Sunday, June 26, 2011

Quotes of the Week

From the Light:
"I can’t think of a single dynasty that was put in place due to the acts of a heroic liberator. As soon as a supposed liberator sets himself up as the new king, he then ceases to be a liberator. And if he’s the very rare 'real McCoy,' a real liberator who walks away from power, then there’s no dynasty: his line does not become 'royal blood.' These things are, if not mutually exclusive, then at least in oppositional tension. For every Cincinnatus, there are a dozen Tamerlanes."
Doug Casey

"This is the nature of the system. Police are armed to the teeth... and while their official marketing slogan may be to 'keep people safe', their real function is to be the protectors and enforcers for the political class, all while keeping the people in check so that they know who's boss."
Simon Black

"When an organization has become an end-in-itself (i.e., an institution) liberty becomes a form of entropy to be repressed. This is why no tyrannical regime has ever tolerated the liberty of individuals to speak and act as they choose. Individual liberty – facilitated by the openness of the Internet and other technologies – is what the owners most fear, because it vitalizes human energies to pursue an ever-changing multiplicity of ends. Younger generations can distinguish the cornucopia of options available on the Internet from the suffocating atmosphere of the institutional order and, in so doing, are attracted to less-structured social systems that weaken state power."
Butler Shaffer

"The state itself is and always will be the problem, and so long as it has a military arm, it will be influenced by some private interests or others toward opportunistic warring, and at a minimum manipulated by politicians, even the most supposedly humanitarian and egalitarian of whom have a murderous and diabolical record in deploying its forces and dropping its bombs. Even large business interests can come and go, but the political apparatus itself, the most inherently corrupting of all institutions given its unavoidably coercive and monopolistic nature, will continue to inflict misery and loot the disadvantaged on behalf of the powerful."
Anthony Gregory

"My opinion is that a person cannot voluntarily agree to work in a criminal enterprise without becoming a criminal. (Ron Paul, call your office.) And while we all love a story of a bad boy turned good…or of a missionary to the heathen…we cannot expect government shills to voluntarily bite the hand that feeds them and promote a philosophically opposite concept."
Russell D. Longcore

“So instead of looking on the ‘nationality’ of the state as it really is — as something opposite true community — we have been trained to identify with our captors. Where language and culture have evolved freely and spontaneously without central, hierarchical direction, the state is an inorganic power structure manufactured by the ruling class out of a desire to loot and exploit.”
David S. D'Amato

“One of the major problems of voting as I see it is that those who vote for this, that, or the other, are setting policy that affects all those who voted differently, and all those who did not vote at all. This is democracy or mob rule, the first step toward a socialistic and collectivist system. The reason this is so is due to the fact that we live in a forcibly run dependent society where one can vote to benefit at the expense of another. This truth is overlooked by the ‘I Voted’ crowd, but nonetheless is the lynchpin of redistributive politics.
No one who had any belief in freedom could ever have come up with the idea of voting. Voting by definition and design eliminates the individual in society for benefit of the collective. Individualism epitomizes freedom, while collectivism epitomizes slavery. Voting then is simply mob rule, the bane of freedom, and the fodder necessary for a society based on servitude!”
Gary D. Barnett

“Today’s cops understand that much of what they do doesn’t bear watching – not by the public, that is. They do have something to hide. They know that the more we see of them in action, the more appalled we will be – and the more aware we’ll be of the ugly times in which we live.”
Eric Peters

“The essential human condition is realize progress or collapse. Advance in science, technology and industry or you will soon cease to exist.”
Dr. Webster Tarpley

“If politics is the pursuit of justice, can any position be accurately characterized as ‘extremist?’ Can there ever be too much justice?”
Tom Mullen

“In America today, and increasingly throughout the Western world, actual facts and true explanations have been relegated to the realm of kookiness. Only people who believe lies are socially approved and accepted as patriotic citizens.
A country whose population has been trained to accept the government’s word and to shun those who question it is a country without liberty in its future.”
Paul Craig Roberts

“The Constitution is an immoral document, and, to paraphrase Lysander Spooner, it is unfit to exist. If it is to exist, a Government should never be based on it. It is a maker of tyrants, and a maker of slaves. If it is to exist, it should be held up for all generations to come as what not to do when deciding on government. It should be left in its pretty guarded glass case only as a reminder that it is wrong to enslave our neighbors, even if we use nice phrases and words like We the People, liberty, and security. The Constitution cannot change what is right and wrong.”
Bill Buppert

