Tuesday, April 11, 2006

As the World Churns

But Gillespie said the effect could be mixed, suggesting that Republicans would be unwise to ignore demonstrations of such size and scope. "Many of them are very legal citizens, and that has to get the attention of a lot of policymakers who realize this is a very important issue to a big proportion of the electorate," he said.

I have one yardstick by which I test every major problem-and that yardstick is: Is it good for America?
- Dwight D. Eisenhower

Congress Unites for Illegal-Immigrant Deal
Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist, R-Tenn., characterized the developments as a "huge breakthrough."

If you set out to be liked, you would be prepared to compromise on anything at any time, and you would achieve nothing.
- Margaret Thatcher

If you want to cut your own throat, don't come to me for a bandage.
- Margaret Thatcher

"There are people in our country doing work that Americans will not do, and those people ought to be given a chance to have a tamper-proof card that enables them to work in our country legally for a period of time," Bush said.

Important principles may, and must, be inflexible.
- Abraham Lincoln

A people that values its privileges above its principles soon loses both.
- Dwight D. Eisenhower

It Isn't Amnesty(NY Times)
... It would create a system to verify workers' identities and impose tougher punishments on employers who defied it.
...It would take 11 years, a clean record, a steady job, payment of a $2,000 fine and back taxes, and knowledge of English and civics.

Never give an order that can't be obeyed.
- Douglas MacArthur

You are remembered for the rules you break.
- Douglas MacArthur

Lessons in civics apply to everbody, except elected civil servants.
- Insolublog

"No one should claim that immigrants are a burden on our economy because the work and enterprise of immigrants helps sustain our economy," the president said. "We should not give in to pessimism. If we work together I am confident we can meet our duty to fix our immigration system and deliver a bill that protects our people, upholds our laws and makes our people proud."

Our safety, our liberty, depends upon preserving the Constitution of the United States as our fathers made it inviolate. The people of the United States are the rightful masters of both Congress and the courts, not to overthrow the Constitution, but to overthrow the men who pervert the Constitution.
- Abraham Lincoln

You meant illegal immigrants, didn't you Mr. President? We were promised that the immigration system would be fixed, and we would be proud, back in 1986, right before the first amnesty program. I am not proud to say, government has failed us miserably.
- Insolublog

Al Gore: The End is Near
Former vice president Al Gore is predicting the end of all human life on the Planet Earth if Washington doesn't do something to stop Americans from causing global warming.

Global warning (CNNMoney)
The media agrees with the majority of scientists: Global warming is here. Now, what to do about it?

Climate of Fear
Global-warming alarmists intimidate dissenting scientists into silence.
(WSJ Opinion Journal)

Nothing is more obstinate than a fashionable consensus.
- Margaret Thatcher

When your branding iron is baseless propaganda, you must strike quickly before the water of truth quenches the heat of your argument.
- Insolublog

"I want to thank you for raising your voices and joining with people all over America and ask for fairness. Your faces are the faces of America. The faces of those who give us a good day's work, and often not at a fair day's pay,"
- Hillary Clinton

Back in the thirties we were told we must collectivize the nation because the people were so poor. Now we are told we must collectivize the nation because the people are so rich.
- William F. Buckley, Jr.

I would like to electrocute everyone who uses the word "fair" in connection with income tax policies.
- William F. Buckley, Jr.

No one would remember the Good Samaritan if he'd only had good intentions - he had money, too.
- Margaret Thatcher

I believe Mexico should dedicate 100% of its oil revenues to developing human capital and technological development. None of us politicians should be able to touch that money.
- Vicente Fox

Always there has been some terrible evil at home or some monstrous foreign power that was going to gobble us up if we did not blindly rally behind it.
- Douglas MacArthur

Bomb rips through prophet prayer service
"The bomber used about 5 kilograms (11 pounds) of explosives obtained locally and we have collected his body parts," Siddiqui said.

