Notable Quotes

Notable Quote – Jonah Goldberg II

by Steve MacDonald November 8, 2013
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  One final point on his “apology.” Last night, Obama said again that he and his administration could have been “more clear” about what would happen under Obamacare. This is a small obsession of mine. The White House didn’t tell the truth unclearly, it told a lie very clearly. This is a huge distinction. It’s […]

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Notable Quote – Yevdokiya Zagumenova: safety or security

by Skip June 16, 2013

We should know this, yet we fall for the same seductive con every time: We are afraid, but the state says it can make us safe. And all it will take is the surrender of a few small freedoms. It makes you want to holler in frustration, especially since the promise is so false. Yes, […]

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Notable Quote – Common Core

by Steve MacDonald May 3, 2013

Common Core is just the secular-humanist-educational equivalent of Shari’a Law, implemented by controlling, secular-humanist, anti-religious socialist, personal-choice-bigots who insist we spend billions more every year because every child learns differently but then can’t seem to see the hypocrisy of wanting every state, county, and School district across the fruited plain to follow a one-size-fits-all nation-wide curriculum, implemented by statist fatwa, advanced through an organized campaign based on guilt and intimidation, […]

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Stolen from Tim – Robert Heinlein Quote

by Mike February 26, 2013

Tim slipped this quote into his post this morning, and I thought it worthy of elevating to the level of its own post. After all, Robert Heinlein helped to name this blog, for are we not all “Strangers in a Strange Land”, and do we not seek to understand our situations “in fullness”? Throughout history, […]

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Notable Quote- Chief Judge US Court of Appeals DC

by Steve MacDonald February 11, 2013

  “…free rein to appoint his desired nominees at any time he pleases, whether that time be a weekend, lunch, or even when the Senate is in session and he is merely displeased with its inaction.” He added, “This cannot be the law.” -Chief Judge David B. Sentelle – regarding the case against President Obama […]

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Notable Quote: Their Faith is in The Legislator, Ours is in Mankind

by Steve MacDonald January 14, 2013

I am, I confess, one of those who think that choice and impulse ought to come from below and not from above, from the citizen and not from the legislator; and the opposite doctrine appears to me to tend to the destruction of liberty and of human dignity. But by a deduction as false as […]

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Notable Quotes: Frederic Bastiat – “The Extra-Legal Parasite vs. The Lawful Sponger”

by Steve MacDonald January 11, 2013

“…when John Q. Citizen gives a hundred sous to a Government officer and receives nothing for them unless it be annoyances, he might as well give them to a thief.  It is nonsense to say that the Government officer will spend these hundred sous to the great profit of national labor; the thief would do […]

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Notable Quote – George McGovern

by Skip October 25, 2012

“GOVERNMENT HAS BECOME so vast and impersonal,” the presidential challenger asserted, “that its interests diverge more and more from the interests of ordinary citizens. For a generation and more, the government has sought to meet our needs by multiplying its bureaucracy. Washington has taken too much in taxes from Main Street, and Main Street has […]

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Notable Quote: Max Eastman (Socialism Doesn’t Jibe with Human Nature)

by Steve MacDonald October 15, 2012

“It seems obvious to me now–though I have been slow, I must say, in coming to the conclusion–that the institution of private property is one of the main things that have given man that limited amount of free-and-equalness that Marx hoped to render infinite by abolishing this institution.  Strangely enough, Marx was the first to […]

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Quotes worthy of note: The spiritual dimension of life…

by Tim Condon October 8, 2012

“I am a man, but not only a man. Sentiment is not sentimentality, common sense is not common ignorance, and intuition is not superstition. Living with a recognition of the spiritual dimension of the world not only ensures a happier life but also a more honest intellectual life than if we allow no room for […]

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Notable Quote(s): James Fenimore Cooper – Double Tap!

by Steve MacDonald September 28, 2012

“Liberty, like equality, is a word more used than understood.  Perfect and absolute liberty is as incompatible with the existence of society, as equality of condition.” And… “If newspapers are useful in overthrowing tyrants, it is only to establish a tyranny of their own.” – James Fenimore Cooper

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There is no Forward with Obama (c/o A Notable Quote – John C. Calhoun)

by Steve MacDonald September 16, 2012

“..as individuals differ greatly from each other, in intelligence, sagacity, energy, perseverance, skills, habits of industry and economy, physical power, position and opportunity,–the necessary effect of leaving all free to exert themselves to better their condition, must be a corresponding inequality between those who may possess these qualities and advantages in a higher degree, and […]

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Notable Quote

by Skip September 3, 2012

Democrats talk a lot about kindness, compassion, and fairness. They say Republicans like me lack those things. One thing to say, in rebuttal, is: There is nothing kind, compassionate, or fair about financial collapse. Absolutely nothing. You think entitlement reform is cruel? Wait’ll you see collapse. Been to Greece lately? Seen the formerly well-off people […]

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RNC 2012 – Summary and Aggregation

by Mike August 31, 2012

After an exciting week at the 2012 Republican National Convention, this seems like a good time to aggregate and summarize our coverage – one stop shopping for those catching up, if you will. Groksters Mike and Mar-Mar were lucky enough to be invited to join the NH delegation as guests, and had a birds-eye view […]

