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That Explains a Lot

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3 Responses to That Explains a Lot

  1. Birdshot says:

    A rather offensive comparison. Baboon have show much more intelligence at problem solving and have much bigger BALLS than any congress-critter ever elected.

    and like you thought nobody would take the bait with that pic…lol.

  2. TranceAm says:

    Fleas can be taught nearly anything that a Congressman can.
    – What Is Man?

    …the smallest minds and the selfishest souls and the cowardliest hearts that God makes.
    – Letter fragment, 1891 –Mark Twain

    Suppose you were an idiot. And suppose you were a member of Congress. But I repeat myself.
    – Mark Twain, a Biography

    Congressman is the trivialist distinction for a full grown man.
    – Notebook #14, Nov. 1877 – July 1878

    All Congresses and Parliaments have a kindly feeling for idiots, and a compassion for them, on account of personal experience and heredity.
    – Mark Twain’s Autobiography; also in Mark Twain in Eruption

    The lightning there is peculiar; it is so convincing, that when it strikes a thing it doesn’t leave enough of that thing behind for you to tell whether–Well, you’d think it was something valuable, and a Congressman had been there.
    – Mark Twain’s Speeches, “The Weather”

    It could probably be shown by facts and figures that there is no distinctly native American criminal class except Congress.
    – Pudd’nhead Wilson’s New Calendar

    It is the foreign element that commits our crimes. There is no native criminal class except Congress.
    – More Maxims of Mark, Johnson, 1927

    Whiskey is carried into committee rooms in demijohns and carried out in demagogues.
    – Notebook, 1868

    …I never can think of Judas Iscariot without losing my temper. To my mind Judas Iscariot was nothing but a low, mean, premature, Congressman.
    – “Foster’s Case,” New York Tribune, 10 March 1873

    If the legislature clearly misinterprets a Constitutional provision, the frequent repetition of the wrong will not create a right. –Amos v. Mosley,

    A democratic despotism is like a theocracy: it assumes its own correctness. –Walter Bagehot,

    Can any of you seriously say the Bill of Rights could get through Congress today? It wouldn’t even get out of committee. –F. Lee Bailey

    Taxation with representation ain’t so hot either. –Gerald Barzan

    Under our form of government, the legislature is not supreme … like other departments of government, it can only exercise such powers as have been delegated to it, and when it steps beyond that boundary, its acts, like those of the most humble magistrate in the state who transcends his jurisdiction, are utterly void. — Billings v. Hall

    At the foundation of our civil liberties lies the principle that denies to government officials an exceptional position before the law and which subjects them to the same rules of conduct that are commands to the citizen. –Justice Louis D. Brandeis

    Is it any wonder, why the approval ratings of the Congress go up every time we go into recess? –Sen. Robert C. Byrd

    To maintain the ascendancy of the Constitution over the lawmaking majority is the great and essential point on which the success of the [American] system must depend; unless that ascendancy can be preserved, the necessary consequence must be that the laws will supersede the Constitution; and, finally, the will of the Executive, by influence of its patronage, will supersede the laws –John C. Calhoun

    While the people have property, arms in their hands, and only a spark of noble spirit, the most corrupt Congress must be mad to form any project of tyranny. –Rev. Nicholas Collin

    Congress have no power to disarm the militia. Their swords, and every other terrible implement of the soldier, are the birth-right of an American … the unlimited power of the sword is not in the hands of either the federal or state governments, but, where I trust in God it will ever remain, in the hands of the people. –Tench Coxe

    Article I, Section 8, of the Constitution, of course, lays out the delegated, enumerated, and therefore limited powers of Congress. Only through a deliberate misreading of the general welfare and commerce clauses of the Constitution has the federal government been allowed to overreach its authority and extend its tendrils into every corner of civil society. –Edward H. Crane

    There ain’t no ticks like poly-ticks. Bloodsuckers all. –Davy Crockett

    We must not permit our respect for the dead or our sympathy for the living to lead us into an act of injustice to the balance of the living. I will not attempt to prove that Congress has no power to appropriate this money as an act of charity. Every member upon this floor knows it. We have the right as individuals to give away as much of our own money as we please in charity; but as members of congress we have no right to appropriate a dollar of the public money. –Davy Crockett

    There is one safeguard known generally to the wise, which is an advantage and security to all, but especially to democracies as against despots. What is it? Distrust. –Demosthenes

    We will all be better citizens when voting records of our Congressmen are followed as carefully as scores of pro-football games. –Lou Erickson

    Let us remember that revolutions do not always establish freedom. Our own free institutions were not the offspring of our revolution. They existed before. –Millard Fillmore

    The principles of a free constitution are irrevocably lost when the legislative power is dominated by the executive. –Edward Gibbon

    And that the said Constitution be never construed to authorize Congress to infringe the just liberty of the press, or the rights of conscience; or to prevent the people of the United States, who are peaceable citizens, from keeping their own arms; or to raise standing armies, unless necessary for the defense of the United States, or of some one or more of them; or to prevent the people from petitioning, in a peaceable and orderly manner, the federal legislature, for a redress of grievances; or to subject the people to unreasonable searches and seizures of their persons, papers or possessions. –Samuel Adams

    The said constitution shall never be construed to authorize Congress to prevent the people of the United States who are peaceable citizens from keeping their own arms. –Samuel Adams

