February 4

quotes

This is a list of quotes I find compelling. Disclaimer: I do not necessarily fully endorse all of them.
You may also be interested in a list of specifically political quotes.

  • We have a lot of goodness in this country, and we should promote it; but never through the barrel of a gun.
     - Ron Paul
  • On every question of construction [of the Constitution] carry ourselves back to the time when the Constitution was adopted, recollect the spirit manifested in the debates and instead of trying what meaning may be squeezed out of the text or invented against it, conform to the probable one in which it was passed.
     - Thomas Jefferson
  • I cannot undertake to lay my finger on that article of the Constitution which granted a right to Congress of expending, on objects of benevolence, the money of their constituents.
     - James Madison
  • I consider the foundation of the Constitution as laid on this ground: That 'all powers not delegated to the United States, by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States or to the people.' To take a single step beyond the boundaries thus specially drawn around the powers of Congress, is to take possession of a boundless field of power, no longer susceptible of any definition.
     - Thomas Jefferson, Opinion on the Constitutionality of a National Bank, 1791
  • See, when the Government spends money, it creates jobs; whereas when the money is left in the hands of Taxpayers, God only knows what they do with it. Bake it into pies, probably. Anything to avoid creating jobs.
     - Dave Barry
  • Man is free at the moment he wishes to be.
     - Voltaire
  • Suppose you were an idiot. And suppose you were a member of Congress. But I repeat myself.
     - Mark Twain
  • They have gun control in Cuba. They have universal health care in Cuba. So why do they want to come here?
     - Paul Harvey
  • Regulation - which is based on force and fear - undermines the moral base of business dealings. It becomes cheaper to bribe a building inspector than to meet his standards of construction. A fly-by-night securities operator can quickly meet all the S.E.C. requirements, gain the inference of respectability, and proceed to fleece the public. In an unregulated economy, the operator would have had to spend a number of years in reputable dealings before he could earn a position of trust sufficient to induce a number of investors to place funds with him. Protection of the consumer by regulation is thus illusory.
     - Alan Greenspan
  • I am interested in politics so that one day I will not have to be interested in politics.
     - Ayn Rand

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