Sunday, April 24, 2011

Quotes of the Week

From the Light:
“Let us feel and disseminate the sentiment that true patriotism is shown only by the good. A man may claim to be a patriot, and love ‘his country,’ whose feelings are so vague and worthless that he loves no one in it! He loves a mere name! or rather, his patriotism is a mere name. Whole classes of his fellow-citizens may remain in vice, ignorance, slavery, poverty, and yet he feels no sympathy, offers no aid. Sodom would have been saved, had there been in it ten righteous. These then would have been patriots. These would have saved their country. We have in our land many righteous. These are our security. These save the land from a curse. These therefore are the only true patriots.”
Howard Malcom D.D.

“After a century and more of foreign expeditions of the U.S. military, is the country actually more free today? Are our lives, liberty, and property more secure from the depredations of our own governments now than in 1895? Hardly. Have our governments even moved forward on programs of greater freedom for Americans, in confirmation that freedom is the aim of our many government? Clearly, they have mostly done just the opposite
The notion that Americans owe their freedom to the Marines (or military in general) is a simple-minded idea that reduces to blind support of the American military as a tool of the national government in its expansionist aims. It is simply a slogan in support of American empire. It is a false slogan. The opposite is more nearly true. Every dollar spent in support of the empire’s worldwide military is another dollar that is a tax burden on Americans, and this burden enslaves Americans.”
Michael S. Rozeff

“What is to be said of Roman morality? And I am not speaking here of the relations of father and son, of husband and wife, of patron and client, of master and servant, of man and God—relations that slavery, by itself alone, could not fail to transform into a whole network of depravity; I wish to dwell only on what is called the admirable side of the Republic, i.e., patriotism. What was this patriotism? Hatred of foreigners, the destruction of all civilization, the stifling of all progress, the scourging of the world with fire and sword, the chaining of women, children, and old men to triumphal chariots—this was glory, this was virtue. It was to these atrocities that the marble of the sculptors and the songs of the poets were dedicated. How many times have our young hearts not palpitated with admiration, alas, and with emulation at this spectacle!”
Frédéric Bastiat

“Democratic government is only a method for deciding which liar will put his hand in your pocket.”
Mark R. Crovelli

“Digital technology is ideal for decentralization. This is the great advantage possessed by those whose idea is to shrink the state rather than expand it. As time goes on, there will be more voices from the Remnant. The ability of small groups to get a message of decentralization and de-funding the state is increasing. The gatekeepers of Keynesian orthodoxy are finding it more difficult to block the message of tax reduction and deficit reduction.”
Gary North

“With Washington increasingly abuzz with talk of tax reform, Americans should expect to be bombarded with all of the same old myths about the evils of tax loopholes, the alleged imperative of ‘tax fairness,’ and the desirability of ‘revenue neutrality.’ All of this rhetoric merely masks the fact that taxes will be going up, making citizens poorer and the economy weaker, while the state continues on as one gigantic, overbloated parasite.”
Thomas J. DiLorenzo

“Having a single entity as a coercive monopoly run the courts and the executive branch and the Congress isn't so much a ‘separation of powers’ as it is a tightly-knit, if sometimes quarrelsome, unified tyranny.”
Glen Allport

“It is important to remember that freedom is an idea, not a point on a map. As such, no single place can ever hope (nor should it) to contain freedom. The moment the state - any state - even attempts to impose restrictions on it, freedom - and those who value it - begin moving elsewhere...naturally.”
Joel Bowman
“Government bureaucrats, holding a monopoly in territorial protection and lacking incentives to improve performance, do not tend to pay attention to past mistakes and are not held accountable for their transgressions.
The current centralized national security monopoly is without competition and profit/loss motives to genuinely provide the most efficient, high quality service at the lowest cost to the consumers. Under the current socialism, the real motive turns into a ‘breaking windows’ scheme to justify an ever-increasing bureaucracy combined with its corporatist colluders.”
Scott Lazarowitz

