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"When fascism comes to America, it will be wrapped in the flag and carrying a cross."

Sinclair Lewis (February 7, 1885 — January 10, 1951) was an American novelist and playwright. In 1930 he became the first American to win the Nobel Prize in Literature, "for his vigorous and graphic art of description and his ability to create, with wit and humour, new types of characters". His works are known for their insightful and critical views of American society and capitalist values. His style is at times droll, satirical, yet sympathetic.

  • "I love America, but I don't like it."
  • "This is America - a town of a few thousand, in a region of wheat and corn and dairies and little groves. The town is, in our tale, called 'Gopher Prairie, Minnesota'. But its Main Street is the continuation of Main Streets everywhere."
  • "When fascism comes to America, it will be wrapped in the flag and carrying a cross."
  • "Advertising is a valuable economic factor because it is the cheapest way of selling goods, particularly if the goods are worthless."

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sinclair_Lewis

President JOHN F. KENNEDY

"Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable."

Source: President JOHN F. KENNEDY, address to the diplomatic corps of the Latin American republics on the first anniversary of the Alliance for Progress, March 13, 1962.Public Papers of the Presidents of the United States: John F. Kennedy, 1962, p. 223. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_AesVsRvOEo

Woody Allen

said, "It's not that I'm afraid to die, I just don't want to be there when it happens."

Albert Einstein

“Imagination is more important than knowledge.”

“Peace cannot be kept by force. It can only be achieved by understanding.”

“Before God we are all equally wise – and equally foolish.”

“I never think of the future – it comes soon enough.”

“Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance, you must keep moving.”

“It has become appallingly obvious that our technology has exceeded our humanity.”

“It is a miracle that curiosity survives formal education.”

“Laws alone cannot secure freedom of expression; in order that every man present his views without penalty, there must be spirit of tolerance in the entire population.”

“The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious. It is the source of all true art and science.”

“Truth is what stands the test of experience.”

“I know not with what weapons World War III will be fought, but World War IV will be fought with sticks and stones.”

“Not everything that can be counted counts, and not everything that counts can be counted.”

Benjamin Franklin

In his autobiography, first published in 1791, Benjamin Franklin outlined his plan to adhere to 13 virtues:

Temperance: “Eat not to dullness and drink not to elevation.”

Silence: “Speak not but what may benefit others or yourself. Avoid trifling conversation.”

Order: “Let all your things have their places. Let each part of your business have its time.”

Resolution: “Resolve to perform what you ought. Perform without fail what you resolve.”

Frugality: “Make no expense but to do good to others or yourself; i.e., waste nothing.”

Industry: “Lose no time. Be always employed in something useful. Cut off all unnecessary actions.”

Sincerity: “Use no hurtful deceit. Think innocently and justly; and if you speak, speak accordingly.”

Justice: “Wrong none, by doing injuries or omitting the benefits that are your duty.”

Moderation: “Avoid extremes. Forebear resenting injuries so much as you think they deserve.”

Cleanliness: “Tolerate no uncleanness in body, clothes or habitation.”

Chastity: “Rarely use venery but for health or offspring. Never to dullness, weakness or the injury of your own or another's peace or reputation.” Tranquility: “Be not disturbed at trifles, or at accidents common or unavoidable.”

Humility: “Imitate Jesus and Socrates.”

"Freedom, Brotherhood, and Justice…”

Sixty-five years ago, in that tense passage after the worst of the Great Depression began to ease but before the bombings at Pearl Harbor drew this country into the wars of Europe and Asia, Franklin Roosevelt penned the most remarkable of Thanksgiving Proclamations.

Unlike most of his predecessors and successors, including the current occupant of the Oval Office, Roosevelt saw the writing of the annual statement as something more than a perfunctory task. Each of the 32nd president's dozen Thanksgiving Proclamations was unique, and as his tenure progressed, Roosevelt used them to express the values of the New Deal and the internationalist struggle against fascism.

Though Roosevelt's proclamations retained a spiritual character, he deemphasized explicitly Christian references in favor of a more universalist approach, which recognized the contributions of different religious groupings within the United States and abroad. He also added inclusive language, which he and his aides hoped would be read as an encouragement to overcome racial and ethnic divisions.

