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May 5 2005

Great Quotations

189quotes.pngA few people have asked me about my random quotes in the left hand column. I currently have fourteen thirteen in the rotation, in no particular order. I haven't made any great effort to seek new ones out. I just add them as I come across them.

What is one of your favorite quotes?

Our constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.
- John Adams

Political correctness is just tyranny with manners.
- Charlton Heston

To pursue the concept of racial entitlement even for the most admirable and benign of purposes is to reinforce and preserve for future mischief the way of thinking that produced race slavery, race privilege and race hatred. In the eyes of government, we are just one race here. It is American.
- Antonin Scalia

Well I've said it before and I'll say it again -- America's best days are yet to come. Our proudest moments are yet to be. Our most glorious achievements are just ahead. America remains what Emerson called her 150 years ago, 'the country of tomorrow.' What a wonderful description and how true. And yet tomorrow might never have happened had we lacked the courage in the 1980's to chart a course of strength and honor.
- Ronald Reagan, 1992 National Convention

Other than eliminating Slavery, Fascism, Nazism, and Communism, what has War ever accomplished?
- www.protestwarrior.com

We have sent men and women from the armed forces of the United States to other parts of the world throughout the past century to put down oppression. We defeated Fascism. We defeated Communism. We saved Europe in World War I and World War II. We were willing to do it, glad to do it. We went to Korea. We went to Vietnam. All in the interest of preserving the rights of people. And when all those conflicts were over, what did we do? Did we stay and conquer? Did we say, 'Okay, we defeated Germany. Now Germany belongs to us? We defeated Japan, so Japan belongs to us'? No. What did we do? We built them up. We gave them democratic systems which they have embraced totally to their soul. And did we ask for any land? No, the only land we ever asked for was enough land to bury our dead. And that is the kind of nation we are.
- Colin Powell, MTV Global Discussion, February 14, 2002

Those who are wringing their hands and shouting so loudly for 'heads to roll' over this [prison scandal] seem to have conveniently overlooked the fact that someone's head HAS rolled - that of another innocent American brutally murdered by terrorists. Why is it? Why is it that there's more indignation over a photo of a prisoner with underwear on his head than over the video of a young American with no head at all.
- Sen. Zell Miller, (D-GA)

History does not long entrust the care of freedom to the weak or timid.
- Dwight D. Eisenhower

When a strict interpretation of the Constitution, according to the fixed rules which govern the interpretation of laws, is abandoned, and the theoretical opinions of individuals are allowed to control its meaning, we have no longer a Constitution; we are under the government of individual men, who for the time being have power to declare what the Constitution is, according to their own views of what it ought to mean.
- Benjamin R. Curtis, Supreme Court Justice dissenting in Dred Scott v. Sandford

The hottest places in hell are reserved for those, who in times of great moral crisis, maintain their neutrality.
- Dante

If you’re listening to a rock star in order to get your information on who to vote for, you’re a bigger moron than they are.
- Alice Cooper, Rock Star

It is the soldier, not the reporter, who has given us freedom of the press. It is the soldier, not the poet, who has given us freedom of speech. It is the soldier, not the campus organizer, who has given us the freedom to demonstrate. It is the soldier, not the lawyer, who has given us the right to a fair trial. It is the soldier, who salutes the flag, who serves under the flag, and whose coffin is draped by the flag, who allows the protester to burn the flag.
- Father Dennis Edward O'Brian, USMC

Good people sleep peaceably in their beds at night only because rough men stand ready to do violence on their behalf.
- George Orwell

[Edited to remove duplicate.]

Posted by Don |

6 Comments

  1. You have counted John Adams twice. Or did he say it twice?

  2. #2
    Don said on May 7, 2005 | Reply

    Ooops...it was so good, I accidentally included it twice. Thanks for spotting that.

  3. #3
    Frenchie said on May 23, 2005 | Reply

    War and warriors seem to be so glorious to Americans, no doubt because they're not fought on your shores. Your nostalgia will kill us all.

  4. #4
    Don said on May 23, 2005 | Reply

    A "Frenchie" commenting that Americans are too nostalgic about war and warriors? Wow...that takes a level of ignorance and arrogance I haven't seen lately. Sooo many ways to respond, it's really not a challenge. The most obvious is that, while war is always evil, it is sometimes necessary in order to get rid of a greater evil and we find our soldiers "glorious" because of their unmatched achievements in battling slavery, fascism, nazism, communism and terrorism.

    France used to be a great nation, a leader of the world. It is no longer. This is a fact and, no doubt, difficult for the French psyche to accept. It is not surprising the French find no nostalgia in war and their warriors as such simply provides little to be nostalgic over. (Google search for "French military victories.")

    I studied the French language, culture and history for five years in school and I know that they are particularly, shall I say, "picky" about their language. For instance, the Académie Française is an organization which regulates the French language by determining standards of acceptable grammar and vocabulary, as well as by adding new words to the French language. Heaven forbid email, spam or freeware creep into a discussion between Frenchies. Far better to discuss, courriel, pourriel and gratuiciel. So, on behalf of the 300,000 Americans killed and 700,000 wounded to keep the French from speaking German...though many (most?) of the French today are clearly ungrateful...you are welcome.

    And, on behalf of the American taxpayer who footed the bulk of the bill for 45 years to keep the Soviet Union from doing the same thing and to finally cause its collapse, while the French enjoyed 35 hour work weeks and month long vacations...you are welcome. And, now the war on terrorism, who again is footing the majority of the bill? The American taxpayer...you are welcome.

    Finally, your comment recognized the fact that it is preferred to fight a nation's battles away from one's own shores, which is exactly why the U.S. is taking the war on terrorism to the terrorists! I'm glad you approve.

    One last note, a brief examination of French immigration statistics and a quick perusal of French newspaper headlines reveals that you guys are in deep doodoo. I think it would be best to focus your attention away from the ugly Americans for a while and get you own house in order.

  5. #5
    Kate said on January 14, 2007 | Reply

    I simply can not wipe the smile off of my face long enough to take a sip of my early morning coffee.

    What a way to start the day! I love your comments to "frenchie"!

    As an English Canadian, I know first hand what it is like to be around some of those arrogant blow hards. Our English language is quickly taking the back seat to the French.

    I am in full support of the United States and its President.

    God Bless America for keeping us safe!

  6. This made me smile and hopefully after your last post it will do the same for you:

    There are no short cuts to any place worth going. :)

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