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03-31-2011, 12:14 AM

''The first requisite of a good citizen in this republic of ours is that he shall be able and willing to pull his own weight.''

''The government is us; we are the government, you and I.''

"I don't think that a leader can control to any great extent his destiny. Very seldom can he step in and change the situation if the forces of history are running in another direction."

''The pacifist is as surely a traitor to his country and to humanity as is the most brutal wrongdoer.''

''To educate a man in mind and not in morals is to educate a menace to society.''

''When they call the roll in the Senate, the Senators do not know whether to answer "Present" or "Not guilty."

''The things that will destroy America are prosperity-at-any-price, peace-at-any-price, safety-first instead of duty-first, the love of soft living, and the get-rich-quick theory of life.''

The only time you really live fully is from thirty to sixty. The young are slaves to dreams; the old servants of regrets. Only the middle-aged have all their five senses in the keeping of their wits.''

"Never let your head hang down. Never give up and sit down and grieve. Find another way. And don't pray when it rains if you don't pray when the sun shines."

''With self-discipline most anything is possible''

''Liberty has never come from Government. Liberty has always come from the subjects of it. The history of liberty is a history of limitations of governmental power, not the increase of it.''

''The history of liberty is a history of resistance.''

"A man is not finished when he is defeated. He is finished when he quits."

"A public man must never forget that he loses his usefulness when he as an individual, rather than his policy, becomes the issue."

"Any change is resisted because bureaucrats have a vested interest in the chaos in which they exist."

"A child miseducated is a child lost."

"A man may die, nations may rise and fall, but an idea lives on."

"A nation that is afraid to let its people judge the truth and falsehood in an open market is a nation that is afraid of its people."

"Communism has never come to power in a country that was not disrupted by war or corruption, or both."

"It is an unfortunate fact that we can secure peace only by preparing for war."

"Politics is like football; if you see daylight, go through the hole."

"Be sincere; be brief; be seated."

"Competition has been shown to be useful up to a certain point and no further, but cooperation, which is the thing we must strive for today, begins where competition leaves off."

"Let us never forget that government is ourselves and not an alien power over us. The ultimate rulers of our democracy are not a President and senators and congressmen and government officials, but the voters of this country."

"No government can help the destinies of people who insist in putting sectional and class consciousness ahead of general weal."

"Physical strength can never permanently withstand the impact of spiritual force."

"The only sure bulwark of continuing liberty is a government strong enough to protect the interests of the people, and a people strong enough and well enough informed to maintain its sovereign control over the goverment."

"Whoever seeks to set one religion against another seeks to destroy all religion."

"A thorough knowledge of the Bible is worth more than a college education."

"A vote is like a rifle; its usefulness depends upon the character of the user."

"A typical vice of American politics is the avoidance of saying anything real on real issues."

"Behind the ostensible government sits enthroned an invisible government owing no allegiance and acknowledging no responsibility to the people."

"Believe you can and you're halfway there."

"Courtesy is as much a mark of a gentleman as courage."

''It is essential that there should be organization of labor. This is an era of organization. Capital organizes and therefore labor must organize.''

''I think there is only one quality worse than hardness of heart and that is softness of head.''

''People ask the difference between a leader and a boss. The leader leads, and the boss drives.''

''Rhetoric is a poor substitute for action, and we have trusted only to rhetoric. If we are really to be a great nation, we must not merely talk; we must act big.''

03-31-2011, 12:30 AM
Are you going to run for president?

03-31-2011, 12:31 AM
"Either you are with us, or you are with the terrorists. From this day forward,
any nation that continues to harbor or support terrorism will be regarded by the
United States as a hostile regime."

President George W. Bush
Sept 20, 2001

Full text of speech here. (http://yc2.net/speech.htm)

03-31-2011, 12:34 AM
Are you going to run for president?

I wish I could. I have the skill to lead, I think.

03-31-2011, 12:51 AM
All from Reagan:

Approximately 80% of our air pollution stems from hydrocarbons released by vegetation, so let's not go overboard in setting and enforcing tough emission standards from man-made sources.

Facts are stubborn things.

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.

Freedom prospers when religion is vibrant and the rule of law under God is acknowledged.

Government always finds a need for whatever money it gets.

Government does not solve problems; it subsidizes them.

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

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.

I have wondered at times what the Ten Commandments would have looked like if Moses had run them through the US Congress.

I've never been able to understand why a Republican contributor is a 'fat cat' and a Democratic contributor of the same amount of money is a 'public-spirited philanthropist'.

Republicans believe every day is the Fourth of July, but the democrats believe every day is April 15.

The most terrifying words in the English language are: I'm from the government and I'm here to help.

You can't be for big government, big taxes, and big bureaucracy and still be for the little guy.

(For wee wee)If communism is the wave of the future, why do you still need walls to keep people in and armies of secret police to keep them quiet?

