"You cannot help the poor by destroying the rich. You cannot strengthen the weak by weakening the strong. You cannot bring about prosperity by discouraging thrift. You cannot lift the wage earner up by pulling the wage payer down. You cannot further the brotherhood of man by inciting class hatred. You cannot build character and courage by taking away people's initiative and independence. You cannot help people permanently by doing for them, what they could and should do for themselves."
-attributed to Abraham Lincoln but quote is from Rev. William John Henry Boetcker
If you will not fight for the right when you can easily win
without bloodshed, if you will not fight when your victory will be sure and not so costly, you may come to the moment when you will have to fight with all the odds against you and only a precarious chance for survival. There may be a worse case. You may have to fight when there is no chance of victory, because it is better to perish than to live as slaves.”
"A government big enough to give you everything you want, is strong enough to take everything you have.” -Thomas Jefferson
"An educated citizenry is a vital requisite for our survival as a free people." - Thomas Jefferson"
“Blessed are those that can give without remembering and receive without forgetting.”
-- Elizabeth Bibesco
“Reason and experience both forbid us to expect that national morality can prevail in exclusion of religious principle. Purity of morals is the only sure foundation of public happiness in any country.”
The Writings of George Washington, October 21, 1778
You and I have a rendezvous with destiny. We will preserve for our children this, the last best hope of man on earth, or we will sentence them to take the first step into a thousand years of darkness. If we fail, at least let our children and our children's children say of us we justified our brief moment here. We did all that could be done -- Ronald Reagan
Politics is the art of looking for trouble, finding it everywhere, diagnosing it incorrectly, and applying the wrong remedies. - Groucho Marx
The World is a dangerous place, not because those who do evil, but because of those who look on and do nothing. - Albert Einstein
"Upon taking the oath of office on January 20, 1981, in his first inaugural address, President Ronald Reagan told the American people:"
"If we look to the answer as to why for so many years we achieved so much, prospered as no other people no earth, it was because here in this land we unleashed the energy and individual genius of man to a greater extent than has ever been done before. Freedom and the dignity of the individual have been more available and assured here than in any other place on earth. The price for this freedom at times has been high, but we have never been unwilling to pay that price. It is no coincidence that our present troubles parallel and are proportionate to the intervention and intrusion in our lives that result from unnecessary and excessive growth of government. It is time for us to realize that we are too great a nation to limit ourselves to small dreams. We're not, as some would have us believe, doomed to an inevitable decline. I do not believe in a fate that will fall on us no matter what we do. I do believe in a fate that will fall on us if we do nothing."
"“Question with boldness even the existence of God; because, if there be one, he must more approve of the homage of reason than that of blindfolded fear”
- Thomas Jefferson
Which seems more unreasonable; a man who believes in a God he cannot see, or a man who is offended by a God he does not believe in? - Brad Stine
When your passion and your purpose are greater than your fears and excuses - then you will find a way! ~Author Unknown~
I always cheer up immensely if an attack is particularly wounding because I think, well, if they attack one personally, it means they have not a single political argument left. - Margaret Thatcher
"Government growing beyond our consent had become a lumbering giant, slamming shut the gates of opportunity, threatening to crush the very roots of our freedom. What brought America back? The American people brought us back – with quiet courage and common sense; with undying faith that in this nation under God the future will be ours, for the future belongs to the free."
Ronald W. Reagan
February 4, 1986, State of the Union Address
"Leadership is the activity of influencing people to cooperate toward some goal which they come to find desirable." Ordway Tead
The problem with political jokes is they get elected.
~Henry Cate, VII
Mr. John McCullum was a teacher at our daughters' high school, Friends Central. His values and the life lessons that he imparted to his students, along with everyone that came in contact with him, made those he "touched" better for the experience. Mr. McCullum was a gay, black man that died of aids. I think about him often and regret that we did not have more time together. I am a happily married man - 42 years on Mary 28, 2012, and I have two married children. The color of his skin was as meaningless to me as was his sexual preference. It was the content of his character that made him standout as one of my heroes. You should know that Mr. McCullum always wanted me to call him John, but I never did because, as I told him, he deserved a title of respect. Some may say that Mr. McCullum was a sinner because he was a homosexual but I have only met a handful of people that measure up to his lofty stature.
I live by "...all men are created equal..." We are created by God and I thank him for Mr. McCullum. I am also CERTAIN that Mr. McCullum is spending eternity in Heaven.