Essay:Conservative quotes on American patriotism, preparedness, firearms and religion
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Conservative Politics and Conservative Quotations on American Patriotism, Preparedness, Firearms and Religion
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In this "never ending" essay I have compiled and will continue to regularly (perhaps daily) add quotations from a conservative, Conservative values - Libertarian values - American values Real America - Traditional values - Small town values - Family values perspective. These quotes will be discussing some topics near and dear to the compassionate wise hearts of most American conservatives, many American Christians, many conservative Asian-born Buddhists (who escaped atheist communism to the liberty of America), many veterans, all American Patriots, almost all preppers, most gun enthusiasts, and many libertarians:
- American patriotism (contrasted with Anti-Americanism of Muslim jihad terrorists, and most leftists, socialists and communists)
- Preparedness ("Ready for if times get tough, or even if they don't"—like the common sense readiness of our great-grandparents before the Great Depression, the New Deal socialist Nanny state and the fragile interdependent "Just-in-Time" delivery systems of Costco, Wal-Mart and Amazon.com)
- Firearms (Second Amendment, self-defense, home security and defense against big government police state tyranny)
I expect that these quotations will serve as an organized "ready made" pre-Wiki-linked bank of conservative quotations. In the long run, I plan to integrate each of these quotes into an existing or new Conservapedia article.
Conservative Quotations that Contrast with and Expose Liberal Propaganda
- Liberal values and Liberalism: Similarities between Communism, Nazism and liberalism
- Public school values entitlement mentality Indoctrination of the Teacup Generation by Public schools in the United States and Common Core
- Teachers' unions: National Education Association and American Federation of Teachers
- Hollywood values: List of celebrities against Second Amendment - always Liberal Elitists
- San Francisco values and the Politically correct: Diane Feinstein, Nancy Pelosi, Barbara Boxer, Leland Yee
- Fashion industry values
- Professor values
- Obamunism: Obamanomics Economic planning of the Obama administration fiscal policy, Obama administration monetary policy, Obamacare, Federal funding via Crony capitalism (Obama donor list, Bailout, Obama administration corporate bailouts, Obamageddon), Deficit spending and the National debt
- John Maynard Keynes liberal Keynesian economics and Fabian Socialist influence on Barack Obama
- Big Government-Welfare State-Nanny State-Police State: Globalist-Statist-Socialist-Communist
- National Socialist German Workers' Party (Nazi Party)
- Nazism and socialism: National Socialism - the Nazis were elitist Police state liberals not conservatives
- Liberal totalitarianism
- "Ammunition control, gun control and gun free zones have always been absurd left wing "unicorn utopia" wishful thinking pollyanna fantasies of the Anti-self-defense movement, for the simple reason that criminals by their nature never follow laws." - The American Redoubt
- "No gun control law against 'guns and ammo' would have stopped the evil Muslim jihad terrorists murder 12 people at the gun free zone in Paris at Charlie Hebdo or Adam Lanza at Sandy Hook Elementary school – violent criminals will always break laws and be violent with all kinds of devices – they don't need guns (as evidenced by the high amount of knife crime and knife murders in "gun free" United Kingdom and Australia)." - The American Redoubt
- "Prepare your Beans-Bullets-Bandaids-Books-Bullion-Batteries-Brotherhood-Being" - The American Redoubt
- “It’s fairly clear to see that the [UK] government’s figure for the rate of inflation has nothing at all to do with the real increase in our cost of living. The figure is deliberately manufactured in order to crush benefit payments, pensions and workers’ pay rises.” John Andrews in The Price of Eggs.
- “You have never lived ’til you have almost died. And for those that fight for it, Life has a flavor that the protected will never know.” – Anonymous quote penned on the wall of a USMC hooch at Khe Sahn, RVN
- “It’s downtown Baghdad,” said tourist Denise Bollinger, who snapped pictures of looting in the French Quarter. “It’s insane.” (as quoted by The Associated Press, in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina)
- “But how is this legal plunder to be identified? Quite simply. See if the law takes from some persons what belongs to them, and gives it to other persons to whom it does not belong. See if the law benefits one citizen at the expense of another by doing what the citizen himself cannot do without committing a crime.” – Frederic Bastiat, The Law
- "Everyone wants to live at the expense of the state. They forget that the state wants to live at the expense of everyone." -- Frederic Bastiat
- "If you can be seen, you can be hit. If you can be hit, you can be killed." – The First Law of the Modern Battlefield
- "Think like a man of action and act like a man of thought." – Henri Louis Bergson
- “The entire world economy rests on the consumer; if he ever stops spending money he doesn’t have on things he doesn’t need — we’re done for.” – Bill Bonner, Editor of The Daily Reckoning (Website)
- "The progress of science in furnishing the government with means of espionage is not likely to stop with wiretapping. Ways may some day be developed by which the government, without removing papers from secret drawers, can reproduce them in court, and by which it will be enabled to expose to a jury the most intimate occurrences of the home. Advances in the psychic and related sciences may bring means of exploring unexpressed beliefs, thoughts and emotions. 'That places the liberty of every man in the hands of every petty officer' was said by James Otis of much lesser intrusions than these. 1 To Lord Camden a far slighter intrusion seemed 'subversive of all the comforts of society.' Can it be that the Constitution affords no protection against such invasions of individual security?" - Louis Brandeis (1856-1941), United States Supreme Court Associate Justice Dissenting, Olmstead v. United States, 277 U.S. 438 (1928).
