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web posted January 27, 2003

"...[C]reating a surveillance state will divert valuable resources away from investigating legitimate security threats into spying on innocent Americans, thus reducing security. The American people would be better served if the government focused attention on ensuring our borders are closed to potential terrorists instead of coming up with new ways to violate the rights of American citizens. ...National identifiers threaten all Americans by exposing them to the threat of identity theft by private criminals and abuse of their liberties by public criminals, while diverting valuable law enforcement resources away from addressing real threats to public safety. In addition, national identifiers are incompatible with a limited, constitutional government." -- Rep. Ron Paul

"I think the Democrats lost ground, in part, my old -- former Senator Al Simpson from Wyoming said to me, they have de-fanged [Democratic leader Sen. Tom Daschle of South Dakota] now. Daschle can stand up there and point his finger and talk about those rotten, evil Republicans, and people are going to see Bill Frist standing across the aisle from him, who doesn't look rotten or evil. The other reason I think the Democrats are losers is that, when they had a moral issue in front of them, with President Clinton, they denounced him, but they never acted against him. Indeed, they rallied around him. And I think that contrast is one that people will remember." -- David Broder

"Diversity worship and multiculturalism are currency and cause for celebration at just about any college. If one is black, brown, yellow or white, the prevailing thought is that he should take pride and celebrate that fact even though...he had nothing to do with it. The multiculturalists and diversity crowd see race as an achievement. In my book, race might be an achievement, worthy of considerable celebration, only if a person was born white and through his effort and diligence became black." -- Walter Williams

"Today is the thirtieth anniversary of the Supreme Court's ROE V. WADE decision. In ROE, the Court created a right to abortion-on-demand that has claimed the lives of 40 million unborn children" -- Chuck Colson

"Democrats will trample over a thousand poor people to throw a rock at a rich man." -- Tom Adkins of "The Common Conservative," on the Bush tax-cut plan

"Envy used to be just a human failing, but today it is a major industry. Politicians, journalists and academics are all part of that industry, which some call 'social justice'." -- Thomas Sowell

"Bush 41 compromised more as his presidency wore on. Next week's State of the Union address will emphasize that Bush 43 is returning to principle on many domestic issues after a tepid first two years." -- Marvin Olasky

"It might surprise some of his [Bush's] political advisers, to find that doing the right thing instead of the political thing often pays off at the polls in a positive manner." -- Lyn Nofziger

"There are worse things than an American-led war against Saddam Hussein's regime in the next few weeks. Chief among them would be a war that will have to be waged later, against either Saddam or a no-less-dangerous successor whom the world has foolishly allowed to pursue his tyrannical domestic policies, weapons programs and ambitions for regional domination." -- Frank J. Gaffney, Jr.

"Saddam has created a party state, and as party states go, one that is more fascist than Communist, but as such you need to dismantle it, not just decapitate it." -- Joshua Muravchik, American Enterprise Institute

"...[D]elay is not the friend of liberty." -- Oliver North

"America's enemies within turned out in force on Saturday in Washington, DC, and San Francisco under the auspices of the Communist Workers World Party operating under its front organization, A.N.S.W.E.R. Once again the demonstrators pretended to be peace activists, who found violence abhorrent and a willing media played along with the charade. Neither the New York Times nor the Los Angeles Times, nor any media I saw, identified the organizers as Communists who have a long record of support for world terror and its leaders, including the Ayatollah Khomeini, Kim Jong Il, Slobodan Milosevic and Saddam Hussein. As reported by the unfiltered cameras of C- SPAN, the pretense, in fact, was pretty thin. One of the featured speakers was a spokesman for the narco-terrorists in Colombia...." -- David Horowitz

"It never ceases to amaze me how the business community continues to feed the hand that bites them." -- David Almasi, director of Project 21, a group devoted to conservative black leadership

"Diehard Clinton supporters believe if Hillary Clinton does not decide to run for the Presidency in '04, Bill Clinton will again consider throwing his pants in the ring." -- Norman Liebmann

