“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
Vaclav Klaus, Former President of the Czech Republic
"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."
"The heart has reasons that reason cannot know”
"Sovereignty Forever - UN
Spotted on a
building in Lewiston, Idaho, on April 27, 2006. Click
for a photo...
"That government is best which governs least."
Often attributed to
Though these exact words do not appear in his writings, this is
Jefferson's sentiment, exactly. These words also appeared in Henry David
Thoreau's Civil Disobedience.
"A foolish consistency is the
hobgoblin of little minds, adored by little statesmen and philosophers and
Waldo Emerson's essay Self Reliance.
Comment by SJT: "Consistency" and "foolish consistency" are different
things! Consistency in thought is a good thing, inconsistency in thought is
not a good thing. Emerson's point is that blindly adhering to a view just
because it has "always been so" is not good...
"The head monkey at Paris puts on a traveller's cap,
and all the monkeys in America do the same."
From Henry David Thoreau's
Comment by SJT:
pursuit of fashion (not a political comment). The head monkey at MTV wears his ball
cap backwards and a mass of monkeys fall right in line, thinking it "cool." Some vain idiot in the media
stream gets a tattoo; soon hordes of mindless followers have tattoos... all
thinking they are expressing "originality." Some
character in the media pool hangs a key lanyard out of his pocket and the
next thing you know every young "Harry Highschool" has to have a key lanyard
hanging out of his pocket. It goes on and on, the followers never
I am for doing good to the
poor, but I differ in opinion of the means. I think the best way of doing
good to the poor, is not making them easy in poverty, but leading or driving
them out of it. In my youth I travelled much, and I observed in different
countries, that the more public provisions were made for the poor, the less
they provided for themselves, and of course became poorer. And, on the
contrary, the less was done for them, the more they did for themselves, and
Benjamin Franklin, from On
the Price of Corn and Management of the Poor, 1766.
"Ain't nothing better than riding' a fine horse
through a new country. That's exactly what me and Woodrow was meant for."
Lonesome Dove, 1989. Capt. Augustus McCrae, Texas Ranger, spoke
these words while riding with young Newt near the Powder River in Montana as the
Hat Creek Cattle Co. pushed on to the Milk River.
"I have never been lost... but I will
admit to being confused for several weeks."
“The problem with socialism is that pretty soon
you run out of other people’s money.”
Margret Thatcher made this statement in various forms at various times.
“… the trouble
with our century is that we all encountered magnificent, inspiring literature in
our youth. This fooled us into believing we should be able to produce art of the
same level – like a Sunday tennis player watching world champions in a stadium.
It looks so easy that he runs home for his racket to do it himself.”
The Girl from Petrovka (George Feifer, 1971, p. 66).
“The older the fiddle, the sweeter the music.”
Capt. Augustus McCrae,
Texas Ranger, in
Lonesome Dove, 1989.
present crisis, government is not the solution to our problem; government is the
Ronald Reagan, from his first
"The act of reaching into one's own pockets to
help a fellow man in need is praiseworthy and laudable. Reaching into
someone else's pocket is despicable and worthy of condemnation."
"If we wish to be compassionate with our fellow
man, we must learn to engage in dispassionate analysis. In other words,
thinking with our hearts, rather than our brains, is a surefire method to
hurt those whom we wish to help."
"He who does not work, will not eat."
Captain John Smith, of Jamestown
Originally from the New Testament (II Thessalonians 3:10)
Comment by SJT: This does not mean that those who cannot work should
not eat. Compassion is good, of course. But if someone is able to work
and chooses not to, they should experience the consequences.
"I've never let my schooling interfere with my
"It's Five O'Clock Somewhere," by Jim "Moose" Brown
and Don Rollins, sung by Alan Jackson
"The minds of men were gradually reduced to
the same level, the fire of genius was extinguished, and even the military
The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman
Empire (Edward Gibbons, 1776)
"If the women don't find you handsome, they should
at least find you handy."
"How many a man has dated a new era in his
life from the reading of a book."
Henry David Thoreau
"Liberalism is a mental disorder."
Dr. Michael Savage
"God is great, beer is good, and
people are crazy."
"People Are Crazy," by Bobby Braddock
and Troy Jones, sung by Billy Currington
"Bless your pea-pickin' heart!"
Tennessee Ernie Ford
"You can't have no idea how little I
Monty Walsh (2003 movie)
A Wild Boar stood under a tree and
rubbed his tusks against the trunk. A Fox passing by asked him
why he thus sharpened his teeth when there was no danger
threatening from either huntsman or hound. He replied, "I do it
advisedly; for it would never do to have to sharpen my weapons
just at the time I ought to be using them."
The Wild Boar and the Fox
"Now that's a damn snake!"
"Yum-yum, eat 'em up”
Uncle George, the Wild Man from Borneo, from
The Little Rascals.