24
Aug
14

2014 Mesa, Arizona, Mayor race

2014 Mesa, Arizona, Mayor race – check out Danny Ray.

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Mesa has a choice this August:

• Do you want to continue building massive debt? The City of Mesa has amassed a total debt of nearly $1.5 BILLION (billion with a B). Since 1984, our debt has increased tenfold. Since just 2003, our debt has nearly doubled with no significant change in population size.

• Do you want your cost of living to keep rising? The cost of city services and taxes (water, sewer, trash, sales tax, and property tax) is rising much faster in Mesa than in neighboring communities. In 2004, Mesa boasted the lowest average cost of living and provided services at less than $1,200 per household. We have since increased to over $1,800 annually, surpassing Chandler, Gilbert, and even Scottsdale. This rapid increase reflects the fact that all city fees have been creeping up to satisfy interest payments on our massive debt.

• Do you want a healthy local economy? Economic vitality comes from free-market principles with a level playing field for businesses of all sizes. It is not within the scope of government to pick winners and losers; rather, government is obligated to treat all businesses equally under the law. This is not the way things currently stand. In addition, red tape created by an inefficient and costly permitting process is driving employers, shops, and services to neighboring communities.

Danny is working to bring attention to these important issues and increase citizen engagement in government. The burden is on us as citizens to fully engage and keep the rights and liberties that our Founding Fathers secured for us. We CAN work together as the people of Mesa to reverse the trend toward more control and less freedom.

Danny’s opponent is for continuing Mesa’s “upward momentum” but Danny believes we can continue to have positive growth and preserve the community we love WITHOUT massive debt.

22
Aug
14

Has Freedom Finally Arrived? No, We’ll Have to Bring It!

Originally Found at CATO HERE.

The New York Times wonders if the libertarian moment has arrived. Unfortunately, there’ve been false starts before.

Ronald Reagan’s election seemed the harbinger of a new freedom wave. His rhetoric was great, but actual accomplishments lagged far behind.

So, too, with the 1994 Republican takeover of Congress.  Alas, the GOP in office behaved little different than many Democrats.

Since then there’s been even less to celebrate—in America, at least. George W. Bush was an avid proponent of “compassionate,” big-government conservatism. Federa outlays rose faster than under his Democratic predecessor. Barack Obama has continued Uncle Sam’s bailout tradition, promoting corporate welfare, pushing through a massive “stimulus” bill for the bank accounts of federal contractors, and seizing control of what remained private in the health care system.

Over the last half century, members of both parties took a welfare state that was of modest size despite the excesses of Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s New Deal and put it on a fiscally unsustainable basis as part of the misnamed “Great Society.” Economist Lawrence Kotlikoff figures government’s total unfunded liability at around $220 trillion.

The national government has done no better with international issues. Trillions went for misnamed “foreign aid” that subsidized collectivism and autocracy. Trade liberalization faces determined resistance and often is blocked by countries that would gain great benefits from global commerce.

Even worse has been foreign policy. The joy people felt from the collapse of the Berlin Wall a quarter century ago has been forgotten.

The defense budget has turned into a new form of foreign aid for America’s populous and prosperous allies. The United States has been constantly at war, repeatedly proving that the Pentagon is no better at social engineering than is any other government agency.

Americans across the political spectrum agree that something is wrong, that the status quo is no good. But they disagree on the remedy.

However, the answer shouldn’t be that hard to discern. The definition of insanity, runs the old adage, is to keep doing the same thing while expecting different results.

By that definition, Washington policymakers are insane. The economy is slowing, people are falling behind economically, freedoms are being lost, and security fears are rising? No problem. Roll out the usual failed nostrums.

We know what the effect of these policies will be. All we have to do is look around the world and see what has happened.

It is this reality, not new personalities or generations, that is creating a libertarian moment. The 20th century killed off communism and fascism as serious alternatives. The chief competitor to this systems was not laissez-faire capitalism, as some suggested, but highly regulated and monumentally expensive welfare states. They were freer and more prosperous than their geopolitical antagonists—even a little capitalism goes a long way—but the erosion of liberty and prosperity has been constant.

