a nuke, we'll threaten to attack you. If you do have a nuke, we'll leave you alone. In fact, we'll probably subsidize you. What makes us think Iran does not understand this? -- Congressman Dr. Ron Paul, MD (R-TX)

You wanna get rid of drug crime in this country? Fine, let's just get rid of all the drug laws. -- Congressman Dr. Ron Paul, MD (R-TX)

When one gets in bed with government, one must expect the diseases it spreads. -- Congressman Dr. Ron Paul, MD (R-TX)

War is never economically beneficial except for those in position to profit from war expenditures. -- Congressman Dr. Ron Paul, MD (R-TX)

Our country's founders cherished liberty, not democracy. -- Congressman Dr. Ron Paul, MD (R-TX)

Justifying conscription to promote the cause of liberty is one of the most bizarre notions ever conceived by man! Forced servitude, with the risk of death and serious injury as a price to live free, makes no sense. -- Congressman Dr. Ron Paul, MD (R-TX)

All initiation of force is a violation of someone else's rights, whether initiated by an individual or the state, for the benefit of an individual or group of individuals, even if it's supposed to be for the benefit of another individual or group of individuals. -- Congressman Dr. Ron Paul, MD (R-TX)

We will take our marching orders from the Constitution. -- Congressman Dr. Ron Paul, MD (R-TX)

There's nobody in this world that could possibly attack us today... I mean, we could defend this country with a few good submarines. If anybody dared touch us we could wipe any country off of the face of the earth within hours. And here we are, so intimidated and so insecure and we're acting like such bullies that we have to attack third-world nations that have no military and have no weapon. -- Congressman Dr. Ron Paul, MD (R-TX)

Military force is justified only in self-defense; naked aggression is the provide of dictators and rogue states. This is the danger of a new "preemptive first strike doctrine." -- Congressman Dr. Ron Paul, MD (R-TX)

The draft is a totalitarian institution that is based on the idea that the government owns you and can dispose of your life as it wishes. -- Congressman Dr. Ron Paul, MD (R-TX)

I see what has happened to the American people is we have accepted the notion that we should be treated like cattle. Make us safe, make us secure, put us in the barbed wire, feed us, fatten us up, and then they’ll eat us... We have to wake up and say we’ve had it." -- Congressman Dr. Ron Paul, MD (R-TX)

In a free society we're supposed to know the truth. In a society where truth becomes treason, then we're in big trouble. -- Congressman Dr. Ron Paul, MD (R-TX)

Discerning Dubya

I've had some heated exchanges over these past two years with individuals who mindlessly placed their full faith In George W. Bush, and I am now taking this opportunity, not to say I told you so, but to try to educate In an attempt to prevent this kind of thing from ever happening again. I actually feel a great deal of empathy for the Bush people -- at least those who now admit they were misled and are willing to learn from It. I feel special empathy for those who vehemently defended Bush as a Christian man waging a righteous war. They placed so much faith In Bush, and so vociferously stood by him that many will be unable to admit their error no matter what evidence comes forth. Pride Is the culprit. They really stuck their necks out for Bush, and I know only too well how It feels when you place all your personal credibility on one person who turns out to be a consummate con-man -- especially If you convinced others to trust him as well.

Some will insist Bush was still a better choice than Kerry, but by what measure they can possibly come to that conclusion? What, Kerry might have supported some leftist social programs and gun control? Kerry might have proposed a tax Increase? Kerry might have nominated a pro-abortion Supreme Court judge or two? Not likely when saddled with a predominantly controlled Republican House and Senate! How Is It possible for a true Christian mind to reconcile this massive and completely avoidable Bush-caused human suffering and death? Where In the Bible did Jesus teach these faux Christians such "values"? Call me crazy, but the last time I reviewed the rules of engagement as Instructed In the Bible, arbitrarily killing a bunch of people who pose no direct threat to you or another Is just about the worst sin a person can commit, yet some will still insist Bush Is a fine Christian man when he wouldn't even step In to at least try to stop the slow starvation and dehydration death of just one Terri Schiavo? How many babies has Bush saved from abortion In six years? Zero. Notice the extreme silence of Reverends Jerry Falwell and Pat Robertson since this news broke May 1!

Yet there they were; my fellow "Christian" Americans, standing on the curb and waving the flag as our soldiers marched off to their needless deaths and dismemberments In yet another undeclared and Illegal American war. Will they; can they ever learn? -- Carl Worden

The Genius of Christianity

The real genius of Christianity Is Its modesty. It keeps the world Improvers from making too much of a mess of things. People – even Christians – are prone to delusion and self-aggrandizement. Too often, they begin to think that they know how to make things better, not just for themselves, but for everyone. They want to be engaged...they want to do something...they want to vote! They boss others around, take their money – calling It "fair taxation" – or bomb the hell out of them. Before you know It, they are no longer good, but corrupt and pathetic.

"Do unto others as you would have them do unto you," Is not only a nice saying to put Into needlepoint and hang on your wall, It Is also a cautionary platitude. It reminds you that It Is better to sweep your own doorstep than to try to change your neighbors' bad habits. While there Is plenty of evil In the world that might be cast out, generally, the best a man can do Is to make sure he Is not part of It. -- Bill Bonner

Two from Gary Bennett

Almost all of what we hear from church pulpits about our Founding Fathers Is factually untrue. The sad thing Is that practically everyone listening just accepts It. If our Founders were the theocrats portrayed by today's preachers, the Constitution would look much different than It does. As a Christian, shouldn't we be trying to Influence the world without resorting to what amounts to lies? And shouldn't we be more focused on setting an example than forcing others to believe as us? -- Gary Bennett

I always think of the line from Living Colour’s Cult of Personality: “I exploit you, still you love me. I tell you one and one make three”.  Makes no difference what Sharpton and Jackson do, their followers will follow. Makes no difference what W does, his followers will follow. -- Gary Bennett

If I Were the Devil

I would gain control of the most powerful nation In the world;

I would delude their minds Into thinking that they had come from man's effort, Instead of God's blessings;

I would promote an attitude of loving things and using people, Instead of the other way around;

I would dupe entire states into relying on gambling for their state revenue; I would convince people that character Is not an Issue when It comes to leadership;

I would make it legal to kill unborn babies;

I would make It socially acceptable to take one's own life, and Invent machines to make It convenient; I would cheapen human life as much as possible so that the life of animals are valued more than human beings;

I would take God out of the schools, where even the mention of His name was grounds for a lawsuit; I would come up with drugs that sedate the mind and target the young, and I would get sports heroes to advertise them;

I would get control of the media, so that every night I could pollute the mind of every family member with my agenda;

I would attack the family, the backbone of any nation.

I would make divorce acceptable and easy, even fashionable.  If the family crumbles, so does the nation;

I would compel people to express their most depraved fantasies on canvas and movie screens, and call It art; I would convince the world that people are born homosexuals, and that their lifestyles should be accepted;

I would convince the people that right and wrong are determined by a few who call themselves authorItIes and refer to their agenda as politically correct;

I would persuade people that the church Is Irrelevant and out of date, and the Bible Is for the naïve;

I would dull the minds of Christians, and make them believe that prayer Is not Important, and that faithfulness and obedience are optional; Hmm...

I guess If I were the devil, I'd leave things pretty much the way they are. -- Paul Harvey

Twenty-Four from Thomas Jefferson

Still one more thing fellow citizens -- a wise and frugal government, which shall restrain men from injurIng one another, which shall leave them otherwise free to regulate their own pursuIts of Industry and Improvement, and shall not take from the mouth of labor the bread It has earned. This Is the sum of good government, and this Is necessary to close the circle of our felicities. -- Thomas Jefferson, First Inaugural Address

Resistance to tyrants is obedience to God. -- Thomas Jefferson

If I could not go to heaven but with a party, I would not go there at all. -- Thomas Jefferson

I regret that I am now to die in the belief that the useless sacrifices of themselves by the generation of '76 to acquire self-government and happiness for their country, is to be thrown away by the unwise and unworthy passions of their sons, and that my only consolation is to be that I shall not live to see it. -- Thomas Jefferson

I would rather be exposed to the inconveniences attending too much liberty than to those attending too small a degree of it. -- Thomas Jefferson

God who gave us life gave us liberty. And can the liberties of a nation be thought secure when we have removed their only firm basis, a conviction In the minds of the people that these liberties are a gift of God? That they are not to be violated but with His wrath? Indeed, I tremble for my country when I reflect that God Is just; that His justice cannot sleep forever. -- Thomas Jefferson

If the American people ever allow private banks to control the issuance of their currencies, first by inflation and then by deflation, the banks and corporations that will grow up around them will deprive the people of all their prosperity until their children will wake up homeless on the continent their fathers conquered. -- Thomas Jefferson

I believe that banking institutions are more dangerous to our liberties than standing armies. Already they have raised up a money aristocracy that has set the government at defiance. -- Thomas Jefferson

[I]t would be a dangerous delusion were a confidence In the men of our choice to silence our fears for the safety of our rights: that confidence Is everywhere the parent of despotism: free government Is founded In jealousy and not In confidence; It Is jealousy and not confidence which prescribes limited Constitutions to bind down those whom we are obliged to trust with power: that our Constitution has accordingly fixed the limits to which and no further our confidence may go; . . . In questions of power then let no more be heard of confidence In man, but bind him down from mischief by the chains of the Constitution. -- Thomas Jefferson

God forbid we should ever be twenty years without such a rebellion. The people cannot be all, and always, well Informed. The part which Is wrong will be discontented, In proportion to the Importance of the facts they misconceive. If they remain quiet under such misconceptions, It Is lethargy, the forerunner of death to the public liberty... And what country can preserve Its liberties, if its rulers are not warned from time to time, that this people preserve the spirit of resistance? Let them take arms. The remedy Is to set them right as to the 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

The man who never looks into a newspaper is better informed than he who reads them; inasmuch as he who knows nothing is nearer to the truth than he whose mind is filled with falsehoods and errors. -- Thomas Jefferson

I had rather be shut up in a very modest cottage with my books, my family and a few old friends, dining on simple bacon, and letting the world roll on as it liked, than to occupy the most splendid post, which any human power can give. -- Thomas Jefferson

Our rulers will become corrupt, our People careless. The time for fixing every essential right on a legal basis Is 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 will not be knocked off at the conclusion of the war, will remain on as long, will be made heavier and heavier, till our rights shall revive or expire In a convulsion. The people will be taxed for fifteen-sixteenths of their production. They will themselves pay the wages for those who place the shackles upon their own hands and feet. -- Thomas Jefferson, excerpted from "Comments and Notes on the State of Virginia"

Give about two of them (hours), every day, to exercise; for health must not be sacrificed to learning. A strong body makes the mind strong. As to the species of exercise, I advise the gun. While this gives a moderate exercise to the body, it gives boldness, enterprise, and independence to the mind. Games played with the ball, and others of that nature, are too violent for the body, and stamp no character on the mind. Let your gun, therefore, be the constant companion of your walks. -- Thomas Jefferson

We ... disavow and declare to be most false and unfounded, the doctrine that the compact, in authorizing its federal branch to lay and collect taxes, duties, imposts and excises to pay the debts and provide for the common defence and general welfare of the United States, has given them thereby a power to do whatever they may think or pretend would promote the general welfare, which construction would make that, of itself, a complete government, without limitation of powers; but that the plain sense and obvious meaning were, that they might levy the taxes necessary to provide for the general welfare by the various acts of power therein specified and delegated to them, and by no others. -- Thomas Jefferson

A democracy is nothing more than mob rule, where fifty-one percent of the people may take away the rights of the other forty-nine. Remember democracy never lasts long. It soon wastes, exhausts, and murders itself. There never was a democracy yet that did not commit suicide. -- Thomas Jefferson

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. All their energies are expended in the destruction of the labor, property and lives of their people. -- Thomas Jefferson to James Monroe, 1823

