“Sparking conversation: In the tradition of coffee houses everywhere, Starbucks has always supported a good, healthy discussion. To get people talking, “The Way I See It” is a collection of thoughts, opinions and expressions provided by notable figures that now appear on our widely shared cups.” www.starbucks.com
After downing approximately 710 grande sugar-free vanilla latte’s with skin milk this year alone, I have made reading the quotes on the sides of your cups a morning ritual. "Sparking conversation" on the train, in the car, or at the office — the quotes can be thought provoking, and even humorous.
But yesterday, after stirring in my Splenda and taking a steaming sip, my hand grasped the cup in panicked frenzy… A wise word from feminazi Maureen Dowd loomed on the side of my cup in that garland green print. Suddenly, my sweet coffee love turned bitter and I couldn’t help but question the franchise giant — is Starbucks liberal? My Starbucks?
After a caffeine induced pow-wow with HUMAN EVENTS editors we decided to make some of our own contributions to your collection.
"I contend that for a nation to try to tax itself into prosperity is like a man standing in a bucket and trying to lift himself up by the handle" — Winston Chuchill
“Perhaps it is better to be irresponsible and right than responsible and wrong.” — Winston Churchill
"Giving money and power to government is like giving whiskey and car keys to teenage boys" — P.J. O’Rourke
"The free market is ugly and stupid, like going to the mall; the unfree market is just as ugly and just as stupid, except there’s nothing in the mall and if you don’t go there they shoot you." — P.J. O’Rourke
"If you dont read the newspaper you are uninformed, if you do read the newspaper you are misinformed" — Mark Twain
"The only difference between a tax man and a taxidermist is that the taxidermist leaves the skin" — Mark Twain
"In times like these, it helps to recall that there have always been times like these." — Paul Harvey
"I’m a slow walker, but I never walk back." — Abraham Lincoln
"Tolerance is the virtue of a man without convictions." — G.K. Chesterton
"The nine most terrifying words in the English language are, ‘I’m from the government and I’m here to help." — Ronald Reagan
(Starbucks does make an effort to print a variety of quotations on their cups. On the Starbucks website there is even a form to submit comments and quotations. Help save our morning coffee and submit some new quotations)