Why Are We Letting Government Handle This?





“Few men desire liberty; most men wish only for a just master.”



“At the heart of western freedom and democracy is the belief that the individual man … is the touchstone of value, and all society, groups, the state, exist for his benefit. Therefore the enlargement of liberty for individual human beings must be the supreme goal and abiding practice of any western society.” Speech, University of Capetown, June 6, 1966

-Robert F. Kennedy, U.S. Senator


“Political correctness is tyranny with manners.” Speaking before the Arizona State Legislature

-Charlton Heston


“For us, warriors are not what you think of as warriors. The warrior is not someone who fights, because no one has the right to take another life. The warrior, for us, is one who sacrifices himself for the good of others. His task is to take care of the elderly, the defenseless, those who can not provide for themselves, and above all, the children, the future of humanity.”

-Sitting Bull


“Americans are so enamoured of equality they would rather be equal in slavery than unequal in freedom.”

-Alexis de Tocqueville


“It is sobering to reflect that one of the best ways to get yourself a reputation as a dangerous citizen these days is to go about repeating the very phrases which our founding fathers used in the struggle for independence.”

-Charles A. Beard


“Democracy, then, in the centralizing, pattern-making, absolutist shape which we have given to it is, it is clear, the time of tyranny’s incubation.”

-Bertrand de Jouvenel


“Let freedom ring from the prodigious hilltops of New Hampshire. Let freedom ring from the mighty mountains of New York. Let freedom ring from the heightening Alleghenies of Pennsylvania! Let freedom ring from the snowcapped Rockies of Colorado! Let freedom ring from the curvaceous slopes of California! But not only that; let freedom ring from Stone Mountain of Georgia! Let freedom ring from Lookout Mountain of Tennessee! Let freedom ring from every hill and every molehill of Mississippi. From every mountainside, let freedom ring. And when this happens, when we let freedom ring, when we let it ring from every village and every hamlet, from every state and every city, we will be able to speed up that day when all of God’s children, black men and white men, Jews and Gentiles, Protestants and Catholics, will be able to join hands and sing in the words of the old negro spiritual, “Free at last! Free at last! Thank God Almighty, we are free at last!”   I Have A Dream speech


-Martin Luther King Jr.


“Come and take it”

American Rebel slogan used in 1778 at Fort Morris in Georgia during the American Revolution


“Come and take it”

Texas Rebel slogan used in 1835 at the Battle of Gonzales during the Texas Revolution


“It is necessary for every American, with becoming energy to endeavor to stop the dissemination of principles evidently destructive of the cause for which they have bled. It must be the combined virtue of the rulers and of the people to do this, and to rescue and save their civil and religious rights from the outstretched arm of tyranny, which may appear under any mode or form of government.” History of the Rise, Progress, and Termination of the American Revolution, 1805

-Mercy Warren 


“We . . . declared our independence 200 years ago, and we are not about to lose it now to paper shufflers and computers.”

-Gerald Ford


“Freedom and justice cannot be parceled out in pieces to suit political convenience. I don’t believe you can stand for freedom for one group of people and deny it to others.”

-Coretta Scott King


“We have the right as individuals to give away as much of our own money as we please in charity; but as members of Congress we have no right to appropriate a dollar of the public money.”

-David Crockett


“Soldiers–By your conduct you have given another evidence of the daring courage and heroic endurance which actuate you in this great struggle for the independence of your country.”

-William Scurry


“The right of self-defense cannot be transferred in the social contract.” Hobbes on Resistance: Defying the Leviathan

-Susanne Sreedhar


“If there’s a common thread in these lessons, it’s having a common sense and a level-headed approach to life. In our day, when men are obsessing about finding themselves, their holy grail of a woman, and their “passion,” the Greatest Generation’s uncomplicated approach to life is refreshing. They didn’t go on a diet, they simply ate whole food; they didn’t exercise, they worked around the house; they didn’t obsess about their relationships, they just found a gal they loved and married her. They always looked sharp, but never fussed with fashion trends. They didn’t mull over which appliance better suited their personality and image, they just bought the machine that worked the best. They didn’t think about how to get things done, they just got em’ done. When Joe Foss, a celebrated and daring WWII pilot and then governor of South Dakota was asked if he missed his younger days, he said, “Oh no. I’m not a guy who missed anything from anywhere. I’ve always been a guy who just gets up and goes.” Instead of spending you time navel gazing your life away, just get up and go!” The Greatest Generation

-Tom Brokaw


“The grateful hearts of millions will ever bless you for struggling so long and so nobly for the right of self government.”

Rev. William H. Platt


“Evil men do not understand justice, But those who seek the Lord understand all things.”

-Isaiah 30:18


“Success is to be measured not so much by the position that one has reached in life as by the obstacles which he has overcome while trying to succeed.”

-Booker T. Washington


“Yes there’s a lady that stands in a harbor for what we believe. And there’s a bell that still echoes the price that it cost to be free.” Where The Stars And Stripes And Eagles Fly

-Aaron Tippen


“The issue today is the same as it has been throughout all history, whether man shall be allowed to govern himself or be ruled by a small elite.”

-Thomas Jefferson


“The crisis of our revolution is at hand. Great disasters have overtaken us…With you rest the hopes of our nation, and upon your action depends the fate of our people….”

-Kirby Smith


“In almost all matters, the real question should be: why are we letting government handle this?”

-Harry Browne


“Texas has yet to learn submission to any oppression, come from what source it may.”

-Sam Houston


“Silence helps the oppressors.”

-Leslie Meisels, Holocaust Survivor


“The Constitution of the United States was made not merely for the generation that then existed, but for posterity- unlimited, undefined, endless, perpetual posterity.”

-Henry Clay


“Nations are beginning to look to some vague organization, some nebulous course of humanity, to pay their bills and tell them what to do. This is not local self-government. It is not American. It is not the method which has made this country what it is. We can not maintain the western standard of civilization on that theory. If it is supported at all, it will have to be supported on the principle of individual responsibility.” Foundations of the Republic Address at Arlington National Cemetery , May 30, 1925

-Calvin Coolidge


“Stop all the lies about history…let it be…. You know it’s unfair. You can bury your head in the sand. I think we’re all going to disagree…but I think it’s fair for everyone to be able to talk about history. In pursuit of justice and liberty…it is time for everyone to learn out about our history. Give peace a chance. Can’t we all just get along? Why can’t you understand why?”

-Patrick Buffo


“The supply of government exceeds the demand.”

-Lewis H. Lapham II, Editor, Harper’s Magazine, and Author


“Oh, I am arm’d with more than complete steel, The justice of my quarrel.” Catch-22

-Joseph Heller


“No people in the history of the world have ever been so misunderstood, so misjudged, and so cruelly maligned.”

-John B. Gordon


“All laws which are repugnant to the Constitution are null and void.” Marbury vs Madison

-U.S. Supreme Court


“The politician attempts to remedy the evil by increasing the very thing that caused the evil in the first place: legal plunder.”

