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" To my mind it is wholly irresponsible to go into the world incapable of preventing violence, injury, crime, and death. How feeble is the mindset to accept defenselessness. How unnatural. How cheap. How cowardly. How pathetic.
" --Ted Nugent

"Illegitimus non carborundum" (don't let the bastards grind you down)

"Laws that forbid the carrying of arms…disarm only those who are neither inclined nor determined to commit crimes. Such laws make things worse for the assaulted and better for the assailants; they serve rather to encourage than to prevent homicides, for an unarmed man may be attacked with greater … confidence than an armed man." Thomas Jefferson, quoting Cesare Beccaria in On Crimes and punishment (1764).

"Who are the militia? Are they not ourselves? Congress have no power to disarm the militia. Their swords and every other terrible implement of the soldier, are the birthright of an American."~~Tench Coxe, of Pennsylvania, The Pennsylvania Gazette, Feb. 20, 1788.

"Shall we try argument? Sir, we have been trying that for the last ten years . . . . An appeal to arms and to the God of hosts is all that is left us! They tell us, sir, that we are weak--unable to cope with so formidable an adversary. But when shall we be stronger? Will it be next week, or next year? Will it be when we are totally disarmed and when a British guard shall be stationed in every house? Shall we gather strength by irresolution and inaction? . . . Sir, we are not weak if we make a proper use of those means which the God of nature hath placed in our power." ~~ Patrick Henry, March 23, 1775. [emphasis added; DBH] As quoted by David Barton, Original Intent: The Courts, the Constitution, and Religion, 3rd ed. (1996; reprint, Aledo, TX: WallBuilders, 2000), 95,6.

"A free people ought not only to be armed and disciplined, but they should have sufficient arms and ammunition to maintain a status of independence from any who might attempt to abuse them, which would include their own government." ~~ George Washington

"Government is not reason. Government is not eloquence. It is force. And, like fire, it is a dangerous servant and a fearful master." ---George Washington

"A democracy cannot exist as a permanent form of government. It can only exist until the voters discover that they can vote themselves largesse from the public treasury. From that moment on, the majority always votes for the candidates promising the most benefits from the public treasury with the result that a democracy always collapses over loose fiscal policy followed by a dictatorship. The average age of the world’s greatest civilizations has been 200 years." -- Alexander Tyler

"Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn't pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same, or one day we will spend our sunset years telling our children and our children's children what it was once like in the United States where men were free." Ronald Reagan

"We will never disarm any American who seeks to protect his or her family from fear and harm." -- President Ronald W. Reagan

"Lots of reporters, when they have a question about guns, they call the Brady people, which is like calling the Klan for information on the N.A.A.C.P." Michael Bane

"All laws which are repugnant to the Constitution are null and void." ~~ Marbury v. Madison, 5 U.S. (2 Cranch) 137 (1803)

"All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing." ~~ Edmund Burke

"An armed society is a polite society." ~~ Robert A. Heinlein

"Americans have the right and advantage of being armed - unlike the citizens of other countries whose governments are afraid to trust the people with arms." ~~ James Madison, The Federalist Papers No. 46 at 243-244

"Americans who value freedom had better be more concerned about the gun control crowd than the criminals. The criminals want your money. The Neo-Totalitarians want your freedom." ~~ Charlie Reese

"The AK-47 is not a device of aggression ... I devised this machine-gun for the security of my country,"~~Mikhail Kalashnikov, April 1997

"Among the many misdeeds of the British rule in India, history will look upon the act of depriving a whole nation of arms, as the blackest." ~~ Mahatma Gandhi

..."If you will not fight for right when you can easily win without bloodshed; if you will not fight when your victory will be sure and not too costly; you may come to the moment when you will have to fight with all odds against you and only a precarious chance of survival. There may be even a worse fate. You may have to fight when there is no hope of victory, because it is better to perish than to live as slaves." -- Winston Leonard Spencer Churchill on the eve of Britain's entry into World War II

"As nightfall does not come all at once, neither does oppression. In both instances, there is a twilight. And it is in such twilight that we all must be aware of change in the air, however slight, lest we become unwitting victims of the darkness." ~~ Justice William O. Douglas, U.S. Supreme Court

