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"I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will faithfully execute the office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States." --- President's Oath, US Constitution

"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." --- 2nd amendment to the Constitution

"The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized." -- 4th amendment to the Constitution

"The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people." --- 10th amendment to the Constitution

"The Senate of the United States shall be composed of two Senators from each State, elected by the people thereof, for six years; and each Senator shall have one vote." --- 17th amendment to the Constitution (REPEAL THIS!)

"We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all 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. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security." --- Declaration of Independence

“It is not everyone who asketh that deserveth charity; all however, are worth of the inquiry or the deserving may suffer.” --- George Washington

"Government is not reason; it is not eloquence; it is force. Like fire, it is a dangerous servant and a fearful master." --- George Washington

"If the freedom of speech is taken away then dumb and silent we may be led, like sheep to the slaughter." --- George Washington

"Guard against the impostures of pretended patriotism." --- George Washington

"Always vote for principle, though you may vote alone, and you may cherish the sweetest reflection that your vote is never lost." --- John Adams

"The moment the idea is admitted into society that property is not as sacred as the laws of God, and there is not a force of law and public justice to protect it, anarchy and tyranny commence." --- John Adams

‎"Government is instituted for the common good; for the protection, safety, prosperity, and happiness of the people; and not for profit, honor, or private interest of any one man, family, or class of men; therefore, the people alone have an incontestable, unalienable, and indefeasible right to institute government; and to reform, alter, or totally change the same, when their protection, safety, prosperity, and happiness require it." --- John Adams

"The colonies would gladly have borne the little tax on tea and other matters had it not been that England took away from the colonies their money, which created unemployment and dissatisfaction. The inability of the colonists to get power to issue their own money permanently out of the hands of George III and the international bankers was the prime reason for the Revolutionary War." --- Benjamin Franklin

"The U. S. Constitution doesn’t guarantee happiness, only the pursuit of it. You have to catch up with it yourself." --- Benjamin Franklin

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

"Man will ultimately be governed by God or by tyrants." --- Benjamin Franklin

"I observed in different countries, that the more public provisions were made for the poor, the less they provided for themselves, and of course became poorer. And, on the contrary, the less was done for them, the more they did for themselves, and became richer." --- Benjamin Franklin

"They who would give up an essential liberty for temporary security, deserve neither liberty or security." --- Benjamin Franklin

"I see in the near future a crisis approaching that unnerves me and causes me to tremble for the safety of my country. [...] 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 all wealth is aggregated in a few hands and the Republic is destroyed." --- Abraham Lincoln

"How many legs does a dog have if you call the tail a leg? Four. Calling a tail a leg doesn't make it a leg." --- Abraham Lincoln

‎"We the people are the rightful masters of both Congress and the courts, not to overthrow the Constitution but to overthrow the men who pervert the Constitution." --- Abraham Lincoln

"You cannot build character and courage by taking away a man's initiative and independence." --- Abraham Lincoln

"With some, the word liberty may mean for each man to do as he pleases with himself and the product of his labor; while with others [liberty] may mean for some men to do as they please with other men and the product of other men’s labor." --- Abraham Lincoln

"Those who deny freedom to others deserve it not themselves, and under a just God, can not long retain it." --- Abraham Lincoln

"The end of democracy and the defeat of the American Revolution will occur when government falls into the hands of lending institutions and monied incorporations." --- Thomas Jefferson

"A little rebellion now and then is a good thing." --- Thomas Jefferson

"The will of the people is the only legitimate foundation of any government, and to protect its free expression should be our first object." --- Thomas Jefferson

"The beauty of the second amendment is that it will not be needed until they try to take it." --- Thomas Jefferson

"The laying of taxes is the power, and the general welfare the purpose for which the power is to be exercised. They [Congress] are not to lay taxes ad libitum for any purpose they please; but only to pay the debts or provide for the welfare of the Union. In like manner, they are not to do anything they please to provide for the general welfare, but only to lay taxes for that purpose." --- Thomas Jefferson

"If a law is unjust, a man is not only right to disobey it, he is obligated to do so." --- Thomas Jefferson

"If the American people ever allow private banks to control the issue of their currency, first by inflation, then by deflation, the banks [...] will deprive the people of all property until their children wake up homeless on the continent their fathers conquered [...] The issuing power should be taken from the banks and restored to the people, to whom it properly belongs." --- Thomas Jefferson

"We must not let our rulers load us with perpetual debt. We must make our election between economy and liberty or profusion and servitude. If we run into such debt... [we will] have no time to think, no means of calling our miss-managers to account... till the bulk of society is reduced to be mere automatons of misery... And the fore-horse of this frightful team is public debt." --- Thomas Jefferson

"I place economy among the first and most important virtues and public debt as the great danger to be feared. To preserve our independence, we must not let our leaders load us with perpetual debt. We must make our choice between economy and liberty or profusion and servitude." --- Thomas Jefferson

"I wish it were possible to obtain a single amendment to our Constitution. I would be willing to depend on that alone for the reduction of the administration of our government; I mean an additional article taking from the Federal Government the power of borrowing. I now deny their power of making paper money or anything else a legal tender. I know that to pay all proper expenses within the year would, in case of war, be hard on us. But not so hard as ten wars instead of one. For wars could be reduced in that proportion; besides that the State governments would be free to lend their credit in borrowing quotas" --- Thomas Jefferson

"To compel a man to subsidize with his taxes the propagation of ideas which he disbelieves and abhors is sinful and tyrannical." --- Thomas Jefferson

"The two enemies of the people are criminals and government, so let us tie the second down with the chains of the constitution so the second will not become the legalized version of the first." --- Thomas Jefferson

"All the perplexities, confusion and distress in America arise, not from defects in their Constitution or Confederation, not from want of honor or virtue, so much as from the downright ignorance of the nature of coin, credit and circulation." --- Thomas Jefferson

"Men fight for freedom, then they begin to accumulate laws to take it away from themselves." --- Thomas Jefferson

"Whenever the people are well-informed, they can be trusted with their own government" --- Thomas Jefferson

"When the people fear their government, there is tyranny; when the government fears the people, there is liberty." --- Thomas Jefferson

"Democracy is a tumultuous sea. Timid men prefer the peaceful reign of tyranny." --- Thomas Jefferson

"All tyranny needs to gain a foothold is for people of good conscience to remain silent." --- Thomas Jefferson

"Cultivators of the earth are the most valuable citizens. They are the most vigorous, the most independent, the most virtuous and they are tied to their country and wedded to its liberty and interests by the most lasting bands." --- Thomas Jefferson

"But if the debt should once again be swelled to a formidable size, its entire discharge will be despaired of, and we shall be committed to the English career of debt, corruption, and rottenness, closing with revolution." --- Thomas Jefferson

"Experience hath shown, that even under the best forms [of government] those entrusted with power have, in time, and by slow operations, perverted it into tyranny." --- Thomas Jefferson

"Can the liberties of our nation be thought to be secure when we have removed their only firm basis, a conviction in the minds of people that these liberties are the gift of God?" --- Thomas Jefferson

"The natural progress of things is for liberty to yield, and government to gain ground." --- Thomas Jefferson

"Dependence begets subservience and venality, suffocates the germ of virtue, and prepares fit tools for the designs of ambition." --- Thomas Jefferson

"Agriculture, manufacture, commerce, and navigation, the four pillars of our prosperity, are then most thriving when left most free to individual enterprise." --- Thomas Jefferson

"If People let the Government decide what foods they eat and what medicines they take, their bodies will soon be in as sorry a state as the souls who live under tyranny." --- Thomas Jefferson

"I predict future happiness for Americans if they can prevent the government from wasting the labors of the people under the pretense of taking care of them." --- Thomas Jefferson

