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Founder’s Quote Daily

“No pecuniary consideration is more urgent, than the regular redemption and discharge of the public debt: on none can delay be more injurious, or an economy of time more valuable.”  –George Washington, Message to the House of Representatives, 1793
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“Here comes the orator! With his flood of words, and his drop of reason.” –Benjamin Franklin

“[T]he States can best govern our home concerns and the general government our foreign ones. I wish, therefore … never to see all offices transferred to Washington, where, further withdrawn from the eyes of the people, they may more secretly be bought and sold at market.” –Thomas Jefferson, letter to Judge William Johnson, 1823

“Vigilance is the eternal price of liberty.”

“Be learned, be wise, and guard us against the impostures of pretended patriotism”

“Do not separate text from historical background. If you do, you will have perverted and subverted the Constitution, which can only end in a distorted, bastardized form of illegitimate government.”  ~ James Madison
“Republics are created by the virtue, public spirit, and intelligence of the citizens. They fall when the wise are banished from the public councils, because they dare to be honest, and the profligate are rewarded, because they flatter the people, in order to betray them.” Justice Joseph Story, U.S. Supreme Ct. 1811-1845
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Excerpts from President Andrew Jackson’s Farewell Address (March 4, 1837)

… 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. It behooves you, therefore, to be watchful in your States as well as in the Federal Government….
… You have no longer any cause to fear danger from abroad; your strength and power are well known throughout the civilized world, as well as the high and gallant bearing of your sons. It is from within, among yourselves–from cupidity, from corruption, from disappointed ambition and inordinate thirst for power–that factions will be formed and liberty endangered. It is against such designs, whatever disguise the actors may assume, that you have especially to guard yourselves. You have the highest of human trusts committed to your care. Providence has showered on this favored land blessings without number, and has chosen you as the guardians of freedom, to preserve it for the benefit of the human race. May He who holds in His hands the destinies of nations make you worthy of the favors He has bestowed and enable you, with pure hearts and pure hands and sleepless vigilance, to guard and defend to the end of time the great charge He has committed to your keeping….
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“Ask not what your country can do for you; ask what you can do for your country.” – John F. Kennedy

“No man is entitled to the blessings of freedom unless he be vigilant in its preservation.” – General Douglas MacArthur

“No people will tamely surrender their Liberties, nor can any be easily subdued, when knowledge is diffusd and Virtue is preservd. On the Contrary, when People are universally ignorant, and debauchd in their Manners, they will sink under their own weight without the Aid of foreign Invaders.” – SAMUEL ADAMS letter to James Warren 1775 – Reference: Our Sacred Honor, Bennett (261)

“To live under the American Constitution is the greatest political privilege that was ever accorded to the human race.” – President Calvin Coolidge

“In a free republic a great government is the product of a great people. They will look to themselves rather than government for success. The destiny, the greatness of America lies around the hearthstone. If thrift and industry are taught there, and the example of self-sacrifice oft appears, if honor abide there, and high ideals, if there the building of fortune be subordinate to the building of character, America will live in security, rejoicing in an abundant prosperity and good government at home and in peace, respect, and confidence abroad. If these virtues be absent there is no power that can supply these blessings. Look well then to the hearthstone, therein all hope for America lies.”  – President Calvin Coolidge

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On the 2nd Amendment:

“A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.” – Second Amendment, United States Constitution

“Happiness and moral duty are inseparably connected. It may be laid down as a primary position, and the basis of our system, that every Citizen who enjoys the protection of a Free Government, owes not only a proportion of his property, but even of his personal services to the defense of it.” – George Washington

“For a people who are free, and who mean to remain so, a well-organized and armed militia is their best security.” – Thomas Jefferson

“A well regulated militia, composed of the body of the people, trained in arms, is the best most natural defense of a free country.” – James Madison

“The fundamental law of the militia is, that it be created, directed and commanded by the laws, and ever for the support of the laws.” – John Adams

“That the people have a Right to mass and to bear arms; that a well regulated militia composed of the Body of the people, trained to arms, is the proper natural and safe defense of a free State…” – George Mason

“Laws that forbid the carrying of arms… disarm only those who are neither inclined nor determined to commit crimes… Such laws make things worse for the assaulted and better for the assailants; they serve rather to encourage than to prevent homicides, for an unarmed man may be attacked with greater confidence than an armed man.” – Cesare Beccaria, On Crimes and Punishment, quoted by Thomas Jefferson in Commonplace Book

“Today, we need a nation of Minutemen, citizens who are not only prepared to take arms, but citizens who regard the preservation of freedom as the basic purpose of their daily life and who are willing to consciously work and sacrifice for that freedom.” – John F. Kennedy

“This home is protected by the good Lord and a gun…”

“A free people ought not only to be armed and disciplined, but they should have sufficient arms and ammunition to maintain a status of independence from any who might attempt to abuse them, which would include their own government.” ~ George Washington

(Referring not to the American government, but rather the American people!) A Nation of Riflemen: “You cannot invade the mainland United States. There would be a rifle behind every blade of grass.” – Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto WWII

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Our Oath

“I, do solemnly swear, that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic: that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same, that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion: So help me God.”
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The ideal political-economic system is laissez-faire capitalism. It is a system where men deal with one another, not as victims and executioners, nor as masters and slaves, but as traders, by free, voluntary exchange to mutual benefit. It is a system where no man may obtain any values from others by resorting to physical force, and no man may initiate the use of physical force against others. The government acts only as a policeman that protects man’s rights; it uses physical force only in retaliation and only against those who initiate its use, such as criminals or foreign invaders. In a system of full capitalism, there should be (but, historically, has not yet been) a complete separation of state and economics, in the same way and for the same reasons as the separation of state and church. – Ayn Rand
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“I Tremble for my country when I reflect that God is     just; that His justice cannot sleep forever.” -Thomas Jefferson, 1781,     Notes on the State of Virginia“Education is useless without the Bible.” – Noah     Webster“Let every Student be plainly instructed, and earnestly     pressed to consider well, the main end of his life and studies is, to know     God and Jesus Christ which is eternal life.” – Harvard University,     1642

 

“Our laws and our institutions must necessarily be based upon and embody the teachings of the Redeemer of mankind. It is impossible that it should be otherwise. In this sense and to this extent, our civilizations and our institutions are emphatically Christian.” – Richmond v. Moore, Illinois Supreme Court, 1883


“The foundations of our society and our government rest so much on the teachings of the Bible that it would be difficult to support them if faith in these teachings would cease to be practically universal in our country.” –Calvin Coolidge


“Intelligence, patriotism, Christianity, and a firm reliance on Him, who has never yet forsaken this favored land, are still competent to adjust, in the best way, all our present difficulty.” – Abraham Lincoln


“Cursed be all that learning that is contrary to the cross of Christ.” – Rev. Jonathan Dickinson, First President of Princeton University


“Is life so dear, or peace so sweet, as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery? Forbid it, Almighty God! I know not what course others may take; but as for me, give me liberty or give me death!” – Patrick Henry


“Almighty God, Who has given us this good land for our heritage; We humbly beseech Thee that we may always prove ourselves a people mindful of Thy favor and glad to do Thy will. Bless our land with honorable ministry, sound learning, and pure manners.” – Thomas Jefferson


“May that Being who is supreme over all, the Patron of Order, the Fountain of Justice, and the Protector in all ages of the world of virtuous liberty, continue His blessing upon this nation.” – John Adams


“America was founded by people who believe[d] that God was their rock of safety. I recognize we must be cautious in claiming that God is on our side, but I think it’s all right to keep asking if we’re on His side.” – Ronald Reagan

“Of all the dispositions and habits which lead to political prosperity, religion and morality are indispensable supports. In vain would that man claim tribute to patriotism who should labor to subvert these great pillars of human happiness—these firmest props of the duties of men and citizens. . . . reason and experience both forbid us to expect that national morality can prevail in exclusion of religious principles.” – George Washington


“God who gave us life gave us liberty. Can the liberties of a nation be secure when we have removed a conviction that these liberties are the gift of God? Indeed I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just, that His justice cannot sleep forever.” –Thomas Jefferson


“[I]t is religion and morality alone which can establish the principles upon which freedom can securely stand. The only foundation of a free constitution is pure virtue, and if this cannot be inspired into our People in a greater Measure, than they have it now, they may change their Rulers and the forms of Government, but they will not obtain a lasting liberty.” – John Adams


“…The longer I live, the more convincing proofs I see of this truth, that God governs in the affairs of men. And if a sparrow cannot fall to the ground without His notice, is it probable that an empire can rise without his aid? We have been assured, Sir, in the Sacred Writings, that ‘except the Lord build the House, they labor in vain that build it.’ ” – Benjamin Franklin


“Were my soul trembling on the wing of eternity, were this hand freezing to death, were my voice choking with the last struggle, I would still, with the last gasp of that voice, implore you to remember the truth: God has given America to be free.” – Patrick Henry


“And whereas it is the duty of nations as well as of men, to own their dependence upon the overruling power of God, to confess their sins and transgressions, in humble sorrow, yet with assured hope that genuine repentance will lead to mercy and pardon; and to recognize the sublime truth, announced in the Holy Scriptures and proven by all history, that those nations only are blessed whose God is the Lord.” – Abraham Lincoln


“Let us look forward to the time when we can take the flag of our country and nail it below the Cross, and there let it wave as it waved in the olden times, and let us gather around it and inscribed for our motto: ‘Liberty and Union, one and inseparable, now and forever,’ and exclaim, ‘Christ first, our country next!’ ” – Andrew Johnson


“We cannot read the history of our rise and development as a nation, without reckoning with the place the Bible has occupied in shaping the advances of the Republic. Where we have been the truest and most consistent in obeying its precepts, we have attained the greatest measure of contentment and prosperity.” Franklin Roosevelt


“Democratic civilization is the first in history to blame itself because another is trying to destroy it.”

Jean-Francois Revel

 

“During times of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act”!

George Orwell, from the book:  “1984″

If an American is to amount to anything he must rely upon himself, and not upon the State; he must take pride in his own work, instead of sitting idle to envy the luck of others. He must face life with resolute courage, win victory if he can, and accept defeat if he must, without seeking to place on his fellow man a responsibility which is not theirs. Theodore Roosevelt – Review of Reviews January 1897

“Greater is an army of sheep led by a lion, than an army of lions led by a sheep” – Defoe

Tolerance is the virtue of men who no longer believe in anything.”

G.K. Chesterton

“A liberal is someone who feels a great debt to his fellow man, which Debt he proposes to pay off with your money”. …………..G. Gordon Liddy

“Carry the battle to them. Don’t let them bring it to you. Put them on the defensive and don’t ever apologize for anything”. Harry S. Truman

You and I have a rendezvous with destiny. We will preserve for our children this, the last best hope of man on earth, or we will sentence them to take the first step into a thousand years of darkness. If we fail, at least let our children and our children’s children say of us we justified our brief moment here. We did all that could be done”.       Ronald Reagan

 

George Washington: “Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the people’s liberty teeth. A free people ought to be armed. When firearms go, all goes. We need them every hour.”

 

Socialism is a philosophy of failure, the creed of ignorance, and the gospel of envy, its inherent virtue is the equal sharing of misery. Winston Churchill

“A nation without borders is not a nation.” –President Reagan

More Quotes from Ronald Reagan

  • “If we ever forget that we’re one nation under God, then we will be one nation gone under.”
  • “If we lose freedom here, there is no place to escape to. This is the last stand on earth.”
  • “I’ve noticed that everyone who is for abortion has already been born.”
  • “Government’s first duty is to protect the people, not run their lives.”
  • “Entrepreneurs and their small enterprises are responsible for almost all the economic growth in the United States.”

 HERE’S A GOOD THOUGHT

An Israeli friend recently informed me that the UK fought the Islamic terrorist attacks by burying the criminals with a pig. Apparently, the Islamic belief is that if one’s body is buried with a pig (because they are considered unclean) their soul will go to hell. I did a little research into this subject matter and found it to be true. This got me thinking. If we put a baby pig on every airline flight then all suicide terrorists would abort their missions, as they would not want their souls to go to hell.

Additionally, if we drop shipped, oh say, 100,000 pigs into Afghanistan I think our recon and assault efforts may be more successful. Apparently, Muslims dislike the very sight of pigs A LOT! They are also adamantly opposed to alcohol, thus we spike their water supply with a few thousands gallons of cosmopolitans, get them wasted and turn the pigs loose.

The war would be over in a weekend. Just a thought. Submitted by Rena, ID *NOTE: This is aimed at just Osama bin Laden and his terrorist organazation, and not, by any means, to the Muslims or Islamics or their country as a whole

We need a Fireman to fight the fire!

IF EUROPE HAD A COWBOY HERO THAT RIDES AND SHOOTS THEY WOULD SHOVE HIM DOWN YOUR THROAT.

THE BIG DAN BLATHER FORGED LIE IS BUSH NEVER SERVED LIKE THE VC HERO JOHNNY BIG HEAD. YEAH AND PRESIDENT PINOCCHIO PANTS WAS A REAR ADMIRAL. SEVEN  MINUTES INTO 911 BUSH RECEIVED HIS BATTLEFIELD COMMISSION AND WAS ON THE WARPATH WHILE THE DEMONCRATS COVERED UP THE FACT THAT THEY VOTED TO BURN THE FLAG 40 DAYS BEFORE 911. SJR7. WHO DO YOU WANT ON GUARD DUTY TONIGHT BUSH OR BOXER? RUMSFELD OR CHUCKY POO SCHUMER. CHENEY OR CHAPAQUIDICK NO WAY OUT KENNEDY?

 

“Without God, there is no virtue, because there’s no prompting of the conscience. Without God, we’re mired in the material, that flat world that tells us only what the senses perceive. Without God, there is a coarsening of the society. And without God, democracy will not and cannot long endure. If we ever forget that we’re one nation under God, then we will be a nation gone under.” – Ronald Reagan

RONALD REAGAN’S WISDOM

“Here’s my strategy on the Cold War: We win, they lose.” “The most terrifying words in the English language are: I’m   from the government and I’m here to help.” “Of the four wars in my lifetime none came about because the U.S. was too   strong.”   “I have wondered at times about what the Ten Commandments   would have looked like if Moses had run them through the U.S.   Congress.”  

“The taxpayer: That’s someone who works for the federal   government but doesn’t take the civil service exam.”

“Government is like a baby: An alimentary canal with a big   appetite at one end and no sense of responsibility at the other.”

“If we ever forget that we’re one nation under God, then we   will be a nation gone under.”

“I’ve   laid down the law, though, to everyone from now on about anything that   happens: no matter what time it is, wake me, even if it’s in the middle of a   Cabinet meeting.” “It has been said that politics is the second oldest   profession. I have learned that it bears a striking resemblance to the first.   Government’s view of the economy could be summed up in a few short phrases:   If it moves, tax it. If it keeps moving, regulate it. And if it stops moving,   subsidize it.” “Politics is not a bad profession. If you succeed there are   many rewards, if you disgrace yourself you can always write a book.” “No arsenal, or no weapon in the arsenals of the world, is so   formidable as the will and moral courage of free men and women.”

Ronald Reagan’s Radio   Program on Christmas under Communism

“Someone sent me   a Christmas item – yes, a Christmas item. It is ‘The Nativity According to   Marx & Lenin.’ I’ll be right back.

In these few months   since the holidays, I’ve told a couple of Christmas stories on these   broadcasts and, as a result, received one in return. Or possibly it was because   of a broadcast about the Ukraine.   Whatever the reason, I’m grateful for it.

When the Ukraine was   free and not under Soviet bondage, Christmas was, of course, the religious   event that it is in the Western world. A favorite Ukrainian carol was ‘Nova Radist   Stala’ — ‘The Joyous News Has Come To Us.’ A Ukrainian now teaching at the University of Utah has written an article about the   evolution of Christmas under Communism, at least as it applies to this carol.   In the good days of freedom, the people of the Ukraine sang these verses:

The joyous news has   come which never was before. Over a cave above a manger a bright star has lit   the world, where Jesus was born from a virgin maiden, clad in raiment poor   like a peasant baby, the shepherds with the lambs surrounded the child, and   on flected knees they Him glorified. We beg you our King, we pray to you   today, grant happiness and joy to this family.

Now, of course, this   was neither fitting nor permitted under Communism. Still the commissars were   a little leery about an outright ban. They chose to allow the song after some   rewriting. In fact, they provided the Ukrainians with two versions, neither   of which could be expected to have made the Ukrainian Hit Parade. Here’s the   first version:

‘The joyous news has come   which never was before, a red star with five tails has brightly lit the   world.” See they only changed one line in that verse, but wait –

The altars have   crumbled and all the kings have fallen, glory to the working people, to   shepherds and the plowmen, glory to our host and to his fair hostess. May   their friendly household know only happiness. May all their family,   especially the children, grow up to be strong and happy so as to fight the   rich men.

You know, our own kids   could probably get away with singing that one in the classroom. The second   version is a little meatier, even though they got the Christmas story down to   two verses instead of four.

‘The Joyous News has   come which never was before. Long-awaited star of freedom lit the skies in   October.’(If you’re wondering about what happened on the date, the revolution   took place in October.) ‘Where formerly lived the kings and had the roots   their nobles, there today with simple folks, Lenin’s glory hovers.’

The people of the Ukraine, both   in and outside the Iron Curtain, were so carried away by these verses, they   added one of their own. They sing it, but carefully refrain from putting it   in the songbooks. It goes: ‘We beg you our Lord, we pray to you today. Grant   us freedom, return glory to our Mother Ukraine.’ I guess we all hope their   prayer is answered.

This is Ronald Reagan   – thanks for listening.”

Several times during his talk, Meese dipped into Reagan’s considerable treasure trove of jokes to illustrate the 40th President’s knack for explaining complex problems. Once, for example, rather than discourse at length on economic data from the Soviet Union, Reagan told this joke:

The commissar goes to the farm and he says to the manager: “Comrade manager, how are the crops this year?” And the manager says: “Oh comrade commissar, they are just magnificent. Why, if you took the potatoes and put them one on top of each other they would reach to the foot of God.” The commissar shakes his head and he says: “Comrade, comrade, this is the Soviet Union, there is no God.” And the manager says: “That’s alright. There are no potatoes either.”

“He could take,” said Meese, “a complex subject and by putting it into a humorous illustration make it understandable to people.”

“Man is not free unless government is limited… As government expands, liberty contracts. – Ronald Reagan

“Abortion is advocated only by persons who have themselves been born.” – Ronald Reagan

“I used to say that politics is the second oldest profession, and I have come to know that it bears a gross similarity to the first.” – Ronald Reagan

“Welfare’s purpose should be to eliminate, as far as possible, the need for its own existence.” – Ronald Reagan

“[N]o arsenal or no weapon in the arsenals of the world is so formidable as the will and moral courage of free men and women.” – Ronald Reagan

“How do you tell a Communist? Well, it’s someone who reads Marx and Lenin. And how do you tell an anti-Communist? It’s someone who understands Marx and Lenin.” – Ronald Reagan

“When you see all that rhetorical smoke billowing up from the Democrats, well ladies and gentleman, I’d follow the example of their nominee; don’t inhale.” – Ronald Reagan – Republican National Convention, 1992

“The size of the federal budget is not an appropriate barometer of social conscience or charitable concern.” – Ronald Reagan

“There are no such things as limits to growth, because there are no limits on the human capacity for intelligence, imagination and wonder.” – Ronald Reagan

“We will always remember. We will always be proud. We will always be prepared, so we may always be free.” – Ronald Reagan – Normandy, France, June 6, 1984

“Government growing beyond our consent had become a lumbering giant, slamming shut the gates of opportunity, threatening to crush the very roots of our freedom. What brought America back? The American people brought us back — with quiet courage and common sense; with undying faith that in this nation under God the future will be ours, for the future belongs to the free.” – Ronald Reagan

“[G]overnment’s view of the economy could be summed up in a few short phrases: If it moves, tax it. If it keeps moving, regulate it. And if it stops moving, subsidize it.” – Ronald Reagan

“Mr. Gorbachev, open this gate! Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall!” – Ronald Reagan – Speech near the Berlin Wall, 1987

“A friend of mine was asked to a costume ball a short time ago. He slapped some egg on his face and went as a liberal economist.” – Ronald Reagan

“Freedom is the right to question and change the established way of doing things. It is the continuous revolution of the marketplace. It is the understanding that allows to recognize shortcomings and seek solutions.” – Ronald Reagan

“The best minds are not in government. If any were, business would hire them away.” – Ronald Reagan

“Republicans believe every day is 4th of July, but Democrats believe every day is April 15.” – Ronald Reagan

“However, our task is far from over. Our friends in the other party will never forgive us for our success, and are doing everything in their power to rewrite history. Listening to the liberals, you’d think that the 1980′s were the worst period since the Great Depression, filled with suffering and despair. I don’t know about you, but I’m getting awfully tired of the whining voices from the White House these days. They’re claiming there was a decade of greed and neglect, but you and I know better than that. We were there.” – Ronald Reagan – RNC Annual Gala, Feb. 3, 1994

“If all of this seems like a great deal of trouble, think what’s at stake. We are faced with the most evil enemy mankind has known in his long climb from the swamp to the stars. There can be no security anywhere in the free world if there is no fiscal and economic stability within the United States. Those who ask us to trade our freedom for the soup kitchen of the welfare state are architects of a policy of accommodation.” – Ronald Reagan – October 27, 1964

“In an ironic sense, Karl Marx was right. We are witnessing today a great revolutionary crisis — a crisis where the demands of the economic order are colliding directly with those of the political order. But the crisis is happening not in the free, non-Marxist West, but in the home of Marxism-Leninism, the Soviet Union…. [Communism will be] left on the ash heap of history.” – Ronald Reagan – June 1982

“It was leadership here at home that gave us strong American influence abroad, and the collapse of imperial Communism. Great nations have responsibilities to lead, and we should always be cautious of those who would lower our profile, because they might just wind up lowering our flag.” – Ronald Reagan

“It’s time we asked ourselves if we still know the freedoms intended for us by the Founding Fathers. James Madison said, “We base all our experiments on the capacity of mankind for self-government.” This idea that government was beholden to the people, that it had no other source of power, is still the newest, most unique idea in all the long history of man’s relation to man. This is the issue of this election: Whether we believe in our capacity for self-government or whether we abandon the American Revolution and confess that a little intellectual elite in a far-distant capital can plan our lives for us better than we can plan them ourselves.” – Ronald Reagan – October 27, 1964

Public servants say, always with the best of intentions, “What greater service we could render if only we had a little more money and a little more power.” But the truth is that outside of its legitimate function, government does nothing as well or as economically as the private sector. – Ronald Reagan – October 27th, 1964

“Surround yourself with the best people you can find, delegate author- ity, and don’t interfere.” – Ronald Reagan

“The Democrats may remember their lines, but how quickly they forget the lessons of the past. I have witnessed five major wars in my lifetime, and I know how swiftly storm clouds can gather on a peaceful horizon. The next time a Saddam Hussein takes over Kuwait, or North Korea brandishes a nuclear weapon, will we be ready to respond? In the end, it all comes down to leadership, and that is what this country is looking for now.” – Ronald Reagan – February 3rd, 1994

“The Founding Fathers knew a government can’t control the economy without controlling people. And they knew when a government sets out to do that, it must use force and coercion to achieve its purpose. So we have come to a time for choosing.” – Ronald Reagan – October 27, 1964

“The years ahead will be great ones for our country, for the cause of freedom and the spread of civilization. The West will not contain Communism, it will transcend Communism. We will not bother to denounce it, we’ll dismiss it as a sad, bizarre chapter in human history whose last pages are even now being written.” – Ronald Reagan – Notre Dame Univ., May 17, 1981

They say the world has become too complex for simple answers. They are wrong. There are no easy answers, but there are simple answers. We must have the courage to do what we know is morally right. Winston Churchill said that “the destiny of man is not measured by material computation. When great forces are on the move in the world, we learn we are spirits — not animals.” And he said, “There is something going on in time and space, and beyond time and space, which, whether we like it or not, spells duty.” – Ronald Reagan

“We are for aiding our allies by sharing our material blessings with nations which share our fundamental beliefs, but we are against doling out money government to government, creating bureaucracy, if not socialism, all over the world.” – Ronald Reagan

“We need true tax reform that will at least make a start toward restoring for our children the American Dream that wealth is denied to no one, that each individual has the right to fly as high as his strength and ability will take him. . . . But we cannot have such reform while our tax policy is engineered by people who view the tax as a means of achieving changes in our social structure.” – Ronald Reagan

Yet any time you and I question the schemes of the do-gooders, we’re denounced as being opposed to their humanitarian goals. It seems impossible to legitimately debate their solutions with the assumption that all of us share the desire to help the less fortunate. They tell us we’re always “against,” never “for” anything. – Ronald Reagan

You and I are told we must choose between a left or right, but I suggest there is no such thing as a left or right. There is only an up or down. Up to man’s age-old dream — the maximum of individual freedom consistent with order — or down to the ant heap of totalitarianism. Regardless of their sincerity, their humanitarian motives, those who would sacrifice freedom for security have embarked on this downward path. Plutarch warned, “The real destroyer of the liberties of the people is he who spreads among them bounties, donations and benefits.” – Ronald Reagan – October 27, 1964

“You and I have a rendezvous with destiny. We will preserve for our children this, the last best hope of man on earth, or we will sentence them to take the first step into a thousand years of darkness. If we fail, at least let our children and our children’s children say of us we justified our brief moment here. We did all that could be done.” – Ronald Reagan

The poet called Miss Liberty’s torch, “the lamp beside the golden door.” Well, that was the entrance to America, and it still is. And now you really know why we’re here tonight.

The glistening hope of that lamp is still ours. Every promise every opportunity is still golden in this land. And through that golden door our children can walk into tomorrow with the knowledge that no one can be denied the promise that is America.

Her heart is full; her torch is still golden, her future bright. She has arms big enough to comfort and strong enough to support, for the strength in her arms is the strength of her people. She will carry on in the eighties unafraid, unashamed, and unsurpassed.

In this springtime of hope, some lights seem eternal; America’s is.

– Ronald Reagan – RNC speech, August 23, 1984

‘God grants liberty only to those who love it and are always ready to guard and defend it.’ – Daniel Webster

“The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil, is for good men to do nothing !” – Edmund Burke

In Democracy in America, Alexis de Tocqueville wrote that “Religion in America takes no direct part in the government of society, but it must be regarded as the first of their political institutions; for if it does not impart a taste for freedom, it facilitates the use of it.” Americans, he added, “hold it to be indispensable to the maintenance of republican institutions.”

“If you will not fight for right when you can easily win without bloodshed; if you will not fight when your victory is sure and not too costly; you may come to the moment when you will have to fight with all the odds against you and only a precarious chance of survival. There may even be a worse case. You may have to fight when there is no hope of victory, because it is better to perish than to live as slaves.” —Winston Churchill

Many forms of government have been

tried, and will be tried in this world of sin and

woe. No one pretends that democracy is perfect

or all-wise. Indeed, it has been said that

democracy is the worst form of government

except all those other forms that have been

tried from time to time.

— Sir Winston Churchill

“I think people who want to be a citizen of this country ought to learn English.” – President Bush

“THE BEST THING YOU CAN DO IS THE RIGHT THING, THE NEXT BEST THING YOU COULD DO IS THE WRONG THING, BUT THE WORST THING YOU COULD DO IS NOTHING !”  –  TEDDY ROOSEVELT

“In the first place, we should insist that if the immigrant who comes here in good faith becomes an American and assimilates himself to us, he shall be treated on an exact equality with everyone else, for it is an outrage to discriminate against any such man because of creed, or birthplace, or origin. But this is predicated upon the person’s becoming in every facet an American, and nothing but an American … There can be no divided allegiance here. Any man who says he is an American, but something else also, isn’t an American at all. If he tries to keep segregated with men of his own origin and separated from the rest of America, then he isn’t doing his part as an American. We have room for but one flag, the American flag … We have room for but one language here, and that is the English language … and we have room for but one sole loyalty and that is a loyalty to the American people.” – Theodore Roosevelt 1907

“Let the watchwords of all our people be the old familiar watchwords of honesty, decency, fair-dealing, and commonsense.”… “We must treat each man on his worth and merits as a man. We must see that each is given a square deal, because he is entitled to no more and should receive no less.””The welfare of each of us is dependent fundamentally upon the welfare of all of us.” New YorkState Fair, Syracuse, September 7, 1903

“A man who is good enough to shed his blood for his country is good enough to be given a square deal afterwards. More than that no man is entitled, and less than that no man shall have.” Speech to veterans, Springfield, IL, July 4, 1903

“We demand that big business give the people a square deal; in return we must insist that when anyone engaged in big business honestly endeavors to do right he shall himself be given a square deal.” Letter to Sir Edward Gray, November 15, 1913

“Viewed   purely in the abstract, I think there can be no question that women should   have equal rights with men.”…”Especially as regards the laws   relating to marriage there should be the most absolute equality between the   two sexes.” “The   Practicability of Equalizing Men and Women before the Law” Senior thesis at Harvard, 1880

“Much   can be done by law towards putting women on a footing of complete and entire   equal rights with man – including the right to vote, the right to hold and   use property, and the right to enter any profession she desires on the same   terms as the man.”…”Women should have free access to every field   of labor which they care to enter, and when their work is as valuable as that   of a man it should be paid as highly.” An   Autobiography, 1913

“Working   women have the same need to protection that working men have; the ballot is as   necessary for one class as to the other; we do not believe that with the two   sexes there is identity of function; but we do believe there should be   equality of right.” Speech,   National Convention of the Progressive Party, Chicago, IL,   August 6, 1912

City   streets are unsatisfactory playgrounds for children because of the danger,   because most good games are against the law, because they are too hot in   summer, and because in crowded sections of the city they are apt to be   schools of crime. Neither do small back yards nor ornamental grass plots meet   the needs of any but the very small children. Older children who would play   vigorous games must have places especially set aside for them; and, since   play is a fundamental need, playgrounds should be provided for every child as   much as schools. This means that they must be distributed over the cities in   such a way as to be within walking distance of every boy and girl, as most   children can not afford to pay carfare. (To Cuno H. Rudolph, Washington Playground Association, February 16, 1907.)   Presidential Addresses and State Papers VI, 1163.

“It   is no use to preach to [children] if you do not act decently yourself.” Speech   to Holy Name Society, Oyster Bay, August 16,   1903

“For   unflagging interest and enjoyment, a household of children, if things go   reasonably well, certainly makes all other forms of success and achievement   lose their importance by comparison.” An   Autobiography, 1913

“I   never keep boys waiting. It’s a hard trial for a boy to wait.”

“The   one thing I want to leave my children is an honorable name.” “It is   hard to fail, but it is worse never to have tried to succeed.” Chicago, IL, April 10, 1899

“Be   practical as well as generous in your ideals. Keep your eyes on the stars,   but remember to keep your feet on the ground.” The GrotonSchool,   Groton, MA,   May 24, 1904

“Optimism   is a good characteristic, but if carried to an excess, it becomes   foolishness. We are prone to speak of the resources of this country as   inexhaustible; this is not so.” Seventh   Annual Message to Congress, December 3, 1907

“We   of an older generation can get along with what we have, though with growing   hardship; but in your full manhood and womanhood you will want what nature   once so bountifully supplied and man so thoughtlessly destroyed; and because   of that want you will reproach us, not for what we have used, but for what we   have wasted…So any nation which in its youth lives only for the day, reaps   without sowing, and consumes without husbanding, must expect the penalty of   the prodigal whose labor could with difficulty find him the bare means of   life.” “Arbor   Day – A Message to the School-Children of the United States” April 15,   1907

“There   can be no greater issue than that of conservation in this country.” Confession   of Faith Speech, Progressive National Convention, Chicago, IL,   August 6, 1912

“Defenders   of the short-sighted men who in their greed and selfishness will, if   permitted, rob our country of half its charm by their reckless extermination   of all useful and beautiful wild things sometimes seek to champion them by   saying the ‘the game belongs to the people.’ So it does; and not merely to   the people now alive, but to the unborn people. The ‘greatest good for the   greatest number’ applies to the number within the womb of time, compared to   which those now alive form but an insignificant fraction. Our duty to the   whole, including the unborn generations, bids us restrain an unprincipled   present-day minority from wasting the heritage of these unborn generations.   The movement for the conservation of wild life and the larger movement for   the conservation of all our natural resources are essentially democratic in   spirit, purpose, and method.” A   Book-Lover’s Holidays in the Open, 1916

“The   conservation of natural resources is the fundamental problem. Unless we solve   that problem it will avail us little to solve all others.” Address   to the Deep Waterway Convention, Memphis,    TN, October 4, 1907

“Thrice   happy is the nation that has a glorious history. Far better it is to dare   mighty things, to win glorious triumphs, even though checkered by failure,   than to take rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy much nor suffer   much, because they live in the gray twilight that knows neither victory nor   defeat.” “The   Strenuous Life”

“Is   America   a weakling, to shrink from the work of the great world powers? No! The young   giant of the West stands on a continent and clasps the crest of an ocean in   either hand. Our nation, glorious in youth and strength, looks into the   future with eager eyes and rejoices as a strong man to run a race.” Letter   to John Hay, American Ambassador to the Court of St. James, London, Written   in Washington, DC, June 7, 1897

“A   healthy-minded boy should feel hearty contempt for the coward and even more   hearty indignation for the boy who bullies girls or small boys, or tortures   animals.”…”What we have a right to expect of the American boy is   that he shall turn out to be a good American man.” “The   American Boy,” St. Nicholas Magazine,   May 1900

“There   are good men and bad men of all nationalities, creeds and colors; and if this   world of ours is ever to become what we hope some day it may become, it must   be by the general recognition that the man’s heart and soul, the man’s worth   and actions, determine his standing.” Letter,   Oyster Bay, NY, September 1, 1903

“If   a man does not have an ideal and try to live up to it, then he becomes a   mean, base and sordid creature, no matter how successful.” Letter   to his son Kermit, quoted in Theodore Roosevelt by Joseph Bucklin Bishop,   1915

“There   are two things that I want you to make up your minds to: first, that you are   going to have a good time as long as you live – I have no use for the   sour-faced man – and next, that you are going to do something worthwhile,   that you are going to work hard and do the things you set out to do.” Talk   to schoolchildren in Oyster Bay,   Christmastime 1898

“I   have a perfect horror of words that are not backed up by deeds.” Oyster Bay, NY, July 7, 1915

“The   object of government is the welfare of the people.” “Conservation   means development as much as it does protection. I recognize the right and   duty of this generation to develop and use the natural resources of our land;   but I do not recognize the right to waste them, or to rob, by wasteful use,   the generations that come after us.” “The   New Nationalism” speech, Osawatomie,    Kansas, August 31, 1910

“This   country will not be a permanently good place for any of us to live in unless   we make it a reasonably good place for all of us to live in.” Chicago, IL, June 17, 1912

“I   don’t think any President ever enjoyed himself more than I did. Moreover, I   don’t think any ex-President ever enjoyed himself more.”…   “Success – the real success – does not depend upon the position you   hold, but upon how you carry yourself in that position.” University of Cambridge, England, May 26, 1910

“A   vote is like a rifle: its usefulness depends upon the character of the   user.” An   Autobiography, 1913

“I   have never in my life envied a human being who led an easy life; I have   envied a great many people who led difficult lives and led them well.” Des Moines, Iowa, November 4, 1910

“The   worst of all fears is the fear of living.” An   Autobiography, 1913

“There   were all kinds of things I was afraid of at first, ranging from grizzly bears   to ‘mean’ horses and gun-fighters; but by acting as if I was not afraid I   gradually ceased to be afraid.” An   Autobiography, 1913

“To   borrow a simile from the football field, we believe that men must play fair,   but that there must be no shirking, and that the success can only come to the   player who ‘hits the line hard.’ “ Sagamore   Hill, Oyster Bay, NY, October 1897

“Let   us speak courteously, deal fairly, and keep ourselves armed and ready.” San Francisco, CA, May 13, 1903

“Men   with the muckrake are often indispensable to the well-being of society, but   only if they know when to stop raking the muck.” “An epidemic in   indiscriminate assault upon character does not good, but very great   harm.” “There should be relentless exposure of and attack upon   every evil practice, whether in politics, in business, or in social life. I   hail as a benefactor every writer or speaker, every man who, on the platform,   or in book, magazine or newspaper, with merciless severity makes such attack,   provided always that he in his turn remembers that the attack is of use only   if it is absolutely truthful.” Washington, DC, April 14, 1906

“No   man can lead a public career really worth leading, no man can act with rugged   independence in serious crises, nor strike at great abuses, nor afford to   make powerful and unscrupulous foes, if he is himself vulnerable in his   private character.” An   Autobiography, 1913

“This   country will not be a permanently good place for any of us to live in unless   we make it a reasonably good place for all of us to live in.” Chicago, IL, June 17, 1912

“There   is not a man of us who does not at times need a helping hand to be stretched   out to him, and then shame upon him who will not stretch out the helping hand   to his brother.” Pasadena, CA, May 8, 1903

“Don’t   hit at all if you can help it; don’t hit a man if you can possibly avoid it;   but if you do hit him, put him to sleep.” New York City, February 17, 1899

“No   man is above the law and no man is below it; nor do we ask any man’s   permission when we require him to obey it.””Obedience to the law is   demanded as a right; not asked as a favor.” Third   Annual Message to Congress, December 7, 1903

“It   is true of the Nation, as of the individual, that the greatest doer must also   be a great dreamer.” Berkeley, CA, 1911

“The   bulk of government is not legislation but administration.” “Men can   never escape being governed. Either they must govern themselves or they must   submit to being governed by others.” Jamestown, VA, April 26, 1907

“It   is by no means necessary that a great nation should always stand at the   heroic level. But no nation has the root of greatness in it unless in time of   need it can rise to the heroic mood.” Fear   God and Take Your Own Part, 1916

This   country has nothing to fear from the crooked man who fails. We put him in   jail. It is the crooked man who succeeds who is a threat to this   country.” Memphis, TN, October 25, 1905

“Alone   of human beings the good and wise mother stands on a plane of equal honor   with the bravest soldier; for she has gladly gone down to the brink of the   chasm of darkness to bring back the children in whose hands rests the future   of the years. “ The   Great Adventure, 1918

“There   is not in all America   a more dangerous trait than the deification of mere smartness unaccompanied   by any sense of moral responsibility.” Abilene, KS, May 2, 1903

” The kind of ‘neutrality’ which seeks to preserve ‘peace’ by timidly refusing to live up to our plighted word and to denounce and take action against such wrong as that committed in the case of Belgium, is unworthy of an honorable and powerful people. Dante reserved a special place of infamy in the Inferno for those base angels who dared side neither with evil or with good. Peace is ardently to be desired, but only as the handmaiden of righteousness. There can be no such peace until well-behaved, highly civilized small nations are protected from oppression and subjugation.”