"I could have taken out a full-page ad in the New York Times saying Dan Rather wears black stiletto do-me heels and red miniskirts behind the anchor desk, and he wouldn't have gotten as mad as when I said we have a bias problem in the media." -- Bernard Goldberg

"I don't own an SUV, but now that they've been identified as the locus of evil, I'm thinking of getting one. And if I do, I figure I might as well let the inner wolf out for a rampage and get the most obnoxious SUV I can find." -- David Brooks

"The University of Arkansas has established the first college course specifically devoted to Bill Clinton's presidency. A college course...that's got to be every dad's nightmare, huh? Your daughter comes home: 'I'm majoring in Bill Clinton in school.'" -- Jay Leno

"Senator Robert Byrd blasted President Bush for giving the U.S. the image of a belligerent bully. This says a lot. Perhaps it's time to rethink things when the only former Ku Klux Klansman in the Senate says we're being needlessly hostile." -- Argus Hamilton

web posted January 20, 2003

"...[W]hen you stop to think about it, peace merely for the sake of peace isn't all that inviting. The easiest way to get and ensure peace is by surrendering your principles and your freedom. Most Americans (I hope) don't want that kind of peace. The United States could have peace if it contacted Osama bin Laden and asked him his price, but I suspect whatever it is it's more than we'd be willing to pay. Ditto Saddam Hussein. The sad -- but true -- fact is that the only peace worth having is a peace that's worth fighting for. Because peace without freedom is not worth having. And freedom cannot be sustained without being willing to fight for it." -- Lyn Nofziger

"Freedom is no policy for the timid. And my plaintive plea to all my colleagues that remain in this government as I leave it is, for your sake, for my sake, for heaven's sake, don't give up on freedom!" -- Rep. Dick Armey

"The first thing to keep in mind is that it is almost impossible to cut any tax without making the people who pay that tax richer. And, rich people pay a lot more taxes than poor people do. According to the Tax Foundation, more than five out of every six dollars collected by the federal government were paid by the top 25 percent of taxpayers. You need a gross adjusted income of $55,225 to qualify as a member of the top quarter. Now, if all these people qualify as 'rich,' so be it. If cutting their taxes makes them richer, so be that, too. The top 1 percent, by the way, pay 37 percent of the total income taxes collected by the federal government. Democrats keep talking about how little poor people will get from an income tax cut. That's true--because poor people pay so little in income taxes. How about creating a tax system in this country that makes everybody feel like they're paying their fair share? I don't want to raise taxes on anybody--I want to cut them for everybody. But having a system where vast segments of the working population are clients of the government and a small number are funders of it is not only institutionalized class warfare, it's the exact opposite of shared sacrifice." -- Jonah Goldberg

"We are trying to stop Iraq's madman from acquiring the Bomb. North Korea already has one." -- Michael Kelly

"By maintaining separate systems of admission -- dependent on skin color -- we are turning a moral policy of color-blindness and equality into a perverse system of numeric equality, converting the theme of racial unconsciousness into a policy of racial consciousness." -- Former Education Secretary William J. Bennett, urging the president to file a brief with the Supreme Court in a suit filed by white students denied admission on the basis of the University of Michigan's affirmative-action program

"Will 'diversity' -- in plain language, race and gender preferences underpinned by a multiculturalism that elevates ethnic identities over a common American identity -- become America's new civic religion? Or will it collapse under the increasing weight of its own contradictions?" -- John O'Sullivan

"The dishonesty that is incidental to other policies is central to affirmative action. Most of what is said in support of this policy is either wholly unsubstantiated or demonstrably false." -- Thomas Sowell

"That Constitution of ours is so daggoned complicated that only a simple citizen can understand it -- judges and lawyers remain absolutely mystified while government merely ignores it as if it didn't exist at all." -- Michael Peirce

