If you are not free to choose wrongly and irresponsibly, you are not free at all.
If ye love wealth better than liberty, the tranquility of servitude than the animating contest of freedom, — go from us in peace. We ask not your counsels or arms. Crouch down and lick the hands which feed you. May your chains sit lightly upon you, and may posterity forget that ye were our countrymen!
The [U.S.] Constitution is a limitation on the government, not on private individuals.. it does not prescribe the conduct of private individuals, only the conduct of the government...it is not a charter for government power, but a charter of the citizen's protection against the government.
Let us then...under God, trust our cause to our swords.
To give to every citizen the information he needs for the transaction of his own business; To enable him to calculate for himself, and to express and preserve his ideas, his contracts and accounts, in writing; To improve, by reading, his morals and faculties; To understand his duties to his neighbors and country, and to discharge with competence the functions confided to him by either; To know his rights; to exercise with order and justice those he retains; to choose with discretion the fiduciary of those he delegates; and to notice their conduct with diligence, with candor, and judgment; And, in general, to observe with intelligence and faithfulness all the social relations under which he shall be placed.
The American dream is not that every man must be level with every other man. The American dream is that every man must be free to become whatever God intends he should become.
[A] good deal of the other party's opposition to our agenda has also been rooted in their sincere and fundamental belief about government. It's a belief that government has little or no role to play in helping this nation meet our collective challenges. It's an agenda that basically offers two answers to every problem we face: more tax breaks for the wealthy and fewer rules for corporations.
Men (and women) are truly free only when they do not have to ask themselves whether they are free.
Our free choice in a competitive society rests on the fact that, if one person refuses to satisfy our wishes, we can turn to another.
Freedom is hammered out on the anvil of discussion, dissent, and debate.