Issue #106 Posted  Mar 2017

“I liked a lot more people before Facebook.” -- Tod W.

Government, in my humble opinion, should be formed to secure and to enlarge the exercise of the natural rights of its members; and every government, which has not this in view, as its principal object, is not a government of the legitimate kind." -- James Wilson (1791)

"If my dying thought is, "Damn, why didn't I bring my .470!" then it was truly an interesting day!" -- Jack B.

“To ordinary men, everything is either a challenge or a curse. To the warrior, everything is simply a challenge." -- Don Juan

"Lately love trumping hate involves a lot more assault, vandalism and arson than I thought it would!" -- The Anonymous Commentator

"If we knew what we were doing, it wouldn't be research." -- Albert Einstein

"Bad Things Happen To People Who Run Out Of Ammunition." -- Lyman L. 

“Hypocrisy is the essence of snobbery.” -- Alexander Theroux

"The primary use of an anecdote is to provide people something to wave around as they defend their strongly-held beliefs." -- Bill E.

"The bitterness of poor quality remains long after the sweetness of low price disappears." -- Unknown

"Luck Is What Happens When Preparation Meets Opportunity" -- attributed to Roman philosopher Seneca

"When you have a group of people ... who consider themselves black first ... and American second, .... you then have a major, major problem." -- Jeff Cooper

"Protect your family; Honor the elders; Protect the young; Be loyal to your friends; Voice your opinion; Stand your ground; Take charge when others show weakness; Play when you can; Work when you must; Always leave your mark." -- Celtic Wolf Code

"The United Nations is a social club for Communists and Cannibals, paid for as a charity by the United States tax payer.” -- William F. Buckley?

"Your car is not a holster. Carry your gun." -- Pat Rogers

"Arm yourselves, and be ye men of valor, and be in readiness for the conflict, for it is better for us to perish in battle than to look upon the outrage of our nation and our altar." -- Judah Maccabee

"[F]alsehood of the tongue leads to that of the heart, and in time depraves all its good disposition." -- Thomas Jefferson (1785)

"I was summoned by my country, whose voice I can never hear but with veneration and love." -- George Washington (1789)

"You know why they call these things "hate crimes"? Because "thought crime" was a little harder to sell after the book." -- Bill E.

"No compact among men ... can be pronounced everlasting and inviolable, and if I may so express myself, that no wall of words, that no mound of parchment can be so formed as to stand against the sweeping torrent of boundless ambition on the one side, aided by the sapping current of corrupted morals on the other." -- George Washington (1789)

"I have sworn upon the altar of God, eternal hostility against every form of tyranny over the mind of man." -- Thomas Jefferson (1800)

"[A] man whose political principles have any decided character and who has energy enough to give them effect must always expect to encounter political hostility from those of adverse principles." -- Thomas Jefferson (1808)

"[H]e who permits himself to tell a lie once, finds it much easier to do it a second and a third time, till at length it becomes habitual; he tells lies without attending to it, and truths without the world's believing him." -- Thomas Jefferson (1785)

"I have not yet begun to fight!" -- John Paul Jones (1779)

"Industry is increased, commodities are multiplied, agriculture and manufacturers flourish: and herein consists the true wealth and prosperity of a state." -- Alexander Hamilton (1790)

"Now is the seedtime of continental union, faith and honor. The least fracture now, will be like a name engraved with the point of a pin on the tender rind of a young oak; the wound would enlarge with the tree, and posterity read in it full grown characters." -- Thomas Paine (1776)<

"No compact among men ... can be pronounced everlasting and inviolable, and ... no mound of parchment can be so formed as to stand against the sweeping torrent of boundless ambition on the one side, aided by the sapping current of corrupted morals on the other." -- George Washington (1789)

"The dignity and stability of government in all its branches, the morals of the people, and every blessing of society depend so much upon an upright and skillful administration of justice, that the judicial power ought to be distinct from both the legislative and executive, and independent upon both, that so it may be a check upon both, and both should be checks upon that." -- John Adams (1776)

"I have often expressed my sentiments, that every man, conducting himself as a good citizen, and being accountable to God alone for his religious opinions, ought to be protected in worshipping the Deity according to the dictates of his own conscience." -- George Washington (1789)

"History affords us many instances of the ruin of states, by the prosecution of measures ill suited to the temper and genius of their people. The ordaining of laws in favor of one part of the nation, to the prejudice and oppression of another, is certainly the most erroneous and mistaken policy." -- Benjamin Franklin (1774)

"The natural cure for an ill-administration, in a popular or representative constitution, is a change of men." -- Alexander Hamilton (17887)

"Liberty is a word which, according as it is used, comprehends the most good and the most evil of any in the world. Justly understood it is sacred next to those which we appropriate in divine adoration; but in the mouths of some it means anything, which enervate a necessary government; excite a jealousy of the rulers who are our own choice, and keep society in confusion for want of a power sufficiently concentered to promote good." -- Oliver Ellsworth (1787)

"A strong body makes the mind strong. As to the species of exercises, I advise the gun. While this gives moderate exercise to the body, it gives boldness, enterprise and independence to the mind. Games played with the ball, and others of that nature, are too violent for the body and stamp no character on the mind. Let your gun therefore be your constant companion of your walks." -- Thomas Jefferson (1785)

[A]s peace is better than war, war is better than tribute." -- ”James Madison (1816)

