“If, then, nobody is individually responsible for the acts of Congress, the members of Congress are nobody's agents. And if they are nobody's agents, they are themselves individually responsible for their own acts, and for the acts of all whom they employ. And the authority they are exercising is simply their own individual authority; and, by the law of nature – the highest of all laws – anybody injured by their acts, anybody who is deprived by them of his property or his liberty, has the same right to hold them individually responsible, that he has to hold any other trespasser individually responsible. He has the same right to resist them, and their agents, that he has to resist any other trespassers.”
“There is no Utopia, but you can prevent a place from becoming a dystopia. Allow people to opt out of anything they don’t want, never put your neighbor’s inalienable rights or liberty to a vote, don’t enforce laws that have no ethical foundation, embrace “live and let live,” and respect the property and person of others.”
“Dramatic acts of public ritual like public hangings of tyrants serve a purpose in restoring social cohesion, re-establishing the rule of law, and reaffirming the values of a community. People should not look down on hanging tyrants and war criminals. It is a basic principle of any free, peaceful, stable and sane society.
But, it is not good to be obsessed about the evil nature of any particular political leader, while remaining blind about the responsibility of indifferent and selfish elites.”
“The correct case against war, and the strongest case against war, begins with a rejection of the state as the sole and exclusive provider of security. Market prices and voluntary patronage are a far better restraint on power than any constitution.
The myth of the state as noble provider of security is deeply entrenched. The state exerts pressure through its public institutions to replace local culture with national culture, individual pride with national pride, and individual identity with national identity. Many people have nothing else left.”
“Those who support democracy but wish to go beyond appeal to an intuition of its desirability have work to do. Perhaps there is an argument that does show that democracy is entailed by sound morality. Much more likely, it seems to me, there is not. The slogan ‘Vox populi, vox Dei’ and its endless modern variants are best consigned to the rubbish heap of exploded superstitions.”
“My point is simple: every Establishment rules in terms of lies, spin, and cover-ups. Most of the citizenry is vaguely aware of the lies and the spin on this or that minor matter, but voters side with the regime on the big lies. To do otherwise is to call into question their own wisdom. It is to admit that you were successfully taken in on some major matter – you and millions of others. This undermines the religion of democracy. It means that republican patriotism is based on widespread gullibility. ‘Fool me once, shame on the government. Fool me 20 times, shame on me.’ So, once the masses have adopted the Official Party Line, to abandon it means abandoning your old self and your old world of political legitimacy. It means that you are now on your own – an outlaw, a pariah."
“Spain’s Prime Minister and its Congress changed Spain’s constitution to work in a debt limit. Who knew that Spaniards had bigger cojones than the jugheads in Washington? Answer: everybody. A male mosquito has bigger balls than the DC criminals.”
“If visitors from another planet happened to observe a presidential election, what would they conclude about the human race? Would they conclude that we have hit upon a remarkably ingenious way to select our rulers? Or would they conclude that we are a race of masochists with a deep-seated desire to be ruled by the most ruthlessly depraved people on the planet?”
From the Darkness:
“I don't know how much God has to do to get the attention of the politicians. We've had an earthquake; we’ve had a hurricane. He said, 'Are you going to start listening to me here? Listen to the American people because the American people are roaring right now. They know government is on a morbid obesity diet and we've got to rein in the spending.' ”Migraine-Michelle Bachmann
“I think the president [Bush] made the decision. He felt strongly about it, too. He understood the dimensions of what we were doing. I certainly supported it. I advocated it. I thought it was the right policy. I believe that still today.’’
Dick Cheney, on the invasion and destruction of Iraq
"When I wake in the morning, I wait on the Lord, and I ask Him to give me the strength to do right by our country and its people. And when I go to bed at night, I wait on the Lord, and I ask Him to forgive me my sins, and look after my family and the American people, and make me an instrument of His will."
B. Obama, explaining where he gets his instructions to kill and destroy
"Every day for the past 10 years, these men and women have succeeded together as one American team."
B. Obama, speaking to his hired killers
"We do feel like veterans should have priority because of their service to their country. Almost every state, they tell me the veteran unemployment is higher than the regular unemployment. That doesn't seem right."
Eddie Price, an 86-year-old World War II veteran from Wilson, N.C, speading the meme that those who kill for the state are exceptional and worthy of special treatment
"I think he's an idiot. We are spending $900 million a week in wars and he is arguing about whether we should spend some amount of money? FEMA now has currently $900 million budget available to it. This is a ridiculous conversation. I really don't understand what he is talking about and I'm not sure he does."
Conn. Governor Dannel Malloy, commenting on Ron Paul's remark that FEMA gets in the way and wastes money.
"I mean, think about it. There are already National Registrys [sic] for convicted sex offenders, ex-convicts, terrorist cells, hate groups like the KKK, skinheads, radical Islamists, etc. This type of 'National Registry' would merely be for information purposes."
Pastor Michael Stahl, who wants to start a grassroots organization to keep a database of atheists called "The Christian National Registry of Atheists."
“They must be very busy people. Regardless of one's political views, the president is still the president – and an opportunity to speak with the leader of the free world is a rare and special one.
You'd think whatever photo shoots or sponsor appearances these drivers have lined up on Wednesday afternoon – if that's indeed the reason – could be rescheduled. After all, this is the President of the United States we're talking about here.”
Jeff Gluck, SBNation.com, outraged that nearly half of the 2010 NASCAR playoff contenders will not attend a White House ceremony they were invited to. [Note to writer- what little remains of the “free world” doesn’t have a ruler. That’s what keeps it “free!”]