Splain this               

Marcus Tullius Cicero

Do not blame Caesar, blame the people of Rome who have so enthusiastically acclaimed and adored
him and rejoiced in their loss of freedom.


The beginning of wisdom is calling things by their right names.
Chinese Proverb   

Veritas nihil veretur nisi abscondi
Truth fears nothing but concealment.
9 co. 20.

Romans 4:15:   For the law worketh wrath.   For where there is no law, neither is there transgression.    

Ubi factum nullum ibi sortia nulla.
Where there is no deed committed, there can be no consequence.
4 Co. 43

Ridicule is the only weapon that can be used against unintelligible propositions.
Thomas Jefferson

Verum Dicere Iis Qui Postestatem Habent -  Speaking truth to power

The most important political office is that of the private citizen.   The only title in our democracy superior to that of President is the title of citizen.
Justice Louis D. Brandeis

"It is wrong always, everywhere, and for anyone, to believe anything upon insufficient evidence."
William Kingdon Clifford

“you work, I eat.”, how President Abraham Lincoln described slavery

    3527.  The law helps the vigilant, before those who sleep on their rights.

All I need is a few miserable gallons of gasoline.   Right now, the weak spot is here.  In days, we could be in Berlin.
What about the fortifications that were done in Metz?
Fixed fortifications, huh?   Monuments to the stupidity of man.  When mountain ranges and oceans could be overcome. . . . . .anything built by man can be overcome.
George C. Scott, Patton, 1970

“Time does not confirm a void act.”         
California Civil Code section 3539

People can only be misled for so long before they get angry.
Steve Wynn, Chairman and CEO Wynn Resorts Ltd., Jan. 19, 2016
“Invito Beneficium Non Datur”
“No one is obliged to accept a benefit against his consent”

"Thou shall not have divers weight and measures but thou shall have a perfect and just weight,
a perfect and just measure."
(Deut. 25:13-15)

Actori incumbit onus probandi 
The burden of proof lies on the plaintiff.

We can’t solve problems by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them.

"On behalf of all of us, let me just say that we are surely a kinder and gentler nation
 because of you, and we can't thank you enough,..."
                                Fraudbama, July 15, 2013   

To anyone out there who has ever been assaulted:  You are not alone.  We have your back.  I’ve got your back.
Fraudbama, January 23, 1014

Anyone claiming that America's economy is in decline is peddling fiction.
Fraudbama, State of the Union Speech, 2016

"America is a friend of each nation and every man, woman, and child who seeks a future of peace and dignity.”

“That's the good thing as a President, I can do whatever I want.”
Warbama, Feb 10, 2014

“…the President is the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of this corporation called the United States of America”.
Allen West, Former Tea Party Congressman from Florida, March 9, 2011.  Interviewed by Judge Andrew Napolitano on The Glenn Beck show.

“American exceptionalism has to be driven out of our curriculums.   We’re not under threat.   We are the threat.”
Oliver Stone: Stone says he wants to counter the “educational crime” of misleading American schoolchildren.


Sarah McClendon: "What will the people do if they ever find out the truth about Iraq-gate and Iran contra?

George H.W. Bush: "Sarah, if the American people ever find out what we have done, they will chase us down the streets and lynch us."
Pres. G.W.H. Bush Interview June 1992

"I never sent or received any classified material." 
Hillary Clinton, Thursday, February 4, 2016, Democrat Debate

We live entangled in webs of endless deceit, often self-deceit, but with a little honest effort, it is possible to extricate ourselves from them.  If we do we will see a world that is rather different from the one presented to us by a remarkably effective ideological system, a world that is much uglier, often horrifying.  We will also learn that our own action, or passive acquiescence, contribute quite substantially to misery and oppression, and even global destruction.
Noam Chomsky                               
Turning The Tide, South End Press, 1985

'One of the saddest lessons of history is this: If we've been Bamboozled long enough, we tend to reject any evidence of the Bamboozle.  We're no longer interested in finding out the truth. The Bamboozle has captured us. It is simply too painful to acknowledge - even to ourselves - that we've been so credulous.'
Carl Sagan        

"In reality, most people in America live in a police state, and are completely unaware of it."
George Gordon

The size of the lie is a definite factor in causing it to be believed, for the vast masses of the nation are in the depths of their hearts more easily deceived than they are consciously and intentionally bad.  The primitive simplicity of their minds render them more easy prey to a big lie than a small one, for they themselves often tell little lies but would be ashamed to tell a big one.
Adolf  Hitler   

"I was provided with additional input that was radically different from the truth.   I assisted in furthering that version."
Colonel Oliver North, from his Iran-Contra testimony

The lie can be maintained only for such time as the State can shield the people from the political, economic and/or military consequences of the lie.   It thus becomes vitally important for the State to use all of its powers to repress dissent, for the truth is the mortal enemy of the lie, and thus by extension, the truth becomes the greatest enemy of the State.
Dr. Joseph M. Goebbels

For there is not any thing secret that shall not be made manifest, nor hidden that shall not be known and come abroad.
Luke: 8:17

And you shall know the truth: and the truth shall make you free.
John:  8:32

For there is nothing covered that shall not be revealed: nor hidden that shall not be known.
Luke: 12:2



“The ultimate target is the human mind.   It may be ‘changed’, it may be rendered impotent for expression or
it may be extinguished, bit it still remains the critical target”

Notes on Strategic Hamlets, USOM, Saigon, Office of Rural Affairs, May 1963; cited by Richard White,
the Morass, (Harper & Row, 1984), 114

Turning the Tide, US Intervention in Central America and the Struggle for Peace,
Noam Chomsky
South End Press, 1985. p. 30

Since 1928 your mind has been played with in ways you can't imagine.
And this is the asshole who's primarily responsible for the Marketing Scam Follies:

He was Freud's nephew.   He used his uncle's research to figure out how to trick people in to parting with their money for bullshit and dangerous stuff.   This is the asshole primarily responsible for FLUORIDE in the drinking water.   FLUORIDE is a by-product of the aluminum smelting industry.   It's WASTE.  The Aluminum manufacturers had a problem disposing with the by-product.   Bernay's came up with the disposal plan.   Apparently an element of Rat Poison prevents cavities.   So he preferred people to believe.   And check out what wonderful contributions he provided to the tobacco companies.  The Lucky Strike company was havin a hard time movin their product into women's handbags back in the day.   It was determined the color scheme of the Lucky Strike pack clashed with women's fashions and the colors the design houses were using back then.   So instead of changing the color of their packaging, the Lucky Strike people hired Eddie Boy to persuade the fashion houses to CHANGE THE COLOR OF THEIR fashions.   Problem solved!

The Fashion Deamon

Eddie's book if you'd care to read it:

"Our job is to give people not what they want, but what we decide they ought to have."
Richard Salent, Former President CBS News  (1961 - 1964, 1966 - 1979)

    Benito & his lovely wife Pookie hangin out at the town center after
a big speech which
    the local town folk considered a huge success.

It is necessary to be very intelligent in the work of repression.   All opposition journals have been suppressed and all the anti-fascist organizations dissolved.
Benito Mussolini: Speech, May 26, 1926.

Propaganda must not serve the truth, especially as it might bring out something favorable for the opponent.

Adolf Hitler: Mein Kampf.

There is no need for propaganda to be rich in intellectual content.
P.J. Goebbels: Speech at Nurnberg, Aug. 20, 1926.

The conscience and intelligent manipulation of the organized habits of the masses is an important element of in democratic society...it is the intelligent minorities which need to make use of propaganda continuously and systematically.  In the active proselytizing of minorities in whom selfish interests and public interests coincide lie the progress and development of America.
Edward Bernays, cir 1920's
Served on the government propaganda commission during WWI.
Turning the Tide, US Intervention in Central America and the Struggle for Peace,
Noam Chomsky                       
South End Press, 1985 p. 235

"The conscious and intelligent manipulation of the organized habits and opinions of the masses is an important element in democratic society.. ...it is the intelligent minorities which need to make use of propaganda continuously and systematically.   In the active proselytizing of minorities in whom selfish interests and public interests coincide lie the progress and development of America.  Those who manipulate this unseen mechanism of society constitute an invisible government which is the true ruling power of our country."
Edward Bernays, Propaganda (1928)

"If we understand the mechanism and motives of the group mind, it is now possible to control and regiment the masses according to our will without their knowing it."
Edward Bernays, a nephew of Sigmund Freud, America's
No. 1 Publicist in the 1920's

The special importance of propaganda in what Walter Lippmann referred to as the "manufacture of consent" has long been recognized by writers on public opinion, propaganda, and the political requirements of social order.  Lippmann himself, writing in the early 1920s, claimed that propaganda had already become "a regular organ of popular government," and was steadily increasing in sophistication and importance. We do not contend that this is all the mass media do, but we believe the propaganda function to be a very important aspect of their overall service.
Noam  Chomsky
Source: Manufacturing Consent, preface, pg xi

Perhaps this is an obvious point, but the democratic postulate is that the media are independent and committed to discovering and reporting the truth, and that they do not merely reflect the world as powerful groups wish it be perceived. Leaders of the media claim that their news choices rest on unbiased professional and objective criteria, and they have support for this contention in the intellectual community. If, however, the powerful are able to fix the premises of discourse, to decide what the general populace is allowed to see, hear, and think about, and to "manage" public opinion by regular propaganda campaigns, the standard view of how the system works is at serious odds with reality.
Noam  Chomsky
Source: Manufacturing Consent, preface, pg xi

