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Submitted by Editor on Sun, 31/10/2004 - 17:52

(From A Chorus Of Quotes)

Kens Comment: The occasional, published quote, may give us some idea about what is happening and where we are going (or being taken) to. This in itself is reasom for considering conspiracy claims along with both mainstream and alternate media sources before making any major decisions. Read below.

"Americans are the best entertained and the least informed people in the world."
Neil Postman, author, and professor at NYU, from Amusing Ourselves to Death, Penguin Books, 1985

Thursday, October 28, 2004, 6:04:05 PM

"The world is not the way they tell you it is."
Adam Smith, 1723-1790, economist and philosopher

"The news and truth are not the same thing."
Walter Lippmann, 1889-1974, American journalist

"Most people, sometime in their lives, stumble across truth. Most jump up, brush themselves off, and hurry on about their business as if nothing had happened."
Winston Churchill, 1874-1965, English statesman

"A nation of well informed men who have been taught to know and prize the rights which God has given them cannot be enslaved. It is in the region of ignorance that tyranny begins."
Benjamin Franklin, 1706-1790, American statesman and inventor

"If you want to know about the world and understand and educate yourself, you have to dig; dig up books and articles, read and find out for yourself."
John Stockwell, the highest-ranking CIA official ever to leave the agency and go public, from a lecture given in October 1987

"Facts do not cease to exist because they are ignored."
Aldous Huxley, 1894-1963, English novelist and critic

"Your failure to be informed, does not make me a wacko."
John Loeffler, host Steel on Steel radio program

"The American people may think that they live in a free country when, in reality, things could not be more controlled. The American public must be made aware of what is really taking place in the United States."
Melvin Sickler

"But there is nothing covered up that will not be revealed; and hidden that will not be known"
Luke 12:2

"All truth passes through three stages. First, it is ridiculed. Second, it is violently opposed. Third, it is accepted as being self- evident."
Arthur Schopenhauer, 1788-1860, German philosopher 

"Television in its present form, (is) the opiate of the people of the United States."
Richard M. Nixon, 37th President

"Television is altering the meaning of 'being informed' by creating a species of information that might properly be called disinformation...Disinformation does not mean false information. It means misleading information - misplaced, irrelevant, fragmented or superficial information - information that creates the illusion of knowing something, but which in fact leads one away from knowing."
Neil Postman, author, and professor at NYU

"The business of the journalist is to destroy the truth, to lie outright, to pervert, to vilify, to fawn at the feet of mammon, and to sell the country for his daily bread...We are tools and vassals for rich men behind the scenes...We are intellectual prostitutes."
John Swinton, New York Times editor in a speech before the New York
Press Club, 1953

"Our job is to give people not what they want, but what we decide they ought to have."
Richard Salant, former president CBS news, from the book, Economic
Solutions by Peter Kershaw, page 29

"We paid $3 billion for these television stations. We will decide what the news is. The news is what we tell you it is."
David Boylan, WTVT Tampa Bay, FL station manager, April 16, 1997

"The Central Intelligence Agency owns everyone of any significance in the major media."
William Colby, former CIA director

"Disinformation is a large part of its (CIA) covert action responsibility, and the American people are the primary target of its lies."
Ralph McGehee, former CIA intelligence analyst, author of Deadly Deceits: My 25 Years in the CIA

"The (CIA) Agency has owned outright more than 240 Media operations around the world, including newspapers, magazines, publishing houses, radio and television stations, and wire services, and has partially controlled many more."
Michael Parenti, political scientist and author

"The lie can only be maintained for such time as the State can shield the people from the political, economic and/or military consequences of the lie. It thus becomes vitally important for the State to use all of it's powers to repress dissent, for the truth is the mortal enemy of the lie, and thus by extension, the truth becomes the greatest enemy of the State."
Dr. Joseph M. Goebbels, Nazi propoganda minister

"We are grateful to The Washington Post, The New York Times, Time Magazine and other great publications whose directors have attended our meetings and respected their promises of discretion for almost forty years. It would have been impossible for us to develop our plan for the world if we had not subject to the bright lights of publicity during those years. But, the work is now much more sophisticated and prepared to march towards a world government. The supranational sovereignty of an intellectual elite and world bankers is surely preferable to the national autodetermination practiced in past centuries."
David Rockefeller, international banker, founder of the Trilateral Commission, chairman of Council on Foreign Relations 1970-1985, remarks in an address to a meeting of The Trilateral Commission in June, 1991

