Saturday, August 6, 2016
Quotes of the Week
“Hillary's problem is not just that she's war hawk. She's a war hawk with bad judgment who gets an unseemly emotional rush out of killing people. She shouldn't be let near a gun shop, let alone an army. And she certainly should not become president of the United States.”
“Globalism requires the dilution of an actively vigilant population because the philosophy of self defense leads naturally to an appreciation for individual action. Centralized government cannot take control of a citizenry that has the will to strike back on it’s own against predators.”
“Police power is government power and vice versa. Government by definition, by nature, by history and by practical existence is police power. Government would not and could not exist without police power. When governments lose their police power, they collapse.”
“I always find conventions depressing affairs. Rather than the cradle of democracy, they remind me of clownish Shriner’s Conventions. Or as the witty Democratic advisor Paul Begala said, `Hollywood for ugly people.’ What, I kept wondering, is the rest of the world thinking as it watching this tawdry spectacle?”
“A key takeaway, and I emphasize that because I expect it to otherwise bounce off the programmed psyches of most people, is that the very idea of the State itself is poisonous, evil, and intrinsically destructive. But, like so many bad ideas, people have come to assume it’s part of the cosmic firmament when it’s really just a monstrous scam. It’s a fraud, like your belief that you have a right to free speech because of the First Amendment, or a right to be armed because of the Second Amendment. No, you don’t. The U.S. Constitution is just an arbitrary piece of paper…entirely apart from the fact, the whole thing is now just a dead letter. You have a right to free speech and to be armed because they’re necessary parts of being a free person, not because of what a political document says.”
“Remember that a government’s power is based exclusively on threats of violence, which exist solely in the physical world.
But Bitcoin exists in the digital world where their threats of violence are useless.
There is no centralized nexus of control for Bitcoin. No individual or organization controls it. Therefore governments have no one to threaten.
That’s why they’ll fail. Our modern technology favors the individual. It favors freedom. It favors those who understand major trends and adapt to change.”
"The Constitution has been similarly powerless to stem the rising tide of imperious, despotic power, powerless to fulfill the promises and high principles of the declaration. Independence Day, though, reminds us of the revolutionary remedies set forth in the declaration. Secession and outright abolition remain available to us according to a law that cannot be abrogated by kings, legislatures or any other government body—according, that is, to natural law.”
David S. D’Amato
“The truth that thoughtful minds must discover is that political authorities are in control of nothing and that our world can be made better only by our willingness to question our tradition-bound answers, and to discover and continue to refine the quality of the questions we bring to our complex world.”
“The truth is not that we do things because of laws or even because of convention; we do them because the users of violence order them and stand ready to hurt us if we don’t comply.”