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A quote from Ronald Reagan

Posted by Liberty on April 9, 2009

“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

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Founder’s quote of the week

Posted by Liberty on March 25, 2009

“He who is void of virtuous attachments in private life is, or very soon will be, void of all regard for his country. There is seldom an instance of a man guilty of betraying his country, who had not before lost the feeling of moral obligations in his private connections.”
Samuel Adams

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Founder’s quote of the week

Posted by Liberty on February 19, 2009

“A wise and frugal government, which shall leave men free to regulate their own pursuits of industry and improvement, and shall not take from the mouth of labor the bread it has earned – this is the sum of good government.”

Thomas Jefferson

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A quote from our first President to ponder today

Posted by Liberty on February 16, 2009

“The Constitution is the guide which I never will abandon.

George Washington”

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A quote from Ronald Reagan

Posted by Liberty on February 4, 2009

“Government does not solve problems; it subsidizes them.”

Ronald Reagan

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Founder’s quote of the week

Posted by Liberty on January 29, 2009

“I always consider the settlement of America with reverence and wonder, as the opening of a grand scene and design in providence, for the illumination of the ignorant and the emancipation of the slavish part of mankind all over the earth.”

John Adams 

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Founder’s quote of the week

Posted by Liberty on January 23, 2009

“Our contest is not only whether we ourselves shall be free, but whether there shall be left to mankind an asylum on earth for civil and religious liberty”

Samuel Adams

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Founder’s quote of the week

Posted by Liberty on January 16, 2009

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

Thomas Jefferson

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Obama’s Choice: FDR or Reagan…government or market…socialism or capitalism

Posted by Liberty on January 12, 2009

Socialism or capitalism?  The choice America is facing at this time is just that existential.  I fear that the average citizen in this country today doesn’t even clearly understand the differences between the two economic systems.  We’ve been in similar economic situations before, chosen wrongly and suffered the consequences.  All I ask is that we examine the past…say the era of the Great Depression, since that’s what our current economy is constantly being compared to.  Pat Buchanan has some important Depression economic stats in the article linked below.  For instance:

“By 1933, 89 percent of stock value had been wiped out, the economy had shrunk by one-third, thousands of banks had closed, a third of the money supply had vanished, and unemployment had reached 25 percent — among heads of households.”

 

Compare that to what’s happening today:

“…the financial collapse and economic crisis of 2008, inherited by Obama, with 40 percent of all stock values wiped out in a year, foreclosures pandemic, and unemployment near 7 percent and surging.”

So what did we do to combat the Depression?

“FDR’s answer: vast federal spending, tough new regulations on business and higher taxes — like Herbert Hoover before him, only more so.

The Depression lasted until war orders from the Allies brought U.S. industry back to life. Before 1940, not once did unemployment fall below 14 percent. In May 1939, Treasury Secretary Henry Morgenthau testified:

‘We are spending more money than we have ever spent before, and it does not work. … I want to see this country prosperous. I want to see people get a job. I want to see people get enough to eat. We have never made good on our promises. … I say after eight years of this administration we have just as much unemployment as when we started … and an enormous debt, to boot.'”

Obama’s economic stimulus plan consists of spending.  Plain and simple.  Government spending didn’t work in the 1930’s and it won’t work now.  Period.  But the New Deal programs got Roosevelt 3 terms as President and solidified Democrat power.

Obama’s Choice: FDR or Reagan

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Founder’s quote of the week

Posted by Liberty on January 8, 2009

“Government is not reason, it is not eloquence, it is force; like fire, a troublesome servant and a fearful master. Never for a moment should it be left to irresponsible action.”

George Washington

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From the annals of Conservatism…

Posted by Liberty on December 22, 2008

“I would remind you that extremism in the defense of liberty is no vice! And let me remind you also that moderation in the pursuit of justice is no virtue.”

