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From bumper stickers to songs, Americans love to support the red, white and blue. Kids are drilled with the Pledge of Allegiance from an early age, the American flag is present everywhere we look, and being an American is something of which to be proud. Charlie Daniels' had a response to the Iran hostage crisis and the renewed patriotism it ignited. The record reached #11 in Billboard. In America

Patriotism is more than fighting for one's country. It is sharing the never fully paid price of freedom which was bequeathed to us who enjoy it today. Not to squander, but to preserve and enhance for those who will follow after us. - Joseph E Sintoni, Killed in Action in Vietnam, 1968

In terms of change in American attitudes and American values, these last five years have surely been the crucial ones in the quarter century since V-J Day. And these changes seem of such a magnitude that every American except the very young, the very empty, and the very enclosed must now, to some extent, feel himself a foreigner in his native land.

[How] to check these unconstitutional invasions of ... rights by the Federal judiciary? Not by impeachment in the first instance, but by a strong protestation of both houses of Congress that such and such doctrines advanced by the Supreme Court are contrary to the Constitution; and if afterwards they relapse into the same heresies, impeach and set the whole adrift. For what was the government divided into three branches, but that each should watch over the others and oppose their usurpations? - Thomas Jefferson to Nathaniel Macon, 1821.

Future historians will be able to study at the Gerald Ford Library; the Jimmy Carter Library; the Ronald Reagan Library and the Bill Clinton Adult Bookstore. - Andy Rooney

Santa Claus, the Tooth Fairy, an honest lawyer and an old drunk are walking down the street together when they simultaneously spot a lost hundred dollar bill. Who gets it? The old drunk, of course; all of the other three are mythical creatures!

Promote then as an object of primary importance, Institutions for the general diffusion of knowledge. In proportion as the structure of a government gives force to public opinion, it is essential that public opinion should be enlightened. - George Washington, Farewell Address, September 19, 1796

There is one thing solid and fundamental in politics . . . the law of change. What's up today is down tomorrow. —Richard M. Nixon

A lie taken for the truth always assumes a most dangerous appearance. -" F. Dostoevsky, "One of the Contemporaneous Falsehoods" (1873)

President Bill Clinton was widely criticized for some pardons and other acts of executive clemency; collectively, this controversy has sometimes been called Pardongate in the press. Federal prosecutor Mary Jo White was appointed to investigate the pardons. She was later replaced by James Comey. Comey cleared Clinton of any wrongdoing.

The president is the best-paid public official in the United states — but it’s a recent development. Fortunately for poverty-stricken Dubya, Congress doubled the presidential salary to $400,000 before he took office, but this was the first presidential pay hike since 1969. We had the top public official in the country making what amounted to a low-level VP salary on Wall Street — and other public officials were making even more than that. For example, Dallas’ city manager pulls in $263,027 while the vice president, Speaker of the House, and chief justice of the Supreme Court make only $203,000. House and Senate leaders earn $175,700, but representatives and senators nab a measly $158,100. That’s still more than most governors, whose salaries typically range from $75,000 to $125,000. Of course, California’s governator chose not to accept his $175,000 salary—hey, you finally make more money than someone!

Politicians as a class are unscrupulous, willing to do anything to gain power, and abusive of their position and privileges. Amongst a bunch of politicians we are like one legged men at an ass kicking.

Same-Sex marriage can only be imposed by activist judges, not by the democratic will of the people. The vast majority of people define marriage as the life-long union of a man and a woman. They will strongly resist redefinition. The imposition of gay marriage would bring contempt for the law and our courts in the eyes of many Americans - including those in heterosexual marriages-over the long run. Strong political measures may be necessary to maintain the traditional definition of marriage, possibly even a constitutional amendment. As for marriage, let us keep the definition as it is, and strengthen our capacity to live up to its ideals.

The Ten Commandments (a.k.a. Decalogue) from the Hebrew Scriptures have historically been accepted by Judaism, Christianity and Islam as a summary of the most important rules of behavior that God expects of humanity. There is considerable debate in the U.S. whether the Decalogue should be posted in public schools, public parks, government offices, etc, and under which circumstances posting is constitutional.

The tabloids didn-t make a big deal about this one, probably because there weren-t any tabloids back in Six-Eleventeen A.D. One common rumor is that Catherine the Great - "Kitty" to her pals - died when she was crushed beneath a horse that was lowered upon her for, well, you know. Turns out she (her tenure was from 25 December 1761 -" 9 July 1762) just had a stroke while on the can. History is boring.

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances. - United States Constitution; Bill of Rights; Amendment I

The name of American, which belongs to you, in your national capacity, must always exalt the just pride of Patriotism, more than any appellation derived from local discriminations. . . . Citizens by birth or choice of a common country, that country has a right to concentrate your affections. - President George Washington Farewell Address September 17, 1796

Why the American dream is the rest of the world’s nightmare. It’s a distinctly American skill, one that’s always made our nation great: the ability to screw others over while making them think they got the sweeter deal. Native Americans Gave us: Food, winter survival tips, and all the land in North America. We gave them: Firewater, smallpox, and a trailer park in South Dakota. France Gave us: An army to secure our independence and the Statue of Liberty. We gave them: EuroDisney, Jerry Lewis, and the Royale With Cheese. Germany Gave us: Thomas Mann, Albert Einstein, Marlene Dietrich, and Werner von Braun, all of whom defied a demented dictator. We gave them: The Berlin Wall, David Hasselhoff, and Budweiser. Japan Gave us: Cherry trees to beautify the streets of our nation’s capital and affordable, well-built cars. We gave them: Two atomic bombs to rid the streets of Hiroshima and Nagasaki of every life form except the cockroach. Canada Gave us: Hockey, good beer, and wood. We gave them: The Montreal Expos, acid rain, and the threat of getting caught in a nuclear cross fire. Russia Gave us: The Alaska territory and mail-order trophy wives. We gave them: A capitalist economy. How’s that workin’ out for ya?

Socialism is any of various theories or systems of social organization in which the means of producing and distributing goods is owned collectively or by a centralized government that often plans and controls the economy. It is also the stage in Marxist-Leninist theory intermediate between capitalism and communism, in which collective ownership of the economy under the dictatorship of the proletariat (a social class comprising those who do manual labor or work for wages) has not yet been successfully achieved.
Communism is a theoretical economic system characterized by the collective ownership of property and by the organization of labor for the common advantage of all members. It is a system of government in which the state plans and controls the economy and a single, often authoritarian party holds power, claiming to make progress toward a higher social order in which all goods are equally shared by the people. The Marxist-Leninist version of Communist doctrine that advocates the overthrow of capitalism by the revolution of the proletariat.
Capitalism is an economic system in which the means of production and distribution are privately or corporately owned and development is proportionate to the accumulation and reinvestment of profits gained in a free market. - American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language

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