The function of our schools is not to educate, or elevate society; but rather to educate individuals and to equip them with the knowledge that will enable them to take care of society’s needs. . . . We should look upon our schools — not as a place to train the ‘whole character’ of the child — a responsibility that properly belongs to his family and church — but to train his mind. Barry Goldwater
From The Conscience of a Conservative, by Barry Goldwater, 1960. (1909-1998)
When you make a mistake, don’t look back at it long. Take the reason of the thing into your mind, and then look forward. Mistakes are lessons of wisdom. The past cannot be changed. The future is yet in your power. Phyllis Bottome
1884-1963, Novelist and Lecturer
To be ignorant of one’s ignorance is the malady of the ignorant. Amos B. Alcott
Author (Investor’s Business Daily, January 14, 1999)
To accept this generalization one need not agree that the Amendment has its ‘fullest and most urgent application’ only in the political area, for others would think religious freedom is on the same or even a higher plane. But I doubt that the Court would tolerate for an instant a limitation on contributions to a church or other religious cause; however grave an ‘evil’ Congress thought the limits would cure, limits on religious expenditures would most certainly fall as well. To limit either contributions or expenditures as to churches would plainly restrict ‘the free exercise’ of religion. In my view Congress can no more ration political expression than it can ration religious expression; and limits on political or religious contributions and expenditures effectively curb expression in both areas. There are many prices we pay for the freedoms secured by the First Amendment; the risk of undue [424 U.S. 1, 257] influence is one of them, confirming what we have long known: Freedom is hazardous, but some restraints are worse. Chief Justice Burger
Partial Dissent/Partial Concurrence of Chief Justice Burger in Buckley v. Valeo
Poverty and suffering are not due to the unequal distribution of goods and resources, but to the unequal distribution of capitalism. Rush Limbaugh
Policy Review, Summer 1992
Collecting more taxes than is absolutely necessary is legalized robbery. Calvin Coolidge
Attributed to Calvin Coolidge, 30th President of the United States (1923-1929) 1872-1933
Only a nation that can protect its freedom deserves it.
Israel Prime Minister Ehud Olmert
July 17, 2006
The Founding Fathers knew a government can’t control the economy without controlling people. And they knew when a government sets out to do that, it must use force and coercion to achieve its purpose. So we have come to a time for choosing. Ronald Reagan
A Time for Choosing
Speak softly and carry a big stick; you will go far.
(26th President of the United States, 1858-1919)
I feel financially raped.
Regarding paying alimony to her ex-husband, Wall Street Journal, April 1, 2008.