"The legitimate powers of government extend to such acts only as are injurious to others. But it does me no injury for my neighbor to say there are twenty gods or no god. It neither picks my pocket, nor breaks my leg." --- Thomas Jefferson

"I would rather be exposed to the inconveniences attending too much liberty than to those attending too small a degree of it." --- Thomas Jefferson

"Honesty is the first chapter of the book of wisdom." --- Thomas Jefferson

"I consider the people who constitute a society or a nation as the source of all authority in that nation." --- Thomas Jefferson

"I think we have more machinery of government than is necessary, too many parasites living on the labor of the industrious." --- Thomas Jefferson

"Every man, and every body of men, invested with power, are ever disposed to increase it, and to acquire a superiority over everything that stands in their way. This disposition, which is implanted in human nature, will operate in the federal legislature to lessen and ultimately to subvert the states' authority." --- Robert Yates

“The Utopian schemes of leveling [redistribution of the wealth] and a community of goods [central ownership of the means of production and distribution], are as visionary and impractical as those which vest all property in the Crown. [These ideas] are arbitrary, despotic, and, in our government, UNCONSTITUTIONAL.” --- Samuel Adams

"Those who are combined to destroy the people's liberties, practice every art to poison their morals" --- Samuel Adams

"Who can deny but the president general will be a king to all intents and purposes, and one of the most dangerous kind too; a king elected to command a standing army.... The President-general, who is to be our king after this government is established, is vested with powers exceeding those of the most despotic monarch we know of in modern times." --- Benjamin Workman, Anti-Federalist

"I tried all in my power to avert this war. I saw it coming, for twelve years I worked night and day to prevent it, but I could not. The North was mad and blind; it would not let us govern ourselves, and so the war came, and now it must go on unless you acknowledge our right to self government. We are not fighting for slavery. We are fighting for Independence." --- President Jefferson Davis, CSA

"If tyranny and oppression come to this land, it will be in the guise of fighting a foreign enemy." --- James Madison

"If Congress can employ money indefinitely to the general welfare, and are the sole and supreme judges of the general welfare, they may take the care of religion into their own hands; THEY MAY APPOINT TEACHERS IN EVERY STATE, COUNTY AND PARISH AND PAY THEM OUT OF THEIR PUBLIC TREASURY; THEY MAY TAKE INTO THEIR OWN HANDS THE EDUCATION OF THE CHILDREN, ESTABLISHING IN LIKE MANNER SCHOOLS THROUGHOUT THE UNION; they may assume the provision of the poor; they may undertake the regulation of all roads other than post-roads; in short, every thing, from the highest object of state legislation down to the most minute object of police, would be thrown under the power of Congress.... Were the power of Congress to be established in the latitude contended for, it would subvert the very foundations, and transmute the very nature of the limited Government established by the people of America." --- James Madison

"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

"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 to-morrow. Law is defined to be a rule of action; but how can that be a rule, which is little known, and less fixed?" --- James Madison

‎"Democracies have ever been spectacles of turbulence and contention, have ever been found incompatible with personal security and the rights of property, and have in general been as short in their lives as they have been violent in their deaths." --- James Madison

"The happy Union of these States is a wonder; their Constitution a miracle; their example the hope of Liberty throughout the world. Woe to the ambition that would meditate the destruction of either!" --- James Madison

"[America] has, in the lapse of nearly half a century, without a single exception, respected the independence of other nations while asserting and maintaining her own. She has abstained from interference in the concerns of others, even when conflict has been for principles to which she clings, as to the last vital drop that visits the heart. She has seen that probably for centuries to come, all the contests of that Aceldama the European world, will be contests of inveterate power, and emerging right. Wherever the standard of freedom and Independence has been or shall be unfurled, there will her heart, her benedictions and her prayers be. But she goes not abroad, in search of monsters to destroy." --- John Quincy Adams

"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 ruined." --- Patrick Henry

"Everyone carries a part of society on his shoulders; no one is relieved of his share of responsibility by others. And no one can find a safe way out for himself if society is sweeping towards destruction. Therefore everyone, in his own interests, must thrust himself vigorously into the intellectual battle." --- Ludwig von Mises

"None can stand aside with unconcern; the interests of everyone hang on the result. Whether he chooses or not, every man is drawn into the great historical struggle, the decisive battle into which our epoch has plunged us." --- Ludwig von Mises

"There is no means of avoiding a final collapse of a boom brought about by credit expansion. The alternative is only whether the crisis should come sooner as a result of a voluntary abandonment of further credit expansion, or later as a final and total catastrophe of the currency system involved." --- Ludwig Von Mises

"Whoever wishes peace among peoples must fight statism." --- Ludwig von Mises

"If all that Americans want is security, they can go to prison. They'll have enough to eat, a bed and a roof over their heads. But if an American wants to preserve his dignity and his equality as a human being, he must not bow his neck to any dictatorial government." --- Dwight D. Eisenhower

"In the councils of government, we must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military industrial complex. The potential for the disastrous rise of misplaced power exists and will persist. We must never let the weight of this combination endanger our liberties or democratic processes. We should take nothing for granted. Only an alert and knowledgeable citizenry can compel the proper meshing of the huge industrial and military machinery of defence with our peaceful methods and goals, so that security and liberty may prosper together." --- President Dwight D. Eisenhower (see

"John Maynard Keynes stated that 'In the long run we are all dead.' This flippant remark fails to take into account that we are already in the "long run" phase of--and suffering from--several terrible economic policies." --- Henry Hazlitt

"By this means [printing money] government may secretly and unobserved, confiscate the wealth of the people, and not one man in a million will detect the theft." --- John Maynard Keynes

"Find out just what the people will submit to and you have found out the exact amount of injustice and wrong which will be imposed upon them; and these will continue until they are resisted with either words or blows, or with both. The limits of tyrants are prescribed by the endurance of those whom they oppress." --- Frederick Douglass

"Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired signifies, in the final sense, a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are cold and are not clothed. This world in arms is not ... spending money alone. It is spending the sweat of its laborers, the genius of its scientists, the hopes of its children. The cost of one modern heavy bomber is this: a modern brick school in more than 30 cities. It is two electric power plants, each serving a town of 60,000 population. It is two fine, fully equipped hospitals. It is some fifty miles of concrete pavement. We pay for a single fighter plane with a half million bushels of wheat. We pay for a single destroyer with new homes that could have housed more than 8,000 people." --- Dwight D. Eisenhower

"The right to swing my fist ends where the other man's nose begins." --- Oliver Wendell Holmes

"Law is a negative concept. The purpose of the law is to prevent injustice from reigning. In fact, it is injustice, instead of justice, that has an existence of its own. Justice is achieved only when injustice is absent. But when the law, by means of its necessary agent, force, imposes upon men a regulation of labor, a method or a subject of education, a religious faith or creed — then the law is no longer negative; it acts positively upon people. It substitutes the will of the legislator for their own wills; the initiative of the legislator for their own initiatives. When this happens, the people no longer need to discuss, to compare, to plan ahead; the law does all this for them. Intelligence becomes a useless prop for the people; they cease to be men; they lose their personality, their liberty, their property. Try to imagine a regulation of labor imposed by force that is not a violation of liberty; a transfer of wealth imposed by force that is not a violation of property. If you cannot reconcile these contradictions, then you must conclude that the law cannot organize labor and industry without organizing injustice." --- Frédéric Bastiat

"Whenever you put your faith in big government for any reason, sooner or later you wind up an apologist for mass murder." --- Karl Hess

"If the US government was a family, they would be making $58,000 a year, they spend $75,000 a year, and are $327,000 in credit card debt. They are currently proposing BIG spending cuts to reduce their spending to $72,000 a year. These are actual proportions of the federal budget and debt, reduced to a level that we can understand." --- Dave Ramsey

"There is no week nor day nor hour when tyranny may not enter upon this country, if the people lose their roughness and spirit of defiance." --- Walt Whitman

