On the television show, Parks and Recreation, there is a character named Ron Swanson.  He is the director of Pawnee Parks and Recreation Department, but he is also a pro-America, pro-limited government libertarian, which automatically makes him one of my favorite characters.  Throughout the show, he has some great lines about government and America that made me want to pause the show and clap. Here are my top ten favorite Ron Swanson quotes that describe how all conservatives and libertarians feel.

  1. “There is only one bad word: taxes.”

  2. “History began on July 4th 1776.  Anything before that was a mistake.”

  3. “The free market is a jungle.  It’s beautiful and brutal and should be left alone.  When a business fails, it dies and a new better business takes its place.  Just let business be business and government be government.”

  4. “Whatever happened to ‘Hey, I have some apples.  Would you like to buy them?’ “Yes, thank you!’ That’s as complicated as it should be to open a business in this country.”

  5. “This is your lunch.  Now, you should be able to do whatever you want with this, right?  If you want to eat all of it, great. If you want to throw it all away in the garbage, that’s your prerogative, but here I come, the government, and I get to take 40 percent of your lunch, and that, Lauren, is how taxes work.”

  6. “Why stop at cutting 32 percent of the Pawnee budget when you can make it an even 40 percent?  Slash it! Slash it!”

  7. “I think that all government is a waste of taxpayer money. My dream is to have the park system privatized and run entirely for profit by corporations, like Chuck E. Cheese. They have an impeccable business model.”

  8. “This room has several paintings in it.  Some are big. Some are small. People did them and they’re here now.  I believe that after this is over, they will be hung in government buildings.  Why the government is involved in an art show is beyond me.”

  9. “The whole point of this country is if you want to eat garbage, balloon up to 600 pounds, and die of a heart attack at 43, you can.  You are free to do so. To me, that’s beautiful.”

  10. When Ron is cooking in the park, he is asked if he has a permit, to which he responds that he does and takes out a paper that says, “I can do what I want. -Ron”

Rose L