Woe to Those Who Call Evil Good and Good Evil



” Woe to those who call evil good
and good evil,
who put darkness for light
and light for darkness,
who put bitter for sweet
and sweet for bitter.”

-Isaiah 5:20


“The best freedom movement is one that’s devoted to all kinds of freedom — both economic and personal. I would like to see the movement keep its focus on keeping the government small.”

-Katherine Timpf


“The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.”

-The Tenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution


“When you think of the long and gloomy history of man, you will find more hideous crimes have been committed in the name of obedience than have ever been committed in the name of rebellion.”

-C.P. Snow


“Without the fear of God, men do not even observe justice and charity among themselves.” Institutes of the Christian Religion

-John Calvin 

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The Storm of Frenzy and Faction Must Inevitably Dash Itself in Vain Against the Unshaken Rock of the Constitution



“For the anointed, traditions are likely to be seen as the dead hand of the past, relics of a less enlightened age, and not as the distilled experience of millions who faced similar human vicissitudes before.”

-Thomas Sowell


“If none were to have Liberty but those who understand what it is, there would not be many freed Men in the world.”

-Lord Halifax


“Courage is not simply one of the virtues, but the form of every virtue at the testing point.”

-C.S. Lewis


“And if I cannot stand on my own legs, let me fall also. All I ask is, give me a chance to stand on my own legs! Let me alone!

-Frederick Douglass



“Men fight for liberty and win it with hard knocks. Their children, brought up easy, let it slip away again, poor fools. And their grand-children are once more slaves.” 1915

-D. H. Lawrence 


“Do not be quick to take offence, you will never find a gentleman who will willfully & without any cause real or imaginary offend another.”

-M.F. Maury


“Since Americans are by nature individualistic and entrepreneurial, by definition, then, the socialist program is anti-American, to say nothing of totalitarian. Socialism is an old dream. Some dreams are nightmares when put into practice.” America the Beautiful: Rediscovering What Made This Nation Great

-Ben Carson


“The storm of frenzy and faction must inevitably dash itself in vain against the unshaken rock of the Constitution.”

-Franklin Pierce


“If we were directed from Washington when to sow and when to reap, we would soon want for bread.”

-Thomas Jefferson


“He is free who lives as he wishes to live; who is neither subject to compulsion nor to hindrance, nor to force; whose movements to action are not impeded, whose desires attain their purpose, and who does not fall into that which he would avoid.”

-Epictetus (ca 55-135 A.D.), Discourses, ca 100 A.D.


“Now, sir, we are confusing language very much. Men speak of revolution; and when they say revolution they mean blood. Our fathers meant nothing of the sort. When they spoke of revolution they meant an unalienable right. When they declared as an unalienable right the power of the people to abrogate and modify their form of government whenever it did not answer the ends for which it was established, they did not mean that they were to sustain that by brute force. They meant that it was a right; and force could only be invoked when that right was wrongfully denied. Great Britain denied the right in the case of the colonies, and therefore our revolution for independence was bloody. If Great Britain had admitted the great American doctrine, there would have been no blood shed. . . .”

-J.F. Davis


“Our forefathers made one mistake. What they should have fought for was representation without taxation.”

-Fletcher Knebel, historian


“Whoever fails in the consideration generally due to the interests and feelings of others, not being compelled by some more imperative duty, or justified by allowable self-preference, is a subject of moral disapprobation for that failure, but not for the cause of it, nor for the errors, merely personal to himself, which may have remotely led to it. In like manner, when a person disables himself, by conduct purely self-regarding, from the performance of some definite duty incumbent on him to the public, he is guilty of a social offence. No person ought to be punished simply for being drunk; but a soldier or a policeman should be punished for being drunk on duty.” On Liberty

-John Stuart Mill


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Nowhere Is the Worthy Stranger Made More Welcome Than Texas



“Death is lighter than a feather, but Duty is heavier than a mountain.” To the Blight

-Robert Jordan


“Think and let think.”

-John Wesley


“We are so concerned to flatter the majority that we lose sight of how very often it is necessary, in order to preserve freedom for the minority, let alone for the individual, to face that majority down.”

-William F. Buckley, Jr.


“Never look down on anyone unless you’re helping him up”

-Jesse Jackson


“If a nation expects to be ignorant and free, in a state of civilization, it expects what never was and never will be.”

-Thomas Jefferson


“I hope that you as Chief of the Cherokees will meet me with the same feelings of friendship that actuate me in coming among you, and that I may have your hearty co-operation in our common cause against a people who are endeavoring to deprive us of our rights. It is not my desire to give offense or interfere with any of your rights or wishes.”

-Ben McCulloch


“If nations are allowed to commit genocide with impunity, to hide their guilt in a camouflage of lies and denials, there is a real danger that other brutal regimes will be encouraged to attempt genocides. Unless we speak today of the Armenian Christian genocide and unless the Turkish Government recognizes this historical fact, we shall leave this century of unprecedented genocides with this blot on our consciences. U.S. High Commissioner to Turkey

-Admiral Mark. L. Bristol


“Nowhere is the worthy stranger made more welcome than Texas.”

-Hiram Granbury


“We need to increase our troop strength. We need to raise their pay. We need to provide our veterans, our National Guard and Reserve with the benefits they are entitled to for the service and duty they perform for our nation.”

