"When fascism comes to America it will be wrapped in the flag and carrying a cross.
“Religion is regarded by the common people as true, by the wise as false, and by the rulers as useful.”
"The time has come that the American people know exactly what their Representatives are doing here in Washington. Are they feeding at the public trough, taking lobbyist-paid vacations, getting wined and dined by special interest groups? Or are they working hard to represent their constituents? The people, the American people, have a right to know...I say the best disinfectant is full disclosure, not isolation."
--U.S. Rep. Tom DeLay, 11/16/95
"Naturally, the common people don't want war, but they can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. Tell them they are being attacked, and denounce the pacifists for lack of patriotism and endangering the country. It works the same in every country."
--Hermann Goering at the Nuremmburg Trials
"Every gun that is made, every warship that is launched, every rocket fired signifies, in the final sense, a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are cold and are not clothed."
--Dwight D. Eisenhower
"Mindful of the religious wars in Europe, of the St. Bartholomew's Day Massacre, the fires of the Catholic Inquisition, and the blood-soaked cross of the medieval Crusades, Jefferson associated the power of religion with a tyranny that "has been severely felt by mankind, and has filled the history of ten or twelve centuries with too many atrocities not to merit a proscription from meddling with government."
--Louis Lapham, quoting Thomas Jefferson, in Harper's Magazine
"Power corrupts, and absolute power corrupts absolutely."
--Lord Acton, a British Historian
"A little patience, and we shall see the reign of witches pass over, their spells dissolve, and the people, recovering their true sight, restore their government to its true principles. It is true that in the meantime we are suffering deeply in spirit, and incurring the horrors of a war and long oppressions of enormous public debt....
If the game runs sometimes against us at home we must have patience till luck turns, and then we shall have an opportunity of winning back the principles we have lost, for this is a game where principles are at stake."
--From a letter by Thomas Jefferson after the passage of the Sedition Act in 1798
Bush deserves a fair trial.
I like your Christ, I do not like your Christians. Your Christians are so unlike your Christ.
--Mohandas Gandhi (Bumper sticker)
Critical Thought...another national deficit.
When did extreme right become conservative?
"The people with the truest understanding of their own abilities, research suggests, tend to be depressives."
--Jim Holt, in "Say Anything," an article on bullshit, lies, and truth in the August 22, 2005, New Yorker magazine
"Should any political party attempt to abolish social security, unemployment insurance, and eliminate labor laws and farm programs, you would not hear of that party again in our political history. There is a tiny splinter group, of course, that believes that you can do these things. Among them are a few Texas oil millionaires, and an occasional politician or businessman from other areas. Their number is negligible and they are stupid."
--President Dwight D. Eisenhower, 1952
"The tyranny of the ignoramuses is insurmountable and assured for all time."
"To announce that there must be no criticism of the president, right or wrong, is not only unpatriotic and servile, but is morally treasonable to the American public."
--President Theodore Roosevelt
"It is better to deserve honors and not have them than to have them and not deserve them."
"If I have any beliefs about immortality, it is that certain dogs I have known will go to heaven, and very, very few Republicans."
"Job satisfaction is like stealing from the company."
"Perhaps the universe is nothing but an equilibrium of idiocies."
"Read over your compositions, and where ever you meet with a passage which you think is particularly fine, strike it out."
"When I say nothing, I don't necessarily mean nothing."
"Every successful person has had failures, but repeated failure is no guarantee of eventual success."
"We think our fathers fools, so wise we grow;
Our wiser sons, no doubt, will think us so."
"I don't know who my grandfather was; I am much more concerned to know what his grandson will be."
"Learning is not compulsory... neither is survival."
"It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it."
"I cannot speak well enough to be unintelligible."
"Good judgment comes from experience, and often experience comes from bad judgment."
"Experience is what you get when you were expecting something else."
"The greatest lesson in life is to know that even fools are right sometimes."
"The early bird gets the worm, but the second mouse gets the cheese."
"If the enemy is in range, so are you."
"Timing has an awful lot to do with the outcome of a rain dance."
"Only discipline is virtue."