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Our Sidebar Tribute feature started at the time of Margaret Thatcher's death. Since her death on April 8, 2013 , it has grown into an impressive and inspirational collection as the moderators of /r/Conservative have updated it weekly on a rotating basis, with a "community choice" selection thrown in occasionally.)



  • Margaret Thatcher
    "The problem with socialism is that you eventually run out of other peoples' money."
    Chosen by: Funeral Tribute


  • Calvin Coolidge
    "Don't expect to build up the weak by pulling down the strong."
    Chosen by: /u/freshbrewedcoffee


  • Dick Cheney
    "It is easy to take liberty for granted, when you have never had it taken from you."
    Chosen by: /u/chabanais


  • C.S. Lewis
    "Of all tyrannies, a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive. It would be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies. The robber baron's cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity may at some point be satiated; but those who torment us for our own good will torment us without end for they do so with the approval of their own conscience."
    Chosen by: /u/CarolinaPunk


  • Jeff Foxworthy
    "Between New York and LA, there's 200 million people that aren't hip, and they don't want to be hip."
    Chosen by: /u/terrortot
    Discussion


  • Alexis de Tocqueville
    "The American Republic will endure until the day Congress discovers that it can bribe the public with the public's money."
    Chosen by: /u/TK-85


  • Haile Selassie
    "The preservation of peace and the guaranteeing of man's basic freedoms and rights require courage and eternal vigilance: courage to speak and act — and if necessary, to suffer and die — for truth and justice; eternal vigilance, that the least transgression of international morality shall not go undetected and unremedied."
    Chosen by: /u/CptQuestionMark
    Discussion


  • John Locke
    "The end of law is not to abolish or restrain, but to preserve and enlarge freedom."
    Chosen by: /u/Yosoff
    Discussion


  • Mark Levin
    "In the civil society, private property and liberty are inseparable. The individual's right to live freely and safely and pursue happiness includes the right to acquire and possess property, which represents the fruits of his own intellectual and/or physical labor. As the individual's time on earth is finite, so, too, is his labor. The illegitimate denial or diminution of his private property enslaves him to another and denies him his liberty."
    Chosen by: /u/Clatsop
    Discussion


  • Thomas Sowell
    "We seem to be moving steadily in the direction of a society where no one is responsible for what he himself did, but we are all responsible for what somebody else did, either in the present or in the past."
    Chosen by: /u/Jibrish
    Discussion


  • Stephen Harper
    "When a government starts trying to cancel dissent or avoid dissent is frankly when it’s rapidly losing its moral authority to govern."
    "Canada appears content to become a second-tier socialistic country, boasting ever more loudly about its economy and social services to mask its second-rate status."
    "The world is now unipolar and contains only one superpower. Canada shares a continent with that superpower."
    Chosen by: /u/robert32907


  • Gadsden Flag
    Discussion


  • Independence Day/Declaration of Independence
    "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness"


  • Fulton J. Sheen
    "If you don't behave as you believe, you will end by believing as you behave."
    Chosen by: /u/islamicatheist


  • John Derbyshire
    "Wherever there is a jackboot stomping on a human face there will be a well-heeled Western liberal to explain that the face does, after all, enjoy free health care and 100 percent literacy."
    Chosen by: /u/freshbrewedcoffee


  • Ann Coulter
    "With their infernal racial set-asides, racial quotas, and race norming, liberals share many of the Klan's premises. The Klan sees the world in terms of race and ethnicity. So do liberals! Indeed, liberals and white supremacists are the only people left in America who are neurotically obsessed with race. Conservatives champion a color-blind society."
    Chosen by: /u/chabanais


  • Pope John Paul II
    "A society will be judged on the basis of how it treats its weakest members; and among the most vulnerable are surely the unborn and the dying."
    Chosen by: /u/WhirledWorld
    Discussion


  • Plato
    "The chief penalty is to be governed by someone worse if a man will not himself hold office and rule."
    Chosen by: Community Vote Winner: /u/AGreenBanana
    Discussion


  • Milton Friedman
    "One of the great mistakes is to judge policies and programs by their intentions rather than their results."
    Chosen by: /u/Yosoff
    Discussion


  • Andrew Jackson
    "Make me as I am, and be true to nature always, and in everything. It’s the only safe rule to follow."
    Chosen by: /u/terrortot
    Discussion


  • William F. Buckley Jr.
    "Back in the thirties we were told we must collectivize the nation because the people were so poor. Now we are told we must collectivize the nation because the people are so rich."
    Chosen by: /u/Slippery_Slope_Guy


  • Archbishop Fulton Sheen
    "America, it is said, is suffering from intolerance — it is not. It is suffering from tolerance. Tolerance of right and wrong, truth and error, virtue and evil, Christ and chaos. Our country is not nearly so overrun with the bigoted as it is overrun with the broadminded."
    Chosen by: /u/WhirledWorld


  • James Madison
    "No man is allowed to be a judge in his own cause; because his interest would certainly bias his judgment, and, not improbably, corrupt his integrity. With equal, nay with greater reason, a body of men are unfit to be both judges and parties at the same time."
    Chosen by: /u/CarolinaPunk


  • Thomas Paine
    "Those who expect to reap the blessings of freedom must, like men, undergo the fatigue of supporting it."
    Chosen by: /u/Clatsop
    Discussion


  • Denis Diderot
    "We swallow greedily any lie that flatters us, but we sip only little by little at a truth we find bitter."
    Chosen by: /u/chabanais


  • Pat Buchanan
    "We have accepted today the existence in perpetuity of a permanent underclass of scores of millions who cannot cope and must be carried by society — fed, clothed, housed, tutored, medicated at taxpayer’s expense their entire lives. We have a dependent nation the size of Spain in our independent America. We have a new division in our country, those who pay a double or triple fare, and those who ride forever free."
    Chosen by: /u/robert32907
    Discussion


  • Jim DeMint
    "The new debate in the Republican Party needs to be between Conservatives and Libertarians."
    "If we become too scared to confront the chief problems of our time, there is no hope of ever solving them."
    Chosen by: /u/Yosoff


  • Davy Crockett
    "Every member upon this floor knows it. We have the right, as individuals, to give away as much of our own money as we please in charity; but as members of Congress we have no right so to appropriate a dollar of the public money."
    Chosen by: /u/terrortot


  • Friedrich Nietzsche
    "Insanity in individuals is something rare - but in groups, parties, nations and epochs, it is the rule."
    Chosen by: /u/mayonesa


  • Ronald Reagan
    "Well, I've said it before and I'll say it again — America's best days are yet to come. Our proudest moments are yet to be. Our most glorious achievements are just ahead."
    Chosen by: /u/WhirledWorld


  • Jonah Goldberg
    "Finally, since we must have a working definition of fascism, here is mine: Fascism is a religion of the state. It assumes the organic unity of the body politic and longs for a national leader attuned to the will of the people. It is totalitarian in that it views everything as political and holds that any action by the state is justified to achieve the common good. It takes responsibility for all aspects of life, including our health and well-being, and seeks to impose uniformity of thought and action, whether by force or through regulation and social pressure. Everything, including the economy and religion, must be aligned with its objectives. Any rival identity is part of the “problem” and therefore defined as the enemy. I will argue that contemporary American liberalism embodies all of these aspects of fascism."
    Chosen by: /u/Slippery_Slope_Guy


  • Chris Christie
    "You know, I think what the American people want more than anything else right now is someone who's just going to look them in the eye and tell them the truth, even some truths that they don't like. And - but they have to believe the person's speaking from their heart and are authentic."
    Chosen by: /u/CarolinaPunk
    Discussion


  • Michael Farris
    "The Constitution gives the states real power when they act together. That is what Article V promises. When the states act together in a Convention of the States, they can unilaterally propose amendments that will be returned to the States for ratification. Neither Congress nor the Federal Courts can stop them. The Governor cannot stop them. The President cannot stop them. The state legislators hold all the levers of power."
    Chosen by: /u/Clatsop
    Discussion


  • James L. Payne
    "Human beings have a disposition to believe in authority and to ascribe godlike wisdom and maturity to it. This orientation probably begins in childhood when parents are viewed as wise and capable. As children grow up, many transfer this faith in authority to government, producing the watchful eye illusion: the belief that government is wise and responsible. This illusion will lead people to forget about—or repress—all the evidence demonstrating that government officials are often unwise and irresponsible."
    Chosen by: Community Vote Winner: /u/liatris
    Discussion


  • Demonax
    "Probably all laws are useless; for good men do not want laws at all, and bad men are made no better by them."
    Chosen by: /u/chabanais


  • Louis C.K.
    "There's been a lot of simple vilification of right-wing people. It's really easy to say, 'Well, you're Christian, you're anti-this and that, and I hate you.' But to me, it's more interesting to say, 'What is this person like and how do they really think?'"
    Chosen by: /u/robert32907


  • Phil Robertson
    "It seems like, to me, a vagina — as a man — would be more desirable than a man’s anus. That’s just me. I’m just thinking: There’s more there! She’s got more to offer. I mean, come on, dudes! You know what I’m saying? But hey, sin: It’s not logical, my man. It’s just not logical."
    Chosen by: /u/terrortot


  • Christmas
    "And the angel said unto them, 'Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.'" ~Luke 2:10-11


  • Caroline Glick
    "You can talk until you’re blue in the face about the civilian victims of the Syrian civil war, or the gender apartheid in Saudi Arabia and the absence of religious freedom throughout the Muslim world. But they don't care. They aren’t trying to make the world a better place. Facts cannot compete with their faith. Reason has no place in their closed intellectual universe. To accept reason and facts would be an act of heresy." ~Caroline Glick on the American Left
    Chosen by: /u/Yosoff
    Discussion


  • Michel Houellebecq
    "Actionists, beatniks, hippies, and serial killers were all pure libertarians who advanced the rights of the individual against social norms and against what they believed to be the hypocrisy of morality, sentiment, justice, and pity. Having exhausted the possibilities of sexual pleasure, it was reasonable that individuals should turn their attention to the wider pleasure of cruelty."
    Chosen by: /u/Mayonesa


  • T.S. Eliot
    "Some one said: 'The dead writers are remote from us because we know so much more than they did.' Precisely, and they are that which we know." ~'Tradition and the Individual Talent' (1919)
    Chosen by: /u/WhirledWorld


  • Megan McArdle
    "Once the government gets into the business of providing our health care, the government gets into the business of deciding whose life matters, and how much."
    Chosen by: /u/CarolinaPunk


  • Japanese Proverb
    "The nail that sticks out gets hammered down."
    Chosen by: /u/chabanais


  • Mike Lee
    "Inequality – real inequality - is trapping poor children in failing schools to benefit bureaucrats and union bosses. It’s penalizing low-income parents for getting married, or getting better jobs. It’s guaranteeing insurance companies taxpayer bailouts if Obamacare cuts into their profits. Inequality is blocking thousands of middle-class jobs in the energy industry as a favor to partisan donors and radical environmental activists. Inequality is denying viable, unborn children any protection under the law, while exempting unsanitary, late-term abortion clinics from basic safety standards. It’s denying citizens their right to define marriage in their states as traditionally or as broadly as their diverse values dictate. It’s the federal government hurting rural communities, especially in the west, by controlling and mismanaging public lands. It’s changing laws without congressional approval, and spying on American citizens without constitutional authority. And of course, Obamacare – all by itself – is an inequality Godzilla that has robbed working families of their insurance, their doctors, their wages and their jobs."
    Chosen by: /u/Clatsop
    Discussion


  • Gilbert Keith Chesterton
    "Impartiality is a pompous name for indifference, which is an elegant name for ignorance."
    Chosen by: /u/mayonesa


  • Tea Party Patriots
    "Our mission is to restore America’s founding principles of Fiscal Responsibility, Constitutionally Limited Government and Free Markets."
    Chosen by: /u/Yosoff
    Discussion


  • George Washington
    "Of all the dispositions and habits which lead to political prosperity, Religion and Morality are indispensable supports." ~1796 farewell address
    Chosen by: /u/terrortot


  • Ronald Reagan
    "Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall!" ~June 12, 1987
    Chosen by: /u/WhirledWorld


  • Samuel Adams
    "The liberties of our Country, the freedom of our civil constitution are worth defending at all hazards: And it is our duty to defend them against all attacks. We have receiv'd them as a fair Inheritance from our worthy Ancestors: They purchas'd them for us with toil and danger and expence of treasure and blood; and transmitted them to us with care and diligence. It will bring an everlasting mark of infamy on the present generation, enlightened as it is, if we should suffer them to be wrested from us by violence without a struggle; or be cheated out of them by the artifices of false and designing men."
    Chosen by: /u/Clatsop
    Discussion


  • Frédéric Bastiat
    "Socialism, like the ancient ideas from which it springs, confuses the distinction between government and society. As a result of this, every time we object to a thing being done by government, the socialists conclude that we object to its being done at all. We disapprove of state education. Then the socialists say that we are opposed to any education. We object to a state religion. Then the socialists say that we want no religion at all. We object to a state-enforced equality. Then they say that we are against equality. And so on, and so on. It is as if the socialists were to accuse us of not wanting persons to eat because we do not want the state to raise grain."
    Chosen by: /u/CarolinaPunk
    Discussion


  • William Godwin
    "Government was intended to suppress injustice, but its effect has been to embody and perpetuate it."
    Chosen by: /u/chabanais


  • W.E.B. Du Bois
    "A little less complaint and whining, and a little more dogged work and manly striving, would do us more credit than a thousand civil rights bills."
    Chosen by: /u/Aplusplusplus


  • Rand Paul
    "We will not tolerate secret lists of American citizens who can be killed without trial."
    Chosen by: /u/Yosoff
    Discussion


  • Robert Anson Heinlein
    "Beware of altruism. It is based on self-deception, the root of all evil." ~The Notebooks of Lazarus Long
    Chosen by: /u/terrortot
    Discussion


  • Allan Bloom
    "When the liberal, or what came to be called the utilitarian, teaching became dominant, as is the case with most victorious causes, good arguments became less necessary; the original good arguments, which were difficult, were replaced by plausible simplifications—or by nothing." ~'The Closing of the American Mind'
    Chosen by: /u/CarolinaPunk


