Congress Just Waves as They Go By

“Congress doesn’t pass legislation anymore. They just wave at the bills as they go by.” ~Will Rogers, 1933

“In the history of the modern presidency, Wilson, Roosevelt and Johnson stand out for their legislative achievements, the result of a shrewd strategy and cagey timing. They offer President Barack Obama several different models as he attempts to push through Congress an ambitious domestic agenda of which health care is only one part.

Wilson was able to secure passage of much of his “New Freedom,” a program that included tariff reform, the creation of the Federal Trade Commission and the Federal Reserve, stronger antitrust measures and the enactment of the progressive income tax. He did it through the kind of skillful manipulation of the Democratic caucus that came naturally to a former college professor who had spent his academic career writing about the need for stronger parties in America.

Wilson coordinated with congressional leaders — “King Caucus,” as Republican critics called them — by using carrots and sticks to make sure Democrats voted the party line and limit Republican participation. Democratic leaders, for instance, used “binding” votes, whereby two-thirds of the party caucus could commit all its members to a vote a particular way on a bill. Legislators who did not abide by a binding vote would lose their party privileges such as treasured committee assignments. Republicans were left out of much of the legislative process, including many conference committee deliberations. “Never did the lash of the presidential and caucus whip cut so deep as today,” one Republican complained.

Roosevelt displayed even greater legislative acumen. While Wilson’s main tactic was to rely on disciplined partisanship, Roosevelt overwhelmed legislators with more proposals than the institution had seen in decades. Will Rogers joked that “Congress doesn’t pass legislation anymore. They just wave at the bills as they go by.” [Emphasis mine] But in truth, Roosevelt often plucked proposals out of Congress and lent them the presidential stamp of authority. The political scientist David Mayhew astutely noted that the 1932 election provided Sen. Robert Wagner of New York a president who would finally sign his bills.

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For or Against: Which is Better? [Quote]

Teddy Roosevelt, speaking at the Sorbonne in Paris in 1910, said:

It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.

Source: American Thinker

Good Advice From Mark Twain: What You Should Never Do With Stupid People [Quote]

Source: aceintx1

Who Said Obamacare is the Key to the Socialist State? [Quote]

“Socialized Medicine is the Keystone to the Arch of the Socialist State.” ~Vladimir Lenin

The “Real” American Revolution [Quote]

“But what do we mean by the American Revolution? Do we mean the American war? The Revolution was effected before the war commenced. The Revolution was in the minds and heart of the people; a change in their religious sentiments, of their duties and obligations … This radical change in the principles, opinions, sentiments, and affections of the people was the real American Revolution.” ~ John Adams, 1818

Hat TipDana Loesch

Thomas Sowell on the Greatest Irony Of People Who Want Universal Health Care [Quote]

Source: The Looking Spoon

By the Tree of Liberty A Few Rough Men Stand Ready to Pay the Price of Victory for Freedom [Quotes]

“The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants.” ~Thomas Jefferson

“Never in the face of human conflict has so much been owed by so many to so few.” ~Winston Churchill

“Men sleep peacefully in their beds at night because rough men stand ready to do violence on their behalf.” ~George Orwell

“Blood is the price of victory” ~Carl von Clausewitz

“History does not long entrust the care of freedom to the weak or timid.”  ~Dwight Eisenhower

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What do the money supply, peanut butter and truth have in common?

“The truth will set you free, but first it will make you miserable.” ~James A. Garfield, 20th President of the United States

“Man cannot live by bread alone; he must have peanut butter.” ~James A. Garfield, 20th President of the United States

He who controls the money supply of a nation controls the nation. ~James A. Garfield, 20th President of the United States

Winston Churchill and Milton Freidman on Capitalism Versus Socialism [Video]

“The inherent vice of capitalism is the unequal sharing of blessings; the inherent virtue of socialism is the equal sharing of miseries.” ~Winston Churchill

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“It’s going to be, I think, the bane of our existence. Stop it here. Stop it now.” [Video]

“The Founders were deeply opposed to the militarization of civil society. There is all kinds of aversions to it and this is importing it because, as you say, it’s cheap, it’s easy, it’s silent. It’s something that you can easily deploy. It’s going to be, I think, the bane of our existence. Stop it here. Stop it now.  Strong letter to follow.” ~Charles Krauthammer on “Special Report with Bret Baier.”

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The Wise, The Average, The Stupid and The Brute

“The wise are instructed by reason, average minds by experience, the stupid by necessity and the brute by instinct.” ~Marcus Tullius Cicero

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So What Do You Think “Fundamental Transformation” Will Do? Just Ask Winston Churchill!

“A  love for tradition has never weakened a nation, indeed it has strengthened nations in their hour of peril.”  ~Sir Winston Churchill

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Treason From Within: From Cicero to Obama

“A nation can survive its fools, and even the ambitious. But it cannot survive treason from within. An enemy at the gates is less formidable, for he is known and carries his banner openly. But the traitor moves amongst those within the gate freely, his sly whispers rustling through all the alleys, heard in the very halls of government itself. For the traitor appears not a traitor; he speaks in accents familiar to his victims and he wears their face and their arguments, he appeals to the baseness that lies deep in the hearts of all men. He rots the soul of a nation, he works secretly and unknown in the night to undermine the pillars of the city, he infects the body politic so that it can no longer resist. A murder is less to fear.” ~Cicero Marcus Tullius, 106-43 BC

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Who gets immunity from lawsuits for acts violating the Constitution? Really?

