“The chief business of the American people is business.” Calvin Coolidge

“Power corrupts, and absolute power corrupts absolutely” mid-19th century words of Lord Acton.

“Our distance from the source of our food enables us to be superficially more comfortable, and distinctly more ignorant.” Gary Snyder, The Practice of the Wild: Essays

“Without freedom of thought, there can be no such thing as wisdom – and no such thing as public liberty without freedom of speech.” Benjamin Franklin

“The foundational issues that fundamentally infect and impact our country will not be solved by a bipartisan political agreement. (The human heart is desperately wicked and fully deceitful. Who can understand it? Jeremiah 17:9)  We do not need the Democrats’ answer. We do not need the Republicans’ answer. We need God’s answer.  Have you asked for it?” Jim O’Conner

“Belief determines behavior.” Marx. “The beliefs of many are staggering: Philosophers, having nothing to say and say it with great eloquence. Lawyers, sometimes through subtleties, make right and wrong seem to be similar concepts.  Politicians have the skill of turning an unanswered lie into an unquestionable truth within 24 hours.  But theologians and theology should be an island of significance in a sea of contingency.” Jim O’Conner

“Anyone who has the power to make you believe absurdities has the power to make you commit injustices and atrocities.”  Voltaire

“Licensing: That’s when the government takes something away from you and then sells it back to you.” Unknown

“To anger a conservative, lie to him. To anger a liberal, tell him the truth.” Teddy Roosevelt

“If you don’t know history, you don’t know anything. You are like a leaf that doesn’t know you are a part of a tree.” Michael Crichton

“A fine is a tax for doing wrong. A tax is a fine for doing well.” Unknown