"I have the greatest admiration for your propaganda. Propaganda in the West is carried out by experts who have had the best training in the world - in the field of advertizing - and have mastered the techniques with exceptional proficiency...Yours are subtle and persuasive; ours are crude and obvious...I think that the fundamental difference between our worlds, with respect to propaganda, is quite simple. You tend to believe yours...and we tend to disbelieve ours."
a Soviet correspondent based five years in the U.S.

"One of the Iraq war's major casualties is the credibility of the American media. Nobody takes it seriously."
BBC World News commentator, March 24, 2003

"The owners and managers of the press determine which person, which facts, which version of the facts, and which ideas shall reach the public."
Report by the Commission on Freedom of the Press, quoted in Democracy for the Few by Michael Parenti, and Don't Blame the People by Robert Cirino

"If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it people will eventually come to believe it."
Joseph Goebbels, Nazi propoganda minister

"The United States is not only number one in military power but also in the effectiveness of its propaganda system."
Edward S. Herman, political economist and author, from Z magazine, September 2001, page 42

"The enormous gap between what US leaders do in the world and what Americans think their leaders are doing is one of the great propaganda accomplishments of the dominant political mythology."
Michael Parenti, author and lecturer

"How fortunate for governments that the people they administer don't think."
Adolph Hitler, Chancellor of Germany 1933-1945

"Nothing just happens in politics. If something happens you can be sure it was planned that way."
Franklin Delano Roosevelt, 32nd President

There are two views of history. 1: History happens by accident or 2: It is planned.
The general public is taught that history happens by accident. However, the upper echelons...know that history is planned.
R.E. McMaster, Jr., financial advisor and author

"I claim... the existence of a conspiracy for the destruction of the Western World as the prelude for shepherding mankind into a sheep's pen run as a prelude to One World tyranny."
A.K. Chesterton, 1896-1973, jounalist

"The individual is handicapped by coming face to face with a conspiracy so monstrous he cannot believe it exists."
J. Edgar Hoover, director of the FBI from 1924 to 1972

"A secret combination that seeks to overthrow the freedom of all lands, nations, and countries is increasing in its evil influence and control over America and the entire world."
Ezra Taft Benson, 1899-1994, Secretary of Agriculture during the Eisenhower adminsitration

"The Conspiratorial View of History is also the Biblical View of History. Try Psalms 2 for starters."

"...the world is governed by very different personages to what is imagined by those who are not themselves behind the scenes."
Benjamin Disraeli, 1801-1884, former Prime Minister of Britain

"The evidence is there, but in my opinion, the average person does NOT want to know, and even when confronted with it, will look the other way."
Svali, the pseudonym of a woman who was a mind programmer for the
Illuminati until 1996

"I have heard much of the nefarious and dangerous plan and doctrines of the Illuminati. It was not my intention to doubt that the doctrines of the Illuminati and principles of Jacobism had not spread in the United States. On the contrary, no one is more satisfied of this fact than I am."
George Washington, 1st president, from his writings

"We have come to be one of the worst ruled, one of the most completely controlled and dominated Governments in the world - no longer a Government of free opinion, no longer a Government by conviction and vote of the majority, but a Government by the opinion and duress of small groups of dominant men."
Woodrow Wilson, 28th President

"The real truth of the matter is, as you and I know, that a financial element in the large centers has owned the government of the U.S. since the days of Andrew Jackson."
Franklin Delano Roosevelt, 32nd President, remarks in a letter written Nov. 21, 1933 to Colonel E. Mandell House

"A clique of U.S. industrialists is hell-bent to bring a fascist state to supplant our democratic government and is working closely with the fascist regime in Germany and Italy. I have had plenty of opportunity in my post in Berlin to witness how close some of our American ruling families are to the Nazi regime...Certain American industrialists had a great deal to do with bringing fascist regimes into being in both Germany and Italy. They extended aid to help Fascism occupy the seat of power, and they are helping to keep it there."
William E. Dodd, U.S. Ambassador to Germany, 1937

