George W. Bush
January 20, 2001
"Was not Jesus an extremist for love -- 'Love
your enemies, bless them that curse you, pray for them that despitefully use you.'... Was
not Abraham Lincoln an extremist -- 'This nation cannot survive half slave and half free.'
Was not Thomas Jefferson an extremist -- 'We hold these truths to be self-evident, that
all men are created equal.' So the question is not whether we will be extremist but what
kind of extremist will we be."
-- Dr. Martin Luther King Jr,
I am struck by the high level of arrogance that often exists among those who maintain that
there is no truth except what they would have us believe.... The idea of responsibility --
being accountable for one's actions -- has no meaning in a world where there is neither
truth nor reality, but only endless interpretation.
"Telling The Truth"
Most Americans would find it hard to believe that the Menominee public
library has a more sophisticated tracking system for 'Winnie the Pooh' than Los Alamos has
for highly classified nuclear weapons data..."
Congressman Bart Stupak
June 13, 2000
I reject the idea that Republicans build their big tent by compromising on
profound moral issues. They do so on the solid foundation of a committed
conservative base who believe
enough in their candidate to enthusiastically support him.
May 16, 2000
When I awoke in my
hometown with my family today Easter weekend and learned of the tactics that
had been used to seize Elian Gonzalez, my first thought was that this could only happen in
US Senate Republican Leader Trent Lott
April 22, 2000
Men, in a word, must necessarily be controlled by a power within them or by a power
without them; either by the Word of God or by the strong arm of man; either by the Bible
or by the bayonet.
Speaker of the House
I believe there are more instances of the
abridgement of the freedom of the people by gradual and silent encroachments of those in
power than by violent and sudden usurpations.
The whole aim of practical politics is to keep the
populace alarmed -- and hence clamorous to be led to safety -- by menacing it with an
endless series of hobgoblins, all of them imaginary.
This country was built on absolute certain
traditions that should absolutely stay in. God is what this country is built on, and
without God I don't think we're a nation.
George Magazine, April 1999
The pundits keep telling me that my stand on this
issue puts my political fortunes in jeopardy. So be it. That revelation produces from me
no flinching. There is a simple reason why: I know that in life dreams come and dreams go.
But conscience is forever. I can live with the concept of not serving in Congress. I
cannot live with the idea of remaining in Congress at the expense of doing what I believe
to be right.
Congressman James E. Rogan
There are issues of transcendent importance that you
have to be willing to lose your office over. I can think of several; abortion is one,
national defense is another, strengthening, not emasculating the concept of equal justice
under the law. ... America is hungry for people who believe in something. You may disagree
with us, but we believe in something.
If you love wealth better than liberty, the
tranquility of servitude than the animating contest of freedom--go from us in peace. We
ask not your counsel or arms. Crouch down and lick the hands which feed you. May your
chains sit lightly upon you, and may posterity forget that you were our countrymen!
You need only reflect that one of the best ways to
get yourself a reputation as a dangerous citizen these days is to go around repeating the
very phrases which our founding fathers used in their struggle for independence.
American Socialist Charles A. Beard
Find out just what people will submit to, and you
have found out the exact amount of injustice and wrong which will be imposed upon them;
and these will continue until they are resisted with either words or blows, or both. The
limits of tyrants are prescribed by the endurance of those whom they oppress.
The theory is that election to Congress is
tantamount to being dispatched to Washington on a looting raid for the enrichment of your
state or district, and no other ethic need inhibit the feeding frenzy.
Those who beat their swords into plowshares will
plow for those who don't.
Never give in, never give in, never, never, never,
never-in nothing, great or small, large or petty-never give in except to convictions of
honor and good sense.
Sir Winston Churchill,
Americans are so enamored of equality that they
would rather be equal in slavery than unequal in freedom.
Alexis de Tocqueville
Experience should teach us to be most on our guard
to protect liberty when the government's purposes are beneficent.
Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis
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