-Hillary Clinton


“You doubt that … your great country … is on the wane? I say only this – look around you.”

-Saint Griseus


“As many as 7 million Ukrainians were starved in Soviet Socialist dictator Joseph Stalin’s artificial, forced famine in Ukraine in 1932 and 1933. This is approximately the total population of Manitoba, Newfoundland, British Columbia, New Brunswick, Saskatchewan, Nova Scotia, and Prince Edward Island.” House of Commons 2 June 1998

-Inky Mark, M. P. Dauphin – Swan River 


“In its main features the Declaration of Independence is a spiritual document. It is a declaration not of material but spiritual conceptions. Equality, liberty, popular sovereignty, the rights of man—these are not elements which we can see and touch. They are ideals. They have their source and their roots in religious convictions. They belong to the unseen world. Unless the faith of the American people in these religious convictions is to endure, the principles of our Declaration will perish. We cannot continue to enjoy the result if we neglect and abandon the cause. If all men are created equal, that is final. If they are endowed with inalienable rights, that is final. If governments derive their just power from the consent of the governed, that is final. No advance, no progress can be made beyond these propositions. If anyone wishes to deny their truth and their soundness, the only direction in which he can proceed historically is not forward, but backward toward the time when there was no equality, no rights of the individual, no rule of the people. Those who wish to proceed in that direction cannot lay claim to progress.”

-Calvin Coolidge


“The man does not live who has power to couple my name successfully with the slightest taint of disloyalty to the Constitution.”

-John Breckinridge


“A little government involvement is just as dangerous as a lot – because the first leads inevitably to the second.”

-Harry Browne


“Where and when did freedom exist when the power of the sword and purse were given up from the people.”

-Patrick Henry


“Even before my father’s fathers they called us all rebels…”

-Thomas Petty


“Hitler clearly expected that American soldiers raised in a pacifist, “soft” democracy would ultimately wither under the assault of the German fighting men trained under his iron-fisted regime.”

-Stephen Ambrose


“In no other area of constitutional law does there exist a doctrine recognizing the preservation of cultural autonomy as a justification for limiting individual civil rights.” Sovereignty, Citizenship and the Indian, 15 Arizona Law Review, n. 36, 980 (1973)

-Kenneth W. Johnson 


“The great virtue of a free market system is that it does not care what color people are; it does not care what their religion is; it only cares whether they can produce something you want to buy. It is the most effective system we have discovered to enable people who hate one another to deal with one another and help one another.”

-Milton Friedman


“The Government is like a baby’s alimentary canal, with a happy appetite at one end and no responsibility at the other.”

-Ronald Reagan


“Americans have the right and advantage of being armed – unlike the citizens of other countries whose governments are afraid to trust the people with arms.”

-James Madison


“All the fiery rhetoric of the Founders was directed at a “tyrant” who taxed his subjects at a rate of about three percent. Today, we in “the land of the free” are taxed at about 50 percent when you add federal, state, and local taxes. What kind of government would do this? A dictatorship would.”

-Doug Newman


“Lassitude and vacillation now would mean surrender… to further Federal intervention in local affairs and further Federal encroachment on the diminishing area of state authority. …The state government of Texas is neither cowardly nor impotent in dealing with state problems.”  Inaugural Address, January 20, 1959 

-Price Daniel, Governor of Texas


“It’s in the history books, the Holocaust. It’s just a phrase. And the truth is it happened yesterday. It happened to my mother. I never met my grandmothers or my grandfathers. They were all wiped up in the gas chambers of Nazi Germany.”

-Gene Simmons


“Democracy is two wolves and a lamb voting on what to have for lunch. Liberty is a well-armed lamb contesting the vote!”

-Benjamin Franklin


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Here the People Rule, and Their Will Is the Supreme Law



“Freedom and Liberty cannot exist without Individual Responsibility. Failure to exercise Individual Responsibility forfeits your right to self-governance and delivers it to Government which, through force, will set the parameters of your life.”

-Brian Wilson, radio personality


“People who pride themselves on their “complexity” and deride others for being “simplistic” should realize that the truth is often not very complicated. What gets complex is evading the truth.” Barbarians inside the Gates and Other Controversial Essays 

-Thomas Sowell   


“Nowhere at present is there such a measureless loathing of their country by educated people as in America.” First Things, Last Things

-Eric Hoffer


“I prefer to be true to myself, even at the hazard of incurring the ridicule of others, rather than to be false, and to incur my own abhorrence.”

-Frederick Douglass


“While the unitary state of the French Revolution would become the dominant political fashion of Europe, a quite different model emerged from the American Revolution. Whereas the French Revolution was a struggle by the bourgeoisie to control and augment the power of the center, the American Revolution was really a war of secession by the periphery from the center. The French model was designed to secure liberty by centralization; the American to secure liberty by decentralization. Very early, Madison crafted the doctrine of state interposition, and Jefferson the doctrine of state nullification. Calhoun developed these ideas into America’s first systematic political philosophy, A Disquisition on Government. Lord Acton, who was greatly concerned with the problem of how to limit the centralization of power in a modern state, included the Disquisition in his list of the 100 most important books ever written.”