Democratic nations must try to find ways to starve the terrorist and the hijacker of the oxygen of publicity on which they depend.
- Margaret Thatcher

Latin American flags not welcome at upcoming immigration rally (Washington Times)
The organizers of an upcoming pro-immigration rally on Capitol Hill and in at least 10 other cities are encouraging protesters to leave their Latin American flags at home.
The American Civil Liberties Union of Virginia is calling for an apology from a Woodbridge principal who, citing concerns about disruption, last week barred from class a kindergartner and second-grader whose shirts read "Latinos Forever" and "100 percent Latinos."

I am concerned for the security of our great Nation; not so much because of any threat from without, but because of the insidious forces working from within.
- Douglas MacArthur

America will never be destroyed from the outside. If we falter and lose our freedoms, it will be because we destroyed ourselves.
- Abraham Lincoln

Immigration compromise falls apart
The compromise proposal, drafted by Republican Sens. Mel Martinez of Florida and Chuck Hagel of Nebraska, would allow illegal immigrants who have been in the United States for more than five years to get on a path to legal status and citizenship without leaving the country.

There are still people in my party who believe in consensus politics. I regard them as Quislings, as traitors... I mean it.
- Margaret Thatcher

Democrats: Sí se puede (Salon.com)

More than four decades ago, near this place, Martin Luther King called on the nation to let freedom ring," the 74-year-old Kennedy cried out, his voice cracking from the strain. "It is time for American to lift their voices now, in pride for our immigrant past and in pride for our immigrant future.

Ted Kennedy should be ashamed for comparing the civil rights struggles of blacks to that of illegal aliens. Black Americans are being driven out of their jobs and schools by the influx of illegals—while politicians like Kennedy sell them out for Hispanic votes.
- Rev. Jesse Lee Peterson

If you call a tail a leg, how many legs has a dog? Five? No, calling a tail a leg don't make it a leg.
- Abraham Lincoln

An unpunished criminal, elected to public office, will inevitably seek the vote of unpunished criminals.
- Insolublog

Kennedy book blasts Bush, 'preventive war' (Boston Globe)
Preventive war is consistent with neither our values nor our national security," he writes. ''It gives other nations an excuse to violate fundamental principles of civilized international behavior, and the downward spiral we initiate could well engulf the whole planet.

In a moment of decision the best thing you can do is the right thing. The worst thing you can do is nothing.
- Theodore Roosevelt

The pacifist is as surely a traitor to his country and to humanity as is the most brutal wrongdoer.
- Theodore Roosevelt

To insist on strength is not war-mongering. It is peace-mongering.
- Barry M. Goldwater

If everybody in this town connected with politics had to leave town because of chasing women and drinking, you would have no government.
- Barry M. Goldwater

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McCain campaigns for Hutchinson (Arkansas News)
ROGERS - Arizona Sen. John McCain, a possible 2008 Republican presidential contender, said Monday in northwest Arkansas that he favors a path to citizenship for millions of illegal immigrants.

Obedience of the law is demanded; not asked as a favor.
- Theodore Roosevelt

No man is above the law and no man is below it: nor do we ask any man's permission when we ask him to obey it.
- Theodore Roosevelt

There can be no fifty-fifty Americanism in this country. There is room here for only 100 percent. Americanism, only for those who are Americans and nothing else.
- Theodore Roosevelt

French students stage new protest despite Chirac climbdown on jobs measure (MSN News)
PARIS -- French students, emboldened by President Jacques Chirac's cave-in on a youth jobs measure, prepared new protests Tuesday to try to get rid of other government labor reforms.

Unions declared victory on Monday after Chirac abandoned the measure that had spurred nationwide unrest, paralyzed secondary schools and universities and created a crisis for the government.

The tumultuous populace of large cities are ever to be dreaded. Their indiscriminate violence prostrates for the time all public authority, and its consequences are sometimes extensive and terrible.
- George Washington

Update 10: Iran Hits Milestone in Nuclear Technology
Iran has successfully enriched uranium for the first time, a landmark in its quest to develop nuclear fuel, hard-line President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said Tuesday, although he insisted his country does not aim to develop atomic weapons.

