Nothing Can Destroy a Government More Quickly Than Its Failure to Observe Its Own Laws




“It has been said that democracy is the worst form of government except all the others that have been tried.”

-Winston Churchill

“No political truth is certainly of greater intrinsic value, or is stamped with the authority of more enlightened patrons of liberty than that on which the objection is founded. The accumulation of all powers, legislative, executive, and judiciary, in the same hands, whether of one, a few, or many, and whether hereditary, self-appointed, or elective, may justly be pronounced the very definition of tyranny.” Federalist No. 48, February 1, 1788

-James Madison

“Somehow I learned that I belonged with my people and that I had a responsibility to contribute to them. I will participate in changing the situations of injustice and inequality that I encounter because they deny people their rights and destroy their potential.”

-Dr. Antonia Pantoja

“Don’t go around saying the world owes you a living. The world owes you nothing. It was here first.”

-Mark Twain

”Love your country but fear its government.“

New England folk wisdom

“Three-fifths to two-thirds of the federal budget consists of taking property from one American and giving it to another. Were a private person to do the same thing, we’d call it theft. When government does it, we euphemistically call it income redistribution, but that’s exactly what thieves do — redistribute income.”

-Walter Williams

“The duty of government is to leave commerce to its own capital and credit as well as all other branches of business, protecting all in their legal pursuits, granting exclusive privileges to none.”

-Andrew Jackson

The communists fear Christianity more as a way of life than as a weapon. In short, there is room in a totalitarian system for churches- but there is no room for God. The claim of the State must be total, and no other loyalty, and no other philosophy of life can be tolerated. Commencement Address, Assumption College, June 3, 1955

-John F. Kennedy

“Sure I wave the American flag. Do you know a better flag to wave? Sure I love my country with all her faults. I’m not ashamed of that, never have been, never will be.”

-John Wayne

“The greater the number of laws and enactments, the more thieves and robbers there will be.”

-Lao Tsu

“A body of men holding themselves accountable to nobody ought not to be trusted by anybody.”

-Thomas Paine

“We have no government armed with power capable of contending with human passions unbridled by morality and religion. Avarice, ambition, revenge, or gallantry, would break the strongest cords of our Constitution as a whale goes through a net. Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.” The Works of John Adams, ed. C. F. Adams, Boston: Little, Brown Co., 1851, 4:31

-John Adams

“The character of the Texas Ranger is now well known by both friend and foe. As a mounted volunteer, he has had no counterpart in any age or any country.”

-Luther Giddings

“They came first for the Communists, and I didn’t speak up because I wasn’t a Communist. Then they came for the Jews, and I didn’t speak up because I wasn’t a Jew. Then they came for the trade unionists, and I didn’t speak up because I was not a trade unionist. Then they came for the Catholics, and I didn’t speak up because I was a Protestant. And then they came for me and by that time no one was left to speak up.”  in 1945; from “Political Quotations”, Daniel B. Baker, ed.

Rev. Martin Niemoeller, a Protestant minister in Nazi Germany

“You may not like my appearance… You may not like my song…You may not like the way I talk, but you like the way I’m gone. I’m a free born man”

-Jimmy Martin

“A government that is big enough to give you all you want is big enough to take it all away.”

-Barry Goldwater

“Nothing can destroy a government more quickly than its failure to observe its own laws, or worse, its disregard of the charter of its own existence” Mapp vs. Ohio

-U.S. Supreme Court Justice Tom C. Clark 

“The graves of the dead, with the grass overgrown, shall still be the footstool of liberty’s thrown.”

-Father Ryan

“A society’s worth isn’t measured by how much power is seized by its government but rather, how much power is reserved for its people.” Liberty Rises

-Jack Vega

“It stands to reason that where there’s sacrifice, there’s someone collecting sacrificial offerings. Where there is service, there is someone being served. The man who speaks to you of sacrifice speaks of slaves and masters. And intends to be master.”

-Ayn Rand

“…You cannot help the poor by destroying the rich. You cannot lift the wage earner by pulling down the wage payer…”

-Abraham Lincoln

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

-Sam Houston

“If a republican government fails to secure public prosperity and happiness, it must be because the citizens neglect the divine commands, and elect bad men to make and administer the laws.”

-Noah Webster

“I would be proud of the thought that our youngest Boy–Yes Darling little Jimmie, will after a while be able and I trust willing to take his Father’s place in the field, and fight until he dies, rather than be a Slave…”

-James Griffen

“Solve” and “Problems” are not in the Constitution.

-Doug Newman

“History should be accessible.”

-Grady McWhiney 

“There is a word sweeter than mother, home or heaven. That word is liberty.”

-Epitaph of Matilda Joslyn Gage

“If we open a quarrel between the past and the present, we shall find that we have lost the future.”

-Winston Churchill

“The early American knew that freedom was nothing more than the absence of external restraint on behavior; the government could not give you freedom, it could only take it away.”

-Frank Chodorov

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