Since Jun 20, 2001
A victim of public school, I've decided it is incumbent upon me to educate myself through that rarest of modern jewels, books. To that end I've compiled a small library which is ever-growing to provide me with enough reading material to last many a good year.
I seemt to roughly fit the mold of paleoconservative, which is defined in the American Heritage Dictionary of the English language as:
Extremely or stubbornly conservative in political matters
Political Ideology: Paleoconservative
Interests: Reading, Writing, Filmmaking, Politics, History
Religious Affiliation: Roman Catholic
Favorite Writer(s): Cicero, Edmund Burke
Favorite Books: The Illiad, On Duties
Live long and conquer.
They say Western man is no more. A new, tamer, feminine, sensitive, pacifist has rightly taken his place. Bullocks! I say, good men, mount your steed, draw your sword, and charge!
A man (and I use the term with great reserve) once told me the world would be all the better were it not for guns. I agree - let us all have swords instead.
If you love wealth more than liberty, the tranquility of servitude better than the animating contest of freedom, depart from us in peace. We ask not your counsel nor your arms. Crouch down and lick the hand that feeds you. May your chains rest lightly upon you and may posterity forget that you were our countrymen.
Communism is not love. Communism is a hammer which we use to crush the enemy.
--Mao Zedong, Chinese premier
Let us be perfectly honest. The historical record is indisputable. Marxism means the persecution of Christians, the execution of right wing dissidents, massive slave labor camps, and grinding poverty for countless millions of terrified, muzzled human beings.
All fingers are not alike, If you cut bigger ones to make all equal it is communism, If you stretch smaller ones to make all equal it is socialism, If you do nothing to make all equal it is capitalism.
--B. J. Gupta
War is an ugly thing, but not the ugliest of things. The decayed and degraded state of moral and patriotic feeling which thinks that nothing is worth war is much worse. The person who has nothing for which he is willing to fight, nothing which is more important than his own personal safety, is a miserable creature and has no chance of being free unless made and kept so by the exertions of better men than himself.
--John Stuart Mill
Si vis pacem, para bellum.
(If you want peace, prepare for war.)
False is the idea of utility that sacrifices a thousand real advantages for one imaginary or trifling inconvenience; that would take fire from men because it burns, and water because one may drown in it; that has no remedy for evils except destruction. The laws that forbid the carrying of arms are laws of such a nature. They disarm only those who are neither inclined nor determined to commit crime.
--Cesare Beccaria, quoted by Thomas Jefferson
Those who restrain desire, do so because theirs is weak enough to be restrained.
Great Nations rise and fall...
The people go from bondage
to spiritual faith
from spiritual faith
to great courage
back again into bondage...
Hymn Before Action
by Rudyard Kipling
The earth is full of anger,
The seas are dark with wrath,
The Nations in their harness
Go up against our path:
Ere yet we loose the legions
Ere yet we draw the blade,
Jehovah of the Thunders,
Lord God of Battles, aid!
High lust and froward bearing,
Proud heart, rebellious brow--
Deaf ear and soul uncaring,
We seek Thy mercy now!
The sinner that forswore Thee,
The fool that passed Thee by,
Our times are known before Thee--
Lord, grant us strength to die!
For those who kneel beside us
At altars not Thine own,
Who lack the lights that guide us,
Lord, let their faith atone!
If wrong we did to call them,
By honour bound they came;
Let not Thy Wrath befall them,
But deal to us the blame.
From panic, pride, and terror
Revenge that knows no rein--
Light haste and lawless error,
Protect us yet again.
Cloak Thou our undeserving,
Make firm the shuddering breath,
In silence and unswerving
To taste Thy lesser death.
Ah, Mary pierced with sorrow,
Remember, reach and save
The soul that comes to-morrow
Before the God that gave!
Since each was born of woman,
For each at utter need--
True comrade and true foeman--
E'en now their vanguard gathers,
E'en now we face the fray--
As Thou didst help our fathers,
Help Thou our host to-day.
Fulfilled of signs and wonders,
In life, in death made clear--
Jehovah of the Thunders,
Lord God of Battles, hear!
The world I admire was dead before I was born
I cannot see how we can literally end War unless we can end Will. I cannot think that war will ever be utterly impossible; and I say so not because I am what these people call a militarist, but rather because I am a revolutionist. Absolutely to forbid fighting is to forbid what our fathers called "the sacred right of insurrection." Against some decisions no self-respecting men can be prevented from appealing to fortune and to death
That all war is physically frightful is obvious; but if that were a moral verdict, there would be no difference between a torturer and a surgeon. There are certain intellectuals who are too bright to be content with merely praising peace but who are infuriated by anybody praising war. If no war is possible, all criminality has its chance
Ask not what the government can do for you. Ask what the government is doing to you.
I never let my schoolin' interfere with my education.
Government that is powerful enough to give you everything you want, is powerful enough to take away everything you have.
In this enlightened age, there are few I believe, but what will acknowledge, that slavery as an institution, is a moral and political evil in any country. It is useless to expatiate on its disadvantages. I think it however a greater evil to the white than to the black race.
--Robert E. Lee
Political correctness is just tyranny with manners. I wish for you the courage to be unpopular. Popularity is history's pocket change. Courage is history's true currency.
You are the best and the brightest. You, here in the fertile cradle of American academia, here in the castle of learning on the Charles River, you are the cream. But I submit that you, and your counterparts across the land, are the most socially conformed and politically silenced generation since Concord Bridge. And as long as you validate that ... and abide it ... you are-by your grandfathers' standards - cowards.
Democracy and liberty are not the same. Democracy is little more than mob rule, while liberty refers to the sovereignty of the individual.
A nation of well informed men who have been taught to know and prize the rights which God has given them cannot be enslaved. It is in the region of ignorance that tyranny begins.
They that can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.
To compel a man to furnish contributions of money for the propagation of opinions which he disbelieves and abhors is sinful and tyrannical.
Does the government fear us? Or do we fear the government? When the people fear the government, tyranny has found victory. The federal government is our servant, not our master!
Free men have arms; slaves do not.
The only stable state is the one in which all men are equal before the law.
Tyrants mistrust the people, hence they deprive them of arms.
A sword is never a killer, it's a tool in the killer's hands.
Poverty can't be eliminated by punishing people who've escaped poverty.
The inherent vice of capitalism is the unequal sharing of blessings; the inherent virtue of socialism is the equal sharing of miseries.
The more corrupt the state, the more numerous the laws.
Government is not reason, it is not eloquence - it is force. And, like fire, it is a dangerous servant and a fearful master.
If guns cause crime, then logic follows without question that; cameras cause pornography, matches cause arson, automobiles cause accidents, bathing suits cause drowning, computers cause email, baseball bats cause home runs, blenders cause margaritas, elections cause corruption and, of course, grandmothers cause adultery.