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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