8. "But if you're here to stand up, to get your musket, to fix your bayonet, and to charge into the ranks, you are my brother and sister in this fight…You need to leave here understanding one simple word. That word is: 'bayonets!'"
10. "[Liberals] want to force you into mass transit. They want to force you into bike paths. They want to force you into walking. That's not the American spirit. Because when the frontier opened up…we were not afraid. We didn't go and ask government for a wagon, a horse, a bag of flour. We figured it out!"
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