Friday, May 18, 2007

"If a well-regulated militia be the most natural defense of a free
country, it ought certainly to be under the regulation and at the
disposal of that body which is constituted the guardian of the
national security. If standing armies are dangerous to liberty,
an efficacious power over the militia in the same body ought,
as far as possible, to take away the inducement and the pretext
to such unfriendly institutions. If the federal government can
command the aid of the militia in those emergencies which call
for the military arm in support of the civil magistrate, it can
the better dispense with the employment of a different kind of
force. If it cannot avail itself of the former, it will be obliged
to recur to the latter. To render an army unnecessary will be a
more certain method of preventing its existence than a thousand
prohibitions upon paper."

~~Alexander Hamilton (Federalist No. 29, 10 January 1788)

Reference: Hamilton, Federalist No. 29

Wednesday, March 16, 2005

"The pyramid of government-and a republican government maywell receive that beautiful and solid form-should be raised toa dignified altitude: but its foundations must, of consequence,be broad, and strong, and deep. The authority, the interests,and the affections of the people at large are the only foundation,on which a superstructure proposed to be at once durable andmagnificent, can be rationally erected."
--James Wilson

Friday, March 04, 2005

"The powers delegated by the proposed Constitution to the federal government are few and defined. Those which are to remain in the State governments are numerous and indefinite. The former will be exercised principally on external objects, as war, peace, negotiation and foreign commerce. ... The powers reserved to the several States will extend to all the objects which in the ordinary course of affairs, concern the lives and liberties, and properties of the people, and the internal order, improvement and prosperity of the State."
~~James Madison, Federalist No. 45

Thursday, February 10, 2005

""Enlightened statesmen will not always be at the helm."
James Madison, Federalist No. 10

Friday, January 14, 2005

"Resolve to perform what you ought. Perform without fail what you resolve."
~Benjamin Franklin

Friday, July 16, 2004

"Why has government been instituted at all?  Because the passions of men will not conform to the dictates of reason and justice without constraint."~Alexander Hamilton

Thursday, July 15, 2004

More Quotes From Tyron Edwards:

Between two evils, choose neither; between two goods, choose both.
Accuracy of statement is one of thefirst elements of truth; inaccuracy is a near kin to falsehood.
The great end of education is to discipline rather than to furnish the mind; to train it to the use of its own powers, rather thanfill it with the accumulation of others.
Never be so brief as to become obscure.
He that never changes his opinions,never corrects his mistakes,will never be wiser on the morrow than he is today.
To waken interest and kindle enthusiasm is the sure way to teach easily and successfully.
Thoughts lead on to purposes; purposes go forth in action; actions form habits; habits decide character; and character fixes our destiny.
People never improve unless theylook to some standard or example higher or better than themselves.


"Patience and perseverance have a magical affect before which difficulties disappear and obstacles vanish."
~John Quincy Adams

"The Constitution preserves the advantage of being armed which Americans possess over the people of almost every other nation where the governments are afraid to trust the people with arms."
~James Madison

"A teacher affectseternity; he can never tell where his influence stops."
~Henry Adams

"Right actions for the future are the best apologiws for wrong ones in the past."
~Tyrone Edwards

"No man's life, liberty, or property are safe while the legislature is in session."
~Mark Twain

"Too many in the media act as if decency is a violation of the First Amendment."
~Thomas Sowell

"If you think healthcare is expensive now, wait until you see what it costs when it is free."
~P.J. O'Rourke

"I don't make jokes. I just watch the governmkent and report the facts."
~Will Rogers

"The smallest good deed is better than the grandest intention."

Monday, June 07, 2004

"[T]he only foundation for a useful education in a republic is to be laid in religion. Without this there can be no virtue, and without virtue there can be no liberty, and liberty is the object and life of all republican governments."
~Benjamin Rush

Sunday, June 06, 2004

“Government is just like a big baby – an alimentary canal with a big appetite at one end and no responsibility at the other” – 1965.

“Welfare’s purpose should be to eliminate, as far as possible, the need for its own existence” – Los Angeles Times, January, 1970.

“Government does not solve problems. It subsidises them” – December, 1972.

“Heaven help us if government ever gets into the business of protecting us from ourselves” – April, 1973.

“The United States has much to offer the Third World War” – 1973.

“I’ve noticed that everybody who is for abortion has already been born” – September, 1980.

“History teaches that wars begin when governments believe the price of aggression is cheap” – Address to the nation, January, 1984.

“We will always remember. We will always be proud. We will always be prepared, so we may always be free” – Normandy, June 6, 1984.

