Saturday, February 14, 2009

Quotes of the Week

From the Light:
“In the end, Lincoln didn't unite this country -- that can't be done by force -- he divided it along lines of an unspeakably ugly hatred and resentment that continue to exist almost a century and a half after they were drawn. If Lincoln could have been put on trial in Nuremburg for war crimes, he'd have received the same sentence as the highest-ranking Nazis."

“The troubling truth is that, more than anybody else's, Abraham Lincoln's career resembles and foreshadows that of V.I. Lenin, who, with somewhat better technology at his disposal, slaughtered millions of innocents -- rather than mere hundreds of thousands -- to enforce an impossibly stupid idea which, in the end, like forced association, was proven by history to be a resounding failure. Abraham Lincoln was America's Lenin, and when America has finally absorbed that painful but illuminating truth, it will finally have begun to recover from the War between the States.”
L. Neil Smith

“Libertarians spend their lives accurately predicting the future effects of government policy. Their predictions are accurate because they are derived from Hayek’s insights into the limitations of human knowledge, from the recognition that the people who comprise the government respond to incentives just like anyone else and are not magically transformed to selfless agents of the good merely by accepting government employment, from the awareness that for government to provide a benefit to some, it must first take it from others, and from the knowledge that politicians cannot repeal the laws of economics. For the same reason, their predictions are usually negative and utterly inconsistent with the utopian wishful-thinking that lies at the heart of virtually all contemporary political advocacy. And because no one likes to hear that he cannot have his cake and eat it too or be told that his good intentions cannot be translated into reality either by waving a magic wand or by passing legislation, these predictions are greeted not merely with disbelief, but with derision.”
John Hasnas

“Mr. Obama, not everyone believes in your gods. Nor everyone believes in your government, for obviously very good reasons. Some people, unlike the masses weeping in mindless emotional fervor every time you hypnotically chant your vague sentences, actually think as independent and free individuals, not units within some great collective.”
Danijel Orsolic

“We live in a time toward the end of the world of states. A growing number of states will vanish. Still more will become hollow shells, within which 4GW entities thrive while protected by "state sovereignty." As Globalism collapses economically and the global elites are revealed as emperors without clothes, the motto of every state will become "sauve qui peut." [“every man for himself.”]
William Lind

“Americans are proud of their system of government, but consider what it has given us this time around. We had an outgoing president who thought it was his right to grab as much as he could while leaving. Now we have a new president who thinks that the election entitled him to grab as much as he can, right from the beginning. We get looted by the state coming and going. It all amounts to one massive war on prosperity and freedom.”
Lew Rockwell

“The categorization of pot smokers as trouble-making, ne'er-do-well, societal misfits is a most disturbing portrait painted by decades of government propaganda justifying its fraudulent and violent drug wars and the placing of peaceful people in cages, like animals, for the "crime" of using (or selling) a drug that has not been approved for general use by the chain of power cascading on down from the gang of monopolists in Washington D.C.”
Karen DeCoster

“Liberty is an arrangement in which power is dispersed. More importantly, it is an arrangement in which the use of aggressive power meets with a quicker and more determined response because the incentives to efficient protection are stronger. This in turn enhances the incentive to cooperate and produce, which makes aggression less desirable and more likely to be dealt with efficiently. Society launches itself into a virtuous cycle as opposed to the downward course that a state induces.”
Michael Rozeff
From the Darkness:
“Well, the family planning services reduce cost. They reduce cost. The states are in terrible fiscal budget crises now and part of what we do for children's health, education and some of those elements are to help the states meet their financial needs. One of those - one of the initiatives you mentioned, the contraception, will reduce costs to the states and to the federal government.”
Nancy Pelosi, defending her proposed spending of hundreds of millions of dollars to expand family planning services.

“The federal government is the only entity left with the resources to jolt our economy back to life.”
Barry Obama [What resources? The FG has been technically bankrupt for decades. The only resource it possesses is supreme fire power.]

“Our proposal is to combine a revived military draft with a broader public-service program as already practiced in some European states -- a “domestic Peace Corps.” Indeed, a crucial component of our proposal is that draftees be allowed to choose between military and nonmilitary service. A program structured along those lines would simultaneously increase the political appeal of conscription, defuse the opposition of those who disapprove of the use of military force, and serve such valuable national purposes as public health, public works, and the alleviation of shortages of teachers and social workers in disadvantaged regions of the country."
Willima R. Hauser and Jerome Slater, writing in Foreign Policy.

"Advocates of the free market must confront the fact that both the Great Depression and the current financial chaos were preceded by years of laissez-faire economic policies."
Katrina van den Heuvel, editor of The Nation, and author Eric Schlossel.
"I'm hearing certain voices in my head. … Lincoln's one of them."
Barry Obama, explaining what happens when he sits down to write a speech.

“It is a jobs bill, And today you might call us the jobs squad.”
Democratic Senator Ben Nelson of Nebraska, on the Obama pork package.

“Despite all that divided us -- North and South, black and white -- he had an unyielding belief that we were, at heart, one nation, and one people. And because of Abraham Lincoln, and all who carried on his work in the generations since, that is what we remain today.”

“'Only a nation can do these things. Only by coming together, all of us, and expressing that sense of shared sacrifice and responsibility...can we do the work that must be done in this country. That is the very definition of being American.”
Barry Obama, giving his religious testimony. [No, this the very definition of being a slave.]

“The [counter narcotics] program, which costs around $1 billion a year, may be the single most ineffective policy in the history of American foreign policy. It’s not just a waste of money. It actually strengthens the Taliban and al Qaeda, as well as criminal elements within Afghanistan.”
Richard Holbrooke, special envoy to Afghanistan. [Then why are you continuing the program?]

"We're all Leninists now."

“We're going to use the power of government just like the Left is using the power of government. It's going to be a bigger, more powerful, stronger government -- and we're going to turn it against the Left in ways they could never have imagined."
Rush Limbaugh[What a wonderful event to look forward too.]

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