"Fifty men have run America and that's a high figure."  
Joseph Kennedy, the father of president John F. Kennedy

"Behind the ostensible government sits enthroned an invisible government owing no allegiance and acknowledging no responsibility to the people."
Theodore Roosevelt, 26th President, April 19, 1906

"This...Godless society operates in an extremely efficient manner at least in its higher levels of leadership...It follows a perfectly mapped out strategy. It holds almost complete sway in international organizations, in financial circles, in the field of mass communications; press, cinema, radio and television."
Father Pedro Arrupe, head of the Jesuit Order of the Roman Catholic Church, from a UPI story December 27, 1965

"It is a known fact that the policies of the government today, whether Republican or Democratic, are closer to the 1932 platform of the Communist Party that they are to either of their party platforms in that critical year. More than 100 years ago, in 1848 to be exact, Karl Marx promulgated his program for the socialized state in the Communist Manisfesto..."
Walter Trohan, columnist for the Chicago Tribune, noted on October 5, 1970

"I am appalled at the extensive evidence indicating that there is today in the UN among the American employees there, the greatest concentration of Communists that this Committee has ever encountered...These people occupy high positions...almost all of these people have, in the past, been employees in the U.S. government in high and sensitive positions."
Senator James O. Eastland, Senate Committee on the Judiciary, 1952

"We operate here under directives which emulate from the White House... The substance of the directives under which we operate is that we shall use our grant making power to alter life in the United States so that we can comfortably be merged with the Soviet Union."
Rowan Gaither, President of the Ford Foundation, 1954

"The media have had 50 years to get the story straight but still can't present the basic facts to the American people about the communist threat that McCarthy tried to expose-and which still exists today in a different but equally deadly form."
Accuracy In Media Report, July 3, 2003

"Gentlemen, Comrades, do not be concerned about all you hear about glasnost and perestroika and democracy in the coming years. These are primarily for outward consumption. There will be no significant internal change within the Soviet Union, other than for cosmetic purposes. Our purpose is to disarm the Americans and let them fall asleep."
Mikhail Gorbachev, (on the coming Perestroika deception) speech to the Politburo, November, 1987

"We are moving toward a New World Order, the world of communism. We shall never turn off that road."
Mikhail Gorbachev, 1987, former President of the USSR, currently
President of The Gorbachev Foundation in the former Presidio military base in San Francisco, also Chairman of Green Cross International

"I believe that if the people of this nation fully understood what Congress has done to them over the last 49 years, they would move on Washington; they would not wait for an election...It adds up to a preconceived plan to destroy the economic and social independence of the United States!"
George W. Malone, U.S. Senator from Nevada, speaking before Congress in 1957

"The real menace of our Republic is the invisible government which like a giant octopus sprawls its slimy legs over our cities, states and nation."
John F. Hylan, 1918-1925, former Mayor of New York

"The ultimate aim of the CFR (Council on Foreign Relations) is to create a one-world socialist system, and to make the U.S. an official part of it."
Dan Smoot,  former member of the FBI Headquarters staff in Washington, D.C., American patriot, author, and broadcaster

"Somewhere at the top of the pyramid in the invisible government are a few sinister people who know exactly what they are doing: They want America to become part of a worldwide socialist dictatorship..."
Dan Smoot, author of The Invisible Government

The CFR, dedicated to one world government, financed by a number of the largest tax-exempt foundations, and wielding such power and influence over our lives in the areas of finance, business, labor, military, education, and mass communication-media should be familiar to every American..."
John R. Rarick, Lousiana Congressman

"We are on the verge of a global transformation. All we need is the right major crisis and the nations will accept the New World Order."
David Rockefeller, founder of the Trilateral Commission, CFR member

"There exists in the world today, and has existed for thousands of years, a body of enlightened humans united in what might be termed, an Order of the Quest. It is composed of those whose intellectual and spiritual perceptions have revealed to them that civilisation has a secret Destiny...The outcome of this 'secret destiny' is a World Order ruled by a king with supernatural powers (antichrist). This king was descended of a divine race; that is, he belonged to the Order of the Illumined; for those who come to a state of wisdom then belong to a family of heroes-perfected human beings."
Manley Hall, 33rd degree Mason, from his book, The Secret Destiny of America