Roosevelt's finest proclamation, that of Thanksgiving Day, 1941, was an appeal for "the establishment on earth of freedom, brotherhood, and justice…"

It read:

THANKSGIVING DAY - 1941 BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA - A PROCLAMATION
I, FRANKLIN D. ROOSEVELT, President of the United States of America, do hereby designate and set aside Thursday, the twentieth day of November 1941, as a day to be observed in giving thanks to the Heavenly Source of our earthly blessings.
Our beloved country is free and strong. Our moral and physical defenses against the forces of threatened aggression are mounting daily in magnitude and effectiveness.
In the interest of our own future, we are sending succor at increasing pace to those peoples abroad who are bravely defending their homes and their precious liberties against annihilation.
We have not lost our faith in the spiritual dignity of man, our proud belief in the right of all people to live out their lives in freedom and with equal treatment. The love of democracy still burns brightly in our hearts.
We are grateful to the Father of us all for the innumerable daily manifestations of His beneficent mercy in affairs both public and private, for the bounties of the harvest, for opportunities to labor and to serve, and for the continuation of those homely joys and satisfactions which enrich our lives.
Let us ask the Divine Blessing on our decision and determination to protect our way of life against the forces of evil and slavery which seek in these days to encompass us.
On the day appointed for this purpose, let us reflect at our homes or places of worship on the goodness of God and, in giving thanks, let us pray for a speedy end to strife and the establishment on earth of freedom, brotherhood, and justice for enduring time.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand and caused the seal of the United States of America to be affixed.
DONE at the City of Washington this 8th day of November, in the year of our Lord nineteen hundred and forty-one, and of the Independence of the United States of America the one hundred and sixty-sixth.
FRANKLIN D. ROOSEVELT

As we take up the homely joys and satisfactions of this Thanksgiving, there is much to celebrate. Americans have used their franchise to temper a regal presidency, and the prospect of a more realistic and humane future appears to be in the offering. But the favorable result of one election ought not blind us to the reality that this nation has for too long deferred the essential work of "the establishment on earth of freedom, brotherhood, and justice." Even a chastened President Bush will not be inclined to guide us toward that task. Thankfully, President Roosevelt prods us still, across the expanse of history, to embrace the better angels of our nature and to seek the America -- and the world -- that should be.

http://www.thenation.com/blogs/thebeat?bid=1&pid=142946

The Gettysburg Address

Considerable scholarly debate continues about whether the Nicolay copy is the "reading" copy. In 1894 Nicolay wrote that Lincoln had brought with him the first part of the speech, written in ink on Executive Mansion stationery, and that he had written the second page in pencil on lined paper before the dedication on November 19, 1863. Matching folds are still evident on the two pages shown here, suggesting it could be the copy that eyewitnesses say Lincoln took from his coat pocket and read at the ceremony.

INTRO3.GIF
Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth, upon this continent, a new nation, conceived in liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that "all men are created equal"
Now we are engaged in a great civil war, testing whether that nation, or any nation so conceived, and so dedicated, can long endure. We are met on a great battle field of that war. We have come to dedicate a portion of it, as a final resting place for those who died here, that the nation might live. This we may, in all propriety do. But, in a larger sense, we can not dedicate -- we can not consecrate -- we can not hallow, this ground -- The brave men, living and dead, who struggled here, have hallowed it, far above our poor power to add or detract. The world will little note, nor long remember what we say here; while it can never forget what they did here.
It is rather for us, the living, we here be dedicated to the great task remaining before us -- that, from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they here, gave the last full measure of devotion -- that we here highly resolve these dead shall not have died in vain; that the nation, shall have a new birth of freedom, and that government of the people by the people for the people, shall not perish from the earth.

http://www.loc.gov/exhibits/gadd/gadrft.html

Guard with jealous attention the public liberty. Suspect everyone who approaches that jewel.

Patrick Henry

  • "The Constitution is not an instrument for the government to restrain the people, it is an instrument for the people to restrain the government -- lest it come to dominate our lives and interests."
  • "If we were base enough to desire it, it is now too late to retire from the contest. There is no retreat but in submission and slavery! Our chains are forged! Their clanking may be heard on the plains of Boston! The war is inevitable; and let it come! I repeat, Sir, let it come!"
  • "The liberties of a people never were, nor ever will be, secure, when the transactions of their rulers may be concealed from them."
  • "The battle, Sir, is not to the strong alone; it is to the vigilant, the active, the brave."
  • "Bad men cannot make good citizens. A vitiated state of morals, a corrupted public conscience are incompatible with freedom."

http://www.quotedb.com/quotes/2532

A nation of sheep will beget a government of wolves.