...(N)ot to find out new principles, or new arguments, never before thought of; not merely to say things which had never been said before; but to place before mankind the common sense of the subject, in terms so plain and firm as to command their assent, and to justify ourselves in the independent stand we are compelled to take. Neither aiming at originality of principle or sentiment, nor yet copied from any particular and previous writing, it was intended to be an expression of the American mind, and to give to that expression the proper tone and spirit called for by the occasion. -- Thomas Jefferson to James Madison, 1823

...(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

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

Laws that forbid the carrying of arms... disarm only those who are neither Inclined nor determined to commit crimes... Such laws make things worse for the assaulted and better for the assailants; they serve rather to encourage than to prevent homicides, for an unarmed man may be attacked with greater confidence than an armed man. -- Thomas Jefferson

If people let government decide what foods they eat and what medicines they take, their bodies will soon be In as sorry a state as are the souls of those who live under tyranny. -- Thomas Jefferson

No free man shall ever be debarred the use of arms. The strongest reason for the people to retain their right to keep and bear arms Is as a last resort to protect themselves against tyranny In government. -- Thomas Jefferson

Peace, commerce, and honest friendship with all nations – entangling alliances with none. -- Thomas Jefferson

The true theory of our Constitution is surely the wisest and best, that the States are independent as to everything within themselves, and united as to everything respecting foreign affairs. Let the General Government be reduced to foreign concerns only, and let our affairs be disentangled from those of all other nations, except as to commerce, which the merchants will manage the better, the more they are left free to manage for themselves, and our General Government may be reduced to a very simple organization, and a very inexpensive one; a few plain duties to be performed by a few servants. -- Thomas Jefferson

No, my friend, the way to have good and safe government, is not to trust it all to one, but to divide it among the many, distributing to every one exactly the functions he is competent to. Let the national government be entrusted with the defence of the nation, and its foreign and federal relations; the State governments with the civil rights, laws, police, and administration of what concerns the State generally; the counties with the local concerns of the counties, and each ward direct the interests within itself. It is by dividing and subdividing these republics from the great national one down through all its subordinations, until it ends in the administration of every man's farm by himself; by placing under every one what his own eye may superintend, that all will be done for the best. What has destroyed liberty and the rights of man in every government which has ever existed under the sun? The generalizing and concentrating all cares and powers into one body, no matter whether of the autocrats of Russia or France, or of the aristocrats of a Venetian senate. -- Thomas Jefferson

I am not among those who fear the people. They, and not the rich, are our dependence for continued freedom. 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 debt, 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 calling and our creeds as the people of England are, our people, like them, must come to labor sixteen hours In the twenty-four, 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 no time to think, no means of calling our mis-managers to account but be glad to obtain subsistence by thinking ourselves to rivet their chains on the necks of our fellow-sufferers Our land-holders, too, like theirs, retaining Indeed the title and stewardship of estates called theirs but held really In trust for the treasury, must wander, like theirs, In foreign countries, and be contented with penury, obscurity, exile, and the glory of the nation. This example reads to us the salutary lesson, that private fortunes are destroyed by public as well as by private extravagances. And this Is the tendency of all human governments. A departure from principle In one Instance becomes a precedent for the second; that second for a third; and so on, till the bulk of society Is reduced to be mere automatons of misery, to have no sensibilities left but for sinning and suffering. Then begins, Indeed, the bellum omnium in omnia, which some philosophers observing to be so general In this world, have mistaken for the natural, Instead of the abusive state of man. And the fore-horse of this frightful team Is public debt. Taxation follows that, and In Its train wretchedness and oppression. -- Thomas Jefferson

One Thing Government Can Do

We use words like honor, code, loyalty. We use these words as the backbone of a life spent defending something. You use them as a punchline! I have neither the time, nor the inclination to explain myself to a man who rises and sleeps under the blanket of the very freedom that I provide, and then questions the manner In which I provide It! I would rather you just said "thank you", and went on your way. Otherwise, I suggest you pick up a weapon, and stand a post. Either way, I don't give a DAMN what you think you are entitled to! -- Colonel Nathan Jessep, USMC, played by Jack Nicholson in A Few Good Men

You have never lived until you have almost died. For those who fight for it, life has a special flavor that the protected will never know. -- Message posted on the outhouse wall at Khe Sanh, Republic of Vietnam, 1968

Subtle Tyranny

The worst forms of tyranny, or certainly the most successful ones, are not those we rail against but those that so Insinuate themselves Into the Imagery of our consciousness, and the fabric of our lives, as not to be perceived as tyranny. -- Michael Parenti

Economic Control Equals People Control

Give me control over a man's economic actions, and hence over his means of survival, and except for a few occasional heroes, I'll promise to deliver to you men who think and write and behave as I want them to. -- Benjamine A. Rooge

It's Not the Soldier. It's God.

It Is God, not the soldier Who has given us the freedom of speech.
It Is God, not the soldier Who has given us the right to demonstrate.
It Is God, not the soldier Who has given us the right to due process.
It Is God the Father, Who has given us the Commandments, Who forgives us for breaking the Commandments. -- Casey Khan

God Can Use You

The next time you feel like God can't use you, just remember...
Noah was a drunk,
Abraham was too old,
Isaac was a daydreamer,
Jacob was a liar,
Leah was ugly,
Joseph was abused,
Moses had a stuttering problem,
Gideon was afraid,
Samson had long hair and was a womanizer,
Rahab was a prostitute,
Jeremiah and Timothy were too young,
David had an affair and was a murderer,
Elijah was suicidal,
Isaiah preached naked,
Jonah ran from God,
Naomi was a widow,
Job went bankrupt,
Peter denied Christ,
The Disciples fell asleep while prayIng,
Martha worried about everything,
Mary Magdalene was, well you know,
The Samaritan woman was divorced, more than once,
Zaccheus was too small,
Paul was too religious,
Timothy had an ulcer...........
AND
Lazarus was dead!
...............no more excuses now.
-- Anonymous

Two from Stonewall Jackson

If the North triumphs it is not alone the destruction of our property; it is the prelude to anarchy, infidelity, the ultimate loss of free and responsible government on this continent. It is the triumph of commerce, the banks, factories. We should meet the federal invader on the outer verge of just and right defense and raise at once the black flag. No quarter to the violators of our homes and firesides. -- Thomas Jonathan (Stonewall) Jackson, May 1861

National sins must be punished in this life as there are no nationalities beyond the grave. -- Thomas Jonathan (Stonewall) Jackson

The Purpose of State Education

Situation Is thus a most powerful ally of humanism and every American public school Is a school of humanism. What can the theistic Sunday-schools, meeting for an hour once a week, and teaching only a fraction of the children, do to stem the tide of a five-day program of humanistic teaching? -- C. F. Potter (a signer of the "Humanist Manifesto")

School Is the spearhead of Socialism... and pre-school training Is essential "to eliminate the social heritage" of undesirable parental views.-- Ingvar Carlsson, Former Prime Minister and Education Minister of Sweden

The Drug Problem

The other day, someone at a store In a small town read that a methamphetamine lab had been found In an old farm house In the adjoining county, and he asked me a rhetorical question, "Why didn't we have a drug problem when you and I were growing up?"  

I responded that we did have a drug problem when we were kids growing up on the farm or In the city. I had a drug problem when I was young:

I was drug to church on Sunday morning.

I was drug to church for weddings and funerals.

I was drug to family reunions and community socials no matter what the weather.

I was drug by my ears when I was disrespectful to adults.

I was also drug to the woodshed when I disobeyed my parents, told a lie, brought home a bad report card, did not speak with respect, spoke Ill of the teacher or the preacher, or If I didn't put forth my best effort In everything that was asked of  me.

I was drug to the kitchen sink If I uttered a profane four letter word. (I know what lye soap tastes like.)  

I was drug out to pull weeds In mom's garden and flowerbeds and cockleburs out of dad's fields.

I was drug to the homes of family, friends, and neighbors to help out some poor soul who had no one to mow the yard, repair the clothesline or chop some fire wood, and If my mother had ever known that I took a single dime as a tip for this kindness, she would have drug me back to the wood shed.

Those drugs are still In my veins; and they affect my behavior In everything I do, say, and think. They are stronger than cocaine, crack or heroin, and If today's children had this kind of drug problem, America might be a better place today. -- Anonymous

Moderation in the Pursuit of Justice Is No Virtue

Extremism In the defense of liberty Is no vice. Moderation In the pursuit of justice Is no virtue. -- Barry Goldwater

Tell a man whose house Is on fire to give a moderate alarm; tell him to moderately rescue his wife from the hands of the ravisher; tell the mother to gradually extricate her babe from the fire Into which It has fallen -- but urge me not to use moderation In a cause like the present.

I am In earnest -- I will not equivocate -- I will not excuse -- I will not retreat a single Inch -- and I will be heard. -- William Lloyd Garrison

God Said...

God said to build a better world, and I said, "How?,
"The world Is such a cold dark place, so unforgiving now.
"And I'm so weak and worthless. There's nothing I can do."
God said In all His wisdom, "Just build a better 'you'." -- Anonymous

Trade Hypocrisy

A car company can move Its factories to Mexico and claim It's a free market.
A toy company can outsource to a Chinese subcontractor and claim It's a free market.
A major bank can Incorporate In Bermuda to avoid taxes and claim It's a free market.
We can buy HP Printers made In Mexico.
We can buy shirts made In Bangladesh.
We can purchase almost anything we want from many different countries
BUT, heaven help the elderly who dare to buy their  prescription drugs from a Canadian (or Mexican) pharmacy. That's called un-American!
And you think the pharmaceutical companies don't have a powerful lobby?
Think again! -- Anonymous

The Source of Our Liberty

Kings or parliaments could not give the rights essential to happiness... We claim them from a higher source -- from the King of kings, and Lord of all the earth. They are not annexed to us by parchments and seals. They are created In us by the decrees of Providence, which establish the laws of our nature. They are born with us; exist with us; and cannot be taken from us by any human power, without taking our lives. -- John Dickinson

A Confederate Soldier's Prayer

I asked God for strength, that I might achieve.
I was made weak, that I might learn humbly to obey.
I asked God for health, that I might do greater things.
I was given infirmity, that I might do better things.
I asked God for riches, that I might be happy.
I was given poverty, that I might be wise.
I asked God for power, that I might have the praise of men.
I was given weakness, that I might feel the need of God.
I asked God for all things, that I might enjoy life.
I was given life, that I might enjoy all things.
I got nothing that I asked for - but everything I had hoped for.
Almost despite myself, my unspoken prayers were answered.
I am among men, most richly blessed. -- Found with the dead body of a Confederate Soldier, whose identity Is known but to God

Two from Dottie Seese

After about 7,000 years of what the sociologists call "civilization" I think It's time to admit the earth has never had one that consisted of more than the original two people. -- Dottie Seese

When we had freedom, we didn't need to be told we are free people.
When we had true family values, no one had to keep chattering about family values.
When we had Second Amendment rights, no one had to fight to keep them.
When we had freedom of religion, Christians weren't forbidden to speak out while other religions do.
When we had a free press, mainstream news media didn't sound like an echo chamber.
When a president was an executive officer rather than an emperor, the word 'emperor' was never mentioned.
When we knew who and what Americans were, we didn't have to be told! -- Dottie Seese

City of Los Angeles High School Math Proficiency Exam

Name:


Gang:
1. Johnny has an AK-47 with an 80-round clip. If he misses 6 out of 10 shots and shoots 13 times at each drive-by shooting, how many drive-by shootings can he attempt before he has to reload?

2. Jose has 2 ounces of cocaine and he sells an 8-ball to Jackson for $320 and 2 grams to Billy for $85 per gram. What Is the street value of the balance of the cocaine If he doesn't cut It?

3. Rufus Is pimping for three girls. If the price Is $65 for each trick, how many tricks will each girl have to turn so Rufus can pay for his $800-per-day crack habit?

