GRANT’S QUOTES FOR THE WEEK, APRIL 17, 2011

 
“The chains of habit are too weak to be felt until they are too strong to be broken.” . . . Samuel Johnson . . .
 
“Secular nations have one thing in common — mass graves. And the reason is that they believe the government is the final arbiter of right and wrong and good and evil.” . . . Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore . . .
 
“It is sufficiently obvious, that persons and property are the two great subjects on which Governments are to act; and that the rights of persons, and the rights of property, are the objects, for the protection of which Government was instituted. These rights cannot well be separated.” . . . James Madison, Speech at the Virginia Convention, 1829 . . .
 
“The raucous political rhetoric over the federal budget sounds much like the perennial hyperbole between Right and Left over the constitutional authority of the central government and its spending priorities. However, the outcome of the current debate is much more than a budget agreement for next year and the next decade: It will determine whether our nation will avert systemic economic collapse or collide with it head-on, plunging us into the most significant National Security Crisis since 1860, and condemning our posterity to the inevitable institution of socialism and the abject tyranny that accompanies it. … If a majority of our countrymen are not able to distinguish between the veracity of this grave assertion and political playbook hyperbole, the consequences for the next generation of Americans will be grim as the light of Liberty fades.” . . . Mark Alexander, online editor, The Patriot Post . . .
 
“[Five things are wrong with ‘Big Government’]. (1) Big government is the enemy of liberty. Government actions that go beyond its defensive, rights-preserving functions necessarily entail some form of coercion that diminishes the freedom of at least some people. (2) Big government is the enemy of prosperity. This is so because big government invariably wastes resources. (3) As a political favor to special interest groups, big government often locks in the status quo with laws and regulations. Progress is thereby stifled. (4) Big government holds and inevitably uses the power to make some people better off at the expense of others. This creates hostility, bitterness, and sometimes violence where there would otherwise be none. (5) Big government undermines morality. It does so by seducing people into the belief that might does make right—provided that it is exercised democratically. … When big government stands ready to enact laws and regulations that take from some and give to others, and when politicians campaign by promising to do exactly that, it leads people to believe that coercion is morally proper. Do you want food, housing, education, or medical care provided to you at the expense of others? The leaders of big government say, ‘Don’t steal from others to get those things, but come to us and maybe we will do it for you.'” . . . author, professor George C. Leef . . .
 
“Government is a parade that pretends to be leading a parade.” . . . John Stossell . . .
 
“Picture a family of four with an income of $46,000, annual costs of $78,000 and a credit card debt of $281,000… these figures are roughly proportionate to federal government revenue, annual outlays, and accumulated national debt.” . . . The Wall Street Journal . . .
 
“If you find yourself in a hole, stop digging.” . . . Will Rogers . . .
 
“When politicians spend like drunken sailors … it’s their constituents who get the hangover.” . . . David Boaz . . .
 
“Society in every state is a blessing, but government, even in its best state, is but a necessary evil; in its worst state an intolerable one; for when we suffer or are exposed to the same miseries by a government, which we might expect in a country without government, our calamity is heightened by reflecting that we furnish the means by which we suffer.” . . . Thomas Paine, Common Sense, 1776 . . .
 
“A society of sheep must in time beget a government of wolves.” . . . French philosopher Bertrand de Jouvenel (1903-1987) . . .
 
“My kind of loyalty is loyalty to one’s country, not to its institutions or its officeholders.” . . . Mark Twain (1835-1910) . . .

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