Perhaps more debilitating was the corrosive effect on the foundational principles of a free society, such as independence, self-reliance, responsibility, accountability, and more. This assault in America continues with, for instance, the federal government turning health care into another massive entitlement, highlighted by pervasive regulation and income redistribution.

The obvious—and only—alternative to more government, which has failed so badly, is less government. Lower tax rates and rationalize complex tax systems. Cut the wasteful looting and pillaging that is a hallmark of today’s transfer society. Repeal unnecessary and relax unnecessarily stringent regulations, while making legitimate rules more market-friendly. Model liberty, prosperity, tolerance, and peace for others, allowing individual Americans going abroad to be America’s best ambassadors.

Has the libertarian moment arrived? The tyranny of the status quo, as Milton Friedman termed it, remains omnipresent and powerful. As a result, I point out in the Freeman, “the libertarian moment will not ‘arrive.’  It will have to be brought forward by those committed to a better and freer America.”

12
Aug
14

Pagliacci vs Robin Williams

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This is a little late as I don’t like to ride the bandwagon… but this is touching. You never know who is hurting and suicide knows no boundaries of color, wealth, fame, athleticism, or parental upbringing.

06
Aug
14

2014 Primary Election: Arizona, CD5, LD17 (Chandler)

It is my duty as a citizen to vote and participate in politics. I consider myself a heavily leaning Conservative Libertarian and these are my initial thoughts on who to vote for in CD5/LD17.

FEDERAL:

REPRESENTATIVE, CD5: Salmon, Matt (no contest)

 

STATE:

GOVERNOR: Frank Riggs

STATE SENATE, LD17: Yarbrough, Steve (no contest)

STATE REPRESENTATIVE, LD17 (2): Mesnard, J.D.; Weninger, Jeff

SECRETARY OF STATE: Wil Cardon [1]

ATTORNEY GENERAL: Horne, Tom [2]

STATE TREASURER: DeWit, Jeff

SUPERINTENDENT OF PUBLIC INSTRUCTION: Douglas, Diane

STATE MINE INSPECTOR: Hart, Joe (no contest)

CORPORATION COMMISSIONER (2): Little, Doug; Forese, Tom [3]

 

COUNTY:

COUNTY ASSESSOR: Petersen, Paul (no contest)

CLERK OF THE SUPERIOR COURT: Jeanes, Michael (no contest)

 

CITY OF CHANDLER:

MAYOR: Tibshraeny, Jay (no contest)

COUNCILMEMBER (3): Roe, Terry; Hartke, Kevin [4]

 

PROPOSITION:

470: Yes

 

NOTES:

[1] I do not get a warm and fuzzy with anyone for Secretary of State. Reagan seems like Brewer who gave us Common Core. Pierce seems unenthusiastic. And Cardon is the rich-boy. Cardon may be the pretty-boy that doesn’t have any political ties or favors to repay.

[2] This is another toss-up. Nobody here is really pleasant to vote for in GOP. Brnovich Horne are neck-and-neck but neither of them really float my boat. I know that many people will shy away from Horne from his reputation but I personally feel that people enjoy slinging mud at him – none of the accusations have stuck. Is he really good at covering up or did someone paint a target at him that we all haven’t seen? I believe I erad that Brnovich hasn’t bothered practicing in quite some time.

[3] Ah, corporations. They are good… and bad. This seems like one of those positions that it will be hard to get into unless you have some sort of secret back-door money (uh, from corporations). That is the rumor with Little/Forsee but who knows.

[4]  I like Roe and voted for him last time. Hartke also seems like he has done decent. I am allowed three, but I don’t know if I will vote for three.

NOTE: Also to note locally, but out of my area that you may want to consider:

TEMPE: Matt Papke for Tempe City Council

MESA: Danny Rey for Mesa Mayor

LD20: Thurane Auck Khin for State Representative

03
Aug
14

A Message From Arizona’s Frank Riggs

Below is a message from Frank Riggs, a contender for the Arizona Governor position.

Dear Friend of Liberty,

I’m Frank Riggs, Republican candidate for governor of Arizona. I’m writing to ask for your support and vote in the Republican Primary. Mail ballot voting begins July 31st and primary election day is August 26th. The stakes are great if we’re going to restore fiscal responsibility, constitutionally limited government, free markets and personal liberty in our state and country.

