Any good patriotic quotes you all can post?


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el44vaquero
January 22, 2006, 05:45 PM
One of the two I have as my signature is by far my favorite.

I know not what course others may take; but as for me, give me liberty, or give me death. -- Patrick Henry

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Ralph
January 22, 2006, 06:44 PM
The gun gives boldness, enterprise, and independence to the mind. Let your gun, therefore, be the constant companion of your walks. — Thomas Jefferson

No man's life, liberty, or property are safe while the legislature is in session. — Mark Twain

Waitone
January 22, 2006, 07:11 PM
My excellent colleagues have forgotten these bitter lessons of history. The prospect of tyranny may not grab the headlines the way vivid stories of gun crime routinely do. But few saw the Third Reich coming until it was too late. The Second Amendment is a doomsday provision, one designed for those exceptionally rare circumstances where all other rights have failed—where the government refuses to stand for reelection and silences those who protest; where courts have lost the courage to oppose, or can find no one to enforce their decrees. However improbable these contingencies may seem today, facing them unprepared is a mistake a free people get to make only once.

Fortunately, the Framers were wise enough to entrench the right of the people to keep and bear arms within our constitutional structure. The purpose and importance of that right was still fresh in their minds, and they spelled it out clearly so it would not be forgotten. Despite the panel’s mighty struggle
to erase these words, they remain, and the people themselves can read what they say plainly enough:

A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the
security of a free State, the right of the people to
keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.

The sheer ponderousness of the panel’s opinion—the mountain of verbiage it must deploy to explain away these fourteen short words of constitutional text—refutes its thesis far more convincingly than anything I might say. The panel’s labored effort to smother the Second Amendment by sheer body
weight has all the grace of a sumo wrestler trying to kill a rattlesnake
by sitting on it—and is just as likely to succeed.Judge Alex Kosinski--Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in Silveira v Lockyer May 2003

McCall911
January 22, 2006, 07:21 PM
It just so happens that a relative of mine sent me this just the other day.



Subject: Fw: to kill an american

Subject: to kill an american


Written by an Australian Dentist...


To Kill an American

You probably missed it in the rush of news last week, but there was
actually
a report that someone in Pakistan had published in a newspaper an offer of
a
reward to anyone who killed an American, any American.

So an Australian dentist wrote an editorial the following day to let
everyone know what an American is so they would know when they found one.
(Good one, mate!!!!)

"An American is English, or French, or Italian, Irish, German, Spanish,
Polish, Russian or Greek. An American may also be Canadian, Mexican,
African, Indian, Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Australian, Iranian, Asian, or
Arab, or Pakistani or Afghan.

An American may also be a Comanche, Cherokee, Osage, Blackfoot, Navaho,
Apache, Seminole or one of the many other tribes known as native Americans.

An American is Christian, or he could be Jewish, or Buddhist, or Muslim.
In
fact, there are more Muslims in America than in Afghanistan. The only
difference is that in America they are free to worship as each of them
chooses.

An American is also free to believe in no religion. For that he will answer
only to God, not to the government, or to armed thugs claiming to speak for
the government and for God.

An American lives in the most prosperous land in the history of the world.
The root of that prosperity can be found in the Declaration of
Independence,
which recognizes the God given right of each person to the pursuit of
happiness.

An American is generous. Americans have helped out just about every other
nation in the world in their time of need, never asking a thing in return.

When Afghanistan was over-run by the Soviet army 20 years ago, Americans
came with arms and supplies to enable the people to win back their country!

As of the morning of September 11, Americans had given more than any other
nation to the poor in Afghanistan. Americans welcome the best of
everything...the best products, the best books, the best music, the best
food, the best services. But they also welcome the least.

The national symbol of America, The Statue of Liberty, welcomes your tired
and your poor, the wretched refuse of your teeming shores, the homeless,
tempest tossed. These in fact are the people who built America.

Some of them were working in the Twin Towers the morning of September 11,
2001 earning a better life for their families. It's been told that the
World
Trade Center victims were from at least 30 different countries, cultures,
and first languages, including those that aided and abetted the terrorists.

