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Fractured Patriotic Quotes For Coronavirus (With Apologies To Rocky And Bullwinkle)

“Give me liberty or give me death!”

“You have a .001% overall chance of contracting and dying of coronavirus.”

“Oh – never mind.”


 “We must all hang together, or, most assuredly, we shall all hang separately.”

“Only with proper social distancing.”


“I intend to go in harm’s way.” (John Paul Jones)

“Stay safe. Stay home.”


“America was not built on fear.” (Harry S. Truman​)

“Trump projects up to 240,000 coronavirus deaths in U.S., even with mitigation efforts.”


“Liberty must at all hazards be supported.” (John Adams)

“Your freedoms are not more important than my life.”


“One of the most essential branches of English liberty is the freedom of one’s house. A man’s house is his castle.” (James Otis)

“All public and private in-person gatherings of more than 10 individuals are prohibited.” 


“Walkers and strollers and wanderers … these activities are historically part of the amenities of life as we have known them. … These unwritten amenities have been, in part, responsible for giving our people the feeling of independence and self-confidence, the feeling of creativity.” (William O. Douglas)

“Beaches remain closed.”


“We shall pay any price, bear any burden, meet any hardship, support any friend, oppose any foe to assure the survival and the success of liberty.” (JFK)

“People tattle on neighbors flouting coronavirus shutdown.”


“Dependence begets subservience and venality, suffocates the germ of virtue, and prepares fit tools for the designs of ambition.” (Thomas Jefferson)

“Your stimulus check is in the mail.”


“Let us therefore animate and encourage each other, and show the whole world that a Freeman, contending for liberty on his own ground, is superior to any slavish mercenary on earth.” (George Washington)

“The more that (protestors are) out and about, the more likely they are to spread COVID-19 and the more likely we’re going to have to take this (lockdown) posture for a longer period of time.”


“I do this real moron thing, and it’s called thinking. And apparently I’m not a very good American because I like to form my own opinions.” (George Carlin)

“If America wants its economy back, it better do whatever is necessary to persuade Dr. Anthony Fauci it’s time to give the all-clear.”


“A body of men holding themselves accountable to nobody ought not to be trusted by anybody.” (Thomas Paine)

“Sixty-one percent of voters in Michigan trust Gov. Gretchen Whitmer more than Trump to decide on when to reopen the state.”

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Bob Maistros

Bob Maistros, a messaging and communications strategist and crisis specialist, is of counsel with Strategic Action Public Affairs, and was chief writer for the Reagan-Bush ’84 campaign, three U.S. Senators, and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. He can be reached at

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