“Governments everywhere want to have internet ‘kill switches.” I have a better idea: a government kill switch. In a crisis let the internet become a kill switch that suspends all government, including paychecks to the employees, until the crisis is over. No one in government has any say on when the kill switch is used, or in allowing government back-up.”
Kent McManigal

“Political tags — such as royalist, communist, democrat, populist, fascist, liberal, conservative, and so forth — are never basic criteria. The human race divides politically into those who want people to be controlled and those who have no such desire.”
Robert Heinlein

"Rights are moral prerogatives for conscious beings that are capable of sufficiently abstract thought to require, and comply with, abstract moral principles. Rights cannot be divorced from their corresponding obligations, and hence rights can only apply to beings that are capable of understanding and applying moral principles. Rights allow conscious rational beings to interact with one another in a way that is compatible with their own survival."
Ben O’Neill
From the Darkness:
"If we're [the US] not smart enough to work with the Iraqis to have 10,000 to 15,000 American troops in Iraq in 2012, Iraq could go to hell."
Sen. Lindsey Graham [… opposed to the heaven on earth they enjoy now.]

“I’m not going to take a risk, and I’m not going to play chicken with the U.S. military. I owe them for my freedom more than I owe my constituents.”
Rep. Duncan Hunter

“Bottom line is that we owe our Military the freedom with which we live and the very ground we stand on. If we cannot compensate them adequately and keep the promises that we make to them, then we, as a nation, are truly lost.”
A comment to an article at the Huffingtion Post [It’s discouraging to think there are tens of thousands of people who actually believe this nonsense.]

“I would love a conservative dictatorship where we can dictate everything.”
Rep. Duncan Hunter

"Nothing beats Scripture and the reminder of the Eternal."
B. Obama [Apparently, he missed the parts about Thou shall not kill, and Thou shall not steal.]

"We're now in a position where we can investigate if there's unfair speculation. We're going to be monitoring gas stations to make sure there isn't any price gouging that's taking advantage of consumers."
B.Obama, clueless to what causes price increases

"There should be no expectation of privacy on the part of somebody with a driver's license."
A statement from the Seattle City Attorney's office regarding the use of License Plate Readers by police to capture car license plate numbers and store them in a data base

“You can’t just convince them through projects and goodwill. You have to show up at their door with two companies of Marines and start killing people. That’s how you start convincing them.”
Comment made by a Marine officer to the Washington Post for its April 16 story about “signs of progress” for President Obama’s surge strategy in southern Afghanistan [What a concise, understandable description of the essence of USG foreign policy.]

"On Earth Day the focus is on our sins against God’s creation. Jesus’ death on the cross was aimed at reconciling all things through his sacrificial act. (Colossians 1:20)
Good Friday and Earth Day are both about making changes. Only when God changes our heart can we achieve a right relationship with God, our surrounding community, and our environment.”
From a post at the website of the InterVarsity Christian Fellowship

“Nobody likes to see those kinds of things… even though it was done professionally according to the protocols. But, what TSA is doing is reexamining those protocols all the time. It’s all in relation to threat – what is the threat? And one of the things we do see is if you categorically remove a group from any type of screening, well those who seek to do us harm will then exploit that group. So you have to be very careful on how you do it”.
‘Big Sis’, Janet Napolitano, excusing the groping of children by her TSA agents

''Surely in our time [God's] vision is most threatened by climate change, which the science seems to be telling us is caused by human activity.''
Australian Reverend Niall Reid, bringing God into the scam

"A few short weeks ago I came to the House floor after having purchased an iPad and said that I happened to believe, Mr. Speaker, that at some point in time this new device, which is now probably responsible for eliminating thousands of American jobs. Now Borders is closing stores because, why do you need to go to Borders anymore? Why do you need to go to Barnes & Noble? Buy an iPad and download your newspaper, download your book, download your magazine."

Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. (D-IL), who admits to owning an iPad, blaming the Apple Inc. product for eliminating American jobs. [A hypocrite AND an economic ignoramus = The Perfect Politician. What about all those buggy whip jobs that have been eliminated?]

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