So you can try to kill an American if you must. Hitler did. So did General
Tojo, and Stalin, and Mao Tse-Tung, and other blood-thirsty tyrants in the
world. But, in doing so you would just be killing yourself. Because
Americans are not a particular people from a particular place. They are the
embodiment of the human spirit of freedom. Everyone who holds to that
spirit, everywhere, is an American."



P.S. The origin of the quote as being from an "Australian dentist" is open to question.

Stevie-Ray
January 22, 2006, 08:47 PM
The right of citizens to bear arms is just one more guarantee against arbitrary government, one more safeguard against the tyranny which now appears remote in America, but which historically has proved to be always possible...............Hubert H. Humphrey

Unisaw
January 22, 2006, 09:04 PM
I fought in three wars and three more would not be too many to defend my country. I love America and as she has weaknesses or ills I’ll hold her hand.
--General Daniel “Chappie” James

Molon Labe
January 22, 2006, 09:07 PM
I would probably classify these as freedom quotes, not patriotic quotes. But there are some good ones in here:

Ammunition beats persuasion when you are looking for freedom. - Will Rogers

Most governments are designed to protect the government from the people, whereas the United States government was organized to protect the people from the government. - Jeff Cooper

The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants. It is its natural manure. - Thomas Jefferson to William Stephens Smith, 1787. ME 6:373, Papers 12:356

The rifle is God's gift to the rifleman. - Fred

Man is not free unless government is limited. There's a clear cause and effect here that is as neat and predictable as a law of physics: As government expands, liberty contracts. - Ronald Reagan

The will to survive is not as important as the will to prevail... the answer to criminal aggression is retaliation. - Jeff Cooper

I much prefer dangerous freedom to peaceful slavery. - Thomas Jefferson

Guns aren't toys. They're for family protection, hunting dangerous or delicious animals, and keeping the King of England out of your face. - Krusty the Klown

"Did you really think we want those laws observed?" said Dr. Ferris. "We WANT them to be broken. You'd better get it straight that it's not a bunch of boy scouts you're up against... We're after power and we mean it... There's no way to rule innocent men. The only power any government has is the power to crack down on criminals. Well, when there aren't enough criminals one makes them. One declares so many things to be a crime that it becomes impossible for men to live without breaking laws. Who wants a nation of law-abiding citizens? What's there in that for anyone? But just pass the kind of laws that can neither be observed nor enforced or objectively interpreted -- and you create a nation of law-breakers -- and then you cash in on guilt. Now that's the system Mr. Reardon, that's the game, and once you understand it, you'll be much easier to deal with." - Ayn Rand, Atlas Shrugged

We cannot defend freedom abroad by deserting it at home. - Edward R. Murrow

A golf course is the willful and deliberate misuse of a perfectly good rifle range. - Bill O'Connor

Metal and wood were the means by which we won our freedom. Metal and wood were the means by which we kept our freedom. Metal and wood may be the means by which we regain our freedom. Metal and wood are the final power of the people. Take away the metal and wood and the people become powerless - they can only beg, they supplicate for favors. - Dennis Bateman

A ship in harbor is safe. But that is not what ships are for. - John A. Shedd, Salt from My Attic

Freedom is not empowerment. Empowerment is what the Serbs have in Bosnia. Anybody can grab a gun and be empowered. It's not entitlement. An entitlement is what people on welfare get, and how free are they? It's not an endlessly expanding list of rights -- the 'right' to education, the 'right' to health care, the 'right' to food and housing. That's not freedom, that's dependency. Those aren't rights, those are the rations of slavery -- hay and a barn for human cattle. There's only one basic human right, the right to do as you damn well please. And with it comes the only basic human duty, the duty to take the consequences. - P.J. O'Rourke

...for, as long as but a hundred of us remain alive, never will we on any conditions be brought under English rule. It is in truth not for glory, nor riches, nor honours that we are fighting, but for freedom -- for that alone, which no honest man gives up but with life itself. - from the Declaration of Arbroath, Scotland, 1320

Among the natural rights of the colonists are these: First a right to life, secondly to liberty, thirdly to property; together with the right to defend them in the best manner they can. - Samuel Adams

Liberty is always dangerous, but it is the safest thing we have. - Harry Emerson Fosdick

Resistance to tyrants is obedience to God. - Thomas Jefferson

He who lives in fear will never, in my judgment, be a free man. -- Virgil - "Epistulae" (c. 19 B.C.)

