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Guard Your Enemies from Oppression —> Thomas Paine


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, Dissertation on First Principles of Government (1791)

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, Dissertation on First Principles of Government (1791)

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Posted by on October 8, 2014 in Liberty, Politics, Quotations

 

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Politicians SHOULD Be Afraid <- Barnhill


There is a recent push to censor political speech like the above picture, ban guns, et cetera, to "protect politicians"...but crazed maniacs aside, their fear is healthy for liberty

Where the people fear the government you have tyranny.

Where the government fears the people you have liberty.

— John Basil Barnhill, Indictment of Socialism (#3), transcript of Barnhill-Tichenor Debate on Socialism (1914)

JEFFERSON NEVER SAID THIS. That’s right. We’re eventually going to come out with a list of false attributions we’ve discovered while trying to source them for our own use.
 
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Posted by on January 20, 2011 in Politics, Quotations

 

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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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Respectable Writers <- DeWitt and Hume


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John DeWitt was the pseudonym used by a Founder in the writing of several key Anti-Federalist Papers, in defense of individual liberty. The name was chosen in homage to a famous Dutch patriot.

It is asserted by the most respectable writers upon Government, that a well regulated militia, composed of the yeomanry of the country have ever been considered as the bulwark of a free people; and, says the celebrated Mr. Hume;

“without it, it is folly to think any free government will have stability or security. When the sword is introduced, as in our constitution (speaking of the British) the person entrusted will always neglect to discipline the militia, in order to have a pretext for keeping up a standing army; and it is evident this is a mortal distemper in the British parliament, of which it must finally inevitably perish.”

John DeWitt, Antifederalist Papers, John Dewitt IV

 
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Posted by on September 23, 2009 in Politics

 

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Natural Rights, Virginia-Style


Virginia Declaration of RightsThat all men are by nature equally free and independent, and have certain inherent rights, of which, when they enter into a state of society, they cannot, by any compact, deprive or divest their posterity; namely, the enjoyment of life and liberty, with the means of acquiring and possessing property, and pursuing and obtaining happiness and safety.

George Mason, Virginia Declaration of Rights, (1776)

 
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Posted by on September 6, 2009 in education, Politics

 

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The People, Each and Every One


In recent years it has been suggested that the Second Amendment protects the “collective” right of states to maintain militias, while it does not protect the right of “the people” to keep and bear arms…The phrase “the people” meant the same thing in the Second Amendment as it did in the First, Fourth, Ninth and Tenth Amendments — that is, each and every free person.

A select militia defined as only the privileged class entitled to keep and bear arms was considered an anathema to a free society, in the same way that Americans denounced select spokesmen approved by the government as the only class entitled to the freedom of the press.

If anyone entertained this notion in the period during which the Constitution and Bill of Rights were debated and ratified, it remains one of the most closely guarded secrets of the 18th century, for no known writing surviving from the period between 1787 and 1791 states such a thesis.

– Stephen P. Holbrook, That Every Man Be Armed: The Evolution of a Constitutional Right

Because the first two amendments of the Bill of Rights were not ratified, the right to keep and bear arms was actually number four in the original document

Because the first two amendments of the Bill of Rights were not ratified, the right to keep and bear arms was actually number four in the original document

 
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Posted by on September 1, 2009 in Politics

 

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Congress vs. the Bill of Rights


bill-of-rights-01Can any of you seriously say the Bill of Rights could get through Congress today?
It wouldn’t even get out of committee.
– F. Lee Bailey, Newsweek, 17 April 1967
 
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Posted by on August 27, 2009 in Politics

 

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