CANDIDATE'S FAVORITE QUOTES:
difference between the Republican and Democratic parties is that, if the
Democrats proposed burning down the White House, the Republicans would
immediately counter with a measure to phase it in over three years."
- ex-Senator Malcolm Wallop (R-Wyoming)
intentions will always be pleaded for every assumption of authority. It
is hardly too strong to say that the Constitution was made to guard the
people against the dangers of good intentions. There are men in all ages
who mean to govern well, but they mean to govern. They promise to be good
masters, but they mean to be masters."
- Senator Daniel Webster (1782-1852)
you want government to intervene domestically, you're a liberal. If you
want government to intervene overseas, you're a conservative. If you want
government to intervene everywhere, you're a moderate. If you don't want
government to intervene anywhere, you're an extremist."
- Joseph Sobran, columnist and editor
in America) has taken on a vast mass of new duties and responsibilities;
it has spread out its powers until they penetrate to every act of the
citizen, however secret; it has begun to throw around its operations the
high dignity and impeccability of religion; its agents become a separate
and superior caste, with authority to bind and loose, and their thumbs
in every pot. But it still remains, as it was in the beginning, the common
enemy of all well-disposed, industrious and decent men."
- H. L. Mencken (1880-1956)
the government fears the people, there is liberty. When the people fear
the government, there is tyranny."
- Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826)
will make converts day by day. We will grow strong by the violence and
injustice of our adversaries. And, unless truth be a mockery and justice
a hollow lie, we will be in the majority after awhile, and then the revolution
which we will accomplish will be none less radical from being the result
of pacific measures. The battle for freedom is to be fought on principle."
- Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865)
someone else's money is called 'need,' wanting to keep your own money
is called 'greed,' and 'compassion' is when politicians arrange the transfer."
- Joseph Sobran, columnist and editor
like hell, is not easily conquered. Yet we have this consolation with
us: the harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph. What we obtain
too cheap, we esteem too lightly. It would be strange indeed if so celebrated
an article as freedom should not be highly rated."
- Thomas Paine
not the experience of two centuries shown that gradualism in theory is
perpetuity in practice? Is there an instance, in the history of the world,
where slaves have been educated for freedom by their task-masters?"
- William Lloyd Garrison
truth is that all men having power ought to be mistrusted."
- James Madison (1751-1836)
believe that there are more instances of the abridgment of the freedom
of the people by gradual and silent encroachment than by violent and sudden
- James Madison (1751-1836)
we steal a man's purse we are thieves. If we steal 1200 islands we are
patriots. If you steal a man's money you will be sent to the penitentiary.
If you steal his liberty you will be sent to the White House."
- William Jennings Bryan (1860-1925), referring to the Philippines after the Spanish-American War
welfare of the people in particular has always been the alibi of tyrants,
and it provides the further advantage of giving the servants of tyranny
a good conscience."
- Albert Camus (1913-1960)
is the plea for every infringement of human freedom. It is the argument
of tyrants; it is the creed of slaves."
- William Pitt
because you do not take an interest in politics doesn't mean politics
won't take an interest in you."
- Pericles, 430 B.C.
are mad, not only individually but nationally. We check manslaughter and
isolated murders; but what of war and the much vaunted crime of slaughtering
is the lowest, most crudely primitive form of collectivism. It is the
notion of ascribing moral, social or political significance to a man's
genetic lineage -- the notion that a man's intellectual and characterological
traits are produced and transmitted by his internal body chemistry. Which
means, in practice, that a man is to be judged, not by his own character
or actions, but by the character and actions of a collective of ancestors."
- Ayn Rand (1905-1982)
of course 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 England, nor for that matter Germany. That
is understood. But after all, it is leaders of the country who determine
the policy, and it is always a simple matter to drag 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 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 pacifists for lack of patriotism and
exposing the country to danger. It works the same in every country."
- Hermann Goering
after law breeds
A multitude of thieves.
Therefore a sensible man says:
If I keep from meddling with people,
they take care of themselves;
If I keep from commanding people,
they behave themselves;
If I keep from preaching at people,
they improve themselves;
If I keep from imposing on people,
they become themselves."
- Lao-Tzu (founder of Taoism), 6th century B. C.
individual is the true reality in life ... the individual has always been
and necessarily is the sole source and motive power of evolution and progress.
Civilization has been a continuous struggle of the individual or groups
of individuals against the State and even against society; that is, against
the majority subdued and hypnotized by the State and State worship ...
the living man cannot be defined; he is the fountainhead of all life and
all values; he is not part of this or that; he is whole, an individual
whole, a growing, changing, yet always constant whole."
the mask is labeled Fascism, Democracy, or Dictatorship of the Proletariat,
our great adversary remains the Apparatus -- the bureaucracy, the police,
the military. Not the one facing us across the frontier or the battle
lines, which is not so much our enemy but our brothers' enemy, but the
one that calls itself our protector and makes us its slaves. No matter
what the circumstances, the worst betrayal will always be to subordinate
ourselves to this Apparatus -- and to trample under foot, in its service,
all human values in ourselves and others."
- Simone Weil, 1945
can muffle the drum, and you can loosen the strings of the lyre, but who
shall command the skylark not to sing."
- Kahlil Gibran, The Prophet