Enemy Of The State
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Enemy of the State

"The only power any government has is the power to crack down on criminals. Well, when there aren't enough criminals, one makes them. One declares so many things to be a crime that it becomes impossible for men to live without breaking laws."

~Ayn Rand~


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"Do not believe in anything simply because you have heard it.
Do not believe in traditions simply because they have been handeddown for many generations.
Do not believe in anything simply because it is spoken and rumored by many.
Do not believe in anything simply because it is found written in your religious books.
Do not believe in anything merely on the authority of your teachers and elders.

But when, after observation and analysis, you find anything that agrees with reason,
and is conducive to the good and benefit of one and all,
then accept it and live up to it."

~ The Buddha's Kalama Sutra ~

"...... But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.."

~Declaration of Independence~


"Our own Country's Honor, all call upon us for a vigorous and manly exertion, and if we now shamefully fail, we shall become infamous to the whole world. Let us therefore rely upon the goodness of the Cause, and the aid of the supreme Being, in whose hands Victory is, to animate and encourage us to great and noble Actions -- The Eyes of all our Countrymen are now upon us, and we shall have their blessings, and praises, if happily we are the instruments of saving them from the Tyranny mediated against them. Let us therefore animate and encourage each other, and shew the whole world, that a Freeman contending for Liberty on his own ground is superior to any slavish mercenary on earth"

~George Washington, General Orders, July 2, 1776~

"I never submitted the whole system of my opinions to the creed of any party of men whatever in religion, in philosophy, in politics, or in anything else where I was capable of thinking for myself. Such an addiction is the last degradation of a free and moral agent".

~Thomas Jefferson, letter to Francis Hopkinson, March 13, 1789!

"You say you are a Calvinist. I am not. I am of a sect by myself, as far as I know."

~Thomas Jefferson, letter to Ezra Stiles Ely, June 25, 1819~

"Man once surrendering his reason, has no remaining guard against absurdities the most monstrous, and like a ship without rudder, is the sport of every wind".

~Thomas Jefferson to James Smith, 1822~

"They proclaim that every man is entitled to exist without labor and, the laws of reality to the contrary notwithstanding, is entitled to receive his "minimum sustenance" his food, his clothes, his shelter, with no effort on his part, as his due and his birthright. To receive it, from whom?"

~Ayn Rand~

"[L]iberty must at all hazards be supported. We have a right to it, derived from our Maker. But if we had not, our fathers have earned and bought it for us, at the expense of their ease, their estates, their pleasure, and their blood."

~John Adams, A Dissertation on the Canon and Feudal Law, 1765~

"Children should be educated and instructed in the principles of freedom."

~John Adams, Defense of the Constitutions, 1787~
"But a Constitution of Government once changed from Freedom, can never be restored. Liberty once lost is lost forever."
John Adams, letter to Abigail Adams, 1775
"They that can give up essential liberty to purchase a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety".
~Benjamin Franklin, Historical Review of Pennsylvania, 1759~
"No man in his senses can hesitate in choosing to be free, rather than a slave."
~Alexander Hamilton, 1774~
"The fabric of American empire ought to rest on the solid basis of THE CONSENT OF THE PEOPLE. The streams of national power ought to flow from that pure, original fountain of all legitimate authority."
~Alexander Hamilton, Federalist No. 22, December 14, 1787~
"[I]f the public are bound to yield obedience to laws to which they cannot give their approbation, they are slaves to those who make such laws and enforce them."
~Candidus in the Boston Gazette, 1772~
"Don't fire unless fired upon. But if they want a war let it begin here"
~Captain John Parker, commander of the militiamen at Lexington, Massachusetts, April 19, 1775~

"We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and pursuit of Happiness: that to secure these rights, governments are instituted among men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed"

~Declaration of Independence~

"[W]hereas, to preserve liberty, it is essential that the whole body of the people always possess arms, and be taught alike, especially when young, how to use them; nor does it follow from this, that all promiscuously must go into actual service on every occasion. The mind that aims at a select militia, must be influenced by a truly anti-republican principle; and when we see many men disposed to practice upon it, whenever they can prevail, no wonder true republicans are for carefully guarding against it."

"Federal Farmer, Antifederalist Letter, No.18, January 25, 1778"

"[W]hen the resolution of enslaving America was formed in Great Britain, the British Parliament was advised by an artful man, -- who was governor of Pennsylvania, to disarm the people; that it was the best and most effectual way to enslave them; but that they should not do it openly, but weaken them, and let them sink gradually, by totally disusing and neglecting the militia"

~George Mason, speech in the Virginia Ratifying Convention, June 14, 1778~

"To be prepared for war, is one of the most effectual means of preserving peace."

~George Washington~

"When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the Powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which they Law of Nature and Nature's God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation."

~Declaration of Independence~

"Welfare's purpose should be to eliminate, as far as possible, the need for its own existence."

~Ronald Reagan January 7, 1970~

"It is not my intention to do away with government. It is rather to make it work -- work with us, not over us; stand by our side, not ride on our back. Government can and must provide opportunity, not smother it; foster productivity, not stifle it."

~Ronald Reagan, First Inaugural Address, January 20, 1981~

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