Saturday, February 15, 2020

Numbers and Words

While numbers can be used in ways that are deceptive as regards particular issues, words can be used in ways that can be more sweepingly deceptive as regards how a whole society is seen.

Numbers may deceive us because of their apparent objectivity, but words can deceive more comprehensively because of their emotional appeals that numbers seldom have. There may be very legitimate reasons to react adversely to words like "war," "racism," or "murder," but it is the illegitimate invoking of emotionally charged words that is especially dangerous— as anything that overrides thought, or substitutes for thought, can be dangerous. Emotional manipulation is, however, only one of the dangers when words are used in ways that obscure both realities and the connections of cause and effect behind those realities.

Thomas Sowell, Discrimination and Disparities, pg.115

Friday, February 14, 2020

History

The whole history of the world is summed up in the fact that when nations are strong they are not always just, and when they wish to be just they are often no longer strong.

Winston Churchill, House of Commons, 3/26/36. cited in The Smart Words and Wicked Wit of Winston Churchill, edited by Max Morris, pg.18

Thursday, February 13, 2020

The Constitution is Dying

Can the real Constitution be restored? Probably not. Too many Americans depend on government money under programs the Constitution doesn't authorize, and money talks with an eloquence Shakespeare could only envy. Ignorant people don't understand The Federalist Papers, but they understand government checks with their names on them.

Joseph Sobran

Wednesday, February 12, 2020

The LEFT Hates Independence

What do automobiles, guns, and home-schooling all have in common that makes the liberals hate them? All these things reduce individual dependence on the government and on the grandiose schemes for other people's lives created by liberals and imposed by government.

Thomas Sowell

Monday, February 10, 2020

Democracy?

The best argument against democracy is a five-minute conversation with the average voter.

Winston Churchill, cited in The Smart Words and Wicked Wit of Winston Churchill, edited by Max Morris, pg.22

Sunday, February 9, 2020

The Danger of Allowing Islam

Once upon a time, the Islamic world was a superpower and its jihad an irresistible force to be reckoned with. Over two centuries ago, however, a rising Europe—which had experienced more than one millennium of Muslim conquests and atrocities—eclipsed and defanged Islam. As Muhammad’s civilization retreated into obscurity, the post-Christian West slowly came into being. Islam did not change, but the West did: Muslims still venerate their heritage and religion—which commands jihad against infidels—whereas the West has learned to despise its heritage and religion, causing it to become an unwitting ally of the jihad.

Hence the current situation: Islamic jihad is back in full vigor, while the West facilitates it in varying degrees; hence the irony: “At a time when the military superiority of the West—meaning chiefly the USA—over the Muslim world has never been greater,” observes historian Alan G. Jamieson, “Western countries feel insecure ind the face of the activities of Islamic terrorists. . . . In all the long centuries of Christian-Muslim conflict, never has the military imbalance between the two sides been greater, yet the dominant West can apparently derive no comfort from that fact.”

In short, if Islam is terrorizing the West today, that is not because it can, but because the West allows it to. For no matter how diminished, a still swinging Scimitar will always overcome a strong but sheathed Sword.


Raymond Ibrahim, Sword and Scimitar: Fourteen Centuries of War Between Islam and the West, pg. 296-297

Saturday, February 8, 2020

Courage

Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak; courage is also what it takes to sit down and listen.

Winston Churchill, cited in The Smart Words and Wicked Wit of Winston Churchill, edited by Max Morris, pg.18

Friday, February 7, 2020

The Danger of Islam is Always Current

Millions of people of the white civilization—that is, the civilization of Europe and America—have forgotten all about Islam. They have never come into contact with it. They take for granted that it is decaying, and that, anyway, it is just a foreign religion which will not concern them. It is, as a fact, the most formidable and persistent enemy which our civilization has had, and may at any moment become as large a menace in the future as it has been in the past.

Hilaire Belloc. Cited by Raymond Ibrahim in Sword and Scimitar, pg.295

Monday, February 3, 2020

Don't Be Afraid of the Light

We can easily forgive a child who is afraid of the dark; the real tragedy of life is when men are afraid of the light.

Plato

Thursday, January 30, 2020

Judging Politicians

For my own part I have always felt that a politician is to be judged by the animosities which he excites among his opponents. I have always set myself not merely to relish but to deserve thoroughly their censure.

Winston Churchill, cited in The Smart Words and Wicked Wit of Winston Churchill, edited by Max Morris, pg.16

Wednesday, January 29, 2020

Study the Past

When the past no longer illuminates the future, the spirit walks in darkness.

Alexis de Tocqueville