Sunday, August 23, 2009

We Interrupt The Regularly Scheduled RobRant....

...to bring you a few choice words from our Founding Fathers, since there seems to be some confusion as to what they intended, and a few others for whom "The Greater Good" was not just a catch~phrase:

Let's open with this one, which seems very appropriate these days...

It will be of little avail to the people that the laws are made by men of their own choice if the laws be so voluminous that they cannot be read, or so incoherent that they cannot be understood.

James Madison



The Father of our Country:

Guard against the impostures of pretended patriotism.

George Washington


If the freedom of speech is taken away then dumb and silent we may be led, like sheep to the slaughter.

George Washington


Laws made by common consent must not be trampled on by individuals.

George Washington



No, not the beer...

A government of laws, and not of men.

John Adams


Abuse of words has been the great instrument of sophistry and chicanery, of party, faction, and division of society.

John Adams


There is danger from all men. The only maxim of a free government ought to be to trust no man living with power to endanger the public liberty.

John Adams



Perhaps the one who invokes him so much should sit down and actually listen to him...

America will never be destroyed from the outside. If we falter and lose our freedoms, it will be because we destroyed ourselves.

Abraham Lincoln


Better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak out and remove all doubt.

Abraham Lincoln


Don't interfere with anything in the Constitution. That must be maintained, for it is the only safeguard of our liberties.

Abraham Lincoln


Government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the Earth.

Abraham Lincoln


I hope to stand firm enough to not go backward, and yet not go forward fast enough to wreck the country's cause.

Abraham Lincoln



One of my favorite Presidents...

A Bill of Rights is what the people are entitled to against every government, and what no just government should refuse, or rest on inference.

Thomas Jefferson


A democracy is nothing more than mob rule, where fifty-one percent of the people may take away the rights of the other forty-nine.

Thomas Jefferson


A wise and frugal government, which shall leave men free to regulate their own pursuits of industry and improvement, and shall not take from the mouth of labor the bread it has earned - this is the sum of good government.

Thomas Jefferson


All tyranny needs to gain a foothold is for people of good conscience to remain silent.

Thomas Jefferson


All, too, will bear in mind this sacred principle, that though the will of the majority is in all cases to prevail, that will to be rightful must be reasonable; that the minority possess their equal rights, which equal law must protect, and to violate would be oppression.

Thomas Jefferson


Delay is preferable to error.

Thomas Jefferson



Perhaps the wisest of them all...

Any society that would give up a little liberty to gain a little security will deserve neither and lose both.

Benjamin Franklin




And a little bit for me, from the Great Communicator...

Government's first duty is to protect the people, not run their lives.

Ronald Reagan


Man is not free unless government is limited.

Ronald Reagan


Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn't pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same.

Ronald Reagan


Entrepreneurs and their small enterprises are responsible for almost all the economic growth in the United States.

Ronald Reagan


Government exists to protect us from each other. Where government has gone beyond its limits is in deciding to protect us from ourselves.

Ronald Reagan

1 comment:

CC said...

i like 'man in not free, unless govt is limited'

:-)