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They that can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.
--Benjamin Franklin, 1755
Nothing of importance happened today.
--England's King George III, diary entry, July 4, 1776
We are not retreating--we are advancing in another direction.
--General Douglas MacArthur (1880-1964)
I pledge allegiance to the flag
of the United States of America
and to the republic for which it stands,
and justice for all.
-- Francis Bellamy, 1892
I would think that if you understood what communism was, you would hope, you would pray on your knees, that we would someday become communist.
--Jane Fonda of Hanoi Jane notoriety at a discussion with students, at Michigan State University, 1970.
It is interesting that she says you would pray......my question is to whom.....communism denies a god, or other supreme being except the supreme communist leader, so would she pray to President Putin now to become communist, or would she pray to the supreme communist, President Clinton to become a commie?
--Chet McWhorter Sr.
It does not matter how many lies we tell, because once we have won, no one will be able to do anything about it.
--Minuted statement by Dr. Goebbels to Adolf Hitler, early 1930s "The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich", by William L Shirer.
When the government fears the people, there is liberty. When the people fear the government, there is tyranny.
To compel a man to furnish funds for the propagation of ideas he disbelieves and abhors is sinful and tyrannical.
Finding the Russian scientists may be a problem being that Russia does not have a Social Security System, as here in America, that allows us to monitor, track down and capture an American citizen.
Americans [have] the right and advantage of being armed--unlike citizens of other countries whose governments are afraid to trust people with arms.
Ideas are more dangerous than guns. We wouldn't let our enemies have guns, why should we let them have ideas?
Germans who wish to use firearms should join the SS or the SA - ordinary citizens don't need guns, as their having guns doesn't serve the State.
The right of the people to keep and bear...arms shall not be infringed. A well regulated militia, composed of the people, trained to arms, is the best and most natural defense of a free country...
Someone at the table asked a Japanese Admiral why, with the Pacific Fleet devastated at Pearl Harbor and the mainland US forces in what Japan had to know was a pathetic state of unreadiness, Japan had not simply invaded the West Coast.
Commander Menard would never forget the crafty look on the Japanese commander's face as he frankly answered the question.
"You are right", he told the Americans. "We did indeed know much about your preparedness. We knew that probably every second home in your country contained firearms. We knew that your country actually had state championships for private citizens shooting military rifles. We were not fools to set foot in such quicksand."
"Of course the people don't want war. But after all, it's the leaders of the country who determine the policy, and it's always a simple matter to drag the people along whether it's a democracy, a fascist dictatorship, or a parliament, or a communist dictatorship. Voice or no voice, the people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. That is easy. All you have to do is tell them they are being attacked, and denounce the pacifists for lack of patriotism, and exposing the country to greater danger."
-- Herman Goering
as related to Gustave Gilbert at the Nuremberg trials
It is often easier to ask for forgiveness than to ask for permission.
-- Grace Murray Hopper