Man must necessarily be subject to the laws of his Creator. This will of his Maker is called the Law of Nature. This Law of Nature is superior to any other. No human laws are of any validity if contrary to this. - Sir William Blackstone

Only a virtuous people are capable of freedom. As nations become corrupt and vicious, they have more need of masters. - Benjamin Franklin

Those who give up essential liberty to purchase a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety. - Benjamin Franklin

What if Thomas Paine had an AR-15, or if Patrick Henry went to Thunder Ranch? THEY COULDN'T, BUT YOU CAN! They had the soul, but needed better gear. We have the gear, but need stronger soul. - From Boston's Gun Bible by Boston T. Party (Common Law Copyright 1997-1998, 2000, Javelin Press. www.javelinpress.com).

God grants liberty only to those who love it, and are always ready to guard and defend it. - Daniel Webster

"Necessity" is the plea of every infringement of human freedom. It is the argument of tyrants, it is the creed of slaves. - William Pitt, 1783

Is life so dear, or peace so sweet, as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery? Forbid it, Almighty God! I know not what course others may take; but as for me, give me liberty or give me death! - Patrick Henry

Guard with jealous attention the public liberty. Suspect everyone who approaches that jewel. Unfortunately, nothing will preserve it but downright force. Whenever you give up that force, you are inevitably ruined. - Patrick Henry

If a man hasn't discovered something that he will die for, he isn't fit to live. - Martin Luther King Jr., June 23, 1963. Speech in Detroit.

Bad men cannot make good citizens. It is when a people forget God that tyrants forge their chains. A vitiated state of morals, a corrupted public conscience, is incompatible with freedom. No free government, or the blessings of liberty, can be preserved to any people but by a firm adherence to justice, moderation, temperance, frugality, and virtue; and by a frequent recurrence to fundamental principles. - Patrick Henry

A man who has nothing which he is willing to fight for, nothing which he cares about more than he does his own personal safety, is a miserable creature who has no chance of being free, unless made and kept so by the exertions of better men than himself. - John Stuart Mill

Experience hath shewn, that Mankind are more disposed to suffer, while Evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the Forms to which they are accustomed. - The Declaration of Independence

Anti-gun laws are enforced at gunpoint.

All Men are created equal, [and] they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, among these are Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness... - In Congress, July 4, 1776. A Declaration by the Representatives of the United States of America, In General Congress Assembled.

Better a sovereign in squalor than a slave in splendor. - Dresden James

Life, liberty, and property do not exist because men have made laws. On the contrary, it was the fact that life, liberty, and property existed beforehand that caused men to make laws in the first place. - Frederic Bastiat

History teaches us that man learns nothing from history. - Henry David Thoreau

All men are, by nature, free and independent, and have certain inalienable rights, among which are those of enjoying and defending life and liberty, acquiring, possessing, and protecting property, and seeking and obtaining happiness and safety. - The Constitution of the State of Ohio, Article I, Bill of Rights, §1 Inalienable Rights

Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other. - John Adams

An unarmed man can only flee from evil, and evil is not overcome by fleeing from it. - Col. Jeff Cooper

The rights of man come not from the generosity of the state but from the hand of God. - John F. Kennedy

Government's function is to obey orders, not orginate them. - Mark Twain

Those who beat their swords into plowshares will plow for those who don't. - Anonymous

Virtue, morality, and religion. This is the armor, my friend, and this alone that renders us invincible. These are the tactics we should study. If we lose these, we are conquered. - Patrick Henry

Air,Land&Sea
January 22, 2006, 09:10 PM
Does a chicken have lips? I'll post'em later on.

Gifted
January 22, 2006, 09:34 PM
I like my sig line. Got it from someone on a thread like this.

geekWithA.45
January 23, 2006, 12:01 AM
Those of us who DO study history seem doomed to watch those who don't repeat it.

-unknown.

xd9fan
January 23, 2006, 12:16 AM
check out
http://freedomkeys.com/vigil.htm

Declaration Day
January 23, 2006, 12:18 AM
An appeaser is one who feeds a crocodile, hoping it will eat him last

-Winston Churchill

Biker
January 23, 2006, 12:19 AM
I have a Tat on my right shoulder. It says:

'You Can't Enslave A Free Man
You Can Only Kill Him'

That about sums it up for me...
Biker

KriegHund
January 23, 2006, 12:20 AM
Read my signature.