"Based on the fact that 9mm casings were found at the scene, the talking head reported that the weapon was "presumably an Uzi." Of course, I suspect this person would have difficulty telling a 9mm casing from a bronzed condom." ~~ Ken Maurer

"By a very conservative estimate, a hundred million people have died at the hands of their own governments in this century. Given that record, how bad could anarchy be?" ~~ Joseph Sobran

"Corrupt politicians inspire assassins. Of course they don't want people to have guns. Politicians never trust the people to whom they give reason to shoot them." ~~ Angel Shamaya

"Courage is contagious. When a brave man takes a stand, the spines of others are often stiffened." ~~ Billy Graham

"Democracy must be something more than two wolves and a sheep voting on what to have for dinner." ~~ James Bovard (1994)

"Every 13 seconds in America someone uses a gun to stop a crime." ~~ Sen. Larry Craig

"Every normal man must be tempted at times to spit on his hands, hoist the black flag, and begin slitting throats." ~~ H. L. Mencken

"Foolish liberals who are trying to read the Second Amendment out of the Constitution by claiming it's not an individual right or that it's too much of a public safety hazard don't see the danger in the big picture. They're courting disaster by encouraging others to use the same means to eliminate portions of the constitution they don't like." ~~ Alan Dershowitz

"For, in principle, there is no difference between a law prohibiting the wearing of concealed arms, and a law forbidding the wearing such as are exposed; and if the former be unconstitutional, the latter must be so likewise. But it should not be forgotten, that it is not only a part of the right that is secured by the constitution; it is the right entire and complete, as it existed at the adoption of the constitution; and if any portion of that right be impaired, immaterial how small the part may be, and immaterial the order of time at which it be done, it is equally forbidden by the constitution." ~~ Bliss vs. Commonwealth, 12 Ky. (2 Litt.) 90, at 92, and 93, 13 Am. Dec. 251 (1822).

"Government is not the solution to our problem; government is the problem.... We've been tempted to believe that society has become too complex to be managed by self-rule, that government by an elite group is superior to government for, by, and of the people. Well, if no one among us is capable of government himself, then who among us has the capacity to govern someone else? All of us together, in and out of government, must bear the burden. The solutions we seek must be equitable, with no one group singled out to pay a higher price." ~~ Ronald Reagan

"Gun bans don't disarm criminals, gun bans attract them." ~~ Walter Mondale

"Most of us could care less about owning assault weapons. However, we don't believe banning them will significantly impact crime. And we worry about what guns they'll come after next. We fight for AK-47s today so we won't have to battle for grandpa's Model 12 (it's a classic shotgun) tomorrow." ~~TIM ACKARMAN

"If I were an American, as I am an Englishman, while a foreign troop was landed in my country I never would lay down my arms, never! never! never!" ~~ William Pitt, Earl of Chatham (1708-1778) Speech, Nov. 18, 1777

"Is life so dear or peace so sweet, as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery? Forbid it, Almighty God! I know not what course others may take, but as for me, give me liberty or give me death!" ~~ Patrick Henry

"Liberty has never come from government. Liberty has always come from the subjects of government. The history of liberty is the history of resistance." ~~ Woodrow Wilson, May 9, 1912, Address, New York Press Club.

"Many people mistakenly see weapons as the source of crime rather than a reaction to it. This is rather like blaming your flat tire on the spare you carry in the trunk." ~~ Mickey Michels

"Ninety-eight percent of the people in this country are decent, hardworking, honest Americans. It's the other lousy two percent that get all the publicity. But then, we elected them." ~~ Lily Tomlin

"No free man shall ever be debarred the use of arms." ~~ Thomas Jefferson, Proposed Virginia Constitution (1776)

"One man with courage is a majority." ~~ Thomas Jefferson

"[The purpose of a written constitution is] to bind up the several branches of government by certain laws, which, when they transgress, their acts shall become nullities; to render unnecessary an appeal to the people, or in other words a rebellion, on every infraction of their rights, on the peril that their acquiescence shall be construed into an intention to surrender those rights."-- Thomas Jefferson, Notes on Virginia [1782]

"One of the greatest delusions in the world is the hope that the evils in this world are to be cured by legislation." ~~ Thomas B. Reed (1886)