“Peace is not the end. Righteousness is the end.”…”If I must choose between righteousness and peace I choose righteousness.”

“…the man who really counts in the world is the doer, not the mere critic-the man who actually does the work, even if roughly and imperfectly, not the man who only talks or writes about how it ought to be done.” (1891) THEODOORE ROOSEVELT

“Criticism is necessary and useful; it is often indispensable; but it can never take the place of action, or be even a poor substitute for it. The function of the mere critic is of very subordinate usefulness. It is the doer of deeds who actually counts in the battle for life, and not the man who looks on and says how the fight ought to be fought, without himself sharing the stress and the danger.” (1894) THEODORE ROOSEVELT

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On 5 June 1973, Canadian radio commentator Gordon Sinclair decided he’d had enough of the stream of criticism and negative press recently directed at the United States of America by foreign journalists (primarily over America’s long military involvement in Vietnam, which had ended with the signing of the Paris Peace Accords six months earlier). When he arrived at radio station CFRB in Toronto that morning, he spent twenty minutes dashing off a two-page editorial defending the USA against its carping critics which he then delivered in a defiant, indignant tone during his “Let’s Be Personal” spot at 11:45 AM that day. The unusualness of any foreign correspondent — even one from a country with such close ties to the U.S. as Canada — delivering such a caustic commentary about those who would dare to criticize the U.S. is best demonstrated by the fact that even more than thirty years later, a generation of Americans too young to remember Sinclair’s broadcast doubt that this piece  is genuine. It is real, and it received a great deal of attention in its day. Sinclair passed away in 1984, but he will long be remembered on both sides of the U.S.-Canadian border both for his contributions to journalism, and for his loudly proclaiming a friendship that few at the time were willing to embrace.

This Canadian thinks it is time to speak up for the Americans as most generous and possibly the least appreciated people on all the earth.

Germany, Japan and, to a lesser extent, Britain and Italy were lifted out of the debris of war by the Americans who poured in billions of dollars and forgave other billions in debts. None of these countries is today paying even the interest on its remaining debts to the United   States.

When the franc was in danger of collapsing in 1956, it was the Americans who propped it up, and their reward was to be insulted and swindled on the streets of Paris. I was there. I saw it. When distant cities are hit by earthquakes, it is the United States that hurries in to help. This spring, 59 American communities were flattened by tornadoes. Nobody helped.

The Marshall Plan and the Truman Policy pumped billions of dollars into discouraged countries. Now newspapers in those countries are writing about the decadent, warmongering Americans. I’d like to see just one of those countries that is gloating over the erosion of the United States Dollar build its own airplane. Does any other country in the world have a plane to equal the Boeing Jumbo Jet, the Lockheed Tristar, or the Douglas DC-10? If so, why don’t they fly them? Why do all the International lines except Russia fly American planes?

Why does no other land on earth even consider putting a man or woman on the moon? You talk about Japanese technocracy, and you get radios. You talk about German technocracy, and you get automobiles. You talk about American technocracy, and you find men on the moon — not once, but several times — and safely home again.

You talk about scandals, and the Americans put theirs right in the store window for everybody to look at. Even their draft-dodgers are not pursued and hounded. They are here on our streets, and most of them, unless they are breaking Canadian laws, are getting American dollars from ma and pa at home to spend here.

When the railways of France, Germany and India were breaking down through age, it was the American who rebuilt them. When the Pennsylvania Railroad and the New York Central went broke, nobody loaned them an old caboose. Both are still broke.

I can name you 5,000 times when the Americans raced to the help of other people in trouble. Can you name me even one time when someone else raced to the Americans in trouble? I don’t think there was outside help even during the San Francisco earthquake.

Our neighbors have faced it alone, and I’m one Canadian who is damned tired of hearing them get kicked around. They will come out of this thing with their flag high. And when they do, they are entitled to thumb their nose at the lands that are gloating over their present troubles. I hope Canada is not one of those.

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“Supposed Democratic outrage about Mark Foley cannot possibly have anything to do with Foley’s behavior. In the world of the Democratic left, the only intolerance is intolerance. The only evil is to condemn any behavior that takes place between supposedly consenting adults. Democratic outrage about the Foley affair is a simple stage show to provoke voters. Republican leadership leaves a lot to be desired. The party has got to get focused and tighten the reins of management. But there is little question that there is only one party that still gives credence to traditional values, and that is the Republican Party. To flip power over to the Democrats, the party of social chaos, is simply to take a bad situation and make it worse.” —Star Parker

“I very much doubt, despite the expertise with which the sheep have been rounded up and set baa-ing, that Showtime at the Foley Bergere will pay off in November. There are many legitimate reasons for electors to toss out the Republican Congress, but the notion that they’re a hotbed of gay pedophile enablers is not one of them. Had Foley dug in and attempted to cling on, his GOP colleagues would have been all over TV deploring his behavior, calling on him to step down, expressing outrage, etc. After two or three days, a few lefties might even have piped up to assail the Republican theocrat sexual McCarthyites tormenting the poor chap. Had he actually had sex with congressional pages, affronted gay groups would have pointed out this was perfectly legal in the relevant jurisdictions and would have complained ferociously about the stigmatizing of gay relationships and Democrats would have declared there should be places for all at the American table, especially had Foley done a Jim McGreevey and announced that ‘my truth is I am a gay American.’… In the sense that there’s any ‘child abuse’ going on here, the American people are being treated like children and abused by the politico-media class.” —Mark Steyn

“We Americans are blessed in so many ways. We’re a nation under God, a living and loving God. But Thomas Jefferson warned us, ‘I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just.’ We cannot expect Him to protect us in crisis if we turn away from Him in our everyday living. But you know, He told us what to do in II Chronicles. Let us reach out to Him. He said, ‘If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from Heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land’.” —Ronald Reagan

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So do not feel disheartened by the election results. If you need to bolster your resolve, recall 1976, when Ronald Reagan fought and lost a hard battle against Gerald Ford for the GOP presidential nomination. At the convention, Ford graciously invited Reagan to the podium. And The Gipper made a speech that showed us how great leaders handle defeat. He recalled the words of a Scottish proverb:

I am wounded, but I am not slain. I shall lay me down and bleed awhile; Then I shall rise and fight again.

It was Reagan’s unshakable resolve, his unwavering commitment to principle, that enabled him to go on to become the greatest conservative political leader of the 20th century. We must never forget his lesson. We must always rise and fight again.

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“Current New Mexico governor and former Clinton administration official Bill Richardson has been on tour, bragging about the groundbreaking Clinton administration negotiations with North Korea—keeping his fingers crossed that no one has access to news from 1994. In 1994, the Clinton administration got a call from Jimmy Carter—probably collect—who was with the then-leader of North Korea, saying: ‘Hey, Kim Il Sung is a total stud, and I’ve worked out a terrific deal. I’ll give you the details later.’ Clinton promptly signed the deal, so he could forget about North Korea and get back to cheating on Hillary. Mission accomplished. Under the terms of the ‘agreed framework,’ we gave North Korea all sorts of bribes—more than $5 billion worth of oil, two nuclear reactors and lots of high technology. In return, they took the bribes and kept building nukes. This wasn’t difficult, inasmuch as the 1994 deal permitted the North Koreans to evade weapons inspectors for the next five years. Yes, you read that right: North Korea promised not to develop nukes, and we showed how much we trusted them by agreeing to no weapons inspections for five years… So when it comes to North Korea, I believe the Democrats might want to maintain a discreet silence, lest anyone ask, ‘Hey, did you guys do anything with North Korea?”’ —Ann Coulter

“Although socialism has long claimed to be for the poor, it has probably done more damage, on net balance, to the poor than to the rich. After all, the rich have enough money to leave the country if they think the socialists are going to do them any serious harm. Some of our own rich have already had their money leave the country, to be sheltered from the higher taxes that limousine liberals say we should all pay… The rich have learned to adapt socialist policies to their own benefit. For example, the city of Riviera Beach, Florida, is planning to demolish a working class neighborhood under its power of eminent domain, in order to prepare the way for a marina for yachts, luxury condominiums and an upscale shopping district. What will the city of Riviera Beach get out of all this? More taxes from higher-income people, enabling local politicians to spend more money on programs to attract votes. Meanwhile the rich get rid of lower-income folks without having to pay them the value of their homes and businesses that will be demolished. As in so many other cases, eminent domain is socialism for the rich.” —Thomas Sowell

“Current New Mexico governor and former Clinton administration official Bill Richardson has been on tour, bragging about the groundbreaking Clinton administration negotiations with North Korea—keeping his fingers crossed that no one has access to news from 1994. In 1994, the Clinton administration got a call from Jimmy Carter—probably collect—who was with the then-leader of North Korea, saying: ‘Hey, Kim Il Sung is a total stud, and I’ve worked out a terrific deal. I’ll give you the details later.’ Clinton promptly signed the deal, so he could forget about North Korea and get back to cheating on Hillary. Mission accomplished. Under the terms of the ‘agreed framework,’ we gave North Korea all sorts of bribes—more than $5 billion worth of oil, two nuclear reactors and lots of high technology. In return, they took the bribes and kept building nukes. This wasn’t difficult, inasmuch as the 1994 deal permitted the North Koreans to evade weapons inspectors for the next five years. Yes, you read that right: North Korea promised not to develop nukes, and we showed how much we trusted them by agreeing to no weapons inspections for five years… So when it comes to North Korea, I believe the Democrats might want to maintain a discreet silence, lest anyone ask, ‘Hey, did you guys do anything with North Korea?”’ —Ann Coulter

“Democrats have no plan for keeping America safe, or winning the war against the fanatics. They have opposed most of the Bush administration’s domestic surveillance methods. They have opposed aggressive interrogation tactics designed to get information to protect us, including opposition to the detention center at Guantanamo   Bay, Cuba, where detainees are treated better than they could expect if they were detained in their homelands… The terrorists in Iraq and elsewhere don’t speak of timetables for withdrawal or bringing their fighters home in time for Ramadan. They’re in it for the long haul. They believe we are not. A victory by Democrats next month will validate their view and encourage them to fight harder. Republicans have been far from perfect in this war. They have barely approached mediocrity in their handling of domestic issues. But to change horses and leaders mid-war is a prescription for a longer engagement, because this is a confrontation that will end only in victory or defeat for one side or the other. That’s why the Republicans need to keep their majority and conservatives need to keep the pressure on them to get back to the original GOP principles that brought them that majority. That’s a better strategy than Republicans acting like Democrat-lite.” —Cal Thomas

“Let’s see… Bob Woodward claims to be in possession of stolen property; He claims that the stolen property that he has either knowingly received or stolen himself was stolen from the U.S. government, making this a federal case; He claims that the aforementioned material was ‘secret’ at the time he received it; He claims that he knew that the material was ‘secret’ and that he deliberately exposed that material to any and all interested parties. No trial is necessary. No evidence must be obtained beyond his public testimony. All that is required is his pre-sentencing hearing. But… it’ll never happen.” —Orlando, Florida

“I love a dog, for he does nothing for political reasons.” —Will Rogers

“Being seen not to run… should be the indispensable objective of U.S. foreign policy. Were these colors to run from Iraq, it would be the end of the American era—for why would Russia, China, or even Belgium ever again take seriously a superpower that runs screaming for home at the first pinprick.” —Mark Steyn

“As the possibility of a nuclear bomb becomes probability, thoughtful voters are likely to be more concerned about nuclear weapons available to the axis of evil than about who treated the House of Representatives as a bordello. Kim Jong-il may be the October surprise.” —Wesley Pruden

“How to deal with a nuclear-armed North Korean rogue state, mad and bad both, is not easily addressed. The US understandably does not want to go it alone with a military option, given the way members of the Security Council played politics over the need to remove Saddam Hussein and are ducking and diving on how to deal with Iran’s nuclear ambitions. But diplomacy does not work with the North Koreans… [T]he North Koreans have continued to up the ante, taking all the aid on offer while continuing to try to build a bomb, and a missile to deliver it. There is no doubting that the diplomacy of containment has failed. But rather than blame the Americans—imagine the outcry if the US went it alone in blockading North   Korea’s coasts or bombed its nuclear facilities—it is time to hold the Security Council to account. The very existence of the North Korean regime is an affront to everything the UN is supposed to stand for. Millions are thought to have died in the last famine and malnutrition is a way of life. The country is ruled by hereditary dictator Kim Jong-il, one part buffoon to many parts Big Brother. And its export income depends on running drugs and counterfeit currency and selling weapons. It is time for the permanent members of the Security Council to stop pussyfooting… The whole world is watching for a sign that the UN can do more than talk.” —The Australian

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From the “Quid Pro Homo” Files: “In 1983 the House of Representatives censured [Rep. Gerry] Studds for his relationship with a teenage page.” —NBC’s John Seigenthaler ** As we recall, Studds’ “relationship” was a homosexual affair. Guess it wasn’t worth bringing up.

 

From the Chutzpah Files: “[Republicans] believe in the maximum concentration of wealth. They believe in the maximum exercise of unaccountable executive power. And they believe in using ideology to frighten and divide the American people.” —Bill Clinton who was impeached for exercising unaccountable executive power.

“The liberal media’s 10-year allergic reaction to Fox News is triggered by any remotely positive exposure to American values on American airwaves. Well, here’s to the next ten years of giving establishment journalism the hives. Keep Old Glory flying high. It’s driving Ted Turner mad.” —Michelle Malkin

“John Kerry was interviewed by Bob Woodward while Kerry was in—wait for it—New Hampshire giving a political speech. Kerry. New   Hampshire. Speech. Politics. Now, that’s being delusional.” —Rich Galen

“The Democrats love taxes, and want to share that love with taxpayers.” —Wesley Pruden

“The FDA blamed tainted California cow manure for the bad spinach Friday. Cow manure has three uses in California. It’s used in farms for fertilizer, it’s used in L.A. to promote movies, and it’s used in San Francisco to cover for Barry Bonds.” —Argus Hamilton

Jay Leno: As of [yesterday], the population of the United   States has reached 300 million people. This is either attributed to a strong democracy or really weak border control. … Mexico said today it plans to take the dispute about building a fence along its border with the United States to the United Nations. The United Nations traditionally has been against building fences between countries because, as you know, the UN believes fences are for sitting on. … All around the world people were reacting to North Korea’s nuclear testing. The U.S. condemned it. China said it was wrong. France surrendered. … According to Kim Jong-Il’s biography, they say he has been constantly accused of dishonesty, drunkenness and sexual excess. So if he lived here, he could be in Congress. … The Army has changed their slogan to “Army Strong”. Other countries are following with their military. Ireland’s slogan, “Bar Fight!” China is “One Billion”. France of course is “Helping invading armies feel at home for over 100 years.” … Saddam Hussein has now been on trial for over one year. One year? If this trial was in L.A., he’d be out golfing by now. … There have been snowstorms back east. The snow is so deep in some areas that even Al Gore cancelled his speech on global warming. … John Kerry says that he deserves a second chance to run for president. I say if his wife can afford it, why not? … Bill Clinton came out in support of the estate tax last week. Clinton said that some people think he should leave all his money to his daughter when he’s gone, but he doesn’t think he should. He said he should spend it now on other people’s daughters when he’s still alive. … Florida Congressman Mark Foley is writing a book. The book will be about 400 pages. I don’t know how long the book is, but the book will be about 400 pages.

“To me, conservative means believing in a minimum amount of government and a maximum amount of freedom—and keeping government out of people’s lives and business—and leaving people alone.” —Lyn Nofziger

“Bodily vigor is good, and vigor of intellect is even better, but far above is character.” —Theodore Roosevelt

“Republicans are panicking because the toxicity of the [Foley] scandal is affecting them all. Democrats are salivating because they feel regaining the House is within their grasp. And the press is hyping because, well, this is just too good a story, a most unlikely election-eve dramatization of Edwin Edwards’s immortal line: ‘The only way I can lose this election is if I’m caught in bed with either a dead girl or a live boy’.” —Charles Krauthammer

“One thing members of Congress need to realize is how much their reliance on staffers is hurting the institution and helping make it unaccountable.” —John Fund

“The Clinton-Kim 1994 Agreement, mid-wifed by Jummy Carter, bears its fruit. How long until the gangster regime sells its wares to jihadists?” —Hugh Hewitt

“Weak-kneed members of both parties have been calling for a timetable to be announced for withdrawal from Iraq. No other war in thousands of years of history has ever had such a timetable announced to their enemies. Even if we intended to get out by a given date, there is not the slightest reason to tell the terrorists that. It is frivolous politics at its worst.” —Thomas Sowell

“For all of their promises to do a better job of fighting this war, Democrats have no plan, other than retreat. That is the same plan the terrorists have for us.” —Cal Thomas

“This week marks the 20th anniversary of Ronald Reagan’s bold stand against trading missile defense for an arms treaty. Recalling the lessons of the Reykjavik is key to winning the global war on terror. At least one house of Congress may be taken over by a Democratic leadership committed to cutting and running from Iraq. And in Iran, a terror regime is trying to pull the wool over the world’s eyes about its nuclear program. What better time to recall the late, great President’s nerve?… History proved the critics all wrong—including the scores of scientists who knew so much better than this simpleton who somehow landed in the White House. For all the times Reagan was derided as a mere movie star, his ‘doing a John Wayne’ in the Iceland summit was exactly what the cause of freedom demanded… This President simply refused to let us down. The result was that in several years Gorbachev was gone. After seven decades of genocide and expansionism, the Soviet Union found itself overwhelmed by a free world choosing to defend itself. Gennady Gerasimov, senior Soviet foreign ministry spokesman in the 1980s, said at the time of Reagan’s death that ‘Reagan’s SDI was a very successful blackmail.’ Today, U.S. interceptor missiles that can stop incoming nuclear warheads in space—Teddy Kennedy’s ‘physical and technological impossibility’ —are an operational reality.” —Investor’s Business Daily

This week’s “Sagacity” Award: “The United States does not need a multi-billion-dollar national missile defense against the possibility of a nuclear-armed intercontinental ballistic missile.” —Nancy Pelosi in 2003 ++ Shifting blame: “Some of the reason we are facing this danger is because of the failed policies of the Bush administration, and I regret deeply their failure to deal with the threat posed by North Korea, and I hope that the administration will now adopt a much more effective response than what they have up until now.” —Hillary in ‘08 Clinton **“The nuclear materials were delivered to Kim Jong Il by your husband, you dingbat! Your husband and his secretary of state and your fearless ex-president, Jimmy Carter, personally delivered the nuclear equipment for this test to take place today.” —Rush Limbaugh

 

“In July 2000, the New York Times ‘ethicist’ Randy Cohen advised a reader that pulling her son out of the Cub Scouts because they exclude gay scoutmasters was ‘the ethical thing to do.’ The ‘ethicist’ explained: ‘Just as one is honor bound to quit an organization that excludes African-Americans, so you should withdraw from scouting as long as it rejects homosexuals.’ We need to get a rulebook from the Democrats: *Boy Scouts: As gay as you want to be. *Priests: No gays! *Democratic politicians: Proud gay Americans. *Republican politicians: Presumed guilty. *White House press corps: No gays, unless they hate Bush. *Active-duty U.S. military: As gay as possible. *Men who date Liza Minelli: Do I have to draw you a picture, Miss Thing?” —Ann Coulter

“House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi of San Francisco asked the House Ethics Committee to investigate GOP leaders for covering up Mark Foley’s e-mails. She spoke very carefully. The North American Man/Boy Love Association is headquartered in her district.” —Argus Hamilton

“The real freedom of any individual can always be measured by the amount of responsibility which he must assume for his own welfare and security.” —Robert Welch

“It is proof of a base and low mind for one to wish to think with the masses or majority, merely because the majority is the majority. Truth does not change because it is, or is not, believed by a majority of the people.” —Giordano Bruno

“There is in all of us a strong disposition to believe that anything lawful is also legitimate. This belief is so widespread that many persons have erroneously held that things are ‘just’ because the law makes them so.” —Frederic Bastiat

“It was a stunning, blatant confession… that as President, Mr. Clinton sanctioned the assassination of Osama bin Laden. To put this little piece of braggadocio in context it should be noted that no other American Head of State — sitting or former – has ever before admitted to such a serious violation of law. Though assassination is specifically forbidden as a course of action open to U.S. officials — including Presidents — no one seems to have taken notice — perhaps because they were so caught up with the theater of what was happening on the screen — and not listening to the words being said.” —Oliver North

“Bottom line: This war will be won or lost on the battlefront at home—and right now the Democratic Party is a big part of the problem.” —David Horowitz

“[T]he United States has suffered a substantial defeat in the war against radical Islam. Three weeks ago, Pakistan signed the terms of the Waziristan Accord with the northern region of its country called North Waziristan. It was, effectively, the terms of surrender by Pakistan to the Taliban and al Qaeda, which dominate North Waziristan. Pakistan has negotiated a separate peace—the eternal danger to any wartime alliance.” —Tony Blankley

“We have arrived at the present unhappy situation not so much because we challenged those with a different worldview, but because we ceased to assert our own values and advance our world view.” —Michael Ledeen

“There is already evidence from Guantanamo that the prisoners there are abusing the guards far worse than any guards have abused these prisoners. Yet our media have no interest in that and have been willing to believe every allegation by these professional terrorists, including the physical absurdity of trying to flush the Koran—or any other book—down a toilet.” —Thomas Sowell

“We’re in a war. Something always goes wrong in a war, and our military leaders have made mistakes in Iraq. But quitting and leaving would amount to defeat for the U.S. in the global war on terrorism and create chaos. Quitters never win. Here’s the problem: America needs two strong, sound political parties. As far as domestic policy is concerned, it really doesn’t make much difference if Democrats or Republicans are in power. Ours is a free, entrepreneurial society where anyone can do anything he or she wants if they have a positive attitude and the desire to work, learn and achieve. Ambitious people come from all over the world to take advantage of this tremendous opportunity. This is one reason our economy is so resilient, continually bouncing back from periodic setbacks, driven by new inventions and achievements. However, when it comes to which party has proved more capable in acting to defend and protect Americans from foreign enemies, there is only one choice. From Johnson to Carter to Clinton, virtually all the defense policies and decisions made by Democratic administrations have been unsuccessful. And in many cases, they have unintentionally but materially increased the danger to our national security and the safety of all Americans.” —Investor’s Business Daily

 

Simply clueless: “On every issue, there are big differences [between Democrats and Republicans,] but the biggest difference is the disregard for our constitutional democracy…” —Hillary Clinton, who doesn’t know a constitutional republic when she represents one

“Yes, I’m sure that if Clinton were still president he would get to the bottom of it all. He would have killed bin Laden. He would have rooted out terror around the globe. He would have established a lasting peace in the Middle East… If the vast right-wing conspiracy didn’t thwart him at every turn, that is.” —Greg Crosby

“As for being emaciated, [Gitmo is] the only death camp in history where the soi-disant torture victims put on weight… The average gain at Gitmo is 18 pounds. The Afghan detainees were the chunkiest Afghans I’ve ever seen. If they ever make it home, their old comrades—the lean wiry warriors of the Hindu Kush—will wonder why a party of Florida retirees has suddenly shown up.” —Mark Steyn

“Congressional Democrats are pretending that they are outraged about the Foley-Page business, but they know perfectly well that there are Members on their side who are but one phone call to a local news bureau away from having their careers come to a screeching halt because they, too, have been ‘pursuing’ Pages or young staffers. In fact, back in 1982 there was a Republican male Member of Congress who got caught having sex with a female page. He was not re-elected. At the same time there was a Democrat male Member of Congress who got caught having sex with a male page. He was (a) from Massachusetts and therefore (b) was re-elected several times.” —Rich Galen

“For everyone practicing evil hates the light and does not come to the light, lest his deeds should be exposed. But he who does the truth comes to the light, that his deeds may be clearly seen, that they have been done in God.” —John 3:20-21

“[W]hen it comes to Congress, marriage and parenthood define what’s different about Democratic and Republican districts even more clearly than race, income, education or geography. Republican House members overwhelmingly come from districts that have high percentages of married people and lots of children. Democrats’ districts, however, are stocked with people who have never married and have few children. The demographic data is illuminating: Republicans control 49 of the 50 districts with the highest rates of married people while Democrats represent all 50 districts that have the highest rates of adults who have never married; Democrats represent 30 districts in which fewer than half of children live with married parents. Republicans represent none; Republican Congress members represent 39.2 million children, about 7 million more than Democrats, an average of 7,000 more children per district. Politicians and pundits who want to really understand political differences in the U.S. should take a hard look at this ‘marriage and fertility gap’.” —Tony Perkins

“Many commentators have noted the apparent irony: The Pope suggests Islam encourages violence—and Muslims riot in protest… Many commentators are missing the point: These protestors—and those who incite them—are not asking for mutual respect and equality. They are not saying: ‘It’s wrong to speak ill of a religion.’ They are saying: ‘It’s wrong to speak ill of our religion.’ They are not standing up for a principle. They are laying down the law. They are making it as clear as they can that they will not tolerate ‘infidels’ criticizing Muslims. They also are making it clear that infidels should expect criticism—and much worse—from Muslims. They are attempting nothing less than the establishment of a new world order in which the supremacy of what they call the Nation of Islam is acknowledged, and ‘unbelievers’ submit—or die.” —Clifford May

“The left sees Fox as a symptom and promoter of anarchy. The old unity, the old essential unity one used to experience when one turned on the TV in 1950 or 1980, has been fractured, broken up. We are becoming balkanized. Fox, blogs, talk radio, the Internet, citizen reporters—it’s all producing cacophony, and heralds a future of No Compromise… It is an odd thing about modern liberals that they’re made anxious by the unsanctioned. A conservative is more likely to see what’s happening as freedom… The new media did not divide us. The new media gave voice to our divisions. The result: more points of view, more subjects discussed, more data presented. This, in a great republic, a great democracy, a leader of the world in a dangerous time, is not bad but good. But nothing comes free. All big changes have unexpected benefits and unanticipated drawbacks… TV is still great, in some ways better than ever. Freedom works. And yet… it wasn’t all gain… When liberals miss something in the media, that’s what they should be missing. Not a unity that never existed but standards that were high. When conservatives say there’s nothing to miss, they’re wrong. We lost some bias, but we lost some standards, too.” —Peggy Noonan

“The years ahead will be great ones for our country, for the cause of freedom and the spread of civilization. The West will not contain communism, it will transcend communism. We will not bother to denounce it. We’ll dismiss it as a sad, bizarre chapter in human history whose last pages are even now being written.” —Ronald Reagan

“Time after time, for months on end, we have watched the spectacle of government officials in the intelligence agencies violate their oaths by leaking the most sensitive secrets to dedicated anti-American newspapers such as the treasonous New York Times… What has emerged since the latest [NIE] leaks were publicized is the very obvious involvement of the Democrats in the whole shameful episode. It is very easy to understand that given the superior record of the GOP as a proven protector of the safety of the American people and the pitiful record of the Democrats in that regard, it’s obvious that the leaks were designed to raise questions about the Republicans’ ability to safeguard the national security, and thus bolster Democratic claims disputing that record. What is at stake here is simply the government’s ability to do its job of fighting a global war against a shadowy enemy that has made no secret of their goal of killing us and conquering the West. That government simply cannot do that job as long as there is a fifth column operating within our borders. And that fifth column is composed of the New York Times and the rest of the liberal media dedicated to crippling the administration’s ability to fight the war and ensure the safety of the American people. Call it whatever you want, but no matter what name you give it, it remains treason.” —Michael Reagan

“The past week was extremely rough on American Leftists. Public spotlights have been shining brightly on them from various angles. The result is that they are no longer able to hide behind their innocuous facades. The reality of their ideology is suddenly being seen in its stark ugliness. This is not how things are supposed to work, and they do not like it. In recent years, every time liberals perceive that their ‘patriotism’ is being called into question, they caterwaul as the supposed victims of the most heinous of personal attacks. Their indignation often borders on the hysterical, to the point that far too many conservatives have actually been intimidated at the prospect of even sounding skeptical of the inherent and universally recognized ‘loyalty’ to country among Leftists… Most distressing to the Left during this past week’s events is that Chavez, Ahmadinejad, and Clinton allowed America a glimpse into the soul of modern liberalism. All of the sanitizing efforts on the part of the old-media cannot revise those images or the words that accompanied them. Nor can the commonality of their motivations ever after be erased from public awareness. It was not a pretty sight.” —Christopher Adamo

“Since 2002, federal spending has increased by 47%, earmarking abuse is rampant, and the new Medicare prescription-drug benefit has created $18.2 trillion in new unfunded liabilities on future taxpayers. And while GDP growth has been good and unemployment remains low, there are a number of American households who have seen their real income remain flat for the past five years. These families feel the brunt of the softening housing market, higher energy prices and rising health-care costs. They feel less secure about their retirement, knowing that they can no longer depend on empty government promises… The only solution to collapsing pension and health-insurance programs consistent with individual dignity and real financial security is a system based on personal retirement accounts, but it looks unlikely that voters will hear much about real solutions to the retirement security crisis this fall. The same is true on the other important fiscal and economic issues facing the nation. All candidates for public office should be debating the need for new spending discipline to balance the federal budget, reforms to simplify the Byzantine tax code and boost economic savings and investment, and regulatory changes that would unleash new innovation. Instead, we have been treated to political theater. There is still some time left in this Congress, and Republicans would benefit by completing unfinished legislative work… Win or lose, if Republicans hope to maintain the political support of a voting majority in the future, they will need to rediscover their fiscally conservative roots, and govern accordingly.” —former House majority leader Dick Armey

“I keep reading that big business wants government off its back. But that’s a myth. Here’s the truth: ‘[B]ig business and big government prosper from the perception that they are rivals instead of partners (in plunder). The history of big business is one of cooperation with big government.’ That’s Timothy Carney writing in a recent Cato Policy Report… [G]overnment and business are not antagonists but allies. They’ve always been allies. Politicians like it that way because they get power and prestige, and businessmen like it because they get protection from competition… Canal and railroad companies loved the big government contracts. Corruption was rampant, and work was often shoddy, but the contracts paid handsomely. The politicians prospered, too. Only taxpayers and consumers lost out… [Government] provides big business something it can’t have in the free market: the power to restrict competition by force. Anyone worried about the power of big business should remember real coercion comes only from government. The voluntary, competitive marketplace is better for us all.” —John Stossel

“[M]illions of Americans, including political hacks, media toadies, and grass-roots dupes, were unflinchingly loyal to [Bill] Clinton throughout a scandal-drenched eight years, during which it was credibly charged or proven that he: seduced a 21-year-old White House intern, groped a visitor in the Oval Office, paid his way out of a pants-dropping charge, was credibly accused of rape, organized a White House hit team to assassinate the reputation of his accusers; took money from Chinese communist donors; entertained known criminals, drug dealers and arms smugglers at private White House gatherings; hid subpoenaed documents in the living quarters of the White House; rented out the Lincoln bedroom; sold seats on Air Force One; violated the War Powers Act; bombed an aspirin factory in Sudan; never uttered a word of regret for the 19 innocent babies and children who were burned to death at Waco; used the IRS and the FBI to attack political enemies; used taxpayer-paid lawyers and aides to defend himself against charges of sexual misconduct; lied under oath; lied when not under oath; shredded documents; suborned perjury; tampered with witnesses and obstructed justice… I remain hopeful that in time, the legacy of the Clinton presidency will be that its classic wretchedness awakened the American people from a soul-numbing, moral stupor.” —Linda Bowl

“President Ahmadinejad’s address to the United Nations… was mostly a lot of run-of-the-mill kook boilerplate—the UN is a stooge of the Great Satan (if only), America started the Israel-Hezbollah war (whatever)—but he wound up the usual shtick with a prayer for the return of the Twelfth Imam, the so-called ‘Hidden Imam’ —or, as the Iranian president put it: ‘the perfect, righteous human being and the real savior who has been promised to all peoples and who will establish justice, peace and brotherhood on the planet.’ This isn’t just some cockamamie pie-in-the-sky deal. Last year, Ahmadinejad told the Indian foreign minister that everything would be hunky-dory in two years’ time, which the minister took to mean when Iran’s nukes would be ready to fly. But, as the president went on to explain, that’s apparently the Twelfth Imam’s ETA… It may be news to the Council of Foreign Relations types and the Dems, but the UN demonstrated this last week that it is utterly incapable of reform. Indeed, any reforms would be more likely to upgrade and enhance the cliques of thugs and despots than of the few states willing to stand up to them. The most sensible proposal this week came from Chavez, who demanded the UN relocate to Venezuela. You go, girl!” —Mark Steyn

“Judges do not cease to be human beings when they go on the bench. In important cases, it is my humble opinion that finding the right answer is often the least difficult problem. Having the courage to assert that answer and stand firm in the face of the constant winds of protest and criticism is often much more difficult… The Founders warned us that freedom requires constant vigilance, and repeated action. It is said that, when asked what sort of government the Founders had created, Benjamin Franklin replied that they had given us ‘A Republic, if you can keep it.’ Today, as in the past, we will need a brave ‘civic virtue,’ not a timid civility, to keep our republic.” —Justice Clarence Thomas

After a year of trying to convince voters that all Republicans are corrupt because of the actions of a couple of rotten apples, the Democrats now find themselves with not one, but two senators under fire for crooked behavior. Minority Leader Harry Reid promised to amend disclosure reports after it became known that he earned $1.1 million on a real estate deal for property he hadn’t owned for three years. Not a bad deal. While Reid was busy trying to sweep this questionable transaction under the rug, another “clerical error” was discovered. Apparently, Reid used $3,300 in campaign donations for a holiday fund for personal employees at a condominium he owns at the Ritz-Carlton. He promptly promised to replenish the money from his own pocket. If you’re keeping track, that would be the pocket lined with money from a questionable real estate deal in 2004. Someone should really crack open this guy’s books and do a top-to-bottom review to see just what else lies beneath.

