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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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