Quote-a-palooza

“Every child in America should be acquainted with his own country. He should read books that furnish him with ideas that will be useful to him in life and practice. As soon as he opens his lips, he should rehearse the history of his own country.” – Noah Webster

“Four hundred years ago… the first English settlers arrived in the New World. They were not Pilgrims. The Mayflower would not set sail for another 13 years. They were settlers organized by a group of investors incorporated as the Virginia Company. And yes, they were out to make a profit. ‘We landed all our men, which were set to work about the fortification, and others some to watch and ward as it was convenient,’ George Percy wrote. The first year was rough, full of attacks by Algonquin Indians, mismanagement and, as Percy noted, colonists who refused to pull their own weight. After the first year, Capt. John Smith was elected to lead the colony, and historians generally attribute its early survival to his discipline, including his rule: ‘He who does not work, will not eat.’ Smith returned to England in 1609, the same year John Rolfe set sail for the New World, arriving in Jamestown in 1610. He began experimenting with tobacco seeds he’d brought from the Caribbean. By 1630, Virginia was exporting 1.5 million pounds of tobacco to England. Jamestown became a profitable colony shortly after Rolfe started growing tobacco, and England’s foothold in the New World was secure. To the PC crowd, Jamestown is all disease, genocide, slavery and ecological devastation. To wiser heads, it represents the American values of hard work, self-sufficiency, entrepreneurship and community. It made us who we are today. As Rolfe’s tiny tobacco seeds grew into a huge international industry, little Jamestown blossomed into the mighty United States of America. To those brave colonists, we owe a great deal of thanks.” – New Hampshire Union Leader

“Vote: the instrument and symbol of a freeman’s power to make a fool of himself and a wreck of his country.” – Ambrose Bierce

“People never lie so much as after a hunt, during a war, or before an election.” – Otto von Bismarck

“When America is willing to lead the way, when we meet our commitments and stand with our allies even in troubling times, when we prepare for threats that are on the horizon and beyond the horizon, and when we make the necessary sacrifices and take the necessary risks to defend our values and our interests, then great things are possible, and even probable, for our country and the world.” – Secretary of Defense Robert Gates

“Does it make sense to risk the lives of Americans fighting terrorist elements in Baghdad while letting them slip across our border without so much as a challenge?” – Alan Keyes

“Is it the nothing-can-be-done crowd’s assumption that the fellows who run armies of the ‘undocumented’ from Mexico into America are just kindhearted human smugglers who’d have nothing to do with jihad even if the price was right?” – Mark Steyn

“The goals [of No Child Left Behind] are great, but it is not the federal government’s role to tell the states what to do… There is no constitutional role of the federal government to have the Department of Education. I don’t believe we should have the U.S. Department of Education.” – Rep. Tom Tancredo

“Well, do you know what a pole dancer is?… [‘Moderate’ Republicans] are poll dancers: P-O-L-L. They have demeaned themselves for polls.” – Rush Limbaugh

“Congress is spending money like John Edwards at a beauty shop.” – former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee

“I thought that Mitt Romney needed to knock a little polish off his performance [in the GOP debate last night]: His answers continue to make him sound like Hermione Granger in Potions class at Hogwarts.” – Rich Galen

Quote of the Day

“Guard with jealous attention the public liberty. Suspect every one who approaches that jewel. Unfortunately, nothing will preserve it but downright force. Whenever you give up that force, you are inevitably ruined.”

— Patrick Henry (speech in the Virginia Ratifying Convention, 5 June 1778)

Reference: The Debates of the Several State…, Elliot, vol. 3 (45)

Quote of the Day

“Guard with jealous attention the public liberty. Suspect every one who approaches that jewel. Unfortunately, nothing will preserve it but downright force. Whenever you give up that force, you are inevitably ruined.”

— Patrick Henry (speech in the Virginia Ratifying Convention, 5 June 1778)

Reference: The Debates of the Several State…, Elliot, vol. 3 (45)

Quote of the Day

“Guard with jealous attention the public liberty. Suspect every one who approaches that jewel. Unfortunately, nothing will preserve it but downright force. Whenever you give up that force, you are inevitably ruined.”

— Patrick Henry (speech in the Virginia Ratifying Convention, 5 June 1778)

Reference: The Debates of the Several State…, Elliot, vol. 3 (45)