How Many People Would Like to Play Me in Poker and Have the Rules Be “Living?”




“I think a return to fiscal discipline, living within our means is essential for our long-term health.”

-Hillary Clinton

“The Greatest Generation wasn’t the greatest despite the challenges they faced, but because of them. Today many men shirk challenge and difficult pursuits, believing that the easier life is, the happier they’ll be. But our grandfathers knew better. They knew that one cannot have the bitter without the sweet, and that true happiness comes from overcoming the kind of challenges that build character and refine the soul. The challenges they experienced made their joy all the more sweet because it was tinged with the gratitude of knowing how easily it could all have been taken away.”

-Tom Brokaw

“Even as many Texas settlers formed an army and marched on San Antonio de Bexar, Smith originally intended to remain neutral. He changed his mind after the Texian Army, led by Stephen F. Austin, initiated a siege of Bexar. As the siege began, Smith and his son-in-law Hendrick Arnold were absent from town, on a hunting trip. The Mexican army increased security in the town, and refused to allow Smith and Arnold to return to their homes within the city. An indignant Smith immediately joined the Texian Army. Hearing impaired and a man of few words, he wrote to Austin: “I told you yesterday that I would not take sides in this war but, Sir, I now tender you my services as the Mexicans acted rascally with me.”
-Biography of Erastus “Deaf” Smith

“The usual road to slavery is that first they take away your guns, then they take away your property, then last of all they tell you to shut up and say you are enjoying it.”

-James A. Donald

“I grew up like a neglected weed – ignorant of liberty, having no experience of it.”

-Harriet Tubman

“Regulation – which is based on force and fear – undermines the moral base of business dealings. It becomes cheaper to bribe a building inspector than to meet his standards of construction. A fly-by-night securities operator can quickly meet all the S.E.C. requirements, gain the inference of respectability, and proceed to fleece the public. In an unregulated economy, the operator would have had to spend a number of years in reputable dealings before he could earn a position of trust sufficient to induce a number of investors to place funds with him. Protection of the consumer by regulation is thus illusory.”

-Alan Greenspan

“I am not asking anybody for anything if I can’t get it on my own. If you don’t like the way I’m living, just leave me alone.”

-Charles Daniels

“If people are justified in continuing a rebellion out of regard for their self-preservation [as they are], then there is no reason to think they are not justified in starting one for the same reason.” Hobbes on Resistance: Defying the Leviathan

-Susanne Sreedhar

“The average man doesn’t want to be free. He simply wants to be safe.”

-H.L. Mencken

“All power emanates from the people, they are sovereign; but the general undefined mass of individuals, told by the head within the borders of the United States, are not the people known to our Institutions: the citizens of each State acting through the body politic, or a convention, or in their primary assemblies, are the people. Whatever they shall do in their sovereign capacity, as the people of a State, may be a revolution, but it can never be a rebellion ; a sovereign cannot rebel against himself, nor against his coequal sovereigns; he may violate a compact with them, or they may commit a breach of faith towards him, so as to justify resistance and even war, a revolution if you please of all the relations existing between them, but no act of omission or aggression between coequal and independent parties can be construed into a rebellion.”

-Hugh Garland

“Our whole constitutional heritage rebels at the thought of giving government the power to control men’s minds.”

-Thurgood Marshall

“When a man assumes a public trust, he should consider himself public property.”

-Thomas Jefferson

“The nature of the Federal Constitution…is a compact based upon cautious and jealous specifications. The distinguished body of men who framed it, guarded and defined every power that was to be exercised through the agency of the General Government—and every other power not enumerated in the compact, was to be reserved and exercised by the States.”

-Maria H. Pinckney

“Under Lenin the Soviet Union was like a religious revival, under Stalin like a prison, under Khrushchev like a circus, and under Brezhnev like the U.S. Post Office.” November 7, 1977

-Jimmy Carter

“As the British Constitution is the most subtle organism which has proceeded from the womb and long gestation of progressive history, so the American Constitution is, so far as I can see, the most wonderful work ever struck off at a given time by the brain and purpose of man.”

-W. E. Gladstone

“I believe in the sovereignty and reserved powers of the States.”

-John W. Ellis

“I’d like to know why well-educated idiots keep apologizing for lazy and complaining people who think the world owes them a living.”

