The Best Quotes From RWN’s Interviews Through Nov 7, 2003

“(M)y jokes tend to be bitter and personal and not even that funny, so I’m filling an overlooked market niche: the bitter, personal, unfunny blog. People were screaming out for this. Too many sites were entertaining and witty.” –: Tim Blair

“(Australia has) our anti-US forces. Lots of them. We’ve taken the precaution of rounding them up and keeping them penned in newspaper offices.” –: Tim Blair

“In my opinion, the United States is vulnerable to Cyber attack…. Although I do not belive the Net could be taken down forever, power grids, telecommunication points, water distribution points, traffic lights, 911 systems and many more systems can be compromised.” –: Security Expert John Bumgarner

“The notion that the UN is some sort of dispassionate body that, “does right” and just pursues everybody’s best interests is a fantasy. Each individual nation will be pursuing their best interests. That’s the normal behavior of nation-states. It shouldn’t surprise us, but neither should we go to them for permission to do what’s in our national interests.” –: Mona Charen

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“Please buy your children a copy of my book (Treason) before they are old enough to vote.” –: Ann Coulter

“The week before I started Fark I thought long and hard about whether or not I had the discipline to post stuff every day whether I felt like it or not. The quickest way to failure is to not be 100% devoted to what you are doing. On the converse, if you do a little every day, eventually it will amount to a huge contribution to the net. So my advice is, don’t quit. Even after two years of nothing, don’t quit. Never stop. We get a lot of hits these days, but just this past January we got 100k hits in the entire month. Eventually you reach critical mass, but you have to be there to do it.” –: Drew Curtis: on how to build a successful website

“I am favor of cutting taxes under any circumstances and for any excuse, for any reason, whenever it’s possible.” –: Milton Friedman

“When the United States was formed in 1776, it took 19 people on the farm to produce enough food for 20 people. So most of the people had to spend their time and efforts on growing food. Today, it’s down to 1% or 2% to produce that food. Now just consider the vast amount of supposed unemployment that was produced by that. But there wasn’t really any unemployment produced. What happened was that people who had formerly been tied up working in agriculture were freed by technological developments and improvements to do something else. That enabled us to have a better standard of living and a more extensive range of products.” –: Milton Friedman

“You know, it’s a mystery as to why people think Roosevelt’s policies pulled us out of the Depression. The problem was that you had unemployed machines and unemployed people. How do you get them together by forming industrial cartels and keeping prices and wages up? That’s what Roosevelt’s policies in the New Deal amounted to. Essentially, increasing the role of government, enhancing the monopolistic position of labor, and creating as I said before the equivalent of price fixing cartels made things worse. So most of his policies were counterproductive.” –: Milton Friedman

“Study after study has found that Gulf vets are no sicker, no more likely to be dead, and no more likely to have miscarriages or birth defects in their children, than matched control vets than matched control vets (those of similar age, race, gender, and so on) who didn’t deploy. The difference is that if you or I get arthritis, it’s called arthritis. If a Gulf vet gets it, it’s called (Gulf War Syndrome)” –: Michael Fumento

“During the whole fighting portion of the war, (the press was) oppressively pessimistic. Not the reporters in the field, the embedded reporters did a pretty good job. But the experts who were embedded in air conditioned studios in Manhattan and Washington — it was like, “what war are you talking about?” The one I’m watching is going to set a world’s record for successful wars — in terms of the fighting, I want to make that clear. Because securing the peace is lot harder than the war was. But they covered the war the way they cover every story in America. If they do a story about race, you get the impression that American is this racist country. If they do a story about feminism, you get the feeling that half the country is made up of women haters. They’re always doing that, that’s why so many people don’t like them.” –: Bernard Goldberg

“(The big 3 networks) don’t like the fact that there’s a Rush Limbaugh out there, they don’t like the fact that there’s a Fox News, they don’t like the fact that there’s a Matt Drudge. They liked it when it was nice, when it was just the three of them. Well, it ain’t that way anymore.” –: Bernard Goldberg

“(T)his is a new era, and the striking thing is that we (the US) have proved to be a benign hegemon who does not seek treasure or exact tribute, not to mention does not annex land not our own. We have not seen previously such military power used in positive ways — which explains the angst of our critics who can’t quite put the removal of Noriega, Milosevic, the Taliban or Saddam Hussein in the normal Marxist paradigm. How hard it must be for such doctrinaire and ossified ideologues to berate the United States for removing right-wing killers and promoting democracy, and so how pathetic the attempts are to portray us as imperial oppressors.” –: Victor David Hanson

