Quotes and Conundrums

"Can the real Constitution be restored? Probably not. Too many Americans depend on government money under programs the Constitution doesn't authorize, and money talks with an eloquence Shakespeare could only envy. Ignorant people don't understand The Federalist Papers, but they understand government checks with their names on them."

Joseph Sobran, 2001

"Men fear thought as they fear nothing else on earth, more than ruin, more even than death. Thought is subversive and revolutionary, destructive and terrible, thought is merciless to privilege, established institutions, and comfortable habit. Thought looks into the pit of hell and is not afraid. Thought is great and swift and free, the light of the world, and the chief glory of man."

Bertrand Russell

"As nightfall does not come at once, neither does oppression. In both instances, there's a twilight where everything remains seemingly unchanged, and it is in such twilight that we must be aware of change in the air, however slight, lest we become unwitting victims of the darkness."

Justice William O. Douglas

"Let a prince therefore aim at conquering the state, and the means will always be judged as honorable and praised by everyone, for the vulgar is always taken by appearances and the issue of the event; and the world consists only of the vulgar, and the few who are not vulgar are isolated when the many have a rallying point in the prince."

Nicolo Machiavelli (1469-1532)

"Decency, security and liberty alike demand that government officials shall be subjected to the same rules of conduct that are commands to the citizen. In a government of laws, existence of the government will be imperiled if it fails to observe the law scrupulously."

Justice Louis D. Brandeis

"This war on terrorism is going to contiue for an indefinite period of time."

Tom Ridge, Dir. Homeland Security

"Many of the steps we have now been forced to take will become permanent in American life. I think of it as the new normalcy."

VP William Cheney

"He who is void of virtuous attachments in private life, is, or very soon will be, void of all regard for his country."

John Adams

"A society that puts equality - in the sense of equality of outcome - ahead of freedom will end up with neither equality or freedom. The use of force to achieve equality will destroy freedom, and the force, introduced for good purposes, will end up in the hands of people who use it to promote their own interests."

Milton and Rose Friedman

"The great libertarian project of political observation consists of nothing but holding the State to the same definition of evil used to identify private crime."

Lew Rockwell

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