The general subservience of the articulate intelligentsia to the framework of state propaganda is not only unrecognized, it is strenuously denied by the propaganda system. The press and the intelligentsia in general are held to be fiercely independent, critical, antagonistic to the state, even suffused by a trendy anti-Americanism. It is quite true that controversy rages over government policies and the errors or even crimes of government officials and agencies. But the impression of internal dissidence is misleading. A more careful analysis shows that this controversy takes place, for the most part, within the narrow limits of a set of patriotic premises. Thus it is quite tolerable--indeed, a contribution to the propaganda system--for the Free Press to denounce the government for its "errors" in attempting "to defend South Vietnam from North Vietnamese aggression," since by so doing it helps to establish more firmly the basic myth: that the United States was not engaged in a savage attack on South Vietnam but was rather "defending" it. If even the hostile critics adopt these assumptions, then clearly they must be true.
Noam  Chomsky
Source: with Edward S. Herman, After the Cataclysm, 1979

For the totalitarian mind, adherence to state propaganda does not suffice: one must display proper enthusiasm while marching in the parade.
Noam Chomsky

"The rank and file are usually much more primitive than we imagine.  Propaganda must therefore always be essentially simple and repetitious."
Joseph Goebbels, Nazi Minister of Propaganda

"The most brilliant propagandist technique will yield no success unless one fundamental principle is borne in mind constantly ... it must confine itself to a few points and repeat them over and over."
Joseph Goebbels, Nazi Minister of Propaganda

We deal in illusions, man. None of it is true. But you people sit there day after day, night after night, all ages, colors, creeds.   We're all you know.   You're beginning to believe the illusions we're spinning here.   You're beginning to think that the tube is reality and that your own lives are unreal. You do whatever the tube tells you.   You dress like the tube.   You eat like the tube.   You even think like the tube. In God's name, you people are the real thing,   WE are the illusion."
Howard Beale
From the movie “Network”

"I feel sorry for the man who, after reading the daily newspaper, goes to bed believing he knows something of
what's going on in the world."

Henry Louis Mencken (1880 - 1956)

Whenever you hear a politician say "our democracy", consider this:

Today, after two thousand years, with deepest  emotion I recognize more profoundly than ever before the fact that it was for this that He had to shed  His blood upon the Cross. As a Christian I have no duty to allow myself to be cheated, but I have the duty to be a fighter for truth and justice... And  if there is anything which could demonstrate that we are acting rightly it is the distress that daily grows.

For as a Christian I have also a duty to my own people."
Adolf Hitler

Jawohl, mein Fuehrer!

Humanitarianism is the expression of stupidity and cowardice.
Adolf Hitler: Mein Kampf.

A great social and economic experiment, noble in motive and far-reaching in purpose.
Herbert C. Hoover: Speaking of Prohibition in a letter to William E. Borah, Feb. 28, 1928.   

Morality is the best of all devices for leading mankind by the nose.
Friedrich Nietzsche: The Antichrist.

Then there is the sound of a gunshot.   For a moment they all fall silent.  Then Helmut shouts: ‘Bullseye!’
Helmut  Goebbels

"Quis custodiet ipsos custodes?" (Who will guard the guards?)                          
Juvenol, 1st cent. Roman satirical poet

Bush is a thug.  I think there is something really wrong with him.
Gore Vidal, 2006

"The illegal we do immediately.   The unconstitutional takes a little longer."
Henry Kissinger, The Sayings of Secretary Henry, N.Y. TIMES, Oct. 28, 1973, 6, at 91, 95 (DuPre Jones comp.)

"Oil is much too important a commodity to be left in the hands of the Arabs."
Henry Kissinger

1.     Soviet Jews: “The emigration of Jews from the Soviet Union is not an objective of American foreign policy. And if they put Jews into gas chambers in the Soviet Union, it is not an American concern. Maybe a humanitarian concern.” (link)

2.     Bombing Cambodia: “[Nixon] wants a massive bombing campaign in Cambodia. He doesn’t want to hear anything about it. It’s an order, to be done. Anything that flies on anything that moves.” (link) (Emphasis added)

3.     Bombing Vietnam: “It’s wave after wave of planes. You see, they can’t see the B-52 and they dropped a million pounds of bombs … I bet you we will have had more planes over there in one day than Johnson had in a month … each plane can carry about 10 times the load of World War II plane could carry.”  (link)

4.     Khmer Rouge: “How many people did (Khmer Rouge Foreign Minister Ieng Sary) kill? Tens of thousands? You should tell the Cambodians (i.e., Khmer Rouge) that we will be friends with them. They are murderous thugs, but we won’t let that stand in the way. We are prepared to improve relations with them. Tell them the latter part, but don’t tell them what I said before.” (from November 26, 1975 Meeting With Thai Foreign Minister.)

5.     Dan Ellsberg: “Because that son-of-a-bitch—First of all, I would expect—I know him well—I am sure he has some more information—I would bet that he has more information that he’s saving for the trial.  Examples of American war crimes that triggered him into it…It’s the way he’d operate….Because he is a despicable bastard.” (Oval Office tape, July 27, 1971)

6.     Robert McNamara: “Boohoo, boohoo … He’s still beating his breast, right? Still feeling guilty. ” (Pretending to cry, rubbing his eyes.)

7.     Assassination:  “It is an act of insanity and national humiliation to have a law prohibiting the President from ordering assassination.” (Statement at a National Security Council meeting , 1975)

8.     Chile: “I don’t see why we need to stand by and watch a country go communist due to the irresponsibility of its people. The issues are much too important for the Chilean voters to be left to decide for themselves.” (link)

9.     Illegality-Unconstitutionality: “The illegal we do immediately. The unconstitutional takes a little longer.” (from March 10, 1975 Meeting With Turkish Foreign Minister Melih Esenbel in Ankara, Turkey)

10.     Himself: “Americans like the cowboy … who rides all alone into the town, the village, with his horse and nothing else … This amazing, romantic character suits me precisely because to be alone has always been part of my style or, if you like, my technique.” (November 1972 Interview with Oriana Fallaci)


"It is proper to take alarm at the first experiment on our liberties.   We hold this prudent jealousy to be the first duty of citizens, and one of the noblest characteristics of the late Revolution.   The freeman of America did not wait till usurped power had strengthened itself by exercise, and entangled the question in precedents.   They saw all the consequences in the principle, and they avoided the consequences by denying the principle."
James Madison

Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.             
George Santayana

“None are more hopelessly enslaved than those who falsely believe they are free.”
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

"If they can get you asking the wrong questions, they don't have to worry about answers."
Thomas Pynchon

There is nothing good or bad but thinking makes it so.

Right on!  Howzat workin out for ya Ben?

"Fascism should more properly be called corporatism, since it is the merger of state and corporate power."
Benito  Mussolini
Source: cited by Lewis Lapham in Harper's, January 2002

"Oligarchy?   A government resting on a valuation of property, in which the rich have power and the poor man is deprived of it."
Plato, The Republic - Book VIII

"When plunder becomes a way of life for a group of men living together in society, they create for themselves, in the course of time, a legal system that authorizes it and a moral code that glorifies it."
Frederic Bastiat

"The presumption is simply that the weaker party consent to be slaves.   Such is the presumption on which alone our government relies to justify the power it maintains over  it's unwilling subjects.  The real motives and spirit which lie at the foundation of all legislation are the same today as they always have been  to keep one class of men in subordination and servitude to another."
Lysander Spooner

“In this state as in all republics, it is not the Legislature, however translucent it’s powers, who are supreme - but the people - and to suppose that they may violate the fundamental law, is, as has been most eloquently expressed, to affirm that the deputy is greater than his principle; that the servant is above his master; that the representatives of the people are superior to the people themselves; that men acting by virtue of delegated power may do not only what their powers do not authorize, but what they forbid.”
Waring v. Mayor of Savannah, 60 Georgia page 93

"The National Security State uses fascism to protect capitalism while they say they're protecting democracy from communism."
Michael Parenti    

It is a government of the people by the people for the people no longer it is a government of corporations by corporations for corporations.
Rutherford. B. Hayes

Permit me to issue and control the money of a nation and I care not who makes the laws.
Mayer Amschel Rothschild (1744-1812)

Politicians are swine.   You cannot reason with swine.   You must hit them on the nose with a stick.
Bertold  Brecht

Ridicule is the only weapon that can be used against unintelligible propositions.
Thomas Jefferson

"Those who steal from private individuals spend their lives in stocks and chains;  those who steal from the public treasury go dressed in gold and purple." 
Marcus Porcius Cato, Roman Statesman (190 BC)

"We hang the petty thieves and elect the great ones to public office."

Those who take the most from the table, teach contentment.  Those for whom the taxes are destined, demand sacrifice.  Those who eat their fill speak to the hungry of wonderful times to come.   Those who lead the country into the abyss call ruling difficult for ordinary folk.
Bertoldt  Brecht

He who knows not is a fool, but he who knows and says not a criminal.
Bertoldt  Brecht

"When the leaders speak of peace
The common folk know
That war is coming.
When the leaders curse war
The mobilization order is already written out."
Bertoldt Brecht

They will do whatever we let them get away with.                 
Joseph  Heller   

It is no measure of health to be well adjusted to a profoundly sick society.