4. Jarone wants to cut his 1/2 pound of heroin to make 20% more profit. How many ounces of cut will he need?

5. Willie gets $200 for stealing a BMW, $50 for a Chevy, and $100 for a 4X4. If he has stolen 2 BMW's, 3 4X4s, how many Chevies will he have to steal to make $800?

6. Raoul Is In prison for 6 years for murder. He got $10,000 for the hit. If his common law wife Is spending $100 per month, how much money will be left when he gets out of prison and how many years will he get for killing the woman that spent his money?

7. If the average spray can covers 22 square feet and the average letter is 3 square feet, how many letters can a tagger spray with 3 cans of paint?

8. Hector slept with 6 girls In his gang. There are 27 girls In the gang. What percentage of the girls In the gang has Hector slept with?

9. Thelma can cook dinner for her 16 children for $7.50 per night. She gets $234 a month welfare for each child. If her $325 per month rent goes up 15%, how many more children should she have to keep up with her expenses?

10. Salvador was arrested for dealing crack and his bail was set at $25,000. If he pays a bail bondsman 12% and returns to Mexico, how much money will he lose by jumping bail? -- Anonymous

People Over 30 Should Be Dead

According to today's regulators and bureaucrats, those of us who were kids In the 40s, 50s,60s, or even maybe the early 70s probably shouldn't have survived.

  •  Our baby cribs were covered with bright colored lead-based paint.
  •  There was nothing to stop us from sticking a fork In an electrical outlet.
  •  We had no childproof lids on medicine bottles, doors or cabinets, and when we rode our bikes, we had no helmets. (Not to mention the risks we took hitchhiking.)
  • As children, we would d ride In cars with no seat belts or air bags.
  • Writing In the back of a pickup truck on a warm day was always a special treat.
  • We drank water from the garden hose and not from a bottle. Horrors!
  • We ate cupcakes, bread and butter, and drank soda pop with sugar In It, (but we were never overweight because we were always outside playing ).
  • We shared one soft drink with four friends, from one bottle, and no one actually died from this.
  • We would spend hours building go-carts out of scraps and then rode down the hill, only to find out we forgot the brakes. After running Into the bushes a few times, we learned to solve the problem.
  • We would leave home In the morning and play all day, as long as we were back when the street lights came on. No one was able to reach us all day. No cell phones. Unthinkable!
  • We did not have Playstations, Nintendo 64, X-Boxes, no video games at all, no 99 channels on cable, video tape movies, surround sound, personal cell phones, personal computers, or Internet chat rooms. We had friends! We went outside and found them.
  • We played dodge ball, and sometimes, the ball would really hurt. We fell out of trees, got cut and broke bones and teeth, and there were no lawsuits from these accidents. They were accidents. No one was to blame but us. Remember accidents?
  • We had fights and punched each other and got black and blue and learned to get over It.
  • We made up games with sticks and tennis balls and ate worms and mud pies, and although we were told It would happen, we did not put out very many eyes, nor did the worms live inside us forever.
  • We rode bikes or walked to a friend's home and knocked on the door, or rang the bell or just walked In and talked to them.
  • Little League had tryouts and not everyone made the team. Those who didn't had to learn to deal with disappointment.
  • Some students weren't as smart as others, so they failed a grade and were held back to repeat the same grade. Horrors!
  • Tests were not adjusted for any reason.
  • Our actions were our own. Consequences were expected.
  • The Idea of a parent bailing us out If we broke a law was unheard of. They actually sided with the law. Imagine that!

This generation has produced some of the best risk-takers and problem solvers and Inventors, ever. The past 50 years have been an explosion of innovation and new Ideas. We had freedom, failure, success and responsibility, and we learned how to deal with It all. And you're one of them! Congratulations. Please pass this on to others who have had the luck to grow up as kids, before lawyers and government regulated our lives, for our own good...

Kind of makes you want to run through the house with scissors, doesn't it? -- Anonymous

For All Those Born before 1940

We are the survivors!!! Consider the changes we have witnessed.

We were before television, before penicillin, before polio shots, frozen foods, Xerox, contact lenses, frisbees and the pill.

We were before radar, credit cards, split atoms, laser beams and ballpoint pens; before pantyhose, dishwashers, clothes driers, electric blankets, air conditioners, drip-dry clothes and before man walked on the moon.

We got married first and then lived together. How quaint can you be?

In our time, closets were for clothes, not for “coming out of.” Bunnies were small rabbits and beetles were not Volkswagens. Designer Jeans were scheming girls named Jean or Jeannie and having a meaningful relationship meant getting along well with your cousins.

We thought fast foods were what you ate during Lent and outer space was the back of the Riviera Theater.

We were before househusbands, gay rights, dual careers, computer dating and computer marriages. We were before day care centers, group therapy and nursing homes. We never heard of FM radio, tape decks, electric typewriters, artificial hearts, word processors, yogurt and guys wearing earrings. For us, timesharing meant togetherness, not computers or condominiums. A chip meant a piece of wood, hardware meant, well, hardware and software wasn’t even a word.

In 1940, “Made in Japan” meant junk and “making out” referred to how you did on the exam. Pizzas, McDonalds and instant coffee were unheard of.

We hit the scene when 5 and 10 cent stores were where you bought things for 5 and 10 cents. Sanders’ or Wilson’s sold ice cream cones for a nickel or a dime. For one nickel, you could ride a street car make a phone call, buy a Pepsi or enough stamps to mail one letter and two postcards. You could buy a new Ford Coupe for $600. But who could afford one? A pity too, because gas was only 11 cents a gallon.

In our day, cigarette smoking was fashionable, grass was mowed, coke was a drink and pot was something you cooked in; rock music was a Grandma’s lullaby and AIDS were helpers in the principal’s office.

We were certainly not before the different sexes were discovered, but we were surely before the sex change; so we made do with what we had. And we were the last generation that was so dumb as to think you needed a husband to have a baby.

No wonder we are so confused and there is a generation gap today.

But we survived. What a better reason to celebrate! -- Anonymous

Is America Free?

ARE YOU TRULY FREE... when over half of your hard earned "money" Is stolen, directly and Indirectly, by "legalized fraud" called "Income taxes" to support unconscionable spending habits of career politicians... and rulers around the world? And,

ARE YOU TRULY FREE...when government agents falsely accuse people of "crimes" shoot and kill a nursing mother and child (Weaver), use banned gas to burn out over 80 people (Waco Holocaust), Gordon Call, etc. And,  

ARE YOU TRULY FREE...when you are deprived of your currency which you worked hard for, paid taxes on? The $1,000 and $500 bills were slyly taken out of circulation. When anyone DOES NOT want to play the game of "cashless, checkless society" he Is accused of "breaking the law". Plastic strips are now Inserted In the new currency. Bankers/government claim anyone with a large amount of cash Is a criminal. This violates many religious beliefs such as Rev.,13:16-18. The conspirators real purpose is to work for the private bankers, putting us in a cashless, checkless society. And,

WHEN...In our "LAND OF THE FREE" you can no longer drive on freeways or public street without buying a drivers license and car registration from bureaucrats...giving them LEGAL TITLE of OWNERSHIP to your car In exchange for a "certificate of title" that shows you gave your "true ownership" AWAY? And, 

WHEN...BUREAUCRATS MAKE YOU PAY legal ransom to a private Insurance-company so you can drive your car? And,

WHEN...In our "LAND OF THE FREE" you must send your children to a licensed school or bureaucrats can/will legally kidnap your children, confiscate your property and put you In jail? And, When...you must read non-mainstream publications In order to learn THE TRUTH, because the national news media tells only what the "political establishment" allows Its public to see or hear as "news"..? And,

WHEN...OUR "LAND OF THE FREE" has more political-prisoners than other nations; more slave-labor-camp-prisons (UNICOR) are being built every year? And,

WHEN...bureaucrats claim a crime needs no victim" by claiming a crime Is an offense against an abstract (legal fiction) called the state? And,

WHEN...business-Income taxes are piled on top of each other...hidden In the prices of every American product, GROSSLY INFLATING costs, forcing industries to leave our country...taking millions of our best jobs with them? And,

WHEN... In our "LAND OF THE FREE" bureaucrats can know most of your financial transactions and "legally pry" Into your bank records without your knowledge or consent? (violating a sacred trust, your privacy, and 4th amendment right). And,

WHEN ...you believe the BIG-LIE that your RIGHTS come from "public servants" Instead of from ALMIGHTY GOD, Creator of all nature? And,

WHEN you "pay" your debts with dollar bills which are notices of debt you owe to the PRIVATELY OWNED Federal Reserve Banks (a private corporation) which pay no Income taxes...and who create money out of thin air? And,

WHEN...In our "LAND OF THE FREE" "public servants" have created a spider web of over TWO MILLION laws and rules entangling every part of your life with entrapment schemes, (Road Blocks)-etc., while "supreme court" judges seldom agree on the meaning of any of them? And,

WHEN...If you don't pay your taxes (rent) the real owner of your property shows up, takes It from you, violating Allodial Land Rights ... and may/will shoot you, or put you In jail. And,

WHEN...In our "LAND OF THE FREE" Its okay to legally murder unborn babies, cleverly calling aborticide "abortion" And,

WHEN... "public-servant judges" Illegally guide votes of Citizen Jurors by LYING, telling them they must vote to enforce the "alleged laws" of the case (even If It violates Rights secured by the Constitution)? And,

WHEN....the word "person" Is "legally defined" as a "corporation" and judges and government lawyers Coerce Juries Into jailing fellow Americans for disobeying laws made for private bankers and private corporations to CONTROL our once FREE PEOPLE? And,

WHEN...your church must get a 501-C3 license (tax exempt) so Its members can "write off gifts"-legally worship the "state god", not ALMIGHTY GOD, Creator of all nature? And,

WHEN...career-politicians, tax collectors, police and courts (judges) are more of a threat to life, liberty and property than a thief In the night? (Been In court lately?) And,

WHEN you SADLY LEARN.. more crimes occur In American court rooms In one day than In the streets In a whole year?

WHEN...In our "LAND OF THE FREE" your children are a ward of the state because you used a marriage license? (Your children are not your children because of that license!) And,

WHEN...you are jailed for exercising your God-given Constitutionally secured Rights If you don't "grease the palms" (fines=mulct) of bureaucrats? And,

WHEN...In our "LAND OF THE FREE" YOU CAN NO LONGER PRACTICE Free Enterprise or work without the SS-ID number, "Mark of the Beast", and you are forced to buy a permit or license from bureaucrats or go to jail? And,  

WHEN everything you and your children will ever "own" Is mortgaged to foreign bankers who own the private Federal Reserve Banks, your loan could be due and collectible on demand...BECAUSE THE CONGRESS REFUSES to OBEY the CONSTITUTION providing our nation with a debt-free, Honest money system! And,

WHEN...you could be dying from a disease (cancer) that Is curable In other countries (suppressed In Amerika since the early 30's) with certain medicines, nutrients, and vitamins which, If used to save your life, Is a crime In our "LAND OF THE FREE" stripping us of our 1st and 9th amendment Rights, FREEDOM of CHOICE? And,

WHEN... If you say something publicly that Is not "Politically Correct", the news-media can publicly condemn you without a trial, by Implying you are a racist, cultist, neo-Nazi, anti-Semitic, hate monger, bigot, radical, armed and dangerous, extreme-right-winger, tax-protester, un-American...etc.? And,  

WHEN...the Federal Government pretends to wage a "War On Drugs" (actually promoting drugs) as an excuse to make laws that deprive us of our God-given RIGHTS to Life, Quietly, and Property ...Freedom to Choose and to be Left Alone? And,

WHEN...CRIME PAYS BIG... for Big Brother Government, lying politicians, judges, government lawyers, police...because every new law causes many more victimless crimes as an excuse for higher and higher taxes, supposedly used to punish the violators (victims) of newly Invented crimes, which God never thought of, against a legal fiction, the State? And,

WHEN...In our "LAND OF THE FREE" the flag displayed In court rooms and other public buildings has a gold fringe border, which Is NOT the American flag, Indicate that we are under Martial Law unannounced? And,

WHEN..... you must ask and pay bureaucrats for legal permission to get married, even though marriage Is a sacrament directly from our loving father, ALMIGHTY GOD? And,

WHEN...Republican and Democratic Presidents give your taxes to foreign countries, food that should be given to our needy Is given to foreign nations, destroying our own people...our self-defense arms are confiscated...creating wars and riots; the United States Military Is under the United Nations command...YOUR JOB exported overseas...our "LAND OF THE FREE" PLACED UNDER THE DICTATORIAL RULE of NON-ELECTED FOREIGNERS called the NEW WORLD ORDER?! Creating wars and riots;

IF THIS IS FREEDOM Then WHAT Is SLAVERY???

