QUOTES ON LIBERTY AND JUSTICE, TRUTH AND DUTY:
“God will give me justice if I am to be punished for the opinions of other people, who do not know my heart I can’t help it.”
-Stand Waitie, Cherokee Chief
“There is no more fundamental axiom of American freedom than the familiar statement: In a free country we punish men for the crimes they commit but never for the opinions they have.”
-Harry S. Truman
“The patriot volunteer, fighting for his country and his rights, makes the most reliable soldier on earth.”
“When these disinherited children of God sat down at lunch counters they were in reality standing up for the best in the American dream and the most sacred values in our Judaeo-Christian heritage, and thusly, carrying our whole nation back to those great wells of democracy which were dug deep by the founding fathers in the formulation of the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence.” “Letter from a Birmingham Jail,” April 1963
-Martin Luther King
“Uncle Sam comes around getting both hands in your pocket. People out there are just barely getting by. Render unto Caesar no more than you have to… Keep the Lord in your heart, and keep your powder dry…”
“Is life so dear, or peace so sweet, as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery? Forbid it, Almighty God! – I know not what course others may take; but as for me, give me liberty or give me death!”
“Nothing in the world is worth having or worth doing unless it means effort, pain, difficulty… I have never in my life envied a human being who led an easy life. I have envied a great many people who led difficult lives and led them well.”
“The planter, the farmer, the mechanic, and the laborer… form the great body of the people of the United States, they are the bone and sinew of the country men who love liberty and desire nothing but equal rights and equal laws.”
“Courage is the first of human qualities because it is the quality that guarantees all the others.”
“The American character has been not only religious, idealistic, and patriotic, but because of these it has been essentially individual.” Independence Day Oration, July 4th, 1946
-John F. Kennedy
“Hey, I’ve got Rights. I’ve got some Rights too.”
-Randall H. Williams, Jr.
When a government has ceased to protect the lives, liberty and property of the people, from whom its legitimate powers are derived, and for the advancement of whose happiness it was instituted, and so far from being a guarantee for the enjoyment of those inestimable and inalienable rights, becomes an instrument in the hands of evil rulers for their oppression.
When the Federal Republican Constitution of their country, which they have sworn to support, no longer has a substantial existence, and the whole nature of their government has been forcibly changed, without their consent, from a restricted federative republic, composed of sovereign states, to a consolidated central military despotism, in which every interest is disregarded but that of the army and the priesthood, both the eternal enemies of civil liberty, the everready minions of power, and the usual instruments of tyrants.
When, long after the spirit of the constitution has departed, moderation is at length so far lost by those in power, that even the semblance of freedom is removed, and the forms themselves of the constitution discontinued, and so far from their petitions and remonstrances being regarded, the agents who bear them are thrown into dungeons, and mercenary armies sent forth to force a new government upon them at the point of the bayonet.
When, in consequence of such acts of malfeasance and abdication on the part of the government, anarchy prevails, and civil society is dissolved into its original elements. In such a crisis, the first law of nature, the right of self-preservation, the inherent and inalienable rights of the people to appeal to first principles, and take their political affairs into their own hands in extreme cases, enjoins it as a right towards themselves, and a sacred obligation to their posterity, to abolish such government, and create another in its stead, calculated to rescue them from impending dangers, and to secure their future welfare and happiness.
These, and other grievances, were patiently borne by the people of Texas, untill they reached that point at which forbearance ceases to be a virtue. We then took up arms in defence of the national constitution. We appealed to our Mexican brethren for assistance. Our appeal has been made in vain. Though months have elapsed, no sympathetic response has yet been heard from the Interior. We are, therefore, forced to the melancholy conclusion, that the Mexican people have acquiesced in the destruction of their liberty, and the substitution therfore of a military government; that they are unfit to be free, and incapable of self government.
The necessity of self-preservation, therefore, now decrees our eternal political separation.
-From Texas Declaration of Independence
“Once a government is committed to the principle of silencing the voice of opposition, it has only one way to go, and that is down the path of increasingly repressive measures, until it becomes a source of terror to all its citizens and creates a country where everyone lives in fear.”
-Harry S. Truman
“My purpose is to make my narrative as truthful as possible.”
“…I’ve never needed government to hold my hand. And I’ve said it before but I’ll say it again, because my family has always fought and died to save this land. “
“If Lost, a cause of action is false. If true, it is not lost.”
“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
-John F. Kennedy
“Let us never forget this fundamental truth: The State has no source of money other than the money people themselves earn.”
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