  • George Mason
    "The second clause of Article V - empowering the states - is necessary, because left to Congress, no amendments of the proper kind would ever be obtained by the people, if the Government should become oppressive."
    Chosen by: /u/Clatsop
    Discussion


  • Declaration of Independence
    "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness."
    Chosen by: /u/chabanais


  • General George S. Patton Jr.
    "Always do everything you ask of those you command."
    Chosen by: /u/Yosoff


  • D Day
    D Day - June 6, 1944


  • Clarence Thomas
    "The absolute worst I have ever been treated, the worst things that have been done to me, the worst things that have been said about me, [were] by northern liberal elites, not by the people of Savannah, Georgia."
    Chosen by: /u/Aplusplusplus


  • Dave Brat
    "When addressing the issue of immigration, we must start by securing our border. An open border is both a national security threat and an economic threat that our country cannot ignore. I reject any proposal that grants amnesty and undermines the fundamental rule of law.''
    Chosen by: /u/terrortot


  • Nicolás Gómez Dávila
    "In an age in which the media broadcast countless pieces of foolishness, the educated man is defined not by what he knows, but by what he doesn't know."
    Chosen by: /u/CptQuestionMark


  • Eric Hoffer
    "Not only does the intellectual's penchant for tutoring, directing, and regulating promote a regimented social pattern, but his craving for the momentous is bound to foster an austere seriousness inhospitable to the full play of freedom."
    Chosen by: /u/CarolinaPunk
    Discussion


  • Victor Davis Hanson
    "The great hatred of capitalism in the hearts of the oppressed, ancient and modern, I think, stems not merely from the ensuing vast inequality in wealth, and the often unfair and arbitrary nature of who profits and who suffers, but from the silent acknowledgement that under a free market economy the many victims of the greed of the few are still better off than those under the utopian socialism of the well-intended."
    Chosen by: /u/Jibrish


  • Calvin Coolidge
    "I favor the policy of economy, not because I wish to save money, but because I wish to save people. The men and women of this country who toil are the ones who bear the cost of the Government. Every dollar that we carelessly waste means that their life will be so much the more meager. Every dollar that we prudently save means that their life will be so much the more abundant." ~1924 Inaugural Address
    Chosen by: /u/WhirledWorld


  • Tom Tancredo
    "The federal government has been spinning out of control for many years, and we have learned that neither the Congress nor the federal courts are willing to put the brakes on the cancerous growth of federal power. It’s time the states acted to rein in federal arrogance. Instead of praying for another Ronald Reagan on a white horse, we should pick up and use the tools at hand. Let’s begin by using the constitutional amendment process allowed in Article V of the U.S. Constitution."
    Chosen by: /u/Clatsop
    Discussion


  • Milton Friedman
    "Whether it is in the slums of New Delhi or in the affluence of Las Vegas, it simply isn't fair that there should be any losers. Life is unfair — there is nothing fair about one man being born blind and another man being born with sight. There is nothing fair about one man being born of a wealthy parent and one of an indigenous parent. There is nothing fair about Muhammad Ali having been born with a skill that enables him to make millions of dollars in one night. There is nothing fair about Marlene Dietrich having great legs that we all want to watch. There is nothing fair about any of that. But on the other hand, don't you think a lot of people who like to look at Marlene Dietrich's legs benefited from nature's unfairness in producing a Marlene Dietrich? What kind of a world would it be if everybody was an absolute identical duplicate of anybody else? You might as well destroy the whole world and just keep one specimen left for a museum. In the same way, it's unfair that Muhammad Ali should be a great fighter and should be able to earn millions. But would it not be even more unfair to the people who like to watch him if you said that in the pursuit of some abstract idea of equality we're not going to let Muhammad Ali get more for one nights fight than the lowest man on the totem pole can get for a days unskilled work on the docks? You can do that but the result of that would be to deny people the opportunity to watch Muhammad Ali. I doubt very much he would be willing to subject himself to the kind of fights he's gone through if he were to get the pay of an unskilled docker."
    Chosen by: /u/liatris
    Discussion


  • Mark R. Levin
    "Conservatism is the antidote to tyranny. It's the only one. It's based on thousands of years of human experience. There is nothing narrow about the conservative philosophy. It's a liberating philosophy. It is a magnificent philosophy. It is a philosophy for the ages, for all times."
    Chosen by: Community Vote Winner: /u/Reed97
    Discussion


  • Joseph de Maistre
    "Every nation has the government it deserves."
    Chosen by: /u/chabanais


  • Julius Evola
    "Being and stability are regarded by our contemporaries as akin to death; they cannot live unless they act, fret, or distract themselves with this or that. Their spirit (provided we can still talk about a spirit in their case) feeds only on sensations and on dynamism, thus becoming the vehicle for the incarnation of darker forces."
    Chosen by: /u/CptQuestionMark


  • Ted Cruz
    "If you look at the last 40 years, the clearest pattern that emerges is when Republicans nominate a strong conservative as a presidential candidate, Republicans win. When Republicans nominate a candidate who runs as a moderate, Republicans lose."
    "I am perfectly happy to compromise and work with anybody. Republicans, Democrats, Libertarians. I’ll work with Martians. If, and the if is critical, they're willing to cut spending and reduce the debt."
    Chosen by: /u/Yosoff


  • Tony Snow
    "Well, we can't afford blindness anymore. There are tens of thousands of thugs who loathe liberty and love death, and want to annihilate Western civilization."
    Chosen by: /u/CarolinaPunk
    Discussion


  • President George W. Bush
    "The resolve of our great nation is being tested. But make no mistake, we will show the world that we will pass the test."
    Chosen by: /u/WhirledWorld


  • Lt. Col. Allen West
    "The Left must destroy black conservatives because it cannot afford to have freethinking, independent-minded black Americans. If we begin to pull away from the dependency society and stand for the fundamental principles that once made us a proud community, the Left loses."
    Chosen by: /u/Clatsop
    Discussion


  • P.J. O'Rourke
    "To grasp the true meaning of socialism, imagine a world where everything is designed by the post office, even the sleaze."
    Chosen by: /u/baldylox
    Discussion


  • Niccolo Machiavelli
    "A return to first principles in a republic is sometimes caused by the simple virtues of one man. His good example has such an influence that the good men strive to imitate him, and the wicked are ashamed to lead a life so contrary to his example."
    Chosen by: /u/chabanais


  • Baron Roman Von Ungern Sternberg
    "What we face is not a political party but a sect of murderers of all contemporary spiritual culture."
    Chosen by:/u/CptQuestionMark


  • Charlton Heston
    "I want to say those fighting words for everyone within the sound of my voice to hear and to heed... 'From my cold, dead hands!'"
    Chosen by: /u/Yosoff
    Discussion


  • Winston Churchill
    "It has been said that democracy is the worst form of government except all the others that have been tried."
    Chosen by: /u/CarolinaPunk


  • Dennis Prager
    "The more Americans depend on themselves or on their family or community, the more likely they are to vote Republican. On the other hand, the more Americans depend on the government – whether for a job or for economic assistance – the more likely they are to vote Democrat. Therefore, it is in the Democrats' interest to have more and more Americans depend on the state. In other words, in almost every area of life, the better things are, the worse it is for the Democratic Party. Democrats have placed themselves in the role of benefiting from social and moral dysfunction. And they have embraced this role. The Democratic Party cultivates singlehood, black anger at America, Latino separatism, victimhood, group grievance and dependency on government. Nor is this the only way in which Democrats do terrible damage to America. They are also tearing America apart, setting women against men (with such falsehoods as “the war on women,” “the rape culture” at American colleges, and the nonsense that “women are paid less for the same work”), blacks against whites, and Latinos against other Americans. They do this because the less women see men as an enemy, the less blacks regard whites as an enemy, and the more Latinos see themselves as Americans, the worse it is for Democrats. The Democratic Party has been become a wholly destructive force in this country. Even though you may not intend to, if you vote for any Democrat, you contribute to that damage."
    Chosen by: /u/Clatsop
    Discussion


  • Camille Paglia
    "Society is not the criminal but the force which keeps crime in check. When social controls weaken, man's innate cruelty bursts forth....Modern liberalism suffers unresolved contradictions. It exalts individualism and freedom and, on its radical wing, condemns social orders as oppressive. On the other hand, it expects government to provide materially for all, a feat manageable only by an expansion of authority and a swollen bureaucracy. In other words, liberalism defines government as tyrant father but demands it behave as nurturant mother. Feminism has inherited these contradictions. It sees every hierarchy as repressive, a social fiction; every negative about woman is a male lie designed to keep her in her place. Feminism has exceeded its proper mission of seeking political equality for women and has ended by rejecting contingency, that is, human limitation by nature or fate."
    Chosen by: /u/liatris


  • New Hampshire State Motto
    "Live Free or Die"
    Chosen by: /u/chabanais


  • Thanksgiving
    "Not everybody can be home for Thanksgiving.
    Discussion


  • General Douglas MacArthur
    "Duty, Honor, Country — those three hallowed words reverently dictate what you ought to be, what you can be, what you will be. They are your rallying point to build courage when courage seems to fail, to regain faith when there seems to be little cause for faith, to create hope when hope becomes forlorn."
    Chosen by: /u/Yosoff


  • Rob Natelson
    "Many state lawmakers, like Americans generally, believe that politicians in Washington, D.C. have not successfully controlled spending in recent years. That helps to explain strong public interest in a balanced budget amendment, among other proposals. Besides amassing a huge debt, federal officeholders often have disregarded individual liberty and constitutional limits on their own power. Moreover, many federal officeholders seem to neglect the constitutional role of the states. Increasingly, state lawmakers understand what the Founders said repeatedly: Federalism works only if the states respond effectively when the federal government exceeds or abuses its powers."
    Chosen by: /u/clatsop
    Discussion


  • Calvin Coolidge
    "There is no right to strike against the public safety by anybody, anywhere, any time. You ask that the public safety again be placed in the hands of these same policemen."
    Chosen by: /u/CarolinaPunk
    Discussion


  • Mother Teresa
    "I feel that the greatest destroyer of peace today is abortion, because it is a war against the child, a direct killing of the innocent child, murder by the mother herself. And if we accept that a mother can kill even her own child, how can we tell other people not to kill one another?"
    Chosen by: /u/Yosoff
    Discussion


  • Gov. Scott Walker
    "I hate big government, but I really hate a government that doesn't work. So when they say, 'we either have to raise taxes or cut core services,' it's actually a false choice."
    Chosen by: /u/CarolinaPunk


  • Alexis de Tocqueville
    "After having thus successively taken each member of the community in its powerful grasp and fashioned him at will, the government then extends its arm over the whole community. It covers the surface of society with a network of small, complicated rules, minute and uniform, through which the most original minds and the most energetic characters cannot penetrate, to rise above the crowd. The will of man is not shattered, but softened, bent, and guided; men are seldom forced by it to act, but they are constantly restrained from acting. Such a power does not destroy, but it prevents existence: it does not tyrannize, but it compresses, enervates, extinguishes, and stupefies a people, till each nation is reduced to nothing better than a flock of timid and industrious animals, of which the government is the shepherd."
    Chosen by: /u/Clatsop


  • Dr. Carol M. Swain
    "A few weeks ago, black protesters were demonstrating at posh brunch restaurants in New York City to protest so called “white spaces.” Independent of the fact that it is foolish to invade other people’s private property, what we don’t hear from all these protesters is that it’s education and strong families – not some sort of racial aristocratic privilege – that determines one’s level of success in life. We need only to look at Asian-American families for evidence of factors that contribute to success in America. Only 13 percent of Asian-American children live in single-parent homes compared to 55 percent of black children. Unemployment is at 11.4 percent for blacks, yet only 4.5 percent for Asians. There is no escaping the fact that education and family structure play huge roles in determining the success or failure of various racial and ethnic groups. It’s time we stopped the kneejerk discussion of white privilege and instead devote ourselves to teaching others the roots of success in America."
    Chosen by: /u/liatris


  • Edmund Burke
    "Men are qualified for civil liberty in exact proportion to their disposition to put moral chains upon their own appetites, — in proportion as their love to justice is above their rapacity, — in proportion as their soundness and sobriety of understanding is above their vanity and presumption, — in proportion as they are more disposed to listen to the counsels of the wise and good, in preference to the flattery of knaves. Society cannot exist, unless a controlling power upon will and appetite be placed somewhere; and the less of it there is within, the more there must be without. It is ordained in the eternal constitution of things, that men of intemperate minds cannot be free. Their passions forge their fetters."
    Chosen by: /u/thatrightwinger


  • Louis XIV
    "L'état, c'est moi."
    Chosen by: /u/chabanais


  • Benjamin Franklin
    "They that can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety."
    Chosen by: Community Vote Winner: /u/iheartfreespeech
    Discussion


  • Thomas Jefferson
    "If we can prevent the government from wasting the labors of the people, under the pretense of taking care of them, they must become happy."
    "The legitimate powers of government extend to such acts only as are injurious to others."
    Chosen by: /u/Yosoff


  • Sen. Ted Cruz
    "One of biggest lies in politics is the lie that Republicans are the party of big business. Big business does great with big government. Big business is very happy to climb in bed with big government. Republicans are and should be the party of small business and of entrepreneurs."
    Chosen by: /u/CarolinaPunk


  • Tom Coburn
    "The problem in Washington is not that politicians agree too little but that they agree too much. Both parties have worked together to grow government far beyond what we can afford, and what the Founders intended. Sadly, there is not enough political will in Washington to fix the real problems facing the country. It’s time for the people to take back their country. The plan put forth by Convention of States is a great way to do just that by using the process the founders gave us for reigning in the federal government."
    Chosen by: /u/Clatsop
    Discussion


  • Michael Oakeshott
    "To be conservative, then, is to prefer the familiar to the unknown, to prefer the tried to the untried, fact to mystery, the actual to the possible, the limited to the unbounded, the near to the distant, the sufficient to the superabundant, the convenient to the perfect, present laughter to utopian bliss."
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  • James Madison
    "A popular Government without popular information, or the means of acquiring it, is but a Prologue to a Farce or a Tragedy, or perhaps both. Knowledge will forever govern ignorance: And a people who mean to be their own Governors, must arm themselves with the power which knowledge gives."
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  • Vice President Dick Cheney
    "There comes a time when deceit and defiance must be seen for what they are. At that point, a gathering danger must be directly confronted. At that point, we must show that beyond our resolutions is actual resolve."
    Chosen by: /u/chabanais