Democracy gives [the beatification of mediocrity] a certain appearance of objective and demonstrable truth.   The mob man, functioning as citizen, gets a feeling that he is really important to the world — that he is genuinely running things.   Out of his maudlin herding after rogues and mountebanks there comes to him a sense of vast and mysterious power — which is what makes archbishops, police sergeants, the grand goblins of the Ku Klux and other such magnificoes happy.   And out of it there comes, too, a conviction that he is somehow wise, that his views are taken seriously by his betters — which is what makes United States Senators, fortune tellers and Young Intellectuals happy. Finally, there comes out of it a glowing consciousness of a high duty triumphantly done which is what makes hangmen and husbands happy.
H.L.  Mencken

The notion that a radical is one who hates his country is naive and usually idiotic. He is, more likely, one who likes his country more than the rest of us, and is thus more disturbed than the rest of us when he sees it debauched.  He is not a bad citizen turning to crime; he is a good citizen driven to despair.
H.L.  Mencken

'Every apathetic individual is a brick in a tyrant's throne'.
Philip  Slater

That which we are, we are.   And if we are to be any better now is the time begin.
Alfred Lord Tennyson   

You cannot simultaneously prevent and prepare for war.
Albert Einstein

"...He who cannot protect himself or his nearest and dearest or their honor by non-violently facing death may and ought to do so by violently dealing with the oppressor. He who can do neither of the two is a burden. He has no business to be the head of a family. He must either hide himself, or must rest content to live for ever in helplessness and be prepared to crawl like a worm at the bidding of a bully ...[When violence] is offered in self-defense or for the defense of the defenseless, it is an act of bravery far better than cowardly submission."
Gandhi, “Between Cowardice And Violence”

My kind of loyalty was loyalty to one's country, not to its institutions or its officeholders.  The country is the real thing, the substantial thing, the eternal thing; it is the thing to watch over, and care for, and be loyal to; its institutions are extraneous, they are its mere clothing, and clothing can wear out, become ragged, cease to be comfortable, cease to protect the body from winter, disease and death.   To be loyal to rags, to shout for rags, to worship rags, to die for rags - that is a loyalty of unreason…
Mark  Twain

In religion and politics people's beliefs and convictions are in almost every case gotten at second-hand, and without examination, from authorities who have not themselves examined the questions at issue but have taken them at second-hand from other non-examiners, whose opinions about them were not worth a brass farthing.
Mark  Twain - Source: Mark Twain's Autobiography, 1959

"It is embarrassing to see George Bush pretending to be president,"
Retired Lt. Gen. Claudia Kennedy
October 6, 2004

If you always do what you've always done, you'll always get what you've always gotten.

With reasonable men, I will reason; with humane men I will plead; but to tyrants I will give no quarter, nor waste arguments they will certainly be lost.
William Lloyd Garrison

The apathy of the people is enough to make every statue leap from it's pedestal and hasten the resurrection of the dead.
William Lloyd Garrison

Vox Populi

"Every one of our purchases is a vote, a vote for a particular company and its business practices."
Eric Schlosser,  author of “Fast Food Nation”

Quaeras de dubiis, legem bene discere si vis.
Inquire into them, is the way to know what things are really true.
Litt. Sec. 443.

"If they turn on the radars we're going to blow up their goddamn SAMs (surface-to-air missiles). They know we own their country.  We own their airspace... We dictate the way they live and talk. And that's what's great about America right now. It's a good thing, especially when there's a lot of oil out there we need."
U.S. Brig. General William Looney (Interview Washington Post, August 30, 1999) [Referring, in reality, to the brutal mass-murder of hundreds of civilian Iraqi men, women and children during 10,000 sorties by American/British war criminals in the first eight months of 1999]

Gen. “Howling” Jake Smith launched his extermination offensive in Samar against the native population, telling his field commanders to make Samar a howling wilderness, "I want no prisoners, I wish you to kill and burn: the more you kill and burn, the better you will please me. "He wanted "everybody killed capable of bearing arms [...] over ten years of age" (Slotkin, 119). Estimates are that some 42,000 Filipinos perished in the 'howling wilderness' operation.
Turning the Tide, US Intervention in Central America and the Struggle for Peace,
Noam Chomsky
South End Press, 1985

"I don't know how the hell these people got into our army."
Colorado Republican Sen. Ben Nighthorse Campbell

The map is not the territory.
Alfred Korzybski

Cherish your visions; cherish your ideals; cherish the music that stirs in your  heart, the beauty that forms in your mind, the loveliness that drapes your purest thoughts, for out of them will grow delightful conditions, all heavenly environment; of these if you but remain true to them, your world will at last be built.
~ James Allen ~

We must ever maintain the principle that the people of this continent alone have the right to decide their own destiny.
James K. Polk - Message to Congress, 1845 - 11th President (1845-1849)

I am convinced that those societies [as the Indians] which live without government enjoy in their general mass an infinitely greater degree of happiness than those who live under European governments.
Thomas Jefferson to Edward Carrington, 1787

Vindiciae Contra Tyrannos
Defense of Liberty Against Tyrants
What, then, is law? It is the collective organization of the individual right to lawful defense.
Each of us has a natural right--from God--to defend his person, his liberty, and his property. These are the three basic requirements of life, and the preservation of any one of them is completely dependent upon the preservation of the other two. For what are our faculties but the extension of our individuality? And what is property but an extension of our faculties?
Frederick Bastiat

"Nothing can destroy a government more quickly than its failure to observe its own laws, or worse, its disregard of the charter of its own existence."
Mapp v.Ohio, 367 U.S. 643 (1961)

"So long as the people do not care to exercise their freedom, those who wish to tyrannize will do so;  For tyrants are active and ardent, and will devote themselves in the name of any number of gods, religious and otherwise, to put shackles upon sleeping men."
Voltarine de Cleyre

"To me, any dependence, any thing which destroys the complete selfhood of  the individual, is in the line of slavery."
Voltairine de Cleyre
"A cultist is one who has a strong belief in the Bible and the Second Coming of Christ; who frequently attends Bible studies; who has a high level of financial giving to a Christian cause; who home schools for their children; who has accumulated survival foods and has a strong belief  in the Second Amendment; and who distrusts big government.  Any of these may qualify a person as a cultist but certainly more than one of these  would cause us to look at this person as a threat and his family as  being in a risk situation that qualifies for government interference."
Janet Reno, Attny. General of the United States during an Interview on CBS "60 Minutes" on June 26, 1999

“We do not ask we command.”
Pope to Michelangelo (Heston in the movie)

"In the beginning of a change, The Patriot is a scarce man, brave, hated and scorned.  When his cause succeeds, however, the timid join him, for then it costs nothing to be a patriot." 
Mark Twain

"Pax Vobiscum!"
(Peace go with you.)

"The news and truth are not the same thing."
Walter Lippmann, American journalist, 1889-1974

"First, it is considered absurd and ignored or ridiculed.
Next, it is considered dangerous to the status quo and viciously attacked.
Lastly, it is considered wholesome, indeed, self-evident."                    
Arthur Schopenhauer's three stages of truth

"It is well enough that people of the nation do not understand our banking and monetary system, for if they did, I believe that there would be a revolution before morning."
Henry Ford

When Hitler came for the Jews... I was not a Jew, therefore, I was not concerned. And when Hitler attacked the Catholics, I was not a Catholic, and therefore, I was not concerned. And when Hitler attacked the unions and the industrialists, I was not a member of the unions and I was not concerned. Then, Hitler attacked me and the Protestant church — and there was nobody left to be concerned.
Pastor Martin Niemoller,
Congressional Record, October 14, 1968, vol. 114, p. 31636.

"To announce that there must be no criticism of the president, or that we are to stand by the president, right or wrong, is not only unpatriotic and servile, but is morally treasonable to the American public."
Theodore Roosevelt

"Justice will not be served until those who are unaffected are as outraged as those who are." 
Benjamin Franklin

At the close of the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia on September 18, 1787, a Mrs. Powel anxiously awaited the results, and as Benjamin Franklin emerged from the long task now finished, asked him directly: "Well Doctor, what have we got, a republic or a monarchy?" "A republic if you can keep it" responded Franklin.
No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.
Eleanor  Roosevelt

The evils of tyranny are rarely seen but by him who resists it.
John Hay - Castilian Days, II, 1872

“There are some things so disgusting that only a white man would be willing to do them.”
Walter Wildshoe, Coeur d’Alene Indian

When you have eliminated the impossible, whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth.
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.

"What is robbing a bank compared to owning a bank!"
BERTOLT BRECHT, The Threepenny Opera

"Instead of looking upon the State's progressive absorption of social power with the repugnance and resentment that he would naturally feel toward the activities of a professional criminal organization, he tends rather to encourage and glorify it, in the belief that he is somehow identified with the State, and ... he therefore consents to something in which he has a share." 
Albert J. Nock, “Our Enemy, The State”, 1935

“I spent 33 years...being a high-class muscle man for Big Business, for Wall Street and the bankers.  In short, I was a racketeer for capitalism... I helped purify Nicaragua for the international banking house of Brown Brothers in 1909 - 1912.  I helped make Mexico and especially Tampico safe for American oil interests in 1916.  I brought light to the Dominican Republic for American sugar interests in 1916.  I helped make Haiti and Cuba a decent place for the rape of half a dozen Central American republics for the benefit of Wall Street...  Looking back on it, I feel I might have given Al Capone a few hints.  The best he could do was to operate his racket in three city districts. We Marines operated on three continents. ”
General Smedly Butler, 2 time Medal of Honor winner.
(Turning the Tide, US Intervention in Central America and the Struggle for Peace,
Noam Chomsky
South End Press, 1985, p. 95)

"We know Saddam has weapons of mass destruction. We have the receipts."
You attribute this to a "Mark Russell" when in fact comedian / philosopher Bill Hicks used this joke in his act circa 1991 "Iraq - Incredible weapons. How do we know that? We checked the receipts

“Mundus vult decipi” (“the world wants to be deceived”)
Martin Luther (1483-1546)


            The first one appears to be the foundation of US Inc's "foreign policy" subsequent to the end of WW II.   Herr Kennan was considered the leading "dove" of the day.  