- “Depression, especially in a highly leveraged world that is accustomed to prosperity, would likely result in serious civil strife. Politically, it must be avoided no matter what the economic or financial costs. Despite ‘spin-talk’ to the effect that the Fed is pursuing a dual mandate to both fight inflation and promote growth, in reality they are simply trying to promote growth pure and simple. This is the reality that few market analysts or journalists dare to mention.” – John Browne
- “Give more, so that we can build more, put interest in understanding another more in whatever actions one might carry out in life. Because we all are fighting for survival against adversaries and are sometimes falling, but if we stand together and help shield and strengthen one another, imagine the world that we will live in together, having more happiness with one another, at one another’s side.” ― Jonathan Anthony Burkett
- "Black America Must Reject the welfare state." Carson says Obama is turning America into a “third world nation” by creating unsustainable levels of federal government debt". - Dr. Ben Carson
- "A ready person never needs to get ready." – Oswald Chambers
- "There exists a law, not written down anywhere, but inborn in our hearts, a law which comes to us not by training or custom or reading, a law which has come to us not from theory but from practice, not by instruction but by natural intuition. I refer to the law which lays down that, if our lives are endangered by plots or violence or armed robbers or enemies, any and every method of protecting ourselves is morally right." – Marcus Tulius Cicero (106-53 B.C.)
- “The diligent farmer plants trees, of which he himself will never see the fruit.” (“Abores serit diligens agricola, quarum adspiciet baccam ipse numquam.”) – Marcus Tullius Cicero, Tusculanarum Disputationum (I,14)
- "If you will not fight for right when you can easily win without bloodshed; if you will not fight when your victory will be sure and not too costly; you may come to the moment when you will have to fight with all the odds are against you and only a precious chance of survival. There may be even a worse case. You may have to fight when there is no hope of victory, because it is better to perish than to live as slaves." – Winston Churchill
- "Stay busy, don't hurry, don't worry, be happy" - Bhikshu Da Xin De Ben Shr, Buddhist Monk Dharma Meditation Master
- “The amount of gold in existence is finite. It cannot be increased any faster than by 1.6% per annum (the rate at which mines are producing gold). Whereas the amount of money in circulation is currently expanding at double-digit levels, on a worldwide basis, the U.S. M3 money supply back in 1980 was 1.8 trillion dollars. Today, according to economist John Williams, the U.S. M3 money supply has ballooned to almost 15 trillion dollars. Some of that extra money has the potential to move into gold.” – Peter Degraaf, in Is the Price of Gold Artificially Depressed?
- “There will come a time when it isn’t ‘They’re spying on me through my phone’ anymore. Eventually, it will be ‘My phone is spying on me’.” – Philip K. Dick
- “A billion here, and a billion there, and pretty soon you’re talking about real money.” – Senator Everett Dirksen
- "I am a Conservative to preserve all that is good in our constitution, a Radical to remove all that is bad." - Benjamin Disraeli, in a speech at High Wycombe, England (27 November 1832); published in Selected Speeches of the Late Right Honourable the Earl of Beaconsfield, ed. T. E. Kebbel (1882), volume 1, p. 8.
- “Life made you get your hands dirty; life was vengeful if you tried an easy route.” ― Meghan Ciana Doidge, After The Virus
- “My life goes on in endless song above earth’s lamentations, I hear the real, though far-off hymn that hails a New Creation. Through all the tumult and the strife I hear its music ringing, it sounds an echo in my soul. How can I keep from singing? While though the tempest loudly roars, I hear the truth it liveth. And though the darkness ’round me close, songs in the night it giveth. No storm can shake my inmost calm While to that rock I’m clinging. Since love is Lord of heaven and earth, how can I keep from singing? When tyrants tremble in their fear and hear their death knell ringing, when friends rejoice both far and near how can I keep from singing? In prison cell and dungeon vile our thoughts to them are winging, when friends by shame are undefiled how can I keep from singing?” - The Traditional Shaker Hymn How Can I Keep From Singing, popularized by Enya
- "On the occasion of every accident that befalls you, remember to turn to yourself and inquire what power you have for turning it to use." – Epictetus
- “Moreover thou shalt provide out of all the people able men, such as fear God, men of truth, hating covetousness; and place such over them, to be rulers of thousands, and rulers of hundreds, rulers of fifties, and rulers of tens:” Exodus 18:21(KJV)
- “And Moses said unto the people, Fear ye not, stand still, and see the salvation of the Lord, which he will show to you to day: for the Egyptians whom ye have seen today, ye shall see them again no more for ever. The Lord shall fight for you, and ye shall hold your peace.” Exodus 14:13-14 (KJV)
- "They that can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety." - Benjamin Franklin, 1759
- “Is the American tradition of self-reliance disappearing? That’s a painful question for conservatives to ponder. After all, we’re dedicated to reducing the role of government and promoting individual freedom and opportunity. But the facts, while sad, are clear: More Americans today depend more heavily on government than ever before.” –Edwin Feulner
- "Among the many misdeeds of the British rule in India, history will look upon the act of depriving a whole nation of arms, as the blackest." - Mahatma Gandhi
- "Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Willing is not enough; we must do." – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
- “In the summer of 1994, I visited the safest place in the United States. I can honestly say I stood in the most protected room in this entire nation. During one of my visits to Washington, D.C., another Army officer, assigned to the White House military office, asked if I would like to experience something that few people have ever seen. Of course, I agreed, and he proceeded to take me to the bomb shelter beneath the White House that would house the President and his family if nuclear attack or civil unrest ever hit the city of Washington. This Army captain showed me the briefing rooms for the Cabinet members, the housing for the troops that would be assigned to guard our nation’s leaders, and even the living quarters for the First Family. I realized at that moment that I was standing in the single most protected spot in the United States, that no other room in America could provide equal safety or protection from harm. In my experience, then, the safest place in this country is in Washington D.C. But the safest place in this world, the safest place in your world and mine, is wherever the sovereign God of the universe takes us. You can be no more secure, you can build no thicker walls, you can find no greater protection than being in the very center of God’s divine will for your life. If God calls you to a place, you can be sure He has gone before you and prepared the way.” – Trey Graham
