"He that goes a borrowing goes a sorrowing."
~ Benjamin Franklin~
(from his writings, 1758)
Reference: Franklin: Writings, Lemay, ed., Library of America(1300)
"It's awfully hard to get a hog to butcher itself."
~Sen. Strom Thurmond~
(explaining why Congress doesn't decrease deficit spending)
"A government big enough to give you everything you want, is strong enough to take everything you have"
~ Thomas Jefferson ~
"Remember democracy never lasts long. It soon wastes, exhausts,and murders itself. There never was a democracy yet that did not commit suicide."
~ John Adams~
(letter to John Taylor, 15 April 1814)
"Liberty has never come from the government. Liberty has always come from the subjects of the government. The history of government is a history of resistance. The history of liberty is the history of the limitation of government, not the increase of it."
"The best argument against democracy is a five-minute conversation with the average voter."
~Sir Winston Churchill~
"Politicians have a field day misleading Americans who, as a result of having been dumbed down by our education system, can't think, reason or analyze."
And my Favorite three are:
"While many people are urging us to vote -- regardless of for whom, for what, or for what reason -- there are very few urging us to do what is far more important: Stop and think! Voting is not a matter of personal expression but a serious responsibility for choosing what course this country will take in the years -- and decades -- ahead."
"If a person is utterly ignorant about matters of public policy, then he or she has a solemn obligation to refrain from voting. The percentage of people who fall into the utterly ignorant category is estimated to be about 25 percent of eligible voters."
"If guns are outlawed, how can we shoot the liberals?"
(Mississippi state senator, 1991)