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For this edition of Links and Toons I was researching quotations of the subject of "tyranny." I found many, many more than I expected to find. Even though I eliminated maybe 75% of them there were still many more than I would normally accept, BUT, those that remained are so germane to today that I decided to include them all. As you read them keep in mind how accurately they apply to the Obama Administration. - GB
A good deal of tyranny goes by the name of protection. ~ Crystal Eastman
All tyranny needs to gain a foothold is for people of good conscience to remain silent. ~ Thomas Jefferson
Bad laws are the worst sort of tyranny. ~ Edmund Burke
But if there's an erosion at home, you know, Thomas Jefferson warned about a tyranny of an oligarchy and if we surrender our democracy to the tyranny of an oligarchy, we've made a terrible mistake. ~ Pat Robertson
Communism is the death of the soul. It is the organization of total conformity - in short, of tyranny - and it is committed to making tyranny universal. ~ Adlai E. Stevenson
Death is softer by far than tyranny. ~ Aeschylus
Dictatorship naturally arises out of democracy, and the most aggravated form of tyranny and slavery out of the most extreme liberty. ~ Plato
Enlighten the people generally, and tyranny and oppressions of body and mind will vanish like evil spirits at the dawn of day. ~ Thomas Jefferson
Experience hath shewn, that even under the best forms of government those entrusted with power have, in time, and by slow operations, perverted it into tyranny. ~ Thomas Jefferson
Fear of death has been the greatest ally of tyranny past and present. ~ Sidney Hook
Great minds are to make others great. Their superiority is to be used, not to break the multitude to intellectual vassalage, not to establish over them a spiritual tyranny, but to rouse them from lethargy, and to aid them to judge for themselves. ~ William Ellery Channing
Half a world away nations that once lived under oppression and tyranny are now budding democracies due in large part to America 's leadership and the sacrifices of our military. ~ Bob Riley
He that rebels against reason is a real rebel, but he that in defence of reason rebels against tyranny has a better title to Defender of the Faith, than George the Third. ~ Thomas Paine
I am confident that in the end freedom and democracy will prevail over terror and tyranny. We will win this war on terror - and when we do Americans, the British, Iraqis, and people around the world will be more secure. ~ Doc Hastings
I can remember when Democrats believed that it was the duty of America to fight for freedom over tyranny. ~ Zell Miller
I have sworn upon the altar of God, eternal hostility against every form of tyranny over the mind of man. ~ Thomas Jefferson
I shall earnestly and persistently continue to urge all women to the practical recognition of the old Revolutionary maxim. Resistance to tyranny is obedience to God. ~ Susan B. Anthony
In a world without the law of God, you have chaos, oppression, tyranny, and everyone doing what is right in their own eyes. ~ Randall Terry
In most of history, societies have not been free. It's a very rare society that is free. The default condition of human societies is tyranny. ~ Michael Novak
In the first 50 years of the filibuster, it was used only 35 times. But the last Congress alone had 112 cloture motions filed, plus threats of more. This is the tyranny of the minority. ~ Peter Fenn
In the laws of the land, she has no rights; in government she has no voice. And in spite of another principle recognized in this Republic, namely, that 'taxation without representation is tyranny,' she is taxed without being represented. ~ Ernestine Rose
It is a besetting vice of democracies to substitute public opinion for law. This is the usual form in which masses of men exhibit their tyranny. ~ James F. Cooper
It is the American vice, the democratic disease which expresses its tyranny by reducing everything unique to the level of the herd. ~ Henry Miller
It's good that the first half of the speech emphasized freedom, because George W. Bush has been the global champion for freedom. As he said, if we don't fight tyranny it will not leave us alone in peace. ~ Ernest Istook
It's not tyranny we desire; it's a just, limited, federal government. ~ Alexander Hamilton
Of all the tyrannies that affect mankind, tyranny in religion is the worst. ~ Thomas Paine
Of all tyrannies a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive. ~ C. S. Lewis
One should respect public opinion insofar as is necessary to avoid starvation and keep out of prison, but anything that goes beyond this is voluntary submission to an unnecessary tyranny. ~ Bertrand Russell
Our heroes are fighting to bring stability to the Middle East, and they have put pressure on all of the tyrannies of the Middle East. They have taken a stand against tyranny, against terrorists, and for the prospect of decent societies throughout that region. ~ Orrin Hatch
Seventy years ago this November, Vladimir Lenin created the modern totalitarian state, transforming simpler forms of tyranny into history's most sophisticated apparatus of rule by terror. ~ Michael Johns
Taxation without representation is tyranny. ~ James Otis
Tens of thousands of brave Americans died to break the chains of British tyranny so that the principles of our Declaration of Independence could take fold and flourish in the birth of a new nation. ~ Jim Gerlach