I’m the only candidate for governor with a deep and proven record of defending our liberties, constitutional principles and core conservative values. I’ve taken three oaths in my life: the soldier’s oath when I enlisted in the Army (I’m the only vet running for governor), the law enforcement oath to protect and serve the public when I became a police officer out of the Army, and the oath of office to support and defend the U.S. Constitution when I was sworn into Congress where I served three terms.

Actually, as I think about it, my fourth and most important oath was when I married my wife Cathy 34 years ago. Cathy’s a native daughter of Arizona born in Tucson. We’re the proud parents of three adult children, all married, and three grandchildren (our most recent grandchild was born July 24th!). Cathy and I met when we were both police officers and she shares my concern regarding the increasing militarization of law enforcement, especially at the federal level. There’s simply no constitutional justification for heavily armed, paramilitary law enforcement units in federal land use agencies like the BLM and Forest Service. I know you share the same concern. In fact, the pictures of the BLM “swat team” preparing to confront the Bundy family and their supporters with military-style weapons should shock the conscience of every liberty-loving American.

Here’s my statement on the role and responsibilities of law enforcement based on my (and Cathy’s) actual experience as police officers:

“As a police officer you’re trained that you’re best, most effective tool is your mouth and you learn quickly on the streets how to control and de-escalate situations verbally. Physical force is always a last resort. That’s how I conducted myself as a police officer and deputy sheriff for small and medium-sized law enforcement agencies.

When both Cathy and I were cops, federal law enforcement agencies (FBI, DEA) would always notify and coordinate their activities with local law enforcement. It was then their standard protocol to conduct search and seizure and arrest activities with and through local law enforcement, and should be now. There is absolutely no rationale or constitutional justification for federal land-use agencies (BLM and Forest Service) to have heavily-armed, paramilitary SWAT teams. As governor, I will notify them that they have no authority in Arizona and must stand-down, and that legitimate federal law enforcement agencies involved in interstate drug and crime interdiction must coordinate with state and local law enforcement in every instance, with the exception of the Border Patrol and Customs on or near the border (where they belong and the federal government should be focused on aggressively enforcing the law!).”

I recently met with members of the Arizona Liberty Caucus in Phoenix, thanks to John Laurie who arranged the meeting. We reviewed and discussed the candidate survey I completed which is attached. The meeting was informative and productive, and as you might imagine, a lively discussion and exchange of ideas! I hope you agree that my views are very consistent with the positions of the Liberty Caucus.

As a U.S. Congressman, I was proud to be a member of the Republican Liberty Caucus, a group of Republican members of the House of Representatives dedicated to individual rights, limited government and free enterprise. In my third and last term, I was asked by Speaker Newt Gingrich to chair the House Education Subcommittee, and along with Congressman Ron Paul, also a member of the Subcommittee, authored legislation converting federal education funds to block grants (the next best thing to eliminating that unconstitutional agency altogether, which was impossible with Bill Clinton in the White House). In fact, Dr. Paul and I served together at the only time in modern history when we were able to actually cut federal government spending and reduce the size, scope, reach and power of the federal government. When I left Congress to keep my term limits commitment, the federal budget was balanced and generated surpluses for four consecutive years thereafter, and we had fundamentally reformed welfare by imposing time limits and work requirements on welfare recipients.

My voting record earned me the highest ratings and endorsements of National Right to Life and the NRA, and accolades from other national organizations supporting school choice, private property rights, taxpayers, small business and free enterprise. I’m proud of my endorsements by Arizonans Against Common Core (for my promise to repeal Common Core on Day One and restore local control in K-12 education), the Arizona Chapter of the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons (for my promise to fight Medicaid expansion under Obamacare and protect patient and doctor rights) and from the National Vietnam and Gulf War Veterans Coalition, consisting of 70 veterans organizations and representing 250,000 veterans.

