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Political Spectrum: Open Mic, Commentators Choice — A View From the Right


April 23, 2012 by Mike Landry

I collect quotes.

Every once in awhile I’ll lift something from online or copy something from a book or magazine and put it in my file of quotes.
But the files are getting full and need exposure to daylight. I’m going to clean them out. Want to join me in taking a look at the following?

“Think of the press as a great keyboard on which the government can play.” — Hitler’s propaganda chief, Joseph Goebbels.

“Literally millions of Americans have had enough. They’re organizing, they’re studying the Constitution and the Federalis Papers, they’re reading history and case law, they’re showing up at rallies and meetings, and a slew of conservative candidates are throwing their hats into the ring.” — Garry Hubbell, Aspen Weekly Times.

“Show me the man, and I’ll find you the crime.” — Soviet secret police chief Lavrenti Berea.

“I love Arkansas. It’s the backbone of the nation, and it all starts with letting people be who they are.” — Ben Stein.

“While it is the view of many scientists, including this one, that research behind the global warming scare has and continues to suffer from a lack of integrity, it is nonetheless true that think tanks, universities, and environmental groups continue to funnel dollars to scientists who will provide the desired conclusion rather than produce unbiased results.” — Richard Trzupek, environmental consultant.

“If a man is called a streetsweeper, he should sweep streets even as Michelangelo painted, or Beethoven composed music, or Shakespeare wrote poetry. He should sweep streets so well that all the hosts of heaven and Earth will pause to say, ‘Here lived a great streetsweeper who did his job well.'” — Martin Luther King.

“No lesson seems to be so deeply inculcated by the experience of life as that you should never trust experts. If you believe the doctors, nothing is wholesome: if you believe the theologian, nothing is innocent: if you believe the soldiers, nothing is safe. They all require to have their strong wine diluted by a very large admixture of insipid common sense.” — British Prime Minister Lord Salisbury.

“Our Constitution is designed only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate for any other.” — John Adams.

“Political correctness is communist propaganda writ small…When people are forced to remain silent when they are being told the most obvious lies, or even worse when they are forced to repeat the lies themselves, they lose once and for all their sense of probity.” — Theodore Dalrymple

“Put a pot of chili on the stove to simmer. Let it simmer. Meanwhile, broil a good steak. Eat the steak. Let the chili simmer. Ignore it.” — Alleged chili recipe of 1950s Texas Governor Allan Shivers (actually he had a real venison recipe he gave to the media).

“If an unfriendly power had attempted to impose on America the mediocre educational performance that exists today, we might well have viewed it as an act of war.” — National Commission on Excellence in Education, 1983.

Enough. More quotes perhaps another time.

Read Richard Drake’s A View From the Left entry here

Mike Landry

​​A Washington County resident, Mike Landry is professor of business administration at Northeastern State University in Tahlequah, Oklahoma. He blogs at and can be contacted at​ ​ ​

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