by John Hawkins | December 11, 2007 7:05 am
Here are my favorite quotes from Neal Boortz’s book, The Terrible Truth About Liberals, which I recently got around to reading.
In a nutshell — here are your differences:
Liberals operate from a foundation of emotion and feelings.
Conservatives operate from a foundation of logic and thoughts.
Liberals view people in terms of their membership in groups.
Conservatives view people are individuals.
Liberals think government made America great.
Conservatives think that freedom is what made America great.
Liberals think that people are too d*mn stupid to be free.
Conservatives think that people should be free. — P.13
Government is inherently evil. There’s no question it’s a necessary evil. After all, we do need some structure to settle disputes between us and to defend against foreign and domestic aggressors. But, like some drugs that in proper dosage can save your life, an overdose of government can make you very ill indeed, or it could even be fatal. — P.41
You have no right to anything that demands that another person surrender either his time or his property to you for the fulfillment of your right. — P.42
The bum sitting on a heating grate, smelling like a wharf, is there by choice. He is there because of the sum total of the choices he made in his life. This truism is absolutely the hardest thing for some people to accept, especially those who consider themselves to be victims of something or another — victims of discrimination, bad luck, the system, capitalism, whatever. After all, nobody really wants to accept the blame for his position in life. Now when it is so much easier to point and say, “Look! He did this to me!” than it is to look into a mirror and say, “You S.O.B.! You did this to me!” — P.44
Let’s assume, though, that this “rich get richer” bit is true. For some of the rich, it is true. Why? Because they keep doing the things that made them rich in the first place. Ditto for the poor. The rich keep saving their dollar bills, while the poor keep spending theirs. — P.46
Don’t look in other people’s pockets. You have no business there. What they earn is theirs. What you earn is yours. Keep it that way. Nobody owes you anything, except to respect your privacy and leave you the hell alone. — p.49
Speaking of earning, the revered forty-hour week is for losers. Forty hours should be considered the minimum, not the maximum. You don’t see highly successful people clocking out of the office every afternoon at five. The losers are the ones caught up in that afternoon rush hour. The winners drive home in the dark. — P.49
Try this: Find a copy — one published in the 1930s — of the US Army Field Training Manual. In that manual you will find certain political definitions that soldiers were required to learn. Among those was the word democracy (as opposed to a Republic). Believe me, this official government definition of democracy was not at all complimentary. The soldiers were told that democracy means mob rule, and that it leads to a destruction of property rights. They had it exactly right. — P.52
We can make this simpler still: a democracy is three wolves and one sheep voting on what’s for dinner. — P.57
…Leftist politicians recognized the truth in that old saying, “He who robs Peter to pay Paul can always count on the support of Paul.” — p.57
The only entity in this country that pays taxes is the individual! Corporations and businesses do not pay taxes. They collect taxes from individuals and pass them on to the government. — P.63
If these Liberals would let you take all of that money you are going to flush into the Social Security system and instead invest it in stocks and bonds (real big “if” here), you would end up with five to ten times more retirement income. That could be the difference between your double-wide in East Podunk and a condo on the beach at West Palm. — P.78
In 1950, when your parents might have been starting grade school, there were sixteen people working and paying their Social Security taxes for every person receiving benefits. In 1997, there were about 3.3 people working and paying Social Security taxes for every person on the taking end. By the year 2030, the ratio will be less than two to one. — P.85
In The Philosophy of Fascism, written in 1936, Mario Palmeiri writes, “Fascist ethics begin…with the acknowledgement that it is not the individual who confers a meaning upon society, but it is, instead, the existence of a human society which determines the human character of the individual. According to Fascism, a true, a great spiritual life cannot take place unless the State has risen to a position of pre-eminence in the world of man. The curtailment of liberty thus becomes justified at once, and this need of rising the State to its rightful position.”
Don’t give me that “oh, but he was writing about Fascism! That’s right wing, not left wing!” nonsense. Fascism is merely socialism light. It is a system of private ownership of the means of production, with government control. The German fascists of World War 2 were self proclaimed big-government socialists. Does that sound right wing to you? — P.96
For decades the principle Liberal fantasy in this country, other than redistributing income, has been the establishment of a system of nationalized health care. It makes sense — for Liberals. If you are in love with big government, then what better way to show your love of government than to take about 17 percent of our economy and place it under government control? — P.98
Barring extreme physical and mental disabilities, each and every one of us is where we are today — be it poor or wealthy, happy or sad, on the streets or in a condo, in a Mercedes or a rusted-out Pinto — because of the choices we have made during our lives. It’s the choices we have made that put us where we are, not the choices others have made for us. — P.103
The poor are not the “less fortunate.” They are instead, the “more irresponsible.” They put themselves there, and they drag their children into that status with them. They are the “less prepared,” the “less diligent,” and the “less able.” They weren’t unlucky. They did it to themselves. — P.112
There is a deep-seated psychological need for those who are not wealthy to assume that the wealthy got that way through evil and illegal means. If you recognize that most wealthy people got that way through hard work, the wise use of their power of choice, and the willingness to take risks, you are stuck with the problem of figuring out just why you’re not up there with them. What’s the matter? Don’t you want to work hard? Are you afraid to take risks? Are you not willing to put time and thought into your decision-making process? Naw…this isn’t going to work. If you agree that the rich are good, then you have to develop excuses about why you’re not wallowing in money. — P.124
Those who seem to favor gun control never seem to have any plan to take guns out of the hands of criminals. — P.126
I am sick to death of hearing Liberals talk about how difficult it is to raise a family on minimum wage. Why oh why doesn’t someone walk up to one of these people and say, “Hey pal, you’re not supposed to raise a family on minimum wage. If you don’t have the job skills, or the wherewithal to earn more than the minimum wage, then you don’t have any business having children, because you can’t afford to raise them!” — P.131
Another big problem with hate-crime laws is that they create different classes of victims. If someone attacks me because they want my car, and I’m murdered, the punishment may be less and the category of crime would be different than if someone attacks a gay man and murders him because he doesn’t like gay men. In both cases, murder committed — man dead. But my murder is somehow less egregious than the murder of the homosexual. Pardon me, and I hope you’ll excuse me for this insensitivity, but I just don’t happen to see it that way. — P.140
We’re galloping toward the day (the figures would indicate that we’re already there) where the liberals in Congress are able to use the money seized from a minority of the voters to buy votes from the majority. With each year that passes, the actual tax-payers decrease in number while the tax-takers increase. Somewhere in this “payers vs. takers” scenario we’re going to reach a critical point of no return. This will be a point where those on the taking end will recognize their electoral dominance and will start groping for more and more. At that point, the Liberals will have constructed their defeat-proof Congress and the ballot box will have ceased to work, at least for the people paying the bills. — P.156
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