Air,Land&Sea
January 23, 2006, 12:31 AM
"The strength of the Constitution lies entirely in the determination of each citizen to defend it. Only if every citizen feels duty bound to do his share in this defense are the Constitutional Rights secure." Albert Einstein

"Those who expect to reap the blessings of freedom must, like men, undergo the fatigue of supporting it." Thomas Paine

"Liberty means responsibility. That is why most men dread it." George Bernard Shaw

"There is but one straight course, and that is to seek truth and pursue it steadily." George Washington

"A society of sheep must, in time, beget a government of wolves." Bertrand deJouvenal

"A politician thinks of the next election - a statesman, of the next generation." James Freeman Clarke

"Bad officials are elected by good citizens who do not vote." George Jean Nathan

"The Constitution was made to guard the people against the dangers of good intentions." Daniel Webster

"Just because you do not take an interest in politics doesn't mean that politics won't take an interest in you." Pericles

They flatter the people so that they may betray them.

Evil always comes to humanity disguised as good.

"When a citizen gives his suffrage to a man of known immorality he abuses his trust; he sacrifices not only his neighbor, he betrays the interest of his country." Noah Webster

"The deterioration of every government begins with the decay of the principles on which it was founded." Charles Louis DeSecondat

Political correctness is the oppression of the majority by a few.

"You cannot strengthen the weak by weakening the strong. You cannot help the wage earner by pulling down the wage payer. You cannot help the poor by destroying the rich. You cannot help men permanently by doing for them what they could and should do for themselves." Abraham Lincoln

"If I knew a man was coming to my house with the conscious design of doing me good, I should run for my life." Thoreau

"Get all the fools on your side and you can be elected to anything." Frank Dane

"Democracy is a device that ensures we shall be governed no better than we deserve." George Bernard Shaw

"One of the penalties for refusing to participate in politics is that you end up being governed by your inferiors." Plato

"Few men have the virtue to withstand the highest bidder." George Washington

"It is far better to be alone than to be in bad company." George Washington

The government is run by those who show up.

"The penalty good men pay for indifference to public affairs is to be ruled by evil men." Plato

A free society is one where it's safe to be unpopular.

"The US Constitution poses no threat to our system of government." Joseph Sobran

"Give light and The People will find their own way." Carl McGee

One man with courage makes a majority.

"Nothing just happens in politics. If something happens you can be sure it was planned that way." FDR

"America is, essentially, a conservative nation on most issues. Liberalism is an attempt to change the nation's culture more than an attempt to accurately represent it." Mac Johnson

"Any 20 year old who isn't a liberal doesn't have a heart and any 40 year old who isn't a conservative doesn't have a brain." Winston Churchill

"It does not take a majority to prevail... but rather an irate, tireless minority keen on setting brushfires of freedom in the minds of men." Samuel Adams

"To live in the presence of great truths and eternal laws, to be led by permanent ideals - that is what keeps a man patient when the world ignores him and calm and unspoiled when the world praises him." Honore de Balzac

"The death of Democracy is not likely to be an assassination from ambush. It will be a slow extinction from apathy, indifference and undernourishment." Robert M. Hutchins

"Science may have found a cure for most evils, but it has found no remedy for the worst of them all - the apathy of human beings." Helen Keller

"Is it ignorance or apathy? I don't know and I don't care." Jimmy Buffett.

"A life spent making mistakes is not only more honorable, but more useful than a life spent doing nothing." George Bernard Shaw

el44vaquero
January 23, 2006, 12:35 AM
Good one biker.

