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Anslinger, Harry Jacob  freedom quote
"The killer was a narcotic known to America as marijuana, and to history as hashish. It is a narcotic used in the form of cigarettes, comparatively new to the United States and as dangerous as a coiled rattlesnake. How many murders, suicides, robberies and maniacal deeds it causes each year, especially among the young, can only be conjectured. … No one knows, when he smokes it, whether he will become a philosopher, a joyous reveler, a mad insensate, or a murderer. … Suddenly, in the midst of laughter and dancing she thought of her school problems. Instantly they were solved. Without hesitancy she walked to a window and leaped to her death. Thus can marijuana 'solve' one's difficulties. ... They may continue addiction until they deteriorate mentally and become insane. Or they may turn to violent forms of crime, to suicide or to murder. Marijuana gives few warnings of what it intends to do to the human brain. … It was an unprovoked crime some years ago which brought the first realization that the age-old drug had gained a foothold in America. An entire family was murdered by a youthful addict in Florida. When officers arrived at the home they found the youth staggering about in a human, slaughterhouse. With an ax he had killed his father, his mother, two brothers, and a sister. He seemed to be in a daze. ... He had no recollection of having committed the multiple crime. The officers knew him ordinarily as a sane, rather quiet young man; now he was pitifully crazed. They sought the reason. The boy said he had been in the habit of smoking something which youthful friends called 'muggles,' a childish name for marijuana. ... There must be constant enforcement and equally constant education against this enemy, which has a record of murder and terror running through the centuries. ... They were not told that addicts may often develop a delirious rage during which they are temporarily and violently insane; that this insanity may take the form of a desire for self-destruction or a persecution complex to be satisfied only by the commission of some heinous crime. ... In at least two dozen other comparatively recent cases of murder or degenerate sex attacks, many of them committed by youths, marijuana proved to be a contributing cause. … 'I've got a sort of hazy recollection' ... 'When you get to 'floating,' it's hard to keep track of things.' ... 'If I had killed somebody on one of those jobs, I'd never have known it. Sometimes it was over before I realized that I'd even been out of my room.' … In a small Ohio town, a few months ago, a fifteen-year-old boy was found wandering the streets, mentally deranged by marijuana. ... There were 60 cigarettes on hand, enough fodder for 60 murders. ... Command a person 'high' on 'mu' or 'muggles' or 'Mary Jane' to crawl on the floor and bark like a dog, and he will do it without a thought of the idiocy of the action. Everything, no matter how insane, becomes plausible. The underworld calls marijuana 'that stuff that makes you able to jump off the tops of skyscrapers' … It is to be hoped that the menace of marijuana can be wiped out before it falls into the vicious protectorate of powerful members of the underworld. ... It is a revenue bill, modeled after other narcotic laws which make use of the taxing power to bring about regulation and control. ... America now faces a condition in which a new, although ancient, narcotic has come to live next door to us, a narcotic that does not have to be smuggled into the country. This means a job of unceasing watchfulness by every police department and by every public-spirited civic organization. It calls for campaigns of education in every school, so that children will not be deceived by the wiles of peddlers, but will know of the insanity, the disgrace, the horror which marijuana can bring to its victim." – "Marijuana: Assassin of Youth", with co-author Courtney Ryley Cooper, American Magazine, vol 124 no 1, July 1937,,

"There are 100,000 total marijuana smokers in the US, and most are Negroes, Hispanics, Filipinos and entertainers. Their Satanic music, jazz and swing, result from marijuana usage. This marijuana causes white women to seek sexual relations with Negroes, entertainers and any others." – Anslinger's testimony to US Congress supporting Marihuana Tax Act, 1937

"Marihuana is more dangerous drug than heroin or cocaine. … I am surprised to learn that certain police officers have been inclined to minimize the effects of the use of marihuana. … They would, I am sure, be convinced that the drug is adhering to its Old World traditions of murder, assault, rape, physical demoralization, and mental breakdown. A study of the effects of marihuana shows clearly that it is a dangerous drug, and Bureau records prove that its use is associated with insanity and crime." – Bulletin of the FBI, May 1938

Ashcroft, John David  freedom quotes
"Quite simply, the illegal drug paraphernalia industry has invaded the homes of families across the country without their knowledge. This illegal, billion-dollar industry will no longer be ignored by law enforcement." – US Attorney General Ashcroft's press conference following Operation Pipe Dream resulting in the arrest of Tommy Chong and others

[Critics who] "scare peace-loving people with phantoms of lost liberty only aid terrorists, for they erode our national unity and diminish our resolve" – US Senate Judiciary Committee hearing, Dec 2001

Barr, Robert L, Jr  freedom quotes
"As members of the Subcommittee on Criminal Justice, Drug Policy and Human Resources, we write to commend you on the outstanding performance of the Justice Department in obtaining a decisive Supreme Court ruling in the Oakland [medicinal] Cannabis case. We urge you to now move swiftly to give effect to that ruling throughout the United States with respect to 'medical marijuana' provisions contrary to the Court's unanimous decision. ... The fringe drug legalization movement hopes this will send a message to our children and society that drug use is tolerable. Marijuana use is not tolerable under any circumstances. ... We appreciate the leadership of President Bush and you in this important area and look forward to continuing to work with you to protect our families from illegal drugs." – Letter to US Attorney General John Ashcroft, May 23 2001
Bennett, William J
"In the end, drug use is wrong because of what it does to human character. It degrades. It makes people less than they should be by burning away a sense of responsibility, subverting productivity, and making a mockery of virtue."
Biden, Joseph R, Jr
"It [drug legalization] warrants a discussion. Itís totally legitimate for this to be raised. Itís worth discussing ... but there is no possibility that the Obama-Biden administration will change its policy on legalization." – Interview with journalists in Mexico City, Mexico

"When the stock market crashed, Franklin Roosevelt got on television and didn't just talk about the, you know, the princes of greed, he said, 'Look, here's what happened.' " – Interview with Katie Couric, Sept 2008
Editor's note: Franklin Rossevelt was not President in 1929 and television did not exist in 1929.

"As Co-Chairman of the International Narcotics Control Caucus, Sen. Biden has a long record of accomplishment in passing bills to combat drug use and help drug addicts kick their habit. Nearly twenty years ago, he wrote the law creating the nation's 'Drug Czar,' a cabinet level position which oversees and coordinates national drug control policy. Today, Senator Biden continues to work to stop the spread of new drugs such as Methamphetamine, Rohypnol and Ecstasy, and he works for better regulation of anabolic steroids." – from, Feb 1 2008

"Senator Joseph R. Biden, Jr. is a leader in Congress on combating drug use and stopping the flow of drugs from reaching our shores. In an effort to curb drug use, Senator Biden wrote the law creating the nation's 'Drug Czar' who oversees and coordinates national drug control policy. To further 'protect' our kids from the scourge of drugs, Senator Biden wrote the law that triples penalties for criminals who use kids to sell drugs, toughens penalties for selling drugs near playgrounds and schools, and increases penalties for drug use and drug trafficking in prisons. It also provides millions of dollars to give law enforcement officials the resources they need to combat drug use in communities nationwide, particularly methamphetamine and Ecstasy." – from previously

Bonner, Robert C
"As you are well aware, the issue of whether marijuana itself has any accepted medical use is pending before the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. We are confident that the Court will find no merit in the petition and that it will affirm my ruling in that case." – Letter to Carl Eric Olsen, Oct 23 1992

"Beyond doubt the claims that marijuana is medicine are false, dangerous and cruel." – 1992

Brown, Robert E, Jr
"Illicit drugs cost our society 52,000 dead and nearly $110 billion dollars each year due to health costs, accidents, and lost productivity." – Letter to Veterans for More Effective Drug Strategies, May 23 2000
Editor's note: Illegal drugs cause nearly 6,400 American deaths annually, about 1% of the 586,400 annual American deaths caused by all drugs, legal and illegal. See cannabisresearch.html#deaths. The $110 billion cost was extrapolated from a flawed 1982 study by Research Triangle Institute. John Horgan details the flaws of this study in "Test Negative", Scientific American, Mar 1990, pgs 18-22
Bush, George Herbert Walker, Sr
"If the people were to ever find out what we have done, we would be chased down the streets and lynched." – Sarah McClendon Newsletter, June 1992

"No, I don't know that atheists should be considered as citizens, nor should they be considered as patriots. This is one nation under God. ... I'm just not very high on atheists." – Interview with Robert I Sherman, Chicago, IL, Aug 27 1988

Bush, George Walker
"The strong have a duty to protect the weak." – Comment on the Terri Schiavo controversy, Mar 31 2005

"It's wise to always error on the side of life." – Comment on the Terri Schiavo controversy, Mar 22 2005

"Our enemies are innovative and resourceful, and so are we. They never stop thinking about new ways to harm our country and our people, and neither do we." – Aug 5 2004

"Those weapons of mass destruction have got to be here somewhere. No, no weapons over there. Maybe under here?" – Comments during a slideshow of Bush looking under furniture in the Oval Office at a Radio and Television Correspondents' Association Dinner, Mar 2004

"Gog and Magog are at work in the Middle East ... the Biblical prophecies are about to be fulfilled." – phone conversation with France President Jacques Chirac justifying his invasion of Iraq, claims Jean-Claude Maurice in "George W. Bush et le Code Ezechiel", 2003,,

"I'm the commander, I do not need to explain why I say things ... Maybe someone needs to explain to me why they say something, but I don't feel like I owe anybody an explanation ..."

"The British government learned that Saddam Hussein recently sought significant quantities on uranium from Africa." – State of the Union Address, Jan 28 2003

"One of the interesting questions facing baby boomers is, have we grown up? Are we willing to share the wisdom of past mistakes? And I think the message ought to be to all children, 'Don't use drugs. Don't abuse alcohol.' That's what leadership is all about." – Boston Globe, pg A3, Aug 22 1999
Editor's note: The more interesting questions are: Has George Walker Bush grown up? Is George Walker Bush willing to share the wisdom of his past (and present) mistakes? Isn't alcohol a drug?

