2019 July 12
"Laws disarming honest citizens proclaim that the government is the master, not the servant, of the people."
"The peaceable part of mankind will be continually overrun by the vile and abandoned while they neglect the means of self-defense. The supposed quietude of a good man allures the ruffian; while on the other hand, arms, like laws discourage and keep the invader and plunderer in awe and preserve order in the world as well as property. The balance of power is the scale of peace. The same balance would be preserved were all the world destitute of arms, for all would be alike; but since some will not, others dare not lay them aside... Horrid mischief would ensue were (the good) deprived of the use of them ... the weak will become a prey to the strong."
"Let therefore every man, that, appealing to his own heart, feels the least spark of virtue or freedom there, think that it is an honor which he owes himself, and a duty which he owes his country, to bear arms."
2019 July 11
"... judicial verbicide is calculated to convert the Constitution into a worthless scrap of paper and to replace our government of laws with a judicial oligarchy."
"Those who cannot afford to sue currently have no protection of their property rights if they come in conflict with a regulation."
"Riding a bike is 113 times more dangerous than hunting with all those 'gun nuts'! The NSC [National Safety Council] reports that out of 100,000 bicyclists 905 had injuries requiring hospital treatment. Out of the same number of fisherman, 141 required treatment and out of 100,000 golfers 104 were injured. Please compare that to the 8 hunters out of 100,000 who were injured in 1991 (last year for data)."
2019 July 10
2019 July 09
"There can be no greater error than to expect,
or calculate upon real favours from Nation to Nation.
'Tis an illusion which experience must cure,
which a just pride ought to discard."
"[In the case of] dangerous exercise of other powers, not granted by the said compact, the states, who are parties thereto, have the right, and are duty bound, to interpose for arresting the progress of the evil."
"[T]he enshrinement of constitutional rights
necessarily takes certain policy choices off the
table.... Undoubtedly some think that the
Second Amendment is outmoded in a society
where our standing army is the pride of our
Nation, where well-trained police forces
provide personal security, and where gun
violence is a serious problem. That is perhaps
debatable, but what is not debatable is that it
is not the role of this Court to pronounce the
Second Amendment extinct."
2019 July 08
"This provision (the 4th Amendment)
speaks for itself.
Its plain object is to secure
the perfect enjoyment of that
great right of the common law,
that a man's house
shall be his own castle,
all civil and military intrusion."
"Freedom is not merely the opportunity to do as one pleases; neither is it merely the opportunity to choose between set alternatives. Freedom is, first of all, the chance to formulate the available choices, to argue over them -- and then, the opportunity to choose."
"The great rule of conduct for us, in regard to foreign nations, is in
extending our commercial relations to have as little political
connection as possible... Why, by interweaving our destiny with that of
any part of Europe, entangle our peace and prosperity in the toils of
European ambition, rivalships, interest, humor, or caprice?... It is our
true policy to steer clear of permanent alliances with any portion of
the foreign world."