"President Bush is preparing for a possible shooting war on one continent and is engaged in preventing another one through diplomacy on another. While that is going on, the President is announcing a major economic policy enhancement and will follow that with a serious move on the twin issues of Medicare and prescription drugs. ... For an administration, which will not hit its 2nd anniversary for another two weeks, that's quite a bit. We can't help but believe that if this were a Democrat administration it would be hailed as evidence of the President's brilliant time, personnel, financial, and political management. ... You won't see it reported that way because for this national press corps, covering this administration, at this time, good news is no news." -- Rich Galen

"The criminalization of thought is a rejection of tolerance and liberty." -- Alec Rawls

"Insecurity breeds both meanness and a desire for control." -- Fred Reed

"Every month that passes without the Americans using force against Iraq increases North Korea's potential client list. That's the linkage, and the deterioration in perception this last year is at least as damaging as any actual capability in Pyongyang's arsenal. If Saddam's still in power by May, the world's in big trouble." -- Mark Steyn

"The longer we pretend that the North Korean regime can ultimately be conciliated or reformed, the longer its people will starve and suffer." -- Adam Garfinkle

"We need also, always, to remind ourselves how jejune are treaties with hostile powers that can't be relied upon to keep them." -- William F. Buckley, Jr.

"It is almost pathetic to see the emerging lineup of Democratic presidential hopefuls slobbering all over themselves in search of a defining issue -- anything -- to justify their pursuit of the land's highest office. When you watch these guys explaining their decisions to run you can't help but get the impression they are trying to convince themselves they have a legitimate reason to displace an exceedingly popular president during wartime....Unless things go way south with the war and the economy, Democrats will be in trouble because they have no constructive solutions. So they'll fall back on their tired strategy of demonizing Republicans and scaring and dividing voters, along economic, race, gender and religious lines. The more bereft they are of ideas, the nastier they will get. Which means it's not going to be pretty." -- David Limbaugh

"So much for the theory that Democrats lost the Senate in November because they had obstructed President Bush's agenda. Judging by Tom Daschle's behavior so far this year, the new Senate minority leader has concluded that the lesson of their drubbing is that Democrats weren't obstructionist enough. ... Only a week into the new Congress, the Daschle Democrats are already in full-throated opposition, assailing every White House idea and starting up the 2004 election campaign. Mr. Daschle's response to the President's tax cut hasn't been merely that it's wrong or helps 'the rich,' but that it's 'obscene.' (Tom, what are you going to say when you really don't like something?)" -- Wall Street Journal

"In the 1979-80 season, 75 per cent of all TV sets that were turned on in the early evening were tuned to the network news programs on CBS, NBC or ABC. By 2001, that share of the audience had dropped to 43 per cent. ...Any business that lost nearly a third of its customers would be out of business or close to it. Those running it would seriously restructure their product or the way they provide their service. This has not happened at CBS, NBC and ABC. The arrogance of liberals makes it impossible for them to conceive that they are doing something wrong." -- Alan Caruba

"In having discussions with [Kim Jong Il], he is perfectly rational and he is not, he is isolated but not uninformed." -- Madelein Albright

"The Christian Church overwhelmingly -- there are exceptions -- who choose to call Muhammad a terrorist -- they could call Jesus a terrorist too. I mean, he was pretty tough on money lenders a time or two." -- Former U.S. Attorney General Ramsey Clark at an event for the anti-war protest group, International A.N.S.W.E.R. (Act Now to Stop the War and End Racism), equating Jesus taking a whip to drive money changers out of the Temple with intentional murder of innocents for political gains

"George Bush reflects cowboy cool which comes naturally, compared to, say, the Democratic wannabes who want to fill his boots. Joe Lieberman is smart, but a yarmulke is not a ten gallon hat. He's definitely not cool." -- Suzanne Fields

"Except in the field of politics, most Americans show the ability to distinguish between fantasy and reality." -- Charley Reese

"The problem with guns that are hidden is you can't see their smoke." -- Ari Fleischer responding to UN weapons inspectors' conclusion that they have found "no smoking gun" in Iraq while searching for weapons of mass destruction

