"That 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."
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Quotes like this remind me that the Libertarian party is the only party available today.
 -- Anonymous     
    Says it all in a short amount of time.
     -- warren, olathe     
    Great quote. Unfortunately the Libertarian party has no desire to protect our country or its borders.
     -- helorat, Milton     
    While defining this nation's original birthing concept, it is today as dead in Alabama as it is in the rest of the States, including the Union thereof.
     -- Mike, Norwalk     
    We as modern day Patriots must teach our young and remind the old of the deadly consequence of passiveity. Stand up and fight against the "king" just as Jefferson and all the Founders did. Failure to do so will surely result in the loss of our "great experiment".
     -- Ron, Raleigh     
     -- Anonymous      
    Eloquent in its simplicity, directness, and truth.
     -- Ken, Allyn, WA     
    This passage did not stop the Northern states from their 'agression' -- it won't stop today's usurpers either -- it is war whether we like it or not.
     -- E Archer, NYC     
    Do the politicians believe this?
     -- Victor, Southern Utah     
    The American Experiment came about by watering the liberty tree with the blood of tyrants. I wonder if it can ever be restarted...
     -- J Carlton, Calgary     
    Nice words but I get stopped for not wearing my motorcycle helmet in Alabama just like anywhere else so that seems to beg the question what does the statement mean in concrete terms. When was the staement written and what effect did it have during segregation. Talk like this is certainly cheap enough!
     -- Waffler, Smith     
    Waff, read the last part of the quote, or have someone read it to you.
     -- jim k, austin     
    Waff, cars, horses and now helmets. Give it a rest will ya?
     -- Anon     
    If ever a time should come, when vain and aspiring men shall possess the highest seats in Government, our country will stand in need of its experienced patriots to prevent its ruin. ~ Samuel Adams
     -- J Carlton, Calgary     
    Our federal government is overly energetic in creating new laws; it's as if they dismiss the whole of the US Consitution.
     -- Nancy, OH     
    Too bad there is only one politician in office who actually lives and votes by the Constitution. Would be nice if we could place a collar, which causes a choking sensation when the wearer lies, on each and every politician before s/he takes his/her oath of office and make them wear it until they leave office. and Immediately remove them from office if the collar goes off, even once Maybe then we'd get Constitutional government again.
     -- Windy, Bellingham, WA     
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