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Armey's axioms : 40 hard-earned truths from politics, faith, and life
Armey, Richard K., 1940-
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Hoboken, N.J. : Wiley, [2003]

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xiii, 258 pages ; 23 cm
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Acclaim for Armey's Axioms

""As I read Armey's Axioms, my mind immediately went to the man from Springfield, Abraham Lincoln, who cloaked brilliant wisdom with grace and good humor that had its roots in the heartland of America. Without question, Dick Armey is one of the most brilliant and principled men ever to serve in the leadership of the United States House of Representatives. His axioms are a delightful read for anyone seeking to understand the faith, the patriotism, and the integrity that has made America great.""
-Dr. M. G. ""Pat"" Robertson

""In Armey's Axioms, Dick Armey gives us more than his great sense of humor and Texas-size common sense. With a creative and personal touch, it is the best advice I've seen for those who want to make it in Washington, and even better for those who want to make it in life.""
-Bob Dole

""We Americans like to cut to the chase when it comes to difficult issues. In Armey's Axioms, Dick Armey does just that. By skillfully breaking down complex social and moral issues, he presents us with such simple and direct answers that it's hard not to agree with his logic. Wrapped in wry wit and humor, the book is wise, insightful, and above all, compelling.""
-Marlin Maddoux
President, National Center for Freedom & Renewal
host, Point of View radio talk show

""In just ten years, Dick Armey moved from C-SPAN viewer to Majority Leader of the U.S. House of Representatives. In Armey's Axioms he presents some of the lessons he has learned from his years in the House and from country music. . . . It's a good read, packed with good advice.""
-Michael Barone
U.S. News & World Report
coauthor, The Almanac of American Politics

Author Notes

Dick Armey served in the United States Congress for eighteen years, culminating in eight years as House majority leader. In Congress, he was the ranking Republican on the Joint Economic Committee, the chairman of the Republican Conference, and, most recently, the chairman of the Select Committee on Homeland Security. A conservative Texas Republican known for his often-confrontational style, he holds a Ph.D. in economics and taught at the University of North Texas before running for Congress. Armey is currently a Senior Policy Advisor at Piper Rudnick and cochairman of Citizens for a Sound Economy

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Publisher's Weekly Review

This collection of advice, criticism and opinion by the former majority leader of the House of Representatives sheds light on the various forces at play in the unsparing world of Washington politics. Offering personal anecdotes and theories sure to please conservatives of all ages, Armey entertains issues ranging from the meaning of freedom ("true freedom carries with it responsibility and accountability") to the essential difference between liberals and conservatives: "Conservatives see an irrefutable connection between ends and means and have a keen understanding of costs and limits...It is far more important to a liberal to have your heart in the right place than to have your head on straight." Throughout the brief essays that explicate each maxim, Armey draws upon his Christian faith for guidance, and does not shy away from controversial statements. His fellow right-wingers will appreciate such claims as "There Is Nothing so Arrogant as a Self-Righteous Income Redistributor" (to wit, Congressman Charles Rangel) and "There Is Nothing to be Learned from the Second Kick of a Mule" (where he interestingly states his aversion to conflict). (Oct. 10) Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.

Table of Contents

Sean Hannity
Forewordp. ix
Prefacep. xi
Armey's Ultimate Axiom: Number 1 Freedom worksp. 1
Armey's Axiom Number 2 Macho hurtsp. 7
Armey's Axiom Number 3 Tattoos last foreverp. 13
Armey's Axiom Number 4 You can't stand on principle with feet of clayp. 17
Armey's Axiom Number 5 You can't get ahead while you're getting evenp. 23
Armey's Axiom Number 6 If you love peace more than freedom, you losep. 29
Armey's Axiom Number 7 If you demagogue it, you own itp. 35
Armey's Axiom Number 8 You can't get your finger on the problem if you've got it to the windp. 41
Armey's Axiom Number 9 The politics of greed is wrapped in the language of lovep. 47
Armey's Axiom Number 10 There is nothing so arrogant as a self-righteous income redistributorp. 55
Armey's Axiom Number 11 A little man can whip a big man every time if he's in the right and keeps on a-comin'p. 63
Armey's Axiom Number 12 No one spends someone else's money as wisely as he spends his ownp. 69
Armey's Axiom Number 13 If it's about your power, you losep. 75
Armey's Axiom Number 14 If you make a deal with the devil, you are the junior partnerp. 83
Armey's Axiom Number 15 If you want the divorce, you give up the housep. 89
Armey's Axiom Number 16 Politics sooner or later makes a fool out of everyonep. 95
Armey's Axiom Number 17 Political ambition is a great compromiserp. 103
Armey's Axiom Number 18 A man will fight like a cornered rat if his chicken manure is at stakep. 109
Armey's Axiom Number 19 It's a wonder how much will get done when people are concerned with who gets the creditp. 117
Armey's Axiom Number 20 Insecurity is an audacity in light of the Lord's promise: "I will never leave you nor forsake you"p. 125
Armey's Axiom Number 21 Liberals love feelings too much, conservatives love facts too muchp. 133
Armey's Axiom Number 22 If you insist on center stage, you get the tomatoesp. 139
Armey's Axiom Number 23 Conservatives believe it when they see it, liberals see it when they believe itp. 147
Armey's Axiom Number 24 Conservatives are afraid the public will not understand, liberals are afraid the public will understandp. 155
Armey's Axiom Number 25 The greater the pretension, the greater the hypocrisyp. 163
Armey's Axiom Number 26 If you don't weep when you must, you'll weep foreverp. 173
Armey's Axiom Number 27 The idea is bigger than the manp. 179
Armey's Axiom Number 28 No man can ever lose his daddy's spursp. 187
Armey's Axiom Number 29 It's better to be a pleasant surprise than a bitter disappointmentp. 193
Armey's Axiom Number 30 Your worst enemies are your best friendsp. 197
Armey's Axiom Number 31 The wise hen doesn't cackle until the egg is laidp. 203
Armey's Axiom Number 32 You can't hunt with the big dogs dressed like a bonep. 209
Armey's Axiom Number 33 Ninety percent of all talk is unnecessaryp. 213
Armey's Axiom Number 34 If you are going to go ugly, go ugly earlyp. 219
Armey's Axiom Number 35 Never let your face show how bad they are kicking your rearp. 227
Armey's Axiom Number 36 Old fogies don't tolerate young fogiesp. 233
Armey's Axiom Number 37 Don't go back and check on a dead skunkp. 239
Armey's Axiom Number 38 If ifs and buts were candy and nuts, we would all have a merry Christmasp. 245
Armey's Axiom Number 39 There is nothing to be learned from the second kick of a mulep. 249
Armey's Axiom Number 40 Washington is a city of young idealists and old cynicsp. 253