SPEND A SEC AND HELP EDUCATE SOME MINDS, COPY, PASTE, AND BLAST THEM SOME ADVICE -- Anonymous

Those Who Make War

War is no longer made by simply analyzed economic forces if it ever was. War is made or planned now by individual men, demagogues and dictators who play on the patriotism of their people to mislead them into a belief in the great fallacy of war when all their vaunted reforms have failed to satisfy the people they misrule. And we in America should see that no man is ever given, no matter how gradually or how noble and excellent the man, the power to put this country into a war which is now being prepared and brought closer each day with all the pre-meditation of a long planned murder. For when you give power to an executive you do not know who will be filling that position when the time of crisis comes. – Ernest Hemingway

Hometown

And once upon a time, in a land called America, the people would come in from their mountain cabins, farms, and mill towns with their young ones to joy in the closeness of community on warm sultry summer nights. The American dream was never about grand mansions, designer wear, exotic vacations, health clubs, silicone implants, Viagra love affairs, fortress malls, boutiques, forever war, the prison industry, or slave labor junk stores. It was about a man being able to make a living for his family. It was about a simple life of small town living, where people congregated on Main Street for the Fourth of July parade. It was about swimming holes, country lanes, fields of corn, teachers who challenged the young to greater heights (not social engineering!), doctors (not technocrats), marshland songs, a whippoorwill, splashing streams, and woodlands with secret paths. It was about rain washed streets; where barefoot children splashed in puddles, blew magic bubbles, caught fireflies, and played hide-and-seek long into a muggy summer's night. It was about concerts in the park, the clink of milk bottles, and visits to Grandma's house; with her blue hair, flowered dress, and flour dusted apron. It was about the certainty of love with the slamming of a screen door, a child running in flowered meadows, and at day’s end, neighbors gathered on darkened porches, holding tight the wonderment of the day. It was about Hometown. -- Judith Moriarty

Western Civilization

Western civilization? We ought to try It some time. -- Anonymous

We have grasped the mystery of the atom and rejected the Sermon on the Mount. The world has achieved brilliance without conscience. Ours is a world of nuclear giants and ethical infants. We know more about war than about peace, more about killing than we know about living. -- General Omar Bradley

I used to wonder why civilizations fell. No longer. I see It now before my eyes, every day. Civilizations do not fall because the Barbarians storm the walls. The forces of civilization are far too powerful, and those of barbarism far too weak, for that to happen.

Civilizations fall because the people inside the Sanctuary throw open the gates.

Look around. Tell me what you see. Look at how the entire Idea of civilization Is under attack. Abandoning the Ideas of civilization and savagery Is tantamount to throwing open the gates. -- Bill Whittle>

The Great Dictator

I'm sorry but I don't want to be an Emperor - that's not my business - I don't want to rule or conquer anyone. I should like to help everyone if possible, Jew, gentile, black man, white. We all want to help one another, human beings are like that.

We all want to live by each other's happiness, not by each other's misery. We don't want to hate and despise one another. In this world there is room for everyone and the earth is rich and can provide for everyone.

The way of life can be free and beautiful.
But we have lost the way.

Greed has poisoned men's souls -
has barricaded the world with hate;
has goose-stepped us into misery and bloodshed.

We have developed speed but we have shut ourselves in:
machinery that gives abundance has left us in want.
Our knowledge has made us cynical,
our cleverness hard and unkind.
We think too much and feel too little:
More than machinery we need humanity;
More than cleverness we need kindness and gentleness.

Without these qualities, life will be violent and all will be lost.

The aeroplane and the radio have brought us closer together. The very nature of these inventions cries out for the goodness in men, cries out for universal brotherhood for the unity of us all. Even now my voice is reaching millions throughout the world, millions of despairing men, women and little children, victims of a system that makes men torture and imprison innocent people. To those who can hear me I say "Do not despair".

The misery that is now upon us is but the passing of greed, the bitterness of men who fear the way of human progress: the hate of men will pass and dictators die and the power they took from the people , will return to the people and so long as men die [now] liberty will never perish. . .

Soldiers - don't give yourselves to brutes, men who despise you and enslave you - who regiment your lives, tell you what to do, what to think and what to feel, who drill you, diet you, treat you as cattle, as cannon fodder.

Don't give yourselves to these unnatural men, machine men, with machine minds and machine hearts. You are not machines. You are not cattle. You are men. You have the love of humanity in your hearts. You don't hate - only the unloved hate. Only the unloved and the unnatural. Soldiers - don't fight for slavery, fight for liberty.

In the seventeenth chapter of Saint Luke it is written
"the kingdom of God is within man "
- not one man, nor a group of men - but in all men - in you, the people.

You the people have the power, the power to create machines, the power to create happiness. You the people have the power to make life free and beautiful, to make this life a wonderful adventure. Then in the name of democracy let's use that power - let us all unite. Let us fight for a new world, a decent world that will give men a chance to work, that will give you the future and old age and security. By the promise of these things, brutes have risen to power, but they lie. They do not fulfil their promise, they never will. Dictators free themselves but they enslave the people. Now let us fight to fulfil that promise. Let us fight to free the world, to do away with national barriers, do away with greed, with hate and intolerance. Let us fight for a world of reason, a world where science and progress will lead to all men's happiness.

Soldiers - in the name of democracy, let us all unite!

Look up! Look up! The clouds are lifting - the sun is breaking through. We are coming out of the darkness into the light. We are coming into a new world. A kind new world where men will rise above their hate and brutality.

The soul of man has been given wings - and at last he is beginning to fly. He is flying into the rainbow - into the light of hope - into the future, that glorious future that belongs to you, to me and to all of us. Look up. Look up. -- Charlie Chaplin

How to Live

The paradox of our time in history is that we have taller buildings but shorter tempers; wider freeways, but narrower viewpoints. We spend more, but have less; we buy more, but enjoy less. We have bigger houses and smaller families; more conveniences, but less time. We have more degrees, but less sense; more knowledge, but less judgment; more experts, yet more problems; more medicine, but less wellness.

We drink too much, smoke too much, spend too recklessly, laugh too little, drive too fast, get too angry, stay up too late, get up too tired, read too little, watch TV too much and pray too seldom. We have multiplied our possessions, but reduced our values. We talk too much, love too seldom and hate too often.

We've learned how to make a living, but not a life. We've added years to life, but not life to years. We've been all the way to the moon and back, but have trouble crossing the street to meet a new neighbor. We conquered outer space, but not Inner space. We've done larger things, but not better things. We've cleaned up the air, but polluted the soul. We've conquered the atom, but not our prejudice. We write more, but learn less. We plan more, but accomplish less. We've learned to rush, but not to wait. We build more computers to hold more information, to produce more copies than ever, but we communicate less and less.

These are the times of fast foods and slow digestion, big men and small character, steep profits and shallow relationships. These are the days of two incomes, but more divorce, fancier houses, but broken homes. These are days of quick trips, disposable diapers, throwaway morality, one night stands, overweight bodies, and pills that do everything from cheer, to quiet, to kill. It Is a time when there Is much on the showroom floor and nothing on the stockroom shelf. A time when technology can bring this letter to you, and a time when you can choose either to share this insight, or to just hit delete.

Remember; spend some time with your loved ones, because they are not going to be around forever. Remember, say a kind word to someone who looks up to you In awe, because that little person soon will grow up and leave your side. Remember, to give a warm hug to the one next to you, because that Is the only treasure you can give with your heart and It doesn't cost a cent.

Remember to say, "I love you" to your partner and your loved ones, but most of all mean it. A kiss and an embrace will mend hurt when it comes from deep inside of you. Remember to hold hands and cherish the moment for someday that person will not be there again. Give time to love, give time to speak, and give time to share the precious thoughts In your mind.

Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away.

HOW TO STAY YOUNG

1. Throw out nonessential numbers. This Includes age, weight and height. Let the doctor worry about them. That Is why you pay him/her.

2. Keep only cheerful friends. The grouches pull you down.

3. Keep learning. Learn more about the computer, crafts, gardening, whatever. Never let the brain Idle. "An Idle mind Is the devil's workshop." And the devil's name Is Alzheimer's.

4. Enjoy the simple things.

5. Laugh often, long and loud. Laugh until you gasp for breath.

6. The tears happen. Endure, grieve, and move on. The only person who Is with us our entire life, Is ourselves. Be ALIVE while you are alive.

7. Surround yourself with what you love, whether It's family, pets, keepsakes, music, plants, hobbies, whatever. Your home Is your refuge.

8. Cherish your health: If It Is good, preserve It. If It Is unstable, Improve It. If It Is beyond what you can Improve, get help.

9. Don't take guilt trips. Take a trip to the mall, to the next county, to a foreign country, but NOT to where the guilt Is.

10. Tell the people you love that you love them, at every opportunity.

AND ALWAYS REMEMBER:

Life Is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away. -- Falsely attributed to George Carlin

Youth Is not a time of life, It Is a state of mind; It Is a temper of the will, a quality of the imagination, a vigor of the emotions, a predominance of courage over timidity, of the appetite for adventure over love of ease. Nobody grows old by merely living a number of years; people grow old only by deserting their Ideals. Years wrinkle the skin, but to give up enthusiasm wrinkles the soul. Worry, doubt, self-distrust, fear, and despair -- these are the long, long years that bow the head and turn the growing spirit back to dust.

Whether seventy or sixteen, there Is In every being's heart the love of wonder, the sweet amazement at the stars and the starlike things and thoughts, the undaunted challenge of events, the unfailing childlike appetite for what's next, and the joy and the game of life.

You are as young as your faith, as old as your doubt; as young as your self-confidence, as old as your fear, as young as your hope, as old as your despair.

