Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Thoughts on The Passing Scene

Random thoughts on the passing scene...

The American Republic will endure until the day Congress discovers that it can bribe the public with the public's money. 

The trouble with socialism is that you eventually run out of other people's money.

No government ever voluntarily reduces itself in size. Government programs, once launched, never disappear. Actually, a government bureau is the nearest thing to eternal life we'll ever see on this earth!

Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn't pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same, or one day we will spend our sunset years telling our children and our children's children what it was once like in the United States where men were free.

It isn't that liberals are ignorant, its just that they know so much that isn't so.

Government is like a baby. An alimentary canal with a big appetite at one end and no sense of responsibility at the other.

Great nations have responsibilities to lead and we should always be cautious of those who would lower our profile because they might just wind up lowering our flag.

The democracy will cease to exist when you take away from those who are willing to work and give to those who would not.

The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants.

To compel a man to furnish contributions of money for the propagation of opinions which he disbelieves and abhors is sinful and tyrannical.

A government big enough to give you everything you want, is strong enough to take everything you have.

Property is the fruit of labor...property is desirable...is a positive good in the world. That some should be rich shows that others may become rich, and hence is just encouragement to industry and enterprise. Let not him who is houseless pull down the house of another; but let him labor diligently and build one for himself, thus by example assuring that his own shall be safe from violence when built.

When the people find that they can vote themselves money, that will herald the end of the republic.

Extreme freedom can't be expected to lead to anything but a change to extreme slavery, whether for a private individual or for a city.

Of all tyrannies, a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive. It would be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies. The robber baron's cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity may at some point be satiated; but those who torment us for our own good will torment us without end for they do so with the approval of their own conscience.

The only thing that can cure poverty is wealth.

The first lesson of economics is scarcity: There is never enough of anything to satisfy all those who want it. The first lesson of politics is to disregard the first lesson of economics.

How can a President of the United States be re-elected in a landslide after four years when unemployment never fell below 15 percent for even one month during his first term? Franklin D. Roosevelt did it by blaming it all on the previous administration. Barack Obama may be able to achieve the same result the same way.

I hate to hear about "partnerships" between government and business, or between government and other organizations. When there is a partnership between an ant and an elephant, who do you suppose makes the decisions?

One of the most important skills for political success is the ability to make confident assertions of absurdities or lies.

There are too many people, especially among the intelligentsia, who will never appreciate the things that have made this country great until after those things have been destroyedwith their help. Then, of course, it will be too late.

‘Emergencies’ have always been the pretext on which the safeguards of individual liberty have been eroded.

Giving money and power to government is like giving whiskey and car keys to teenage boys.


No cuts or caps for executive salaries in Big Education
Receiving federal assistance may entail pay cuts for fat cat executives in business, but no such worries for highly paid big shots in higher education. One of the largest industries in America, one far more dependent on federal largess than Wall Street or Detroit, has immunity. 

Another fat cat executive
Postmaster General John E. Potter recently warned that economic times are so dire that the U.S. Postal Service may end mail delivery one day a week and freeze executive salaries. But his personal fortunes are nonetheless rising thanks to 40 percent in pay raises since 2006, a $135,000 bonus last year and several perks usually reserved for corporate CEOs.


DaBlade said...

They say ants can eat an elephant one bite at a time. *sigh*

I think we need more ants.

Anonymous said...

The ant only gets to make the decisions if they remember they out number the elephant.

Grandma J said...

I was convinced long ago that government programs to help the poor are really meant to keep the poor, poor!

Franklin's Locke said...

Yes, ants would make the decisions when they out number the elephant. We do now but have not used our power. We out number Liberals! We are being ruled by the minority right now.

Also, I doubt Obama will be able to continue to blame Bush much longer. In FDR’s time, the media was very different. There was not TV news, radio, and the Internet like there is today. The electorate is much more informed and has much more access to information today than in 1930s. Obama cannot keep up this charade much longer. He is making so many mistakes and proving he is not FDR. At this rate, he may not even compare to Carter.


RightKlik said...

DaBlade: 100 million conservative/libertarian ants? I think we can do it.

CS: And they have to be organized

GJ: Very true.

FL: I just don't understand how this electorate allowed Obama to rise to power in the first place. Will we/they ever wake up?

Franklin's Locke said...

RK: BTW…Great quotes!

He got elected because the Republicans put forth such a bad candidate. It did not help that they trashed their brand and base did not turn out. They abandoned their conservative principles and values. It wasn’t because Obama received more votes than Kerry. It was that McCain received less votes than Bush. The base did not want him, so they did not show up. The Blue Blood (Country Club) Republicans wanted him. The only reason why I voted for him was because Obama terrified me and Palin made the vote a little more palatable. I had to drag to my wife to the polls to vote for him. She wanted to vote for Barr, but I told her that McCain need every vote he could get.

They are waking up. We have two years to spread the word and take back the nation in the next election. Until then, we need to be the biggest thorn in the Liberal political side. The People need to hear at every turn when the government tries to take our liberties.


Z said...

You should have a disclaimer:

If you want to get REALLY scared and read what the Greats had/have to say about TODAY, BACK THEN (some of them)...read this.

GeeeeeZ! Right Klik...this is so scary...and no, they'll NEVER wake up.

RightKlik said...

FL: I can relate to the Bob Barr thing. As far as being a thorn in the libs side, that's exactly why I'm here.

Z: I hadn't realized how depressing most of those quotes are. But it's amazing how relevant some of them are.