“The debate should have provided the conservative defenders of property rights with a perfect example of how the right to own property also protects the 1st Amendment rights of assembly and religion by supporting the building of the mosque. Instead, we hear lip service given to the property rights position while demanding that the need to be “sensitive” requires an all-out assault on the building of a mosque, several blocks from ‘ground zero.’

It is repeatedly said that 64% of the people, after listening to the political demagogues, don’t want the mosque to be built. What would we do if 75% of the people insist that no more Catholic churches be built in New York City? The point being is that majorities can become oppressors of minority rights as well as individual dictators. Statistics of support is irrelevant when it comes to the purpose of government in a free society–protecting liberty.” – Congressman Ron Paul (R-TX) on the controversy over the building of a mosque blocks from “Ground Zero” in New York City.

“Over the last ten years, the Democrats, particularly the Democrats in the House, have put together one of the most powerful grass-roots coalitions that I’ve ever seen. So it’s not a given that the Republicans are going to win all these seats this year, because the Democrats have had a grass-roots organization to help stave off a lot of their losses.” – Former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay on Fox News Sunday.

“These are the baby-on-board parents, highly invested in their students’ success. They do a lot of living vicariously, and this is one manifestation of that.” – Houston Dougharty, vice president of student affairs at Grinnell College, on parents who linger too long at freshman orientation.

“The game of baseball, I love with all my heart and soul. I found in the deep recesses of my mind that I did not want to sever the relationship. I just love it so much. It’s like a very good marriage. I found when push came to shove, I just did not want to leave. My wife understood it, God bless her. She said, ‘If you love it, do it.’ So I love it and I’m going to do it.” – Legendary baseball announcer Vin Scully saying that he will return next year for his 62nd season with the Dodgers.

“Next year, I’m not coming either.” – Washington defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth, after what he deemed was an insulting move by coach Mike Shanahan — making him play in the third quarter of the second preseason game, when the field is full of backups. He referred to his plans for next offseason, when he said he will duplicate what he did this offseason, which is to not show up for the offseason program. This infuriated Shanahan.

“One thing for sure that is clear to me is that Albert has gotten away in the past with playing without practicing. That will not happen under this regime. If he’s going to play, he’s going to practice, and that is the same with every player here. The days of him playing without practicing are over. And that, to me, says it all.” – Mike Shanahan, to AOL FanHouse’s Thomas George on Sunday.


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