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Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton

The two adapted/cleaned up comments below were posted on a page about Donald Trump's family tree at amny.com.

 

Donald Trump: “I was born with a silver spoon in my mouth. I dodged military service with (alleged) lies. I live in a tacky gold penthouse, fly in private jets, and have children by 3 different wives. I’ve declared bankruptcy multiple times, and I’m currently being sued for fraud. But you ‘identify with me’ and want me as your next leader. Perfect.”

Scott McGillivray Jul 21, 2016 8:52pm

 

Hillary Clinton: “I left the White House in 2000 with a net worth of $1 million and within 16 years I increased it to $91 million while working as a public servant. I destroyed any women who came forward who my husband sexually molested. I turned $1,000 into $1 million in cattle futures. I turned my back on our ambassador in Benghazi and watched him murdered without doing one thing. I lied and blamed it on a video. When asked about it years later before congress I said, "What difference does it make!" I stored classified documents on my private server so I could hide the donations of terrorist nations to my foundation while lying to the American people. I have no scruples, I have no integrity, and I left every post in a scandal. Many idiots will vote for me because I have a D by my name.”

Michael Fallon Jul 21, 2016 10:29pm

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Both choices are horrible. Some say that Trump is running just to make sure his buddy Hillary Clinton will win. If you can't find a suitable third choice, why stand in line to vote? You’re a sucker if you think Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton will improve things.

I don't vote. On Election Day, I stay home. I firmly believe that if you vote, you have no right to complain. Now, some people like to twist that around. They say, "If you don't vote, you have no right to complain," but where's the logic in that? If you vote, and you elect dishonest, incompetent politicians, and they get into office and screw everything up, you are responsible for what they have done. You voted them in. You caused the problem. You have no right to complain. I, on the other hand, who did not votewho did not even leave the house on Election Dayam in no way responsible for what these politicians have done and have every right to complain about the mess that you created.

George Carlin

There exists a shadowy Government with its own Air Force, its own Navy, its own fundraising mechanism, and the ability to pursue its own ideas of the national interest, free from all checks and balances, and free from the law itself.

Senator Daniel Inouye

One Nation Under God and Under Surveillance

The US government is similar to the mob, except it has prisons to make it look more respectable. Taxes are the protection money that you must pay to keep the government mob off your back. The government uses violent criminals to keep the sheeple scared so they'll pay even more protection money and allow more of their freedoms to be taken away for the sake of security. The government mob will fight crime on the surface, but most of their time will be spent on fining the sheeple for little violations here and there to squeeze even more money out of them. To the government mob, people really are sheeple. They are nothing but sheep to be sheared. And they are sheared far too often with hardly any time to grow between shearings.

Duane Alan Hahn

Remember, the government doesn't represent us, it owns us. And we don't actually own anything, we just rent it until death or the government decides it wants it all back sooner than expected.

Duane Alan Hahn

There are some acts of justice which corrupt those who perform them.

Joubert

A tyrant must put on the appearance of uncommon devotion to religion. Subjects are less apprehensive of illegal treatment from a ruler whom they consider god-fearing and pious.

Aristotle

It is dangerous to be right when the government is wrong.

Voltaire

Liberty may make mistakes but tyranny is the death of a nation.

Matteotti

If you're fighting the system, then you're still caught in it. It's not about fighting the system; it's about ceasing to hold it together. Non-cooperation. We cannot be imprisoned without our cooperation. Their power is in our acquiescence.

David Icke (adapted)

George Carlin on the Plutocracy

Bill Wesley at YouTube had this to say about the clip above: "There, that wasn't so bad, just a little pin prick injection of direct honesty instead of the usual quack tincture of pretend analysis. I can tell you what our masters fear the most and it's not education, it's worse than education. They fear unsigned creativity, individual invention and integrity. What we call 'education' is really just 'regimentation.' The goal is not to promote understanding, but rather to prevent originality. An independently owned patent can bring down an entire corporation."

 

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There's a reason education sucks, and it's the same reason it will never, ever, ever be fixed. It's never going to get any better. Don't look for it. Be happy with what you've got because the owners of this country don't want that. I'm talking about the real owners now. The big wealthy business interests that control things and make all the important decisions. Forget the politicians. The politicians are put there to give you the idea that you have freedom of choice. You don't. You have no choice. You have owners. They own you. They own everything. They own all the important land. They own and control the corporations. They've long since bought and paid for the Senate, the Congress, the state houses, the city halls. They got the judges in their back pockets and they own all the big media companies, so they control just about all of the news and information you get to hear. They got you by the balls. They spend billions of dollars every year lobbying. Lobbying to get what they want. Well, we know what they want. They want more for themselves and less for everybody else, but I'll tell you what they don't want. They don't want a population of citizens capable of critical thinking. They don't want well-informed, well-educated people capable of critical thinking. They're not interested in that. That doesn't help them. That's against their interests.

