2021 September 17
"A man has honor if he holds himself to an ideal of conduct
though it is inconvenient, unprofitable, or dangerous to do so."
"One can ignore reality, but one cannot ignore the consequences of ignoring reality."
"The worst of all deceptions is self-deception."
2021 September 16
"Make men large and strong
and tyranny will bankrupt itself
in making shackles for them."
"In questions of power, then, let no more be said of confidence in man,
but bind him down from mischief by the chains of the Constitution."
"We should view our government the way we should a friendly, cuddly lion. Just because he’s friendly and cuddly shouldn’t blind us to the fact that he’s still got teeth and claws."
2021 September 15
"It may safely be received as an axiom in our political system, that
the state governments will in all possible contingencies afford complete
security against invasions of the public liberty by the national authority."
"Outside of the Constitution we have no legal authority more than
private citizens, and within it we have only so much as that instrument
gives us. This broad principle limits all our functions and applies
to all subjects."
"It is an injustice, a grave evil and a disturbance of the right order,
for a larger and higher organisation, to arrogate to itself functions
which can be performed efficiently by smaller and lower bodies."
2021 September 14
"The natural progress of things
is for liberty to yield
and government to gain ground."
"In such a strait the wisest may well be perplexed and the boldest staggered."
"Are we at last brought to such an humiliating and debasing degradation that we cannot be trusted with arms for our own defense? Where is the difference between having our arms under our own possession and under our own direction, and having them under the management of Congress? If our defense be the real object of having those arms, in whose hands can they be trusted with more propriety, or equal safety to us, as in our own hands?"
2021 September 13
"It is in vain, sir, to extenuate the matter.
Gentlemen may cry, Peace, Peace -- but there is no peace.
The war is actually begun! The next gale that sweeps
from the north will bring to our ears the clash of resounding arms!
Our brethren are already in the field! Why stand we here idle?
What is it that gentlemen wish? What would they have?
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!"
"We've witnessed a fire sale of American liberties at bargain basement prices, in return for the false promise of more security... The America being designed right now won't resemble the America we've been defending... The danger isn't that Big Brother may storm the castle gates. The danger is that Americans don't realize that he is already inside the castle walls."
"What chance of survival does a culture have
when its own elites actively seek its destruction?"