-Frédéric Bastiat


“I only regret that I have but one life to lose for my country.”

-Nathan Hale


“We must remember that any oppression, any injustice, any hatred, is a wedge designed to attack our civilization.” Greeting to the American Committee for the Protection of the Foreign-born, January 9, 1940

-Franklin D. Roosevelt


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Cursed is He Who Distorts the Justice Due a Stranger, Orphan, and Widow





“It’s sad that governments are chiefed by the double tongues.”

-Ten Bears, Comanche leader


“The truth is the kindest thing we can give folks in the end.”

-Harriet Beecher Stowe


“For this future emancipation, we have to rule out ideologies that aim at reinforcing the state, the police and controls in general, and at reducing liberty.”

-André Thirion 


“I ask you…to adopt the principles proclaimed by yourselves, by your revolutionary fathers, and by the old bell in Independence Hall….”  Southern Loyalists’ Convention. Philadelphia, 1866


-Frederick Douglass


“Love of justice in the generality of men is only the fear of suffering from injustice.”

-François Duc de La Rochefoucauld


” ‘Cursed is he who distorts the justice due a stranger, orphan, and widow.’ And all the people shall say, ‘Amen.’ ”

-Deuteronomy 27:19


“The Liberty Bell is a very significant symbol for the entire democratic world.” Philadelphia Inquirer, July 4, 1993

-Nelson Mandela


“Our liberties, once lost, may be lost forever.”

-A. H. Stephens


“If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor.”

-Desmond Tutu.


“For this future emancipation, we have to rule out ideologies that aim at reinforcing the state, the police and controls in general, and at reducing liberty.”

-André Thirion 


“An oppressed people are authorized whenever they can to rise and break their fetters.”

-Henry Clay


“A man who would not love his forefather’s grave is worse than a wild animal.”

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


“While the common man takes the hits, our Founding Fathers are rolling in their graves. It’s time we stand up for what we believe. You’re bringing this nation to its knees and I want my country back….Whatever happened to Made in the USA? I am not pointing fingers or spreading hate. This is the land of the free, not a welfare state. When we bleed, it’s Red White and Blue. I dare you to mess with the military’s pay, or take our seniors’ benefits away. Folks like me will not take it lying down. I’m tired of hearing we have to keep God out of everything, so we don’t offend anyone. If you had any sense, you would get on your knees and pray that He comes back to save us today.”

-Matt Dylan


“Liberty, in its last analysis, is but the sweat of the poor and the blood of the brave.”

-Robert Toombs


“I live in a crazy time.”

-Anne Frank


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

-H.L. Mencken


“That dream was a prophecy; it came to me in my cell to comfort me when all the world was against me and death staring me in the face. It gave me hope, and strength, and courage, without which I should certainly have sickened and died during my long confinement. Something tells me I will spend the remainder of my days in peace, and with my family and friends. My life, since the war commenced, has been a turbulent one, full of danger and attended throughout with narrow escapes and reckless adventures, but much of it is known only to myself and it will die with me.” Wartime Diary

-R.R. Hancock


“The danger of the past was that men became slaves. The danger of the future is that man may become robots.”

-Erich Fromm


“…tell them when I come hom I intend to bee independent…. Liberty is the word with me.” Soldier’s letter home, June 8, 1863

– James N. Levi


“It is not the business of government to make men virtuous or religious, or to preserve the fool from the consequences of his own folly. Government should be repressive no further than is necessary to secure liberty by protecting the equal rights of each from aggression on the part of others, and the moment governmental prohibitions extend beyond this line they are in danger of defeating the very ends they are intended to serve.”

-Henry George


“But let justice roll on like a river, righteousness like a never-failing stream!”

-Amos 5:24




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The Liberty of the Individual is the Greatest Thing of All




“To educate a person in the mind but not in morals is to educate a menace to society.”
-Theodore Roosevelt


“The American, by nature, is optimistic. He is experimental, an inventor and a builder who builds best when called upon to build greatly.”

-John F. Kennedy


“The collection of taxes which are not absolutely required, which do not beyond reasonable doubt contribute to public welfare, is only a species of legalized larceny. Under this Republic the rewards of industry belong to those who earn them.” Foundations of the Republic Inaugural Address March 4, 1925

-Calvin Coolidge


“Liberty is often a heavy burden on a man. It involves the necessity for perpetual choice which is the kind of labor men have always dreaded.”

– Oliver Wendall Holmes, Sr.


“Two flags fly above my land that really sum up how I feel. One is the colors that fly high and proud, the Red, the White, the Blue. The other ones got a rattlesnake with a simple statement made, “Don’t tread on me” is what it says and I’ll take that to my grave
Because this is me, I’m proud to be American and strong in my beliefs.”

-Aaron Lewis


“Americans never quit.”

-Douglas MacArthur


“My failures have been errors of judgment, not of intent.”

-Ulysses S. Grant


“At the start of this nation‘s unique experiment with individual sovereignty and limited government, ―Taxation without representation is tyranny‖ was the watchword of the American Revolution. For our Founding Fathers, a level of taxation of only a few cents on a dollar, siphoned off to a faraway and arrogant bureaucracy, was enough to ignite a revolution enough to grab the trusty musket off the wall. Today, in contrast, if we dare to startle the more panicky among us by buying a good rabbit gun, the government‘s there at the cash register to check our papers and seize $46 on every $100.  Taxed to Death

-Ralph Reiland


“The probabilities are, that the next few years will witness the most momentous developments in the history of the continent. Of one result we feel assured, and that is of the final success of our great and glorious cause, and of the eventual defeat and humiliation of our vaunting enemies.” June 19, 1861

-Cherokee Chieftain John Ross


“The secret of freedom lies in educating people, whereas the secret of tyranny is in keeping them ignorant.”

-Maximilien Robespierre


“I must uphold my ideals, for perhaps the time will come when I shall be able to carry them out.”

-Anne Frank


“The Founders barred the establishment of religion by the federal government — in no small part because they remembered the repression of minority sects under the state church of England. But they saw no problem with the various American states establishing their own official churches. And they certainly had no objection to official displays of religiosity. One of the first acts by the new Congress was to hire a chaplain. Until well into the nineteenth century, the largest weekly church service in the United States took place in the U.S. Capitol building. At the request of President Jefferson, music was provided at federal expense by the United States Marine Band.”

-Jonah Goldberg


“It seems that my path to the grave will be smoothed by the Knowledge that I did all I could to gain Liberty – a question presents itself – Did I do all I could? Did any one of us do all we could? Alas! how few, how very few can answer in the affirmative. May He who knoweth all hearts – so guide us that where our summons comes we go “like one who wraps the drapery of his couch about him and lies down to pleasant dreams – and what then – is the grave our final resting place as we are won’t to believe? ”

-W.O. Connor


“Only in totalitarian societies does the state purport to express the views of every last citizen. Indeed, the history of totalitarianism is a history of snuffing out all dissenting views with tactics ranging from censorship to mass murder. To this list should be added the rewriting of history…”

-Thomas DiLorenzo


“The rifle is the weapon of democracy… If guns are outlawed, only the government will have guns. Only the police, the secret police, the military, the hired servants of our rulers. Only the government—and a few outlaws. I intend to be among the outlaws.”