"Socialism is a philosophy of failure, the creed of ignorance, and the gospel of envy." --- Winston Churchill

"The inherent vice of capitalism is the unequal sharing of the blessings. The inherent blessing of socialism is the equal sharing of misery." --- Winston Churchill

"The best argument against democracy is a five-minute conversation with the average voter." --- Winston Churchill

‎"Liberty will not descend to a people, a people must raise themselves to liberty; it is a blessing that must be earned before it can be enjoyed." --- Charles Caleb Colton

"There has to be this pioneer, the individual who has the courage, the ambition to overcome the obstacles that always develop when one tries to do something worthwhile, especially when it is new and different." --- Alfred B. Sloan

"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." --- R. J. Rummel

"There can be no security where there is fear." --- Felix Frankfurter, US Court Supreme Justice

"The real truth of the matter is, as you and I know, that a financial element in the large centers has owned the government of the U.S. since the days of Andrew Jackson." --- President Franklin D. Roosevelt

"The real rulers in Washington are invisible and exercise power from behind the scenes." --- Felix Frankfurter, US Court Supreme Justice

"I am a most unhappy man. I have unwittingly ruined my country. A great industrial nation is controlled by its system of credit. Our system of credit is concentrated. The growth of the nation, therefore, and all our activities are in the hands of a few men. We have come to be one of the worst ruled, one of the most completely controlled and dominated Governments in the civilized world no longer a Government by free opinion, 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 dominant men." --- President Woodrow Wilson, a few years after signing the Federal Reserve Act in 1913

"If the people only understood the rank injustice of our money and banking system, there would be a revolution before morning." --- President Andrew Jackson

"Everyone should do all in his power to collect and disseminate the truth." --- Robert E. Lee

"The future clash will be between those who seek freedom from the state and those who seek salvation through the state, those who see the state as the enemy and those who somehow think the state can protect the masses from the ruling class. As libertarians, our dream is more utopian and our ideals are loftier, but our understanding of reality is also much more grounded and justified. Voluntarism and the market are far more humane and productive than any coercive alternative. The state is the enemy of the little guy." --- Anthony Gregory

"We can always print more money." --- Alan Greenspan

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

"When a well-packaged web of lies has been sold gradually to the masses over generations, the truth will seem utterly preposterous and its speaker a raving lunatic." --- Dresden James

"There is no instance of a country having benefited from a prolonged warfare." --- Sun Tzu

"The way of a superior man is threefold: Virtuous, he is free from anxieties; wise, he is free from perplexities; bold, he is free from fear." --- Confucius

"A thing moderately good is not so good as it ought to be. Moderation in temper is always a virtue; but moderation in principle is always a vice." --- Thomas Paine

"It is the duty of every patriot to protect his country from its government." --- Thomas Paine

"The hottest place in Hell is reserved for those who remain neutral in times of great moral conflict." --- Martin Luther King, Jr.

"Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere." --- Martin Luther King, Jr.

"I submit that an individual who breaks a law that conscience tells him is unjust, and who willingly accepts the penalty of imprisonment in order to arouse the conscience of the community over its injustice, is in reality expressing the highest respect for the law." --- Martin Luther King, Jr.

"The more corrupt the state, the more numerous the laws." --- Tacitus

"First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win." --- Ghandhi

"Since this is an era when many people are concerned about 'fairness' and 'social justice,' what is your 'fair share' of what someone else has worked for?" --- Thomas Sowell

"Four things have almost invariably followed the imposition of controls to keep prices below the level they would reach under supply and demand in a free market: (1) increased use of the product or service whose price is controlled, (2) Reduced supply of the same product or service, (3) quality deterioration, (4) black markets." --- Thomas Sowell

"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." --- Thomas Sowell

"No one will really understand politics until they understand that politicians are not trying to solve our problems. They are trying to solve their own problems — of which getting elected and re-elected are number one and number two. Whatever is number three is far behind." --- Thomas Sowell

"Life has many good things. The problem is that most of these good things can be gotten only by sacrificing other good things. We all recognize this in our daily lives. It is only in politics that this simple, common sense fact is routinely ignored." --- Thomas Sowell

"It is hard to imagine a more stupid or more dangerous way of making decisions than by putting those decisions in the hands of people who pay no price for being wrong." --- Thomas Sowell

"Much of the social history of the Western world, over the past three decades, has been a history of replacing what worked with what sounded good." --- Thomas Sowell

"One of the consequences of such notions as ‘entitlements’ is that people who have contributed nothing to society feel that society owes them something, apparently just for being nice enough to grace us with their presence." --- Thomas Sowell

"Weighing benefits against costs is the way most people make decisions -- and the way most businesses make decisions, if they want to stay in business. Only in government is any benefit, however small, considered to be worth any cost, however large." --- Thomas Sowell

"In short, killing the goose that lays the golden egg is a viable political strategy, so long as the goose does not die before the next election and no one traces the politicians’ fingerprints on the murder weapon." --- Thomas Sowell

"When fascism comes to America, it will be wrapped in the flag and carrying the cross." --- Sinclair Lewis

"It is the highest impertinence and presumption, therefore, in kings and ministers to pretend to watch over the economy of private people, and to restrain their expense. They are themselves, always, and without any exception, the greatest spendthrifts in the society." --- Adam Smith

"Little else is requisite to carry a state to the highest degree of opulence from the lowest barbarism but peace, easy taxes, and a tolerable administration of justice: all the rest being brought about by the natural course of things." --- Adam Smith

"Egalitarians create the most dangerous inequality of all -- inequality of power. Allowing politicians to determine what all other human beings will be allowed to earn is one of the most reckless gambles imaginable. Like the income tax, it may start off being applied only to the rich but it will inevitably reach us all." --- Thomas Sowell

"And because it may be too great a temptation to human frailty, apt to grasp at power, for the same persons, who have the power of making laws, to have also in their hands the power to execute them, whereby they may exempt themselves from obedience to the laws they make, and suit the law, both in its making, and execution, to their own private advantage." --- John Locke

"America is great because she is good. If America ceases to be good, America will cease to be great." --- Alexis de Tocqueville

"The American Republic will endure until the day Congress discovers that it can bribe the public with the public's money." --- Alexis De Tocqueville

"Every central government worships uniformity: uniformity relieves it from inquiry into an infinity of details." --- Alexis de Tocqueville

"The hardest thing to explain is the glaringly evident which everybody had decided not to see." --- Ayn Rand

"Potentially, a government is the most dangerous threat to man's rights: it holds a legal monopoly on the use of physical force against legally disarmed victims." --- Ayn Rand

“A great civilization is not conquered from without until it has destroyed itself from within.” --- Ariel Durant

"If you're going to insist that we not foist our laws upon you, we must reciprocally insist you not foist your 'freedom' on us in return." --- Trevor Tidwell

“Americans used to roar like lions for liberty; now we bleat like sheep for security.” --- Norman Vincent Peale

"Socialism, like the ancient ideas from which it springs, confuses the distinction between government and society. As a result of this, every time we object to a thing being done by government, the socialists conclude that we object to its being done at all." --- Frederick Bastiat

"It is at all times necessary, and more particularly so during the progress of a revolution, and until right ideas confirm themselves by habit, that we frequently refresh our patriotism by reference to first principles. It is by tracing things to their origin that we learn to understand them: and it is by keeping that line and that origin always in view that we never forget them." --- Thomas Paine

"It is necessary that we frequently refresh our patriotism by reference to first principles. It is by tracing things to their origin that we learn to understand them: and it is by keeping that line and that origin always in view that we never forget them." --- Thomas Paine

