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The Founders’ Complaints Still Apply <– P.J. O’Rourke


“‘This is living!’ ‘I gotta be me!’ ‘Ain’t we got fun!’ It’s all there in the Declaration of Independence. We are the only nation in the world based on happiness. Search as you will the Maga Charta, the /Communist Manifesto/, the Ten Commandments, the Analects of Confucius, Plato’s /Republic/, the New Testament or the UN Charter, and find me any happiness at all.

There are twenty-seven specific complaints against the British Crown set forth in the Declaration of Independence.

To modern ears they still sound reasonable, in large part, because so many of them can be leveled against the federal government of the United States.

— P.J.O’Rourke, Parliament of Whores (1991)

 
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Posted by on July 5, 2012 in Humor, Liberty, Politics

 

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The Consequences of Public Debt


The original greenback, from whence the name comes

200 years later, they still haven't learned.

The consequences arising from the continual accumulation of public debts in other countries ought to admonish us to be careful to prevent their growth in our own.

President John Adams, First Annual Address (1797)

 
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Posted by on December 15, 2011 in economic, Foreign Policy, Politics

 

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War Violates Property Rights <– Daniel Morgan


Brigadier General Daniel Morgan, inspiration for the move The Patriot, was the best tactician of the Revolution...and opposed to preemptive war

As to war, I am and always was a great enemy, at the same time a warrior the greater part of my life, and were I young again, should still be a warrior while ever this country should be invaded and I lived — a Defensive war I think a righteous war to Defend my life & property & that of my family, in my own opinion, is right & justifiable in the sight of God.

An offensive war, I believe to be wrong and would therefore have nothing to do with it, having no right to meddle with another man’s property, his ox or his ass, his man servant or his maid servant or anything this is his. Neither does he have a right to meddle with anything that is mine, if he does I have a right to defend it by force.

– Brigadier General Daniel Morgan of the American Revolutionary War, letter to Miles Etting (1798)

 
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Posted by on April 22, 2011 in Foreign Policy, Politics, society

 

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Government is Force <- Upton Sinclair


Government is not reason, it is not eloquence — it is force!

Like fire, it is a dangerous servant and a fearful master.

Never for a moment should it be left to irresponsible action.

— Cited by Upton Sinclair, in The Cry for Justice (1915), as having been said by George Washington

 
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Posted by on January 7, 2011 in Politics, Quotations, society

 

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Liberty, or Hypocrisy <- Paine


Defend your opponents' rights, or lose your own

An avidity to punish is always dangerous to liberty. It leads men to stretch, to misinterpret, and to misapply even the best of laws. He that would make his own liberty secure must guard even his enemy from oppression; for if he violates this duty he establishes a precedent that will reach to himself.

— Thomas Paine, First Principles of Government (1795)

 
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Posted by on January 4, 2011 in Philosophy, Politics, society

 

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Accumulation of Public Debts <- Adams


The consequences arising from the continual accumulation of public debts in other countries ought to admonish us to be careful to prevent their growth in our own.

— John Adams, November 23rd, 1797, First Address to Congress

 
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Posted by on July 29, 2010 in economic, Politics

 

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Jefferson, on Socialized Medicine


Was the government to prescribe to us our medicine and diet, our bodies would be in such keeping as our souls are now. Thus in France the emetic was once forbidden as a medicine, and the potatoe as an article of food.
— Thomas Jefferson, Notes on the State of Virginia (1781-1785)

 
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Posted by on July 23, 2010 in economic, Politics

 

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Deceivers Deny Debate


Temperate, sincere, and intelligent inquiry and discussion are only to be dreaded by the advocates of error. The truth need not fear them…

— Dr. Benjamin Rush, Signer of the Declaration of Independence, Provisions of the Last Will and Testament of Dr. James Rush

 
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Posted by on July 20, 2010 in education, Politics

 

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The Founders Protected Persons, not Citizens


The founders intended the Constitution to apply to Americans, aliens, citizens, non-citizens, lawful combatants, enemy combatants, innocents, the guilty, those who wish us well, and those who wish us ill.

The Constitution applies to persons, not just citizens.

If you read the Constitution, its protections are not limited to Americans.

And that was written intentionally, because at the time it was written, they didn’t know what Native Americans would be.

When the post civil war amendments were added, they didn’t know how blacks would be considered, because they had a decision of the Supreme Court called Dred Scott, that said blacks are not persons.

So in order to make sure the Constitution protected every human being:

  • American, alien;
  • citizen, non-citizen;
  • lawful combatant, enemy combatant;
  • innocent, guilty;
  • those who wish us well, those who wish us ill…

…they use the broadest possible language,
to make it clear:

Wherever the government goes,
the Constitution goes,
and wherever the Constitution goes,
the protections that it guarantees restrain the government
and requires it to protect those rights.

— Judge Andrew Napolitano

 
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Posted by on July 14, 2010 in Foreign Policy, Philosophy, Politics

 

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Conservatism is Libertarian <- Reagan


If you analyze it I believe the very heart and soul of conservatism is libertarianism.

I think conservatism is really a misnomer just as liberalism is a misnomer for the liberals — if we were back in the days of the Revolution, so-called conservatives today would be the Liberals and the liberals would be the Tories.

The basis of conservatism is a desire for less government interference or less centralized authority or more individual freedom and this is a pretty general description also of what libertarianism is.
Ronald Reagan, “Inside Ronald Reagan”, Reason magazine, July 1975

 
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Posted by on December 16, 2009 in Politics

 

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Government is, at Best, Evil <- Thomas Paine


Common Sense, the book advocating secession from the British empire and credited with starting the Revolution, was the top-selling book of the 18th century, globally.

Common Sense, the book advocating secession from the British empire and credited with starting the Revolution, was the top-selling book of the 18th century, globally.

Government, even in its best state, is but a necessary evil; in its worst state, an intolerable one.


Government, like dress, is the badge of lost innocence; the palaces of kings are built upon the ruins of the bowers of paradise.
Thomas Paine, Common Sense

 
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Posted by on September 29, 2009 in Politics

 

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…Then How Can You Trust Them to Govern Others?


jeffersonSometimes it is said that man can not be trusted with the government of himself. Can he, then, be trusted with the government of others? Or have we found angels in the forms of kings to govern him?

Thomas JeffersonFirst Inaugural Address (1801)

 
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Posted by on August 24, 2009 in Politics

 

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