“..we have about 50% of the world’s wealth, but only 6.3% of its population... In this situation, we cannot fail to be the object of envy and resentment.  Our task in the coming period is to devise a pattern of relationships which will permit us to maintain this position of disparity without positive detriment to our national security.  To do so, we will have to dispense with all sentimentality and day-dreaming; and our attention will have to be concentrated everywhere on our immediate national objectives.  We need not deceive ourselves that we can afford today the luxury of altruism and world-benefaction...  We should cease to talk about vague and - for the Far East - unreal objectives such as human rights, raising the living standards, and democratization.  The day is not far off when we are going to have to deal in straight power concepts.  The less hampered we are by idealistic slogans the better.”
George Kennan, head of the State Department planning staff,
Policy Planning Study (PPS) 23, Feb. 1948
Turning the Tide, US Intervention in Central America and the Struggle for Peace,
Noam Chomsky
South End Press, 1985. p. 48)  

When the Greek ambassador objected to President Johnson's plan for settling a dispute concerning Cyprus, LBJ told him, "Fuck your parliament and your constitution. America is an elephant. Cyprus is a flea. Greece is a flea. If these two fleas continue itching the elephant, they may just get whacked by the elephant's trunk, whacked good....If your prime minister gives me talk about democracy, parliament and constitutions, he, his parliament and his constitution may not last very long."    

Yeah, they hate us for our freedoms.

“No damn man kills me and lives."
General Nathan Bedford Forrest, CSA

"In the counsels of Government, we must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the Military Industrial Complex.  The potential for the disastrous rise of misplaced power exists, and will persist.  We must never let the weight of this combination endanger our liberties or democratic processes.  We should take nothing for  granted. Only an alert and knowledgeable citizenry can compel the proper meshing of the huge industrial and military machinery of defense with our peaceful methods and goals so that security and liberty may prosper together."
President Eisenhower - January 1961

"The difference between death and taxes is death doesn't get worse every time Congress meets."
Will Rogers

"Military Men Are Just Dumb, Stupid, Animals To Be Used As Pawns In Foreign Policy"
Henry Kissinger

It does not take a majority to prevail, but rather an irate, tireless minority, keen on setting brush fires of freedom in the minds of men.
Samuel Adams               
It is the responsibility of intellectuals to speak the truth and expose lies.
Noam  Chomsky

"When you respond to an unreasonable person by getting emotional, you give them victory.  How do you manage unreasonable people?   You dismiss them...like shadows" 
David Viscott

If fifty million people say a foolish thing, it's still a foolish thing. --
Bertrand Russell

Everything you've learned in school as "obvious" becomes less and less obvious as you begin to study the universe.   For example, there are no solids in the universe. There's not even a suggestion of a solid.  There are no absolute continuums. There are no surfaces. There are no straight lines. --
R. Buckminster Fuller

"One of the greatest attractions of patriotism — it fulfills our worst wishes.   In the person of our nation we are able, vicariously, to bully and cheat.   Bully and cheat, what's more, with a feeling that we are profoundly virtuous."
Aldous Huxley

"Most people would rather die than think; in fact, they do so."
Bertrand Russell

"The reason lightning doesn't strike twice in the same place is because the same place isn't there the second time."
Willie Tyler

"Only two things are infinite, the universe and human stupidity, and I'm not sure about the former."
Albert Einstein

A neurotic is a person who builds castles in the air, and a psychotic is one who lives in them. 
Dr. David Viscott

Under capitalism man exploits man; under socialism the reverse is true.
Polish Proverb

Corporation: An ingenious device for obtaining individual profit without individual responsibility.

In general the art of government consists in taking as much money as possible from one class of citizens to give to the other.
Voltaire. 1764

Whatever befalls the earth befalls the sons of the earth.   Man did not weave the web of life; he is merely a strand in it.   Whatever he does to the web, he does to himself.
Chief Seattle

It is discouraging how many people are shocked by honesty and how few by deceit.
Noel Coward 

186,000 miles per second:  It isn't just a good idea, it's the law!

What is a "free" gift?  Aren't all gifts free?

If you tell the truth you don't have to remember anything.
Mark Twain

Often we have no time for our friends but all the time in the world for our enemies. 
Leon Uris, Redemption

Anyone can make a mistake.  A fool insists on repeating it.
Robertine Maynard, quoted by Bob Maynard, Universal Press Syndicate

When a man assumes a public trust, he should consider himself a public property.
Thomas Jefferson

The only title in our democracy superior to that of President is the title of citizen.   
Louis Brandeis

"Don't worry about American pressure on Israel.  We, the Jewish people, control America, and the Americans know it."
Ariel Sharon

The Jews could be put down very plausibly as the most unpleasant race ever heard of.   As commonly encountered, they lack many of the qualities that mark the civilized man: courage, dignity, incorruptibility, ease, confidence.   They have vanity without pride, voluptuousness without taste, and learning without wisdom.   Their fortitude, such as it is, is wasted upon puerile objects, and their charity is mainly a form of display.
H. L. Mencken

"We have the purpose of preventing bigots and ignoramuses from controlling the education of the United States."
Clarence Darrow


"When even one American -- who has done nothing wrong -- is forced by fear to shut his mind and close his mouth, then all Americans are in peril."
Harry Truman

“Terrorism is the deliberate and systematic murder, maiming, and menacing of the innocent to inspire fear for political ends.
TERRORISM: How the West Can Win, Benjamin Netanyahu, Avon Books (254pgs), first published December 31st 1986,  ISBN:  0380703211 (ISBN13: 9780380703210)

The one means that wins the easiest victory over reason:  terror and force.
Adolf Hitler: Mein Kampf.

"Scare the hell out of the American people."
Senator Arthur Vandenburg 
(telling President Truman what the he needed  to do in order to tax the American people to pay for the weapons and covert activities of the US National Security State)

The world can only be ruled by fear.
Adolph Hitler, 1933

'Brutality and physical strength. . . . The people need wholesome fear.  They want to fear something.  They want someone to frighten them and make them shudderingly submissive. . . . Terror is the most effective political instrument.   I shall not permit myself to be robbed, of it because a lot of stupid bourgeois mollycoddles choose to be offended by it.   It is my duty to make use of every means of training the German people to severity and to prepare them for war. . . . My behavior in war-time will be no different.  The most horrible warfare is the kindest.  I shall spread terror by the surprise employment of all my measures.  The important thing is the sudden shock of an overwhelming fear of death.'
Adolph Hitler, 1933
H. Rauschning, Hitler Speaks, 1939, pp. 87, 89, 90.

Our government has kept us in a perpetual state of fear kept us in a continuous stampede of patriotic fervor - with the cry of grave national emergency.   Always there has been some terrible evil... to gobble us up if we did not blindly rally behind it by furnishing the exorbitant funds demanded.  Yet, in retrospect, these disasters seem never to have happened, seem never to have been quite real.
General Douglas MacArthur 1957

"I am strongly in favor of using poisoned gas against uncivilized tribes.  The moral effect should be good... and it would spread a lively terror.... "
Winston Churchill
Commenting on the British use of poison gas against the Iraqis after World War I

'Our race is the Master Race.  We are divine gods on this planet.  We are as different from the inferior races as they are from insects. In fact, compared to our race, other races are beasts and animals, cattle at best.  Other races are considered as human excrement.  Our destiny is to rule over the inferior races.  Our earthly kingdom will be ruled by our leader with a rod of iron.  The masses will lick our feet and serve us as our slaves.'
Former Israel Prime Minister and terrorist, Menachem Begin (who won the Nobel Peace Prize!).


Is it possible for a class which exterminates the native peoples of the Americas, replaces them by raping Africa for humans it then denigrates and dehumanizes as slaves, while cheapening and degrading its own working class, is it possible for such a class to create democracy, equality, and to advance the cause of human freedom?
Jerry Fresia,
“Toward An American Revolution”, 1988

"It is the duty of the courts to be watchful for the Constitutional rights of the citizen and against any stealthy encroachments thereon."
Boyd vs. United States (1886) 116 US 616

We often take domination for granted and think it is resistence to domination that must be explained.
Frances Fox Piven & Richard Cloward
“The New Class War, Reagan's Attack On The Welfare State And Its Consequences", Pantheon Books: 1982/1985

Pity the poor, wretched, timid soul, too faint hearted to resist his oppressors.  He sings the songs of the damned, I cannot resist, I have too much to lose, they might take my property or confiscate my earnings, what would my family do, how would they survive.   He hides behind pretended family responsibility, failing to see that the most glorious legacy that we can bequeath to our posterity is liberty!
W. Vaughn Elllsworth

Those who expect to reap the blessings of freedom must ... undergo the fatigue of supporting it.
Thomas Paine

"An elective despotism was not the government we fought for,"
James Madison, Federalist Paper 41

If the Government becomes a lawbreaker, it breeds contempt for law; it invites every man to become a law unto himself; it invites anarchy. To declare that in the administration of the criminal law the end justifies the means -- to declare that the Government may commit crimes in order to secure the conviction of a private criminal would bring terrible retributions.
Justice Louis D. Brandeis, dissenting, Olmstead et al. v. United States, 277 U.S. 438, at 485 (1928)

"Those who profess to favor freedom, and yet deprecate agitation, are men who want crops without plowing up the ground.   They want rain without thunder and lightning.  They want the ocean without the awful roar of its waters.  This struggle may be a moral one; or it may be a physical one; or it may be both moral and physical; but it must be a struggle!  Power concedes nothing without a demand.  It never did, and it never will.  Find out just what people will submit to, and you have found out the exact amount of  injustice and wrong which will be imposed upon them; and  these will continue until they are resisted with either words or blows, or with both.  The limits of tyrants are prescribed by the endurance of those whom they oppress."
Frederick Douglas, August 4, 1857.

