The Lady Speaks

Timeless (and Timely) Quotes

Here’s a few quotes from our country’s Founding Fathers. It is incredibly sad to realize just how apropos they are when considering the state of our beloved country today. Once again, the American people must rebel against a tyrant. This time, one who believes it is his right – and indeed, his duty – to fight terrorism by all means, including the destruction of the very fabric from which this country was built.

Let’s go back 229 years, and see what our Founding Fathers said before and after creating a document that the President and the Republican Congress seem determined to shred:

‘[L]iberty must at all hazards be supported. We have a right to it, derived from our Maker. But if we had not, our fathers have earned and bought it for us, at the expense of their ease, their estates, their pleasure, and their blood.’ — John Adams, 1765

‘A general dissolution of principles and manners will more surely overthrow the liberties of America than the whole force of the common enemy. While the people are virtuous they cannot be subdued; but when once they lose their virtue then will be ready to surrender their liberties to the first external or internal invader.’ — Samuel Adams, 1779

‘They that can give up essential liberty to purchase a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety.’ — Ben Franklin, 1759

‘Is life so dear or peace so sweet as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery? Forbid it, Almighty God. I know not what course others may take, but as for me, give me liberty or give me death!’ — Patrick Henry

‘That these are our grievances which we have thus laid before his majesty, with that freedom of language and sentiment which becomes a free people claiming their rights as derived from the laws of nature, and not as the gift of their chief magistrate.’Thomas Jefferson, 1774

‘One of the most essential branches of English liberty is the freedom of one’s house. A man’s house is his castle.’James Otis, 1761

‘Nevertheless, to the persecution and tyranny of his cruel ministry we will not tamely submit — appealing to Heaven for the justice of our cause, we determine to die or be free.’ — Joseph Warren, 1775

And this, from the Declaration of Independence:

–That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed,

That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.

March 16, 2006 - Posted by | Bush, Government, Law

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