“The nine most terrifying words in the English language are, ‘I’m from the government and I’m here to help”’ – August, 1986.

“When you see all that rhetorical smoke billowing up from the Democrats, well, ladies and gentleman, I’d follow the example of their nominee: don’t inhale” – Republican National Convention, 1992.

“I hope you’re all Republicans” – To surgeons as he entered the operating room, March, 1981.

“We don’t have a trillion-dollar debt because we haven’t taxed enough. We have a trillion-dollar debt because we spend too much” – To the National Association of Realtors, March, 1982.

“Government’s view of the economy could be summed up in a few short phrases: If it moves, tax it. If it keeps moving, regulate it. And if it stops moving, subsidise it” – Remark to the White House Conference on Small Business, August, 1986.

“The other day someone told me the difference between a democracy and a people’s democracy. It’s the same difference between a jacket and a straitjacket” – December, 1986.

“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” – September, 1987.

“A friend of mine was asked to a costume ball a short time ago. He slapped some egg on his face and went as a liberal economist” – February, 1988.

“Surround yourself with the best people you can find, delegate authority, and don’t interfere” – September, 1986.

“She’s the best man in England” – On Margaret Thatcher.

“We have long since discovered that nothing lasts longer than a temporary government program” – Undated.

Abortion is advocated only by persons who have themselves been born.
Ronald Reagan

Facts are stupid things.
Ronald Reagan
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Government's view of the economy could be summed up in a few short phrases: If it moves, tax it. If it keeps moving, regulate it. And if it stops moving, subsidise it.
Ronald Reagan
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I have left orders to be awakened at any time in case of national emergency, even if I'm in a cabinet meeting.
Ronald Reagan

Politics is not a bad profession. If you succeed there are many rewards, if you disgrace yourself you can always write a book.
Ronald Reagan
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Politics is supposed to be the second oldest profession. I have come to realize that it bears a very close resemblance to the first.
Ronald Reagan
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You can tell a lot about a fellow's character by his way of eating jellybeans.
Ronald Reagan, quoted in Observer, March 29 1981
- More quotations on: [Food] [Character]

My fellow Americans, I am pleased to tell you I just signed legislation which outlaws Russia forever. The bombing begins in five minutes.

“This is the issue of this election: whether we believe in our capacity for self-government or whether we abandon the American Revolution and confess that a little intellectual elite in a far-distant capital can plan our lives for us better than we can plan for ourselves.” — Oct. 27, 1964, televised speech for GOP presidential candidate Barry Goldwater.

“I am paying for this microphone, Mr. Breen.” — When someone tried to turn off his microphone at a Reagan-sponsored debate during 1980 New Hampshire primaries.

“We have to move ahead, but we are not going to leave anyone behind.” — Republican National Convention, July 1980

“There you go again.” — Responding to criticism during debate with President Carter, October 1980.

“Government is not the solution, it's the problem.” — Inaugural address, Jan. 20, 1981

“All of us need to be reminded that the federal government did not create the states, the states created the federal government. ... Steps will be taken aimed a restoring the balance between the various levels of government.” — Inaugural address, Jan. 20, 1981.

“Honey, I forgot to duck.” — To Nancy Reagan in the emergency room after he was shot by a would-be assassin, March 30, 1981.

“It's just plain common sense that there be a waiting period to allow local law enforcement officials to conduct background checks on those who wish to buy a handgun.” — Endorsing the Brady handgun control bill, at a March 1991 event commemorating 10th anniversary of assassination attempt.

“Some argue that we should encourage democratic change in right-wing dictatorships, but not in Communist regimes. Well, to accept this preposterous notion — as some well-meaning people have — is to invite the argument that once countries achieve a nuclear capability, they should be allowed an undisturbed reign of terror over their own citizens. We reject this course.” — June 1982 speech to British Parliament.

“I was pleased last year to proclaim 1983 the year of the Bible. But, you know, a group called the ACLU (American Civil Liberties Union) severely criticized me for doing that. Well, I wear their indictment like a badge of honor.” — January 1984.

“I've always stated that the nearest thing to eternal life we'll ever see on this earth is a government program.” — April 1986

“A (nuclear weapons) freeze now would be a very dangerous fraud, for that is merely the illusion of peace. The reality is that we must find peace through strength. ...

“I urge you to beware the temptation of pride, the temptation of blithely declaring yourselves above it all and label both sides equally at fault, to ignore the facts of history and the aggressive impulses of an evil empire, to simply call the arms race a giant misunderstanding and thereby remove yourself from the struggle between right and wrong and good and evil. ...

