Sententious[1] Thoughts

Yours Truly
Author Unknown
A veteran, whether active duty, retired, National Guard or Reserve, is someone who, at one point in their life, wrote a blank check made payable to "The United States of America" in the amount of "up to and including my life."

That is Honor, and there are way too many people in this country who no longer understand it.


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A monster lies in wait for me,
A stew of wounds and misery
But fiercer still, in life and limb,
The me that lies in wait for him.


George Orwell (1984, Animal Farm)
Since government is coercion, politics is largely the exercise of deception regarding the intended use of coercion


President Ronald Reagan
A communist is someone who reads Marx. An anti-communist is someone who understands Marx.


Thomas Jefferson
A wise and frugal government... shall restrain men from injuring one another, shall leave them otherwise free to regulate their own pursuits of industry and improvement, and shall not take from the mouth of labor the bread it has earned.


Samuel Adams
If men of wisdom and knowledge, of moderation and temperance, of patience, fortitude and perseverance, of sobriety and true republican simplicity of manners, of zeal for the honour of the Supreme Being and the welfare of the commonwealth; if men possessed of these other excellent qualities are chosen to fill the seats of government, we may expect that our affairs will rest on a solid and permanent foundation.


Victor Davis Hansen
Why should Americans get mad about Mexican illegals coming north when our own crass culture, with its blaring neon signs in English, spreads southward? In such morally equivalent arguments, it is never mentioned that Americanization occurs legally and brings capital, while Mexicanization comes about by illegal means and is driven by poverty.


Winston Chruchill
If you will not fight for the right when you can easily win without bloodshed; if you will not fight when your victory will be sure and not too costly; you may come to the moment when you will have to fight with all the odds against you and only a small chance of survival. There may even be a worse case; you may have to fight when there is no hope of victory, because it is better to perish than to live as slaves.


Any thoughtful person who knows history and religion would be anti-Islam. Along with Communism, Naziism, and the Black Death, Islam has been responsible for more death and destruction on the face of the planet than just about anything else since the last asteroid impact. Islam was started by predators. It has spread by predation. It has lived off the decaying corpses of the civilizations it has destroyed. It is a vast, ancient sea of corruption, oppression, fanaticism, and ignorance lapping up against the shores of the present, kept alive by the fortuitous accident of living above huge reserves of petroleum.


Dr. Ronald H. Nash
"Only capitalism operates on the basis of respect for free, independent, responsible persons. All other systems in varying degrees treat men as less than this. Socialist systems above all treat men as pawns to be moved about by the authorities, or as children to be given what the rulers decide is good for them, or as serfs or slaves. The rulers begin by boasting about their compassion, which in any case is fraudulent, but after a time they drop this pretense which they find unnecessary for the maintenance of power. In all things they act on the presumption that they know best. Therefore they and their systems are morally stunted. Only the free system, the much assailed capitalism, is morally mature."

NOTE: A really good example that illustrates what Dr. Nash is writing about: George Orwell's book, "1984."

George Washington
Government is not reason, it is not eloquence - it is force. Like fire, it is a dangerous servant and fearful master.


Thomas Jefferson
The spirit of resistance to government is so valuable on certain occasions, that I wish it to be always kept alive.


Manuel II Paleologus as quoted by Pope Benedict XVI
Show me just what Mohammed brought that was new, and there you will find things only evil and inhuman, such as his command to spread by the sword the faith he preached.


John Quincy Adams
Posterity, you will never know how much it has cost my generation to preserve your freedom. I hope you will make good use of it.


Daniel Webster
Hold on my friends to the Constitution and the Republic for which it stands. Miracles do not cluster and what has happened once in 6000 years may not happen again. Hold onto the Constitution, for if the American constitution should fail, there will be anarchy throughout the world.


Each of us has a natural right, from God, to defend his person, his liberty, and his property. These are the three basic requirements of life, and the preservation of any one of them is completely dependent upon the preservation of the other two.


George Orwell
There are some opinions so stupid, only liberals could hold them.


Judge Janice Rogers Brown
Government is the only enterprise in the world which expands in size when its failures increase.


Bertrand Russell
The whole problem with the world is that fools and fanatics are always so certain of themselves, but wiser people are so full of doubts.


Will Rogers
If there are no dogs in Heaven, then when I die I want to go where they went.

This thought 100% approved by The Navigator :)

Tecumseh, Shawnee Chief
When you arise in the morning, give thanks for the morning light, for your life and strength. Give thanks for your food, and the joy of living. If you see no reason for giving thanks, the fault lies with yourself.


John Adams
Remember, democracy never lasts long. It soon wastes, exhausts, and murders itself. There never was a democracy yet that did not commit suicide.


George Santayana
Fanaticism consists in redoubling your effort when you have forgotten your aim.


Ben Stein
A fireman running up the stairs at the World Trade Center as the towers began to collapse: HERO defined.


