"No man's life, liberty or property are safe
while the legislature is in session."
Judge Gideon J. Tucker
(1826-1899) Judge, journalist, US Secretary of State
New York, c. 1866, as reported in David Friedman, The Machinery of Freedom (La Salle: Open Court, 1989), p. 146.
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too true, too true
 -- Mike, Norwalk     
    A Chicago judge said during a Federal Investigation of Chicago corruption that anyone who cooperates with the Feds is the lowest of the low. To some extent public policy is always against personal or private policy. But as long as there is more than one of us we will have public policy.
     -- Waffler, Smith, Arkansas     
    With laws in place for the seizure of property and liberty on the thinnest of pretenses by the Federal Government, I'd say the Judge knows of what he speaks. Sometimes despotism comes from the legislative branch.
     -- J Carlton, Calgary     
    I find these quotes very depressing, probably because of the truth in them, can't we mix them up with some that speak of our strengths and how we have persevered too?
     -- Paula, Grand Rapids, MI     
    The truth is depressing -- that is why no one wants to hear it. Instead of waiting for someone else to sugar coat reality, how about doing something about the corruption? Flag waving does little but say 'we are the best' without actually living up to our responsibilities.
     -- E Archer, NYC     
    Thanks for your feedback, Paula. It is a challenge to find quotes every day, year after year. Perhaps you can help by telling us what you consider 'our' strengths to be and in what we have persevered? Cheers.
     -- Editor, Liberty Quotes     
    The quote your published today by Judge Gideon Tucker, "No man's life, liberty or property are safe while the legislature is in session," was actually by Benjamin Franklin, who lived from 1706-1790. Tucker wasn't even born until 1826. THIS IS OUTRIGHT PLAGIARISM! mgriff@everestkc.net
     -- Marge Griff, Kansas City MO     
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     -- warren, olathe      
    Doesn't matter who said it. Its been attributed to a few people including Mark Twain. Fact is, it's as true today as it was...whenever.
     -- J Carlton     
    If it doesn't matter whose quote it is, why bother naming anyone? Just show the words anonymously. I think it does matter
     -- Jack, Green, OH     
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