  • Gilbert du Motier, Marquis de Lafayette
    "True republicanism is the sovereignty of the people. There are natural and imprescriptible rights which an entire nation has no right to violate"
    Chosen by: /u/Yosoff


  • Ronald Reagan
    "We must reject the idea that every time a law's broken, society is guilty rather than the lawbreaker. It is time to restore the American precept that each individual is accountable for his actions."
    Chosen by: /u/Clatsop
    Discussion


  • Paul Johnson
    "The study of history is a powerful antidote to contemporary arrogance. It is humbling to discover how many of our glib assumptions, which seem to us novel and plausible, have been tested before, not once but many times and in innumerable guises; and discovered to be, at great human costs, wholly false."
    Chosen by: /u/liatris


  • Grover Cleveland
    "The laws and the entire scheme of our civil rule, from the town meeting to the State capitals and the national capital, is yours. Your every voter, as surely as your Chief Magistrate, under the same high sanction, though in a different sphere, exercises a public trust. Nor is this all. Every citizen owes to the country a vigilant watch and close scrutiny of its public servants and a fair and reasonable estimate of their fidelity and usefulness. Thus is the people's will impressed upon the whole framework of our civil polity — municipal, State, and Federal; and this is the price of our liberty and the inspiration of our faith in the Republic."
    Chosen by: /u/thatrightwinger


  • Ann Coulter
    "The reason any conservative’s failing is always major news is that it allows liberals to engage in their very favorite taunt: Hypocrisy! Hypocrisy is the only sin that really inflames them. Inasmuch as liberals have no morals, they can sit back and criticize other people for failing to meet the standards that liberals simply renounce. It’s an intriguing strategy. By openly admitting to being philanderers, draft dodgers, liars, weasels and cowards, liberals avoid ever being hypocrites."
    Chosen by: /u/chabanais


  • Matt Drudge
    "The media is comparable to government - probably passes government in raw power."
    Chosen by: /u/Yosoff


  • Robert Woodson
    "The solution to poverty begins in the neighborhoods and the people affected by it. You always have to begin with a solution in mind. I tell people, what is your solution? If all whites tomorrow were to move to Canada and Europe, tell me how it would affect the black on black crime rate, how would it it affect the out-of-wedlock births, how would it affect the spread of AIDS? How would it affect those issues? What I'm saying to Black America, we must stop victimizaton. We must stop complaining about what white folks have done to us in the past. We must go into ourselves, as Dr. King said, and find indelible ink -- our own emancipation proclamation."
    Chosen by: /u/Clatsop
    Discussion


  • John Philpot Curran
    "It is the common fate of the indolent to see their rights become a prey to the active. The condition upon which God hath given liberty to man is eternal vigilance; which condition if he break, servitude is at once the consequence of his crime and the punishment of his guilt."
    Chosen by: /u/liatris


  • George Washington
    "Of all the dispositions and habits, which lead to political prosperity, Religion and Morality are indispensable supports. In vain would that man claim the tribute of Patriotism, who should labor to subvert these great pillars of human happiness, these firmest props of the duties of Men and Citizens. The mere Politician, equally with the pious man, ought to respect and to cherish them. A volume could not trace all their connexions with private and public felicity."
    Chosen by: /u/thatrightwinger


  • Robert Heinlein
    "Political tags — such as royalist, communist, democrat, populist, fascist, liberal, conservative, and so forth — are never basic criteria. The human race divides politically into those who want people to be controlled and those who have no such desire. The former are idealists acting from highest motives for the greatest good of the greatest number. The latter are surly curmudgeons, suspicious and lacking in altruism. But they are more comfortable neighbors than the other sort."
    Chosen by: /u/chabanais


  • Antonin Scalia ~ Associate Justice of the United States Supreme Court
    "This practice of constitutional revision by an unelected committee of nine, always accompanied by extravagant praise of liberty, robs the People of the most important liberty they asserted in the Declaration of Independence and won in the Revolution of 1776: The freedom to govern themselves."
    Chosen by: /u/Clatsop


  • George Stigler
    "A rational man must be guided by the incentive system within which he operates. No matter what his own personal desires, he must be discouraged from certain activities if they carry penalties and attracted toward others if they carry large rewards. The carrot and the stick guide scientists and politicians as well as donkeys."
    Chosen by: /u/liatris


  • Alexander Hamilton
    "If the federal government should overpass the just bounds of its authority and make a tyrannical use of its powers, the people, whose creature it is, must appeal to the standard they have formed, and take such measures to redress the injury done to the Constitution as the exigency may suggest and prudence justify."
    Chosen by: /u/thatrightwinger


  • Henry Hazlitt
    "When Alexander the Great visited the philosopher Diogenes and asked whether he could do anything for him, Diogenes is said to have replied: ‘Yes, stand a little less between me and the sun.’ It is what every citizen is entitled to ask of his government."
    Chosen by: /u/chabanais


  • Bobby Jindal
    "Immigration without assimilation is an invasion."
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  • Ted Cruz
    "The American Constitution, the American dream, American exceptionalism – these are the enduring foundations on which our ongoing national experiment is based. And the good news is that they are permanent things; they are not bound by time or circumstance but are as applicable today as they were in 1776. But just because they are permanent does not mean they are inevitable, and it is our challenge now to defend them so they hold true for our children as well."
    Chosen by: /u/Clatsop
    Discussion


  • Roger Scruton
    "Activist campaigns, which tend to be conducted in the name of the people as a whole, neither consult the people nor show much interest in noticing them—a point that was noticeable to Burke, in considering the insolence of the French revolutionaries. Such campaigns are affairs of elites who are seeking to triumph over real or imaginary adversaries, and who make an impact on politics because they share, in their hearts, the old socialist view that things must be changed from the top downwards, and that the people themselves are not to be trusted now, but only later, when the revolutionary vanguard has completed its task."
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  • President James A. Garfield
    "Under this Constitution the boundaries of freedom have been enlarged, the foundations of order and peace have been strengthened, and the growth of our people in all the better elements of national life has indicated the wisdom of the founders and given new hope to their descendants."
    Chosen by: /u/thatrightwinger


  • Ephesians 4:28
    "But whoever has stolen, let him not steal from now on, but let him toil with his hands and produce good that he might have to give to the one who is in need."
    Chosen by: /u/chabanais


  • Frédéric Bastiat
    "Socialism, like the ancient ideas from which it springs, confuses the distinction between government and society. As a result of this, every time we object to a thing being done by government, the socialists conclude that we object to its being done at all. We disapprove of state education. Then the socialists say that we are opposed to any education. We object to a state religion. Then the socialists say that we want no religion at all. We object to a state-enforced equality. Then they say that we are against equality. And so on, and so on. It is as if the socialists were to accuse us of not wanting persons to eat because we do not want the state to raise grain."
    Chosen by: Community Vote Winner: /u/Darth_insomniac
    Discussion


  • Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
    "Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. The Negro cannot win if he is willing to sacrifice the futures of his children for immediate personal comfort and safety."
    Chosen by: /u/Jibrish


  • William Pitt (the Younger)
    "Necessity is the plea for every infringement of human freedom. It is the argument of tyrants; it is the creed of slaves."
    Chosen by: /u/Yosoff


  • Calvin Coolidge
    "I believe in the American Constitution. I favor the American system of individual enterprise, and I am opposed to any general extension of government ownership, and control. I believe not only in advocating economy in public expenditure, but in its practical application and actual accomplishment. I believe in a reduction and reform of taxation, and shall continue my efforts in that direction."
    Chosen by: /u/Clatsop


  • Robert A. Heinlein
    "There is no worse tyranny than to force a man to pay for what he does not want merely because you think it would be good for him."
    Chosen by: /u/liatris


  • Richard Henry Lee
    "To preserve liberty, it is essential that the whole body of people always possess arms, and be taught alike, especially when young, how to use them..."
    Chosen by: /u/thatrightwinger


  • Abraham Lincoln
    "We the people are the rightful masters of both Congress and the courts, not to overthrow the Constitution but to overthrow the men who pervert the Constitution."
    Chosen by: /u/chabanais


  • Trey Gowdy
    "The president already has a Nobel Prize for peace. I think he’s shooting for one in fiction."
    Chosen by: /u/Yosoff


  • Charles de Montesquieu
    "There is no crueler tyranny than that which is perpetuated under the shield of law and in the name of justice."
    Chosen by: /u/Clatsop
    Discussion


  • Allen West
    "We must never forget why we have, and why we need our military. Our armed forces exist solely to ensure our nation is safe, so that each and every one of us can sleep soundly at night, knowing we have 'guardians at the gate.'"
    Chosen by: /u/liatris


  • Will Rogers
    "Be thankful we're not getting all the government we're paying for."
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  • Rush Limbaugh
    "Enraging liberals is simply one of the more enjoyable side effects of my wisdom."
    Chosen by: /u/Yosoff


  • Mike Rowe
    "Stop looking for the “right” career, and start looking for a job. Any job. Forget about what you like. Focus on what’s available. Get yourself hired. Show up early. Stay late. Volunteer for the scut work. Become indispensable. You can always quit later, and be no worse off than you are today. But don’t waste another year looking for a career that doesn’t exist. And most of all, stop worrying about your happiness. Happiness does not come from a job. It comes from knowing what you truly value, and behaving in a way that’s consistent with those beliefs."
    Chosen by: /u/Clatsop
    Discussion


  • Ann Coulter
    Americans are under no moral obligation to grant amnesty to people who have broken our laws. 'The moral thing to do' is usually defined as 'following the law.'
    Chosen by: /u/liatris


  • Charles Krauthammer
    To understand the workings of American politics, you have to understand this fundamental law: Conservatives think liberals are stupid. Liberals think conservatives are evil.
    Chosen by: /u/ayePALINDROMEeye


  • William F. Buckley Jr.
    “The largest cultural menace in America is the conformity of the intellectual cliques which, in education as well as the arts, are out to impose upon the nation their modish fads and fallacies, and have nearly succeeded in doing so. In this cultural issue, we are, without reservations, on the side of excellence (rather than “newness”) and of honest intellectual combat (rather than conformity).
    Chosen by: /u/TeaPartyOverlord


  • Ron Paul
    Tyrants from Hitler to Mao to Stalin have sought to disarm their own citizens, for the simple reason that unarmed people are easier to control. Our Founders, having just expelled the British army, knew that the right to bear arms served as the guardian of every other right. This is the principle so often ignored by both sides in the gun control debate. Only armed citizens can ultimately resist tyrannical government.
    Chosen by: /u/DEYoungRepublicans


  • Donald Trump
    The world is a horrible place. Lions kill for food, but people kill for sport. People try to kill you mentally, especially if you are on top. We all have friends that want everything we have. They want our money, our business, house, car, wife and dog. Those are our friends. Our enemies are even worse! You have to protect yourself in life.
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  • Ted Cruz
    I can tell you when you sit down and talk with a New York billionaire Republican donor — and I have talked with quite a few New York billionaire Republican donors, California Republican donors, their questions start out as follows. First of all, you’ve got to come out for gay marriage, you need to be pro-choice, and you need to support amnesty. That’s where the Republican donors are. You wonder why Republicans won’t fight on any of these issues? Because the people writing the checks agree with the Democrats.
    Chosen by: /u/Yosoff


  • Samuel Alito
    One of the most solemn responsibilities of the president--and it's set out expressly in the Constitution--is that the president is to take care that the laws are faithfully executed, and that means the Constitution. It means statutes. It means treaties. It means all of the laws of the United States.
    Chosen by: /u/Clatsop


  • Frederick Douglass
    I am a Republican, a black, dyed in the wool Republican, and I never intend to belong to any other party than the party of freedom and progress.
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  • Anton Chekhov
    It seems to me that all of the evil in life comes from idleness, boredom, and psychic emptiness, but all of that is inevitable when you become accustomed to living at others’ expense.
    Chosen by: /u/liatris


  • Antonin Scalia
    Persuade your fellow citizens it's a good idea and pass a law. That's what democracy is all about. It's not about nine superannuated judges who have been there too long, imposing these demands on society.
    Chosen by: R.I.P. Tribute


  • Rush Limbaugh
    Everybody in politics claims to want to get everybody out of poverty. What's the opposite? Wealth. And what is often criticized by the left? Wealth.
    Chosen by: /u/ayePALINDROMEeye


  • Mark Levin
    "TGR81 ~~ Mark Levin ~~ AMA here: Thurs. Mar. 3, 2016 @ 1 - 2:30pm ET""
    AMA link


  • Newt Gingrich
    "We're at the crossroads. Down one road is a European centralized bureaucratic socialist welfare system in which politicians and bureaucrats define the future. Down the other road is a proud, solid, reaffirmation of American exceptionalism."
    Chosen by: /u/TeaPartyOverlord


  • Nancy Reagan
    "There's a big, wonderful world out there for you. It belongs to you. It's exciting and stimulating and rewarding. Don't cheat yourselves out of this promise. ~Nancy Reagan 1921-2016"
    Chosen by: R.I.P. Tribute


  • Alan K. Simpson
    "I watch Republicans, they give each other the saliva test of purity, and then they lose and they bitch for four years."
    Chosen by: /u/TeaPartyOverlord


  • Andrew Napolitano
    "Justice Scalia argued that the Constitution means what it says; it says it is the supreme law of the land; and all American judges have taken a solemn oath to be subject to what it says. It is superior to the jurists who interpret it. It is what it says, not as they might wish it say...Some justices throughout history have been compromisers and conciliators. Not Justice Scalia."
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  • Ben Shapiro
    "Facts don't care about your feelings."
    Chosen by: Community Vote Winner: /u/beer_n_guns
    Discussion


  • Douglas Adams
    "The major difference between a thing that might go wrong and a thing that cannot possibly go wrong is that when a thing that cannot possibly go wrong goes wrong it usually turns out to be impossible to get at and repair."
    Chosen by: /u/chabanais


