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Standing for Nothing
“Those who stand for nothing fall for anything.” -Alexander Hamilton
“It is an unfortunate fact that we can secure peace only by preparing for war.” -John F. Kennedy
“It is madness for sheep to talk peace with a wolf.” -Thomas Fuller
1. You cannot bring about prosperity by discouraging thrift.
2. You cannot strengthen the weak by weakening the strong.
3. You cannot help small men by tearing big men down.
4. You cannot help the poor by destroying the rich.
5. You cannot lift the wage-earner up by pulling the wage-payer down.
6. You cannot keep out of trouble by spending more than your income.
7. You cannot further the brotherhood of man by inciting class hatred.
8. You cannot establish sound social security on borrowed money.
9. You cannot build character and courage by taking away a man’s initiative and
10. You cannot help men permanently by doing for them what they could and should do for themselves.
– Since the 1940’s these “Ten Points” attributed to Abraham Lincoln have been widely reprinted. They have appeared in such places as magazines, Christmas cards, and the Congressional Record. Lincoln scholars believe that any connection made between Lincoln and the “Ten Points” is spurious.
Triumph of Evil
“The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.” -Attributed to Edmund Burke. Unverified.
Indifference to Public Affairs
“The penalty good men pay for indifference to public affairs is to be ruled by evil men.” -Attributed to Plato on the letterhead of the Constitutional Party. Unverified.
Americanism and Things That Will Destroy America
“Americanism means the virtues of courage, honor, justice, truth, sincerity, and hardihood–the virtues that made America. The things that will destroy America are prosperity-at-any price, peace-at-any-price, safety-first instead of duty-first, the love of soft living, and the get-rich-quick theory of life.” -Theodore Roosevelt, letter to S. Stanwood Menken, chairman, committee on Congress of Constructive Patriotism, January 10, 1917
Doesn’t Take a Majority
“It doesn’t take a majority to prevail but rather a tireless, irate minority, keen to set brush fires in the people’s minds.” -Samuel Adams
When the Federal Government Has Failed
“The Federal Government, while but partially under the control of these our unnatural and sectional enemies, has for years almost entirely failed to protect the lives and property of the people of Texas against the Indian savages on our border, and more recently against the murderous forays of banditti from the neighboring territory of Mexico; and when our State government has expended large amounts for such purpose, the Federal Government has refused reimbursement therefore, thus rendering our condition more insecure and harassing than it was during the existence of the Republic of Texas.” -THE DECLARATION OF CAUSES: February 2, 1861 (This was the declaration of the causes from the State of Texas on one of the reasons they wanted to secede from the Federal Union.)
Submit to Burdens of the Government
“The marvel of all history is the patience with which men and women submit to burdens unnecessarily laid upon them by their governments.” -William E. Borah, speech in the U. S. Senate
“I believe that banking institutions are more dangerous to our liberties than standing armies. If the American people ever allow private banks to control the issue of their currency, first by inflation, then by deflation, the banks and corporations that will grow up around the banks will deprive the people of all property until their children wake up homeless on the continent their fathers conquered.” -Thomas Jefferson, 1802
“With integrity, nothing else counts. Without integrity, nothing else counts.” -Sir Winston Churchill