Common Sense From The Past

A good friend sent me this list of quotes which are pretty interesting. Although these truisms have been published by many blogs and websites I thought them good enough to share again.

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Truisms
1. In my many years I have come to a conclusion that one useless man is a shame, two is a law firm, and three or more is a congress.— John Adams

2. If you don’t read the newspaper you are uninformed, if you do read the newspaper you are misinformed.– Mark Twain

3. Suppose you were an idiot. And suppose you were a member of  Congress. But then I repeat myself.– Mark Twain

4. I contend that for a nation to try to tax itself into prosperity is like a man standing in a bucket and trying to lift himself up by the handle.– Winston Churchill

5. A government which robs Peter to pay Paul can always depend on the support of Paul.– George Bernard  Shaw

6. A liberal is someone who feels a great debt to his fellow man, which debt he proposes to pay off with your money.– G. Gordon Liddy

7. Democracy must be something more than two wolves and a sheep voting on what to have for dinner.– James Bovard , Civil Libertarian    (1994)

8. Foreign aid might be defined as a transfer of money from poor people in rich countries to rich people in poor countries.— Douglas Case ,  Classmate of Bill Clinton at Georgetown University .

9. Giving money and power to government is like giving whiskey and car keys to teenage boys.– P.J. O’Rourke , Civil    Libertarian

10. Government is the great fiction, through which everybody endeavours to live at the expense of everybody else.– Frederic Bastiat , French economist(1801-1850)

11. 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 (1986)

12. I don’t make jokes. I just watch the government and report the facts.– Will Rogers

13. If you think health care is expensive now, wait until you see what it costs when it’s free!— P. J. O’Rourke

14. In general, the art of government consists of taking as much money as possible from one party of the citizens to give to the other.– Voltaire (1764)

15. Just because you do not take an interest in politics doesn’t mean politics won’t take an interest in you!– Pericles (430    B.C.)

16. No man’s life, liberty, or property is safe while the legislature is in session.— Mark Twain (1866)

17. Talk is cheap, except when Congress does it.– Anonymous

18. The government is like a baby’s alimentary canal, with a happy appetite at one end and no responsibility at the other.— Ronald Reagan

19. The inherent vice of capitalism is the unequal sharing of  the blessings. The inherent blessing of socialism is the equal sharing of misery–   Winston Churchill

20. The only difference between a tax man and a taxidermist is that the taxidermist leaves the skin.—   Mark Twain

21. The ultimate result of shielding men from the effects of folly is to fill the world with fools.— Herbert Spencer , English Philosopher (1820-1903)

22. There is no distinctly Native American criminal class, save Congress.– Mark Twain

23. What this country needs are more unemployed politicians— Edward Langley , Artist (1928-1995)

24. A government big enough to give you everything you want, is strong enough to take everything you have– author unknown Thank you Danielwalldammit for correcting me on this quote.

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25. We hang the petty thieves and appoint the great ones to public office.– Aesop

FIVE BEST SENTENCES

1. You cannot legislate the poor into prosperity, by legislating the wealthy out of prosperity.

2. What one person receives without working for, another person must work for without receiving.

3. The government cannot give to anybody anything that the government does not first take from somebody else.

4. You cannot multiply wealth by dividing it.

5. When half of the people get the idea that they do not have to work, because the other half  is going to take care of them,

and when the other half gets the idea that it does no good to work because somebody else is going to get what they work for,

that is the beginning of the end of any nation!

Wisdom Galore

When growing up during World War II my immigrant parents often lectured me on the Democrat Party, “they are for the workin’ man” Dad would say. Then he and Mom went on living conservative lives despising the idea of getting “charity” from the government.
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Wake Up and Smell The Democracy

 

Money, apology, and tolerance for Muslim terrorists.

Shades of 1979. I can’t believe we have a Liberal President and the Muslims have attacked our Embassy’s.

Back when Jimmy Carter presided, the Iranians built up the courage to stand up to a weak US President and stormed the US embassy in Tehran. That time they overran the embassy and took the staff as hostages. They held them for 444 days. Immediately after Ronald Reagan took office Iran released the hostages. Why do you think that might have happened? I would actually like to hear the liberal spin on that. Most likely they would say Iran released the hostages were because of all the negotiations that went on during the 444 days. The diplomacy just happened to become successful as Carter left the office.

