“There are a thousand hacking at the branches of evil to one who is striking at the root.”
Henry David Thoreau
“It is the first responsibility of every citizen to question authority.”
“Rebellion against tyrants is obedience to God“.
“Those who would give up essential liberty to purchase a little
temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety”. Benjamin Franklin
“Question with boldness even the existence of a God; because, if there be one,
he must more approve of the homage of reason, than that of blind-folded fear”.
If a nation expects to be ignorant and free, in a state of civilization,
it expects what never was and never will be.
“If the American people ever allow private banks to control the issue of their currency,
first by inflation, then by deflation, the banks and corporations that will grow up around
them will deprive the people of all property until their children wake up
homeless on the continent their Fathers conquered.”
“Government, even in its best state, is but a necessary evil;
in its worst state, an intolerable one”.
Among the natural rights of the colonists are these:
First a right to life, secondly to liberty, and thirdly to property;
together with the right to defend them in the best manner they can.
Government is not reason; it is not eloquent; it is force.
Like fire, it is a dangerous servant and a fearful master.
There is nothing which I dread so much as a division of the republic into two great parties,
each arranged under its leader, and concerting measures in opposition to each other.
This, in my humble apprehension, is to be dreaded as the greatest
political evil under our Constitution.
In Republics, the great danger is, that the majority
may not sufficiently respect the rights of the minority.
“But whether the Constitution really be one thing, or another, this much is certain
– that it has either authorized such a government as we have had, or has
been powerless to prevent it. In either case it is unfit to exist.”
A patriot must always be ready to defend his country against his government”.
“None are more hopelessly enslaved than those who falsely believe they are free”.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
“Power tends to corrupt and absolutely power corrupts absolutely
John Emerich Edward Dalberg-Acton
“The state is the great fiction by which everybody seeks to live at the expense of everybody else.”
“The law is guilty of the evils it is supposed to punish”.
“There is in all of us a strong disposition to believe that anything lawful is also legitimate.
This belief is so widespread that many persons have erroneously held
that things are “just” because t
he law makes them so.”
“When law and morality contradict each other, the citizen has the cruel alternative
of either losing his moral sense or losing his respect for the law”.
“An eye for an eye makes the whole world blind”.
“No man’s life, liberty, or property are safe while the legislature is in session.”
“I apprehend no danger to our country from a foreign foe . . . Our destruction, should it come at all, will be from another quarter. From the inattention of the people to the concerns of their government, from their carelessness and negligence, I must confess that I do apprehend some danger. I fear that they may place too implicit a confidence in their public servants, and fail properly to scrutinize their conduct; that in this way they may be made the dupes of designing men, and become the instruments of their own undoing. Make them intelligent, and they will be vigilant; give them the means of detecting the wrong, and they will apply the remedy.”