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Monday, February 18, 2013

Eight Random Things Presidents Never Said

For Presidents' Day:

"When governments fear the people, there is liberty," Jefferson did not say. "When the people fear the government, there is tyranny. The strongest reason for the people to retain the right to keep and bear arms is, as a last resort, to protect themselves against tyranny in government."

Jefferson did not say: "My reading of history convinces me that most bad government results from too much government."

"I am not bound to win, but I'm bound to be true," Lincoln did not say. "I'm not bound to succeed, but I'm bound to live up to what light I have."

"As a result of the war,"Lincoln did not say, corporations have been enthroned and an era of corruption in high places will follow."

"We are a great country because we are a good country," Lincoln did not say -- and neither did Tocqueville.

"I am in favor of animal rights as well as human rights," Lincoln really really did not say.

"It’s a great invention," Rutherford B. Hayes did not say of the telephone, "but who would ever want to use one?" 

Nixon did not say that he had a "secret plan" to end the Vietnam War.