Monday, January 16, 2012

Quotes of the Week

From the Light:
“From Plato and Aristotle to our Founding Fathers, a nagging fact about history endures: As the band of robbers camouflaged as crusaders for democracy plunder the planet, the iron fist of tyranny waits its turn.”
Christopher Manion

"Chaos is found in greatest abundance wherever order is being sought. It always defeats order because it is better organized."
Terry Pratchett

“In rebellion, there is, of course, a right time and a right place. Barreling forward like a brainless bull charging the deceptive red cape of the matador is not the way to win back one’s freedoms, but a great way to end up impaled by the weight of one’s own thoughtless force. Respectively, resorting to random violence, or extraneous acts of revenge against current representatives, no matter how traitorous, would do nothing to alleviate the stresses of our country. They are mere middle men. Errand boys for corporate interests. Sock puppets. They are not the root of the ailment, only a symptom.”
Brandon Smith

“The vibrancy of any system depends upon its capacity and willingness to both generate and respond to change. Neither individuals nor civilizations can remain creative unless people are free to direct their own energies and to convert some portion of the material world to their self-interested purposes The death of civilizations, on the other hand, is facilitated by a movement from individualized to collective patters of thinking and conduct. Fear mobilizes mass-mindedness which, in turn, produces the state’s deadliest expressions; wars and genocides.”
Butler Shaffer

“Among campaigning politicians, the constant rhetorical refrain is fixed on practical solutions to problems facing the country, on “making government work” for ordinary folks. But the representative politics that Americans recognize just isn’t designed to do anything outside of cementing and legitimizing a system of state-enforced corporate capitalism.
Getting money out of politics is made impossible by the very nature and definition of politics. The state is an agency of an economic ruling class, and elections are its exiguous attempt at public relations. Real democracy in a stateless society would mean consensually organized groups administering their own affairs, free from aggressive, external rule.”
David S. D'Amato

“It is error alone which needs the support of government. Truth can stand by itself.”
Thomas Jefferson

“When those who are curious about voluntarism ask the ‘we’ questions, the underlying collectivist philosophy is still there, and this is what needs to be addressed first before any practical questions can or should be answered. Otherwise, you are just trying to get them to abandon their system for your system.”
Chris Dates

“Freedom, morality, and the human dignity of the individual consists precisely in this; that he does good not because he is forced to do so, but because he freely conceives it, wants it, and loves it.”
Mikhail Bakunin

“The [Occupy Wall Street] protestors show a very conflicted relationship with the police. They seem frightened and cowed by them yet the police and the protestors share the same common goal: increased concentration and use of violence to guide human behavior to fit the mold of the new homo Sovieticus the protesters desire.
The police and the protestors have one thing in common: they both have a pathological hatred of individual volition, free markets and free moral agency. The former represent the very concrete realization of the utopian ideal the latter wish for.”

Bill Buppert
From the Darkness:
“I don’t believe the people should be empowered to do what pleases them the most. We have a responsibility beyond ourselves.
That is not the kind of freedom our founders envisioned and it’s not the kind of freedom that makes up a society that is devoted to the common good. The definition of liberty, as our founders understood it, was freedom with responsibility. Well responsibility to who? To themselves? No. It was a responsibility to others. It was as responsibility to our family, your neighbors and your country .”
Rick Santorum, fascist/collectivist candidate for US Dictator

"I would send troops back into Iraq, because I think we need to start talking to the Iraqi individuals there... the idea that we allow the Iranians to come back into Iraq and take over that country with all the treasure — both in blood and money that we have spent in Iraq — because this president wants to kowtow to his liberal leftist base, and move out those men and women. He could have renegotiated that time frame. I think it is a huge error for us. We are going to see Iran, in my opinion, move back in at literally the speed of light. They're going to move back in and all of the work we have done — every young man that has lost his life in that country — will have been for nothing because we got a president who does not understand what is going on in that region."
Rick Perry, candidate for US Dictator

“Are they [Iran] trying to develop a nuclear weapon? Uh, no, but we know that they are trying to develop a nuclear capability.”
Leon Panetta

“I can’t live with the implications of not doing it [undertaking a ground invasion of Iran]. I can’t live with the thought of what a nuclear Iran brings to the region and what they said about Israel, which is our centerpiece alliance in the region. I can’t live — I can’t live with the world with a nuclear Iran.”
Jon Huntsman, candidate for US Dictator

“Ron Paul and his right-libertarian ideology does espouse a new kind of freedom, just as rebellious children who fantasize about running away from home dream of a new kind of freedom. But as much as we may have rebelled against our parents as little kids, we eventually matured and realized that the rules and regulations our parents imposed on us were meant so we'd grow up to be responsible, functioning adults in society.”
Carl Gibson. Huffington Post

“In fact, democratic government is one of the greatest institutional inventions of modern Western civilization. It allows us to pool our resources and to act collectively to address the serious social, economic, and environmental problems that we are unable to deal with as individuals. The public sector is also how we provide for essential human needs that are neglected by the market – such as clean air and water, safe workplaces, and economic security. What’s more, government serves as an essential instrument of moral action – a way for us to rectify injustices, eliminate suffering, and care for each other. In short, democratic government is one of the main ways we work together to pursue the common good and make the world a better place.”
Douglas J. Amy, from a website called, “Government is Good" [Check out the website- It’s hilarious!]

“We need to make sure that we tone things down, particularly in light of the Tucson tragedy from a year ago, where my very good friend, Gabby Giffords — who is doing really well, by the way, — [was shot]. The discourse in America, the discourse in Congress in particular… has really changed, I’ll tell you. I hesitate to place blame, but I have noticed it take a very precipitous turn towards edginess and lack of civility with the growth of the Tea Party movement. You had town hall meetings that they tried to take over, and you saw some their conduct at those tea party meetings. When they come and disagree with you, you’re not just wrong, you’re the enemy.”
Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, blaming the shooting of politi-gangster Giffords on the Tea party, though the shooter has absolutely no connection with that group

“It certainly seems the Iranians are intent on carrying out the threat to deal with the Little Satan, meaning Israel, destroy it completely, and attacking in any way they can U.S. interests and personnel.”
Oliver North

“[Ron] Paul's conception of liberty is not the same as Lincoln's -- which is not a condemnation of Lincoln. Paul's view would have freed African-Americans from the statism of the Emancipation Proclamation and the Civil Rights Act. It would have freed the occupants of concentration camps from their dependency on liberating armies. And it would free the Republican Party from any claim to conscience or power."
Michael Gerson, Washington Post

"The actions portrayed are not consistent with our core values and are not indicative of the character of the Marines in our Corps.”
A Marine Corps official commenting on a video posted on YouTube showing four combat Marines urinating on the corpses of three dead men in Afghanistan [Yea, right. You only look on them as sub-human, then kill them, but your “core values” prohibit you from pissing on them.]

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