  3. TranceAm says:

    [A] possible further difficulty is cited, namely, that arising from the Constitutional provision that only Congress may declare war. This argument is countered with the contention that a treaty will override this barrier, let alone the fact that our participation in such police action as might be recommended by the international security organization need not necessarily be construed as war. –Council on Foreign Relations

    The President is to be commander-in-chief of the army and navy of the United States. In this respect his authority would be nominally the same with that of the king of Great Britain, but in substance much inferior to it. It would amount to nothing more than the supreme command and direction of the land and naval forces, as first general and admiral … while that of the British king extends to the declaring of war and to the raising and regulating of fleets and armies — all which, by the Constitution under consideration, would appertain to the legislature. –Alexander Hamilton

    No legislative act contrary to the Constitution can be valid. To deny this would be to affirm that the deputy (agent) is greater than his principal; that the servant is above the master; that the representatives of the people are superior to the people; that men, acting by virtue of powers may do not only what their powers do not authorize, but what they forbid. It is not to be supposed that the Constitution could intend to enable the representatives of the people to substitute their will to that of their constituents. A Constitution is, in fact, and must be regarded by judges as fundamental law. If there should happen to be a irreconcilable variance between the two, the Constitution is to be preferred to the statute. –Alexander Hamilton

    If the representatives of the people betray their constituents, there is then no recourse left but in the exertion of that original right of self-defense… –Alexander Hamilton

    Are we at last brought to such a humiliating and debasing degradation, that we cannot be trusted with arms for our own defence? Where is the difference between having our arms in our own possession and under our own direction, and having them under the management of Congress? If our defence be the_real_object of having those arms, in whose hands can they be trusted with more propriety, or equal safety to us, as in our own hands? –Patrick Henry

    Talk is cheap — except when Congress does it. –Cullen Hightower

    But with respect to future debt; would it not be wise and just for that nation to declare in the constitution they are forming that neither the legislature, nor the nation itself can validly contract more debt, than they may pay within their own age, or within the term of 19 years. –Thomas Jefferson

    The fundamental principle is this: No matter how worthwhile an end may be, if there is no constitutional authority to pursue it, then the federal government must step aside and leave the matter to the states or to private parties. The president and Congress can proceed only from constitutional authority, not from good intentions alone. If Congress thinks it necessary to expand its powers, the Framers crafted an amendment process for that purpose. But too often, rather than follow that process, Congress has disregarded the limits set by the Constitution and gutted our frontline defense against overweening federal government. –Robert A. Levy

    This Act (the Federal Reserve Act, Dec. 23rd 1913) establishes the most gigantic trust on earth. When the President signs this bill, the invisible government by the Monetary Power will be legalized. The people may not know it immediately, but the day of reckoning is only a few years removed. The trusts will soon realize that they have gone too far even for their own good. The people must make a declaration of independence to relieve themselves from the Monetary Power. This they will be able to do by taking control of Congress. Wall Streeters could not cheat us if you Senators and Representatives did not make a humbug of Congress… The greatest crime of Congress is its currency system. The worst legislative crime of the ages is perpetrated by this banking bill. The caucus and the party bosses have again operated and prevented the people from getting the benefit of their own government. –Charles A. Lindbergh, Sr

    The dissenter is every human being at those times of his life when he resigns momentarily from the herd and thinks for himself. –Archibald Macleish

    Search the Constitution and you will find no power granted to the legislative branch to make laws governing agriculture, housing, medicine, energy, private ownership or weapons, and a great deal more. –John F. McManus

    Welcome to the U.S. Capitol: Watch for falling expectations. –Wiley Miller

    The Constitution supposes what the history of all governments demonstrates, that the executive is the branch of power most interested in war and most prone to it. It has accordingly with studied care, vested the question of war in the legislature. [If a president is successful in bypassing the Congress] it is evident that the people are cheated out of the best ingredients in the government, the safeguards of peace which is the greatest of their blessings. –Richard M. Nixon

    These things I believe: That government should butt out. That freedom is our most precious commodity and if we are not eternally vigilant, government will take it all away. That individual freedom demands individual responsibility. That government is not a necessary good but an unavoidable evil. That the executive branch has grown too strong, the judicial branch too arrogant and the legislative branch too stupid. That political parties have become close to meaningless. That government should work to insure the rights of the individual, not plot to take them away. That government should provide for the national defense and work to insure domestic tranquillity. That foreign trade should be fair rather than free. That America should be wary of foreign entanglements. That the tree of liberty needs to be watered from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants. That guns do more than protect us from criminals; more importantly, they protect us from the ongoing threat of government. That states are the bulwark of our freedom. That states should have the right to secede from the Union. That once a year we should hang someone in government as an example to his fellows. –Lyn Nofziger

    But, sir, the people themselves have it in their power effectually to resist usurpation, without being driven to an appeal of arms. An act of usurpation is not obligatory; it is not law; and any man may be justified in his resistance. Let him be considered as a criminal by the general government, yet only his fellow-citizens can convict him; they are his jury, and if they pronounce him innocent, not all the powers of Congress can hurt him; and innocent they certainly will pronounce him, if the supposed law he resisted was an act of usurpation. –Theophilus Parsons

    That last one has been usurped by the Executive Branch based on all acts and EO’s since 911. You don’t need a fair trail by peers, that is shown heabus corpes, the procecution claims it has of the crime.

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