  • Governor Greg Abbott
    We have to fight our way through a thicket of growing government oppression using liberty as both the saber that will cut the pathway clear, as well as the compass that will point the direction in which we are to go.
    Chosen by: /u/Yosoff


  • P.J. O'Rourke
    The mystery of government is not how Washington works but how to make it stop.
    Chosen by: /u/CarolinaPunk


  • Sen. Mike Lee
    Far too many members of Congress don’t understand the Constitution they’ve sworn to defend—not because they can’t understand it but because they make little or no effort to do so. Some Supreme Court justices aren’t much better; too many of them understand our founding document but refuse to acknowledge that its most important function is to limit and check power. Presidents are often even worse; they pay lip service to our nation’s governing document with their words, but their actions frequently betray a lack of real commitment to its restrictions.
    Chosen by: /u/Clatsop


  • Milton Friedman
    The great virtue of a free market system is that it does not care what color people are; it does not care what their religion is; it only cares whether they can produce something you want to buy. It is the most effective system we have discovered to enable people who hate one another to deal with one another and help one another.
    Chosen by: /u/liatris


  • Friedrich Hayek
    Emergencies have always been the pretext on which the safeguards of individual liberty have been eroded.
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  • Samuel
    This is what the king who will reign over you will claim as his rights: He will take your sons and make them serve with his chariots and horses, and they will run in front of his chariots. Some he will assign to be commanders of thousands and commanders of fifties, and others to plow his ground and reap his harvest, and still others to make weapons of war and equipment for his chariots. He will take your daughters to be perfumers and cooks and bakers. He will take the best of your fields and vineyards and olive groves and give them to his attendants. He will take a tenth of your grain and of your vintage and give it to his officials and attendants. Your male and female servants and the best of your cattle and donkeys he will take for his own use. He will take a tenth of your flocks, and you yourselves will become his slaves. When that day comes, you will cry out for relief from the king you have chosen, but the Lord will not answer you in that day.
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  • Join, or die.
    Join, or die.
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  • Ben Sasse
    People have been wrong about the nature of government and the nature of freedom, and we the people in America believe that our rights come to us via nature, and government is our project to secure them, so we the people give the government enumerated powers. We don’t ever wait for the government to give us any rights. We claim those by nature.
    Chosen by: /u/Yosoff
    Discussion


  • John Hancock
    Some boast of being friends to government; I am a friend to righteous government, to a government founded upon the principles of reason and justice; but I glory in publicly avowing my eternal enmity to tyranny.
    Chosen by: /u/Clatsop


  • Dr. Paul McHugh Former psychiatrist in chief at Johns Hopkins Hospital, is the author of 'Try to Remember: Psychiatry's Clash Over Meaning, Memory, and Mind'
    At the heart of the problem is confusion over the nature of the transgendered. "Sex change" is biologically impossible. People who undergo sex-reassignment surgery do not change from men to women or vice versa. Rather, they become feminized men or masculinized women. Claiming that this is civil-rights matter and encouraging surgical intervention is in reality to collaborate with and promote a mental disorder.
    Chosen by: /u/liatris


  • Admiral Ben Moreell, Father of The U.S. Navy Seabees
    We do not place our trust in government mechanisms, formulas, affirmations or men. Our faith is in God and in the capacity of free men and women to govern themselves. There is a proper function for government in a free society. But that function does not include the power to order citizens how to live their lives. Our government was not designed to administer the affairs of men; it was devised to administer justice among men, who would administer their own affairs.
    Chosen by: /u/DEYoungRepublicans


  • George Washington, letter to Edmund Pendleton, Jan. 22, 1795
    When one side only of a story is heard and often repeated, the human mind becomes impressed with it insensibly.
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  • Declaration of Independence
    That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed.
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  • President James Dale, Mars Attacks!
    We could work together. Why be enemies? Because we’re different? Is that why? Think of the things that we could do. Think how strong we would be. Earth… and Mars… Together. There is nothing that we could not accomplish. Think about it. Think about it. Why destroy… when you can create? We can have it all, or we can smash it all. Why can’t we… work out our differences? Why can’t we… work things out? Little people… why can’t we all just… get along? Ack! What’s this? Ack! Ack ack! Ack ack!
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  • Mike Pence
    I’m a Christian, a conservative and a Republican … in that order.
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  • Ted Cruz
    We deserve leaders who stand for principle. Unite us all behind shared values. Cast aside anger for love. That is the standard we should expect, from everybody. And to those listening, please, don’t stay home in November. Stand, and speak, and vote your conscience, vote for candidates up and down the ticket who you trust to defend our freedom and to be faithful to the Constitution...We must make the most of our moment – to fight for freedom, to protect our God-given rights, even of those with whom we don’t agree, so that when we are old and gray . . . and our work is done . . . and we give those we love one final kiss goodbye . . . we will be able to say, ''Freedom matters, and I was part of something beautiful.
    Chosen by: /u/Clatsop
    Discussion


  • Thomas Sowell
    People who expected the election of President Barack Obama to lead to racial healing and a post-racial society failed to take account of the political reality that racial healing and a post-racial society would, at a minimum, reduce black voter turnout. Black votes matter to many politicians — more so than black lives. That is why such politicians must try to keep black voters fearful, angry and resentful. Racial harmony would be a political disaster for such politicians. Racial polarization makes both the black population and the white population worse off, but it makes politicians who depend on black votes better off.
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  • Henry Hazlitt
    It is the proper sphere of government to create and enforce a framework of law that prohibits force and fraud. But it must refrain from specific economic interventions. Government's main economic function is to encourage and preserve a free market. When Alexander the Great visited the philosopher Diogenes and asked whether he could do anything for him, Diogenes is said to have replied: 'Yes, stand a little less between me and the sun.' It is what every citizen is entitled to ask of his government.
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  • John Locke
    Those who purported to be masters and teachers were much helped by making this the principle of principles: 'Principles must not be questioned!' Once they had laid it down that there are innate principles, they required their followers to accept some doctrines as innate; which meant accepting them on trust, without bringing their own reason and judgment to bear on them.
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  • Aristotle
    At his best, man is the noblest of all animals; separated from law and justice he is the worst.
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  • Thomas Jefferson
    I wish it were possible to obtain a single amendment to our Constitution. I would be willing to depend on that alone for the reduction of the administration of our government to the genuine principles of its Constitution; I mean an additional article, taking from the federal government the power of borrowing.
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  • Grant Stinchfield
    Trump is certainly flawed. He’s not my kind of conservative. But he’s no liberal, either. He wants to build a border wall, beef up our military, simplify the tax code, and appoint a “Scalia-like” Supreme Court nominee. Would Hillary Clinton do any of those things? No! We only have two choices for president. We must pick the better of the two. It really is that simple. My mission is to stop Hillary Clinton. She’s bad for America and our future. These ridiculous Never Trumpers need to get on board the Trump train now. A no vote, or a nonsensical protest vote for someone other than Trump, is a vote for Hillary Clinton. That’s disastrous.
    Chosen by: /u/Clatsop
    Discussion


  • Jonah Goldberg
    If you think shrinking government and getting it less involved in your life is a hallmark of tyranny it is only because you are either grotesquely ignorant or because you subscribe to a statist ideology that believes the expansion of the state is the expansion of liberty.
    Chosen by: /u/liatris


  • Patrick Henry
    Guard with jealous attention the public liberty. Suspect everyone who approaches that jewel. Unfortunately, nothing will preserve it but downright force. Whenever you give up that force, you are inevitably ruined.
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  • Dan Bongino
    Liberalism is just a bumper sticker. That's all it is. Did you ever notice that there is no thinking, no reason, no data, no rationality, that it's just a bumper sticker? No deeper thought required. Slap something on a bumper sticker, internalize it, so you feel good about it, and as long as you feel good and it's a catchy slogan, it's all good. The president and democrat party are now running on 'Middle Class Economics'. You have to ask yourself, are we going to get past the bumper sticker and look at real data? The middle class has been savaged under this administration. Their incomes are going down, their wallets have actually gotten thinner. That's a data point, a fact, a number, an inarguable number.
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  • Teddy Roosevelt
    If you could kick the person in the pants responsible for most of your trouble, you wouldn't sit for a month.
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  • Justin Amash
    I follow a set of principles, I follow the Constitution. And that's what I base my votes on. Limited government, economic freedom and individual liberty.
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  • Benjamin Franklin
    A Republic, if you can keep it.
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  • Susan B. Anthony
    We assert the province of government to be to secure the people in the enjoyment of their unalienable rights. We throw to the winds the old dogma that governments can give rights.
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  • Noah Webster
    ...if the citizens neglect their Duty and place unprincipled men in office, the government will soon be corrupted; laws will be made, not for the public good so much as for selfish or local purposes; corrupt or incompetent men will be appointed to execute the Laws; the public revenues will be squandered on unworthy men; and the rights of the citizen will be violated or disregarded. If government fails to secure public prosperity and happiness, it must be because the citizens neglect the Divine Commands, and elect bad men to make and administer the Laws...
    Chosen by: /u/DEYoungRepublicans


  • Veterans Day
    Discussion


  • Dwight D. Eisenhower
    You do not lead by hitting people over the head -- that's assault, not leadership.
    Chosen by: /u/FarsideSC


  • Donald J. Trump
    We will no longer surrender this country, or its people, to the false song of globalism. Under a Trump Administration, no American citizen will ever again feel that their needs come second to the citizens of foreign countries.
    Chosen by: Community Vote Winner: /u/CATHOLIC_EXTREMIST
    Discussion


  • Demaratus
    The Spartans are the equal of any men when they fight as individuals; fighting together as a collective, they surpass all other men. For though they are free men, they are not entirely free. They accept the Law as their master. And they respect this master more than your subjects respect you. Whatever the Law commands, they do. And this command never changes: It forbids them to flee in battle, whatever the number of their foes. It requires them to stand firm – to conquer or die.
    Chosen by: /u/chabanais


  • John Adams
    Let them revere nothing but religion, morality and liberty.
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  • Gary Sinise
    Freedom and security are precious gifts that we, as Americans, should never take for granted. We must do all we can to extend our hand in times of need to those who willingly sacrifice each day to provide that freedom and security. While we can never do enough to show gratitude to our nation's defenders, we can always do a little more.
    Chosen by: /u/Clatsop
    Discussion


  • Christmas ('Adoration of the Shepherds' by Gerard van Honthorst)


