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"The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people."
--10th Amendment

"The strongest reason for the people to retain the right to keep and bear arms is, as a last resort, to protect themselves against tyranny in government."
--Thomas Jefferson

"I would rather be exposed to the inconveniences attending too much liberty than to those attending too small a degree of it."
-- Thomas Jefferson

“Laws that forbid the carrying of arms...disarm only those who are neither inclined nor determined to commit crimes... Such laws make things worse for the assaulted and better for the assailants; they serve rather to encourage than to prevent homicides, for an unarmed man may be attacked with greater confidence than an armed man.”
-- Thomas Jefferson (Quoting Cesare Beccaria)

"The beauty of the Second Amendment is that it will not be needed until they try to take it."
-- Thomas Jefferson

"To take from one because it is thought that his own industry and that of his father’s has acquired too much, in order to spare to others, who, or whose fathers, have not exercised equal industry and skill, is to violate arbitrarily the first principle of association—the guarantee to every one of a free exercise of his industry and the fruits acquired by it."
-- Thomas Jefferson

"I think myself that we have more machinery of government than is necessary, too many parasites living on the labor of the industrious."
-- Thomas Jefferson

"When the people fear their government, there is tyranny; when the government fears the people, there is liberty."
-- Thomas Jefferson

"What country can preserve its liberties if its rulers are not warned from time to time that their people preserve the spirit of resistance?"
-- Thomas Jefferson

"The spirit of resistance to government is so valuable on certain occasions that I wish it to be always kept alive. It will often be exercised when wrong, but better so than not to be exercised at all."
-- Thomas Jefferson

"Were we directed from Washington when to sow and when to reap, we should soon want bread."
-- Thomas Jefferson

"I predict future happiness for Americans if they can prevent the government from wasting the labors of the people under the pretense of taking care of them."
-- Thomas Jefferson

"The democracy will cease to exist when you take away from those who are willing to work and give to those who would not."
-- Thomas Jefferson

"Most bad government has grown out of too much government."
-- Thomas Jefferson

"Timid men prefer the calm of despotism to the tempestuous sea of liberty."
-- Thomas Jefferson

"The two enemies of the people are criminals and government, so let us tie the second down with the chains of the Constitution so the second will not become the legalized version of the first."
-- Thomas Jefferson

"A wise and frugal government, which shall restrain men from injuring one another, which shall leave them otherwise free to regulate their own pursuits of industry and improvement, and shall not take from the mouth of labor and bread it has earned. This is the sum of good government."
-- Thomas Jefferson

"All men having power ought to be mistrusted."
--James Madison

"As a man is said to have a right to his property, he may be equally said to have a property in his rights."
--James Madison

"I believe there are more instances of the abridgement of freedom of the people by gradual and silent encroachments by those in power than by violent and sudden usurpations."
--James Madison

"It will be of little avail to the people that the laws are made by men of their own choice if the laws be so voluminous that they cannot be read, or so incoherent that they cannot be understood."
--James Madison

"Liberty may be endangered by the abuse of liberty, but also by the abuse of power."
--James Madison

"The Constitution preserves the advantage of being armed which Americans possess over the people of almost every other nation where the governments are afraid to trust the people with arms."
--James Madison

"The essence of Government is power; and power, lodged as it must be in human hands, will ever be liable to abuse."
--James Madison

"The executive has no right, in any case, to decide the question, whether there is or is not cause for declaring war."
--James Madison

"We are right to take alarm at the first experiment upon our liberties."
--James Madison

I believe the conservative way of thinking is the greatest hope for this nation — indeed, the world.

God Bless America. The Greatest Nation in the History of Mankind.