 

The most dangerous man, to any government, is the man who Is able to think things out for himself, without regard to the prevailing superstitions and taboos. Almost invariably he comes to the conclusion that the government he lives under is dishonest, insane and intolerable, and so, if he is romantic, he tries to change it. And if he is not romantic personally, he is apt to spread discontent among those who are.

H.L. Mencken

Stripped of ethical rationalizations and philosophical pretensions, a crime is anything that a group in power chooses to prohibit.

Freda Adler

They took over the country like a coup. Eight or nine guys came and took over the country, they overran the press, the congress, the bureaucracy and we all fell down so easy. Is our democracy that fragile that it can be taken over so quickly by a group of people who are zealots, who are ideologues, Utopians if you will? They didn't go into Iraq because of oil or Israel, they went in because they really believe they could go in with ten-thousand American soldiers, a few bombs, a lot of American flags, Saddam would fall, new government would come in, and democracy would flow like water out of a fountain.

Seymour Hersh from a Daily Show interview (Adapted)

The price of loyalty is incompetence.

Jonathan Alter

Freedom is hammered out on the anvil of discussion, dissent, and debate.

Hubert H. Humphrey

Our enemies are innovative and resourceful, and so are we. They never stop thinking about new ways to harm our country and our people, and neither do we.

George W. Bush

Resistance to tyrants is obedience to God.

Thomas Jefferson

Step by step we see democracy being uprooted like an unwanted weed and the preparation for fascism, for a police state in America. The Congress is largely complicit. The media is supportive. The public is apathetic. By the time apathy is reversed, there may be little opportunity to restore what was lost without massive effort and pain.

Stan Moore

Government is actually the worst failure of civilized man. There has never been a really good one, and even those that are most tolerable are arbitrary, cruel, grasping and unintelligent.

H. L. Mencken

The government solution to a problem is usually as bad as the problem.

Milton Friedman

Government is not reason and it is not eloquence. It is force! Like fire it is a dangerous servant and a fearful master. Never for a moment should it be left to irresponsible action.

George Washington

By definition, a government has no conscience. Sometimes it has a policy, but nothing more.

Albert Camus

Edited clip from "Day of the Dove" (Star Trek: TOS)

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The question is not whether the system works, but whether we like the way it works. Just because something works doesn't mean it is desirable. Concentration camps work, if your purpose is to enslave people. Stealing works, if all you care about is money. Lying works, if you don't give a damn about your personal integrity. Literally anything, no matter how monstrously immoral will work, depending on your desires and how you define the term work.

Sy Leon

Patriotism is the willingness to kill and be killed for trivial reasons.

Bertrand Russell

You don't own anything, you just rent it until death or the government intervenes.

Duane Alan Hahn

The object of government in peace and in war is not the glory of rulers or of races, but the happiness of the common man.

Baron William Henry Beveridge

The point to remember is what government gives, it must first take away.

John S. Caldwell

Many people want the government to protect the consumer. A much more urgent problem is to protect the consumer from the government.

Milton Friedman

When buying and selling are controlled by legislation, the first things to be bought and sold are legislators.

P. J. O'Rourke

Once upon a time only Washington's face was on our money, now Washington's hands are on it too.

Unknown

Don't steal. The government hates competition.

Unknown

Patrick Henry railed against taxation without representation. He should see it with representation.

Saul Landau

Government big enough to supply everything you need is big enough to take everything you have…The course of history shows that as a government grows, liberty decreases.

Thomas Jefferson

Giving money and power to government is like giving whiskey and car keys to teenage boys.

P. J. O'Rourke

The only difference between death and taxes is that death doesn't get worse every time Congress meets.

Will Rogers

A democratic government is the only one in which those who vote for a tax can escape the obligation to pay it.

Alexis De Tocqueville

Taxation with representation of corporation through remuneration.

Duane Alan Hahn

It is getting harder and harder to support the government in the style to which it has become accustomed.

Unknown

Entitlements? I PAID CASH for my Social Security insurance.

Today's dime is really a dollar with all the taxes deducted.

Unknown

No nation ever taxed itself into prosperity.

Rush Limbaugh

My reading of history convinces me that most bad government results from too much government.

Thomas Jefferson

Civilized nations are ones that simply cannot endure wrongs or injustice except at home.

Unknown

You threaten your own freedoms by trying to hinder the harmless freedoms of others.

Duane Alan Hahn

A conservative sees a man drowning 50 feet from shore, throws him a 25 foot long rope, and tells him to swim to it. A liberal throws him a rope 50 feet long, then drops his end and goes off to perform another good deed.

Unknown

I love talking about the Kennedy assasination. The reason I do is because I'm fascinated by it. I'm fascinated that our government could lie to us so blatantly, so obviously for so long, and we do absolutely nothing about it. I think that's interesting in what is ostensibly a democracy. Sarcasm - come on in. People say "Bill, quit talking about Kennedy man. It was a long time ago, just let it go, alright? It's a long time ago, just forget it." I'm like, alright, then don't bring up Jesus to me. As long as we're talking shelf life here...

Bill Hicks

Turning your underwear inside-out whenever you become tired of the current state of affairs is not a good solution. Both sides are disgusting.

