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But let me offer you my definition of social justice: I keep what I earn and you keep what you earn. Do you disagree? Well then tell me how much of what I earn belongs to you - and why?
Prior to capitalism, the way people amassed great wealth was by looting, plundering and enslaving their fellow man. Capitalism made it possible to become wealthy by serving your fellow man.
No matter how worthy the cause, it is robbery, theft, and injustice to confiscate the property of one person and give it to another to whom it does not belong.
If one person has a right to something he did not earn, of necessity it requires that another person not have a right to something that he did earn.
Democracy and liberty are not the same. Democracy is little more than mob rule, while liberty refers to the sovereignty of the individual.
The Founders knew that a democracy would lead to some kind of tyranny. The term democracy appears in none of our Founding documents. Their vision for us was a Republic and limited government.
In a free society, government has the responsibility of protecting us from others, but not from ourselves.
Always be suspicious of those who pretend to know it all, claim their way is the best way and are willing to force their way on the rest of us.
I prefer a thief to a Congressman. A thief will take your money and be on his way, but a Congressman will stand there and bore you with the reasons why he took it.
Most of the great problems we face are caused by politicians creating solutions to problems they created in the first place.
The prospects are dim for a society that makes mascots out of the unproductive and condemns the productive.
Saying the Constitution is a living document is the same as saying we don't have a Constitution.
Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed
We should view our government the way we should a friendly, cuddly lion. Just because he's friendly and cuddly shouldn't blind us to the fact that he's still got teeth and claws.
Multiculturalists argue that different cultural values are morally equivalent. That's nonsense.
More important than anything else is for Americans to wise up to class warfare demagoguery and reject the politics of envy.
The crucial question for any policy is not what, are its intentions, but what are its effects?
Preaching doom and gloom has been beneficial to the political class. They use it to gain more power and control.
If the States do not have the right to secede, then they have no rights at all.
Wealth comes from successful individual efforts to please one's fellow man ... that's what competition is all about: "outpleasing" your competitors to win over the consumers.
Increases in money supply are what constitute inflation, and a general rise in prices is the symptom.
The public good is promoted best by people pursuing their own private interests. This bothers some people because they're more concerned with motives than with results.
The framers gave us the Second Amendment not so we could go deer or duck hunting but to give us a modicum of protection against congressional tyranny.
Politicians exploit economic illiteracy.
Vote for me. I'll use my office to take another American's money and give it to you.
The idea that even the brightest person or group of bright people, much less the U.S. Congress, can wisely manage an economy has to be the height of arrogance and conceit.
Tyrants always condemn and seek to replace the market process with government coercion because tyrants do not trust that people behaving voluntarily will do what the tyrants think they should do.
Discrimination is simply the act of choice. Scarcity requires us to choose; scarcity is the cause of discrimination!
Once Congress establishes that one person can live at the expense of another, it pays for everyone to try to do so.
A caged canary is safe but not free.
Politicians have immense power to do harm to the economy. But they have very little power to do good.
The essence of government is force, and most often that force is used to accomplish evil ends.
If you hate my guts and have designs to hurt me, and I see you building a cannon aimed at my house, I am not going to wait for you to finish construction.
I have nothing against rich people. In fact, I've been struggling most of my life to join them.
If grade inflation continues, a college bachelor's degree will have just as much credibility as a high school diploma.
I don't know about you, but if you hear that Williams guns have been taken, you'll know Williams is dead.
The difference between a thief and a congressman: When a thief steals your money, he doesn't expect you to thank him.
Most of what Congress does fits the description of forcing one American to serve the purposes of another American. That description differs only in degree, but not in kind, from slavery.
The only organized political party with a Christian vision of morality is the Libertarian Party.
Nothing in our Constitution suggests that government is a grantor of rights. Instead, government is a protector of rights.
If our country is to survive and prosper, we must summon the courage to condemn and reject the liberal agenda, and we had better do it soon.
Socialism is just another form of tyranny.
If the Constitution framers would come back today, they would have contempt for most of us.
Trying to get government to be as efficient as business is as hopeless as trying to teach cats to bark and dogs to meow.
I learned that you have to evaluate the effects of public policy as opposed to intentions.
Minimum-wage laws are one of the most powerful tools in the arsenal of racists.
The belief that society benefits from destruction is lunacy.
Legislators aren't known for being rocket scientists.
An increasing amount of climate research suggests a possibility of global cooling.
Economic planning is nothing more than the forcible superseding of other people's plans by the powerful elite backed up by the brute force of government.