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When the leader is morally weak and his discipline not strict, when his instructions and guidance are not enlightened, when there are no consistent rules, neighboring rulers will take advantage of this.
-- Sun Tzu
 
In all history, there is no instance of a country having benefited from prolonged warfare. Only one who knows the disastrous effects of a long war can realize the supreme importance of rapidity in bringing it to a close.
-- Sun Tzu
 
Those who excel in war first cultivate their own humanity and justice and maintain their laws and institutions. By these means they make their governments invincible.
-- Sun Tzu
 
If you know the enemy and know yourself, you need not fear the result of a hundred battles. If you know yourself but not the enemy, for every victory gained you will also suffer a defeat. If you know neither the enemy nor yourself, you will succumb in every battle.
-- Sun Tzu
 
All warfare is based on deception. There is no place where espionage is not used. Offer the enemy bait to lure him.
-- Sun Tzu
 
If you know the enemy and know yourself, you need not fear the result of a hundred battles. If you know yourself but not the enemy, for every victory gained you will also suffer a defeat. If you know neither the enemy nor yourself, you will succumb in every battle.
-- Sun Tzu
 
We have, I fear, confused power with greatness.
-- Stewart L. Udall
 
[The problem is]...small arms are spreading throughout society with little documentation, since they are frequently bought from private individuals.
-- UN Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice
 
[The Clinton Administration] may find it useful to invoke the commitments made here [in the UN] to Americans as a lever to persuade the gun lobby.
-- Unidentified diplomat
 
I solemnly affirm to exercise in all loyalty, discretion and conscience ... in the interest of the United Nations ... and not to seek or accept instructions ... from any government or other authority external to the organization...
-- United Nations' Loyalty Oath
 
The age of nations must end... The governments of the nations have decided to order their separate sovereignties into one government to which they surrender their arms.
-- United Nations' World Constitution (False)
 
Everyone has the right…to hold opinions without interference and to seek, receive and impart information and ideas through any media regardless of frontiers.
-- United Nations
 
Everyone has the right to freedom of thought, conscience and religion; this right includes to change his religion or belief, and freedom, either alone or in community with others, and in public or in private, to manifest his religion or belief in teaching, practice, worship and observance.
-- United Nations
 
No state shall emit bills of credit, make any thing but gold and silver coin a tender in payment of debts, coin money...
-- United States Constitution
 
No State shall... coin money; emit bills of credit; make any thing but gold and silver coin a tender in payment of debts...
-- United States Constitution
 
... [the 16th Amendment] conferred no new power of taxation... [and]... prohibited the ... power of income taxation possessed by Congress from the beginning from being taken out of the category of indirect taxation to which it inherently belonged...
-- United States Supreme Court
 
The Constitution is a written instrument. As such it's meaning does not alter. That which it meant when adopted, it means now.
-- United States Supreme Court
 
...the intent of the lawmaker is to be found in the language that he has used.
-- United States Supreme Court
 
To lay with one hand the power of government on the property of the citizen, and with the other to bestow it on favored individuals... is none the less robbery because it is... called taxation.
-- United States Supreme Court
 
Because of what appears to be a lawful command on the surface, many Citizens, because of their respect for what appears to be law, are cunningly coerced into waiving their rights due to ignorance.
-- United States Supreme Court
 
Our tax system is based upon voluntary assessment and payment, not upon distraint.
-- United States Supreme Court
 
The Constitution prohibits any direct tax, unless in proportion to numbers as ascertained by the census..... [and] ... prohibits Congress from laying a direct tax on the revenue from property of the citizen without regard to state lines...
-- United States Supreme Court
 
... bank records are not the depositor's private papers and having given the information to the bank, the depositor has no legitimate expectation of continued privacy... Records of an individual's accounts with banks are not the individual's private papers protected against compulsory production by the 4th Amendment, but instead are the business records of the banks.
-- United States Supreme Court
 
