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Wednesday, January 11, 2006

"The essential characteristic of Western civilization that distinguishes it from the arrested and petrified civilizations of the East was and is its concern for freedom from the state." —Ludwig Von Mises

"Nothing is more desirable than to be released from an affliction, but nothing is more frightening than to be divested of a crutch." —James Baldwin

"[C]onservatives are not supposed to like big government. It's not our job. We're supposed to like freedom and the rights of the individual." —Peggy Noonan

"The history of liberalism in...America has mostly been about giving people what they want and convincing them they are victims and that only government can help them, while the history of conservatism has mostly been about telling people what they need and giving them opportunities to better their lives." —Cal Thomas

"There are two reasons that cutting taxes makes sense. The first reason is because you and I are over taxed... The second is that tax cuts help create jobs. Like Ronald Reagan, I believe the federal government's problem is not that it taxes too little, but that it spends too much." —Rep. Sam Graves

"Safe, Legal and What? 'Safe, legal, and rare.' That was Bill Clinton's mantra. Question: If abortion is a fundamental constitutional right, why should it be rare? Can you think of any other basic right that we would want to be rare?" —Tony Perkins

"It's very hard to fight a terrorist war without intelligence. By definition, you can only win battles against terrorists preemptively—that's to say, you find out what they're planning to do next Thursday and you stop it cold on Wednesday. Capturing them on Friday while you're still pulling your dead from the rubble is poor consolation." —Mark Steyn

"Conservatives who forget the primacy of the family and private sector are doomed to repeat the liberals' mistakes—and to replicate their political failures." —W. James Antle III

"The Democrat Party has decided to express indignation at the idea that an American citizen who happens to be a member of al-Qa'ida is not allowed to have a private conversation with Osama bin Laden. If they run on that in 2008, it could be the first time in history a Republican president takes even the District of Columbia." —Ann Coulter

Jay Leno: This past weekend former Washington, DC Mayor Marion Barry was robbed at gunpoint at his home. The assailants took his money and used it to buy crack. Which is ironic because that was the same thing Marion was going to do with the money. ... France and Germany warned Iran this week not to pursue their nuclear research program. In fact, France and Germany warned Iran that if they didn't stop their program they would, you know, warn them again.

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