If a Nation Values Anything More Than Freedom, It Will Lose Its Freedom





“If it is in the public interest to maintain an industry, it is clearly not in the public interest by the impact of regulatory authority to destroy its otherwise viable way of life.” Special Message to the Congress on Regulatory Agencies, April 13, 1961 Special Message to the Congress on Regulatory Agencies, April 13, 1961

-John F. Kennedy

“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

“Everyone thinks about changing the world, but no one thinks about changing himself.”

-Leo Tolstoy

“One of the penalties for refusing to participate in politics is that you end up being governed by your inferiors.”


“Ineptness or corruption in the administration of a democratic government can and will be corrected by the people, if they are given the facts and the opportunity to act upon them. The important thing is to preserve that opportunity. This is a responsibility we all must share, and it should be paramount” Texas Governor’s Inaugural Address, 1953

-Allen Shivers

“I have suffered my self to be politically sacrificed to save my country from ruin and disgrace and if I am never a gain elected I will have the gratification to know that I have done my duty.”

-David Crockett

“…We must forevermore do honor to our heroic dead. We must forevermore cherish the sacred memories of those…years of unequal strife…The people that forgets its heroic dead is already dying at the heart, and we believe we shall be truer and better citizens of the United States if we are true to our past.”

-Randolph McKim

“Those who nourish the hope that it will be possible to keep central government free of the corrupting tendencies of power and to staff it with a freedom-loving elite, overestimate the virtues of both the electorate and the elected, and underestimate the normative power of structural processes even over well-intended functionaries.”

-Robert Nef

“The greatest legacy one can pass on to one’s children and grandchildren is not money or other material things accumulated in one’s life, but rather a legacy of character and faith.”

-William Graham

“Man is born free and everywhere he is in chains.”

-Jean-Jacques Rousseau

“Have you ever noticed how statists are constantly “reforming” their own handiwork? Education reform. Health-care reform. Welfare reform. Tax reform. The very fact that they’re always busy “reforming” is an implicit admission that they didn’t get it right the first 50 times.”  The Freeman

-Lawrence W. Reed, economist

“This country was founded by religious nuts with guns.”

-P.J. O’Rourke

“He who passively accepts evil is as much involved in it as he who helps to perpetuate it.”

-Martin Luther King, Jr.

“The deadliest weapon in the world is a MARINE and his rifle!”

-John J. Pershing

“I would not have been worthy of my family name if I had arrived here safely and without losing something along the way”

-James Ewell Brown Stuart

“We all want progress, but if you’re on the wrong road, progress means doing an about-turn and walking back to the right road; in that case, the man who turns back soonest is the most progressive.”

-C.S. Lewis

“The dangers of a concentration of all power in the general government…so vast as ours are too obvious to be disregarded.”

-Franklin Pierce

“The seeds of totalitarian regimes are nurtured by misery and want.”  March 3, 1947 

-Harry S. Truman

“Freedom is indivisible, and when one man is enslaved, all are not free. When all are free, then we can look forward to that day when this city will be joined as one and this country and this great Continent of Europe in a peaceful and hopeful globe. When that day finally comes, as it will, the people of West Berlin can take sober satisfaction in the fact that they were in the front lines for almost two decades. All free men, wherever they may live, are citizens of Berlin, and, therefore, as a free man, I take pride in the words Ich bin ein Berliner.” June 26, 1963

 -John F. Kennedy

“There is nothing of political philosophy more plainly taught in history than the limited value of the Federal principle. It had been experimented upon in various ages of the world in the Amphictyonic Council in the Achsean league, in the United Provinces of Holland, in Mexico, in Central America, in Columbia and in the Argentine republic. In all these instances the form of government established upon it had become extinct or had passed into the alternative of consolidation or anarchy and disintegration. Indeed it is plain enough that such a form of government in the resource only of small and weak communities that it is essentially temporary in its nature and that it has never been adopted by States which had approached a mature condition and had passed the period of pupillage. It is not to be denied that the Federal principle is valuable in peculiar circumstances and for temporary ends.”

-Ed Pollard

“[On ancient Athens]: In the end, more than freedom, they wanted security. They wanted a comfortable life, and they lost it all – security, comfort, and freedom. When the Athenians finally wanted not to give to society but for society to give to them, when the freedom they wished for most was freedom from responsibility, then Athens ceased to be free and was never free again.”

– Edward Gibbon

“If a nation values anything more than freedom, it will lose its freedom; and the irony of it is that if it is comfort or money that it values more, it will lose that, too.”

-Somerset Maugham


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