Donald W. Livingston


“Sometimes faith is the only friend you got to get your head above the water. Freedom is still the only thing that can save our sons and daughters… I sit and hope for inspiration while the world misunderstands…”

-Matt Prater


“Our heroes are over there where the white crosses are. We’re survivors over here. None of us are heroes. I don’t think you’ll talk to a man who say we are. You figure a hero is someone who does above and beyond the call of duty, and when you give your life that’s as above and beyond as you can get.” Marcus Brotherton, We Who Are Alive and Remain: Untold Stories from the Band of Brothers

-Earl McClung


“The ultimate aim of government is not to rule, or restrain, by fear, nor to exact obedience, but contrariwise, to free every man from fear, that he may live in all possible security; in other words, to strengthen his natural right to exist and work without injury to himself or others.

No, the object of government is not to change men from rational beings into beasts or puppets, but to enable them to develop their minds and bodies in security, and to employ their reason unshackled; neither showing hatred, anger, or deceit, nor watched with the eyes of jealousy and injustice. In fact, the true aim of government is liberty.” Theological-Political Treatise (1670), Ch. 20, That In a Free State Every Man May Think What He Likes, and Say What He Thinks

-Baruch Spinoza


“Unlike any other nation, here the people rule, and their will is the supreme law. It is sometimes sneeringly said by those who do not like free government, that here we count heads. True, heads are counted, but brains also . . .”

-William McKinley


“What country before ever existed a century & a half without a rebellion? & what country can preserve it’s liberties if their rulers are not warned from time to time that their people preserve the spirit of resistance? Let them take arms. The remedy is to set them right as to facts, pardon & pacify them. What signify a few lives lost in a century or two? The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots & tyrants. It is it’s natural manure.” Letter to William Smith, November 13, 1787

-Thomas Jefferson


“The compelling issue to both conservatives and liberals is not whether it is legitimate for government to confiscate one’s property to give to another, the debate is over the disposition of the pillage.”

-Walter Williams


“He that would make his own liberty secure, must guard even his enemy from oppression; for if he violates this duty, he establishes a precedent that will reach to himself.”

-Thomas Paine


“I think we have to understand that when tolerance becomes a one-way street, it will lead to cultural suicide.”

-Allen West


“Hold them heads up! Look fierce! Look mean! Look like the devil Look like me!”

-Sol Street


“The houses of early Texans were small, but their hearts were large enough to cover all deficiencies. No candidate for hospitality was ever turned away.”

-Noah Smithwick, pioneer Texas settler, on traveling through Texas in the early days of the state


“It is not the function of our Government to keep the citizen from falling into error; it is the function of the citizen to keep the government from falling into error.” American Communications Assn v. Douds, 1950

-Robert H. Jackson, U.S. Supreme Court Justice


“We defend the same principles that fired the hearts of our ancestors in the revolutionary struggle.”



“You know, doing what is right is easy. The problem is knowing what is right.”

-Lyndon B. Johnson


“Freedom is the emancipation from the arbitrary rule of other men.”

-Mortimer Adler


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A Right Is Not What Someone Gives You; It’s What No One Can Take From You



“Always will we remember the character of the onslaught against us. No matter how long it may take us to overcome this premeditated invasion, the American people in their righteous might will win through to absolute victory. I believe I interpret the will of the Congress and of the people when I assert that we will not only defend ourselves to the uttermost, but will make very certain that this form of treachery shall never endanger us again. Hostilities exist. There is no blinking at the fact that our people, our territory and our interests are in grave danger. With confidence in our armed forces – with the unbounding determination of our people – we will gain the inevitable triumph – so help us God.” Pearl Harbor Speech December 8 1941, To the Congress of the United States

-Franklin D. Roosevelt


“It is better to limp in the way, than run with the greatest swiftness out of it.” The Institutes of the Christian Religion

-John Calvin 


“You know, that man has a spirit, that each man and woman is unique, that we have duty to promote our unalienable rights and to protect them, that we have a duty to our families and ourselves, to take care of ourselves, to contribute to charity, that we have a duty to support a just and righteous law that is stable and predictable.”

-Mark R. Levin


“The attempt to secure individual liberty by vast-scale centralization would eventually lead to a spectacular loss of liberty. The modern liberal state, grounded in the autonomy of the individual, could not tolerate private ownership of labor, but, unhappily, for the same reason that it could not tolerate any independent social authority. However, by the logic of centralization inherent in all modern states, it would gradually accept state ownership of labor in the form of the income tax and universal conscription, both of which eighteenth-century monarchs found quite beyond their reach.” 

-Donald W. Livingston


“The limitation of tyrants is the endurance of those they oppose.”

-Frederick Douglass


“I like a little rebellion now and then. It is like a storm in the atmosphere.” Letter to Abigail Adams, 1787

-Thomas Jefferson 


“Well, you know what’s wrong with the world today? People have gone and put their Bibles away. They’re living by the law of the jungle not the law of the land. The good book says it so I know it’s the truth, an eye for and eye and a tooth for a tooth. You better watch where you go and remember where you been. That’s the way I see it, I’m a simple man.”

-Charles Daniels


“If men were angels, no government would be necessary. If angels were to govern men, neither external nor internal controls on government would be necessary. In framing a government which is to be administered by men over men, the great difficulty lies in this: you must first enable the government to control the governed; and in the next place, oblige it to control itself.” Federalist No. 51, February 8, 1788

-James Madison


“People want America to have a certain image when we fight. Yet I would guess if someone were shooting at them and they had to hold their family members while they bled out against an enemy who hid behind their children, played dead only to throw a grenade as they got closer, and who had no qualms about sending their toddler to die from a grenade from which they personally pulled the pin—they would be less concerned with playing nicely.” American Sniper

-Chris Kyle


“Wealth can only be accumulated by the earnings of industry and the savings of frugality.”

