Banning guns is an idea whose time has come. U.S. Senator Joseph Biden 11/18/93 Associated PressThe people never give up their liberty but under some delusion. Sir Edmund Burke, 1784A free people ought..to be armed… George Washington, speech of January 7, 1790
Fallacies take strongest hold not when they are flatly stated, but when they are buried in euphemism, assumption and implicit analogy, then repeated a thousand times in public discourse. So Wesley Clark refers to:1. ‘share of national income,’which implies a zero-sum game. Tiger Woods has a very high ‘share of national birdies.’ Therefore what exactly? Let’s redistribute some of his birdies to my scorecard?2. ‘the fortunate few.’ He makes no mention of any factor other than good fortune to explain why someone might earn more money than someone else. I used to think Tiger had achieved something great. Wesley Clark knows it was only luck. Barry Milliken
Wall Street Journal, Letters, January 14, 2004
Rightful liberty is unobstructed action according to our will within limits drawn around us by the equal rights of others. I do not add ‘within the limits of the law,’ because law is often but the tyrant’s will, and always so when it violates the rights of the individual. Thomas Jefferson
The business of America is business.
January 17, 1923, 30th President of the United States (1923-1929) 1872-1933
The ‘private sector’ of the economy is, in fact, the voluntary sector; and…the ‘public sector’ is, in fact, the coercive sector. Henry Hazlitt
You can’t help getting older, but you don’t have to get old. George Burns
By a faction, understand a number of citizens, whether amounting to a majority of minority of the whole, who are united and actuated by some common impulse of passion, or of interest, adverse to the rights of other citizens, or to the permanent and aggregate interests of the community. James Madison
The Federalist # 10, 1787 (1751-1836)
You’re only crazy if you never ask for help.
in the comic Jump Start, January 25, 2001
If a politician found he had cannibals among his constituents, he would promise them missionaries for dinner. H. L. Mencken
Speak softly and carry a big stick; you will go far.
(26th President of the United States, 1858-1919)