"Police officers who continue to support the kind of gun control which is aimed at law-abiding citizens are sadly mistaken if they think it will make their jobs safer and prevent suicide. Cracking down on duck hunters and target shooters cannot and will not affect the criminal misuse of firearms in any way. Policing will always be a dangerous job. Violent criminals will always be out there ready to shoot at cops, using homemade guns if necessary. Suicide is also here to stay as long as there are ropes, razors and high buildings from which to jump. It is the dreamiest of daydreams to think that if we just pass a few more laws against legitimate gun owners, we will one day be able to go out on patrol without side arms, and that suicides will become a thing of the past." ~~ Constable John A. Gayder

"Political correctness is just tyranny with manners." ~~ Charlton Heston

"Sarah Brady tells decent citizens not to resist criminals who invade their homes, citing phony statistics to back up her dark sermon. Me? In keeping MY home secure, I'll stick with my buckshot-loaded shotgun with Sarah Brady's picture laminated to the butt - in perfect position to give the perp a goodbye kiss after I relieve him of his affliction." ~~ Isaiah Amberay

"Smart guns and safety locks aren't meant to protect children. They're meant to kill gun owners." ~~ Victor Milan

"That the people have a right to keep and bear arms; that a well regulated militia, composed of the body of the people, trained to arms, is the proper, natural, and safe defense of a free state." ~~ George Mason, Virginia Ratification Convention, 1788

"The American Constitution was not written to protect criminals; it was written to protect the government from becoming criminals." ~~ Lenny Bruce

"The Brady Bill's only effect will be to desensitize the public to regulation of weapons in preparation for their ultimate confiscation." ~~ Charles Krauthammer, The Washington Post, April 5, 1996

"The said Constitution [shall] never be construed to authorize Congress to infringe the just liberty of the press, or the rights of conscience, or to prevent the people of the United States, who are peaceable citizens, from keeping their own arms." ~~ Samuel Adams, Massachusetts’ U.S. Constitution Ratification Convention, 1788

"There are 83 million lawful and responsible gun owners in this country, and we're sick and tired of being treated like criminals." ~~ Sam Cohen

"There is no doubt in my mind that millions of lives could have been saved if the people had not been ‘brainwashed’ about gun ownership and they had been well armed. Hitler's thugs and goons were not very brave when confronted by a gun. Gun haters always want to forget the Warsaw Ghetto uprising, which is a perfect example of how a ragtag, half starved group of Jews took up 10 handguns and made asses out of the Nazi's." ~~ Theodore Haas, former prisoner of the infamous Dachau prisoner concentration camp.

"They that can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety." ~~ Benjamin Franklin, Historical Review of Pennsylvania, 1759

"Today, we need a nation of Minutemen, citizens who are not only prepared to take arms, but citizens who regard the preservation of freedom as the basic purpose of their daily life and who are willing to consciously work and sacrifice for that freedom." ~~ John F. Kennedy

"When governments fear the people there is liberty. When the people fear the government there is tyranny." ~~ Thomas Jefferson

"When you sit down to negotiate on what you already have, you lose." ~~ Rep. Marie Parente

"You can only protect your liberties in this world by protecting the other man's freedom. You can only be free if I am." ~~ Clarence Darrow (1857-1938)

"You may have my guns, but the ammo must go with them. P.S. All ammo leaves my possession from between 1150fps and 2650fps." ~~ Leslie E. Starks

"You need only reflect that one of the best ways to get yourself a reputation as a dangerous citizen these days is to go about repeating the very phrases which our founding fathers used in the struggle for independence." ~~ Charles A. Beard

"How dare politicians continue to pass insane laws forcing good, law-abiding people to be defenseless and helpless." ~~ Ted Nugent

"The sheeping of America is nearly complete." ~~ Ted Nugent

"A society of sheep must in time beget a government of wolves." ~~ Bertrand de Juvenal

"According to my observations, mankind are among the most easily tamable and domesticable of all creatures in the animal world. They are readily reducible to submission, so readily conditionable (to coin a word) as to exhibit and almost incredibly enduring patience under restraint and oppression of the most flagrant character. So far are they from displaying any overweening love of freedom that they show a show a singular contentment with a condition of servitorship, often showing a curious canine pride in it, and again often simply unaware that they are existing in that condition." ~~ Albert Jay Nock; The Memoirs of a Superfluous Man

