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Dissent is Patriotic <– Mark Twain


It doesn't matter which party is in control, or whether they are "authorities"; if they are wrong, it would be treason not to openly oppose them

The citizen who thinks he sees that the commonwealth’s political clothes are worn out, and yet holds his peace and does not agitate for a new suit, is disloyal, he is a traitor.

That he may be the only one who thinks he sees this decay, does not excuse him: it is his duty to agitate anyway, and it is the duty of others to vote him down if they do not see the matter as he does.

Mark Twain, A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court (1889)

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Grasping Government Supporters <- KAZ


Government programs are driven by greed, not altruism.

It is the selfish who demand that politicians take money from others, and redistribute it to themselves.

KAZ Vorpal, But Now You Know (2011)

 
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Posted by on April 15, 2011 in economic, Politics

 

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Exploiting Tragedy <- Rahm Emanuel


The Arizona shooting is just the latest in an endless series of efforts by corrupt political thugs to exploit crisis and tragedy

You never let a serious crisis go to waste. And what I mean by that it’s an opportunity to do things you think you could not do before.

— Rahm EmanuelInterview to the Wall Street Journal, (2008)

 
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Posted by on January 18, 2011 in Philosophy, Politics, society

 

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Criticize the President <- Teddy Roosevelt


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The President is merely the most important among a large number of public servants.

He should be supported or opposed exactly to the degree which is warranted by his good conduct or bad conduct, his efficiency or inefficiency in rendering loyal, able, and disinterested service to the Nation as a whole.

Therefore it is absolutely necessary that there should be full liberty to tell the truth about his acts, and this means that it is exactly necessary to blame him when he does wrong as to praise him when he does right. Any other attitude in an American citizen is both base and servile.

To announce that there must be no criticism of the president, or that we are to stand by the president, right or wrong, is not only unpatriotic and servile, but is morally treasonable to the American public.

Nothing but the truth should be spoken about him or any one else. But it is even more important to tell the truth, pleasant or unpleasant, about him than about any one else.

— Theodore Roosevelt, “Sedition, Free Press, and Personal Rule“, Kansas City Star (05-07-1918)

 
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Posted by on January 2, 2011 in Politics

 

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Tyrannosaurus Debt


ssexbshr890_smlSolvency is maintained by means of a national debt, on the principle, “If you will not lend me the money, how can I pay you?”

Ralph Waldo Emerson, “Attributes” (1856)

 
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Posted by on September 14, 2009 in economic, Politics

 

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All War is Folly


In war, wealth is consumed, property and lives destroyed. This is never, ever a good thing. Imagine how much more wealth and life there would be today, without the cumulative losses of history's wars.All Wars are Follies, very expensive, and very mischievous ones. When will Mankind be convinced of this, and agree to settle their Differences by Arbitration? Were they to do it, even by the Cast of a Dye, it would be better than by Fighting and destroying each other.

Benjamin Franklin, Letter to Mary Hewson, Jan. 27. 1783

 
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Posted by on September 4, 2009 in Foreign Policy, Politics

 

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The Cost of Free Health Care


chained-caduceus-rightIf you think health care is expensive now, wait until you see what it costs when it’s free.

– P. J. O’RoarkeThe Liberty Manifesto



But Now You Know:

Who Are the 47 Million Uninsured?

 
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Posted by on August 17, 2009 in Health, Politics

 

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