-John Tyler


“That all political power is inherent in the people, and all free governments are founded on their authority, and established for their benefit; and, therefore, they have, at all times, an inalienable and indefeasible right to alter or abolish their form of government, in such manner as they may deem expedient.”

-Florida Constitution of 1838


“A right is not what someone gives you; it’s what no one can take from you.”  New York Times, 10/02/77

-Ramsey Clark, U.S. Attorney General


“No government, no legislature, has a right to limit your dreams. You should never agree to surrender your dreams.”

-Jesse Jackson


“I think that Texas is forever ruined unless the citizens make a manly, energetic effort to save themselves from anarchy and confusion, which are the worst of all evils. Let us march like a band of brothers.”

-William B. Travis


“Property is the fruit of labor. Property is desirable, is a positive good in the world. That some should be rich shows that others may become rich and hence is just encouragement to industry and enterprise. Let not him who is houseless pull down the house of another, but let him work diligently to build one for himself, thus by example assuring that his own shall be safe from violence.”

-Abraham Lincoln


“As government expands, liberty contracts.”

-Ronald W. Reagan


“It ain’t so much what a man doesn’t know that causes him so many problems, but what he knows that ain’t so.”

-Will Rogers


“The danger is imminent and calls for the most energetic action in strengthening the force which now holds our lines.”

-Richard Ewell


“The cure for evil and disorder is more liberty, not suppression.”

-Alexander Berkman


“It is indeed a singular thing that people wish to pass laws to nullify the disagreeable consequences that the law of responsibility entails. Will they never realize that they do not eliminate these consequences but merely pass them along to other people? The result is one injustice the more and one moral the less.”

-Frederic Bastiat

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Where Men Cannot Freely Convey Their Thoughts to One Another, No Other Liberty is Secure




“Among the many objects to which a wise and free people find it necessary to direct their attention, that of providing for their safety seems to be first . . . . At present I mean only to consider it as it respects security for the preservation of peace and tranquility, as well as against dangers from foreign arms and influence, as from dangers of like kind arising from domestic causes.” The Federalist Papers Federalist No. 3, November 3, 1787

-John Jay


“Let us not commit ourselves to the absurd and senseless dogma that the color of the skin shall be the basis of suffrage, the talisman of liberty.” Oration delivered at Ravenna, Ohio (4 July 1865)

-James A. Garfield


“We view ourselves on the eve of battle. We are nerved for the contest, and must conquer or perish. It is vain to look for present aid: none is at hand. We must now act or abandon all hope! Rally to the standard, and be no longer the scoff of mercenary tongues! Be men, be free men, that your children may bless their father’s name.”

-Sam Houston


“Talk is cheap – except when Congress does it.”

-Cullen Hightower


“This country, with its institutions, belongs to the people who inhabit it. Whenever they shall grow weary of the existing government, they can exercise their constitutional right of amending it, or their revolutionary right to dismember it or overthrow it.” First Inaugural Address, March 4, 1861

-Abraham Lincoln


“Experience should teach us to be most on our guard to protect liberty when the government’s purposes are beneficial … the greatest dangers to liberty lurk in insidious encroachment by men of zeal, well meaning but without understanding.” 1928

-Supreme Court Justice Louis D. Brandeis


“My heart fails when I look around, but “Spit fire!” and have an end to this at once! Liberty forever, though death be the penalty.”

-Sarah Morgan


“One and God make a majority.”

-Frederick Douglass


“The American experiment has come and gone. Whatever freedoms the people still might have as their own, are monitored and registered and taxed at virtually every turn.”

-Jeff Baxter


“It is better to die on your feet than live on your knees.”

-Emiliano Zapta, Mexican revolutionary


“I hope that everyone will try to gain some insights into the plight of a soldier who was defending his home, family and the ideals of the U.S. Constitution.”

-Margaret W. Hollingsworth


“Justice is the means by which established injustices are sanctioned.” Crainquebille

-Anatole France


“He that takes truth for his guide, and duty for his end, may safely trust to God’s providence to lead him aright”

-Blaise Pascal


“Government is a trust, and the officers of the government are trustees. And both the trust and the trustees are created for the benefit of the people.”

-Henry Clay


“Look not to the politicians; look to yourselves.” 1850’s

-Richard Cobden,  Member of British Parliament


“All power is inherent in the people, and all free governments are founded on their authority and instituted for their peace, safety, happiness and the protection of property. For the advancement of these ends, they have at all times the inalienable and indefeasible right to alter, reform or abolish their government in such manner as they may deem proper.”

-Kentucky Constitution


“The true remedy for most evils is none other than liberty, unlimited and complete liberty, liberty in every field of human endeavor.”

-Gustave de Molinari, 19th Century Belgian Economist and Philosopher


“The strength and beauty of a Federal system of government, its value and completeness as a government, its harmonious and energetic action, absolutely require in both the general and local authorities, a rigid observance of the boundaries of power lying between them and marking out their appropriate spheres of action. This simple rule forbids alike the usurpation of authority upon the part of the general government, the infringement upon local authority, and the denial on part of the State to the general government the exercise of authority clearly granted in the Constitution.”