“….There is no difference, in principle — but only in degree — between political and chattel slavery. The former, no less than the latter, denies a man’s ownership of himself and the products of his labor; and asserts that other men may own him, and dispose of him and his property, for their uses, and at their pleasure.”
Chris Date
From the Darkness:
“I have been burned, torn and trampled on the streets of countries that I have helped set free. It does not hurt, for I am invincible. .I have been soiled upon, burned, torn and trampled on the streets of my country. And when it’s by those whom I’ve served in battle — it hurts. But I shall overcome — for I am strong.”
From the poem, “My Name is Old Glory.”

“Representative Paul wrote a book called ‘End the Fed.’ ….When I ask the Ron Paul people, ‘what would you replace it with?’ they don’t have an answer.”
Herman Cain  [Duh....]

"When Americans, who are serving in your country at great cost in terms of lives and treasure, hear themselves compared with occupiers, told that they are only here to advance their own interest, and likened to the brutal enemies of the Afghan people...they are filled with confusion and grow weary of our effort here...Mothers and fathers of fallen soldiers, spouses of soldiers who have lost arms and legs, children of those who lost their lives in your country — they ask themselves about the meaning of their loved one's sacrifice. When we hear ourselves being called occupiers and worse, our pride is offended, and we begin to lose our inspiration to carry on."
U.S. Ambassador Karl Eikenberry

"Congress should sort of shut up and not empower [Libyan leader Muammar] Qadhafi. I would take the course that conservatives have been taking for the last 30 years -- The War Powers Act is unconstitutional, not worth the paper its written on. t's an infringement on the power of the commander in chief."
Sen. Lindsey Graham

"There is substantial evidence that some of these fires have been caused by people who have crossed our border illegally. The answer to that part of the problem is to get a secure border."
John McCain, blaming Arizona’s wildfires on migrants. [They’re already the scapegoats for a depressed economy and crime, why not fires?]

“You do the fighting and I’ll do the talking.”
British Prime Minister David Cameron, in response to criticism from Armed Forces’ leaders that Britain’s role in the Libyan war was not sustainable.
“If you try to do this, the magnitude of deficit reduction we need--and we need about $4 to 5 trillion in deficit reduction over the next ten years--to try to do that only on spending cuts in parts of the budget would be irresponsible and really not achievable politically. You can't pass the budget without that. So, you need a balanced plan that has modest revenue increases through tax reform as well as some near-term spending savings and long-term entitlement reforms.”
Treasury Secretary Timmy Geithner, working to maintain the pillaging

"I've spent my entire adult life with the United States as a superpower, and one that had no compunction about spending what it took to sustain that position... This is a different time. To tell you the truth, that's one of the many reasons it's time for me to retire, because frankly I can't imagine being part of a government... that's being forced to dramatically scale back our engagement with the rest of the world."
Robert Gates

"These people [“climate change deniers”] are evil in what they're doing! I'm not saying their souls are evil, but what they're doing is really, really wrong and it's not the President. It's this corrupt media on the right. You know, it's corrupt media on the right."
Chris Matthews, MSNBC

“We don't want to see a new colonialism in Africa.”
Queen Hillary, when asked about China's growing influence in the continent. [.....and the War Wench is certainly an expert on colonialism.]

"We don't have a precise read on why this slower pace of [economic] growth is persisting."
Ben Bernanke, still trying to work with his head up his rectum

“I don’t like the drift of the Republican Party toward what appears to be a retreat or a move more towards isolationism.”
Tim Pawlenty, dissing the only positive development within the Republican party.

"You should all know that your work has the support of this committee. While there are many issues in which our members have spirited disagreements, the protection of intellectual property is not one of them."
Senate Judiciary Chairman Patrick Leahy, crediting Obama officials for seizing domains of sites trafficking in “counterfeit” goods.

“Businesses and the rich must pay their fair share of taxes and become full partners in a whole-of-society effort. True security cannot be funded on the backs of the poor.”
Queen Hillary, announcing the "release" of $300 million to spent on fighting Central American drug cartels

“Whose side are you on?”
Queen Hillary, addressing lawmakers criticizing the U.S. intervention in Libya

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