A Democratic Tea Party and a Turning Point on Opposition to the War On Drugs and Political Suicide

“Mr. O’Rourke’s stance in favor of marijuana legalization is also something to watch. Conventional wisdom holds that such a view will kill a political career. But Mr. O’Rourke may have been helped by it. Don’t forget that Cuidad Juarez, where Mexico’s drug war has claimed the lives of thousands in the past six years, sits cheek-to-jowl with El Paso. Culturally and commercially, the two cities are almost one in the same. Mr. O’Rourke has argued that making the drug legal but regulated would weaken cartel financing and thereby reduce violence. The Times reports that he does not plan to make the issue a priority in Washington because it is not a priority for voters. But it is nonetheless interesting that his position does not seem to have hurt him.”  Mary Anastasia O’Grady  in the WSJ’s Political Diary, a daily subscription newsletter.  (Click here to go to the posted article.)

Pearls of Wisdom Wrapped in Humor while we pause to ponder the question, where are we, and where do we go from here?

‘If you don’t read the newspaper you are uninformed, if you do read the newspaper you are misinformed.’
– Mark Twain

‘Suppose you were an idiot. And suppose you were a member of Congress . . . but then I repeat myself.’
– Mark Twain

‘I contend that for a nation to try to tax itself into prosperity is like a man standing in a bucket and trying to lift himself up by the handle.’
– Winston Churchill

‘A government which robs Peter to pay Paul can always depend on the support of Paul.’
– George Bernard Shaw

‘A liberal is someone who feels a great debt to his fellow man, which debt he proposes to pay off with your money.’
– G Gordon Liddy

‘Democracy must be something more than two wolves and a sheep voting on what to have for dinner.’
– James Bovard, Civil Libertarian (1994)

‘Foreign aid might be defined as a transfer of money from poor people in rich countries to rich people in poor countries.’
– Douglas Casey, Classmate of Bill Clinton at Georgetown University

‘Giving money and power to government is like giving whiskey and car keys to teenage boys.’
– P.J. O’Rourke, Civil Libertarian

‘Government is the great fiction, through which everybody endeavors to live at the expense of everybody else.’
– Frederic Bastiat, French Economist (1801-1850)

‘Government’s view of the economy could be summed up in a few short phrases: If it moves, tax it. If it keeps moving, regulate it. And if it stops moving, subsidize it.’
– Ronald Reagan (1986)

‘I don’t make jokes. I just watch the government and report the facts.’
– Will Rogers

‘If you think health care is expensive now, wait until you see what it costs when it’s free!’
– P.J. O’Rourke, Civil Libertarian

‘In general, the art of government consists of taking as much money as possible from one party of the citizens to give to the other.’
– Voltaire (1764)

‘Just because you do not take an interest in politics doesn’t mean politics won’t take an interest in you!’
– Pericles (430 B.C.)

No man’s life, liberty, or property is safe while the legislature is in session.
– Mark Twain (1866 )

‘Talk is cheap . . except when Congress does it.’
– Unknown

‘The government is like a baby’s alimentary canal, with a happy appetite at one end and no responsibility at the other.’
– Ronald Reagan

‘The inherent vice of capitalism is the unequal sharing of the blessings. The inherent blessing of socialism is the equal sharing of misery.’
– Winston Churchill

‘The only difference between a tax man and a taxidermist is that the taxidermist leaves the skin.’
– Mark Twain

‘The ultimate result of shielding men from the effects of folly is to fill the world with fools.’
– Herbert Spencer, English Philosopher (1820-1903)

‘There is no distinctly Native American criminal class . . save Congress.’
– Mark Twain

‘What this country needs are more unemployed politicians.’ – Edward Langley, Artist (1928 – 1995)

‘A government big enough to give you everything you want, is strong enough to take everything you have.’
– Thomas Jefferson