Duane Alan Hahn

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Two Steps Forward, One Step Back

Opinion section by Duane Alan Hahn (6/20/2013)

This is a trick that big companies and governments use to scam the public. They'll take two steps forward and if there is hardly any resistance, it's party time. If there is too much resistance, they'll take one step back. They're still winning and getting what they want, just not as fast. They'll wait a while, then do another "two steps forward, one step back" trick and they'll repeat the pattern until every goal is reached. They win no matter what happens.

 

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Problem/Reaction/Solution

Opinion section by Duane Alan Hahn (6/20/2013)

Similar to what it says at Ethics Wiki, "Problem/Reaction/Solution" is another tool that big companies and governments use to scam the public. A problem is secretly created or encouraged to grow and that causes the public to react and demand fast action, then the big company or government provides the sinister solution. The public is tricked into begging for the scam. "Two steps forward, one step back" and "Problem/Reaction/Solution" seem to be the two main tools that big companies and governments use to get what they want while fleecing and sabotaging the public at the same time.

 

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The Unsolicited Promise

Opinion section by Duane Alan Hahn (8/23/2013)

Here's a great thing to remember from the Wikipedia page for the book The Gift of Fear by Gavin de Becker. The book is about how you can avoid violent attacks, but the pre-incident indicator called the "unsolicited promise" is exactly what politicians do to us:

    A promise to do (or not do) something when no such promise is asked for; this usually means that such a promise will be broken. For example: an unsolicited, "I promise I'll leave you alone after this," usually means the chosen victim will not be left alone. Similarly, an unsolicited "I promise I won't hurt you" usually means the person intends to hurt their chosen victim.

The next time you hear a politician make an unsolicited promise, there's a very good chance that he or she means the opposite.

 

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Only Fools Dismiss All Conspiracy Theories

Opinion section by Duane Alan Hahn

Some people seem to think that government conspiracies and cover-ups do not happen, or if they do happen, the people in government are too stupid to keep secrets for more than a few months. Although people in government can appear to be stupid, certain knowledge and programs can be kept secret for many years. Here are a few items that we know about:

 

MK-Ultra

Secret from the early 1950s to 1975.

 

The Tuskegee Syphilis Experiment

Secret from 1932 to 1972.

 

Operation Mockingbird

Secret from the late 1940s to 1975.

 

COINTELPRO

Secret from 1956 to 1971.

 

War in Indonesia that the United States Government Provoked and Participated In

Secret from 1957 to 1995 when the book "Subversion As Foreign Policy: The Secret Eisenhower and Dulles Debacle in Indonesia" appeared.

 

The Manhattan Project

Secret from 1941 until the end of WWII.

 

Secret Human Radiation Experiments Performed in the United States on Adults and Children

Secret from the 1940s to 1976.

 

Project SHAD

Secret from the 1960s to 1994.

 

 

 

Here are two all-purpose links:

Unethical Human Experimentation in the United States

10 Nefarious Conspiracies Proven True

 

 

 

The following is what David Ray Griffin said about conspiracies. It's a good thing to remember when true believers of official stories try to say that all conspiracy theories are hogwash:

 

Myth Number 3: Such a big operation, involving so many people, could not have been kept a secret, because someone involved in it would have talked by now.

 

This claim is based on a more general myth, which is that it is impossible for secret government operations to be kept secret very long, because someone always talks. But how could we know this? If some big operations have remained secret until now, we by definition do not know about them. Moreover, we do know of some big operations that were kept secret as long as necessary, such as the Manhattan Project to create the atomic bomb, and the war in Indonesia in 1957, which the United States government provoked, participated in, and was able to keep secret from its own people until a book about it appeared in 1995. Many more examples could be given.

 

We can understand, moreover, why those with inside knowledge of 9/11 would not talk. At least most of them would have been people with the proven ability to keep secrets. Those who were directly complicit would also be highly motivated to avoid public disgrace and the gas chamber. Those people who had knowledge without being complicit could be induced to keep quiet by means of more or less subtle threats such as: "Joe, if you go forward with your plans to talk to the press about this, I don't know who is going to protect your wife and kids from some nutcase angered by your statement." Still another fact is that neither the government nor the mainstream press has, to say the least, shown any signs of wanting anyone to come forward.

 

 

I hear negative things on TV once in a while from reporters and news personalities about those who think something is fishy about the official story surrounding 9/11/2001. For example, the MSNBC Morning Joe program on March 04, 2008 had a couple of clowns (Joe Scarborough and Willie Geist) talking about how there should be a special prison for 9/11 conspiracy theorists. That sounds nice and American doesn't it? You better not think for yourself and wonder about things that don't make sense. That would be unpatriotic. Remember, free speech only applies to government approved propaganda. You better never question any part of the sacred story of 9/11, including the fake Osama bin Laden tape. Once you allow yourself to become awakened and finally see that's not Osama bin Laden in that tape, you might start to question other things, so you better go back into your trance before they catch you.

There's no room for your kind of thinking in a free country.

 

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