The Tyranny of a Majority May Be as Autocratic and Unjust as the Tyranny of Any Autocrat




“I shall allow no man to belittle my soul by making me hate him.”

-Booker T. Washington

“No free people can lose their liberties while they are jealous of liberty. But the liberties of the freest people are in danger when they set up symbols of liberty as fetishes, worshiping the symbol instead of the principle it represents.”  Liberty and the Great Libertarians 

-Wendell Phillips

“There are many people in the world who really don’t understand, or say they don’t, what is the great issue between the free world and the Communist world. Let them come to Berlin. There are some who say that communism is the wave of the future. Let them come to Berlin. And there are some who say in Europe and elsewhere we can work with the Communists. Let them come to Berlin. And there are even a few who say that it is true that communism is an evil system, but it permits us to make economic progress. Lass’ sie nach Berlin kommen. Let them come to Berlin.” June 26, 1963

-John F. Kennedy

“The difficulty of enacting uniform and equitable laws beneficial alike to antagonistic interests is more impracticable in proportion to the area and multiplication of interests, these betoken that this great republic may ultimately break to pieces by its own weight and corruption, or from necessity assume the imperial or monarchical form.”

-William C. Oates

“A lawyer with a briefcase can steal more than a hundred men with guns.”  The Godfather

-Mario Puzo

“The great problem now is for people to realize the wisdom and from of government as made by our fathers when they recognized that the Constitution was made to fix limitations upon the people so as to protect the minority and to protect property and to protect liberty. The tyranny of a majority may be as autocratic and unjust as the tyranny of any autocrat.” Letter to a friend, 1923

-Supreme Court Justice Robert Lee Williams of Oklahoma

“I’ve lived the literal meaning of the “land of the free” and “home of the brave.” It’s not corny for me. I feel it in my heart. I feel it in my chest. Even at a ball game, when someone talks during the anthem or doesn’t take off his hat, it pisses me off. I’m not one to be quiet about it, either.”  American Sniper: Memorial Edition

– Chris Kyle

“A nation preserved with liberty trampled underfoot is much worse than a nation in fragments but with the spirit of liberty still alive.”

-John Haley

“We hope never to live in a Republic where one section is pinned to the other section by bayonets.”

-Horace Greeley

“It takes time to ruin a world, but time is all it takes.”

-Bernard DeFoutenelle

“I call upon my God to judge me, he knows that I love my friends and above all others my wife and children, the, opinion of the world to contrary notwithstanding.”

-Cherokee Chief Stand Watie

“I would die a thousand deaths before I would betray a friend.” To his captors when asked to betray his compatriots, before being hanged.

-Private Sam Davis 

“Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just Powers from the Consent of the Governed, that whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these Ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its Foundation on such Principles, and organizing its Powers in such Form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness.”

 -The Declaration of Independence

“Every step we take towards making the State our Caretaker of our lives, by that much we move toward making the State our Master.”

-Dwight D. Eisenhower 

“Patriotism is as much a virtue as justice, and is as necessary for the support of societies as natural affection is for the support of families.”

-Benjamin Rush

“The things that will destroy America are prosperity-at-any-price, peace-at-any-price, safety-first instead of duty-first, the love of soft living, and the get-rich-quick theory of life.”

-Theodore Roosevelt

“Boots and buckles, red clay and sand. My point isn’t subtle here…this is where I was born this is where I’ll die.”

-Jaren Johnston

“The right of self defense never ceases. It is among the most sacred, and alike necessary to nations and to individuals, and whether the attack be made by Spain herself or by those who abuse her power, its obligation is not the less strong.”

-James Monroe

“Let us never forget this fundamental truth:  The State has no source of money other than the money people themselves earn.”

Margaret Thatcher

“Fellow citizens … We urge as many as can possibly leave their homes to repair to Gonzales immediately, “armed and equipped for war even to the knife.” …If Texas will now act promptly, she will soon be redeemed from that worse than Egyptian bondage which now cramps her resources and retards her prosperity.” October 2, 1835

James W. Fannin. Jr. (et al)

“Our founders did not believe that our society could thrive without this kind of moral social structure. In fact, it was our second president, John Adams, who said of our thoroughly researched and developed governing document, “Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.” One Nation: What We Can All Do to Save America’s Future

-Ben Carson

“Better to fight for something than live for nothing.”

-George Patton

“Nothing can be more cruel than the leniency which abandons others to their sin. Nothing can be more compassionate than the severe reprimand which calls another Christian in one’s community back from the path of sin.”  Life Together: The Classic Exploration of Christian Community

-Dietrich Bonhoeffer

“When plunder has become a way of life for a group of people living together in society, they create for themselves in the course of time a legal system that authorizes it, and a moral code that glorifies it.”

-Frédéric Bastiat

“Liberty cannot be established without morality, nor morality without faith.” Democracy in America

-Alexis de Tocqueville

“A government which robs Peter to pay Paul, can always count on the support of Paul.”

-George Bernard Shaw

“With respect to the words “general welfare,” I have always regarded them as qualified by the detail of powers connected with them. To take them in a literal and unlimited sense would be a metamorphosis of the Constitution into a character which there is a host of proofs was not contemplated by its creators.”

-James Madison

“The philosophy of the school room in one generation will be the philosophy of government in the next.”

-Abraham Lincoln

“Through an unwieldy combination of big government, big military, big business, big labor and big cities, we have created an unworkable mega-nation which defies central management and control. Not only is the United States too big, but it has also become too authoritarian and too undemocratic, and its states assume too little responsibility for the solution of their own social, economic, and political problems.”

– Dr. Thomas Naylor, professor emeritus of economics at Duke University

“In order to become the master, the politician poses as the servant.”

-Charles de Gaulle

“The evils of tyranny are rarely seen but by him who resists it.”  1872

– John Hay

“The war for freedom will never really be won because the price of our freedom is constant vigilance over ourselves and over our Government.”

-Eleanor Roosevelt

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