Tuesday, July 10, 2012

The Freedom Revolution by Dick Armey



.... when someone says, "Put your life in my hands and I'll make you free," he or she is lying.

Freedom works.  Central planning does not.

President Reagan understood that what most bothered average citizens was not the sense that they could not trust government... but the sense that the government doesn't trust the average [citizen].

Ronald Reagan ... did nothing but withdraw government influence from people's private economic decisions.

The Soviet government was quite simply the most murderous regime in human history.  Joseph Stalin on average killed roughly two thousand people each day of the thirty-one years he reigned.
The communists in Poland had no trouble finding 50,000 Polish policemen to impose martial law to extinguish the Solidarity movement.  By the time the Socialists reached their terminal crisis ten years later, they apparently could find no one willing to pull the trigger on their countrymen.

The free market alone entrusts each one of us with a leading role and calculates that, given the chance, the average person is always a little better than average.

Societies ruled from above enjoy only the benefit of whatever knowledge and common sense the rulers happened to have but when people make decisions for themselves their knowledge becomes society's capital.  Freedom liberates the intellectual capital squandered by tyranny. 

Chapter 5 How Republicans Almost Blew It (I find this hilarious.)

I have often wondered why a man who had been elected President of the USA gave a hang what the New York Times or any other paper said about him.

At some point government becomes so large that it begins to smother prosperity and thus erode our general welfare and our liberty.

Does anyone really imagine that most women oppose having the freedom to choose the best school for their own kids?

I will never forget watching a congressional hearing on agricultural policy.  The witnesses: Jane Fonda, Jessica Lange and Sissy Spacek.

I could never return to the battles of the academy. Dealing with congressional politics for ten years has left me too soft.

Genuine charity will thrive as we move away from the compulsory compassion of Big Government.

The poor's greatest nutrition problem is not hunger but obesity.

I'm always surprised to find conservatives who believe in free trade but adopt a protectionist attitude toward human beings.

The key to being a popular minister -- "Talk about the sins they don't commit."

The U.S. government owns 700 billion acres of land.

Liberals don't care what you do as long as it's mandatory.

In 1998, during the Monica Lewinsky scandal, a reporter asked Dick Armey what he would do if he were in President Bill Clinton's position.  Armey replied ...

"If I were in the President's place I would not have gotten a chance to resign. I would be lying in a pool of my own blood, hearing Mrs. Armey standing over me saying, 'How do I reload this damn thing?'"

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