The government spends more and more of our tax money financing “faith-based organizations.” Without faith we might relapse into scientific or rational thinking, which leads by a slippery slope toward constitutional democracy. ~ RAW
Savoir dissimuler est le savoir des rois. (Concealing true intentions is the art of kings.) ~ Richelieu
If voting could really change things, it would be illegal.
Promise great things; promise, and do not pay ~ Danté
“He who controls the past controls the future. He who controls the present controls the past.” ~ George Orwell, 1984
“The Party seeks power entirely for its own sake. We are not interested in the good of others; we are interested solely in power, pure power. What pure power means you will understand presently. We are different from the oligarchies of the past in that we know what we are doing. All the others, even those who resembled ourselves, were cowards and hypocrites. The German Nazis and the Russian Communists came very close to us in their methods, but they never had the courage to recognize their own motives. They pretended, perhaps they even believed, that they had seized power unwillingly and for a limited time, and that just around the corner there lay a paradise where human beings would be free and equal. We are not like that. We know what no one ever seizes power with the intention of relinquishing it. Power is not a means; it is an end. One does not establish a dictatorship in order to safeguard a revolution; one makes the revolution in order to establish the dictatorship. The object of persecution is persecution. The object of torture is torture. The object of power is power. Now you begin to understand me.” ~ George Orwell, 1984
“It’s hard to change horseman in mid-apocalypse” ~ Mike Fitzsimon
“The left of politics is concerned with people who cannot help themselves. The right is concerned with those who can”
Some people deserve to get eggs thrown at them. Brick shaped eggs… Made of bricks.
The first method for estimating the intelligence of a ruler is to look at the men he has around him. ~ N Machiavelli
A Conservative Government is an organised hypocrisy – Benjamin Disraeli
“The earth has everything for all human needs, but nothing for his greed.” ― Mahatma Gandhi
The advance of civilisation is nothing but an exercise in the limiting of privacy. ~ Isaac Azimov
“By nature, men are nearly alike; by practice, they get to be wide apart.” ~ Confucius
Those Tory young people look odd. Do they not believe in chins? Or testicles…
The desire for leadership is a personality disorder which, in a truly civilized country, would disqualify the sufferer from any elected position!
The further a society drifts from the truth, the more it will hate those who speak it. ~George Orwell
The happiness of society is the end of Government ~ John Adams
“Loyalty and obedience to wisdom and justice are fine; but it is still finer to defy arbitrary power, unjustly and cruelly used–not on behalf of ourselves, but on behalf of others more helpless.” ― Elizabeth Gaskell, North and South
The Constitution admittedly has a few defects and blemishes, but it still seems a hell of a lot better than the system we have now. ~ RAS
The worst that can happen under monarchy is rule by a single imbecile, but democracy often means the rule by an assembly of three or four hundred imbeciles. ~ RAS
Conspiracy is just another name for coalition. ~ RAS
Le Chatelier’s principle; If a chemical system at equilibrium experiences a change in concentration, temperature, volume, or partial pressure, then the equilibrium shifts to counteract the imposed change and a new equilibrium is established. Summarised; Any change in status quo prompts an opposing reaction in the responding system. This applies in Politics as well!
Why did Karl Marx’s toilet play music when it flushed? Because of the violins inherent in the cistern.
c ~ Steve Drummond
Suppose you were an idiot, and suppose you were a member of Congress; but I repeat myself. Mark Twain
A conservative is a man with two perfectly good legs who, however, has never learned how to walk forward. Franklin D. Roosevelt
Conservatives are not necessarily stupid, but most stupid people are conservatives. John Stuart Mill
The modern conservative is engaged in one of man’s oldest exercises in moral philosophy;… moral justification for selfishness. Galbraith
Thinking is a left wing conspiracy.
Modern journalism. By giving us the opinions of the uneducated, it keeps us in touch with the ignorance of the community” OSCAR WILDE
ONLY A CONSERVATIVE MAJORITY WILL KEEP MARS FROM OVERTAKING THE EARTH AS THE THIRD PLANET FROM THE SUN. You have been warned.
A fantatic is someone who redoubles his effort when he’s forgotten his aim.
A ruler who has to resort to force has already failed as a ruler. Your job is to govern, not to kill.
America seems to be an oligarchy pretending to be a republic and calling itself a democracy.
All war represents a failure of diplomacy.
“Any American who is prepared to run for President should automatically, by definition, be disqualified from ever doing so.”
“As democracy is perfected, the office of president represents, more and more closely, the inner soul of the people. On some great and glorious day the plain folks of the land will reach their heart’s desire at last and the White House will be adorned by a downright moron.”
H. L. Mencken
The welfare of the people in particular has always been the alibi of tyrants.
Perhaps the fact that we have seen millions voting themselves into complete dependence on a tyrant has made our generation understand that to choose one’s government is not necessarily to secure freedom. ~ F A Hayek
Unthinking respect for authority is the greatest enemy of truth.
It is unfortunately none too well understood that, just as the State has no money of its own, so it has no power of its own.
~Albert J. Nock
The demands of internal growth are incomparably more important to us…than the need for any external expansion of our power.
Those who stand for nothing fall for anything.