"If a nation values anything more than freedom, it will lose its freedom; and the irony of it is that if it is comfort or money that it values more, it will lose that too."
Somerset Maugham

"If ye love wealth greater than liberty, the tranquility of servitude greater than the animating contest for freedom, go home from us in peace.   We seek not your counsel, nor your arms.  Crouch down and lick the hand that feeds you.   May your chains set lightly upon you; and may posterity forget that ye were our countrymen."
Samuel Adams   

"There is no art which one government sooner learns of another, than that of draining money from the pockets of the people."
Adam Smith (1776), Wealth of Nations, pg. 532 (Prometheus Books, Amherst, New York 1991)

U.S. policy... has sought to destroy human rights, to lower the living standards, and to prevent democratization, often with considerable passion and violence.
Noam Chomsky
Turning The Tide, 1985

Under Johnson the CIA developed an illegal domestic surveillance network; its existence was denied under oath by Richard Helms, who set it up.
“Ronald Reagan The Movie, And Other Episodes in Political Demonology”, Michael Rogin 1987

"...because our energy is limited, "it's wasteful to use it in any way except in the pursuit of the truth", otherwise "we end up trying to justify what's simply not true."  And when we work to support a lie, especially if we are unaware of doing it, "it becomes increasingly difficult to tell what's real" and that "to give up the lie seems like losing a part of ourselves."
Dr. David Viscott - "Toward An American Revolution", 1988, Jerry Fresia

"...to deny and repress what we see and hear and know is to live in a purely invented world, a world where reason must die and where stupidity must reign."

"...the power of elites can be legitimized by our ignorance of what is really going on..."

Criminal law behavioral defense is not applicable to contract squabbles.
Richard, Parks Iverson

I believe in compulsory cannibalism.   If people were forced to eat what they killed, there would be no more wars.
Abbie Hoffman

"My first wish is to see this plague of mankind, war, banished from the earth."
George Washington

Of all tyrannies a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive. It may be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies.  The robber baron's cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity may at some point be satiated; but those who torment us for own good will torment us without end, for they do so with the approval of their own conscience.
C.S. Lewis

This is another fine mess you've gotten us into Stanley.
Oliver Hardy

We must respect the other fellow’s religion, but only in the sense and to the extent that we respect his theory that his wife is beautiful and his children smart.
H. L. Mencken

“In the early days of the republic, it would have been unthinkable that Congress could prohibit the local cultivation, possession, and consumption of marijuana.”
Justice Clarence Thomas June 6, 2005
In his dissent in US Supreme Court Case 03-1454

"This action is in fact a call for a lawless world in which the powerful will rule.  The powerful happen to be the United States and Britain, which is by now a pathetic puppy dog that has abandoned any pretense of being an independent state."
Noam Chomsky

"Liberty and democracy become unholy when their hands are dyed red with innocent blood."
Mahatma Gandhi

"There is no such thing, at this date of the world's history, in America, as an independent press. The business of the journalists is to destroy the truth, to lie outright, to pervert, to vilify, to fawn at the feet of mammon, and to sell his country and his race for his daily bread.   We are the tools and vassals of rich men behind the scenes.   We are the jumping jacks, they pull the strings and we dance.   Our talents, our possibilities and our lives are all the property of other men.  We are intellectual prostitutes."
John Swinton
Chief of Staff New York Times at New York Press Club, 1953 

What is called 'capitalism' is basically a system of corporate mercantilism, with huge and largely unaccountable private tyrannies exercising vast control over the economy, political systems, and social and cultural life, operating in close cooperation with powerful states that intervene massively in the domestic economy and international society.
Source: "Noam Chomsky on Anarchism, Marxism, and Hope for the Future" in Red and Black Revolution, May 1995. 

- WAR -

If only more of today's military personnel would realize that they are being used by the owning elite's as a publicly subsidized capitalist goon squad.
Gen. Smedley Butler, two time Medal Of Honor winner

"No triumph of peace can equal the armed triumph of war." "In strict confidence ...I should welcome almost any war, for I think this country needs one."
Theodore Roosevelt

"Why of course the people don't want war.   Why should some poor slob on a farm want to risk his life in a war when the best he can get out of it is to come back to his farm in one piece? Naturally, the common people don't want war: neither in Russia, nor in England, nor for that matter in Germany.   That is understood.   But after all it is the leaders of the country who determine the policy, and it is always a simple matter to drag the people along, whether it is a democracy, or a fascist dictatorship, or a parliament, or a communist dictatorship ...Voice or no voice, the people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders.   That is easy.   All you have to do is to tell them they are being attacked, and denounce the pacifists for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger."
Nazi leader, Hermann Goering,
At the Nuremberg Trials before he was sentenced to death

I believe that if we had and would keep our dirty, bloody, dollar soaked fingers out of the business of these nations so full of depressed, exploited people, they will arrive at a solution of their own.  And if unfortunately their revolution must be of the violent type because the "haves" refuse to share with the "have-nots" by any peaceful method, at least what they get will be their own, and not the American style, which they don't want and above all don't want crammed down their throats by Americans.
General David Shoup, 22nd Commandant of the Marine Corps (1960–1963), Medal of Honor Recipient

America is today the leader of a world-wide anti revolutionary movement in defense of vested interests.   She now stands for what Rome stood for.   Rome consistently supported the rich against the poor in all foreign communities that fell under her sway; and, since the poor, so far, have always and everywhere been far more numerous than the rich, Rome's policy made for inequality, for injustice, and the least happiness for the greatest number.
Arnold J Toynbee, British historian

If the Nuremberg laws were applied today, then every Post-War American president would have to be hanged.
Noam Chomsky

Take away the right to say “fuck” and you take away the right to say “fuck the government”.
Lenny Bruce

"If Jesus had been killed twenty years ago, Catholic school children would be wearing little electric chairs around their necks instead of crosses."
Lenny Bruce

"As nightfall does not come at once, neither does oppression.   In both instances there is a twilight when everything remains seemingly unchanged.  And it is in such twilight that we all
must be most aware of change in the air - however slight - lest we become unwitting victims of the darkness."
Supreme Court Justice William O. Douglas

The process of barring public interference with important matters takes a step forward when elections do not even enable the public to select among programs that originate elsewhere, but become merely a procedure for selecting a symbolic figure.
Noam  Chomsky
Source: Necessary Illusions

The beauty of the democratic systems of thought control, as contrasted with their clumsy totalitarian counterparts, is that they operate by subtly establishing on a voluntary basis--aided by the force of nationalism and media control by substantial interests--presuppositions that set the limits of debate, rather than by imposing beliefs with a bludgeon. Then let the debate rage; the more lively and vigorous it is, the better the propaganda system is served, since the presuppositions (U.S. benevolence, lack of rational imperial goals, defensive posture, etc.) are more firmly established. Those who do not accept the fundamental principles of state propaganda are simply excluded from the debate (or if noticed, dismissed as "emotional," "irresponsible," etc.).
Noam  Chomsky
Source: with Edward S. Herman, After the Cataclysm, 1979

But, that's the whole point of corporatization -- to try to remove the public from making decisions over their own  fate, to limit the public arena, to control opinion, to make sure that the fundamental decisions that determine how the world is going to be run -- which includes production, commerce, distribution, thought, social policy, foreign policy, everything -- are not in the hands of the public, but rather in the hands of highly concentrated private power. In effect, tyranny unaccountable to the public.
Source: A Corporate Watch Interview With Noam Chomsky

Hey, you know something people?
I'm not black
But there's a whole lots a times
I wish I could say I'm not white
Frank Zappa, "Trouble Everyday"

Despite the clear link between U.S. sponsorship and support, on the one hand, and the use of terror and serious human rights violations, on the other, the nature and importance of the "Washington connection" are generally ignored in the West and the United States is regarded as in the vanguard of the defense of human rights. To some extent this faith rests on the facile--and still widely prevalent--assumption that external misbehavior is closely related to internal repression and limitations on freedom of dissent. As should be obvious from the most cursory examination of history, however, internal freedom is quite compatible with exploitative and inhumane external conduct extending over many decades. Even in the fountainhead of Western democracy, ancient Athens, the development of a military establishment (a naval fleet) "made Athens securely democratic and incurably aggressive...Moreover, the aggressiveness of the Athenian polis was enhanced when rowers' pay and plunder became, for a surprisingly large proportion of the Athenian citizenry, a necessary or at least highly desirable addition to the family resources. Against this background, Athens' ruthless and incessant naval enterprise, which kept the entire Greek world in turmoil from 480 to 404 B.C., becomes intellible." The cruel  plundering of India, China, the East Indies, and Africa by the relatively liberal and open societies of Western Europe from the 17th well into the 20th centuries also shows that internal freedom and long-term external viciousness are entirely compatible.
Noam  Chomsky
Source: with Edward S. Herman, The Washington Connection and Third World Fascism, 1979, p. 66-67.

