2017 September 08
"The greatest danger to liberty today comes from the men who are most needed and most powerful in modern government, namely, the efficient expert administrators exclusively concerned with what they regard as the public good."
"Morality is the best of all devices
for leading mankind by the nose."
"The public welfare demands that constitutional cases
must be decided according to the terms of the Constitution itself, and
not according to judges’ views of fairness, reasonableness, or justice."
2017 September 07
"I have said I do not dread industrial corporations as instruments of power to destroy this country, because there are a thousand agencies which can regulate, restrain and control them; but there is a corporation we may all dread. That corporation is the federal government. From the aggressions of this corporation, there can be no safety, if it is allowed to go beyond the well defined limits of its powers. I dread nothing so much as the exercise of ungranted and doubtful powers by the government. It is, in my opinion, the danger of dangers to the future of this country. Let us be sure to keep it always within its limits. If this great, ambitious, ever growing corporation becomes oppressive, who shall check it? If it becomes too wayward who shall control it? If it becomes unjust, who shall trust it? As sentinels of the country's watchtower, Senators, I beseech you to watch and guard with sleepless dread, that corporation which can make all property and rights, all states and people, all liberty and hope its plaything in an hour, and its victims forever."
2017 September 06
"Responsibility, in order to be reasonable, must be limited to objects within the power of the responsible party, and in order to be effectual, must relate to operations of that power, of which a ready and proper judgment can be formed by the constituents."
"The IRS is an extraordinary example of the end justifying the means. The means of this agency is growth. It is interesting that the revenue officers within the IRS refer to taxpayers as 'inventory'. The IRS embodies the political realities of the selfish human desire to dominate others. Thus the end of this gigantic pretense of officialdom is power, pure and simple. The meek may inherit the earth, but they will never receive a promotion in an agency where efficiency is measured by the number of seizures of taxpayers' property and by the number of citizens and businesses driven into bankruptcy."
"Socialism is after all, the Viagra of politics..."
2017 September 05
"But constant experience shows us that every man invested with power
is apt to abuse it, and to carry his authority as far as it will go."
"There is as far as I know, no example in history, of any state
voluntarily ceding power from the centre to its constituent parts."
"Madness is rare in individuals, but in groups, parties, nations, and ages it is the rule."
2017 September 04
"Laws are maintained in credit,
not because they are essentially just,
but because they are laws.
It is the mystical foundation
of their authority;
they have none other."
"The end cannot justify the means for the simple and obvious reason that
the means employed determine the nature of the ends produced."
"If the federal government should overpass the just bounds of its
authority and make a tyrannical use of its powers, the people,
whose creature it is, must appeal to the standard they have formed,
and take such measures to redress the injury done to the Constitution
as the exigency may suggest and prudence justify."
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