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

"Freedom isn't free. It shouldn't be a bragging point that, 'Oh I don't get involved in politics,' as if that makes you somehow cleaner. No, that makes you derelict of duty in a republic. Liars and panderers in government would have a much harder time of it if so many didn't people didn't insist on their right to remain ignorant and blindly agreeable." --- Bill Mahar

"The problem of social organization is how to set up an arrangement under which greed will do the least harm, capitalism is that kind of a system." --- Milton Friedman

"If the only motive was to help people who could not afford education, advocates of government involvement would have simply proposed tuition subsidies." --- Milton Friedman

"It mattereth not whether the principle is popular or unpopular; I will always maintain a true principle even if I stand alone in it." --- Joseph Smith

"We engage in the election the same as in any other principle; you are to vote for good men, and if you do not do this it is a sin; to vote for wicked men, it would be sin. Choose the good and refuse the evil. Men of false principles have preyed upon us like wolves upon helpless lambs. [...] Let every man use his liberties according to the Constitution. Don’t fear man or devil; electioneer with all people, male and female, and exhort them to do the thing that is right. We want a President of the United States, not a party President, but a President of the whole people [... and ...] have a President who will maintain every man in his rights." --- Hyrum Smith

"We have endless wars overseas and endless welfare at home. We can't afford that anymore; we have to change those policies." --- Ron Paul

"The agitator proselytizes, he does not write the laws.The purpose of the agitator is to change people's opinion so that great and significant social change can be achieved... We all need to become agitators for liberty, else we end up in a permanent state of slavery." --- Ron Paul

"They use [the term Isolationist] all the time, and they do that to be very negative. There are a few people in the country who say, 'Well, that's good. I sort of like that term.' I don't particularly like the term because I do not think I am an isolationist at all. Because along with the advice of not getting involved in entangling alliances and into the internal affairs of other countries, the Founders said – and it's permissible under the Constitution – to be friends with people, trade with people, communicate with them, and get along with them – but stay out of the military alliances. The irony is they accuse us, who would like to be less interventionist and keep our troops at home, of being isolationist. Yet if you look at the results of the policy of the last six years, we find that we are more isolated than ever before. So I claim the policy of those who charge us with being isolationists is really diplomatic isolationism. They are not willing to talk to Syria. They are not willing to talk to Iran. They are not willing to trade with people that might have questionable people in charge. We have literally isolated ourselves. We have less friends and more enemies than ever before. So in a way, it's one of the unintended consequences of their charges. They are the true isolationists, I believe." --- Ron Paul

"We need to surrender our attachments to government in every aspect of life. This goes for the right and the left. We need to give up our dependencies on the state, materially and spiritually. We should not look to the state to provide for us financially or psychologically… Let us understand that it is far better to live in an imperfect world than it is to live in a despotic world ruled by people who lord it over us through force and intimidation." --- Ron Paul

"Another term for preventive war is aggressive war - starting wars because someday somebody might do something to us. That is not part of the American tradition." --- Ron Paul

"We do need an absolutely thorough audit of the Federal Reserve." --- Ron Paul

"What is the purpose of government and political action? I think the main purpose of our Constitution and political action should be the preservation of liberty." --- Ron Paul

"It would be nice if we had a lot more respect for the rule of law." --- Ron Paul

"You ought to have a right to work hard, and you ought to have a right to keep what you earn." --- Ron Paul

"I have accepted Jesus Christ as my personal Savior, and I endeavor every day to follow Him in all I do and in every position I advocate." --- Ron Paul

"Patriotism never demands obedience to the state but rather obedience to the principles of liberty." --- Ron Paul

"If debt is the problem, how is more debt the solution?" --- Ron Paul

"To believe in liberty is not to believe in any particular social and economic outcome. It is to trust in the spontaneous order that emerges when the state does not intervene in human volition and human cooperation. It permits people to work out their problems for themselves, build lives for themselves, take risks and accept responsibility for the results, and make their own decisions." --- Ron Paul

"Of course, the ideology of welfare and socialism is easier to sell since it's based on the majority getting something for free. But when the people recognize that's only a temporary situation they will become more open to the suggestion that freedom offers more, once the bankruptcy of statism is acknowledged. Such a condition is becoming more apparent every day." --- Ron Paul

"I have never seen more Senators express discontent with their jobs....I think the major cause is that, deep down in our hearts, we have been accomplices in doing something terrible and unforgiveable to our wonderful country. Deep down in our heart, we know that we have given our children a legacy of bankruptcy. We have defrauded our country to get ourselves elected." --- John Danforth (R-Mo)

‎"Capitalism is a conspiracy to drive profits down to zero." --- Jeffrey Tucker

"The education of all children, from the moment that they can get along without a mother's care, shall be in state institutions at state expense." --- Karl Marx

“The meaning of peace is the absence of opposition to socialism.” --- Karl Marx

"Until and unless you discover that money is the root of all good, you ask for your own destruction. When money ceases to become the means by which men deal with one another, then men become the tools of other men. Blood, whips and guns--or dollars. Take your choice--there is no other." --- Ayn Rand, Atlas Shrugged

“I want people to be able to get what they need to live: enough food, a place to live, and an education for their children. Government does not provide these as well as private charities and businesses.” --- Davy Crockett

"As long as judges tinker with the Constitution to 'do what the people want,' instead of what the document actually commands, politicians who pick and confirm new federal judges will naturally want only those who agree with them politically" --- Justice Antonin Scalia

"[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

"As we all learned from the sorry experience of state-sanctioned bureaucracies in Eastern Europe and the Soviet Union, decentralization [in education] is crucial to both freedom and excellence." --- Jerry Brown

"Freedom is a fragile thing and is never more than one generation away from extinction. It is not ours by inheritance; it must be fought for and defended constantly by each generation, for it comes only once to a people. Those who have known freedom and lost it, have never known it again." --- Ronald Reagan

"I believe the very heart and soul of conservatism is libertarianism." --- Ronald Reagan

"Man is not free unless government is limited." --- Ronald Reagan

"Government isn't the solution. Government is the problem" --- Ronald Reagan

"And if you don't [stop the government's power-grabbing] and if I don't do it, one of these days you and I are going to spend our sunset years telling our children, and our children's children, what it once was like in America when men were free." --- Ronald Reagan

"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

"The most terrifying words in the English language are: I'm from the government and I'm here to help." --- Ronald Reagan

"I don't believe in a government that protects us from ourselves." --- Ronald Regan

"The problem with socialism is sooner or later you run out of the other guy's money." --- Margaret Thatcher

"Still, if you will not fight for the right when you can easily win without bloodshed, if you will not fight when your victory will be sure and not so costly, you may come to the moment when you will have to fight with all the odds against you and only a precarious chance for survival. There may be a worse case. You may have to fight when there is no chance of victory, because it is better to perish than to live as slaves." -- Sir Winston Churchill

"The price of greatness is responsibility." --- Winston Churchill

"The best defense against usurpatory government is an assertive citizenry." --- William F. Buckley

"A free country possesses the moral right, though not the duty, to invade a foreign dictatorship. A dictatorship that violates the rights of its own citizens is an outlaw and can claim no rights." --- Ayn Rand.