"The very best kind of Saddam Hussein is the very dead kind." -- A.M. Rosenthal

"In my humble opinion, Barbara Streisand, self-identified international relations expert, can't tell a Chechen from a Munchkin." -- Norman Liebmann

"Part of the reason liberals prefer invective to engagement is that -- as Richard Nixon said of Alger Hiss -- if Americans knew what they really believed, the public would boil them in oil." -- Ann Coulter

"As you know the Bush administration is now trying to get North Korea to get rid of their nuclear weapons. You know what we should do? Get Korea to bomb Iraq. Kill two birds with one stone!" -- Jay Leno

"Saddam Hussein said through a spokesman ... he won't go into exile but will fight to the bloody end. He's finally met his match. This time Saddam Hussein is up against a Defense Secretary who wears a bracelet inscribed What Would Nixon Do?" -- Argus Hamilton

web posted January 13, 2003

"Western values are superior to all others. Why? The indispensable achievement of the West was the concept of individual rights. It's the idea that individuals have certain inalienable rights and individuals do not exist to serve government but governments exist to protect these inalienable rights. It took until the 17th century for that idea to arrive on the scene and mostly through the works of English philosophers such as John Locke and David Hume. While Western values are superior to all others, one need not be a Westerner to hold Western values. A person can be Chinese, Japanese, Jewish, African or Arab and hold Western values. It's no accident that Western values of reason and individual rights have produced unprecedented health, life expectancy, wealth and comfort for the ordinary person. There's an indisputable positive relationship between liberty and standards of living. Western values are by no means secure. They're under ruthless attack by the academic elite on college campuses across America. These people want to replace personal liberty with government control; they want to replace equality with entitlement; they want to halt progress in the name of protecting the environment. As such, they pose a much greater threat to our way of life than any terrorist or rogue nation. Multiculturalism and diversity are a cancer on our society, and, ironically, with our tax dollars and charitable donations, we're feeding it." -- Walter Williams

"Our first challenge is to help Americans keep more of their money. ... There is no better way to help our economy grow than to leave more money in the hands of the men and women who earned it." -- U.S. President George W. Bush on the central theme of his economic stimulus package

"Freedom is no policy for the timid. And my plaintive plea to all my colleagues that remain in this government as I leave it is, for your sake, for my sake, for heaven's sake, don't give up on freedom!" -- Dick Armey

"Calling serious crimes 'mistakes' trivializes them into moral insignificance. And if we can't see things from a moral perspective, what are we?" -- Dr. David C. Stolinsky

"Our sinful pride is causing us to abandon our heritage by lulling us into the seductive notion that we can handle freedom without restraints or responsibility." -- David Limbaugh

"Professional peace processors are not likely to be put off by a minor inconvenience like North Korea's brandishing of nuclear weapons. They will just see it as one more reason to redouble efforts at 'engagement' (a nicer word than 'appeasement')." -- Max Boot

"If the popular press were as interested in the Tenth Amendment as they have been in protecting the First and obliterating the Second, the concept of Federal expansion -- led by FDR in the 30's and 40's and, 20 years later, by LBJ -- might never have been adopted, and certainly would never have survived this long." -- Rich Galen

"In the post-September 11 environment, no rational person believes civil liberties are inviolable. After all, government's primary obligation is to secure the lives of American citizens. ... But when government begins to chip away at our liberties, we must insist that it jump through a couple of hoops. First, government must offer compelling evidence that its new and intrusive programs will make us safer. Second, government must convince us there is no less invasive means of attaining the same ends. In too many instances, those dual burdens have not been met." -- Robert A. Levy, Cato Institute

"The clash between science and religion was supposed to be a defining characteristic of the modern age. But today's distinctive terror is modern science in the service of religious fanatics." -- George F. Will

"They want to have fun with us on Election Day, but they can't bring us home to introduce us to their mommies and daddies. We are not going to continue to be the concubines of the national Democratic Party." -- Al Sharpton on how the Democratic Party treats African-Americans

"Some of the same people who are pleased to finger greed and avarice as the root cause of all accounting problems on Wall Street are loath to consider that similar impulses might inspire politicians and bureaucrats as well." -- Llewellyn H. Rockwell, Jr.