"Today, America would be outraged if U.N. troops entered Los Angeles to restore order. Tomorrow they will be grateful! This is especially true if they were told that there were an outside threat from beyond, whether real or promulgated, that threatened our very existence. It is then that all the peoples of the world will plead to deliver them from this evil. The one thing every man fears is the unknown. When presented with this scenario, individual rights will be willingly relinquished for the guarantee of their well-being granted to them by the world government."
Dr. Henry Kissinger, Bilderberger Conference, 1991, former US Secretary of State

"(The New World Order) cannot happen without U.S. participation, as we are the most significant single component. Yes, there will be a New World Order, and it will force the United States to change it's perceptions."
Henry Kissenger, World Affairs Council Press Conference, Regent Beverly Wilshire Hotel , April 19th, 1994

"We shall have world government whether or not you like it, by conquest or consent."
James Warburg, banker, CFR member, remarks as he testified before the U.S. Senate, February 17, 1950

"...the secret societies were planning as far back as 1917 to invent an artificial threat...in order to bring humanity together in a one- world government which they call the New World Order."
William Cooper, former Naval intelligence officer, author, from his book Behold A Pale Horse, page 27

"...out of these troubled times, our objective - a new world order - can emerge."
George H. W. Bush, 1990, 41st President

"The invisible Money Power is working to control and enslave mankind. It financed Communism, Fascism, Marxism, Zionism, Socialism. All of these are directed to making the United States a member of a World Government..."
American Mercury Magazine, December 1957, page 92

"Most conservatives - by which I mean normal people - have little conception of the aggressive and revolutionary force that confronts them. It is a revolutionary force in that it seeks to overturn the existing order, but it differs from the spirit of Marx and Lenin in that it never proclaims itself openly."
Tom Bethell, American Spectator, February 1997

"No one will enter the New World Order unless he or she will make a pledge to worship Lucifer. No one will enter the New Age unless he will take a Luciferian Initiation."
David Spangler, director of Planetary Initiative, United Nations

"We are not going to achieve a New World Order without paying for it in blood..."
Arthur Schlesinger, Jr., in Foreign Affairs, July/August 1995, author, historian and public official

"Countless people...will hate the New World Order...and will die protesting against it...we have to bear in mind the distress of a generation or so of malcontents..."
H.G. Wells, 1866-1946, from his book The New World Order

"A total world population of 250-300 million people, a 95% decline
from present levels, would be ideal."
Ted Turner, media mogul and humanist, from an interview in Audubon

"It's terrible to have to say this. World population must be stabilized and to do that we must eliminate 350,000 people per day"
Jacques-Yves Cousteau, oceanographer and humanist, The UNESCO Courier, Nov. 1991, page 13

"The commitment of government to deal with the population issue is of course essential...There are many ways to make the death rate Increase."
Robert McNamara, Secretary of Defense, New Solidarity, March 30, 1981

"The First and Second World Wars were wars designed to kill millions were not successful enough hence the new methods outlined in the Global 2000 Report...The world is populated with too many redundant people who must not be allowed to procreate and consume scarce natural resources...The Committee of 300 (Illuminati) commissioned Cyrus Vance to write a paper on this subject of how to bring about such genocide. The paper was produced under the title 'Global 2000 Report' and was accepted and approved for action by former President James Earl Carter, and Edwin Muskie, then Secretary of States, for and on behalf of the US Government."
Dr. John Coleman, former intelligence agent of British MI6, from his report, Global 2000: A Blueprint For Global Genocide, written in 1992 concerning  the depopulation agenda of the Club of Rome

"Why should we hear about body bags, and deaths, and how many, what day it's gonna happen, and how many this or what do you suppose? Or, I mean, it's, it's not relevant. So, why should I waste my beautiful mind on something like that?"
Barbara Bush, former first lady, on Good Morning America March 18, 2003 regarding news coverage of the Iraq war

"It's really not a number I'm terribly interested in."
General Colin Powell, reply when asked about the number of Iraqi people who were killed by Americans in the 1991 Desert Storm campaign, estimates up to 200,000 Iraqi men, women, and children

