- People have been warning us that language was going to the dogs ever since Latin started turning into French. Yet the dogs in question never seem to emerge yelping on the horizon.*
- To compel a man to furnish funds for the propagation of ideas he disbelieves and abhors is sinful and tyrannical.*
Three removes are as bad as a fire.
Insulating people from reality produces unrealistic people. It doesn’t matter whether they are welfare recipients, spoiled rich kids, tenured professors in the ivy league, or federal judges with lifetime appointments.
Never grow a wishbone, daughter, where your backbone ought to be.
When musicians are telling people who to vote for, I think that’s an abuse of power. You’re telling your fans not to think for themselves, just to think like you. Rock and roll is about freedom, and that’s not freedom.
Americans refuse to use the metric system just cause. We have AM and PM because we don’t feel like counting to 24. We hold a “World Series” with only American teams. We write our dates out of order just to fuck with people from other countries, and the last time someone tried to take our guns, we shot at them for eight years straight. Americans aren’t known for their compliance.
People are frugal in guarding their personal property: but as soon as it comes to squandering time, they are wasteful of the one thing in which it is right to be stingy.
Congress have no power to disarm the militia. Their swords, and every other terrible implement of the soldier, are the birthright of an American…
The unlimited power of the sword is not in the hands of either the federal or state government, but, where I trust God it will ever remain, in the hands of the people.
— From the Pennsylvania Gazette, 1788
It’s sad that our republic is in such a state that so many Americans see their freedoms as being dependent on a single Supreme Court justice. Federal judges were never meant to wield the tremendous power that they do in modern America. Our founders would find it inconceivable that a handful or unelected, unaccountable federal judges can decide social policy for the entire nation.