My own opinion is that the Iranians were scared shi_less as to what Reagan might do to them if they didn’t let our guys go.

Examine the history of the Muslim world and you will learn that their tribes were always ruled by very strong chiefs. The Muslims constantly invaded Eastern Europe trying to conquer the civilized world. My grandfather came from Hungary and told us stories about the Turkish invasions into his country. He proudly proclaimed the Hungarians as the ones who drove the Muslims back to their own turf sometime around 1878-1900. My Grampa Jim was born in 1876. Look at the architecture in Buda Pest. There is a heavy influence remnant from the Ottoman occupation of East Europe.

The Muslim culture responds to strength. They are not a touchy-feely-talky type of people. Tell them, demand from them, order them, that is the kind of talk they respond to. Recall the latest leaders of Iraq, Libia, Syria,Saudi Arabia, Egypt, and who do you come up with? A list of dictators: Sadam Hussein, Muammar Gaddafi, Hosni Mubarak, Yassar Arafat, Bashar al Assad, King Abdullah. All rule by the Koran, a book of very strict and corporal laws. An eye for an eye, beheadings, stonings, hand chopping, and more are all in the rule books for punishment.

The Israelites and Arabs have been in conflict over Palestine for 6000 years, but in 1947 the United Nations divided Palestine into two states, Palestine and Israel, and began the real fun.

Tiny Israel has been formally in existence as a State since 1947. That is sixty-five years. Look at the size of Israel and ask yourself why are the arab countries so worried? Israel is but a dot in the desert. Look at the state of development inside Israel as compared to the muslim states around. The Israelites are free, they have liberty, their economy is capitalism, they have a democratic government. Then look at the arabs countries. They are all living the way they did under the warlords. They have been under dictators. They can only dream about living free.

The big mistake the USA makes is to force democracy on these tribal folks. They only know democracy as a word. They do not have a clear conception of the responsibility it brings and the mechanics involved. The United States evolved into the political society it has called a Republic over several hundred years. It began with the original settlers at Plymouth Rock in the sixteen hundreds. The people worked hard at developing a system of rule. It was not inherited, it was not given to them, they made it happen, they built it. The idea of nation building is so stupid it defies a human understanding. The people of the middle east will not have democracy for another two hundred years. In the meantime they have to struggle with their current forms of government however weak, until they wake up and realize it requires hard work, constant civilized debate, the practice of a rule of law, freedom of religion, separation of church from the state, and personal responsibility.

What is happening in the mid-east today is the result of young people who have embraced the internet. They can see what is going on in neighboring countries and ask themselves why are we so far behind everyone else? They come to America for education, then return to a life of over regulation and frustration.

What the mid-east countries need are strong leaders who will steer them toward democracy by using the strong warlordic history of their culture . The problem is they want democracy tomorrow.

Who Knows How Great A President Will Be?

Cover of "Bedtime for Bonzo"

Cover of Bedtime for Bonzo

Many people talk about the man Obama is competing against as unqualified for the presidency. They belittle his ability, his stiffness, his jobs, his religion, his wealth, and in general people don’t like him as much as they do the  “Great One.” When I say this, I include Republicans and Conservatives too. They just don’t believe in the man one hundred percent.

This attitude began to have an effect on me during the debates. I listened and liked very diehard conservatives like Newt Gingrich, and Rick Santorum, and I really loved the government-reduction talks of Libertarian Ron Paul.  All of their messages seemed more “presidential” than those of Mitt Romney. The constant down play of Romney continued to work on my mind.

One night, in a dream, my sub-conscious played a movie about an event that happened thirty-two years ago.  America was in a terrible state. The economy tanked, interest rates pushed sixteen percent, and people were losing jobs. President Jimmy Carter was still unable to pronounce the word nuclear, even though he worked on a team to disable a damaged nuclear reactor while in the navy.

