Free people or “free” stuff, that is the choice. Freedom or slavery; because in reality there is no “free stuff” you are just forcing someone to work for you and provide it for you without being paid for the portion of their life that you are taking. The enslavement of one for the benefit of another.
Austerity for government means prosperity for people due to freedom.
A good lesson to always remember: Freedom or ‘Free’ Stuff. Your choice. You only get one.
“We of to-day who stand for the Progressive movement here in the United States are not wedded to any particular kind of machinery, save solely as means to the end desired.”
President Theodore (“Teddy”) Roosevelt, incipient dictator, dumping the Constitution and other protections. Followed by Wilson.
Experience [has] shown that, even under the best forms [of government],those entrusted with power have, in time and by slow operations, pervertedit into tyranny. Thomas Jefferson
Observe that any social movement which begins by redistributing income,ends up by distributing sacrifices. –Ayn Rand
Most of the presidential candidates’ economic packages involve ‘tax breaks,’which is when the government, amid great fanfare, generously decides notto take quite so much of your income. In other words, these candidates aretrying to buy your votes with your own money.–Dave Barry (1992)
Small men seeking great wealth or power have too often and too long turnedeven the highest levels of public service into mere personal opportunity. Senator Barry Goldwater, 1964
[Taxation is legal plunder] if the law benefits one citizen at theexpense of another by doing what the citizen himself cannot do withoutcommitting a crime. –Frederic Bastiat
Now since man is naturally inclined to avoid pain – and sincelabor is pain in itself – it follows that man will resort to plunderwhenever plunder is easier than work. History shows this quite clearly.And under these conditions, neither religion nor morality can stop it.It is evident, then, that the proper law (government) is to use thepower of its collective force to stop this fatal tendency to plunderinstead of work. All the measures of the law should protect propertyand punish plunder. –Frederic Bastiat
In our America, most people still believed in the power of a better tomorrow. So together, we got the government off the backs of the American people. Wecreated millions of new jobs for Americans at all income levels. We cut taxesand freed the people from the shackles of too much government. As a result,the economy burst loose in the longest peacetime expansion ever. We broughtAmerica back — bigger and better than ever.– Ronald Reagan (1986), in Growth, Opportunity, Prosperity: Setting the Record Straight on the 80s
The income-tax return has made more liars out of Americans thanthe golf scorecard.–Will Rogers
Look at the United States. There is no country in the world where thelaw is kept more within its proper domain: the protection of everyperson’s liberty and property. –Frederic Bastiat, commenting on the United States of the past.
“The greatest good for the greatest number.”… Every dictator whoever lived has justified the enslavement of his people on the theory ofwhat was good for the majority.- Ronald ReaganIf you think health care is expensive now, wait until yousee what it costs when it’s free.. –P.J. O’Rourke
When buying and selling are controlled by legislation, the firstthings to be bought and sold are legislators. –P.J. O’Rourke
Just because you do not take an interest in politics doesn’t mean politicswon’t take an interest in you. –Pericles (430 B.C.)
Prohibition only drives drunkenness behind doors and into dark places,and does not cure it, or even diminish it. –Mark Twain (1866)
Suppose you were an idiot. And suppose you were a member of Congress.But I repeat myself. –Mark Twain
Talk is cheap-except when Congress does it. The government is like a baby’salimentary canal, with a happy appetite at one end and no responsibility atthe other. –Ronald Reagan
There is no distinctly native American criminal class except Congress.–Mark TwainThe income tax is clearly an immoral tax. It basically says that aperson’s productive capacity belongs to the state, and [the state] willdecide how much of what he earns he can keep. David Kelley
Florida Supreme Court’s Disgrace
December 1, 2000
A single sentence of the Florida Supreme Court’s decision on hand recounts states all you need to know about the complete and utter lack of jurisprudence and intelligence of the Florida Supreme Court: ‘The will of the people, not a hyper-technical reliance on statutory provisions, should be our guiding principle.’ With a rule like this, there are no laws, merely the whim of a majority of the Florida Supreme Court. The Florida Supreme Court is an utter disgrace.
Christian H F Riley
November 20, 2000
The Florida Supreme Court faces a clear choice: Whether to act in place of the Florida Legislature and re-write a statute, thus ignoring the will of the people who voted for the legislators who enacted the legislation, or whether to follow the expressed will of the people by upholding the law as written. The choice is judicial activism versus constitutional jurisprudence. If the Florida Supreme Court does indeed re-write the statute, there will no longer be any such thing as a “law.” Continue reading The Rule of Law or the Rule of Whim?
When characterize more freedom for people as race to bottom it says a lot about your morality. None of it good.
We’re often asked to give a reading list to people. The following books should have been read by every high school graduate and therefor every college graduate. Looking for a gift that will make a difference in their lives? These are a great start.
Amazon stocks them:
1984, George Orwell
Brave New World, Aldous Huxley
Atlas Shrugged, Ayn Rand
Liberty and Tyranny, Mark R. Levin
The 5000 Year Leap: A Miracle That Changed the World, W. Cleon Skousen
The Federalist Papers
The Anti-Federalist Papers
Animal Farm, George Orwell
Fahrenheit 451, Ray Bradbury
Obviously, although not books, one should have read The United States Constitution and the Declaration of Independence.
Updated: May 1, 2009
We provide this recommended list of readings for anyone who is seriously interested in politics, freedom, liberty in the United States or anywhere in the world. It is critical to read what the people who wrote the documents thought on the subject if one wants to be truly informed and knowledgeable.
Their views will likely enlighten you. The serious student should study them all in depth.
If you take the time to read these items you will have a much greater understanding of the structure of the United States government, the proper function of government in general, and the ways in which politicians manipulate the populace in order to maintain their own power.
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- Atlas Shrugged, Ayn RandOrder a copy from Amazon [hardcover]
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- Henry Hazlitt, economistOrder
Economics in One Lesson, Hardcover
- Frederic Bastiat, 19th century philosopherOrder The
- Friedrich Hayek, Nobel LaureateOrder The
Constitution of Liberty
Capitalism and the Historians [paperback]
Frederic Bastiat, 19th century philosopher
Federalist Papers & Anti-federalist papers
United States Constitution United
States Constitution and Amendments
United States Declaration of Independence
- Wealth of Nations, Adam Smith [hardcover]
- Cato’s LettersSearch
Yahoo for Cato’s Letters related Information
Some Worthwhile Videos
- Enemy of the State [On
- The American Revolution (PBS documentary) [On
- Animal Farm [On
- Brave New World [On
- 1984 [Book]
Sense, Thomas Paine
of No Authority, Lysander Spooner
Society` Great links to many
Library Founding Era
Encyclopedia of Philosophy
Liberty, John Stuart Mill
the Duty of Civil Disobedience, Thoreau
on the Revolution in France, Burke
Law, Frederick Bastiat
Rights of Man, Thomas Paine
Wealth of Nations, Adam Smith
Treatises of Government, John Locke
John Stuart Mill
Historical Links 18th century
sermons, political essays and documents
Some other Books of Quotations and Quotes that
might be of interest
and Wisdom of the Founding Fathers: Ben Franklin, George
John Adams, Thomas Jefferson
Jefferson: The Wit and Wisdom of an American Sage
Star-Spangled Quote Book
American Quote Book
Quotable Conservative: The Giants of Conservatism on Liberty,
and Traditional Virtues
Official Ronald Wilson Reagan Quote Book [hard to
Updated: May 1, 2003