You Have Authority to Command As You Wish, and We Have the Right to Do As We Wish





“Man’s capacity for justice makes democracy possible, but man’s inclination to injustice makes democracy necessary.”

-Reinhold Niebuhr


“One of the greatest delusions in the world is the hope that the evils in this world are to be cured by legislation.” 1886

-Thomas B. Reed 


“The battles that count aren’t the ones for gold medals. The struggles within yourself–the invisible, inevitable battles inside all of us–that’s where it’s at.”

– Jesse Owens


“When the despot’s power is flown, and liberty’s regained her throne, then shall her sons once more be free, and her daughters sing…”

-A Virginian


“When I refuse to obey an unjust law, I do not contest the right of the majority to command, but I simply appeal from the sovereignty of the people to the sovereignty of mankind.” Democracy in America

-Alexis de Tocqueville


“The goal to strive for is a poor government but a rich people.”

-Andrew Johnson, U.S. President


“There has been much speculation as to our course. Sometimes the discussion hinges upon the amount of money we will have to raise. At other times the question is how long it will take to raise this money, or from whom. The hard, cold facts of the balance sheets must be recognized, of course. Money is a problem of this Legislature. It always is. But I submit to you, my fellow citizens, that the sole question of this session is not, or should not be, the question of which unfortunate taxpayer we are going to catch and string up by the heels and shake until enough money rolls out to give everyone everything he wants. In the first place, there are important questions of policy and management to consider which do not bear directly upon spending. Secondly, I refuse to admit that the success of a legislative session, or of an administration, depends solely upon the amount of money it can spend. And finally, when we are looking around for the fellow who is going to pay the bill-let us have the courage and good sense to look at ourselves.” Address to the Joint Session of the Texas Legislature, January 20, 1959 

-Lieutenant Governor Ben Ramsey of Texas


“Certainly, King James, you have authority to command as you wish, and we have the right to do as we wish.”  Hobbes on Resistance: Defying the Leviathan

-Susanne Sreedhar


“Seems to me, more liberty is allowed to the press than would be tolerated in our speech. Let us speak as freely as any paper, and see if tomorrow we do not sleep (in prison). ” Ah, Liberty! What a blessing it is to enjoy thy privileges!”

-Sarah Morgan


“How blessed are those who keep justice, Who practice righteousness at all times!”

-Psalms 106:3


“When words lose their meaning, people lose their liberty.”



“That all power is inherent in the people, and all free governments are founded on their authority, and instituted for their peace, safety and happiness; for the advancement of those ends, they have, at all times, an unalienable and indefeasible right to alter, reform or abolish the government in such manner as they may think proper.”

Tennessee Constitution of 1796


“There is a Passion natural to the Mind of man, especially a free Man, which renders him impatient of Restraint.” To the Committee of Merchants in London,  June 6, 1766

-George Mason


“There is only one way to kill capitalism – by taxes, taxes, and more taxes.”

-Karl Marx


“For myself, neither in public nor in private life, will I ever consent to sacrifice the principles of constitutional freedom, of municipal liberty, and of State equality, to the naked idea of Federal unity.”

-John Breckinridge


“There is no crueler tyranny than that which is perpetuated under the shield of law and in the name of justice.”

-Charles de Montesquieu


-My hope and prayer is that everyone know and love our country for what she really is and what she stands for.”

-John Wayne


“Liberty lies in the hearts of men and women; [if] it dies there, no constitution, no law, no court can save it.”

-Judge Learned Hand


“The more power a government has the more it can act arbitrarily according to the whims and desires of the elite, and the more it will make war on others and murder its foreign and domestic subjects. The more constrained the power of governments, the more power is diffused, checked, and balanced, the less it will aggress on others and commit democide.”  Death by Government

-R. J. Rummel


“Whatever you do will be insignificant, but it is very important that you do it.”

-Mahatma Gandhi


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