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"IF THIS BE SEDITION, MAKE THE MOST OF IT!" (with apologies to Patrick Henry)
“The secret of happiness is freedom. The secret of freedom is courage.” ~ Thucydides
“While we are free to choose our actions, we are not free to choose the consequences of our actions.” ~ Stephen R. Covey
“Any existence deprived of freedom is a kind of death.” ~ Gen Michel Aoun
“Man is a being with free will; therefore, each man is potentially good or evil, and it's up to him and only him (through his reasoning mind) to decide which he wants to be.” ~ Ayn Rand
“Freedom is never voluntarily given by the oppressor; it must be demanded by the oppressed.” ~ Martin Luther King, Jr.
“We must not believe the many, who say that only free people ought to be educated, but we should rather believe the philosophers who say that only the educated are free” ~ Epictetus
“To know how to free oneself is nothing; the arduous thing is to know what to do with one's freedom” ~ Andre Gide
“Freedom lies in being bold.” ~ Robert Frost
“There is no such thing as a little freedom. Either you are all free, or you are not free.” ~ Walter Cronkite
“We have a natural right to make use of our pens as of our tongues, at our peril, risk and hazard.” ~ Voltaire
“People demand freedom of speech as a compensation for the freedom of thought which they seldom use.” ~ Soren Kierkegaard
“The cost of freedom is always high, but Americans have always paid it. And one path we shall never choose, and that is the path of surrender, or submission.” ~ John Fitzgerald Kennedy
“No free man shall ever be debarred the use of arms.” ~ Thomas Jefferson
“Everything that is really great and inspiring is created by the individual who can labor in freedom.” ~ Albert Einstein
On the Economic Results of Higher Taxes at the Top:
Arthur Laffer, Economist, Author, and Laffer Associates Chairman
"Anyone who is familiar with the historical data available from the IRS knows full well that raising income tax rates on the top 1% of income earners will most likely reduce the direct tax receipts from the now higher taxed income -- even without considering the secondary tax revenue effects, all of which will be negative. And who on Earth wants higher tax rates on anyone if it means larger deficits? ...
"As a result of higher tax rates on those people in the highest tax brackets, there will be less employment, output, sales, profits and capital gains -- all leading to lower payrolls and lower total tax receipts. There will also be higher unemployment, poverty and lower incomes, all of which require more government spending. It's a Catch-22.
"Higher tax rates on the rich create the very poverty and unemployment that is used to justify their presence. It is a vicious cycle that well-trained economists should know to avoid."
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)
From the border: http://www.cnsnews.com/news/article/70324
A Constitutional Sherriff: http://www.libertynewsonline.com/article_301_29172.php
The absolute wackiness of liberalism in action: http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2010/aug/1/chipotle-in-violation-of-disabilities-act/
The Arizona law is Constitutional: http://monicamemo.typepad.com/weblog/2010/07/a-cancer-within.html
The Obama Administration plans to grant illegal aliens amnesty by bypassing Congress:
A second American Revolution?: http://www.investors.com/NewsAndAnalysis/Article/542171/201007301830/Will-Washingtons-Failures-Lead-To-Second-American-Revolution-.aspx
Dishonesty in action. Democrats are calling their plan to allow the Bush tax cuts to expire a "Republican tax increase": http://dailycaller.com/2010/07/30/hoyer-end-of-bush-tax-cuts-is-republican-tax-increase-wealthy-are-not-working-americans/
Lower taxes equal higher revenues: http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748703977004575393882112674598.html?mod=djemEditorialPage_t
What 27% unemployment looks like: http://money.usnews.com/money/careers/articles/2010/07/30/americas-worst-job-market-what-276-unemployment-looks-like.html
Government jobs programs not very successful, or economically viable: http://www.aolnews.com/opinion/article/opinion-new-jobs-at-100000-a-pop/19575705
The Gulf oil spill - maybe not a huge environmental disaster after all - maybe.....: http://article.nationalreview.com/438908/a-crisis-gone-to-waste/jonah-goldberg
The real spending problems are in entitlement programs: http://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2010/07/30/entitlement_reform_an_uphill_battle.html
Fiscal insanity!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Obama has made permanent much of the stimulus spending: http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/opinion/oped/bs-ed-tax-cuts-20100801,0,2112148.story
Ethics problems??? Is that all???: http://abcnews.go.com/WN/rep-charlie-rangel-rep-maxine-waters-face-ethics/story?id=11304228
Obama Administration continuing to ignore voters on illegal immigration: http://www.reuters.com/article/idUSTRE66U19K20100731?type=politicsNews&feedType=RSS&feedName=politicsNews&rpc=22&sp=true
Liberals are trying to convince people that deficits are not a problem. WRONG!: http://mises.org/daily/4556
Why businesses are leaving the USA: http://www.infowars.com/steve-wynn-takes-on-washington/
The Weather Underground of the 1960's was an offshoot of the SDS (Students for a Democratic Society - which has made a new emergence). This is the Weather Underground's manifesto. Note how what we are seeing today looks exactly like it was taken from this playbook: http://www.archive.org/stream/YouDontNeedAWeathermanToKnowWhichWayTheWindBlows_925/weather_djvu.txt
Canine escape artist: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U-YqaeICQqY
Damn! No wonder our nation has problems: http://www.redstate.com/tabithahale/2010/08/02/rep-pete-stark-constitutional-limits-on-federal-power-totally-dont-exist/
So true! With government you NEVER get back as much as you put in: http://www.capitalismmagazine.com/world/europe/6049-America-the-Odd-Man-Out.html
The moral case for capitalism (worth your time to view): http://www.capitalismmagazine.com/markets/6029-Video-The-Moral-Case-for-Free-Market.html
My first reaction to this idea was negative.... but then.... maybe it could be the answer: http://dailycaller.com/2010/07/28/education-secretary-calls-for-12-hour-school-days-longer-school-years/
Military tidbits: http://www.strategypage.com/htmw/htairfo/articles/20100729.aspx
The USA needs the F-22 Raptor. Here's why: http://www.fas.org/man/dod-101/sys/ac/docs/n19990804_991455.htm
Dems launch propaganda campaign to equate the TEA Partys with the Republican Party: http://cfif.org/v/index.php/commentary/54-state-of-affairs/693-democrats-launch-suicide-mission-to-equate-tea-party-with-gop
More guns = less crime. It's true (if the gun owners are law abiding citizens): http://cfif.org/v/index.php/commentary/42-constitution-and-legal/686-john-lott-more-guns-still-less-crime
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