"The only ends for which governments are constituted, and obedience rendered to them, are the obtaining of justice and protection; and they who cannot provide for both give the people a right of taking such ways as best please themselves, in order to their own safety."
Algernon Sidney
(1622-1683) English statesman, writer, Whig leader
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Does this quote preclude the extortion of money from the "people" by our government and then spending the country into bankruptcy. Our current economic mess was definitly a bipartisan effort.
 -- jim k, Austin.Tx     
    Given that our government has embarked on an agenda of ruination of the American nation, we have come to a time when a return to Constitutional values must be initiated by whatever means necessary. Both sides are puppets of the Federal Reserve and its owners, and the strings must be cut.
     -- J Carlton, Calgary     
    "The Constitution is not an instrument for the government to restrain the people, it is an instrument for the people to restrain the Government." (Patrick Henry) "Governments are the servants, not the masters of the people." - "How little do my country men know what precious blessings they are in possession of and which NO other people on earth enjoy . . . ." (Thomas Jefferson) "It is the duty of the patriot to protect his country from his government." (Thomas Paine) "When in the Course of human events it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature's God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation. 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" (Declaration of independence) = the de jure America's support of the English statesman.
     -- Mike, Norwalk     
    The mantra of the sovereign individual. Pretty succinct.
     -- E Archer, NYC     
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