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Notable Quote – George Will

by Skip November 18, 2015

On what Progressivism and its tool, political correctness / cultural Marxism, has wrought in the Ivory Tower (emphasis mine): But whatever responsibility attaches to the parenting that produced those brittle Yalies, a larger portion of blame goes to the monolithic culture of academia. Where progressivism reigns, vigilant thought police will enforce a peace of wary […]

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“The people cannot be all, and always, well informed.”

by Steve MacDonald November 12, 2015
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“The people cannot be all, and always, well informed. The part which is wrong will be discontented, in proportion to the importance of the facts they misconceive. If they remain quiet under such misconceptions, it is lethargy, the forerunner of death to the public liberty. -Thomas Jefferson

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Notable Quote – Michael Huemer

by Skip November 3, 2015

The general lesson is that if some part of government fails in its function, it will most likely be given greater funding and power. Of course, the purpose of this is not to reward failure; the thinking would be that more money and power will enable the agency to solve the problem. But the effect […]

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Notable Quote – Samuel Adams

by Skip September 29, 2015

Among the natural rights of the colonists are these: First a right to life, secondly to liberty, and thirdly to property; together with the right to defend them in the best manner they can. -Samuel Adams, Founding Father What would he think of our current Government, and those running for it, that willy-nilly and willingly […]

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Notable Quote – Professor Thomas Sowell

by Skip September 24, 2015

Pope Francis’ own native Argentina was once among the leading economies of the world, before it was ruined by the kind of ideological notions he is now promoting around the world. In 1900, only 3 percent of American homes had electric lights but more than 99 percent had them before the end of the century. […]

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Notable Quote – Professor Randy Barnett

by Skip September 17, 2015

[T]he paramount issue of constitutional legitimacy is whether the commands, not of the Constitution itself, but of government officials rendered pursuant to constitutional authority, are binding in conscience on us.  The answer to this question will depend on the quality of the lawmaking and enforcement process that the Constitution establishes.  One of these qualities is […]

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Notable Quote – President Calvin Coolidge

by Skip September 7, 2015

No other country, I am told, makes a like observance. But in America this high tribute is paid in recognition of the worth and dignity of the men and women who toil. You come here as representative Americans. You are true representatives. I cannot think of anything characteristically American that was not produced by toil. […]

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Notable Quote – Gerry O’Driscoll

by Skip August 28, 2015

The principle of spontaneous order – or of “undesigned order,” as it might more properly be called – can be viewed as the first principle of economics.  Indeed, James Buchanan has recently gone so far as to suggest that it is the only principle of economics.  The principle is, in any case, a cornerstone of modern economics, whether we […]

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“…Greatest sins a government…”

by Skip August 16, 2015

“Burn this into your cerebral cortex: The two greatest sins a government can impose on its citizens are to 1) provide for them, because it destroys their souls by creating dependency instead of self-reliance, and 2) take the sweat, hard work and equity of one man and give it to another (e.g., spread the wealth […]

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Notable Quote- P.J. O’Rourke

by Skip August 12, 2015

All politicians hate people. Politics is a way to gain power over people without justification for having that power. Nothing in the 11,000-year history of politics—going back to the governing elites of Mesopotamia—indicates that politicians are wiser, smarter, kinder, more moral, or better skilled at any craft (aside from politics) than we are. But political […]

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Notable Quote – James Madison

by Skip August 8, 2015

In time of actual war, great discretionary powers are constantly given to the Executive Magistrate. Constant apprehension of War, has the same tendency to render the head too large for the body. A standing military force, with an overgrown Executive will not long be safe companions to liberty. The means of defence against foreign danger, have been […]

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Notable Quote – Mark Levin

by Skip August 2, 2015

[Boehner] is essentially delivering for Barack Obama everything Barack Obama wants. Just because you’re dressed up as a Republican doesn’t make it so… By his actions, he has demonstrated that he is not a conservative. He spends his time with [Rep. Kevin] McCarthy (R-CA) and [Rep. Steve] Scalise (R-LA) conspiring against the Tea Party and […]

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Notable Quote – Hannah Bleau

by Skip July 31, 2015

Liberals are more upset over the death of a freaking lion than Planned Parenthood running a baby chop shop and more outraged over Tom Brady destroying his phone than Hillary Clinton destroying thousands of emails and continually lying out of her liar hole about it. – Hannah Bleau (Young Conservatives) (H/T: Instapundit)

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Notable Quote – US Congressman Jeb Hensarling

by Skip July 27, 2015

Before Dodd-Frank’s passage, former Sen. Chris Dodd said that “no one will know until this is actually in place how it works.” Today we know. The law he co-wrote with former Rep. Barney Frank is gradually turning America’s largest financial institutions into functional utilities and taking the power to allocate capital—the lifeblood of the U.S. economy—away from the free market […]

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Notable Quote – Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas

by Skip July 19, 2015

On life: Next, remember that life is not easy for any of us. It will probably not be fair, and it certainly is not all about you. The gray hair and wrinkles you see on older people have been earned the hard way, by living and dealing with the challenges of life. When I was […]

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Blogline of the Day – Derek Hunter

by Skip July 17, 2015

Conservatives are rudderless, but progressives are relentless. -Derek Hunter Go read the entire post where this line was lifted (Why Liberals Win).

