“The legitimate object of government is to do for a community of people whatever they need to have done, but cannot do, at all, or cannot so well do, for themselves — in their separate, individual capacities.” — Abraham Lincoln 

 “Among liberals and Democrats, there is this notion that the poor — especially the black poor — can do no wrong. If you criticize any poor and black person who displays inappropriate, boorish or egregiously bad conduct, you'll be dismissed as a racist if you're not black. And as an Uncle Tom or sellout if you are.” ― Gregory P. Kane

 “What is conservatism?” Lincoln himself asked, before he was president. “Is it not adherence to the old and tried, against the new and untried?” —Abraham Lincoln 

 “Let not him who is houseless pull down the house of another, but let him work diligently and build one for himself.” —Abraham Lincoln 

 “No country can sustain, in idleness, more than a small percentage of its numbers—majority must labor at something productive.” —Abe Lincoln 

 "Private property is one of the best institutions which has ever evolved, to protect us from the bullying of others." ― Roger Scruton 

 “We can easily forgive a child who is afraid of the dark; the real tragedy of life is when men are afraid of the light.” ― Plato 
 “After 1964, after Johnson declared his “War on Poverty,” liberals did to poor folks, especially poor black folks, the worst thing they could have done to us. They made us victims. As victims, we weren’t expected, indeed not encouraged, to act responsibly. We could do no wrong, and woe betide the person who said anything bad about us.” ― Gregory P. Kane

 "Will dissent be permitted? The answer to that question will determine whether a society is a free society or a fear society" ―Natan Sharansky

"When some egalitarians advocate equal opportunity, they mean that men of excellence should be reduced to the lowest common denominator of the least among them. Others advocate it meaning that the least among men should be raised by efforts other than their own to the level of men of excellence. Today we witness an alliance of the two: on the one hand, there is the demand that all men be given the opportunities and rewards of excellence whether or not they value excellence and have the will and ability to attain it.” ― Dr.
Anne Wortham

 “To educate a person in the mind but not in morals is to educate a menace to society.” ― Theodore Roosevelt 

“Who controls the past controls the future. Who controls the present controls the past.” ― George Orwell 

 "When a man assumes a public trust, he should consider himself as public property." ―Thomas Jefferson 

 "Marriage does not exist for the benefit of the present generation but for the benefit of the next" ― Roger Scruton 

 “You take people as far as they will go, not as far as you would like them to go”. ~ Jeannette Rankin 

 "What we should do in all our schools is to turn out fewer job seekers and more job-makers."  ―Booker T Washington 

 "Everybody can be great because anybody can serve. You don’t have to have a college degree to serve. You don’t have to make your subject and your verb agree to serve. You only need a heart full of grace, a soul generated by love." ―Martin Luther King Jr. 

 “The American Negro is a prime example of the survival of the fittest. ... He has been the outstanding example of American conservative: adjustable, resourceful, adaptable, patient, and restrained.” —George S. Schuyler, columnist for the Pittsburgh Courier

 “We have to fight every inch of the way and in the face of sometimes insufferable humiliations.”— Judge Jane M. Bolin 

 "The conservative response to modernity is to embrace it, but to embrace itcritically, in full consciousness that human achievements are rare and precarious, that we have no God-given right to destroy our inheritance, but must always patiently submit to the voice of order, and set an example of orderly living." —Roger Scruton 

 "I have learned that all you give is all you get, so give it all you got." ―Shirley Horn 

 “Being in a minority, even in a minority of one, did not make you mad. There was truth and there was untruth, and if you clung to the truth even against the whole world, you were not mad.” ― George Orwell, 1984 

 "Not by force of arms are civilizations held together, but by subtle threads of moral and intellectual principle.” —Russell Kirk

 “The idea that a capitalist economy can support a socialist welfare state is collapsing before our eyes.”—Janet Daley 

 "When many people individually get what they want, the result may be something they collectively dislike.” —Roger Scruton 

 "I will fight for my country, but I will not lie for her." — Zora Neale Hurston 

 "It's as if the Socialists were to accuse us of not wanting persons to eat because we don't want the state to raise grain" —Frederic Bastiat 

