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““The real damage is done by those millions who want to ’survive.’ The honest men who just want to be left in peace. Those who don’t want their little lives disturbed by anything bigger than themselves. Those with no sides and no causes. Those who won’t take measure of their own strength, for fear of antagonizing their own weakness. Those who don’t like to make waves or enemies. Those for whom freedom, honour, truth, and principles are only literature. Those who live small, mate small, die small. It’s the reductionist approach to life: if you keep it small, you’ll keep it under control. If you don’t make any noise, the bogeyman won’t find you. But it’s all an illusion, because they die too, those people who roll up their spirits into tiny little balls so as to be safe. Safe?! From what? Life is always on the edge of death; narrow streets lead to the same place as wide avenues, and a little candle burns itself out just like a flaming torch does. I choose my own way to burn.””     Sophie Scholl

February 27, 2008

Dick Armey On Illegal Immigration

by Doug Mataconis

A great video from


“The biggest immigration problem we got in America is a government that’s not doing its job,” says Armey. “I don’t like illegal immigration, but I’ll tell you something: I don’t run stop lights. But you put me out on the road at two o’clock in the morning on the way to the all-night drugstore to get medicine for my babies, and you give me a stop light that is stuck on red, and no traffic in sight, and I’m gonna go through that red light.”

Why is it that politicians always make more sense after they leave office ?

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  1. The GOP of today would never elect a guy like this to a House leadership position.

    Comment by Ben — February 27, 2008 @ 8:06 am
  2. Ben,

    Sadly I think you are right.

    The GOP is close to becoming the Know-Nothing Party of the 21st Century.

    Comment by Doug Mataconis — February 27, 2008 @ 8:07 am
  3. Excellent speech by Armey, though…illustrated the situation very well I thought.

    Heh, heh…”Dick Armey”. :)

    Comment by UCrawford — February 27, 2008 @ 10:57 am
  4. “Why is it that politicians always make more sense after they leave office?”

    It’s something in the water…

    Comment by Quincy — February 27, 2008 @ 12:57 pm
  5. Al Gore would disagree with such a statement & remind you to bundle up for some Canadian winds coming in from the north-east of the Industrial Revolution.

    Comment by Nitroadict — February 27, 2008 @ 11:17 pm

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