- “Suburbs have become the heirs to their cities’ problems. They have pollution, high taxes, crime. People thought they would escape all those things in the suburbs. But like the people in Boccaccio’s Decameron, they ran away from the plague and took it with them.” – Charles Haar
- "A human being should be able to change a diaper, plan an invasion, butcher a hog, conn a ship, design a building, write a sonnet, balance accounts, build a wall, set a bone, comfort the dying, take orders, give orders, cooperate, act alone, solve equations, analyze a new problem, pitch manure, program a computer, cook a tasty meal, fight efficiently, and die gallantly. Specialization is for insects." – Robert Heinlein
- "There is no worse tyranny than to force a man to pay for what he does not want merely because you think it would be good for him." - Robert Heinlein, The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress
- "The human race divides politically into those who want people to be controlled and those who have no such desire.” - Robert Heinlein
- “Like every living thing its prime characteristic is a blind, unreasoned instinct to survive.” ― Robert Heinlein, Stranger in a Strange Land
- "It is in vain, sir, to extenuate the matter. Gentlemen may cry, Peace, Peace–but there is no peace. The war is actually begun! The next gale that sweeps from the north will bring to our ears the clash of resounding arms! Our brethren are already in the field! Why stand we here idle? What is it that gentlemen wish? What would they have? Is life so dear, or peace so sweet, as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery? Forbid it, Almighty God! I know not what course others may take; but as for me, give me liberty or give me death! – Patrick Henry, March 23, 1775
- "…whatsoever the anguish of spirit it may cost, I am willing to know the whole truth; to know the worst, and to provide for it." – Patrick Henry
- “Cancer gave me an understanding of the point of all this. To survive. Most of our lives it is easy but for the moments when it becomes difficult, when accident or sickness or sadness strikes, it’s just about remembering one thing. You must simply survive.” ― Shaun Hick
- "Now and then an innocent man is sent to the legislature." - Kin Hubbard, in Marching To Zion, p. 52
- “Our institutions were not devised to bring about uniformity of opinion; if they had we might well abandon hope. It is important to remember, as has well been said, ‘the essential characteristic of true liberty is that under its shelter many different types of life and character and opinion and belief can develop unmolested and unobstructed.” – Supreme Court Justice Charles Evans Hughes
- “If wisdom’s ways you wisely seek, Five things observe with care: To whom you speak, Of whom you speak, And how, and when, and where.” - Caroline L. Ingalls (Mother of Laura Ingalls Wilder)
- “The larger Persian Ismaili fortresses provide outstanding examples of military architecture. Their strategic position and the skilled use of natural resources to ensure, that despite the difficulties of the terrain, the castles were well supplied with food and water and therefore able to withstand a prolonged siege of many months, even years. In his account of the destruction of Alamut by the Mongols, the historian Juwayni (d. 1283) describes with considerable admiration the vast underground store rooms built by the Ismailis and the difficulty the Mongols had to destroy the castle’s fortifications.” - from Nizari Ismaili Castles of Iran and Syria, published by the Institute of Ismaili Studies, London
- "Laws that forbid the carrying of arms...disarm only those who are neither inclined nor determined to commit crimes... Such laws make things worse for the assaulted and better for the assailants; they serve rather to encourage than to prevent homicides, for an unarmed man may be attacked with greater confidence than an armed man.” - Thomas Jefferson
- "The constitutions of most of our States assert that all power is inherent in the people; that... it is their right and duty to be at all times armed;..." - Thomas Jefferson letter to Justice Cartwright of the Supreme Court, June 5, 1824. 1824. ME 16:45
- “[A] wise and frugal government, which shall restrain men from injuring one another, which shall leave them otherwise free to regulate their own pursuits of industry and improvement, and shall not take from the mouth of labor the bread it has earned. This is the sum of good government.” – Thomas Jefferson, First Inaugural Address, March 4, 1801
- "Because of the littleness of your faith; for truly I say to you, if you have faith the size of a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, 'Move from here to there,' and it will move; and nothing will be impossible to you." - Jesus
- "It's easy to end all suffering, just accept everything with ease and let go completely." - Bhikshu Shr Fu Shen Kai, Buddhist Monk Dharma Master of Jen Chen Buddhism
- "Today, we need a nation of Minutemen, citizens who are not only prepared to take arms, but citizens who regard the preservation of freedom as the basic purpose of their daily life and who are willing to consciously work and sacrifice for that freedom." – President John F. Kennedy
- “It happened that a fire broke out backstage in a theater. The clown came out to inform the public. They thought it was just a jest and applauded. He repeated his warning, they shouted even louder. So I think the world will come to an end amid general applause from all the wits, who believe that it is a joke.” – Soren Kierkegaard
- “For it’s ‘guns this’ and ‘guns that’, and ‘chuck ‘em out, the brutes’, But they’re the ‘Savior of our loved ones’ when the thugs begin to loot.” – Rudyard Kipling, Tommy Atkins
- “God gives all me all earth to love, but since man’s heart is small, ordains for each one spot shall prove, beloved over all.” – Rudyard Kipling
- “..the simple truth — born of experience — is that tyranny thrives best where government need not fear the wrath of an armed people. The prospect of tyranny may not grab the headlines the way vivid stories of gun crime routinely do. But few saw the Third Reich coming until it was too late. The Second Amendment is a doomsday provision, one designed for those exceptionally rare circumstances where all other rights have failed — where the government refuses to stand for reelection and silences those who protest; where courts have lost the courage to oppose, or can find no one to enforce their decrees. However improbable these contingencies may seem today, facing them unprepared is a mistake a free people get to make only once.” - Federal Court of Appeals Judge Kozinski (an immigrant from Eastern Europe), as recently quoted by John Stossel
- "When the great Tao is forgotten, goodness and piety appear. When the body’s intelligence declines, cleverness and knowledge step forth. When there is no peace in the family, filial piety begins. When the country falls into chaos, patriotism is born." - Lao Tzu, Tao Te Ching, Chapter 18, Mitchell translation.
- "Stop thinking, and end your problems." - Lao Tzu, Tao Te Ching, Chapter 20, Stephen Mitchell translation.