 "Long gone is the time when we [blacks] opposed the notion that we all looked alike and talked alike. Somehow we have come to exalt the new black stereotype above all and demand conformity to that norm.... [However], I assert my right to think for myself, to refuse to have my ideas assigned to me as though I was an intellectual slave because I’m black." —Clarence Thomas 

 "Experience hath shewn, that even under the best forms of government those entrusted with power have, in time, and by slow operations, perverted it into tyranny. " —Thomas Jefferson

 ”The men the American public admire most extravagantly are the most daring liars; the men they detest most violently are those who try to tell them the truth.” — H.L Mencken 

 “Racism is the lowest, most crudely primitive form of collectivism. It is the notion of ascribing moral, social or political significance to a man's genetic lineage -- the notion that a man's intellectual and characterological traits are produced and transmitted by his internal body chemistry. Which means, in practice, that a man is to be judged, not by his own character and actions, but by the characters and actions of a collective of ancestors.” — Ayn Rand 

 "The Southern racists' claim of "states' rights" is a contradiction in terms: there can be no such thing as the "right" of some men to violate the rights of others. The constitutional concept of "states' rights" pertains to the division of power between local and national authorities, and serves to protect the states from the Federal government; it does not grant to a state government an unlimited, arbitrary power over its citizens or the privilege of abrogating the citizens' individual rights. It is true that the Federal government has used the racial issue to enlarge its own power and to set a precedent of encroachment upon the legitimate rights of the states, in an unnecessary and unconstitutional manner. But this merely means that both governments are wrong; it does not excuse the policy of the Southern racists.

 One of the worst contradictions, in this context, is the stand of many so-called "conservatives" (not confined exclusively to the South) who claim to be defenders of freedom, of capitalism, of property rights, of the Constitution, yet who advocate racism at the same time. They do not seem to possess enough concern with principles to realize tht they are cutting the ground from under their own feet. Men who deny individual rights cannot claim, defend or uphold any rights whatsoever. It is such alleged champions of capitalism who are helping to discredit and destroy it. The "liberals" are guilty of the same contradiction, but in a different form. They advocate the sacrifice of all individual rights to unlimited majority rule -- yet posture as defenders of the rights of minorities. But the smallest minority on earth is the individual. Those who deny individual rights cannot claim to be defenders of minorities.” — Ayn Rand 

 "A black conservative is a black who dissents from the victimization explanation of black fate." — Shelby Steele 

 "But for the national welfare, it is urgent that minorities think, and think about something other than the race problem." — Zora Neale Hurston 

 "The aim of education should be to teach us rather how to think, than what to think" — Bill Beattie 

 Upon a [hatred] of slavery, the desire for an accountable; fiscally responsible government, the resolution was adopted. (GOP Platform 1854) 

 “Everyone wants to live at the expense of the state. They forget the state lives at the expense of everyone.”—Frederic Bastiat 

 "A society that puts equality ahead of freedom will end up with neither; a society that puts freedom first will have both”— Milton Freidman 

”It is so easy to be wrong—and to persist in being wrong—when the costs of being wrong are paid by others.” —Thomas Sowell 

“When they kept you out it was because you were black; when they let you in, it is because you are black. That's progress?” —Marilyn French
"What exactly is your ‘fair share’ of what 'someone else' has worked for?"—Thomas Sowell 

 "Those who torment us for our own good will torment us without end, for they do so with the approval of their own conscience." — C. S. Lewis 

 "Most economic fallacies … assume that there is a fixed pie, that one party can gain only at the expense of another." — Milton Friedman 

 “They would be the shepherds over us, their sheep. Such an arrangement presupposes that they're naturally superior to us” —Frederick Bastiat 

 "There is all the difference in the world between treating people equally and attempting to make them equal." –FA Hayek 

 "Conservatives resonate to Burke's view of society, as a partnership between the living, the unborn and the dead." ― Roger Scruton 

 "It is easy to take liberty for granted, when you have never had it taken from you." —M. Grundler 

 "It is dangerous to be right in matters on which the established authorities are wrong." —Voltaire 

 "Respect for ourselves guides our morals; respect for others guides our manners." —Laurence Sterne

