Read the Declaration, Constitution, and Bill of Rights
and try to visualize what it must have been like to be free!
God mend thine every flaw,
Confirm thy soul in self-control,
Thy liberty in law!"
Katherine Lee Bates,
America the Beautiful, 1895
"When all government, in little as in great things,
shall be drawn to Washington as the center of all power, it will
render powerless the checks provided of one government on another
and will become as venal and oppressive as the government from
which we separated."
Thomas Jefferson, 1821
"Concentrated power is not rendered harmless by the
good intentions of those who create it."
"Every word of the Constitution decides a question between power and
"Our peculiar security is in the possession of a written Constitution. Let us not make it a
blank paper by construction."
"If in the opinion of the People, the distribution or
modification of the Constitutional powers be in any way particular
wrong, let it be corrected by an amendment in the way which the
Constitution designates. But let there be no change by
usurpation; for though this, in one instance, may be the
instrument of good, it is the customary weapon by which free governments
are destroyed. The precedent must always greatly overbalance in
permanent evil any partial or transient benefit which the use can at any
George Washington, 1796 Farewell Address
"The Constitution as many of us have understood it, the
instrument that has meant so much to us, is gone. The guarantees
heretofore supposed to protect against arbitrary action have been
swept away. The powers of Congress have been so enlarged that now
no man can tell their limitations."
Mr. Justice James C.
McReynolds, 1935, U.S. Supreme Court (1914-1941).
The Declaration of Independence, July 4, 1776
Quotations Relevant to Liberty
"No one could make a greater mistake than he who did nothing because he could do only a little."
Those who expect to reap the blessings of freedom,
must undergo the fatigue of supporting it!
"In politics, nothing happens by accident. If it
happens at all, you can bet it was planned that way."
Franklin D. Roosevelt
"However beautiful the strategy, you should occasionally look at the
"The world is a dangerous place, not because of those who do evil, but
because of those who look on and do nothing."
"If everyone is thinking alike, someone isn't thinking."
General George C Patton
"The more corrupt the government, the greater the number of
"I am for government that is rigorously frugal and simple, and not for
one that multiplies offices to make partisans, that is to get votes, and by
every device increases the public debt under the guise of being a public
"As a result of the war, corporations have been enthroned, and an era of
corruption in high places will follow, and the money power of the country will endeavor
to prolong its reign by working upon the prejudices of the people until wealth
is aggregated into the hands of the few and the Republic is destroyed. "
Attributed to Abraham Lincoln, perhaps wrongly, but nonetheless it has come true!
"Freedom is never more than one generation away from
extinction -- we didn't pass it on to our children in the
blood-stream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for
them to do the same, or one day we will spend our sunset years
telling our children, and our children's children, what it was
like in the U.S. when men were free."
1950s when he was still "just" a film star.
"[I swear] I will support and defend the Constitution of
the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that
I will bear faith and allegiance to the same; that I take this
obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of
evasion; and that I will well and faithfully discharge the duties
of the office on which I am about to enter. So help me God."
Standard Form 61, Appointment Affidavits, the oath taken by
all new Federal employees.
"I know of no safe repository of the ultimate power of
society but the people. And if we think them not enlightened
enough, the remedy is not to take power from them, but to inform
them by education."
Thomas Jefferson, 1820.
"Confidence in rulers is everywhere the parent of
despotism -- free government is founded in jealousy, and not in
confidence; ... In questions of power then, let no more be heard
of confidence in man, but bind him down from mischief by the
chains of the Constitution."
Thomas Jefferson, 1798.
"Liberty is a rain forest, the welfare state is a zoo. In the rain
forest people may be eaten by lions, but in the zoo they are fed to the
Paraphrased from someone.
"A standing military force, with an overgrown Executive will not
long be safe companions to liberty. The means of defense against foreign danger
have been always the instruments of tyranny at home."
James Madison, 1787
"A great industrial nation is now controlled by
its system of credit. We are no longer a government by conviction and the vote
of the majority, but a government by the opinion and duress of a small group of
President Wilson, 1919 (note the Federal Reserve,
Income tax, and direct election of Senators were passed in 1913)
"You have no choice about the
necessity to integrate your observations, your experiences, your
knowledge into abstract ideas, i.e., into principles. Your only choice
is whether these principles are true or false, whether they represent
your conscious, rational convictions - or a grab-bag of notions snatched
at random, whose sources, validity, context and consequences you do not
know, notions which, more often that not, you would drop like a hot
potato if you knew."
Ayn Rand, "Philosophy: Who Needs It,"
Philosophy: Who Needs It
"A fear of weapons is a sign of retarded sexual and
Sigmund Freud, General Introduction to Psyhoanalysis
"The first lesson of economics is scarcity: There is
never enough of anything to fully satisfy all those who want it. The
first lesson of politics is to disregard the first lesson of economics."
"I have never understood why it is 'greed' to want to
keep the money you have earned but not greed to want to take somebody