"Newspapers ... serve as chimnies to carry off noxious vapors and smoke." -- Thomas Jefferson (1802)

"Tyranny, like hell, is not easily conquered; yet we have this consolation with us, that the harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph." -- Thomas Paine in "American Crisis" (1776)

"It is the manners and spirit of a people which preserve a republic in vigor. A degeneracy in these is a canker which soon eats to the heart of its laws and constitution." -- Thomas Jefferson (1781)

"[T]he present Constitution is the standard to which we are to cling. Under its banners, bona fide must we combat our political foes -- rejecting all changes but through the channel itself provides for amendments." -- Alexander Hamilton (1802)

"Man, once surrendering his reason, has no remaining guard against absurdities the most monstrous, and like a ship without rudder, is the spot of every wind. With such persons, gullibility, which they call faith, takes the helm from the hand of reason and the mind becomes a wreck." -- ”Thomas Jefferson (1822)

"Excessive taxation...will carry reason and reflection to every man's door, and particularly in the hour of election." -- Thomas Jefferson (1798)

"The Constitution ... is a mere thing of wax in the hands of the judiciary which they may twist and shape into any form they please." -- ”Thomas Jefferson (1819)

"If individuals be not influenced by moral principles; it is in vain to look for public virtue; it is, therefore, the duty of legislators to enforce, both by precept and example, the utility, as well as the necessity of a strict adherence to the rules of distributive justice." -- James Madison (1789)

"Freedom had been hunted round the globe; reason was considered as rebellion; and the slavery of fear had made men afraid to think. But such is the irresistible nature of truth, that all it asks, and all it wants, is the liberty of appearing." -- Thomas Paine (1791)

"The ingredients which constitute energy in the Executive are, first, unity; secondly, duration; thirdly, an adequate provision for its support; fourthly, competent powers." -- Alexander Hamilton (1788)

"The ultimate authority ... resides in the people alone. [T]he advantage of being armed, which the Americans possess over the people of almost every other nation ... forms a barrier against the enterprises of ambition, more insurmountable than any..." -- James Madison (1788)

"Guard with jealous attention the public liberty. Suspect every one who approaches that jewel. Unfortunately, nothing will preserve it but downright force. Whenever you give up that force, you are inevitably ruined." -- Patrick Henry (1788)

"If by the liberty of the press were understood merely the liberty of discussing the propriety of public measures and political opinions, let us have as much of it as you please: But if it means the liberty of affronting, calumniating and defaming one another, I, for my part, own myself willing to part with my share of it..." -- Benjamin Franklin (1789)<

"Don't fire unless fired upon. But if they want a war let it begin here." -- John Parker (1775)

"It is of great importance to set a resolution, not to be shaken, never to tell an untruth." -- Thomas Jefferson (1785)

"A well regulated Militia being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms shall not be infringed." -- Article the Second, Bill of Rights (1791)

"There can be no greater error than to expect, or calculate upon real favours from Nation to Nation. 'Tis an illusion which experience must cure, which a just pride ought to discard." -- George Washington (17966)

"No man is allowed to be a judge in his own cause, because his interest would certainly bias his judgment, and, not improbably, corrupt his integrity." -- James Madison (1787)

"It behooves you, therefore, to think and act for yourself and your people. The great principles of right and wrong are legible to every reader; to pursue them requires not the aid of many counselors. The whole art of government consists in the art of being honest. Only aim to do your duty, and mankind will give you credit where you fail." -- Thomas Jeffferson, 1775

"Where an excess of power prevails, property of no sort is duly respected. No man is safe in his opinions, his person, his faculties, or his possessions." -- James Madison, 1792

"It is an unquestionable truth, that the body of the people in every country desire sincerely its prosperity. But it is equally unquestionable that they do not possess the discernment and stability necessary for systematic government. To deny that they are frequently led into the grossest of errors, by misinformation and passion, would be a flattery which their own good sense must despise." -- Alexander Hamilton (1788)

"Let us recollect that peace or war will not always be left to our option; that however moderate or unambitious we may be, we cannot count upon the moderation, or hope to extinguish the ambition of others." -- ”Alexander Hamilton in Federalist No. 34 (1787)

"It is only when the people become ignorant and corrupt ... that they are incapable of exercising the sovereignty. Usurpation is then an easy attainment, and an usurper soon found. The people themselves become the willing instruments of their own debasement and ruin..." -- James Monroe (1817)

"[N]either the wisest constitution nor the wisest laws will secure the liberty and happiness of a people whose manners are universally corrupt." -- Samuel Adams (1749)

"I have no ambition to govern men. It is a painful and thankless office." -- Thomas Jefferson (1796)

"He that goes a borrowing goes a sorrowing. " -- Benjamin Franklin (1758)

"The only foundation of a free Constitution, is pure virtue, and if this cannot be inspired into our people, in a greater measure than they have it now, they may change their rulers, and the forms of government, but they will not obtain a lasting liberty." -- John Adams (1776)

"If an election is to be determined by a majority ... procured by a party through artifice or corruption, the Government may be the choice of a party for its own ends, not of the nation for the national good." -- ”John Adams (1797)

"The establishment of civil and religious liberty was the motive which induced me to the field -- the object is attained -- and id it now remains to be my earnest wish and prayer, that the citizens of the United States could make a wise and virtuous use of the blessings placed before them." -- George Washington (1783)