Life, Liberty, and….. Quotations

Published 10:39 am Wednesday, May 4, 2016


I love quotations, especially from famous people and young children. Yeah, really.
For instance, Mark Twain once said, “If voting made any difference, they wouldn’t let us do it.”
An un-named five year old (a relative) once declared that he had come from Heaven, but that his mother had come from Dollar General and his father had come from the zoo. As I live and breathe.
Because I spend so much time promoting the conservative viewpoint, I thought I’d like to highlight some quotes from the liberal left, including prominent communists, socialists, fascists, and revolutionaries.
For instance, Che Guevara once said, “A country that does not know how to read and write is easy to deceive.” He also said, “To send men to the firing squad, judicial proof is unnecessary…these procedures are an archaic bourgeois detail.”
Finally, Guevara had this to say, “We must eliminate all newspapers, we cannot make a revolution with a free press.”
Allow me a moment of rebuttal here, the Founding Fathers of the United States felt that a free press was such a necessity that they included it in the First Amendment of the Constitution.
Moving on to Joseph Stalin, who said, “It is enough that the people know there was an election. The people who cast the votes decide nothing. The people who count the votes decide everything.”
Stalin also said, “When we hang the capitalists, they will sell us the rope we use.”
Finally, Stalin said, “The present imposter government, which was not elected by the people and which is not accountable to the people, must be replaced by a government recognized by the people, elected by representatives of the workers, soldiers and peasants, and held accountable to their representatives.”
Let me point out that Stalin was NOT speaking about the United States of the 21st Century.
I’ll continue with one of Stalin’s contemporaries, Adolph Hitler, who said, “Make the lie simple, make it big, keep saying it. Eventually they will believe it.”
Adolph Hitler also said, “The victor will not be asked if he told the truth.” What makes me think Hillary Clinton is counting on the veracity of this remark?
I also like Hitler’s comment on government, “How fortunate for governments that the people they administer don’t think.”
Let me leave Hitler with this last quote, “I use emotion on the many and reserve reason for the few.”
Then there’s Chairman Mao, who was considered a great thinker as well as a communist. He said, “It is always darkest before it becomes totally black.” That may take a while.
“Everything under Heaven is in utter chaos. The situation is excellent.” Wow, another zinger from the Chairman.
Finally from Chairman Mao, “The atom bomb is a paper tiger which the United States reactionaries use to scare people. It looks terrible, but in fact it isn’t.”
My last contestant today is Benito Mussolini, who said, “The Liberal State is a mask behind which there is no face; it is a scaffolding behind which there is no building.”
Mussolini also said, “Socialism is a fraud, a comedy, a phantom, a blackmail.”
Lastly, from Mussolini, “Fascism should more appropriately be called corporatism, because it is a merger of state and corporate power.”
Finally, here is my favorite quote from Hillary Clinton, “If I want to knock a story off the front page, I just change my hairstyle.” What a deep thinker!
So, there you have the best from the best thinkers of the liberal left from the last one hundred years. See you next week.