- “I’d like France to have two Armies — one for display, with lovely guns, tanks, little Soldiers, fanfares, staffs, distinguished and doddering Generals and dear little regimental officers, who would be deeply concerned over their General’s bowel movements or their Colonel’s piles: an Army that would be shown for a modest fee on every fairground in the country. The other would be the real one, composed entirely of young enthusiasts in camouflage battledress, who would not be put on display but from whom impossible efforts would be demanded and to whom all sorts of tricks would be taught. That’s the Army in which I should like to fight.” – Jean Larteguy, The Centurions
- "Of all tyrannies, a tyranny exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive. It may be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies. The robber baron’s cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity may at some point be satiated; but those who torment us for our own good will torment us without end, for they do so with the approval of their own conscience." – C. S. Lewis
- “Something happens when an individual owns his home or business. He or she will always invest more sweat, longer hours and greater creativity to develop and care for something he owns than he will for any government-inspired project supposedly engineered for the greater social good… The desire to improve oneself and one’s family’s lot, to make life better for one’s children, to strive for a higher standard of living, is universal and God-given. It is honorable. It is not greed.” – Rush Limbaugh, The Limbaugh Letter, 1993
- “Controlling carbon is a bureaucrat’s dream. If you control carbon, you control life.” - MIT climate scientist Dr. Richard Lindzen, March, 2007.
- "Towering genius distains a beaten path. It seeks regions hitherto unexplored." – Abraham Lincoln, from the January 27, 1838 Lyceum Address
- “Enlightened statesmen will not always be at the helm.” – James Madison
- "The powers delegated by the proposed Constitution to the federal government, are few and defined. Those which are to remain in the State governments are numerous and indefinite. The former will be exercised principally on external objects, as war, peace, negotiation, and foreign commerce; with which last the power of taxation will, for the most part, be connected. The powers reserved to the several States will extend to all the objects which, in the ordinary course of affairs, concern the lives, liberties, and properties of the people, and the internal order, improvement, and prosperity of the State." - In Federalist Paper 45, James Madison (widely considered the ‘father of the United States Constitution”)
- “We’re all put to the test… but it never comes in the form or at the point we would prefer, does it?” ― David Mamet
- “Survival starts by paying attention to what is close at hand and immediate. To look out with idle hope is tantamount to dreaming one’s life away.” ― Yann Martel, Life of Pi
- "To disarm the people [is] the best and most effectual way to enslave them…" - George Mason, 3 Elliot, Debates at 380, June 14, 1788
- "Take heed that ye do not your alms before men, to be seen of them: otherwise ye have no reward of your Father which is in heaven. Therefore when thou doest thine alms, do not sound a trumpet before thee, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, that they may have glory of men. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward. But when thou doest alms, let not thy left hand know what thy right hand doeth: that thine alms may be in secret: and thy Father which seeth in secret himself shall reward thee openly.” Matthew 6:1-4 (KJV)
- "Therefore I say unto you, Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink; nor yet for your body, what ye shall put on. Is not the life more than meat, and the body than raiment? Behold the fowls of the air: for they sow not, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feedeth them. Are ye not much better than they? Which of you by taking thought can add one cubit unto his stature? And why take ye thought for raiment? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they toil not, neither do they spin: And yet I say unto you, That even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. Wherefore, if God so clothe the grass of the field, which to day is, and to morrow is cast into the oven, [shall he] not much more [clothe] you, O ye of little faith? Therefore take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed? (For after all these things do the Gentiles seek:) for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things. But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you. Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day [is] the evil thereof." - Matthew 6:25-34 (KJV)
- “And seeing the multitudes, He went up into a mountain: and when he was set, his disciples came unto Him: and he opened His mouth, and taught them, saying, Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted. Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth. Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled. Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy. Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God. Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God. Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness’ sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for My sake. Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you.” Matthew 5:1-12 (KJV)
- “The government consists of a gang of men exactly like you and me. They have, taking one with another, no special talent for the business of government; they have only a talent for getting and holding office. Their principal device to that end is to search out groups who pant and pine for something they can’t get and to promise to give it to them. Nine times out of ten that promise is worth nothing. The tenth time is made good by looting A to satisfy B. In other words, government is a broker in pillage, and every election is sort of an advance auction sale of stolen goods.” – H.L. Mencken
- “I believe that liberty is the only genuinely valuable thing that men have invented, at least in the field of government, in a thousand years. I believe that it is better to be free than to be not free, even when the former is dangerous and the latter safe. I believe that the finest qualities of man can flourish only in free air – that progress made under the shadow of the policeman’s club is false progress, and of no permanent value. I believe that any man who takes the liberty of another into his keeping is bound to become a tyrant, and that any man who yields up his liberty, in however slight the measure, is bound to become a slave.” – H. L. Mencken
- “Harry: Look sweetheart, for the next few weeks survival is going to have to be on an individual level." Ann: "What do you want to do, write off the rest of the world?" Harry: "When civilization gets civilized again, I’ll rejoin.” – Ray Milland, Panic in the Year Zero
- "The right of self-defense never ceases. It is among the most sacred, and alike necessary to nations and to individuals." - President James Monroe said on November 16, 1818.
- “Many more people could ride out the storm-tossed waves in their economic lives if they had their year’s supply of food and clothing and were debt-free. Today we find that many have followed this counsel in reverse: they have at least a year’s supply of debt and are food-free” – Thomas S. Monson, “That Noble Gift–Love at Home,” LDS Church News, 12 May 2001, 7).
