Our Most Cherished Tradition Is a Free Society



“American Jeffersonian Democracy was born of a Rebellion against a Tyrannical Government.”

-David Bridges


“If ye love wealth greater than liberty, the tranquility of servitude greater than the animating contest for freedom, go home from us in peace. We seek not your counsel, nor your arms. Crouch down and lick the hand that feeds you; and may posterity forget that ye were our countrymen.”

-Samuel Adams


“No word appeared more grand, more expressive or significant than this. Under God as the asserter of our rights, the defender of our liberties, our protector against danger, our mediator, our ruler and guardian, and, as the avenger of our wrongs and the punisher of our crimes, we endeavor to equal or even excel our ancestors. What word can be suggested of more power, and so replete with sentiments and thoughts consonant with our idea of the omnipotence and justice of God?”

-Rapahel Semmes


“Benevolence comes from within as a reflection of our personal, individual sense of well-being. To force it, externally – through moral intimidation (altruism), social intimidation (duty), or at the point of a gun (legislation) – debilitates our personal sense of well-being and negates the source of benevolence.”  (4/7/04)

– Richard Rieben


“Bad men cannot make good citizens. A vitiated state of morals, a corrupted public conscience are incompatible with freedom.”

-Patrick Henry


“Sanctify yourselves against tomorrow.”

-S.R. Gist


“A nation can only be free, happy, and great in proportion to the virtue and intelligence of the people.”

-Stephen F. Austin


“Here I stand. I cannot do otherwise. God help me. Amen.” Hier Stehe ich. Ich Kann nicht anders. Gott helf mir. Amen 

-Martin Luther


“Economic history is a long record of government policies that failed because they were designed with a bold disregard for the laws of economics.”

-Ludwig von Mises


“I would fight for my liberty so long as my strength lasted, and if the time came for me to go, the Lord would let them take me.”

-Harriet Tubman


“There is nothing stable but Heaven and the Constitution.”

-James Buchanan


“Our most cherished tradition is a free society where man can learn, can work, can go as far as his own capacity carries him and seek the goals of his own choosing. In a free society, knowledge can- not be decreed; it must be sought. Opportunity cannot be assured; it must be cultivated. Security cannot be given; it must be earned. In this climate of freedom we have built a system of government necessary to the growth of the nation and the progress of the people. Civilized men create government to meet their needs, and its very role demands responsiveness to change. But when that government becomes so unwieldly, so inflexible that it fails to serve those who created it for their com-mon good, it becomes a burdensome and negative force.” Texas Governor’s Inaugural Address, 1965

-John Connally 


“The budget should be balanced, the Treasury should be refilled. Public debt should be reduced. The arrogance of officialdom should be tempered and controlled. The assistance to foreign lands should be curtailed lest Rome become bankrupt. People must again learn to work, instead of living on public assistance.”

-Marcus Tullius Cicero


“You may all go to Hell, and I will go to Texas.”

-David Crockett


“Wherever politics intrudes upon economic life, political success is readily attained by saying what people like to hear rather than what is demonstrably true. Instead of safeguarding truth and honesty, the state then tends to become a major source of insincerity and mendacity.”

– Hans F. Sennholz


“Those who make peaceful change impossible will make violent revolution inevitable.”

– John F. Kennedy


Williams, McClure & Parmelee is dedicated to high quality legal representation of businesses and insurance companies in a variety of matters. We are experienced Texas civil litigation attorneys based in Fort Worth who know Texas courts and Texas law. For more information, please contact the law firm at 817-335-8800. The firm’s new office location is 5601 Bridge Street, Suite 300, Fort Worth, Texas 76112.

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