-Edward Abbey


“The liberty of the individual is the greatest thing of all, it is on this and this alone that the true will of the people can develop.” From the Other Shore, 1849

-Alexander Ivanovich Herzen 


“A censor is a man who knows more than he thinks you ought to.”

-Granville Hicks


“When they took the fourth amendment, I was silent because I don’t deal drugs. When they took the sixth amendment, I kept quiet because I know I’m innocent. When they took the second amendment, I said nothing because I don’t own a gun. Now they’ve come for the first amendment, and I can’t say anything at all.”

-Tim Freeman


“The only purpose for which power can be rightfully exercised over any member of a civilized community, against his will, is to prevent harm to others. His own good, either physical or moral, is not sufficient warrant.” On Liberty 1859

-John Stuart Mill


“We’re here to mark that day in history when the Allied armies joined in battle to reclaim this continent to liberty. For four long years, much of Europe had been under a terrible shadow. Free nations had fallen, Jews cried out in the camps, millions cried out for liberation. Europe was enslaved, and the world prayed for its rescue. Here in Normandy the rescue began. Here the Allies stood and fought against tyranny in a giant undertaking unparalleled in human history.  We stand on a lonely, windswept point on the northern shore of France. The air is soft, but 40 years ago at this moment, the air was dense with smoke and the cries of men, and the air was filled with the crack of rifle fire and the roar of cannon.

At dawn, on the morning of the 6th of June, 1944, 225 Rangers jumped off the British landing craft and ran to the bottom of these cliffs. Their mission was one of the most difficult and daring of the invasion: to climb these sheer and desolate cliffs and take out the enemy guns. The Allies had been told that some of the mightiest of these guns were here and they would be trained on the beaches to stop the Allied advance.  The Rangers looked up and saw the enemy soldiers at the edge of the cliffs shooting down at them with machineguns and throwing grenades. And the American Rangers began to climb. They shot rope ladders over the face of these cliffs and began to pull themselves up.

When one Ranger fell, another would take his place. When one rope was cut, a Ranger would grab another and begin his climb again. They climbed, shot back, and held their footing. Soon, one by one, the Rangers pulled themselves over the top, and in seizing the firm land at the top of these cliffs, they began to seize back the continent of Europe. Two hundred and twenty-five came here. After two days of fighting, only 90 could still bear arms.  Behind me is a memorial that symbolizes the Ranger daggers that were thrust into the top of these cliffs. And before me are the men who put them there.  These are the boys of Pointe du Hoc.

These are the men who took the cliffs. These are the champions who helped free a continent. These are the heroes who helped end a war.  Gentlemen, I look at you and I think of the words of Stephen Spender’s poem. You are men who in your, quote, “lives fought for life … and left the vivid air signed with your honor.”  I think I know what you may be thinking right now — thinking “we were just part of a bigger effort; everyone was brave that day.” Well, everyone was. Do you remember the story of Bill Millin of the 51st Highlanders? Forty years ago today, British troops were pinned down near a bridge, waiting desperately for help.

Suddenly, they heard the sound of bagpipes, and some thought they were dreaming.

Well, they weren’t.

They looked up and saw Bill Millin with his bagpipes, leading the reinforcements and ignoring the smack of the bullets into the ground around him.  Lord Lovat was with him — Lord Lovat of Scotland, who calmly announced when he got to the bridge, “Sorry I’m a few minutes late,” as if he’d been delayed by a traffic jam, when in truth he’d just come from the bloody fighting on Sword Beach, which he and his men had just taken.  There was the impossible valor of the Poles who threw themselves between the enemy and the rest of Europe as the invasion took hold, and the unsurpassed courage of the Canadians who had already seen the horrors of war on this coast.

They knew what awaited them there, but they would not be deterred. And once they hit Juno Beach, they never looked back.  All of these men were part of a roll call of honor with names that spoke of a pride as bright as the colors they bore: the Royal Winnipeg Rifles, Poland’s 24th Lancers, the Royal Scots Fusiliers, the Screaming Eagles, the Yeomen of England’s armored divisions, the forces of Free France, the Coast Guard’s “Matchbox Fleet” — and you, the American Rangers.  Forty summers have passed since the battle that you fought here. You were young the day you took these cliffs; some of you were hardly more than boys, with the deepest joys of life before you. Yet, you risked everything here.


Why did you do it?

What impelled you to put aside the instinct for self-preservation and risk your lives to take these cliffs? What inspired all the men of the armies that met here? We look at you, and somehow we know the answer. It was faith and belief; it was loyalty and love.  The men of Normandy had faith that what they were doing was right, faith that they fought for all humanity, faith that a just God would grant them mercy on this beachhead or on the next. It was the deep knowledge — and pray God we have not lost it — that there is a profound, moral difference between the use of force for liberation and the use of force for conquest. You were here to liberate, not to conquer, and so you and those others did not doubt your cause. And you were right not to doubt.  Fortieth  Commemoration of D-Day, June 6, 1984

-Ronald Reagan


“The Holocaust also shows us how a combination of events and attitudes can erode a society’s democratic values.”

-Tim Holden


“History has taught us over and over again that freedom is not free. When push comes to shove, the ultimate protectors of freedom and liberty are the brave men and women in our armed forces. Throughout our history, they’ve answered the call in bravery and sacrifice.”

-Tim Pawlenty


“My religious belief teaches me to feel as safe in battle as in bed.  God has fixed the time for my death.  I do not concern myself about that, but to be always ready, no matter when it overtake me”

-Thomas Jackson


“Thousands of years ago, civilizations flourished in Africa which suffer not at all by comparison with those of other continents. In those centuries, Africans were politically free and economically independent. Their social patterns were their own and their cultures truly indigenous.”

-Haile Selassie, Egyptian Emperor


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Honest Conviction is My Courage; the Constitution is My Guide




“History, in general, only informs us what bad government is.” 1807

-Thomas Jefferson 


“An awareness of our past is essential to the establishment of our personality and our identity.”

-Haile Selassie, Ethiopian Emperor 


“A government big enough to give you everything you want is a government big enough to take from you everything you have.”

-Gerald Ford


“The era of big government is over.”  State of the Union Address, January 23, 1996

-Bill Clinton


“The old man was a good man, he raised his children right.  He taught us how to work hard and showed us how to fight. He told me about the good Lord and when to use a gun. He made me very proud of where it is that I come from… I might not make a history book but I’ll burn a page or two…. and I may not change the world but I’m going to leave a scar.”