What kills a skunk is the publicity it gives itself.
- Abraham Lincoln

Iran 'advances nuclear programme' (BBC)
Diplomacy needed on Iran (Tenneseean)
The Bush administration should recognize that it dug its own hole in the credibility department. But credibility or not, it's no scandal that the United States is prepared to do whatever it has to do to deal with a potential nuclear enemy. Foremost should be a full-blown diplomatic effort, both to quell the Iranian nuclear threat and to regain a measure of trust the United States has lost through its mishandling of Iraq.

I seem to smell the stench of appeasement in the air.
- Margaret Thatcher

Half a million people come across every year. The fact is, our economy depends on them and absorbs them. Some sectors of the economy would literally shut down without them.
- Harry Reid

Our federal wallet is stretched to the limit by illegal aliens getting welfare, food stamps, medical care and other benefits, often without paying taxes.
- Sen. Harry Reid (1993)
Even worse, Americans have seen heinous crimes committed by individuals who are here illegally.
- Sen. Harry Reid (1993)

Hillary Clinton: NY Jobs Failure GOP's Fault (NewsMax)
2008 presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton is telling upstate New Yorkers that the reason she hasn't delivered on her 2000 campaign promise to create 200,000 new jobs for the region is because Republicans control the federal government.

Hillary Clinton is blaming Republicans for the loss of 200,000 jobs, at the very same time she is supporting millions of criminal invaders, taking away those jobs. You get what you vote for.
- Insolublog

A government that is big enough to give you all you want is big enough to take it all away.
- Barry M. Goldwater

Criticism may not be agreeable, but it is necessary. It fulfils the same function as pain in the human body. It calls attention to an unhealthy state of things.
- Winston Churchill

Today's rallies show how entrenched the illegal alien lobby has become over the last several years. The iron triangle of illegal employers, foreign governments and groups like La Raza puts tremendous pressure on our elected officials to violate the desires of law-abiding Americans and to grant amnesty. But as nearly every recent poll shows, Americans want secure borders, not amnesty, and sooner or later they'll elect representatives who will listen to their constituents.

Here are your marching orders Tom:

You have enemies? Good. That means you've stood up for something, sometime in your life.
- Winston Churchill

Extremism in the defense of liberty is no vice. And moderation in the pursuit of justice is no virtue.
- Barry M. Goldwater

I do not fear failure. I only fear the "slowing up" of the engine inside of me which is pounding, saying, "Keep going, someone must be on top, why not you?"

- George S. Patton


fmragtops said...

Damn fine work Insol! I wish I had a substantive comment to add, but how does one add anything to the collective greatness you have assembled here?

Peakah said...

Kudos brah... That's one hell of a roundup... and I echo fmragtops.

SK said...

Bravo! Very well done.

The Conservative UAW Guy said...

And dittos.

I like the Roosevelt and Insol quotes the best!!

Great job, bro!

Dr. Phat Tony said...

I could congratulate you, like I'm sure most people will, but I wonder where the true Americans went? The Americans that were willing to do whatever necessary to keep America American?

Ssssteve said...

I loved it!! Great work!!

But I agree with the Doc! On the right side of the list there is not one person in power that is alive anymore!!

Insol, your going to have to run for office!!!

Insolublog said...

fmragtops - Thanks buddy.

peakah - I know it is difficult to find solid material much newer than that cited.

sk - Thanks SK.

CUG - At least I am alive!

DPT - We still have them. What bothers me, is the current media driven political process seems to eject them early. I hope this changes. Soon.

ssssteve - I'm not sure I am ready to jump from my clean engineering life into the cesspool of politics ;)

SeanS said...

I absolutely love the two sides of Harry Reid. That is the kind of thing that needs to be on posters all over this country.

Morris said...

Another great piece, Insol.

"I would like to electrocute everyone who uses the word "fair" in connection with income tax policies.
- William F. Buckley, Jr."
I just love that quote.

It often seems to me that far too many criminals find their way into politics.

Insolublog said...

Bill Buckley is a genius. Stealing money, lying, nepotism, graft, favoritism, extortion ... sounds like a criminal profession to me.