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(From the They Said It… section in Volume 18, No. 18 of the Liberator Online. Subscribe here!)

LENO ON THE LAST TIME CONGRESS DECLARED WAR: “President Obama is asking Congress to support a military strike in Syria. If they approve, it will be the first time Congress has officially declared war since Obamacare.” –Jay Leno, Sept. 4, 2013.

WEAPONS OF MASS DESTRUCTION: ”If President Obama really wants to hurt the Syrian government, don’t send cruise missiles. He should send over some of his economic advisers.” — Jay Leno, Sept. 5, 2013.

COMING TOGETHER: ”Republican leaders have agreed to support President Obama’s plan to attack Syria. See, that’s what I love about our country. The only time Republicans and Democrats can agree on something is when it’s time to bomb somebody.” — Jay Leno, Sept. 5, 2013.

PROOF: ”John Kerry said during the Senate hearing that we are not the world’s policemen. Really, then how come we eat most of the world’s donuts?” — Jay Leno, Sept. 6, 2013.

NO YOU CAN’T: “The President maintains that he still has the power to initiate war. This is untrue. The Constitution gave the power to declare war to Congress. James Madison wrote that the ‘Constitution supposes, what history demonstrates, that the executive is the branch most prone to war. Therefore the Constitution, with studied care, vested the power to declare war in the legislature.’” – Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY), televised response to President Obama’s speech on U.S. intervention in the Syrian civil war, Sept. 10, 2013.

SACRIFICE YOUR CHILDREN AND GRANDCHILDREN: “You are a badperson if you send your children to private school. Not bad like murderer bad — but bad like ruining-one-of-our-nation’s-most-essential-institutions-in-order-to-get-what’s-best-for-your-kid bad. So, pretty bad. …it seems to me that if every single parent sent every single child to public school, public schools would improve. This would not happen immediately. It could take generations. Your children and grandchildren might get mediocre educations in the meantime, but it will be worth it, for the eventual common good.” — Slate editor Allison Benedikt, “If You Send Your Kid to Private School, You Are a Bad Person,” Slate, Aug. 29, 2013.

JUDGE NAPOLITANO ON THE MESS AND HOW TO FIX IT: “I have spent my entire professional career defending the Constitution; and that can be likened to playing catch with Jell-o or shoveling against the tide. The Articles of Confederation permitted the states to become tyrants, and the Constitution — as interpreted over the centuries — has permitted the federal government to become tyrannical. The resolution of this dilemma will require the entry into all three branches of the government of persons committed to natural law principles. That means they’d believe in the primacy of the individual over the state and the intrinsic inability of government to do anything beyond enforcing the natural law.” – Judge Andrew P. Napolitano, “Judge Napolitano on the Worst Supreme Court Decisions,” interview in the Mises Daily (Mises Institute), Sept. 18, 2013.

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“They Said It…” is compiled by Liberator Online editor James W. Harris. 

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