-Pendleton Murrah


“Liberty the essence of life. Whatever is done without it is imperfect.” My Race (1893), “Mi Raza”, first published in Patria (16 April 1893)

-José Martí


“For my part, when the time comes to cross the river like the others, I shall be found asking at the gates above, ‘Where are my comrades? For there I make my camp.’”

-Moxley Sorrel


“Do not separate text from historical background. If you do, you will have perverted and subverted the Constitution, which can only end in a distorted, bastardized form of illegitimate government.”

– James Madison


“You say, “Williams, you’re just old-fashioned and out of touch with modern society.” Maybe so, but I think that a society’s first line of defense is not the law but customs, traditions and moral values. These behavioral norms — transmitted by example, word of mouth, religious teachings, rules of etiquette and manners — represent a body of wisdom distilled over the ages through experience and trial and error. They include important legal thou-shalt-nots — such as shalt not murder, steal, lie or cheat — but they also include all those civilities one might call ladylike or gentlemanly behavior. Police officers and courts can never replace these social restraints on personal conduct. At best, laws, police and the criminal justice system are a society’s last desperate line of defense.”

-Walter Williams


“Government cannot make us equal; it can only recognize, respect, and protect us as equal before the law.:

-Clarence Thomas, U.S. Supreme Court Justice


“Never forget that everything Hitler did in Germany was legal.”

-Martin Luther King Jr.


“Where men cannot freely convey their thoughts to one another, no other liberty is secure.” Freedom of the Press, 1947

-William E. Hocking 


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Call Upon a Moral Power Potent Enough to Shield Our Liberties



“It is the duty of youths to war against indiscipline and corruption because they are the leaders of tomorrow.”

―Ifeanyi Enoch Onuoha


“The first freedom is freedom from sin.”

-Martin Luther


“Great General:

The entire Nation of the Black Slaves very humbly begs your august person to accept its respectful homage and to cast a humanitarian eye on the reflections it takes the liberty of presenting to you.

We are not unaware, Great General, of all the negative things that have been presented to you about us; we are painted in such a foul way that even the most solidly virtuous person would have reason to turn against us; but God, who sooner or later always stops the proud plans of men, this God who is so just knows what is deep inside us; he knows that we have never had any project but to patiently accept the oppression of our persecutors. This eternal God, who could no longer suffer so much persecution, must have given Louis XVI, the greatest of monarchs, the charge of delivering all the miserable Christians oppressed by their unjust fellow men….

We have just learned with extreme desperation that the mulattos, far from taking care of their enslaved mothers, brothers, and sisters, have dared claim that we do not deserve to enjoy, as they do, the benefits that come from peace and liberty and are incapable of continuing the hard work that supports the merchants of the white nation and cannot provide any service to the state. This is a great absurdity, and this vile action must demonstrate to you the baseness of spirit of this proud nation and make you see the hate, the jealousy, and all the horror of the disdain this nation has for us….It is not jealousy that forces us to complain about the mulattos, but the harshness they have shown in creating a plan for liberty for only themselves, when we are all of the same family. We do not know, Great General, if you have received the request of the mulattos, but you will receive it soon, and we are happy if we have the good fortune to have reached you before it….

We end our reflections by declaring to you that the entire Nation of Black Slaves united together has a single wish, a singly desire for independence, and all the slaves with a unanimous voice send out only one cry, one clamor to reclaim the liberty they have gained through centuries of suffering and ignominious servitude.

This is no longer a Nation that is blinded by ignorance and that trembles at the threat of the lightest punishments; its suffering has enlightened it and has determined it to spill to its last drop of blood rather than support the yoke of slavery, a horrible yoke attacked by the laws, by humanity, and by all of nature, by the Divinity and by our good King Louis XVI. We hope it will be condemned by the illustrious [Governor] Viome’nil. Your response, Great General, will decide our destiny and that of the colony. Please send it to the parish priests who will inform us about it at the announcements at the end of mass. We await it with the greatest impatience, but without leaving behind the respect that is due to your dignity, and the Nation asks you to believe it to be, [Great] Grand General, your most humble and obedient servant.


The Entire Nation”

Letter from the Slaves of Martinique, 29 August 1789, Slave Revolution in the Caribbean, 1789-1804: A Brief History with Documents. New York: Bedford/St. Martin’s.


“Were the judgments of mankind correct, custom would be regulated by the good. But it is often far otherwise in point of fact; for, whatever the many are seen to do, forthwith obtains the force of custom. But human affairs have scarcely ever been so happily constituted as that the better course pleased the greater number. Hence the private vices of the multitude have generally resulted in public error, or rather that common consent in vice which these worthy men would have to be law.” Institutes of the Christian Religion

-John Calvin


“Hatred is something we must fight against.”

-Leslie Meisels, Holocaust Survivor


“At no period of our history were we engaged in a more just and holy effort for the maintenance of liberty and independence than at the present moment.” 

-John B. Jones


“What one generation tolerates, the next generation will embrace.”