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Notable Quotes – Michael J. Fell

by Skip August 30, 2012

Having a fair shot has always been about a constitutionally limited government not interfering with the private sector free market’s ability to afford equal opportunity to everyone, regardless of their starting point in life. In America, government’s job is not to “take care of us”. In America, a centrally planned big government can never replace […]

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Notable Quote – Sultan Knish

by Skip August 29, 2012

The essential 21st Century conflict is between the rationers and the producers. This is not a class conflict, that is the fallacy that the left has fallen into for over a century. It is a conflict between a system of bureaucratic collectivism and a society of individuals. It is not a conflict between the rich […]

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Notable Quotes: Henry C. Alford (President & CEO -National Black Chamber of Commerce)

by Steve MacDonald August 10, 2012

“When Obama became president, we were all happy about the symbolism–America’s first black president.  We didn’t really care about his position or views on anything.  We just wanted a black president no matter what.  We should have been more careful, as his views on small business, especially black business, are counter to ours. “His view […]

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Notable Quotes – Alexander Hamilton

by Steve MacDonald August 8, 2012

  “Those who stand for nothing fall for anything.”    

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Notable Quotes: Frederic Bastiat

by Steve MacDonald July 31, 2012

[There] “is this idea that mankind is merely inert matter, receiving life, organization, morality, and prosperity from the power of the state.  And even worse, it will be stated that mankind tends toward degeneration, and is stopped from this downward course only by the mysterious hand of the legislator. -Frédéric Bastiat For Barack ‘You Didn’t […]

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Notable Quote – Rep Allen West “Where the True Racism Really Lies”

by Steve MacDonald July 10, 2012

  I really feel that it is demeaning to me to think that I need some individual to justify me and my existence. Look, I went through 22 years being in the military, I rose to the rank of Lt. Colonel, I have a bachelor and 2 masters degrees. And for these white liberals to […]

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The Embrace of Administrative Despotism – A Notable Quote

by Steve MacDonald July 9, 2012

Our contemporaries are constantly excited by two conflicting passions; they want to be led, and they wish to remain free.  As they can not destroy either the one or the other of these contrary propensities, they strive to satisfy them both at once.  They devise a sole, tutelary, and all powerful from of government, but […]

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Notable Quote – Dr. Thomas Sowell

by Skip April 10, 2012

As many have warned in the past, freedom is unlikely to be lost all at once and openly.  It is far more likely to be eroded away, bit by bit, amid glittering promises and expressions of noble ideals. – Dr. Thomas Sowell, Economics Professor, syndicated columnist, author (H/T: Cafe Hayek)

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Noteable Quote: Russell Kirk

by Steve MacDonald February 20, 2012

All Values are not the same, nor all impulses, nor all men.  A Natural gradation teaches men to hold some sentiments dear and others cheap.  Leveling radicalism endeavors to put all emotions and sensations on the same level of mediocrity, and so to erase the moral imagination which sets men apart from beasts. -Russell Kirk […]

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Notable Quote: Paul Rahe – “Obama’s Tyrannical Ambition”

by Steve MacDonald February 13, 2012

It is easy enough to see why progressive doctrine should be attractive to our masters. Tyrannical ambition is nothing new, and throughout human history it has nearly always presented itself to men in the guise of idealism. We are all inclined to meddle in other people’s business; we are all inclined to think that we […]

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CPAC: The Malkin Digest

by Mike February 12, 2012

Michelle Malkin has two clever posts summarizing the key speeches in 20 words or less, indeed, she got most of the speeches in 5 words each! CPAC speeches in 20 words (Feb 10) Newt Gingrich: I am not the Establishment. Mitt Romney: I am not a liberal. Rick Santorum: I am not Mitt/Newt. Ron Paul: […]

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Notable Quote – Donald Boudreaux

by Skip November 27, 2011

Like too many western aid experts, Samuel Loewenberg misses the fundamental reason famines still ravage developing countries (“The Famine Next Time,” Nov. 27).The reason isn’t drought.  Yuma, Arizona, gets vanishingly little rainfall, yet denizens of that city aren’t ever threatened with starvation. Nor is the reason a lack of Well-Researched Plans designed and implemented by […]

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Notable Quote – F. A. Hayek

by Skip November 17, 2011

"There is all the difference in the world between treating people equally and attempting to make them equal.  While the first is the condition of a free society, the second means, as De Tocqueville described it, “a new form of servitude.” – F. A. Hayek, economist, writer     (H/T: Cafe Hayek)

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Notable Quote – Jonah Goldberg

by Skip November 16, 2011

Jim Hightower: "George H.W. Bush was born on third base and thought he hit a triple." "Obama wasn’t born on third base, but he does seem to think that he should get to run the bases after every strikeout." – Jonah Goldberg, syndicated columnist, National Review editor-at-large

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Notable Quote – H.L. Mencken

by Skip November 7, 2011

Roosevelt transformed millions of Americans from citizens into clients.  The direct effect of this was evil, and the indirect effect was even worse, for all these people were robbed of their self-respect. – H.L. Mencken And Obama is turning those clients into subjects….the Progressive philosophy squares the circle of feudalism: security at the price of […]

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notable Quote – George Will

by Skip November 7, 2011

Here, however, is how progressivism limits freedom by abolishing the public-private distinction: First, a human right — to, say, engage in homosexual practices — is deemed so personal that government should have no jurisdiction over it. Next, this right breeds another right, to the support or approval of others. Finally, those who disapprove of it […]

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