- “In this world you’ve just got to hope for the best and prepare for the worst and take whatever God sends.” – Lucy Maud Montgomery, Anne Of Avonlea
- “I didn’t say it would be easy, Neo. I just said it would be the truth.” – Laurence Fishburne as Morpheus in The Matrix (1999)
- “When there are very real enemies out there who have declared their intentions about us, we had better get our feet back on to earth and real quick. That is not the time to try to see a silver lining in every cloud. That is the time to wake up and prepare for battle.” – Bill Muehlenberg
- "We are shocked at the demonization of the American gun owner after the Connecticut Shooting. This event is fully exploited to further the Obama Progressive political agenda as he seeks to transform this country. At its foundation, as in other countries, is civilian disarmament. As statistics confirm, it has nothing to do with public safety. The last bastion of defense against tyranny will be the armed American and there are millions of us. We never want this day to come but our country is founded upon our option to do so if needed. That the Bill of Rights recognizes our natural rights is no mistake; it’s that important. If the Second Amendment is lost (as this Assault weapons ban threatens to do), then all the other rights will follow. Civil unrest or even Civil War could result." - Lieutenant Colonel Nutnfancy - 20 year USAF veteran Oath Keeper
- "America is sliding deeper and deeper into a politically correct, scholastically indoctrinated, regulated, credentialed, homogenized and degenerate hole. If catastrophe does not interrupt this decline (as it surely will), then America shall become a land of subhuman semi-illiterates, utterly dependent on government, profoundly alienated from one another and entertained to the point of stupefaction." – J. R. Nyquist
- "If you were successful, somebody along the line gave you some help. There was a great teacher somewhere in your life. Somebody helped to create this unbelievable American system that we have that allowed you to thrive. Somebody invested in roads and bridges. If you've got a business -- you didn't build that. Somebody else made that happen. The Internet didn't get invented on its own. Government research created the Internet so that all the companies could make money off the Internet." (emphasis added)—President Obama on July 13, 2012, told an audience at a fire station in Roanoke, Virginia.
- "The real division is not between conservatives and revolutionaries but between authoritarians and libertarians. - George Orwell, in a letter to Malcolm Muggeridge (4 December 1948), published in Malcolm Muggeridge : A Life (1980) by Ian Hunter
- " …arms…discourage and keep the invader and plunderer in awe, and preserve order in the world as well as property. …Horrid mischief would ensue were [the law-abiding] deprived the use of them." – Thomas Paine
- “Stand your ground. Don’t fire unless fired upon, But if they mean to have a war, Let it begin here!” – Captain John Parker, Lexington Minute Company, April 19, 1775
- “All initiation of force is a violation of someone else’s rights, whether initiated by an individual or the state, for the benefit of an individual or group of individuals, even if it’s supposed to be for the benefit of another individual or group of individuals.:” – Congressman Ron Paul
- "Today the nations of the world may be divided into two classes – the nations in which the government fears the people, and the nations in which the people fear the government." - Amos R. E. Pinochet
- "Necessity is the excuse for every infringement of human freedom. It is the argument of the tyrant and the creed of the slave." – William Pitt, 1763
- "It is by no means an irrational fancy that in future existence we shall look upon what we think our present existence as a dream." – Edgar Allan Poe
- "A remarkable fact is how unafraid people are of influenza, even though the 1918-1919 pandemic killed upwards of 20 million people in a short period of time, a similar pandemic could recur, there is no cure for the disease, and flu vaccines are unreliable due to mutability of the virus." – Judge Richard A. Posner, Catastrophe: Risk and Response
- "I guess I really actually feel we shouldn't contort the voting process to accommodate the urban — read African-American — voter-turnout machine." - Doug Preisse, Franklin County Republican Party chairman
- "Repression is expensive and resistance is cheap, so if we run out of resources, the world might get a little better." - Ran Prieur
- “A prudent person foresees the danger ahead and takes precautions; the simpleton goes blindly on and suffers the consequences.” – Proverbs 22:3
- "Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths." - Proverbs 3:5-6.
- “He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the LORD, He is my refuge and my: my God; in Him will I trust. Surely He shall deliver thee from the snare of the fowler, and from the noisome pestilence. He shall cover thee with His feathers, and under His wings shalt thou trust: His truth shall be thy shield and buckler.” – Psalms 91:1-4, KJV
- “The uncontested absurdities of today are the accepted slogans of tomorrow. They come to be accepted by degrees, by precedent, by implication, by erosion, by default, by dint of constant pressure on one side and constant retreat on the other – until the day when they are suddenly declared to be the country’s official ideology.” – Ayn Rand
- "Owning a gun doesn’t make someone a “shooter” any more than owning a surfboard makes someone a surfer." - James Wesley Rawles
- "There is no substitute for mass. Mass stops bullets. Mass stops gamma radiation. Mass stops (or at least slows down) bad guys from entering a home and depriving its residents of life and property. Sandbags are cheap, so buy plenty of them. When planning your retreat house, think: medieval castle." - James Wesley Rawles
- "I'm often asked why I make such a 'big deal' about choosing conservative Christians, Messianic Jews, or Orthodox Jews for neighbors. The plain truth is that in a societal collapse there will be a veritable vacuum of law enforcement. In such times, with a few exceptions, it will only be the God fearing that will continue to be law abiding. Choose your neighborhood wisely." - James Wesley Rawles
- "The three most important things to look for when searching for a church home are doctrine, doctrine, and doctrine. If your main criteria are 'programs' and 'outreach' to this or that niche group, then in my opinion you are starting your search the wrong way." - James Wesley Rawles
- "As an Army officer, I learned that in order to be effective, an army must have three key abilities: To move, shoot, and communicate. Take away any one, and you are ineffective. But if you get all three right, you can absolutely devastate an opponent — even one that has vastly superior numbers." - James Wesley Rawles
- Modern military planners often talk in terms of “threat spirals” when a given threat escalates and inspires a defensive countermeasure. Ideally you should anticipate your opponent’s next escalation and take countermeasures, insulating yourself from the future threat. - James Wesley Rawles
