April 5

political quotes

  • They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety.
     - Benjamin Franklin
  • Is not the love of wealth as domineering and enterprising a passion as that of power or glory? Have there not been as many wars founded upon commercial motives since that has become the prevailing system of nations, as were before occasioned by the cupidity of territory or dominion? Has not the spirit of commerce, in many instances, administered new incentives to the appetite, both for the one and for the other? Let experience, the least fallible guide of human opinions, be appealed to for an answer to these inquiries.
     - Alexander Hamilton, Federalist Paper No. 6
  • Safety from external danger is the most powerful director of national conduct. Even the ardent love of liberty will, after a time, give way to its dictates. The violent destruction of life and property incident to war, the continual effort and alarm attendant on a state of continual danger, will compel nations the most attached to liberty to resort for repose and security to institutions which have a tendency to destroy their civil and political rights. To be more safe, they at length become willing to run the risk of being less free.
     - Alexander Hamilton, Federalist Paper No. 8
  • Let every man make known what kind of government would command his respect, and that will be one step toward obtaining it.
     - Henry David Thoreau, Civil Disobedience
  • The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants.
     - Thomas Jefferson
  • In the beginning of a change, the Patriot is a scarce man, Brave, Hated, and Scorned. When his cause succeeds however, the timid join him, For then it costs nothing to be a Patriot.
     - Mark Twain
  • People say 'well you know, the interpretation of the Supreme Court is the only one that counts when we're talking about the Second Amendment'. Oh really? Well then you come and stand in front of my front door when the government comes to collect my guns - you're going to find out that my interpretation of the Second Amendment is the only one you need to be worried about. Make sure you've got your insurance paid up and kiss your kids goodbye.
     - Michael Badnarik, Constitution Class
  • 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.
     - Founding Fathers of These United States, Declaration of Independence
  • Here in the United States, the poorest man may bid defiance to the King.
     - Michael Badnarik, Constitution Class
  • The price of freedom is eternal vigilance.
     - Thomas Jefferson

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