The 5th Amendment is an old friend and a good friend. one of the great landmarks in men's struggle to be free of tyranny, to be decent and civilized. ~ William O. Douglas
The act of voting by ordinary Iraqis in the face of extreme danger confirms President Bush's belief that people around the globe, when given a chance, will choose liberty and democracy over enslavement and tyranny. ~ John Ensign
The best government is a benevolent tyranny tempered by an occasional assassination. ~ Voltaire
The desire for liberty has also made itself felt as struggle against domestic tyranny or arbitrary rule. ~ Emily Greene Balch
The evils of tyranny are rarely seen but by him who resists it. ~ John Hay
The Framers of the Constitution knew that free speech is the friend of change and revolution. But they also knew that it is always the deadliest enemy of tyranny. ~ Hugo Black (which is precisely why the liberal progressive Democrats have proposed "The Fairness Doctrine," control of media content by the government, and government rules for what can and cannot be said on the internet)
The heights of popularity and patriotism are still the beaten road to power and tyranny. ~ David Hume
The hope and change the Democrats had in mind was nothing more than a retread of the failed and discredited socialist policies that have been the enemy of freedom for centuries all over the world. I fear America is teetering towards tyranny. ~ Jim DeMint
The one pervading evil of democracy is the tyranny of the majority, or rather of that party, not always the majority, that succeeds, by force or fraud, in carrying elections. ~ Lord Acton
The secret of freedom lies in educating people, whereas the secret of tyranny is in keeping them ignorant. ~ Maximilien Robespierre
The tyranny of a prince in an oligarchy is not so dangerous to the public welfare as the apathy of a citizen in a democracy. ~ Charles de Montesquieu
There are three things in the world that deserve no mercy, hypocrisy, fraud, and tyranny. ~ Frederick William Robertson
There is no crueler tyranny than that which is perpetuated under the shield of law and in the name of justice. ~ Charles de Montesquieu
There is no week nor day nor hour when tyranny may not enter upon this country, if the people lose their roughness and spirit of defiance. ~ Walt Whitman
To set up as a standard of public morality a notion which can neither be defined nor conceived is to open the door to every kind of tyranny. ~ Simone Weil
Treachery is noble when aimed at tyranny. ~ Pierre Corneille
Tyranny and anarchy are never far apart. ~ Jeremy Bentham
Tyranny is always better organized than freedom. ~ Charles Peguy
Tyranny naturally arises out of democracy. ~ Plato
Unlimited power is apt to corrupt the minds of those who posses it; and this I know, my lords: that where law ends, tyranny begins. ~ William Pitt
We all want peace. Unfortunately, there are times when peace must be defended by fighting terror and tyranny. ~ James H. Douglas
Where the law ends tyranny begins. ~ Henry Fielding
.... and in more current terms:
("The more evil, oppressive, or incompetent is a regime the more necessary for its own survival to provide its constituents with an external devil on which to blame their problems." i.e. - It's the Jews fault.... it's the fault of The Great Satan.... It's George Bush's fault)
Philosophy is common sense with big words.
The advancement and diffusion of knowledge is the only guardian of true liberty.
The capacity of the female mind for studies of the highest order cannot be doubted, having been sufficiently illustrated by its works of genius, of erudition, and of science.
The Constitution preserves the advantage of being armed which Americans possess over the people of almost every other nation where the governments are afraid to trust the people with arms.
The diversity in the faculties of men, from which the rights of property originate, is not less an insuperable obstacle to an uniformity of interests. The protection of these faculties is the first object of government.
The people are the only legitimate fountain of power, and it is from them that the constitutional charter, under which the several branches of government hold their power, is derived.
The personal right to acquire property, which is a natural right, gives to property, when acquired, a right to protection, as a social right.
The rights of persons, and the rights of property, are the objects, for the protection of which Government was instituted.
To suppose that any form of government will secure liberty or happiness without any virtue in the people, is a chimerical idea.
We are right to take alarm at the first experiment upon our liberties.
AND NOW FROM 84 YEARS AGO A PERFECT DESCRIPTION OF THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION:
The Montreal Gazette
June 10, 1926
"There are a sort of highbrow type of self-centered educated persons who form a sort of exclusive aristocracy here, there, and almost everywhere. What their education has done is to show them how little others know. They constitute an uppish class that sometimes mistakes itself for an upper class, and is proud to be known as highbrow, and as a highbrow is a degeneraic intellectual aristocrat who is the product of an education that should have made him a liberal.