-Duke Morrison

“When we speak of peace, we should not mean just the absence of war. True peace rests on the pillars of individual freedom, human rights, national self-determination, and respect for the rule of law.” Televised address to the nation before the U.S.-Soviet Summit in Geneva, November 14, 1985

-Ronald Reagan

“In Europe, charters of liberty have been granted by power. America has set the example of charters of power granted by liberty. This revolution in the practice of the world, may, with an honest praise, be pronounced the most triumphant epoch of its history, and the most consoling presage of its happiness.” National Gazette Essay, January 18, 1792

-James Madison

“While affected deeply by the evils which afflict our country, we can still look upon them without compunction, and say, “Though thou art desolate, my country, it is not this hand hath made thee so. No! Nor was it the hand of the alien foe who waged war against thee, so much as the hands of men whom thou didst nourish in thine own bosom ; who breathed thy breath; who drank from thy cool fountains; who basked in the shade of thy magnificent groves ; whose ears were filled with the warbling of thy birds; whose eyes rested on the placid, yet luxuriant, beauty of thy landscapes; who fed upon the fruits thou dost so bountifully yield; aye, and the bones of whose forefathers and departed kindred had found a resting place beneath thy soul!” All this, and more, they may say—in sorrow, it is true, but with a consoling consciousness of personal rectitude. The value of this reward will be better appreciated when we reflect, what must not be the bitter self-reproach and unavailing regret of those who have failed in their duty to the country in its hour of need. This reflection suggests to us the fact, that the present reward of the faithful soldier… consists not only in a positive pleasure of the highest kind, but in an escape from an evil, the greatest of all others, the lashings of a guilty conscience. I say the present reward, in contradistinction to that ultimate reward, which must crown their labors in the vindication and establishment of the great principle of constitutional liberty for which they put them forth. Like a noble ship in the storm, it has gone down into the trough of the sea, and is submerged beneath mountain billows; its masts and rigging are swept away and its crew are paralyzed by the might of the elements; but when the calm returns, and the demons of the deep cease to lash it in their fury, it will rise buoyantly up; and if a sufficient number of its crew have clung faithfully to it, and are not washed overboard, it will soon be rigged anew, and move on in its course with that majesty and power which characterized it when it was first launched upon the main.”

-Llewellyn Shaver

“There comes a time when a moral man can’t obey a law which his conscience tells him is unjust.”

-Martin Luther King, Jr.

“Freedom to publish and read does not necessarily assure a society of justice and peace, but without these freedoms it has no assurance at all.”

-Myra Kostash

“I think it better to do right, even if we suffer in so doing, than to incur the reproach of our consciences and posterity.”

-R. Edward Lee

“The people will learn to feel the dignity of man. They will not merely demand their rights, which have been trampled in the dust, but themselves will take them – make them their own.”

-Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel

“I have had a good opportunity of testing the utility of Colt’s pistols during the late Mexican War, and feel no hesitation in saying they are superior (in my opinion) to any other now known for cavalry. The danger of accidental explosion has been obviated by the late improvement. They go off clear. The cylinders revolve with great rapidity, and the distance they carry a ball (I mean the conical ball) is indeed surprising. Soldiers should be practiced in the use of them. They soon become easy to the hand; the aim you wish to draw can be easily caught; and when placed in the hands of those who understand the proper use of them, they are unquestionably the most formidable weapon ever used in battle. I therefore concur fully in the opinion that they can be used with the same advantage by the regular as volunteer forces.”

-Colonel Jack Hays, Texas Rangers

“Many law professors, and others who hold contempt for our Constitution, preach that the Constitution is a living document. Saying that the Constitution is a living document is the same as saying we don’t have a Constitution. For rules to mean anything, they must be fixed. How many people would like to play me in poker and have the rules be “living?” Depending on “evolving standards,” maybe my two pair could beat your flush.”

-Walter Williams

“We hold with Thomas Jefferson, to the inalienable right of communities to alter or abolish forms of government that have become oppressive or injurious.”

-New York Tribune

“I may disagree with what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it.”


“Extremism in defense of liberty is no vice. Moderation in pursuit of justice is no virtue.”

-Barry Goldwater

“Our defense is in the preservation of the spirit which prizes liberty as a heritage of all men, in all lands, everywhere. Destroy this spirit and you have planted the seeds of despotism around your own doors.”

-Abraham Lincoln

“At the core, the American citizen soldiers in World War II knew the difference between right and wrong, and they didn’t want to live in a world in which wrong prevailed. So they fought, and won, and we all of us, living and yet to be born, must be forever profoundly grateful.”

-Stephen Ambrose

“We cannot go on penalizing Americans for saving.”

-John Connally


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