Necessity Is the Plea For Every Infringement of Human Freedom




“What difference is it to me if a decision is forced upon me by a dictator or by half of my neighbors? Either way my right to free, peaceful action has been nullified.”

-Stephen H. Foerster

“Patriotism means to stand by the country. It does NOT mean to stand by the President or any other public official save exactly to the degree in which he himself stands by the country. It is patriotic to support him insofar as he efficiently serves the country. It is unpatriotic not to oppose him to the exact extent that by inefficiency or otherwise he fails in his duty to stand by the country.”

-Theodore Roosevelt

“I’d rather live free with some peril than be a protected slave of government.”

-Dave Duffy

“The proper history of Texas is yet unpublished. The men who enacted the great deeds, rendering the Lone Star Republic famous, have generally died without writing what they aided in doing. Jonas Harrison wrote articles which stirred the heroic people and helped to strengthen the resolution to resist tyranny, but where are they?

R.M. Williamson was an outspoken advocate of a free government. He did more than any one man to nerve our people to strike out for liberty. He has been gathered to his fathers, and where are the evidences of his wonderful exertions. They are almost lost to the world. Gen. Thomas J. Rusk —brave, eloquent, and fearless — our Secretary of War when the revolution was at its most fearful height, after the Alamo and Goliad and their defenders had fallen; after the mistaken members of the Consultation had Illegally attempted to turn Gov. Smith out of office, and to Invade Mexico. Where is the historian who lived in these days of trouble and danger. Col.Frank Johnson wrote a history of Texas. He was an officer of the Texas army, was defeated at San Patricio. His work has never seen the light and perhaps never will. Gen. Rusk was at the battle of San Jacinto. He made an official report to President Burnet, and left no individual, private, account of that wonderful contest. Gen. Stephen F. Austin, the “father” of Texas, wrote a great deal. Up to the present time no one has assumed the responsibility to edit and publish his papers and his life.

Who can tell us of the career of Richard Ellis, the President of the Convention of I836? They met at Washington on the Brazos, and declared Texas Independent on the second day of March, I836. How little is known of the members of that memorable and distinguished company of men? Who has written a comprehensive life of Travis? of Bowie? And the heroes of the Alamo? What has been done to revive a correct memory of David G. Burnet? of Gen. Edward Burleson, who commanded the Texas Troops in 1835 when Gen. Cos surrendered San Antonio to him?” 1897

-John Salmon Ford

“Man yearns to see his individuality represented and reflected in the acts of his exertions—in property.”

-Francis Lieber

“People who object to weapons aren’t abolishing violence, they’re begging for rule by brute force, when the biggest, strongest animals among men were always automatically ‘right.’ Guns ended that, and social democracy is a hollow farce without an armed populace to make it work.” The Probability Broach

-Neil Smith

“We make our ends meet, we take what we need to survive…We were raised up on the Good Book, we learned about the land. We don’t take from Uncle Sam. It’s time to take a stand. It’s time to draw the line. You better take yours when you come to take mine…It’s about red, white and blue…We’re not the running kind. Mr. President, you are not taking mine.”

-Creed Fisher

“I weep for the liberty of my country when I see at this early day of its successful experiment that corruption has been imputed to many members of the House of Representatives, and the rights of the people have been bartered for promises of office.”

-Andrew Jackson

“I ask that all Americans demonstrate in their personal and public lives…the high ethical standards that are essential to good character and to the continued success of our Nation. In 1997 during National Character Counts Week

-Bill Clinton 

“America does not go abroad in search of monsters to destroy. She is the well-wisher to freedom and independence of all. She is the champion and vindicator only of her own.”

-John Quincy Adams

“Necessity is the plea for every infringement of human freedom. It is the argument of tyrants; it is the creed of slaves.” 18 Nov 1783

-William Pitt

“In interpreting the Constitution, it must never be forgotten that the Nation is made up of States to which are entrusted the powers of local government. And to them and to the people the powers not expressly delegated to the National Government are reserved.” Hammer v. Dagenhart, 1918

-U.S. Supreme Court

“Democracy and socialism have nothing in common but one word, equality. But notice the difference: while democracy seeks equality in liberty, socialism seeks equality in restraint and servitude.”

-Alexis de Tocqueville

“Tax reform means, “Don’t tax you, don’t tax me. Tax that fellow behind the tree.”

-Russell Long

“In the nineteenth and twentieth centuries you have these great nation states hurling their young men at one another. The victory was really going to rest on who could do the best job of bringing up their kids to become efficient and effective soldiers. That’s pretty grandiose, I guess, but I do think that, and thank God it’s been the armies of democracy that have emerged from this as the triumphant armies.”

-Stephen Ambrose

“Live free or die.”

-New Hampshire State Motto


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