“[A] man whose political principles have any decided character and who has energy enough to give them effect must always expect to encounter political hostility from those of adverse principles.” – Thomas Jefferson

“No free Government can stand without virtue in the people, and a lofty spirit of patriotism; and if the sordid feelings of mere selfishness shall usurp the place which ought to be filled by public spirit, the legislation of Congress will soon be converted into a scramble for personal and sectional advantages.” – President Andrew Jackson

“What do GOP voters want? What they want, I suspect, is not so much Mr. Right as a clearer understanding than they’ve got now of what it means to be a Republican… After the Bush presidency- the good, the bad and the endless- what Republicans most want to do is simply reboot themselves and their party. What do I stand for now? What do I want to achieve in the next election? Do I just want my party to win, philosophy be damned, or do I mainly want my ideas elevated and argued? Or, ne plus ultra (translation: after this I can die), do I simply want ‘her’ candidacy defeated?… The idea that some monolith called ‘the Republicans’ wants one perfectly programmed candidate is preposterous. More ‘data’ will emerge this year as voters rotate these candidates into focus. And notwithstanding the distance most Americans put between themselves and the daily political fish market, numerous studies of political opinion formation have shown that most people trudge through these campaigns with ‘core’ personal beliefs, which they eventually deploy to fix their opinion of John, Rudy, Mitt, Fred, Newt, Hillary, Barack and the others. Out of this cloud descends a president.” – Daniel Henninger

“The most powerful case for the war was made at the 2004 Republican convention by John McCain in a speech that was resolutely ‘realist.’ On the Democratic side, every presidential candidate running today who was in the Senate when the motion to authorize the use of force came up- Hillary Clinton, John Edwards, Joe Biden and Chris Dodd- voted yes. Outside of government, the case for war was made not just by the neoconservative Weekly Standard but- to select almost randomly- the traditionally conservative National Review, the liberal New Republic and the center-right Economist. Of course, most neoconservatives supported the war, the case for which was also being made by journalists and scholars from every point on the political spectrum… [Perhaps] the most influential tome on behalf of war was written not by any conservative, let alone neoconservative, but by Kenneth Pollack, Clinton’s top Near East official on the National Security Council. The title: ‘The Threatening Storm: The Case for Invading Iraq.’ Everyone has the right to renounce past views. But not to make up that past. It is beyond brazen to think that one can get away with inventing not ancient history but what everyone saw and read with their own eyes just a few years ago. And yet sometimes brazenness works.” – Charles Krauthammer

“No Western nation has done more than the France of retiring President Jacques Chirac to undermine our foreign policy. But anti-Americanism in France, like anti-Americanism in America, largely is confined to a privileged elite… His win is the most significant because it was the most decisive; it came in the country where official anti-American sentiment was greatest, and because France has a seat on the UN Security Council. What this could mean is that the diplomatic cooperation we didn’t get from Europe with regard to Iraq may be forthcoming in confrontations with Iran and Syria. The (long) odds that their rogue behavior can be reined in without war have gone up. However heartened we are by the warm applause Mr. Sarkozy’s pro American sentiments received, we must assume he was elected more in spite of them than because of them. Sarko won because a solid majority of Frenchmen are disgusted with the sclerotic economy French socialism has produced, and are frightened and angered by a rising crime rate, especially in the Muslim-dominated suburbs. He will succeed or fail depending on how he does domestically… In the meantime, we have a friend in the Elysee Palace for the first time in a very, very long time. That’s something to toast with French champagne.” – Jack Kelly

“Bowing to reality, Gov. Rick Perry (R-Texas) ended a bitter battle with the state legislature… by allowing the bill that overrides his executive order on the HPV [human papillomavirus] vaccine to become law. In a scathing press conference in Austin, the governor unleashed his fury on lawmakers who reversed his policy. How ironic. Perry didn’t appreciate being forced to assent to something against his will any more than the state’s parents did. The governor, who neither vetoed nor signed the proposal, faulted lawmakers for allowing women to die of a preventable disease… His statements didn’t sit well with state leaders who support the vaccine but believe Texas is overstepping its bounds by mandating it for young girls. Several officials, including Perry’s own Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst, put the blame on Perry’s insistence on acting unilaterally. All the governor would have had to do is talk to us, and he would have seen that we would have embraced a program where there was an opt-in instead of an opt-out.” – Tony Perkins

“Many minimum wage supporters, like [House Speaker Nancy Pelosi], are hypocrites, but most supporters are decent people with an honest concern for the well-being of their fellow man. True compassion for our fellow man requires that we examine not the intentions behind public policy but the effects of that policy. There’s no question that Congress can mandate the minimum wage at which a person is hired, but Congress hasn’t found a way to mandate that a person have a level of productivity commensurate with the wage. Moreover, Congress hasn’t chosen to mandate that an employer hire a person whose productivity is less than the minimum wage. This means higher minimum wages cause unemployment for the least-skilled workers.” – Walter Williams

“Government has no wealth of its own. Before it gives anything to anyone, it must take from those who produced it. But the taking could discourage future production, leaving less to be distributed by the politicians. Productive Americans have forged ahead despite a constellation of transfer programs, but how long will they continue to do so? The European welfare states are learning that producers don’t leave themselves available for milking forever. Their economies are sluggish, and unemployment is high. Government promises exceed resources, and citizens who were guaranteed lifelong security find their benefits shrinking. Yet this doesn’t deter our champions of big government. Even the coming Social Security and Medicare train wrecks don’t faze them. So don’t expect government to stop growing… Thomas Jefferson said, ‘The natural progress of things is for liberty to yield and government to gain ground.’ It’s sad that that’s no myth.” – John Stossel

“[L]et us make a vow to our dead. Let us show them by our actions that we understand what they died for. Let our actions say to them… ‘I will not fail thee nor forsake thee.’ Strengthened by their courage, heartened by their value [valor], and borne by their memory, let us continue to stand for the ideals for which they lived and died.” – Ronald Reagan

“Dear American Soldier in Iraq: There are a few things you should know about how tens of millions of us back home feel about you and the fight you are waging. These things need to be said… What has happened is that many Americans, for all sorts of reasons- some out of simple fatigue, some because they do not believe that war solves anything, some out of deep loathing for the present administration- do not believe that what you are doing is worth doing. You know that what you are doing is worth continuing… You know that you are fighting the most vicious and primitive ideology in the world today. It is the belief that one’s God wants his followers to maim, torture and murder in order to spread a system of laws that sends societies back to a moral and intellectual state that is pre-civilization. You know that the war you wage against these people and their totalitarian ideology is also necessary because a society unwilling to fight for its values does not have values worth sustaining… We see you as the best and brightest of our society. Even The New York Times, one of the mainstream media publications that do not understand the epic battle you are waging, acknowledged in an article by one of its embedded correspondents that few Americans of your age can come close to you in maturity, wisdom or leadership abilities. It is unfortunate that the battle for moral clarity and moral courage in America is as divisive as the battle for freedom is in Iraq. But that is the nature of the world we live in. And it has ever been so… You probably knew all this. But you need to hear it anyway. That, and thank you. Thank you very much.” – Dennis Prager