Clinton, Hillary Rodham
"We cannot let a minority of people, and that's what it is, it is a minority of people hold a viewpoint that terrorizes the majority of people." – CNN Town Hall, June 17 2014

"Weíre going to take things away from you on behalf of the common good.Ē

Coulter, Ann Hart  freedom quote
"I think all real females are right-wingers, and I can tell you that based on experience, and my bodyguard will back me up on this, all pretty girls are right-wingers. I don't write about feminism. It seems to manifestly obvious it doesn't need my stunning skills or analysis. But, I mean, the reason unattractive, I suppose, the reason liberal women are liberal is because they have to date liberal men and as we've seen from Bill Clinton and Dominique Strauss-Kahn and Anthony Weiner, we've seen how liberal men treat women. I'd be angry too." – Conservative Political Action Conference, Feb 9 2012

"The Democratic Party is the party of the mob, irrespective of what the mob represents. Democrats activate mobs, depend on mobs, coddle mobs, publicize and celebrate mobs –they are the mob." – Demonic, 2011

"... while repealing the 26th Amendment, we ought to add a separate right to vote for members of the military, irrespective of age. As we have learned from ObamaCare, young people are not considered adults until age 26, at which point they are finally forced to get off their parents' health care plans. The old motto was 'Old enough to fight, old enough to vote.' The new motto is: 'Not old enough to buy your own health insurance, not old enough to vote.' Eighteen- to 26-year-olds don't have property, spouses, children or massive tax bills. ... It would make more sense to give public school teachers and college professors 20 votes apiece than to allow their impressionable students to vote. ... Liberals fight tooth-and-nail to create an electorate disposed to vote Democratic by, for example, demanding that felons and illegal aliens be given the vote. But it's at least possible that illegal aliens and criminals pay taxes or have fully functioning frontal lobes. ... Not old enough to buy your own health insurance, not old enough to vote." –, Nov 10 2010!/page/full

"Faggot isn't offensive to gays, it has nothing to do with gays. It's a schoolyard taunt meaning 'wuss.'" – Hannity and Colmes, Mar 5 2007

"I was going to have a few comments on the other Democratic presidential candidate, John Edwards, but it turns out that you have to go into rehab if you use the word 'faggot,' so I'm – so, kind of at an impasse, can't really talk about Edwards." – Conservative Political Action Conference, Mar 2 2007,

"I'd build a wall. In fact, I'd hire illegal immigrants to build the wall. And throw out the illegals who are here." – O'Reilly Factor, Apr 14 2006

"Perhaps we could put aside our national, ongoing, post-9/11 Muslim butt-kissing contest and get on with the business at hand: Bombing Syria back to the stone age and then permanently disarming Iran." – "Muslim Bites Dog", Feb 15 2006

"I think the government should be spying on all Arabs, engaging in torture as a televised spectator sport, dropping daisy cutters wantonly throughout the Middle East and sending liberals to Guantanamo." – Dec 21 2005

"It would be a much better country if women did not vote. That is simply a fact. In fact, in every presidential election since 1950 – except Goldwater in '64 – the Republican would have won, if only the men had voted." – The Guardian online, May 17 2003

"Liberals hate America, they hate flag-wavers, they hate abortion opponents, they hate all religions except Islam, post 9/11. Even Islamic terrorists don't hate America like liberals do. They don't have the energy. If they had that much energy, they'd have indoor plumbing by now." – Slander: Liberal Lies About the American Right, pgs 5-6, June 2002

"Airports scrupulously apply the same laughably ineffective airport harassment to Suzy Chapstick as to Muslim hijackers. It is preposterous to assume every passenger is a potential crazed homicidal maniac. We know who the homicidal maniacs are. They are the ones cheering and dancing right now. We should invade their countries, kill their leaders and convert them to Christianity. We weren't punctilious about locating and punishing only Hitler and his top officers. We carpet-bombed German cities; we killed civilians. That's war. And this is war." – Sept 12 2001

"God gave us the earth. We have dominion over the plants, the animals, the trees. God said, 'Earth is yours. Take it. Rape it. It's yours.' " – Hannity and Colmes, June 20 2001

"I think [women] should be armed but should not vote." – Politically Incorrect, Feb 26 2001

"I think there should be a literacy test and a poll tax for people to vote." –  Hannity and Colmes, Aug 17 1999

"I have to say I'm all for public flogging. One type of criminal that a public humiliation might work particularly well with are the juvenile delinquents, a lot of whom consider it a badge of honor to be sent to juvenile detention. And it might not be such a cool thing in the 'hood to be flogged publicly." – MSNBC, Mar 22 1997

"My libertarian friends are probably getting a little upset now but I think that's because they never appreciate the benefits of local fascism." – MSNBC, Feb 8 1997

"Congress could pass a law tomorrow requiring that all aliens from Arabic countries leave. ... We should require passports to fly domestically. Passports can be forged, but they can also be checked with the home country in case of any suspicious-looking swarthy males."

"I think we ought to nuke North Korea right now just to give the rest of the world a warning. ... They're a major threat. I just think it would be fun to nuke them and have it be a warning to the rest of the world."

"People like you caused us to lose that war." – to a disabled Vietnam veteran, MSNBC

"My only regret with Timothy McVeigh is he did not go to the New York Times Building."

"Even if corners were cut, [Iran-Contra] was a brilliant scheme. There is no possibility that anyone in any Democratic administration would have gone to such lengths to fund anti-Communist forces. When Democrats scheme from the White House, it's to cover up the President's affair with an intern. When Republicans scheme, it's to support embattled anti-Communist freedom fighters sold out by the Democrats."

"[Canadians] better hope the United States doesn't roll over one night and crush them. They are lucky we allow them to exist on the same continent."

"[Liberals] are always accusing us of repressing their speech. I say let's do it. Let's repress them. ... Frankly, I'm not a big fan of the First Amendment."

"The reason any conservative's failing is always major news is that it allows liberals to engage in their very favorite taunt: Hypocrisy! Hypocrisy is the only sin that really inflames them. Inasmuch as liberals have no morals, they can sit back and criticize other people for failing to meet the standards that liberals simply renounce. It's an intriguing strategy. By openly admitting to being philanderers, draft dodgers, liars, weasels and cowards, liberals avoid ever being hypocrites."

"(Sheryl) Crow explained that the 'best way to solve problems is to not have enemies.' War solves that problem too: We won't have any enemies because we're going to kill them. Crow warned of 'huge karmic retributions that will follow.' She seemed not to understand that America going to war is huge karmic retribution. They killed three thousand Americans and now they're going to die."

"Gore said foreigners are not worried about 'what the terrorist networks are going to do, but about what we're going to do.' Good. They should be worried. They hate us? We hate them. Americans don't want to make Islamic fanatics love us. We want to make them die. There's nothing like horrendous physical pain to quell anger. Japanese Kamikazes pilots hated us once, too. A couple of well-aimed nuclear weapons got their attention. Now they are gentle little lambs."

"In the corporeal world, international law is whatever the United States and Great Britain say it is."

"We [Christians] just want Jews to be perfected."

"If we took away women's right to vote, we'd never have to worry about another Democrat president. It's kind of a pipe dream, it's a personal fantasy of mine."

Einstein, Albert (deceased)
"The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results."
Engler, John
"It doesn't fit my image and there must have been a brain-dead evening or something once upon a time because these were not votes that I cast. There was a bill – we want back and checked – there was a bill in 1973 that I sponsored with, of all people, Perry Bullard and Lynn Jondahl ... so I know something was up. Maybe I was under medication or I was sedated. Somehow, my signature ended up on the sponsorship. The bill never came out of committee." – Interview with J P McCarthy on WJR-AM reported by Hugh McDiarmid, "Engler squirms over pot-law votes", Detroit Free Press, Oct 23 1994. Engler cast at least a dozen votes in support of efforts to reduce cannabis penalties between 1976 and 1979.
Falwell, Jerry
"What we saw on Tuesday [Sept 11 2001], as terrible as it is, could be miniscule if, in fact, God continues to lift the curtain and allow the enemies of America to give us probably what we deserve. The ACLU has got to take a lot of blame for this. And I know I'll hear from them for this, but throwing God ... successfully with the help of the federal court system ... throwing God out of the public square, out of the schools, the abortionists have got to bear some burden for this because God will not be mocked and when we destroy 40 million little innocent babies, we make God mad ... I really believe that the pagans and the abortionists and the feminists and the gays and the lesbians who are actively trying to make that an alternative lifestyle, the ACLU, People for the American Way, all of them who try to secularize America ... I point the thing in their face and say you helped this happen. ... Pat [Marion Gordon Robertson], did you notice yesterday that the ACLU and all the Christ-haters, the People for the American Way, NOW, etc., were totally disregarded by the Democrats and the Republicans in both houses of Congress, as they went out on the steps and and called out to God in prayer and sang 'God bless America' and said, let the ACLU be hanged. In other words, when the nation is on its knees, the only normal and natural and spiritual thing to do is what we ought to be doing all the time, calling on God." – Interview, 700 Club, Sept 13 2001.

"If we are going to save America and evangelize the world, we cannot accommodate secular philosophies that are diametrically opposed to Christian truth ... We need to pull out all the stops to recruit and train 25 million Americans to become informed pro-moral activists whose voices can be heard in the halls of Congress. I am convinced that America can be turned around if we will all get serious about the Master's business. It may be late, but it is never too late to do what is right. We need an old-fashioned, God-honoring, Christ-exalting revival to turn American back to God. America can be saved!" – Moral Majority Report, Sept 1984.

"AIDS is not just God's punishment for homosexuals; it is God's punishment for the society that tolerates homosexuals."

"There is no separation of church and state. Modern US Supreme Courts have raped the Constitution and raped the Christian faith and raped the churches by misinterpreting what the Founders had in mind in the First Amendment to the Constitution."

"The Jews are returning to their land of unbelief. They are spiritually blind and desperately in need of their Messiah and Savior."

"We're fighting against humanism, we're fighting against liberalism ... we are fighting against all the systems of Satan that are destroying our nation today ... our battle is with Satan himself."

"Billy Graham is the chief servant of Satan."

"The ACLU is to Christians what the American Nazi Party is to Jews."

"AIDS is the wrath of a just God against homosexuals. To oppose it would be like an Israelite jumping in the Red Sea to save one of Pharoah's chariotters."