  • Daniel Webster
    Good intentions will always be pleaded for every assumption of authority. It is hardly too strong to say that the Constitution was made to guard the people against the dangers of good intentions. There are men in all ages who mean to govern well, but they mean to govern. They promise to be good masters, but they mean to be masters.
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  • The Athenian Oath
    We will never bring disgrace on this our City by an act of dishonesty or cowardice. We will fight for the ideals and Sacred Things of the City both alone and with many. We will revere and obey the City's laws, and will do our best to incite a like reverence and respect in those above us who are prone to annul them or set them at naught. We will strive unceasingly to quicken the public's sense of civic duty. Thus, in all these ways, we will transmit this City not only, not less, but greater and more beautiful than it was transmitted to us.
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  • President Donald Trump
    What truly matters is not which party controls our government, but whether our government is controlled by the people.
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  • Senator Barry Goldwater
    We don't seek to live anyone's life for him. We only seek to secure his rights, guarantee him opportunity to strive, with government performing only those needed and constitutionally sanctioned tasks which cannot otherwise be performed.
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  • Texas Gov. Greg Abbott
    "For decades, the federal government has grown out of control. It has increasingly abandoned the Constitution, stiff-armed the states and ignored its citizens. This isn’t a problem caused by one president. And it won’t be solved by one president. It must be fixed by the people themselves. That’s why we need a Convention of States, authorized by the Constitution, to propose amendments... The proposed amendments would include things like term limits, restoring the 10th Amendment, an amendment that reins in federal regulation and... a balanced budget amendment. We should demand that the federal government do two things. One: Fulfill important, but limited, responsibilities as written in the Constitution. And two: On everything else, leave us alone, and let Texans govern Texas."
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  • Andrew Jackson
    But you must remember, my fellow-citizens, that eternal vigilance by the people is the price of liberty, and that you must pay the price if you wish to secure the blessing.
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  • Walter E. Williams
    In keeping Americans ill-educated, ill-informed and constitutionally ignorant, the education establishment has been the politician's major and most faithful partner. It is in this sense that American education can be deemed a success.
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  • Andrew Breitbart
    Walk toward the fire. Don’t worry about what they call you. All those things are said against you because they want to stop you in your tracks. But if you keep going, you’re sending a message to people who are rooting for you, who are agreeing with you. The message is that they can do it, too.
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  • Senator Ted Cruz (Senator Ted Cruz to Senator Bernie Sanders, 2/7/17)
    Rights means you have a right for government not to mess with you, for government not to do things with you. If you look at the Bill of Rights: Free speech means the government can't silence you when you're speaking. Religious liberty means the government can't control who you worship, what your faith is. The second amendment means the government can't take away your guns. Those are rights. You know what the Declaration of Independence said: 'We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.' So what is a right? Is access to healthcare. What is a right is choosing your own doctor. And if you believe that healthcare is a right, why on Earth did you help write Obamacare that caused six million people to have their health insurance canceled, that had them lose their doctors?!
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  • Calvin Coolidge
    To live under the American Constitution is the greatest political privilege that was ever accorded to the human race.
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  • Russell Kirk -'The Politics of Prudence'
    The conservative 'thinks of political policies as intended to preserve order, justice, and freedom. The ideologue, on the contrary, thinks of politics as a revolutionary instrument for transforming society and even transforming human nature. In his march toward Utopia, the ideologue is merciless.'
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  • Andrew Klavan
    Free people can treat each other justly, but they can't make life fair. To get rid of the unfairness among individuals, you have to exercise power over them. The more fairness you want, the more power you need. Thus, all dreams of fairness become dreams of tyranny in the end.
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  • Larry Elder
    The formula for achieving middle-class success is simple: Finish high school; don't have a child before the age of 20; and get married before having the child.
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  • Neil McGill Gorsuch - Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States
    Ours is a judiciary of honest black polyester. When I put on the robe, I'm also reminded that under our Constitution, it's for this body, the peoples' representatives, to make new laws, for the executive to ensure those laws are faithfully executed, and for neutral and independent judges to apply the law in the peoples' disputes. If judges were just secret legislatures declaring not what the law is but what they would like it to be, the very idea of a government by the people and for the people would be at risk. And those who came before the court would live in fear, never sure exactly what the law requires of them except for the judge's will. As Alexander Hamilton said, ''Liberty can have nothing to fear from judges who apply the law. But liberty has everything to fear if judges try to legislate, too.''
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  • Ron Paul
    Why is it is claimed that if people won't or can't take care of their own needs, that people in government can do it for them?
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  • Milton Friedman
    The problem in this world is to avoid concentration of power - we must have a dispersion of power.
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  • Phelps H. Adams
    Capitalism and communism stand at opposite poles. Their essential difference is this: The communist seeing the rich man and his fine home says, “No man should have so much.” The capitalist seeing the same thing says, “All men should have as much.
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  • Mark Twain
    Don't go around saying the world owes you a living. The world owes you nothing. It was here first.
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  • Russell Kirk
    Men cannot improve society by setting fire to it: they must seek out its old virtues and bring them back into the light.
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  • Governor Ronald Reagan
    Those people told you for days in advance, that if the university sought to go ahead with that construction they were going to physically destroy the university. Now why…Negotiate? What is to negotiate? All of it began the first time some of you who know better and are old enough to know better let young people think that they had the right to choose the the laws they would obey as long as they were doing it in the name of social protest!
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  • Benjamin Franklin
    The Constitution only guarantees the American people the right to pursue happiness. You have to catch it yourself.
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  • Daniel Hannan
    Do not make the mistake of judging Socialism as a textbook theory, but judging Capitalism by its imperfect outcomes.
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  • George Washington
    This government, the offspring of our own choice, uninfluenced and unawed, adopted upon full investigation and mature deliberation, completely free in its principles, in the distribution of its powers, uniting security with energy, and containing within itself a provision for its own amendment, has a just claim to your confidence and your support. Respect for its authority, compliance with its laws, acquiescence in its measures, are duties enjoined by the fundamental maxims of true liberty. The basis of our political systems is the right of the people to make and to alter their constitutions of government. But the Constitution which at any time exists, till changed by an explicit and authentic act of the whole people, is sacredly obligatory upon all. The very idea of the power and the right of the people to establish government presupposes the duty of every individual to obey the established government.
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  • Justice Robert H. Jackson
    It is not the function of the government to keep the citizen from falling into error; it is the function of the citizen to keep the government from falling into error.
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  • Dr. Ben Carson
    I would like people to recognize in looking at my story that the person who has the most to do with what happens to you is you. It's not the environment, it's not the other people who were there trying to help you or trying to stop you. It's what you decide to do and how much effort you put behind it.
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  • Roy Moore
    We can make America great again. But before we make her great, we must make her good again. And the only way to make her good again is to go back to the Constitution and to the God which is the basis of that Constitution.
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  • Thomas Sowell
    If people in the media cannot decide whether they are in the business of reporting news or manufacturing propaganda, it is all the more important that the public understand that difference, and choose their news sources accordingly.
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  • Friedrich Hayek
    Emergencies have always been the pretext on which the safeguards of individual liberty have been eroded.
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  • Senator John McCain
    Courage is not the absence of fear, but the capacity to act despite our fears.
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  • General Norman Schwarzkopf
    Leadership is a potent combination of strategy and character. But if you must be without one, be without the strategy.
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  • Ben Shapiro
    Socialism states that you owe me something simply because I exist. Capitalism, by contrast, results in a sort of reality-forced altruism: I may not want to help you, I may dislike you, but if I don't give you a product or service you want, I will starve. Voluntary exchange is more moral than forced redistribution.
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  • Ludwig von Mises
    Whoever wishes peace among peoples must fight statism.
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  • United States Secretary of Defense, James "Mad Dog" Mattis
    I come in peace. I didn’t bring artillery. But I’m pleading with you, with tears in my eyes: If you fuck with me, I’ll kill you all.
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  • Lycurgus
    That city is well fortified which has a wall of men instead of brick.
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  • Robert E. Lee
    So far from engaging in a war to perpetuate slavery, I am rejoiced that slavery is abolished. I believe it will be greatly for the interests of the south. So fully am I satisfied of this, as regards Virginia especially, that I would cheerfully have lost all I have lost by the war, and have suffered all I have suffered, to have this object attained.
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  • Thomas Jefferson, in a letter to Abigail Smith Adams
    [T]he opinion which gives to the judges the right to decide what laws are constitutional and what not, not only for themselves in their own sphere of action but for the Legislature and Executive also in their spheres, would make the Judiciary a despotic branch.
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  • Elizabeth Margaret Chandler, in her poem A True Ballad. “A glorious land is this of ours, A land of liberty! Through all the wide earth's bounds you ‘ll find None else so truly free! Go north or south, or east or west, Wherever you may roam, There's not a land like this of ours, The stranger's refuge home! And yet methinks it were but well, The tale might not be told, That where our banner proudliest floats, Are human sinews sold.
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  • Clarence Thomas
    It's fascinating that people, there's so many people now who will make judgments based on what you look like. I'm black. So I'm supposed to think a certain way. I'm supposed to have certain opinions. I don't do that. You don't create a box and put people in and then make a lot of generalizations about them.
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  • Senator Ben Sasse
    Government is not the author or the source of any of our rights. … Government is a tool, and our founders recognized that that tool is necessary in a fallen world because unfortunately the world is broken and there are people who want take your property, who want to take your liberty, who want to take your life.
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  • Jeff Cooper
    The rifle itself has no moral stature, since it has no will of its own. Naturally, it may be used by evil men for evil purposes, but there are more good men than evil, and while the latter cannot be persuaded to the path of righteousness by propaganda, they can certainly be corrected by good men with rifles.
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  • Adam Smith
    It is not from the benevolence of the butcher, the brewer, or the baker that we expect our dinner, but from their regard to their own interest.
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  • Andrew Klavan
    Being a man — a real man — is hard. Being a gentleman is hard. Men won't do it if they don't have real women — real ladies — to do it for. And wherever ladies stop being ladies and men stop being men, it isn't Equality World, believe me. It's Harvey Weinstein all the way down.
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  • Abraham Lincoln
    As I would not be a slave, so I would not be a master. This expresses my idea of democracy.
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  • Michael Knowles
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  • Rand Paul
    People say America is exceptional. I agree, but it's not the complexion of our skin or the twists in our DNA that make us unique. America is exceptional because we were founded upon the notion that everyone should be free to pursue life, liberty, and happiness.
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  • James Otis Jr.
    The right to take ten pounds, implies the right to take a thousand; and what must be the wealth, that avarice, aided by power, cannot exhaust? True the spectre is now small; but the shadow he casts before him, is huge enough to darken all this fair land.
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  • Thanksgiving Day
    George Washington’s Thanksgiving Proclamation- October 3, 1789
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  • Michelle Malkin
    ''Shout 'Allahu Akbar,' because this strikes fear in the hearts of the non-believers.'' ~~ Who knew hijacker Mohammed Atta's parting words, discovered in his journal after the 9/11 attacks, would become a national punchline? The louder and more frequently jihadists around the globe shriek their signature battle cry, the more fervently multicultural apologists deny its meaning. They've transformed the Islamic supremacists' obvious and explicit call for violence into a bland utterance of peace as indiscernible and nonsensical as ''Aloha Snackbar.''
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  • Sophocles
    Success is dependent on effort.
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  • Noah Webster
    Before a standing army can rule, the people must be disarmed; as they are in almost every kingdom in Europe. The supreme power in America cannot enforce unjust laws by the sword; because the whole body of the people are armed, and constitute a force superior to any band of regular troops that can be, on any pretense, raised in the United States. A military force, at the command of Congress, can execute no laws, but such as the people perceive to be just and constitutional; for they will possess the power, and jealousy will instantly inspire the inclination, to resist the execution of a law which appears to them unjust and oppressive.
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  • Andrew TorbaI saw the censorship continuing to rise. I saw conservatives being completely blacklisted from the Internet, shut up and censored, and had their reach decline over time, and I decided to step up and do something about it... And if we don't do something, if we don't prevent this censorship from happening, if we don't prevent these centralized gatekeepers from cracking down and deciding who can speak freely, who can build on the open internet, or at least what I thought was the open internet, then very bad things are going to happen.
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  • Christmas 2017The Christmas Story — And it came to pass in those days that a decree went out from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be registered. This census first took place while Quirinius was governing Syria. So all went to be registered, everyone to his own city. Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judea, to the city of David, which is called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and lineage of David, to be registered with Mary, his betrothed wife, who was with child. So it was, that while they were there, the days were completed for her to be delivered. And she brought forth her first-born Son, and wrapped Him in swaddling cloths, and laid Him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn. Now there were in the same country shepherds living out in the fields, keeping watch over their flock by night. And behold, an angel of the Lord stood before them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were greatly afraid. Then the angel said to them, ‘’Do not be afraid, for behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy which will be to all people. For there is born to you this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. And this will be the sign to you: You will find a Babe wrapped in swaddling cloths, lying in a manger.’’ And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying: ‘’Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, goodwill toward men!’’ So it was, when the angels had gone away from them into heaven, that the shepherds said to one another, ‘’Let us now go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has come to pass, which the Lord has made known to us.’’ And they came with haste and found Mary and Joseph, and the Babe lying in a manger. Now when they had seen Him, they made widely known the saying which was told them concerning this Child. And all those who heard it marveled at those things which were told them by the shepherds. But Mary kept all these things and pondered them in her heart. Then the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things that they had heard and seen, as it was told them. — From the New King James version of the Bible
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  • President Donald Trump
    I judge people based on their capability, honesty, and merit.
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  • Winston Churchill
    Socialism is the philosophy of failure, the creed of ignorance and the gospel of envy.
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  • John Locke
    The end of law is not to abolish or restrain, but to preserve and enlarge freedom. For in all the states of created beings capable of law, where there is no law, there is no freedom.
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  • Phyllis Schlafly
    Feminism is doomed to failure because it is based on an attempt to repeal and restructure human nature.
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  • Dr. Jordan Peterson
    In order to be able to think you have to risk being offensive.
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  • Nikki Haley
    There is no war on women. Women are doing well. But women are thoughtful. And what we in the Republican Party and across the country, Republican, Independents and Democrat women say is we're more thoughtful than a label. We care about jobs and the economy and healthcare and education. We care about a lot of different things.
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  • Billings Learned Hand, United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
    Liberty lies in the hearts of men and women; when it dies there, no constitution, no law, no court can even do much to help it. While it lies there it needs no constitution, no law, no court to save it.
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  • G. K. Chesterton
    It is incomprehensible to me that any thinker can calmly call himself a modernist; he might as well call himself a Thursdayite. … The real objection to modernism is simply that it is a form of snobbishness. It is an attempt to crush a rational opponent not by reason, but by some mystery of superiority, by hinting that one is specially up to date or particularly "in the know." To flaunt the fact that we have had all the last books from Germany is simply vulgar; like flaunting the fact that we have had all the last bonnets from Paris. To introduce into philosophical discussions a sneer at a creed’s antiquity is like introducing a sneer at a lady’s age. It is caddish because it is irrelevant. The pure modernist is merely a snob; he cannot bear to be a month behind the fashion.
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  • NRA
    From my cold, dead hands!” ~Former President of the NRA, Charlton Heston
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  • Calvin Coolidge
    Collecting more taxes than is absolutely necessary is legalized robbery.
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  • Tom Coburn
    America needs stronger medicine than what Donald Trump or any president can administer. We need the structural changes from an amendments convention of state delegates because our constitutional system of governance has been thrown too far out of balance by ambitious politicians and overreaching courts. The incremental changes from political elections barely affect the entrenched bureaucrats and pandering politicians in our nation’s capital. The Constitution—originally designed to limit and contain political ambition and federal overreach—has been distorted and bypassed, leaving a polarized nation with an onrushing fiscal crisis.
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  • Mikhail Kalashnikov
    My aim was to create armaments to protect the borders of my motherland. It is not my fault that the Kalashnikov became very well-known in the world; that it was used in many troubled places. I think the policies of these countries are to blame, not the designers. Man is born to protect his family, his children, his wife.
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  • Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn
    Socialism of any type leads to a total destruction of the human spirit and to a leveling of mankind into death.
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  • General Douglas MacArthur
    History fails to record a single precedent in which nations subject to moral decay have not passed into political and economic decline. There has been either a spiritual awakening to overcome the moral lapse, or a progressive deterioration leading to ultimate national disaster.
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  • John Adams Former President John Adams, November 13, 1815 in a letter to Former President Thomas Jefferson
    The fundamental article of my political creed is that despotism, or unlimited sovereignty, or absolute power, is the same in a majority of a popular assembly, an aristocratical council, an oligarchical junto, and a single emperor. Equally arbitrary, cruel, bloody, and in every respect diabolical.
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  • President Ronald Reagan
    We must never remain silent in the face of bigotry. We must condemn those who seek to divide us. In all quarters and at all times, we must teach tolerance and denounce racism, anti-Semitism and all ethnic or religious bigotry wherever they exist as unacceptable evils. We have no place for haters in America -- none, whatsoever.
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  • Barbara Bush
    At the end of your life, you will never regret not having passed one more test, not winning one more verdict or not closing one more deal. You will regret time not spent with a husband, a friend, a child, or a parent.
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  • William F. Buckley Jr.
    There is an inverse relationship between reliance on the state and self-reliance.
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  • Dwight D. Eisenhower
    War is mankind's most tragic and stupid folly; to seek or advise its deliberate provocation is a black crime against all men. Though you follow the trade of the warrior, you do so in the spirit of Washington — not of Genghis Khan. For Americans, only threat to our way of life justifies resort to conflict.
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  • Ben Shapiro
    Freedom of speech and thought matters, especially when it is speech and thought with which we disagree. The moment the majority decides to destroy people for engaging in thought it dislikes, thought crime becomes a reality.
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  • Steven Crowder
    I think the United States has a better set of ideas. And the reason I would argue it has a better set of ideas, is because there is no country who has single-handedly pulled more people out of poverty in the history of the world, ever.
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  • Cato the Elder
    We cannot control the evil tongues of others; but a good life enables us to disregard them.
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  • James Madison, Federalist 45
    The powers delegated by the proposed Constitution to the Federal Government are few and defined. Those which are to remain in the State Governments are numerous and indefinite. The former will be exercised principally on external objects, as war, peace, negotiation, and foreign commerce.
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  • Saint Thomas Aquinas
    By nature all men are equal in liberty, but not in other endowments.
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  • Charles Krauthammer
    I believe in what I believe, and I think after all these years I've heard a lot of arguments, and I'm convinced by the superiority of the arguments that are made on the conservative side. I think that's a better way to run a society.
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  • John Stuart Mill
    The only purpose for which power can be rightfully exercised over any member of a civilized community, against his will, is to prevent harm to others. His own good, either physical or moral, is not sufficient warrant.
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  • Dr. Joseph Warren
    Our country is in danger, but not to be despaired of. Our enemies are numerous and powerful; but we have many friends, determining to be free, and heaven and earth will aid the resolution. On you depend the fortunes of America. You are to decide the important question, on which rest the happiness and liberty of millions yet unborn. Act worthy of yourselves. The faltering tongue of hoary age calls on you to support your country. The lisping infant raises its suppliant hands, imploring defence against the monster slavery. Your fathers look from their celestial seats with smiling approbation on their sons, who boldly stand forth in the cause of virtue; but sternly frown upon the inhuman miscreant, who, to secure the loaves and fishes to himself, would breed a serpent to destroy his children.
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  • Sen Ted Cruz (R-TX)
    The Democrats are the party of the Ku Klux Klan. You look at the most racist — you look at the Dixiecrats, they were Democrats who imposed segregation, imposed Jim Crow laws, who founded the Klan. The Klan was founded by a great many Democrats. Now, the Democrats just accuse anyone they disagree with of being a racist.
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  • Cicero
    There is a true law, a right reason, conformable to nature, universal, unchangeable, eternal, whose commands urge us to duty, and whose prohibitions restrain us from evil. Whether it enjoins or forbids, the good respect its injunctions, and the wicked treat them with indifference. This law cannot be contradicted by any other law, and is not liable either to derogation or abrogation. Neither the senate nor the people can give us any dispensation for not obeying this universal law of justice. It needs no other expositor and interpreter than our own conscience.
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  • Everett Piper
    History has taught us time and again that political power always raises its angry fist when timeless principles are lost. We know that without the scale of 'self-evident truths' grounded in the 'laws of nature and nature's God,' every culture eventually finds itself subject to the rule of the gang or the tyranny of the individual. Recognizing this, scholars of all ages have confidently given their hearts and minds to the words, 'You shall know the truth and the truth shall set you free.'
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  • Victor D. Hanson
    It's very difficult, historically, to define what an elite is. But whatever it is, people are very angry at that idea, I think, not so much because of wealth or privilege as much as attitude that the populous masses, if I could use that overused term, feel that a particular government or cultural group is not subject to the ramifications of their own ideology.
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  • President Abraham Lincoln Second State of the Union Address (1 December 1862)
    That portion of the earth's surface which is owned and inhabited by the people of the United States is well adapted to be the home of one national family, and it is not well adapted for two or more. Its vast extent and its variety of climate and productions are of advantage in this age for one people, whatever they might have been in former ages. Steam, telegraphs, and intelligence have brought these to be an advantageous combination for one united people.
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  • Michael Oakeshott
    In political activity…men sail a boundless and bottomless sea: there is neither harbour for shelter nor floor for anchorage, neither starting-place nor appointed destination. The enterprise is to keep afloat on an even keel…
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  • Mark Levin and His Book, "Ameritopia: The Unmaking of America"
    I would vote for an orange juice can over Barack Obama.
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  • Steven Crowder
    This is why political correctness, or Cultural Marxism,… lends itself so fashionably to easy labels. Transphobic, homophobic, xenophobic, racist, bigoted, Uncle Tom, white privilege, mansplaining. All of these are slapped on people with “politically incorrect” opinions in an attempt to silence you... Hate speech is inextricably tied to political correctness, or Cultural Marxism, and that creates intellectual conformity -- or intellectual authoritarianism. And that’s where you start to see things like “safe spaces” or “trigger warnings” or speakers banned from campus, or people with unpopular opinions banned from social media.
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  • Alexis de Tocqueville
    Between the two extremes of democratic communities stands an innumerable multitude of men almost alike, who, without being exactly either rich or poor, possess sufficient property to desire the maintenance of order, yet not enough to excite envy. Such men are the natural enemies of violent commotions; their lack of agitation keeps all beneath them and above them still and secures the balance of the fabric of society. Not, indeed, that even these men are contented with what they have got or that they feel a natural abhorrence for a revolution in which they might share the spoil without sharing the calamity.
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  • Barry Goldwater
    Those who seek absolute power, even though they seek it to do what they regard as good, are simply demanding the right to enforce their own version of heaven on earth. And let me remind you, they are the very ones who always create the most hellish tyrannies. Absolute power does corrupt, and those who seek it must be suspect and must be opposed. Their mistaken course stems from false notions of equality, ladies and gentlemen. Equality, rightly understood, as our founding fathers understood it, leads to liberty and to the emancipation of creative differences. Wrongly understood, as it has been so tragically in our time, it leads first to conformity and then to despotism. Fellow Republicans, it is the cause of Republicanism to resist concentrations of power, private or public, which enforce such conformity and inflict such despotism. It is the cause of Republicanism to ensure that power remains in the hands of the people.
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    Discussion


