• All political theories assume, of course, that most individuals are very ignorant. Those who plead for liberty differ from the rest in that they include among the ignorant themselves as well as the wisest.
• The argument for liberty is not an argument against organization, which is one of the most powerful tools human reason can employ, but an argument against all exclusive, privileged, monopolistic organization, against the use of coercion to prevent others from doing better.
• The great aim of the struggle for liberty has been equality before the law.
• Liberty not only means that the individual has both the opportunity and the burden of choice; it also means that he must bear the consequences of his actions ... Liberty and responsibility are inseparable.
• Justice, like liberty and coercion, is a concept which, for the sake of clarity, ought to be confined to the deliberate treatment of men by other men.
• "Emergencies" have always been the pretext on which the safeguards of individual liberty have been eroded.
The enumeration in the Constitution, of certain rights, shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people.
The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.
Commentary:: If not constitutionally granted to the Federal government, it belongs to We, the people...
"Of liberty I would say that, in the whole plenitude of its extent, it is unobstructed action according to our will. But rightful liberty is unobstructed action according to our will within limits drawn around us by the equal rights of others. I do not add 'within the limits of the law,' because law is often but the tyrant's will, and always so when it violates the right of an individual."
"I predict future happiness for Americans if they can prevent the government from wasting the labors of the people under the pretense of taking care of them."
"You cannot legislate the poor into freedom by legislating the industrious out of it. You don't multiply wealth by dividing it. Government cannot give anything to anybody that it doesn't first take from somebody else. Whenever somebody receives something without working for it, somebody else has to work for it without receiving. The worst thing that can happen to a nation is for half of the people to get the idea they don't have to work because somebody else will work for them, and the other half to get the idea that it does no good to work because they don't get to enjoy the fruits of their labor."
God's Way to Health, Wealth, and Wisdom
"We believe in the minimum necessary government which defends individual freedom, supports those in real need, takes as little of our money as possible and doesn't interfere in our lives."
Commentary:: Why should any rationale government do more?
Thomas Jefferson & James Madison
If either Jefferson or Madison were alive today, would they:
- allow themselves to be searched by the TSA in violation of the 4th Amendment?
- recognize the authority of the Federal government to require them to purchase health insurance... in violation of the intent of the Commerce Clause?
- obey Federal gun laws which violate the 2nd Amendment?
- obey Federal "money laundering laws" which have no Constitutional basis?
- obey Federal limits on free speach in violation of the 1st Amendment?
- speak out against the corruption... which transformed a limited Federal government with enumerated powers into an immense Federal government of "unlimited" power.
Would not the Federal Government rightly regard our third and forth Presidents as "domestic terrorists" and "enemies of the state"?
Constitution of the Confederate States of America
Some of the problems the CSA fixed in Article 1 of their Constitution.
Section 8, Paragraph 7: ... the expenses of the Post Office Department, ... shall be paid out of its own revenues.
Section 9, Paragraph 10: All bills appropriating money shall specify in Federal currency the exact amount of each appropriation and the purposes for which it is made...
Section 9, Paragraph 20: Every law, or resolution having the force of law, shall relate to but one subject, and that shall be expressed in the title.
Section 7, Paragraph 2: ... The President may approve any appropriation and disapprove any other appropriation in the same bill. In such case he shall, in signing the bill, designate the appropriations disapproved; and shall return a copy of such appropriations, with his objections, to the House in which the bill shall have originated; and the same proceedings shall then be had as in case of other bills disapproved by the President.
During the cyberwar debate a few months ago, I said this:
If we frame this discussion as a war discussion, then what you do when there's a threat of war is you call in the military and you get military solutions. You get lockdown; you get an enemy that needs to be subdued. If you think about these threats in terms of crime, you get police solutions. And as we have this debate, not just on stage, but in the country, the way we frame it, the way we talk about it; the way the headlines read, determine what sort of solutions we want, make us feel better. And so the threat of cyberwar is being grossly exaggerated and I think it's being done for a reason. This is a power grab by government. What Mike McConnell didn't mention is that grossly exaggerating a threat of cyberwar is incredibly profitable.
The Ultimate Monopoly
"Economists are quick to speak of 'market failure', and rightly so, but a greater threat comes from 'government failure'. Because it is a monopoly, government brings inefficiency and stagnation to most things it runs; government agencies pursue the inflation of their budgets rather than the service of their customers; pressure groups form an unholy alliance with agencies to extract more money from taxpayers for their members. Yet despite all this, most clever people still call for government to run more things and assume that if it did so, it would somehow be more perfect, more selfless, next time."
"And I sincerely believe, with you, that banking establishments are more dangerous than standing armies; and that the principle of spending money to be paid by posterity, under the name of funding, is but swindling futurity on a large scale."
Commentary:: Daily, there is yet another "power grab" by the Federal government.
Remember the quote "eternal vigilance is the price of liberty"? (John P. Curran) Which leads to the question... what is more dangerous to our liberties? Too little federal power or too much?
"A patriot must always be ready to defend his country against his government." -- Edward Abbey
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- How far is it? How far is the nearest star if we re-scale the universe so one foot is a million miles?
- How small is it? How big is a person if we re-scale the universe so atoms are visible?
- How much is it? How much is $100 a month for 20 years? Is it enough for college tuition?
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