Gingrich, Newton Leroy  freedom quotes
"I would rather plan a joint [US-Israeli] operation [against Iran] conventionally than push the Israelis to a point where they go nuclear. ... Iran is close to having a nuke and they will use it. ... We need a regime change now and we should not tolerate an Iranian nuclear weapon. ... We need to understand that Israel realizes that a nuclear attack from Iran would be a new holocaust. It would be the end of Judaism. ... The way Obama got rid of Mubarek was heinous. We need people to see that US allies have staying power." – Gingrich-Huntsman debate, Saint Anselm College, Manchester NH, Dec 12 2011

"I'm going to be the nominee. It's very hard not to look at the recent polls and think that the odds are very high I'm going to be the nominee." – West Des Moines IA, ABC News, Dec 1 2011

"Really poor children, in really poor neighborhoods have no habits of working and have nobody around them who works so they literally have no habit of showing up Monday. They have no habit of staying all day. They have no habit of 'I do this and you give me cash' unless it is illegal." – Johnston IA, Dec 1 2011,0,439006.story

"I would continue current federal [cannabis] policy, largely because of the confusing signal that steps towards legalization sends to harder drugs. I think the California experience is that medical marijuana becomes a joke. It becomes marijuana for any use. You find local doctors who will prescribe it for anybody that walks in. ... Because I think you guarantee that people will cross state lines if it becomes a state-by-state exemption. I don't have a comprehensive view. My general belief is that we ought to be much more aggressive about drug policy. ... What has changed was the number of parents I met with who said they did not want their children to get the signal from the government that it was acceptable behavior and that they were prepared to say as a matter of value that it was better to send a clear signal on no drug use at the risk of inconveniencing some [medicinal cannabis patients] people, than it was to be compassionate toward a small group [of medicinal cannabis patients] at the risk of telling a much larger group that it was okay to use the drug. It's a change of information. Within a year of my original support of that [1981 medicinal cannabis] bill I withdrew it. ... I think that we need to consider taking more explicit steps to make it expensive to be a drug user. It could be through testing before you get any kind of federal aid. Unemployment compensation, food stamps, you name it. It has always struck me that if you're serious about trying to stop drug use, then you need to find a way to have a fairly easy approach to it and you need to find a way to be pretty aggressive about insisting – I don't think actually locking up users is a very good thing. I think finding ways to sanction them and to give them medical help and to get them to detox is a more logical long-term policy. Sometime in the next year we'll have a comprehensive proposal on drugs and it will be designed to say that we want to minimize drug use in America and we're very serious about it. ... We are trying to develop a strategy right now to outline the things we would do in the next two years to try to get the Cuban people to freedom by 2014. ... Try to go to the younger generation of Cubans in Cuba and work with them covertly. ... It's [open up trade relations with Cuba] probably not part of it. ... I would very aggressively move towards maximizing dissent inside Cuba. Mostly covert, and also just subsidies. ... You might try to find a way to give virtually every Cuban a free radio. ... I think we ought to have some rule that says if you [Cuban immigrants] get far enough away from Cuba you've made it. I think it's a terrible thing to say to somebody that you can be within sight of land and that if we intercept you, we're sending you back." – Books-a-Million, Naples FL, Nov 26 2011

"If you've been here 25 years and you got three kids and two grandkids, you've been paying taxes and obeying the law, you belong to a local church, I don't think we're going to separate you from your family, uproot you forcefully and kick you out. The Krieble Foundation is a very good red card program that says you get to be legal, but you don't get a pass to citizenship. And so there's a way to ultimately end up with a country where there's no more illegality, but you haven't automatically given amnesty to anyone." – CNN National Security Republican debate, Nov 22 2011

"I explicitly do no lobbying of any kind, and my advice [to Freddie Mac] was generic. It wasn't specifically aimed at House Republicans or Congress in general." – Iowa Public Radio, Nov 14 2011

"My advice as a historian, when they [Freddie Mac] walked in and said to me, 'We are now making loans to people who have no credit history and have no record of paying back anything, but that's what the government wants us to do'. I said to them at the time this is a bubble. This is insane. This is impossible. It turned out unfortunately I was right and the people who were doing exactly what Congresswoman Bahmann [sic?] talked about were wrong. And I think it's a good case for breaking up Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac and getting much smaller institutions into the private sector to be competitive and to be responsible for their behavior." – CNBC Republican debate, Nov 9 2011,

"It [Alliance for Climate Protection global warming ad with Nancy Pelosi] was probably the dumbest single thing I ever did. It is inexplicable. ... I actually don't know if global warming is occurring." – FOX News, Nov 8 2011

"After eight years [in Iraq], thousands of lives, hundreds of billions of dollars, we will leave in defeat. Don't kid yourself. It is defeat. ... When they [Iraq government] refuse to sign an agreement protecting American forces from Iraqi law. ... We have lost influence despite many American dead, more American wounded, and hundreds of billions of losses. ... on the day I'm sworn in as President ... the very first executive order will eliminate all of the White House czars as of that moment. ... the fourth executive order will order the State Department as of that day to open the United States embassy in Jerusalem ... As President I would instruct the national security apparatus to ignore the three most recent Supreme Court decisions on terrorism and I would say those are null and void and have no binding effect on the United States ... we should serve notice to the Ninth Circuit that they are on sufferance and if they decide to continue being radical they will become unemployed. ... The only way to get to a balanced budget is a full employment economy. ... start by ... abolishing the Department of Energy ... repeal the Dodd-Frank bill ... repeal Sarbanes-Oxley ... replace the EPA with an Environmental Solutions Agency." – speech at Iowa Faith and Freedom Coalition, Des Moines IA, Oct 22 2011

"I don't think right-wing social engineering is any more desirable than left-wing social engineering. I don't think imposing radical change from the right or the left is a very good way for a free society to operate." – Meet the Press, May 15 2011

"I've said consistently we ought to have some requirement to either have health insurance or you post a bond or in some way you indicate you are going to be held accountable." – interview on Glenn Beck, FOX News, May 2011,

"Having been a professor of history and somebody who had actually looked at economic history over time, it was very clear this was a [housing] bubble that was developing that had bad consequences. ... I believe there are conservative practical ways to help relatively poor people get into housing, but it is not by giving them mortgages they can't pay. ... I was approached to offer strategic advice [to Freddie Mac]. I do no lobbying of any kind. I never have. That's an very important point I want to make. I have never done lobbying of any kind. ... I didn't go and lobby the Congress, and I didn't go and lobby the executive branch. I didn't try to represent any position I didn't believe in beforehand, and I think that's a very big difference between being a lobbyist and being a strategic consultant." – Greta Van Susteran, FOX News Channel, 2011

"There should be no mosque near Ground Zero in New York so long as there are no churches or synagogues in Saudi Arabia. The time for double standards that allow Islamists to behave aggressively toward us while they demand our weakness and submission is over." – 2010

"I am not a citizen of the world. I am a citizen of the United States because only in the United States does citizenship start with our creator. ... I think this is one of the most critical moments in American history. We are living in a period where we are surrounded by paganism." – Rock Church, Hampton Roads VA, June 5 2009,

"This [TARP legislation] is the greatest single act of responsibility ever taken by a presidential candidate [John McCain] and rivals President Eisenhower saying, ĎI will go to Korea'. Eisenhower's pledge was enough to reassure voters that if elected he would find a way to resolve the Korean conflict. McCain's high-octane involvement in the bailout is meant to convey the same sense of stature and leadership, and to provide cover to reluctant Republicans to support a deal that runs counter to everything they thought they stood for." – 2008

"Our country must take action to address climate change. ... If enough of us demand action from our leaders we can spark the innovation we need." – 2008

"We're not arguing over whether it should be urgent. ... The question of urgency isn't what's being debated here. ... My message is that the evidence is sufficient that we should move towards the most effective possible steps to reduce carbon loading of the atmosphere. ... And do it urgently." – global warming debate with John Kerry, Apr 10 2007

"I think if you have mandatory carbon caps combined with a trading system, much like we did with sulfur, and if you have a tax-incentive program for investing in the solutions, that there's a package there that's very, very good. And frankly, it's something I would strongly support" – PBS, Feb 2007

"Certainly there is a lot of debate today about the housing GSEs [government sponsored enterprises], but I think it is telling that there is strong bipartisan support for maintaining the GSE model in housing. There is not much support for the idea of removing the GSE charters from Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae. And I think it's clear why. The housing GSEs have made an important contribution to homeownership and the housing finance system. We have a much more liquid and stable housing finance system than we would have without the GSEs. And making homeownership more accessible and affordable is a policy goal I believe conservatives should embrace. Millions of people have entered the middle class through building wealth in their homes, and there is a lot of evidence that homeownership contributes to stable families and communities. These are results I think conservatives should embrace and want to extend as widely as possible. So while we need to improve the regulation of the GSEs, I would be very cautious about fundamentally changing their role or the model itself." – "Policy Talk", Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corporation aka Freddie Mac website, 2007

"I am reminded constantly that our failure to resolve serious environmental challenges will compromise the lives of our children and our grandchildren. However, if we engage our citizens and pull together in the same direction, I am confident we will avert catastrophe and successfully renew the earth to its natural condition of abundance and vitality. ... We both recognize that world conservation will benefit from merging private and public interests, as entrepreneurial partnerships are incorporated to serve the common good. Americans must reach a broad-base agreement on the environment. Adversarial politics has prevented a strategic consensus from driving our nation's environmental vision. As a result, we have become a conflicted, confused, and timid polity when it comes to environment concerns. Historically, America has been a decisive nation. We must now take a position of leadership on the environment. It is not too late to make a difference. ... I believe it will take a movement composed of dedicated citizens who can see the world in a new way and who will work together to bring about revolutionary changes in the way we conduct our lives." – A Contract with the Earth, 2007

"My prediction to you is that either before we lose a city, or if we are truly stupid, after we lose a city, we will adopt rules of engagement that use every technology we can find to break up their capacity to use the internet, to break up their capacity to use free speech, and to go after people who want to kill us to stop them from recruiting people before they get to reach out and convince young people to destroy their lives while destroying us. This is a serious problem that will lead to a serious debate about the first amendment, but I think that the national security threat of losing an American city to a nuclear weapon, or losing several million Americans to a biological attack is so real that we need to proactively, now, develop the appropriate rules of engagement." – Nov 2006

"I offered them [Freddie Mac] advice on precisely what they didn't do." – interview with John Harwood, CNBC, 2006

"I think we can make the transition to a system where you have 300 million people covered by [health] insurance in one form or another. ... I'm an optimist. I think we're right at the edge of figuring out how to fix health care, and think it takes ... a willingness to push on and not be discouraged." – speech at Westin Resort, Hilton Head Island SC, Oct 2005. Gingrich also called for "universal but confidential DNA testing" and computerization of all US health records,6114172&dq=gingrich&hl=en
"Lawmakers should take the time to at least thumb through this [Newt Gingrich and George Mitchell led bipartisan task force] report, especially those who have been demanding [United Nations] Secretary General Kofi Annan's resignation, supporting the ill-conceived nomination of John Bolton as the United States ambassador to the United Nations and backing the latest benighted attempt to withhold America's legally obligated [United Nations] dues." – June 2005