For New Jersey Sen. Bob Menendez, everything is already coming to the surface. Hailing from a state that has recently given us such ethically challenged Democrats as Jim McGreevey and Bob Torricelli, Menendez has drawn the attention of federal investigators looking into a rental deal he was involved with that received millions of dollars in government funding. For the record, Menendez is not officially under investigation at this point, but that is sure to change. While Reid is not facing re-election this year, Menendez is, and his race has been affected by the possibility that he has sticky fingers. Loyal Democrat voters, however, have admitted that they would rather have a corrupt politician in the Senate than Republican Tom Kean, Jr., so we’ll have to see how this hypocrisy plays out.

To hear Karl Rove tell it, and to hear President Bush sell it, the GOP will retain control of both houses of Congress on 7 November, but if one listens to off-the-record Republicans in Congress, they will say that the GOP is in for a shellacking. If the excessive drooling of congressional Democrats is any indication, the White House had best shore up its legal team for the impeachment assault sure to come when the Demos take over the legislative branch.

Who’s right? There is no crystal ball on Karl’s desk, but there are reams of polls coming in from races all over the country, and his team has been analyzing the data closely. Targeting the key races and getting those candidates the resources necessary for victory are Rove’s stock in trade. The model that assured Republican victory in 2002 and 2004 is still alive and well. Based on all that, Rove believes that the Republicans may lose eight to 10 seats in the House, but that they will definitely maintain control of both the House and the Senate.

Despite the reputation Rove has earned, fellow Republicans are not necessarily buying his optimism. So, suppose he’s wrong. If Democrats do take the House, they’ll get their Speaker, Nancy Pelosi, one of the most divisive figures in American politics. While acting as minority leader, she hasn’t even been able to keep her team from breaking ranks. It is doubtful she can do any better as Speaker of the House, much less provide overall leadership. Demos will gain the committee chairmanships, but Bush will still be President. Those who’ve lamented his lack of vetoes up till now can take heart that he’ll have plenty of Demo legislation to strike down in the next two years. On top of that, any margin that the Democrats claim in November is likely to be slim, assuring that the inevitable plethora of left-wing bills get bogged down in committee. A Democrat majority 110th Session is sure to be a true do-nothing Congress—with the notable exception of impeachment hearings.

Last week, JohnsHopkinsUniversity received quite a bit of press for a study that claimed Iraqi civilian deaths had topped 655,000 since the war began in 2003. We mentioned then that the number was quadruple the next closest estimate and, as such, was nothing more than a pre-election hit piece. Now for the number crunching.

Iraq’s population is about 27 million, which makes any estimate of war-related civilian deaths a mammoth undertaking, and Johns Hopkins was not up to the task. To compensate, surveys use cluster points—door-to-door interviews in random neighborhoods. The trick is to sample enough clusters. In 2004, the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) did a similar survey that used 2,200 cluster points and ten interviews each, totaling 21,688 interviews. They concluded that there were somewhere between 18,000 and 29,000 deaths. By comparison, Johns Hopkins sample was absurdly ridiculous: Forty-seven clusters, 1,849 interviews. Clearly, the researchers’ object was propaganda, not truth.

Not only could this study affect U.S. policy in Iraq, but also it endangers the very lives of the Iraqi civilians that hypocrites at Johns Hopkins pretend to care so much about by giving aid and comfort to the enemy. After all, with a number that high, the Jihadis are winning, right?

The current debate on America’s war with Islamo-fascism includes many analogies to the debate over WWII. In a recent book by Brian MacArthur, Surviving the Sword, the author cites a widely read WWII anti-West Japanese propaganda manual that played off the real or imagined slights of Europe’s colonial empires: “If you fail to destroy [the West] you can never rest at peace. And the first blow is the vital blow. Westerners—[are] very superior people, very effeminate, and very cowardly… You must demonstrate to the world the true worth of Japanese manhood… [the responsibility] to set Asia free, rests on our shoulders.”

Compare this to Osama bin Laden’s 1998 fatwa: “…to kill the Americans and their allies civilians and military—is an individual duty for every Muslim… for their armies to move out of all the lands of Islam, defeated and unable to threaten any Muslim.” Bin Laden’s post-Somalia quote contains more of the same: “…the American soldier was just a paper tiger. He was unable to endure the strikes that were dealt to his army, so he fled, and America had to stop all its bragging…”

Today’s “Axis of Evil” continues many of the brutal fascist ideologies and racial myths of WWII’s Axis. The beheadings of prisoners by al-Qa’ida’s thugs and the Japanese in WWII are eerily similar, not to mention the common reliance on “suicide missions” to accomplish their political and military goals. It took intense firebombing campaigns and two nuclear attacks to convince the former Axis member that they had underestimated these “paper tigers.” Let’s not rule out that strategy again as we work to survive another, crescent-shaped sword.

The Military Tribunal Act wasn’t the only piece of controversial security legislation authorized by the President this week. Seeking to maintain U.S. control of the ultimate high ground, President Bush signed a new National Space Policy that asserts the country’s right to deny access to space to any entity “hostile to U.S. interests,” as well as rejecting future agreements that might hamstring U.S. flexibility in space. The new policy is the first revision of overall U.S. space policy in ten years, and its top goals are to “strengthen the nation’s space leadership and ensure that space capabilities are available in time to further U.S. national security, homeland security, and foreign policy objectives.” With space now integral to the U.S. economy, serving cell phone providers, personal navigation devices, multimedia telecommunications and banking services, and with the military dependent on satellite communications, navigation and intelligence, the President’s new policy is a very wise move. The usual hand-wringers, forever fearing weapons in space, started howling that the new policy will lead to just that. If weapons do end up in space, the President’s policy will at least make sure the best ones are in hands of the good guys.

The Council on Foreign Relations has released a report titled “National Security Consequences of U.S. Oil Dependency” that pointedly warns, “The lack of sustained attention to energy issues is undercutting U.S. foreign policy and national security.” The report added, “A significant interruption in oil supply will have adverse political and economic consequences in the United States…” The oil-rich countries of Iran, Venezuela and Russia gain great leverage against the U.S. due to our dependence.

According to the Energy Information Administration, the U.S. imports nearly 60 percent of its oil, a number that will likely rise in the years to come, due in large part to the political obstruction by Democrats of sensible de-regulation of the oil industry. While energy independence is not likely, drilling in ANWR and easing restrictions on offshore drilling are key to reducing our dependence on foreign oil. Democrats line up against them both, while advocating further taxation—a sure-fire way to harm the economy. The CFR also recommends more taxes and regulation, when, on the contrary, the free market should determine both the price of oil and when alternative energy sources are preferable.

Here are a few of the many reasons to be optimistic about the economy: The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) has issued its annual revision of employment statistics, adding 810,000 more jobs to the previous total. The latest numbers show 2.54 million new jobs in the last 12 months, and 5.5 million in the last 24. Unemployment is at 4.7 percent. The Dow Jones has now topped 12,000 and is up 51 percent since the tax cuts in 2003, while the S&P 500 is up 63 percent and the NASDAQ is up 80 percent. The U.S. economy has grown at a 3.7 percent annual average rate in the same period. Despite vastly increased federal spending (spending is $907 billion higher than it was in 2000), the federal budget deficit is down to $248 billion in FY2006 due to increased tax revenue.

Incredibly, however, watching the nightly newscasts, one gets the impression that the economy is in the tank. High gas prices and a slowing housing market equal a lousy economy to the Leftmedia talkingheads. Facts just get in the way: Gas prices, adjusted for inflation, never did reach 1981 levels and the housing market is just readjusting after two years of incredible boom. Yet, for example, according to the Business and Media Institute, between 1 August 2005 and 31 July 2006, over 80 percent of the full-length stories on the “CBS Evening News” conveyed a negative view of the economy.

The Leftmedia uses pollaganda to drive public opinion heading into the election—loaded poll questions obscure views of the economy and then the media dutifully reports on the bad polls to further drive public opinion down in the next poll. We’re left to the perhaps obvious conclusion that they want the economy to be bad. Then, apparently, Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi can come to the rescue.

“The people are responsible for the character of their Congress. If that body be ignorant, reckless, and corrupt, it is because the people tolerate ignorance, recklessness, and corruption. If it be intelligent, brave, and pure, it is because the people demand these high qualities… If the next centennial does not find us a great nation… it will be because those who represent the enterprise, the culture, and the morality of the nation do not aid in controlling the political forces.” —James A. Garfield

“There are diversities of gifts, but the same Spirit. There are differences of ministries, but the same Lord. And there are diversities of activities, but it is the same God who works all in all. But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to each one for the profit of all.” —1 Corinthians 12:4-7

“In his classic, ‘The Abolition of Man,’ C.S. Lewis observed three generations ago that we are engaged in a type of tragic-comedy: ‘…we continue to clamor for those very qualities we are rendering impossible… In a sort of ghastly simplicity we remove the organ and demand the function. We make men without chests and expect of them virtue and enterprise. We laugh at honor and are shocked to find traitors in our midst. We castrate and bid the geldings be fruitful.’ Scandal? Disgrace? I think not. [Mark] Foley and others could only be so labeled if popular culture condemned, rather than promoted, immorality. Oh, sorry, there I go again, appealing to a discarded standard. We do laugh at honor and as a result we do find traitors in our midst. We also mock conventions and then are surprised when some take us seriously and respond as if there are none. Congressman Foley can look forward to talk show fame and a lucrative book deal. Welcome to America, 2006!” —Cal Thomas

“If you think political spin and political gamesmanship are the answers to this country’s problems, then vote for the Democrats. Some leading Democrats have already announced that they plan to impeach President Bush if they get control of the House of Representatives. In other words, in the middle of a war, they are prepared to bog down the administration in domestic political and legal hassles, putting the winning of the White House in 2008 ahead of winning the war on terrorism. There was a time when we all understood that, whatever we might think of a President, we still had only one President at a time and that wholesale obstruction and undermining of him was obstruction and undermining of the United States in the face of its enemies.” —Thomas Sowell

“Evil still stalks the planet. Its ideology may be nothing more than blood lust; no program more complex than economic plunder or military aggrandizement. But it is evil all the same. And wherever there are forces that would destroy the human spirit and diminish human potential, they must be recognized and they must be countered.” —Ronald Reagan

“This is how you keep Kim Jong Il from proliferating. Make him understand that his survival would be hostage to the actions of whatever terrorist group he sold his weapons to. Any terrorist detonation would be assumed to have his address on it. The United States would then return postage. Automaticity of this kind concentrates the mind. This policy has a hitch, however. It works only in a world where there is but a single rogue nuclear state. Once that club expands to two, the policy evaporates, because a nuclear terror attack would no longer have a single automatic return address. Which is another reason why keeping Iran from going nuclear is so important. With North Korea there is no going back. But Iran is not there yet. One rogue country is tolerable because it can be held accountable. Two rogue countries guarantees undeterrable and therefore inevitable nuclear terrorism.” —Charles Krauthammer

“You talk about independence [of the judiciary] as though it is unquestionably and unqualifiably a good thing. It may not be. It depends on what your courts are doing. The more your courts become policy-makers, the less sense it makes to have them entirely independent… Take the abortion issue: Whichever side wins, in the courts, the other side feels cheated. I mean, you know, there’s something to be said for both sides. The court could have said, ‘No, thank you.’ The court have said, ‘You know, there is nothing in the Constitution on the abortion issue for either side.’ It could have said the same thing about suicide, it could have said the same thing about… all the social issues the courts are now taking… It is part of the new philosophy of the Constitution, and when you push the courts into that, and when they leap into it, they make themselves politically controversial. And that’s what places their independence at risk.” —Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia

“Liberal Democrats are beginning to sound like rowdy students on spring break, shrieking and exhibiting themselves on camera. Consider some of the recent rabid outbursts by once sober, old-guard politicians. West Virginia Sen. Jay Rockefeller insists that the world would be better off if Saddam were still running Iraq. Crotchety Congressman John Murtha, of Pennsylvania, rushed to announce that our Marines were guilty of killing Iraqis in ‘cold blood’ before they were tried. Illinois Sen. Richard Durbin has compared our interrogators at GuantanamoBay to Nazis, while Massachusetts Sen. John Kerry said our soldiers have ‘terrorized’ Iraqi women and children. Then there is the constant anger from Democratic ex-presidents. It used to be that out-of-office chief executives kept relatively hush… Not so now with Presidents Carter and Clinton. They repeatedly harp about the sins of the current administration… What sends liberal criticism over the edge into pathological hysteria? Is it that George Bush is a polarizing figure, not just in terms of his Iraq policy, but also because of his Christian Texan demeanor? Or is the current left-wing savagery also a legacy of the tribal 1960s, when out-of-power protestors felt that expressions of speaking bluntly, even crudely, were at least preferable to ‘artificial’ cultural restraint? Why should graying veterans of the barricades, then, remain ‘polite’ when their country’s less sophisticated red-state yokels are taking it in the wrong direction?” —Victor Davis Hanson

“Generally, the media tell Americans that voting is important, a cherished right for which others have fought and died. The right to vote has been expanded numerous times throughout our nation’s history to include groups once disenfranchised, but now there appears to be a coordinated effort to dissuade a certain segment of Americans from voting. As I have reported to you in recent days, some on the Left are using the Mark Foley scandal to suppress turnout of conservative Christians. The MediaResearchCenter noted that reporting on this sex scandal by the former Republican member of Congress is running at an 8-to-1 ratio over the conviction of a former Democrat member of Congress for sexual assault against a minor. In many stories, reporters editorialize on how the Foley affair will keep Christians away from the polls, while the facts appear secondary to the ‘news’.” —Gary Bauer

“Thomas Sowell says the question for this election is not whether you or your candidate is Republican or Democrat but whether you’re ‘serious’ or ‘frivolous.’ A lot of Americans, and not just their sorry excuse for a professional press corps, are in the mood for frivolity. It’s like going to the theater. Do you really want to sit through that searing historical drama from the Royal Shakespeare Company? Or would you rather be at the sex comedy next door? In the 1990s, Americans opted for the sex comedy—or so they thought. But in reality the searing historical drama carried on; it was always there, way off in the background, behind the yuk-it-up narcissist trouser-dropper staggering around downstage. The mood of the times was to kick the serious stuff down the road so we could get back to President Lounge Act offering to feel our pain. With North Korea, the people delegated to kick the can a few years ahead—Madeleine Albright, Jimmy Carter are now back, writing self-congratulatory op-eds about their genius and foresight. Not at all. Albright’s much-touted ‘agreement’ was a deal whereby Washington agreed to prop up a flailing basket-case state in order to enable it to buy enough time to become a serious destabilizing threat to its neighbors and beyond. Many of our present woes—not least Iran—derive explicitly from the years when Carter embodied the American ‘superpower’ as a smiling eunuch… Life isn’t a night on Broadway where you can decide you’re not in the mood for ‘Henry V’ and everyone seems to be having a much better time at ‘La Cage Aux Foley’.” —Mark Steyn

Choosing not to vote is still a choice and that choice is a vote for liberalism. Ask them to take seriously the fate of our country, because that is what’s at stake in next week’s election.

If we are going to be able to pledge allegiance to “one nation under God,” we must vote.

If we are going to choose victory over appeasement in the emerging third world war, we must vote.

If we are going to secure our borders, we must vote.

If we are going to continue the economic growth policies of the last few years that have given us low inflation, low unemployment, a record-breaking Dow and the economic strength to fight our enemies, we must vote.

If we are going to continue live in “the land of the free and the home of the brave,” we must vote.

We owe it to those who built this great country, to our children and to our grandchildren to be citizens and to show up and vote. Because if we don’t and the left wins, we will have only ourselves to blame.            –       NEWT GINGRICH.

FAMILY

“The arguments against redefining marriage, the central institution of society, are profound and decent, no matter what the sexual orientation of those who offer those arguments. The sexual confusion we will bequeath to future generations, especially among children, if the same sex is regarded from childhood as equally desirable as marriage partners, endangers society immeasurably more than global warming… In the meantime, however, those who argue for redefining marriage have their bases covered with ad hominem attacks. According to same-sex marriage activists, if you’re a heterosexual who opposes same-sex marriage, you’re a homophobe, and if you’re a homosexual who opposes same-sex marriage, you’re a phony and a hypocrite. Defenders of marriage should not lend credibility to these characterizations.” —Dennis Prager

“It’s time we asked ourselves if we still know the freedoms intended for us by the Founding Fathers. James Madison said, ‘We base all our experiments on the capacity of mankind for self-government.’ This idea that government was beholden to the people, that it had no other source of power, is still the newest, most unique idea in all the long history of man’s relation to man. This is the issue of this election: Whether we believe in our capacity for self-government or whether we abandon the American Revolution and confess that a little intellectual elite in a far-distant capital can plan our lives for us better than we can plan them ourselves.” —Ronald Reagan

“War is an ugly thing, but not the ugliest of things; the decayed and degraded state of moral and patriotic feeling which thinks nothing worth a war, is worse. A man who has nothing which he cares more about than he does about his personal safety is a miserable creature who has no chance at being free, unless made and kept so by the exertions of better men than himself.” —John Stuart Mill

Veterans and elected officials all have one thing in common: Upon entering service, both took an oath to “support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic,” and to “bear true faith and allegiance to the same.”

On 1 June 1789, the first law enacted by Congress was statute 1, chapter 1: an act to regulate the time and manner of administering certain oaths. It established the oath that all civilian and military officials take before entering into the service of our nation. Our Founders understood that the security of the Republic depended on leaders who would honor and uphold constitutional rule of law, lest the Republic would dissolve into a democratic state ruled by men.

Notably, the oath mandates the support and defense of our Constitution , a document revered not only for its timeless precepts, but for its crisp and clear language. The oath refers to our Constitution precisely as it was ratified, not the so called “living constitution” rewritten by judicial activists, who populate what Thomas Jefferson predicted would become “the despotic branch”.

Veterans support and defend our Constitution with their lives, while most elected officials debase it with all manner of extra-constitutional empowerment of the central government, and forced income redistribution to benefit the constituency groups which re-elect them. That is to say, while veterans have nobly honored their oath, most elected officials have disgracefully violated the same.

In recent months, we have been swamped with ugly politics. This week, we saw the whirlwind that an ostensibly conservative political party reaps when it abandons its oath of office and platform. If Republicans thought they could retain majorities in the legislative branch by offering themselves as the lesser of two evils, they were sorely, grossly, terribly mistaken. They overestimated conservative tolerance for those who desert their oaths.

By contrast this Veterans Day, consider the story of one American who never violated his oath. That American is my friend and Patriot mentor, Col. Roger Ingvalson.

Roger was born in Austin, Minnesota, in the era between the World Wars. He was an all-American kid, attending local schools and then the University of Minnesota. He joined the Air Force in 1950 and earned his wings in 1953. He married Jacqueline in 1959, and they had one son. He spent the next nine years as an operations officer for fighter squadrons around the world.

In 1968, Roger was flying the F-105D with the 34th Tactical Fighter Squadron out of Korat Royal Air Force Base, Thailand. The air war over Vietnam was in its third year, and the pilot casualty list included Roger’s wingman and best friend, Wayne Fullam, who was shot down in late 1967.

On 28 May, Roger took off on his 87th combat sortie, leading a mission to destroy a bridge in North Vietnam. (Roger notes lightheartedly today that it is very important to keep the number of mission takeoffs and landings equal.) With 1600 hours in the F-105, he was confident that this mission would be a success. As he pulled off the target, an air controller requested that he hit an enemy truck convoy nearby.

Roger’s tactical preference was for high speed and low altitude engagement in order to assure accuracy. At about 0900, he located the convoy of Soviet-built trucks near Dong Hoi and rolled in at more than 500 knots. At 50 feet above the hard deck, he fired a long 20mm burst into the convoy.

Moments later, Roger recalls, “I heard and felt an explosion and my cockpit immediately filled with smoke. I hit the afterburner to gain valuable altitude, then pulled the canopy ejection handle to get rid of the smoke. I rocketed up to about 600 feet before my aircraft went into an uncontrollable roll. I pulled the ejection seat handle and squeezed the trigger. As I was catapulted out of the burning aircraft, the wind blast knocked me out, and I didn’t regain consciousness until just prior to landing on a dried out rice paddy.”

As he hit the ground, Roger’s first reaction was to feel for broken bones. “With 15 years of fighter-aircraft experience, I was fully aware of the fact that there is very little chance of survival during an emergency ejection at high speed and low altitude, without a multitude of injuries. To my amazement, I had no broken bones or other injuries.”

Roger had regularly attended church for 40 years, but he says his relationship with his Savior really began when he realized he had survived the ejection. He prayed and gave thanks as his would-be Communist captors were running toward him.

For the next 1,742 days, Roger endured torture, starvation, desolation, disease and one stretch of 20 months in strict solitary confinement.

Three years into his horrendous internment, Jane Fonda showed up in Hanoi to collaborate with Roger’s captors. She starred in a propaganda film purporting that American POWs were being treated humanely. Roger and other POWs were shown that film repeatedly in an effort to further break their spirit. Hanoi Jane even posed for photographs on an NVA anti-aircraft gun near his prison. She boasted of the civil unrest being fomented back home by leftists like her friend John Kerry who “aided and abetted the enemy” by accusing American service personnel in Vietnam of all manner of atrocities.

Roger received devastating news in late 1971, when he was told by his captors that his wife, Jackie, had died months earlier from complications related to multiple sclerosis. Roger recalls, “During the three years since capture, I had continually dreamed of her in a crippled condition. Then the night after receiving the tragic news, I had another dream of my dear wife—this time she was in perfect health, just like the day we were married. She had gained the victory from suffering and sin; whereas, I gained the peace of knowing that she was in heaven.” (His 13-year old son was taken in by Jackie’s parents.)

On 14 March 1973, after nearly five years of brutal incarceration, Roger and his fellow POWs, including future Senator John McCain, departed for Clark Air Base in the Philippines. There, for the first time in half a decade, he was given medical aid, wholesome food and clean clothes. “The Lord sustained me through 1,742 days of tragedy; nevertheless, I count my blessings. I was set free by the North Vietnamese Communists but had already been fully liberated by Jesus Christ.”

Col. Roger Ingvalson retired from the Air Force a couple of years after his release. His decorations included the Silver Star, a Bronze Star, a Purple Heart with Oak Leaf Cluster, the Legion of Merit, the DFC with 2 Oak Leaf Clusters, the Air Medal with 6 Oak Leaf Clusters, and the POW Medal.

However, the most remarkable chapter in this Vietnam Vet’s story was yet to be written.

Upon his return to the United States, Roger married the widow of Wayne Fullam, his wingman and best friend, and they raised their combined family of four sons together. After returning to his wife’s hometown of Chattanooga, Tennessee, Roger spent the rest of his career in prison ministry.

To Roger, and all our fellow Patriots who have served their nation with courage and great sacrifice, we offer our heartfelt gratitude. You have honored your oath to “support and defend,” as do those on the frontline in Iraq today. You have kept the flame of liberty, lit by our Founders, burning bright for future generations.

In 1918, the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month marked the cessation of World War I hostilities. That date is now designated in honor of our veterans, and a focal point for national observance is the placing of a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in ArlingtonNationalCemetery.        Let us never, ever forget.

(On a personal note: It is somehow fitting, that in final edit on an essay honoring veterans this morning, I received word that my Uncle Ted—a Naval Aviator and my father’s wingman in World War II, passed away. Farewell to another Patriot Veteran of the Greatest Generation. He was one of my heroes, a gentleman who always had a smile and a great story. Thank you, Uncle Ted, for introducing your sister to my father!)

As late as last week, President Bush maintained that Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld would be in place through the next two years. It turns out that the President was privately working on finding the Secretary’s replacement during that time. The announcement of Rumsfeld’s ouster on Wednesday gives the impression that the resignation vindicates the Left’s critiques of the war—but the timing of the resignation serves two purposes. When the 110th Congress convenes, Democrats will be playing an integral role in the confirmation of Rumsfeld’s likely replacement, former CIA chief Robert Gates. Liberals will use nominee hearings to further air their grievances on the war, but ultimately their confirmation of Gates will invest them in the war in a way not seen since Democrats joined Republicans in passing a use-of-force resolution in the prelude to the invasion of Iraq.

The second reason for the timing of the announcement was given by President Bush at a press conference on Wednesday. He told reporters that it was not in the interest of our Iraq mission to announce Rumsfeld’s resignation ahead of the election. This, according to Bush, would have injected politics into the war and would have led critics and supporters alike to believe that Bush was making a leadership change to achieve a favorable outcome in the midterms. This was a politically courageous decision—the likes of which we never once saw from the previous administration. Thus, while Democrats have steadfastly refused to separate politics from our nation’s security, this President made clear that he would rather lose congressional majorities than send the wrong message to American soldiers in Iraq. In doing so, he has given historians much to ponder

ECONOMY

Wall Street wiz kids are receiving record bonuses this week—around $153,000 on average—as the product of countless mergers, buyouts and winning stock records in 2006. They’d better enjoy it while it lasts, though, because House Democrats have taken charge of the purse.

Democrats have campaigned on a number of fiscal and economic issues: Curtailing free trade, preventing U.S. firms from moving off-shore and increasing funding for entitlements like Social Security and Medicare. Those ideas are in fact as bad as they sound, but Democrats are about to learn a lesson in majority politics: Campaign promises are easier made than kept. One economic item on the Demo agenda, an increase to the federal minimum wage, is nonetheless likely to pass in the next legislative session.

Fixed at $5.15/hour since 1997, Democrats will seek to enact a new mandatory minimum wage of $7.25. With Senate passage likely and his political capital low, President Bush may choose to sign such a measure into law. In any case, it isn’t at all clear that populist-minded House Republicans (who have developed quite a sense of entitlement themselves) wouldn’t side with Democrats to override a veto.

The problem with raising the minimum wage (aside from its unconstitutionality) is that compensation ceases to connect to market realities. Small businesses bear the brunt, seeing tight margins squeezed even tighter. Union contracts are indexed to the minimum wage, meaning an increase in pay for union members as well. Consumers pay the price at the checkout counter as prices rise to compensate for added costs—a reality that effects minimum-wage workers worst of all. Ultimately, minimum-wage earners may make more, but as the laws of supply and demand would predict, there are fewer low-wage jobs for these workers to fill. Unlike Congresses and labor laws, the laws of economics aren’t easily changed.

The economic good, bad and ugly

The economy has continued to improve while absorbing constant assaults by the Left and their accomplices in the media—this time to the tune of a 4.4-percent unemployment rate—the lowest since 2001. Unemployment is low despite a slowing in home-construction and manufacturing sectors. Yet some might be surprised to hear that all of those jobs aren’t at McDonald’s. In particular, a recent New York Times editorial read like a doomsday novel. Our economic future, according to the Times, will be either bad or worse. They faithfully campaigned for Democrats with talk of “lousy pay” for workers, “reckless tax cuts,” “wage stagnation” and job numbers that can’t possibly hold. We suppose we should just give up and get in the soup lines.

Much to the contrary, Americans’ standard of living continues to be not only the envy of the world, but to increase each year. Since 1979, the number of Americans earning less than $75,000 (inflation adjusted) has fallen by over 10 percent. Workers’ total compensation is up by nearly 10 percent since 2000, and Americans’ average net worth rose from $70,800 in 1995 to $93,100 in 2004. Indeed, wages are up, not stagnant. Yes, the rich are getting richer, but so are the poor. Should the rich have to wait for everyone else to catch up, or is this a free market?

Of course, if newly empowered Democrats stay true to their socialist template and raise taxes, increase the minimum wage, further regulate business and institute nationalized health care, that’s when we can look for the economy to suffer…….

Incredulous: ”George Allen, the Republican, carried 57 percent of the veterans vote in Virginia, despite the fact that Webb is a decorated veteran and a former Naval Secretary.“—CNN’s Bill Schneider

“America has the best-trained, most professional, most well-educated military in the world. But the moonbats want only to hear the myths of the soldier-as-victim or the soldier-as-brutalizer or soldier-as-indentured servant. This is no isolated case of Democrat incompetence and insensitivity toward the military. Kerry’s party is the party of Dick Durbin, who likened American interrogators and Gitmo military staff to Nazis, Soviet gulag operators and genocidal maniac Pol Pot. Kerry’s party is the party of Patty Murray, who praised Osama bin Laden’s charity work with nary a nod to our men and women in uniform who have sailed and flown to the most far-flung regions of the world on reconstruction and humanitarian missions. Kerry’s party is the party that approved of him tarring American troops as terrorizers in Iraq last year. And Kerry’s party is the party whose national party website couldn’t even find an American soldier to illustrate a page dedicated to ‘Veterans and Military Families.’ Until a military reader of my blog called attention to it, the DNC site erroneously featured a photo of a Canadian soldier named ‘Abdul’ in its attempt to show support for American troops. Can you trust a party with such entrenched disdain and contempt for the military to use that power well and wisely at a time of war? America made a choice in 2004. Two years later, the Democrats have said and done nothing to earn the nation’s endorsement now.” —Michelle Malkin

“It would be the highest irony if the evidence of conservative evolution came on the occasion of a bruising midterm election, but two stories by the media today suggest that conservatives have changed the paradigm of politics over the last generation. A CNN poll indicates that a majority of Americans now believes that government tries to do too much, while The New York Times reports that Democrats have begun producing less liberal candidates in order to win seats in Congress… The smaller-government message will still win elections, but the question may be for whom it wins those contests when the GOP fails to tend to its Reagan legacy. Regardless, the difference between the 1970s and now demonstrates the power of Reagan’s vision—which was not that different from that of the Founding Fathers.” —Ed Morrissey

“Ronald Reagan, though derided endlessly by Democrats and media elites, won the presidency not just as a consummate showman but as the apostle of three big ideas. First, he believed that a free enterprise system is not merely more efficient than a government-run command-and-control economy—it also is far more consistent with ideals of human freedom and dignity. Second, personal liberty and personal responsibility go hand-in-hand—and are preferable to government choice and group responsibility. Third, America is a fundamentally good nation—we should be willing to stand up for it and if necessary to fight for it. Reagan’s optimism about America and devotion to freedom fueled his belief that it was necessary to defeat communism—a system that denied human freedom, denied God, suppressed free will, and sought global dominion—and that we could win if we were committed to doing that. Despite the hoots from sophisticates, Reagan proved right on all counts. His vision of ‘morning in America’ resonated with us… [Tomorrow], Americans have the opportunity to reaffirm President Reagan’s vision or to take a step back toward the vision of government and of America he fought against… [Tomorrow], Ronald Reagan’s sun can continue to shine on America. But conservatives must be willing to make that happen. They must embrace the mantra that partial sunshine is better than rain any day of the week. It’s a good time to remember Reagan’s optimism, his pragmatism, and his values. And it would be enormously gratifying to win this one for the Gipper.” —Ronald Cass

“We’re told the Democrats have an agenda—in the first 100 days, Congress will overturn the accumulated horrors of the Bush regime. (Except for Reagan’s funeral. They’ll let that stand.) A preview follows. Day 1: Party like it’s 1992; citizenship for all Gitmo detainees; a blanket amnesty; and a ‘Circle of Healing’ ceremony held on the Capitol steps. Day 2: The troops in Iraq will leave, walking in reverse, as if someone is playing the tape backwards; special construction brigades will quickly repair all the buildings destroyed since the 2003 invasion; and the last American out will reinstall Saddam. Thereafter, whenever someone criticizes America for invading Iraq, we’ll look quizzical and say we don’t know what they’re talking about. Day 3: Bush tax cuts repealed, so the upper 10 percent in income pay 67 percent of all federal taxes instead of 66 percent. That will make all the difference. Day 4: Peace Corps sent en masse to Middle East to apologize personally to everyone and hand out gas-soaked flags and matchbooks. Burn one on us! Don’t you love us now? Day 5: Peace Corps Hostage Negotiation Unit commissioned. Day 6: Gay marriage legalized by congressional voice vote, so no one has to go on record. (This allows gay Democratic congressmen to vote no without being outed.) Days 7-100: Impeachment hearings. Sure, Pelosi has said she’s against them. But as she promised: The children will be in charge. They’re cranky if they don’t get their way.” —James Lileks

FAMILY

“Part of the devolution of marriage to minority status is the fault of the media. Look at who they feature on magazine covers, tabloid TV and awards shows: the cohabiting without benefit of clergy, same-sex ‘couples,’ fornicating couples who flaunt their ‘lifestyles’ and dare anyone to tell them to stop. The STDs that come from these ‘lifestyles’ are not the fault of those who engage in the sort of behavior that puts them at risk. Rather, Republicans are to blame for spending too little on ‘cures’ so the promiscuous can continue practicing their ‘lifestyles’ without fear of disease. TV commercials for drugs that treat genital herpes now run close to erectile dysfunction ads without irony.” —Cal Thomas

“As of this writing 2,802 young Americans have been killed during three and a half years of war in Iraq. That’s roughly the same number killed at Iwo Jima during the first three and a half days of fighting against the Japanese. Every life lost was precious and every loss grievous to those who loved them. Unfortunately, our media intends to use every one of those killed to make their point. It’s a lesson they learned in Vietnam. On Feb. 27, 1968, after a month of brutal fighting and daily images of U.S. casualties on American television, Walter Cronkite, then the host of the CBS Evening News, proclaimed that the Tet Offensive had proven to him that the Vietnam War was no longer winnable… It didn’t matter that Tet had been a decisive victory for the United States and South Vietnam. Today’s potentates of the press are trying to deliver the same message: that Iraq, like Vietnam, is un-winnable. One television network has gone so far as to broadcast images of U.S. troops being killed by terrorists—making Iraq the first war where Americans get their news from the enemy. The war in Vietnam wasn’t lost during ‘Tet 68’ no matter what Cronkite said. Rather, it was lost in the pages of America’s newspapers, on our televisions, our college campuses—and eventually in the corridors of power in Washington. We need to pray that this war isn’t lost the same way.” —Oliver North

“Sometimes it seems [the news media] are less interested in legitimate news than they are in proving their knowledge and wisdom is superior to ours. The most frustrating thing is when I have the facts to prove them wrong but cannot reveal those facts without endangering security or wrecking some plan we’re engaged in.” —Ronald Reagan

Rep. Pence outlined the principles he shares with his fellow conservatives in a speech entitled “Another Time for Choosing,” which echoed the central theme of Ronald Reagan’s famous 1964 speech “A Time for Choosing.”

The major network news has focused more coverage on this year’s midterms than at any other time in history, and that coverage has overwhelmingly favored the Democrats. A report released recently by the nonpartisan Center for Media and Public Affairs revealed that 77 percent of news accounts aired between 5 September and 22 October favored Democrat candidates and lawmakers. There were 167 election news stories on ABC, CBS and NBC evening news programs during this period, compared to 35 such stories during the same period in 2002.

John Kerry hits the campaign trail… for the GOP

Senator John Kerry, that smug limo-leftist, took another cheap shot at uniformed American Patriots in Iraq. Kerry insists, “You know, education, if you make the most of it, you study hard, you do your homework and you make an effort to be smart, you can do well. If you don’t, you get stuck in Iraq.” (If you haven’t seen it yet, here is the picture.) Kerry was supposed to be stumping for fellow Democrats this week, but candidates in Pennsylvania, Minnesota and Iowa promptly cancelled on Mr. Foot-in-Mouth.

When asked by House and Senate leaders to apologize, Kerry said, “I apologize to no one… My statement yesterday was a botched joke.”

That was until Senator Clinton, whom Kerry will battle for the Demos’ presidential nomination in ‘08, chastised Kerry’s words as “inappropriate.” Only that prompted Kerry to offer up a faux apology: “I sincerely regret that my words were misinterpreted to wrongly imply anything negative about those in uniform, and I personally apologize to any service member, family member, or American who was offended.”

In the words of VP Dick Cheney, “[Kerry] was for the joke before he was against it.”

