Thursday, August 13, 2009

Quotes of the Day

Some quotes to think about as I pack and head over to the RightOnLine conference...

"Nothing is inevitable in a democracy unless the public lets the political spinmasters and media talking heads lead them around by the nose." ~ Thomas Sowell

"Just because government controls the frequency doesn’t mean it gets to control content. It also controls the frequencies for cell phones – does that then give it the ability to dictate content of your cell phone conversations? This is an apples to apples comparison." ~ John Armor

"A constitution is not the act of a government, but of a people constituting a government; and government without a constitution is power without a right. All power exercised over a nation, must have some beginning. It must be either delegated, or assumed. There are not other sources. All delegated power is trust, and all assumed power is usurpation. Time does not alter the nature and quality of either." ~ Thomas Paine

"The fundamental principle is this: No matter how worthwhile an end may be, if there is no constitutional authority to pursue it, then the federal government must step aside and leave the matter to the states or to private parties. The president and Congress can proceed only from constitutional authority, not from good intentions alone. If Congress thinks it necessary to expand its powers, the Framers crafted an amendment process for that purpose. But too often, rather than follow that process, Congress has disregarded the limits set by the Constitution and gutted our frontline defense against overweening federal government." ~ Robert A. Levy

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