“I believe that communism is another sad, bizarre chapter in human history whose last pages even now are being written.” — Speech to the National Association of Evangelicals, March 1983. (He wrote six years later that “I could not in good conscience today call the Soviet Union an evil empire.”)

“If you seek peace, if you seek prosperity for the Soviet Union and Eastern Europe, if you seek liberalization, come here to this gate ... open this gate ... tear down this wall.” — June 1987 speech at Brandenberg Gate in Berlin. Remarks addressed to Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev.

“By 1980, we knew it was time to renew our faith; to strive with all our strength toward the ultimate of individual freedom, consistent with an orderly society.

“We believed then and now: There are no limits to growth and human progress, when men and women are free to follow their dreams. And we were right to believe that. Tax rates have been reduced, inflation cut dramatically and more people are employed than ever before in our history.

“We are creating a nation once again vibrant, robust, and alive. There are many mountains yet to climb. We will not rest until every American enjoys the fullness of freedom, dignity, and opportunity as our birthright. It is our birthright as citizens of this great republic.” — Second inaugural address, Jan. 21, 1985

“The men of Normandy had faith that what they were doing was right, faith that they fought for all humanity, faith that a just God would grant them mercy on this beachhead or on the next. It was the deep knowledge — and pray God we have not lost it — that there is a profound moral difference between the use of force for liberation and the use of force for conquest.” — On 40th anniversary of Normandy invasion, June 6, 1984.

“Sending the Marines to Beirut was the source of my greatest regret and greatest sorrow.” — About the Lebanon bombing that killed 241 servicemen in 1983, from his 1990 book, “An American Life”

“The crew of the space shuttle Challenger honored us by the manner in which they lived their lives. We will never forget them, nor the last time we saw them, this morning, as they prepared for the journey and waved goodbye and ‘slipped the surly bonds of earth' to ‘touch the face of God.”' — After shuttle disaster, Jan. 28, 1986.

“A few months ago I told the American people I did not trade arms for hostages. My heart and my best intentions still tell me that is true, but the facts and the evidence tell me it is not.” — March 4, 1987, speech acknowledging dealings with Iran had deteriorated into an arms for hostages deal

“You know, by the time you reach my age, you've made plenty of mistakes if you've lived your life properly. So you learn. You put things in perspective. You pull your energies together. You change. You go forward. My fellow Americans, I have a great deal that I want to accomplish with you and for you over the next two years. And, the Lord willing, that's exactly what I intend to do.” — March 4, 1987, speech acknowledging dealings with Iran had deteriorated into an arms for hostages deal

“I did not see it as trading arms for hostages because we were dealing with Iranian intermediaries, not the kidnappers themselves. I know it may be a fine line to most people, but it's what I believed then and what I still believe.” — About the Iran-Contra affair, from his 1989 book, “Speaking My Mind”

“My fellow Americans, I'm pleased to tell you today that I've signed legislation that will outlaw Russia forever. We begin bombing in five minutes.” — Joke while testing microphone, Aug. 11, 1984

“So, you can see why, to me, the story of these last eight years and this presidency goes far beyond any personal concerns. It is a continuation, really, of a far larger story, a story of a people and a cause. A cause that, from our earliest beginnings, has defined us as a nation and given purpose to our national existence. The hope of human freedom, the quest for it, the achievement of it, is the American saga.” — Last weekly radio address as president, Jan. 14, 1989.

“If I ache, it's because we are apart and yet that can't be because you are inside and a part of me, so we really aren't apart at all. Yet I ache but wouldn't be without the ache, because that would mean being without you and that I can't be because I love you.” — 1963 letter to his wife, Nancy, quoted in 2000 book “I Love You, Ronnie.”

“In closing let me thank you, the American people, for giving me the great honor of allowing me to serve as your president. When the Lord calls me home, whenever that may be, I will leave with the greatest love for this country of ours and eternal optimism for its future. I now begin the journey that will lead me into the sunset of my life. I know that for America there will always be a bright dawn ahead.” — Nov. 5, 1994, announcing he had Alzheimer's disease.

"The government's view of the economy can be summed up in a few short phrases: If it moves, tax it. If it keeps moving, regulate it. And if it stops moving, subsidize it."

Welfare's purpose should be to eliminate, as far as possible, the need for its own existence.

Ronald Reagan - Los Angeles Times, January 7, 1970

It is not my intention to do away with government. It is rather to make it work -- work with us, not over us; stand by our side, not ride on our back. Government can and must provide opportunity, not smother it; foster productivity, not stifle it.