-Charles Starr


“I believe there are more instances of the abridgment of the freedom of the people by the gradual and silent encroachment of those in power, than by violent and sudden usurpation.” Speech, Virginia Convention, 1788

– James Madison 


“The Washington Government was fast drifting towards centralization….”

-M.F. Maury


“The Washington politicians are right, there are two Americas. The America that works and the America that doesn’t. The America that contributes and the America that doesn’t. It’s not the haves and the have nots, it’s the dos and the don’ts. Some people do their duty as Americans, obey the law, support themselves, contribute to society and others don’t. That’s the divide in America . It’s not about income inequality, it’s about civic irresponsibility. It’s about politicians that preach hatred, greed and victimization in order to win elective office. It’s about politicians that love power more than they love their country. That’s not invective, that’s truth, and it’s about time someone said it.”

-Lou Holtz


“This administration is pledged to a Federal revenue system that balances the budget over the years of the economic cycle – yielding surpluses for debt retirement in times of high employment that more than offset the deficits which accompany – and indeed help overcome – low levels of economic activity in poor years…Debt retirement at high employment contributes to economic growth by releasing savings for productive investment by private enterprise and State and local governments.” Special Message to the Congress: Program for Economic Recovery and Growth, February 2, 1961

-John F. Kennedy


“That road to V-E Day was hard and long, and traveled by weary and valiant men. And history will always record where that road began. It began here, with the first footprints on the beaches of Normandy.” In Normandy to mark the 60th anniversary, June 6, 2004

-George W. Bush


“Honest conviction is my courage; the Constitution is my guide.”

-Andrew Johnson


“It (the mass murder of Armenian Christians by the Turks)  was not war. It was most certainly massacre and genocide, something the world must remember… We will always reject any attempt to erase its record, even for some political advantage.” April 27, 1994 on the floor of the Knesset in response to a TV interview of the Turkish Ambassador

-Yossi Beilini, Israeli Deputy Foreign Minister


“We dared not refuse to hear the call to arms, so plain was the duty and so urgent the call. Brethren and friends were answering the bugle-call and the sound of the drum…to stay was dishonor and shame”

-Carlton McCarthy


“I recall a Union soldier lying near the Dunker Church with his face turned upward, and his pocket Bible open upon his breast. I lifted the volume and read the words: Though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil; for thou art with me. Thy rod and thy staff, they comfort me.’ Upon the fly-leaf were the words, ‘We hope and pray that you may be permitted by kind Providence, after the war is over, to return.” Antietam Scenes, Battles and Leaders. Vol II

-Charles Carlton Coffin, Army Correspondent, Boston Journal 


“The jaws of power are always open to devour, and her arm is always stretched out, if possible, to destroy the freedom of thinking, speaking, and writing.”

-John Adams


“No man is entitled to the blessings of freedom unless he be vigilant in its preservation.”

-General Douglas MacArthur, Supreme Allied Commander, General of the U.S. Army


“It is not in the nature of politics that the best men should be elected. The best men do not want to govern their fellowmen.”

-George E. MacDonald, Scottish Novelist


“In every declining civilization there is a small ―remnant‖ of people who adhere to the right against the wrong; who recog-nize the difference between good and evil and who will take an active stand for the former and against the latter; who can still think and discern and who will courageously take a stand against the political, social, moral, and spiritual rot or decay of their day.” Toward a New World Order, 1992

-Donald S. McAlvaney, Switzerland


“The religion which has introduced civil liberty is the religion of Christ and His apostles, which enjoins humility, piety, and benevolence; which acknowledges in every person a brother, or a sister, and a citizen with equal rights. This is genuine Christianity, and to this we owe our free Constitutions of Government.”

-Noah Webster


“Public opinion: May it always perform one of its appropriate offices, by teaching the public functionaries of the State and of the Federal Government, that neither shall assume the exercise of powers entrusted by the Constitution to the other.”

-James Knox Polk


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Law and Liberty Must First Become the Objects of Our Knowledge




“Many of our troubles are due to the fact that our people turn to politicians for everything.”

-Margaret Thatcher


“Every step we take towards making the State our Caretaker of our lives, by that much we move toward making the State our Master.”

-Dwight D. Eisenhower


“Is it not the glory of the people of America, that whilst they have paid a decent regard to the opinions of former times and other nations, they have not suffered a blind veneration for antiquity, for custom, or for names, to overrule the suggestions of their own good sense, the knowledge of their own situation, and the lessons of their own experience? To this manly spirit, posterity will be indebted for the possession, and the world for the example of the numerous innovations displayed on the American theatre, in favor of private rights and public happiness.” Federalist No. 14, November 30, 1787

-James Madison


‘We must fight for our rights and privileges under a government established over us by our fathers and in defense of our homes.”

-R. Henry Lee


“They wanted to be throwing baseballs, not hand grenades, shooting .22’s at rabbits, not M-1’s at other men.  But when the test came, when freedom had to be fought for or abandoned, they fought.  They were the soldiers of democracy.  They were the men of D-Day.”

-Stephen Ambrose


“We make men without chests and expect from them virtue and enterprise. We laugh at honor and are shocked to find traitors in our midst.” The Abolition of Man

-C.S. Lewis 


“There is more than a germ of truth in the suggestion that, in a society where statisticians thrive, liberty and individuality are likely to be emasculated.”

-M.J. Moroney


“Private property is a natural fruit of labor, a product of intense activity of man, acquired through his energetic determination to ensure and develop with his own strength his own existence and that of his family, and to create for himself and his own an existence of just freedom, not only economic, but also political, cultural and religious.”

-Eugenio Pacelli (Pope Pius XII)


“Law and liberty cannot rationally become the objects of our love, unless they first become the objects of our knowledge.”

-James Wilson


“The only thing we have to fear is fear itself.”

-Franklin D. Roosevelt


“It is a remarkable fact that States reduced by war are apt to experience the extinction of their literature the decay of mind and the loss of their distinctive forms of thought Nor is such a condition inconsistent with a gross material prosperity that often grows upon the bloody crust of war. When Greece fell under the Roman yoke she experienced a prosperity she had never known before. It was an era rank with wealth and material improvement. But her literature became extinct or emasculated the distinctive forms of her art disappeared and her mind once the peerless light of the world waned into an obscurity from which it never emerged.”

-Ed Pollard


“Liberty is not a means to a political end. It is itself the highest political end.”

-Lord Acton


“Vices are simply the errors which a man makes in his search after his own happiness. Unlike crimes, they imply no malice toward others, and no interference with their persons or property.”

-Lysander Spooner


“In order to get power and retain it, it is necessary to love power; but love of power is not connected with goodness but with qualities that are the opposite of goodness, such as pride, cunning, and cruelty.”

-Leo Tolstoy


“Yet, nearly 6 decades after the Holocaust concluded, Anti-Semitism still exists as the scourge of the world.”