Kerry, who loathes the military even more than Bill Clinton, has a sordid history of treasonous remarks about uniformed Patriots, beginning with his 1971 congressional testimony, when he claimed American troops had “raped, cut off ears, cut off heads, taped wires from portable telephones to human genitals and turned up the power, cut off limbs, blown up bodies, randomly shot at civilians, razed villages in fashion reminiscent of Ghengis Khan, shot cattle and dogs for fun, poisoned food stocks, and generally ravaged the countryside of South Vietnam…” We suppose all that was a botched joke, too.

If so, Kerry must have been trying for laughs again last year, when he said, “American soldiers [are] going into the homes of Iraqis in the dead of night, terrorizing kids and children, you know, women, breaking sort of the customs of the—of—the historical customs, religious customs.”

If you believe Kerry’s comments undermine support for our troops and constitute “conduct unbecoming” for a U.S. senator and Democrat Party leader, please sign the “Petition for Investigation and Indictment John Kerry for acts of treason”.

Kerry won’t apologize? He’s just the latest.

In a twist of strategy that boggles the mind, Democrats have gone out of their way to disparage the U.S. military in advance of next week’s elections.

In Arizona, Republican State Representative Jonathon Paton was called up to go to Iraq with his Army Reserve Intelligence Unit while he was campaigning for re-election. Responding to the higher of two duties, the defense of his country, Rep. Paton left for Iraq several weeks ago. Pima County Democratic Party chairwoman Donna Branch-Gilby, working to elect Demo candidate Clarence Boykins, has attacked him for missing scheduled candidate debates and argued that he is not worthy of public office because he will miss much of the 2007 legislative session. Paton’s opponents call him “irresponsible” for volunteering for active duty. How on earth do these people sleep at night?

Perhaps we should ask Rep. John Murtha, whose unrepentant, cynical criticism of America’s military involvement in Iraq offers much fodder for jihadist propaganda. Last week he called the Iraq war a “failed policy wrapped in an illusion.” This week, Murtha came out swinging in defense of John Kerry’s “botched” joke. Murtha maintains that he supports the troops, but every time he states that we cannot win in Iraq, he encourages the enemy to hang tough. It is the enemy, not the Bush administration, that is putting American troops in harm’s way.

Such fever-pitched disparagement of our troops has become a source of aid and comfort to our enemies, and enough is enough. We are compelled to call these Democrats what they are—traitors.

Sen. Kennedy and the KGB

In a letter dated 14 May 1983, KGB head Viktor Chebrikov wrote General Secretary of the Communist Party Yuri Andropov regarding our very own Sen. Ted Kennedy’s offer to assist Soviet leaders with a counter public-relations strategy to President Ronald Reagan’s successful foreign policy. Former U.S. Sen. John Tunney repeatedly traveled to Moscow on Kennedy’s behalf hoping to strike up a partnership with Andropov, including arranging some TV spots for the Soviets to propagandize Americans. Fortunately for America, Andropov died before this partnership came to fruition, and, once again, Kennedy was proved ever so wrong.

According to recently released KGB documents, Tunney also traveled to Moscow in March 1980, meeting with KGB agents. Agent Vasiliy Mitrokhin defected to Britain in 1992 and smuggled out copious notes of these meetings. Kennedy, battling Jimmy Carter for the Democrat nomination, thought that Carter was too belligerent with the Soviets and had caused souring relations. Mitrokhin noted that due to Kennedy’s disagreement with the Carter White House, the senator took foreign policy in his own hands in order to force Carter to act accordingly. Kennedy couldn’t help himself—actually fighting to win a war remains a foreign concept to white flag liberals.

Far worse, Kennedy and Tunney are likely guilty of treason—violating Article three, Section three of the U.S. Constitution, the U.S. Code and the Logan Act of 1799, barring citizens from giving aid and comfort to the enemy or from engaging in diplomacy with foreign governments in an effort to undermine U.S. policy. The junior senator from Massachusetts, one John F. Kerry, also remains guilty for meeting with the North Vietnamese in 1970.

We believe in family values, we believe values are important, and we believe marriage is a fundamental institution of civilization. Yesterday, in New Jersey, we had another activist court issue a ruling that raises doubts about the institution of marriage, I believe that marriage is a union between a man and a woman, and I believe it’s a sacred institution that is critical to the health of our society and the well-being of families, and it must be defend ed”  President George W. Bush, October 26, 2006

Call them what they are — TRAITORS…

Mark Alexander From Patriot Post Vol. 05 No. 46; Published 18 November 2005 | Print Email PDF

The Left is at it again.

Senators Harry Reid, Dick Durbin and Ted Kennedy have accused President George W. Bush of lying about Iraq’s weapons of mass destruction, insisting that he “lied us into war.” Some Demo wing nuts are even floating the idea of impeachment. Their charges have no substance, of course; they’re merely contrived to keep Republicans off balance through next year’s midterm elections. In other words, Democrat Party leaders are using the gravely serious matter of the Iraq War for trivial political fodder — and their politicization of our mission there has put our Armed Forces in the region in greater peril.

Let’s be clear: There is nothing wrong with honest criticism of an American president; to the contrary, we have written extensively about President Bush’s policy failures. The dishonest and politically motivated accusations of Kennedy, Reid, Durbin and their ilk, however, are nothing short of — and we don’t use this term lightly — treasonous.

Here are their accusations:

Reid: “We all know the Vice President’s office was the nerve center of an operation designed to sell the war and discredit those who challenged it. … The manipulation of intelligence to sell the war in Iraq … the Vice President is behind that.” (Reid, you may recall, recently called the President “a loser” while speaking to a high-school civics class.)

Durbin: “I seconded the motion Sen. Harry Reid made last week. Republicans in Congress have refused, despite repeated promises, to investigate the Bush administration’s misuse of pre-war intelligence, so Senate Democrats are standing up and demanding the truth.” (Durbin, you may recall, recently compared U.S. troops to the Nazis and Pol Pot.)

Kennedy: “The Bush administration misrepresented and distorted the intelligence to justify a war that America should never have fought.” (Kennedy, you may recall, got kicked out of Harvard for cheating. In addition, you may recall, he drunk-drove his car off a bridge at Chappaquiddick, leaving Mary Jo Kopechne to drown while he went back to his hotel, called his lawyer, concocted an alibi and went to sleep.)

Naturally, the Democrats’ media lemmings are reporting these charges as de facto truth, but there is considerable evidence that these and other Demo-gogues believed Iraq had WMD long before President George Bush came to Washington.

Leading the bogus “Bush lied” charge, Ted Kennedy proclaimed last week, “What was said before does matter. The President’s words matter.” Indeed they do, as do the words of Kennedy and his fellow revisionists. What follows, then, is a collection of words that will shine a bright light on their treachery. We’ll begin with an important piece of Clinton-era legislation.

The Iraq Liberation Act: Passed by the U.S. Congress and signed by Bill Clinton in 1998, the Act stated, “It should be the policy of the United States to support efforts to remove the regime headed by Saddam Hussein from power in Iraq, and to promote the emergence of a democratic government to replace that regime.” This legislation passed the House by a vote of 360 to 38, and it passed the Senate without a single vote in opposition. Here’s what Democrats were saying before the 2000 election of George W. Bush:

President Bill Clinton: “[M]ark my words, [Saddam] will develop weapons of mass destruction. He will deploy them, and he will use them. … Iraq [is] a rogue state with weapons of mass destruction, ready to use them or provide them to terrorists, drug traffickers or organized criminals who travel the world among us unnoticed. If we fail to respond today, Saddam, and all those who would follow in his footsteps, will be emboldened tomorrow by the knowledge that they can act with impunity. … Some day, some way, I guarantee you he’ll use the arsenal.”

Clinton on Operation Desert Fox: “Our purpose is clear: We want to seriously diminish the threat posed by Iraq’s weapons of mass destruction program. … Saddam must not be allowed to threaten his neighbors or the world with nuclear arms, poison gas or biological weapons. Earlier today I ordered America’s armed forces to strike military and security targets in Iraq. They are joined by British forces. Their mission is to attack Iraq’s nuclear, chemical and biological-weapons programs and its military capacity to threaten its neighbors. … I have no doubt today, that left unchecked, Saddam Hussein will use these terrible weapons again.” (That was Bill Clinton, two years before 9/11, announcing Operation Desert Fox. Question: If Iraq didn’t have, or wasn’t developing, WMD, then what on earth was Clinton attacking? Ah, that’s right — it was a “baby formula” factory.

Vice President Albert Gore: “Saddam’s ability to produce and deliver weapons of mass destruction poses a grave threat … to the security of the world.”

Madeleine Albright, Clinton Secretary of State: “We must stop Saddam from ever again jeopardizing the stability and the security of his neighbors with weapons of mass destruction. … Iraq is a long way from Ohio, but what happens there matters a great deal here. For the risk that the leaders of a rogue state will use nuclear, chemical or biological weapons against us or our allies is the greatest security threat we face.”

Sandy Berger, Clinton National Security Advisor and Plea-Copping Classified Document Thief: “[Saddam will] use those weapons of mass destruction again as he has ten times since 1983.”

Harry Reid: “The problem is not nuclear testing; it is nuclear weapons. … The number of Third World countries with nuclear capabilities seems to grow daily. Saddam Hussein’s near success with developing a nuclear weapon should be an eye-opener for us all. [Saddam] is too dangerous of a man to be given carte blanche with weapons of mass destruction.”

John Kerry: “If you don’t believe…Saddam Hussein is a threat with nuclear weapons, then you shouldn’t vote for me.”

John Edwards: “Serving on the Intelligence Committee and seeing day after day, week after week, briefings on Saddam’s weapons of mass destruction and his plans on using those weapons, he cannot be allowed to have nuclear weapons, it’s just that simple. The whole world changes if Saddam ever has nuclear weapons.”

Dick Durbin: “One of the most compelling threats we in this country face today is the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction. Threat assessments regularly warn us of the possibility that…Iraq…may acquire or develop nuclear weapons. [Saddam’s] chemical and biological weapons capabilities are frightening.”

Nancy Pelosi: “Saddam Hussein has been engaged in the development of weapons of mass destruction technology, which is a threat to countries in the region, and he has made a mockery of the weapons-inspection process.”

Sens. Levin, Lieberman, Lautenberg, Dodd, Kerrey, Feinstein, Mikulski, Daschle, Breaux, Johnson, Inouye, Landrieu, Ford and Kerry in a letter to Bill Clinton: “We urge you, after consulting with Congress and consistent with the U.S. Constitution and laws, to take necessary actions, including, if appropriate, air and missile strikes on suspect Iraqi sites to respond effectively to the threat posed by Iraq’s refusal to end its weapons of mass destruction programs.”

After the 2000 election:

When President Bush was sworn into office in 2001, his administration was handed eight years’ worth of intelligence analysis and policy positions from the Clinton years — years of appeasement, when Saddam was tolerated, when opportunities to kill Osama bin Laden were refused, and when the 9/11 terrorists were free to get drivers licenses and take flying lessons. Notably, Mr. Bush retained Clinton’s CIA director, George Tenet, who was the arbiter of Bush administration’s position on Iraq’s WMD.

In the weeks prior to the invasion of Iraq, Democrats, who had access to the same intelligence used by the Bush administration (much of which was compiled under the Clinton administration), were clear in their concern about the threat of Iraq’s WMD capability.

Here’s what Democrats were saying in advance of Operation Iraqi Freedom:

Harry Reid: “Saddam has thumbed his nose at the world community and I think the President is approaching this in the right fashion.”

Ted Kennedy: “We have known for many years that Saddam Hussein is seeking and developing weapons of mass destruction.”

John Kerry: “I will be voting to give the president of the U.S. the authority to use force if necessary to disarm Saddam because I believe that a deadly arsenal of weapons of mass destruction in his hands is a real and grave threat to our security. … Without question we need to disarm Saddam Hussein. … These weapons represent an unacceptable threat.”

Hillary Clinton: “In the four years since the inspectors left, intelligence reports show that Saddam Hussein has worked to rebuild his chemical and biological-weapons stock, his missile-delivery capability, his nuclear program. He has also given aid, comfort, and sanctuary to terrorists including al-Qa’ida members. It is clear, however, that if left unchecked Saddam Hussein will continue to increase his capacity to wage biological and chemical warfare and will keep trying to develop nuclear weapons. … I can support the President because I think it is in the long-term interests of our national security.”

Nancy Pelosi: “Saddam Hussein certainly has chemical and biological weapons, there is no question about that.”

In October 2002, by a large margin, a bipartisan majority of the Congress authorized President Bush to use force to deal with the continued threat posed by Saddam Hussein. In the legislation, the U.S. Congress stated that Iraq “poses a continuing threat to the national security of the United States …[by] continuing to possess and develop a significant chemical and biological weapons capability, actively seeking a nuclear weapons capability, and supporting and harboring terrorist organizations.”

These assessments were echoed by intelligence agencies from countries that included Great Britain, France, Germany and Russia, and by the United Nations Security Council in more than a dozen different Security Council resolutions between 1990 and 2000.

So, Ted, Dick and Harry € what’s your real agenda?

Clearly this Democrat “leadership” is willing to turn our national-security interests into political fodder by accusing the President of the United States of lying us into a war. Problem is, the President had no political motive for Operation Iraqi Freedom — only a legitimate desire to fulfill the highest obligation of his office: that of defending our liberty against all threats.

Ted, Dick and Harry, on the other hand, have plenty of political motivation for their perfidy — and they’ve placed America’s uniformed Patriots in the crossfire.

For his part, President Bush has finally responded: “While it is perfectly legitimate to criticize my decision or the conduct of the war … it is deeply irresponsible to rewrite the history of how that war began. … We will never back down. We will never give in. We will never accept anything less than complete victory.”

“Deeply irresponsible”? He is much too kind.

In the end, American Patriots must call out Kennedy, Durbin, Reid, et al., for what they are: TRAITORS. How else to describe political leaders who so eagerly embolden our Jihadi enemies and erode the morale of our fighting forces in Iraq and around the world?

Perhaps the most distressing conclusion about this treachery, though, is that so many Democrats don’t seem to care about the truth. For them, the end justifies any means.

(Editor’s Note: This essay is based on a Patriot Alert (http://PatriotPost.US/alexander/edition.asp?id=340) that was circulated 11 November. If you are interested in exact quote sources, start by entering the words “ClintonIraq 1998″ into your Internet search engine.)

One of only a few sane Democrat voices:

“I strongly supported the war in Iraq. I was privileged to be the Democratic cosponsor, with the senator from Virginia, of the authorizing resolution, which received overwhelming bipartisan support. As I follow the debates about prewar intelligence, I have no regrets about having sponsored and supported that resolution because of all the other reasons we had in our national-security interest to remove Saddam Hussein from power — a brutal, murdering dictator, an aggressive invader of his neighbors, a supporter of terrorism, a hater of the United States of America. He was, for us, a ticking time bomb that, if we did not remove him, I am convinced would have blown up, metaphorically speaking, in America’s face. … The questions raised about prewar intelligence are not irrelevant, they are not unimportant, but they are nowhere near as important and relevant as how we successfully complete our mission in Iraq and protect the 150,000 men and women in uniform who are fighting for us there.” –Senator (and Gore’s 2000 VP candidate) Joseph Lieberman on the Senate floor Tuesday (Kudos to you for taking the high road, Senator Lieberman.)

UPDATE: December 2005 — The Demos surrender, retreat and defeat plan:

“The idea that we’re going to win this war … is just plain wrong.” –DNC chairman Howard Dean

“There is no reason that young american soldiers need to be going into Iraqis in the dead of night, terrorizing kids and children, uh, uh, uh, women….” –John Kerry

More sanity from Mr. Lieberman: “It’s time for Democrats who distrust President Bush to acknowledge he’ll be commander-in-chief for three more years. We undermine the president’s credibility at our nation’s peril.”

“The failure of the federal government to make a serious attempt at a federal marriage amendment has caused states to take up the issue on our own — Arkansas passed our version of the marriage amendment two years ago by an overwhelming majority along with several other states and other states will likely pass theirs on Election Day in 2006,” said the 51-year-old governor.

He added, “It is rather disturbing that we even have to restate the obvious in our Constitution regarding the fact that marriage has always been, is now, and should ever be a permanent relationship between one man and one woman, but when states like Massachusetts fumble with the foundation of our society by attempting to making the family mean something other than it truly means, we have no choice.  Unless Moses himself descends with two stone tablets from BrokebackMountain telling us that God has re-written the marriage code, we will not yield on redefining marriage and the family.”

GOV HUCKABEE, R-ARK

Since the dawn of time, traditional marriage – the union between one man and one woman – has been the building block of civilization, and at no point in our nation’s history has that foundation been under more severe attack than now. Jim DeMint

“Thomas Jefferson, William and Mary’s most famous alum, described the teachings of Jesus Christ as ‘[T]he most sublime and benevolent code of morals which has ever been offered to man.’ Surely the continued presence of a religious symbol celebrating the life of a man who advocated one to, ‘Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you,’ is in accordance with William and Mary’s highest values.” —Lieutenant Hunter Abell (W&M ‘02)

“Great danger lies in the notion that we can reason with evil.” —Doug Patton

Rush Limbaugh’s 35 Undeniable Truths

  1. 1.    There is a distinct singular American culture – rugged individualism and self-reliance – which made America great.
  2. 2.    The vast majority of the rich in this country did not inherit their wealth; they earned it. They are the country’s achievers, producers, and job creators.
  3. 3.    No nation has ever taxed itself into prosperity.
  4. 4.    Evidence refutes liberalism.
  5. 5.    There is no such thing as a New Democrat.
  6. 6.    The Earth’s eco-system is not fragile.
  7. 7.    Character matters; leadership descends from character.
  8. 8.    The most beautiful thing about a tree is what you do with it after you cut it down.
  9. 9.    Ronald Reagan was the greatest president of the twentieth century.

10.The 1980s was not a decade of greed but a decade of prosperity; it was the longest period of peacetime growth in American history.

11.Abstinence prevents sexually transmitted disease and pregnancy – every time it’s tried.

12.Condoms only work during the school year.

13.Poverty is not the root (“rut”) cause of crime.

14.There’s a simple way to solve the crime problem: obey the law; punish those who do not.

15.If you commit a crime, you are guilty.

16.Women should not be allowed on juries where the accused is a stud.

17.The way to improve our schools is not more money, but the reintroduction of moral and spiritual values, as well as the four “R’s”: reading, ‘riting, ‘rithmatic, and Rush.

18.I am not arrogant.

19.My first 35 Undeniable Truths are still undeniably true.

20.There is a God.

21.There is something wrong when critics say the problem with America is too much religion.

22.Morality is not defined by individual choice.

23.The only way liberals win national elections is by pretending they’re not liberals.

24.Feminism was established so as to allow unattractive women easier access to the mainstream of society.

25.Follow the money. When somebody says, “It’s not the money,” it’s always the money.

26.Liberals attempt through judicial activism what they cannot win at the ballot box.

27.Using federal dollars as a measure, our cities have not been neglected, but poisoned with welfare dependency funds.

28.Progress is not striving for economic justice or fairness, but economic growth.

29.Liberals measure compassion by how many people are given welfare. Conservatives measure compassion by how many people no longer need it.

30.Compassion is no substitute for justice.

31.The culture war is between the winners and those who think they’re losers who want to become winners. The losers think the only way they can become winners is by banding together all the losers and then empowering a leader of the losers to make things right for them.

32.The Los   Angeles riots were not caused by the Rodney King verdict. The Los Angeles riots were caused by rioters.

33.You could afford your house without your government – if it weren’t for your government.

34.Words mean things.

35.Too many Americans can’t laugh at themselves anymore.

My list of Famous AlGore Lies…

  • “During my service in the Unites States Congress, I took the      initiative in creating the Internet.”
  • 1997 – AlGore claims that Love Story was based on him and      Tipper.
  • AlGore claims that he is responsible for breaking the LoveCanal story, stating, “I was      the one that started it all.”
  • AlGore claims he invented the Earned Income Tax Credit, stating,      “I was the author of that proposal. I wrote that, so I say, welcome      aboard.” – The truth – The Earned Income Tax Credit was written by      Senator Russell Long and became law in 1975 – The year BEFORE AlGore      entered Congress.
  • I “always, always, always” supported Roe vs. Wade (aka a      woman’s right to kill babies). – The truth is that in 1977 Algore was a      supporter of the Hyde Amendment, which stated that abortion “takes      the life of an unborn child who is a living human being.” AND, in      1984 AlGore voted for the Siljander Amendment, which defined      “person” to include “unborn children from the moment of      conception.” AlGore also stated that it “is wrong to spend      federal dollars for what is arguably the taking of a human life.”

And the list goes on…

 

War is cruelty. There is no use trying to reform it. The crueler it is, the sooner it will be over — Gen William T. Sherman

“Impeachment did not have to be for criminal offenses — but only for a ‘course of conduct’ that suggested an abuse of power or a disregard for the office of the President of the United States … A person’s ‘course of conduct’, while not particularly criminal, could be of such a nature that it destroys trust, discourages allegiance, and demands action by the Congress … The office of the President is such that it calls for a higher level of conduct than the average citizen in the United States.” – Hillary Rodham (Clinton), 1974

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CFIF Quotes of the Week: April 17, 2008

Chief Justice John G. Roberts, Jr., In the Main Supreme Court Opinion Upholding Executions by Legal Injection:

We begin with the principle, settled by Gregg, that capital punishment is constitutional…It necessarily follows that there must be a means of carrying it out. Some risk of pain is inherent in any method of execution — no matter how humane — if only from the prospect of error in following the required procedure. It is clear, then, that the Constitution does not demand the avoidance of all risk of pain in carrying out executions.”

His Holiness, Pope Benedict XVI, In Remarks from the South Lawn of the White House:

From the dawn of the Republic, America’s quest for freedom has been guided by the conviction that the principles governing political and social life are intimately linked to a moral order based on the dominion of God the Creator…

Freedom is not only a gift, but a summons to personal responsibility.”

Ralph Peters, LTC, USA-Ret., Author, Columnist and Commentator, Regarding the Mainstream Media’s Reporting of Recent Iraqi Military Operations in Basra, Iraq:

[T]he perverted gloating over recent Iraqi military operations in Basra combines willful ignorance of military affairs with a shameless manipulation of the facts. Yes, some local Iraqi police and new military recruits ran away. But that was all that the media reported.

Where was the coverage of the 95 percent of the Iraqi security forces who did their duty? Some fought superbly. The Iranian-backed gangs and militias took a beating.

Muqtada al Sadr – not the central government – asked for a cease-fire. The Iraqi military remains in Basra, still pushing (and freeing the occasional kidnapped journalist). The government now has a presence where lawlessness prevailed – and it took control of Basra’s vital port facilities, the country’s economic lifeline.

But all we continue to hear about is the one Iraqi cop or soldier in 20 who ran away.

Robert J. Samuelson, Newsweek and Washington Post Contributing Editor, On Playing Politics with the Columbia Free Trade Agreement:

The latest evidence of the gap between political rhetoric and economic reality is the Democratic-controlled House’s decision to set aside, possibly indefinitely, the free trade agreement negotiated with Colombia by the Bush administration. On economic grounds, there’s no reason to reject the agreement. Colombia’s exports already enter the U.S. market duty free under the 1991 Andean Trade Preference Act. Meanwhile, many U.S. exports to Colombia face stiff tariffs — up to 35 percent on autos, 15 percent on tractors and 10 percent on computers — most of which would ultimately go to zero under the agreement.”

Roy W. Spencer, Ph.D., Principal Research Scientist, National Space Science and Technology Global Hydrology and Climate Center, On Reducing Carbon Emissions:

The fact is that there is simply nothing we can do — short of shutting down the global economy — that will substantially reduce carbon dioxide emissions. Prosperity requires access to abundant, affordable energy.  Thus, any mandated limits or taxes meant to slow the use of fossil fuels will limit prosperity as well, period.

The current wave of political pandering to public misperceptions about where our energy comes from would be funny if it weren’t so deadly serious. There is simply no way to substantially reduce carbon dioxide emissions as long as increasing numbers of people around the world desire to make a better life for themselves and their families.”

The Editors, The Washington Post, Regarding Senate Confirmation of Peter D. Keisler to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit:

Peter D. Keisler was nominated in 2006 to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit; his confirmation hearing was in August of that year. It is a travesty that he has yet to get a vote from the Senate Judiciary Committee. Mr. Keisler, who was chief of the Justice Department’s Civil Division before joining a private law firm, earns plaudits from the right and left for his stellar intellect and his judicial demeanor. Democrats have held up Mr. Keisler’s nomination over a squabble about whether the D.C. Circuit needs 12 full-time judges. That dispute is over: Congress eliminated the 12th seat this year. Mr. Keisler should be confirmed forthwith.”

Frank Gaffney Jr., Author, Center for Security Policy Founder and President, On Former President Jimmy Carter’s Legacy:

In the final analysis, Jimmy Carter will be best remembered by history as a man whose time in and out of high public office was almost unblemished by success. Notwithstanding a Nobel Peace Prize (given by an awards committee avowedly anxious to rebuke President Bush) and assorted good works on behalf of Habitat for Humanity, his role as a tyrant-enabler will be an object of scorn and derision rather than the vindication he so transparently, and desperately, seeks.”

QUOTES IN TIME:

Flags over the department and throughout the city are at half-mast. Scarcely any business is being transacted anywhere either on private or public account. Our citizens, without any preconcert whatever, are draping their premises with festoons of mourning. The bells are tolling mournfully. All is the deepest gloom and sadness. Strong men weep in the streets. The grief is wide-spread and deep in strange contrast to the joy so lately manifested over our recent military victories.

This is indeed a day of gloom.”

The Washington Star, reporting the April 15, 1865 death of President Abraham Lincoln

This Week On the Trail:

Small-town people of modest means and limited education are not fixated on cultural issues. Rather, it is affluent, college-educated people living in cities and suburbs who are most exercised by guns and religion. In contemporary American politics, social issues are the opiate of the elites.”

— Larry M. Bartels, Director, Princeton Center for the Study of Democratic Politics

Obama’s remarks about small-town America told us little about small-town America, but a lot about Barack. He is yet another cookie-cutter liberal who has absorbed and internalized the prejudices of that blinkered breed. He is an African-American John Lindsay, the great liberal hope of the Nixon-Agnew era, of whom Frank Manckiewicz once said: He was the only populist he knew who played squash every day at the Yale Club.”

— Pat Buchanan, Syndicated Columnist and Founding Editor, The American Conservative Magazine

It cannot be an accident that Obama spoke as he did in an area where many two-college-degree Democrats think that, because everyone they know thinks as they do, that all the smart people must be liberals. It does not occur to them that they are cocooned in their own like-minded world, just as guys who go duck hunting and women who cook for the church bake sale might do. They dutifully nod when Obama talks about small-town voters who express ‘antipathy to people who aren’t like them’ — and they don’t even realize they are doing just that.

Then they congratulate themselves for being so broad-minded.”

— Debra J. Saunders, San Francisco Chronicle Syndicated Columnist

While McCain eagerly criticized Obama as an ‘elitist’ for his derisive comments about small-town Pennsylvanians, Obama’s got nothing on McCain when it comes to insulting average Americans who oppose illegal immigration.

Pandering to the open-borders lobby as cozily as Obama panders to San Francisco billionaires, McCain has attacked grassroots enforcement activists as bitter racists and xenophobes, cursed his Senate opponents and mocked the ‘goddamned fence’ in front of his deep-pocketed business supporters. And who can forget his disdainful admonition to conservatives, whom he berated to ‘calm down.’”

— Michelle Malkin, Author, Syndicated Columnist

It is understandable that young people are so strongly attracted to Obama. Youth is another name for inexperience — and experience is what is most needed when dealing with skillful and charismatic demagogues.

Those of us old enough to have seen the type again and again over the years can no longer find them exciting. Instead, they are as tedious as they are dangerous.”

— Thomas Sowell, Economist, Author and Hoover Institution Senior Fellow

Michelle Obama is never so eloquent as when she’s complaining about the burden of student loans for her two Ivy League degrees and covering the high cost of summer camp and piano lessons for her kids on her family’s half-million-dollars-a-year income.”

— Jonah Goldberg, National Review OnLine Editor-at-Large

McCain now says he’ll take public financing for the general election — and he’s telling Obama to do the same thing. Obama, though, knows he can raise more money from donors than McCain can. So he hasn’t committed to the public system, which would limit the candidates to spending the exact same amount.

Hillary Clinton has opted out of public financing.

We don’t blame you if you’re confused at this point. The system that is supposed to wean presidential candidates from private fundraising doesn’t work. As this campaign shows, it pushes candidates to navigate around arcane government rules. It skews the presidential campaign.

Obama and McCain aren’t arguing about ethics here. They’re arguing about tactics.”

— The Editors, Chicago Tribune

Clinton is viewed as ‘honest and trustworthy’ by just 39 percent of Americans, according to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll, compared with 52 percent in May 2006. Nearly six in 10 said in the new poll that she is not honest and trustworthy. And now, compared with Obama, Clinton has a deep trust deficit among Democrats, trailing him by 23 points as the more honest, an area on which she once led both Obama and John Edwards.”

— Anne Kornblut and John Cohen, Washington Post Staff Writers

Beware when politicians talk about ‘compassion’” especially when they hold a ‘Compassion Forum’ to do it, which is what they did at the appropriately named Messiah College near Harrisburg, Pa. Politicians identify with the messianic because they think they are God’s gift to America.

When politicians speak of compassion, put your hand on your wallet because they intend to spend your money, not theirs.”

— Cal Thomas, Syndicated Columnist

When I saw a video of Hillary Clinton downing a shot of Crown Royal whiskey in Bronko’s Restaurant and Lounge in Crown Point, Ind., on Saturday night, I was delighted to see that she has finally learned what campaigning for president is all about.”

— Roger Simon, The Politico Chief Political Columnist

Whatever he meant to say, Barack Obama’s small-town ‘cling to’ statement was the Final Condescension. Hillary’s trip from Bronko’s bar to Messiah College ratified drinkin’ on Saturday night and prayin’ on Sunday morning.”

— Daniel Henninger, Wall Street Journal Editorial Page Deputy Editor

Quotes of the Week: April 10, 2008

David N. Bossie, President, Citizens United, Regarding the USAF Aerial Refueling Tanker Contract:

In one of the most colossal blunders of the struggle against the terrorists, we have handed over the future of a vital tool in the projection of U.S. power over to bureaucrats and politicians in Russia and France…

EADS executives recently attended an air show in Iran and were caught red-handed trying to sell helicopters with military applications. When confronted, an EADS executive said the company was not bound by the U.S. arms embargo against Iran. EADS also sold nuclear components vital to exploding a nuclear device to an Asian company that in turn sold them to an Iranian front operation.

There is no question that America desperately needs to replace its aging tanker fleet, which dates to the time of Eisenhower, with new aircraft. Given the thousands of sorties flown by U.S. fighters and bombers over Iraq and Afghanistan, the tanker has become a critical tool in winning the war on terror. But outsourcing this vital aircraft to a proliferator of technology to our worst enemies, with partial ownership by the French and Russian governments, is an act of military malpractice.”

On Iran and the War in Iraq:

The Iranians were able to start the recent trouble in Basra and Baghdad through one set of operatives, then negotiate a cease-fire through another. In short, they play the Iraqi lyre on all its strings.

Fighting a war against Iran is a bad idea. But fighting a proxy war against them in Iraq, where many of our key allies are manipulated by Iranian networks of influence, may be even worse. The best argument for keeping American troops in Iraq is that it increases our leverage against Iran; but paradoxically, that’s also a good argument for reducing U.S. troops to a level that’s politically and militarily sustainable. It could give America greater freedom of maneuver in the tests with Iran that are ahead.”

— David Ignatius, Washington Post Columnist

Tehran tried to test the waters in Basra and, as an opportunist power, would’ve annexed southern Iraq under a quisling administration had that been attainable at a low cost. Once it became clear that the cost might be higher than the Quds force expected, Tehran opted to back down.

Yet this was just the first round. The struggle for Iraq isn’t over.”

— Amir Taheri, New York Post

Tony Blankley, Author, Former Washington Times Editorial Page Editor, Regarding the Growing Knowledge Deficit in News Reporting:

Collecting news is too expensive, so almost all news organizations are cutting back on newsgathering. Every year, every month, every day, more and more commentary and analysis are based on less and less actual newsgathering. Often only one or two wire reports are the only real news. Everything else, as they say, is mere commentary…

This is not a liberal problem or a conservative problem. This is a threat to having an informed electorate. Public knowledge is the first barricade against tyranny. (Gun ownership is a necessary, and very close, second.) We all have seen the shocking bias of certain Reuters and AP reporters. As newsgathering further shrinks to such minimal levels, the light of knowledge will go out. Even now, it flickers from time to time.”

On Playing Politics With Trade:

It’s no accident that Austan Goolsbee, the top Obama adviser who told Canadian officials not to worry about Obama’s anti-NAFTA posturing, became an issue during the campaign in economically troubled Ohio. And it’s no accident that Mark Penn, the top Clinton strategist who has been demoted over his private-business promotion of the Colombia Free Trade Agreement, has found himself in hot water in the midst of campaigning in Pennsylvania.

The two controversies point up one central fact: Many staffers and surrogates, in both campaigns, simply don’t believe what Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama are saying about NAFTA, and free trade in general, on the campaign trail. But they can’t say so.”

— Byron York, National Review White House Correspondent

Trade legislation debates are usually about dry-as-dust topics like reciprocity and dumping. But sometimes they really matter. Take the Colombia Free Trade Agreement, which the Bush administration will send to Congress this week. If Congress rejects it, the loss wouldn’t be just measured in dollars or pesos. It could have profound geopolitical effects that would hurt the U.S…

The foreign-policy benefits of the agreement are immense and the economic costs are minimal. ‘This is a test of whether the Democratic Congress is ready to accept the responsibilities of the majority,’ says Norman Ornstein of the American Enterprise Institute.

Everyone plays politics with trade. But there are times when the stakes are too important. The Colombia agreement is another example of when politics must take a back seat for a larger good. We certainly know how Hugo Chavez is rooting for the congressional vote to turn out.”

— John Fund, The Wall Street Journal

The year 2008 may enter history as the time when the Democratic Party lost its way on trade. Already, the party’s presidential candidates have engaged in an unseemly contest to adopt the most protectionist posture, suggesting that, if elected, they might pull out of the North American Free Trade Agreement. [Wednesday], House Speaker Nancy Pelosi declared her intention to change the procedural rules governing the proposed trade promotion agreement with Colombia. President Bush submitted the pact to Congress on Tuesday for a vote within the next 90 legislative days, as required by the ‘fast-track’ authority under which the U.S. negotiated the deal with Colombia. Ms. Pelosi says she’ll ask the House to undo that rule.

The likely result is no vote on the agreement this year.”

— The Editors, The Washington Post

John Stossel, Award-Winning News Correspondent and Co-Anchor of ABC News ‘20/20’, Regarding the System of Legalized Extortion:

Our legal system invites lawyers to act like bullies. Only in America can I sue you for dubious reasons, force you to spend thousands of dollars on lawyers (not to mention the psychic costs — the anxiety and lost sleep that lawsuits create), and when a judge rules that my claim is bunk, I don’t even have to say ‘sorry.’ I can blithely move on to sue someone else.”

Matthew Rogers, California Bar Owner, Writing to Swedish-Owned Absolut In Response to the Company’s Recent “In an Absolut World” Advertising Campaign:

I run a bar in Pt. Richmond. … After seeing your ad campaign where you show a western map of the United States in which California is part of Mexico again, I’ve decided to do the following: 1) Never carry Absolut. Ever; 2) Lower the price of Ketel One vodka to $2 a shot indefinitely to build loyalty; 3) Print a copy of your ad and put it above the Ketel One drink special; 4) Tell all my friends and family what Absolut thinks of the United States of America and our right to enforce border laws. I am on the frontline of illegal immigration and its effects. Where are you? Oh, yes, Sweden. Good riddance.”

This Week On the Trail:

Wealthy Democrats are preparing a four-month, $40 million media campaign centered on attacks on Senator John McCain. And it will be led by David Brock, the former investigative reporter who first gained fame in the 1990s as a right-wing, anti-Clinton journalist.”