"We ought to say to campuses, it's over ... We should say to state legislatures, why are you making us pay for this? Boards of regents are artificial constructs of state law. Tenure is an artificial social construct. Tenure did not exist before the twentieth century, and we had free speech before then. You could introduce a bill that says, proof that you're anti-American is grounds for dismissal." – 2005

"Everywhere I've been, I've argued in favor of electing the moderates. ... Their [Club For Growth] strategy is explicitly wrong. The key is to elect more Republicans and have a bigger majority and be more inclusive." – Republican Main Street Partnership forum, Aug 30 2004

"I'm willing to lead but I'm not willing to preside over people who are cannibals. My only fear would be that if I tried to stay, it would just overshadow whoever my successor is." – resignation announcement, Nov 5 1998

"See, when I smoked pot it was illegal, but not immoral. Now, it is illegal and immoral. The law didn't change, only the morality. ... That's why you get to go to jail and I don't." – Wall Street Journal, Aug 8 1996

"They have a presidential press secretary in the White House, on camera, who says, of course he did marijuana in college, as though every student in American ought to say, 'Well, I can be like Mike McCurry.' " – 1996

"If you import a commercial quantity of illegal drugs ... it is because you have made the personal decision that you are prepared to get rich by destroying our children. I have made the decision that I love our children enough that we will kill you if you do this.Ē – New York Times, Aug 27 1995

"I think you should have [government abortion] funding in the case of rape or incest or life of the mother, which is the first step." – Face the Nation, Apr 9 1995

"The actual wording of the amendment is identical to existing statutes and clarifies congressional intent, allowing but not requiring states to pay for abortions. I support the Istook amendment." – Mar 2 1995

"That [Gingrich's cannabis smoking] was a sign we were alive and in graduate school in that era." – Economist, 1995

"We want to stop all drug traffic. If you bring in a commercial quantity of illegal drugs, we will execute you." – comment during book tour, 1995

eople, individuals, exactly like automobile insurance, individuals having health insurance and being required to have health insurance, and I am prepared to vote for a voucher system which will give individuals on a sliding scale a government subsidy so it will ensure that everyone as individuals have health insurance." – 1993

"I can honestly say that I did smoke marijuana, and I did inhale." – 1992

"On September 16, 1981, Representatives Stewart McKinney and I introduced legislation designed to end bureaucratic interference in the use of marijuana as a medicant. We believe licensed physicians are competent to employ marijuana, and patients have a right to obtain marijuana legally, under medical supervision, from a regulated source. The medical prohibition does not prevent seriously ill patients from employing marijuana; it simply deprives them of medical supervision and denies them access to a regulated medical substance. Physicians are often forced to choose between their ethical responsibilities to the patient and their legal liabilities to federal bureaucrats. Representative McKinney and I hope the Council will take a close and careful look at this issue. Federal policies do not reflect a factual or balanced assessment of marijuana's use as a medicant." – letter to Journal of the American Medical Association, Mar 19 1982

Giuliani, Rudolph W
"I told President Bush once that I wanted to be the one to execute him. Revenge is not a noble sentiment, but it is a human one. When it [news of bin Laden's death] first happened, I wondered, ĎWell, did he just die of natural causes?' That would have been somewhat unsatisfying." – May 2 2011,

"I believe the effort to try and make marijuana available for medical uses is really a way to legalize it. There's no reason for it. ... I'm very opposed to any form of legalizing marijuana; I think it's a mistake. I know a lot about this particular area for a lot of reasons, not the least of which is as a prosecutor for more of my life than anything else. You can accomplish everything that you want to accomplish with things other than marijuana, probably better. Meaning, there are pain medications much superior to marijuana. And, marijuana is a very dangerous substance. We'd be much better off telling people the truth; marijuana adds nothing to the array of legal medications and prescription medications that are available for pain relief. And marijuana is a very serious and addictive drug that particularly harms lots and lots of young people. And we should keep it illegal, and I will keep it illegal." – speech at New Hampshire Technical Institute, July 10 2007,2933,288844,00.html,

"... I am committed to aggressively pursuing child predators, taking measures to protect our children from violent crimes and helping reduce and prevent drug abuse." – "12 Commitments to the American People"

"Justice is serious business. Judges should judge. Making laws is the responsibility of an elected legislature. And amending the Constitution is the responsibility of the American people. Under my watch, it will stay that way." – "12 Commitments to the American People"

"We look upon authority too often and focus over and over again, for 30 or 40 or 50 years, as if there is something wrong with authority. We see only the oppressive side of authority. Maybe it comes out of our history and our background. What we don't see is that freedom is not a concept in which people can do anything they want, be anything they can be. Freedom is about authority. Freedom is about the willingness of every single human being to cede to lawful authority a great deal of discretion about what you do." – speech at an urban crime forum, Mar 16 1994

Hatch, Orrin Grant
"These people are not conservatives. They're not Republicans. They're radical libertarians and I'm doggone offended by it. I despise these people, and I'm not the guy you come in and dump on without getting punched in the mouth." – "Hatch Despises the 'Radical Libertarians' Who Oppose Him" by W James Antle III, American Spectator, Apr 13 2012
Hitler, Adolph
"The most foolish mistake we could possibly make would be to allow the subjected people to carry arms. History shows that all conquerors who have allowed their subjected peoples to carry arms have prepared their own downfall by so doing. Indeed, I would go so far as to say that the underdog is a sine qua non ["something essential" lit. "without which not"] for the overthrow of any sovereignty. So let's not have any native militia or police." – Edict of Mar 18 1938
Huckabee, Michael Dale
"You don't like people from outside the state coming in and telling you what to do with your flag. ... If somebody came to Arkansas and told us what to do with our flag, we'd tell them what to do with the pole. That's what we'd do." – Speech at Huckabee campaign rally, Myrtle Beach SC, Jan 17 2008

"I think the radical view is to say that we're going to change the definition of marriage so that it can mean two men, two women, a man and three women, a man and a child, a man and animal." – Interview with's Steven Waldman and Dan Gilgoff, "Mike Huckabee: 'The Lord Truly Gave Me Wisdom' ", before? Jan 17 2008

"I think I'd leave that to the DEA. Let me just be very blunt. I don't support the idea. I think there are better ways to treat medical illnesses than the use of a drug that has really caused so many more people to have their lives injured than it has to necessarily have their lives helped." – Francestown, NH, June 4 2007

"How can we change a drug-addicted culture? Do we say, 'If these people weren't poor, or if they only knew what drugs did, then they wouldn't be doing this'? If so, you'd prepare a bunch of informational videos and explain the danger. And in fact, that is just what much of government has been doing. And has it worked? No. Will it ever work? No. Why not? Because taking drugs appeals to the self-centered, pleasure-seeking people we are by nature. If we're convinced of that selfish nature, we take a different tack: 'If you use drugs, we're going to put you in jail and confiscate your car.' We must come to see that our core problem is not a lack of education but a lack of righteousness." – writes Huckabee in his book Character Makes a Difference, pgs 172-173

"I'm narrower than that. I don't think all Baptists will make it to Heaven." – responding to the question "Are you one of those narrow Baptists who believe only Baptists make it to Heaven?"

"The criteria to get into heaven is you have to be not good, but perfect. That's the real challenge in it. ... On that day, when I pull up, I'll be asked, 'Do you have what it takes to get in?' And if I ask, 'Well, what does it take to get in?' Gotta be perfect." – Sermon at First Baptist North Spartanburg

"I have deep convictions about who goes [to Heaven] and who doesn't, but as far as who makes that decision, it isn't me, it's God. I'm going to leave that up to him."

Hull, Gary
"After the massacre on September 11, our government has a moral obligation to wage a full-scale war on all terrorist countries, such as Iraq, Iran, Syria, Afghanistan. ... When a barbarian or a dictatorship uses force–as opposed to persuasion and voluntary cooperation–to achieve their ends, they forfeit their right to live. ... To protect the lives of Americans and the future of Western civilization, our government is morally obligated to use the power of our military, including nuclear weapons, until those governments and their terrorist nests are eradicated. That is the righteous use of force. Anything less–any hint of pacifism or of concern for 'innocents' or of a 'measured response'–is an immoral capitulation to savagery." – "Our Government Has a Moral Obligation to Declare War", Sept 18 2001
Hunter, Duncan L
"I remember, when I was on the select committee on narcotics, everybody who was a heroin addict had first been a marijuana addict, and I would be very careful about pulling back from the outlawing of marijuana. I know many have advocated it, and I've seen the people who weigh 65 pounds as they die, totally addicted to heroin, who started on marijuana. So my answer is, I would not legalize marijuana." – Manchester NH, June 5 2007
Kelley, Kitty
"I remember Alfred [S Bloomindale] coming into the office one Monday morning and laughing his head off about a small dinner party the Bloomingdale's had given on Saturday night. The Reagan's were there, the Bloomingdale's, the Jack Benny's, and the George Burnses, I think; I forget who else was there. Anyway, they were all sitting around the dining room table eating Betsey's famous peach ice cream for dessert and talking about drugs and the problems with kids on the college campuses. Someone said, 'What's the big deal with this marijuana stuff, anyway? What the hell is it?' Nobody knew anything about it, except what they had read or heard from their children. So Alfred went upstairs and got a joint that he had bought that afternoon from a hooker. He took it down to them, lit it and passed it around so everyone could take a few toots. Within five minutes they all started giggling but claimed they didn't feel a thing and said they couldn't see what the big deal was. Alfred said it was so funny to watch Jack Benny and then the Governor [Ronald Wilson Reagan] and his wife [Nancy Reagan] smoking pot. He laughed like hell every time he talked about it." – from her book Nancy Reagan – An Unauthorized Biography, pg 176
Kennedy, Edward Moore
"The President [George Walker Bush] has said that American lives will be sacrificed if Congress does not change FISA [Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act]. But he has also said that he will veto any FISA bill that does not grant retroactive immunity. No immunity, no FISA bill. So if we take the President at his word, he's willing to let Americans die to protect the phone companies."
Kennedy, John Fitzgerald
"The United States has a special relationship with Israel in the Middle East really comparable only to what it has with Britain over a wide range of world affairs." – Dec 27 1962
Kerry, John Forbes
"Israel's security fence is a legitimate act of self defense." – Feb 25 2004

"I know how disheartened Palestinians are by the Israeli government's decision to build a barrier off the green line, cutting deeply into Palestinian areas. We don't need another barrier to peace. Provocative and counterproductive measures only harm Israelis' security over the long term, increase the hardships to the Palestinian people, and make the process of negotiating an eventual settlement that much harder." – Oct 17 2003,

Kirk, Russell
"Doubtless the libertarians, long accustomed to skulking in the Cave of Adullam, soon will be calling Mr. Reagan a socialist. ... Adversity sometimes makes strange bedfellows, but the present success of conservatives disinclines them to lie down, lamblike, with the libertarian hyenas." – 1981

"Why is an alliance between conservatives and libertarians inconceivable? Why, indeed, would such articles of confederation undo whatever gains conservatives have made in this United States? Because genuine libertarians are mad – metaphysically mad. Lunacy repels, and political lunacy especially. I do not mean that they are dangerous; they are repellent merely, like certain unfortunate inmates of 'mental homes.' ... At the Last Judgment, libertarianism may find itself reduced to a minority of one, and its name will be not Legion, but Rothbard."

