Ed Crane quotes

  • My own view on capital punishment is that it is morally justified, but that the government is often so inept and corrupt that innocent people might die as a result. Thus, I personally oppose capital punishment.
    -- Ed Crane

    #Government #Views #Punishment

  • [T]here are, at bottom, basically two ways to order social affairs, Coercively, through the mechanisms of the state - what we can call political society. And voluntarily, through the private interaction of individuals and associations - what we can call civil society. ... In a civil society, you make the decision. In a political society, someone else does. ... Civil society is based on reason, eloquence, and persuasion, which is to say voluntarism. Political society, on the other hand, is based on force.
    -- Ed Crane

    #Hands #Order #Two

  • Article I, Section 8, of the Constitution, of course, lays out the delegated, enumerated, and therefore limited powers of Congress. Only through a deliberate misreading of the general welfare and commerce clauses of the Constitution has the federal government been allowed to overreach its authority and extend its tendrils into every corner of civil society.
    -- Ed Crane

    #Government #Constitution #Welfare

  • Do we really want the people who created $40 trillion of unfunded liabilities in Social Security and Medicare in charge of our health care? Faceless bureaucrats, power-lusting politicians, and people spending other people's money are a recipe for disaster.
    -- Ed Crane

    #People #Lust #Want

  • Government is not peaceful; it is inherently coercive.
    -- Ed Crane

    #Government #Peaceful

  • The federal government is a machine designed to increase its control over the lives of average Americans. It is constantly probing here, pushing there, and generally increasing its control. Without a philosophically sound, constitutionally based political party opposing that process, it is going to continue to do so with impunity.
    -- Ed Crane

    #Party #Government #Average

  • What both the left and the right overlook is our Founders' wisdom about the limits and dangers of government.
    -- Ed Crane

    #Government #Limits #Danger

  • The Third Way is simply a different route to the same destination. Ultimately, the choice is always between individual human liberty and the power of government to control our lives.
    -- Ed Crane

    #Government #Choices #Liberty

  • Between 1994 and the year 2000, when the Republican majority was in control of the House of Representatives, President Clinton played House Speaker Newt Gringrich like a violin!
    -- Ed Crane

    #Years #House #President

  • I think Franklin Roosevelt was a lousy president. What he did- which is to impose this great nanny state on America- was a great mistake.
    -- Ed Crane

    #Mistake #Thinking #America