"I want for our country enough laws to restrain me from injuring others,
so that these laws will also restrain others from injuring me.
I want enough government, with enough constitutional safeguards,
so that this necessary minimum of laws will be applied equitably to everybody,
and will be binding on the rulers as well as those ruled.
Beyond that I want neither laws nor government to be imposed on our people
as a means or with the excuse of protecting us from catching cold,
or of seeing that we raise the right kind of crops,
or of forcing us to live in the right kind of houses or neighborhoods,
or of compelling us to save money or to spend it,
or of telling us when or whether we can pray.
I do not want government or laws designed for
any other form of welfarism or paternalism,
based on the premise that government knows best
and can run our lives better than we can run them ourselves.
And my concept of freedom, and of its overwhelming importance,
is implicit in these aspirations and ideals."
Robert Welch (more quotes by Robert Welch or books by/about Robert Welch)
(1899-1985) Author, Founder of the John Birch Society
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