It was time to re-elect Jimmy Carter or to replace him. He succeeded in making the economy worse from when he took over four years earlier. His mission to rescue Americans held hostage by Iran failed miserably. The country was losing hope.

The candidate that challenged him was a loser. He had lost his first bid to the presidency four years earlier during the primary. His credentials to be president were somewhat lightweight. He served two terms as Governor of California. Before that his career included: sports casting, acting, leader of the Screen Actors union, and finally Governor. This man spent a good part of his working life as a Democrat, and eventually became Republican.

The facts were confusing and confounded me. How could an actor and union president lead the country as a Republican?

My conclusion came through much introspection. The country is in the toilet; the current president didn’t know how to make it better. His policies only made things worse, and there was no other option but to kick him out of office for new air.

I voted for Ronald Reagan even though I thought there might be better candidates somewhere on the planet that just didn’t happen to be in the race. The candidate whose claim to fame was a movie named “Bedtime for Bonzo” co-starring a chimpanzee, became my man.  I followed my instincts that anyone would be better than another four years of Jimmy Carter. It was the best electoral decision of my life.

The man Ronald Reagan, who I couldn’t reconcile, became a strong world leader able to compete with the Russians and the evils of communism. He also knew how to shrink the government and lead the economy into a sixteen-year growth sprout.

Who knew during the campaign how great this man would become? I feel the same about Mitt Romney; I’m giving him a chance to make good things happen.

Happy 236th Birthday America!

Ronald Reagan inspired the country each time he spoke. This address especially befits America’s 236 th birthday. Isn’t it wonderful that we have Youtube videos to look back and remember when leaders like President Reagan could lift the spirits of our entire population.

Received from a friend.

Happy Independance Day

I PLEDGE ALLEGIANCE TO THE

FLAG,

OF THE UNITED

STATES OF AMERICA ,

AND TO THE REPUBLIC, FOR

WHICH IT STANDS,

ONE NATION UNDER  GOD,

INDIVISIBLE,

WITH  LIBERTY

AND JUSTICE FOR ALL!

KEEP IT LIT!!  KEEP IT LIT!

for all of our other military personnel, where ever they may be.

Support all of the troops defending our Country.

And God Bless our Military

who are protecting our Country for our Freedom.

Thanks to them, and their sacrifices, we can celebrate the 4th of July

We must never forget who gets the credit for the freedoms we have,

of which we should be eternally grateful.

I watched the flag pass by one day.

It fluttered in the breeze,

A young Marine saluted it,

And then he stood at ease.

I looked at him in uniform;

so young, so tall, so proud.

With hair cut square and eyes alert,

he’d stand out in any crowd.

I thought how many men like him

had fallen through the years.

How many died on foreign soil;

how many mothers’ tears?

How many pilots’ planes shot down?

How many died at sea?

How many foxholes were soldiers’ graves?

No, freedom isn’t free.

I heard the sound of Taps one night,

when everything was still.

I listened to the bugler play

And felt a sudden chill.

I wondered just how many times

That Taps had meant ‘Amen.’

When a flag had draped a coffin

of a brother or a friend.

I thought of all the children,

of the mothers and the wives,

of fathers, sons and husbands

With interrupted lives.

I thought about a graveyard

At the bottom of the sea.

Of unmarked graves in  Arlington .

No, freedom isn’t free.

Enjoy Your Freedom

and

God Bless Our Troops.

Father-Son Love Story

This book is a refreshing breath of Spring. Michael Reagan has written a stirring account of his father. He does it only  as a loving son can. Michael’s love for his father shows through in an exceptional manner. He shares stories about his dad that we have never heard before. They are tales from his boyhood and about campaigns for governor and president.

Michael also reminds the reader of the principles that his dad lived by. In so doing he presents a formula for how we can remake America into the Ronald Reagan vision of the Shining City on the Hill. (See my cartoon Shining City Upon the Hill)

I was a young man when I voted for Ronald Reagan. I did so because I loved his positive message and vision. Every time I heard Ronald Reagan speak, he made me feel good. It didn’t matter if it was a campaign speech or a State of the Union Speech, he made me feel great about America each time.  I miss that.