Kissinger, Heinz Alfred (Henry)
"It is an act of insanity and national humiliation to have a law prohibiting the President from ordering assassination." – National Security Council meeting (with US President Gerald Rudolph Ford Jr), 1975, from Lost Crusader: The Secret Wars of CIA Director William Colby by John Prados

"The illegal we can do right now; the unconstitutional will take a little longer."

Lewis, Sinclair
"When fascism comes to America, it will be wrapped in the flag and carrying the cross."
Limbaugh, Rush Hundson
"The FDA says there's no – zilch, zero, nada – shred of medicinal value to the evil weed, marijuana. This is going to be a setback to the long-haired, maggot-infested, dope-smoking crowd." – Apr 2006

"Drug use, some might say, is destroying this country. And we have laws against selling drugs, pushing drugs, using drugs, importing drugs. And the laws are good because we know what happens to people in societies and neighborhoods which become consumed by them. And so if people are violating the law by doing drugs, they ought to be accused and they ought to be convicted and they ought to be sent up. ... What this says to me is that too many whites are getting away with drug use, too many whites are getting away with drug sales, too many whites are getting away with trafficking in this stuff. The answer to this disparity is not to start letting people out of jail because we're not putting others in jail who are breaking the law. The answer is to go out and find the ones who are getting away with it, convict them and send them up the river, too. ... It's kind of like sentencing. A lot of people say that we have a heavy sentence for this crime and a light sentence for another crime, and what we ought to do is reduce the heavy sentence so it's more in line with the other. Wrong. In most cases we ought to increase the light sentence and make it compatible with the heavy sentence, and be serious about punishment because we are becoming too tolerant as a society, folks, especially of crime, in too many parts of the country." – Rush Limbaugh Show, Oct 5 1995,

Lincoln, Abraham
"I will say then that I am not, nor ever have been, in favor of bringing about in any way the social and political equality of the white and black races – that I am not, nor ever have been, in favor of making voters or jurors of Negroes, nor of qualifying them to hold office, nor to intermarry with white people; and I will say in addition to this that there is a physical difference between the white and black races which I believe forever forbid the two races living together on terms of social and political equality. And in as much as they cannot so live, while they do remain together there must be the position of superior and inferior, and I as much as any other man am in favor of having the superior position assigned to the white race." – debate with Stephen A Douglas, Charleston Illinois, Sept 18 1858 (unverified quote)
Marchetti, Victor
"The CIA is a master at distorting history – even creating its own version of history to suit its institutional and operational purposes. It can do this largely because of two great advantages it possesses. One is the excessively secret environment in which it operates, and the other is that it is essentially a private instrument of the presidency. The real reason for the official secrecy, in most instances, is not to keep the opposition (the CIA's euphemistic term for the enemy) from knowing what is going on; the enemy usually does know. The basic reason for governmental secrecy is to keep you, the American public, from knowing – for you, too, are considered the opposition, or enemy – so that you cannot interfere. When the public does not know what the government or the CIA is doing, it cannot voice its approval or disapproval of their actions. In fact, they can even lie to your about what they are doing or have done, and you will not know it. As for the second advantage, despite frequent suggestion that the CIA is a rogue elephant, the truth is that the agency functions at the direction of and in response to the office of the president. All of its major clandestine operations are carried out with the direct approval of or on direct orders from the White House. The CIA is a secret tool of the president – every president. And every president since Truman has lied to the American people in order to protect the agency. When lies have failed, it has been the duty of the CIA to take the blame for the president, thus protecting him. This is known in the business as "plausible denial." The CIA, functioning as a secret instrument of the U.S. government and the presidency, has long misused and abused history and continues to do so." –  "Propaganda and Disinformation: How the CIA Manufactures History", Ninth International Revisionist Conference, reprinted from The Journal of Historical Review, vol 9, no 3, pgs 305-320, 1989
McCaffrey, Barry
"You're entitled to your own opinion … You're not entitled to your own facts." – response to NM Governor Gary Earl Johnson on NBC's Meet the Press, Apr 29 2001

"Hemp is not economically feasible in the United States … it doesn't even hold a crease." – 1988

McCain, John Sidney, III
"I believe that marijuana is a gateway drug. That is my view and that's the view of the federal drug czar and other experts, although that is also a debatable question. I think that there is much more effective ways of relieving pain and suffering than the use of marijuana, and so therefore I view it as something that I do not support. It's interesting to me how this issue comes up at every town hall meeting. ... I'll be glad to get your statistics, but my position is I do not support the use of marijuana for medical purposes." – Milton NH, Aug 11 2007

"I chose to compromise my principles. I broke my promise to always tell the truth. ... The Confederacy was on the wrong side of American history. That, my friends, is how I personally feel about the Confederate battle flag. That is the honest answer I never gave to a fair question." – 2000

"I can't support the legalization of marijuana. Scientific evidence indicates that the moment it enters your body, one, it does damage, and second, it can become addictive. It is a gateway drug."

Morgan, John Pierpont
"Capital must protect itself in every way ... Debts must be collected and loans and mortgages foreclosed as soon as possible. When through a process of law the common people have lost their homes, they will be more tractable and more easily governed by the strong arm of the law applied by the central power of leading financiers. People without homes will not quarrel with their leaders. This is well known among our principle men now engaged in forming an imperialism of capitalism to govern the world. By dividing the people we can get them to expend their energies in fighting over questions of no importance to us except as teachers of the common herd." – Private Communique to Leading US Bankers only, 1934
Morgenthal, Hans
"If the government knows that the willingness of people to give up rights in order to fight terrorism is proportional to their level of fear, then it's obvious that we should expect more fear." – Politics Among Nations, 1954
Mussolini, Benito
"Fascism should more appropriately be called Corporatism because it is a merger of State and corporate power."
Nixon, Richard Millhaus
"I have directed the Secretary of the Treasury to take the action necessary to defend the dollar against the speculators. I directed Secretary [John] Connally to suspend temporarily the convertability of the dollar into gold or other reserve assets." – Aug 15 1971
Nugent, Ted
"I refuse to spend time with whiners, stinky hippies and others who sadly are terminally addicted to the curse of Fedzilla dependency. They are anchor-dragging mouth-breathers who do nothing to put gas in the tank of America. I have no use for those dependent punks. ... I'm wango-tango giddy for an Obama-versus-Perry presidential political brawl. In one corner is Barack 'Hope and Change' Obama, and in the other corner is Rick 'Proven Results' Perry." – "Proven results trump hope and change", Washington Times, Aug 16 2011
Editor's note: Nugent was a "hippie" as late as the 1970s. See this 1971 video. Notice the pot-leaf/peace sticker on his guitar.

"Forty years ago hordes of stoned, dirty, stinky hippies converged on San Francisco to 'turn on, tune in, and drop out,' which was the calling card of LSD proponent Timothy Leary. Turned off by the work ethic and productive American Dream values of their parents, hippies instead opted for a cowardly, irresponsible lifestyle of random sex, life-destroying drugs and mostly soulless rock music that flourished in San Francisco."
Editor's note: Nugent was a "hippie" as late as the 1970s. See this 1971 video. Notice the pot-leaf/peace sticker on his guitar.

"We're not going to let a swarm of illiterate beaners invade this country and take food out of our children's mouths just so Taco Bell can find cheap labor."

"I was ready to lock and load. The Whackmaster is the man for the job when it comes to harvesting illegal aliens."

"Toxic cunt? This bitch [Hillary Rodham Clinton] is nothing but a two-bit whore for Fidel Castro."

Obama, Barack Hussein  freedom quote
"I have to say that there was one question that was voted on that ranked fairly high and that was whether legalizing marijuana would improve the economy (laughter) and job creation. And I don't know what this says about the online audience (laughter) but I just want, I don't want people to think that, this was a fairly popular question. We want to make sure that it was answered. The answer is, no, I don't think that is a good strategy (laughter) to grow our economy." – ďOpen for QuestionsĒ Virtual Town Hall Meeting, Apr 2 2009

"I did. It's not something I'm proud of."

"Junkie. Pothead. That's where I'd been headed: the final, fatal role of the young would-be black man. ... I got high [to] push questions of who I was out of my mind."

