Liberty Quote Matrix

January 30, 2010

STATISTS & AMERICANS

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“While the State exists, there can be no freedom. When there is freedom there will be no State.” – Lenin

Everything that is really great and inspiring is created by the individual who can labor in freedom. – Albert Einstein

“I would rather be exposed to the inconveniences attending too much liberty than to those attending too small a degree of it.”  Mr. Thomas Jefferson

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“If the personal freedoms guaranteed by the Constitution inhibit the government’s ability to govern the people, we should look to limit those guarantees.” – Bill Clinton

“It will be found an unjust and unwise jealousy to deprive a man of his natural liberty upon the supposition he may abuse it.” – George Washington

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“The purpose of government is to rein in the rights of the people.” – Bill Clinton

“the Constitution is a charter of negative liberties. It says what the states can’t do to you, it says what the federal government can’t do to you, but it doesn’t say what the federal government or the state government must do on your behalf.” – Barack Obama

“Almost all the worlds’ constitutions are documents in which governments tell the people what their privileges are. Our Constitution is a document in which We the People tell the government what it is allowed to do. We the People are free.” — Ronald Reagan

“Don’t interfere with anything in the Constitution. That must be maintained, for it is the only safeguard of our liberties. And not to Democrats alone do I make this appeal, but to all who love these great and true principles.” – Abraham Lincoln

“I think we can say that the Constitution reflected a enormous blindspot in this culture that continues to this day, and that the Framers had that same blindspot.” – Barack Obama

“Through all, I have neither assailed, nor wrestled with any part of the constitution.” – Abraham Lincoln

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“You can’t say you love your country and hate your government.” – Bill Clinton

“Liberty has never come from the government. Liberty has always come from the subjects of it. The history of liberty is a history of resistance.” – Woodrow Wilson

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“It is true liberty is precious, so precious it must be carefully rationed.” – Vladimir Lenin

“They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety.” – Benjamin Franklin

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“I think when you spread the wealth around, it’s good for everybody.” – Barack Obama

“If we can prevent the government from wasting the labors of the people, under the pretense of taking care of them, then they will be happy.” – Mr. Thomas Jefferson

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The love of liberty is the love of others; the love of power is the love of ourselves. – William Hazlitt

“I know in my heart that man is good, that what is right will always eventually triumph, and there is purpose and worth to each and every life.” – Ronald Reagan’s epitaph

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“If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it.” — Vladimir Lenin

“The cost of health care now causes a bankruptcy in America every 30 seconds. By the end of the year, it could cause 1.5 million Americans to lose their homes” – Barack Obama

“One of the traditional methods of imposing statism or socialism on a people, has been by way of medicine. It’s very easy to disguise a medical program as a humanitarian project.  The American people, if you put it to them about socialized medicine and gave them a chance to choose, would unhesitatingly vote against it.” – Ronald Reagan

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“Do you think there’s legitimate grass roots opposition going on here (in health care town halls)?” San Francisco Chronicle “They are carrying swastikas and things like that into a town meeting on health care.” – Nancy Pelosi

“When people fear the government, there is tyranny. When the government fears the people, there is liberty.” – Mr. Thomas Jefferson

“What we’re seeing right now is close to Brown Shirt tactics,” Brian Baird, D-Vancouver, WA

“In times of universal deceit, telling the truth will be a revolutionary act.” – George Orwell

“He’s supposed to be our representative. He’s supposed to listen to us, whether he’s on our side or not.” – Pam Benson, US citizen, WA

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“There are no morals in politics; there is only expedience.” – Lenin

“Liberty cannot be established without morality, nor morality without faith.” — Alexis de Tocqueville

That’s where I think you just get into some very difficult moral issues. The chronically ill and those toward the end of their lives are accounting for potentially 80 percent of the total health-care bill out here.” — Obama

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“It thus becomes vitally important for the State to use all of its powers to repress dissent, for the truth is the mortal enemy of the lie, and thus by extension, the truth is the greatest enemy of the State.” — Joseph Geobbels

“Arbitrary power is most easily established on the ruins of liberty abused to licentiousness.” – George Washington

“We cannot continue to rely on our military in order to achieve the national security objectives.  We’ve got to have a civilian national security force that’s just as powerful, just as strong, just as well funded” — Obama

“The marvel of all history is the patience with which men and women submit to burdens unnecessarily laid upon them by their governments.” — George Washington

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“There is a lot of disinformation about health insurance reform out there, spanning from control of personal finances to end of life care. These rumors often travel just below the surface via chain emails or through casual conversation. Since we can’t keep track of all of them here at the White House, we’re asking for your help. If you get an email or see something on the web about health insurance reform that seems fishy, send it to (e-mail) flag.whitehouse.gov”– The White House, President Barack Obama

“If you don’t (write Congressional representatives in opposition to 1961 nationalized health care efforts), this program I promise you will pass, and behind it will come other federal programs that will invade every area of freedom as we have known it in this country, until, one day, we will awake to find that we have socialism…” – Ronald Reagan

“One of my jobs is to keep track of all that disinformation out there”Linda Douglas, Obama Administration

“…And if you don’t do this, and if I don’t do it, one of these days, you and I, are going to spend our sunset years telling our children, and our children’s children, what it once was like in America when men were free.” — Ronald Reagan
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“A budget is more than simply numbers on a page. It is a measure of how well we are living up to our obligations to ourselves and one another.” — Barack Obama

“It is incumbent on every generation to pay its own debts as it goes. A principle which, if acted on, would save one-half the wars of the world.” – Mr. Thomas Jefferson

“Socialists always run out of other people’s money. It’s quite a characteristic of them.” – Lady Margaret Thatcher

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I love these members, they get up and say, ‘Read the (health care) bill.’  What good is reading the bill if it’s a thousand pages and you don’t have two days and two lawyers to find out what it means after you read the bill?” — John Conyers, Chairman House Judiciary Committee and D-Michigan

“Many without labor would live by their wits only, but they break for want of stock” — Benjamin Franklin

“Yes sir, like a Christmas tiger, he’ll nod his head and vote ‘YES.’ You’re not a Senator. You’re an honorary stooge. You ought to be shown up.” — Diz, from Mr. Smith goes to Washington

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“I don’t mind cleaning up the mess that some other folks made, that’s what I signed up to do” – Barack Obama

“I think that the responsibility that the Democrats had may rest more in resisting any efforts by Republicans in the Congress, or by me when I was President, to put some standards and tighten up a little on Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.Bill Clinton

Like a lot of my Democratic colleagues I was too slow to appreciate the recklessness of Fannie and Freddie.  I defended their efforts to encourage affordable homeownership when in retrospect I should have heeded the concerns raised by their regulator in 2004.  Frankly, I wish my Democratic colleagues would admit when it comes to Fannie and Freddie, we were wrong.”Congressman Artur Davis (D-AL)


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