QUOTES ON LIBERTY AND JUSTICE, TRUTH AND DUTY:
“A Constitution of Government once changed from Freedom, can never be restored. Liberty, once lost, is lost forever.” Letters of John Adams, Addressed to His Wife
“A right delayed is a right denied.”
-Martin Luther King Jr.
“While credit has brought riches to some it has impoverished many. Credit is always exercised by the capable business man with great care and with such reasonable sinking fund or equity under reasonable safeguards as to meet emergencies. The businessman who uses his credit and weathers all storms is indeed well ballasted. Credit when exercised by municipalities or other political subdivisions should be exercised with the same care. Safeguards and limitations against the making of such obligations is essential. The future should never be mortgaged except when an adequate necessity exists and then under reasonable limitations. One of the dangers of any community is in improving too fast, and incurring too many obligations. We should advance and progress wisely, carefully and surely, so that there should be no reaction. We feel now the burden of the hand of the tax gatherer, but if we examine into details we find that a great part of these taxes are gathered every year to provide a sinking fund for municipal indebtedness. Oft’ times this indebtedness has been created under the feverish spirit for development. State of the State, January 15, 1915
-Governor Robert Lee Williams of Oklahoma
“Like the genocide of the Armenians before it, and the genocide of the Cambodians which followed it, . . . the lessons of the Holocaust must never be forgotten.” April 22, 1981, proclamation
-George H.W. Bush
“As the men of the victorious British 14th Army advanced through Burma on the road to Mandalay in January 1945 they encountered Japanese savagery towards prisoners.
After a battle, the Berkshires found dead British soldiers beaten, stripped of their boots and suspended by electric flex upside down from trees. This sharpened the battalion’s sentiment against their enemy. Back in Britain it was beginning to emerge that such inhumanity was not confined to the battlefield.
Men who had escaped from Japanese captivity brought tales of brutality so extreme that politicians and officials censored them for fear of the Japanese imposing even more terrible sufferings upon tens of thousands of POWs who remained in their hands. The US government suppressed for months the first eyewitness accounts of the 1942 Bataan death march in the Philippines on which so many captured American GIs perished, and news of the beheadings of shot-down aircrews….
More than a quarter of Western POWs lost their lives in Japanese captivity. This represented deprivation and brutality of a kind familiar to Russian and Jewish prisoners of the Nazis in Europe, yet shocking to the American, British and Australian public.
It seemed incomprehensible that a nation with pretensions to civilisation could have defied every principle of humanity and the supposed rules of war…
Most modern Japanese do not accept the ill-treatment of subject peoples and prisoners by their forebears, even where supported by overwhelming evidence, and those who do acknowledge it incur the disdain or outright hostility of their fellow-countrymen for doing so. It is repugnant the way they still seek to excuse, and even to ennoble, the actions of their parents and grandparents, so many of whom forsook humanity in favour of a perversion of honour and an aggressive nationalism which should properly be recalled with shame. The Japanese nation is guilty of a collective rejection of historical fact. As long as such denial persists, it will remain impossible for the world to believe that Japan has come to terms with the horrors it inflicted.” Nemesis: The Battle For Japan 1944-45
“I will sacrifice upon the alter [sic] of my country.”
-A Sergeant from Georgia
“Popular suffrage is in itself no guarantee of freedom. People can vote themselves into slavery.”
“I do solemnly swear that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic….”
-Congressional Oath of Office
“Governments harangue about deficits to get more revenue so they can spend more.” 1993
-Allan H. Meltzer
“You have not converted a man because you have silenced him.”
-John Viscount Morley
“Cultivated mind is the guardian genius of democracy, and while guided and controlled by virtue the noblest attribute of man. It is the only dictator that freemen acknowledge, and the only security which freemen desire.”
-Mirabeau B. Lamar
“There are a few simple principles to be preserved. Bear in mind the dividing line between State rights and Federal authority; let us maintain the great principles of popular sovereignty, of State rights, and of the Federal Union as the Constitution has made it, and this Republic will endure forever.” Speech in Bloomington, Illinois, July 16, 1858
“Any man that tries to rob me of my dignity will lose.”
“The advancement and diffusion of knowledge is the only guardian of true liberty.”
“Those who expect to reap the blessings of freedom, must, like men, undergo the fatigues of supporting it.”
“In the transition from Texas Rangers to citizens we should strive to render ourselves as useful in the one sphere as, I hope, we have been bold and efficient in the other. Ours has been a wild life. We have had the utmost latitude of conduct that could be allowed within the pale of law and propriety. Let us remember that we are about to return to the place of abode, where we shall mingle with relatives and friends, who have a right to circumscribe our actions within the bounds of civil life. We must not forget our responsibility to the laws and usages of society. A brave man generally makes a good, peaceable citizen. When the test is applied to us it is to be hoped that we will not be found wanting.” Farewell Address
-John Salmon Ford
“Liberty is not collective, it is personal. All liberty is individual liberty.”
-Calvin Coolidge, 30th US President
“Historically, statistics is no more than ‘State Arithmetic,’ a system by which differences between individuals are eliminated by the taking of an average. It has been used – indeed, still is used – to enable rulers to know just how far they may safely go in picking the pockets of their subjects.”
“The apathy of our people is most alarming. If they do not rouse themselves to a sense of our condition and put down this wretched government, the country is irretrievably ruined.”
“So, as we set out this year to defeat the divisive forces that would take freedom away, I want to say those fighting words for everyone within the sound of my voice to hear and to heed, and especially for you, Mr. Professional Politician: ‘From my cold, dead hands!”
“Damn you, if you will not follow me, I’ll die alone!”
-A. Powell Hill
“A patriot must always be prepared to protect his country from his government.”
“The Federal Government has twisted almost every word in the Constitution for the purpose of increasing their power, limiting the voice of the people, and stomping on State’s Rights. They do it in the name of the Commerce Clause, or the General Welfare Clause, or misinterpretations of what the words in the Constitution really mean. All the while we sit around like a bunch of sheep with a big, stupid smile on our face, waiting in line to be sheered.”
“Give the American people a good cause, and there’s nothing they can’t lick.”
“They fight not for the lust of conquest. They fight to end conquest. They fight to liberate.” D-Day radio broadcast, June 6, 1944
– President Franklin D. Roosevelt
“Unnecessary laws are not good laws, but traps for money.” Leviathan, 1651
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