Craig Roberts, Senior Research Fellow, Hoover Institution:
"Over the past three decades,
our Founding Fathers have fallen on rough times. Disparaged by liberals and
slandered by post-modernists and cultural Marxists, their portraits have been
removed from public buildings and their presence stricken from textbooks. It
is possible today for American students to pass through elementary school and
high school, and obtain a university degree, without gaining any appreciation
for the men who founded their country. The horrendous events of Sept. 11 taught
Americans that denunciations of their heritage have consequences that go beyond
the babbling of crackpot academics and minority 'leaders.' Patriotism and our
flag made a comeback."
Court Justice Brandeis:
"Experience teaches us
to be most on our guard to protect liberty when the government's purpose is
beneficent. Men born to freedom are naturally alert to repel invasion
of their liberty by evil-minded rulers. The greatest dangers to liberty
lurk in insidious encroachment by men of zeal, well-meaning but without understanding."
Wilkins, Civil Rights Author and Historian, on Thomas Jefferson:
"He was a dizzying
mixture of searing brilliance and infuriating self-indulgence, of idealism and
base racism, of soaring patriotism and myopic self-involvement. He was America
Will, Columnist, on Higher Tariffs for Steel Imports:
policy is what results when intelligent people take up intellectual slumming
abandoning of proven free-trade principles for the pleasure of
"What are we going
to do next? Put shorts on the statue of David, put an 1880s bathing suit
on the Venus de Milo? If they start doing that, maybe theyll start deciding
what books are all right for us to read, and well start losing all of
I didnt know art was politically correct."
Levy, Senior Fellow in Constitutional Studies at the Cato Institute:
"Restoring the Framers
notion of enumerated, delegated and thus limited powers will get the state out
of our lives and out of our wallets."
Author of "John Adams":
more we need understanding and appreciation of those principles upon which the
republic was founded. What were those self-evident truths that so
many risked all for, fought for, suffered and died for? What was the source
of their courage? Who were those people? I dont think we can ever know
enough about them."
President George W. Bush in
his nationally broadcast speech to China:
"Life in America
shows that liberty, paired with law, is not to be feared. In a free society,
diversity is not disorder. Debate is not strife. And dissent is not revolution.
A free society trusts its citizens to seek greatness in themselves and their
Ron Paul (R Texas):
"Let us be convinced that there is not enough
hate or anger to silence the cries for liberty or to extinguish the flame of
justice and truth. We must have faith that those who now are apathetic, anxious
for security at all costs, forgetful of the true spirit of American liberty,
and neglectful of the Constitution, will rise to the task and respond accordingly."
of the United States Ronald Reagan:
"We had strayed a great distance from our
Founding Fathers vision of America. They regarded the central governments
responsibility as that of providing national security, protecting our democratic
freedoms, and limiting the governments intrusion in our lives in
sum, the protection of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness."
Tom DeWeese, President, American
"The sole purpose of our Constitution is
to define the limited role of government in order to guarantee individual rights."
Luther King, Jr.:
"All honor to Jefferson
to the man who
had the coolness, forecast and capacity to introduce
into a merely revolutionary document, an abstract truth, applicable to all men
at all times, and so to embalm it there, that today, and in all the coming days,
it shall be a rebuke and a stumbling block to the very harbingers of re-appearing
tyranny and oppression."
Roosevelt, Former U.S. President:
"Freedom means the
supremacy of human rights everywhere."
Cheney, director of the Reader's Digest Association and American Express Funds:
"We haven't done a very
good job in teaching our history. We haven't [given our students] the knowledge
they need to appreciate how greatly fortunate we are for our freedom
as a study of our history shows, is not our inevitable heritage. This realization
can make our freedom all the more precious. Were we to lose it, liberty might
not come our way again."
George W. Bush, President of the
United States, speaking to the Conference of Mayors:
"It's a privilege for me to be with the country's
most accountable elected officials. ... We always used to say, you know, the
government that's closest to the people is that which governs best. You're what
I call practical. The farther you get away from the local governments, we get
a little theoretical."
Michael DePrimo of the American
Family Association Center for Law & Policy:
"If schools spent more time on education and less
time on indoctrination the world would be a better place."
Alberto Gonzales, counsel to the
President of the United States:
"In the past, senators of both parties have
accused each other of illegitimate delays in voting on nominees. The past mistreatment
of nominees does not justify todays behavior. Finger-pointing does nothing
to put judges on the bench and ease the courts burdens; it only distracts
the Senate from its constitutional obligation to act on the presidents
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