Friday, February 27, 2009

Quotes of the Day

"Since when have we Americans been expected to bow submissively to authority and speak with awe and reverence to those who represent us?" ~ Justice William O. Douglas

"If Big Brother (of Orwell's 1984) comes to America, he will not be a fearsome, foreboding figure with a heart-chilling, omnipresent glare as in 1984. He will come with a smile on his face, a quip on his lips, a wave to the crowd, and a press that (a) dutifully reports the suppressive measures he is taking to save the nation from internal chaos and foreign threat; and (b) gingerly questions whether he will be able to succeed." ~ Michael Parenti

2 comments:

Tim Higgins said...

Maggie,

As is often the case in such things, our Founding Fathers have much to tell us today on such things:

"Honor, justice, and humanity, forbid us tamely to surrender that freedom which we received from our gallant ancestors, and which our innocent posterity have a right to receive from us. We cannot endure the infamy and guilt of resigning succeeding generations to that wretchedness which inevitably awaits them if we basely entail hereditary bondage on them."

- Thomas Jefferson

skeeter1107 said...

If I remember it correctly, it was 1984 where it was imposed upon people that they would have in their minds two ideas that are opposite of each other, yet they should understand them as both being true.

Not signing a bill with earmarks. Then signs a bill with earmarks.

Government spending that is hard to comprehend. "We will cut the deficit in half in 4 years."

Tax cuts. Bush tax cuts will expire in 2010.

The stimulus package will save us. Sixty percent of the stimulus bill doesn't occur until 2010 or later.

The one thing however that I am rather certain of is when President Obama proclaims "it's the worst economy since the depression." It really isn't, but with what the Democrats are spending without any restriction, he just might be right about that one in a fairly short time.

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