It would indeed be ironic if, in the name of national defense, we would sanction the subversion of one of the liberties ... which makes the defense of the Nation worthwhile.
-- United States v. Robel
 
Do not mistake for conspiracy and intrigue what can best be explained by stupidity and incompetence.
-- Unknown
 
Letter to the President of the United States from an American Indian: 'Be careful with your immigration laws. We were careless with ours.'
-- Unknown
 
The slow man with integrity will ultimately catch the swift one who has none.
-- Unknown
 
The worst penalties are always imposed on those seeking to help the oppressed.
-- Unknown
 
Though most of the muck-rakers were moderate in temper and aim, a few of them were Socialists. Upton Sinclair ran unsuccessfully for office several times as a Socialist, and he nearly was elected governor of California in 1934, when he managed to win the Democratic nomination. Other Socialist muck-rakers include Charles Edward Russell, who ran for mayor of NYC on the Socialist ticket in 1913, and Gustavus Myers.
-- Unknown
 
There's a little truth to every 'just kidding'.
-- Unknown
 
Dawn: The time when men of reason go to bed. Certain old men prefer to rise at about that time, taking a cold bath and a long walk with an empty stomach, and otherwise mortifying the flesh. They then point with pride to these practices as the cause of their sturdy health and ripe years; the truth being that they are hearty and old, not because of their habits, but in spite of them. The reason we find only robust persons doing this thing is that it has killed all the others who have tried it.
-- Unknown
 
War is the tool through which the remaining Constitutional restraints on government and rights of the people will be destroyed. War will be the gateway through which total statism in any of its forms (fascism, socialism, communism) will be imposed upon the United States. They will rally the people’s patriotism, and give the laws Orwellian sounding names like the “Patriot Acts”, and “Freedom Laws” and cries of “America First,” but these acts will be anti-patriotic, anti-freedom, and anti-American. At the core of all these activities will be one purpose -- to impose ever increasing control over the citizens, marching toward total statism. They will suspend due process and Constitutional restrictions proclaiming “extraordinary times” require extraordinary measures. At first they will only be used against a few select atrocious and most heinous individuals with unfamiliar appearance, customs and beliefs. Initially, it will simply be a matter of degree, but the precedent is now set. Extraordinary measures solely for extraordinary individuals, but slowly and then more rapidly the extraordinary will become the ordinary until such measures can apply to anyone. They will deride anyone who opposes these Orwellian acts as dangerously naïve, as pacifists, as isolationists, as unpatriotic, as sympathizing with “the enemy” whoever “the enemy” may be at the time, and as un-American. They will make war with vague, ever changing goals and objectives. They will make war on elusive, obscure enemies by proclaiming wars against “subversives” or “guerillas” or “militias” or “revolutionaries” or “aggressors” or “terrorists” or whatever ambiguous name they can imagine so that the “enemies” will always be elusive, never eliminated or fully defeated. There will always be more “enemies.” War will be perpetual, lasting years or even decades. War will be the final mechanism that destroys America from within; and the people will proudly cheer and defend and support the dismantling of their rights and destruction of their Constitutional Republic, all out of supposed “necessity” to support “the war.”
-- Unknown
 
A committee is a cul-de-sac down which ideas are lured and then quietly strangled.
-- Unknown
 
Never risk what you can't afford to lose.
-- Unknown
 
Democracy, by definition, is participatory. Without participation, there is no democracy; that’s why the U.S. doesn’t have one. To participate, one must be educated and interested. There you have it.
-- Unknown
 
