quotes tagged with 'tyranny', page 9

Men (and women) are truly free only when they do not have to ask themselves whether they are free.

Author: Irving Brant, Source: The Bill of Rights: Its Origin and Meaning (Mentor, New American Library)Saved by ImaWriterIII in liberty freedom tyranny irvingbrant 9 years ago[save this] [permalink]

A power to lay taxes for any purposes whatsoever is a general power; a power to lay taxes for certain specified purposes is a limited power. A power to lay taxes for the common defence and general welfare of the United States is not in common sense a general power. It is limited to those objects. It cannot constitutionally transcend them. If the defence proposed by a tax be not the common defence of the United States, if the welfare be not general, but special, or local, as contradistinguished from national, it is not within the scope of the constitution. If the tax be not proposed for the common defence, or general welfare, but for other objects, wholly extraneous, (as for instance, for propagating Mahometanism among the Turks, or giving aids and subsidies to a foreign nation, to build palaces for its kings, or erect monuments to its heroes,) it would be wholly indefensible upon constitutional principles. The power, then, is, under such circumstances, necessarily a qualified power.

Author: Joseph Story, Source: Commentaries on the Constitution Section 919 (1833)Saved by ImaWriterIII in liberty government tyranny power taxes generalwelfare politicalpower JosephStory 9 years ago[save this] [permalink]

The purpose of government is to protect the secrecy and the privacy of all individuals, not the secrecy of government.

Author: Ron Paul, Source: GOP presidential candidate debate, 2008Saved by ImaWriterIII in liberty government tyranny ronpaul properroleofgovernment 9 years ago[save this] [permalink]

[T]he hour is fast approaching, on which the Honor and Success of this army, and the safety of our bleeding Country depend. Remember officers and Soldiers, that you are Freemen, fighting for the blessings of Liberty -- that slavery will be your portion, and that of your posterity, if you do not acquit yourselves like men.

Author: George Washington, Source: General Orders, 1776Saved by ImaWriterIII in liberty slavery tyranny integrity manhood honor military georgewashington 9 years ago[save this] [permalink]

Wisdom and knowledge, as well as virtue, diffused generally among the body of the people, being necessary for the preservation of their rights and liberties, and as these depend on spreading the opportunities and advantages of education in the various parts of the country, and among the different orders of people, it shall be the duty of legislators and magistrates...to cherish the interest of literature and the sciences, and all seminaries of them.

Author: John Adams, Source: Thoughts on Government, 1776Saved by ImaWriterIII in liberty tyranny education wisdom johnadams 9 years ago[save this] [permalink]

Let us recollect that peace or war will not always be left to our option; that however moderate or unambitious we may be, we cannot count upon the moderation, or hope to extinguish the ambition of others.

Author: Alexander Hamilton, Source: UnknownSaved by ImaWriterIII in liberty tyranny war peace moderation ambition AlexanderHamilton 9 years ago[save this] [permalink]

Educate and inform the whole mass of the people...They are the only sure reliance for the preservation of our liberty.

Author: Thomas Jefferson, Source: UnknownSaved by ImaWriterIII in liberty government tyranny thomasjefferson education 9 years ago[save this] [permalink]

I have sworn upon the altar of God eternal hostility against every form of tyranny over the mind of man.

Author: Thomas Jefferson, Source: letter to Dr. Benjamin Rush, September 23, 1800Saved by ImaWriterIII in liberty government tyranny thomasjefferson oath 9 years ago[save this] [permalink]

As to the history of the revolution, my ideas may be peculiar, perhaps singular. What do we mean by the Revolution? The war? That was no part of the revolution; it was only an effect and consequence of it. The revolution was in the minds of the people, and this was effected from 1760 - 1775, in the course of fifteen years, before a drop of blood was shed at Lexington.

Author: John Adams, Source: letter to Thomas Jefferson, August 24, 1815Saved by ImaWriterIII in liberty tyranny revolution johnadams movements 9 years ago[save this] [permalink]

In the creation of the federal government, the states exercised the highest act of sovereignty, and they may, if they please, repeat the proof of their sovereignty, by its annihilation. But the union possesses no innate sovereignty, like the states; it was not self-constituted; it is conventional, and of course subordinate to the sovereignties by which it was formed

Author: John Taylor of Caroline, Source: UnknownSaved by ImaWriterIII in politics liberty government freedom tyranny revolution federal sovereign states nullification johntaylorofcaroline 9 years ago[save this] [permalink]

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