In every society, there will emerge a caste of propagandists who labor to disguise the obvious, to conceal the actual workings of power, and to spin a web of mythical goals and purposes, utterly benign, that allegedly guide national policy. A typical example of the propaganda system is that 'the nation' is an agent in international affairs, not special groups within it, and that 'the nation' is guided by certain ideals and principles, all of them noble.
Noam  Chomsky

"Throughout the world, on any given day, a man, woman or child is likely to be displaced, tortured, killed or "disappeared", at the hands of governments or armed political groups. More often than not, the United States shares the blame."
Amnesty International, 1996

An important fact about our intellectual culture is that people can read and write about our long-term policies of defending market democracy from the Communist threat without laughing. That takes no little talent. It is real tribute to the educational institutions and the information system.
Noam  Chomsky

Established institutions, with overwhelmingly dominant power, tend to line up in goose-step fashion in support of any state foreign venture, no matter how immoral (until the cost becomes too high).
Noam  Chomsky
Source: with Edward S. Herman, The Washington Connection and Third World Fascism, 1979, preface, p. 2

The absence of official censorship allows room for sometimes vigorous debate among the substantial interests, and fringe and dissident elements are at least allowed to exist and argue, mainly among themselves, but occasionally penetrating to the consciousness of decision-makers, especially on matters of irrational behavior in relationship to establishment objectives.
Noam  Chomsky and Edward S. Herman
Source: The Washington Connection and Third World Fascism, 1979, p. 24, note 63

The phenomenon has long been familiar.   In a study conducted for the group of historians who enlisted in the service of the U.S. government in World War I, Victor S. Clark concluded that the "voluntary co-operation of the  newspaper publishers of America resulted in a more effective standardization of the information and arguments presented to the American people, than existed under the nominally strict military control exercised in Germany."
Noam  Chomsky and Edward S. Herman
Source: The Washington Connection and Third World Fascism, 1979, p. 24, note 64    

The mass media everywhere tend to serve the important interests that dominate the state and select and suppress facts so as to convey the impression that national policy is well-intentioned and justified. Much the same is true, quite commonly, of those areas of academic scholarship that deal with contemporary affairs or social issues. The difference between a society with official censorship (e.g. the Soviet Union) and one without (the United States) is real and significant, but the extent and especially the policy consequences of such differences are often overrated. There is a corresponding tendency to underestimate the significance of self-censorship and the strength of the underlying factors that make for unified mass media support for foreign policy-notably, the force of nationalism, government pressure and resources, and the overlap and community of interest among government, media, and business leaders, who jointly dominate state policy-making. Thus, if the dominant interests of a free society call for a policy of foreign aggression, the mass media will voluntarily mobilize the population as effectively as under a fully censored system.
Noam  Chomsky and Edward S. Herman
Source: The Washington Connection and Third World Fascism, 1979, p. 24

"It's the action, not the fruit of the action, that's important. You have to do the right thing.  It may not be in your power, may not be in your time, that there'll be any fruit.  But that doesn't mean you stop doing the right thing.  You may never know what results come from your action.  But if you do nothing, there will be no result."

"If this be treason, make the most of it..."
Patrick Henry, cir. 1765

"When governments fear people, there is liberty.  When the people fear the government, there is tyranny. 
Thomas Jefferson

- GUNS -

“A free people ought not only to be armed and disciplined, but they should have sufficient arms and ammunition to maintain a status of independence from any who might attempt to abuse them, which would include their own government.”
George Washington

The strongest reason for the people to retain the right to keep and bear arms is, as a last resort, to protect themselves against tyranny in government."
President Thomas Jefferson

"The right of the citizens to keep and bear arms has justly been considered as the palladium of the liberties of a republic; since it offers a strong moral check against usurpation and arbitrary power of rulers; and will generally, even if these are successful in the first instance, enable the people to resist and triumph over them."
 Supreme Court Justice Joseph Story of the John Marshall Court

“Every gun that is made, every warship that is launched, every rocket that is fired, signifies--in the final sense--a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are cold and not clothed. This world in arms is not spending money alone. It is spending the sweat of its laborers, the genius of its scientists, the hopes of its children. This is not a way of life at all, in any true sense. Under the cloud of threatening war, it is humanity hanging on a cross of iron.”

It [the State] has taken on a vast mass of new duties and responsibilities; it has spread out its powers until they penetrate to every act of the citizen, however secret; it has begun to throw around its operations the high dignity and impeccability of a State religion; its agents become a separate and superior caste, with authority to bind and loose, and their thumbs in every pot. But it still remains, as it was in the beginning, the common enemy of all well-disposed, industrious and decent men.
Henry L. Mencken, 1926.

“I hate war as only a soldier who has lived it can, as only one who has seen its brutality, its futility, its stupidity.”
Dwight D. Eisenhower April 16, 1953.
U.S. general and 34th president (1890-1969)

It is unfortunately none too well understood that, just as the State has no money of its own, so it has no power of its own. All the power it has is what society gives it, plus what it confiscates from time to time on one pretext or another; there is no other source from which State power can be drawn.
Albert Jay Nock: Our Enemy, the State, 1935

"The right of personal liberty is one of the fundamental rights guaranteed to every citizen, and any unlawful interference with it may be resisted.  Every person has a right to resist an unlawful arrest; and, in preventing such illegal restraint of his liberty, he may use such force as may be necessary."
City of Monroe v. Ducas, 203 La. 971, 979, 14 So.2d 781, 784 (1943).
See also Lyons v. Carroll, 107 La. 471, 31 So. 760 (1902).

Writing in the book about his song “The Art of Dying,” Harrison instructed: “We have to first not create more Karma-that is, more actions and reactions-like throwing a pebble into a clear lake, the ripples keep on going. Every thought, word, action or deed that we have is like sending a ripple out across the universe and it does eventually come back. Whatever you do, it comes right back on you.
“So, first of all is the process of trying not to create big reactions-you see ‘Apple’ and the ‘Beatles,’ the whole trip we have gone through, has been like throwing boulders into the lake-because everything comes bouncing back and ties you up forever, or for as long as it takes to untie it… I don’t want to be lying there as I’m dying thinking, ‘Oh shit, I forgot to put the cat out, or ‘I didn’t get a Rolls Royce’ because then you may have to come right back just to do those things.”
George Harrison

"I will say, then, that I am not, nor have ever been in favor of bringing about in any way the social and political equality of the white and black races. I am in favor of having the superior position assigned to the white race." 
Abraham Lincoln

The very words of his 1863 Emancipation Proclamation revealed his deceit and cunning; it freed those slaves held "within any State or designated part of a State the people whereof shall then be in rebellion against the United States."  It didn't apply to slaves in West Virginia and areas and states not in rebellion.

"Good help is so hard to come by these days."
Gen. Ulysses Grant's explanation of why he didn't free his slaves earlier than the enactment of the 13th Amendment.

“Well, fancy giving money to the Government!  Might as well have put it down the drain.”
A. P. Herbert

“I am sure that the party system is right and necessary.   There must be some scum.”
A. P. Herbert

How Paul Robeson answered the following question as he testified before the House Un-American Activities Committee in 1956:

If you hate America so much, why don't you leave?

"My father was a slave and my people died to build this country, and I'm going to stay right here and have a part of it, just like you.   And no fascist-minded people like you will drive me from it.   Is that clear?"

"Whether I am or am not a Communist or a Communist sympathizer is irrelevant.   The question is whether American citizens, regardless of their political beliefs or sympathies, may enjoy their constitutional rights."
Paul Robeson - Los Angeles Times, February 1, 1976, Calendar Section, pp. 1, 58.

Hobson's Choice:

1] an apparent freedom to take or reject something offered when in fact no such
freedom exists: an apparent freedom of choice when there is no real alternative.
[Webster's 3rd International Dictionary]
2] According to Words and Phrases, Hobson's Choice : The very word "election"
signifies a free choice, and an election by compulsion is an anomaly. An election       
which involves no freedom of choice is known as "Hobson's Choice", which is
defined as a choice without an alternative. New v Smith, 145 P 880. There are
updated cases in the commutative supplement pp: 831 FS 1166, 1188; 530 A2d 1044,
Thomas Hobson, a seventeenth-century liveryman in Cambridge, England, told
every customer he could have any horse he wanted, as long as it was the one
nearest the door. Hobson's choice should not be used in the context of dilemma or
mere indecision. It is a choice between what is offered and nothing.