-John Wesley


“Depend upon it—there is no difference between Consolidation and Empire; no difference between Centralism and Imperialism. . . . If the worst is to befall us; if our most serious apprehensions and gloomiest forebodings as to the future, in this respect, are to be realized; if Centralism is ultimately to prevail; if our entire system of free Institutions as established by our common ancestors is to be subverted, and an Empire is to be established in their stead; if that is to be the last scene in the great tragic drama now being enacted: then be assured, that we… will be acquitted, not only in our own consciences, but by the judgment of mankind, of all responsibility for so terrible a catastrophe, and from all the guilt of so great a crime against humanity!” 

-A. H. Stephens


“Aim at a high mark and you will hit it. No, not the first time, nor the second and maybe not the third. But keep on aiming and keep on shooting for only practice will make you perfect. Finally, you’ll hit the Bull’s-Eye of Success.”

-Annie Oakley


“Whatever restraint is larger than the necessary protection of the party, can be of no benefit to either, it can only be oppressive; and if oppressive, it is, in the eye of the law unreasonable.” Horner v. Graves, 1831

-Judge C.J. Tindal


“Our system of government is built on the premise that our liberty cannot depend on the good intentions of those in power; it depends on the law to constrain those in power.” Remarks by the President on Review of Signals Intelligence (17 June 2014) at the U.S. Department of Justice in Washington, D.C.

-Barack Obama


“I trust that if the dust of age and neglect should ever gather on the sacred volume of our Constitution, and there be a descendant of mine on the floor representing the people as I do… he will be able to call upon that musty record a moral power potent enough to shield their liberties, and to resuscitate and bless the condition of society throughout our land.”

-Henry W. Hilliard


“Justice is truth in action.” Speech, Feb. 11, 1851

-Benjamin Disraeli


“I don’t believe in quotas. America was founded on a philosophy of individual rights, not group rights.”

-Clarence Thomas, U.S. Supreme Court Justice


“A gentleman will not insult me, and no man not a gentleman can insult me.”

-Frederick Douglass


“If you want a picture of the future, imagine a boot stamping on a human face – forever.” 1984

-George Orwell


“Democracy is good. I say this because other systems are worse.”

 -Jawaharlal Nehru


“Education is a weapon, whose effect depends on who holds it in his hands and at whom it is aimed.”

-Joseph Stalin


“Government is not reason; it is not eloquence; it is force. Like fire, it is a dangerous servant and a fearful master.”

-George Washington


“We had received this free government from our fathers. Baptized in their blood; we had received from them the sacred injunction to preserve…The heritage of freedom which our fathers left us, we may not be able to bequeath to you.”

-Robert Dabney


“Be with a leader when he is right, stay with him when he is still right, but, leave him when he is wrong.”

-Abraham Lincoln


“Democracy is the form of government that gives every man the right to be his own oppressor.”

 -James Russell Lowell


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Let Us All Stand Upon the Constitution



“As long as our government is administered for the good of the people, and is regulated by their will; as long as it secures to us the rights of persons and of property, liberty of conscience, and of the press, it will be worth defending.” First Inaugural Address, March 4, 1829

-Andrew Jackson


“The urge to save humanity is almost always a false face for the urge to rule it.”

-H.L. Mencken


“I live some of the horrors of 65 years ago everyday.”

-Paul Arato, Holocaust Survivor


“I was guilty of judging capitalism by its operations and socialism by its hopes and aspirations; capitalism by its works and socialism by its literature.”

-Sidney Hook


“A sword never kills anybody; it is a tool in the killer’s hand.” circa 4BC – 65AD

-Lucius Annaeus Seneca


“Capital has its rights, which are as worthy of protection as any other right.” Speech to Congress, December 3, 1861

-Abraham Lincoln


“The only way to limit centralization is to endow the periphery with the right, in some way, to veto the center.” 

-Donald W. Livingston


“Government’s view of the economy could be summed up in a few short phrases: If it moves, tax it. If it keeps moving, regulate it. And if it stops moving, subsidize it.” 1986

-Ronald Reagan


“We must ever be thankful [for our freedom].  We must NEVER take freedom for granted.”

-William Gast, 743rd Tank Battalion, U.S. Army, World War Two


“Sometimes I wish they would tell me how justice got so blind. I wish they would just leave me alone because I am doing alright. You can take your change on down the road and leave me here with mine, because that is not my America, it is not this country’s roots. You want to slam old Uncle Sam but I am not letting you…I still bleed Red, White, and Blue. That is not us. Here’s to the women and men who in their hands hold a Bible and a gun and who are not afraid of anything when they’re holding either one.”
-Bradley Warren, Gary Rossington, John Van Zant and Richard Medlocke


“People have only as much liberty as they have the intelligence to want and the courage to take.”

-Emma Goldman


“I trust every citizen in this broad land will see the necessity of lending his aid in sustaining the glorious defense of liberty in which we are now engaged, that of securing to millions yet unborn the right of self-government. Let us all stand upon the Constitution that has been adopted by our own people, presenting one unbroken front to tyranny in every shape it may present itself, with the determination never to place our liberties in the keeping of the dastard foe that now seeks to conquer us.”

-Francis R. Lubbock


“Let me be a free man, free to travel, free to stop, free to work, free to trade where I choose, free to choose my own teachers, free to follow the religion of my fathers, free to talk, think and act for myself — and I will obey every law or submit to the penalty.”

-Chief Joseph, leader of the Wal-lam-wat-kain (Wallowa) band of Nez Perce


“While the Bell, with joyous note

Clanging from its brazen throat,

Rings the tidings, all-exultant — peals the news to shore and sea;

“Man is man — a slave no longer,

Truth and Right than Might are stronger.