But it has not done so. Rather it shows that much learning can be accompanied by bad training, and illustrates and old conclusion that the most learned are not necessarily the best learned.
Sir Robert Falconer
University of Toronto
“A nation can survive its fools and even the ambitious. But it cannot survive treason from within. An enemy at the gates is less formidable, for he is known and he carries his banners openly against the city. But the traitor moves among those within the gates freely, his sly whispers rustling through all alleys, heard in the very halls of government itself. For the traitor appears no traitor; he speaks in the accents familiar to his victim, and he wears their face and their garments and he appeals to the baseness that lies deep in the hearts of all men. He rots the soul of a nation; he works secretly and unknown in the night to undermine the pillars of a city; he infects the body politic so that it can no longer resist. A murderer is less to be feared. The traitor is the plague.” ~ Marcus Tullius Cicero, 106-43 BC
Could there be any more accurate description of today's Liberal Progressive Democrats?
"By gnawing through a dike, even a rat may drown a nation." - Edmond Burke
"The free man will ask neither what his country can do for him nor what he can do for his country." Milton Friedman
The people must also be self-assertive. They must have the spirit of the old Revolutionary War flag: "Don't tread on me!" They must be vigilant against those, at home or abroad, in or out of government, who might wish to trample on their rights. They must be courageous and manly, with a sense of honor, so that in hard times they will stand up and fight, and not slink away slavishly so as to avoid trouble and danger.
Thomas G. West and Douglas A. Jeffrey, The Rise & Decline of Constitutional Government in America
The most important moral of all is that excellence is where you find it. I would extend this generalization to cover not just higher education but all education from vocational high school to graduate school. We must learn to honor excellence, indeed to demand it in every socially accepted human activity, however humble that activity, and to scorn shoddiness, however exalted the activity. An excellent plumber is infinitely more admirable than an incompetent philosopher. The society which scorns excellence in plumbing because plumbing is a humble activity and tolerates shoddiness in philosophy because philosophy is an exalted activity will have neither good plumbing nor good philosophy. Neither its pipes nor its theories will hold water. --- John William Gardner (1912 - )
Our Founding Fathers were greatly influenced by a rather lengthly treatise on the subject of freedom, The Spirit of Laws, by Charles Louis de Secondat, Baron de Montesquieu, published in 1748. You can read it for yourself at: http://oll.libertyfund.org/index.php?option=com_staticxt&staticfile=show.php%3Ftitle=837&Itemid=27
THE 5000 YEAR LEAP:
This is a very popular book about how the USA became so prosperous and the beacon of freedom to the world. You can read it online for free at:http://www.nccs.net/5000-year-leap/_jkgFoe95jlsf4poG/
Watch a video of it at: http://adlar.com/nccs/ - (click the "start lessons" button)
SCARY!!! For years, former FBI agent, Cleon Skoussen, had been undercover infiltrating the Communist Party in the USA. He later wrote a book detailing his experiences and outlining the objectives of the Communist Party with respect to the USA. Here is a list of some of those communist objectives. Sound familiar?: http://www.uhuh.com/nwo/communism/comgoals.htm
Have there really been Democrats, liberals, and progressives intent on destroying our country? Maybe! Ever hear of THE VERONA PAPERS?:
What does the left do when it doesn't like what someone has been saying?: http://media.glennbeck.com/docs/100americans-pg2.pdf
Mr President: Letter_to_White_House_on_Oil_Spill.pdf
Americans trust the Founders, not Progressives: http://townhall.com/columnists/MichaelBarone/2010/06/28/americans_relate_to_founders,_not_progressives
We The People: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JVAhr4hZDJE&feature=player_embedded
The 2nd Amendment and Liberal Supreme Court Justices: http://www.theacru.org/acru/ken_klukowski_the_supreme_court_elena_kagan_and_guns/
Dow drops 2.7% in one day. That's NOT a sign of a financial recovery: http://finance.yahoo.com/news/Stocks-skid-on-renewed-fears-apf-3481581188.html?x=0
The Democrats financial recovery plan is nothing new..... has already been tried elsewhere..... and failed:
G8 and G20 world leaders reject Obama's plans:
Failing to accept help from foreign nations in the Gulf of Mexico amounts to incompetence and doing so is being done for political purposes (think "never let a good crisis go to waste"): http://www.nola.com/news/gulf-oil-spill/index.ssf/2010/06/red_tape_keeps_prized_oil-figh.html