We could say [Democrats] spend money like drunken sailors, but that would be unfair to drunken sailors. It would be unfair, because the sailors are spending their own money.

I could go on forever.

03-31-2011, 12:56 AM
I wish I could. I have the skill to lead, I think.

"The kind of man who wants the government to adopt and enforce his ideas is always the kind of man whose ideas are idiotic." H.L. Mencken

Oh wait, he wasn't a president.

"Government is not the solution to our problem. Government is the problem." Reagan

You can't go wrong with Reagan quotes. Comedy gold.

03-31-2011, 01:39 AM
"All tyranny needs to gain a foothold is for people of good conscience to remain silent. "
Thomas Jefferson

And as evidenced by my signature, pretty much anything Jefferson ever wrote or said. :D

03-31-2011, 01:51 AM
"Fuck those towel headed camel jockeys"
(You know both Bushes said this to someone at least once.)

03-31-2011, 02:02 AM
I wish I could. I have the skill to lead, I think.

Let's hope things hold together until you are old enough.

03-31-2011, 05:46 AM
A nation that is afraid to let its people judge the truth and falsehood in an open market is a nation that is afraid of its people.

Communism has never come to power in a country that was not disrupted by war or corruption, or both.

And so, my fellow Americans, ask not what your country can do for you; ask what you can do for your country.

It is an unfortunate fact that we can secure peace only by preparing for war.

Let every nation know, whether it wishes us well or ill, that we shall pay any price, bear any burden, meet any hardship, support any friend, oppose any foe to assure the survival and the success of liberty.

Politics is supposed to be the second oldest profession. I have come to realize that it bears a very close resemblance to the first.

Democracy is worth dying for, because it's the most deeply honorable form of government ever devised by man.

Man is not free unless government is limited.

Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction.

...we, as Americans, have the capacity now, as we have had in the past, to do whatever needs to be done to preserve this last and greatest bastion of freedom.

After the chaos and carnage of September 11th, it is not enough to serve our enemies with legal papers.

America must not ignore the threat gathering against us. Facing clear evidence of peril, we cannot wait for the final proof, the smoking gun that could come in the form of a mushroom cloud.

America will never seek a permission slip to defend the security of our people.

I believe a marriage is between a man and a woman.

I believe that God has planted in every heart the desire to live in freedom.

What the Vice President must not understand is weve got a hate crimes bill in Texas and secondly the people that murdered Mr. Byrd got the ultimate punishment, the death penalty. When you murder somebody, its hate. Im not exactly sure how you enhance the penalty any more than the death penalty.

03-31-2011, 09:00 AM
"If the freedom of speech is taken away then dumb and silent we may be led, like sheep to the slaughter."
George Washington

Adam Wood
03-31-2011, 12:36 PM
Two of my favorite Reagan quotes:

"Well, there you go again...."

"Ah, dammit!"


03-31-2011, 12:47 PM
I have opinions of my own, strong opinions, but I don't always agree with them.

I'll be glad to reply to or dodge your questions, depending on what I think will help our election most.

I'm conservative, but I'm not a nut about it.

It's a very good question, very direct, and I'm not going to answer it.

~ George H. W. Bush

03-31-2011, 01:09 PM
"The government, which was designed for the people, has got into the hands of the bosses and their employers, the special interests. An invisible empire has been set up above the forms of democracy."

"If you want to make enemies, try to change something."

"Uncompromising thought is the luxury of the closeted recluse."

"The ear of the leader must ring with the voices of the people."

"America lives in the heart of every man everywhere who wishes to find a region where he will be free to work out his destiny as he chooses."

"The men and women who have the right ideals ... are those who have the courage to strive for the happiness which comes only with labor and effort and self-sacrifice, and those whose joy in life springs in part from power of work and sense of duty."

"Far better it is to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs, even though checked by failure, than to rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy nor suffer much because they live in the gray twilight that knows neither victory nor defeat."

"The sad duty of politics is to establish justice in a sinful world."

"Our American values are not luxuries but necessities, not the salt in our bread, but the bread itself. Our common vision of a free and just society is our greatest source of cohesion at home and strength abroad, greater than the bounty of our material blessings."

"History does not long entrust the care of freedom to the weak or the timid."

"Freedom has its life in the hearts, the actions, the spirit of men and so it must be daily earned and refreshed - else like a flower cut from its life-giving roots, it will wither and die."

"Extremes to the right and to the left of any political dispute are always wrong."

"Preventive war was an invention of Hitler. Frankly, I would not even listen to anyone seriously that came and talked about such a thing."

"Whenever you have an efficient government you have a dictatorship."

"It's a recession when your neighbor loses his job; it's a depression when you lose yours."

"In reading the lives of great men, I found that the first victory they won was over themselves...self-discipline with all of them came first."