"Guard with jealous attention the public liberty.   Suspect everyone who approaches that jewel. Unfortunately, nothing will preserve it but downright force.   Whenever you give up that force, you are ruined."
Patrick Henry

"It is better that ten guilty escape than one innocent suffer."
Sir William Blackstone

"Whenever a separation is made between liberty and justice, neither, in my opinion, is safe."
Edmund Burke

"If ever time should come, when vain and aspiring men shall possess the highest seats in Government, our country will stand in need of its experienced patriots to prevent its ruin."
Samuel Adams

"Power tends to corrupt and absolute power corrupts absolutely."
Lord Acton

"The most effective way of making people accept the validity of the values they are to serve is to persuade them that they are really the same as those which they... have always held, but which were not properly understood or recognized before. And the most efficient technique to this end is to use the old words but change their meaning. Few traits of totalitarian regimes are at the same time so confusing to the superficial observer and yet so characteristic of the whole intellectual climate as the complete perversion of language, the change of meaning of the words by which the ideals of the new regimes are expressed."
F. A. Hayek   

"The free state offers what a police state denies -- the privacy of the home, the dignity and peace of mind of the individual."
Justice William O. Douglas, 1953

"We are rapidly entering the age of no privacy, where everyone is open to surveillance at all times; where there are no secrets from government."
Justice William O. Douglas, 1966

"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful committed people can change the world. Indeed it is the only thing that ever has."
Margaret Mead

"...the Federal Judiciary...an irresponsible body, working like gravity by night and by day, gaining a little today and a little tomorrow, and advancing it's noiseless step like a thief over the field of  jurisdiction until all shall be usurped from the States; and the government of all be consolidated into one. When all government ...in little as in great things... shall be drawn to Washington as the center of all power; it will render powerless the checks provided of one government on another, and will become as venal and oppressive as the government from which we separated."
Thomas Jefferson, 1821

"In America, no other distinction between man and man had ever been known but that of persons in office exercising powers by authority of the laws, and private individuals. Among these last, the poorest laborer stood on equal ground with the wealthiest millionaire, and generally on a more favored one whenever their rights seem to jar." --
Thomas Jefferson: Answers to de Meusnier Questions, 1786. ME 17:8
"A free people [claim] their rights as derived from the laws of nature, and not as the gift of their chief magistrate."
Thomas Jefferson: Rights of British America, 1774. ME 1:209, Papers 1:134

"Natural rights [are] the objects for the protection of which society is formed and municipal laws established." --
Thomas Jefferson to James Monroe, 1797. ME 9:422

"The right to use a thing comprehends a right to the means necessary to its use, and without which it would be useless." --
Thomas Jefferson to William Carmichael, 1790. ME 8:72

The freedom and happiness of man... [are] the sole objects of all legitimate government." --Thomas Jefferson to Thaddeus Kosciusko, 1810. ME 12:369

"Under the law of nature, all men are born free, every one comes into the world with a right to his own person, which includes the liberty of moving and using it at his own will. This is what is called personal liberty, and is given him by the Author of nature, because necessary for his own sustenance." --
Thomas Jefferson: Legal Argument, 1770. FE 1:376

The essential problem is that Americans have been lying to themselves for so many years now that they are completely incapable of telling the difference between the rather frightening truth and their mythological view of America. –
Neil Postman, author of “Amusing Ourselves to Death”

Man is a clever animal who behaves like an imbecile. –
Albert Schweitzer, German philanthropist

There is no flag large enough to cover the shame of killing innocent people. –
Howard Zinn

"Good intentions will always be pleaded for every assumption of authority. It is  hardly too strong to say that the constitution was made to guard the people against the dangers of good intentions. There are men in all ages who mean to govern well, but they mean to govern. They promise to be good masters, but they mean to be masters." --
Noah Webster

"Government is not reason; it is not eloquence; it is force! Like fire, it is a dangerous servant and a fearful master."
George Washington

"The clergy...believe that any portion of power confided to me [as President] will be exerted in opposition to their schemes. And they believe rightly: for I have sworn upon the altar of God, eternal hostility against every form of tyranny over the mind of man. But this is all they have to fear from me: and enough, too, in their opinion."
Thomas Jefferson to Benjamin Rush, 1800. ME 10:173

"This country, with its institutions, belongs to the people who inhabit it. Whenever they shall
grow weary of the existing government, they can exercise their constitutional right of amending it, or exercise their revolutionary right to overthrow it."
President Abraham Lincoln

"The law helps the vigilant, before those who sleep on their rights."
California Civil Code 3527
"There's no way to rule innocent men. The only power any government has is the power to crack down on criminals. Well, when there aren't enough criminals, one makes them. One declares so many things to be a crime that it becomes impossible for men to live without breaking laws."
Ayn Rand, Atlas Shrugged, Ch. III, "White Blackmail"

The legitimate powers of government extend to such acts only as are injurious to others. But it does me no injury for my neighbor to say there are twenty gods, or no God.  It neither picks my pocket nor breaks my leg.
Thomas Jefferson
"We're fools whether we dance or not, so we might as well dance."
 Japanese Proverb

"There is no position which depends on clearer principles than that every act of a delegated authority, contrary to the tenor of the commission under which it is exercised, is void.  No legislative act, therefore, contrary to the Constitution, can be valid. To deny this would be to affirm that the deputy is greater than his principal; that the servant is above his master; that the representatives of the people are superior to the people themselves; that men acting by virtue of powers may do not only what their powers do not authorize, but what they forbid."
Alexander Hamilton, Federalist Papers No. 78

Que mad moeum gladius neminem occidit, occidentis telum est."
("A sword is never a killer, it's a tool in the killer's hands.")
Lucius Annaeus Seneca "the Younger" (ca. 4 BC-65 AD)

"Be wary of strong drink.   It can make you shoot at tax collectors -- and miss."
Robert A. Heinlein

"The prestige of government has undoubtedly been lowered considerably by the prohibition law. For nothing is more destructive of respect for the government and the law of the land than passing laws which cannot be enforced. It is an open secret that the dangerous increase of crime in this country is closely connected with this."
Albert Einstein, "My First Impression of the U.S.A.", 1921

"Prohibition will work great injury to the cause of temperance. It is a species of intemperance within itself, for it goes beyond the bounds of reason in that it attempts to control a man's appetite by legislation, and makes a crime out of things that are not crimes. A Prohibition law strikes a blow at the very principles upon which our government was founded."
Abraham Lincoln (1809-65), U.S. President.
Speech, 18 Dec. 1840, to Illinois House of Representatives       
"To compel a man to furnish contributions of money for the propagation of opinions which he disbelieves is sinful and tyrannical."
Thomas Jefferson ("Statue of Religious Freedom", adopted by the State of Virginia in 1785)

The object with a suit to recover is to provide the incentive to pay or tell how the game is played.

"I do not feel obliged to believe that the same God who has endowed us with sense, reason, and intellect has
intended us to forgo their use."

Galileo Galilei

"We the people are the rightful masters of Congress and the courts, not to overthrow the Constitution, but to overthrow men who pervert the Constitution."
Abraham Lincoln

"Now what liberty is this when property can be taken without permission."
Samuel Adams

"The most formidable weapon against errors of every kind is reason."
Thomas Paine

"History shows us that there have been many struggles between the honest men of England and those that tyrannized them. All good laws come as innovation and as constraints upon the power of the King and Lords."

"We swear by the Southern Cross to stand truly by each other and fight to defend our rights and liberties."
Colonel Thomas Rainsborough
Council of the Army, Putney Church, 1647

There must be no barriers for freedom of inquiry. There is no place for dogma in science. The scientist is free, and must be free to ask any question, to doubt any assertion, to seek for any evidence, to correct any errors."
Robert Oppenheimer

"It is every American’s right and obligation to read and interpret the constitution for himself."
Thomas Jefferson

"On every question of construction, let us carry ourselves back to the time when the Constitution was adopted, recollect the spirit manifested in the debates, and instead of trying what meaning may be squeezed out of the text, or invented against it, conform to the probable one in which it was passed."
Thomas Jefferson, letter to William Johnson, June 12, 1823, The Complete Jefferson, p. 322.

"Our peculiar security is in the possession of a written Constitution. Let us not make it a blank paper by construction.
Thomas Jefferson to W, Nicholas, 1803.

"The true key for the construction of everything doubtful in a law, is the intention of the law givers. This is most safely gathered from the words, but may be sought also in extraneous circumstances, provided they do not contradict the express words of the law."
Thomas Jefferson to A. Gallatin, 1808.

"I had rather ask an enlargement of power from the nation, where it is found necessary, than to assume it by a construction which would make our powers boundless."
Thomas Jefferson to W. Nicholas, 1803.

"The particular phraseology of the Constitution of the United States confirms and strengthens the principle, supposed to be essential to all written constitutions, that a law repugnant to the Constitution is void; and that courts, as well as other departments, are bound by that instrument."
John Marshall: Opinion as Chief Justice in Marbury vs. Madison, 1802

"[E]very act of a delegated authority, contrary to the tenor of the commission under which it is exercised, is void. No legislative act, therefore, contrary to the Constitution, can be valid. To deny this, would be to affirm, that the deputy is greater than his principal; that the servant is above his master; that the representatives of the people are superior to the people themselves; that men acting by virtue of powers, may do not only what their powers do not authorize, but what they forbid."
Alexander Hamilton

"The strongest reason for people to retain the right to keep and bear arms is, as a last resort, to protect themselves against tyranny in government."
Thomas Jefferson Papers, 334 (C.J. Boyd, Ed., 1950)

"... God forbid we should ever be twenty years without such a rebellion. The people cannot be all, and always, well informed. The part which is wrong will be discontented, in proportion to the importance of the facts they misconceive. If they remain quiet under such misconceptions, it is lethargy, the forerunner of death to the public liberty. ... And what country can preserve its liberties, if it's rulers are not warned from time to time, that this people preserve the spirit of resistance? Let them take arms. The remedy is to set them right as to the facts, pardon and pacify them. What signify a few lives lost in a century or two?  The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time, with the blood of patriots and tyrants. It is its natural manure."
Richard Henry Lee, Senator, First Congress, Additional Letters from the Federal Farmer (1788) at 169.