— Ben Smith, Politico

In the days and weeks ahead, the Barack Obama campaign is going to pose a simple question to the undecided voters and undeclared superdelegates who will decide the Democratic nomination for president: If Hillary Clinton can’t run a good primary campaign, how is she ever going to run a good campaign against the Republicans?

And while she says she is ready from Day One to be president, she is at something like Day 430 into being a presidential candidate and her campaign seems to be going from bad to worse to train wreck.”

— Roger Simon, Politico Chief Political Columnist

When Hillary got into her wee spot of bother over her concoction of the corkscrew landing under enemy fire in Tuzla, she wiggled out of it by putting it down to sleep deprivation. Is she spending too many nights up at 3 in the morning? …

Mrs. Clinton calculated that, given the Democrats’ deference to identity politics, her gender would give her enough novelty to sail through. But Mr. Obama trumped that, and now it’s eternally 3 in the morning and the phone doesn’t stop not ringing. She’s like Frank Sinatra in Harold Arlen and Johnny Mercer’s all-time great saloon song: ‘It’s quarter to three;There’s no one in the place except you and me …’”

— Mark Steyn, Author, Internationally Syndicated Columnist

There is in Obama something of the Democratic candidate for president in the 1950s, Adlai Stevenson. Both from Illinois, they share an eloquence that lifts them above normal political figures and a profundity of thought that lies behind it. But each was seen as weak, and Stevenson as indecisive. Obama’s over-intellectualization of issues and of the problems that crop up in his campaign will increasingly harden into a perception of a lack of sufficient strength to deal with America’s problems.”

— Dick Morris, Political Commentator and Former Clinton Advisor

The press has begun to bury the Reverend Jeremiah Wright story, convinced by the polls that the issue — for the most part — has gone away. But the issue of Barack Obama’s association with his pastor is unlikely to disappear completely because it so undercuts what made the Illinois senator’s political appeal unique….

In a nation where politics and religion are so intertwined — at least rhetorically — it’s never a good idea to be intimately associated with those who spend a lot of time trashing either God or America (which, to a good many Americans, are pretty much the same thing). It’s particularly inadvisable for a candidate who’s based virtually his whole appeal on his ability to be a kind of quasi-religious figure who can purge our politics of negativity and unite the nation in a common goal.”

— Steven Stark, Boston Phoenix Columnist

[W]ould the same Obama who lacked the fortitude to break with Jeremiah Wright be a good bet, if elected, to take on his party’s own special interests? To break, when circumstances warrant, with the across-the-board liberal orthodoxy he has long embraced? Curb entitlement spending? Temper excessive affirmative-action preferences? Tame the lawsuit lobby? Assign the teachers unions their share of the blame for what Obama calls ‘crumbling schools that are stealing the future’?

Could he get tough, when necessary, with fashionably leftist foreign dictators, highly politicized international institutions, and sanctimonious European America-bashers? Or would he instead heed such soothing platitudes as his wife’s February 14 assertion that ‘instead of protecting ourselves against terrorists,’ we should be ‘building diplomatic relationships’?

I have a hard time believing at this point that Obama is up to these tasks.”

— Stuart Taylor, Jr., National Journal Senior Writer and Columnist

I feel like Paulette Revere: ‘The recession is coming! The recession is coming!’”

— Senator Hillary Clinton (D-NY)

Quotes of the Week: April 3, 2008

Phyllis Schlafly, Syndicated Columnist, Eagle Forum Founder and President, On the USAF Aerial Refueling Tanker Contract:

The indignation of Americans is growing rapidly about the U.S. Air Force granting a French company a $35 billion tanker-aircraft contract that could eventually grow to $100 billion and is estimated to create 100,000 jobs in Europe. French government subsidies are one of the factors that enabled the lucky company, EADS N.V., to underbid Boeing.”

On Presidential Politics and The War in Iraq:

The next political drama over Iraq will occur next week, when the Commander, Multinational Force-Iraq, General Petraeus, testifies before Congress on progress at the front and is asked about the fight for Basra…

We will find out next week what General Petraeus says about all of this and whether Senator Clinton will willingly suspend her now famous disbelief. She abandoned her relatively hawkish stand on Iraq — and some feel her honor — to pursue her campaign against Senator Obama. This may be her last chance to gain credibility with the rest of the country in respect of the war. Senator McCain will be there to keep everyone honest and to help steer the hearing toward an understanding of the broad progress that has been made in this great struggle and the importance of sticking with it through to victory.”

— The Editors, The New York Sun

Obama has given every indication that his general election strategy on Iraq and foreign policy will be to portray McCain as dangerously bellicose. If he is going to do so by distorting McCain’s words, the press should forcefully call him out on it each time.”

— Zachary Roth, Columbia Journalism Review

Michael Reagan, Author, Syndicated Radio Talk-Show Host, Regarding the U.S. Marines Charged with Civilian Deaths in Haditha, Iraq:

You’d hardly know it if you relied on the mainstream media, but the government’s case against the Haditha Marines took another body blow last Friday that may be the beginning of the end for this whole sorry attempt to severely punish eight heroic United States Marines for doing what they are trained to do.

In a surprise development on the day Lance Cpl. Stephen Tatum’s court martial was scheduled to begin, all charges against him were dropped without explanation.

Tatum … was the fifth Marine — and the second of three enlisted men — to be exonerated, leaving only one enlisted Marine still facing court martial.”

John R. Lott, Jr., Author, University of Maryland Senior Research Scientist, Regarding the Mainstream Media’s Economic Spin:

Over 78 percent more negative news stories discussed a recession when the economy under a Republican was soaring than occurred under a Democrat when the economy was shrinking. …

The media’s focus on the negative side of everything surely helps explain people’s pessimism. In a recent interview Fox’s Neil Cavuto claimed this bias ‘is all part of the media’s plan to get a Democrat in the White House.’”

Henry I. Miller, M.S., M.D., Hoover Institution Research Fellow and Former FDA Official, On Prescription Drug Counterfeiting:

It’s a bitter pill to swallow, but you can no longer be sure what will actually be in your next medicine vial.

It is thought that 10-15 percent of the world’s drug supply (and approximately half that much in the United   States, according to a 2003 World Health Organization estimate) is counterfeit.”

Regarding Race and Politics in the Democratic Primaries:

At the start of this election season, Obama was a politician who happened to be black — not a black politician. The Wright affair has tarnished that image — or will, I think, over time, as its message sinks in even among those who get their news from the mainstream media that have assiduously soft-pedaled this controversy.”

— Clifford D. May, Foundation on Defense of Democracies President

Democrats should now ask themselves how a party of supposed racial transcendence inevitably ended up with primaries predicated along hardening racial lines, and a unity, trans-racial candidate who for twenty years was intimate with a pastor and spiritual advisor who seems to have derided almost everyone and everything, from America, to Italians, to Jews and Israel, to whites and moderate blacks, with serial slurs worthy of a Don Imus or Michael Richards.”

— Victor Davis Hanson, Hoover Institution Senior Fellow, California University Professor Emeritus and Nationally Syndicated Columnist

This Week on the Trail:

It may be that when the Democrats do settle on a candidate — which, on present form, seems likely to be about 48 hours before Election Day — the party will then do its usual thing and unite around the winner in order to slay the Republican dragon. But it’s not unreasonable to calculate that significant elements among both the Clintonites and the Obamaniacs will be disinclined to reward the other side for what they’ll see as an act of usurpation.”

— Mark Steyn, Author, Internationally Syndicated Columnist

The punishment visited on Senator Hillary Clinton for her flagrant, hysterical, repetitive, pathological lying about her visit to Bosnia should be much heavier than it has yet been and should be exacted for much more than just the lying itself. …

Is there no decency at last? Let the memory of the truth, and the exposure of the lie, at least make us resolve that no Clinton ever sees the inside of the White House again.”

— Christopher Hitchens, Author, Vanity Fair Columnist

[W]hat distinguishes Mr. McCain’s foreign policy from Mr. Obama’s is not about the nature of America’s commitments in the Middle East. It is about their understanding of the consequences of defeat. Mr. McCain seems to have some. It’s not clear whether Mr. Obama does.”

— Bret Stephens, WSJ Writer and News Commentator

America is a center-right country and in modern times has not elected a thoroughgoing liberal as president (Jimmy Carter and Bill Clinton ran as moderate Democrats). The problem is that, by any reasonable standard, Mr. Obama is an orthodox liberal.

National Journal rated him as the most liberal person in the Senate in 2007, and for good reason. On economic policy, Mr. Obama favors higher income, Social Security and corporate taxes. He supports massive increases in domestic spending and greater government regulation of the economy. He favors a significantly larger role for the federal government in health care. He opposes the North American Free Trade Agreement.

Mr. Obama has criticized the Supreme Court’s decision to uphold a partial birth abortion ban, and he wants to repeal the Defense of Marriage Act. He voted against John Roberts and Samuel Alito for the Supreme Court. In Illinois, Mr. Obama supported banning the manufacture, sale and possession of handguns. And he supports granting driver’s licenses to illegal immigrants.

On national security matters, Mr. Obama voted to deny legal immunity to telecom companies that have cooperated with the government in warrantless wiretapping of suspected terrorists. He wants to grant habeas corpus rights to detainees held at Guantanamo Bay. He supports a full-scale withdrawal from Iraq. And he says, in his first year in office, he would meet with the leaders of Iran, Syria, Venezuela, Cuba and North Korea without preconditions.

It’s no wonder that Mr. Obama has been endorsed by Moveon.org – one of the most radical groups within the liberal universe.”

— Peter Wehner, Ethics and Public Policy Center Senior Fellow and Former Deputy Assistant to President George W. Bush

A new survey I commissioned demonstrates how McCain’s malarkey about supporting enforcement has succeeded in duping a significant number of voters. The poll found that only 34 percent of people who voted for McCain in the primaries and caucuses knew that he favored a path to citizenship for illegal immigrants (the word ‘amnesty’ never appeared in the survey questions). Meanwhile, 35 percent of his voters thought he favored attrition of the illegal population through enforcement, 21 percent didn’t know his position, and (this is my favorite) 10 percent thought McCain’s position on illegal immigration was ‘a program of mass roundups and deportations.’ What’s more, 58 percent of McCain voters said that, regardless of who was elected president, they themselves would oppose legislation to legalize illegals.

The moral of the story: McCain’s nomination does not represent a mandate for open borders.”

— Mark Krikorian, Center for Immigration Studies Executive Director

Clinton has also so far won all the big states that will be in play in the general election. She knows the superdelegates were created precisely for a year like this, and so will argue that these Democratic pros are there to check the exuberance of a liberal electorate that might actually nominate someone untested like Obama. Had Clinton run under Republican primary rules, her wins would have already sealed for her the nomination.”

— Victor Davis Hanson, Hoover Institution Senior Fellow, California University Professor Emeritus and Nationally Syndicated Columnist

Quotes of the Week: March 27, 2008

Debra J. Saunders, San Francisco Chronicle Syndicated Columnist, On the Housing Boom, Bust and Bailout:

If you live in what was a booming housing market, you may recall that few wanted the government to step in and control the market when real estate prices rose beyond all reason to the benefit of working homeowners. Now that prices have fallen, as was inevitable, some folks want the government to step in with more bailouts…

I have a lot of sympathy for people who bought homes that they could not afford in the mistaken belief that savvy bankers would not approve a loan that they could not pay. They reached for the American dream, and if they lose their homes, their hold on that dream will loosen as well.

But do I trust the government to spend more bailout money wisely? Au contraire, the longer the government tries to make bad loans good, the longer it will take for the market to correct. That means spending more tax dollars to make the problem worse.”

Thomas Sowell, Economist, Author and Hoover Institution Senior Fellow, Regarding U.S. Primary Voters:

As far as party primaries are concerned, both Republican and Democratic Party primaries are dominated by the most zealous voters, whose views may not reflect the views of most members of their own respective parties, much less the views of those who are going to vote in the November general election.

In recent times, each election year has seen each party’s nominee selected — or at least subject to veto — by its most extreme wing and then forced to try to move back to the center before the general election.

This can only undermine the public’s confidence in the integrity of the candidates of both parties.”

Deborah Charles, Reuters Correspondent, On the Price of the U.S. Presidential Nomination Process:

WASHINGTON – With eight months to go before the U.S. presidential election, the candidates have raised almost $1 billion to fund their campaigns — more than the size of the economies of several African countries.”

Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-TX), Regarding Venezuelan Ties to the Colombian Terrorist Organization, FARC:

If indeed Venezuela has provided money, weapons and other logistical or diplomatic support to FARC, it is guilty of supporting terrorism, a grievous violation of international law. In the wake of the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, the United Nations Security Council reaffirmed the obligation of all states to refrain from assisting terrorists or tolerating their presence inside the country. The United States does not distinguish between terrorists and those who harbor them and support them — and neither should any of our allies.”

The Editors, The Detroit Free Press, Regarding Disgraced Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick:

If the mayor insists on continuing to occupy his city-owned mansion and draw his $176,000 annual salary, then the City Council must forge ahead with building a case to remove him from office. Even without a felony conviction, the council can act on the basis of charter or oath-of-office violations.

If the council does not act, then Governor Jennifer Granholm has to consider exercising the power of her office to remove local elected officials. What’s bad for Michigan’s largest city cannot be good for Michigan.”

This Week On the Trail:

Someone noticed here that President Hugo Chavez had some very unkind remarks about me yesterday. I’m a bit flattered.”

— GOP Presidential Hopeful John McCain (R-AZ)

Behold the Democratic choices for president: One candidate whose 20-year spiritual guru has an adversarial relationship with America, and another who has a life-long adversarial relationship with the truth.”

— Michelle Malkin, Author, Syndicated Columnist

At the beginning of their delightful presidential campaign, a charmless New York Times reporter asked me whether conservatives would be as critical of Hillary as they were of Bill when he was the Boy President. The assumption was that somehow the Clintons were ingenues, utterly undeserving of the criticism leveled at them in the 1990s. I told him that the Clintons would attract unwanted notice again ‘because they get in trouble.’ They skirt the law. They defy ethical standards. Most brazenly, they lie when there is no reason to lie, and they deploy a whopper when a little white lie would be perfectly adequate and even understandable.”

— R. Emmett Tyrrell, Jr., American Spectator Founder and Editor-in-Chief

In the days leading up to the March 4 Ohio primary, Barack Obama’s presidential campaign aired a TV ad that featured a man named Steven Schuyler standing in front of a Delphi Packard Electric plant in Warren, Ohio. In the ad, Schuyler says he worked for Delphi, an automotive supplier, for 13 years until NAFTA enabled the company to ship his job to Mexico. ‘Barack Obama was against NAFTA,’ Schuyler says, adding, ‘We need a president that will bring work into this country.’

The Delphi ad might qualify as the most deceptive of the 2008 race. First, Delphi did not exist as an independent company when Congress passed NAFTA in 1993. It was part of General Motors until it was spun off as an independent supplier in 1999. Second, foreign competition did not drive the company to eliminate American jobs. It declared bankruptcy in 2005 because the legacy labor costs it inherited from GM made it impossible to compete against other U.S.-based suppliers. Third, workers at the Warren, Ohio plant were offered generous buyouts and early-retirement packages. Its employees were not just kicked to the street.”

— Stephen Spruiell, National Review Online

And now we have the tax returns from some of those struggling years. We all know that the Obamas did well in 2005 and 2006, when Barack Obama’s books were selling and the University of Chicago gave Michelle Obama an unusually large raise, from $121,910 in 2004 to 316,962 in 2005. In those years, according to the tax returns, the Obamas’ adjusted gross income was $983,826 in 2006 and $1,655,106 in 2005.

But now we see that the Obamas managed to scrape by in the years before that, as well. The returns show them with an adjusted gross income of $207,647 in 2004, the year Barack Obama spent running for the Senate. Their adjusted gross income was $238,327 in 2003. It was $259,394 in 2002; $272,759 in 2001; and $240,505 in 2000.”

— Byron York, National Review White House Correspondent, Regarding the Obamas’ Tax Returns

Regarding Hillary Clinton’s False Memory of Coming Under Sniper Fire in Tuzla, Bosnia:

The reason no one claims Hillary is being ‘swiftboated’ is that the definition of ‘swiftboating’ is: ‘producing irrefutable evidence that a Democrat is lying.’ And for purposes of her race against matinee idol B. Hussein Obama, Hillary has become the media’s honorary Republican.

In liberal-speak, only a Democrat can be swiftboated. Democrats are ‘swiftboated’; Republicans are ‘guilty.’ So as an honorary Republican, Hillary isn’t being swiftboated; she’s just lying.”

— Ann Coulter, Attorney, Legal Correspondent and Syndicated Columnist

Hillary Clinton has a solution to her Tuzla problem – let’s talk about Reverend Jeremiah Wright some more.

On the day after the CBS News aired video making a hash of Sen. Clinton’s claim to have landed ‘under sniper fire’ in Tuzla, Bosnia in 1996, she raised for the first time the issue of Barack Obama’s relationship to Reverend Wright.

In this, she followed a Clinton family pattern so well-established it’s almost boring: Misrepresent the truth as convenient – then, when caught, go on the offensive.

— Rich Lowry, National Review Editor

You know, we have soldiers overseas now who are getting shot at by real bullets from real enemies who really want to kill them.

Getting shot at by snipers is not something you forget – or make light of.”

— Unnamed Former Army Analyst

Quotes of the Week: March 13, 2008

Regarding the Refusal of House Democrats to Consider Updated FISA Legislation which Includes Retroactive Liability Protection for Telecoms:

“Having run out of all other excuses to oppose extending the bill that permits warrantless monitoring of international conversations between terrorists, they have settled on the specious argument that the private telecoms don’t deserve immunity from frivolous lawsuits commandeered by the trial bar.

“It doesn’t matter to Democrats that these companies patriotically responded to the president’s call to assist with surveillance and relied on his assurances that they would be acting legally. What matters is that trial lawyers are among the biggest contributors to the Democratic Party — the party that supposedly eschews special-interest politics. The trial bar must be paid back whenever possible, even if it means telecoms will not cooperate in the future for fear of stepping into a malicious litigation trap.”

— David Limbaugh, Author, Syndicated Columnist and Political Opinion Writer

“Rather than bar lawsuits against companies for doing their patriotic duty by helping the U.S. government prevent terrorist attacks, the Pelosi plan would ensure that they remain vulnerable to new litigation: House Democrats would create a bipartisan congressional commission with subpoena power to issue a report on U.S. terrorist surveillance programs. They would leave the issue of immunity to the federal courts — ensuring that it becomes the subject of protracted litigation that could go on for years.

“Tomorrow, the speaker plans to send the House on another vacation — this one for two weeks. Her motto seems to be: It ain’t over until the terrorists and trial lawyers win.”

— The Editors, The Washington Times

On the Economic Realities of Petroleum and Alternative Fuels:

“It’s easy to understand how the public, looking for cheaper gasoline, can be taken in by the call for increased ethanol usage. But politicians, corn farmers and ethanol producers know they are running a cruel hoax on the American consumer. They are in it for the money. The top leader in the ethanol hoax is Archer Daniels Midland (ADM), the country’s largest producer of ethanol. Ethanol producers and the farm lobby have pressured farm state congressmen into believing that it would be political suicide if they didn’t support subsidized ethanol production. That’s the stick. Campaign contributions play the role of the carrot.”

— Walter E. Williams, Author, Economist and Professor of Economics

“For much of its 47-year existence, the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) has been a cartel in name only. It could not control oil prices because many of its members regularly breached the production quotas that were intended to regulate the market. So OPEC followed oil prices up and down, as supply and demand shifted. But now OPEC may be the real deal: a cartel that works. If so, that’s bad news for the rest of the world.”

— Robert Samuelson, Newsweek and Washington Post Contributing Editor

Frank Gaffney, Jr., Author, Founder and President, Center for Security Policy, Regarding the Outsourcing of Military Procurements:

“The Pentagon has had a dirty little secret for years now: Foreign suppliers are an increasingly important part of the industrial base upon which the U.S. military relies for everything from key components of its weapon systems to the software that runs its logistics. With the Air Force February 29 decision to turn over to a European-led consortium the manufacture and support of its tanker fleet – arguably one of the most important determinants of America’s ability to project power around the world – the folly of this self-inflicted vulnerability may finally get the attention it deserves from Congress and the public.”

Michelle Malkin, Author, Syndicated Columnist, On the Left’s Escalating War on Military Recruiters:

“Ideas have consequences. Inaction has consequences. For the past several years, I’ve chronicled the left’s escalating war on military recruiters — and the apathetic, weak-kneed response to it. The anti-recruiter thugs on college campuses and in liberal enclaves have thrived thanks to a combination of public indifference, law enforcement fecklessness and left-wing ideological apologism.”

Ken Blackwell, NRA Public Affairs Committee Member and Coalition for a Conservative Majority Chairman, Regarding the D.C. Gun-Ban Case Before the U.S. Supreme Court and the Presidential Election:

“The short-term political impact of Heller might turn the 2008 presidential election. Either Senators Clinton or Obama would the most anti-gun Democrat nominee in American history. The Second Amendment is a pivotal issue in a half-dozen swing states, and other swing states have smaller gun votes, but gun owners could easily tip those states in a close election.

“Heller will heat up twice during the presidential campaign, first when the case is argued in March and second when the Court hands down its decision, most likely in June. Gun owners will either be emboldened, pressing forward for policies recognizing their rights, or outraged that an activist Court has denied them their cherished right, holding rallies, and taking to the streets. Either way, gun rights could dominate the news.”

Patrick O’Connor, The Politico, On Partisan Power Plays and Immigration Reform in the U.S. Congress:

“Freshman Rep. Heath Shuler of North Carolina gave his Democratic colleagues some political cover last fall by introducing legislation to crack down on illegal immigration. Now Republicans are trying to use his bill as a bludgeon.

“GOP lawmakers in the House started gathering signatures Tuesday on a petition that would force Democrats to schedule a vote on Shuler’s measure to increase enforcement along the borders and block undocumented workers from jobs in the U.S.”

Regarding the Governor Eliot Spitzer (D-NY) Imbroglio:

“What a stunner. The last time Eliot Spitzer and ‘prostitution ring’ were mentioned in the same sentence, the reformist governor was enacting a new felony statute to punish human trafficking. Before that, it was Spitzer the crusading attorney general, busting call girl businesses on Staten Island…

“Fifteen months ago, he was the chief legal officer of the state. Hiring a call girl was not only against the law, but procuring her to cross state lines turned the $4,300 evening into a federal crime. Spitzer, 48, is either viciously self-destructive or pathologically arrogant, believing he wouldn’t be caught.”

— The Editors, Newsday

“One might call it Shakespearian if there were a shred of nobleness in the story of Eliot Spitzer’s fall. There is none. Governor Spitzer, who made his career by specializing in not just the prosecution, but the ruin, of other men, is himself almost certainly ruined.  …

“Acts of crime deserve prosecution by the state. The people, in turn, deserve prosecutors and officials who understand the difference between the needs of the public good and the needs of unrestrained personalities who are given the honor of high office.”

— The Editors, The Wall Street Journal

“Eliot Spitzer brought his once-promising governorship to a crashing end with a display of recklessness and hypocrisy of such magnitude that you had to question his sanity…

“With regret, we must say, Spitzer proved an unworthy heir to the office once held by the likes by Teddy Roosevelt, Al Smith, Franklin Delano Roosevelt, Herbert Lehman and Thomas Dewey.”

— The Editors, New York Daily News

“Many in the media refer to Eliot Spitzer as some moral hero who fell from grace. Spitzer was never a moral hero. He was an unscrupulous prosecutor who threw his power around to ruin people, even when he didn’t have any case with which to convict them of anything.”

— Thomas Sowell, Economist, Author and Hoover Institution Senior Fellow

“Spitzer is just another in a long line of holier-than-thou politicians who turned out to be holier than nobody.”

— Roger Simon, The Politico Chief Political Correspondent

This Week On the Trail:

“Conservative leaders, particularly those in talk radio, cannot and will not be silent. They will not betray their principles and their audiences. Tens of millions of activists turn to them for guidance. These activists could be, and need to be, McCain’s ground troops, but unless and until conservatives believe him — and believe in him — they will not work for his election. McCain may have the Beltway crowd in his corner, but grass-roots conservatives aren’t sold.

“Yet through his surrogates, McCain is attacking these leaders. This is beyond folly. It is political suicide.”

— L. Brent Bozell, Author, Syndicated Columnist, Founder and President, Media Research Center

“Is Barack Obama a wimp? Forget about whether he is prepared to answer a ringing phone at 3 a.m. Is he prepared to answer the attacks of Hillary Clinton at high noon?

“Obama is not incapable of defending himself. And, occasionally, he strikes back. But he seems like the guy who brings a Nerf bat to a knife fight.”

— Roger Simon, The Politico Chief Political Correspondent

“The Clinton campaign’s argument is nothing more than mere assertion, dramatized in a scary television commercial with a telephone ringing in the middle of the night. There is no support for or substance in the claim that Senator Clinton has passed ‘the Commander-in-Chief test.’  That claim – as the TV ad – consists of nothing more than making the assertion, repeating it frequently to the voters and hoping that they will believe it.”

— Greg Craig, former Clinton White House Counsel turned Barack Obama supporter

“She’s not electrifying on the stump, her campaign is dysfunctional, and — truth be told — she’s not particularly experienced. What Hillary has is a shameless will to power, and a near lock on an old-school Democratic coalition built on working-class whites. That is enough for her to try to pry the nomination from Obama’s hands one finger at a time.”

— Rich Lowry, Author, National Review Editor

“The Clintons have always had a fascination with money and how to make more of it. According to Forbes.com, on his 1986 return, ‘Bill Clinton deducted $6 for three pairs of underwear and $75 for a suit with ripped pants given to the Salvation Army.’ Neither Clinton has to worry about money now, but the country ought to know where the millions they have vacuumed up in recent years came from, and if that money has strings attached.”

— Cal Thomas, Syndicated Columnist

“You can see it all happening again: a Republican charging that the Democrats are defeatist, soft on national security and not to be trusted with the White House. And you can see the Democratic Party heading toward Denver for yet another crackup. This time, instead of McGovern, a genuine war hero (the Distinguished Flying Cross) caricatured as a sissy, the party will put up either a candidate who has been inconsistent on the war or one with almost no foreign policy or military experience. A year ago, it looked like the party could not lose. This year, it seems determined to try.”

— Richard Cohen, Washington Post Syndicated Columnist

Quotes of the Week: March 6, 2008

Senator Kit Bond (R-MO), Senate Intelligence Committee Vice Chairman, On Dissent in the U.S. House of Representatives Regarding Updated FISA Legislation:

They know what they have to do, and we expect them to move on it.”

Regarding Illegal Immigration:

A new study concludes that law enforcement and criminal prosecutions linked to illegal immigration is costing Arizona border counties millions of dollars a year.

University of Arizona and San Diego State University researchers say in the four border counties in Arizona, costs increased 39% to $26.6 million in fiscal 2006.”

Associated Press Report

Senate Republicans are set to announce [this week] the hardest-hitting package of immigration enforcement measures seen yet — one that would require jail time for illegal immigrants caught crossing the border, make it harder for them to open bank accounts and compel them to communicate in English when dealing with federal agencies.

Most of the bills stand little chance of being debated in the Democratic-controlled Congress. But the move by some of the Senate’s leading Republicans underscores how potent the immigration issue remains, particularly in a presidential election year.

The bills give Republicans a way to put pressure on the Democratic and Republican presidential candidates to take a tougher stance on immigration. They also reflect a shift toward harsher immigration rhetoric and legislative proposals from both parties since Congress failed to pass a comprehensive overhaul in 2007.”

— Nicole Gaouette, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer

Tony Blankley, Author, Former Washington Times Editorial Page Editor, On Border Fence Barriers:

I am not by nature a believer in large political conspiracies, noting that usually events can be explained by merely a conspiracy of idiots against the forces of reason. And so perhaps in this case, too.

The Bush administration and the leaders of the Democratic Party both want (for different reasons) no obstruction to the full flood of illegal workers (for the Republicans) and voters (for the Democrats) into the United States, thus their adamantine opposition to a physical obstruction to such passage. Whether they truly believed in the efficacy of the virtual fence or not I must leave up to soul readers.”

The Editors, The Washington Post, Regarding Colombia’s Cross-Border Raid Into Ecuador and the Financial Ties of Venezuelan Presidente/Dictator Hugo Chavez to FARC Rebels:

Senior Colombian officials say a laptop recovered at the FARC camp contained evidence that Mr. Chávez had recently given the group $300 million and had financial links with the terrorists dating to his own failed coup against a previous Venezuelan government in 1992. Colombia said Mr. Correa’s government had been negotiating with Mr. Reyes about replacing Ecuadorean military officers who might object to his use of the country as a base.

In other words, both Mr. Correa and Mr. Chávez were backing an armed movement with an established record of terrorism and drug trafficking against the democratically elected government of their neighbor. No wonder Colombian President Álvaro Uribe felt compelled to order the cross-border raid; he knows that his neighbors are providing a haven for the terrorists.”

On Anti-War Democrats:

Since Democrats won’t recognize any legitimacy to the WMD case, Clinton’s pro-war vote must be a sign that she was duped or she didn’t do her homework.

The anti-war crowd needs to have a bogeyman — and he can’t be Saddam Hussein, whose cooperation with U.N. inspectors would have prevented this war. If the U.S. intelligence was wrong, it can’t be because Hussein successfully tricked the world into believing he had WMD, which it seems, he no longer possessed. The culprit must be, to borrow from a former first lady, ‘a vast right-wing conspiracy.’”

— Debra J. Saunders, San Francisco Chronicle Syndicated Columnist

If the Democratic candidates are as unserious on wartime national security as their public statements indicate — Clinton has all but called General Petraeus a liar; and Obama promises to recklessly pull troops out of Iraq, and put them right back in if that doesn’t work — I’m O.K. with whomever the Democratic party decides to nominate, whenever they do.”

— Kathryn Jean Lopez, National Review Online Editor

Michelle Malkin, Author, Syndicated Columnist, On American Feminism, 21st Century-Style:

Behold with me the politics of gynocentrism. What a depressing and desiccative sight it is. Just look at Gloria Steinem.

From once-ripe feminist icon to idea-barren harridan, she offers nothing to young women but anachronistic man-hate, anti-military bigotry and woe-is-me wallowing.

Hope and change? Try harp and whinge. Some things get better with age. The women’s rights movement isn’t one of them. …

American women are the freest, wealthiest, most educated in the world. They are liberated enough to choose someone for president other than a female candidate out of uterus-based loyalty. This should be viewed as progress, not heresy. But the old-guard feminists — the ‘ruling people’ — deeply resent this independence as they cling to what’s left of their power base and their shrinking absolute moral authority card.”

This Week On the Trail:

I am very, very grateful and pleased to note that tonight, my friends, we have won enough delegates to claim with confidence, humility and a great sense of responsibility that I will be the Republican nominee.”

— Senator John McCain (R-AZ)

And now we join with Senator McCain and the rest in our party to continue that battle, to continue that fight, not for who gets elected, but for what we do in maintaining liberty and freedom when we get elected and when our country’s flag still waves proudly on the wall.”

— Former Governor Mike Huckabee (R-AR), abandoning his quest for the GOP Presidential nomination

It doesn’t get any better for Clinton after Tuesday. Just for kicks, pencil the New York senator in for landslide victories in Wyoming, Pennsylvania, West Virginia and Kentucky plus narrow victories in Guam, Indiana, North Carolina, Montana and South Dakota — scenarios that give her a hefty benefit of the doubt and then some. And what happens?

She still trails Obama.”

— Ron Fournier, Associated Press Writer

By the time the Texas caucuses are fully counted, Obama may have maintained or even expanded his delegate lead, despite Hillary’s victories in three out of four states.”

— Dick Morris, Political Commentator and Former Clinton Advisor

[W]hat exactly did Clinton gain with her extraordinary win? The Democratic race has come down to a contest of numbers versus narrative. The numbers are on Barack Obama’s side.”

— John Dickerson, Slate.com

Even though Barack Obama lost three primaries on Tuesday and still has 12 contests to go, he probably cannot lose his lead among pledged (i.e., elected) delegates to the Democratic convention.

But that does not guarantee him the nomination.

Hillary Clinton can overturn Obama’s lead by using superdelegates — the 795 party big shots who represent one out of every five votes on the convention floor — and she can try to seat the ‘rogue’ delegations from Florida and Michigan”.

— Roger Simon, The Politico Chief Political Columnist

Clinton’s transformation of the political climate by her decisive victory in Ohio and unexpected narrow win in Texas coincided with Obama facing adversity for the first time in his magical candidacy, and not handling it well.”

— Robert D. Novak, Syndicated Columnist

It took many months and the mockery of ‘Saturday Night Live’ to make it happen, but the lumbering beast that is the press corps finally roused itself from its slumber Monday and greeted Barack Obama with a menacing growl.

The day before primaries in Ohio and Texas that could effectively seal the Democratic presidential nomination for him, a smiling Obama strode out to a news conference at a veterans facility here. But the grin was quickly replaced by the surprised look of a man bitten by his own dog.”

— Dana Milbank, Washington Post Writer

With the evidence we have so far, Obama appears to be in a difficult position. At first, his campaign denied that there was any contact with the Canadian government. Then, when it was forced to concede that there had been contact, it insisted that it had nothing to do with softening Obama’s position on NAFTA. And then, when the newly-released memo suggested that it had been about just that, Team Obama simply stuck with its story.”

— Byron York, National Review White House Correspondent

For Mrs. Clinton, the battle ahead is not so much against Mr. Obama as it is against a Democratic Party establishment that had once been ready to coalesce behind her but has been drifting toward Mr. Obama. The party wants a standard-bearer now to wage the war against the newly minted leader of the Republicans, Senator John McCain, who enjoys a head start with every day that the Democrats lack a nominee of their own.”

— Patrick Healy, The New York Times

Quotes of the Week: February 28, 2008

John Stossel, Award-Winning News Correspondent and Co-Anchor of ABC News ’20/20′, On Calls for Gun Control:

“The usual suspects keep calling for more gun control laws. But this idea that gun control is crime control is just a myth. The National Academy of Sciences reviewed dozens of studies and could not find a single gun regulation that clearly led to reduced violent crime or murder. When Washington, D.C., passed its tough handgun ban years ago, gun violence rose.

“The press ignores the fact that often guns save lives.”

Senator Joe Lieberman (D-CT), Opposing Feingold-Reid Legislation Which Cuts War Funding and Calls for Immediate U.S. Troop Withdrawal from Iraq:

“I have thought a lot about this war, and I cannot help but wonder at a moment like this what some of the political heroes of my youth who are Democrats would think if they were here and could see and listen to this debate and read this resolution.

“I think of President Kennedy who declared: ‘We shall pay any price, bear any burden, meet any hardship, support any friend, oppose any foe, in order to assure the survival and the success of liberty.’

“In my opinion, that is exactly what we are doing in Iraq today.

“I ask my colleagues: Do these words have meaning, have significance?  Or are these just words?”

Regarding the House of Representatives Allowing the Expiration of the “Protect America Act”:

“Last Saturday, the director of national intelligence, Adm. Mike McConnell, warned Congress that we have already lost intelligence information and that ‘our ability to gather information concerning the intentions and planning of terrorists and other foreign intelligence targets will continue to degrade because we have lost tools provided by the Protect America Act that enable us to adjust to changing circumstances.’

“Following the lead of Speaker Nancy Pelosi, the leaders of the Democratic Party in the House of Representatives have prevented a vote on bipartisan improvements to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act of 1978 — even though a majority in both chambers of Congress had indicated a willingness to support the updates and even though McConnell had been urging Congress to act on the revisions for nearly a year.”

— Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY)

“Our troops collect intelligence in Iraq and Afghanistan on a daily basis. We must exploit quickly the leads they turn up. Court orders should not be necessary to engage foreign targets in foreign countries. The Senate bill must be allowed to come to a vote in the House of Representatives without further delay.”