  • "We will not walk in fear, one of another. We will not be driven into an age of unreason if we dig deep into our history and remember we are not descended from fearful men."
  • “A nation of sheep will beget a government of wolves.”

Edward R. Morrow

Any society that would give up a little liberty to gain a little security will deserve neither and lose both.

Benjamin Franklin

  • "They that can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety."
  • "Beer is living proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy."
  • "The Constitution only gives people the right to pursue happiness. You have to catch it yourself."
  • "By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail."
  • "Hide not your talents. They for use were made. What's a sundial in the shade."

http://www.quotedb.com/quotes/982

If liberty means anything at all, it means the right to tell people what they do not want to hear.

George Orwell

  • "People sleep peaceably in their beds at night only because rough men stand ready to do violence on their behalf."
  • "Political language is designed to make lies sound truthful and murder respectable, and to give an appearance of solidity to pure wind."
  • "He who controls the present, controls the past. He who controls the past, controls the future."
  • "All animals are equal but some animals are more equal than others."
  • "If you want a picture of the future, imagine a boot stomping on a human face -- forever."

http://www.quotedb.com/quotes/2786

Theodore Roosevelt

“The President is merely the most important among a large number of public servants. He should be supported or opposed exactly to the degree which is warranted by his good conduct or bad conduct, his efficiency or inefficiency in rendering loyal, able, and disinterested service to the Nation as a whole. Therefore it is absolutely necessary that there should be full liberty to tell the truth about his acts, and this means that it is exactly necessary to blame him when he does wrong as to praise him when he does right. Any other attitude in an American citizen is both base and servile. To announce that there must be no criticism of the President, or that we are to stand by the President, right or wrong, is not only unpatriotic and servile, but is morally treasonable to the American public. Nothing but the truth should be spoken about him or anyone else. But it is even more important to tell the truth, pleasant or unpleasant, about him than about any one else.” Theodore Roosevelt

Dwight D. Eisenhower, 1960

  • The papers show that Eisenhower and his staff spent two years preparing for his final speech to the nation. One document features a typewritten note from the president lamenting that when he joined the military in 1911, there were 84,000 Army soldiers – a number that ballooned roughly tenfold by 1960. "The direct result of this continued high level of defense expenditures has been to create a permanent armaments industry of vast proportions, where none had existed before," he wrote in the passage, a variation of which reached the delivered speech on Jan. 17, 1961. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/12/10/eisenhower-speech-papers-military_n_795309.html
  • A vital element in keeping the peace is our military establishment. Our arms must be mighty, ready for instant action, so that no potential aggressor may be tempted to risk his own destruction.
  • Our military organization today bears little relation to that known by any of my predecessors in peacetime, or indeed by the fighting men of World War II or Korea.
  • Until the latest of our world conflicts, the United States had no armaments industry. American makers of plowshares could, with time and as required, make swords as well. But now we can no longer risk emergency improvisation of national defense; we have been compelled to create a permanent armaments industry of vast proportions. Added to this, three and a half million men and women are directly engaged in the defense establishment. We annually spend on military security more than the net income of all United States corporations.
  • This conjunction of an immense military establishment and a large arms industry is new in the American experience. The total influence -- economic, political, even spiritual -- is felt in every city, every State house, every office of the Federal government. We recognize the imperative need for this development. Yet we must not fail to comprehend its grave implications. Our toil, resources and livelihood are all involved; so is the very structure of our society.
  • In the councils of government, we must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the militaryindustrial complex. The potential for the disastrous rise of misplaced power exists and will persist.
  • We must never let the weight of this combination endanger our liberties or democratic processes. We should take nothing for granted. Only an alert and knowledgeable citizenry can compel the proper meshing of the huge industrial and military machinery of defense with our peaceful methods and goals, so that security and liberty may prosper together.

