Tuesday, November 02, 2010

Thomas Sowell Quotes


It's Election Day once again in America and I, among many others across this nation, have gone and cast my votes. There were only three offices up for election in our area, but of course one of them was extremely important. That would be the vote I cast for my congressman. Each and every one of us has that crucial vote this year. Please do cast that vote for your representative in Congress as it's been a while since it's been as important.

Thomas Sowell is a well known conservative economist and political commentator, among other things, and is a favorite of mine. This man really has his head on straight. I like him so much that I wish he were a Christian, though I don't think he professes to be. Wouldn't it be even more wonderful if the Lord would bring salvation to him? He'd really be dynamite then! On Facebook, I posted something he said in one of his latest articles and then happened upon some more quotes. In honor of this critical time in the life of our country, particularly for Election Day this year, I thought I'd post some of these quotes and let Mr. Sowell speak to us as Americans at this critical time in our history.

"The most basic question is not what is best, but who shall decide what is best. "

"The first lesson of economics is scarcity: there is never enough of anything to fully satisfy all those who want it. The first lesson of politics is to disregard the first lesson of economics.
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What is ominous is the ease with which some people go from saying that they don't like something to saying that the government should forbid it. When you go down that road, don't expect freedom to survive very long. "

"Elections should be held on April 16th- the day after we pay our income taxes. That is one of the few things that might discourage politicians from being big spenders. "

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Freedom has cost too much blood and agony to be relinquished at the cheap price of rhetoric. " [My favorite]

"If the battle for civilization comes down to the wimps versus the barbarians, the barbarians are going to win. "

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If you are not prepared to use force to defend civilization, then be prepared to accept barbarism. "

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It is hard to imagine a more stupid or more dangerous way of making decisions than by putting those decisions in the hands of people who pay no price for being wrong. "

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Liberalism is totalitarianism with a human face. " "

Socialism in general has a record of failure so blatant that only an intellectual could ignore or evade ."

Mr Sowell focuses most of his attention on economics and on that we differ. I believe that the biggest problem in America is a moral one. I am against liberalism and socialism, yes, but more than that, humanism and secularism are the real issues. Our country desperately needs the Lord.

7 comments:

Laurie said...

I so agree with your last sentence, Maxine. I hope and pray Mr. Sowell will one day follow Jesus. How different our world would be if more would decide for Christ and live for Him; our relationships would thrive and politics would have such a different face to it! When I went to vote, I could not help but have a sense of civic pride and also a heart of gratitude to God that we have the freedom to vote.

Love and blessings,
Laurie

Amelia said...

"Socialism in general has a record of failure so blatant that only an intellectual could ignore or evade ."

That is rich, and oh so timely...

You are so right, these are great quotes but the Lord is the ultimate answer. May the Church be the Church once again and may we have true pastors once again.

Bless you! : )

Linda said...

I have heard him interviewed several times and think him so wise Maxine. These quotes are brilliant. Thank you so much for sharing them.

Sandra said...

I agree that our country so desperately needs to know and serve the true God.

Loved the one about voting on April 16.

A Hopeful Heart said...

Those are fabulous thoughts!!! The one that speaks so much to me is the one about not liking something and then forbidding it by law.

Like you, I think our country's problem is primarily moral. Yes, there are economic woes, but I feel in my heart that God is allowing those things as a vehicle to get our attention. Should we as a nation turn back to God, then all the other things will fall into place (Matthew 6:33).

Anyhow, great post. Thanks for sharing about Mr. Sowell. I have never heard of him before.

Hugs,
Patti

tales from an oc cottage said...

I wish I had 1/99 of his intelligence! I just love to listen to him! {we need a million more just like him!! ;}

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sparrow's song said...

I believe that the biggest problem in America is a moral one. I am against liberalism and socialism, yes, but more than that, humanism and secularism are the real issues.

I agree. A wisdom from heaven! Why aren't you running for office? (j/k) Like you, I (a Conservative) support anyone who holds such principles as what is quoted. Interesting how much they align with God's thoughts and ways.

sending hugs