On the surface of the world right now there is War and violence and things seem dark. But calmly and quietly, at the same time, Something else is happening underground. An inner revolution is taking place And certain individuals are being called to a higher light. It is a silent revolution. From the inside out. From the ground up. This is a Global operation. A Spiritual Conspiracy. There are sleeper cells in every nation on the planet. You won't see us on the TV. You won't read about us in the newspaper. You won't hear about us on the radio. We don't seek any glory. We don't wear any uniform. We come in all shapes and sizes, colors and styles. Most of us work anonymously. We are quietly working behind the scenes In every country and culture of the world Cities big and small, mountains and valleys, In farms and villages, tribes and remote islands. You could pass by one of us on the street And not even notice. We go undercover. We remain behind the scenes. It is of no concern to us who takes the final credit But simply that the work gets done. Occasionally we spot each other in the street. We give a quiet nod and continue on our way. During the day many of us pretend we have normal jobs But behind the false storefront at night Is where the real work takes place. Some call us the Conscious Army. We are slowly creating a new world With the power of our minds and hearts. We follow, with passion and joy Our orders come from the Central Spiritual Intelligence. We are dropping soft, secret love bombs when no one is looking Poems ~ Hugs ~ Music ~ Photography ~ Movies ~ Kind words ~ Smiles ~ Meditation and prayer ~ Dance ~ Social activism ~ Websites Blogs ~ Random acts of kindness... We each express ourselves in our own unique ways With our own unique gifts and talents. Be the change you want to see in the world. That is the motto that fills our hearts. We know it is the only way real transformation takes place. We know that quietly and humbly we have the Power of all the oceans combined. Our work is slow and meticulous Like the formation of mountains. It is not even visible at first glance. And yet with it entire tectonic plates Shall be moved in the centuries to come. Love is the new religion of the 21st century. You don't have to be a highly educated person Or have any exceptional knowledge to understand it. It comes from the intelligence of the heart Embedded in the timeless evolutionary pulse of all human beings. Be the change you want to see in the world. Nobody else can do it for you. We are now recruiting. Perhaps you will join us Or already have. All are welcome. The door is open.
-- Unknown
 
Time and attention are our scarcest commodities - use them wisely.
-- Unknown
 
There are three parties in Washington, D.C. . . . Republican, Democratic and Cocktail.
-- Unknown
 
Most non-Catholics know that the Catholic schools are rendering a greater service to our nation than the public schools in which subversive textbooks have been used, in which Communist-minded teachers have taught, and from whose classrooms Christ and even God Himself are barred.
-- Unknown
 
Be more aware of your responsibilities than of your rights.
-- Unknown
 
Of course you can trust the United States government. Just ask any Indian.
-- Unknown
 
Home is the place where, when you have to go there, they have to take you in.
-- Unknown
 
Cynic: A blackguard whose faulty vision sees things as they are, not as they ought to be. Hence the custom among the Scythians of plucking out a cynic's eyes to improve his vision.
-- Unknown
 
A poet who reads his verse in public may have other nasty habits.
-- Unknown
 
The confidence of ignorance will always overcome the indecision of knowledge.
-- Unknown
 
We need a law that will allow a voter to sue a candidate for breach of promise.
-- Unknown
 
A library is an arsenal of liberty.
-- Unknown
 
Any sufficiently advanced bureaucracy is indistinguishable from molasses.
-- Unknown
 
A wise man can see more from the bottom of a well than a fool can from a mountain top.
-- Unknown
 
If you don't care where you are, then you ain't lost.
-- Unknown
 
If we keep on the way we're going, we're going to wind up where we're headed.
-- Unknown
 
No shade tree? Blame not the sun, but yourself.
-- Unknown
 
A liberal is someone too poor to be a capitalist and too rich to be a communist.
-- Unknown
 
Politicians are like diapers and need to be changed for the same reason.
-- Unknown
 
If you think talk is cheap, hire a lawyer.
-- Unknown
 
America is the country where you buy a lifetime supply of aspirin for one dollar, and use it up in two weeks.
-- Unknown
 
Integrity is not a conditional word. It doesn't blow in the wind or change with the weather. It is your inner image of yourself, and if you look in there and see a man who won't cheat, then you know he never will.
-- Unknown
 
When they call the roll in the Senate, the Senators do not know whether to answer 'Present' or 'Not guilty.'
-- Unknown
 
Nothing astonishes men so much as common sense and plain dealing.
-- Unknown
 
Diplomacy is the art of saying "Nice doggie" until you can find a rock.
-- Unknown
 