"Today's 'stimulus package' is psychotherapy for a nation that very recently has become too fixated on the stock market, which has declined three consecutive years for the first time since 1939-41. But the stock market and the economy are not identical, and indeed they have diverged -- the market slump has been more severe than the recent recession, the mildest since 1945." -- George Will

"The central question in this debate is not whether government should decide how much money it will allow us to keep. Rather, it is how much of our money we will allow the government to spend." -- Cal Thomas

"No one expects the president to be a saint. But it is pretty amazing the distance that this administration will go in trying to fool the public. Sometimes I have the feeling that I no longer live in one of the world's oldest democracies, but in the Philippines under a new Marcos. ...I now find myself once again as the lonely voice of truth in a sea of corruption. Sometimes I think that one of these days I'll end up in one of those cages on Guantanamo Bay." -- New York Times columnist Paul Krugman

"It is one thing for the government to provide the basic necessities of life to the 'truly needy,' a group that would include the poor, the sick, and the disabled. It is another thing for government to take resources from one middle-class family and give them to another middle-class family. This happens when, for example, the government builds a mass transit system: People who prefer to drive cars must pay for the transportation preferences of people who prefer to take the subway. A similar redistribution is under way when the government funds the National Endowment for the Arts: Everybody has to subsidize the recreation of those Americans who want to listen to Papuan folk music, or view photographer Robert Mapplethorpe's portraits of his own genitals. I do not deny that many government programs aimed at the middle class enjoy considerable political support. As George Bernard Shaw put it, 'A government that robs Peter to pay Paul can always count on Paul's support'." -- Dinesh D'Souza

"Most journalists are so stupid, the fact that they are also catty, lazy, vengeful and humorless is often overlooked. ...From their commitment to exactitude to their terrific sense of humor, all of the feminists' very best qualities now dominate the profession of journalism. Journalists' quotes are as accurate as feminists' statistics about anorexia." -- Ann Coulter protesting the many and varied noxious quotes mistakenly attributed to her by journalists -- and citing them "to probe the need for lithium among the scribbling profession"

"Clinton may have left the presidency but he didn't leave the public's interest. There's just enormous interest in this guy and all of that is good for the library. In large part, it's been a key factor in transforming the city." -- Clinton Foundation President Skip Rutherford, on what the Clinton Presidential Library may be doing to Little Rock

"When you don't have a White House, you don't have that bully pulpit. Our last president was a talented communicator. I don't think our party's gotten over Bill Clinton, the way the Chicago Bulls never got over losing Michael Jordan. So they're casting about for somebody." -- Former Clinton adviser and now CNN commentator Paul Begala

"One thing will not change. This year the international left, and its American fellow travelers, will continue their descent to the moral level of the philosopher Martin Heidegger, the learned imbecile who said that of course the Holocaust was bad, but so is mechanized agriculture. The left, its anti-capitalism transmogrified into anti-Americanism expressed in the argot of anti-globalization, will repeat that of course Iraq and North Korea are dangerous, but so are McDonald's and Microsoft. Happy New Year." -- George Will

"How are we going to protect Americans from our own ex-military servicemen?" -- Linda Sanchez, newly elected Democratic congresswoman from California, sister of Democrat Rep. Loretta Sanchez Brixey, opining that John Muhammad's fractious record of military service made him a greater danger than his sympathies with Islamic extremists

