April 5

political quotes

  • Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable.
     - John F. Kennedy
  • I swear by my life and my love of it that I will never live for the sake of another man, nor ask another man to live for mine.
     - Ayn Rand (John Galt), Atlas Shrugged
  • The very word 'secrecy' is repugnant in a free and open society; and we are as a people inherently and historically opposed to secret societies, to secret oaths, and to secret proceedings.
     - John F. Kennedy
  • It is dangerous to be right when the government is wrong.
     - Voltaire
  • 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
  • Suppose you were an idiot. And suppose you were a member of Congress. But I repeat myself.
     - Mark Twain

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