Peikoff, Leonard
"Truman and Eisenhower surrendered the West's property rights in oil, although that oil rightfully belonged to those in the West whose science, technology, and capital made its discovery and use possible. The first country to nationalize Western oil, in 1951, was Iran. ... A proper war in self-defense is one fought without self-crippling restrictions placed on our commanders in the field. It must be fought with the most effective weapons we possess (a few weeks ago, Rumsfeld refused, correctly, to rule out nuclear weapons). And it must be fought in a manner that secures victory as quickly as possible and with the fewest U.S. casualties, regardless of the countless innocents caught in the line of fire. These innocents suffer and die because of the action of their own government in sponsoring the initiation of force against America. Their fate, therefore, is their government's moral responsibility. There is no way for our bullets to be aimed only at evil men. ... Eliminating Iran's terrorist sanctuaries and military capability is not enough. We must do the equivalent of de-Nazifying the country, by expelling every official and bringing down every branch of its government. This goal cannot be achieved painlessly, by weaponry alone. It requires invasion by ground troops, who will be at serious risk, and perhaps a period of occupation. ... Bush ... must send our missiles and troops, in force, where they belong. ... The choice today is mass death in the United States or mass death in the terrorist nations. Our Commander-In-Chief must decide whether it is his duty to save Americans or the governments who conspire to kill them." – "End States That Sponsor Terrorism", Oct 2 2001
Rangel, Charles
"The draft is a deterrent to war." – June 21 2005
Reagan, Ronald Wilson  freedom quotes
"We are not trying to do anything to try and overthrow the Nicaraguan government." – Apr 14 1983

"We have never interfered in the internal government of a country and have no intention of doing so, never have had any thought of that kind." – Sept 28 1982

"The First Amendment doesn't say anything about that [prayer in schools]." – Oct 17 1981

"Can we abandon this country [South Africa] that has stood beside us in every war we've fought?" – New Republic, May 2 1981

"If we are going to do such a thing to the Soviet Union as a full grain embargo, which I support, first we have to be sure our own allies would join us on this." – Jan 8 1980, Claremont Eagle Times, published Jan 9 1980

Reid, Harry M
"The overwhelming evidence proves that pollution is causing climate change. Mr. President, no one has to take my word for it, including the multizillionare Koch brothers, the two richest people in the world. These billionaire oil tycoons are certainly experts at contributing to climate change, thatís what they do very well. They are one of the main causes of this ó not a cause, one of the main causes." – May 7 2014
"Harry Reid: Koch Brothers ĎOne Of The Main Causesí Of Climate Change [VIDEO]" by Brendan Bordelon, May 7 2014

ďI have been a fan of earmarks since I got here the first day. Keep in mind thatís what the country has done for more than 200 years, except for the brief period of time in recent years that we havenít done these." – 2014

Robertson, Marion Gordon (Pat)
"I think this is headed for disaster for the United States. God says, they divided my land, there is something about dividing God's land, he said this is my land, I gave it to Abraham and his descendants and I don't want it taken away from them and Jerusalem is the eternal capital of Israel. For the United States to get into a deal where theyíre trying to split Jerusalem and take it away from the Israelis and split up their capital, huge mistake. You are asking for the wrath of Almighty God to fall on this nation and when it falls it wonít be fun, it wonít be fun. We should do everything we can to restrain our leaders from this course of folly and it is and it is a course of folly and it will result in terrible suffering for people in the United States." – 700 Club, Apr 10? 2013

"Something happened a long time ago in Haiti, and people might not want to talk about it. They were under the heel of the French. You know, Napoleon the Third, or whatever. And they got together and swore a pact to the devil. They said, 'we will serve you if you'll get us free from the French'. True story. And so, the devil said, 'okay it's a deal'. And they kicked the French out. The Haitians revolted and got themselves free. But ever since, they have been cursed ..." – 700 Club, Jan 13 2010, day after Haiti suffers a 7.0 earthquake killing 100,000

"God gave land to Israel, and Israel has no right to give it away."

Rockefeller, David A, Sr
"For more than a century ideological extremists at either end of the political spectrum have seized upon well-publicized incidents ... to attack the Rockefeller family for the inordinate influence they claim we wield over American political and economic institutions. Some even believe we are part of a secret cabal working against the best interests of the United States, characterizing my family and me as 'internationalists' and of conspiring with others around the world to build a more integrated global political and economic structure - one world, if you will. If that's the charge, I stand guilty, and I am proud of it." – Memoirs, 2002
Rockefeller, John Davison
"Competition is a sin."

"I want to own nothing and control everything."

"Individualism has gone, never to return."

Romney, Willard Mitt  freedom quotes
"The question is not whether the people of the region believe that there should be a Palestinian state, the question is if they belive there should be an Israeli state, a Jewish state." – interview with Israeli newspaper Haaretz, July 27 2012

"If you just cut, if all youíre thinking about doing is cutting spending, as you cut spending youíll slow down the economy." – Shelby Township MI, Feb 21 2012

"We conservatives believe in freedom and free people and free enterprise. ... I was raised in a home that was shaped by and rooted in conservative values. ... These conservative constants have shaped my life. ... I spent 25 years .. keeping as far away from government as humanly possible. ... I know conservatism, because I have lived conservatism. Now as governor of Massacusetts, I had the unique experience of defending conservative principles. ... When I took office ... we cut taxes 19 times and balanced the budget all four years. I cast over 800 vetoes. ... I didn't inhale. ... During my term in office, conservative values came under attack ... The state's supreme court inexplicably found a right to same sex marriage in the constitution ... I fought to have a stay on that decision and then push for a marriage amendment to our constitution ... I will defend the Defense of Marriage Act and I will fight for an amendment to the constitution to define marriage ... I also stood up to those who question the very definition of life ... I was a severely conservative Republican governor. I understand the battles we conservatives must fight, because I have been on the front lines and expect to be on those front lines again."
Conservative Political Action Conference, Feb 2012

"He [Newton Leroy Gingrich] has been an extraordinarily unreliable leader in the conservative world, not 16 or 17 years ago but in the last two to three years. And even during the campaign, the number of times he has moved from one spot to another has been remarkable. I think he's shown a level of unreliability as a conservative leader today. Let's look at the record. When Republicans were fighting for cap and trade and needed a leader to stand up against cap and trade, he did an ad with Nancy Pelosi about global warming. When Republicans took one of the most courageous votes I've seen in at least a decade to call for the reform of Medicare under the Paul Ryan plan, he goes public and says this is a right-wing social engineering plan. Even today he called it suicide." – Boston MA, Dec 13 2011

"My view is that we don't know what's causing climate change on this planet. And the idea of spending trillions and trillions of dollars to try to reduce CO2 emissions is not the right course for us." – Consol Energy Center, Pittsburgh PA, Oct 27 2011

"I have never supported the President's Recovery Act ... No time, no where, no how have I supported the President's stimulus." – Town Hall, Goffstown NH, Sept 28 2011

"One thing I'd never do is impose a state's plan on the entire nation, that makes no sense. I'll repeal Obamacare." – Andover NH, July 4 2011

"I believe that 'don't ask, don't tell' should have been kept in place until conflict was over." – June 13 2011

"I don't speak for the scientific community, of course, but I believe the world's getting warmer. I can't prove that, but I believe based on what I read that the world is getting warmer. And number two, I believe that humans contribute to that. I don't know how much our contribution is to that, because I know that there have been periods of greater heat and warmth in the past but I believe we contribute to that. And so I think it's important for us to reduce our emissions of pollutants and greenhouse gases that may well be significant contributors to the climate change and the global warming that you're seeing." – NH, June 3 2011

"The Second Amendment protects the individual right of lawful citizens to keep and bear arms. I strongly support this essential freedom." – 2011

"I don't know if it's [anthropogenic global warming] mostly caused by humans. What I'm not willing to do is spend trillions of dollars on something I don't know the answer to." – 2011

"Conservatives believe in providing constitutional rights to our citizens, not to enemy combatants like Khalid Sheikh Mohammed. Not on our watch. A conversation with a would-be suicide bomber will not begin with the words, 'You have the right to remain silent.' " – Conservative Political Action Conference, Feb 20 2010

"I think there is need for economic stimulus. Americans have lost about $11 trillion in net worth ... And government can help make up that up in a very difficult time." – Late Edition, CNN, Jan 4 2009

"I do support the Second Amendment. I would have signed the assault weapon ban that came to his desk. I said I would have supported that and signed a similar bill in our state. It was a bill worked out, by the way, between pro-gun lobby and anti-gun lobby individuals. Both sides of the issue came together and found a way to provide relaxation in licensing requirements and allow more people to, to have guns for their own legal purposes. So we signed that in Massachusetts, and I'd support that at the federal level. It did not pass at the federal level. I do not believe we need new legislation. I do not support any new legislation of an assault weapon ban nature, including that against semiautomatic weapons. We have laws in place that, if they're implemented and enforced, will provide the protection and the safety of the American people. I do support the right of individuals to bear arms, whether for hunting purposes or for protection purposes or any other reasons. That's the right that people have." – Republican debate, Boca Raton LA, Jan 24 2008

"[I] was able to put in place a plan that helped get health insurance premiums down, and gets all of our citizens insured. If we can do that nationally, we help ... the entire nation." – Late Edition, CNN, Jan 13 2008

"I just don't think it's productive for presidents to lay out a list of what is specifically referred to as torture. One of the reasons is that that term is used in the Geneva accord. And once you lay that list out, you are forever prohibiting the US from ever employing that technique." – Late Edition, CNN, Jan 13 2008

"Oh, sure [something's got to be done about global warming]. And there's nothing wrong with dealing with global warming. But there is a big difference between talking about global warming, which requires global solutions, and the idea of America warming. No one talks about America warming. If we're going to have solutions that deal, for instance, with a cap in trade program or a BTU tax or anything of that nature, it has to be global in its sweep." – Late Edition, CNN, Jan 13 2008

"Freedom requires religion just as religion requires freedom. Freedom opens the windows of the soul so that man can discover his most profound beliefs and commune with God. Freedom and religion endure together, or perish alone." – 2008

"All US citizens are entitled to due process, including at least some type of habeas corpus relief regardless whether they are designated unlawful enemy combatants or not." – Dec 20 2007

"We should check on the backgrounds of people who are trying to purchase guns. We also should keep weapons of unusual lethality from being on the street. And finally, we should go after people who use guns in the commission of crimes or illegally, but we should not interfere with the right of law-abiding citizens to own guns, for their own personal protection or hunting or any other lawful purpose. I support the work of the NRA. I'm a member of the NRA. But do we line up on every issue? No, we don't. The Brady Bill has changed over time, and, of course, technology has changed over time. I would have supported the original assault weapon ban. I signed an assault weapon ban in Massachusetts governor because it provided for a relaxation of licensing requirements for gun owners in Massachusetts, which was a big plus. And so both the pro-gun and the anti-gun lobby came together with a bill, and I signed that. And if there is determined to be, from time to time, a weapon of such lethality that it poses a grave risk to our law enforcement personnel, that's something I would consider signing. There's nothing of that nature that's being proposed today in Washington. But I would look at weapons that pose extraordinary lethality." – Meet the Press, Dec 16 2007