- "If you are serious about preparedness, then it is time to get out of your armchair and start training and preparing. It will take time. It will take some sweat. It will take money. But once you’ve prepared, you can sleep well, knowing that you’ve done your best to protect and provide for your family, regardless of what the future brings. Don’t get stuck in the rut of simply studying preparedness. Unless the shelves in your pantry and garage are filling with supplies, and unless you are growing muscles and calluses, you are not preparing." - James Wesley Rawles
- Governments tend to expand their power to the point that they do harm. In SurvivalBlog, I often warn of the insidious tyranny of the Nanny State... ...If the state where you live becomes oppressive, then don’t hesitate to relocate. Vote with your feet!  - James Wesley Rawles
- As a Christian, I feel morally obligated to assist others who are less fortunate. Following the Old Testament laws of tzedakah (charity and tithing), I believe that my responsibility begins with my immediate family and expands in successive rings to supporting my immediate neighborhood and church, to my community, and beyond, as resources allow. My philosophy is to give until it hurts in times of disaster. - James Wesley Rawles
- "The foundational morality of the civilized world is best summarized in the Ten Commandments. Moral relativism and secular humanism are slippery slopes. The terminal moraine at the base of these slopes is a rubble pile consisting of either despotism and pillage, or anarchy and the depths of depravity. I believe that it takes both faith and friends to survive perilous times." - James Wesley Rawles
- "My father often told me, 'It is better to have a gun and not need it than to need a gun and not have it.' I urge readers to use less than lethal means when safe and practicable, but at times there is not a satisfactory substitute for well-aimed lead going down range at high velocity." - James Wesley Rawles
- "It is one of the great ironies of our modern 'civilized' era that in most of the places where you don't feel the need to carry a firearm for self-defense you can legally do so if you choose. But in most of places where you do indeed justifiably feel the immediate need to carry a gun, they are banned. - James Wesley Rawles
- With a few exceptions, lower population density means fewer problems [for survivalist retreats]. When the Schumer Hits the Fan, there will be a mass exodus from the cities. Think of it as an army that is spreading out across a battlefield: The wider they are spread, the less effective they are. The inverse-square law hasn’t been repealed. - James Wesley Rawles
- "The modern world [of survivalism] is full of pundits, poseurs, and Mall Ninjas. Preparedness is not just about accumulating a pile of stuff. You need practical skills, and those come only with study, training, and practice. Any armchair survivalist with a credit card can buy a set of stylish camouflage fatigues and an “M4gery” carbine encrusted with umpteen accessories. Style points should not be mistaken for genuine skills and practicality." - James Wesley Rawles
- Whenever someone must buy a license or pay a fee to exercise a right, then it is something less than a right. It is in fact a mere privilege, subject to the whim of petty bureaucrats. Fundamental rights are not abstract tokens that are given or sold by other men. They are in fact primary liberties bestowed upon us by God, our maker. Rights are not substantially secured by asking, "Mother may I?" of any government agency. Rights are more properly demanded or boldly seized and then conspicuously exercised regularly. This secures the liberties that have legitimately belonged to us since birth. If need be, lost rights can and must be restored through proscriptive use. If you live in a land where your rights have been marginalized into privileges, then it is either time to change your government, or to change your address. Much like a muscle that atrophies with disuse, any right that goes unexercised for many years devolves into a privilege, and eventually can even be redefined as a crime. - James Wesley Rawles
- Tangibles trump conceptuals. Modern fiat currencies are generally accepted, but have essentially no backing. Because they are largely a by-product of interest-bearing debt, modern currencies are destined for inflation. In the long run, inflation dooms fiat currencies to collapse. The majority of your assets should be invested in productive farmland and other tangibles such as useful hand tools. After you have your key logistics squared away, anything extra should be invested in silver and gold. - James Wesley Rawles
- "Some things are worth fighting for. I encourage my readers to avoid trouble, most importantly via relocation to safe areas where trouble is unlikely to visit. But there may come an unavoidable day when you have to make a stand to defend your own family or your neighbors. Furthermore, if you value your liberty, then be prepared to fight for it, both for yourself and for the sake of your progeny. - James Wesley Rawles
- "Guns are like parachutes: if you don’t have one when you need it, then chances are that you won’t ever be in need of one again.", - James Wesley Rawles
- "A recurring theme in western journalism, academia, and collectivist politics is the quaint notion that firearms are intrinsically evil. That is, that they have a will of their own, that somehow inspires their owners to murder and mayhem. I liken this nonsensical belief to voodoo.", - James Wesley Rawles
- Cartridge firearms are compact vehicles for change that have shaped modern history. The righteousness of their use is entirely up to their users, since like any other tool they can be used both for good or for ill. A firearm is just a tool with no volition. A rifle is no different than a claw hammer. To wit: A hammer can be used to build a house, or it can be used to bash in someone’s skull — the choice of uses is entirely up to the owner. A bulldozer can be used to build roads, or to destroy houses. A rifle can be used to drill holes in paper targets, or to dispatch a marauding bear, or to murder your fellow man. Again, the choice of uses is entirely up to the user.", - James Wesley Rawles
- "If a firearm is used by a criminal or psychopath with evil intentions, then it is a tool for evil. But if it is used for good (to defend life and property), then it is a tool for good. A firearm by itself has no sentience, no volition, no moral force, and no politics. The proper term for this is an adiaphorous object -- something that is neither good nor evil. A firearm is simply a cleverly-designed construction of metal, wood, and plastic in the form of a precision tool."<, - James Wesley Rawles
- "Here it is, in quintessence: You are either a man with a gun, or you are mere human cattle for the slaughter. The choice is yours. I prefer to be armed and vigilant rather than being at the mercy of some would-be slave master. There is no notch in my ear.", - James Wesley Rawles
- "The Second Amendment is about protecting your right to go deer hunting the same way that the First Amendment is about protecting your right to publish poetry." - James Wesley Rawles
- "Just buying up modern-day slaves and giving them their freedom hasn't worked. The Islamic slavers simply go and kidnap more of them. The only way to effectively stop armed slaver kidnappers is to train and equip large numbers of armed free men in the border villages. In the modern context, you can "Just Say No" to slavery only with a battle rifle." - James Wesley Rawles