‘Emergencies’ have always been the pretext on which the safeguards of individual liberty have been eroded. – F A Hayek
Search for the truth is the noblest occupation of man; its publication is a duty.
~Anne Louise Germaine de Stael
The real triumph of civilization is the extent to which coercion is banished from human relations.
No matter that patriotism is too often the refuge of scoundrels. Dissent, rebellion, and all-around hell-raising remain the true duty of patriots.
Those who give up essential liberties for temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.
The state has, in order to control us, introduced division into our thinking, so that we come to distrust others and look to the state for protection.
The tyranny of a prince in an oligarchy is not so dangerous to public welfare as the apathy of a citizen in a democracy.
~Charles de Secondat, baron de Montesquieu
The deterioration of every government begins with the decay of the principles on which it was founded.
~Charles-Louis De Secondat
We…are not really free if we can’t control our own government and its policies. And we will never do that if we remain ignorant.
True patriotism hates injustice in its own land more than anywhere else.
As a rule of thumb, if the government wants you to know it, it probably isn’t true.
Of all tyrannies, a tyranny exercised “for the good of its victims” may be the most oppressive.
~C. S. Lewis
Do not waste time bothering whether you “love” your neighbor; act as if you did.
There is nothing politically right that is morally wrong.
The heights of popularity and patriotism are still the beaten road to power and tyranny…
Remember that a government big enough to give you everything you want is also big enough to take away everything you have.
There are a lot of people who lie and get away with it, and that’s just a fact.
It is not the fact of liberty but the way in which liberty is exercised that ultimately determines whether liberty itself survives.
May we never confuse honest dissent with disloyal subversion.
~Dwight D. Eisenhower
We may never confuse honest dissent with disloyal subversion.
~Dwight D. Eisenhower
We must not confuse dissent with disloyalty. When the loyal opposition dies, I think the soul of America dies with it.
~Edward R. Murrow
My theory is, strong people don’t need strong leaders.
If we wish to preserve a free society, it is essential that we recognize that the desirability of a particular object is not sufficient justification for the use of coercion.
We need a type of patriotism that recognizes the virtues of those who are opposed to us.
~Francis John McConnell
We must get away from the idea that America is to be the leader of the world in everything.
~Francis John McConnell
The State acquires power… and because of its insatiable lust for power it is incapable of giving up any of it. The State never abdicates.
In politics, nothing happens by accident. If it happens, you can bet it was planned that way.
~Franklin Delano Roosevelt
Repetition does not transform a lie into a truth.
~Franklin D. Roosevelt
The life of the nation is secure only while the nation is honest, truthful, and virtuous.
Governments have never learned anything from history, or acted on principles deducted from it.
In times of universal deceit, telling the truth will be a revolutionary act.
“As God once said, and I think rightly…….”
As soon as men decide that all means are permitted to fight an evil, then their good becomes indistinguishable from the evil that they set out to destroy. Christopher Dawson
Be Afraid, Because Paranoia Is Patriotic
Freedom is not worth having if it does not include the freedom to make mistakes.
I can picture in my mind a world without war, a world without hate. And I can picture us attacking that world, because they’d never expect it.
I can’t help feeling wary when I hear anything said about the masses. First you take their faces from ’em by calling ’em the masses and then you accuse ’em of not having any faces.
I don’t approve of political jokes … I’ve seen too many of them get elected.
I hope if dogs ever take over the world and they choose a king, they don’t just go by size, because I bet there are some Chihuahuas with some good ideas.
I never vote for anyone; I always vote against.
W. C. Fields
If we could just get everyone to close their eyes and visualize world peace for an hour,
imagine how serene and quiet it would be until the looting started.
“In a way, we’re a kind of Peace Corps.” – Maj. A. Lincoln German, Training Director of the Green Beret Special Warfare School, Ft. Bragg, N.C.
Intolerance is the last defense of the insecure.
Just remember this the next time some politician says that terrorists are threatening our freedoms: not a single freedom has been taken away from us by terrorists – they have been taken away by our elected officials.
“Our present addiction to pollsters and forecasters is a symptom of our chronic uncertainty about the future… We watch our experts read the entrails of statistical tables and graphs the way the ancients watched their soothsayers read the entrails of a chicken.”
Our scientific power has outrun our spiritual power. We have guided missiles and misguided men.
Patriotism is the last refuge of a scoundrel.
“Politicians and diapers have one thing in common. They should both be changed regularly and for the same reason”.
Remember 9/11 because when you waste time worrying about crooked CEO’s the terrorists win!
“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
“there ought to be limits to freedom.”
GW BUSH 05/21/1999
“Those who give up essential liberties for temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.” – Benjamin Franklin
“War is God’s way of teaching Americans geography”
“War never determines who is right; War determines who is left.”
-Confucius (Why is this attribution incorrect?)
What difference does it make to the dead, the orphans and the homeless, whether the mad destruction is wrought under the name of totalitarianism or the holy name of liberty or democracy?
“When women are depressed they either eat or go shopping. Men invade another country.”
“You cannot simultaneously prevent and prepare for war.”
You will find that the State is the kind of ORGANIZATION which, though it does big things badly, does small things badly too. – John Kenneth Galbraith