quotes tagged with 'usa'
Author: Colonel Ted R. "Teddy" Spain, Source: Unknown
We gave each of our fallen comrades a fitting memorial and mourned their loss. Each time, I knew these heroes left wives, husbands, children and other loved ones behind. They were all volunteers and each had their reasons for joining the Army and defending their country. They all had great plans for the future, but none of them had planned on dying in combat. These soldiers will never see their children graduate from high school, will never attend their weddings, will never coach their little league baseball teams.
Author: William Grigg, Source: http://freedominourtime.blogspot.com/2009/04/bright-dead-alien...
How would peaceful, orderly secession -- the reclaiming of independence by a state or, in the case of Texas -- be "treason" against "the united States in Congress assembled"? By strict constitutional definition, "treason" consists only of "levying war against them" or in "adhering to their enemies, giving them aid and comfort."
Note how this passage refers to "states" in the plural, not to a singular national government. Interestingly, there is no language in the U.S. Constitution that makes "rebellion" against the general (or federal) government a form of treason. And since the federal government was designed to be an agent of the states, a state that chooses to withdraw from that relationship is hardly a "rebel."
Furthermore, secession is not an act of war, since withdrawing from a social arrangement of any kind is exactly the opposite of aggression.
Author: J. Reuben Clark, Source: Improvement Era, July 1940, p. 444Author: John Adams, Source: His last public words, a toast on July 4, 1826 (the 50th anniversary of the Declaration of Independence)
God provided that in this land of liberty, our political allegiance shall run not to individuals, that is, to government officials, no matter how great or how small they may be. Under His plan our allegiance and the only allegiance we owe as citizens or denizens of the United States, runs to our inspired Constitution which God himself set up. So runs the oath of office of those who participate in government. A certain loyalty we do owe to the office which a man holds, but even here we owe just by reason of our citizenship, no loyalty to the man himself. In other countries it is to the individual that allegiance runs. This principle of allegiance to the Constitution is basic to our freedom. It is one of the great principles that distinguishes this `land of liberty' from other countries.
Author: Joseph Story, Source: Commentaries on the Constitution (http://books.google.com/book...
Let the American youth never forget, that they possess a noble inheritance, bought by the toils, and sufferings and blood of their ancestors; and capable, if wisely improved, and faithfully guarded, of transmitting to their latest posterity all the substantial blessings of life, the peaceful enjoyment of liberty, property, religion, and independence…Republics are created by the virture, public spirit, and intelligence of the citizens. They fall, when the wise are banished from the public councils, because they dare to be honest and the profligate are rewarded, because they flatter the people, in order to betray them.
No people can be bound to acknowledge and adore the invisible hand which conducts the affairs of men more than the people of the United States.Author: George Washington, Source: http://article.nationalreview.com/print/?q=NGJlNWNmNzA5ZmZkYjR...
[James Madison] was not trained in any particular profession, but he was widely read and capable of clear and independent thought, remarkably unburdened by prevailing assumptions.Author: Rex E. Lee, Source: http://speeches.byu.edu/?act=viewitem&id=1748&tid=2
This is still God's world. The forces of evil, working through some mortals, have made a mess of a good part of it. But it is still God's world. In due time, when each of us has had a chance to prove ourselves--including whether or not we are going to stand up for freedom--God will interject himself, and the final and eternal victory shall be for free agency. And then shall those complacent people on the sidelines, and those who took the wrong but temporarily popular course, lament their decisions. To the patriots I say this: Take that long eternal look. Stand up for freedom, no matter what the cost. Stand up and be counted. It can help to save your soul--and maybe your country.Author: Ezra Taft Benson, Source: Teachings of Ezra T. Benson Chapter 5 P. 592
I believe that if the people of this nation fully understood what Congress has done to them over the last 49 years, they would move on Washington; they would not wait for an election... It adds up to a preconceived plan to destroy the economic and social independence of the United States!Author: George W. Malone, Source: Congressional statement, 1957
When did We the People ever vote to be ruled? Controlled? Herded? Has this nation come full circle, only to be ruled by another King George? But much has changed since 1776 and American guts and glory may already have been spent. America won its independence from King George (the one on the other side of the ocean) when local leaders joined the citizenry to form militias and fight for freedom. How can America possibly be taken, again, from King George (the one on this side of the ocean)? We are not to form local militias and our neighbors in uniform are all the king's men who have been blinded until they no longer recognize a royal imposter; an unconstitutional acting one, at that.Author: Linda Schrock Taylor, Source: http://www.lewrockwell.com/taylor/taylor133.html