Question to Elena Kagan from Tom Coburn of the Senate Judiciary Committee: "Do we have the power to tell people what to eat every day?": http://www.examiner.com/x-35532-Dallas-Political-Buzz-Examiner~y2010m6d29-Elena-Kagan-Government-has-the-right-to-tell-people-what-to-eat---video--transcript
Questions for Elena Kagan: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/06/27/AR2010062703256.html
Bribery pure and simple: http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0610/39110.html#ixzz0sAsRxwPF
This was predictable. The Administration was warned it would happen, AND it will cost US jobs and raise the cost of gasoline and diesel fuel. Folks there is only one way to read this. The Obama Administration is using the Gulf of Mexico oil spill for political purposes: http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/opinion/blogs/beltway-confidential/wsj-oil-jobs-start-moving-overseas-97385034.html
How government has lowered your standard of living: http://www.kengerbino.com/articles/the_great_deceit.html
Because of our nations money supply having been severed from the gold standard and because of government's deficit spending (inflation) the identical item that cost $1.00 in 1900 now costs about $15.00, and that is true for everything in our whole economy: http://goldprice.org/bob/uploaded_images/dollar_USD_Purchasing_Power-753629.gif
The cause, of course, is liberal economic philosophy: http://economix.blogs.nytimes.com/2010/07/01/the-state-budget-disaster/
And this is one reason why: http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20100701/ap_on_re_us/us_electric_bill_fraud
And so is this: http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-welfare-20100701,0,6705176.story
And this: http://www.cnsnews.com/news/article/68726
MSNBC's newsman Chris Matthews: Dense, dense, dense and dumb, dumb, dumb: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uq_WmKbl-fk&feature=player_embedded
Social Security or Private Retirement Accounts - which are better - a real world example:
You'll want to thank your Congressmen for these: http://www.newsrealblog.com/2009/10/29/an-alternative-to-the-official-ponzi-scheme/
A Lesson On Liberty - Walter Williams: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-DR9dgGD8NE&feature=player_embedded
SURPRISE! Unions still use violence: http://weaselzippers.us/2010/06/30/union-goons-attack-non-union-construction-workers-with-baseball-bats-outside-toys-r-us-building-site/
A black-eye and a serious embarrassment for Obama. G8 and G20 members tell him to "get lost": http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/opinion/editorials/ct-edit-econ-20100629,0,6030541.story
How wacky is it possible for a Democrat to be?: http://sweetness-light.com/archive/stark-who-are-you-going-to-kill-today?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+sweetness-light%2FsURR+(Sweetness+%26+Light+-+Articles)
"I Am America" (video): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0heL2Czeraw
Why we MUST secure our borders:
Dishonesty, plain and simple: http://usactionnews.com/2010/07/deceiving-dems-plan-to-put-deemed-passed-budget-wording-in-war-funding-bill/
Welcome to Maywood, California: http://www.humanevents.com/article.php?id=37671
"Prepare for war" - Obama and his media minions inspire violence: http://www.americanthinker.com/2010/06/obama_and_media_minions_inspir.html
Dishonesty glorified: http://townhall.com/columnists/DavidLimbaugh/2010/07/02/unprecedented_arrogance
Dodd and Frank were the architects behind the financial problems of the Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac real estate crash, and the eventual delisting of their stock from the stock exchanges when the value of their stock value fell to below $1 a share. NOW THEY ARE PLANNING THE SAME AND SIMILAR THINGS AGAIN: http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748703426004575338732174405398.html?KEYWORDS=bailouts+as+far+as+the+eye+can+see
No taxpayer subsidies for government unions: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cueQuxrkklY&feature=player_embedded
Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal tells it like it is (audio - click the arrow in the middle of the picture):
Dumb, dumb, dumb. Pelosi on job creation. The government NEVER creates more and better jobs than does the private sector. Well, if a private business had the money to create a $30,000/yr job it could do just that, BUT, if the government takes that same $30,000 it has to first cover its own overhead and operating expenses and therefore the job it could create with what remains is a job that pays LESS than $30,000/yr. That is a fundamental fact of life that the Democrats choose to ignore: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WUAG3Fqz56s&feature=player_embedded
How much do you and every member of your family owe on the national debt?
Contact your elected officials (enter your zip code in the upper right corner): http://www.congress.org/congressorg/home/
Why "Come and Take It" ?: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Come_and_take_it