It's better to die standing than to live kneeling. --unknown

xd9fan
January 23, 2006, 12:36 AM
I have a Tat on my right shoulder. It says:

'You Can't Enslave A Free Man
You Can Only Kill Him'

That about sums it up for me...
Biker

oh very cool......
The new U.S. nickel has the word "liberty" on the front, the signature style is the exact copy of Jefferson's handwriting.....how he wrote the word 'Liberty'.
Ever since I saw that I knew that was the tat I was looking for. It will be on my Deltoid in a few months. :cool: (my first)

Nitrogen
January 23, 2006, 12:43 AM
"You know why we have the Second Amendment? In case the goverment
decides to ignore the first one."
--Rush Limbaugh, 1993

(and I *HATE* Rush Limbaugh.)

sm
January 23, 2006, 01:41 AM
http://www.thefiringline.com/forums/showthread.php?t=175906&highlight=Quotes

http://www.thefiringline.com/forums/showthread.php?t=23925&highlight=Quotes

http://www.thefiringline.com/forums/showthread.php?t=31612&highlight=Quotes

http://www.thefiringline.com/forums/showthread.php?t=40226&highlight=Quotes

http://www.thefiringline.com/forums/showthread.php?t=57207&highlight=Quotes

Solo
January 23, 2006, 02:07 AM
Good one biker.

It's better to die standing than to live kneeling. --unknown
Pancho Villa, I believe.

rick_reno
January 23, 2006, 02:30 AM
"If this were a dictatorship, it would be a heck of a lot easier - so long as I'm the dictator." -George W. Bush, Dec. 19, 2000

palerider1
January 23, 2006, 02:33 AM
"Ask not what your country can do for you, but what you can do for your country"

John F. Kennedy

so many people are takers and we need more givers:) i'd rather be a die hard american than a die hard complainer

slzy
January 23, 2006, 02:35 AM
not exactly patriotic,butmoving perhaps. queen elizabeth the first,speaking to the fleet before sailing to meet the armada is supposed to have said;i know i have the weak and frail body of a woman. but i have the heart and stomach of a king. and a king of england at that!

beerslurpy
January 23, 2006, 02:51 AM
The sheer ponderousness of the panel’s opinion—the mountain of verbiage it must deploy to explain away these fourteen short words of constitutional text—refutes its thesis far more convincingly than anything I might say.

The panel’s labored effort to smother the Second Amendment by sheer body weight has all the grace of a sumo wrestler trying to kill a rattlesnake by sitting on it—and is just as likely to succeed.

You know, that plus his dissent in Ramirez-Lopez have convinced me that Kozinski really NEEDS to be put on the supreme court. Possibly more than Janice Rogers Brown. Why? He has a view of American rights that the founders would have been proud of. He is one of the most brilliant writers I have ever encountered. And certainly not least of all, he has had his opinions tested against the best minds of the left for decades. This is the sort of trial by fire that gave us Thomas and Scalia.

I am amazed that CA has produced so many outstanding libertarian and conservative jurists.

Basura Blanca
January 23, 2006, 04:20 AM
Look no further than the Founders for deep wisdom:

"Of all the enemies of public liberty, war is perhaps the most to be dreaded, because it comprises and develops the germ of every other. War is the parent of armies. From these proceed debts and taxes. And armies, debts and taxes are the known instruments for bringing the many under the dominion of the few. . . . No nation could preserve its freedom in the midst of continual warfare." - James Madison

Kinda fitting in its relation to current events.

Double Naught Spy
January 23, 2006, 04:35 AM
Speak softly and carry a big stick; you will go far. Teddy Roosevelt

McCall911, your quote isn't by an Australian dentist, but by Peter Ferrara, an associate professor of law at the George Mason University School of Law, published in National Review in 2001.

McCall911
January 23, 2006, 06:57 AM
McCall911, your quote isn't by an Australian dentist, but by Peter Ferrara, an associate professor of law at the George Mason University School of Law, published in National Review in 2001.

:D

Oh, well...
Imagine that! Getting bum info from the internet!

:rolleyes:

Thanks for the heads-up.

robert garner
January 23, 2006, 08:43 AM
Extremism in the defense of Liberty is no vice,
And moderation in the persuit of justice is no virtue.
Sen. Barry Goldwater


Solo I would attribute
Its better to die standing than to live kneeling.
to: Emiliano Zapata

Camp David
January 23, 2006, 10:10 AM
"I won't be wronged, I won't be insulted, I won't be laid a hand upon. I don't do these things to other people and I require the same from them."
The Shootist: John Wayne
August 1976

Biker
January 23, 2006, 10:32 AM
One of my favorites, Camp David.
Biker

Crimson
January 23, 2006, 06:41 PM
"I don't believe I what you're saying but I'll defend to the death your right to say"

I have no idea who said this, but I'm surprised no one's said it yet.