Praise to God! We’re free; we’re free!”

-Elbridge S. Brooks, from “Liberty Bell,” section I. Philadelphia, 1776, written in 1885 for St. Nicholas Magazine


“The enemies of your country, as well as you friends, are watching your action with deep, intense, tremulous interest. Such is your position that you can act no obscure part. Your decision, whether it will be for honor or dishonor, will be written down in history. You cannot, will not, draw back at this solemn crisis of our struggle, where all that is heroic in the land is engaged, and all that is precious hangs trembling in the balance.”

-Joseph Johnston


“Dictatorship naturally arises out of democracy, and the most aggravated form of tyranny and slavery out of the most extreme liberty.”



“Those who profess to favor freedom, and yet depreciate agitation, are men who want crops without plowing up the ground.”

-Frederick Douglass


“When we use aggression to increase the wealth of disadvantaged workers we succeed only in making them poorer.” Healing Our World

 -Dr. Mary J. Ruwart, B.S. biochemistry, Ph.D. biophysics Michigan State University, Co-owner SciCom, author


“No Nation can long survive without pride in it’s traditions.”

-Winston Churchill


“If a strong government finds that it can, with impunity, destroy a weak people, then the hour has struck for that weak people to appeal to the League of Nations to give its judgment in all freedom. God and history will remember your judgment.”

-Haile Selassie, Egyptian Emporor



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You Have Authority to Command As You Wish, and We Have the Right to Do As We Wish





“Man’s capacity for justice makes democracy possible, but man’s inclination to injustice makes democracy necessary.”

-Reinhold Niebuhr


“One of the greatest delusions in the world is the hope that the evils in this world are to be cured by legislation.” 1886

-Thomas B. Reed 


“The battles that count aren’t the ones for gold medals. The struggles within yourself–the invisible, inevitable battles inside all of us–that’s where it’s at.”

– Jesse Owens


“When the despot’s power is flown, and liberty’s regained her throne, then shall her sons once more be free, and her daughters sing…”

-A Virginian


“When I refuse to obey an unjust law, I do not contest the right of the majority to command, but I simply appeal from the sovereignty of the people to the sovereignty of mankind.” Democracy in America

-Alexis de Tocqueville


“The goal to strive for is a poor government but a rich people.”

-Andrew Johnson, U.S. President


“There has been much speculation as to our course. Sometimes the discussion hinges upon the amount of money we will have to raise. At other times the question is how long it will take to raise this money, or from whom. The hard, cold facts of the balance sheets must be recognized, of course. Money is a problem of this Legislature. It always is. But I submit to you, my fellow citizens, that the sole question of this session is not, or should not be, the question of which unfortunate taxpayer we are going to catch and string up by the heels and shake until enough money rolls out to give everyone everything he wants. In the first place, there are important questions of policy and management to consider which do not bear directly upon spending. Secondly, I refuse to admit that the success of a legislative session, or of an administration, depends solely upon the amount of money it can spend. And finally, when we are looking around for the fellow who is going to pay the bill-let us have the courage and good sense to look at ourselves.” Address to the Joint Session of the Texas Legislature, January 20, 1959 

-Lieutenant Governor Ben Ramsey of Texas


“Certainly, King James, you have authority to command as you wish, and we have the right to do as we wish.”  Hobbes on Resistance: Defying the Leviathan

-Susanne Sreedhar


“Seems to me, more liberty is allowed to the press than would be tolerated in our speech. Let us speak as freely as any paper, and see if tomorrow we do not sleep (in prison). ” Ah, Liberty! What a blessing it is to enjoy thy privileges!”

-Sarah Morgan


“How blessed are those who keep justice, Who practice righteousness at all times!”

-Psalms 106:3


“When words lose their meaning, people lose their liberty.”



“That all power is inherent in the people, and all free governments are founded on their authority, and instituted for their peace, safety and happiness; for the advancement of those ends, they have, at all times, an unalienable and indefeasible right to alter, reform or abolish the government in such manner as they may think proper.”

Tennessee Constitution of 1796


“There is a Passion natural to the Mind of man, especially a free Man, which renders him impatient of Restraint.” To the Committee of Merchants in London,  June 6, 1766

-George Mason


“There is only one way to kill capitalism – by taxes, taxes, and more taxes.”

-Karl Marx


“For myself, neither in public nor in private life, will I ever consent to sacrifice the principles of constitutional freedom, of municipal liberty, and of State equality, to the naked idea of Federal unity.”

-John Breckinridge


“There is no crueler tyranny than that which is perpetuated under the shield of law and in the name of justice.”

-Charles de Montesquieu


-My hope and prayer is that everyone know and love our country for what she really is and what she stands for.”

-John Wayne


“Liberty lies in the hearts of men and women; [if] it dies there, no constitution, no law, no court can save it.”

-Judge Learned Hand


“The more power a government has the more it can act arbitrarily according to the whims and desires of the elite, and the more it will make war on others and murder its foreign and domestic subjects. The more constrained the power of governments, the more power is diffused, checked, and balanced, the less it will aggress on others and commit democide.”  Death by Government

-R. J. Rummel


“Whatever you do will be insignificant, but it is very important that you do it.”