"Liberty means responsibility. That is why most men dread it" ~~ George Bernard Shaw

"Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable." ~~ John F. Kennedy

"You have plenty of rights in this country, provided you don’t get caught exercising them." ~~ Terry Mitchell; Executive Editor, The Revolutionary Toker

"Using inner city kids as your proof that guns and kids don’t mix, is like using an alcoholic to prove all people will abuse alcohol." ~~ Lori Broadhead

"The tree of liberty must be watered with the blood of patriots and traitors every ten years". ~~ Thomas Jefferson, the author of the Declaration of Independence, and Right Wing Extremist

"I only regret that I have but one life to lose for my country". ~~ Nathan Hale, last words, 22 September 1776 (attributed)

"So, Your Honor, the Pledge is unconstitutional because it says 'Under God'. Guess that means when you were sworn in with your hand on a Bible, and at the end of your oath repeated, 'So Help Me God' that makes your job unconstitutional, therefore you have no job, which means your ruling doesn't mean shit." ~~ Dennis Miller, recent comments made on his show, regarding the judge who declared the Pledge of Allegiance unconstitutional

"If ye love wealth better than liberty, the tranquility of servitude better than the animating contest of freedom, go home from us in peace. We ask not your counsels or arms. Crouch down and lick the hands which feed you. May your chains set lighly upon you, and posterity forget that ye were our countrymen." ~~ Samuel Adams, speech at the Philadelphia State House, August 1, 1776

"Suppose you were an idiot.....and suppose you were a member of Congress.....But I repeat myself" ~~ Mark Twain

"You may find me one day dead in a ditch somewhere. But by God, you'll find me in a pile of brass." ~~ Tpr. M. Padgett

"I declare to you that woman must not depend upon the protection of man, but must be taught to protect herself, and there I take my stand".~~SUSAN B. ANTHONY

"If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it people will eventually come to believe it."~~Joseph Goebbels Nazi propoganda minister

"The U.S. Supreme Court ruled in Haynes vs. U.S.(390 US 85, 1968) that criminals are exempt from firearms registration based on 5th amendment grounds. What do you call a government that recognizes constitutional rights for criminals, but can not grasp the definition of, "...the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed" for law-abiding citizens?" Author: James L. Mullen

"Rome remained free for four hundred years and Sparta eight hundred, although their citizens were armed all that time; but many other states that have been disarmed have lost their liberties in less than forty years".~~Niccolo Machiavelli

"The conclusion is thus inescapable that the history, concept, and wording of the 2nd amendment to the Constitution of the United States, as well as it's interpretation by every major commentator and court in the 1st half-century after its ratification, indicates that what is protected is an individual right of a private citizen to own and carry firearms in a peaceful manner."~~Report of the Subcommittee on the Constitution of the Committee on the Judiciary, United States Senate, 97th Congress, Second Session, 2/82

"Men who deny individual rights cannot claim, defend or uphold any rights whatsoever. ... The liberals are guilty of the same contradiction, but in a different form. They advocate the sacrifice of all individual rights to unlimited majority rule - yet posture as defenders of the rights of minorities. But the smallest minority on earth is the individual. Those who deny individual rights cannot claim to be defenders of minorities." ~~ Ayn Rand

"The necessary consequence of man's right to life is his right to self-defense. In a civilized society, force may be used only in retaliation & only against those who initiate its use. All the reasons which make the initiation of physical force an evil, make the retaliatory use of physical force a moral imperative. If some 'pacifist' society renounced the retaliatory use of force, it would be left helplessly at the mercy of the 1st thug who decided to be immoral. Such a society would achieve the opposite of its intention: instead of abolishing evil, it would encourage & reward it." ~~Ayn Rand "The Nature of Government" , The Virtue of Selfishness ( 1961 ), pg 108

"Strict gun laws are about as effective as strict drug laws...It pains me to say this, but the NRA seems to be right: The cities and states that have the toughest gun laws have the most murder and mayhem."~~ Mike Royko, Chicago Tribune

