Bradlee Dean Loves His Fake Quotes

For the fifth time in the last couple years, I’ve caught Bradlee Dean using a fake quotation in his latest Worldnetdaily column. Ironically, it’s in a column entitled “Religion of Ignorance.” His latest fake quote is from Ben Franklin and it goes like this:

“A nation of well-informed men who have been taught to know and prize the RIGHTS which God has given them cannot be enslaved. It is in the religion of ignorance that tyranny begins.”

– Benjamin Franklin

Franklin didn’t say that, Henry Steuber did, and he was speaking about the importance of public libraries. This is hardly the first time he’s used a fake quote in one of his inane columns. In Sept. 2011, he used this fake quote from George Washington:

It is impossible to govern the world without God and the Bible.

A year later he used another fake Washington quote:

“Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples’ liberty’s teeth.”

And another one in the same column:

“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.”

And then one from John Adams:

“Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people (under the umbrella of Christianity). It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.”

The part in parentheses was rectally derived. And then a fake quote from Josef Stalin. I suspect that Dean is ignorant in both the mundane and virulent senses of that word. He knows little and cares even less about what he doesn’t know.

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  • Mr Ed

    “A pithy quote is the last refuge of a weak mind.” Ronald Reagan speaking at the Nuremberg Trials

  • Akira MacKenzie

    1.) Dean knows damn well that his target audience will not make the effort to check those quotes.

    2.) Any outside attempt to correct them will be met with rejection because as godless, baby-killing, queer-lovin’, commies, everything we say is a lie.

    It so nice to know that we live in a society where people are allowed to choose the reality they live in and where lying is legally protected.

  • Alverant


    Is that a reference to the upcoming supreme court case about an OH law about political ads knowingly spreading false information?

  • Michael Heath

    Akira MacKenzie writes:

    Dean knows damn well that his target audience will not make the effort to check those quotes.

    That suggests Mr. Dean is more knowledgeable than his targeted demographic. I don’t think that’s true. Instead I perceive that Mr. Dean’s in the same emergent group I’d place Michelle Bachmann and Sarah Palin – they’re all in the same group as their target demographic.

    It used to be that a group of conservative leaders knew better and merely pandered and played with conservative Christians. Now that leadership’s being supplanted with true believers; and like their audience, they too are incapable of being anything other than misinformed.

  • Akira MacKenzie

    Alverant @ 3

    No, just my general frustration with the horrifically flawed, yet sanctified, notions of “freedom of speech/press/religion” and how they hampered social progress by protecting regressives’ ability to spread lies without legal consequence.

  • Richard Smith

    “Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples’ liberty’s teeth.”

    So, did Washington’s friend Franklin have wooden firearms?

  • I agree with Michael Heath — the old guard conservative leadership carefully nurtured the weeds of ignorance and fundamentalism because they were useful at the time. But now the weeds are taking over the garden. The leadership has moved from cynical manipulators to pious frauds and true believers.

  • John Hinkle

    It is impossible to govern the world without God and the Bible.

    This could be true. So far, I don’t think anyone has governed the world without God and the Bible.

  • “Fake quotes really piss me off.”

    — James Madison, speaking to Optimus Prime at Gargamel’s birthday party.

  • colnago80

    OT but I’m sure that Raging Bee will like this one. Headline says:

    Ex-Va. governor McDonnell, wife charged in gift scandal

  • comfychair

    “Who the fuck names their kid ‘Bradlee’, anyway?” –Mark Twain

  • garnetstar

    Many of those quotes are obvious fakes just on reading them because no one wrote like that in the eighteenth century. A locution like “they should have sufficient arms” would have been “should have sufficient arms”. No one used “which would include”. That “umbrella” would be used at all, especially in the metaphorical sense it is here, isn’t credible either.

    People were taught that writing should aspire to having something approaching a meter, and that informal words and expressions weren’t acceptable. Loose prose and informality are the hallmarks of later centuries.

  • bushrat

    “Dre was one of my heros in the music industry. If he’s not down for his homeboys, I don’t wanna be a part of him or around him.”

    – Gen.George Washington, shortly before the Battle of Lexington and Concord