So long as your heart receives messages of beauty, cheer, courage, grandeur and power from the earth, from man, and from the Infinite, so long you are young. -- Samuel Ullman

There was a very cautious man who never laughed or played,
He never risked, he never tried, he never sang or prayed,
And when one day he passed away, his insurance was denied,
They claimed that since he never lived, he never really died. -- Anonymous

To laugh often and much; to win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children; to earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends; to appreciate beauty, to find the best in others; to leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch, or a redeemed social condition; to know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded. -- Ralph Waldo Emerson

What's the best age in life? Age is irrelevant. Opportunity, health, relationships, and state of mind are the best predictors of genuine contentment . Age is not important unless you are a cheese. -- Helen Hayes

Three from Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

To do evil a human being must first of all believe that what he's doing Is good... Ideology - that Is what gives evildoing Its long-sought justification and gives the evildoer the necessary steadfastness and determination. That Is the social theory which helps to make his acts seem good Instead of bad In his own and others' eyes, so that he won't hear reproaches and curses but will receive praise and honors. – Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

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

And how we burned In the camps later, thinking: What would things have been like If every Security operative, when he went out at night to make an arrest, had been uncertain whether he would return alive and had to say goodbye to his family? Or If, during periods of mass arrests, as for example In Leningrad, when they arrested a quarter of the entire city, people had not simply sat there In their lairs, paling In terror at every bang of the downstairs door and at every step on the staircase, but had understood they had nothing left to lose and had boldly set up In the downstairs hall an ambush of half a dozen people with axes, hammers, pokers, or whatever else was at hand. The Organs would very quickly have suffered a shortage of officers and transport and, notwithstanding all of Stalin's thirst, the cursed machine would have ground to a halt! If...if...We didn't love freedom enough. And even more—we had no awareness of the real situation.... We purely and simply deserved everything that happened afterward. -- The Gulag Archipelago, Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

Tolerating Tyranny

Those who profess to favor freedom, and yet depreciate agitation, are men who want crops without plowing up the ground. They want rain without thunder and lightning. They want the ocean without the awful roar of Its waters. This struggle may be a moral one; or It may be a physical one; or It may be both moral and physical; but It must be a struggle! Power concedes nothing without a demand. It never did, and It never will. Find out just what people will submit to, and you have found out the exact amount of Injustice and wrong which will be Imposed upon them; and these will continue until they are resisted with either words or blows, or with both. The limits of tyrants are prescribed by the endurance of those whom they oppress. -- Frederick Douglass

Four from Theodore Roosevelt

It Is not the critic who counts, not the one who points out how the strong man stumbled or how the doer of deeds might have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who Is actually In the arena, whose face Is marred with sweat and dust and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs and comes short again and again; who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions, and spends himself In a worthy cause; who, If he wins, knows the triumph of high achievement; and who, If he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who know neither victory nor defeat. -- Theodore Roosevelt

The President Is merely the most Important among a large number of public servants. He should be supported or opposed exactly to the degree which Is warranted by his good conduct or bad conduct, his efficiency or Inefficiency In rendering loyal, able, and disinterested service to the Nation as a whole. Therefore It Is absolutely necessary that there should be full liberty to tell the truth about his acts, and this means that It Is exactly necessary to blame him when he does wrong as to praise him when he does right. Any other attitude In an American citizen Is both base and servile. To announce that there must be no criticism of the President, or that we are to stand by the President, right or wrong, Is not only unpatriotic and servile, but Is morally treasonable to the American public. Nothing but the truth should be spoken about him or any one else. But It Is even more Important to tell the truth, pleasant or unpleasant, about him than about any one else. -- Theodore Roosevelt

Behind the ostensible government sits enthroned an invisible government owing no allegiance and acknowledging no responsibility to the people. To destroy this invisible government, to befoul the unholy alliance between corrupt business and corrupt politics Is the first task of the statesmanship of the day. -- Theodore Roosevelt

In the first place we should insist that If the immigrant who comes there In good faith becomes an American and assimilates himself to us, he shall be treated on an exact equality with everyone else, for It Is an outrage to discriminate against any such man because of creed, or birthplace, or origin. But this Is predicated upon the man's becoming In very fact an American, and nothing but an American...There can be no divided allegiance here. Any man who says he Is an American, but something else also, Isn't an American at all. We have room for but one flag, the American flag, and this excludes the red flag, which symbolizes all wars against liberty and civilization, just as much as It excludes any foreign flag of a nation to which we are hostile...We have room for but one language here, and that Is the English language...and we have room for but one sole loyalty and that Is a loyalty to the American people. -- Theodore Roosevelt

Our Enduring Constitution

The Constitution of the United States Is a law for rulers and people, equally in war and in peace, and covers with the shield of its protection all classes of men, at all times, and under all circumstances. No doctrine, involving more pernicious consequences, was ever Invented by the wit of man than that any of its provisions can be suspended during any of the great exigencies of government. Such a doctrine leads directly to anarchy or despotism. -- U.S. Supreme Court Justice David Davis, Ex Parte Milligan (1866)

The Constitution itself never yields to treaty or enactment; it neither changes with time nor does it in theory bend to the force of circumstances. It may be amended according to its own permission; but while it stands it is "a law for rulers and people, equally in war and in peace, and covers with the shield of its protection all classes of men, at all times and under all circumstances." Its principles cannot, therefore, be set aside in order to meet the supposed necessities of great crises. "No doctrine involving more pernicious consequences was ever invented by the wit of man than that any of its provisions can be suspended during any of the great exigencies of government." -- U.S. Supreme Court Justice John Marshall Harlan, Downes v. Bidwell (1901)

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Four from Henry David Thoreau

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

Every ambitious would-be empire clarions It abroad that she Is conquering the world to bring It peace, security and freedom, and It Is sacrificing her sons only for the most noble and humanitarian purposes. That Is a lie; and It Is an ancient lie, yet generations still rise and believe It. -- Henry David Thoreau

If the injustice is part of the necessary friction of the machine of government let It go, let It go: perchance It will wear smooth - certainly the machine will wear out. If the Injustice has a spring, or a pulley, or a rope, or a crank, exclusively for Itself, then perhaps you may consider whether the remedy will not be worse than the evil; but If It Is of such a nature that It requires you to be the agent of Injustice to another, then, I say, break the law. Let your life be a counter friction to stop the machine. -- Henry David Thoreau

I please myself with imagining a State at last which can afford to be just to all men, and to treat the individual with respect as a neighbor; which even would not think it inconsistent with its own repose, if a few were to live aloof from it, not meddling with it, nor embraced by it, who fulfilled all the duties of neighbors and fellow-men. A State which bore this kind of fruit, and suffered it to drop off as fast as it ripened, would prepare the way for a still more perfect and glorious State, which also I have imagined, but not yet anywhere seen. — Henry David Thoreau

Two from Wes Alexander

You say our young men and women are fighting for somebody's freedom. I'm pretty sure It's not mine. If that were true, they would be approaching Washington Instead of Baghdad. I cannot stop your monopoly of force, your legal theft, your war on drugs, your economic strangulation, your monetary devaluation, your forced charity, and your forced political correctness. I cannot buy legal firearms In downtown New York. The Iraqis don't have this problem In Baghdad. -- Wes Alexander

Law Is the God given right of organized self-defense. Justice without force Is powerless - force without justice Is tyrannical. The only purpose for which power can rightfully be exercised over a member of society, Is to prevent harm to others. Government has nothing to give you without first taking It away from somebody else. -- Wes Alexander

The Four Spiritual Laws of the New World Order

1. The United Nations loves you and has a wonderful plan for your life.

2. You have sinned, and loved your own country. You have thought of your own welfare as an individual. You have been patriotic, placing your nation's sovereignty above the needs of the poorer nations of the world. You have no place In the utopian New World Order. Death or slavery are your options.

3. You can be redeemed through the submission of your individuality and your national sovereignty to the Global Community. Repent of your sins; become an International citizen; vote (It doesn't matter, Socialist Party A, or Socialist Party B, both candidates belong to the New World Order); pay your taxes; send your children to atheistic government brainwashing centers; murder all your children after the first two (preferably while they're still In the womb); attend a church If you must, but only one that Is registered with the State as a 501(c)(3) that preaches a gospel of love; and encourage your sons and daughters to enlist In the New World Army, where we shall have "perpetual war for perpetual peace."

4. Criticize, ridicule, ostracize, and If necessary, report to the State any neighbor or family member who believes In the right to bear arms; the right to educate their own children; the sovereignty of their own nation over the Brotherhood of All Humankind; the concept of Biblical morality; who doesn't have a ThinkVox (TV); who support reactionary splinter political parties; who drive large, environmentally destructive vehicles; who complain about paying their fair share In taxes to support the dependent classes; who teach their children to resist peer pressure.

You deserve a break today -- a Kofi break! -- Anonymous

Two from Hermann Goering

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

Your America is doing many things in the economic field which we found out caused us so much trouble. You are trying to control peoples' wages and prices -- peoples' work. If you do that you must control peoples' lives. And no country can do that part way. I tried and it failed. Nor can any country do it all the way either. I tried that too and it failed. You are no better planners than we. I should think your economists would read what happened here. -- Hermann Goering

Two from Joseph Goebbels

If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating It, people will eventually come to believe It. The lie can be maintained only for such time as the State can shield the people from the political, economic and/or military consequences of the lie. It thus becomes vitally Important for the State to use all of Its powers to repress dissent, for the truth Is the mortal enemy of the lie, and thus by extension, the truth Is the greatest enemy of the State. -- Joseph Goebbels

The rank and file Is usually much more primitive than we Imagine. Propaganda must therefore always be essentially simple and repetitious. The most brilliant propagandist technique will yield no success unless one fundamental principle Is borne In mind constantly... It must confine Itself to a few points and repeat them over and over. -- Joseph Goebbels

Jesus Christ: Dangerous Radical

What we recall at Easter is the show trial and judicial murder of Jesus of Nazareth. A mob is manipulated into calling for his death. The judge, who knows he is innocent, feebly gives in. Such things are common in the real world, to this day.

The resurrection, which some of us still celebrate today, symbolises the ultimate defeat of cruel and cynical human power by a far greater force. Among other things, Easter enshrines the idea that what we do here matters somewhere else, that there is an absolute standard by which our actions are judged.

Down 20 centuries, this idea has restrained the powerful. They do not like it. Never have. Never will.

The worship of Christ, victim of a lynch mob and a crooked judge, is dangerously radical. -- Peter Hitchens

Six from Bryan Morton

We're filthy rich. Yep, we got It all. We have roads and highways to get us from Key West to Barrow In a degree of safety and comfort unheard of just fifty years ago and still unseen In most other countries. We have cars out the wazoo. Even most of those in "poverty," by US standards, have cars, the rest have public transportation which Is the envy of much of the World. We work less hours per person and we're fatter than everyone else. We throw away more stuff per day than others own. Even people In the lowest Income bracket In the US have TVs, stereos, cars or personal computers. We live longer, have better health care, and longer retirements. Let's face It, we're overflowing with that milk and honey stuff. A great percentage of all this Is due specifically to socialism. Good old central planning. Tax and spend. Create wealth out of thin air and spend some more. Woohoo, we found the key to the good life. So what's the rub? The rub Is that we, that's us, as In you and me and our parents and their parents simply did not produce that much wealth. We've been fat dumb and happy to let the government drive the bus and by gosh, doesn't the scenery look great. Oops, we all need to put another quarter In the meter. You see, all this wealth that we're currently enjoying hasn't been paid for yet. We've sat comfortably by In our three bedroom homes, with our two car garages wand our 2.5 kids and allowed our government to drive us way past the point of bankruptcy. With all the shell games they've employed It's a practical impossibility to expect us to be able to calculate how far the flim flam game has gone. Let's try to get a picture of It. The unfunded liabilities of the US federal government, (the ones they let us see anyway), are around $52 trillion dollars In 2005. Most of us can't even begin to grasp the concept of how much $52 trillion dollars looks like. But that unfunded amount Is also In Inflated dollars. Our grandparents allowed our government to take our money off of the gold standard. Back before the Federal Reserve was created, In 1917, our currency had an actual value. It could be redeemed for a specific amount of precious metals. Today, the Fed just prints up what It thinks we need to get us over the next hump. It takes about 450 Federal Reserve Notes today to purchase 20 dollars worth of gold. We don't even count the debts of some states, counties and municipalities which are allowed to run In the red. Then there's the private debt that we've rung up mortgaging homes we don't earn enough to afford, and cars and clothes, you name It, we've just put It on the card. It's been a fun ride, but the time to pay for It all Is swiftly coming upon us. It's time for a reality check. TANSTAFL! There ain’t no such thing as a free lunch!

