"It is a general popular error to suppose
the loudest complainers for the public
to be the most anxious for its welfare."
Edmund Burke
(1729-1797) Irish-born British statesman, parliamentary orator, and political thinker
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After listening to the children of New Orleans flood victims whine that nobody is helping them and we must help them now, it is obvious they will take any and all welfare sent their way, regardless of their need.
 -- Joe, Rochester, MI     
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    Most of the loudest complaints are used as a diversion from the root causes of the so-called problems for which there is a complaint.
     -- E Archer, NYC     
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    Tell Joe from Rochester that I'll send him reimbursement for all that he has sacrificed for New Orleans if he'll keep his big mouth shut. He makes me sick.
     -- paul, Los Angeles     
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    No Shite! Take a closer look at the big stick press.
     -- Gölök Zoltán Leenderdt Franco Buday, Gölök Zoltán Leenderdt Franco Buday     
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    About the quote---It is one more support for the idea that we do not learn from the experience of others. Burke knew what he knew more than 200 years ago; and it has benefited us not a bit. About New Orleans---To build a city on the coast and below sea level is just stupid. To rebuild that city, after knowing the result of having done so previously, is madness.
     -- David L. Rosenthal, Hollywood     
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    This quote sums up liberals today. They only win if America fails.
     -- Fred Cole, Lubbock TX.     
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    Kinda brings to mind, if a tree falls in the forest and no one is there to hear it does it make a sound ? In today's environment, the loudest complainers must be in harmony with the media of public expression and the theocratic oppressors or no sound / error is recognized.
     -- Mike, Norwalk     
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    The most unauthentically altruistically intentioned beings among us are they who, among all, are the most vociferously ostentatious in their efforts to endeavor to portray themselves as being paragons of altruism.

    Foremost among whom, latter day Pharisees of the retrograde left of the ilk of W. J. & H. Clinton, B. Hussein & M. Obama, N. Pelosi, R. Durbin, C. Schumer, J. Jackson, H. Weinstein, A. Sharpton, et al, ad infinitum.
     -- Patrick Henry, Red Hill     
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    David and Patrick said it well.
     -- jim k, Austin     
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    " Tell me, what one character of Liberty the Americans have, and what brand of slavery they are freed from, if they are bound in their poverty and industry by all the restraints you can imagine on commerce." Edmund Burke
     -- Ronw13, Oregon     
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