Today, all I hear are eloquently worded speeches that tell me how tired, old ideas don’t work. Well, I’m here to tell you that the speaker who laments tired old ideas that don’t work is espousing even more tired old ideas that have been proven repeatedly to not work. Yet in his mind they are the road to utopia.

Michael Reagan also points out some of the evils we are up against; like  left winger George Soros, and Acorn. He explains how they fit in the Obama playbook, and also how his father would deal with these guys.

In his discussion on how Conservatives should deal with Hispanics, Michael taught me about a little known law passed during his fathers presidency. It is the Simpson-Mazzoli Immigration Reform and Control Act (1986). This act was a bi-partisan way for dealing with illegal immigration. It makes total sense today. A new law based on this act  is currently being promoted by Representative Mike Pence of Indiana. If we want a rational policy on how to treat illegals this act is the way. The law had three major portions in it. They called it a three-legged stool. The law failed because one leg of the stool was not adhered to. See if you can guess which one it was.

1. Improve Border Security  to end the flow of illegal entries.

2. Provide migrant workers with temporary work permits that give them legal entry.

3. Provide a path for the temporary worker to acquire legal permanent residency, and to citizenship.

This law is simple and it is beautiful. It can work if the government had the will to do so. The law failed because our government failed to secure the border. Does that sound familiar? That is why we have  the mess we have today. One Cesar Chavez led a program to defeat the migrant worker program. Do you remember him? He organized and led the union for agricultural workers. It bothers me is that this law is still active. It has not been repealed. It represents another example of  our nation making a big deal about  the rule of law. Laws that Uncle chooses too follow, or to ignore dependent on his favor.  Why have a Constitution and laws if that is the case?

I loved this book for several reasons:

1.0)  I am a Conservative and this is a story about a Conservative, and conservative principles

2.0) it is a Father-Son love story , and

3.0) it gave me suggestions for how I can promote the ideas and principles of Ronald Reagan.

TEN STARS

Davenport’s Bright Idea

      There was a time when I was in love with the state of Iowa. Twice in my life, I had opportunity to ride my bicycle across the state on the largest organized bike ride in the country called RAGBRAI (Register’s Annual Great Bike Ride Across Iowa). The ride begins at the Missouri River on the west, and finishes at the Mississippi on the east. It takes seven days to complete the course. Every year the organizers route the ride through a different set of towns.  I have ridden my bicycle over one thousand miles of Iowa and have stayed in, or passed through forty towns.  I met a lot of great people. They are friendly, helpful, and cheerful.

     Most of Iowa is agricultural. I peed in many cornrows, and passed by hundreds of acres of soybeans. I rode quickly past many pig farms. The stench being, well let me just say distinctive. Just about every town had at least one church with a cross on the steeple

     Farmers are usually small businessmen. They are independent, and in my mind conservative.  . That is why I was surprised to see the big support Iowans gave Obama. It is also a surprise, that the city of Davenport, Iowa wanted to change Good Friday to “Celebrate Spring Day.”  It was their attempt to separate the church from the state.

     I have a suggestion for Iowa. If you want to separate church from state, do not celebrate the holidays. I believe government should work three hundred and sixty five days a year.  You pay the bill, and as boss it should be your rule for your government to follow. If you do not like it leave, and work for the private sector. The state will improve with fewer people working for it. Besides, by working an extra hundred and five days, you need fewer people to do the work.  Do not try to change two thousand years of tradition and the culture of Christianity because you believe in separation of church and state.

     For the farmers of Iowa, please do not get any more good ideas like Obama again.  I recommend that you get away from the pig farm regularly, and breathe some fresh air. That way when another Obama shows up you will be able to recognize what he really is by the odor.

Ronald Reagan’s reflection on God and morality: “Without God, there is no virtue, because there’s no prompting of the conscience. Without God, we’re mired in the material, that flat world that tells us only what the senses perceive. Without God, there is a coarsening of the society. And without God, democracy will not and cannot long endure. If we ever forget that we’re one nation under God, then we will be a nation gone under. I’m convinced more than ever that man finds liberation only when he binds himself to God and commits himself to his fellow man. Our liberty springs from and depends upon an abiding faith in God.”

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