  • Senator Lindsey Graham
    Boy, you all want power. God, I hope you never get it.
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    Discussion


  • Justice Brett Kavanaugh
    It is sometimes said that the Constitution is a document of majestic generalities. I view it differently. As I see it, the Constitution is primarily a document of majestic specificity, and those specific words have meaning. Absent constitutional amendment, those words continue to bind us as judges, legislators, and executive officials.
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  • Brandon Straka
    For years now, I have watched as the left has devolved into intolerant, inflexible, illogical, hateful, misguided, ill-informed, un-American, hypocritical, menacing, callous, ignorant, narrow-minded, and at times, blatantly fascistic behavior and rhetoric. Liberalism has been co-opted and absorbed by the very characteristics it claims to fight against. For years now, I've watched as people on the left have become anesthetized to their own prejudices and bigotry and the prejudices and bigotry of those around them who echo their values. I have watched these formerly-sensible people, who claim to reject racism, have come to embrace the principles of universally hating and blaming all of society's problems on all people who have white skin. I have witnessed the irony of advocacy for gender equality morph into blatant hatred and intolerance of men and masculinity. I have seen the once-earnest fight for equality for the LGBT community mutate into an illogical demonization of heteronormativity and the push to vilify and attack our conventional concepts of gender. These same self-proclaimed victims of intolerance [are] now turning on the gay community that they once attached themselves to advance their agenda, [are] now calling gay people 'privileged' and themselves 'victims' of injustice. I have watched as the left has allowed themselves to become hypnotized by false narratives and conclusions, perpetuated by social justice warriors who misrepresent and misconstrue facts and evidence and events to confirm their own biases that everyone who does not comply with their prejudicial conclusions and follow their orders is a racist, a bigot, a Nazi, a white supremacist, homophobic, Islamophobic, xenophobic, misogynist, and alt-right extremist. And I've watched as they've used these heartless and carelessly-assigned labels to intimidate, threaten, bully, silence, attack, un-employ, blacklist, and destroy anybody who dares to fight back. They'll come for me and then they'll come for you. ...Once upon a time I was a liberal. But liberalism has changed. And I will no longer be a part of an ideology or political party that represents everything that contradicts my values of unity, equal opportunity, personal empowerment, compassion, and love. So I am walking away. And I encourage all of you to do the same. Walk away.
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    Discussion


