The Boston bombing provided the opportunity for the government to turn what should have been a police investigation into a military-style occupation of an American city. This unprecedented move should frighten us as much or more than the attack itself.Ron Paul
Liberty lies in the hearts of men and women; when it dies there, no constitution, no law, no court can save it. Learned Hand
And as long as those that understand the concept of Liberty continue to spread the knowledge about it, Liberty will never die.
Sing in the shower. Treat everyone you meet like you want to be treated. Watch a sunrise at least once a year. Leave the toilet seat in the down position. Never refuse homemade brownies. Strive for excellence, not perfection. Plant a tree on your birthday. Learn 3 clean jokes. Return borrowed vehicles with the gas tank full. Compliment 3 people every day. Never waste an opportunity to tell someone you love them. Leave everything a little better than you found it. Keep it simple. Think big thoughts but relish small pleasures. Become the most positive and enthusiastic person you know. Floss your teeth. Ask for a raise when you think you’ve earned it. Overtip breakfast waitresses. Be forgiving of yourself and others. Say, “Thank you” a lot. Say, “Please” a lot. Avoid negative people. Buy whatever kids are selling on card tables in their front yards. Wear polished shoes. Remember other people’s birthdays. Commit yourself to constant improvement. Carry jumper cables in your truck. Have a firm handshake. Send lots of Valentine cards. Sign them, “Someone who thinks you’re terrific.” Look people in the eye. Be the first to say hello. Use the good silver. Return all things you borrow. Make new friends, but cherish the old ones. Keep a few secrets. Sing in a choir. Plant flowers every spring. Have a dog. Always accept an outstretched hand. Stop blaming others. Take responsibility for every area of your life. Wave at kids on school busses. Be there when people need you. Feed a stranger’s expired parking meter. Don’t expect life to be fair. Never underestimate the power of love. Drink champagne for no reason at all. Live your life as an exclamation, not an explanation. Don’t be afraid to say, “I made a mistake.” Don’t be afraid to say, “I don’t know.” Compliment even small improvements. Keep your promises no matter what. Marry for love. Rekindle old friendships. Count your blessings. Call your mother.
H. Jackson Brown Jr.
Speak up, speak often and don’t worry about those that at this point can not understand as they can never un-hear what we tell them.
I talk more and more about what I know is happening and has happened to everyone that I know, and although I know sometimes I’m dismissed, I take comfort in knowing that like Dr. Paul says, they can never un-hear what I’ve told them. It’s amazing to me the number of people that are just clueless to what is taking place, but I’ll never give up. That’s the thing about us Ron Paul supporters, we are passionate about our beliefs of limited government and adhering to the Constitution, and we don’t give up.
Honestly, one of the greatest things about being a twin is the random conversations that take place after the initial “are y’all twins?” question. Today we had a conversation with an older couple while at lunch at Arby’s. They had to be the friendliest and most smiling people I’ve seen in Dalton in a very long time. They could not believe that we are 27, and likewise, it was amazing to us that he was 84 years old and seriously had the enthusiasm and energy of someone much much younger.
Truth is, I’m just lazy. It’s easier to smile than it is to frown.
I wanted to ask how long they had been married, because if I had a guess, it was near a lifetime and they seemed as in love now as they were a lifetime ago. That’s truly something to smile about.
I hear people all the time griping about the people in Washington never being able to come together to get things done. But most people have a hard time realizing that this is by design. Compromise is what we see too much of in Washington—people not sticking to their convictions. The left want social benefits and (with exception of Obama) less war, the right wants war and less social benefits. So what always happens is compromise. The left drops their convictions on less war in order to get the right to drop it’s convictions on less social benefits. So we end up with both parties agreeing to vote on spending measures that appease each other’s wants while turning a blind eye on everything else.
The Constitution, with its system of checks and balances, not only allows for gridlock, it practically guarantees some degree of it. The Founders knew that gridlock can be a very good thing. If nothing can be agreed upon in Washington, harm to the country is limited.
A little smile, a word of cheer,
A bit of love from someone near,
A little gift from one held dear,
Best wishes for the coming year.
John Greenleaf Whittier
For those of you who don’t believe that your calls and e-mails to Members of Congress work, let me assure you that they do. Members “freak out” when they receive more than half a dozen calls on any issue.
Rep Justin Amash
I don’t know anyone other than myself personally that take the time to call their representatives and urge them to vote one way or another on legislation that is coming up. And if you think about it, there’s 300 million Americans, and yet we’re all so “busy” that we can’t even make sure that we keep our elected officials in check. Not caring enough to make those calls or emails is going to bite us in the butt. It’s actually already in process with the most likely passage of the NDAA which includes provisions that allow for the indefinite detention of American citizens, yes that could be your or I, without charge or trial.
The greater danger for most of us lies not in setting our aim too high and falling short; but in setting our aim too low, and achieving our mark. —