"America's exceptionalism is rooted in individualism and the free flow of competing ideas, not in the genius of a monarch." --- Ed Emery

"Americans are so enamored of equality that they would rather be equal in slavery than unequal in freedom." --- Alexis de Tocquevile

"First they came for the Communists, and I didn’t speak up, because I wasn’t a Communist. Then they came for the Jews, and I didn’t speak up, because I wasn’t a Jew. Then they came for the Catholics, and I didn’t speak up, because I was a Protestant. Then they came for me, and by that time there was no one left to speak up for me." --- Rev. Martin Niemoller

"We are living in a sick Society filled with people who would not directly steal from their neighbors but who are willing to demand that the government do it for them." --- William Comer

"The reasonable man adapts himself to the world; the unreasonable man persists in trying to adapt the world to himself. Therefore all progress depends on the unreasonable man." --- George Bernard Shaw

"Only those who dare to fail greatly can ever achieve greatly." --- Robert Francis Kennedy

"Universal education is the most corroding and disintegrating poison that liberalism has ever invented for its own destruction." --- Adolf Hitler

"Democracy is the road to socialism." --- Karl Marx

"What good fortune for governments that the people do not think." --- Adolf Hitler

"So to all the naysayers out there, I say this: Don’t ever bet against the American people. Because we don’t take the easy way out. That’s not how we deal with challenge. That’s not how we build this country into the greatest economic power the world has ever known. We did it by summoning the courage to persevere, and adapt, and push this country forward, inch by inch." --- Barack Obama (Courage he says; with a safety tax-funded net?)

"We need to pass ObamaCare so that the public can find out what’s in the bill" --- Nancy Pelosi

"No challenge is more urgent. No debate is more important. We can either settle for a country where a shrinking number of people do really well, while a growing number of Americans barely get by. Or we can restore an economy where everyone gets a fair shot, everyone does their fair share and everyone plays by the same set of rules," --- Barack Obama, 2012

"We are socialists, we are enemies of today’s capitalistic economic system for the exploitation of the economically weak, with its unfair salaries, with its unseemly evaluation of a human being according to wealth and property instead of responsibility and performance, and we are determined to destroy this system under all conditions." --- Adolf Hitler, 1927

"Conformity is the jailer of freedom and the enemy of growth." --- John F. Kennedy

"A nation that is afraid to let its people judge the truth and falsehood in an open market is a nation that is afraid of its people." --- John F. Kennedy

"The Proper role of Government is to Protect Equal Rights, Not Provide Equal Things."

"America needs fewer laws, not more prisons." --- James Bovard

"'Emergencies' have always been the pretext on which the safeguards of individual liberty have been eroded." --- F. A. Hayek

"Only where we ourselves are responsible for our own interests and are free to sacrifice them has our decision moral value. We are neither entitled to be unselfish at someone else's expense nor is there any merit in being unselfish if we have no choice. The members of a society who in all respects are made to do the good thing have no title to praise." --- F. A. Hayek

"Truth and trust are the means by which civilization holds off barbarism. When those in power intend to abuse that power, they look to an outside enemy in order to trick their people into pressing the means to their own abuse into the hands of the abusers. If an enemy does not exist, it will be manufactured, and all manner of horrors attributed to it, so that anyone who demands truth and accountability is set upon as being unpatriotic. And so that, when someone said to be an enemy is found, there will be few questions asked about guilt or innocence." --- Mercedes Lackey

"A foolish faith in authority is the worst enemy of truth." --- Albert Einstein

"The world is a dangerous place not because of those who do evil, but because of those who look on and do nothing." --- Albert Einstein

"Everything that is really great and inspiring is created by the individual who can labor in freedom." --- Albert Einstein

"War against a foreign country only happens when the moneyed classes think they are going to profit from it." --- George Orwell

"In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act." --- George Orwell

"Laws are like a spider web, in that it snares the poor and weak while the rich and powerful break them." --- Solon, ancient Greece

"It's not that I support Obama and his collectivist agenda. It's that I don't support his collectivist agenda or YOUR collectivist agenda. In fact, in principle I don't see a shred of difference between the agenda of the 'R' megalomaniacal parasites and the 'D' megalomaniacal parasites. If you're a loyal Republican, you're not actually against wealth redistribution, or nationalizing industry, or trashing the Constitution--you just want YOUR narcissistic crooks to be the ones doing it." --- Larken Rose

"What difference does it make to the dead, the orphans and the homeless, whether the mad destruction is wrought under the name of totalitarianism or the holy name of liberty or democracy?" --- Gandhi

"The Roots of Violence: Wealth without work, Pleasure without conscience, Knowledge without character, Commerce without morality, Science without humanity, Worship without sacrifice, Politics without principles." --- Ghandi

"For as their laws and their governments were established by the voice of the people, and they who chose evil were more numerous than they who chose good, therefore they were ripening for destruction, for the laws had become corrupted." --- Book of Mormon, Helaman, Chapter 5

"I still say there are conditions when entrance into war is justifiable and when a Christian nation may, without violation of principles, take up arms against an opposing force. Such a condition is not however a real or fancied insult given from one nation to another. When this occurs proper reparation may be made by mutual understanding, apology or by arbitration. Neither is there justifiable cause found in a desire or even a need for territorial expansion. The taking of territory implies the subjugation of the weak by the strong which is the application of the jungle law. Nor is war justified in the enforcement of a new order of government or even to impel others to a particular form of worship, however eternally true the principles of the enforced religion may be. There are however two conditions which may justify a truly Christian man to enter---mind you I say enter, not begin---a war. First an attempt to dominate and deprive another of his free agency. Second, loyalty to his government. Possibly there is a third, namely, defense of a weak nation that is being unjustly crushed by a strong, ruthless one." --- David O. McKay (Conference Report, 1942 Apr)

"But meddle not with any man for his religion: all governments ought to permit every man to enjoy his religion unmolested. No man is authorized to take away life in consequence of difference of religion, which all laws and governments ought to tolerate and protect, right or wrong. Every man has a natural, and, in our country, a constitutional right to be a false prophet, as well as a true prophet." --- Joseph Smith, Jr.

"There will be two great political parties in this country. One will be called the Republican, and the other the Democrat party. These two parties will go to war and out of these two parties will spring another party which will be the Independent American Party." --- Joseph Smith, Jr.

"The United States will spend her strength and means warring in foreign lands until other nations will say, "Let's divide up the lands of United States," then the people of the U.S. will unite and swear by the blood of their forefathers, that the land will not be divided." --- Joseph Smith, Jr.

"Even this nation will be on the verge of crumbling to pieces and tumbling to the ground and when the Constitution is on the brink of ruin this people will be the staff upon which the nation shall lean and they shall bear the Constitution away from the very verge of destruction." --- Joseph Smith, Jr.

"I am saying to you that to me the Constitution of the United States of America is just as much from my Heavenly Father as the Ten Commandments." --- George Albert Smith

"We were told by the prophet Joseph Smith, that the United States Government and people would undermine one principle of the Constitution after another, until its whole fabric would be torn away, and that it would become the duty of the Latter-day Saints and those in sympathy with them to rescue it from destruction, and to maintain and sustain the principles of human freedom for which our fathers fought and bled. We look for these things to come in quick succession." --- Erastus Snow

"Next to being one in worshiping God, there is nothing in this world which this Church should be more united than in upholding and defending the Constitution of the Unite States. If members of the Melchizedek Priesthood allow the U.S. Constitution to be destroyed they not only forfeit their rights to the Priesthood, but to a place in this highest degree of glory as well." -- David O. McKay

"Latter-day Saints are not obedient because they are compelled to be obedient. They are obedient because they know certain spiritual truths and have decided, as an expression of their own individual agency, to obey the commandments of God. ... We are not obedient because we are blind, we are obedient because we can see." --- Boyd K. Packer

"Would I encourage free schools by taxation? No!" --- Brigham Young

"I am opposed to free education as much as I am opposed to taking property from one man and giving it to another who knows not how to take care of it... I do not believe in allowing my charities to go through the hands of robbers who pocket nine-tenths themselves and give one tenth to the poor... Would I encourage free schools by taxation? No!" --- Brigham Young

