“Freedom was given to humanity by God. But, governments, if they can help it, never give freedom. They just hand out slavery with slogans.” – Taylor Caldwell

“To prevent inquiry is among the worst of evils.” – Thomas Holcroft

“The love of liberty is the love of others; the love of power is the love of ourselves.” – William Hazlitt

“That’s what a Congressman or a Senator is for- to see that too much money don’t accumulate in the national Treasury.” – Will Rogers

“If the New Hampshire debates settled anything, it’s which party has the stomach to take on radical Islam. The Democrats couldn’t even identify the enemy. Not once. Really. We scanned the transcripts of Saturday’s debates hosted by ABC News and tallied up the references to Islamic terrorism. The rhetorical divide between Democrats and Republicans on that score alone- ignoring the yawning gaps in policy- is stunning. None of the four Democrat presidential candidates- despite running for an office that demands they lead the ongoing global war against Islamic extremists- could bring himself or herself to define the enemy we face as Islamic. Their combined references to ‘Islam’ or ‘Islamic’ totaled zero- even though moderator Charles Gibson prompted them with a question about ‘Islamic radicals’ threatening the U.S. with nuclear terrorism. But Democrats refused to go there. Out of respect for their constituency, there was a complete blackout regarding Islamic jihad… Republicans, on the other hand, called the enemy by its proper name. The candidates referred to terrorists and terrorism as ‘Islamic,’ while also citing radical ‘Islam’ as the problem, no less than 22 times… They get it. Democrats don’t. They talked a lot about ‘fighting’ – fighting insurance companies and big business and Wall Street and polluters. But will they fight the real enemy- Islamic terrorists?… These contrasting performances in New Hampshire should crystallize in voters’ minds more than any other recent example how one party understands the titanic challenge we face from radical Islam, while the other decidedly does not.” – Investor’s Business Daily

“The question of what kind of President each candidate would make is infinitely more important than all the ‘horse race’ handicapping that dominates the media.” – Thomas Sowell

“Liberal voters want desperately to cast a history-making vote and, if that’s your priority, Barack Obama is a much more appealing way to cast it than Hillary. Don’t worry about this ‘Change You Can Believe In’ shtick. Obama doesn’t believe in it, and neither should you. He’s a fresh face on the same-old-same-old- which is the only change Democrats are looking for.” – Mark Steyn

“These are hard days for democracy. That is not a reason for giving up on it… For the spread of democracy today, we need to practice our own brand of syncretism and learn not to abandon the field when forced to settle for regional adaptations that fall short of the Jeffersonian ideal.” – Charles Krauthammer

“It’s getting lonelier all the time at the top for America, which with a corporate tax rate of 35% is one of the few developed nations left with a rate of more than 30%… Foreign leaders have learned that, in a world of easy global capital flows, high tax rates chase away investment and entrepreneurs.” – The Wall Street Journal

“Rudy Giuliani’s team are betting that after a Huck/McCain seesaw through the early states, by Jan. 29 Florida voters will be ready to unite their party behind a less divisive figure, if by ‘less divisive figure’ you mean a pro-abortion gun-grabbing cross-dresser.” – Mark Steyn

“Would some change-minded candidate or other kindly inform the American people what this business amounts to? Change what into what? We’re durned if we know.” – William Murchison

Quote of the Day Part II

“To grant that there is a supreme intelligence who rules the world and has established laws to regulate the actions of his creatures; and still to assert that man, in a state of nature, may be considered as perfectly free from all restraints of law and government, appears to a common understanding altogether irreconcilable. Good and wise men, in all ages, have embraced a very dissimilar theory. They have supposed that the deity, from the relations we stand in to himself and to each other, has constituted an eternal and immutable law, which is indispensably obligatory upon all mankind, prior to any human institution whatever. This is what is called the law of nature….Upon this law depend the natural rights of mankind.”

— Alexander Hamilton (The Farmer Refuted, 1775)