The Bell Tower

"If government were a toaster, I'd demand a refund"
Apr
23

More Crow

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I challenge anyone to come up with a more inane stream of consciousness (or unconsciousness in this case): http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/04/21/AR2007042101385_pf.html “…have been touting their cause and chronicling their travels in a rather idiosyncratic blog.” Did he mean to say “a rather idiotic blog”? Consider: “I am jogging outsi... [More]


Apr
23

Crow

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Hmmm… For those who think I’m nutty when I say things like “Richard Simmons will be our Surgeon General in 10 years” or “Gee, doesn’t it seem like the government is a bit involved in our personal lives?”… http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,267783,00.html Sure, it’s just one suggestion from a largely irrelevant source. However, I do recall sug... [More]


Apr
23

Nugent

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Ladies and gentlemen, Ted Nugent – a true American Patriot: http://www.cnn.com/2007/US/04/19/commentary.nugent/index.html


“A well regulated militia being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the People to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.” We are told, rather often, that the Second Amendment does not really protect our right to bear arms. Nevermind what it says of course. If you were to do that, you might think it preserves the right of all Americans to bear arms without any ... [More]


The Federalist Papers should be read in their entirety by every American citizen. Here lies the most telling window into the meaning of our Constitution and government. While I certainly don’t plan on typing the entire contents of those documents here on this site, I will transpose certain parts that I think are absolutely critical. Americans today tend to think of the Bill of Rights as a ... [More]


Apr
20

Bloomberg

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“Using economics to influence public behavior is something this country is built on — it’s called capitalism,” Bloomberg said. “Tax policy influences you to drill here and mine there, and grow this and live here and do that.” http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070420/ap_on_re_us/traffic_congestion_fee Implementing regressive city taxes to manipulate public behavior and call... [More]


Democracy in America is arguably the most erudite observation of American life that has ever been written. Further, as you read it you are constantly amazed at the prophetic power that Tocqueville posseses. It is hard to believe it was first published in 1835 – before the Civil War. There is a chapter in this book titled “What sort of despotism democratic nations have to fear” th... [More]


A word about this page: This list is by no means complete and will be ever expanding. Additionally, I’ve tried to compile mostly primary historical materials. In other words, this list for the most part will consist of readings that come directly from the sources of history as opposed to books written by historians who are conveying their own impressions of that history. There is certainly n... [More]


These quotes have not been compiled by searching around on the Internet or email chains. Most of them were transcribed directly from the books or works I was reading at the time I encountered them. Some have come from historians or authors who were quoting another source, which I have cross referenced. In general, they address the concepts of freedom and the restraint of power: Men at some time ar... [More]


Apr
20

Iraq Experiment

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”In Iraq we are bringing peace, and we are at this moment giving them such freedom and self-government as they could never under any conceivable conditions have obtained had we turned them loose to sink into a welter of blood and confusion, or to become the prey of some strong tyranny without or within. The bare recital of the facts is sufficient to show that we did our duty; and what proude... [More]