Friday, June 23, 2006

George Said It Best

No -- not that George W.

Government is not reason; it is not eloquence; it is force. Like fire, it is a dangerous servant and a fearful master. -– George Washington

If I were wise enough I might end the post here. We could spend the day just thinking of what the original George W. said. Since I can't stop now - I'll let others carry the ball:

In fact there have been many Georges that could remind the current George that this country was founded on the principle that citizens have all the rights - and government must be tied down and chopped up to protect those rights - from the government.

It is not the business of government to make men virtuous or religious, or to preserve the fool from the consequences of his own folly. Government should be repressive no further than is necessary to secure liberty by protecting the equal rights of each from aggression on the part of others, and the moment governmental prohibitions extend beyond this line they are in danger of defeating the very ends they are intended to serve. -– Henry George

The preservation of the sacred fire of liberty, and the destiny of the Republican model of government, are justly considered as deeply, perhaps as finally staked, on the experiment entrusted to the hands of the American people. -– George Washington (and we fumbled)

A government which robs Peter to pay Paul, can always count on the support of Paul. -– George Bernard Shaw

Liberty means responsibility. That is why most men dread it. -– George Bernard Shaw

I am convinced that we can do to guns what we've done to drugs: create a multi-billion dollar underground market over which we have absolutely no control. -– George L. Roman

When government accepts responsibility for people, then people no longer take responsibility for themselves. -– George Pataki

If you want a picture of the future, imagine a boot stamping on a human face -- – forever. -– George Orwell, 1984

People never believe in volcanoes until the lava actually overtakes them. -– George Santayana

This and no other is the root from which a tyrant springs; when he first appears he is a protector. --– Plato circa 400 B.C. (what you didn't know Plato's first name?)

And a final quote representative of a century of declining liberty at the hand of double speaking politicians - perhaps if he expanded his concept and realized you can not federalize anything worth while.

If we have learned anything in the past quarter century, it is that we cannot Federalize Virtue. - –
George Bush

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