http://coursesa.matrix.msu.edu/~hst306/documents/indust.html

Mahatma Gandhi

  • "You must be the change you wish to see in the world."
  • "It is better to be violent, if there is violence in our hearts, than to put on the cloak of nonviolence to cover impotence."
  • "I object to violence because when it appears to do good, the good is only temporary; the evil it does is permanent."
  • "A man is but the product of his thoughts. What he thinks, he becomes."
  • "An eye for an eye, and soon the whole world is blind."
  • "I like your Christ, I do not like your Christians. Your Christians are so unlike your Christ."

http://www.quotedb.com/quotes/2050

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gandhi

Stephen Hawking

"The greatest enemy of knowledge is not ignorance, it is the illusion of knowledge." --Stephen Hawking

Aldous Huxley

July 26, 2008 It's the birthday of writer Aldous Huxley, (books by this author) born in Surrey, England (1894). He wrote Brave New World (1932), which is about a future in which most human beings are born in test tube factories, and they are genetically engineered to belong in one of five castes: Alphas, Betas, Deltas, Gammas, and Epsilons. There are no traditional families, people have sex all the time but they never fall in love, and they all use a drug called "soma" to keep themselves happy. George Orwell's 1984 came out a few years after Brave New World, and many people compared the two novels, and tried to predict which future would come true. Huxley argued that his imagined future was more likely. He said that it would be easier to control people by keeping them happy than it would be by threatening them with the violence that George Orwell suggested in 1984.

"The only good Indian is a dead Indian."

Philip Henry Sheridan (March 6, 1831[2] – August 5, 1888) was a career United States Army officer and a Union general in the American Civil War. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Philip_Sheridan#Indian_Wars

The modern version of this saying is "The only good Republican is a dead Republican."

John Leonard

I had so often in the past seen dumb domestic animals in Africa so aware of the secret intent of the people who had bred and reared them and earned their trust that they could hardly walk, knowing they were being led to a distance place of slaughter. Laurens Van Der Post, The Night of the New Moon

He will wonder whether he should have told these young, hansom and clever people the few truths that sing in his bones.

These are:

  1. Nobody can ever get too much approval.
  2. No matter how much you want or need, they whoever they are, don't want to let you get away with it, whatever it is.
  3. Sometimes you get away with it.

John Leonard, Private Lives in the Imperial City

http://beachblogger.net/pics/index.php?title=more_from_travis_mcgee_1&more=1&c=1&tb=1&pb=1

So what if the president has undermined the integrity of his office?

So what if the president has undermined the integrity of his office? Has brought disrepute on the Presidency, has betrayed his trust as President. Has acted in a manner subversive to the rule of law and justice to the manifest injury to the people of the united States. That's an awful lot to dismiss with a brush off, to ignore with a mere "So what."

Harry Hyde http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=17621438

[Raymond Shaw] is the kindest, bravest, warmest, most wonderful human being I've ever known in my life.

From the movie "The Manchurian Candidate". The squad members are brainwashed by the North Koreans, Russians and Chiness. When asked about Raymond Shaw, whom none of them respected, they all answer mechanically with this same statment.

Viewers of FOX NEWS, HATE WING RADIO and other pundits often sound like they have been brainwashed; this quote is used to make fun of them.

http://imdb.com/title/tt0056218/quotes

Shut up! You're and idiot! Nobody cares what you think!

This is a quote from pundit Bill O'Riely

George Orwell

1984 http://www.flickr.com/photos/beachblogger/sets/72157604235097906/

Orwell said, "The great enemy of clear language is insincerity. When there is a gap between one's real and one's declared aims, one turns ... instinctively to long words and exhausted idioms, like a cuttlefish squirting out ink."

And he said, "If liberty means anything at all, it means the right to tell people what they do not want to hear."

Grantland Rice

For when the One Great Scorer comes
To write against your name,
He marks —not that you won or lost—
But how you played the game.

Drinking the Kool-Aid

The phrase is used to indicate that someone has blindly embraced a particular philosophy or perspective, usually espoused by some FOX NEWS freak like Bill O'Rielly or Chickenhawk Sean Hanity.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kool-Aid#.22Drinking_the_Kool-Aid.22

Those who cannot learn from history are doomed to repeat it.

George Santayana

Those who cannot learn from history are doomed to repeat it.

"Because that's where the money is."

