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"He that would make his own liberty secure must guard even his enemy from oppression; for if he violates this duty he establishes a precedent that will reach himself." -- Thomas Paine, Rights of Man

"If hypocrisy is the tribute vice pays to virtue, compassionate conservatism is the policy hypocrisy uses to disguise economic vice." -- Kevin Phillips, American Dynasty

Late 2002

"I'm the commander. See, I don't need to explain why I say things. That's the interesting thing about being the president. Maybe somebody needs to explain to me why they say something, but I don't feel like I owe anybody an explanation." -- Bush to Bob Woodward, in Bush at War, published November 2002

"Face it: a nation that maintains a 72% approval rating on George W. Bush is a nation with a very loose grip on reality." -- Garrison Keillor, quoted in Buzzflash