I’ve also been endorsed by State Senator Judy Burges, former State Senate Majority Leader Thayer Verschoor, and former State Senator and current Navajo County Supervisor Sylvia Allen. Undoubtedly, my “loudest” endorsement has come from Ted Nugent (yes, that Ted Nugent!). The “Nuge” is a proud patriot and outspoken defender of our individual liberties and unalienable rights, as endowed by our Creator, and enshrined and protected in the Constitution and Bill of Rights. All of these endorsements are on my campaign website where you can find more information about my candidacy and ways to help my campaign: www.riggsforazgov.com.

In closing, I want you to know I’m committed to protecting our state sovereignty and all Arizonans against federal government overreach. My candidacy threatens the political establishment because I can’t be bought and am not “owned” by them, nor do I “owe” anyone political favors. My character and leadership capabilities were forged by my military, law enforcement and congressional service that taught me the absolute importance of honesty and integrity. While my primary opponents are running their campaigns on bombastic, untested rhetoric and would require “on-the-job training,” I’m running on my deep, proven record. I’m tested and vetted, including by the Arizona Liberty Caucus, and ready to lead on Day One. You can trust me to be a champion of liberty, and the strong and courageous governor we need to make our state a bastion of freedom and a shining example of constitutionally limited government…of, by and for the people.

Yours in the Cause of Liberty!

Frank Riggs

20
Jul
14

What Political Lean Will Today’s Kids Have?

I am the oldest kid in my family. On my mom’s side I am the oldest cousin too. On the “big two” subjects that will surely ruffle feathers, religion and politics, I have been all over the board and never fit neatly into any one group. Furthermore, I’ve openly discussed these things despite my mother’s advice to keep those subjects off the radar. With that said to some people they know that I am political, or at least politically-minded. I have been surprised to hear so many people discuss their political beliefs with me that I felt were right-leaning. Or more specifically, Libertarian-leaning. Maybe the next generation’s political beliefs are swinging back towards Conservatism. More interesting is what these kids use to judge their beliefs – how big of a role do their parents, demographic groups, or media play in making those decisions?

The conclusion of the article to me is interesting to me. It states, “What if the Republican party starts to promote candidates who simply can’t be painted as sexually repressive, oil-crazed religious freaks?” I find this interesting because I’ve long since said that the GOP needs to ditch its religious cloak. Religious affiliation is the number one complaint I hear for people who I think are clearly Republicans but vote Democrat.

Could the next generation of Republicans already be here? by Kyle Smith.

There’s probably never been a time when humanity wasn’t collectively in a torment and uproar about what its young folk were up to. (Gur to Urp, 10,000 B.C.: “Can you believe how short the girls are wearing their bearskins these days?”)

But in contrast with our image of decadent, self-centered, pleasure-craving youth, in many ways today’s youngsters are throwbacks — spurning drugs, crime and disorder, being sexually responsible and making sound choices about education. They might be the least disaffected, least rebellious kids since the Kennedy years. And that might have surprising political implications down the road.

A July 12 Economist piece reviewed some surprising data, finding that (contrary to popular belief) teen drinking and binge drinking have fallen sharply in recent years. The percentage of high-school seniors who have ever taken alcohol, for instance, fell from 80% to 71% from 2000 to 2010. In 1980, that figure was 93%. Asked whether they’d had a drink in the last 30 days, only 41% said yes in 2010. In 2000, it was 50% and in 1980, 72%. Similarly, the teen pregnancy rate is slightly more than half what it was in the mid-1990s, and teens are waiting longer to have sex than they did then.

Violent-crime arrests for people from 10 to 24 are half what they were in 1995 (for males) and down 40% for females. Juvenile incarceration is at its lowest rate since 1975. Teen smoking peaked around 1997 and is now, at an all-time low of 17%, less than half of what it was then. (Pot use is an exception to the trend: 23% of high-school seniors regularly get high. But weed is still less widely used than it was in the 1970s, or even in 1999, when 26.7% reported regular use.)

What’s behind all these surprising numbers? I can’t say, but it’s hard not to notice that a decline in destructive behavior associated with peer pressure has happened at the same moment that the US became a fully wired nation.

Now that broadband access is nearly universal — 78% of homes, and that’s not counting all the schools and library and Wi-Fi hotspot connections available to most kids with minimal effort — restless youth don’t have to go along with whatever the local knuckleheads are up to.