Ronald Reagan -First Inaugural Address, January 20, 1981

We who live in free market societies believe that growth, prosperity and ultimately human fulfillment, are created from the bottom up, not the government down. Only when the human spirit is allowed to invent and create, only when individuals are given a personal stake in deciding economic policies and benefiting from their success -- only then can societies remain economically alive, dynamic, progressive, and free. Trust the people. This is the one irrefutable lesson of the entire postwar period contradicting the notion that rigid government controls are essential to economic development.

Ronald Reagan -September 29, 1981

We don't have a trillion-dollar debt because we haven't taxed enough; we have a trillion-dollar debt because we spend too much.

Ronald Reagan -Address to National Association of Realtors, March 28, 1982

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.

Ronald Reagan -Remarks in Arlington, Virginia, September 25, 1987

Mr. Gorbachev, open this gate! Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall!

Ronald Reagan -Speech near the Berlin Wall, 1987

Are you willing to spend time studying the issues, making yourself aware, and then conveying that information to family and friends? Will you resist the temptation to get a government handout for your community? Realize that the doctor's fight against socialized medicine is your fight. We can't socialize the doctors without socializing the patients. Recognize that government invasion of public power is eventually an assault upon your own business. If some among you fear taking a stand because you are afraid of reprisals from customers, clients, or even government, recognize that you are just feeding the crocodile hoping he'll eat you last.

Ronald Reagan -October 27, 1964

"However, our task is far from over. Our friends in the other party will never forgive us for our success, and are doing everything in their power to rewrite history. Listening to the liberals, you'd think that the 1980's were the worst period since the Great Depression, filled with suffering and despair. I don't know about you, but I'm getting awfully tired of the whining voices from the White House these days. They're claiming there was a decade of greed and neglect, but you and I know better than that. We were there."

Ronald Reagan -RNC Annual Gala, Feb. 3, 1994

It's time we asked ourselves if we still know the freedoms intended for us by the Founding Fathers. James Madison said, "We base all our experiments on the capacity of mankind for self-government." This idea that government was beholden to the people, that it had no other source of power, is still the newest, most unique idea in all the long history of man's relation to man. This is the issue of this election: Whether we believe in our capacity for self-government or whether we abandon the American Revolution and confess that a little intellectual elite in a far-distant capital can plan our lives for us better than we can plan them ourselves.

Ronald Reagan -October 27, 1964

Public servants say, always with the best of intentions, "What greater service we could render if only we had a little more money and a little more power." But the truth is that outside of its legitimate function, government does nothing as well or as economically as the private sector.

October 27, 1964

The Founding Fathers knew a government can't control the economy without controlling people. And they knew when a government sets out to do that, it must use force and coercion to achieve its purpose. So we have come to a time for choosing.

Ronald Reagan -October 27, 1964

Yet any time you and I question the schemes of the do-gooders, we're denounced as being opposed to their humanitarian goals. It seems impossible to legitimately debate their solutions with the assumption that all of us share the desire to help the less fortunate. They tell us we're always "against," never "for" anything.

Ronald Reagan -October 27, 1964

You and I are told we must choose between a left or right, but I suggest there is no such thing as a left or right. There is only an up or down. Up to man's age-old dream -- the maximum of individual freedom consistent with order -- or down to the ant heap of totalitarianism. Regardless of their sincerity, their humanitarian motives, those who would sacrifice freedom for security have embarked on this downward path. Plutarch warned, "The real destroyer of the liberties of the people is he who spreads among them bounties, donations and benefits."

Ronald Reagan -October 27, 1964

Tuesday, June 01, 2004

"What is government itself but the greatest of all reflections on human nature? If men were angels, no government would be necessary. If angels were to govern men, neither external nor internal controls on government would be necessary."
~James Madison

"The interval between the decay of the old and the formation and establishment of the new constitutes a period of transition which must always necessarily be one of uncertainty, confusion, error, and wild and fierce fanaticism."
~John C. Calhoun

Friday, May 28, 2004

"A prisoner of war is a man who tries to kill you and fails, and then asks you not to kill him."
~Winston Churchill

Thursday, May 27, 2004

The most important consequence of marriage is, that the husband and the wife become in law only one person... Upon this principle of union, almost all the other legal consequences of marriage depend.
~James Wilson

"History shows us that appeasement does not lead to peace. It invites an aggressor to test the will of a nation unprepared to meet that test. And...those who seemingly want peace the most, our young people, pay the heaviest price for our failure to maintain our strength."
~Ronald Reagan

Wednesday, May 26, 2004

"War - An act of violence whose object is to constrain the enemy, to accomplish our will."
~George Washington