"Military men are dumb, stupid animals to be used as pawns for foreign policy."
Henry Kissinger, quoted by Bob Woodward in The Final Days, 1976

"The illegal we do immediately. The unconstitutional takes a little longer."
Henry Kissinger

"If the people were to ever find out what we have done, we would be chased down the streets and lynched."
George H.W. Bush, cited in the June 1992 Sarah McClendon Newsletter

"The strongest reason for the people to retain the right to keep and bear arms is, as a last resort, to protect themselves against tyranny in their government."
Thomas Jefferson, 3rd President

"The Brady Bill's only effect will be to desensitize the public to regulation of weapons in preparation for their ultimate confiscation."
Charles Krauthammer, Washington Post, April 5, 1996

"We can't be so fixated on our desire to preserve the rights of ordinary Americans to legitimately own handguns and rifles"
Bill Clinton, 42nd President, March 1, 1993

"The most foolish mistake we could possibly make would be to allow the subject race to possess arms. History shows that all conquerors who have allowed their subjects to carry arms have prepared their own downfall by so doing."
Adolph Hitler, Chancellor of Germany 1933-1945

"God bless the America we are trying to create."
Hillary Clinton, former first lady

"There ought to be limits to freedom."
George W. Bush, 43rd President, remark made during a press conference, May 21, 1999

"If this were a dictatorship, it would be a heck of a lot easier, just so long as I'm the dictator."
George W. Bush, December 18, 2000, CNN.com

"A dictatorship would be a heck of a lot easier, there's no question about it."
George W. Bush, Business Week, July 30, 2001

"I'm the commander - see, I don't need to explain - I do not need to explain why I say things."
George W. Bush, from Bob Woodward's Bush At War, Nov. 2002

"Our enemies are innovative and resourceful, and so are we. They never stop thinking about new ways to harm our country and our people, and neither do we."
George W. Bush, remark made during comments following signing of a defense bill, August 5, 2004

"An evil exists that threatens every man, woman and child of this great nation. We must take steps to ensure our domestic security and protect our homeland."
Adolph Hitler, 1933, writing about the creation of the Gestapo

"Naturally the common people don't want war...But, after all, it is the leaders of the country who determine the policy and it is always a simple matter to drag the people along, whether it is a democracy, or a fascist dictatorship, or a parliament, or a communist dictatorship. Voice or no voice, the people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. That is easy. All you have to do is tell them they are being attacked, and denounce the peacemakers for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger. It works the same in any country."
Herman Goering, Nazi Air Force (Luftwaffe) commander, at the
Nuremberg Trials in 1946

"Our government has kept us in a perpetual state of fear - kept us in a continuous stampede of patriotic fervor - with the cry of grave national emergency. Always there has been some terrible evil at home or some monstrous foreign power that was going to gobble us up if we did not blindly rally behind it..."
General Douglas MacArthur, 1957

"The Hegelian dialectic is the process by which the ruling elite instigate a crisis. Then there is an enormous public outcry that something be done about the problem. So they offer a solution that brings about the changes they wanted all along, but which people would have been unwilling to accept initially."

"(In 1962) the Joint Chiefs of Staff drew up and approved plans for what may be the most corrupt plan ever created by the U.S. government (up to that time). In the name of anticommunism, they proposed launching a secret and bloody war of terrorism against their own country in order to trick the American public into supporting an ill- conceived war they intended to launch against Cuba." (codenamed Operation Northwoods)
James Bamford, author of Body of Secrets: Anatomy of the Ultra-Secret National Security Agency

"The interests behind the Bush Administration, such as the CFR, the Bilderberger Group, and the Trilateral Commission - founded by Brzezinski for David Rockefeller - have prepared for and are now moving to implement open world dictatorship within the next five years. They are not fighting against terrorists. They are fighting against citizens."
Dr. Johannes B. Koeppl, PhD, former German defense ministry official and advisor to former NATO Secretary-General Manfred Werner, November 6, 2001

"If the United States is hit with a weapon of mass destruction...the Constitution will likely be discarded in favor of a military form of government."
General Tommy Franks, Cigar Aficionado magazine, December 2003