And Yes I do have the Atlantic separating me from you guys.
And it dosen't make it any less true.

Stevie-Ray
January 23, 2006, 10:16 PM
"Recession is when your neighbor loses his job. Depression is when you lose yours. And recovery is when Jimmy Carter loses his.".........Ronald Reagan

CAnnoneer
January 23, 2006, 11:38 PM
"A coward dies a thousand deaths. The brave tastes of death but once." Julius Caesar

"The price of freedom is death." Fremen proverb

mnrivrat
January 24, 2006, 02:08 AM
To preserve liberty, it is essential that the whole body of people always possess arms, and be taught alike, especially when young, how to use them..."
-- Richard Henry Lee, 1787

The Constitution preserves the advantage of being armed,which Americans possess over the people of almost every other nation...(where) the Governments are afraid to trust the people with arms.

James Madison

The Federalist Papers" #46

"Contemplate the mangled bodies of your countrymen, and then say, 'What should be the reward of such sacrifices?' ... If ye love wealth better than liberty, the tranquility of servitude than the animating contest of freedom, go from us in peace. We ask not your counsels or arms. Crouch down and lick the hands which feed you. May your chains sit lightly upon you, and may posterity forget that ye were our countrymen!" --Samuel Adams

"No free man shall ever be debarred the use of arms." ~Thomas Jefferson, 1776

"The said Constitution shall never be construed to authorize Congress to prevent the people of the United States who are peaceable citizens from keeping their own arms." ~Samuel Adams, 1788

As Thomas Paine put it in 1775, "Arms discourage and keep the invader and plunderer in awe, and preserve order in the world as well as property Horrid mischief would ensue were (the law-abiding) deprived of the use of them."

Air,Land&Sea
January 24, 2006, 03:22 AM
"Those who see their lives as spoiled and wasted crave equality and fraternity more than they do freedom. If they clamor for freedom, it is but freedom to establish equality and uniformity. The passion for equality is partly a passion for anonymity: to be one thread of the many which make up a tunic; one thread not distinguishable from the others. No one can then point us out, measure us against others and expose our inferiority." Eric Hoffer

1911 guy
January 24, 2006, 10:31 AM
You all have posted the better ones I've heard or read. Maybe a couple more.

Better to die on your feet than live on your knees.

A democracy is three wolves and a sheep discussing what to have for dinner. A republic is the sheep having a voice in the matter.

All that is required for evil to prevail is for good men to do nothing.

War is bad, but some things are worse.

In giving your life in a just and worthy cause, you leave a legacy of greatness and thus achieve immortality.

Sorry about no authors, I just remember the gist of them when I hear them.

Stevie-Ray
January 25, 2006, 12:17 AM
"The trouble with our liberal friends is not that they're ignorant; it's just that they know so much that isn't so."..........Ronald Reagan

"When you see all that rhetorical smoke billowing up from the Democrats, well, ladies and gentlemen, I'd follow the example of their nominee [Bill! Clinton]: don't inhale.".............Ronald Reagan

"Government's view of the economy could be summed up in a few short phrases: If it moves, tax it. If it keeps moving, regulate it. And if it stops moving, subsidize it." ......................Ronald Reagan

nucstl1
January 25, 2006, 12:44 PM
You don't win a war by dying for your country. You win a war by making some poor bastard die for his. - G Patton.

RaggedClaws
January 25, 2006, 02:37 PM
"I don't believe in what you're saying but I'll defend to the death your right to say it"

I have no idea who said this, but I'm surprised no one's said it yet.
I believe that quote is attributed to Voltaire (Francois-Marie Arouet). There are so many good quotes from him, like...

"A witty saying proves nothing" :)

DRZinn
January 26, 2006, 03:40 PM
I am amazed that CA has produced so many outstanding libertarian and conservative jurists.Think of it as a forge, where opinions are strengthened by the fight against them.

