Great  quotations

"Firearms stand next in importance to the Constitution itself.  They are the American people's liberty teeth and the keystone under independence. The rifle and pistol are equally indispensable.  The very atmosphere of firearms anywhere and everywhere restrains evil interference -- they deserve a place of honor with all that is good."
- George Washington  

"We have staked the whole future of American civilization, not upon the power of government, far from it. We have staked the future of all of our political institutions upon the capacity of mankind for self-government upon the capacity of each and all of us to govern ourselves, to control ourselves, to sustain ourselves according to the Ten Commandments of God."
- James Madison    

"Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people.  It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other."
- John Adams    

"Providence has given to our people the choice of their rulers, and it is the duty, as well as the privilege and interest of our Christian nation to select and prefer Christians for their rulers."
- John Jay    
The first Chief Justice of the   
United States Supreme Court  

"We have room for but one language here, and that is the English language, for we intend to see that the crucible turns our people out as Americans."
- Theodore Roosevelt  

"The moral principles and precepts contained in the Scriptures ought to form the basis of all our civil constitutions and laws.  All the miseries and evils which men suffer from vice, crime, ambition, injustice, oppression, slavery, and war, proceed from their despising or neglecting the precepts contained in the Bible."
- Noah Webster, 1832   

"You are not to inquire how your trade may be increased nor how you are to become a great and powerful people but how your liberties may be secured, for liberty ought to be the direct end of your government."
- Patrick Henry   

"The United Nations is the greatest fraud in all History.  Its purpose is to destroy the United States."
- Congressman John E. Rankin   

"If every Jewish and anti-nazi family in Germany had owned a Mauser rifle and twenty rounds of ammunition and the will to use it, Adolf Hitler would be a little-known footnote to the history of the Weimar Republic."
- Aaron Zelman,        
Jews for the Preservation of Firearms Ownership    

"The right to bear arms is essential to freedom.  For it is the policy of governments to disarm the people, that they may have the opportunity to oppress them."
- Robert Emmett Bledsoe Baylor, 1845.   

"I cannot trust a man to control others who cannot control himself."
- Robert E. Lee    

"Guard with jealous attention the public liberty.  Suspect everyone who approaches that jewel.  Unfortunately, nothing will preserve it but downright force.  Whenever you give up that force, you are ruined.

The great object is that every man be armed.  Everyone who is able may have a gun."
- Patrick Henry   

"In a world of deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act."
- George Orwell   

"A government that is big enough to give you all you want is big enough to take it all away."
- Barry Goldwater   

"Experience should teach us to be most on our guard to protect liberty when the government's purposes are beneficent."
- Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis, 1928.   

"The germ of destruction of our nation is in the power of the judiciary, an irresponsible body - working like gravity by night and by day, gaining a little today and a little tomorrow, and advancing its noiseless step like a thief over the field of jurisdiction, until all shall render powerless the checks of one branch over the other and will become as venal and oppressive as the government from which we separated."
- Thomas Jefferson, 1821.   

"If we are to adopt socialism, it should be presented to the people of this country as socialism and not under the guise of a law to collect revenue."
- Calvin Coolidge   

"Prohibition will work great injury to the cause of temperance.  It is a species of intemperance within itself, for it goes beyond the bounds of reason in that it attempts to control a man's appetite by legislation, and makes a crime out of things that are not crimes.  A Prohibition law strikes a blow at the very principles upon which our government was founded."
- Abraham Lincoln   

"The prestige of government has undoubtedly been lowered considerably by the prohibition law.  For nothing is more destructive of respect for the government and the law of the land than passing laws which cannot be enforced.  It is an open secret that the dangerous increase of crime in this country is closely connected with this."
- Albert Einstein, "My First Impression of the U.S.A.", 1921.   

"A government that robs Peter to pay Paul can always depend upon the support of Paul."
- George Bernard Shaw   

"You do not examine legislation in the light of the benefits it will convey if properly administered, but in the light of the wrongs it would do and the harms it would cause if improperly administered."
- Lyndon B. Johnson   

"An America that is militarily and economically strong is not enough.  The world must see an America that is morally strong."

"Today's hard liner on law and order is yesterday's liberal who was mugged last night."

"Republicans believe that everyday is the 4th of July, while the Democrats wish everyday was April 15th."
- Ronald Reagan    

"If a nation expects to be ignorant and free, in a state of civilization, it expects what never was and never will be."
Thomas Jefferson   

"If the American people ever allow private banks to control the issue of their money [the Federal Reserve is a private bank], first by inflation and then by deflation, the banks and corporations that will grow up around them [around the banks], will deprive the people of their property until their children will wake up homeless on the continent their fathers conquered."
- Thomas Jefferson   

"All that is necessary for evil to succeed is for good men to do nothing."
- Edmund Burke   

"You cannot bring about prosperity by discouraging thrift. You cannot strengthen the weak by weakening the strong. You cannot help the wage earner by pulling down the wage payer. You cannot further the brotherhood of many by encouraging class hatred. You cannot help the poor by destroying the rich. You cannot keep out of trouble by spending more than you earn. You cannot build character and courage by taking away man's initiative and independence. You cannot help men permanently by doing for them what they could and should do for themselves."
- Rev. William J. H. Boetcker, 1916    

"The Roman Republic fell, not because of the ambition of Caesar or Augustus, but because it had already long ceased to be in any real sense a republic at all. When the sturdy Roman plebeian, who lived by his own labor, who voted without reward according to his own convictions, and who with his fellows formed in war the terrible Roman legion, had been changed into an idle creature who craved nothing in life save the gratification of a thirst for vapid excitement, who was fed by the state, and who directly or indirectly sold his vote to the highest bidder, then the end of the republic was at hand, and nothing could save it. The laws were the same as they had been, but the people behind the laws had changed, and so the laws counted for nothing."
- Teddy Roosevelt   

"Quemadmoeum gladius neminem occidit, occidentis telum est."
(A sword is never a killer, it's a tool in the killer's hands.)
- Lucius Annaeus Seneca "the Younger" (ca. 4 BC-65 AD)       

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