-Eliot Engel


“What is compelling about the Armenian Christian genocide by the Turks is how it has been forgotten.”

-Atom Egoyan


“You can run on for a long time, sooner or later God will cut you down…Go tell that long tongue liar, go and tell that midnight rider, tell the rambler, the gambler, the back biter…Tell them that God is going to cut them down.”

-John Cash


“The ballot box is the surest arbiter of disputes among freemen.”

-James Buchanan


“And I asked myself the question, – What am I to gain? Whom or what am I struggling for? Are Liberty and Independence myths? If I fall who outside of my immediate relations will miss me? Who will thank me for periling my life? There is but one answer to all these, -“Follow what thy conscience tells me to go on.”


-W.O. Connor


“For more than half a century, during which kingdoms and empires have fallen, this Union has stood unshaken. The patriots who formed it have long since descended to the grave; yet still it remains, the proudest monument to their memory….”

-Zachary Taylor


“That you and my children may enjoy the blessings of freedom is my first wish. My first duty is to do my part in securing these.”

– David M. Key


“Among the misdeeds of the British rule in India, history will look upon the act of depriving a whole nation of arms, as the blackest.” Gandhi, An Autobiography

-Mahatma Gandhi


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The Silence of the Voice of Justice When it Mattered Most Has Made it Possible for Evil to Triumph




“I believe that every individual is naturally entitled to do as he pleases with himself and the fruits of his labor, so far as it in no way interferes with any other men’s rights.”

-Abraham Lincoln


“My principles are freedom for all people… I‘m trying to wake up Hollywood. It‘s been a bastion of freedom but they‘re being deceived, suckered into this indoctrination of the federal government which is leading toward a totalitarian country. They‘ve lost sight of individual liberty.” Daily Variety

-Aaron Russo, Hollywood producer


“The most flagrant acts of injustice were perpetrated for the purpose of forcing a particular dogma upon the Democratic organization, and the gentleman who is the representative of that dogma is the representative also of principles which I will be able to show repugnant alike to reason and the Constitution.”

-John Breckinridge


“The Turkish denial [of the Armenian Christian Genocide] is probably the foremost example of historical perversion. With a mix of academic sophistication and diplomatic thuggery — of which we at Macquarie University have been targets — the Turks have put both memory and history into reverse gear.”

-Stanley Cohen, Professor of Criminology, Hebrew University, Jerusalem


“Conscious of my own weakness, I can only seek fervently the guidance of the Ruler of the Universe, and, relying on His all-powerful aid, do my best to restore Union and peace to a suffering people, and to establish and guard their liberties and rights.”

-George B. McClellan


“Throughout history, it has been the inaction of those who could have acted; the indifference of those who should have known better; the silence of the voice of justice when it mattered most; that has made it possible for evil to triumph.”

-Haile Selassie, Emperor of Egypt


“We will not be a party to the monstrous doctrine of coercion.”

-John W. Ellis


“The problem is big government. If whoever controls government can impose his way upon you, you have to fight constantly to prevent the control from being harmful. With small, limited government, it doesn’t much matter who controls it, because it can’t do you much harm.”

-Harry Browne


“The strongest cause in bringing the Texas Revolution against the Mexican government was… they could not understand our methods of government and we could not endure their idea of a republic.”

-A Texas Revolutionary


“Whenever is found what is called a paternal government, there is found state education. It has been discovered that the best way to ensure implicit obedience is to commence tyranny in the nursery.” 1874

-Benjamin Disraeli


“The Constitution of the United States is a law for rulers and people, equally in war and in peace, and covers with the shield of its protection all classes of men, at all times, and under all circumstances. No doctrine, involving more pernicious consequences, was ever invented by the wit of man than that any of its provisions can be suspended during any of the great exigencies of government. Such a doctrine leads directly to anarchy or despotism …”  Ex Parte Milligan, 1866

-U.S. Supreme Court Justice David Davis


“A soldier’s life is not a pleasant one. It is always, at best, one of privations and hardships. The emotions of patriotism and pleasure hardly counterbalance the toil and suffering that he has to undergo in order to enjoy his patriotism and pleasure. Dying on the field of battle and glory is about the easiest duty a soldier has to undergo. It is the living, marching, fighting, shooting soldier that has the hardships of war to carry. When a brave soldier is killed he is at rest. The living soldier knows not at what moment he, too, may be called on to lay down his life on the altar of his country. The dead are heroes, the living are but men compelled to do the drudgery and suffer the privations incident to the thing called “glorious war.”

-Samuel Watkins


“To compel a man to furnish contributions of money for the propagation of opinions which he disbelieves and abhors, is sinful and tyrannical.”

-Thomas Jefferson


“It is dangerous to be right when the government is wrong.”



“No one can read our Constitution without concluding that the people who wrote it wanted their government severely limited; the words “no” and “not” employed in restraint of government power occur 24 times in the first seven articles of the Constitution and 22 more times in the Bill of Rights.”

-Edmund A. Opitz


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Our Most Cherished Tradition Is a Free Society



“American Jeffersonian Democracy was born of a Rebellion against a Tyrannical Government.”

-David Bridges


“If ye love wealth greater than liberty, the tranquility of servitude greater than the animating contest for freedom, go home from us in peace. We seek not your counsel, nor your arms. Crouch down and lick the hand that feeds you; and may posterity forget that ye were our countrymen.”

-Samuel Adams


“No word appeared more grand, more expressive or significant than this. Under God as the asserter of our rights, the defender of our liberties, our protector against danger, our mediator, our ruler and guardian, and, as the avenger of our wrongs and the punisher of our crimes, we endeavor to equal or even excel our ancestors. What word can be suggested of more power, and so replete with sentiments and thoughts consonant with our idea of the omnipotence and justice of God?”

-Rapahel Semmes


“Benevolence comes from within as a reflection of our personal, individual sense of well-being. To force it, externally – through moral intimidation (altruism), social intimidation (duty), or at the point of a gun (legislation) – debilitates our personal sense of well-being and negates the source of benevolence.”  (4/7/04)

– Richard Rieben


“Bad men cannot make good citizens. A vitiated state of morals, a corrupted public conscience are incompatible with freedom.”

-Patrick Henry


“Sanctify yourselves against tomorrow.”

-S.R. Gist


“A nation can only be free, happy, and great in proportion to the virtue and intelligence of the people.”

-Stephen F. Austin


“Here I stand. I cannot do otherwise. God help me. Amen.” Hier Stehe ich. Ich Kann nicht anders. Gott helf mir. Amen 

-Martin Luther


“Economic history is a long record of government policies that failed because they were designed with a bold disregard for the laws of economics.”

-Ludwig von Mises


“I would fight for my liberty so long as my strength lasted, and if the time came for me to go, the Lord would let them take me.”

-Harriet Tubman


“There is nothing stable but Heaven and the Constitution.”

