Quote(s) of the Week (June 28, 1998)

On Self-reliance...

"One of the happiest consequences of an absence of government (when a people is fortunate enough to be able to do without it, which is rare) is the development of individual strength that inevitably follows from it. Each man learns to think, to act for himself, without counting on the support of an outside force which, however vigilant one supposes it to be, can never answer all social needs. Man, thus accustomed to seek his well-being only through his own efforts, raises himself in his own opinion as he does in the opinion of others; his soul becomes larger and stronger at the same time."
--Alexis de Tocqueville, observations from his travels in the United States in the 1830s.  From the Daily Outrage for April 23, 1998.

On the Politics of Hate...

"They don't care about children that don't look like them. They don't care about children that are not white, middle-class Christians. As far as they're concerned, others can be eliminated.  This is a holy war, and everything for our children is at stake.''
--Jane Fonda, when asked why Christian conservatives do not agree with her position on "abstinence only" sex education programs.   From a June 24, 1998 Associated Press article by Laura Meckler.  Submitted by Bob Thomas on June 25, 1998.

On the Homosexual Agenda...

"With the university sponsoring a program promoting homosexuality, it is evident to me that the WSU budget is seriously bloated. I look forward to the opportunity next legislative session to trim away some of that bloat."
--Washington State Rep. Bob Sump (R), speaking out about Washington State University inviting junior high students from around the state to participate in a three-day conference on homosexuality described by the university as "kind of a Camp Queer experience."  From C-News for June 8, 1998.

On the Foundations of Government...

"It is not the function of our Government to keep the citizen from falling into error; it is the function of the citizen to keep the Government from falling into error."
--Robert H. Jackson, U.S. Judge, American Communications Association v. Dowds, 1950.

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