From H. L. Mencken

All the odds are on the man who is, intrinsically, the most devious and mediocre - the man who can most adeptly disperse the notion that his mind is a virtual vacuum. The Presidency tends, year by year, to go to such men. As democracy is perfected, the office of president represents, more and more closely, the inner soul of the people. On some great and glorious day the plain folks of the land will reach their hearts desire at last and the White House will be adorned by a downright moron.

2017-10-16 at 18:17:42

Some Off-Beat Humor!!

Some Off-Beat Humor!!

I took down my Rebel flag (which you can not buy on EBAY any more) and peeled the National Rifle Association sticker off my front window. I disconnected my home alarm system and quit the candy-ass Neighborhood Watch.

I bought two Pakistani flags and put one at each corner of the front yard. Then I purchased the black flag of ISIS (which you CAN Buy on EBAY) and ran it up the flag pole.

Now the local police, sheriff, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Central Intelligence Agency, National Security Agency, Homeland Security, Secret Service and other agencies are all watching my house 24-7.

I have NEVER felt safer and I am saving $79.95 a month that ADT used to charge me.

Plus, I bought burkas for me to wear when I shop or travel.
Everyone moves out of the way, and security can not pat me down. If they say I am a male wearing a burka, I just say that I am feeling like a woman today.

Hot Damn..Safe at last!! - God Bless America

2017-10-13 at 17:28:15

From Frank Herbert

All governments suffer a recurring problem: Power attracts pathological personalities. It is not that power corrupts but that it is magnetic to the corruptible.

2017-10-12 at 09:28:38

From John W. Whitehead

It does not matter whether you are talking about a politician, an entertainment mogul, a corporate CEO or a police officer: give any one person (or government agency) too much power and allow him or her or it to believe that they are entitled, untouchable and will not be held accountable for their actions, and those powers will eventually be abused.

2017-10-12 at 09:05:42

From Thomas Sowell

Freedom is not simply the right of intellectuals to circulate their merchandise. It is, above all, the right of ordinary people to find elbow room for themselves and a refuge from the rampaging presumptions of their betters.

2017-10-09 at 20:46:01

More From A. Barton Hinkle

At its most basic, liberty consists of the right to be left alone. A government that subjects its citizens to pervasive surveillance without cause is not leaving them alone.

2017-10-07 at 11:10:42

From William Stafford

Those who advocate democracy and yet make a fetish of vilifying those whose beliefs are different from theirs, what value do they see in democracy?

2017-10-04 at 13:57:38

From Eric Hoffer

People whose lives are barren and insecure seem to show greater willingness to obey than people who are self-sufficient and self-confident. To the frustrated, freedom from responsibility is more attractive than freedom from restraint. They are eager to bargain their independence for relief from the burdens of willing, and deciding and being responsible for inevitable failure. They will willingly abdicate the directing of their lives to those who want to plan, command and shoulder all responsibility. Moreover, submission by all to supreme leader is an approach to their ideal of equality.

2017-10-03 at 12:50:12

From Hank Aaron

My motto was always to keep swinging. Whether I was in a slump or feeling badly or having trouble off the field, the only thing to do was keep swinging.

2017-10-02 at 13:53:02

More From John Q. Whitehead

Indeed, I would venture to say that if you are not speaking out or taking a stand against government wrongdoing-if you are marching in lockstep with anything the government and its agents dole out-and if you are prioritizing partisan politics over the principles enshrined in the Constitution, then you are not a true patriot.

Real patriots care enough to take a stand, speak out, protest and challenge the government whenever it steps out of line.

There is nothing patriotic about the lengths to which Americans have allowed the government to go in its efforts to dismantle our constitutional republic and shift the country into a police state.

2017-09-28 at 16:36:00

More From Aldous Huxley

A really efficient totalitarian state would be one in which the all-powerful executive of political bosses and their army of managers control a population of slaves who do not have to be coerced, because they love their servitude.

2017-09-26 at 12:46:30

From A.G. Sertillanges

Truth is commoner than articles of furniture. It cries out in the streets and does not turn its back on us when we turn our backs on it. Ideas emerge from facts; they also emerge from conversations, chance occurrences, theaters, visits, strolls, the most ordinary books. Everything holds treasures, because everything is in everything, and a few laws of life and of nature govern all the rest.

2017-09-25 at 16:05:50

From Jacob G. Hornberger

In fact, the entity that actually threatened the rights and freedoms of the American people was the United States government, given the totalitarian-like powers that it assumed as part of its effort to keep us safe from the enemies its interventionist policies were producing.

Coming to mind are the totalitarian-like power to assassinate Americans, secret mass surveillance, and the incarceration and torture of American citizens as suspected terrorists - all without due process of law and without trial by jury.

This is what a national-security state does to people - it warps, damages, or destroys their conscience, principles, and values; induces them to subscribe to false bromides; and nurtures all sorts of mental contortions to enable people to avoid confronting reality.

2017-09-20 at 13:15:01

From David D. Friedman

In spite of popular myths about capitalism oppressing the poor, the poor are worse off in those things provided by government, such as schooling, police protection, and justice. There are more good cars in the ghettos than good schools.

2017-09-15 at 13:12:48

From Supreme Court Justice Potter Stewart

The 4th Amendment and the personal rights it secures have a long history. At the very core stands the right of a man to retreat into his own home and there be free from unreasonable governmental intrusion.

2017-09-14 at 14:24:03

As You Traverse This Life Please Try To Remember That There Are No Absolute Mistakes; There Are Only Errors In Your Perceived Judgement As To The Likely Outcomes Of Your Actions!!!