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There's a whole lot of people who can't discuss ideas or evidence, so they attack the source. This unattributed quote sums it up. But I prefer my slightly edited variant of it. (That doesn't mean I think sources, especially sketchy ones, shouldn't be looked at for what their biases are. But bad sources can have good fact, and a good source with a bad fact, is still wrong -- so ideas and evidence matter more than sources, every single time).

  • "Great minds discuss ideas; average minds discuss events; small minds discuss people." ~ Unknown
  • "Great minds question ideas; average minds question events; small minds question sources." ~ Me

People often make mention of my prolific writing and emails (which lean towards comprehensive over brevity). But they do get shorter if I have the time to edit, and distill it down, which bring me to this quote:

  • I Had More Time, I Would Have Written a Shorter Letter ~ Blaise Pascal

While there's a lot of quotes about ego and self awareness that I like, this one rings true:

  • "Half the harm that is done in this world is due to people who want to feel important. They don't mean to do harm — but the harm does not interest them. Or they do not see it, or they justify it because they are absorbed in the endless struggle to think well of themselves." ~ T.S. Eliot

Gun Quotes

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Iraq War Quotes

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The Democrats were complete war Hawks before the Iraq War, trying to break their tainted image of anti-patriotic Vietnam war protestors. There are quotes from Bill Clinton, his cabinet, and most prominent Democrats from this time (Daschle, Kerry, Gore, Gephardt, Pelosi, Kennedy) all demanding immediate action on Saddam's abuses and WMD's. After the war, they changed their tune, and demanded that Bush lie, and ignore that their quotes were from 3 years before he was President.

Progressive Quotes

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Two of my favorite C.S. Lewis Quotes are :

“We all want progress… If you are on the wrong road progress means doing an about-turn and walking back to the right road and in that case the man who turns back soonest is the most progressive man. There is nothing progressive about being pig-headed and refusing to admit a mistake.”
C.S. Lewis
“We all want progress. But progress means getting nearer to the place where you want to be. And if you have taken a wrong turning then to go forward does not get you any nearer. If you are on the wrong road progress means doing an about-turn and walking back to the right road and in that case the man who turns back soonest is the most progressive man. There is nothing progressive about being pig-headed and refusing to admit a mistake. And I think if you look at the present state of the world it's pretty plain that humanity has been making some big mistake. We're on the wrong road. And if that is so we must go back. Going back is the quickest way on”
C.S. Lewis

Fascist Quotes

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Benito Mussolini

Benito Mussolini was the chief editor for Avanti, the powerful Socialist paper for Italy before coming to power:

"The keystone of the Fascist doctrine is its conception of the State, of its essence, its functions, and its aims. For Fascism the State is absolute, individuals and groups relative."
Benito Mussolini
“Democracy is a kingless regime infested by many kings who are sometimes more exclusive, tyrannical and destructive than one, even if he be a tyrant.”
Benito Mussolini
“It is the State which educates its citizens in civic virtue, gives them a consciousness of their mission and welds them into unity.”
Benito Mussolini
[fascism is a] "merger of state and corporate power", over the people was implied.
Benito Mussolini
"We have buried the putrid corpse of liberty”
Benito Mussolini

Adolf Hitler

Speech of May 1, 1927 as quoted in John Toland (1976), Adolf Hitler: The Definitive Biography, p. 306
"We are socialists, we are enemies of today’s capitalistic economic system for the exploitation of the economically weak, with its unfair salaries, with its unseemly evaluation of a human being according to wealth and property instead of responsibility and performance, and we are all determined to destroy this system under all conditions."
Adolf Hitler
Joachim C. Fest (1974), Hitler. New York: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, p. 533.
“National Socialism is the determination to create a new man. There will no longer exist any individual arbitrary will, nor realms in which the individual belongs to himself. The time of happiness as a private matter is over”
Adolf Hitler
[My task is to] “convert the German volk (people) to socialism"
Adolf Hitler
“I have learned a great deal from Marxism … as I do not hesitate to admit”
Adolf Hitler
“What Marxism, Leninism and Stalinism failed to accomplish we shall be in a position to achieve.”
Adolf Hitler
"We must “find and travel the road from individualism to socialism without revolution”
Adolf Hitler

Other

Many people know this, and believed "Foreward" was a signal (Dog-Whistle) to the far left. I feel, "never attribute to malice that which can more easily be explained by incompetence". While Obama's background makes if far from the best choice, and he should have known better. His staff might be that historically clueless. At least they didn't go with their other choices, "each according to his needs", "first brown, then red", or "power to the people".
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While not a quote, "Forward" has long been a term used by unions and socialist/left leaning orgs (and now by the President) as their slogan. Again, this is the opposite of conservatism, which they play as "Backward" (towards tradition).
Obama Campaign Slogan
"Unity in faith is theocracy; unity in politics is fascism."
Maajid Nawaz
"Fascism was a counter-revolution against a revolution that never took place.”
Ignazio Silone


Climate Quotes

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The Population Bomb (1968)
"The battle to feed humanity is over. In the 1970s, the world will undergo famines. Hundreds of millions of people are going to starve to death in spite of any crash programs embarked upon now.
Paul Ehrlich
1969
"It is now pretty clearly agreed that the CO2 content [in the atmosphere] will rise 25% by 2000. This could increase the average temperature near the earth’s surface by 7 degrees Fahrenheit. This in turn could raise the level of the sea by 10 feet. Goodbye New York. Goodbye Washington, for that matter."
Presidential advisor Daniel Moynihan
Earth Day (1970)
"In ten years all important animal life in the sea will be extinct. Large areas of coastline will have to be evacuated because of the stench of dead fish.
Paul Ehrlich
Earth Day 1970
"“Civilization will end within 15 or 30 years unless immediate action is taken against problems facing mankind. We are in an environmental crisis which threatens the survival of this nation, and of the world as a suitable place of human habitation,”
Barry Commoner Washington University
April 1970.
"“(By 1995) somewhere between 75 and 85 percent of all the species of living animals will be extinct.”
Sen. Gaylord Nelson, quoting Dr. S. Dillon Ripley
Look magazine
Spring 1970.
"“By the year 2000…the entire world, with the exception of Western Europe, North America and Australia, will be in famine,”
Peter Gunter, North Texas State University
The Living Wilderness
1971
"“By the year 2000 the United Kingdom will be simply a small group of impoverished islands, inhabited by some 70 million hungry people … If I were a gambler, I would take even money that England will not exist in the year 2000.”
Paul Ehrlich
May 16, 1972
"Arctic specialist Bernt Balchen says a general warming trend over the North Pole is melting the polar ice cap and may produce an ice-free Arctic Ocean by the year 2000.
Los Angles Times


Hillary Quotes

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Just some of Hillary's greatest misses. Again, this isn't trying to be "fair" and list all the good things she's said. This is to point out the Pants-suit posse criticizing other politicians for being insensitive racists, or just asshats, might want to consider "lead by example". If it's wrong for the other side, then it's more wrong to ignore your own sides flaws.