I contend that for a nation to try to tax itself into prosperity is like a man standing in a bucket and trying to lift himself up by the handle.
— Winston Churchill
A liberal is someone who feels a great debt to his fellow man, which debt he proposes to pay off with your money.
— G. Gordon Liddy
No man’s life, liberty, or property is safe while the legislature is in session.
— Gideon J. Tucker (1866)
How long, O Lord, must I call for help,
but you do not listen?
Destruction and violence are before me;
there is strife, and conflict abounds.
Therefore the law is paralyzed,
and justice never prevails.
The wicked hem in the righteous,
so that justice is perverted.
The Lord’s Answer
Look at the nations and watch—
and be utterly amazed.
I am raising up the Babylonians,
that ruthless and impetuous people,
who sweep across the whole earth
to seize dwelling places not their own.
They are a feared and dreaded people;
they are a law to themselves
and promote their own honor.
They sweep past like the wind and go on—
guilty men, whose own strength is their god.
Habakkuk’s Second Complaint
O Lord, are you not from everlasting?
My God, my Holy One, we will not die.
O Lord, you have appointed them to execute judgment;
O Rock, you have ordained them to punish.
Your eyes are too pure to look on evil;
you cannot tolerate wrong.
Why then do you tolerate the treacherous?
Why are you silent while the wicked
swallow up those more righteous than themselves?
The Lord’s Answer
See, he (Babylon’s king) is puffed up;
his desires are not upright—
but the righteous will live by his faith—
indeed, wine betrays him;
he is arrogant and never at rest.
Because he is as greedy as the grave
and like death is never satisfied,
he gathers to himself all the nations
and takes captive all the peoples.
Will not all of them taunt him with ridicule and scorn, saying,
“Woe to him who piles up stolen goods
and makes himself wealthy by extortion!
How long must this go on?”
Will not your debtors suddenly arise?
Will they not wake up and make you tremble?
Then you will become their victim.
Woe to him who builds his realm by unjust gain
to set his nest on high,
to escape the clutches of ruin!
For the earth will be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the Lord,
as the waters cover the sea.
The cup from the Lord’s right hand is coming around to you,
and disgrace will cover your glory.
The Lord is in his holy temple;
let all the earth be silent before him.”
I stand in awe of your deeds, O Lord.
Renew them in our day,
in our time make them known;
in wrath remember mercy.
Were you angry with the rivers, O Lord?
Was your wrath against the streams?
Torrents of water swept by;
the deep roared
and lifted its waves on high.
In wrath you strode through the earth
and in anger you threshed the nations.
You came out to deliver your people,
to save your anointed one.
You crushed the leader of the land of wickedness,
you stripped him from head to foot.
You trampled the sea with your horses,
churning the great waters.
I heard and my heart pounded,
my lips quivered at the sound;
decay crept into my bones,
and my legs trembled.
Yet I will wait patiently for the day of calamity
to come on the nation invading us.
Though the fig tree does not bud
and there are no grapes on the vines,
though the olive crop fails
and the fields produce no food,
though there are no sheep in the pen
and no cattle in the stalls,
yet I will rejoice in the Lord,
I will be joyful in God my Savior.
The Sovereign Lord is my strength;
he makes my feet like the feet of a deer,
he enables me to go on the heights.