"When a man dies, he does not just die of the disease that he has; he dies of his whole life." -- Peguy
America is a rich society because its people are nearly all nearly always honorable. -- Me
- For having shown weakness to aggressors, we will be required to defend ourselves, against both invasion from without and predation from within.
- For having reneged on our promises, we will lose the credibility upon which we've become accustomed to rely.
- For having incurred the greatest mountain of debt in the history of the world, we will forfeit all credit, and will henceforward be unable to borrow.
- For having scamped our duties to those we promised protection, we will be denied the comfort of alliances and the protection of our extraterritorial assets.
Freedom is not free, free men are not equal, and equal men are not free! -- Richard Cotten
- We recoiled from the hard jobs of justice.
- We demurred from the maintenance of our borders and our defenses.
- We ate our seed corn, and staked our futures on a credit-based economy.
- Rather than whip aggressors back into their kennels, we paid them Dane-geld.
- We assumed that our freedom and prosperity had become a permanent state of grace. In other words, we believed in "something for nothing."
Therefore, every grant of power to the State reduces the freedom of individuals.
Mei Ling translated. Eddie Lee smiled again, one eye squinting
as the smoke from his cigarette drifted past.
"You think be hard to kill you?"
"Yeah," I said. "Be hard."
[Robert B. Parker, Walking Shadow]
"Once you know a man deserves to die, you have to kill him. If you don't, you're
committing a crime against everyone who doesn't deserve to die. If you get him down
but can't bring yourself to do it, and he gets up off the mat and kills you instead,
you're only getting what you deserve yourself." -- On Broken Wings
- Toward nations and "non-state actors" that seek to bend us to their wills;
- Toward religious and quasi-religious, racial, and ethnic groups that agitate for special treatment and exemptions from the laws;
- Toward special interests that seek subsidies, subventions, or to impose their views upon us through the political process;
- Toward individual predators who have, in the main, eluded the proper penalties for their deeds.
"From those to whom much is given, much is expected." -- Richard Kinane
"Brace for impact." -- Captain Chesley L. Sullenberger