- In the past decade the distinction between connotation and denotation has been blurred by politics. The definitions of words should not change with every shift in the winds of public sentiment. Our society has already suffered from four decades of Situational Ethics. Heaven help us in this new era of Situational Definitions. A rocket scientist or military engineer can teach you about Sympathetic Detonations, but it is 21st Century television commentators who have introduced us to the era of Sympathetic Denotations. We now live in an Orwellian world where a semi-auto rifle is arbitrarily called an "assault rifle" if it has black plastic furniture, where a standard capacity magazine is called a "high capacity" magazine, where the confiscation and redistribution of wealth is dubbed "fairness." This also a new age when folks who are given free health care, HD televisions, free cell phones, and enough money to be able to afford air conditioning are deemed to be "living in poverty." The fluidity of our language is evidence that America is sliding into oblivion. Hold fast to the true meaning of words and phrases, or we are doomed. - James Wesley Rawles
- "We must recognize that in our generation there might come a day with no remaining avenue of escape. State laws can be avoiding simply by moving, but what of unconstitutional Federal laws? At that point we will have no choice but to rebel against tyranny. (Since the alternative would be to live as little better than bleating sheep.) When we reach that juncture I doubt that I will advocate expatriation. Most foreign lands have less freedom than we enjoy here in these United States. I don't think that I will find some ideal "bolt hole" nation with more firearms freedom, better banking privacy, a more positive business climate, lower taxes, full religious freedom, unimpeded personal property rights, fair courts, and assured freedom of speech. If I must die, then I will do so here in America, fully armed and facing my oppressors. I won't die in some ditch, begging for mercy." - James Wesley Rawles
- “What President Obama said was not a gaffe,” “it was not a slip of the tongue. What he said was his philosophy. He said that if you have a business, you didn’t build it, someone else did that.” - Mitt Romney in response to Obama's "You didn't build that" quote.
- "Make preparations in advance… You never have trouble if you are prepared for it." – Theodore Roosevelt
- "In any moment of decision, the best thing you can do is the right thing, the next best thing is the wrong thing, and the worst thing you can do is nothing." – Theodore Roosevelt
- "At this point the debate is not about a soft landing or hard landing; it is about how hard the hard landing will be." – Nouriel Roubini, professor of economics at New York University
- “…nuclear warfare is not necessary to cause a breakdown of our society. You take a large city like Los Angeles, New York, Chicago – their water supply comes from hundreds of miles away . Any interruption of that, or food, or power for any period of time and you’re going to have riots in the streets. Our society is so fragile, so dependent on the interworking of things to provide us with goods and services, that you don’t need nuclear warfare to fragment us any more than the Romans did for their eventual downfall.” – Gene Roddenberry
- “I have had a taste of it myself, and it’s mighty bitter. A debt is a debt, whether it’s margins or mortgages; and debts are all the same, no matter how you try to camouflage ‘em. You never get much out of ‘em except trouble. On the farm or in Wall Street, if you use the other fellow’s money, it costs you a lot more than it’s worth.” – Sue Sanders, Our Common Herd, 1940
- "Oh how cruel is the interval between the conception of a great enterprise and its execution! What vain terrors! What irresolution! Life is at stake — much more is at stake: honor! – Schiller
- “No, no, I’ve got ‘em right where I want ‘em – surrounded from the inside.” — Mad Dog Shriver when told to break up his recon team and evade, that he was about to be overrun by North Vietnamese Regulars.
- "In politics, few talents are as richly rewarded as the ability to convince parasites that they are victims. Welfare states on both sides of the Atlantic have discovered that largesse to losers does not reduce their hostility to society, but only increases it. Far from producing gratitude, generosity is seen as an admission of guilt, and the reparations as inadequate compensation for injustices – leading to worsening behavior by the recipients." - Dr. Thomas Sowell
- "The right of the citizens to keep and bear arms has justly been considered, as the palladium of the liberties of a republic; since it offers a strong moral check against the usurpation and arbitrary power of rulers; and will generally, even if these are successful in the first instance, enable the people to resist and triumph over them." – Supreme Court Justice Joseph Story (Appointed by James Madison)
- "Punishment is now unfashionable… because it creates moral distinctions among men, which, to the democratic mind, are odious. We prefer a meaningless collective guilty to a meaningful individual responsibility." – Thomas Szasz
- “People who have all the toys and piles of preps but who fail to invest in their own spiritual life can still fail, through a failure of will, through a failure of courage and morals, and through a failure to discern the path of God ahead.” – The Survival Blog Reader ShepherdFarmerGeek
- "Like waves on the seashore, an incessant drip of a faucet, or the perpetual nag of the proverbial mother-in-law, your dollars as a store of value and labor are continually clipped and filed down by the Central Bankers’ silent tax." – David J. Taffi, of Taub Associates, commenting on inflation
- “That government is best which governs least”; and I should like to see it acted up to more rapidly and systematically. Carried out, it finally amounts to this, which also I believe — “That government is best which governs not at all”; and when men are prepared for it, that will be the kind of government which they will have. Government is at best but an expedient; but most governments are usually, and all governments are sometimes, inexpedient. The objections which have been brought against a standing army, and they are many and weighty, and deserve to prevail, may also at last be brought against a standing government. The standing army is only an arm of the standing government. The government itself, which is only the mode which the people have chosen to execute their will, is equally liable to be abused and perverted before the people can act through it.” - Henry David Thoreau
- “[When lead starts flying] You won’t rise to the occasion – you’ll default to your level of training.” – Barrett Tillman
- "It’s all wrong. By rights we shouldn’t even be here. But we are. It’s like in the great stories, Mr. Frodo. The ones that really mattered. Full of darkness and danger they were. And sometimes you didn’t want to know the end. Because how could the end be happy? How could the world go back to the way it was when so much bad had happened. But in the end, it’s only a passing thing, this shadow. Even darkness must pass. A new day will come. And when the sun shines it will shine out the clearer. Those were the stories that stayed with you. That meant something. Even if you were too small to understand why. But I think, Mr. Frodo, I do understand. I know now. Folk in those stories had lots of chances of turning back only they didn’t. They kept going. Because they were holding on to something.”