 "Bravery is being the only one who knows you're afraid." —Franklin P. Jones 

 “The smallest minority on earth is the individual. Those who deny individual rights cannot claim to be defenders of minorities.” — Ayn Rand 

 “The price good men pay for indifference to public affairs is to be ruled by evil men.” —Plato 

 The only purpose for which power can be rightfully exercised over any member of civilized community against his will is to prevent harm to others. His own good, either physical or moral, is not sufficient warrant. ~John Stuart Mil 

 "Be always at war with your vices, at peace with your neighbors, and let each new year find you a better man." ~ Benjamin Franklin 

" ...I wish that I may never think the smiles of the great and powerful a sufficient inducement to turn aside from the straight path of honesty and the convictions of my own mind." ~ David Ricardo

 "The welfare of humanity is always the alibi of tyrants." ~Albert Camus

"Government does not solve problems; it subsidizes them."~ Ronald Reagan

 "Politics is the art of looking for trouble, finding it, misdiagnosing it and then misapplying the wrong remedies." ~Groucho Marx 

 "Where justice is denied, where poverty is enforced, where ignorance prevails, and where any one class is made to feel that society is an organized conspiracy to oppress, rob and degrade them, neither persons nor property will be safe.” ~ Frederick Douglass (American Abolitionist, Lecturer, Author and Slave, 1817-1895)

 "I see in your eyes the same fear that would take the heart of me. A day may come when the courage of men fails, when we forsake our friends and break all bonds of fellowship, but it is not this day. An hour of wolves and shattered shields, when the age of men comes crashing down, but it is not this day! This day we fight!! By all that you hold dear on this good Earth, I bid you stand, Men of the West!!!" ~ King Aragorn

 “Whatever else history may say about me when I’m gone, I hope it will record that I appealed to your best hopes, not your worst fears; to your confidence rather than your doubts. My dream is that you will travel the road ahead with liberty’s lamp guiding your steps and opportunity’s arm steadying your way.” — Ronald Reagan 

 "If a man speculates on what 'society' should do for the poor, he accepts thereby the collectivist premise that men's lives belong to society and that he, as a member of society, has the right to dispose of them...that psychological confession reveals the enormity of the extent to which altruism erodes men's capacity to grasp the concept of rights or the value of an individual life." — Ayn Rand

 "We the people are the rightful masters of both Congress and the courts, not to overthrow the Constitution but to overthrow the men who pervert the Constitution." — Ayn Rand

 "In the beginning of a change, the patriot is a scarce man, brave, hated, and scorned. When his cause succeeds however, the timid join him, For then it costs nothing to be a patriot." — Mark Twain

 "Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other." —John Adams, second President of the United States

 "The individual who can do something that the world wants done will, in the end, make his way regardless of his race." — Booker T. Washington

 "It is also in the interests of a tyrant to keep his people poor, so that they may not be able to afford the cost of protecting themselves by arms and be so occupied with their daily tasks that they have no time for rebellion." — Aristotle

 "War is an ugly thing, but not the ugliest of things. The decayed and degraded state of moral and patriotic feeling which thinks that nothing is worth war is much worse. The person who has nothing for which he is willing to fight, nothing which is more important than his own personal safety, is a miserable creature and has no chance of being free unless made and kept so by the exertions of better men than himself." — John Stuart Mill [English economist & philosopher (1806 - 1873)

 “... But when the leaders choose to make themselves bidders at an auction of popularity, their talents, and the construction of the state, will be of no service. They will become flatterers instead of legislators; the instruments, not the guides, of the people. If any of them should happen to propose a scheme of liberty, soberly limited, and defined with proper qualifications, he will be immediately outbid by his competitors, who will produce something more splendidly popular. Suspicions will be raised of his fidelity to his cause. Moderation will be stigmatized as the virtue of cowards; and compromise as the prudence of traders; until, in hopes of preserving the credit which may enable him to temper, and moderate, on some occasions, the popular leader is obliged to become active in propagating doctrines, and powers, that will afterwards defeat any sober purpose at which he ultimately might have aimed.” — Edmund Burke, author of Reflections on the Revolution in France