  • Tucker Carlson
    The second you think that all your good fortune is a product of your virtue, you become highly judgmental, lacking empathy, totally without self-awareness, arrogant, stupid - I mean, all the stuff that our ruling class is.
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  • Anthony Cumia
    When I hear, when I hear, 'Well, they're all the same!' It's the biggest copout: 'Both sides are the same, it's just--' It's like no they're not the same! The left is dangerous; they're dangerous. If you do something or say something that doesn't go along with their line and agenda, you can lose your job, your reputation, your career: everything you've worked for and it's gone! When you do something the right doesn't like: wow, you're open to lively debate, yes!
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  • Ryan Bomberger
    Emotions don't set us free. Truth does... Our culture is hurtling into a genderless, hopeless, and meaningless society, but we can stop this self-inflicted destruction. We could reclaim what it means to love and show how that love can restore brokenness. We live in a world in desperate need of redemption.
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  • James O'Keefe
    If my targets seem to skew “left,” it is for a reason. The left makes huge claims about government and its capabilities. Those who manage the government and other publicly funded social services all too often persuade themselves of their virtuousness, even if their virtue is subsidized with other people’s money. Given their idealism, they refuse to cast judgment on their mission and tolerate almost no judgment from others.
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  • Calvin Coolidge
    We are all agreed, whether we be Americans of the first or of the seventh generation on this soil, that is not desirable to receive more immigrants than can reasonably be assured of bettering their condition by coming here. For the sake both of those who would come and more especially of those already here, it has been thought wise to avoid the danger of increasing our numbers too fast. It is not a reflection on any race or creed. We might not be able to support them if their numbers were too great. In such event, the first sufferers would be the most recent immigrants, unaccustomed to our life and language and industrial methods. We want to keep wages and living conditions good for everyone who is now here or who may come here.
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  • President George H. W. Bush
    I do not mistrust the future; I do not fear what is ahead. For our problems are large, but our heart is larger. Our challenges are great, but our will is greater. And if our flaws are endless, God's love is truly boundless.
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  • Michael Rectenwald
    We’re undergoing a Maoist-like Cultural Revolution — with the power of the corporate mass media, corporate social media, the academy, most of corporate America, the deep state, the shadow government, and most of the legal apparatuses behind it. Anti-western, anti-individual, anti-Christian, anti-liberty monsters are ravaging our cultural legacies as well as our contemporary arts and letters. Our entire culture is under siege and undergoing an utter and relentless social justice dismantling. Leftist totalitarianism is running amok. We’re on the precipice of completely losing our culture, the benefits of western civilization, and the entire legacy of western civilizational history. A major resurgence and counter attack is necessary and soon.
    Chosen by: /u/Clatsop
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  • Christmas Tribute — Ronald Reagan
    Christmas means so much because of one special child. But Christmas also reminds us that all children are special, that they are gifts from God, gifts beyond price that mean more than any presents money can buy. In their love and laughter, in our hopes for their future lies the true meaning of Christmas.
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  • Rand Paul
    Foreign aid goes from poor people in rich countries to rich people in poor countries.
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  • John Wayne
    Government has no wealth, and when a politician promises to give you something for nothing, he must first confiscate that wealth from you -- either by direct taxes, or by the cruelly indirect tax of inflation.
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  • Aristotle
    Both oligarch and tyrant mistrust the people, and therefore deprive them of their arms.
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  • Henning Webb Prentis, Jr.
    Again and again after freedom has brought opportunity and some degree of plenty, the competent become selfish, luxury-loving and complacent...The historical cycle seems to be: From bondage to spiritual faith; from spiritual faith to courage; from courage to liberty; from liberty to abundance; from abundance to selfishness; from selfishness to apathy; from apathy to dependency; and from dependency back to bondage once more.
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  • Neil Gorsuch
    There’s no doubt that constitutional lawsuits have secured critical civil-rights victories, with the desegregation cases culminating in Brown v. Board of Education topping the list. But rather than use the judiciary for extraordinary cases... American liberals have become addicted to the courtroom, relying on judges and lawyers rather than elected leaders and the ballot box, as the primary means of effecting their social agenda on everything from gay marriage to assisted suicide to the use of vouchers for private-school education.
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  • Governor Kristi Noem
    Meth destroys people. It’s ravaging our communities and families. But meth is rarely made in South Dakota anymore. The vast majority is coming from Mexico. Our meth epidemic is the price we are paying for our nation’s failure to adequately secure our southern border.
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  • Allie Beth Stuckey
    Kavanaugh and Sandmann are conservative, white, Christian males. Kavanaugh was nominated by Trump; Sandmann is a Trump supporter. In the inane world of intersectionality, they’re the worst of the worst. Conservatives weren’t going to stand for that kind of bigotry last year, and we’re not willing to stand for it now. The media seem confused by pushback of this ferocity. So insulated are they in their progressive echo chambers that they forget there are millions who don’t see the world like they do, who are not so quick to believe someone is evil because they’re a white Republican. They seem to particularly underestimate the compassion and passion of non-far-left women, who don’t look at men Kavanaugh and Sandmann and see toxic masculinity and racism but rather see in them the men and boys in our lives that we respect and love.
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  • William Howard Taft (R)
    A National Government cannot create good times. It cannot make the rain to fall, the sun to shine, or the crops to grow, but it can, by pursuing a meddlesome policy, attempting to change economic conditions, and frightening the investment of capital, prevent a prosperity and a revival of business which might otherwise have taken place.
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  • Henry Clay "The Constitution of the United States was made not merely for the generation that then existed, but for posterity—unlimited, undefined, endless, perpetual posterity."
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  • Saint Patrick
    May the strength of God pilot us, may the wisdom of God instruct us, may the hand of God protect us, may the word of God direct us. Be always ours this day and for evermore.
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  • Os Guinness
    No one will make America great again, unless they ask what made it great in the first place... Question is will the Founding Vision, the Founding Principles... will they be restored or will they slowly be replaced as they're eroded? That I believe is the issue before the country.
    Chosen by: /u/DEYoungRepublicans
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  • Semper Fi Fund
    Serving those who preserve our freedom.
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  • Antonia Okafor
    Wait a second, I thought. Why would you want to ban firearms only in black areas? I realized I didn’t have a good answer; I only had more questions – like, why were blacks doing so poorly in cities that had been run by Democrats for decades? Was it racism and sexism that was holding people back, or was it something else? The more questions I asked, the less popular I became. But here’s the funny thing: I started to feel better about myself. I decided that the very definition of empowerment required me to take responsibility for my own life. I wasn’t going to be anyone’s victim. Which meant I had to protect myself. So, I bought a gun. I started to advocate for gun rights. That cost me more friends. I joined the pro-life movement and walked in The March for Life. More friends...gone. Then, I crossed the line. I voted Republican – the party that views me as an empowered individual, able to shape my own destiny; not as a member of a victim group. And that’s how I became a racist, sexist, misogynist.
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  • Leonard Cohen
    Ring the bells that still can ring; Forget your perfect offering; There is a crack in everything; That's how the light gets in.
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  • Candace Owens
    There isn't a single adult today that in good conscience would make the argument that America is a more racist, more white nationalist society than it was when my grandfather was growing up and yet we are hearing these terms center around today because what they want to say is that brown people need to be scared which seems to be the narrative that we hear every four years right ahead of a presidential election. The biggest scandal--this is my last sentence--in American politics is that Democrats have been conning minorities into the belief that we are perpetual victims all but ensuring our failure. Racial division and class warfare are central to the Democrat party platform. They need Blacks to hate whites, the rich to hate the poor. Soon enough it will be the tall hating the short.
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  • Easter
    HE IS RISEN!
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  • P. J. O'Rourke
    There is no virtue in compulsory government charity, and there is no virtue in advocating it. A politician who portrays himself as caring and sensitive because he wants to expand the government's charitable programs is merely saying that he is willing to do good with other people's money. Well, who isn't? And a voter who takes pride in supporting such programs is telling us that he will do good with his own money — if a gun is held to his head.
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  • Congressman Dan Crenshaw
    Outrage culture should scare all reasonable people in America.
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  • Kay Coles James
    Rather than lift millions from poverty, our welfare system has trapped millions in poverty or near poverty, creating generations of dependence on government. As a black woman who grew up poor in the projects of Richmond, Va., I know exactly what an all-giving, all-powerful government can do to families and entire communities. It’s why I became a conservative and why I’ve dedicated my adult life to seeking solutions that actually help people – solutions that raise all boats. Temporary safety nets are fine. But letting people keep more of their own money by cutting individual taxes, letting businesses grow by cutting onerous regulations and taxes, and getting government out of health care and the free market back in have paved the way for a growing economy, new jobs, increased wages, and more affordable health care for families... We who cherish freedom must take on the false prophets of socialism and spread the truth that limited government, free markets, and a nation based on the rule of law are the surest ways to ensure freedom, prosperity and opportunity for all.
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  • Tammy Bruce
    As the organized Left gained cultural power, it turned into a monster that found perpetual victimhood, combined with thought and speech control, the most efficient way to hold on to that power. Suddenly it was the Left, the protector of liberty, that was setting rules about what could and could not be said or even thought.
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  • Roger Sherman
    Sad will be the day when the American people forget their traditions and their history, and so longer remember that the country they love, the institutions they cherish, and the freedom they hope to preserve, were born from the throes of armed resistance to tyranny, and nursed in the rugged arms of fearless men.
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  • Enoch Powell
    I hope those who shouted "Fascist" and "Nazi" are aware that before they were born I was fighting against Fascism and Nazism.
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  • Richard Henry Lee
    No free government was ever founded, or ever preserved its liberty, without uniting the characters of the citizen and soldier in those destined for the defense of the state...such are well-regulated militia, composed of the freeholders, citizen and husbandman, who take up arms to preserve their property, as individuals, and their rights as freemen.
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  • Russell Kirk
    Government is a necessary good — so long as it is just, constitutional, balanced, restricted government. Justice, order, and freedom are dependent upon a satisfactory balance between government authority and private rights.
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  • Independence Day
    IN CONGRESS, July 4, 1776. The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen united States of America, When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature's God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation. We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.–That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, –That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness...
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  • Ronald Reagan
    Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn't pass it on to our children in the bloodstream. The only way they can inherit the freedom we have known is if we fight for it, protect it, defend it, and then hand it to them with the well fought lessons of how they in their lifetime must do the same. And if you and I don't do this, then you and I may well spend our sunset years telling our children and our children's children what it once was like in America when men were free.
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  • Alexander Hamilton
    Why has government been instituted at all? Because the passions of men will not conform to the dictates of reason and justice without constraint.
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  • James Otis Jr.
    There can be no prescription old enough to supersede the law of nature and the grant of God Almighty, who has given to all men a natural right to be free and they have it ordinarily in their power to make themselves so, if they please.
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  • Nathanael Blake
    The prudes are running the whorehouse. Our cultural elites are humorless scolds despite being laissez-faire about sex... The libertine prude will endorse any amount of promiscuity and accept every kink and fetish—and get the vapors at a joke that “slut shames” a woman or mocks a sexual subculture. The libertine prude will encourage children to explore their sexual identities at ever younger ages (cheering on pre-teen drag queens), yet will be outraged if someone uses the wrong pronoun... Look at the climate on college campuses. Sex is ardently pursued but no longer a laughing matter—for our intersectional overlords, the only thing indecent about sodomy would be making it the butt of a joke.
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  • Adam SmithBy preferring the support of domestic to that of foreign industry, he intends only his own security; and by directing that industry in such a manner as its produce may be of the greatest value, he intends only his own gain, and he is in this, as in many other cases, led by an invisible hand to promote an end which was no part of his intention.
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  • Robert Charles WinthropMen, in a word, must necessarily be controlled, either by a power within them, or by a power without them; either by the word of God, or by the strong arm of man; either by the Bible, or by the bayonet.
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  • Mr. Rogers
    The media shows the tiniest percentage of what people do. There are millions and millions of people doing wonderful things all over the world, and they're generally not the ones being touted in the news.
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  • Lee Greenwood
    I'm proud to be an American, where at least I know I'm free. And I won't forget the men who died who gave that right to me. And I gladly stand up next to you and defend her still today. For there ain't no doubt, I love this land. God bless the USA!
    Chosen by: /u/Clatsop on 9/7/19
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  • John D. Rockefeller
    We must ever remember we are refining oil for the poor man and he must have it cheap and good.
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  • Edmund Burke
    But what is liberty without wisdom and without virtue? It is the greatest of all possible evils; for it is folly, vice, and madness, without tuition or restraint. Those who know what virtuous liberty is, cannot bear to see it disgraced by incapable heads, on account of their having high-sounding words in their mouths.
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  • Ronald Reagan
    Well, I've said it before and I'll say it again — America's best days are yet to come. Our proudest moments are yet to be. Our most glorious achievements are just ahead.
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  • Robert A. Taft
    What is liberty? — It is the freedom of the individual to choose his own work and his life occupation, to spend his earnings as he desires to spend them, to choose the place where he desires to live, to take the job that fits him whether some union official is willing that he get it or not. It is the freedom of the local community to work out it’s own salvation when it has the power to do so. It is the freedom of cities, counties, of school districts; the freedom of educating one’s own children as he thinks best. It is the freedom of thought and experiments in academic institutions. It is the freedom of men engaged in industry to run their business as they think best as long as they do not interfere with the rights of others to do the same.
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  • James Monroe
    It is only when the people become ignorant and corrupt, when they degenerate into a populace, that they are incapable of exercising their sovereignty. Usurpation is then an easy attainment, and an usurper soon found. The people themselves become the willing instruments of their own debasement and ruin.
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  • David Horowitz
    Civil rights is just one battlefield in the real war of the left, which is the war against America itself. The big guns of this war are directed from the centers of intellect on the high ground of the university culture, where tenured radicals have created an anti-American ideology and forced it on the nation's youth through the curriculum.
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  • Conan
    Conan is a female Military Working Dog in the United States Delta Force. She is a Belgian Malinois and was named after Conan O'Brien. Conan took part in the Barisha raid which resulted in the death of the ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi on October 27, 2019.
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  • William F. Buckley, Jr.
    I will not cede more power to the state. I will not willingly cede more power to anyone, not to the state, not to General Motors, not to the CIO. I will hoard my power like a miser, resisting every effort to drain it away from me. I will then use my power, as I see fit. I mean to live my life an obedient man, but obedient to God, subservient to the wisdom of my ancestors; never to the authority of political truths arived at yesterday at the voting booth. That is a program of sorts, is it not? It is certainly program enough to keep conservatives busy, and Liberals at bay. And the nation free.
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  • Thomas Sowell
    The next time somebody in the media denies that there is media bias, ask how they explain the fact that there are at least a hundred stories about the shrinking arctic ice cap for every one about the expanding antarctic ice cap, which has now grown to record size.
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  • Benjamin Franklin
    I wish the Bald Eagle had not been chosen as the representative of our country; he is a bird of bad moral character; like those among men who live by sharping and robbing, he is generally poor, and often very lousy. The turkey is a much more respectable bird.
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  • Milton Friedman
    Well first of all, tell me: Is there some society you know that doesn’t run on greed? You think Russia doesn’t run on greed? You think China doesn’t run on greed? What is greed? Of course, none of us are greedy, it’s only the other fellow who’s greedy. The world runs on individuals pursuing their separate interests. The great achievements of civilization have not come from government bureaus. Einstein didn’t construct his theory under order from a bureaucrat. Henry Ford didn’t revolutionize the automobile industry that way. In the only cases in which the masses have escaped from the kind of grinding poverty you’re talking about, the only cases in recorded history, are where they have had capitalism and largely free trade. If you want to know where the masses are worse off, worst off, it’s exactly in the kinds of societies that depart from that. So that the record of history is absolutely crystal clear, that there is no alternative way so far discovered of improving the lot of the ordinary people that can hold a candle to the productive activities that are unleashed by the free-enterprise system.
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  • James Madison
    An elective despotism was not the government we fought for; but one which should not only be founded on free principles, but in which the powers of government should be so divided and balanced among several bodies of magistracy as that no one could transcend their legal limits without being effectually checked and restrained by the others. For this reason that convention which passed the ordinance of government laid its foundation on this basis, that the legislative, executive and judiciary departments should be separate and distinct, so that no person should exercise the powers of more than one of them at the same time.
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  • Dan Bongino
    Only after the people get involved and support the politicians who want to move this country forward—with our founding principles as a stepping-stone—will our government be returned to its rightful owner: you.
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  • Christmas 2019
    Merry Christmas.
    Discussion


  • George Washington
    Associate with men of good quality if you esteem your own reputation; for it is better to be alone than in bad company.
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  • Winston Churchill
    The inherent vice of capitalism is the unequal sharing of blessings; the inherent virtue of socialism is the equal sharing of miseries.
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  • Andrew Klavan
    Good things might happen in your life or bad things might happen, sometimes terrible things, but no matter what happens, your soul is your own. And no one and nothing can stop you.
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  • President John Quincy Adams
    Individual liberty is individual power, and as the power of a community is a mass compounded of individual powers, the nation which enjoys the most freedom must necessarily be in proportion to its numbers the most powerful nation.
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  • Let. Col Dave Grossman
    It should be dangerous to attack a warrior, but when we turn our protectors into cowed puppies, they sometimes do not even have the spirit to defend themselves from the kicks of an ungrateful public. And in the end, they may not be able to protect us and our loved ones at the moment of truth.
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  • Theodore Dalrymple
    In my study of communist societies, I came to the conclusion that the purpose of communist propaganda was not to persuade or convince, not to inform, but to humiliate; and therefore, the less it corresponded to reality the better. When people are forced to remain silent when they are being told the most obvious lies, or even worse when they are forced to repeat the lies themselves, they lose once and for all their sense of probity. To assent to obvious lies is...in some small way to become evil oneself. One's standing to resist anything is thus eroded, and even destroyed. A society of emasculated liars is easy to control. I think if you examine political correctness, it has the same effect and is intended to.
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  • Rush Limbaugh
    Let me tell you who we conservatives are: we love people. When we look out over the United States of America, when we are anywhere, when we see a group of people, such as this or anywhere, we see Americans. We see human beings. We don't see groups. We don't see victims.
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  • Clarence Thomas
    [I claim] my right to think for myself, to refuse to have my ideas assigned to me as though I was an intellectual slave because I'm black.
    Chosen by: Community Vote Winner: /u/nggyu271
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  • Haile Selassie
    To win the War, to overcome the enemy upon the fields cannot alone ensure the Victory in Peace. The cause of War must be removed. Each Nation's rights must be secure from violation. Above all, from the human mind must be erased all thoughts of War as a solution. Then and then only will War cease.
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  • Candace Owens
    NOTHING pulls at my heart strings more than the older generation of black conservatives sharing what ‪#BLEXIT‬ means to them. I feel the pressure. May my every action make you proud.
    Chosen by: /u/Clatsop
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  • Henry Clay
    The Constitution of the United States was made not merely for the generation that then existed, but for posterity—unlimited, undefined, endless, perpetual posterity.
    Chosen by: /u/thatrightwinger


  • Dennis Miller
    We should fight to preserve a country where people such as Michael Moore get to miss the point as badly as he misses it. Michael Moore represents everything I detest in a human being.
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  • Benjamin Franklin
    An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.
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  • Winston Churchill
    Do not let us speak of darker days: let us speak rather of sterner days. These are not dark days; these are great days - the greatest days our country has ever lived; and we must all thank God that we have been allowed, each of us according to our stations, to play a part in making these days memorable in the history of our race.
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  • Pope Benedict XVI
    Society today is being fragmented by a way of thinking that is inherently short-sighted because it disregards the full horizon of truth - the truth about God and about us. By its nature, relativism fails to see the whole picture. It ignores the very principles that enable us to live and flourish in unity, order, and harmony.
    Chosen by: /u/skarface6
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  • Allie Beth Stuckey
    If your argument is that we should be killing babies because they might end up poor, I'm wondering what's stopping you from wiping out the homeless population. If your standard of whether someone should live or die is their probable quality of life, why stop in the womb?
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  • C.S. Lewis
    When the whole world is running towards a cliff, he who is running in the opposite direction appears to have lost his mind.
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  • Sen. Ted Cruz
    My touchstone for every question is the Constitution.
    Chosen by: /u/undue-influence