So, who's going to pay for all this? If you're planning on dying soon, don't bother to read any further. However, If you believe you'll last a few more years then the answer Is, "You!" You'll pay and so will I, and your kids and my kids and grand kids and probably even our great grand kids. We are leaving a heap of debt so high that It might take ten generations to finally see It through. These generations will not have It as nice as we have. Our decendants will be slaves. Toiling their lives away In third world conditions to pay for the mistakes and greed of their ancestors. Do we wise up today and begin the process of slowing the momentum? I doubt It. That would mean for the Fed to stop the presses, for the Governments of these United States and the Federal Government to start learning the word, "No." It would mean that we would have to begin to live within our means. No, we won't do that. We're too selfish to do that. I predict that when this bubble finally bursts, (the bubble that's been growing for almost 100 years), It will be financially devastating. It doesn't have to be, but If our past actions are any indication of how we'll handle this pile of debt In the near future, we're In serious trouble. -- Bryan Morton

Maybe I'm getting paranoid in my old age, but I don't think George Bush is planning on leaving DC next year.  There are a couple of things I can point to with proof, such as his signing statements, giving himself dictatorial powers in the case of national emergencies ... which he can define.  There's some of the conspiracy theory type stuff - most of which, when looked at one at a time, can have sensible explanations, but when they're all looked at together, create something more than mere coincidence.  The existence of Blackwater and the fact that our government has attempted to downplay the use of them in Iraq and in New Orleans after Katrina, The billions being spent on "FEMA camps" - I've seen supposed footage of some of these and they're eerily reminiscent of NAZI concentration camps.  One of these "camps" is complete with brand new large furnaces, which I guess could be used to incinerate contaminated clothing etc., or dissidents.  Lastly, I have things which can only be classified, from my perspective, as rumors.  That GWB's staff had been looking into ways to forestall elections since as far back as 2004, that we're due for an economic downturn, (possibly planned), in October, when congress is in recess.  Combine that with the rumors of a Gulf of Tonkin incident and it seems as if the stage has been set.  Light the Reichstag fire and let Heir Bush usher in WW3.  I'd rather be wrong.  I'd rather look back at all this three years from now and be able to belittle my past foolishness, but I have a wife and kids to think about and I don't think ignorance is going to be an acceptable excuse to them, if I'm right and didn't at least do what a believer in not initiating violence can do.  I think most people who read this will chalk it up as nonsense and go about their business, but I hope that just a few will at least look into these possibilities.  I believe my children's future makes it worth at least putting our nose in the wind. -- Bryan Morton

According to the Bush administration waterboarding Is not torture. It Is just an efficient means of extracting accurate information. If they really believe this, then I think that Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld, Pearle, Rowe, Rice and the rest of the Bush administration should voluntarily undergo waterboarding while being questioned about the motives behind 9/11, Iraq and Afghanistan. They've already said that waterboarding It's not torture. I'm sure that Bush, as a Christian, would not have done unto someone else what he would not have done unto himself, and, like the Statists are so fond of saying, If he has nothing to hide, he has nothing to fear. It's a no brainier. Waterboarding Is the perfect method of learning the truth. Since no harm Is done and they're not lying who could, with any moral consistency, be against It? -- Bryan Morton

NOTICE: George W. Bush has issued Executive Orders allowing the National Security Agency to read this message and all other e-mail you receive or send without any warning, warrant or notice. Bush has ordered  this to be done without any legislative or judicial oversight. -- Bryan Morton

Our Government,
Which art In Washington,
Inculpable be Thy actions.

Thy empire come.
Thy will be done,
Around the globe
As It Is In the US.

Give us this day
Our daily bread,
Free retirement, healthcare,
Environmental protection,
Transportation, education,
Protectionist tariffs,
Security, regulation,
Fiat currency, and anything else
the majority of registered voters wants.

And go more Into debt,
As we become more debtors.
And lead us Into blind obedience,
As we give up our freedom.

For Thine Is the Empire,
and our Incomes and the military,
and police powers, and the glory, forever.

Or until the loose fiscal policy, borrowing money,
and creating the fiat currency necessary to,
sustain the socialistic paternal State combines
with the Insurmountable cost of defense against
the global unrest caused by poor foreign policy
and brings the whole PonzI scheme crashing to Its knees.

Amen. -- Bryan Morton

The only power government has over us is that which we concede to it by not putting up a fight. -- Bryan Morton

What Nationality Was Jesus?

Scholars have long debated the exact ethnicity and nationality of Jesus. Recently, at a theological meeting In Rome, scholars had a heated debate on this subject. One by one, they offered their evidence........

THREE PROOFS THAT JESUS WAS MEXICAN:
1. His first name was Jesus.
2. He was bilingual.
3. He was always being harassed by the authorities.

But then there were equally good arguments that.... JESUS WAS BLACK:
1. He called everybody "brother".
2. He liked Gospel.
3. He couldn't get a fair trial.

But then there were equally good arguments that.... JESUS WAS JEWISH:
1. He went Into His Father's business.
2. He lived at home until he was 33.
3. He was sure his Mother was a virgin, and his Mother was sure he was God.

But then there were equally good arguments that.... JESUS WAS ITALIAN:
1. He talked with his hands.
2. He had wine with every meal.
3. He used olive oil.

But then there were equally good arguments that.... JESUS WAS CALIFORNIAN:
1. He never cut his hair.
2. He walked around barefoot.
3. He started a new religion.

But then there were equally good arguments that.... JESUS WAS IRISH:
1. He never got married.
2. He was always telling stories.
3. He loved green pastures.

But perhaps the most compelling evidence..... THREE PROOFS THAT JESUS WAS A WOMAN:
1. He had to feed a crowd at a moment's notice when there was no food.
2. He kept trying to get the message across to a bunch of men who just didn't get It.
3. Even when He was dead, He had to get up because there was more work to do..... -- Anonymous

On Christian Charity

And what of the old-fashioned Idea of Christian charity? Once, It was a function of the church to minister to the needs of the genuinely poor and sick. One of the worst by-products of state welfarism has been the paralysis of our Impulse toward charity. For not only has the state usurped this function of the church, and seized our means to be charitable, It has stolen our will to be charitable, too. -- Anna Dillenberg

Taxes We Pay

Accounts Receivable Tax, Building Permit Tax, Capital Gains Tax, CDL License Tax, Cigarette Tax, Corporate Income Tax, Court Fines (Indirect taxes), Dog License Tax, Federal Income Tax, Federal Unemployment Tax (FUTA), Fishing License Tax, Food License Tax, Fuel permit tax, Gasoline Tax (42 cents per gallon), Hunting License Tax, inheritance Tax Interest Expense (tax on the money), Inventory tax IRS Interest Charges (tax on top of tax), IRS Penalties (tax on top of tax), Liquor Tax, Local Income Tax, Luxury Taxes, Marriage License Tax, Medicare Tax, Property Tax, Real Estate Tax, Septic Permit Tax, Service Charge Taxes, Social Security Tax, Road Usage Taxes (Truckers), Sales Taxes, Recreational Vehicle Tax, Road Toll Booth Taxes, School Tax, State Income Tax, State Unemployment Tax (SUTA), Telephone Federal Excise Tax, Telephone Federal Universal Service Fee Tax, Telephone Federal, State and Local Surcharge Taxes, Telephone Minimum Usage Surcharge Tax, Telephone Recurring and Non-recurring Charges Tax, Telephone State and Local Tax, Telephone Usage Charge Tax, Toll Bridge Taxes,Toll Tunnel Taxes, Traffic Fines (Indirect taxation), Trailer registration tax, Utility Taxes, Vehicle License Registration Tax, Vehicle Sales Tax, Watercraft registration Tax, Well Permit Tax, Workers Compensation Tax.

Not one of these taxes existed 100 years ago and our nation was the most prosperous In the world, had absolutely no national debt, had the largest middle class In the world and Mom stayed home to raise the kids. -- Anonymous

They Thought They Were Free

What no one seemed to notice was the ever widening gap between the government and the people. And It became always wider.....the whole process of Its coming Into being, was above all diverting, It provided an excuse not to think....for people who did not want to think anyway gave us some dreadful, fundamental things to think about.....and kept us so busy with continuous changes and "crises" and so fascinated.....by the machinations of the "national enemies,"  without and within, that we had no time to think about these dreadful things that were growing, little by little, all around us.....

Each step was so small, so inconsequential, so well explained or, on occasion, "regretted," that unless one understood what the whole thing was In principle, what all these 'little measures'.....must some day lead to, one no more saw It developing from day to day than a farmer In his field sees the corn growing.....Each act Is worse than the last, but only a little worse. You wait for the next and the next.

You wait for one great shocking occasion, thinking that others, when such a shock comes, will join you In resisting somehow. You don't want to act, or even talk, alone.....you don't want to "go out of your way to make trouble."  But the one great shocking occasion, when tens or hundreds or thousands will join with you, never comes.

That's the difficulty. The forms are all there, all untouched, all reassuring, the houses, the shops, the jobs, the mealtimes, the visits, the concerts, the cinema, the holidays. But the spirit, which you never noticed because you made the lifelong mistake of identifying It with the forms, Is changed. Now you live In a world of hate and fear, and the people who hate and fear do not even know It themselves, when everyone Is transformed, no one Is transformed.

You have accepted things you would not have accepted five years ago, a year ago, things your father.....could never have Imagined. -- Milton Mayer, They Thought They Were Free, The Germans, 1938-45

Three from Smedley Butler -- and Semper Fi to All of Them!

A racket Is best described, I believe, as something that Is not what It seems to the majority of people. Only a small inside group knows what It Is about. It Is conducted for the benefit of the very few at the expense of the masses.

I believe In adequate defense at the coastline and nothing else. If a nation comes over here to fight, then we'll fight. The trouble with America Is that when the dollar only earns six percent over here, then It gets restless and goes overseas to get 100 percent. Then the flag follows the dollar and the soldiers follow the flag.

I wouldn't go to war again as I have done to protect some lousy Investment of the bankers. There are only two things we should fight for. One Is the defense of our homes, and the other Is the Bill of Rights. War for any other reason Is simply a racket.

There Isn't a trick In the racketeering bag that the military gang Is blind to. It has Its “finger men” to point out enemies, Its “muscle men” to destroy enemies, Its “brain men” to plan war preparations, and a “Big Boss” Super-Nationalistic-Capitalism.

It may seem off for me, a military man, to adopt such a comparison. Truthfulness compels me to. I spent thirty-three years and four months In active military service as a member of this country’s most agile military force, the Marine Corps. I served In all commissioned ranks from Second Lieutenant to Major-General. And during that period, I spent most of my time being a high-class muscle-man for Big Business, for Wall Street, and for the Bankers. In short, I was a racketeer, a gangster for capitalism.

I suspected I was just part of a racket at the time. Now I am sure of It. Like all the members of the military profession, I never had a thought of my own until I left the service. My mental faculties remained In suspended animation while I obeyed the orders of higher-ups. This Is typical with everyone In the military service. -- Major General Smedley Butler, USMC

How many of these war millionaires shouldered a rifle? How many of them dug a trench? How many of them knew what it meant to go hungry in a rat-infested dug-out? How many of them spent sleepless, frightened nights, ducking shells and shrapnel and machine gun bullets? How many of them parried a bayonet thrust of an enemy? How many of them were wounded or killed in battle? -- Major General Smedley Butler, USMC

War is a racket. It is the only one international in scope. It is the only one in which the profits are reckoned in dollars and the losses in lives. -- Major General Smedley Butler, USMC

Seven from George Orwell

I know It Is the fashion to say that most of recorded history Is lies anyway. I am willing to believe that history Is for the most part inaccurate and biased, but what Is peculiar to our own age Is the abandonment of the Idea that history could be truthfully written. In the past, people deliberately lied, or they unconsciously colored what they wrote, or they struggled after the truth, well knowing that they must make many mistakes; but In each case they believed that "the facts" existed and were more or less discoverable. And In practice there was always a considerable body of fact which would have been agreed to by almost anyone. If you look up the history of the last war In, for Instance, the Encyclopedia Brittanica, you will find that a respectable amount of the material Is drawn from German sources. A British and a German historian would disagree deeply on many things, even on fundamentals, but there would still be a body of, as It were, neutral fact on which neither would seriously challenge the other. It Is just this common basis of agreement with Its implication that human beings are all one species of animal, that totalitarianism destroys. Nazi theory Indeed specifically denies that such a thing as "the truth" exists. There Is, for Instance, no such thing as "Science". There Is only "German Science," "Jewish Science," etc. The Implied objective of this line of thought Is a nightmare world In which the Leader, or some ruling clique, controls not only the future but the past. If the Leader says of such and such an event, "It never happened" -- well, It never happened. If he says that two and two are five -- well two and two are five. This prospect frightens me much more than bombs -- and after our experiences of the last few years that Is not such a frivolous statement. -- Looking Back on the Spanish War, George Orwell (1943)

At any given moment there is an orthodoxy, a body of ideas which it is assumed all right-thinking people will accept without question. It is not exactly forbidden to state this or that or the other, but it is "not done"... Anyone who challenges the prevailing orthodoxy finds himself silenced with surprising effectiveness. A genuinely unfashionable opinion is almost never given a fair hearing, either in the popular press or in the highbrow periodicals. -- George Orwell

The nationalist not only does not disapprove of atrocities committed by his own side, he has a remarkable capacity for not even hearing about them. -- George Orwell

During times of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act. -- George Orwell

Political language is desgined to make lies sound truthful and murder sound respectable, and to give the appearance of solidity to pure wind. -- George Orwell

Only an intellectual would be stupid enough to believe something like that. -- George Orwell

If though corrupts language, language corrupts thought. -- George Orwell

Two from John Flynn

The test of fascism Is not one’s rage against the Italian and German war lords. The test Is – how many of the essential principles of fascism do you accept and to what extent are you prepared to apply those fascist Ideas to American social and economic life? When you can put your finger on the men or the groups that urge for America the debt-supported state, the autarchial corporative state, the state bent on the socialization of Investment and the bureaucratic government of Industry and society, the establishment of the institution of militarism as the great glamorous public-works project of the nation and the institution of imperialism under which It proposes to regulate and rule the world and, along with this, proposes to alter the forms of our government to approach as closely as possible the unrestrained, absolute government – then you will know you have located the authentic fascist.

