Jewish World Review July 28, 2006/ 3 Menachem-Av, 5766
More Quotes of Note
Around the 4th of July I shared some interesting American quotations with you. Some were proudly patriotic, others were blatantly anti-American, but they were all from American citizens. Since then I have run across some other quotes that you may find interesting, enlightening, inspiring, exasperating, or all of the above. They are as follows:
"I am for doing good to the poor, but I differ in opinion of the means. I think the best way of doing good to the poor, is not making them easy in poverty, but leading or driving them out of it. In my youth I traveled much, and I observed in different countries, that the more public provisions were made for the poor, the less they provided for themselves, and of course became poorer. And, on the contrary, the less was done for them, the more they did for themselves, and became richer."
"I have wondered at times what the Ten Commandments would have looked like if Moses had run them through the US Congress."
"War is an ugly thing, but not the ugliest of things. The decayed and degraded state of moral and patriotic feeling which thinks that nothing is worth war is much worse. The person who has nothing for which he is willing to fight, nothing which is more important than his own personal safety, is a miserable creature and has no chance of being free unless made and kept so by the exertions of better men than himself"
John Stuart Mill
"Patriotism is as much a virtue as justice, and is as necessary for the support of societies as natural affection is for the support of families."
"The vision of the anointed is one in which ills as poverty, irresponsible sex, and crime derive primarily from 'society,' rather than from individual choices and behavior. To believe in personal responsibility would be to destroy the whole special role of the anointed, whose vision casts them in the role of rescuers of people treated unfairly by 'society'."
"Every immigrant who comes here should be required within five years to learn English or leave the country."
"The liberal left can be as rigid and destructive as any force in American life."
Daniel Patrick Moynihan
And now in the true spirit of fair play, let's quote from some of today's most prominent liberal speakers. First, let's hear from a few heavyweights in the entertainment business on their opinion of communist dictator, Fidel Castro:
"He [Castro] is a genius. We spoke about everything." Jack Nicholson
"[Castro is] a source of inspiration to the world." Naomi Campbell
"Socialism works ... [and] Cuba might prove that. I think it's conclusive that there have been areas where socialism has helped to keep people at least stabilized at a certain level." Chevy Chase
"It was an experience of a lifetime to sit only a few feet away from him [Castro] and watch him relive an experience he lived as a very young man." Kevin Costner
"We should look to (Castro) as one of the Earth's wisest people, one of the people we should consult." Oliver Stone
"For Castro, freedom starts with education. And if literacy alone were the yardstick, Cuba would rank as one of the freest nations on Earth. The literacy rate is 96 percent." Barbara Walters
Here are a few quotes from today's leaders in the Democratic Party:
"Many of you are well enough off that...the tax cuts may have helped you. We're saying that for America to get back on track, we're probably going to cut that short and not give it to you. We're going to take things away from you on behalf of the common good" Sen. Hillary Clinton
"I think with a lifetime appointment to the Supreme Court, you can't play, you know, hide the salami, or whatever it's called" DNC chairman Howard Dean
"I truly believe this amendment (making English the national language of the U.S.) is racist." Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid
And finally, in the wise words of one of America's foremost artists of stage and screen:
"It is an embarrassing time to be an American. It really is. It's humiliating."
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