"I was always personally opposed to abortion, as I think almost everyone in this nation is. And the question for me was, what is the role of government? And it was quite theoretical and philosophical to consider what the role of government should be in this regard, and I felt that the Supreme Court had spoken and that government shouldn't be involved and let people make their own decision. That all made a lot of sense to me. Then I became governor and the theoretical became reality. A bill came to my desk which related to the preservation of life. I recognized that I simply could not be part of an effort that would cause the destruction of human lift. And I didn't hide from that change of heart. I recognize it's a change. Every piece of legislation which came to my desk in the coming years as the governor, I came down on the side of preserving the sanctity of life. ... I believe from a political perspective that life begins at conception. I don't pretend to know, if you will, from a theological standpoint when life begins. I'd committed to the people of Massachusetts that I would not change the laws one way or the other, and I honored that commitment. But each law that was brought to my desk attempted to expand abortion rights and, in each case, I vetoed that effort. I also promoted abstinence education in our schools. I vetoed an effort, for instance, to give young women a morning after pill who did not have prescriptions. So I took action to preserve the sanctity of life. But I did not violate my word, of course." – Meet the Press, Dec 16 2007

"We need a Latin American policy that frees Cuba and that eliminates a threat of people like Hugo Chavez." – Republican presidential debate, Univision, Dec 9 2007

"I do not believe that as a presidential candidate, it is wise for us to describe precisely what techniques we will use in interrogating people." – Republican presidential debate, YouTube, Nov 28 2007

"As a pro-life Republican, I am in favor of having the Supreme Court overturn Roe v Wade." – Hannity and Colmes, FOX News, Sept 5 2007

"I have spoken with doctors and researchers, and the medical marijuana effort is an effort to try and legalize marijuana in this country, and it's a mistake in my opinion to go in the direction of opening up the nation to medical marijuana. The scourge of drugs has a huge cost on our society and our children. I am not in favor of medical marijuana. Other pain relievers are available in this country and I support the use of those other pain relievers. And synthetic marijuana, with the elements that are essential, is available." – Aug 25 2007

"... you hear that story: People who are sick need medicinal marijuana. But, marijuana is the entry drug for people trying to get kids hooked on drugs. I don't want medicinal marijuana. There are synthetic forms of marijuana that available for people who need it for prescription. Don't open the doorway for medicinal marijuana." – "Ask Mitt Anything" event, Bedford NH, July 25 2007,

"I don't want marijuana to be used in our country. I'm not going to legalize marijuana. I'm not talking about arresting sick and dying people, but I am talking about keeping marijuana from being a product on the street and being misused. The drug czar of our nation says it is the gateway drug for people becoming involved with drugs and drugs are a scourge of this country." – Laconia NH, May 29 2007

"With regards to global warming, that's something which you're right, the scientists haven't entirely resolved. But no question about one thing: it's getting warmer, and [there are] a lot of good reasons for us to use less energy, to use it more efficiently and to develop sources here in this country that could allow us to be more independent of foreign sources."
Kudlow and Company, CNBC, Feb 7 2007

"In my personal view, it's the right thing for hospitals [including Catholic hospitals to be required by Massachusetts law] to provide information and access to emergency contraception to anyone who is a victim of rape."
– press conference, MA, Dec 8 2005

"How many individuals are coming to our state and going to those institutions who have come from terrorist-sponsored states? ... Do we know where they are? Are we tracking them? ... How about people who are in settings – mosques, for example – that may be teaching doctrines of hate and terror? Are we monitoring that? Are we wiretapping? Are we following what's going on?" – Sept 14 2005

"I am prolife. I believe that abortion is the wrong choice except in cases of incest, rape, and to save the life of the mother." – Boston Globe, 2005

"These guns [semi-automatic firearms] are not made for recreation or self-defense. They are instruments of destruction with the sole purpose of hunting down and killing people." – 2004

"We do have tough gun laws in Massachusetts. I support them. I won't chip away at them. I believe they protect us and provide for our safety." – MA Governor debate, 2002

"I will preserve and protect a woman's right to choose and am devoted and dedicated to honoring my word in that regard." – MA Governor debate, 2002

"I believe that since Roe v Wade has been the law for 20 years that we should sustain and support it. And I sustain and support that law and the right of a woman to make that choice." – MA Senate debate, Oct 25 1994

"I don't line up with the NRA." – 1994

Rubin, Michael
"If a single bullet or bomb could forestall a far bloodier application of force, would it not be irresponsible to fail to consider that option–especially when the leaders of both Iran and North Korea threaten to use nuclear weapons and call for the destruction of both regional democracies and the United States?" – "An Arrow in Our Quiver: Why the U.S. Government Should Consider Assassination [of Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad]", National Review, Aug 28 2006

"The cost of any military strike on Iran would be high, although not as high as the cost of the Islamic Republic gaining nuclear weapons." – Interview, "Why Not Talk?", Time, May 22 2006

"While [Yale Prof Juan] Cole condemns anti-Semitism, he accuses prominent Jewish-American officials of having dual loyalties, a frequent anti-Semitic refrain. That he accuses Jewish Americans of using 'the Pentagon as Israel's Gurkha regiment' is unfortunate" – Yale Daily News, Apr 18 2006

"If neocons were agents of Likud, they would have advocated an invasion not of Iraq or Afghanistan but of Iran, which Israel considers to be the biggest threat to its security." – from "You Must be Likud!", National Review Online, May 2004

Rumsfeld, Donald Henry
"There are known knowns. These are things we know that we know. There are known unknowns. That is to say, there are things that we now know we don't know. But there are also unknown unknowns. These are things we do not know we don't know."
also see known
Santorum, Richard John
"As a parent, I am concerned about the widespread distribution of illegal obscene pornography and its profound effects on our culture. ... Rick Santorum believes that federal obscenity laws should be vigorously enforced. 'If elected President, I will appoint an Attorney General who will do so.' ... I proudly support the efforts of the War on Illegal Pornography Coalition that has tirelessly fought to get federal obscenity laws enforced." – "Enforcing laws against illegal pornography", Rick Santorum for President website, Mar 2012
Editor's note: A curious blend of first person and third person writing.

"I supported No Child Left Behind. I have to admit, I voted for that. It was against the principles I believed in, but, ... when you're part of the team, sometimes you take one for the team, for the leader, and I made a mistake. ... You know, politics is a team sport. ... Congress has a role to play when it comes to appropriating money, and sometimes the president and the administration doesn't get it right. What happened was an abuse of the process. When that abuse occurred, I stepped forward, as Jim DeMint did, who, by the way, was an earmarker, as almost everybody else in Congress was. Why? Because Congress has a role of allocating resources when they think the administration has it wrong. I defended that at the time. I'm proud I defended it at the time, because I think they did make mistakes. I do believe there was abuse, and I said we should stop it, and as president I would oppose earmarks." – CNN Republican debate, Feb 22 2012

"It's about government control of our lives, and it has got to stop." – Conservative Political Action Conference, Feb 10 2012

"The Ninth Circuit this week ruled that there is no rational basis, no rational basis for anyone to believe that marriage should just be between a man and a woman, there is no rational basis. Do you understand what that means? That means you are completely irrational if you think that marriage should be between, you have no reason, this is what they said, the only reason you could possibly have to believe marriage should only be between men and women is because you are a bigot and you are a hater, thatís what they said, read the case, and by the way theyíre not the first ones to have said it. So again, where is the tolerance? Whereís the tolerance that says if you have a different point of view you can be rational, no, they canít allow you because if youíre rational then they have to deal with you so they discard you, they just say Ďwell itís beyond the realm of reason, youíre obviously just haters and weíre not even going to talk to you.í This is the way the left operates; they wonít sit and reason, they canít listen to all of the reasons marriage has been between a man and a woman for centuries and why it has an intrinsic good to society, they dismiss those arguments as purely puff to hide your bigotry, thatís what they believe. They wonít reason. The left is really about the death of reason. They always say itís about reason but itís not, itís about the death of reason." – Town Hall, Oral Roberts University, Feb 9 2012

"I'm someone who takes the opinion that gaming is not something that is beneficial, particularly having that access on the Internet. Just as we've seen from a lot of other things that are vices on the Internet, they end to grow exponentially as a result of that. Itís one thing to come to Las Vegas and do gaming and participate in the shows and that kind of thing as entertainment, itís another thing to sit in your home and have access to that it. I think it would be dangerous to our country to have that type of access to gaming on the Internet. Freedom is not absolute. What rights in the Constitution are absolute? There is no right to absolute freedom. There are limitations. You might want to say the same thing about a whole variety of other things that are on the Internet, 'let everybody have it, let everybody do it.' No. There are certain things that actually do cost people a lot of money, cost them their lives, cost them their fortunes that we shouldnít have and make available, to make it that easy to do. That's why we regulate gambling. You have a big commission here that regulates gambling, for a reason." – Interview with Jon Ralston, Las Vegas Sun, Jan 31 2012,

"The Internet is not a free zone where anybody can do anything they want to do and trample the rights of other people, and particularly when we're talking about, in this case, we're talking about entities offshore that are doing so, that are pirating things. But the idea that, you know, anything goes on the Internet, where did that come from? Where in America does it say that anything goes? We have laws, and we respect the law. And the rule of law is an important thing, and property rights should be respected. The idea that we should just hands off, and it's a morals free zone, and it's a regulation free zone, and that people should be able to do whatever they want, I don't know of any other zone in America where that is the case." – CNN Republican Presidential Debate, Jan 20 2012

"when I decided to run for the Congress, I was sort of an agnostic on the abortion issue. I hadnít really thought about abortion as an issue that much. ... It wasnít an issue that I really cared much about. But when I thought about running for office I knew ... this is an issue people are going to care about." – Jan 2012

"We shouldn't be going around apologizing for America, packing up and coming home and saying that the world doesn't need America. The world without America is a very dangerous place and a very broken place. We have a role to play. ... I'm very concerned about us using IMF funds from America and other countries to try to bail out a group of countries that have lived way beyond their means and seem to be not particularly serious about fixing their problems." – interview with Ginni Thomas, Daily Caller, Dec 18 2011,

"One of the things I will talk about that no president has talked about before is I think the dangers of contraception in this country, the whole sexual libertine idea ... It's not okay because it's a license to do things in the sexual realm that is counter to how things are supposed to be. They're supposed to be within marriage, for purposes that are, yes, conjugal ... but also procreative. That's the perfect way that a sexual union should happen. We take any part of that out, we diminish the act. And if you can take one part out that's not for purposes of procreation, that's not one of the reasons, then you diminish this very special bond between men and women, so why can't you take other parts of that out? And all of a sudden, it becomes deconstructed to the point where it's simply pleasure. And that's certainly a part of it, and it's an important part of it. Don't get me wrong, but there's a lot of things we do for pleasure, and this is special, and it needs to be seen as special. Again, I know most presidents don't talk about those things, and maybe people don't want us to talk about those things, but I think it's important that you are who you are. I'm not running for preacher. I'm not running for pastor, but these are important public policy issues." – Interview with Shane Vander Hart, Caffeinated Thoughts, Oct 2011,

