… a doctrine fostered by a delusional, illogical minority, and rabidly promoted by an unscrupulous mainstream media, which holds forth the proposition that it is entirely possible to pick up a turd by the clean end.
— attributed to a Texas A&M student pre-2006
“We must confront the fact that the government can either secure the rights of its citizens to their lives, liberty and property, or attempt to provide for the material needs of all, but it cannot do both. The latter requires surrendering the former.” — Stephen Bourque, WSJ letter
We all remember the famous phrase declaring that men are “endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”
Now who remembers the immediately following phrase? The only hint I offer is that it relates directly to Mr. Bourque’s quote.
This is due for a repeat:
Throughout history, poverty is the normal condition of man. Advances which permit this norm to be exceeded — here and there, now and then — are the work of an extremely small minority, frequently despised, often condemned, and almost always opposed by all right-thinking people. Whenever this tiny minority is kept from creating, or (as sometimes happens) is driven out of a society, the people then slip back into abject poverty.
This is known as “bad luck”.
Quiz: Who wrote this?
“Any gun in the hands of a bad man is a bad thing. Any gun in the hands of a decent person is no threat to anybody — except bad people.” — Charlton Heston