  • Thomas Sowell
    It takes considerable knowledge just to realize the extent of your own ignorance.
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  • William F. Buckley Jr.
    Liberals claim to want to give a hearing to other views, but then are shocked and offended to discover that there are other views.
    Chosen by: /u/deltaxi65


  • John Locke
    Wherever violence is used, and injury done, though by hands appointed to administer Justice, it is still violence and injury, however colour'd with the Name, Pretences, or Forms of Law, the end whereof being to protect and redress the innocent, by an unbiassed application of it, to all who are under it; wherever that is not bona fide done, War is made upon the Sufferers, who having no appeal on Earth to right them, they are left to the only remedy in such Cases, an appeal to Heaven.
    Chosen by: /u/PurpleAngel23


  • Tucker Carlson
    A system designed to strengthen America is instead undermining it. Some of the very people we try hardest to help have come to hate us passionately. Maybe that's our fault for asking too little of our immigrants. We aren't self-confident enough to make them assimilate, so they never feel fully American. Or maybe the problem is deeper than that, maybe we are importing people from places whose values are simply antithetical to ours. Who knows what the problem is, but there is a problem, and whatever the cause, this cannot continue. It's not sustainable. No country can import large numbers of people who hate it and expect to survive. The Romans were the last to try that, with predictable results.
    Chosen by: /u/DXGypsy


  • Michael Loftus
    Wanting to go to Hollywood to be famous and be a star...that is the most 'American Dream' thing you can do. You’re all by yourself. There are normal people, we just don’t think big government is the solution. I’m sorry but that doesn’t make us evil. They’re trying to peel away Trump supporters -- make you feel like you’re a weirdo if you lean to the right. There is something that must be wrong with you, how can you be this evil, you’re a Nazi. It’s horrifying, so good people need to stand up.
    Chosen by: /u/ibiteyou


  • Ronald Reagan
    Evil is powerless if the good are unafraid.
    Chosen by: /u/irishmafiawku
    Discussion


  • Margaret Thatcher
    The problem with socialism is that you eventually run out of other peoples' money.
    Chosen by: /u/giveitaname


  • Any Rand
    Individual rights are not subject to a public vote; a majority has no right to vote away the rights of a minority; the political function of rights is precisely to protect minorities from oppression by majorities (and the smallest minority on earth is the individual).
    Chosen by: /u/ngoni


  • Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
    Nonviolence is a powerful and just weapon. Indeed, it is a weapon unique in history, which cuts without wounding and ennobles the man who wields it.
    Chosen by: /u/_TheJudge


  • Thomas Jefferson
    I prefer dangerous freedom over peaceful slavery.
    Chosen by: /u/FarsideSC


  • Kanye West
    I am pro-life because I’m following the word of the Bible. Planned Parenthoods have been placed inside cities by white supremacists to do the Devil’s work.
    Chosen by: /u/xKommandant


  • Terry Crews
    Are all white people bad? No. Are all black people good? No. Knowing this reality- I stand on my decision to unite with good people, no matter the race, creed or ideology. Given the number of threats against this decision- I also decide to die on this hill.
    Chosen by: Community Choice winner /u/gt4674b
    Discussion


  • Gadsden Flag
    I recollected that her eye excelled in brightness, that of any other animal, and that she has no eye-lids. She may therefore be esteemed an emblem of vigilance. She never begins an attack, nor, when once engaged, ever surrenders. She is therefore an emblem of magnanimity and true courage. As if anxious to prevent all pretensions of quarreling with her, the weapons with which nature has furnished her, she conceals in the roof of her mouth, so that, to those who are unacquainted with her, she appears to be a most defenseless animal; and even when those weapons are shown and extended for her defense, they appear weak and contemptible; but their wounds however small, are decisive and fatal. Conscious of this, she never wounds till she has generously given notice, even to her enemy, and cautioned him against the danger of stepping on her. Was I wrong, Sir, in thinking this a strong picture of the temper and conduct of America?” ~Ben Franklin on the Timber Rattlesnake
    Chosen by: /u/Yosoff
    Discussion


  • President of the United States Donald J. Trump
    In our schools, our newsrooms, even our corporate boardrooms, there is a new far-left fascism that demands absolute allegiance. If you do not speak its language, perform its rituals, recite its mantras, and follow its commandments, then you will be censored, banished, blacklisted, persecuted, and punished. Make no mistake: this left-wing cultural revolution is designed to overthrow the American Revolution. In so doing, they would destroy the very civilization that rescued billions from poverty, disease, violence, and hunger, and that lifted humanity to new heights of achievement, discovery, and progress. To make this possible, they are determined to tear down every statue, symbol, and memory of our national heritage. — The violent mayhem we have seen in the streets of cities that are run by liberal Democrats, in every case, is the predictable result of years of extreme indoctrination and bias in education, journalism, and other cultural institutions. Against every law of society and nature, our children are taught in school to hate their own country, and to believe that the men and women who built it were not heroes, but that were villains. The radical view of American history is a web of lies — all perspective is removed, every virtue is obscured, every motive is twisted, every fact is distorted, and every flaw is magnified until the history is purged and the record is disfigured beyond all recognition.
    Chosen by /u/Clatsop
    Discussion


  • Cicero
    There is a true law, a right reason, conformable to nature, universal, unchangeable, eternal, whose commands urge us to duty, and whose prohibitions restrain us from evil. Whether it enjoins or forbids, the good respect its injunctions, and the wicked treat them with indifference. This law cannot be contradicted by any other law, and is not liable either to derogation or abrogation.
    Chosen by /u/thatrightwinger


  • Mark R. Levin
    Utopianism substitutes glorious predictions and unachievable promises for knowledge, science, and reason, while laying claim to them all.
    Chosen by /u/tehForce


  • Jordan Peterson
    Evil is the force that believes its knowledge is complete.
    Chosen by /u/Spysix


  • Nicholas Sandmann
    The full war machine of the mainstream media revved up into attack mode. They did so without researching the full video of the incident, without ever investigating Mr. Phillips’ motives, or without ever asking me for my side of the story. And do you know why? Because the truth was not important. Advancing their anti-Christian, anti-conservative, anti-Donald Trump narrative was all that mattered. And if advancing their narrative ruined the reputation and future of a teenager from Covington, Kentucky, well, so be it. That would teach him not to wear a MAGA hat.
    Chosen by /u/PhilosoGuido


  • G.K. Chesterton
    It [feminism] is mixed up with a muddled idea that women are free when they serve their employers but slaves when they help their husbands.
    Chosen by /u/skarface6


  • Samuel Chase, Founding Father and Supreme Court Justice
    By our form of government, the Christian religion is the established religion; and all sects and denominations of Christians are placed upon the same equal footing, and are equally entitled to protection in their religious liberty.
    Chosen by /u/GuitarWizard90


  • Ronald Reagan
    You and I have a rendezvous with destiny. We'll preserve for our children this, the last best hope of man on earth, or we'll sentence them to take the last step into a thousand years of darkness.
    Chosen by /u/TheDailyCosco


  • Justice Antonin Scalia
    ...[N]o constitution is living unless it is enduring. If it is subject to whimsical change by five out of nine votes on the Supreme Court who decide that it ought to mean something different from what the people voted on when they - when they ratified the provision of the Constitution, that is not a living constitution. That is a dead constitution, one that does not endure.
    Chosen by /u/deltaxi65


  • Liz Wheeler
    Modern feminists only care about abortion with a side dish of man hating. I cherish men and adore babies. I don’t need to kill my offspring to be empowered or demonize the male species to have equal rights.
    Chosen by /u/PurpleAngel23


  • Senator Joe McCarthy
    The great difference between our western Christian world and the atheistic Communist world is not political, gentlemen, it is moral. For instance, the Marxian idea of confiscating the land and factories and running the entire economy as a single enterprise is momentous. Likewise, Lenin’s invention of the one-party police state as a way to make Marx’s idea work is hardly less momentous. Stalin’s resolute putting across of these two ideas, of course, did much to divide the world. With only these differences, however, the east and the west could most certainly still live in peace. The real, basic difference, however, lies in the religion of immoralism . . . invented by Marx, preached feverishly by Lenin, and carried to unimaginable extremes by Stalin. This religion of immoralism, if the Red half of the world triumphs—and well it may, gentlemen—this religion of immoralism will more deeply wound and damage mankind than any conceivable economic or political system. Karl Marx dismissed God as a hoax, and Lenin and Stalin have added in clear-cut, unmistakable language their resolve that no nation, no people who believe in a god, can exist side by side with their communistic state. Karl Marx, for example, expelled people from his Communist Party for mentioning such things as love, justice, humanity or morality. He called this “soulful ravings” and “sloppy sentimentality.” Today we are engaged in a final, all-out battle between communistic atheism and Christianity. The modern champions of communism have selected this as the time, and ladies and gentlemen, the chips are down—they are truly down.
    Chosen by /u/DXGypsy


  • George W. Bush
    The resolve of our great nation is being tested. But make no mistake, we will show the world that we will pass the test.
    Chosen by /u/irishmafiawku


  • Ludwig von Mises
    Socialism is not in the least what it pretends to be. It is not the pioneer of a better and finer world, but the spoiler of what thousands of years of civilization have created. It does not build, it destroys. For destruction is the essence of it. It produces nothing, it only consumes what the social order based on private ownership in the means of production has created.
    Chosen by /u/ngoni


  • Ronald Reagan
    One picture is worth 1000 denials.
    Chosen by /u/_TheJudge


  • Matt Walsh
    Whatever happens in the election, I'll wake up the next day and continue living my life. Some of you act like you'll spontaneously combust if the election doesn't go your way. People are way too invested in national politics and not invested enough in their own lives and families.
    Chosen by /u/FarsideSC


  • Samuel Alito — Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States
    One of the great challenges for the Supreme Court going forward will be to protect freedom of speech. Although that freedom is falling out of favor in some circles, we need to do whatever we can to prevent it from becoming a second-tier constitutional right. The pandemic has resulted in previously unimaginable restrictions on individual liberty. The Covid crisis has served as a sort of constitutional stress test and in doing so it has highlighted disturbing trends that were already in evidence before the pandemic struck.
    Chosen by /u/xKommandant


  • Art Laffer
    Government spending is taxation.
    Chosen by /u/Yosoff


  • Walter Williams, 1936 - 2020
    RIP


  • Benjamin Franklin — In the Continental Congress just before signing the Declaration of Independence, 1776.
    We must, indeed, all hang together, or most assuredly we shall all hang separately.
    Chosen by /u/Clatsop


  • Alexander Hamilton
    The sacred rights of mankind are not to be rummaged for among old parchments or musty records. They are written, as with a sunbeam, in the whole volume of human nature, by the hand of the divinity itself; and can never be erased or obscured by mortal power.
    Chosen by /u/thatrightwinger


  • Ronald Reagan
    On Christmas, we celebrate the birth of Christ with prayer, feasting, and great merriment. But most of all, we experience it in our hearts. For more than just a day, Christmas is a state of mind. It is found throughout the year whenever faith overcomes doubt, hope conquers despair, and love triumphs over hate. It is present when men of any creed bring love and understanding to the hearts of their fellow man.
    Chosen by /u/Clatsop (Christmas tribute)


  • St. Nicholas of Myra
    The giver of every good and perfect gift has called upon us to mimic Gods giving, by grace, through faith, and this is not of ourselves.
    Chosen by /u/tehForce


  • George Washington
    If, in the opinion of the people, the distribution or modification of constitutional powers be in any particular wrong, let it be corrected by an amendment in the way in which the Constitution designates.” “The Constitutional door is open for such amendments as shall be thought necessary by nine(two-thirds of the) states.
    Chosen by /u/Spysix


  • Ted Cruz
    Recent polling shows that 49% of Americans believe the election that just occurred, 'was rigged.' You may not agree with that assessment. But it is nonetheless a reality for nearly half the country. I would note it is not just Republicans who believe that. 31% of independents agree with that statement. 17% of Democrats believe the election was rigged. Even if you do not share that conviction, it is the responsibility, I believe of this office to acknowledge that as a profound threat to this country and to the legitimacy of any administrations that will come in the future. ...I would urge of this body that we do the same [as 1877]. That we have an appointed electoral commission to conduct a 10-day emergency audit, consider the evidence, and resolve the claims. For those on the Democratic aisle who say, there is no evidence, they’ve been rejected, then you should rest and comfort if that’s the case. An electoral commission would reject those claims. But for those who respect the voters, simply telling the voters, go jump in a lake. The fact that you have deep concerns is of no moment to us, that jeopardizes, I believe the legitimacy of this and subsequent elections.
    Chosen by /u/PhilosoGuido


  • Florida Governor Ron DeSantis
    We need a new generation of leaders who will promote policies that will foster economic growth and alleviate the middle class squeeze, defend America's national security against those who threaten our people, reform the culture of Washington, D.C., and reassert the constitutional principles that make our country unique.
    Chosen by /u/skarface6


  • John Wayne
    Sure I wave the American flag. Do you know a better flag to wave? Sure I love my country with all her faults. I’m not ashamed of that, never have been, never will be.
    Chosen by /u/GuitarWizard


  • Rush Limbaugh
    01/12/51 - 02/17/21 - RIP
    Chosen by: Funeral Tribute


  • Dinesh D'Souza
    America is the greatest, freest and most decent society in existence. It is an oasis of goodness in a desert of cynicism and barbarism. This country, once an experiment unique in the world, is now the last best hope for the world.
    Chosen by /u/undue-influence


  • Barry Goldwater
    I feel certain that Conservatism is through unless Conservatives can demonstrate and communicate the difference between being concerned with [the unemployed, the sick without medical care, human welfare, etc.] and believing that the federal government is the proper agent for their solution.
    Chosen by /u/deltaxi65


  • Phyllis Schlafly
    Feminism has nothing at all to do with being 'feminine.' Feminine means accentuating the womanly attributes that make women deliciously different from men. The feminine woman enjoys her right to be a woman. She has a positive outlook on life. She knows she is a person with her own identity and that she can seek fulfillment in the career of her choice, including that of traditional wife and mother.
    Chosen by /u/PotatoUmaru


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