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Notable Quote: Archbishop Chaput on Evil and Tolerance

by Mike April 11, 2015

Over at, Erick Erickson has an excellent piece on the “Gaystapo” and their totalitarian approach to dissent, in which he quotes from a letter by Archbishop Chaput to his congregation (on the topic of abortion, but it fits) about Evil and tolerance: “Evil talks about tolerance only when it’s weak. When it gains the […]

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Notable Quote – Steve Mac Donald

by Skip March 16, 2015

Shot: from an email, back from 2013, on a report from a meeting where NH Senate plans on endorsing Obamacare were being discussed: I arrived just in time to hear an influential member of the board saying (I’m paraphrasing here) what a great plan it was and the only people who would not want to accept […]

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Notable Quote – Theodore Dalrymple

by Skip February 25, 2015

“In my study of communist societies, I came to the conclusion that the purpose of communist propaganda was not to persuade or convince, nor to inform, but to humiliate; and therefore, the less it corresponded to reality the better. When people are forced to remain silent when they are being told the most obvious lies, […]

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Notable Quote – Christopher Chantrill

by Skip February 19, 2015

You liberals took a wrong turn over a century ago. You thought of yourselves as a benevolent, beneficent elite, kindly dispensing justice and benefits to a grateful nation through a professional expert-led government. You completely misunderstood the nature of government. Government is force, not a beneficent Oz, and politics is civil war by other means. […]

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Notable Quote – Judge Andrew Napolitano

by Skip February 15, 2015

Again, another example of the Constitution being redefined: Last week, we learned how deep the disrespect for the Constitution runs in the government and how tortured is the logic that underlies it. In a little-noted speech at Washington and Lee Law School, Gen. Michael Hayden, the former director of both the CIA and the NSA, […]

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Notable Quote – Robert Murphy

by Skip February 12, 2015

It is a paradox of our age that the interventionists think the public is too stupid to consult Angie’s List before hiring a lawyer, and so they need politicians to weed out the really bad ones by requiring law licenses. Yet, who determines whether a person (often a lawyer!) is qualified to become a politician? […]

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Notable Quote – Ludwig von Mises

by Skip February 5, 2015

The bureaucrat is not only a government employee.  He is, under a democratic constitution, at the same time a voter and as such a part of the sovereign, his employer.  He is in a peculiar position: he is both employer and employee.  And his pecuniary interest as employee towers above his interest as employer, as […]

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Notable Quote – Dr. Thomas Sowell

by Skip January 31, 2015

Few things blind human beings to the actual consequences of what they are doing like a heady feeling of self-righteousness during a crusade to smite the wicked and rescue the downtrodden. – Prof. Thomas Sowell (Ph.D. Economics, syndicated columnist, author (The Housing Boom and Bust)  

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Notable Quote – David Henderson

by Skip January 27, 2015

Markets teach or encourage at least three virtues: tolerance, honesty, and compassion. – David Henderson (author,  The Joy of Freedom: An Economist’s Odyssey)

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Notable Quote – Professor Michael Huemer

by Skip January 21, 2015

First, given the existence of a powerful government, the people who are most likely to wind up in control of that government are those who (a) have the greatest drive for power, (b) have the skills needed for seizing it (for example, the ability to intimidate or manipulate others), and (c) are unperturbed by moral […]

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Presumption of Guilt is Absolutely Crucial to Collectivism

by Steve MacDonald January 6, 2015
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Notable Quote – Pascal-Emmanuel Gobry

by Skip December 23, 2014

An example for liberal bias in academia: …I have had the following experience more than once: I am speaking with a professional academic who is a liberal. The subject of the underrepresentation of conservatives in academia comes up. My interlocutor admits that this is indeed a reality, but says the reason why conservatives are underrepresented […]

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Notable Quote: Martin Luther King Jr. – “Darkness”

by Steve MacDonald December 8, 2014
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Hey.  Ferguson.   Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that. Martin Luther King Jr.

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Notable Quote – Will Rogers

by Skip November 13, 2014

On the danger of what lame duck politicians can do when unconstrained by no accountability: An awful lot of people are confused as to just what is meant by a lame duck Congress. It’s like where some fellows worked for you and their work wasn’t satisfactory and you let’em out, but after you fired ‘em, […]

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