"Terrorism: a system of government that rules by intimidation (fear)."
Funk Wagnalls Standard College Dictionary, 1966

"Fear is the foundation of most governments."
John Adams, 2nd President

"Patriotism is the principle that will justify the training of wholesale murderers."
Leo Tolstoy, Russian novelist and philosopher, 1828-1910

"Dictators can always consolidate their tyranny by an appeal to patriotism."
Aldous Huxley, English novelist

"No free people can lose their liberties while they are jealous of liberty. But the liberties of the freest people are in danger when they set up symbols of liberty as fetishes, worshipping the symbol instead of the principle it represents."
Wendell Phillips, 1811-1884, Abolitionist author

"Flags are bits of colored cloth that governments use first to shrink- wrap people's minds and then as ceremonial shrouds to bury the dead."
Arundhati Roy, Indian novelist

"The more corrupt the republic, the more numerous the laws."
Cornelius Tacitus, 55-117AD, Roman historian

"Many of the laws passed after 9/11 will result in dictatorship once they are enforced; today, we retain our freedoms only because these type of laws have not yet been implemented."
David Bay, director of Cutting Edge Ministries, Lexington, SC

"We are fast approaching the stage of the ultimate inversion: the stage where the government is free to do anything it pleases, while the citizens may act only by permission; which is the stage of the darkest periods of human history, the stage of rule by brute force."
Ayn Rand, 1905-1982, author and philosopher

"I am concerned for the security of our great nation; not so much because of any threat from without, but because of the insideous forces working from within."
General Douglas MacArthur, 1880-1964

"Our threat is not from abroad. The danger is internal, and the solution can only be internal."
General Robert L. Scott, author of God Is My Copilot

"If tyranny and oppression ever come to this land, it will be in the guise of fighting a foreign enemy."
James Madison, 4th President

"The fetters imposed on liberty at home have ever been forged out of the weapons provided for defence against real, pretended, or imaginary dangers from abroad,"
James Madison, 4th president

"Never forget that everything Hitler did in Germany was legal."
Martin Luther King, Jr.

"God told me to strike at al Qaeda and I struck them, and then he instructed me to strike at Saddam, which I did..."
George W. Bush, from Israeli Haaretz newspaper, June 24, 2003

"My feeling as a Christian points me to my Lord and Savior... I am fighting for the work of the Lord."
Adolph Hitler, from a speech April 12, 1922

"Woe to those who call evil good, and good evil."
Isaiah 5:20

"In the United States, both the Republican and Democratic Parties, with only a few prominent exceptions, have been and are in the pay of the corporate media and communication giants."
John Nichols, news correspondent and author, and Robert McChesney, professor and author

"The American political system is essentially a contract between the Republican and Democratic parties, enforced by federal and state two- party laws, all designed to guarantee the survival of both no matter how many people despise or ignore them."
Richard Reeves, author and columnist

"I never would have agreed to the formulation of the Central Intelligence Agency back in '47, if I had known it would become the American Gestapo."
Harry S. Truman, 33rd President, 1961 source

"It is the function of the CIA to keep the world unstable, and to propagandize and teach the American people to hate, so we will let the Establishment spend any amount of money on arms."
John Stockwell, former CIA official

"It isn't only Gestapo maniacs who do inhuman things to people. We (the CIA) are responsible for doing inhuman things on a massive scale to people all over the world."
John Stockwell, former CIA official

"I sat there in agony thinking about all that had led me to this private hell. My idealism, my patriotism, my ambition, my plans to be a good intelligence officer to help my country fight the communist scourge - what in the hell had happened? Why did we have to bomb the people we were trying to save? Why were we napalming young (Vietnamese) children? Why did the CIA, my employer for 16 years, report lies instead of the truth?"
Ralph McGehee, former CIA intelligence analyst, Deadly Deceits: My 25 Years in the CIA

"The crimes of the U.S. throughout the world have been systematic, constant, clinical, remorseless, and fully documented but nobody talks about them."
Harold Pinter, English playwriter

