quotes tagged with 'rights'

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]

However insignificant the minority, and however trifling the proposed trespass against their rights, no such trespass is permissible.

Author: Herbert Spencer, Source: UnknownSaved by ImaWriterIII in rights minority unalienablerights herbertspencer trespass 9 years ago[save this] [permalink]

Politics ought to be the part-time profession of every citizen who would protect the rights and privileges of free people and who would preserve what is good and fruitful in our national heritage.

Author: Dwight D. Eisenhower, Source: UnknownSaved by ImaWriterIII in politics rights good privileges citizens fruitful dwightdeisenhower 9 years ago[save this] [permalink]

Eminent men and able men of great experience and wisdom are blaming the people for looking more and more to the Federal Government to meet their wants and to exercise governmental control over them, and this to the destruction of local self government, the rights of the States, and the rights of the people, all which are the basic factors of our social, economic, and constitutional life.

Might I humbly question whether the people are primarily to blame for this?

Nearly two thousand years ago, on the shores of the Sea of Galilee, the Master miraculously fed 5,000 people. They immediately wished to make Him king. One who could feed them without their working for it, ought to be made their sovereign. This would solve for them the all important problem of earthly existence. Perceiving their thoughts and to avoid being dragged forth as the seeming head of a rebellion, the Master dismissed them and Himself fled their presence, going "up into a mountain apart to pray." That night He crossed over to the other side of the sea , and the multitude learning of it, took ship and also crossed over, and came to Him again. They gathered about Him, deceitfully worshipping, declaring: "Of a truth thou art the Son of God." But He discerning their thought and purpose, reproved them saying: "Ye seek me, not because ye saw the miracles, but because ye did eat of the loaves and were filled."

He then preached the great sermon on the bread of life, and the sacred record declares: "From that time many of his disciples went back and walked no more with him."

He was useless to them, except as the gratuitous provider of their bread and meat.

So do multitudes.

If our Congressmen would stop the march of the people to Washington for their government and their substance, they should cease distributing the loaves and fishes from the steps of the Treasury Building across the road from the White House. You Congressmen have the absolute power to stop it; have you the courage? If it is not done, you, not the people, must take on the censure.

There is one principle as old as human government, indeed as old as human relations: He who holds the purse strings, rules the house, the nation, the world.

If Congressmen wish to restore local self-government, and the rights of the States and of the people, let them send back to the States, to the local communities, to the Churches, and to the children of indigent parents, where it belongs, the duty of caring for their own sick and decrepit and aged, their own unfortunate and underprivileged. Then the march on Washington will cease and the countermarch back home will be a Marathon.

I am not forgetting that this may cost a good many Congressmen considerable inconvenience and more abuse, it may cost some of their them official lives. But they are planning and legislating for the conduct of a war which will cost hundreds of thousands of the actual lives of our best manhood; might they not make an infinitely less sacrifice of their own official lives for the common good and for our free institutions? And I tell you, our free institutions are far more threatened by our domestic usurpations than by the outcome of this war. If you Congressmen would save this nation and its free institutions, cease to appropriate the national funds to meet local wants and problems of welfare.

Author: J. Reuben Clark, Source: October 7, 1943, sourced in Prophets, Principles, and National Survival, p. 354-5Saved by elb1179 in liberty welfare rights christ federalgovernment 10 years ago[save this] [permalink]

Men must be ready, they must pride themselves and be happy to sacrifice their private pleasures, passions and interests, nay, their private friendships and dearest connections, when they stand in competition with the rights of society.

Author: John Adams, Source: Letter to Mercy Warren, April 16, 1776Saved by elb1179 in sacrifice rights civilrights 11 years ago[save this] [permalink]

A free people [claim] their rights as derived from the laws of nature, and not as the gift of their chief magistrate.

Author: Thomas Jefferson , Source: Rights of British America, 1774Saved by elb1179 in freedom rights civilrights 11 years ago[save this] [permalink]
Since when is “marriage” a civil right? Marriage is a social institution, in which citizens as a group deem a relationship of sufficient importance to grant it protection and status under the law.

Nothing stops you from living with your gay lover. Nothing stops you from having a committed relationship.

But, there’s no “right” requiring society to sanction a relationship and grant it privileges. If you aren’t being jailed or denied due process, or denied the right to private acts in your own home, or access to medical care, or somesuch, “civil rights” doesn’t enter into it.

You want society as a group to grant a privilege to your particular social organization. Well, society gets a say in that.
Author: Greg Smith, Source: http://www.fairblog.org/2008/02/24/thoughts-on-the-media-and-c...Saved by cboyack in rights marriage homosexuality 12 years ago[save this] [permalink]
It seems to me that the rights of the state can be nothing but the regularizing of pre-existent personal rights. For my part, I cannot conceive a collective right that does not have its foundation in an individual right or presuppose it. Hence, to know whether the state is legitimately invested with a right, we must ask whether the individual has that right in virtue of his nature and in the absence of all government.
Author: Frederic Bastiat, Source: http://www.econlib.org/Library/Bastiat/basEss7.htmlSaved by cboyack in government rights individual law authority community justice collective 12 years ago[save this] [permalink]
First they came for the Jews and I did not speak out, because I was not a Jew. Then they came for the Communists and I did not speak out, because I was not a Communist. Then they came for the trade unionists and I did not speak out, because I was not a trade unionist. Then they came for me and by then there was no one left to speak out for me.
Author: Pastor Martin Niemöller, Source: unknownSaved by friedmoon in rights humanity speakingup 12 years ago[save this] [permalink]
Is it not apparent that it is impossible for government to "create" rights in one person or group without destroying the rights of another? When it gives special privileges to one it must deny them to someone else. This result is unavoidable because when government creates a "right" in one person, it must at the same time create a "duty" in someone else. A right is without any substance unless there is someone against whom it can be enforced. But the one against whom it is enforced is saddled with a duty he did not formerly owe. The law compels him to do something or refrain from doing something and punishes him if he refuses. But you cannot compel a person against his will, nor can you punish him, without taking from him either his right to life, his right to liberty or his right to property. Thus the law has destroyed his rights in attempting to create "rights" in someone else.
Author: H. Verlan Andersen, Source: http://inspiredconstitution.org/mbfs/chapter_13.htmlSaved by RobAlexander in liberty government rights duty 12 years ago[save this] [permalink]

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