Most Americans understood that dissent does not make one unpatriotic, and that there is nothing smart or sophisticated about a cynical disregard for America’s traditions and institutions. Barack Obama
Independence, MO, June 30, 2008
A man’s friendships are one of the best measures of his worth. Charles Darwin
Author of The Origin of Species (on Evolution) 1809-1882
Money will not purchase happiness for the man who has no concept of what he wants; money will not give him a code of values, if he’s evaded the knowledge of what to value, and it will not provide him with a purpose, if he’s evaded the choice of what to seek. Money will not buy intelligence for the fool, or admiration for the coward, or respect for the incompetent. The man who attempts to purchase the brains of his superiors to serve him, with his money replacing his judgment, ends up by becoming the victim of his inferiors. The men of intelligence desert him, but the cheats and the frauds come flocking to him, drawn by a law which he has not discovered: that no man may be smaller than his money. Is this the reason why you call it evil? Ayn Rand
An armed society is a polite society.
Robert A. Heinlein
Author (1907-1988) (perhaps his most notable book is Stranger in a Strange Land)
One must never fail to pronounce a moral judgement.
So you think that money is the root of all evil? Have you ever asked what is the root of money? Money is a tool of exchange, which can’t exist unless there are goods produced and men able to produce them. Money is the material shape of the principle that men who wish to deal with one another must deal by trade and give value for value. Money is not the tool of the moochers, who claim your product by tears, or of the looters, who take it from you by force. Money is made possible only by the men who produce. Is this what you consider evil? Ayn Rand
Instead of guarding freedom, the government is establishing slavery; instead of protecting men from the initiators of physical force, the government is initiating physical force and coercion in any manner and issue it pleases; instead of serving as the instrument of objectivity in human relationships, the government is creating a deadly, subterranean reign of uncertainty and fear, by means of non-objective laws whose interpretation is left to the arbitrary decisions of random bureaucrats; instead of protecting men from injurty by whim, the government is arrogating to itself the power of unlimited whim-so that we are fast approaching ythe stage of the ultimate inversion: the stage where the government is free to do anything it pleases, while the citizens may act only by permission; which is the stage of the darkest periods of human history, the stage of rule by brute force. Ayn Rand
Capitalism p. 336
It is not the responsibility of the government or the legal system to protect a citizen from himself. Justice Casey Percell
My God, how little my countrymen know what precious blessings they are in possession of and which no other people on earth enjoy. I confess I had no idea of it myself. While we shall see multiplied instances of Europeans going to live in America, I venture to say, no man now living will ever see an instance of an American removing to settle in Europe, and continuing there. Thomas Jefferson
in a letter from Europe, to James Monroe In 1785
An honest man can feel no pleasure in the exercise of power over his fellow citizens. Thomas Jefferson