"A free people [claim] their rights as derived from the laws of nature, and not as the gift of their chief magistrate." -- Thomas Jefferson (Rights of British America, 1774)

Remember democracy never lasts long. It soon wastes, exhausts, and murders itself. There never was a democracy yet that did not commit suicide.
-- John Adams (letter to John Taylor, 15 April 1814)

"It is the invariable habit of bureaucracies, at all times and everywhere, to assume that every citizen is a criminal. Their one apparent purpose, pursued with a relentless and furious diligence, is to convert the assumption into a fact. They hunt endlessly for proofs, and, when proofs are lacking, for mere suspicions. The moment they become aware of a definite citizen, John Doe, seeking what is right under the law, they begin searching feverishly for an excuse for withholding it from him."
-Henry Louis Mencken

"The sacred rights of mankind are not to be rummaged for, among old parchments, or musty records. They are written, as with a sun beam, in the whole volume of human nature, by the hand of the divinity itself; and can never be erased or obscured by mortal power." -- Alexander Hamilton (The Farmer Refuted, 23 February 1775)

It will be of little avail to the people, that the laws are made by men of their own choice, if the laws be so voluminous that they cannot be read, or so incoherent that they cannot be understood; if they be repealed or revised before they are promulgated, or undergo such incessant changes that no man, who knows what the law is to-day, can guess what it will be tomorrow." -- Alexander Hamilton and James Madison (Federalist No. 62, 1788)

"I cannot undertake to lay my finger on that article of the Constitution which granted a right to Congress of expending, on objects of benevolence, the money of their constituents...." --James Madison

"[A] wise and frugal government...shall restrain men from injuring one another, shall leave them otherwise free to regulate their own pursuits of industry and improvement, and shall not take from the mouth of labor the bread it has earned. This is the sum of good government." --Thomas Jefferson

Of all tyrannies, a tyranny exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive. It may be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies. The robber baron's cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity may at some point be satiated; but those who torment us for our own good will torment us without end, for they do so with the approval of their own conscience. — C. S. LEWIS

Among the many misdeeds of the British rule in India, history will look upon the act of depriving a whole nation of arms, as the blackest. — Mahatma Gandhi

I am free, no matter what rules surround me. If I find them tolerable, I tolerate them; if I find them too obnoxious, I break them. I am free because I know that I alone am morally responsible for everything I do. -- Robert A. Heinlein

"Contemplate the mangled bodies of your countrymen, and then say, 'What should be the reward of such sacrifices?' Bid us and our posterity bow the knee, supplicate the friendship, and plough, and sow, and reap, to glut the avarice of the men who have let loose on us the dogs of war to riot in our blood and hunt us from the face of the earth? If ye love wealth better than liberty, the tranquility of servitude than the animating contest of freedom, go from us in peace. We ask not your counsels or arms. Crouch down and lick the hands which feed you. May your chains sit lightly upon you, and may posterity forget that ye were our countrymen!" --Samuel Adams

But if they, who say it lays a foundation for rebellion, mean that it may occasion civil wars, or intestine broils, to tell the people they are absolved from obedience when illegal attempts are made upon their liberties or properties, and may oppose the unlawful violence of those who were their magistrates, when they invade their properties contrary to the trust put in them; and that therefore this doctrine is not to be allowed, being so destructive to the peace of the world: they may as well say, upon the same ground, that honest men may not oppose robbers or pirates, because this may occasion disorder or bloodshed. If any mischief come in such cases, it is not to be charged upon him who defends his own right, but on him that invades his neighbours. If the innocent honest man must quietly quit all he has, for peace sake, to him who will lay violent hands upon it, I desire it may be considered, what a kind of peace there will be in the world, which consists only in violence and rapine; and which is to be maintained only for the benefit of robbers and oppressors. -- John Locke, Sec 228, Second Treatise of Civil Government

"If this were a dictatorship, it would be a heck of a lot easier - so long as I'm the dictator." -George W. Bush, Dec. 19, 2000

"If the personal freedoms guaranteed by the Constitution inhibit the government's ability to govern the people, we should look to limit those guarantees." -President Bill Clinton, August 12, 1993

PAX, where are you?

el44vaquero
January 26, 2006, 05:09 PM
When I think this country is starting to slip, I always like to look back at our roots. To quote Charlie Daniels, "Our lady may have stumbled, but she ain't never fell."

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