"We had to pay our own schoolteachers, raise our own bread and earn our own clothing, or go without; there was no other choice. We did it then, and we are able to do the same today. I want to enlist the sympathies of the ladies among the Latter-day Saints, to see what we can do for ourselves with regard to schooling our children. Do not say you cannot school them, for you can... I understand that the other night there was a school meeting in one of the wards of this city, and a part there--a poor miserable apostate--said, 'We want a free school, and we want to have the name of establishing the first free school in Utah.' To call a person a poor miserable apostate may seem like a harsh word; but what shall we call a man who talks about free schools and who would have all the people taxed to support them, and yet would take his rifle and threaten to shoot the man who had the collection of the ordinary light taxes levied in this Territory--taxes which are lighter than any levied in any other portion of the country?" --- Brigham Young

"It is altogether an infatuation to think that a change in government will mend the circumstances, or increase the resources, when the whole world is groaning under corruption." --- John Taylor

“Besides the preaching of the Gospel, we have another mission, namely, the perpetuation of the free agency of man and the maintenance of liberty, freedom, and the rights of man.” --- John Taylor

"But if [laws] are violative of the constitution, then the compact between the rulers and the ruled is broken and the obligation ceases to be binding." --- John Taylor

"These secret combinations were spoken of by Joseph Smith, years and years ago. I have heard him time and time again tell about them, and he stated that when these things began to take place the liberties of this nation would begin to be bartered away." --- John Taylor

"Next to being one in worshipping God there is nothing in this world upon which the Church should be more united that in upholding and defending the Constitution of the United States" --- David O. McKay

"I believe American manhood is too valuable to be sacrificed on foreign soil for foreign issues and causes." --- J. Reuben Clark

"We again warn our people in America of the constantly increasing threat against our inspired Constitution and our free institutions set up under it. The same political tenets and philosophies that have brought war and terror in other parts of the world are at work amongst us in America. The proponents thereof are seeking to undermine our own form of government and to set up instead one of the forms of dictatorship now flourishing in other lands. These revolutionists are using a technique that is as old as the human race — a fervid but false solicitude for the unfortunate over whom they thus gain mastery, and then enslave them. They suit their approaches to the particular group they seek to deceive . . . Latter-day Saints cannot be true to their faith and lend aid, encouragement, or sympathy to any of these false philosophies. They will prove snares to their feet." --- J. Reuben Clark

"Your generation, like the greatest generation, will need to protect righteousness and religious FREEDOM.... We need to JOIN WITH GOOD PEOPLE, including those OF ALL FAITHS, especially those who feel accountable to God for their conduct.... The Church is neutral in political contests and does not support candidates or parties. We do expect, however, that our members will be fully engaged in supporting the candidates and parties of their CHOICE BASED ON PRINCIPLES that will protect GOOD government. Our doctrine is clear: those who are 'HONEST' and 'WISE…should be sought for diligently' (D&C 98:10). 'When the wicked rule the people mourn' (D&C 98:9)... The PRICE OF FREEDOM has been too high and the consequences of non-participation are too great for any citizen to feel that they can ignore their responsibility." --- Elder Quentin L. Cook of the Quorum of the Twelve (CES Young Adult Devotional, March 4, 2012).

"A man must not only stand for the right principles, but he must also fight for them. Those who fight for principle can be proud of the friends they’ve gained and the enemies they’ve earned." --- Ezra Taft Benson

"Never before has the land of Zion appeared so vulnerable to so powerful an enemy as the Americas do at present. And our vulnerability is directly attributable to our loss of active faith in the God of this land, who has decreed that we must worship Him or be swept off. Too many Americans have lost sight of the truth that God is our source of freedom—the Lawgiver—and that personal righteousness is the most important essential to preserving our freedom. So, I say with all the energy of my soul that unless we as citizens of this nation forsake our sins, political and otherwise, and return to the fundamental principles of Christianity and of constitutional government, we will lose our political liberties, our free institutions, and will stand in jeopardy before God." --- Ezra Taft Benson

"How is it possible to cut out the various welfare-state features of our government which have already fastened themselves like cancer cells onto the body politic? Isn’t drastic surgery already necessary, and can it be performed without endangering the patient? In answer, it is obvious that drastic measures ARE called for. No half-way or compromise actions will suffice. Like all surgery, it will not be without discomfort and perhaps even some scar tissue for a long time to come. But it must be done if the patient is to be saved, and it can be done without undue risk." --- Ezra Taft Benson

"There are some who would have us believe that the final test of the rightness of a course is whether everyone is united on it. But [we] do not seek unity, simply for unity’s sake. The unity for which the Lord prayed is the only unity which God honors – that is, 'unity in righteousness,' unity in principle. We cannot compromise good and evil in an attempt to have peace and unity .. any more than the Lord could have compromised with Satan in order to avoid the War in Heaven. Think of the impact for good we could have if we all united behind the prophets in preserving our Constitution." --- Ezra Taft Benson

"Rebellion against tyranny is a righteous cause." --- Ezra Taft Benson

"Stand up for freedom, no matter what the cost. Stand up and be counted. It can help to save your soul-and maybe your country." --- Ezra Taft Benson

"And so four great civic standards for the faithful Saints are, first, the Constitution ordained by God through wise men; second, the scriptures, particularly the Book of Mormon; third, the inspired counsel of the prophets, especially the living president, and fourth, the guidance of the Holy Spirit." --- Ezra Taft Benson

"In the war in heaven the devil advocated absolute eternal security at the sacrifice of our freedom. Although there is nothing more desirable to a Latter-day Saint than eternal security in God's presence [...] Today the devil as a wolf in a supposedly new suit of sheep's clothing is enticing some men, both in and out of the Church, to parrot his line by advocating planned government guaranteed security programs at the expense of our liberties. Latter-day Saints should be reminded how and why they voted as they did in heaven. If some have decided to change their vote they should repent—throw their support on the side of freedom—and cease promoting this subversion." --- Ezra Taft Benson

"The Sole object and only legitimate end of government is to protect the citizen in the enjoyment of life, liberty, and property, and when the government assumes other functions it is usurpation and oppression." --- Ezra Taft Benson

"A man must not only stand for the right principles, but he must also fight for them. Those who fight for principle can be proud of the friends they’ve gained and the enemies they’ve earned." --- Ezra Taft Benson

"No people can maintain freedom unless their political institutions are founded upon faith in God and belief in the existence of moral law. God has endowed men with certain unalienable rights and no legislature and no majority, however great, may morally limit or destroy these. The function of government is to protect life, liberty and property and anything more or less than this is usurpation and oppression." --- Ezra Taft Benson

"I testify that wickedness is rapidly expanding in every segment of our society. It is more highly organized, more cleverly disguised, and more powerfully promoted than ever before. Secret combinations lusting for power, gain, and glory are flourishing. A secret combination that seeks to overthrow the freedom of all lands, nations, and countries is increasing its evil influence and control over America and the entire world." --- Ezra Taft Benson

"To fully understand this gift of agency and its inestimable worth, it is imperative that we understand that God's chief way of acting is by persuasion and patience and long-suffering, not by coercion and stark confrontation. He acts by gentle solicitation and by sweet enticement. He always acts with unfailing respect for the freedom and independence that we possess. He wants to help us and pleads for the chance to assist us, but he will not do so in violation of our agency. He loves us too much to do that, and doing so would run counter to his divine character." ---Howard W. Hunter

"Satan’s plan, you will recall, was to make everybody virtuous, not vicious, and in that he was the model and archetype of those monarchs of old who insisted on abolishing all sin by edict." --- Hugh Nibley

"The great lesson of the Book of Mormon is never to seek a military solution." --- Hugh Nibley

"We are a warlike people, easily distracted from our assignment of preparing for the coming of the Lord. When enemies rise up, we commit vast resources to the fabrication of gods of stone and steel … and depend on them for protection and deliverance. When threatened, we become anti-enemy instead of pro-kingdom of God; we train a man in the art of war and call him a patriot, thus, in the manner of Satan’s counterfeit of true patriotism, perverting the Savior’s teaching: 'Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you;'(Matthew 5:44-45) … What are we to fear when the Lord is with us?" --- Spencer W. Kimball

"God provided that in this land of liberty, our political allegiance shall run not to individuals, that is, to government officials, no matter how great or how small they may be. Under His plan our allegiance and the only allegiance we owe as citizens or denizens of the United States, runs to our inspired Constitution which God Himself set up. So runs the oath of office of those who participate in government. A certain loyalty we do owe to the office which a man holds, but even here we owe, just by reason of our citizenship, no loyalty to the man himself. In other countries it is to the individual that allegiance runs. This principle of allegiance to the Constitution is basic to our freedom. It is one of the great principles that distinguishes this 'land of liberty' from other countries." --- J. Reuben Clark, Jr.