"A fear of weapons is a sign of retarded sexual and emotional maturity."~~Sigmund Freud

Quemadmoeum gladius neminem occidit, occidentis telum est." "A sword is never a killer, it's a tool in the killer's hands." ~~Lucius Annaeus Seneca "the Younger" (ca. 4 BC-65 AD)

"In any compromise between food and poison, it is only death that can win. In any compromise between good and evil, it is only evil that can profit. In that transfusion of blood which drains the good to feed the evil, the compromiser is the transmitting a rubber tube."~~Ayn Rand, For the New Intellectual, page 173

"The most foolish mistake we could possibly make would be to permit the conquered Eastern peoples to have arms. History teaches that all conquerors who have allowed their subject races to carry arms have prepared their own downfall by doing so."~~Adolf Hitler, April 11, 1942

"Under the decree of the shogun Toyotomi Hideyoshi (1536-1598), issued on the 8th day of the seventh month, Tensho 16, "The people of the various provinces are strictly forbidden to have in their possession any swords, short swords, bows, spears, firearms, or other types of arms. The possession of unnecessary implements makes difficult the collection of taxes and dues, and tends to foment uprisings."

"Some people were put on this earth to be slaves. They're unhappy if they're not a slave, and they'll keep searching until they find someplace where they can be one."~~SM 101

"If someone is so fearful that, that they're going to start using their weapons to protect their rights, it makes me very nervous that these people have these weapons at all!"~~Rep. Henry Waxman (D-Calif.) On MSNBC

"When you disarm your subjects you offend them by showing that either from cowardliness or lack of faith, you distrust them; and either conclusion will induce them to hate you"~~Niccolo Machiavelli, "The Prince"

"In a free nation, government has no authority to forbid me from speaking because I might shout "fire" in a crowded theater. Government has no authority to forbid me from using my fist to defend myself because I might also use it to strike your nose. And government has no authority to forbid me from owning a firearm because I might shoot an innocent victim"~~CA STATE SENATOR TOM MCCLINTOCK

"There is no doubt in my mind that millions of lives could have been saved if the people had not been 'brainwashed' about gun ownership and they had been well armed. Hitler's thugs and goons were not very brave when confronted by a gun. Gun haters always want to forget the WarsawGhetto uprising, which is a perfect example of how a ragtag, half starved group of Jews took up 10 handguns and made asses out of the Nazi's."~~Theodore Haas, former prisoner of the infamous Dachau prisoner concentration camp

"Two men have no more natural right to exercise any kind of authority over one, than one has to exercise the same authority over two. A man's natural rights are his own, against the whole world; and any infringement of them is equally a crime; whether committed by one man, or by millions; whether committed by one man, calling himself a robber, (or by any other name indicating his true character), or by millions calling themselves a government."~~Lysander Spooner

"So long as the general public has access to any arms at all, or a disorderly crowd retains the physical capacity to overturn a bus or throw rocks at police, those who control the government do not totally monopolize force."~~The Sovereign Individual ( p 169 )

"The people who work against your gun rights are basically saying to you, "The right of the criminal to rip you off, rape and kill you shall not be infringed." And they wonder why we're a bit testy"~~-editor , KABA LIBERTY ADVOCATE, Friday, July 30, 2001

"Every man, woman, and responsible child has a natural, fundamental, and inalienable human, individual, civil, and Constitutional right (within the limits of the Non-Aggression Principle) to obtain, own, and carry, openly or concealed, any weapon -- handgun, shotgun, rifle, machinegun, anything-- anytime, anywhere, without asking anyone's permissin"~~The Atlanta Declaration-- L. Neil Smith

"Comrades! We must abolish the cult of the individual decisively, once and for all."~~Nikita Khrushchev

"All our lives we fought against exalting the individual, against the elevation of the single person."~~Vladimir Lenin

"There is the great, silent, continuous struggle: the struggle between the State and the Individual."~~ Benito Mussolini

"The main plank in the National Socialist program is to abolish the liberalistic concept of the individual"~~Adolph Hitler

"At a time when our entire country is banding together and facing down individualism, the Patriots set a wonderful example, showing us all what is possible when we work together, believe in each other, and sacrifice for the greater good."~~Ted Kennedy

"We must stop thinking of the individual and start thinking about what is best for society."~~Hillary Clinton, 1993

Many of you are well enough off that... the tax cuts may have helped you... We're saying that for America to get back on track, we're probably going to cut that short and not give it to you. We're going to take things away from you on behalf of the common good. -- Sen. Hillary Clinton, San Francisco, June 28, 2004 ~ or...