But let us not deceive ourselves Into thinking that we are dealing by this means with the problem of fascism. Fascism will come at the hands of perfectly authentic Americans, as violently against Hitler and Mussolini as the next one, but who are convinced that the present economic system Is washed up and that the present political system In America has outlived Its usefulness and who wish to commit this country to the rule of the bureaucratic state; interfering In the affairs of the states and cities; taking part In the management of Industry and finance and agriculture; assuming the role of great national banker and Investor, borrowing millions every year and spending them on all sorts of projects through which such a government can paralyze opposition and command public support; marshaling great armies and navies at crushing costs to support the Industry of war and preparation for war which will become our greatest Industry; and adding to all this the most romantic adventures In global planning, regeneration, and domination all to be done under the authority of a powerfully centralized government In which the executive will hold In effect all the powers with Congress reduced to the role of a debating society. There Is your fascist. And the sooner America realizes this dreadful fact the sooner It will arm Itself to make an end of American fascism masquerading under the guise of the champion of democracy.

It should be equally clear that all this Is In no sense communism.... [A] reason for the confusion Is the character of the men who are authentic and honest New Dealers but who were not communists.... They began to flirt with the alluring pastime of reconstructing the capitalist system. They became the architects of a new capitalist system. And In the process of this new career they began to fashion doctrines that turned out to be the principles of fascism. Of course they do not call them fascism, although some of them frankly see the resemblance. But they are not disturbed, because they know that they will never burn books, they will never hound the Jews or the Negroes, they will never resort to assassination and suppression. What will turn up In their hands will be a very genteel and dainty and pleasant form of fascism which cannot be called fascism at all because It will be so virtuous and polite. -- John Flynn

We will not recognize [American Fascism] as it rises. It will wear no black shirts here. It will probably have no marching songs. It will rise out of a congealing of a group of elements that exist here and that are the essential components of Fascism....

It will be at first decorous, humane, glowing with homely American sentiment. But a dictatorship cannot remain benevolent. To continue, it must become ruthless. When this stage is reached we shall see that appeal by radio, movies, and government-controlled newspapers to all the worst instincts and emotions of our people. The rough, the violent, the lawless men will come to the surface and into power. This is the terrifying prospect as we move along our present course. -- John Flynn

Three from Butler Shaffer

Because we fear the responsibility for our actions, we have allowed ourselves to develop the mentality of slaves. Contrary to the stirring sentiments of the Declaration of Independence, we now pledge "our Lives, our Fortunes and our Sacred Honor" not to one another for our mutual protection, but to the state, whose actions continue to exploit, despoil, and destroy us. -- Butler Shaffer

The left and the right are two wings of the same bird of prey. -- Bulter Shaffer

The idea of soldiers "fighting for freedom" is an Orwellian-like concept riddled with self-contradictions. To begin with, wars have always reduced individual liberty, not only during but after the wars. The American Civil War was conducted not to free slaves, but to aggrandize state power, thus restricting liberties. Lincoln has earned the disrespect of those who value liberty for having laid the foundations of the present Leviathan state. The Spanish-American War, World Wars I and II, the Korean and Vietnamese Wars, escalated the powers of the nation-state over the lives of Americans. In case these earlier episodes of organized barbarity are too distant for you, recall how quickly and easily the Bush administration was able to greatly expand the American police-state with such measures as the Patriot Act, the creation of a Department of Homeland Security, and the arbitrary holding—without trial or contact with family or attorneys—of virtually anyone the state wishes held. -- Butler Shaffer

What Did They Fight and Die for?

Little did they realize those sacrifices, no matter how heroic, were not made in defense of this country. They gave no one more freedom or guaranteed those freedoms currently held. What it succeeded in doing was taking away the right of that individual to "life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness." Soldiers die for empire, and to enrich the corporate bottom line of campaign donors; they do not die for freedom. -- Michael Gaddy

Two from Rick Stanley

We, Americans of the United States, with Divine Providence and Protection, do proclaim and hereby declare the rights and freedoms of Americans as guaranteed under the Constitution and the Bill of Rights to be sovereign and indefeasible. We further proclaim that the true American Republic government, a government Constitutionally defined that Is of the people, by the people and for the people, will establish, uphold and defend equal rights and opportunities for all Americans; and with declarative purpose resolve to pursue prosperity, happiness and liberty for this nation and all Its parts through Constitutionally equated principles, precepts, and laws. That such fundamental doctrines shall Include protection of all citizens by Constitutional laws; freedom from oppressive and exploitative government and freedom of Constitutionally Instituted governing bodies; freedom to seek to secure and protect property ownership, and freedom from unlawful intrusions, searches or seizures; freedom from imposition of unfair taxation with citizen and elected representative Involvement, and freedom to have Constitutionally defined and collected taxes; freedom to keep and bear arms for self-defense and preservation; freedom to move about without restriction within one’s communities and across state lines and national borders; freedom to live and take up residence, and freedom from forced or limited travel; freedom of assembly, freedom of speech and freedom of the press; freedom to protect oneself, one's family and possessions; freedom to vote In free elections as a means of delegating authority to the governing bodies; freedom of due process of law with freedom from cruel and unusual punishment; freedom to worship whatever, however, or wherever one chooses; freedom to work In occupations of one's own choosing; freedom to seek further education, knowledge and learning; and other such unalterable and Inalienable freedoms as written and guaranteed by the Constitution, the Bill of Rights and the Declaration of Independence. -- Rick Stanley

Concealed Carry "licenses" to be free to carry concealed are just another Insult to the spirit of the 2d Amendment. Asking for a license to be free Is an Insult to liberty, an Insult to the forefathers who fought for those liberties 230 years ago. Anyone getting a concealed carry permit Is a coward. Too afraid to be free. The second amendment means nothing anymore. There Is no one to defend It. America and Americans are a beaten nation of slaves, permit holders, license holders, when they once had liberty. Not an explanation you probably wanted to hear. I am a minority In this regard, but I tell the truth, regardless of what anyone says, that Is the truth. God bless the fighters for freedom and liberty. I just don't know them... -- Rick Stanley

The Logistics of the Exodus

Moses and the people were In the desert, but what was he going to do with them? They had to be fed, and feeding 2-to-3 million people requires an awful lot of food.

According to the Quartermaster General of the United States Army, It Is reported that Moses would have to have required 1500 tons of food each day, In order to feed the entire remnants of the nation of Israel.

Do you know that to bring that much food each day, two freight trains, each at least a mile long, would be required .... each day for forty continuous years.

..... consider the logistical problems this creates, not to mention the monumental costs Involved.

You must also remember, they were out In the desert, so they would have to have firewood to use In cooking the food. This would take at least 4000 tons of wood and two more freight trains, each a mile long ..... just for one day!

Remember, they were forty continuous years In transit.

Oh yes! They would have to have water. If they only had enough to drink and wash a few dishes, It would take a minimum of 11,000,000 gallons each day and a freight train with tank cars, 1800 miles long, just to bring water!

Oh .... And then another thing! They had to get across the Red Sea at night. Now, If they went on a narrow path, say "double file", the line would be roughly 800 miles long and would require 35 days and nights to get across.

But according to the Bible, they did It all ...In one night!! So there had to be a space In the Red Sea, about 3 miles wide so that they could walk at least 5000 abreast to get over In that single, one night.

But then, there Is another problem ... each time they camped at the end of the day, a campground two-thirds the size of the state of Rhode Island would be required, or a total of 750 square miles! ... think of It! This much space for camping.

Do you think Moses figured all this out before he left Egypt? I think not! You see, Moses believed In a great, mighty and wonderful God. and his God took care of these things for him.

Now do you think God has any problem taking care of all your needs?

We asked the Lord to bless you as we prayed for you today..... to guide you and protect you as you go along your way ... His love Is always with you, His promises are true, And when we give Him all our cares, You know He will see us through.

I don't know your thoughts friend .... but MY God Is an Awesome God!! So when the road you're traveling on seems difficult at best, just remember to pray about It..... and God will do the rest.

He promised us that !!! -- Anonymous

National Guard Ambushed by Para-Military Extremist Faction

BOSTON - April 20 National guard units seeking to confiscate a cache of recently banned weapons were ambushed on April 19th by elements of a para-military extremist faction. Military and law enforcement sources estimate that 72 were killed and more than 200 Injured before government forces were compelled to withdraw.

Speaking after the clash Massachusetts Governor Thomas Gage declared that the extremist faction, which was made up of local citizens, has links to the radical right-wing tax protest movement. Gage blamed the extremists for recent incidents of vandalism directed against Internal revenue offices.

The governor, who described the group's organizers as "criminals," Issued an executive order authorizing the summary arrest of any individual who has Interfered with the government's efforts to secure law and order.

The military raid on the extremist arsenal followed wide-spread refusal by the local citizenry to turn over recently outlawed weapons. Gage Issued a ban on private ownership of weapons and ammunition earlier In the week. This decision followed a meeting In early this month between government and military leaders at which the governor authorized the forcible confiscation of Illegal arms. One government official, speaking on condition of anonymity, pointed out that "none of these people would have been killed had the extremists obeyed the law and turned over their weapons voluntarily."

Government troops initially succeeded In confiscating a large supply of outlawed weapons and ammunition. However, troops attempting to seize arms and ammunition In Lexington met with resistance from heavily-armed extremists who had been tipped off regarding the government's plans.

During a tense standoff In Lexington's town park, National Guard Colonel Francis Smith, commander of the government operation, ordered the armed group to surrender and return to their homes. The Impasse was broken by a single shot, which was reportedly fired by one of the right-wing extremists. Eight civilians were killed In the ensuing exchange.

Ironically, the local citizenry blamed government forces rather than the extremists for the civilian deaths. Before order could be restored, armed citizens from the surrounding areas had descended upon the guard units. Colonel Smith, finding his forces overmatched by the armed mob, ordered a retreat.

Governor Gage has called upon citizens to support the state national joint task force In Its effort to restore law and order. The governor has also demanded the surrender of those responsible for planning and leading the attack against the government troops. Samuel Adams, Paul Revere, and John Hancock, who have been identified as "ringleaders" of the extremist faction, remain at large. -- Anonymous

My Calling

I am a minister. My mission field is the largest on earth. I minister to children.