Tuesday, May 25, 2004

Courage is contagious. When a brave man takes a stand, the spines of others are often stiffened."
~Billy Graham

Monday, May 24, 2004

"America will never be destroyed from the outside. If we falter and lose our freedoms, it will be because we destroyed ourselves."
~Abraham Lincoln

Saturday, May 22, 2004

It is harder to preserve than to obtain liberty.
~Vice President John C. Calhoun

The surrender of life is nothing to sinking down into acknowledgment of inferiority.
~John C. Calhoun

Friday, May 21, 2004

Liberty, when it begins to take root, is a plant of rapid growth.
~George Washington

Thursday, May 20, 2004

"The corruption of man is followed by the corruption of language."
~Ralph Waldo Emerson

Wednesday, May 19, 2004

Those who stand for nothing fall for anything.
~Alexander Hamilton

Tuesday, May 18, 2004

"They say the world has become too complex for simple answers. They are wrong. There are no easy answers, but there are simple answers. We must have the courage to do what we know is morally right. Winston Churchill said that "the destiny of man is not measured by material computation. When great forces are on the move in the world, we learn we are spirits-not animals." And he said, "There is something going on in time and space, and beyond time and space, which, whether we like it or not, spells duty."
~Ronald Reagan

"You and I have a rendezvous with destiny. We will preserve for our children this, the last best hope of man on earth, or we will sentence them to take the first step into a thousand years of darkness. If we fail, at least let our children and our children's children say of us we justified our brief moment here. We did all that could be done."
~Ronald Reagan

"Above all, we must realize that no arsenal, or no weapon in the arsenals of the world, is so formidable as the will and moral courage of free men and women. It is a weapon our adversaries in today's world do not have."
~Ronald Reagan

"We've been blessed with the opportunity to stand for something - for liberty and freedom and fairness."
~Ronald Reagan

"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, or one day we will spend our sunset years telling our children and our children's children what it was once like in the United States where men were free."
~Ronald Reagan

Of the four wars in my lifetime, none came about because the U.S. was too strong.
~Ronald Reagan

Monday, May 17, 2004

Patience and perseverance have a magical affect before which difficulties disappear and obstacles vanish.
~John Quincy Adams

Sunday, May 16, 2004

We don't have a trillion-dollar debt because we haven't taxed enough; we have a trillion-dollar debt because we spend too much.
~Ronald Reagan

The Constitution preserves the advantage of being armed which Americans possess over the people of almost every other nation where the governments are afraid to trust the people with arms.
~James Madison

Saturday, May 15, 2004

It is the Soviet Union that runs against the tide of history.... [It is] the march of freedom and democracy which will leave Marxism- Leninism on the ash heap of history as it has left other tyrannies which stifle the freedom and muzzle the self-expression of the people.
~Ronald Reagan,
Speech to Britain's Parliament, June 1982

Friday, May 14, 2004

"The preservation of the sacred fire of liberty, and the destiny of the republican model of government, are justly considered deeply, perhaps as finally, staked on the experiment entrusted to the hands of the American people."
--George Washington

"Once is happenstance, twice is coincidence, three times is enemy action."
~~Ian Fleming

Thursday, May 13, 2004

"Knowledge will forever govern ignorance; and a people who mean to be their own governors must arm themselves with the power which knowledge gives."
James Madison

Wednesday, May 12, 2004

[N]o arsenal or no weapon in the arsenals of the world is so formidable as the will and moral courage of free men and women.

Ronald Reagan
First Inaugural Address, January 20, 1981.

Thursday, November 06, 2003

Freedom honors and unleashes human creativity-- and creativity determines the strength and wealth of nations. Liberty is both the plan of Heaven for humanity, and the best hope for progress here on Earth.
~George W. Bush

The progress of Liberty is a powerful trend. Yet, we also know that Liberty, if not defended, can be lost.
~George W. Bush

Thursday, October 30, 2003

"The happiest moments of my life have been the few which I have past at home in the bosom of my family."
--Thomas Jefferson

Thursday, October 23, 2003

One Year Blogversary

How cool, I just noticed that I celebrate my one year blogversary this month. One year ago I became a Neophyte Pundit. I still feel like a neophyte, and since I only average about 50 hits a day it must show!

Thanks to all who continue to visit, I appreciate your reading! I would love to hear some opinions of my sight.

Contact me.

Wednesday, October 22, 2003

"[T]he flames kindled on the 4th of July 1776, have spread over too much of the globe to be extinguished by the feeble engines of despotism; on the contrary, they will consume these engines and all who work them." --Thomas Jefferson