"I wish to say with all the earnestness I possess that when you see any curtailment of these liberties I have named, when you see government invading any of these realms of freedom which we have under our Constitution, you will know that they are putting shackles on your liberty, and that tyranny is creeping upon you, no matter who curtails these liberties or who invades these realms, and no matter what the reason and excuse therefore may be." --- J. Reuben Clark, Jr.

"We again warn our people in America of the constantly increasing threat against our inspired Constitution and our free institutions set up under it. The same political tenets and philosophies that have brought war and terror in other parts of the world are at work amongst us in America. The proponents thereof are seeking to undermine our own form of government and to set up instead one of the forms of dictatorship now flourishing in other lands. These revolutionists are using a technique that is as old as the human race - a fervid but false solicitude for the unfortunate over whom they thus gain mastery, and then enslave them. They suit their approaches to the particular group they seek to deceive ... Latter-day Saints cannot be true to their faith and lend aid, encouragement, or sympathy to any of these false philosophies. They will prove snares to their feet." --- J. Reuben Clark, Jr.

“It is our firm conviction as a people that the stars and stripes will be waving triumphantly in the breeze, as a symbol of the greatness and stability of the United States of America, when the Lord comes. This nation was established to be the Lord’s base of operations in this final gospel dispensation. From it the gospel is to go to every other nation and people. The greater its influence among the nations of the world, the more rapidly the gospel spreads. But the Lord has told us that all nations, the United States included, shall cease to be when he comes” --- Bruce R. McConkie

"The inherent conflict between the precious religious freedom of the people and the legitimate regulatory responsibilities of the government is the central issue of religious freedom. The problems are not simple, and over the years the United States Supreme Court, which has the ultimate responsibility of interpreting the meaning of the lofty and general provisions of the Constitution, has struggled to identify principles that can guide its decisions when government action is claimed to violate someone’s free exercise of religion. As would be expected, many of the battles over the extent of religious freedom have involved government efforts to impose upon the practices of small groups like Jehovah’s Witnesses and Mormons. Recent experiences suggest adding Muslims to the category of threatened religious minorities. Unpopular minority religions are especially dependent upon a constitutional guarantee of free exercise of religion. We are fortunate to have such a guarantee in the United States, but many nations do not. The importance of that guarantee should make us ever diligent to defend it. And it is in need of being defended. During my lifetime I have seen a significant deterioration in the respect accorded to religion in our public life, and I believe that the vitality of religious freedom is in danger of being weakened accordingly." --- Dallin H. Oaks

“We are fast approaching that moment prophesied by Joseph Smith when he said: ‘Even this nation will be on the very verge of crumbling to pieces and tumbling to the ground, and when the Constitution is upon the brink of ruin, this people will be the staff upon which the nation shall lean, and they shall bear the Constitution away from the very verge of destruction” --- Ezra Taft Benson

‎"The people succumbed to the wiles of ambitious and scheming leaders who oppressed them with burdensome taxes, who lulled them with hollow promises, who countenanced and even encouraged loose and lascivious living. These evil schemers led the people into terrible wars that resulted in the death of millions and the final and total extinction of two great civilizations in two different eras." --- Gordon B. Hinckley

"The Constitution and the Bill of Rights from the keystone of our nation." --- Gordon B. Hinckley

"I counsel you, I urge you, I plead with you, never, so far as you have voice or influence, permit any departure from the principles of government on which this nation was founded, or any disregard of the freedoms which, by the inspiration of God our Father, were written into the Constitution of the United States." --- Heber J. Grant

"Do not think that all these usurpations, intimidations, and impositions are being done to us through inadvertency or mistake, the whole course is deliberately planned and carried out; its purpose is to destroy the Constitution and our Constitutional government." --- J. Reuben Clark

"Today the path to total dictatorship in the United States can be laid by strictly legal means, unseen and unheard by the Congress, the President, or the people. Outwardly, we have a Constitutional government. We have something within our government [...] representing another form of government [...] which believes our Constitution, is outmoded and is sure that it is the winning side [...] All the strange developments in foreign policy agreements may be traced to this group who are going to make us over to suit their pleasure." --- William E. Jenner, U.S. Senator, Indiana (R) (Speech on the Senate floor—February 23, 1954)

"[Satan] plans to destroy liberty and freedom [...] and to set up in place thereof the greatest, most widespread, and most complete tyranny that has ever oppressed men. He is working under such perfect disguise that many do not recognize either him or his methods." --- Heber J. Grant

"We know that we had our agency before this world was and that Lucifer attempted to take it from us. He had no confidence in the principle of agency or in us and argued for imposed salvation. He insisted that with his plan none would be lost, but he seemed not to recognize—or perhaps not to care—that in addition, none would be any wiser, any stronger, any more compassionate, or any more grateful if his plan were followed." --- Thomas S. Monson

"And behold, there was peace in all the land, insomuch that the Nephites did go into whatsoever part of the land they would, whether among the Nephites or the Lamanites. And it came to pass that the Lamanites did also go whithersoever they would, whether it were among the Lamanites or among the Nephites; and thus they did have free intercourse one with another, to buy and to sell, and to get gain, according to their desire. And it came to pass that they became exceedingly rich, both the Lamanites and the Nephites; and they did have an exceeding plenty of gold, and of silver, and of all manner of precious metals, both in the land south and in the land north." --- Helaman 6:7-9

"And now, verily I say unto you concerning the laws of the land, it is my will that my people should observe to do all things whatsoever I command them. And that law of the land which is constitutional, supporting that principle of freedom in maintaining rights and privileges, belongs to all mankind, and is justifiable before me. Therefore, I, the Lord, justify you, and your brethren of my church, in befriending that law which is the constitutional law of the land; And as pertaining to law of man, whatsoever is more or less than this, cometh of evil. I, the Lord God, make you free, therefore ye are free indeed; and the law also maketh you free." --- D&C 98:4-8

"We believe that no government can exist in peace, except such laws are framed and held inviolate as will secure to each individual the free exercise of conscience, the right and control of property, and the protection of life." --- D&C 134:2

“In the month of May 1843, several miles east of Nauvoo, the Nauvoo Legion was on parade and review, at the close of which Joseph Smith made some remarks upon our condition as a people and upon our future prospects, contrasting our present condition with our past trials and persecutions by the hands of our enemies; also upon the Constitution and government of the United States, stating that the time would come when the Constitution and government would hang by a brittle thread and would be ready to fall into other hands, but this people, the Latter-day Saints, will step forth and save it ... I, James Burgess, was present and testify to the above.” --- James Burgess

‎"The Prophet Joseph Smith saw the part the elders of Israel would play in this constitutional crisis. Will there be some of us who won’t care about saving the Constitution, others who will be blinded by the craftiness of men, and some who will knowingly be working to destroy it? He who has ears to hear and eyes to see can discern by the Spirit and through the words of God’s mouthpiece that our liberties are being taken." --- Ezra Taft Benson

"The Lord told the Prophet Joseph Smith there would be an attempt to overthrow the country by destroying the Constitution. Joseph Smith predicted that the time would come when the Constitution would hang, as it were, by a thread, and at that time ‘this people will step forth and save it from the threatened destruction’. It is my conviction that the elders of Israel, widely spread over the nation, will at that crucial time successfully rally the righteous of our country and provide the necessary balance of strength to save the institutions of constitutional government" --- Ezra Taft Benson