“The cold war was an aberration. Note how quickly the Europeans turned on America once 400 hostile divisions were no longer on their borders. They make up a big continent with a big population that deserves pride and power commensurate with their economy and population; so it is time for both of us to recognize that, bring the troops home or redeploy them in more friendly eastern European countries, and as friends let them develop their own military identity. Keeping 200,000 troops abroad to protect a rich continent is unhealthy for all parties involved.” –: Victor David Hanson

“My analysis is that most faith based systems depend upon an absolute moral order. The declaration of things as absolutely evil or absolutely good, as sin or virtue, puts liberalism into a horrible position because it’s founded on no judgement on anything. As a result, any faith that is seriously practiced or understood is a challenge to the politics that depend on constituencies that would rather not be told that their choices are bad and their lives are not virtuous.” –: Hugh Hewitt

“The difference between the Paleo-cranks and the Commie-cranks is that the Communists are in love with an America in the future that’s designed in their image and the Paleos are in love with the America of the 18th Century. That’s the difference, but they share a common attitude towards America as it exists today.” –: David Horowitz

“Christianity stands for freedom, we don’t want to impose our religion on everyone else. We just don’t want secular humanist values or homosexual values to be forced upon us under the guise of anti-harassment laws, speech codes, hate crime laws, or sensitivity training. We want to be free to think and express our views in the public arena or anywhere we want to. We want to be free to practice our religion with impunity because that was central to our founding in this country. We will accord you the exact same rights, whoever you are. You have the right to freedom of worship, but we just want a level playing field. We don’t want to be singled out, discriminated against, or treated without tolerance by those for whom tolerance is the highest virtue.” –: David Limbaugh

“(T)emporary visas for Middle Eastern students, tourists, and businessmen remain plentiful; immigrant visas continue to be given away at random or for the right price; the borders remain porous; the welcome mat for illegal aliens is expanding; and the deportation system is in shambles. Despite strong public support for stronger controls, officials in both major parties continue to be paralyzed by political correctness and bureaucratic sclerosis. They have yet to come to grips with the reality of homicidal America-haters lurking at our doorstep – evildoers whose modus operandi is to infiltrate our country, then kill us. Our leaders have failed in one of their most basic constitutional responsibilities: to provide for the common defense.” –: Michelle Malkin

“The truth about Hamas and Islamic Jihad is that they don’t prevent Israel from existing or even flourishing, they prevent Palestine from coming into existence.” —Michael Medved

“The reason I enjoy talking to (Libertarians) on the air is because they are so utterly incapable of answering the question, “Ok, what have you accomplished with all of your activism?” The answer is absolutely nothing except electing a bunch of ultra-liberal Democrats and big government types like Maria Cantwell.” –: Michael Medved

“There is one point worth making about (reparations lawsuits), which is this: everyone stood by while statutes of limitation were shredded and law was made up retroactively in order to nail other defendants, such as tobacco companies and some of the European companies facing World War II reparations claims. Having paid so little heed to the time-honored protections of the rule of law in those earlier cases, we now act as if we are surprised that reparations activists have drawn the obvious conclusion, which is that it’s now up for grabs in American courts whether other categories of behavior, even farther in the past but equally lawful in their day, will be redefined retroactively as legally wrongful.” –: Walter Olson

“I believe the useful way of seeing a militant Islamist is not in comparison with Christians, Jews, or other members of religious groups. It’s more useful to compare the militant Islamists with the Fascists or Communists and their radically utopian ideology. Yes its wellspring is religion, but its final form is ideology. There is no comparable Christian radically utopian ideology or Christian totalitarian ideology, nor Jewish, nor Hindu, nor any other religions.” —Daniel Pipes

“Almost every European country was tainted by the Holocaust and Nazi occupation, but for the sake of the post-war settlement the world agreed to pretend only Germany was to blame. Not so. In France and Holland, the locals eagerly herded Jews onto those eastbound trains. In Belgium, industrial production went up under the Nazis. After half-a-century, the Continentals are sick of this guilt trip. They need to see Israel as the aggressor for their own psychological health. That’s why that wacky Dutch broad who’s married to the big Eurobanker keeps comparing Sharon to Hitler and Likud to the Nazis. It’s a way of evening the score – “Sure, we had Hitler, you have Sharon; we have Auschwitz, you have Jenin.” It’s their way of belatedly taking a moral shower, a way of saying, “See, the score’s one-one now. You’re as bad as us. Let’s just call it a draw and move on.” –: Mark Steyn

“We need to reform the entire (Middle-East). To those cynical Europeans who say, “Oh, it’s absurd to think Arabs can ever be functioning members of a democrat state”, I’d say, in that case why are you allowing virtually unrestricted Muslim immigration into your own countries?” –: Mark Steyn