"...from each according to his means, to each according to his needs." -- Karl Marx, 19th Century

"Typical gun guy: Full of ideas, full of criticisms, full of crap!"~~Barry Laws - Second Amendment Activist

"Freedom is not automatic at birth - it must be continually fought for with bravery, determination, and blood. To conquer the enemy and liberate the oppressed, is the obligation of every free society on this planet."~~Joe Nizzari - 26 March 2003

"None are more hopelessly enslaved than those who falsely believe they are free."~~ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

"An evil exists that threatens every man, woman and child of this great nation," the leader of another country once wrote. "We must take steps to ensure our domestic security and protect our homeland." ~~ Adolph Hitler, writing about creation of the Gestapo in Nazi Germany.

"The most foolish mistake we could possibly make would be to allow the subject races to possess arms. History shows that all conquerors who have allowed their subject races to carry arms have prepared their own downfall by so doing."-- Adolph Hitler, Hitler's Secret Conversations [1961]

"Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable."
-- John F. Kennedy

"In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act." -- George Orwell

"We Deserve What We Tolerate." - Mike Rothenberg, aka, Mike Randall

These next two quotes are from a Kurdish refugee who wishes to remain anonymous because she, curiously, does not believe in the individual right to own firearms and is opposed to our use of her name to further that cause.

In order for us to prove validity of these quotes we will provide the name of the refugee on request.

Why did Iraqis not liberate themselves from so vicious a tyranny without U.S. help? "We tried," Sxxxxx says, noting they even attempted to use suicide bombers but could never get close enough to Saddam Hussein. "How could we liberate ourselves when Saddam had all the weapons?" Sobbing, she told of a member of the Republican Guards who "put a gun in the mouth of a baby - and shot the baby!" -- B. S.

"Our Arab neighbors did nothing, but sat back. We are grateful for what the United States did with allied support." When that statue came down, she continues, "I was so overwhelmed with feelings I was crying. The joy in the street was sincere. The Iraqi people knew nothing about democracy or freedom, but now they know what it is to become free - free of torture - and the fall of tyranny." B. S.


"Instead of giving a politician the keys to the city, it might be better to change the locks." ---Doug Larson

"Success is all about sustaining the focus of your attention on your goal. Winners focus, losers spray." - Anonymous

"Don't say it's impossible! Turn your command over to the next officer. If he can't do it, I'll find someone who can, even if I have to take him from the ranks!" - General Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson

"Man's mind stretched to a new idea never goes back to its original dimensions." - Oliver Wendell Holmes

"How a politician stands on the Second Amendment tells you how he or she views you as an individual... as a trustworthy and productive citizen, or as part of an unruly crowd that needs to be lorded, controlled, supervised, and taken care of."
--REP. SUZANNA GRATIA HUPP (TX)

"If someone has a gun and is trying to kill you, it would be reasonable to shoot back with your own gun." --The Dalai Lama, (May 15, 2001)

"Never before has such a well-armed people become so utterly apathetic to the preservation of their liberties, so lazy in their thinking, and so cowardly in their actions." -- Boston T. Party in Boston's Gun Bible

"To those who persist in denigrating our founders and their legacy of liberty, I say this: I would rather show respect for that generation which, though born into an era of slavery, planted the seeds of liberty, than to be part of a generation that, born into an era of liberty, plants the seeds of renewed slavery and bondage." Alan Keyes, July 4, 2004 (WorldNetDaily.com)

"Those who profess to favor freedom, yet deprecate agitation, are men who want crops without plowing up the ground. They want rain without thunder and lightening. They want the ocean without the awful roar of its many waters. This struggle may be a moral one; or it may be a physical one; or it may be both moral and physical; but it must be a struggle. Power concedes nothing without a demand. It never did and it never will." – Frederick Douglass, African-American abolitionist