-James Buchanan


“Our most cherished tradition is a free society where man can learn, can work, can go as far as his own capacity carries him and seek the goals of his own choosing. In a free society, knowledge can- not be decreed; it must be sought. Opportunity cannot be assured; it must be cultivated. Security cannot be given; it must be earned. In this climate of freedom we have built a system of government necessary to the growth of the nation and the progress of the people. Civilized men create government to meet their needs, and its very role demands responsiveness to change. But when that government becomes so unwieldly, so inflexible that it fails to serve those who created it for their com-mon good, it becomes a burdensome and negative force.” Texas Governor’s Inaugural Address, 1965

-John Connally 


“The budget should be balanced, the Treasury should be refilled. Public debt should be reduced. The arrogance of officialdom should be tempered and controlled. The assistance to foreign lands should be curtailed lest Rome become bankrupt. People must again learn to work, instead of living on public assistance.”

-Marcus Tullius Cicero


“You may all go to Hell, and I will go to Texas.”

-David Crockett


“Wherever politics intrudes upon economic life, political success is readily attained by saying what people like to hear rather than what is demonstrably true. Instead of safeguarding truth and honesty, the state then tends to become a major source of insincerity and mendacity.”

– Hans F. Sennholz


“Those who make peaceful change impossible will make violent revolution inevitable.”

– John F. Kennedy


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Unnecessary Laws Are Not Good Laws




“A Constitution of Government once changed from Freedom, can never be restored. Liberty, once lost, is lost forever.”  Letters of John Adams, Addressed to His Wife

-John Adams


“A right delayed is a right denied.”

-Martin Luther King Jr.


“While credit has brought riches to some it has impoverished many. Credit is always exercised by the capable business man with great care and with such reasonable sinking fund or equity under reasonable safeguards as to meet emergencies. The businessman who uses his credit and weathers all storms is indeed well ballasted. Credit when exercised by municipalities or other political subdivisions should be exercised with the same care. Safeguards and limitations against the making of such obligations is essential. The future should never be mortgaged except when an adequate necessity exists and then under reasonable limitations. One of the dangers of any community is in improving too fast, and incurring too many obligations. We should advance and progress wisely, carefully and surely, so that there should be no reaction. We feel now the burden of the hand of the tax gatherer, but if we examine into details we find that a great part of these taxes are gathered every year to provide a sinking fund for municipal indebtedness. Oft’ times this indebtedness has been created under the feverish spirit for development. State of the State,  January 15, 1915

-Governor Robert Lee Williams of Oklahoma


“Like the genocide of the Armenians before it, and the genocide of the Cambodians which followed it, . . . the lessons of the Holocaust must never be forgotten.” April 22, 1981, proclamation

-George H.W. Bush


“As the men of the victorious British 14th Army advanced through Burma on the road to Mandalay in January 1945 they encountered Japanese savagery towards prisoners.

After a battle, the Berkshires found dead British soldiers beaten, stripped of their boots and suspended by electric flex upside down from trees. This sharpened the battalion’s sentiment against their enemy. Back in Britain it was beginning to emerge that such inhumanity was not confined to the battlefield.

Men who had escaped from Japanese captivity brought tales of brutality so extreme that politicians and officials censored them for fear of the Japanese imposing even more terrible sufferings upon tens of thousands of POWs who remained in their hands. The US government suppressed for months the first eyewitness accounts of the 1942 Bataan death march in the Philippines on which so many captured American GIs perished, and news of the beheadings of shot-down aircrews….

More than a quarter of Western POWs lost their lives in Japanese captivity. This represented deprivation and brutality of a kind familiar to Russian and Jewish prisoners of the Nazis in Europe, yet shocking to the American, British and Australian public.

It seemed incomprehensible that a nation with pretensions to civilisation could have defied every principle of humanity and the supposed rules of war…

Most modern Japanese do not accept the ill-treatment of subject peoples and prisoners by their forebears, even where supported by overwhelming evidence, and those who do acknowledge it incur the disdain or outright hostility of their fellow-countrymen for doing so. It is repugnant the way they still seek to excuse, and even to ennoble, the actions of their parents and grandparents, so many of whom forsook humanity in favour of a perversion of honour and an aggressive nationalism which should properly be recalled with shame. The Japanese nation is guilty of a collective rejection of historical fact. As long as such denial persists, it will remain impossible for the world to believe that Japan has come to terms with the horrors it inflicted.” Nemesis: The Battle For Japan 1944-45 

-Max Hastings


“I will sacrifice upon the alter [sic] of my country.”

-A  Sergeant from Georgia


“Popular suffrage is in itself no guarantee of freedom. People can vote themselves into slavery.”

-Frank Chodorov


“I do solemnly swear that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic….”

-Congressional Oath of Office


“Governments harangue about deficits to get more revenue so they can spend more.” 1993

-Allan H. Meltzer 


“You have not converted a man because you have silenced him.”

-John Viscount Morley


“Cultivated mind is the guardian genius of democracy, and while guided and controlled by virtue the noblest attribute of man. It is the only dictator that freemen acknowledge, and the only security which freemen desire.”

-Mirabeau B. Lamar


“There are a few simple principles to be preserved. Bear in mind the dividing line between State rights and Federal authority; let us maintain the great principles of popular sovereignty, of State rights, and of the Federal Union as the Constitution has made it, and this Republic will endure forever.” Speech in Bloomington, Illinois, July 16, 1858

-Stephen Douglas 


“Any man that tries to rob me of my dignity will lose.”

-Nelson Mandela


“The advancement and diffusion of knowledge is the only guardian of true liberty.”

-James Madison


“Those who expect to reap the blessings of freedom, must, like men, undergo the fatigues of supporting it.”

-Thomas Paine


“In the transition from Texas Rangers to citizens we should strive to render ourselves as useful in the one sphere as, I hope, we have been bold and efficient in the other. Ours has been a wild life. We have had the utmost latitude of conduct that could be allowed within the pale of law and propriety. Let us remember that we are about to return to the place of abode, where we shall mingle with relatives and friends, who have a right to circumscribe our actions within the bounds of civil life. We must not forget our responsibility to the laws and usages of society. A brave man generally makes a good, peaceable citizen. When the test is applied to us it is to be hoped that we will not be found wanting.” Farewell Address

-John Salmon Ford


“Liberty is not collective, it is personal. All liberty is individual liberty.”

-Calvin Coolidge, 30th US President


“Historically, statistics is no more than ‘State Arithmetic,’ a system by which differences between individuals are eliminated by the taking of an average. It has been used – indeed, still is used – to enable rulers to know just how far they may safely go in picking the pockets of their subjects.”

-M.J. Moroney


“The apathy of our people is most alarming. If they do not rouse themselves to a sense of our condition and put down this wretched government, the country is irretrievably ruined.”

-John Randolph


“So, as we set out this year to defeat the divisive forces that would take freedom away, I want to say those fighting words for everyone within the sound of my voice to hear and to heed, and especially for you, Mr. Professional Politician: ‘From my cold, dead hands!”