"Definition of Democracy:  A goverment of the masses. Authority derived through mass meeting or any other form of 'direct' expression. Results in mobocracy. Attitude toward property is communistic - negating property rights. Attitude toward law is that the will of the majority shall regulate... without restraint or regard to consequences. Results in demagogism, license, agitation, discontent, anarchy."
U.S. Army Training Manual Concerning Citizenship, 1928

"By replacing our republic with a democracy, which permits constant expansion of government power, they are able to undermine and destroy the American system."
Time Bomb, page 238, published by American Freedom Press

"Democracy is the road to socialism."
Karl Marx, 1818-1883, political philosopher

"Democracy is indispensible to socialism. The goal of socialism is communism."
Vladimir Lenin, 1870-1924, former leader of Russia and the USSR

"He who votes decides nothing; he who counts the votes decides everything."
Joseph Stalin, 1879-1953, former leader of the USSR

"None are more hopelessly enslaved than those who falsely believe they are free."
Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe, 1749-1832, German poet, novelist, playwright, courtier, and natural philosopher

"Of all tyrannies a tyranny exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive."
C.S. Lewis, 1898-1963, English author

"There is no war on crime. There is no war on drugs, no war on terrorism. There is only the ongoing effort by the federal government to collect as much information on as many people as possible."
Jim Redden, author of Snitch Culture: How Citizens Are Turned Into the Eyes and Ears of the State

"A nation can survive its fools, and even the ambitious. But it cannot survive treason from within."
Marcus Tullius Cicero, Roman consul 63 B.C.

"War is peace; freedom is slavery; ignorance is strength."
George Orwell, 1903-1950, from his futuristic novel 1984

"They that would give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety."
Benjamin Franklin, 1706-1790, statesmen and inventor

"If a nation values anything more than freedom, then it will lose it's freedom; and the irony of it is that if it is comfort and security that it values, it will lose that too. "
Charlie Reese, journalist and columnist

"The people never give up their liberties but under some delusion."
Edmund Burke, British statesman and orator, 1729-1797

"It is the fist responsibility of every citizen to question authority."
Benjamin Franklin, American statesman

"Dissent is the highest form of patriotism."
Thomas Jefferson, 3rd President

"It is not the function of the government to keep the citizen from falling into error; it is the function of the citizen to keep the government from falling into error."
Robert H. Jackson, 1892-1954, U. S. Supreme Court Justice

"I love America, not its government. I am loyal to the Constitution, not to the politicians. I love the traditional American way of life, not the 1984 (George Orwell) version we're living today."
Harry Browne, speaker, author, and investment advisor

"Whenever any form of government becomes destructive of...(Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness), it is the right of the people to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new government."
Thomas Jefferson, 3rd President

"This country, with its institutions, belongs to the people who inhabit it. Whenever they shall grow weary of the existing Government, they can exercise their constitutional right of amending it or their revolutionary right to dismember or overthrow it."
Abraham Lincoln, 16th President

"Patriotism means to stand by the country. It does not mean to stand by the President or any other public official."
Theodore Roosevelt, 26th President

"A patriot must always be ready to defend his country against his government."
Edward Abbey, 1927-1989, environmentalist, philosopher, and author

"The time has come to recover the valiant courage of our forefathers, who understood that faith and freedom are inseparable, and that they are worth fighting for."
Roy Moore, former Alabama Supreme Court Justice

"I am only one, but I am one. I cannot do everything, but I can do something. What I can do, I should do and, with the help of God, I will do!"
Edward Everett Hale, 1822-1909, clergyman and author

"For earthly princes lay aside their power when they rise up against God, and are unworthy to be reckoned among the number of mankind. We ought, rather, utterly to defy them."
John Calvin, 1509-1564, theologean

"We are apt to shut our eyes against a painful truth...For my part, whatever anguish of spirit it may cost, I am willing to know the whole truth; to know the worst, and to provide for it. I have but one lamp by which my feet are guided; and that is the lamp of experience. I know of no way of judging the future but by the past. Let us not, I beseech you, sir, deceive ourselves longer."
Patrick Henry, 1736-1799, American patriot and statesman

"Is life so dear, or peace so sweet, as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery? Forbid it, Almighty God! I know not what course others may take; but as for me, give me liberty or give me death!"
Patrick Henry, March 23, 1775

Compiled and arranged by Steven Garren, October 2004




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