— Sen. Kit Bond (R-MO), Senate Select Committee on Intelligence Vice Chairman, Rep. Pete Hoekstra (R-MI), House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence Ranking Republican and Rep. Lamar Smith (R-TX), House Committee on the Judiciary Ranking Republican

On Fact, Fiction and The New York Times:

“I am not accusing the New York Times of screwing up again by publishing an insufficiently sourced article, then defending itself with a preposterous assertion that it wasn’t trying to imply what it obviously was trying to imply. I am merely reporting that some people worry that other people might be concerned that the New York Times has created the appearance of screwing up once again.”

— Michael Kinsley, Slate Founding Editor

“The declining credibility of the New York Times and of other tendentious media is, in one sense, a healthy thing. There has been too much public gullibility that has been cynically exploited by both the media and politicians.

“In another sense, however, it is a sad day for the country as a whole that there are shrinking sources of reliable news and informed and honest commentary.

“Hysteria has become the norm for too many once-serious publications, whether it has been hysteria for the purpose of hyping circulation or to advance some political agenda.

“The rise of alternative media — notably talk radio — has limited how much the mainstream media can get away with.”

— Thomas Sowell, Economist, Author and Hoover Institution Senior Fellow

This Week On the Trail:

“Mr. McCain’s campaign announced Friday afternoon [in the wake of the NYT article] that it had just recorded its single-best 24 hours in online fund-raising, although it declined to provide numbers.”

The Huffington Post

“Politics can be ugly, not to mention sad. Broken dreams are strewn across the American landscape. Fred Thompson resigned from ‘Law & Order.’  Chris Dodd moved his family from Connecticut to Iowa just for the caucuses. Mitt Romney blew through a fortune. John Edwards campaigned through personal pain. The difference between a presidential candidate and a fool in love is only a matter of Secret Service protection.”

— Richard Cohen, Washington Post Syndicated Columnist

 ”Hillary Clinton has made a career out of being a victim and her staffers have honed playing the victim card. That’s why you see articles about whether the media are tolerant of sexism, but not racism.

“I have to figure that Clintonia is rolling the dice. Her campaign is flailing. Being nice didn’t bump Clinton’s numbers. Along comes a photo that is just a photo of Obama visiting Africa and dressing like the locals, as both tourists and politicians are wont to do. And also a reminder that Obama might seem too exotic to some voters. It’s the wordless way of whispering: Is America ready for a black president?

“The real question is: Does America want four years of a shameless victim in chief?”

— Debra J. Saunders, San Francisco Chronicle Syndicated Columnist

“Looking backward, interviews with a cross-section of campaign aides and sympathetic outsiders suggest a team consumed with frustration and finger-pointing about the apparent failure of several recent tactical moves against Barack Obama.

“Looking forward, it is clear Clinton’s team has only a faint and highly improvisational strategy about what to do over the next seven days. Simply put, there is no secret weapon.”

— Mike Allen and John F. Harris, The Politico

“How hard is it to ‘get it together’ to release a tax return that’s already been filed?”

— Andrew C. McCarthy, Legal Commentator, Terrorism Expert and Former Federal Prosecutor, on Hillary Clinton’s unwillingness to release her tax returns

On the Clinton/Obama MSNBC Debate in Cleveland, Ohio:

“He was cool, comfortable, and self-assured. She was tense, resentful, and annoyed. She whined. Her ‘attacks’ — like Obama’s neglect of his oversight subcommittee duties — failed. Hillary Clinton seemed to be desperately clawing her way to a win while Obama was enjoying a refreshing ocean breeze. She’s smart and focused — but no match for someone who is so sharp and self-confident.”

— Kate O’Beirne, National Review Washington Editor

“You don’t have to love Hillary Clinton to feel her pain. By the end of Tuesday night’s debate, she knew she had failed to change the dynamics of a race slipping away from her. The deflated look on her face telegraphed acceptance, even resignation.

“But any sympathy is tempered by the fact she has only herself to blame. Her uneven performance, punctuated by one of the strangest complaints I have ever seen in a presidential debate, likely dashed her last hopes of victory. The self-pity behind the complaint was shocking and unappealing.”

— Michael Goodwin, New York Daily News

“A British-Iraqi billionaire lent millions of dollars to Barack Obama’s fundraiser just weeks before an imprudent land deal that has returned to haunt the presidential contender, an investigation by The Times discloses.

“The money transfer raises the question of whether funds from Nadhmi Auchi, one of Britain’s wealthiest men, helped Mr Obama buy his mock Georgian mansion in Chicago.

“A company related to Mr Auchi, who has a conviction for corruption in France, registered the loan to Mr Obama’s bagman Antoin ‘Tony’ Rezko on May 23 2005. Mr Auchi says the loan, through the Panamanian company Fintrade Services SA, was for $3.5 million.”

— James Bone and Dominic Kennedy, The Times (United   Kingdom)

“I am worried about Barack Obama — he’s intoxicating in ways John McCain will never be. But it’s a long way to November yet and sobriety can be achieved.”

— Kathryn Jean Lopez, National Review OnLine Editor

On William F. Buckley, Jr., Author, Intellectual, Host of Firing Line and National Review Founder (November 24, 1925 – February 27, 2008):

“When Buckley started National Review – in 1955, at the age of 29 — it was not at all obvious that anti-Communists, traditionalists, constitutionalists, and enthusiasts for free markets would all be able to take shelter under the same tent. Nor was it obvious that all of these groups, even gathered together, would be able to prevail over what seemed at the time to be an inexorable collectivist tide. When Buckley wrote that the magazine would ‘stand athwart history yelling, “Stop!”‘ his point was to challenge the idea that history, with a capital H, pointed left. Mounting that challenge was the first step toward changing history’s direction. Which would come in due course.”

— The Editors, National Review

“America has lost one of its finest writers and thinkers. Bill Buckley was one of the great founders of the modern conservative movement. He brought conservative thought into the political mainstream, and helped lay the intellectual foundation for America’s victory in the Cold War and for the conservative movement that continues to this day. He will be remembered for his principled thought and beautiful writing — as well as his personal warmth, wit, and generous spirit.  His legacy lives on in the ideas he championed and in the magazine he founded — National Review.”

— President George W. Bush

“For more than five decades William F. Buckley Jr. played a heroic role in our nation’s public life.  He combined a powerful intellect and a gentle manner with an enormous drive, and a child’s certainty that in the battle of ideas, the truth would always win…

“He left the world as he lived it, filling even his final moments with meaning and purpose.  We are saddened by the loss of this good man, and grateful for his extraordinary life.”

— Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY)

“From writing books, to creating, leading and sustaining National Review Magazine, to his 33-year run as the host of Firing Line on television, Bill Buckley became the indispensable intellectual advocate from whose energy, intelligence, wit, and enthusiasm the best of modern conservatism drew its inspiration and encouragement.”

— Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich

“America has lost a great patriot with the passing of William F. Buckley Jr. … He was a man of principle who recognized that civility in our political life was a virtue. Regardless of where you stood in the political spectrum, you marveled at Bill’s ability to make a point with humor and aplomb. Indeed, all of our vocabularies were bolstered by his erudite analysis!”

— Senator Joe Lieberman (D-CT)

“You didn’t just part the Red Sea — you rolled it back, dried it up and left exposed, for all the world to see, the naked desert that is statism. And then, as if that weren’t enough, you gave the world something different, something in its weariness it desperately needed, the sound of laughter and the sight of the rich, green uplands of freedom.”

— President Ronald Reagan to William F. Buckley, Jr., on the occasion of National Review’s 30th anniversary in 1985

Quotes of the Week: February 22, 2008

On Congressional Diddling While Terrorists Churn:

“We interrupt this Congressional Recess to bring you an announcement:

While the House of Representatives is vacationing this week, terrorists are probably communicating about plots to kill Americans without fear that their plans will be intercepted by U.S. intelligence.

“If one or more of those mortal plots are, as a result, successfully executed, we won’t need an independent 9/11-style commission to assign blame. The buck will stop squarely at the desk of Speaker Nancy Pelosi who refused to allow a vote on a permanent renewal of the Protect America Act (PAA).

“That legislation provides, in effect, authority for the Commander-in-Chief to monitor our adversaries’ battlefield communications – something successive Presidents have routinely done since the founding of the republic. Unfortunately, in the current, ongoing War for the Free World, the battlefield is global and the enemy’s signals are conveyed by a bewildering array of media not anticipated back in 1978 when Congress first imposed significant, but relatively modest restrictions on how and when American signals intercepts could take place.”

— Frank J. Gaffney, Jr., Founder and President, Center for Security Policy

“Last week, in the words of Nancy Pelosi, House Democrats struck back against ‘fear’ and ‘fear-mongering.’ They let the terrorist surveillance program expire, thus making a stirring gesture of national self-confidence and fearlessness.

“House Democrats probably can’t sustain their stand against renewing the program over the long term, so they will have managed a Pyrrhic defeat, losing on the policy and exposing a major political vulnerability for the fall.”

— Rich Lowry, National Review Editor

Regarding Fidel Castro’s Resignation as Communist Cuba’s Head-of-State:

“My wishes have always been to discharge my duties to my last breath… [but] it would be a betrayal to my conscience to accept a responsibility requiring more mobility and dedication than I am physically able to offer.”

— Fidel Castro, handing the reins of power to his brother, Raoul

“The best thing that could happen in Cuba is for the regime to collapse. Then, properly restored, Cuba could become an engine for democracy that, instead of fueling revolution throughout Latin America, would be part of what President Kennedy called an Alliance for Progress that would promote economic growth and human freedom throughout the region.”

— Cal Thomas, Nationally Syndicated Columnist

“Castro has resigned from a position he was never elected to in the first place.”

— Senator Mel Martinez (R-FL)

“Today Castro announces the end of the revolution. That doesn’t mean it’s all over, but that means it allows people to finally begin to move beyond.”

—  Joe Garcia, Congressional Candidate (D) and former Cuban American National Foundation Executive Director

Bradley A. Smith, Former FEC Commission Chairman and Steve Simpson, Institute for Justice Senior Attorney, Regarding Politics and Free Speech:

“Most Americans probably assume that they can gather with friends and neighbors to say whatever they want about politics to whoever is willing to listen. They presume that the First Amendment protects their right to get together and buy yard signs, publish newsletters or pay for radio or television ads urging people to vote for or against a candidate — and to do so free of government interference.

“Unfortunately, most Americans would be wrong. Today, when Americans band together and spend even small amounts of money to advocate the election or defeat of a candidate, they must submit to government regulation and limits on the funds they can raise. Because of these campaign finance laws, the presumption in favor of free speech rooted in the First Amendment has largely given way to a presumption of regulation.”

David Bauder, Associated Press Reporter, On Political Trouble at NBC:

“NBC News said Tuesday it has reprimanded the employee responsible for mistakenly flashing a picture of Osama bin Laden on MSNBC as Chris Matthews talked about Barack Obama…

“This has been a rough month of apologies at MSNBC. Reporter David Shuster was suspended for two weeks for saying that Hillary Rodham Clinton’s campaign had ‘pimped out’ daughter Chelsea by having her make political phone calls. And Matthews apologized last month after suggesting that Clinton’s political prominence was due to her husband’s infidelities.”

This Week On the Trail:

“Inasmuch as the current presidential election has come down to a choice among hemlock, self-immolation or the traditional gun in the mouth, now is the time for patriotic Americans to review what went wrong and to start planning for 2012.

“How did we end up with the mainstream media picking the Republican candidate for president?”

— Ann Coulter, Attorney, Legal Correspondent and Syndicated Columnist

“As a journalist, I harbor serious doubt about each of the most likely nominees. But with Senators Hillary Clinton and John McCain, I feel that I’m dealing with known quantities. They’ve been in the public arena for years; their views, values and temperaments have received enormous scrutiny. By contrast, newcomer Obama is largely a stage presence defined mostly by his powerful rhetoric. The trouble, at least for me, is the huge and deceptive gap between his captivating oratory and his actual views.”

— Robert J. Samuelson, Newsweek and Washington Post Contributing Editor

“As Senators Obama and Clinton try to outdo each other in blaming government for our lack of individual responsibility and promising solutions by raising taxes to give us more government, they offer little change and less hope.”

— Victor Davis Hanson, Hoover Institution Senior Fellow, California University Professor Emeritus and Nationally Syndicated Columnist

“Get ready for a feeding frenzy, with the press as the sharks and John McCain as the bloody chum.

“The long-winded article The New York Times dropped on McCain Wednesday night falls between an impeccable investigative project and the ‘hit-and-run’ smear job his campaign calls it. It is a meringue of tantalizing hints and innuendo about the steamy nexus of sex and power. It’s all there – except a clear and firm direct allegation, let alone proof.

“It suggests McCain had an affair with an attractive young lobbyist and used his Senate office to do favors for her clients. But it never actually says either of those things directly, relying instead on the worries of his aides that he was risking his reputation and career by being so close to the lobbyist and her clients. Said aides are, unfortunately, mostly anonymous in the article.”

— Michael Goodwin, New York Daily News

“John McCain’s campaign promised to ‘go to war’ against The New York Times Wednesday night after the newspaper posted its long-awaited story on McCain’s alleged relationship with a telecom lobbyist. Both McCain and the woman in question denied having a romantic relationship.”

— Jonathan Martin and Michael Calderone, The Politico

“Please allow me a dose of hardened market realism concerning Obama’s landslide victory in Wisconsin. The race is over. Hillary is finished. The Clinton Restoration is over. President Bill Clinton’s political invincibility is over. Hillary’s electability is over.

“Obama got to the far Left faster than she did. He out organized her in the precincts. He out fundraised her. He out speechified her. He out-hustled her. He out-dressed her. He out-presidentialed her. He outdid her and he outbid her for votes, one promised government check at a time.”

— Larry Kudlow, Economist, Economic Commentator and Host of CNBC’s ‘Kudlow & Company’

“The Democratic nomination is now Barack Obama’s to lose.

“After 10 consecutive defeats — including a heartbreaker in tailor-made Wisconsin on Tuesday — Hillary Rodham Clinton can’t win the nomination unless Obama makes a major mistake or her allies reveal something damaging about the Illinois senator’s background. Don’t count her out quite yet, but Wisconsin revealed deep and destructive fractures in the Clinton coalition.

“It’s panic-button time.”

— Ron Fournier, Associated Press Writer

“Give me a break! I’ve got news for all the latte-drinking, Prius- driving, Birkenstock-wearing, trust fund babies crowding in to hear him speak! This guy won’t last a round against the Republican attack machine. He’s a poet, not a fighter.”

— Tom Buffenbarger, International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers President, and Hillary Clinton Supporter, Regarding Senator Barack Obama

“I am amused when the Clinton campaign continues to say: ‘Well, it’s essentially a tie.’ I mean, that’s just lunacy. We have opened up a big and meaningful pledged delegate lead. They are going to have to win landslides from here on out to erase it.”

— David Plouffe, Obama Campaign Manager

“Mayor Bloomberg charged yesterday that ‘fraud’ was behind the unofficial results in the New York Democratic presidential primary that produced zero votes for Barack Obama in some districts.

“‘If you want to call it significant undercounting, I guess that’s a euphemism for fraud,’ said the mayor.

“Unofficial tallies on election night gave Obama no votes in 78 out of more than 6,000 election districts.”

— David Seifman, New York Post City Hall Bureau Chief

“The word on the street is that the Obama campaign and New York Mayor Mike Bloomberg have already met and devised an incredible plan if Clinton wins the nominee. Mayor Bloomberg would give nearly $1 billion to Obama’s campaign after which Obama would bolt from the Democratic Party and run as an Independent candidate with king-maker Bloomberg as his running mate. The Obama campaign realizes that Obama is too new at this game and doesn’t have the political weight of the Clintons to bring in the true heavy-hitters of the party’s hierarchy. So, according to sources it was Bloomberg himself who suggested this cunning strategy. It’s mind boggling that the Clintons are willing to destroy the entire Democratic Party, and potentially in the process lose the White House and seats in Congress, for their own selfish thirst for power and glory.”

— Armstrong Williams, Nationally Syndicated Columnist

“Judging from complaints by her minions, Hillary Clinton considers it unfair that Barack Obama has been wafted close to the pinnacle of politics by an updraft from the continentwide swoon of millions of Democrats and much of the media brought on by his Delphic utterances such as ‘We are the change.’ But disquisitions on fairness are unpersuasive coming from someone from Illinois or Arkansas whose marriage enabled her to treat New York as her home, and the Senate as an entry-level electoral office (only 12 of today’s senators have been elected to no other office) and a steppingstone to the presidency.”

— George F. Will, Nationally Syndicated Columnist

“Obama’s wife confesses that her husband has a pretty big ego. Egos are necessary things for workaday politicians. But they get in the way of sainthood. Because, it would seem, his ego is not only bigger than a breadbox but is already bigger than his sense of integrity. And egos don’t get smaller (nor integrity larger) after men get elected president.”

— Tony Blankley, Author, Former Washington Times Editorial Page Editor

Quotes of the Week: February 14, 2008

Gordon Wozniak, One of Two Council Members Who Opposed the Berkeley City Council’s Anti-USMC Resolution:

“To err is human but to really screw it up it takes the Berkeley City Council.  We failed our city. We embarrassed our city.”

Kris W. Kobach, Former Immigration Law Counsel to the U.S. Attorney General, Regarding a Real-Time, Working Solution to Illegal Immigration:

“On Jan. 1, Arizona became the first state to require all employers to confirm workers’ legal status via the federal ‘E-Verify’ system. Having survived a federal court challenge last Thursday, the law promises to transform the immigration crisis in America.

“After just six weeks, Arizona’s system is already working: Newspapers in the state report that illegals are self-deporting by the thousands. Apartment complexes in Phoenix and Tucson confirm that thousands of tenants have skipped town. Many are returning across the border to Mexico.

“This success is proof that attrition through enforcement works. The premise is straightforward: The way to solve our illegal-immigration problem is to ratchet up enforcement while making it more difficult for employers to hire illegals.”

This Week On the Trail:

“For over seven years the Democratic Party has fulminated against the Electoral College system that gave George W. Bush the presidency over popular-vite winner Al Gore in 2000.  But they have designed a Rube Goldberg nominating process that could easily produce a result much like the Electoral College result in 2000: a winner of the delegate count, and thus the nominee, over the candidate favored by a majority of the party’s primary voters.”

— Ted Olson, former U.S. Solicitor General who represented George W. Bush  before the Supreme Court in Bush v. Gore

“For years, Bill and Hillary Clinton treated the Democratic National Committee and party activists as extensions of their White House ambitions, pawns in a game of success and survival. She may pay a high price for their selfishness soon.

“Top Democrats, including some inside Hillary Clinton’s campaign, say many party leaders — the so-called superdelegates — won’t hesitate to ditch the former New York senator for Barack Obama if her political problems persist. Their loyalty to the first couple is built on shaky ground.”

— Ron Fournier, Associated Press Writer

“Last week, in his ten-thumbed attempt to prevent his wife’s Louisiana loss, Bill Clinton said that Obama has made ‘an explicit argument that the ’90s weren’t much better than this decade.’ The phrase ‘explicit argument’ was an exquisitely Clintonian touch, signaling to seasoned decoders of Clintonisms that, no matter how diligent the search, no such thought could be found, even implicitly, in anything Obama has ever said. In his preternatural neediness, Clinton, an overflowing caldron of narcissism and solipsism, is still smarting from Obama’s banal observation, four weeks ago, that Ronald Reagan was a more transformative president than Clinton.”

— George F. Will, Nationally Syndicated Columnist

“Going forward, Clinton will push for more debates in which she can expose the naivete and inexperience of the untested Obama, while baiting the press into delving into his unexamined life. The latter effort is part of a major theme — that she can better withstand any Republican attack because she already has.

“This is the first known instance of going negative against yourself — reminding people of your scandals to show you are scandal-proof.”

— Margaret Carlson, Author, Former Time Magazine White House Correspondent and Bloomberg News Columnist

“[Chelsea] Clinton, the daughter of presidential hopeful Sen. Hillary Clinton and former President Bill Clinton, said that a return to ‘fiscal responsibility,’ as promoted by her mother, would be one of the ways to secure Social Security. She also noted that her mom, as she referred to Hillary Clinton throughout the question and answer session, was the ‘most fiscally conservative candidate running’ and ‘the only candidate who tells you how she’ll pay for everything.’”

— Judith Davidoff, Capitol Times, Madison, Wisconsin

“There’s a battle on the horizon for the future of conservatism. On one side are those who revere unchanging principles, especially a healthy suspicion of government. On the other are those who would refine old principles under the guise of adapting them to new situations — those apt to see government more as a force for good than a necessary evil.”

— Andrew C. McCarthy, Legal Commentator, Terrorism Expert and Former Federal Prosecutor

“The results from tonight’s primary elections in Virginia, Maryland and Washington, D.C., make it mathematically impossible for Governor Huckabee to secure the Republican nomination for president. He now needs 950 delegates to secure the required 1,191. But in the remaining contests there are only 774 delegates available. He would need to win 123 percent of remaining delegates.”

— Rick Davis, McCain Campaign Manager

“Among Republicans who said that immigration is their most important issue – 19 percent of the electorate – Huckabee won 54 percent to McCain’s 31 percent.  Twenty-three percent said Iraq is their biggest issue – McCain won among them, 53 to 40.  Thirty-two percent said the economy is their most important issue, and McCain won them, too, 45 to 42.  And 21 percent said terrorism is their big issue, with McCain winning 48 to 45.”

— Byron York, National Review Online

“The second thing that the media doesn’t understand — and I think it’s because talk radio is outside the Beltway. It’s a phenomenon that attracts what I call the people who make the country work. I don’t think politicians and elected officials and bureaucrats and even the media are responsible for the greatness of the country. I think it’s individual Americans laboring in anonymity, not seeking fame, just trying to get by, play by the rules, work hard, ordinary people doing extraordinary things. And those are the people that listen to talk radio. And the media thinks that they’re all hayseeds and hicks without minds of their own. When in fact, they are totally independent thinkers. And most of my audience is there not because I have Pied Pipered them to where they believe. They already believed what they believe — I just came along and validated it.”

— Rush Limbaugh, Conservative Talk Show Personality

“Cocooned conservative establishment snobs denigrate talk-radio hosts for preaching to the choir. But these same critics have no problem using the medium to market their own work. Ask their publicists. The message of the anti-conservative conservatives dissing talk radio: Self-interest for me, but not for thee.

“No need to wait for a Clinton to take the White House. Clintonism is alive and well among conservative talk-radio haters on both sides of the aisle.”

— Michelle Malkin, Author, Syndicated Columnist

“One thing Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton and John McCain all have in common is that they voted to give retroactive Social Security benefits to illegal aliens who committed document fraud.

“Indeed, McCain voted for it before he was against it.”

— Terence Jeffrey, CNSNews Editor-in-Chief

“Even before Mitt Romney bowed out — with class, by the way — supporters of John McCain, and Republican Party pooh-bahs in general, were chastising those conservatives in the media who had criticized Senator McCain.

“Those who leveled their attacks at Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity and other conservatives who had criticized McCain’s record completely misconceived the role of the media.”

“Journalists do not exist to get one party’s candidates elected or otherwise serve one party’s political interests. The public are the journalists’ clientele.”

— Thomas Sowell, Economist, Author and Hoover Institution Senior Fellow

Quotes of the Week: February 7, 2008

Patrick J. Buchanan, Syndicated Columnist and Founding Editor, The American Conservative Magazine, On Campaign Trail Invocations of John F. Kennedy and Ronald W. Reagan:

“Perhaps the candidates are hearkening back to yesterday because they know the American people are unhappy with today, and Barack’s followers aside, are not looking forward to tomorrow with any anticipation of great days ahead under either party.”

On the Results of Super Tuesday:

“Conservatives can’t catch a break. Taxes, judges, the culture — somewhere a conservative is always getting shafted. The party broke up on the rocks of the 2006 election. Its 2008 presidential nomination has been contested by men claiming the mantle of Ronald Reagan but who in fact are: John McMaverick, a New York City mayor on his third marriage, the moderate governor of liberal Massachusetts, and the funniest governor ever from Hope, Ark.”

— Daniel Henninger, Wall Street Journal Editorial Page Deputy Editor

“Forewarned, Democrats now are forearmed — not that they will necessarily make sensible use of the gift. Tuesday’s voting armed Democratic voters with the name of the candidate that their nominee will face in the fall. Will their purblind party now nominate the most polarizing person in contemporary politics, knowing that Republicans will nominate the person who tries to compensate for his weakness among conservatives with his strength among independent voters who are crucial to winning the White House?

“Perhaps. The Republican Party’s not-so-secret weapon always is the Democratic Party, with its entertaining thirst for living dangerously.”

— George F. Will, Nationally Syndicated Columnist

Michelle Malkin, Author, Syndicated Columnist, Regarding the USMC and the Berkeley (CA) City Council:

“The troop-bashers in Berkeley are at it once more. But this time, the rest of America lashed back. Message to the Left Coast: It’s not the 1960s anymore.

“On Jan. 29, the Berkeley city council passed several measures targeting the lone Marine recruitment office in town. …

“In another decade, Berkeley would have gotten away with this intolerant, illiberal, un-American power trip. But in the age of the Internet, talk radio and YouTube, word of the siege at Berkeley spread like lightning. And citizens across the country weren’t willing to look the other way. The San Francisco-based Move America Forward, led by talk show host/conservative activist Melanie Morgan, launched an online petition protesting the city council measures. Republican Sen. Jim DeMint of South Carolina moved to strip Berkeley of pork barrel spending worth $2 million.

“The American Legion mobilized as well. National Commander Marty Conatser lambasted the votes: ‘The American Legion not only strongly condemns this action by the City Council but also believes that a sincere apology is in order to all Marines, past and present. What these recruiters do is essential to our national security. Without recruiters we have no military. And I don’t think we can count on the flower children from Berkeley to protect this nation when it comes under attack. They have to remember that Marines are not the enemy; the terrorists are.’”

This Week On the Trail:

“There’s one little three-syllable word that has been left out of most of the Democratic primary coverage on the TV: ‘liberal.’ We’re constantly told by anchors and reporters how the Republican contenders are fighting over the ‘conservative’ vote and who’s more ‘conservative,’ and that’s true. But exactly the same fight is taking place on the left side, with the Clintons trying to suggest Barack Obama’s not sufficiently liberal (he praised Ronald Reagan!) and Obama trying to take Hillary’s Iraq war vote and turn her into Rumsfeld in a black pantsuit. …

“In every election cycle, the allegedly professional media elite deny the obvious truth before the electorate’s eyes: that the Democrats are nominating a doctrinaire liberal. To in any way dissent from this media distortion is, in turn, reported as a ‘ferocious’ partisan attack. It’s going to be a long and frustrating year for conservatives. We’re not only going to have to weather constant accusations of racism or sexism (or both) for opposing the Democratic nominee, we’re going to be described as vicious for simply telling the truth about their ideology.”

— Brent Bozell, Author, Syndicated Columnist, Founder and President, Media Research Center

“That MoveOn.org and Sen. Edward Kennedy have endorsed Obama ought to be enough for any conservative – even moderate – to pause before heading toward the electoral altar. But Obama has offered more cause for alarm by heralding his left-wing economic philosophy in a recent interview with The New York Times.

“Obama told the newspaper the top priority of the next president should be the creation of a more lasting and equitable prosperity than achieved under Presidents Bush and Clinton. Obama apparently missed the class that teaches government doesn’t create prosperity; people do.”

— Cal Thomas, Syndicated Columnist

“Hillary Clinton might be losing Democratic voters to Barack Obama, but she has a stalwart cheering section that won’t abandon her even as she slips in the polls: Republicans nearly everywhere.

“Bill’s relationship to Hillary is blissfully straightforward compared with that of Republicans. They hate her, and they love hating her. They have wanted her to lose the nomination for the mere sport of it, and they have wanted her to win because they think she’s the weakest potential Democratic nominee. Lately, the entire party seems united in its quiet pleading: ‘Please, Hillary, you’re in it, now win it — for us.’”

— Rich Lowry, National Review Editor

“Whether in Arkansas or in Washington, Hillary Clinton has spent decades parlaying her husband’s political clout into both money and power. How did that benefit anybody but the Clintons?”

— Thomas Sowell, Economist, Author and Hoover Institution Senior Fellow

“The overall results Tuesday showed that McCain had not sold himself to critical conservatives after his definitive victory in Florida.”

— Robert D. Novak, Syndicated Columnist

“Anger towards McCain, despite the spin of his supporters, isn’t exactly irrational. McCain has shown an elastic sense of principle. To conservatives, it seems like temperamental predilections are just as likely to determine his positions as poll numbers. He’s a man they have trouble trusting.”

— David Harsanyi, Denver Post Columnist

“Getting 50 endorsements from well-placed Republican officials or even respected conservatives doesn’t make McCain conservative. Being a conservative makes one a conservative. I bet, truth be told, McCain can’t even stand the word.”

— David Limbaugh, Author, Syndicated Columnist and Political Opinion Writer

“The mystery is why anyone would think the foreign-affairs part of Sen. McCain’s brain is not in sync with the part that produced: McCain/Feingold legislation that eviscerates core free-speech rights on which a functioning democratic republic depends; or proposals for massive, unregulated immigration (from someone claiming the mantle of national security paragon, no less); or global-warming legislation, the latest iteration of the senator’s Big Government regulatory penchant (we are talking, after all, about someone who has suggested federal government intervention in everything from professional boxing to major league baseball); or opposition to the Bush tax cuts in class-warfare rhetoric so strident it would make Hillary Clinton blush (including a swipe just last week against ‘greedy people on Wall Street who need to be punished’); or the Gang of 14 deal, which undermined a conservative effort to end Democrat filibusters against the Bush judicial nominees.

“The surge can only camouflage so much. Sen. McCain’s readiness to be the commander-in-chief fit for today’s perils is the grand hope his supporters offer to overcome substantial conservative doubts. It’s a mirage.”

— Andrew C.McCarthy, NRO Contributing Editor

“[I]f history is any guide, the McCain we’ve seen of late on the campaign trail is the most conservative McCain we’ll ever see.

“He has taken a commanding lead in the GOP primary by packaging himself as the ‘true conservative’ committed to limited government, to slashed federal spending and to an avowedly conservative Supreme Court.

“He claims the mantle of Ronald Reagan. He even claims the mantle of Barry Goldwater, conservatism’s crack version of Reagan. But as McCain clinches the GOP nomination, he will begin his usual leftward lurch.

“He will return to his lifelong positions as soft on illegal immigration, skeptical of tax cuts and favoring strong federal control over things like campaign financing.”

— Charles Hurt, New York Post Washington, D.C. Bureau Chief

“McCain must argue convincingly that he really did learn the lessons conservatives taught him at great pains to both sides.  He has said that he knows border security must come first, but his answers to questions both on Meet the Press and in the CNN debate before the Florida primary were evasive.  Will he sign legislation that establishes a path to citizenship for the 12 to 20 million illegals already here?  If he doesn’t commit to rejecting that idea, he will not win over the conservative community he needs to win in November.”

— Jed Babbin, Human Events Editor and Former George W. Bush Administration Official

“Assuming John McCain gets the GOP nomination, it will show how whimsical history can be. It would be the first time in living memory that a Republican presidential nomination went to a candidate who was not merely opposed by a majority of the party but was actively despised by about half its rank-and-file voters across the country — and by many, if not most, of its congressional officeholders. After all, the McCain electoral surge was barely able to deliver a plurality of one-third of the Republican vote in a three-, four- or five-way split field. He has won fair and square, but he has driven the nomination process askew.”

— Tony Blankley, Author, Former Washington Times Editorial Page Editor

“I must now stand aside, for our party and our country. If I fight on in my campaign, all the way to the convention, I would forestall the launch of a national campaign and make it more likely that Senator Clinton or Obama would win. And in this time of war, I simply cannot let my campaign be a part of aiding a surrender to terror. …. If this were only about me, I would go on. But I entered this race because I love America.”

— Mitt Romney (R-MA), departing the GOP presidential field

Quotes of the Week: February 1, 2008

The Editors, National Review, Regarding Congressional Reform of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA):

“Americans want security from mass-murderers. FISA reform will increase our security, while aligning the responsibilities of different parts of our government with their capacities. Congress should enact that reform — permanently.”

Dinesh D’Souza, Author and Hoover Institution Rishwain Fellow, With an Historic Parallel On U.S. Intelligence and Weapons of Mass Destruction:

“In the period leading up to World War II, a group of refugee German scientists warned Albert Einstein that the Germans were building an atomic bomb. The project was headed by that country’s greatest scientist, Werner Heisenberg. Acutely aware of the dangers of Hitler getting such a weapon, Einstein took this information in the fall of 1939 to President Roosevelt, who commissioned the Manhattan Project. America built the bomb, and later dropped two of them on Japan.

“Many years later, Americans discovered that the Germans were nowhere close to building an atomic bomb. Their project was on the wrong track, and it seems to have stalled in its infancy. Some historians believe Heisenberg was trying to thwart the project from the inside. Be that as it may, in retrospect we now know that the intelligence that led to the Manhattan Project was wrong. But no one goes around saying, ‘Einstein lied’ or ‘FDR lied.’

“They didn’t lie. They used the information they had to make a tough decision in a very dangerous situation.”

Walter E. Williams, Author, Economist and Professor of Economics, Regarding the Economic Stimulus Package:

“There are three ways government can get the money for a stimulus package. It can tax, borrow or inflate the currency by printing money. If government taxes to hand out money, one person is stimulated at the expense of another who pays the tax, who is unstimulated and has less money to spend. If government borrows the money, it’s the same story. This time the unstimulated person is the lender who has less money to spend. If government prints money, creditors, and then everyone else, are unstimulated. As my colleague Russell Roberts said in a NPR broadcast, ‘It’s like taking a bucket of water from the deep end of a pool and dumping it into the shallow end. Funny thing — the water in the shallow end doesn’t get any deeper.’…

“The call for stimulus packages represents the triumph of political arrogance over common sense. The U.S. is a massive $14 trillion economy. The size of proposed stimulus packages range from $150 to $200 billion, which is about 1 to 2 percent of our GDP. Economy-wide, that’s a drop in the bucket likely to have little or no effect. Congress ought to focus on measures that create greater long-term productive incentives such as reducing corporate taxes, estate taxes and personal income taxes as well as economic deregulation.”

President George W. Bush, Calling for Permanent Tax Relief in his 2008 State of the Union Address:

“Some in Washington argue that letting tax relief expire is not a tax increase. … Others have said they would personally be happy to pay higher taxes. I welcome their enthusiasm. I’m pleased to report that the IRS accepts both checks and money orders.”

This Week On the Trail:

“I am very proud to endorse my friend, and fellow Republican, a hero, John McCain of Arizona, for President … Today, I am officially announcing my withdrawal as a candidate for president of the United States.”

— Rudy Giuliani (R-NY) departing the GOP presidential field

“What does the New York Times see in John McCain that makes them so giddy? For that matter, why have such far-left papers as the Boston Globe, the Concord Monitor, the Chicago Tribune, the Washington Post, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, and numerous others, either outright endorsed McCain, or gushed over his candidacy?

“Why does former president Bill Clinton say that Hillary Clinton and John McCain are ‘Very close?’ Why does John McCain so eagerly confirm it?

“As conservatives, Republicans, and Americans, what are we missing here? Why is the liberal media going out of its way to attack Romney while canonizing McCain?

“Shouldn’t we dig a little deeper before we vote for a candidate deemed the ‘perfect Republican’ by the mainstream media?”

— Douglas MacKinnon, Author, Columnist, Political Commentator and Former White House and Pentagon Official

“As John McCain neared his momentous primary election victory in Florida after a ferocious campaign questioning his conservative credentials, right-wingers buzzed over word that he had privately suggested that Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito was too conservative. In response, Sen. McCain recalled saying no such thing and added Alito was a ‘magnificent’ choice. In fact, multiple sources confirm his negative comments about Alito nine months ago.”

— Robert D. Novak, Nationally Syndicated Columnist

“A good litmus test of how Mr. McCain’s relationship with conservatives stands will come at the annual Conservative Political Action Conference in Washington, which opens Feb. 7, just two days after the Super Tuesday primaries.