Willie Sutton acquired two nicknames, "The Actor" and "Slick Willie," for his ingenuity in executing robberies in various disguises. Fond of expensive clothes, Sutton was described as being an immaculate dresser. Although he was a bank robber, Sutton had the reputation of a gentleman; in fact, people present at his robberies stated he was quite polite. One victim said witnessing one of Sutton's robberies was like being at the movies, except the usher had a gun. When asked why he robbed banks, Sutton simply replied, "Because that's where the money is." http://www.fbi.gov/libref/historic/famcases/sutton/sutton.htm

"Why did I rob banks? Because I enjoyed it. I loved it. I was more alive when I was inside a bank, robbing it, than at any other time in my life. I enjoyed everything about it so much that one or two weeks later I'd be out looking for the next job. But to me the money was the chips, that's all." http://www.snopes.com/quotes/sutton.asp http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Willie_Sutton#An_urban_legend

Hunter S. Thompson

“I hate to advocate drugs, alcohol, violence, or insanity to anyone, but they've always worked for me.” http://www.goodreads.com/quotes/637-i-hate-to-advocate-drugs-alcohol-violence-or-insanity-to

We were somewhere around Barstow, on the edge of the desert, when the drugs began to take hold. I remember saying something like: I feel a bit lightheaded. Maybe you should drive. Suddenly, there was a terrible roar all around us, and the sky was full of what looked like huge bats, all swooping and screeching and diving around the car, and a voice was screaming: Holy Jesus. What are these goddamn animals? http://www.lvrj.com/neon/on-the-hunter-84682687.html

John Ronald Reuel Tolkien

"All that is gold does not glitter; not all those that wander are lost,"

http://tolkien.co.uk/Pages/home.aspx

"it became necessary to destroy the village in order to save it"

In November 1967 Westmoreland spearheaded a public relations drive for the Johnson administration to bolster flagging public support.[105] In a speech before the National Press Club he said that a point in the war had been reached "where the end comes into view."[106] Thus, the public was shocked and confused when Westmoreland's predictions were trumped by Tet.[105] The American media, which had been largely supportive of U.S. efforts, rounded on the Johnson administration for what had become an increasing credibility gap. Despite its military failure, the Tet Offensive became a political victory and ended the career of President Lyndon B. Johnson, who declined to run for re-election. Johnson's approval rating slumped from 48 to 36 percent.[105] As James Witz noted, Tet "contradicted the claims of progress … made by the Johnson administration and the military."[105] The Tet Offensive was the turning point in America's involvement in the Vietnam War. It had a profound impact on domestic support for the conflict. The offensive constituted an intelligence failure on the scale of Pearl Harbor.[107][108] Journalist Peter Arnett quoted an unnamed officer, saying of Ben Tre that "it became necessary to destroy the village in order to save it" (though the authenticity of this quote is disputed).[109]

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vietnam_War#Tet_Offensive

Walt Whitman

Walt Whitman Archive U. S. editions of Leaves of Grass http://www.whitmanarchive.org/published/LG/index.html

Oscar Wilde

As long as war is regarded as wicked, it will always have its fascination. When it is looked upon as vulgar, it will cease to be popular.

Many people thought Wilde was ridiculous. But his lecture tour did well in surprising places, like the rough mining town of Leadville, Colorado, where the miners loved him, and he enjoyed himself, as well. It was there in Leadville that he saw a sign at the local saloon that said, "Please do not shoot the pianist. He is doing his best." Oscar Wilde later said that it was "the only rational method of art criticism I have ever come across."

http://en.wikiquote.org/wiki/Oscar_Wilde

Howard Zinn

A Radical Treasure. http://www.nytimes.com/2010/01/30/opinion/30herbert.html?em

Big Think http://www.salon.com/ent/video_dog/big_think/2008/05/26/bt_zinn/index.html

"There is no flag large enough to cover the shame of killing innocent people"

We who protest the war are not politicians. We are citizens. Whatever politicians may do, let them first feel the full force of citizens who speak for what is right, not for what is winnable, in a shamefully timorous Congress. http://www.progressive.org/mag_zinn0507

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Howard_Zinn

http://howardzinn.org/default/

How do you ask a man to be the last man to die for a mistake?

How do you ask a man to be the last man to die in Vietnam? How do you ask a man to be the last man to die for a mistake? http://en.wikiquote.org/wiki/John_Kerry

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