They can find their community of likeminded souls online, and an unintended consequence of their tinkering with YouTube videos or playing “Call of Duty” with a buddy in Mexico City, they’re staying in. As a frustrated barman in England, where pubs have been closing in huge numbers, put it to The Economist, “Kids these days just want to live in their f- – – ing own little worlds in their bedrooms watching Netflix and becoming obese.” That sounds right, but at least no one ever got pregnant from eating Cheetos.

How are young people turning out politically? They’re liberal Democrats . . . who sometimes sound an awful lot like conservative Republicans.

According to a Pew survey, the “next-generation left” has a huge, generational disagreement with older, traditional left-liberals. Among the older liberals, for instance, 83% identify “circumstances” as the cause of poverty. Nexties are almost evenly split on this, with 47% blaming circumstances and 42% blaming “lack of effort.”

Fifty-six percent of the older Democrats think Wall Street does more harm than good, whereas 56% of the younger ones think the reverse. When asked whether blacks are primarily responsible for their condition or victims of discrimination, 80% of the older liberals said discrimination. Sixty-eight percent of the nexties said blacks are mostly responsible for their status, with only 19% blaming discrimination.

Less surprisingly, next-generation liberals tilt hugely left on social issues, and this, they say, is the reason they vote Democrat, in many cases against their stated economic beliefs. A commenter on a New York Times piece on the Pew survey ticked off a list of economic beliefs that placed him to the right of center, then concluded, “The Democrats hold onto us only because of the Republic[an] obsession with religion, sexual repression and environmental denial.”

Another way to spin that idea is that the Democrats hold onto young voters because of the media’s successful bid to paint Republicans as obsessed with these things. (Or was 2001-2009 America a Puritan theocracy?)

Libertarians (most notable among them the ever-hopeful crew over at Reason magazine) are forever claiming that their moment is about to arrive. They’ve never been right before, but their case is starting to look more compelling.

The gay-marriage debate is winding down and may be over by 2016. Some Republicans are outflanking the Hobby Lobby decision, and making a huge step in a libertarian direction, by calling for over-the-counter birth control. What if the Republican party starts to promote candidates who simply can’t be painted as sexually repressive, oil-crazed religious freaks?

04
Jul
14

Declaration of Independence

It is important to remember that today isn’t about fireworks, BBQ, and drinking beer – it is about the birth of a nation that wanted to be free. Below is a copy of the text which declared our freedom  – how many complaints of the colonies do you feel are true today in 2014?

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. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.–Such has been the patient sufferance of these Colonies; and such is now the necessity which constrains them to alter their former Systems of Government. The history of the present King of Great Britain is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute Tyranny over these States. To prove this, let Facts be submitted to a candid world.