"I am sure that this revelation, brothers and sisters, pertains to this day and to this time. While our attention is attracted to foreign countries where there have been wars and where there are still wars, there are within the very borders of this... great republic those who would change our form of government and who would force upon us the same type of government that Lucifer advocated in the councils of heaven." --- Joseph L. Wirthlin

"Self-discipline has eroded and societies are left to try to maintain order and civility by compulsion. The lack of internal control by individuals breeds external control by governments." --- D. Todd Christofferson

"Reactions [to the economic recession] have focused on enacting more and stronger regulation. Perhaps that may dissuade some from unprincipled conduct, but others will simply get more creative in their circumvention. There could never be enough rules so finely crafted as to anticipate and cover every situation, and even if there were, enforcement would be impossibly expensive and burdensome. This approach leads to diminished freedom for everyone." --- D. Todd Christofferson

"Reactions [to the economic recession] have focused on enacting more and stronger regulation. [...] There could never be enough rules [...], and even if there were, enforcement would be impossibly expensive and burdensome. This approach leads to diminished freedom for everyone." --- D. Todd Christofferson

"In times of change, learners inherit the earth, while the learned find themselves beautifully equipped to deal with a world that no longer exists." --- Eric Hoffer

"Today, wanting someone else's money is called 'need,' wanting to keep your own money is called 'greed,' and 'compassion' is when politicians arrange for the transfer." --- Joe Sobran

"I believe that, just as there are universal physical laws that govern the universe, there are also universal moral laws that govern human behavior, that these moral laws include the proper use of coercive power, and that we would do well to live our lives in accordance with these laws. Those laws include that I have innate God-given coercive authority (or, perhaps, stewardship) over my body, over the fruits of my labors, over my children within reason as they mature to adulthood, to interact with others via mutual voluntary consent, and to defend this authority against others' aggression. Such principles as these form the basis for our understanding of the proper role of government. "Relatedly, I believe that genuine crime is a subset of genuine sin---crime is limited to those sins that involve infringements upon others' equal innate (God-given) rights. Crime justifies our use of the power of the sword, but only in defense against others' aggression, never in offense. Sin, including crime, justifies our use of the power of the word to try to help others to repent. "So, with respect to same-sex "marriage"... I believe that people have an innate right to form contractual relationships amongst themselves via mutual voluntary consent, whether formal or informal, whether complex or simple, whether written or verbal, whether social or economic, et cetera, and that we must respect such contractual rights. This would include the right of two same-sexed adults to form a contractual lifelong domestic partnership, although they don't have any right to compel the rest of us to call that relationship a "marriage," nor to compel us to give them our children to raise, et cetera. But our government has no right to both license and regulate such relationships, nor to dole out negotiable government-granted privileges to those involved in them. But, as long as our government insists upon doing so, then it may as well define marriage correctly." --- David Edward Garber

"I think Ben Bernanke is a student of monetary policy; he's doing as good a job as he thinks he can do. I'm not going to spend my time going after Ben Bernanke. I'm not going to spend my time focusing on the Federal Reserve." --- Mitt Romney

‎"Social Security is not a Ponzi scheme... Social Security has worked for 75 years pretty darn well. You guys have not taken advantage of Social Security; you contributed to it. It's a savings plan, a pension plan. There are no bad guys in Social Security, so I don't call it a Ponzi scheme." --- Mitt Romney

Cause and Cure of Inflation, by Henry Hazlitt

1. Inflation is an increase in the quantity of money and credit. Its chief consequence is soaring prices. Therefore inflation—if we misuse the term to mean the rising prices themselves—is caused solely by printing more money. For this the government’s monetary policies are entirely responsible.

2. The most frequent reason for printing more money is the existence of an unbalanced budget. Unbalanced budgets are caused by extravagant expenditures which the government is unwilling or unable to pay for by raising corresponding tax revenues. The excessive expenditures are mainly the result of government efforts to redistribute wealth and income—in short, to force the productive to support the unproductive. This erodes the working incentives of both the productive and the unproductive.

3. The causes of inflation are not, as so often said, “multiple and complex,” but simply the result of printing too much money. There is no such thing as “costpush” inflation. If, without an increase in the stock of money, wage or other costs are forced up, and producers try to pass these costs along by raising their selling prices, most of them will merely sell fewer goods. The result will be reduced output and loss of jobs. Higher costs can only be passed along in higher selling prices when consumers have more money to pay the higher prices.

4. Price controls cannot stop or slow down inflation. They always do harm. Price controls simply squeeze or wipe out profit margins, disrupt production, and lead to bottlenecks and shortages. All government price and wage control, or even “monitoring,” is merely an attempt by the politicians to shift the blame for inflation on to producers and sellers instead of their own monetary policies.

5. Prolonged inflation never “stimulates” the economy. On the contrary, it unbalances, disrupts, and misdirects production and employment. Unemployment is mainly caused by excessive wage rates in some industries, brought about either by extortionate union demands, by minimum wage laws (which keep teenagers and the unskilled out of jobs), or by prolonged and overgenerous unemployment insurance.

6. To avoid irreparable damage, the budget must be balanced at the earliest possible moment, and not in some sweet by-and-by. Balance must be brought about by slashing reckless spending, and not by increasing a tax burden that is already undermining incentives and production.

"I don't care about a "Strong America". It doesn't matter in the slightest. What I do want is a "Free America". Strength is only of interest when it is needed to protect freedom. We have exchanged freedom for strength, and that's a bad trade." --- Eric Wadsworth

"In a free country, the government fears the people. When the people begin to fear the government, their freedom is in jeopardy." --- Eric Wadsworth

"It is the duty of government to promote conditions in which its citizens will be the happiest and most productive. The legal status of "married" provides for certain benefits (paid for by society as a whole), to allow for the raising of the kind of family that is most likely to result in mentally healthy, stable, productive adult citizens in the next generation. Many believe that same-sex marriages do not have this result, therefore government should not require that society bear the financial burden of this lifestyle choice." --- Eric Wadsworth

"A robber is someone who forcefully seizes your earnings and spends them without your consent, often for things you do not condone. The government is an entity that forcefully seizes your earnings and spends them without your censent, often for things you do not condone." --- Eric Wadsworth

"I don't trust my government, because we have different goals. My goal is to use my brain and work hard to earn money that I can spend for my own benefit, for the benefit of my family, and for those who deserve my help. My government's goal is to take as much of my money as it can to fund wasteful, unnecessary, and often harmful government programs." --- Eric Wadsworth

"The guardian of a child is the parent, NOT the government. If there is credible witness that a child is in mortal peril due to a lousy parent, then the government can exercise its responsibility to protect the rights of the innocent. Deciding against... immunizing your kid does not constitute mortal peril." --- Eric Wadsworth

"The goal of the government is supposed to be to protect the people's freedoms. And the Constitution is to protect us from the government. But when the people let the government get away with ignoring the Constitution, you have the old "dog guarding the meat-shed" situation: the government becomes the greatest threat to your freedom." --- Eric Wadsworth

"The greatest threat to freedom in the United States of America is the people's trust in their government to take actions that are in their best interests." --- Eric Wadsworth

"People blame government deregulation for the financial crisis of 2007-2009. They are correct! What a powerful demonstration of the evils of government regulation. You don't have to deregulate if you don't regulate in the first place, but if you ever do regulate, deregulat as soon as possible to lessen the pain of getting back to a balanced state. 'Regulated Free Market' is an oxymoron." --- Eric Wadsworth

"Whenever Big Business crawls into bed with Big Government, the people get screwed." --- Eric Wadsworth

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