Barry Goldwater

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Founder’s quote of the week

Posted by Liberty on December 18, 2008

“If ye love wealth better than liberty, the tranquillity of servitude better than the animating contest of freedom, go home from us in peace. We ask not your counsels or arms. Crouch down and lick the hands which feed you. May your chains set lightly upon you, and may posterity forget that ye were our countrymen.”

Samuel Adams 

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Founder’s quote of the week

Posted by Liberty on December 12, 2008

“The accumulation of all powers, legislative, executive, and judiciary, in the same hands, whether of one, a few, or many, and whether hereditary, self-appointed, or elective, may justly be pronounced the very definition of tyranny.”

James Madison

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Words of wisdom from Ronald Reagan

Posted by Liberty on December 6, 2008

“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

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Founder’s quote of the week

Posted by Liberty on December 5, 2008

“The sacred rights of mankind are not to be rummaged for among old parchments or musty records. They are written, as with a sunbeam, in the whole volume of human nature, by the hand of the divinity itself; and can never be erased or obscured by mortal power.”

Alexander Hamilton

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Founder’s quote of the week

Posted by Liberty on November 28, 2008

“Remember, democracy never lasts long. It soon wastes, exhausts, and murders itself. There never was a democracy yet that did not commit suicide. The jaws of power are always open to devour, and her arm is always stretched out, if possible, to destroy the freedom of thinking, speaking, and writing. Liberty cannot be preserved without a general knowledge among the People, who have… a right, an indisputable, unalienable, indefeasible, divine right to that most dreaded and envied kind of knowledge, I mean the characters and conduct of their rulers. There is danger from all men. The only maxim of a free ‘government’ ought to be to trust no man living with power to endanger the public liberty. Liberty cannot be preserved without general knowledge among people.”

John Adams

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Two classic Thanksgiving editorials from the Wall Street Journal

Posted by Liberty on November 26, 2008

The Desolate Wilderness

The Wall Street Journal has published this same editorial before Thanksgiving every year since 1961.  Our standard of living is so high and our modern life so comfortable that it is easy to forget the hardships faced by our forefathers.  The Pilgrims left Plymouth, England in September of 1620 and came ashore in December.  At least half of their colony died during that first harsh winter. 

“Having settled in a relatively poor region, and lacking the excellent natural harbor of Boston, the Pilgrims never developed the fishing or trading business of their counterparts.  But the Pilgrims rightly hold a place of high esteem in American history, largely because unlike the Virginia settlers, the Separatists braved the dangers and uncertainties of the voyage and settlement in the New World solely in the name of their Christian faith.”

From A Patriot’s History of the United States  [pg. 28]; Larry Schweikart & Michael Allen

The Wall Street Journal has also published another Thanksgiving editorial since 1961. 

And the Fair Land

“Any one whose labors take him into the far reaches of the country, as ours lately have done, is bound to mark how the years have made the land grow fruitful.

This is indeed a big country, a rich country, in a way no array of figures can measure and so in a way past belief of those who have not seen it. Even those who journey through its Northeastern complex, into the Southern lands, across the central plains and to its Western slopes can only glimpse a measure of the bounty of America.

And a traveler cannot but be struck on his journey by the thought that this country, one day, can be even greater. America, though many know it not, is one of the great underdeveloped countries of the world; what it reaches for exceeds by far what it has grasped.”

These two beautifully written editorials may just be the antidote for the gray days of this November.  Let us not forget that even in times of economic uncertainty, America is still the best country on Earth.  And for that, let us be grateful.

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A timely quote from Ronald Reagan

Posted by Liberty on November 21, 2008

“The 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, subsidize it.” 

Ronald Reagan

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Founder’s quote of the week

Posted by Liberty on November 19, 2008

“Those who would give up essential liberty to purchase a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.”

Benjamin Franklin

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Founder’s quote of the week

Posted by Liberty on November 12, 2008

“It does not require a majority to prevail, but rather an irate, tireless minority keen to set brush fires in people’s minds.”

Samuel Adams

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Thank you, veterans!

Posted by Liberty on November 11, 2008

In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved, and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.

Lt.-Col. John McCrae

 

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