“Last year’s CPAC proved a disaster for Mr. McCain. He upset the organizers by first rejecting their invitation to speak and then trying to rent a room at the same hotel so he could host a reception for the conference’s delegates. CPAC officials believed the McCain camp’s motivation was to avoid having television cameras recording him ‘pandering’ to the conservative activists while letting him schmooze them one-on-one behind closed doors. …

“CPAC, considered the nerve center of conservative activism, this year is expected to draw more than 6,000 attendees. It will provide Mr. McCain with a fresh chance to build bridges now that he is closer than ever to becoming the GOP front-runner.”

— John Fund, Wall Street Journal

“What Republicans need is a dose of Barack Obama, who recently praised Ronald Reagan to the consternation of leading Democrats. Obama correctly noted that ‘Ronald Reagan changed the trajectory of America in a way that Richard Nixon did not, and a way that Bill Clinton did not.’ That’s because Reagan had core principles from which he rarely deviated.”

— Cal Thomas, Nationally Syndicated Columnist

“Obama is running against two Clintons — or one and a fraction of one, given how much she has been diminished by her overbearing spouse. Romney is marginally better off running against a Clinton impersonator.”

— George F. Will, Nationally Syndicated Columnist

“Barack Obama routed Hillary Clinton two to one in the heaviest turnout in a Democratic primary in the history of South   Carolina. Such a defeat would normally be a crushing and perhaps fatal blow to a rival’s campaign. Bill and Hillary laughed it off.

“Indeed, even before the voting had ended, Bill Clinton had tarnished and diminished Barack’s victory. Responding to an unrelated question, he volunteered that Jesse Jackson won South Carolina twice in the 1980s.

“This is an Arkansan way of saying black candidates always do well when there is a large black bloc vote, as in the Deep South, but no one should take this seriously. By introducing Jackson and earlier saying the Palmetto State contest would be about gender and race, Clinton set the media to looking beyond Barack’s total vote to its racial composition.”

— Patrick J. Buchanan, Syndicated Columnist and Founding Editor, The American Conservative Magazine

“It is not that the Clintons are racists. It is just that they will use whatever they want, in order to get whatever they want — and the effect on the country does not bother them.

“That was the hallmark of the first Clinton administration. There is no reason to doubt that this will be the hallmark of the next Clinton administration, if there is one.”

— Thomas Sowell, Economist, Author and Hoover Institution Senior Fellow

“[Senator Edward] Kennedy has been supportive of both Clintons in the past. But, according to advisers who have spoken with him, Kennedy was motivated to publicly bless Obama in part because he was offended by what he regarded as Clinton’s divisive and distorted arguments against his wife’s chief rival.”

— John F. Harris, The Politico

“Over the years, I’ve been deeply moved by the people who’ve told me they wished they could feel inspired and hopeful about America the way people did when my father was president. This sense is even more profound today. That is why I am supporting a presidential candidate in the Democratic primaries, Barack Obama.”

— Caroline Kennedy

“It’s time for me to step aside so that history can blaze its path…America’s hour of transformation is upon us.”

— John Edwards (D-NC), departing the Democratic presidential field

Quotes of the Week: January 24, 2008

The Editors, The Washington Times, Regarding Imprisoned Border Patrol Agents Ignacio Ramos and Jose Compean:

“The bipartisan chorus in favor of a pardon is growing. Pardon the agents, Mr. Bush.”

Hugh Hewitt, Author, Law Professor and Broadcast Journalist, On the Next President and the Supreme Court:

“Looking forward to the next presidency, we see that Justice Stevens is 87, Justice Ginsburg 74, Justices Kennedy and Scalia 71, Justice Breyer 69 and Justice Souter 68. Perhaps all will be sitting in January 2013. Perhaps all will be retired. Voters who care about the Supreme Court ought to assume that the next president will have an impact on the future course of the Supreme Court greater than any president in modern times.

“The Court of course affects every aspect of American life, from the conduct of the war to the protection of the unborn, the right to worship and speak freely, the right to bear arms and the right to be free from intrusive governmental oversight.

“The Court can chose to protect private property or, as has been the case for decades, almost completely ignore this foundational right.

“The Court is the country’s future in many respects, and the president is the keeper of the court.”

David Laidler, University   of Western Ontario Economist, Regarding This Week’s Action by the Federal Reserve:

“I bet if they had tried to put a stop to subprime mortgages two years ago, you would have had people in Congress screaming about depriving less privileged Americans of the opportunity to meet the American dream by having a home.”

Victor Davis Hanson, Hoover Institution Senior Fellow, California University Professor Emeritus and Nationally Syndicated Columnist, On the State of the State of California:

“At some point we Californians should ask ourselves how we inherited a state with near perfect weather, the world’s richest agriculture, plentiful timber, minerals, and oil, two great ports at Los Angeles and Oakland, a natural tourist industry from Carmel to Yosemite, industries such as Silicon Valley, Hollywood, and aerospace — and serially managed to turn all of that into the nation’s largest penal system, periodic near bankruptcy, and sky-high taxes.

“‘The fault, dear Brutus, is not in our stars,

But in ourselves, that we are underlings.’”

This Week On the Trail:

“I have withdrawn my candidacy for president of the United States. I hope that my country and my party have benefited from our having made this effort.”

— Fred Thompson (R-TN), departing the GOP presidential field

“It is now a two-and-a-half-man race. Sen. John McCain has a lead in national polls and has won two contested primaries. Former governor Mitt Romney has the most delegates, the most popular votes, and the most money. On the sidelines is former mayor Rudolph Giuliani. He is running fourth in the national polls and has only one delegate.”

— The Editors, National Review

“There is only one candidate in this election who can universally mobilize conservatives, and as evident from the variety of primary victors, none of them is a Republican. It’s Hillary Clinton.”

— Matt Labash, Senior Writer, The Weekly Standard

“Rudy Giuliani has proposed the largest tax cut in modern American history and a dramatic simplification of the tax code. His proposal has received broad support from fiscal conservatives in Washington; yesterday it was introduced as legislation by Reps. David Dreier and Roy Blunt, and by Sen. Christopher Bond.”

— Steve Forbes, President and CEO, Forbes, Inc. and Forbes Magazine Editor-in-Chief

“For all his supposed newfound enlightenment about what most Americans want — protection against invasion, commitment to the rule of law, meaningful employer sanctions, an end to sanctuary cities, enforcement-by-attrition plus deportation reform, and an end to special illegal alien benefits that invite more law-breaking — The Maverick remains a Geraldo Rivera Republican. Like the ethnocentric cable TV host who can’t string a sentence about immigration together without drowning in demagoguery, McCain naturally resorts to open-borders platitudes when pressed for enforcement specifics.”

— Michelle Malkin, Author, Syndicated Columnist

“[M]ore importantly than noting the media’s complicity in carrying a Democratic Party message (what’s new with that?), Hillary Clinton must not be permitted to get off the hook she placed herself on when she played the race card. It is one of the low points of presidential politics in modern times. It is genuinely shocking. Honest commentators should make a big and continuing deal about it.”

— Tony Blankley, Author, Former Washington Times Editorial Page Editor

“Obama has done everything he possibly could to keep race out of this election. And the Clintons attracted national scorn when they tried to bring it back in by attempting to minimize the role Martin Luther King Jr. played in the civil rights movement. But here they have a way of appearing to seek the black vote, losing it, and getting their white backlash, all without any fingerprints showing. The more President Clinton begs black voters to back his wife, and the more they spurn her, the more the election becomes about race — and Obama ultimately loses.”

— Dick Morris, Political Commentator and

Former Clinton Advisor

“Some in the press corps argue that Mr. Clinton’s attacks are hurting his wife. But if they were, he’d stop. His behavior is part of the familiar Clinton playbook of letting others do the dirty work so the candidate can stay above the fray. Hillary and other surrogates took on the task of saving her husband from his lies under oath by inventing the specter of the ‘vast right-wing conspiracy,’ calling Paula Jones trailer trash, and portraying the widely respected Ken Starr as a rabid partisan.

“Now Bill is returning the favor by attacking Mr. Obama; at the same time, other surrogates raise his long-ago cocaine use, only to apologize after it’s been widely reported. News reports also say that so-called robo-calls in Nevada repeatedly referred to Mr. Obama by his middle name, ‘Hussein.’ And emails suddenly appeared last week on Jewish lists accusing the African-American Senator of being fond of Louis Farrakhan.  Mr. Obama had to disavow Mr. Farrakhan and his associates…

“Welcome to the education of Barack Obama.”

— The Editors, The Wall Street Journal

“If Barack loses South Carolina, he is cooked, as the Clintonites have made him the favorite. Even if he carries South Carolina, it will be written off as black folks coming out for a native son.

“Folks will look instead at how well, or badly, he does among whites. If Hillary and Edwards crush him among white voters, the message will be that the Democratic Party will risk ruin if it nominates an African-American who has shown little appeal among whites and even less among Hispanics. For whites and Hispanics are the swing votes in presidential politics.

“In three weeks, Barack has been ghettoized. The crossover candidate, the great liberal hope, has become a Jesse Jackson, who is ceded the black vote and a few states, then given a speaking role at the convention, as the party moves on to the serious business of electing a president.”

— Pat Buchanan, Nationally Syndicated Columnist

“The time is long overdue for voters to demand specifics instead of rhetoric that turns their emotions on and their minds off.”

— Thomas Sowell, Economist, Author and Hoover Institution Senior Fellow

From the January 21, 2008, Democratic Debate in Myrtle Beach, SC:

“There’s a set of assertions made by Senator Clinton as well as her husband that are not factually accurate. … I can’t tell who I’m running against sometimes.”

— Senator Barack Obama (D-IL)

“We’re just getting warmed up.”

— Senator Hillary Clinton (D-NY)

“There’s a third person in this debate … Are there three people in this debate…?”

— Former Senator John Edwards (D-NC)

1st Amendment

Rich Lowry, National Review Editor, on Campaign Finance Reform:

“The same way I can turn on my computer whenever I want and write about whatever I want, Citizens Against Hastert should be able to advertise about anything they want, whenever they want. It’s called freedom. [Leftists] appreciate it in other areas, why not when it comes to political speech?”

Cal Thomas, Author and Syndicated Columnist:

“Free speech does not guarantee anyone the right to be heard but it does guarantee the right of the speaker to speak and not be silenced.”

Steven Chapman, Chicago Tribune Columnist:

“But even in wartime, the Constitution doesn’t protect just freedom of popular speech, or the right to support the government, or the expression of political views that don’t make anyone mad.”

Representative Todd Akin (R — MI):

“This [campaign-finance reform] is an absolutely black-and-white issue that is a serious infringement of the First Amendment. That flaw in and of itself is totally sufficient to warrant a no vote, and if I were the president I would veto it in a heartbeat.”

National Review Editorial:

“The Supreme Court has previously made it clear that such restrictions on political speech – the right at the core of the First Amendment – must be extremely narrow and clear-cut. The idea has traditionally been to carve out a broad, easily understood safe harbor for political speech, which is exactly what the campaign-finance bill intends to undercut.”

Nat Hentoff, Journalist/Author:

“[T]here is no way to reconcile censorship and a free society.”

U.S. Representative Robert W. Ney (R — Ohio):

“I would rather defeat so-called campaign finance reform than pass legislation that stops the voices of citizens’ First Amendment right to speak out, obliterates the political parties and hinders crucial get-out-the-vote efforts which are so important to the American election process.”

John Nelson, a Newport   Beach man who filed a federal lawsuit alleging that the city unconstitutionally violates the separation of church and state by giving churchgoers special rights to some of the most valued real estate in town: beach parking:

“I believe that every citizen has a responsibility to be vigilant to make sure the provisions of the Constitution are not diluted…. I know it’s not a popular cause, but we need to stick to the issues. I’m a lone ranger who believes in the Constitution of the U.S.”

Anchorman and Executive Producer of The O’Reilly Factor, Bill O’Reilly:

“There is a point where political correctness becomes an acid that erodes freedom.”

Author Mark Mathabane on schools banning his book, Kaffir Boy:

“I say fight such narrow-mindedness, continue to expose your students to the realities of life and continue to challenge them to value the sanctity of their minds. Do not allow them to be invaded by America’s Taliban, whose goal is to extinguish the precious lamp of independent thinking, which is the hallmark of the truly free.”

Don Campbell, lecturer in journalism at Emory University on speech codes on campus:

“Those who are speaking out against this latest war may be misguided, ignorant and an embarrassment to their chosen profession. But there’s no better way to demonstrate that than to give them a forum. Surely a country as strong as ours is not threatened by people making fools of themselves. Speech codes invoked in the name of patriotism are just as repugnant as speech codes invoked in the name of political correctness.”

2nd Amendment

The Fifth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in United   States v. Emerson:

“The plain meaning of the right of the people to bear arms is that it is an individual right and is not limited to keeping arms while engaged in military service or as a member of a select militia such as the National Guard… It appears clear that ‘the people,’ as used in the Constitution, including the Second Amendment, refers to individual Americans.”

Mark Levin, Former Chief of Staff to Attorney General Edwin Meese, III:

“[The purpose of the Bill of Rights was to] protect the liberty of individuals against the power of the central government… The right to bear arms is no less of a right than the right of free speech. The problem with liberals is that they wish to pick and chose between individual liberties and scuttle those with which they don’t agree…”

John Ashcroft, United States Attorney General:

“Let me state unequivocally my view that the text and the original intent of the Second Amendment clearly protects the right of individuals to keep and bear firearms,” Ashcroft wrote. “While some have argued that the Second Amendment guarantees only a ‘collective right’ of the states to maintain militias, I believe the amendment’s plain meaning and original intent prove otherwise.”

Larry Pratt, Executive Director of Gun Owners of America:

“The continued attack on private sales at gun shows is likely to be the hardest push coming from gun control forces both in and out of Congress. They put their heads together after September 11 and decided that, even though guns weren’t used in the biggest mass murder in American history, they would go ahead and try to link terrorism to gun shows.”

4th Amendment

Justice Kathryn Mickle Werdegar, California State Supreme Court, in her dissenting opinion on police searches:

“Nothing — not the Constitution, nor any statute nor the cases cited by the majority — authorizes the police to conduct a warrantless vehicle search in an attempt to discover the license of a driver who asserts he or she does not have it in the car.”

1st Amendment

Victor Davis Hanson, Farmer, Classicist and Military Historian:

“Our institutions, if they do not erode entirely, can survive periods of decadence brought on by our material success, eras when the whole notion of civic militarism seems bothersome, and in which free speech is used to focus on our own imperfections without concern for the ghastly nature of our enemies.”

Representative Barney Frank (D — Massachusetts):

“Take free speech: most of the tough cases on free speech involve very unpleasant people saying very obnoxious things.”

Kevin J. Hasson, President of the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty:

“The Framers of the [First] amendment never intended to hobble religion, only to avoid the establishment of a particular religion. A few days after writing his famous letter on the Wall of Separation, Thomas Jefferson attended Sunday church services in the House of Representatives.”

Stuart Biegel, Professor at the University of California at Los Angeles:

“In times of war, there has been a willingness among Americans to give up some rights — to honor curfews, martial law and even restrictions on speech… the filtering of Internet message boards is all a part of this.”

Stephen Killeen, President of Terra Lycos, Provider of Online Message Boards:

“The sentiment in the United States changed on September 11 about what’s acceptable and what’s not in terms of what you can say… [In the past] we would err on the side of ‘If it’s distasteful, let it stay,’ Now we err on the side of ‘If you want to post this kind of information you don’t have to do it here.’”

James Bopp, Minnesota GOP counsel on Republican Party of Minnesota v. Kelly:

[The case] “goes to the very core of the First Amendment: the right of the people to associate with, to listen to, and to speak with candidates for elective judicial office.’”

President of the United   States, George W. Bush:

“The press in America has never been stronger and never been freer and never been more vibrant, sometimes to my chagrin, and a lot of times to my delight.”

“I’ve been trying to tame our press corps ever since I got into politics, and I’ve failed miserably. They get to express their opinions sometimes in the form of news.”

U.S. Federal District Court Judge Jeremy Fogel on the French barring the sale of Nazi memorabilia on Yahoo!:

“Although France has the sovereign right to regulate what speech is permissible in France, this court may not enforce a foreign order that violates the protections of the United States Constitution by chilling protected speech that occurs simultaneously within our borders.”

Patriotic Street Artist Mike McNeilly:

“There is always someone trying to control art… They want final say over not only the content, but the message and the medium too, if you know what I mean. I say the government has no business being involoved in art, and I am lucky enough to have the means to fight them.”

Jailed Writer Vanessa Legget:

“But for the near future at least, maintaining my journalistic freedom will mean sacrificing my personal liberty.”

Thomas Jefferson:

“Freedom of speech cannot be limited without being lost.”

“The will of the people is the only legitimate foundation of any government and to protect its free expression should be our first object.”

“One of the amendments to the Constitution… expressly declares that ‘Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof, or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press,’ thereby guarding in the same sentence and under the same words, the freedom of religion, of speech, and of the press; insomuch that whatever violates either throws down the sanctuary which covers the others.”

“The right to hold one’s own views, and to think and to decide for oneself on any question, is an essential right for a free people. A person is free to believe anything he wishes, even if in error, and may not be persecuted nor denied the right to hold public office for those beliefs. The First Amendment protections for freedom of religion, of speech, of the press and of assembly, all together protect the Freedom of Conscience.”

Benjamin Franklin:

“Whoever would overthrow the liberty of a nation must begin by subduing the freeness of speech.”

James Madison:

“The people shall not be deprived or abridged of their right to speak, to write, or to publish their sentiments; and the freedom of the press, as one of the great bulwarks of liberty, shall be inviolable.”

John Milton, English Poet, Writer:

“Give me the liberty to know, to utter, and to argue freely according to conscience, above all liberties.”

George Washington:

“If the freedom of speech is taken away then dumb and silent we may be led, like sheep to the slaughter.”

Hansell B. Duckett, Associate Justice, US Supreme Court:

“What this country needs is more free speech worth listening to.”

Hugo L. Black, Associate Justice, US Supreme Court:

“Criticism of government finds sanctuary in several portions of the 1st Amendment. It is part of the right of free speech. It embraces freedom of the press.”

Dissenting opinion in a ruling that forced a person summoned before a congressional committee to answer the question, “Are you a member of the Communist Party?” 1961

Warren E. Burger, Chief Justice, US Supreme Court:

“Free speech carries with it some freedom to listen.”

Majority opinion in ruling forbidding the closing of courtrooms to the press. 1980

William O. Douglas, Associate Justice, US Supreme Court:

“Free speech is not to be regulated like diseased cattle and impure butter. The audiencežthat hissed yesterday may applaud today, even for the same performance.”

Dissenting opinion in ruling that banned sale of obscene books. 1957

“Restriction of free thought and free speech is the most dangerous of all subversions. It is the one un-American act that could most easily defeat us.”

Anthony M. Kennedy, Associate Justice, US Supreme Court:

“The First Amendment is often inconvenient. But that is besides the point. Inconvenience does not absolve the government of its obligation to tolerate speech.”

Mark Twain, Author:

“It is by the goodness of God that in our country we have those three unspeakably precious things: freedom of speech, freedom of conscience, and the prudence never to practice either.”

Eugene Debs, US Labor Organizer:

“I realize that there are certain limitations placed upon the right of free speech. I may not be able to say all I think, but I am not going to say anything I do not think.”

Bergan Evans, Author:

“Freedom of speech and freedom of action are meaningless without freedom to think. And there is no freedom of thought without doubt.”

Barbara Ehrenreich, Author:

“We who officially value freedom of speech above life itself seem to have nothing to talk about but the weather.”

Floyd Patteson, US Boxer:

“It’s not so bad for politicians and Pulitzer Prize poets and certain intellectuals in this country to sign petitions and speak out against the war in Vietnam, but when Cassius Clay did it he paid a heavy price for freedom of speech.”

On Muhammad Ali being stripped of the World Heavyweight crown. 1966

Abbie Hoffman, Political Activist:

“Free speech means the right to shout ‘theatre’ in a crowded fire.”

Colin Powell, Secretary of State:

“Free speech is intended to protect the controversial and even outrageous word, and not just comforting platitudes too mundane to need protection.”

David Mamet, Playwright, Director:

“Free speech is the whole thing, the whole ball game. Free speech is life itself.”

Katharine Graham:

“The First Amendment gets strengthened by exercise.”

Liberty

Paul Craig Roberts, Senior Research Fellow, Hoover Institution:

“Over the past three decades, our Founding Fathers have fallen on rough times. Disparaged by liberals and slandered by post-modernists and cultural Marxists, their portraits have been removed from public buildings and their presence stricken from textbooks. It is possible today for American students to pass through elementary school and high school, and obtain a university degree, without gaining any appreciation for the men who founded their country. The horrendous events of Sept. 11 taught Americans that denunciations of their heritage have consequences that go beyond the babbling of crackpot academics and minority ‘leaders.’ Patriotism and our flag made a comeback.”

Supreme Court Justice Brandeis:

“Experience teaches us to be most on our guard to protect liberty when the government’s purpose is beneficent.  Men born to freedom are naturally alert to repel invasion of their liberty by evil-minded rulers.  The greatest dangers to liberty lurk in insidious encroachment by men of zeal, well-meaning but without understanding.”

Roger Wilkins, Civil Rights Author and Historian, on Thomas Jefferson:

“He was a dizzying mixture of searing brilliance and infuriating self-indulgence, of idealism and base racism, of soaring patriotism and myopic self-involvement. He was America writ small.”

George Will, Columnist, on Higher Tariffs for Steel Imports:

“Bush’s steel policy is what results when intelligent people take up intellectual slumming — abandoning of proven free-trade principles — for the pleasure of political opportunism.”

Pop-Diva Cher:

“What are we going to do next? Put shorts on the statue of David, put an 1880’s bathing suit on the Venus de Milo? If they start doing that, maybe they’ll start deciding what books are all right for us to read, and we’ll start losing all of our freedoms… I didn’t know art was politically correct.”

Bob Levy, Senior Fellow in Constitutional Studies at the Cato Institute:

“Restoring the Framers’ notion of enumerated, delegated and thus limited powers will get the state out of our lives and out of our wallets.”

David McCullough, Author of “John Adams”:

“…[M]ore and more we need understanding and appreciation of those principles upon which the republic was founded. What were those ‘self-evident’ truths that so many risked all for, fought for, suffered and died for? What was the source of their courage? Who were those people? I don’t think we can ever know enough about them.”

President George W. Bush in his nationally broadcast speech to China:

“Life in America shows that liberty, paired with law, is not to be feared. In a free society, diversity is not disorder. Debate is not strife. And dissent is not revolution. A free society trusts its citizens to seek greatness in themselves and their country.”

Representative Ron Paul (R — Texas):

“Let us be convinced that there is not enough hate or anger to silence the cries for liberty or to extinguish the flame of justice and truth. We must have faith that those who now are apathetic, anxious for security at all costs, forgetful of the true spirit of American liberty, and neglectful of the Constitution, will rise to the task and respond accordingly.”

Former President of the United States Ronald Reagan:

“We had strayed a great distance from our Founding Fathers’ vision of America. They regarded the central government’s responsibility as that of providing national security, protecting our democratic freedoms, and limiting the government’s intrusion in our lives — in sum, the protection of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.”

Tom DeWeese, President, American Policy Center:

“The sole purpose of our Constitution is to define the limited role of government in order to guarantee individual rights.”

Martin Luther King, Jr.:

“All honor to Jefferson — to the man who… had the coolness, forecast and capacity to introduce into a merely revolutionary document, an abstract truth, applicable to all men at all times, and so to embalm it there, that today, and in all the coming days, it shall be a rebuke and a stumbling block to the very harbingers of re-appearing tyranny and oppression.”

Theodore Roosevelt, Former U.S. President:

“Freedom means the supremacy of human rights everywhere.” 

Lynne Cheney, director of the Reader’s Digest Association and American Express Funds:

“We haven’t done a very good job in teaching our history. We haven’t [given our students] the knowledge they need to appreciate how greatly fortunate we are for our freedom… Freedom, as a study of our history shows, is not our inevitable heritage. This realization can make our freedom all the more precious. Were we to lose it, liberty might not come our way again.”

George W. Bush, President of the United States, speaking to the Conference of Mayors:

“It’s a privilege for me to be with the country’s most accountable elected officials. … We always used to say, you know, the government that’s closest to the people is that which governs best. You’re what I call practical. The farther you get away from the local governments, we get a little theoretical.”

Michael DePrimo of the American Family Association Center for Law & Policy:

“If schools spent more time on education and less time on indoctrination the world would be a better place.”

Alberto Gonzales, counsel to the President of the United States:

“In the past, senators of both parties have accused each other of illegitimate delays in voting on nominees. The past mistreatment of nominees does not justify today’s behavior. Finger-pointing does nothing to put judges on the bench and ease the courts’ burdens; it only distracts the Senate from its constitutional obligation to act on the president’s judicial nominees.”

Liberty

Kimberley A. Strassel, Wall Street Journal editorialist:

“The lynx scandal underscores everything that’s wrong with Fish & Wildlife and the Forest Service. It shows how the agencies succumbed to a Clinton-era culture that puts ideology ahead of science. It demonstrates the undue influence environmental groups hold over the departments. It also shows how vaguely written laws like the Endangered Species Act can be used to further political agendas, even in the complete absence of hard science.”

“Currently the road most Americans seem to want to take is the road to government control in the belief than government can give them more security without diminishing their liberty. Of course, that is not true. If Americans turn to government to secure their freedom at the expense of the constitution they will lose it. The Constitution and the first ten amendments — the Bill of Rights — make it plain that the Founding Fathers had no faith that government could be trusted to guard the rights of individuals. It is well to remember that under the Constitution government does not give us our rights; they are our birthright. It is government’s job to protect those rights. Unfortunately government too often moves instead to limit them.”

Alexander Hamilton, first United States Secretary of the Treasury:

[In the event of war, Americans would] “resort for repose and security to institutions which have a tendency to destroy their civil and political rights. To be more safe they, at length, become willing to run the risk of being less free.”

Bill Gates, Founder and Chairman of Microsoft Corporation:

“When we face a choice between adding features and resolving security issues, we need to choose security.”

Judge John Goger, Georgia Supreme Court:

“However well-intentioned this legislation [banning video poker machines] may be, it must be doomed. The law criminalizes a game when it is being played and operated as a game. This is the sort of lawmaking [that] poses a real threat to liberty. . . . Exposing innocent conduct to criminal prosecution because of the difficulty and expense associated with defining the illegal conduct is a dangerous precedent for crime and punishment. If approved on this occasion, the state might one day choose to employ this method of lawmaking again, and the next time the conduct might be something not quite as unpopular as gambling.”

Michael Gersick, Lobbyist for the California Hearths and Home Association on the City Council of Berkley, CA banning log burning fireplaces:

“Fireplaces have been a symbol of the family since we lived in caves. I’m not ready to let someone else decide which of my domestic pleasures can be taken away from me without proof of harm.”

Tony Snow:

“Risk is the inevitable product of liberty — and it’s responsible not only for great tragedy, but also great triumph.”

Pat Buchanan:

“The notion of a world government to defend our rights would have sent the founding fathers running for their muskets.”

U.S. House Majority Leader Dick Armey (R — Texas):

“Because the American people champion liberty, more people in the world live free today than at any time in history. Yet, there is more to be done and it is America who will lead the way.”

Charlton Heston:

“We are all Americans. And as Americans, we have a duty to protect the freedoms that make our union the example and the envy of the world.”

Senator Orrin Hatch (R — Utah):

“There’s no question that this country is not going to tolerate an abuse of constitutional principles.”

United States Supreme Court Justice Robert Jackson in his dissent on the 1949 Terminiello case:

“If the Court does not temper its doctrinaire logic with a little practical wisdom, it will convert the constitutional Bill of Rights into a suicide pact.”

Senator Tom Daschle (D — South   Dakota):

“I think the issue of civil liberties is very, very important to every member of our caucus. We’re trying to find the right balance, of course, between protecting civil liberties and ensuring that law enforcement has the tools it needs to do its job.”

U.S. Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld on Pearl Harbor Day:

“When I think back to all those around their radios, as my family was that day in our living room, I am reminded that they were not only brave, but smart. In addition to physical courage, they had moral courage — the kind of courage needed to acknowledge reality, to learn from the tragedies of the past, to assess the future, and then to make all those sacrifices of time, money and self that are needed to live free.”

Adlai Stevenson:

“When an American says that he loves his country, he means that he loves an inner air, an inner light in which freedom lives and in which a man can draw the breath of self-respect.”

David Blunkett, British Home Secretary:

“We can live in a world with airy-fairy civil liberties and believe the best in everybody — and they will destroy us.”

United States Solicitor General Ted Olson:

“What can possibly be wrong with the aspiration that moved the founders of this country to believe that people are entitled to self-determination, the right to choose their system of government, the right to freedom within an orderly and secure society, and the maximum liberty to pursue happiness and fulfillment?”

Thomas Jefferson:

“The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants.”

Edmund Burke:

“The true danger is when liberty is nibbled away, for expedience.”

Thomas Payne:

“When the government fears the people, it is liberty. When the people fear the government, it is tyranny.”

Samuel Adams:

“Liberty will not long survive the total extinction of morals.”

Former President of the United States Ronald Reagan:

“We commit our resources and risk the lives of those in our armed forces…to prevent humankind from drowning in a sea of tyranny.”

Supreme Court Justice Hugo Black, 1960:

“I cannot agree with those who think of the Bill of Rights as an 18th century straitjacket, unsuited for this age. The evils it guards against are not only old, they are with us now, they exist today. Experience all over the world has demonstrated, I fear, that the distance between stable, orderly government and one that has been taken over by force is not so great as we have assumed.”

Supreme Court Justice William Brennan:

“The framers knew that liberty is a fragile thing, and so should we.”

Pennsylvania Governor Tom Ridge:

“We must also reject the false choice of liberty versus security. We can and must have both.”

John Quincy Adams:

“Posterity — you will never know how much it has cost my generation to preserve your freedom. I hope you will make good use of it.”

Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis:

“Those who won our independence by revolution were not cowards. They did not fear political change. They did not exalt order at the cost of liberty.”

Douglas MacArther:

No man is entitled to the blessings of freedom unless he be vigilant in its preservation.

Benjamin Franklin:

“They that can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.”

“Whoever would overthrow the liberty of a nation must begin by subduing the freeness of speech.”

On Instituting a Voucher Program for Students in the DC Schools:

Delegate Eleanor Holmes   Norton (D-DC):

“If Congress allows school choice in   the nation’s capital it will blow the doors off public schools   nationwide.”

Terence Jeffrey, Editor of   Human Events:

“Public   schools need competition, and the District     of Columbia is the perfect place to start. The   public schools in the nation’s capital are the nation’s worst. They excel at   failure: No state can match them in overcharging taxpayers or under-serving   students.”


On the Alabama Governor’s Proposed $1.2 Billion Tax Increase:

Governor Bob Riley (R-AL):

“According to our Christian ethics,   we’re supposed to love God, love each other and help take care of the   poor.”

Doug Bandow, Senior Fellow at   the Cato Institute:

“God is the   ultimate trump, so politicians love to play him. But despite Riley’s claims   to the contrary, there is no reason to believe that God backs his plan to   raise the taxes of Alabamans.”


On the University of Michigan Affirmative Action Case Before the Supreme Court Case:

Representative John Dingell, (D — MI):

“Opposing these programs would be   divisive and send the wrong message to America about discrimination and   equality.”

George   W. Bush, President of the United States:

“[R]acial   prejudice is a reality in America…[Racism]   hurts many of our citizens. As a nation, as a government, as individuals we   must be vigilant in responding to prejudice wherever we find it. Yet, as we   work to address the wrong of racial prejudice, we must not use means that   create another wrong, and thus perpetuate our divisions.”


On the 2002 Midterm Elections:

Terry McAuliffe, Democratic NationalCommittee Chair, Sunday, November 3, 2002:

“George Bush has never had coattails…    He should be doing a lot better in these elections.  He should be   winning a lot of Senate seats.  He should be winning a lot more House   seats…”

Terry McAuliffe, Democratic National Committee Chair, Wednesday, November 6, 2002:

“The   determinant was you had a president who is popular…  What you saw was   unprecedented political activity by our president, who is very popular in the   polls.”


Rulings on Secret Deportation Hearings:

Edward R. Becker, Chief Judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, In the Ruling Upholding Secret Deportation Hearings:

“We are keenly aware of the dangers   presented by deference to the executive branch when constitutional liberties   are at stake, especially in times of national crisis. On balance, however, we   are unable to conclude that openness plays a positive role in   special-interest deportation hearings at a time when our nation is faced with   threats of such profound and unknown dimension.”

Judge Damon J. Keith, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, In the Ruling Against Secret Deportation Hearings:

“…[W]e   reflect our commitment to those democratic values by ensuring that our   government is held accountable to the people and that First Amendment rights   are not impermissibly compromised. Open proceedings, with a vigorous and   scrutinizing press, serve to ensure the durability of our democracy.”

 


On Senator Robert Torricelli’s Announcement to Withdraw from the New Jersey Senate Race:

Senator Robert Torricelli (D-NJ):

“When did we become such an unforgiving   people? How did we become a society when a person can build credibility your   entire life to have it questioned by someone whose word is of no value at   all?….”

C. Boyden Gray, Former White   House Counsel:

“Give me a (bleeping) break!”


Al Gore, Former Vice President of the United States On Iraq — Then and Now:

1991:

“President Bush should not be blamed   for Saddam Hussein’s survival to this point. There was throughout the war a   clear consensus that the United States   should not include the conquest of Iraq among its objectives. On the   contrary, it was universally accepted that our objective was to push Iraq out of Kuwait, and it was further   understood that when this was accomplished, combat should stop.”

2002:

“I felt betrayed by the first Bush   administration’s hasty departure from the battlefield, even as Saddam began   to renew his persecution of the Kurds in the north and the Shi’ites in the   south, groups that we had, after all, encouraged to rise up against Saddam.   After we abandoned Afghanistan   that first time, Saddam Hussein launched his invasion of Kuwait. And   our decision following a brilliant military campaign to abandon the effort   prematurely to destroy Saddam’s military allowed him to remain in   power.”


The 2002 Florida Democratic Primary:

Al Gore, Former Vice President Of the United States:

“The governor pledged to fix [the   election problems] and make it the envy of the world. Nobody expected he   would fail as badly as he did.”

Editorial, St. Petersburg   Times:

To try to blame the governor for   the mess these Democratic officials made is as ridiculous as it is   dishonest.”


The Debate On a War in Iraq:

George W. Bush, President of the United States:

“The conduct of the Iraqi regime is a   threat to the authority of the United Nations and a threat to peace. Iraq has   answered a decade of U.N. demands with a decade of defiance…. The United States has no quarrel with the Iraq people.   They’ve suffered too long in silent captivity. Liberty for the Iraqi people is a great   moral cause and a great strategic goal. People of Iraq deserve it.”

Naji Sabri, Iraqi Foreign Minister:

“The ones who decide the war are the   warmongers in Washington.   The warmongers whose business is war, whose business is exporting killing and   death to other parts of the world. These are the ones who decide the war   agenda, not Iraq…   Iraq   is the victims of these threats. We have done nothing to provoke the United States;   we have done… no harm whatsoever to American interests.”


On the Obesity and Health Problem Lawsuit Against Four Fast-Food Corporations:

Samuel Hirsch, Plaintiff Suing Wendy’s, McDonald’s, Burger King and Kentucky   Fried Chicken:

“I trace [my health   problems] all back to the high fat grease and salt, all back to McDonald’s,   Wendy’s, Burger King — there was no fast food I didn’t eat, and I ate it more   often than not because I was single, it was quick and I’m not a very good   cook.”

Katharine Kim, Spokeswoman, National Restaurant Association:

“It’s   senseless, baseless and ridiculous. There are choices in restaurants and   people can make these choices, and there’s a little personal responsibility   as well.”


On the Proposed Operation TIPS (Terrorist Information and Prevention System):

Bill Berkowitz, Columnist:

“If Americans begin   equating dissent with disloyalty, Operation TIPS could turn out to be more   like a glorified patriotic junta patrol than a workable response to the   threat of terrorism.”