 A human being should be able to change a diaper, plan an invasion, butcher a hog, conn a ship, design a building, write a sonnet, balance accounts, build a wall, set a bone, comfort the dying, take orders, give orders, cooperate, act alone, solve equations, analyze a new problem, pitch manure, program a computer, cook a tasty meal, fight efficiently, die gallantly. Specialization is for insects. — Robert A. Heinlein

 "Time Enough for Love" If we believe absurdities, we shall commit atrocities. — Voltaire 

 The common argument that crime is caused by poverty is a kind of slander on the poor. — H. L. Mencken 

There's a tendency today to absolve individuals of moral responsibility and treat them as victims of social circumstance. You buy that, you pay with your soul.— Tom Robbins, Still Life with Woodpecker

 "I think there's just one kind of folks. Folks." - Harper Lee 
"They yawn at good stats, and dwell endlessly on bad ones."  Shay Riley, editor of Booker Rising

“No longer can we measure compassion by how much we spend on poverty but how many people we help to lift out of poverty.” — Senator Jeff Sessions (R–AL)
"A very shallow, coontastic musical genre (95% of it, at least) which utterly runs the once-rich black American culture into the gutter, taken a group of people from being America’s best dressers to grown men showing their underwear as a prison homage, promotes ghetto thuggery/murder/drug dealing/hoing as “quintessential” blackness, is misogynistic and objectifies women, influenced so many kids that now their every third word is a cuss word or the N-word, promotes rabid colorism and anti-black-women views in its videos, rampantly steals the beats of real entertainers, serving prison time is considered a badge of honor among rappers, and it lyrically has virtually nothing to offer except the same retarded ignorance." Shay Riley, editor of Booker Rising

"For the liberally inclined, the Black Conservative’s voice is deemed more dangerous than sparking Plutonium. It is a sign that their monolith is crumbling; and that in spite of the cacophony of Progressive precepts that lump humanity into molds preselected for them by elites, the truth is spilling out. Even though the MSM has strangled the “shriek in the night” of unbound Black Conservatism, they have turned to the internet: that underground railroad of heterodox thoughts, and are boldly declaiming Barack Obama’s nakedness from the rooftops. And as payment, they are branded as “house niggers” for their considerable efforts."— Glenn Fairman (A quote from his article: "White Privilege and Black Conservatism.")

"How well and what black children are learning are now the key issues, not access. The most irksome thing that I see in too many black children is the equation of academic achievement with whiteness. This is not part of our history! In slavery, folks would risk a beating or even death to learn to read and then teach others. Booker T. Washington, Mary McLeod Bethune, Paul Laurence Dunbar High School, etc. We have a rich educational history. As John McWhorter writes in his bestseller, Losing the Race: Self-Sabotage in Black America, this ridiculous viewpoint rose up around 1966. It sure isn't reflected in my grandparents' generation, and they shake their heads about it. I believe that the changes in the 1960s came "so quickly" (in terms of legislation, one after another) that our parents' generation didn't map out what it would look like to live free and be competitive. Thus at a time where we had -- and have -- the most power over our lives, we ceded control to government programs. It's had a deleterious effect ever since, and "leaders" aren't talking about the widening gap within Black America. Education is the #2 most important item on black folks' plate, after decreasing illegitimacy which is the key root cause of most of our negative stats. We must stamp out this "education is white" nonsense! If ex-slaves didn't believe it, why do folks today? Black kids watch too much TV, and must study more. More black parents must put the foot down regarding their kids' study habits, as parental involvement is the #1 determinant of how well a child does in school. School vouchers would inject competition into the educational system, enable parents to choose schools that reflect their values and educational wishes for their children, and reduce the number of kids trapped in crappy schools where bad-ass apples disrupt everybody else's learning. Teachers' salaries should be based on merit, not seniority. This dream can become reality if we work to make it happen! — Shay Riley, editor of Booker Rising 

 "The black conservative is responsible for making people question an idea that racism must be extinct before black people can overcome. Understanding that our goal is to thrive despite racism rather than fetishizing it is, in fact, the central ideological plank of people deemed "black conservatives." This is a coherent position, but that can be hard to perceive, given the way that race has been discussed in our land over the past 40 years or so." — John McWhorter