quotes tagged with 'oppression'

"...in order to discern, you cannot react. To perceive, you must make yourself blind to what seems apparent. People may react to you, but you cannot react to them. You must always remain forgiving in nature, for the demons you cast out will challenge you, masquerading as the very voice of the person you seek to deliver. You must discern the difference between the oppressing spirit and the person oppressed."

Author: Francis Frangipane, Source: The Three BattlegroundsSaved by tabe218 in perception discernment oppression spiritualwarfare demons battlegrounds 7 years ago[save this] [permalink]

Wars are seldom caused by spontaneous hatreds between people, for peoples in general are too ignorant of one another to have grievances and too indifferent to what goes on beyond their borders to plan conquests. They must be urged to the slaughter by politicians who know how to alarm them.

Author: H. L. Mencken, Source: http://www.libertarianism.org/people/h-l-menckenSaved by jr00ck in war propaganda oppression enemies political 8 years ago[save this] [permalink]

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.

Author: Thomas Paine, Source: UnknownSaved by jr00ck in liberty rights oppression enemies 8 years ago[save this] [permalink]

Enlighten the people, generally, and tyranny and oppressions of body and mind will vanish like spirits at the dawn of day.

Author: Thomas Jefferson, Source: letter to Dupont de Nemours, 1816Saved by ImaWriterIII in liberty government tyranny thomasjefferson education oppression 9 years ago[save this] [permalink]

The greatest acts of the mighty men have been to depopulate nations and to overthrow kingdoms; and whilst they have exalted themselves and become glorious, it has been at the expense of the lives of the innocent, the blood of the oppressed, the moans of the widow, and the tears of the orphan.

Author: Joseph Smith, Jr., Source: Teachings of the Prophet Joseph Smith, p. 248Saved by cboyack in tyranny war murder oppression population eugenics 10 years ago[save this] [permalink]

We must not let our rulers load us with perpetual debt. We must make our election between economy and liberty or profusion and servitude. If we run into such debt, as that we must be taxed in our meat and in our drink, in our necessaries and our comforts, in our labors andour amusements, for our calling and our creeds... [we will] have no time to think, no means of calling our miss-managers to account but be glad to obtain subsistence by hiring ourselves to rivet their chains on the necks of our fellow-sufferers... And this is the tendency of all human governments. A departure from principle in one instance becomes a precedent for [another ]... till the bulk of society  is reduced to be mere automatons of misery... And the fore-horse of this frightful team is public debt. Taxation follows that, and in its train wretchedness and oppression.

Author: Thomas Jefferson, Source: Letter to Samuel Kercheval, Monticello, July 12, 1816 (http://...Saved by jordy in liberty government slavery taxation federalreserve economy debt frugality servitude oppression 11 years ago[save this] [permalink]
We know through painful experience that freedom is never voluntarily given by the oppressor, it must be demanded by the oppressed.
Author: Martin Luther King, Jr., Source: http://www.mediastudies.org/packages/first/curricula/education...Saved by cboyack in liberty freedom oppression 12 years ago[save this] [permalink]
When the legislative and executive powers are united in the same person or body, there can be no liberty, because apprehensions may arise lest the same monarch or senate should enact tyrannical laws to execute them in a tyrannical manner ... Were the power of judging joined with the legislative, the life and liberty of the subject would be exposed to arbitrary control, for the judge would then be the legislator. Were it joined to the executive power, the judge might behave with all the violence of an oppressor.
Author: Charles Montesquieu, Source: Federalist Papers #47Saved by cboyack in liberty tyranny power executive oppression legislative judicial 13 years ago[save this] [permalink]
War is the health of the state.
Author: Randolph Bourne, Source: "Unfinished Fragment on the State," in Untimely Papers (New York: B.W: Huebsch, 1919).Saved by cboyack in government tyranny war health state oppression 13 years ago[save this] [permalink]
Allow the President to invade a neighboring nation whenever he shall deem it necessary to repel an invasion, and you allow him to do so whenever he may choose to say he deems it necessary for such purpose, and you allow him to make war at pleasure. Study to see if you can fix any limit to his power in this respect, after having given him so much as you propose. If to-day he should choose to say he thinks it necessary to invade Canada to prevent the British from invading us, how could you stop him? You may say to him,--'I see no probability of the British invading us'; but he will say to you, 'Be silent: I see it, if you don't.'

The provision of the Constitution giving the war making power to Congress was dictated, as I understand it, by the following reasons: kings had always been involving and impoverishing their people in wars, pretending generally, if not always, that the good of the people was the object. This our convention understood to be the most oppressive of all kingly oppressions, and they resolved to so frame the Constitution that no one man should hold the power of bringing this oppression upon us. But your view destroys the whole matter, and places our President where kings have always stood.
Author: Abraham Lincoln, Source: Abraham Lincoln: a Documentary Portrait Through His Speeches and WritingsSaved by cboyack in constitution tyranny war power king executive fascism oppression congress preemptive preventive 13 years ago[save this] [permalink]

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