- “What are we holding on to, Sam?”
- “That there’s some good in this world, Mr. Frodo. And it’s worth fighting for.” - J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings
- "In the beginning of a change, the patriot is a scarce man and brave — hated and scorned. When his cause succeeds however, the timid join him. For then it costs them nothing to be a patriot." – Mark Twain
- "The right of self-defense is the first law of nature; in most governments it has been the study of rulers to confine this right within the narrowest possible limits. … and [when] the right of the people to keep and bear arms is, under any color or pretext whatsoever, prohibited, [then] liberty, if not already annihilated, is on the brink of destruction." – St. George Tucker, Judge of the Virginia Supreme Court 1803
- “No man’s life, liberty or property is safe when the legislature is in session.” – Judge Gideon Tucker
- "A democracy cannot exist as a permanent form of government. It can only exist until the voters discover that they can vote themselves money from the Public Treasury. From that moment on, the majority always votes for the candidate promising the most benefits from the Public Treasury with the result that a democracy always collapses over loose fiscal policy, always followed by dictatorship." – Alexander Fraser Tyler, 18th century Scottish historian, The Decline and Fall of the Athenian Republic
- “Along the debris-choked Mississippi River, pharmacist Jason Dove watches as people scramble in the parking lot of the downtown convention center for cases of airlifted water and shakes his head. ‘We created this Frankenstein,’ he says. ‘It’s showing how fragile this society is.'” -as quoted in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, USA Today, Sept. 2, 2005
- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." - George Washington
- "God grants liberty only to those who love it, and are always ready to guard and defend it." – Daniel Webster
- “Sad are the eyes, yet no tears. The flight of the wild geese brings a new hope–rescue from all this. Old friends, and those that we’ve found. What chance, to make it last? When there’s fighting all around, and reason just ups and disappears. Time is running out. There is so much to be done–Tell me what more, what more, can we do? There are promises made, plans firmly laid. Now madness prevails, lives will be ended! What more can we do? What chance, to make it last? What more, can we do?” – Theme to the motion picture The Wild Geese
- “We might think of dollars as being ‘certificates of performance.’ The better I serve my fellow man, and the higher the value he places on that service, the more certificates of performance he gives me. The more certificates I earn, the greater my claim on the goods my fellow man produces. That’s the morality of the market. In order for one to have a claim on what his fellow man produces, he must first serve him.” – Dr. Walter E. Williams
- “These people want our guns because they want to run our lives, and they don’t want to worry about getting shot when they try to do so. When you hear that they’ve confiscated my gun, then you’ll know I’m dead”. – Newspaper columnist Dr. Walter Williams
- "You cannot invade the mainland United States. There would be a rifle behind every blade of grass." - Attributed by some to Isoroku Yamamoto, Fleet Admiral of the Imperial Japanese Navy
- "Turning and turning in the widening gyre, The falcon cannot hear the falconer; Things falls apart; the centre cannot hold; mere anarchy is loosed upon the world, The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, …" – William Butler Yeats
Background Story for Why I Created This Compilation Essay
I was inspired by New York Times best selling conservative, Christian libertarian preparedness author James Wesley Rawles of The Survival Blog. Mr. Rawles has been contributing a conservative quote of the day since 2005.
I hope that these above quotes can be an illuminating tool against the liberals and their revisionism, propaganda, politics of personal destruction, scare tactics, slander, journalistic malpractice, liberal censorship, liberal hate speech, liberal lies, liberal myths, liberal trap, liberal tricks, liberal vandalism, liberal bias, liberal arrogance, liberal obfuscation, liberal redefinition, last wordism, liberal bigotry, intolerance, deceit, self-deception, wishful thinking, appeal to emotion, liberal denial, liberal logic, liberal hypocrisy, liberal whining, liberal quotient, defamation, yellow journalism politically correct, Newspeak of the Mainstream media and its liberal media elite.
Bibliography - Further Reading
- Party, Boston T., Boston's Gun Bible. Wyoming American Redoubt Javelin Press, 2008. Contains an entire chapter devoted to why Christians, conservatives and libertarians are preppers.
- Party, Boston T., Molon Labe!. Wyoming American Redoubt Javelin Press, 30 January 2004, 454 pp (first edition, paperback), ISBN 1-888766-07-7 - Conservative Christian Libertarian dystopian fiction novel entirely based around the issue of States' rights and the Tenth Amendment's connection with the Second Amendment right to armed citizen defense against federal tyranny. Contains many long discussions on why Christians, conservatives and libertarians are preppers.
- Dr. Carson says Black Americans Must Reject the Welfare State. Tea Party Crusaders, Accessed January 22, 2015.
- Stossel, John, "Myths About Gun Control", Chicago, Illinois: RealClearPolitics, Published October 19, 2005, Accessed January 20, 2015
- Remarks by the President at a Campaign Event in Roanoke, Virginia (July 13, 2012). Retrieved on August 25, 2012.
- Steve Stanek (July 25, 2012). Obama’s logic: a system that ‘allows’ us to thrive can disallow success. Retrieved on August 25, 2012.
- How to Survive The End of the World as We Know It, Plume (Division of Penguin Books), New York, 2009, p. 15.
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- How to Survive The End of the World as We Know It, Plume (Division of Penguin Books), New York, 2009, p. 16.
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- Tools For Survival, Plume (Division of Penguin Books), New York, 2014, p. 188.
- Rawles, James Wesley"Voodoo in the 21st century - Evil guns and other absurd notions", The Survival Blog, Published May 2013
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- Odds n Sods 12-2012, The Survival Blog
- Modern Slavery Must End, The Survival Blog
- Letter drawing the line on noncompliance with unconstitutional laws, The Survival Blog
- The Survival Blog Quote of the Day