He has refused his Assent to Laws, the most wholesome and necessary for the public good.
He has forbidden his Governors to pass Laws of immediate and pressing importance, unless suspended in their operation till his Assent should be obtained; and when so suspended, he has utterly neglected to attend to them.
He has refused to pass other Laws for the accommodation of large districts of people, unless those people would relinquish the right of Representation in the Legislature, a right inestimable to them and formidable to tyrants only.
He has called together legislative bodies at places unusual, uncomfortable, and distant from the depository of their public Records, for the sole purpose of fatiguing them into compliance with his measures.
He has dissolved Representative Houses repeatedly, for opposing with manly firmness his invasions on the rights of the people.
He has refused for a long time, after such dissolutions, to cause others to be elected; whereby the Legislative powers, incapable of Annihilation, have returned to the People at large for their exercise; the State remaining in the mean time exposed to all the dangers of invasion from without, and convulsions within.
He has endeavoured to prevent the population of these States; for that purpose obstructing the Laws for Naturalization of Foreigners; refusing to pass others to encourage their migrations hither, and raising the conditions of new Appropriations of Lands.
He has obstructed the Administration of Justice, by refusing his Assent to Laws for establishing Judiciary powers.
He has made Judges dependent on his Will alone, for the tenure of their offices, and the amount and payment of their salaries.
He has erected a multitude of New Offices, and sent hither swarms of Officers to harrass our people, and eat out their substance.
He has kept among us, in times of peace, Standing Armies without the Consent of our legislatures.
He has affected to render the Military independent of and superior to the Civil power.
He has combined with others to subject us to a jurisdiction foreign to our constitution, and unacknowledged by our laws; giving his Assent to their Acts of pretended Legislation:
For Quartering large bodies of armed troops among us:
For protecting them, by a mock Trial, from punishment for any Murders which they should commit on the Inhabitants of these States:
For cutting off our Trade with all parts of the world:
For imposing Taxes on us without our Consent:
For depriving us in many cases, of the benefits of Trial by Jury:
For transporting us beyond Seas to be tried for pretended offences
For abolishing the free System of English Laws in a neighbouring Province, establishing therein an Arbitrary government, and enlarging its Boundaries so as to render it at once an example and fit instrument for introducing the same absolute rule into these Colonies:
For taking away our Charters, abolishing our most valuable Laws, and altering fundamentally the Forms of our Governments:
For suspending our own Legislatures, and declaring themselves invested with power to legislate for us in all cases whatsoever.
He has abdicated Government here, by declaring us out of his Protection and waging War against us.
He has plundered our seas, ravaged our Coasts, burnt our towns, and destroyed the lives of our people.
He is at this time transporting large Armies of foreign Mercenaries to compleat the works of death, desolation and tyranny, already begun with circumstances of Cruelty & perfidy scarcely paralleled in the most barbarous ages, and totally unworthy the Head of a civilized nation.
He has constrained our fellow Citizens taken Captive on the high Seas to bear Arms against their Country, to become the executioners of their friends and Brethren, or to fall themselves by their Hands.
He has excited domestic insurrections amongst us, and has endeavoured to bring on the inhabitants of our frontiers, the merciless Indian Savages, whose known rule of warfare, is an undistinguished destruction of all ages, sexes and conditions.

In every stage of these Oppressions We have Petitioned for Redress in the most humble terms: Our repeated Petitions have been answered only by repeated injury. A Prince whose character is thus marked by every act which may define a Tyrant, is unfit to be the ruler of a free people.

Nor have We been wanting in attentions to our Brittish brethren. We have warned them from time to time of attempts by their legislature to extend an unwarrantable jurisdiction over us. We have reminded them of the circumstances of our emigration and settlement here. We have appealed to their native justice and magnanimity, and we have conjured them by the ties of our common kindred to disavow these usurpations, which, would inevitably interrupt our connections and correspondence. They too have been deaf to the voice of justice and of consanguinity. We must, therefore, acquiesce in the necessity, which denounces our Separation, and hold them, as we hold the rest of mankind, Enemies in War, in Peace Friends.

We, therefore, the Representatives of the united States of America, in General Congress, Assembled, appealing to the Supreme Judge of the world for the rectitude of our intentions, do, in the Name, and by Authority of the good People of these Colonies, solemnly publish and declare, That these United Colonies are, and of Right ought to be Free and Independent States; that they are Absolved from all Allegiance to the British Crown, and that all political connection between them and the State of Great Britain, is and ought to be totally dissolved; and that as Free and Independent States, they have full Power to levy War, conclude Peace, contract Alliances, establish Commerce, and to do all other Acts and Things which Independent States may of right do. And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes and our sacred Honor.




Quotes:

"We are apt to shut our eyes against a painful truth... For my part, I am willing to know the whole truth; to know the worst; and to provide for it." - Patrick Henry

"Politicians and diapers both need to be changed, and for the same reason." - Anonymous

"Right is right, even if everyone is against it, and wrong is wrong, even if everyone is for it." - William Penn

"Naturally the common people don't want war; neither in Russia, nor in England, nor in America, nor in Germany. That is understood. But after all, it is the leaders of the country who determine policy, and it is always a simple matter to drag the people along, whether it is a democracy, or a fascist dictatorship, or a parliament, or a communist dictatorship. Voice or no voice, the people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. That is easy. All you have to do is to tell them they are being attacked, and denounce the pacifists for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger. It works the same in any country" - Hermann Goering

"I know that nothing good lives in me, that is, in my sinful nature. For I have the desire to do what is good, but I cannot carry it out. For what I do is not the good I want to do; no, the evil I do not want to do this I keep on doing." - Romans 7:18-19

"Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover." - Mark Twain

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