“(D)uring the Cold War I was never one of those people living in fear of impending nuclear annihilation – the nukes were in the hands of the Americans, British, French, Russians and Chinese, none of whom are stark staring nuts. Now the nukes have gone freelance, and more or less anyone can grab one and take out, if not New York or London, then one of their less vigilant neighbours – Vancouver or Rotterdam. It’s a horrible vision, and I don’t know why the Give-Peace-A-Chance crowd are so insouciant about it, but I’d be very surprised if we get through the next five years without a terrible catastrophe in a western city.” —Mark Steyn

“When I bought my home in New Hampshire, I asked the local police chief (it’s a one-man department) about what I should do in the event of an attempted break-in. He said, “Well, you could call me at home. But it’d be better if you dealt with it. You’re there and I’m not.” The British police would rather die than admit that. So, instead of prosecuting the burglar, they prosecute the homeowner for “disproportionate response”. You’re supposed to wait until the burglar has revealed his weapon before picking yours. “Ah, forgive me, old boy, for reaching for the kitchen knife. I see you’ve brought not a machete but a blunt instrument. Be a good sport and allow me a moment to retrieve my cricket bat from under the bed, there’s a good egg.” This is insane, but, despite the visible deterioration of civic life in even the leafiest suburbs and villages, the British show no sign of rousing themselves to do anything about it.” –: Mark Steyn

“(The anti-war left has) spent a lifetime arguing that the West is morally inferior. So they will even find a way to justify or rationalize or overlook the evil and tyranny that lies behind radical political Islamism. They’re trapped by their own past. Not all of them – but a resilient minority.” –: Andrew Sullivan

“Of course, (Amnesty for illegal aliens is) a terrible idea. It will not only encourage illegal immigration, but it will tell every single person who has done it the right way, who has waited in line, who has paid the fees, who has hired the lawyers, who has spent five or ten years trying to coming in, it’s telling them they’re nothing but suckers. It’s telling everyone else who’s waiting in line to do it the right way that they’re also suckers.” –: Tom Tancredo

“The Democratic Party looks at massive immigration, legal and illegal, as a source of voters. The Republican Voters looks at massive immigration, legal and illegal, as a source of cheap labor, satisfying a very important constituency. …(T)he President of the United States is trying to create a wedge issue here and trying to get a portion of Hispanics to vote for him where they haven’t in the past. So you have these three huge problems with trying to get anything done in the Congress.” –: Tom Tancredo

“I have to tell you that we are facing a situation, where if we don’t control immigration, legal and illegal, we will eventually reach the point where it won’t be what kind of a nation we are, balkanized or united, we will actually have to face the fact that we are no longer a nation at all. That is the honest to God eventual outcome of this kind of massive immigration combined with the cult of multiculturalism that permeates our society. …The fact is, that won’t occur in a legal way, it will occur in a de facto way.” –: Tom Tancredo

“There are places right now in East LA & Southern Texas that you would not honestly — there is absolutely nothing that you would say makes them part of the United States of America.” –: Tom Tancredo

“If we in fact were to begin enforcing the law against people who are hiring people who are here illegally, we would go a long way towards eliminating the problem. Because if you dry up demand, you naturally dry up supply. If we had true enforcement of our laws from an employers stand point, then you would find that many of the millions of people who are here would go back home. Then the ones who remain, we could begin deporting — and yes I mean deporting. The word nobody wants to use, but you see if you are here illegally, that’s the punishment, deportation.” –: Tom Tancredo

“We have been enormously lucky — lucky maybe isn’t the right word — I believe John Ashcroft has done a great job. Many men and women in the Justice Department deserve medals of honor for what they’ve done. Frankly, well, I’m telling you right now, there are things that could have happened to this country since 9/11 that would have been just as disastrous, if not moreso.” –: Tom Tancredo

“People ask me, “Well of the Islamic Community, how many would you say are really terrorists?” I say, “There are relatively few, less than 10% of the Muslim population that you could categorize as (supporters of) terrorists.” Now how many people in their heart of hearts in that community want to see the demise of this country? How many would cheer, not out loud maybe, but in their heart when things like 9/11 occur and I’ll tell you; it’s a majority among them.” –: Tom Tancredo

“Minimum prices in general tend to discriminate against the lesser skilled person or the less preferred item. Let’s say ten workers show up and you only can hire five. Well, you can’t discriminate based on price because you have to pay them all eight dollars an hour. So you may hire according to what you like. So if you prefer Catholics to Jews or whites to blacks, you’ll have a tendency to indulge your preferences. You can apply that phenomena to anything. If we made a law, let’s call it a “minimum steak law”, that is, fillet mignon and chuck steak both sell for $10. Well, the cost of discriminating against chuck steak would be zero, because you have to pay $10 anyway. The way that less preferred things compete with more preferred things is by having a lower price. Even though people prefer filet mignon to chuck steak, chuck steak doesn’t have any problems selling at all.” –: Walter Williams

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