“A prosecutor … may receive absolute immunity from suit for acts violating the Constitution in order to advance important societal values.” ~Elena Kagan, Solicitor General, 2009
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We didn’t pass it on to our children… [Video]

“Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn’t pass it on to our children in the bloodstream. The only way they can inherit the freedom we have known is if we fight for it, protect it, defend it and then hand it to them with the well-taught lessons of how they in their lifetime must do the same. And if you and I don’t do this, then you and I may well spend our sunset years telling our children and our children’s children what it once was like in the America when men were free.” ~Ronald Reagan

The Price of Liberty is Eternal Vigilance

“But you must remember, my fellow-citizens, that eternal vigilance by the people is the price of liberty, and that you must pay the price if you wish to secure the blessing.  It behooves you, therefore, to be watchful in your States as well as in the Federal Government.” ~Andrew Jackson, Farewell Address, March 4, 1837

The Prime Reason for the Revolutionary War

“The colonies would gladly have borne the little tax on tea and other matters had it not been that England took away from the colonies their money, which created unemployment and dissatisfaction. The inability of colonists to get power to issue their own money permanently out of the hands of George the III and the international bankers was the prime reason for the Revolutionary War.” ~Benjamin Franklin

Presidential Candidate: America will be a socialist nation…

“The American people will never knowingly adopt socialism, but under the name of liberalism they will adopt every fragment of the socialist program until one day America will be a socialist nation without ever knowing how it happened.” ~Norman Thomas, Socialist Party presidential candidate, 1936-1968

Punishment for Speaking the Truth…

A Communist Finds Religion

“If you understood what communism was, you would  hope — you would pray on your knees — that one day we would become communist,” ~Jane Fonda, University of Michigan Speech, 1970

Source: The Politically Incorrect Guide to Socialism

Ben Stein: The Human Spirit…

“The human spirit needs to accomplish, to achieve, to triumph to be happy.” ~Ben Stein
“It is inevitable that some defeat will enter even the most victorious life. The human spirit is never finished when it is defeated…it is finished when it surrenders.” ~Ben Stein
“Keep on beginning and failing. Each time you fail, start all over gain, and you will grow stronger until have accomplished a purpose – not the one you began with perhaps, but one you’ll be glad to remember.” ~Ben Stein

Go home from us in peace…

“If ye love wealth better than liberty, the tranquility of servitude than the animated contest of freedom — go home from us in peace. We ask not your counsels or arms. Crouch down and lick the hands which feed you. May your chains sit lightly upon you, and may posterity forget that you were our countrymen!” ~Samuel Adams

When do you “deserve neither liberty nor safety?”

“They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety.” ~Benjamin Franklin

Cicero: Power and law are not synonymous

“Power and law are not synonymous. In truth, they are frequently in opposition and irreconcilable. There is God’s Law from which all equitable laws of man emerge and by which men must live if they are not to die in oppression, chaos and despair. Divorced from God ís eternal and immutable Law, established before the founding of the suns, man ís power is evil no matter the noble words with which it is employed or the motives urged when enforcing it. Men of good will, mindful therefore of the Law laid down by God, will oppose governments whose rule is by men, and if they wish to survive as a nation they will destroy the government which attempts to adjudicate by the whim of venal judges.” – Marcus Tullius Cicero, 106-43 B.C.

Hat Tip: Roger S. Sayles, From Sovereign to Serf

Patrick Henry: I am willing to know the whole truth

“We are apt to shut our eyes against a painful truth, and listen to the song of that siren till she transforms us into beasts. Is this the part of wise men, engaged in a great and arduous struggle for liberty? Are we disposed to be of the number of those who, having eyes, see not, and, having ears, hear not, the things which so nearly concern their temporal salvation? For my part, whatever anguish of spirit it may cost, I am willing to know the whole truth; to know the worst, and to provide for it.” — Patrick Henry, Virginia Convention, March 23, 1775

Defining the American Dream Down: Serfdom in the Era of Neo-Feudalism

“If you’re willing to put in the work, the idea is that you should be able to raise a family and own a home; not go bankrupt because you got sick, because you’ve got some health insurance that helps you deal with those difficult times; that you can send your kids to college; that you can put some money away for retirement. That’s all most people want. Folks don’t have unrealistic ambitions. They do believe that if they work hard they should be able to achieve that small measure of an American Dream. That’s what this country is about. That’s what you deserve.” ~Barack Obama

Ben Stein: Fathom the hypocrisy…

“Fathom the hypocrisy of a Government that requires every citizen to prove they are insured…. but not everyone must prove they are a citizen.” ~Ben Stein

Your real enemy…

“Although you may spend your life killing, you will not exhaust your foes. But if you quell your own anger, your real enemy will be slain.” ~Nagarjun

The Arc of the Moral Universe…

“The arc of the moral universe is long but it bends towards justice.” ~Martin Luther King, Jr. (1929 – 1968)
“I do not pretend to understand the moral universe; the arc is a long one, my eye reaches but little ways; I cannot calculate the curve and complete the figure by the experience of sight; I can divine it by conscience.  And from what I see I am sure it bends towards justice.” ~Theodore Parker (1810 – 1860)

“Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent.”

“Nothing in the world can take the place of Persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent. The slogan ‘Press On’ has solved and always will solve the problems of the human race.” ~Calvin Coolidge
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