Compiled by Mark Lamendola
Government is not reason, it is not eloquence. It is force.
|In my many years I have come to a conclusion that one
useless man is a shame, two is a law firm, and three or more is a Congress.
||John Adams (1735 - 1826)|
|The two enemies of the people are criminals and the
government, so let us tie the second down with the chains of the
Constitution so the second will not become the legalized version of the
|A government big enough to give you everything you want is
strong enough to take everything you have.
|The welfare state
is the oldest con game in the world. First you take people's money away
quietly and then you give some of it back to them flamboyantly.
|There are severe limits to the good that the government can
do for the economy, but there are almost no limits to the harm it can do.
||Dr. Milton Friedman,|
Nobel laureate economist
|The most terrifying words in the
English language are: "I'm from the government and I'm here to help."
As we learned from the
Clinton administration and much of the media, a machine gun in the hands of
a federal agent is now a symbol of benevolence and concern for a child's
of the economy could be summed up in three short phrases: If it moves, tax
it. If it keeps moving, regulate it. And if it stops moving, subsidize it.
||Ronald Reagan, 1986|
machinery has been described as a marvelous labor saving device which
enables ten men to do the work of one.
||John Maynard Keynes|
|A patriot must always
be ready to defend his country against his government."
|Talk is cheap,
except when Congress does it. The government is like a baby's alimentary
canal, with an insatiable appetite at one end and no responsibility at the
|I do not make
jokes. I just watch government and report the facts.
|The nearest thing
to eternal life we will ever see on this earth is a government program.
|A government which robs Peter to pay Paul can always depend
on the support of Paul.
||George Bernard Shaw|
|Government is the great fiction, through which everybody
endeavors to live at the expense of everybody else.
Fear is the
foundation of most governments.
I predict future happiness for Americans if they can
prevent the government from wasting the labors of the people under the
pretense of taking care of them.
Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826) US Founding Father;
drafted the Declaration of Independence; 3rd US President|
The only power any government has is the power to crack
down on criminals. Well, when there aren't enough criminals, civil
government makes them. Civil government declares so many things to be a
crime that it becomes impossible to live without breaking laws.
should be balanced, the Treasury should be refilled, public debt should be
reduced, the arrogance of officialdom should be tempered and controlled,
and the assistance to foreign lands should be curtailed lest Rome become
People must again learn to work, instead of living
on public assistance.
(106-43 B.C.) Roman orator, statesman
[A] wise and frugal government...shall restrain men from injuring one
another, shall leave them otherwise free to regulate their own pursuits of
industry and improvement, and shall not take from the mouth of labor the
bread it has earned. This is the sum of good government."
Today, when a concerted effort is made to obliterate
this point, it cannot be repeated too often that the Constitution is a
limitation on the government, not on private individuals -- that it does
not prescribe the conduct of private individuals, only the conduct of the
government -- that it is not a charter for government power, but a charter
of the citizen's protection against the government.
Ayn Rand (1905-1982)
Government is the great fiction through which
everybody endeavors to live at the expense of everybody else.
A government which robs
Peter to pay Paul can always depend on the support of Paul.
George Bernard Shaw
No man's life, liberty, or property is safe while the
Legislature is in session.
Government is like a baby: An alimentary canal with a big appetite at one
end and no sense of responsibility at the other.
Suppose you were an idiot. And suppose you were a
member of Congress. But ... I repeat myself.
We hang the
petty thieves and appoint the great ones to public office.
(c. 550 B.C.) legendary Greek fabulist
establish republican government, it is necessary to] effect a constitution
in which the will of the nation shall have an organized control over the
actions of its government, and its citizens a regular protection against
Letter to Lafayette 
Giving money and power to government is like giving
whiskey and car keys to teenage boys.
And here we encounter the seeds of government disaster and collapse -- the
kind that wrecked ancient Rome and every other civilization that allowed a
sociopolitical monster called the welfare state to exist.
Barry Goldwater (1909-1998) US Senator (R-Arizona)
The purpose of government is to rein in the rights of
Bill Clinton [William Jefferson Blythe III] (1946- ),
42nd US President and avid anti-gun nut
Source: during an interview on MTV in 1993
The State's criminality is nothing new and nothing to
be wondered at. It began when the first predatory group of men clustered
together and formed the State, and it will continue as long as the State
exists in the world, because the State is fundamentally an anti-social
institution, fundamentally criminal. The idea that the State originated to
serve any kind of social purpose is completely unhistorical. It originated
in conquest and confiscation--that is to say, in crime.
It originated for
the purpose of maintaining the division of society into an
owning-and-exploiting class and a propertyless dependent class--that is,
for a criminal purpose. No State known to history originated in any other
manner, or for any other purpose. Like all predatory or parasitic
institutions, its first instinct is that of self-preservation. All its
enterprises are directed first towards preserving its own life, and,
second, towards increasing its own power and enlarging the scope of its
own activity. For the sake of this it will, and regularly does, commit any
crime which circumstances make expedient.
Albert Jay Nock (1870-1945) Source: The Criminality of
the State, America Mercury Magazine, March, 1939
It is dangerous to be right when the
government is wrong.
[Editor's note: In other words, it's always dangerous to be
Government is actually the worst failure of civilized
man. There has never been a really good one, and even those that are
most tolerable are arbitrary, cruel, grasping and unintelligent.
H. L. Mencken|
The question is not, "Which came first, the chicken or the egg?" The
question is, "Which came first, government or stupidity?"
Govern a great nation as you would cook a small fish. Do not overdo it.
In general, the art of government consists of taking as much money as
possible from one party of the citizens to give to the other.
I have little interest in streamlining government or in making it more
efficient, for I mean to reduce its size. I do not undertake to promote
welfare, for I propose to extend freedom. My aim is not to pass laws,
but to repeal them. It is not to inaugurate new programs, but to cancel
old ones that do violence to the Constitution ... or have failed their
purpose ... or that impose on the people an unwarranted financial
burden. I will not attempt to discover whether legislation is 'needed'
before I have first determined whether it is constitutionally
permissible. And if I should be attacked for neglecting my constituents'
'interests,' I shall reply that I was informed that their main interest
is liberty, and in that cause I am doing the very best I can.
Barry Goldwater, The Conscience of a Conservative, 1960|
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