-Mahatma Gandhi


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Let Us Have Liberty of Speech and Action In Our Land, I Say, But Not Gross Abuse and Calumny





“Where there is no vision, there is no hope.”

-George Washington Carver


“They were singing in French, but the melody was freedom and any American could understand.”

-Audie Murphy


“Let us have liberty of speech and action in our land, I say, but not gross abuse and calumny.”

-Sarah Morgan


“I am firmly established in that standard of political faith that holds to a plain, simple government, with. severe limitations upon delegated powers, honestly and frugally administered, as the noblest and truest outgrowth of the wisdom taught by its founders, and which has proven through all vicissitudes the most valuable safeguard to public liberty, freedom of conscience, and a noble manhood, limiting the domain of its authority in the social compact to the preservation of public local agencies, and the administration of justice with the view of protecting every real and substantive right, while leaving all else to the unfettered enterprise of the citizen under the regulation of that moral power which springs from self-reliance, enlightened conscience, and a cultivated intelligence, crystallized into a devoted patriotism.” Inaugural Address, January 15, 1889

-Lawrence Sullivan Ross, Governor of Texas


“In Prosperity Our Friends Know Us. In Adversity We Know Our friends.”

-Colin Powell


“Rights, privileges and duties under the Constitution must be fully restored.”

-George McClellan, Democrat Candidate for the U.S. Presidency, 1864


“To suppress free speech is a double wrong. It violates the rights of the hearer as well as those of the speaker.”

-Frederick Douglass


“The cowards never start and the weak die along the way.”

-Kit Carson


“We can not overestimate the fervent love of liberty, the intelligent courage, and the sum of common sense with which our fathers made the great experiment of self-government.”

-James A. Garfield


“The basis, the corner-stone of this Government, was the perfect equality of the free, sovereign, and independent States which made it.”

-Robert Toombs


“I love freedom. I love freedom of expression. I love economic freedom. I don’t want the government to tell me what to do with my kids. I want the government to leave me alone.”

-Kennedy, former V.J. at MTV


“There may be times when we are powerless to prevent injustice, but there must never be a time when we fail to protest.”

-Elie Wiesel, Holocaust Survivor


“It is necessary to curb the power of government. This is the task of all constitutions, bills of rights and laws. This is the meaning of all struggles which men have fought for liberty.”

-Ludwig von Mises


“The forbearing use of power does not only form a touchstone, but the manner in which an individual enjoys certain advantages over others is a test of a true gentleman. The power which the strong have over the weak, the employer over the employed, the educated over the unlettered, the experienced over the confiding, even the clever over the silly — the forbearing or inoffensive use of all this power or authority, or a total abstinence from it when the case admits it, will show the gentleman in a plain light. The gentleman does not needlessly and unnecessarily remind an offender of a wrong he may have committed against him. He cannot only forgive, he can forget; and he strives for that nobleness of self and mildness of character which impart sufficient strength to let the past be but the past. A true man of honor feels humbled himself when he cannot help humbling others.” Definition of a Gentleman

-R. Edward Lee


“Subsidies create more of whatever is being subsidized.”

-Lew Rockwell


“Massive centralization of power in the name of liberty can be put to quite illiberal purposes. The French Revolution produced the first massive centralization, destroying all independent social authorities in the name of the “rights of man.” It also produced the first totalitarian reign of terror. For the first time in European history, universal male conscription was ordered, allowing the new French state to raise an army beyond anything of which eighteenth-century monarch could have dreamed. Whereas Louis XVI did well to raise an army of 200,000, the French Republic would eventually run through over three million troops—at that time the largest army ever assembled in the history of the world. Napoleon used this unprecedented concentration of power to plunder Europe, legitimating his brutal conquests with the Enlightenment mask of the “rights of man..The French state became the model for other European countries…”

-Donald W. Livingston 


“Many remark justice is blind; pity those in her sway, shocked to discover she is also deaf.” A Testament of Hope

-Martin Luther King, Jr.


“I would rather be exposed to the inconveniences attending too much liberty than those attending too small a degree of it.” Letter to Archibald Stuart, December 23, 1791

-Thomas Jefferson


“The liberty of all Americans is in the balance…if someone claims they will be “offended,” is that sufficient reason to restrict free speech? Offended? Bills have been filed in the Texas Legislature to allow those who have a concealed handgun license to carry openly and one of the major objections comes from those who are offended by the mere sight of a firearm. Is there a constitutional right to go through life unoffended? In my view we have a constitutional right TO be offended because without that freedom the 1st amendment guarantee of free expression is gutted.”

-Jerry Patterson


“A right without an attendant responsibility is as unreal as a sheet of paper which has only one side.”

-Felix Morley, American Journalist, Educator and Author


“It is thus that I believe the heroic spirit of liberty …will in generations to come inspire Americans to fight for the high ideals of freedom and self-government which the men … have alike inherited from their forefathers. And so it will come to pass that the glorious valor and steadfast devotion to liberty which characterized our soldier will be acknowledged as a part of the national inheritance, to be treasured and guarded by every American who loves his country and values, the traditions of her glory. Thus the fame … will shine with imperishable lustre: “Immota manet, sæcula vincit.”

-Randolph H. McKim


“He loves righteousness and justice; The earth is full of the loving kindness of the Lord.”

-Psalms 33:5


“Those who corrupt the public mind are just as evil as those who steal from the public purse.”

-Adlai E. Stevenson


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