-Charlton Heston


“Damn you, if you will not follow me, I’ll die alone!”

-A. Powell Hill


“A patriot must always be prepared to protect his country from his government.”

-Edward Abbey


“The Federal Government has twisted almost every word in the Constitution for the purpose of increasing their power, limiting the voice of the people, and stomping on State’s Rights. They do it in the name of the Commerce Clause, or the General Welfare Clause, or misinterpretations of what the words in the Constitution really mean. All the while we sit around like a bunch of sheep with a big, stupid smile on our face, waiting in line to be sheered.”

-Curtis Patranella


“Give the American people a good cause, and there’s nothing they can’t lick.”

-Duke Morrison


“They fight not for the lust of conquest. They fight to end conquest. They fight to liberate.” D-Day radio broadcast, June 6, 1944

– President Franklin D. Roosevelt


“Unnecessary laws are not good laws, but traps for money.” Leviathan, 1651

-Thomas Hobbes


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If Liberty Means Anything at All, It Means the Right to Tell People What They Do Not Want to Hear




“I detest racialism, because I regard it as a barbaric thing, whether it comes from a black man or a white man.”

-Nelson Mandela


“There is no worse tyranny than to force a man to pay for what he does not want merely because you think it would be good for him.”

-Robert Heinlein


“The more corrupt the state, the more it legislates.”

– Tacitus


“I have sworn upon the altar of God, eternal hostility against every form of tyranny over the mind of man.”  Letter to Benjamin Rush, September 23, 1800

-Thomas Jefferson


“Those things which are precious are saved only by sacrifice.” Band of Brothers: E Company, 506th Regiment, 101st Airborne from Normandy to Hitler’s Eagle’s Nest

-Stephen E. Ambrose


“War is not glorious as novelists would have us believe.  It is only when we are in the heat and flush of battle that it is fascinating and interesting.  It is only then that we enjoy it.  When we forget ourselves and revel in the destruction we are dealing around us. I am now ashamed of the feelings I had in those hours of danger. Ours is a just war, a holy cause.”

-John Pelham


“You are about to embark upon the Great Crusade, toward which we have striven these many months. The eyes of the world are upon you. The hopes and prayers of liberty-loving people everywhere march with you. In company with our brave Allies and brothers-in-arms on other Fronts, you will bring about the destruction of the German war machine, the elimination of Nazi tyranny over the oppressed peoples of Europe, and security for ourselves in a free world. Your task will not be an easy one. Your enemy is well trained, well equipped and battle hardened. He will fight savagely. But this is the year 1944! Much has happened since the Nazi triumphs of 1940-41. The United Nations have inflicted upon the Germans great defeats, in open battle, man-to-man. Our air offensive has seriously reduced their strength in the air and their capacity to wage war on the ground. Our Home Fronts have given us an overwhelming superiority in weapons and munitions of war, and placed at our disposal great reserves of trained fighting men. The tide has turned! The free men of the world are marching together to Victory!

I have full confidence in your courage and devotion to duty and skill in battle. We will accept nothing less than full Victory!

Good luck! And let us beseech the blessing of Almighty God upon this great and noble undertaking.”

-Dwight D. Eisenhower


“Every individual necessarily labors to render the annual revenue of society as great as he can. He generally neither intends to promote the public interest, nor knows how much he is promoting it. He intends only his own gain, and he is, in this, as in many other cases, led by an invisible hand to promote an end which was not part of his intention.” Wealth of Nations

-Adam Smith


“It were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and he cast into the sea, than that he should offend one of these little ones.”

– Luke 17:2


“The general reading public that wants to learn about the whole of our nation’s past has had to turn to history books written by non-academics who have no Ph.D.s and are not involved in the incestuous conversations of the academic scholars. . . . These historians see themselves as moral critics obligated to denounce the values of the past in order to somehow reform our present.”

-Pulitzer Prize winning Professor Gordon S. Wood


“The determination to resist invasion is the first and most sacred duty of a free people.”

-Benjamin W. Jones


“Freedom is a fragile thing and is never more than one generation away from extinction. It is not ours by inheritance; it must be fought for and defended constantly by each generation, for it comes only once to a people. Those who have known freedom and then lost it have never known it again.” “California and the Problem of Government Growth,” Speech as Governor of California, January 5, 1967

-Ronald Reagan


“Liberty means responsibility. That is why most men dread it.” Man and Superman

-George Bernard Shaw 


“A primary object should be the education of our youth in the science of government. In a republic, what species of knowledge can be equally important? And what duty more pressing than communicating it to those who are to be the future guardians of the liberties of the country?”

-George Washington


“Rebellion is the resistance of an inferior to the lawful authority of a superior. A child may rebel against a parent—a slave against his master—citizens against the government, and colonies against their mother-country—but a State cannot rebel; because one Sovereign cannot rebel against another, for all Sovereigns are equal. The Sovereignty of the little State of Delaware is equal to that of New York, or of Russia, though the physical power of those Sovereignties are vastly different. The supposition, therefore, that a Sovereign State can commit Rebellion, Treason, or any crime whatever, is utterly inadmissible in the science of politics. The idea of crime cannot exist where there is no conceivable or possible tribunal, before which the culprit could be arraigned and convicted. Still less can any State be supposed to incur the guilt of rebellion or treason, by resisting an unconstitutional law of the General Government. The General Government is the creature of the States—the offspring of their Sovereign Power. It the Creator to be governed by the lawless authority of the Creature?”

-Maria H. Pinckney 


“Poverty in Egypt, or anywhere else, is not very difficult to explain. There are three basic causes: People are poor because they cannot produce anything highly valued by others. They can produce things highly valued by others but are hampered or prevented from doing so. Or, they volunteer to be poor.”

-Walter Williams


“Oh History, History what a tissue of lies thou art!”

-Daniel H. Hill


“The trouble with this generation is that they are like Prince Ptolemy of Egypt when he wanted Euclid to show him an easy way to learn geometry. It is too much of a general rule now among the young to look for an easy way or a soft place.” Letter to a friend 1923

-Supreme Court Justice Robert Lee Williams of Oklahoma


“It is when people forget God that tyrants forge their chains.”

-Patrick Henry


“Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely.”

-Lord Acton


“The long-established faith of the Texas settlers in the sanctity of written constitutional guarantees reacted against Santa Anna’s arbitrary course, and dormant sympathy for those engaged in a war against tyranny developed into action.”

-William Hughes


“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.”

-Tenth Amendment to the United States Constitution


“Hold on, my friends, to the Constitution and to the Republic for which it stands. Miracles do not cluster, and what has happened once in 6000 years, may not happen again. Hold on to the Constitution, for if the American Constitution should fail, there will be anarchy throughout the world.”

-Daniel Webster


“Bow down dear land, for thou hast found release

…What were our lives without thee?

What all our lives to save thee?