Governor Tom Ridge, Homeland Security Chief:

“There’s   a big difference being vigilant and being a vigilante. We just want people to   use their common sense. It is not a government intrusion. The president just   wants people to be alert and aware…. We’re not asking for people to spy on   people.”


On a Buena Vista County Judge Ordering Disclosure of Patients’ Records at Planned Parenthood in the Murder Investigation of a Newborn:

Jill June, Director, Planned Parenthood of Greater Iowa:

“[Patients] come here believing, and   we tell them in writing, that we will protect their privacy…. This would set   a very dangerous precedent for patients around the state. If they can invade   the privacy of these women in Storm Lake, Iowa, they can do it to any patient in Iowa, and that cannot   be right.”

SPhil Havens, Buena Vista County    Attorney:

“These pregnancy tests can be administered   by lay people. Unless they show us medical people were involved, we don’t   think they’re medical records…. We issued a valid subpoena, and they just   refused to honor it, and they’re going to have to tell us why. They had no   burden of proof, and they gave no law, and they gave no facts.”


The U.S. Supreme Court’s Ruling That Random Drug Testing in Public High Schools Outweighs Individual Right to Privacy, Board of Education of Independent School District No. 92 of Pottawatomie County v. Earls:

Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, For the Majority:

” We find that testing students who   participate in extracurricular activities is a reasonably effective means of   addressing the school district’s legitimate concerns in preventing, deterring   and detecting drug use. “

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Dissenting:

” The particular testing program   upheld today is not reasonable, it is capricious, even perverse. “


The U.S. Supreme Court’s Ruling Passengers on a Bus Need Not Be Told of Rights When Police Are Conducting Random Searches for Drugs or Weapons, United States v. Drayton:

Justice Anthony M. Kennedy, For the Majority:

“There was no application of force, no   intimidating movement, no overwhelming show of force, no brandishing of weapons,   no blocking of exits, no threat, no command, not even an authoritative tone   of voice. It is beyond question that had this encounter occurred on the   street, it would be constitutional. The fact that an encounter takes place on   a bus does not on its own transform standard police questioning of citizens   into an illegal seizure.”

Justice David H. Souter, Dissenting:

“It is very hard to imagine that   either Brown or Drayton would have believed that he stood to lose nothing if   he refused to cooperate with the police, or that he had any free choice to   ignore the police altogether…. When the attention of several officers is   brought to bear on one civilian, the imbalance of immediate power is   unmistakable.”


On The Supreme Court’s Ruling That Employers Can Deny Applicants Work If It Would Threaten Their Health or Safety, Chevron USA, Inc v. Echazabal:

Stephen M. Shapiro, Lawyer Representing Chevron USA: “If   employers were told they could not consider the [worker’s] risk to self, they   would have been in a terrible quandary.

They could be faced with hiring people they   know would die on the job. And they would also be exposed to all sorts of   litigation.”

Samuel Bagenstos, Attorney Representing Mario Echazabal:

“There is a long history in this   country of (employers) limiting the opportunities of people with disabilities   out of a misplaced concern for the safety of those people.”


On The Suspension and Potential Court Martial of Lieutenant Steve Butler for Bad Mouthing President Bush:

Lucian Truscott, IV, Former Army Officer And Novelist:

“…[T]he   law is written way too broadly, and I think that if it was finally looked at   by the Supreme Court, they’d probably overturn it… you don’t check your   constitutional rights at the door when you agree to join the military….”

Lieutenant Colonel Bob   Maginnis (Ret.), Vice President, Policy Family Research Council:

“You   know, we — the citizens of the United States — give   extraordinary power to our military officers, all the weapons of our   military, and we expect them to demonstrate extraordinary self-discipline,   and it comes to controlling their mouths. This particular law… it’s part of a   larger scheme of discipline that we have in the military to ensure efficiency   and effectiveness in the fighting unit, and when we have officers who go out   and basically bad-mouth the commander in chief, that undermines the entire   unit chain of command….”


On The Government Easing Limits on Domestic Spying By F.B.I.:

A Senior Justice Department   Official:

“We are turning the ship 180 degrees   from prosecution of crimes as our main focus to the prevention of terrorist   acts. We want to make sure that we do everything possible to stop the   terrorists before they can kill innocent Americans, everything within the   bounds of the Constitution and federal law.”

Laura W. Murphy, ACLU, Director of National Office:

“The F.B.I. is now telling the   American people, ‘You no longer have to do anything unlawful to get that   knock on the door. You can be doing a perfectly legal activity like worshiping   or talking in a chat room, they can spy on you anyway.”


The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit on University of Michigan’s Race-based Admissions Policy:

Boyce F. Martin, Chief Circuit Judge, In the Decision:

“We find that the law school has a   compelling state interest in achieving a diverse student body. We are   satisfied that the law school’s admissions policy sets appropriate limits on   the competitive consideration of race and ethnicity…”

Judge Danny J. Boggs, In the Dissent:

“Even a cursory glance at the law   school’s admissions data reveals the staggering magnitude of the law school’s   racial preference… Michigan’s   plan does not seek diversity for education’s sake. It seeks racial numbers   for the sake of the comfort that those abstract numbers may bring.

The Cloning Debate:

Gregory Stock, Director of the Program of Medicine, Technology and Society, University of California   at Los Angeles School of Medicine:

“Biotechnologies stand to   revolutionize health care and medicine, transform great swaths of our   economy, alter the way we conceive children, change the way we manage our   moods, and even extend our life spans.”

Francis Fukuyama, Professor of International Political Economy, Paul Nitze   School of Advanced International   Studies, Johns Hopkins University:

“We slow the progress of science today   for all sorts of ethical reasons. Biomedicine could advance much faster if we   abolished our rules on human experimentation in clinical trials, as Nazi   researchers did… “

On Arming Airline Pilots With Guns in the Cockpits:

Excerpt From Petition From Nation’s Pilots:

“Common sense and logic dictate that   the men and women we trust each day with our lives when we board an airliner   could and should be trusted with firearms in order to provide the critical   last line of defense.”

Nancy Hwa, Spokeswoman, Handgun Control, Inc:

“Pilots are human, like everyone else.   Pilots can get into arguments. Pilots can get angry. They can get   depressed.”

The U.S. Supreme Court’s Decision in Tahoe-Sierra Preservation Council v. Tahoe Regional Planning Agency:

Justice John Paul Stevens, In the Majority Opinion:

“[Regulations] impact property values   in some tangential way — often in completely unanticipated ways. Treating   them all as takings would transform government regulation into a luxury few   governments can afford.”

Chief Justice William   Rehnquist, In the Dissenting Opinion:

“… as is the case with most   governmental action that furthers the public interest, the Constitution   requires that the costs and burdens be borne by the public at large, not by a   few targeted citizens.”

The U.S. Supreme Court’s Decision in Ashcroft v. Free Speech Coalition:

H. Louis Sirkin, Attorney for the Free Speech Coalition:

“[The ruling is a] reaffirmation of   support for the First Amendment by the Supreme Court. The court is confining   acts of Congress to actual criminal conduct and not the expression of ideas.   People can still fantasize and still depict those fantasies visually and in   writing.”

Rep. Mark Foley, (R — Florida):

“The high court sided with pedophiles   over children. This decision has set back years of work on behalf of the most   innocent Americans. Whether in movies or photographs, it doesn’t make a   difference whether or not the person engaged in sex is actually a child. If   it looks like a child and is said to be a child, pedophiles have found their   fix — and their search for true child pornography will only be   enhanced.”

On The Ohio Appeals Court Overturning the State’s Ban on Concealed Handguns:

Presiding Judge Mark P. Painter, For the Court:

“[The first article of the state   Constitution says that] the people have the right to bear arms for their   defense and security. We believe they [state’s founding fathers] meant what   they said…   There is no doubt that the Ohio   Constitution grants citizens the right to possess, and to bear, arms.”

Dennis Henigan, Director of the Brady    Center’s Legal Action   Project:

“This panel’s ruling runs counter to   common sense and to the wishes of Ohio   police and the Ohio   legislature. This decision is bad law and bad policy.”

The Michigan Court of Appeals Overturning the State’s 105 Year-Old Law Banning the Use of Profanity in Front of Women and Children:

Karen Moss, Executive Director, Michigan Chapter, American Civil Liberties Union:

“It’s damn good news. I think it is a   statement that government should not regulate morality.”

Richard Vollbach, Assistant Prosecutor, Arenac County, Michigan:

“It it [the court decision] was a   rationale I could digest, I’d probably leave it alone. But this one’s a   little too bothersome to me… I think most people felt this was a good, valid   law.”

Zero-Tolerance Policies in Schools on Inhalers:

Nancy Sander, Executive Director, Allergy and Asthma Network/ Mothers of Asthmatics:

“The decision to accommodate and facilitate   a child’s needs with asthma is far easier than pretending their needs do not   exist or that restricting student access to medications is for the safety of   all students. To do so places your students with asthma at greater risk of   death or missed school days… and your school board at risk of lawsuits.”

Bruce Hunter, Director of Government Relations, American Association of School Administrators:

“Our view is people need to have   common sense. But that being said, I don’t think it’ll be too long before   someone finds some illicit use for inhalers. I’ve watched kids trade Ritalin.   Kids just amaze me.”

On the Jewish Museum in New York City’s Controversial Exhibit, “Mirroring Evil: Nazi Imagery/Recent Art”:

Menachem Rosensaft, Lawyer and Founder of the International Network of Children of Holocaust Survivors:

“As far as I am concerned, with items   that demean the suffering and trivialize instruments of death, there is no   compromise short of canceling the show.”

James Young, Expert on   Holocaust Memorials, University of Massachusetts,   Amherst:

“It’s better to address [the]   questions, even though they make us uncomfortable, than for them to lie   hidden.”

On the White House Releasing Information Regarding the “Shadow Government” to Congress:

Senator Tom Daschle (D — South Dakota):

“We have not been informed at all   about the role of the shadow government or its whereabouts or what particular   responsibilities they have and when they would kick in.”

Ari Fleischer, White House Spokesman:

“Again, I do not speak for members of   Congress, but the administration has consulted with the Congress, has   informed the Congress about its programs that have been in place, as you   know, since the Cold War, to have continuity of government and continuity of   operations. The administration has informed the Congress about those plans,   about those programs and was pleased to reiterate that to Senator Daschle today.”

Obesity and a Proposed Food Tax:

Marion   Nestle, Author of Food Politics: How the Food Industry Influences Nutrition and Health:

“I like the idea of a soft drink tax.   It is so clearly a junk food… The tax [would be] so small that no one could   accuse it of being regressive, so it would be less than a penny on a can of   soda.”

John Doyle, Co-Founder of the Center for Consumer Freedom:

“Any tax that tells people what to eat   is outrageous. Any effort that calls for third party intervention like the   federal government to tell you what to eat, [is] abdicating free will   entirely. What’s next? The government is going to tell us when to go to   bed?”

Dueling Analogies on the Role of Jeffrey Skilling, Former President and CEO of Enron, In the Company’s Collapse:

Senator Byron Dorgan (D — N.D.):

“In the Titanic the captain went down   with the ship. And Enron looks to me like the captain first gave himself and   his friends a bonus, then lowered himself and the top folks down the   lifeboat, and then hollered up and said, ‘By the way, everything is going to   be just fine.’”

Jeffrey Skilling, Former President And CEO, Enron:

“I think it’s a pretty bad analogy,   Senator, because I wasn’t on the Titanic. I got off in Ireland because I was on vacation in Ireland, and   the Titanic went on to run into some troubles later on. I think that’s a   better analogy.”

Police Surveillance Cameras in the District of Columbia:

Terrance Gainer, Executive Assistant Police Chief, Washington Metro Police Department:

“Public space is very much that. There   should be no expectation of privacy when you’re out on the street.”

Johnny Barnes, Executive Director, National Capital Area American Civil Liberties Union:

“We become like China. We   become like the former Soviet Union,   monitoring the movements of citizens. In this country, we have Times Square,   we don’t have Tiananmen Square.”

California Court Ruling Tossing Out the “Son of Sam” Law Barring Criminals From Profiting From Their Illegal Exploits:

Richard Specter, Attorney for Frank Sinatra, Jr., Kidnapping Victim of Barry Keenan:

“Now a felon can go out and sell the   story, get the money and you can rest assured they’re not going to deposit it   in the bank, so you can never enforce a judgment to get the money. The   criminal always had the right to tell the story of the crime — now they can   sell it.”

Justice Janice Rogers Brown, Concurring with the Court’s Decision:

“The First Amendment protects schlock   journalism as well as great literature. Thus, Mr. Keenan has every right to tell his story. That does not mean the First Amendment guarantees he can keep   the money.”

 

Eldred v. Ashcroft: The Legality of Copyright Extension Law:

Lawrence   Lessig, Attorney Representing the Plaintiffs Opposing Copyright Extension:

“Just as the time that the   Internet is enabling a much broader range of individuals to draw upon and   develop this creative work without restraint, extensions of copyright law are   closing off this medium to a broad swath of common culture.”

Chris McGurk, Chief Operating Officer, MGM:

“Copyright is the only   thing that protects us from people taking our properties, copying them,   exploiting them, doing whatever they want for free.”

Zelman v. Simmons-Harris: The Cleveland School Voucher Supreme Court Case:

Judith French, Ohio Assistant Attorney General:

“It [school vouchers] is a limited   program targeted to the most needy, the poorest of the poor, who would not   otherwise have a choice.”

Robert H. Chanin, Lawyer Representing Cleveland   Residents Challenging the School Voucher Program:

“Ohio has the right to make an unsound   educational judgment, but not an unconstitutional one.”

New Jersey Department of Education Revision of History Textbooks to Exclude the Founding Fathers:

Gerald Cardinale, New Jersey State Senator:

“It’s unconscionable that   some politically correct bureaucrats in the state Education Department are   trying to hijack the history of the United States of America.”

Jay Doolan, Acting Assistant Commissioner of New     Jersey’s Division of Academic and Career Standards:

“We don’t intentionally   exclude certain names. But how long should the list of names be? Who do we   include or not include?… It’s unimaginable to us why teachers wouldn’t   teach students about George Washington when they talk about the new   nation.”


GAO Demands For Energy Task Force Records:

David Walker, GAO Comptroller General:

“The Congress has a right   to the information we are seeking in connection with its consideration of   comprehensive energy legislation and its ongoing oversight activities.”

Ari Fleischer, White House Spokesperson:

“The president will stand   strong on principle, fighting for his right and the right of all future   presidents to receive advice without it being turned into a virtual news   release. The president will fight for this right in a court of law. And the   White House expects to prevail because our case is stronger, our policy is   sound and principle is on our side.”


Expanding Eligibility of Health Insurance for Low Income Children to the Unborn:

Douglas Johnson, Legislative Director, The National Right to Life Committee:

“We applaud this Bush   administration proposal to recognize the existence of an unborn child in   order to allow the baby, and the mother as well, to receive adequate prenatal   care — a concept to which only the most extreme pro-abortion ideologues will   object.”

Laurie Rubiner, Vice President, National Partnership for Women and Families:

“This is not about   providing prenatal care or expanding coverage for pregnant women. This is   about the administration using that language to accomplish its real goal,   which is granting legal personhood to a fetus.”


Prayer Ceremonies at Virginia Military Institute:

Norman K. Moon, U.S.   District Judge:

“Because the prayers are drafted and recited at the   direction of the Institute’s Superintendent, the result is that government   has become impermissibly entangled with religion.”

Jerry W. Kilgore, Virginia Attorney General:

“It’s a shame today that while American soldiers are   fighting for our liberty in places like Afghanistan, cadets training to   be soldiers cannot pray for their safety.”


September 11 Federal Fund for Victims Families:

Anthony Gardner, Chairman of theWTC United Family Group, and Brother of a 9-11 Victim:

“The perception has gone from us generating all this   sympathy to a situation where people think we are as greedy as a pack of   wolves… What my mother is going through, what we’re all going through, has   nothing to do with money or figures. It has to do with justice.”

Thomas Connor, Son of Frank Connor, Killed in a 1975 bombing by Puerto Rican separatists: “Everyone’s saying, ‘It’s not enough, it’s not enough, it’s   not enough.’ Well, certainly it’s not enough. Infinity is not enough. But why   are the taxpayers the ones who should pay for your suffering?”

Stephen Push, Co-Founder of Families of September 11 Inc., and husband of 9-11 victim Lisa   Raines:

“It’s another way that these families are being put through   more unnecessary emotional anguish, feeling betrayed by their government and   feeling despised by the rest of the country.”

Marsha Knight, Mother of Frankie Merrill, Victim of 1995 bombing of the Alfred   P. Murrah   Federal Building,   Oklahoma:

“In some ways I don’t understand their complaint, because   there’s been so much more being done for them that has been done for any   other victim’s families, or will be done for any other victim’s families.   It’s not equitable.”


Trial of Accused Terrorist John Walker Lindh:

U.S. Attorney General John Ashcroft:

“We may never know why he   turned his back on our country and our values, but we cannot ignore that he   did. Youth is not absolution for treachery, and personal self-discovery is   not an excuse to take up arms against one’s country.”

Frank Lindh, Father of John Walker Lindh:

“John loves America. We   love America.   John did not do anything against America. John did not take up   arms against America.   He never meant to harm any American, and he never did harm any American. John   is innocent of these charges.”

U.S. Attorney General John Ashcroft:

“John Walker chose to join   terrorists who wanted to kill Americans, and he chose to waive his right to   an attorney, both orally and in writing, before he was questioned by the FBI…   Mr. Walker will be held responsible in the courtroom for his choices.”

James Brosnahan, Lead Attorney For John Walker Lindh:

“For 54 days, he [John   Walker Lindh] was held incommunicado. While he was kept away from a lawyer,   officials in the federal government leaked or stated out loud their   understanding of the evidence in the case in violation of the rule of this   courthouse.”


Libel Suits Against Hollywood’s “Real Life” Portrayals in Film:

Attorney Gerson Zweifach:

“There’s a recognition in the law that (movies) are   entertainment (and) that often you have to make changes — like telescoping a   long trial into a few scenes — to make the story work. If you didn’t do that,   let’s face it, no one would come to see your movie.”

Stephen Calvacca, Attorney for Jodi Tyne, Former Wife of “Frank” Billy Tyne, Jr. Sea Captain portrayed in The Perfect Storm:

“You can’t take real people’s lives, say you’re telling a   true story, and (then) holler ‘free speech,’ when challenged about the film’s   authenticity. This suit’s not about money. The movie’s about money. This is   about accountability to the truth.”


Libertarianism and Homeland Defense:

Columnist George Will:

“The events of Sept. 11   have underscored the limits of libertarianism… [Libertarianism] asserts that   freedom exists where government compulsion does not.”

Edward H. Crane, President, Cato Institute:

“Government is created precisely to secure our liberty, and   the use of compulsion for that purpose is wholly appropriate. Government   should exercise its authority to protect our liberty, which is the framework   within which we can all pursue our various ends as free people.”


Bush Versus Daschle on the U.S. Recession:

United States President George W. Bush:

“There are some in Washington saying that   the tax cut caused the recession. I don’t know what economic textbook they’re   reading. The best way to come out of a recession is to say to the small   business person, we’ll let you keep your own money”

Senate Majority Leader Thomas A. Daschle (D — South Dakota):

“[The administration has   provoked] the most dramatic fiscal deterioration in our nation’s history. The   tax cut has taken away our flexibility and left us with only two choices,   both of them bad. We can shortchange critical needs, such as homeland   defense, or we can raid the Social Security Surplus and even run deficits to   pay for those critical needs.”


Televising Suspected Terrorist Zacarias Moussaoui’s Trial:

Court TV Attorney Lee Levine:

“Through television, the means exist for all Americans to   exercise their constitutional right to observe this trial.”

United States   Attorney Paul J. McNulty:

“While the First Amendment   includes a right to attend criminal trials, it does not include a right to   observe such proceedings on television. Instead, the case law draws a clear   distinction between an open trial and a televised trial, and rejects any   claim the media has a First Amendment right to broadcast criminal   proceedings.”


The Government’s September 11 Victims Compensation Fund:

Lee Kreindler, Veteran Air-Crash Litigator:

“…[The fund is] a   radical and untried system, full of contradictions, loaded with Hobson’s   choices and replete with denials of remedies (claimants) thought they had a   right to expect.”

Senator Patrick Leahy (D — Vermont), Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee:

“Thousands of kids went to   school that day and came home to learn they were orphans. Is this program   perfect? No, but it’s the best we could do in the short term.”


National Energy Plan and Drilling in ANWR:

Teamsters President James P. Hoffa:

“Exploring in the ANWR is   clearly the right thing to do. It will reduce our reliance on foreign oil   while creating thousands of jobs for working families. A vote on the energy   package must not be delayed any longer.”

Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle (D — South Dakota):

“What we’ve got to do is   look for new ways to conserve. Look for new ways to develop new kinds of   energy and, obviously, spur production in those environmentally safe areas.   We don’t need to drill in ANWR.”


Human Cloning:

USA   Today Editorial:

“By outlawing both   therapeutic and reproductive cloning in one expansive ban, congressional   worriers would pull the plug on promising research while merely pushing   reproductive cloning offshore and underground.”

U.S. Senator Richard Shelby (R — Alabama):

“Congress and the   international community must act in a thoughtful and reasoned manner to   define the boundaries of ethical science and ban the cloning of human   beings.”


Military Tribunals: On the Power to Detain Non-Citizens Without Court Approval:

Timothy Lynch, Director of the Criminal Justice Project of the CATO Institute:

“If the President can   suspend one constitutional principle today, the danger is he can suspend   others tomorrow.”

Mindy Tucker, Spokeswoman Justice Department:

“We do not believe our   system of justice prevents us from protecting people’s constitutional rights   and protecting American lives.”


Charlie Daniels’s New Song: “This Ain’t No Rag, It’s A Flag”:

Charlie Daniels:

“This ain’t no rag, it’s a   flag, and we don’t wear it on our heads… Political correctness is out-and-out   junk. This is a time to rub salt in the wounds.”

James Zogby, President of the Arab American Institute:

“The notion of a ‘rag   head’ has the same meaning as nigger, kike, or spic.”


Cross-Burning and the Constitution:

Virginia Supreme Court   Justice Donald W. Lemons:

“Under our system of   government, people have the right to use symbols to communicate. They   patriotically wave the flag or burn it in protests; they may reverently   worship the cross or burn it as an expression of bigotry.”

Virginia Attorney General Randolph A. Beales:

“Cross-burning with the   intent to intimidate is a form of domestic terrorism, which is intolerable in   a free society.”

 


Free Speech vs. Intellectual Property Rights: The DeCSS Case

Robin Gross, Attorney for the Electronic Frontier Foundation:

“What this case isn’t   about is intellectual property rights. What it is about is the First   Amendment rights of people who come across information in the public domain   who want to republish and discuss that information.”

Jeffrey L. Kessler, Attorney representingThe DVD Copy Control Association:

“The decision would be a   devastating blow to the U.S.   economy, and it makes absolutely no sense… Beyond our case, if this decision   becomes the law of the United     States, all trade laws are   unconstitutional.”

Washington Times Editorial:

“The murderers of reporter Daniel Pearl want to limit freedom of the press and divert us from the war against terrorism. They cannot be allowed to do either of these things.”

Charlie Reese, Syndicated Columnist:

“The new laws passed by Congress in the name of fighting terrorism pose a greater danger to the civil liberties of American citizens than to the operations of terrorists. Powers once assumed are never relinquished, just as bureaucracies, once created, never die.”

William J. Bennett, co-director, Empower America and author:

“The era of ‘if it feels good, do it’ is over… Action has replaced apathy, and patriotism has a new cause. And seductive theories of moral relativism, where certain truths are seen as mere cultural constructs, should be rightfully buried.”

Wayne LaPierre, executive vice president, National Rifle Association:

“We don’t want to risk offending an Islamic ex-con with two aliases and no job, paying cash for a one-way ticket with no luggage, whose shoes are packed with explosives. Who’re we fooling? Too many are too timid to ask what these outrages are supposed to achieve. Too many are too polite to say that our Bill of Rights is too sacred to give up for homeland security or anything else.”

Robert Higgs, Senior Fellow in Political Economy, The Independent Institute:

“We can only hope that people regain their composure and their sense of proportion before the ratchet turns once again and our liberties sustain another irreversible crisis-induced loss.”

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg:

“If we gave up our freedom as the price of security, we would no longer be the great nation that we are.”

Jimmy Carter, former President of the United States on Military Tribunals:

“We Americans are citizens of an unchallenged superpower. If we continue to expound shortcuts in the administration of justice, there is a global effect set in motion.”

Senator Jim Dunlap, Oklahoma State Senate:

“[The American Association of Motor Vehicles Administrators’ proposal to take the lead in creating a national ID] is not an issue to be decided by 50 un-elected bureaucrats. There’s a democratic ideal known as state’s rights, and this proposal blatantly ignores this practical and constitutional principle.”

Viet Dinh, Assistant to U.S. Attorney General John Ashcroft for Legal Policy, U.S. Justice Department:

“Our job here is to defend freedom.”

Don Feder, Syndicated Columnist:

“Don’t you just hate it when the war on terrorism interferes with political correctness and liberalism’s equality fetish?”

Katie Corrigan, Attorney for the ACLU:

“This backdoor national ID would require a massive national database of highly sensitive information available to every [Department of Motor Vehicles] in the country. This would be ineffective in the fight against terrorism and represent a dangerous threat to our freedoms.”

Bob Levy, Senior Fellow in Constitutional Studies at the Cato Institute:

“I think it’s a commentary on how smart the framers were. They didn’t create a country run by polls. There are certain rights, like privacy, that 51 percent of the people can’t take away just because public opinion has shifted in the heat of the moment.”

Sulaiman Al-Hattlan, Saudi journalist and political analyst:

“America now has a moral imperative to remain the same: a land of personal freedom, a place of diversity and a dream for millions of a bright future.”

Thomas L. Krannawitter, The Claremont Institute:

“The challenge we face today is ignorance regarding the conditions of freedom, and all that is required to preserve freedom from threats both foreign and domestic. The elite opinion in America — from the most distinguished professors in our most distinguished universities, to political intellectuals and pundits, to those in the media and Hollywood — would counsel us to talk with our enemies rather than killing them.”

Former New York City Mayor Rudy Guiliani:

Although I have to leave you as mayor soon, I resume the much more honorable title of citizen of New York, and citizen of the United   States.”

Tate Preston, vice president at Datacard Group:

“In the 19th century, it was sufficient to ask who you are. In the 20th century, it was sufficient to show who you are. In the 21st century you will have to prove who you are.”

Ted Olson, United States Solicitor General:

“These individuals are tyrants, and so they hate democracy. They are bigots, zealots, and persecutors, and so they hate America’s freedom tolerance, and respect for all people. The terrorists of Sept. 11 live and flourish in darkness. They cannot survive in the liberating and inspirational sunlight of American freedom and democracy.”

George W. Bush, President of the United States:

“Our enemies have made the mistake that America’s enemies always make. They saw liberty and thought they saw weakness. And now, they see defeat.”

Representative Barney Frank (D — Massachusetts):

“The rights of the people who have done terrible things are hard to defend. You have to keep pointing out, the question is the process to determine whether they’ve done the terrible things.”

United States Attorney General John Ashcroft:

“To those who pit Americans against immigrants and citizens against noncitizens, to those who scare peace-loving people with phantoms of lost liberty, my message is this: Your tactics only aid terrorists for they erode our national unity and diminish our resolve.”

United States Supreme Court Justice William Rehnquist:

“In any civilized society the most important task is achieving a proper balance between freedom and order. In wartime, reason and history both suggest that this balance shifts in favor… of the government’s ability to deal with conditions that threaten the national well-being.”

Alexander Hamilton, writing on national security powers in Federalist No. 23:

“These powers ought to exist without limitation… The circumstances that endanger the safety of nations are infinite; and for this reason no constitutional shackles can wisely be imposed on the power to which the care of it is committed.”

Supreme Court decision in the case of Korematsu v. United States:

“…hardships are part of war, and war is an aggregation of hardships. All citizens alike, both in and out of uniform, feel the impact of war in greater of lesser measure. Citizenship has its responsibilities as well as its privileges, and in time of war the burden is always heavier.”

Former Representative Bill McCollum (R — Florida)

[A new all-encompassing national identification system] “contradicts some of our most sacrosanct American principles of personal liberty and expectations of privacy and is far in excess of what is needed to provide us with the security and protections we all want.”

Representative Tom Tancredo (R — Colorado)

“Unfortunately, there are some in this country who believe both individually and institutionally that our Star-Spangled Banner represents something less than freedom, liberty and defiance in the face of our enemies.”

United States Supreme Court Justice Anthony Scalia:

“The court’s job is to uphold the Constitution and you don’t call that off in times of crisis. Would the framers have allowed this practice?”

President of the United   States, George W. Bush:

“Our citizens have new responsibilities. We must be vigilant. …We will defend the values of our country, and we will live by them.”

Irwin H. Schwartz, President of the National Association of Defense Lawyers:

“We call ourselves a nation of laws and the test of a nation of laws is whether it adheres to them in times of stress.”

Representative C.L. “Butch” Otter (R — Idaho):

“This [anti-terrorism bill] is a violation of the First Amendment right to free speech and the Fourth Amendment protection of private property… Some of these provisions place more power in the hands of law enforcement than our Founding Fathers could have dreamt and severely compromises the civil liberties of law-abiding Americans. This bill, while crafted with good intentions, is rife with constitutional infringements I could not support.”

Representative Ron Paul (R — Texas):

“The insult is to call this a ‘patriot bill’… I thought it was undermining the Constitution, so I didn’t vote for it — and therefore I’m somehow not a patriot. That’s insulting.”

Representative Bernie Sanders (I — Vermont):

“I took an oath to support and defend the Constitution of the United States, and I’m concerned that voting for this [anti-terrorism] legislation fundamentally violates that oath.”

Elizabeth McLaughlin, September 11 widow:

“I don’t think contributors to the various September 11th funds thought that their donations would be caught up in so much red tape and become a source of frustration to families.”

Representative W.J. “Billy” Tauzin (R — Louisiana):

“Well, just keep in mind the Red Cross is a federally chartered institution. They can only go so far and, at some point, if they continue to persist in the notion that they can raise money for one purpose and use it for another, they may just find themselves in big trouble.”

Representative Ron Paul (R — Texas):

“America’s heart and soul is more embedded in our love of liberty, self-reliance, and tolerance than by our foreign policy, driven by powerful special interests with little regard for the Constitution.”

Pat Buchanan:

“Either we abandon the utopian globalism of open borders and ‘ally-ally-in-free’ immigration or we lose the war on terrorism and our freedoms with it.”

Nat Hentoff:

“But the crucial question is: How many Americans care what is happening to their liberties? Does the Constitution matter? The new anti-terrorism law, signed by the President, is the worst attack on the Bill of Rights since World War I.”

Michael Rao, President of Central Michigan University:

“The university’s removal of any items considered offensive or vulgar by some is not condoned. The university is taking steps to assure students in the residence halls that their right to post materials and express opinion on their room doors is protected.”

Donald Rumsfeld, U.   S. Secretary of Defense:

“I recognize the need to provide the press — and, through you, the American people — with information to the fullest extent possible. In our democracy, the work of the Pentagon press corps is important, defending our freedom and way of life is what this conflict is about, and that certainly includes freedom of the press.”

Representative Bob Barr (R–Georgia):

“It is a key balancing act we have to engage in as a nation right now. It would be very easy to forget about personal liberties and worry only about the national security.”

Former President of the United States Dwight D. Eisenhower:

“Freedom from fear and injustice and oppression will be ours only in the measure that men who value such freedom are ready to sustain its possession — to defend it against every thrust from within and without.”

President of the United   States George W. Bush:

“We will plant that flag of freedom forever by winning the war on terrorism, by rallying our economy, and by keeping strong and adhering to the values we hold so dear — starting with freedom.”

Former President of the United States Ronald Reagan:

“Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn’t pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same, or one day we will spend our sunset years telling our children and our children’s children what it was once like in the United   States where men were free.”

Representative Ron Paul (R – Texas):

“I believe only a free society can ever be truly secure. The goal should be to make terrorists feel threatened, not the American people.”

Speaker of the House of Representatives Dennis Hastert (R –Illinois):

“It’s not our intent to close up shop. We’re going to be here and do the work. You know, one of the things the terrorists would love to do is to take away our freedom, our liberty, and part of that freedom and liberty is have elected people elected by the people to do the work in this nation. And we’re not going to relinquish that duty.”

Senator Russ Feingold (D — Wisconsin):

“It is crucial that civil liberties in this country be preserved otherwise the terrorists will win the battle against American values without firing another shot.”

George W. Bush, President of the United States:

“The danger is here now not only from a military enemy, but from an enemy of all law, all liberty, all morality, all religion. For us, too, in the year 2001 an enemy has emerged that rejects every limit of law, morality and religion.”

Donald Rumsfeld, U.S. Secretary of Defense:

“They died then because of how they lived as free men and women, proud of their freedom, proud of their country and proud of their country’s cause, the cause of human freedom.”

Nat Hentoff:

“Americans have only the dimmest notion of what their constitutional freedoms are — and what it took to get them…[and] the willingness to surrender what we’re supposed to be fighting for is a recurring part of our history.”

Senator Robert C. Byrd (D— West Virginia):

“We must, therefore, be as constant in our vigilance of the Constitution as we are strong in our battle against terrorism.”

Representative Bob Barr (R—Georgia):

“Let us not rush into a vast expansion of government power in a misguided attempt to protect freedom. In doing so, we will inevitably erode the very freedom we seek to protect.”

House Majority Leader Dick Armey (R — Texas):

“We will not violate people’s basic rights as we make this nation more secure.”

Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy (D—Vermont):

“We’ve won wars before and we’ve certainly retained our rights as Americans.”

Senator Judd Gregg (R — New   Hampshire):

“I think the terrorist attacks have shown us we need to have adequate access to what’s going on with people who are basically evil and directing that evil at us as a country, and we can handle it without undermining our freedoms.”

Senator Max Baucus (D—Montana):

“This does not mean that we can allow terrorists to alter the fundamental openness of U.S. society or the government’s respect for civil liberties. If we do so, they will have won.”

Senator Jeff Sessions (R—Alabama):

“We need to give them [the Justice Department] as much power as we can without eroding fundamental liberties.”

Representative Bob Barr (R — Georgia):

“What we must avoid is the impulse to hastily approve wholesale changes to search and seizure, surveillance, immigration and other laws in an understandable but misguided attempt to thwart future attacks.”

Representative John Conyers, Jr. (D—Michigan):

“If we quickly cast aside our constitutional form of government, then the enemy will not be the terrorists, it will be us.”

House Majority Leader Dick Armey:

“We are a democracy. What we are trying to save is our civil liberties.”

Rep. John Conyers, Jr. (D – Michigan):

“We must ensure that these acts of terror do not accomplish in a “slow burn” what the fires of the World Trade Center and Pentagon could not — subversively destroying the foundation of our democracy.”

Rep. Bob Barr (R – Georgia):

“It is a key balancing act we have to engage in as a nation right now. It would be very easy to forget about personal liberties and worry only about national security. I don’t want to do that.”

Rep. Frank D. Lucas (R — Oklahoma):

“If we were going to be absolutely safe we’d have to restrict people’s freedoms to the point that it wouldn’t be America anymore.”

Virginia Governor James S. Gilmore, III:

“We can meet this terrorist threat without trampling the Constitution here or at home. In fact, the goal of the enemy would have us trample our constitutional rights. We don’t have to do that.”

David Keene, President of the American Conservative Union:

“Before Congress opts to increase our security by trading off the freedoms that make this nation unique, everyone ought to step back and take a very deep breath.”

Donald Rumsfeld, Defense Secretary:

“The people who committed these acts are clearly determined to try to force the United   States of America and our values to withdraw from the world. Or to respond by curtailing our freedoms. If we do that, the terrorists will have won. And we have no intention of doing so.”

United States Attorney General John Ashcroft:

“We’re going to do everything we can to harmonize the constitutional rights of individuals with every legal capacity we can muster to also protect the safety and security of individuals.”

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