The capacity to learn is a gift; The ability to learn is a skill; The WILLINGNESS to learn is a choice.
-- Unknown
 
Integrity is what you do when no one is looking.
-- Unknown
 
The essential support and encouragement comes from within, arising out of the mad notion that your society needs to know what only you can tell it.
-- John Updike
 
The Federal Government is the creature of the States. It is not a party to the Constitution, but the result of it the creation of that agreement which was made by the States as parties. It is a mere agent, entrusted with limited powers for certain specific objects; which powers and objects are enumerated in the Constitution. Shall the agent be permitted to judge the extent of its own powers, without reference to his constituent? To a certain extent, he is compelled to do this, in the very act of exercising them, but always in subordination to the authority by whom his powers were conferred. If this were not so, the result would be, that the agent would possess every power which the agent could confer, notwithstanding the plainest and most express terms of the grant. This would be against all principle and all reason. If such a rule would prevail in regard to government, a written constitution would be the idlest thing imaginable. It would afford no barrier against the usurpations of the government, and no security for the rights and liberties of the people. If then the Federal Government has no authority to judge, in the last resort, of the extent of its own powers, with what propriety can it be said that a single department of that government may do so? Nay. It is said that this department may not only judge for itself, but for the other departments also. This is an absurdity as pernicious as it is gross and palpable. If the judiciary may determine the powers of the Federal Government, it may pronounce them either less or more than they really are.
-- Abel Upshur
 
Terrorism is the war of the poor. War is the terrorism of the rich.
-- Leon Uris
 
The principal beneficiary of America's foreign assistance programs has always been the United States.
-- US Agency for International Development
 
Democracy, n.: A government of the masses. Authority derived through mass meeting or any other form of direct expression. Results in mobocracy. Attitude toward property is communistic... negating property rights. Attitude toward law is that the will of the majority shall regulate, whether it is based upon deliberation or governed by passion, prejudice, and impulse, without restraint or regard to consequences. Result is demagogism, license, agitation, discontent, [chaos].
-- U. S. Army Training Manual No. 2000-25
 
No state shall ... make any thing but gold and silver coin a tender in payment of debts; pass any bill of attainder, ex post facto law, or law impairing the obligation of contracts, or grant any title of nobility.
-- U. S. Constitution
 
The Congress shall have power: To coin money, regulate the value thereof, and of foreign coin, and fix the standard of weights and measures;
-- U. S. Constitution
 
Series 1863-1934 U.S. Gold Certificate - This is to certify that there have been deposited in the treasury of The United States of America [denomination face value, i.e. Ten Dollars] in gold coin payable to the bearer on demand.
Series 1886-1963 U.S. Silver Certificate - This certifies that there is on deposit in the treasury of The United States of America [denomination face value, i.e. Ten Dollars] in silver payable to the bearer on demand.
Series 1913-1934 Federal Reserve Note - Redeemable in gold on demand at the United States Treasury or in gold or lawful money at any Federal Reserve Bank.
Series 1934-1963 Federal Reserve Note - This note is legal tender for all debts public and private and is redeemable in lawful money at the United States Treasury or at any Federal Reserve Bank.
Series 1963- Federal Reserve Note - This note is legal tender for all debts, public and private.

-- U. S. Currency
 
The real danger is the gradual erosion of individual liberties through automation, integration, and interconnection of many small, separate record-keeping systems, each of which alone may seem innocuous, even benevolent, and wholly justifiable.
-- U. S. Privacy Study Commission
 
Mind Your Business
-- U. S. Treasury
 
The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no warrants shall issue but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.
-- U.S. Constitution
 
This Constitution... shall be the Supreme Law of the Land; and the Judges in every State shall be bound thereby
-- U.S. Constitution Article VI
 
The Citizens of each State shall be entitled to all Privileges and Immunities of Citizens in the several States.
-- U.S. Constitution, Article IV, Sec. 2
 


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