"Well, yeah, I admitted you know, back when I was running for the Senate, that when I was in college that I smoked pot and that was something that I did when I was in college. It was something that I'm not proud of, but I did. And said it was something that I wish I hadn't done. But I did and I admitted it. I would encourage people not to do so. It was not all it's made up to be." – Piers Morgan Tonight, Aug 31 2011

"I fight very strongly against libertarian influence within the Republican Party and the conservative movement." – June 2011,

"I smoked pot when I was in college. ... Even during that time, I knew that what I was doing was wrong." – National Review, Mar 11 2011

"This is not a political war at all. This is not a cultural war. This is a spiritual war. And the Father of Lies [Satan] has his sights on what you would think the Father of Lies would have his sights on: a good, decent, powerful, influential country, the United States of America. If you were Satan, who would you attack in this day and age. There is no one else to go after other than the United States ... He didn't have much success in the early days. Our foundation was very strong, in fact, is very strong. But over time, that great, acidic quality of time corrodes even the strongest foundations. And Satan has done so by attacking the great institutions of America, using those great vices of pride, vanity, and sensuality as the root to attack all of the strong plants that has so deeply rooted in the American tradition. He was successful. He attacks all of us and he attacks all of our institutions. The place where he was, in my mind, the most successful and first successful was in academia. He understood pride of smart people. He attacked them at their weakest, that they were, in fact, smarter than everybody else and could come up with something new and different. Pursue new truths, deny the existence of truth, play with it because they're smart. And so academia, a long time ago, fell. And you say 'what could be the impact of academia falling?' Well, I would have the argument that the other structures that I'm going to talk about here had root of their destruction because of academia. Because what academia does is educate the elites in our society, educates the leaders in our society, particularly at the college level. And they were the first to fall. And so what we saw this domino effect, once the colleges fell and those who were being education in our institutions, the next was the church. Now youíd say, 'wait, the Catholic Church'? No. We all know that this country was founded on a Judeo-Christian ethic but the Judeo-Christian ethic was a Protestant Judeo-Christian ethic, sure the Catholics had some influence, but this was a Protestant country and the Protestant ethic, mainstream, mainline Protestantism, and of course we look at the shape of mainline Protestantism in this country and it is in shambles. It is gone from the world of Christianity as I see it. ... After that, you start destroying the Church and you start destroying academia, the culture is where their next success was and I need not even go into the state of the popular culture today. Whether its sensuality of vanity of the famous in America, they are peacocks on display and they have taken their poor behavior and made it fashionable. The corruption of culture, the corruption of manners, the corruption of decency is now on display whether itís the NBA or whether itís a rock concert or whether itís on a movie set. The fourth, and this was harder, now I know youíre going to challenge me on this one, but politics and government was the next to fall. ..." – Ave Maria University, Naples FL, Aug 29 2008

"[Libertarians] have this idea that people should be left alone, be able to do whatever they want to do. Government should keep our taxes down and keep our regulation low and that we shouldn't get involved in the bedroom, we shouldn't get involved in cultural issues, you know, people should do whatever they want. Well, that is not how traditional conservatives view the world, and I think most conservatives understand that individuals can't go it alone." – 2005
Editor's note: Rick Santorum either doesn't understand libertarianism, or chooses to misrepresent it.

Schwarzenegger, Arnold Alois
"That [cannabis] is not a drug. It's a leaf. My drug was pumping iron, trust me. ... What would you rather have? A politician taking stuff and not saying, but making the best decisions and improving things? Or a politician who names all the drugs he or she has taken but makes lousy decisions for the country? A politician's job is to do what's best for the people and to improve the country, the economy, the environment. Why should I care if a politician takes sleeping pills every night so long as he can do his job?" Oct 22 2007 for publication in Dec 2007 GQ British edition

"Look at the contribution that people like Henry Kissinger have made ..." – Statement supporting a constitutional amendment to allow immigrants to become US President, Feb 23 2006

"It doesn't make any sense to go through details here with you. What is important is that I cannot remember what was happening 20 years ago and 15 years ago. But some of the things sound like me." Statement regarding allegations he groped women, Oct 6 2003

"I cannot remember any of these. All I can tell you is that I despise everything Hitler stood for. I despise everything the Nazis stood for ... everything the Third Reich stood for." Response to ABC News about his 1975 quote from an unpublished book proposal, Oct 4 2003

"My relationship to power and authority is that I'm all for it. People need somebody to watch over them. Ninety-five percent of the people in the world need to be told what to do and how to behave." Interview, US News & World Report, 1990

"I was always dreaming about very powerful people – dictators and things like that." Pumping Iron video documentary, 1977

"I didn't think about money. I thought about the fame, about just being the greatest. I was dreaming about being some dictator of a country or some savior like Jesus ..." "The Hero of Perfected Mass", Rolling Stone, 1976

"I admired [Adolph] Hitler for instance because he came from being a little man with almost no formal education, up to power. And I admire him for being such a good public speaker and for his way of getting to the people and so on. [Schwarzenegger wishes he could experience being] like Hitler in the Nuremberg stadium and have all those people scream at you and just being total agreement whatever you say." From an unpublished book proposal, 1975

"I did smoke a joint and I did inhale. The bottom line is that's what it was in the 70's, that's what I did."

"My friends don't want me to mention Kurt [Waldheim]'s name, because of all the recent Nazi stuff and the U.N. controversy, but I love him and Maria does too, and so thank you, Kurt."

"I wanted to be part of the small percentage of people who were leaders, not the large mass of followers. I think it is because I saw leaders use 100 per cent of their potential.... I was always fascinated by people in control of other people."

Sharpton, Alfred Charles, Jr
"Absolutely, I mean if you look at the Second Amendment it was that you would have militia to protect yourself in case the government came and attacked citizens. First of all, if the government were to come to disarm you, you would not be able to use an automatic weapon to defend yourself. Letís be serious. Weíre in a world of drones now so the Second Amendment would not help you in that area. It is absurd to try to cite that. People do not have the right to unregulated rights in this country. And I think that for those that use the Second Amendment are conceding that they have no argument on why you need a magazine with 100 rounds of ammunition or 30 rounds of ammunition. Everybody is regulated with every right. I donít have the right to tell them at the airport that I cite the Constitution so Iím not showing you my ID and walk through." – after a meeting with National Urban League President Marc Morial, Jan 27? 2013
Tancredo, Thomas G  freedom quote
"[T]erm limits were a bad idea. There are certain issues you cannot do effectively [if you observe term limits.] For better or worse, I am the most highly visible member of Congress on the issue of immigration." – letter sent to supporters, 2002

"You can characterize it as breaking a pledge. ... I believe I'm doing the honorable thing [breaking his pledge] by telling [supporters] exactly how I feel and what has happened to me over time. I do put it in God's hands and I say, 'Lord, I hope I'm doing what you want.' " Rocky Mountain News, Sept 26 2002

"For me, the issue of giving one's word and promising to do something like this is more important than the rest of it. ... The overriding motivation for me today to adhere to the term limits pledge is that I made a pledge. ... I took the pledge. I will live up to the pledge. That's it. That's the overriding issue." – interview with Rocky Mountain News, 2001

"We want to reinvigorate the electoral process by introducing people into the system who think of government service as a temporary endeavor, not as a career." – Associated Press, Aug 2 1994

Tandy, Karen
"Today's arrest of Mark [sic] Scott Emery, publisher of Cannabis Culture magazine and the founder of a marijuana legalization group, is a significant blow not only to the marijuana trafficking trade in the U.S. and Canada, but also to the marijuana legalization movement. Hundreds of thousands of dollars of Emery's illicit profits are known to have been channeled to marijuana legalization groups active in the United States and Canada. Drug legalization lobbyists now have one less pot of money to rely on."
Editor's note: Tandy failed to mention that Emery got his money without use of force, whereas Tandy's salary and money to support her prohibitionist agenda was forcibly taken from taxpayers.
Thompson, Fred Dalton
"You know, there are federal laws involved and there's federalism issues also involved. It depends on a lot of different circumstances, and I just can't give you a definitive answer to that right now." – Response to inquiry into Thompson's position on federal raids of medicianl cannabis clubs, Stratham NH, Sept 8 2007
Walters, John P
"Legalizing drugs is the worst thing we could do for President Felipe Calderón and our Mexican allies. ... drug use and addiction can not be an expression of individual liberty in a free society. Drug abuse is, by nature and the laws of organic chemistry that govern this disease, incompatible with freedom and civil society. Drug abuse makes human life solitary, poor, nasty, brutish and short ..." – "Drugs: To Legalize or Not", Wall Street Journal, Apr 25 2009
Editor's note: Calderon and Mexico parliament defacto legalized small quantities of drugs in 2009. Drug abuse makes human life short? Tobacco, alcohol and legal drugs account for 99% of all deaths caused by drugs. See US Annual Drug Caused Deaths.

"Attorney General Eric Holder suggested he may no longer enforce federal law against trafficking marijuana if the traffickers call their marijuana medical. Both U.S. and Mexican officials at all levels know that medical marijuana is an utter fraud used to undermine drug enforcement in the United States. Mexican officials also know (as does the Justice Department) that much of the marijuana sold in the 'dispensaries' of California funds the mafias of Mexico. Marijuana sales are the single largest source of drug profits for these criminals–on top of funds from kidnapping, protection rackets, alien smuggling, and car theft. Not enforcing our marijuana laws makes these terrorists stronger. Pretending to take legalization seriously makes them stronger still." – "Up In Smoke", Daily Standard, Mar 17 2009
Editor's note: Medicinal cannabis funding Mexican mafias? Does anyone else take this claim seriously? Slandering medicinal cannabis dispensaries would be considered a crime in Mexico.

Wolfowitz, Paul Dundes
"I think all foreigners should stop interfering in the internal affairs of Iraq." – July 21 2003

"For bureaucratic reasons we settled on one issue, weapons of mass destruction, because it was the one reason everyone could agree on." – May 30 2003

Woolsey, R James, Jr
"If you grow low THC hemp in the vicinity of higher THC hemp, the low will pollinate any higher strain hemp plant and the seeds will be half as strong. So if we wanted to get rid of the higher strain, we would just keep doing that." – Apr 1 2006

"There is no bigger enemy of marijuana than industrial hemp. But, the United States in its wisdom has banned all hemp – I suppose to enhance the production of marijuana." – Apr 1 2006