"[Republican] Gary Johnson was sworn in to his first term as governor of New Mexico in 1995 on a promise to remain 'the consummate antipolitician.' He succeeded. Best known nationally for his controversial stand against the drug war, his more lasting legacy will be as a 'Governor No' who remained popular while vetoing a record 742 bills, suffering only two veto overrides. He even vetoed a bill his wife pushed that would have waived college tuition for some youths in foster care. In a state which Al Gore won, Republican Gov. Johnson won re-election with 55 per cent of the vote in 1998 after supporting school choice, opposing hate-crime legislation and privatizing two new prisons. He was able to roll back a six-cent gasoline-tax hike and hold the state's budget to a average 6 per cent annual increase during his two terms. The result is that New Mexico is now one of a handful of states in the country without a deficit. Indeed, incoming Democratic Governor Bill Richardson won in part by promising to push through the income tax cut Mr. Johnson failed to get through the Democratic legislature." -- John Fund

"Most liberal talk shows are so, you know, milquetoast, who would want to listen to them? Conservatives are all fire and brimstone." -- Harry Thomason, Hollywood producer and longtime Clinton friend, lamenting the boredom of the Left

"John Kerry's hairdresser continues to make waves in Washington. The news that the Massachusetts senator, Democratic presidential candidate, Vietnam veteran, Big Ketchup spouse, Vietnam veteran and Vietnam veteran gets a $75 coiffure from Cristophe's has riveted the Beltway and distracted from his message. ('As a Vietnam veteran, I know what it's like to wake up in a jungle full of terrifying bangs.' 'So was it tough finding a good salon over there?') ... To be honest, it's not entirely obvious where the 75 bucks goes. I mean, I haven't seen the back of his head in awhile, so it's possible he has an attractively angled nape. Otherwise, the most likely explanation is that it's 15 bucks for the stuff on top but he pays $30 per eyebrow for some Ann Miller industrial-strength lacquer that freezes them into that permanently furrowed look." -- Mark Steyn

"Well, folks, it's started -- the presidential race. Democratic Senator John Edwards of North Carolina, who is also a personal injury attorney, has announced he's running for president in 2004. Good slogan, too: 'Elect me and there will be one less lawyer.'" -- Jay Leno

"General Motors on Monday unveiled a $250,000 Cadillac concept car. It has a 1,000-horsepower engine, a leather back seat that folds into a bed, a glass roof and a chilled-champagne compartment. If this kind of car had only been available thirty years ago, Bill Clinton might have become a televangelist." -- Argus Hamilton

web posted January 6, 2003

"The burden now is on Iraq's dictator to disclose and destroy his arsenal of weapons. If he refuses, then for the sake of peace, the United States will lead a coalition to disarm the Iraqi regime and free the Iraqi people. ... In the new year, we will prosecute the war on terror with patience and focus and determination. With the help of a broad coalition, we will make certain that terrorists and their supporters are not safe in any cave or corner of the world." -- U.S. President George W. Bush, from his New Year's Eve address

"The case for putting anti-missile defenses into place was underscored by this sobering fact: A ship like the North Korean vessel that was covertly carrying Scud B missiles and forcibly intercepted in the Arabian Sea ...[last month] could be steaming off the coast of the United States at this very moment. There are some 25,000 ships plying the world's oceans at any given time. Who are the real owners of many of these vessels is often unclear, as is the true nature of their cargoes. Is it possible, therefore, that one could be transporting a Scud-type missile -- loaded, not in its hold under sacks of concrete, but onto a transporter-erector-launcher -- and remain undetected as it moved within range of one of America's many littoral population centers?" -- Frank J. Gaffney, Jr.

"Osama bin Laden has been very, very effective.... We've got to ask, why is this man so popular around the world? Why are people so supportive of him in many countries? ...He's been out in these countries for decades, building roads, building infrastructure, building day care facilities, building health care facilities, and the people are extremely grateful. It made their lives better. ...We haven't been out in many of those countries helping them build infrastructure. How would they look at us today if we had been there helping them with some of that rather than just being the people who are going to bomb in Iraq and go to Afghanistan?" -- Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA)

"I found it very interesting that all of a sudden we're looking at the 'Persons of the Year' and there are three female whistleblowers. I guess that if you blow the whistle against somebody that Time magazine doesn't like, it's OK to be a whistleblower. [Time] really, really trashed me. Their writers were just brutal to me and about me." -- Kathleen Willey



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