My calling is sure. My challenge is big. My vision is clear. My desire is strong. My influence is eternal. My impact is critical. My values are solid. My faith is tough. My mission is urgent. My purpose is unmistakable. My direction is forward. My heart is genuine. My strength is supernatural. My reward is promised. And my God is real.

In a world of cynicism, I offer hope. In a world of confusion, I offer truth. In a world of immorality, I offer values. In a world of neglect, I offer attention. In a world of abuse, I offer safety. In a world of ridicule, I offer affirmation. In a world of division, I offer reconciliation. In a world of bitterness, I offer forgiveness. In a world of sin, I offer salvation. In a world of hate, I offer God's love.

I refuse to be dismayed, disengaged, disgruntled, discouraged, or distracted. Neither will I look back, stand back, fall back, go back, or sit back. I do not need applause, flattery, adulation, prestige, stature, or veneration. I have no time for business as usual, mediocre standards, small thinking, outdated methods, normal expectations, average results, ordinary ideas, petty disputes, or low vision. I will not give up, give in, bail out, lie down, turn over, quit or surrender.

I will pray when things look bad. I will pray when things look good. I will move forward when others stand still. I will trust God when obstacles arise. I will push when the task is overwhelming. I will get up when I fall down.

My calling is to reach boys and girls for God. It is too serious to be taken lightly, too urgent to be postponed, too vital to be ignored, too relevant to be overlooked, too significant to be trivialized, too eternal to be fleeting, and too passionate to be quenched.

I know my mission. I know my challenge, I also know my limitations, my weaknesses, my fears and my problems. And I know my God. Let others get the praise. Let the church get the blessing. Let God get the glory.

I am a minister. I minister to children. This is who I am. This is what I do. -- Anonymous

The Price They Paid

Have you ever wondered what happened to the 56 men who signed the Declaration of Independence?

Five signers were captured by the British as traitors, and tortured before they died. Twelve had their homes ransacked and burned. Two lost their sons In the revolutionary army, another two had sons captured. Nine of the 56 died from wounds or hardships of the Revolutionary War.

They signed and they pledged their lives, their fortunes, and their sacred honor. What kind of men were they? Twenty-four were lawyers or jurists. Eleven were merchants, nine were farmers and large plantation owners, men of means, well educated. But they signed the Declaration knowing full well that the penalty would be death If they were captured.

Carter Braxton of Virginia, a wealthy planter and trader, saw his ships swept from the seas by the British navy. He sold his home and his properties to pay his debts, and died In rags. Thomas McKean was so hounded by the British that he was forced to move his family almost constantly. He served In Congress without pay, and his family was kept In hiding. His possessions were taken from him, and poverty was his reward. Vandals or soldiers, or both, looted the properties of Ellery, Clymer, Hall, Walton, Gwinnett, Heyward, Rutledge, and Middleton.

At the Battle of Yorktown, Thomas Nelson, Jr., noted that the British General Cornwallis had taken over the Nelson home for his headquarters. The owner quietly urged General Washington to open fire. The home was destroyed, and Nelson died bankrupt.

Francis Lewis had his home and properties destroyed. The enemy jailed his wife, and she died after a few months. John Hart was driven from his wife's bedside while she was dying. Their 13 children fled for their lives. His fields and his grist mill were laid to waste. For more than a year he lived In forests and caves, returning home to find his wife dead and his children vanished. A few weeks later he died from exhaustion and a broken heart.

Norris and Livingston suffered similar fates. Such were the stories and sacrifices of the American Revolution. These were not wild-eyed, rabble-rousing ruffians. They were soft-spoken men of means and of education. They had security, but they valued liberty more.

Standing tall, straight, and unwavering, they pledged: "for the support of this declaration, with firm reliance on the protection of the divine providence, we mutually pledge to each other, our lives, our fortunes, and our sacred honor." -- Anonymous (No, dittoheads, this was not written by Rush Limbaugh.)

Two from William Shirer

I myself was to experience how easily one Is taken In by a lying and censored press and radio In a totalitarian state ... I had to learn the facts, and despite one's Inherent distrust of what one learned from Nazi sources, a steady diet over the years of falsifications and distortions made a certain impression on one's mind and often misled It. No one who has not lived for years In a totalitarian land can possibly conceive how difficult It Is to escape the dread consequences of a regime's calculated and Incessant propaganda. Often In a German home or office or sometimes In a casual conversation with a stranger In a restaurant, a beer hall, a cafe, I would meet with the most outlandish assertions from seemingly educated and intelligent persons. It was obvious they were parroting some piece of nonsense they had heard on the radio or read In the newspapers. Sometimes one was tempted to say as much, but on such occasions one was met with such a stare of incredulity, such a shock of silence, as If one had blasphemed the Almighty, that one realized how useless It was even to try to make contact with a mind which had become warped and for whom the facts of life had become what Hitler and Goebbels, with their cynical disregard for truth, said they were. -- The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich, William Shirer

The overwhelming majority of Germans did not seem to mind that their personal freedom had been taken away, that so much of culture had been destroyed and replaced with a mindless barbarism, or that their life and work had become regimented to a degree never before experienced even by a people accustomed for generations to a great deal of regimentation.... The Nazi terror In the early years affected the lives of relatively few Germans and a newly arrived observer was somewhat surprised to see that the people of this country did not seem to feel that they were being cowed.... On the contrary, they supported It with genuine enthusiasm. Somehow It Imbued them with a new hope and a new confidence and an astonishing faith In the future of their country. -- William Shirer

The Fellowship of the Unashamed

I'm a part of the fellowship of the unashamed. The die has been cast. I have stepped over the line. The decision has been made. I'm a disciple of His and I won't look back, let up, slow down, back away or be still.

My past Is redeemed. My present makes sense. My future Is secure. I'm done and finished with low living, sight walking, small planning, smooth knees, colorless dreams, tamed visions, mundane talking, cheap living and dwarfed goals.

I no longer need preeminence, prosperity, position, promotions, plaudits, or popularity. I don't have to be right, or first, or tops, or recognized, or praised, or rewarded. I live by faith, lean on His presence, walk by patience, lift by prayer and labor by Holy Spirit power.

My face Is set. My gait Is fast. My goal Is heaven. My road may be narrow, my way rough, my companions few, but my guide Is reliable and my mission Is clear. I will not be bought, compromised, detoured, lured away, turned back, deluded or delayed. I will not flinch In the face of sacrifice or hesitate In the presence of the adversary. I will not negotiate at the table of the enemy, ponder at the pool of popularity or meander In the maze of mediocrity.

I won't give up, shut up, or let up until I have stayed up, stored up, prayed up, paid up and preached up for the cause of Christ. I am a disciple of Jesus. I must give until I drop, preach until all know and work until He comes. And when He does come for His own, He'll have no problems recognizing me. My colors will be clear! -- Author anonymous. Found amidst the papers of a martyred African pastor.

The One We Serve

In chemistry, He turned water to wine.
In biology, He was born without the normal conception;
In physics, He disapproved the law of gravity when He ascended into heaven;
In economics, He disapproved the law of diminishing return by feeding 5000 men with two fishes and five loaves of bread;
In medicine, He cured the sick and the blind without administering a single dose of drugs,
In history, He is the beginning and the end;
In government, He said that he shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Prince of Peace;
In religion, He said no one comes to the Father except through him;
So? Who is He?  He is Jesus!
Join me and let's celebrate him; He is worthy.
The eyes beholding this message shall not behold evil, the hand that will send this message to everybody shall not labor in vain, and the mouth saying amen to this prayer shall smile forever.  Remain in God and seek his face always.  Amen!
In God I've found everything!
The Greatest Man in History!
Jesus had no servants, yet they called Him Master.
Had no degree, yet they called Him Teacher.
Had no medicines, yet they called Him Healer.
Had no army, yet kings feared Him.
He won no military battles, yet He conquered the world.
He committed no crime, yet they crucified Him.
He was buried in a tomb, yet He lives today.
Feel honored to serve such a Leader who loves us. -- Anonymous

My King

The Bible says my King is a seven-way king....He's the King of the Jews; that's a racial king....He's the King of Israel; that's a national King....He's the King of Righteousness....He's the King of the Ages.....He's the King of Heaven....He's the King of Glory....He's the King of kings, and He's the Lord of lords. That's my King. Well....I wonder, do you know Him?.... David said, "The Heavens declare the glory of God and the firmament shows His handiwork. My King is a sovereign King. No means of measure can define His limitless love. No far seeing telescope can bring into visibility the coastline of His shoreless supply. No barrier can hinder Him from pouring out His blessings. He's enduringly strong....He's entirely sincere....He's eternally steadfast....He's immortally graceful....He's imperially powerful....He's impartially merciful....... Do you know Him?

He's the greatest phenomenon that ever crossed the horizon of this world. He's God's Son....He's a sinner's Saviour....He's the centerpiece of civilization....He stands in the solitude of Himself....He's august....He's unique....He's unparalleled....He's unprecedented....He's the loftiest idea in literature....He's the highest personality in philosophy....He's the supreme problem in higher criticism....He's the fundamental doctrine of true theology....He's the cardinal necessity for spiritual religion....He's the miracle of the age.... He's the superlative of everything good that you choose to call Him....He's the only one qualified to be an all sufficient Saviour...... I wonder if you know Him today?

He supplies strength for the weak....He's available for the tempted and the tried....He sympathizes and He saves....He strengthens and sustains....He guards and He guides....He heals the sick....He cleanses lepers....He forgives sinners....He discharges debtors....He delivers captives....He defends the feeble....He blesses the young....He serves the unfortunate....He regards the aged....He rewards the diligent....and He beautifies the meek....... I wonder if you know Him?

Well, my King....is the King....He's the key to knowledge....He's the wellspring to wisdom....He's the doorway of deliverance....He's the pathway of peace....He's the roadway of righteousness ....He's the highway of holiness....He's the gateway of glory....... Do you know Him?

Well....His office is manifold....His promise is sure....His light is matchless....His goodness is limitless....His mercy is everlasting....His love never changes....His word is enough....His grace is sufficient....His reign is righteous....and His yoke is easy, and his burden is light. I wish I could describe Him to you, but He's indescribable....He's incomprehensible....He's invincible....He's irresistible.

Well, you can't get Him out of your mind....You can't get Him off of your hand....You can't out live Him, and you can't live without Him....The Pharisees couldn't stand Him, but they found out they couldn't stop Him....Pilate couldn't find any fault in Him....The witnesses couldn't get their testimonies to agree....Herod couldn't kill Him....Death couldn't handle Him, and the grave couldn't hold Him. Yea!!!, that's my King, that's my King.

Father..."Thine is the Kingdom....and the Power....and the Glory....Forever"....and ever, and ever, and ever, and ever. How long is that? And ever...and ever...and when you get through with all the forevers, then.... AMEN!....AMEN! -- S.M. Lockridge

One Solitary Life

He was the most famous and successful man who has ever lived. His teachings are followed by hundreds of millions of people. He was born In an obscure village, the child of a peasant woman. Until He was 30, He worked In a carpenter shop, and then for three years He was an itinerant preacher. He wrote no books. He held no office. He never owned a home. He was never In a big city. He never traveled 200 miles from the place where He was born. He never did any of the things that usually accompany greatness.

The authorities condemned His teachings. His friends deserted him. One betrayed Him to His enemies for a paltry sum. One denied Him. He went through the mockery of a trial. He was nailed upon a cross between two thieves. While He was dying, His executioners gambled for the only piece of clothing He owned on earth: His coat. When He was dead, He was taken down and laid In a borrowed grave.

Nineteen centuries have come and gone, yet today He Is the crowning glory of the human race, the adored leader of hundreds of millions of the earth's Inhabitants. All the armies that ever marched and all the navies that ever set sail and all the parliaments that ever sat and all the rulers that ever reigned -- put together -- have not affected the life of man upon this earth so profoundly as that ONE SOLITARY LIFE. -- Anonymous


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