"Whenever governments mean to invade the rights and liberties of the people, they always attempt to destroy the militia, in order to raise an army upon their ruins."
Rep. Elbridge Gerry of Massachusetts, spoken during floor debate over the Second Amendment, I Annals of Congress at 750, August 17, 1789.

“The people cannot delegate to government the power to do anything which would be unlawful for them to do themselves.”
John Locke

“Whenever legislators endeavor to take away and destroy the property of the people, or to reduce them to slavery under arbitrary power, they put themselves into a state of war with the people, who are thereupon absolved from any further obedience.”
John Locke, 1690
See the entry in "Black's Law Dictionary" under MIXED WAR.


"... the people are confirmed by the article in their right to keep and bear their private arms."
Tench Coxe in "Remarks on the First Part of the Amendments to the Federal Constitution." Under the pseudonym "A Pennsylvanian" in the Philadelphia Federal Gazette, June 18, 1789 at 2 col. 1.

"To preserve liberty, it is essential that the whole body of people always possess arms..."
Richard Henry Lee, 1788, Member of the First U.S. Senate.

"That the said Constitution shall never be construed to authorize Congress to infringe the just liberty of the press or the rights of conscience; or to prevent the people of the United States who are peaceable citizens from keeping their own arms..."
Samuel Adams, Debates and Proceedings in the Convention of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, at 86-87 (Peirce & Hale, eds., Boston, 1850. 2, col. 2.

"Germans who wish to use firearms should join the SS or the SA - ordinary citizens don't need guns, as their having guns doesn't serve the state."
Heinrich Himmler.

"The very atmosphere of firearms anywhere and everywhere restrains evil interference -- they deserve a place of honor with all that is good."
George Washington

"The battle, Sir, is not to the strong alone; it is to the vigilant, the active, the brave. Besides, Sir, we have no election. If we were base enough to desire it, it is now too late to retire from the contest. There is no retreat but in submission and slavery! Our chains are forged! Their clanking may be heard on the plains of Boston! The war is inevitable; and let it come! I repeat, Sir, let it come!"
Patrick Henry, in his famous "The War Inevitable" speech, March, 1775.

"It is in vain, Sir, to extenuate the matter. Gentlemen may cry, Peace, Peace! But there is no peace. The war is actually begun! The next gale that sweeps from the North will bring to our ears the clash of resounding arms! Our brethren are already in the field! Why stand we here idle? What is it that Gentlemen want? What would they have? Is life so dear, or peace so sweet, as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery? Forbid it, Almighty God! I know not what course others may take, but as for me, give me liberty or give me death!"
Patrick Henry, in his famous "The War Inevitable" speech, March, 1775.

"A strong body makes the mind strong. As to the species of exercise, I advise the gun. While this gives moderate exercise to the body, it gives boldness, enterprise, and independence Games played with the ball, and others of that nature, are too violent for the body and stamp no character on the mind. Let your gun therefore be the constant companion of your walk."
Encyclopedia of Thomas Jefferson, 318 (Foley, Ed., reissued 1967)


"That the Constitution shall never be construed to authorize Congress to infringe the just liberty of the press or the rights of conscience; or to prevent "the people" of the United States who are peaceable citizens from keeping their own arms..."
Alexander Hamilton

"Never give in, never give in, never, never, never, never -- in nothing, great or small, large or petty -- never give in except to convictions of honor and good sense."
Winston Spencer Churchill, address at Harrow School, October 29, 1941.

"Never turn your back on a threatened danger and try to run away from it. If you do that, you will double the danger. But if you meet it promptly and without flinching, you will reduce the danger by half. Never run away from anything. Never!"
Winston Churchill

"God grants liberty only to those who love it, and are always ready to guard and defend it."
Daniel Webster

"All that is necessary for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing."
Edmund Burke

"If cowardly and dishonorable men sometimes shoot unarmed men with army pistols or guns, the evil must be prevented by the penitentiary and gallows, and not by a general deprivation of a constitutional privilege."
Arkansas Supreme Court, 1878

"The right of citizens to bear arms is just one guarantee against arbitrary government, one more safeguard against the tyranny which now appears remote in America, but which historically has proved to be always possible."
Senator Hubert H. Humprey (D-Minnesota)

"Among the many misdeeds of the British rule in India, history will look upon the act of depriving a whole nation of arms, as the blackest."
Mahatma Gandhi

"The one weapon every man, soldier, sailor, or airman should be able to use effectively is the rifle. It is always his weapon of personal safety in an emergency, and for many it is the primary weapon of offense and defense.  Expertness in its use cannot be overemphasized."
General Dwight D. Eisenhower

"Before God I swear this is my creed: my rifle and myself are the defenders of our country. We are the masters of our enemy. We are the saviors of my life. So be it until victory is America's and there is no enemy, but peace!!
From "My Rifle", by Major General W.H. Rupertus, USMC.

"The American Revolution was a beginning, not a consummation."
Woodrow Wilson, 28th President of the United 'States (1856-1924).

...to disarm the people is the best and most effective way to enslave them..."
George Mason, 3 Elliot, Debates at 380.

Before a standing army can rule, the people must be disarmed; as they are in almost every kingdom in Europe. The supreme power in America cannot enforce unjust laws by the sword; because the whole of the people are armed, and constitute a force superior to any bands of regular troops that can be, on any pretense, raised in the United States."
Noah Webster, "An Examination into the leading Principles of the Federal Constitution." in Paul Ford, ed., Pamphlets on the Constitution of the United States , at 56 (New York, 1888).

"... if raised, whether they could subdue a Nation of freemen, who know how to prize liberty, and who have arms in their hands?"
Delegate Sedgewick, during the Massachusetts Convention, rhetorically asking if an oppressive standing army could prevail ... Johnathon Elliot, ed., Debates in the Several State Conventions on the Adoption of the Federal Constitution, Vol. 2 at 97 (2d ed., 1888).

"Besides the advantage of being armed, which the Americans possess over the people of almost every other nation ... notwithstanding the military establishments in the several kingdoms of Europe, which are carried as far as the public resources will bear, the governments are afraid to trust the people with arms.
James Madison, author of the Bill of Rights, in Federalist Paper No. 46, at 243-244.

"As civil rulers, not having their duty to the people duly before them, may attempt to tyrannize, and as the military forces which must be occasionally raised to defend our country, might pervert their power to the injury of their fellow citizens, the people are confirmed by the article in their right to keep and bear private arms."
Tench Coxe, in "Remarks on the First Part of the Amendments to the Federal Constitution." under the pseudonym, "A Pennsylvanian" in the Philadelphia Federal Gazette, June 18, 1789 at 2 Col. 1.

"The supposed quietude of a good man allures the ruffian; while on the other hand, arms, like laws, discourage and keep the invader and the plunderer in awe, and preserve order in the world as well as property. The same balance would be preserved were all the world destitute of arms, for all the world would be alike; but since some will not, others dare not lay them aside...Horrid mischief would ensue were one half the world deprived the use of them..."
Thomas Paine, I Writings of Thomas Paine at 56 (1894).

"Are we at last brought to such humiliating and debasing degradation that we cannot be trusted with arms for our defense? Where is the difference between having our arms in possession and under our direction, and having them under the management of Congress? If our defense be the real object of having those arms, in whose hands can they be trusted with more propriety, or equal safety to us, as in our own hands?"
Patrick Henry, 3 J. Elliot, Debates in the Several State Conventions 45, 2d Ed. Philadelphia, 1836.

"The ultimate authority ... resides in the people alone."
James Madison, author of the Bill of Rights, in Federalist Paper No. 46.

"The whole of the Bill [of Rights] is a declaration of the right of the people at large or considered as individuals ... It establishes some rights of the individual as unalienable and which consequently, no majority has the right to deprive them of."
Albert Gallatin of the New York Historical Society, October 7, 1789

"This Year Will Go Down In History. For The First Time, A Civilized Nation Has Full Gun Registration! Our Streets Will Be Safer, Our Police More Efficient, And The World Will Follow Our Lead Into The Future!"
Adolph Hitler 1935 'Berlin Daily' (Loose English Translation) April 15th, 1935 Page 3 Article 2 by Einleitung Von Eberhard Beckmann "Abschied vom Hessenland!"

"All military type firearms are to be handed in immediately ... The SS, SA and Stahlhelm give every responsible opportunity of campaigning with them. Therefore anyone who does not belong to one of the above-named organizations and who unjustifiably nevertheless keeps his weapon ... must be regarded as an enemy of the national government."
SA Oberfuhrer of Bad Tolz, March, 1933.

"The Constitution of most of our states (and of the United States) assert that all power is inherent in the people; that they may exercise it by themselves; that it is their right and duty to be at all times armed and that they are entitled to freedom of person, freedom of religion, freedom of property, and freedom of press."
Thomas Jefferson

"Enlighten people generally, and tyranny and oppressions of body and mind will vanish like evil spirits at the dawn of day."
Thomas Jefferson

"I put no stock in religion.   By the word religion I've seen the lunacy of fanatics of every
denomination be called the will of God.   I've seen too much religion in the eyes of too many
murderers.   Holiness is in right action."

Scene in:  Kingdom of Heaven (2005), Written by:  William Monahan,  Actor:  David Thewlis

I have the clearly established constitutionally secured right to acquire, possess, and enjoy property and happiness.  

I have the clearly established constitutional right to self-preservation and defense of myself and my property and loved ones.

There is nothing to debate.   We the people... have the clearly established constitutionally secured right to acquire and own property.