We reck not what we gave thee;

We will not dare to doubt thee,

but ask whatever else, and we will dare!”

 -James R. Lowell, 1865


“If liberty means anything at all, it means the right to tell people what they do not want to hear.”

-George Orwell


“I am an American; free born and free bred, where I acknowledge no man as my superior, except for his own worth, or as my inferior, except for his own demerit.”

-Theodore Roosevelt


“Liberty must be allowed to work out its natural results; and these will, ere long, astonish the world.”

-James Buchanan


“Successful … politicians are insecure and intimidated men. They advance politically only as they placate, appease, bribe, seduce, bamboozle or otherwise manage to manipulate the demanding and threatening elements in their constituencies.”

-Walter Lippmann


“Don’t interfere with anything in the Constitution. That must be maintained, for it is the only safeguard of our liberties. And not to Democrats alone do I make this appeal, but to all who love these great and true principles.” Speech at Kalamazoo, Michigan, August 27, 1856

-Abraham Lincoln




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A Constitution Is the Law Governing Government




“I freed a thousand slaves I could have freed a thousand more if only they knew they were slaves.”

-Harriet Tubman

“These left-overs from the former Young Turk Party, who should have been made to account for the millions of our Christian subjects who were ruthlessly driven en masse, from their homes and massacred, have been restive under the Republican rule.” Interview published on August 1, 1926 in The Los Angeles Examiner, talking about former Young Turks in his country…

-Mustafa “Ataturk” Kemal, Founder of the modern Turkish Republic in 1923 and revered throughout Turkey

“They shall not pass” (French: ‘On ne passe pas’). During the Battle of Verdun in the First World War

-French General Robert Nivelle

“I have a very strict gun control policy: if there’s a gun around, I want to be in control of it.”

-Clint Eastwood

“A constitution is the law governing government.” LP News

Wesley F. Deitchler

“It’s hard to account for my course except from a painful sense of duty,,,Sacrificing every earthly hope for principle.”

-Richard Ewell

“Most people … aren’t just ignorant or stupid: they genuinely prefer government control of their own and their neighbors’ lives. We can hand out flyers for the rest of our lives, publish as many books as we like, make speeches until we’re blue in the face, and most of them aren’t going to change their minds. While they disagree among themselves about the details, authoritarians of one sort or another constitute an overwhelming majority.” Liberty Magazine

-Max Orhai

“If people let government decide what foods they eat and what medicines they take, their bodies will soon be in as sorry a state as are the souls of those who live under tyranny.”

-Thomas Jefferson

“No matter how disastrously some policy has turned out, anyone who criticizes it can expect to hear: “But what would you replace it with?” When you put out a fire, what do you replace it with?”

-Thomas Sowell

“Disobedience is the true foundation of liberty. The obedient must be slaves.”

-Henry David Thoreau

“You [should] not examine legislation in the light of the benefits it will convey if properly administered, but in the light of the wrongs it would do and the harm it would cause if improperly administered.”

-Lyndon Baines Johnson

“Faithful servants of Texas, I have asked you to come here, that in the presence of the Representatives of the People of Texas, in their name as Speaker, and in the name of every man, woman, and child in Texas to thank you for the Invaluable services you have rendered them, for, but for you, Texas might have been drenched in blood, and remanded back to military rule, which in my humble judgment you have largely contributed to avert by your consummate tact, true courage, and patriotism. You are now discharged. To John Salmon Ford and the  Travis Rifles (a local volunteer militia company), 1874

-Guy M. Bryan, Texas Speaker of the House

“The WWII generation shares so many common values: duty, honor, country, personal responsibility and the marriage vow.”

-Tom Brokaw

“Quit the canvass, there is no show for you now — you’re unendorsed and have angered the big gun of the piebald democracy.” May 5, 1855

Texas State Times (Austin)

“The constitutionality and propriety of the Federal Government assuming to enter into a novel and vast field of legislation, namely, that of providing for the care and support of all those … who by any form of calamity become fit objects of public philanthropy. … I cannot find any authority in the Constitution for making the Federal Government the great almoner of public charity throughout the United States. To do so would, in my judgment, be contrary to the letter and spirit of the Constitution and subversive of the whole theory upon which the Union of these States is founded.”

-Franklin Pierce

“The gentle government that promises to hold your hand as you cross the street refuses to let go on the other side.” American Business Executive and Philanthropist

-Theodore J. Forstmann 

“Democracy is based upon the conviction that there are extraordinary possibilities in ordinary people.”

-Harry Emerson Fosdick

“It is merely the pretense to establish sectional superiority and a more centralized form of government, and to deprive us of our rights and liberties.”

-Patrick Cleburne

“Of all tyrannies a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive.

-C.S. Lewis

“Democracy is the government of the people, by the people, for the people.”

-Abraham Lincoln

“Of those men who have overturned the liberties of republics, the greatest number have begun their career by paying an obsequious court to the people, commencing demagogues and ending tyrants.” The Federalist Papers Federalist No. 1, October 27, 1787

-Alexander Hamilton

“Demand and supply have controlled and regulated the market value of every exchangeable commodity since men began to trade and barter with each other. This is rule to which there is, there can be, no exception.. The value of any article or commodity is high or low in proportion to the prevailing desire to obtain it. No elaborate disquisition upon political economy or the value of exchangeable commodities can be needed to demonstrate the infallible truth of this proposition. It is self-evident known to every man from his individual experience. When the immediate demand for any article or commodity exceeds the available supply, its value or price rises; when the supply exceeds the demand, the price falls just as inevitably as the tides flow and ebb. Nothing on earth is so absolutely subject to the operation of this rule as labor. Ninety-nine hundredths of the laborers of the civilized world are compelled to sell their labor each day for the best price they can get for it.”

-Joseph Wheeler

“The annals of war at sea present no more intense, heart-shaking shock than this battle, in which the qualities of the United States Navy and Air Force and the American Race shone forth in splendour. The bravery and self-devotion of the American airmen and sailors and the nerve and skill of their leaders was the foundation of all.” Regarding the Battle of Midway in World War II

-Winston Churchill

“I’ve spent the past month in Washington D.C., and it is terrific to be back in America.”

-Ted Cruz

“What this country needs are more unemployed politicians.”

-Edward Langley

“Self-sacrifice enables us to sacrifice other people without blushing.”

-George Bernard Shaw

“And ere that time arrives I may be a mutilated martyr for my country & I should survive,  the war may last longer & until it closes, I do not expect to see Texas gain.”

-Virginius Petty

“There is only one success – To be able to spend your life in your own way.”

-Christopher Morley

“It is not the responsibility of the government or the legal system to protect a citizen from himself.”

-Justice Casey Percell

“Today, we need a nation of Minutemen, citizens who are not only prepared to take arms, but citizens who regard the preservation of freedom as the basic purpose of their daily life and who are willing to consciously work and sacrifice for that freedom.”

-John F. Kennedy


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