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The Mischief of Arbitrary Taxation—Jonathan Shipley

LIBERTY LETTERS QUOTE OF THE DAY, DR. JONATHAN SHIPLEY Arbitrary taxation is plunder authorized by law: it is the support and the essence of tyranny,...

Individual Effort, Not Government, Produces Prosperity

Free Enterprise Zone Quote of the Day, Adam Smith The natural effort of every individual to better his own condition, when suffered to exert itself...

Patrick Henry on Right and Wrong

Liberty Letters Quote of the Day, Patrick Henry The eternal difference between right and wrong does not fluctuate. It is immutable. Source: Patrick Henry. Virginia Ratifying...

If Men Were Angels: James Madison

Liberty Letters Quote of the Day, James Madison If men were angels, no government would be necessary. If angels were to govern men, neither external...

On the Dangers of Deficits and Perpetual Revenue

Mr. Mason [of Virginia], suggested the necessity of preventing the danger of perpetual revenue which must of necessity subvert the liberty of any Country.

As to Standing Armies In Time of Peace

He thought an army dangerous in time of peace and could never consent to a power to keep up an indefinite number. Eldridge Gerry

Democracy: A More Pure and Unmixed Tyranny

After the destruction of the King in Great Britain, a more pure and unmixed tyranny sprang up in the parliament than had been exercised by the monarch. J Wilson

Gouverneur Morris: On Office Hunting

He had scarcely seen a single corrupt measure in the Legislature of North Carolina, which could not be traced up to office hunting. Madison quoting G. Morris

Men of Intemperate Minds Cannot Be Free

Men are qualified for civil liberty in exact proportion to their disposition to put moral chains upon their own appetites ... - Edmund Burke

A Heart That Burns for Its Country's Welfare: John Adams

These are not the vapors of a melancholy mind, nor the effusions of envy, disappointed ambition, nor of a spirit of opposition to government ... -John Adams

A Heart That Burns for Its Country’s Welfare: John Adams

These are not the vapors of a melancholy mind, nor the effusions of envy, disappointed ambition, nor of a spirit of opposition to government ... -John Adams

Webster: I See It As Plainly As I See the Sun In Heaven

Secession! Peaceable secession Sir, your eyes and mine are never destined to see that miracle. The dismemberment of this vast country without convulsion!

Preamble to the United States Constitution

WE, the people of the United States, in order to form a more perfect union, establish justice, ensure domestic tranquility, provide for the common defense ...

Loyalty to Permanence Not Passion — Justice Joseph Story

The people commonly intend the public good. But no one, but a deceiver, will pretend, that they do not often err, as to the best means of promoting it -J. Story

What Kind of Compatibility Can There Be Between Us?

This episode reveals the gulf between us and the Islamic world. - Pat Buchanan on the Islamic response to a threatened Quran burning.

That Shining City Upon a Hill — Ronald Reagan

May all of you as Americans never forget your heroic origins, never fail to seek divine guidance, and never lose your natural, God-given optimism -Ronald Reagan

Loss of Liberty: Exploiting Dangers, Real or Pretended

Perhaps it is a universal truth that the loss of liberty at home is to be charged to provisions against danger, real or pretended from abroad - James Madison

The First Allegiance of Elected Officials Is to The Constitution

If government were a matter of will upon any side, yours, without question, ought to be superior. But government and legislation are matters of reason and judgment

The Wide Margin — J. Reuben Clark Jr.

"Are these the best laws you can devise?" No! but they are the best the Greeks can bear!" - Solon

The Love of Power — Edward Gibbon

Of all our passions and appetites, the love of power is of the most imperious and unsociable nature, since the pride of one man requires the submission of the multitude - Gibbon