William Jefferson Clinton
I want to say one thing to the American people. I'm going to say this again. I did not have sexual relations with that woman, Miss Lewinsky. I never told anybody to lie. Not a single time. Never. These allegations are false and I need to go back to work for the American people.


Mark Goldblatt
The solution to poverty...doesn't lie in a collective movement. It lies in the will and discipline of individual people who dedicate themselves to living moral lives, striving to improve their circumstances, and providing greater opportunities for their children.


Samuel Adams
It does not take a majority to prevail ... but rather an irate, tireless minority, keen on setting brushfires of freedom in the minds of men.


From the Kalila wa Dimna, a Sasanid Persian collection of fables
The baseborn weakling is always sincere and useful until he reaches an office he is unworthy of.

The Peter Principle existed long before Dr. Peter.


George Washington
The best and only safe road to honor, glory, and true dignity is justice.

In a letter to Marquis de Lafayette, September 30, 1779.


President Andrew Jackson - 1824
I am one of those who do not believe that a national debt is a national blessing, but rather a curse to a republic; inasmuch as it is calculated to raise around the administration a moneyed aristocracy dangerous to the liberties of the country.


Teddy Roosevelt
... if the immigrant who comes here in good faith becomes an American and assimilates himself to us, he shall be treated on an exact equality with everyone else, for it is an outrage to discriminate against any such man because of creed, or birthplace, or origin. But this is predicated upon the man's becoming in very fact an American and nothing but an American ... There can be no divided allegiances here. Any man who says he is an American, but something else also, isn't an American at all. We have room for but one flag, the American flag,... we have room for but one language here, and that is the English language ... and we have room for but one sole loyalty and that is a loyalty to the American people.


Franklin Delano Roosevelt
We must scrupulously guard the civil rights and civil liberties of all our citizens, whatever their background. We must remember that any oppression, any injustice, any hatred, is a wedge designed to attack our civilization.


Thomas Jefferson
To remain silent when they should protest makes cowards of men.


Sam Adams
If you love wealth more than liberty, the tranquility of servitude better than the animating contest of freedom, depart from us in peace. We ask not your counsel nor your arms. Crouch down and lick the hand that feeds you. May your chains rest lightly upon you and may posterity forget that you were our countrymen.


Richard Rodriguez
The genius of American culture and its integrity comes from fidelity to the light. Plain as day, we say. Happy as the day is long. Early to bed, early to rise. American virtues are daylight virtues: honesty, integrity, plain speech. We say yes when we mean yes and no when we mean no, and all else comes from the evil one. America presumes innocence and even the right to happiness.


Felix Frankfurter (Supreme Court Justice, 1939-1962)
If one man can be allowed to determine for himself what is law, every man can. That means first chaos, then tyranny.


Pope John Paul II
Freedom consists not in doing what we like, but in having the right to do what we ought.


President George Washinton (from his farewell address, September, 1776)
Against the insidious wiles of foreign influence... the jealousy of a free people ought to be constantly awake, since history and experience prove that foreign influence is one of the most baneful foes of republican government.


President John Adams (1798)
We have no government armed with power capable of contending with human passions unbridled by morality and religion. Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.


Mark Twain
Communism is idiocy. They want to divide up the property. Suppose they did it - it requires brains to keep money as well as make it. In a precious little while the money would be back in the former owner's hands and the communist would be poor again


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


Thomas Jefferson
One single object...[will merit] the endless gratitude of the society: that of restraining the judges from usurping legislation.


Bertrand de Jouvenal
A society of sheep must, in time, beget a government of wolves.


Thomas Paine II
About the time of the End of Freedom a body of people will be raised up who will turn their attention to the Constitution and insist upon its Literal Interpretation in the midst of much clamor and opposition.


Thomas Jefferson
Hear no more of trust in men, but rather bind them down from mischief with the chains of the Constitution.


The Scottish Jurist and Historian Sir Alex Fraser Tyler published a collection of lectures in 1801. He advanced a theory of democracy based on historical observation:
A democracy cannot exist as a permanent form of government. It can exist only until voters discover that they can vote themselves largesses from the public treasury. From that time on, the majority always votes for the candidate promising the most benefits from the public treasury, with the result that a democracy always collapses over loose fiscal policy, always followed by a dictatorship.

The average age of the world's great civilizations has been 200 years. These nations have progressed through this sequence: From bondage to spiritual faith; from spiritual faith to great courage; from courage to liberty; from liberty to abundance; from abundance to selfishness; from selfishness to complacency; from complacency to apathy; from apathy to dependency; from dependency back again to bondage.


Thomas Jefferson
If our nation be destroyed, it would be from the judiciary.


[1] Sententious: Terse and energetic in expression; pithy[2]

[2] Pithy: Precisely meaningful; forceful and brief

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