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"The accumulation of all powers, legislative, executive, and judiciary, in the same hands, whether on one, a few, or many, and whether hereditary, self appointed, or elective, may justly be pronounced the very definition of tyranny." -James Madison, The Federalist Papers No. 47.

"If the representatives of the people betray their constituents, there is then no resource left but in the exertion of that original right of self defense, which is paramount to all positive forms of government..." -Alexander Hamilton, The Federalist Papers No. 28.

"None are more hopelessly enslaved than those who falsely believe they are free." -Geothe

"When we see a lot of framed timbers, different portions of which have been gotten out at different times and places and by different workmen, and when we see these timbers joined together and see thst they exactly make the frame of a house or mill, all the lengths and porportions of the different pieces exactly adapted to their respective pieces, and not a piece too many or too few, not omitting even scaffolding, or if a single piece be lacking, we can see the place in the frame exactly fitted and prepared to yet bring such piece in; in such case, we find it impossible not to believe that they all understood one another from the beginning, and all worked upon A common plan or draft drawn up before the first lick was struck." -Abraham Lincoln

"Patriotism means to stand by the country. It does not mean to stand by the president or any other public official, save exactly to the degree in which he himself stands by the country. It is patriotic to support him insofar as he efficiently serves the country. It is unpatriotic not to oppose him to the exact extent that by inefficiency or otherwise he fails in his duty to stand by the country. In either event, it is unpatriotic not to tell the truth, whether about the president or anyone else." -Theodore Roosevelt

"They have a right, an indisputable, unalienable, indefeasible, divine right to that most dreaded and envied kind of knowledge; I mean, of the characters and conduct of their rulers. Rulers are no more than attorneys, agents and trustees, for the people; and if the cause, the interest and trust, is insidiously betrayed, or wantonly trifled away, the people have a right to revoke the authority that they themselves have deputed." -John Adams

"Our peculiar security is in possession of a written Constitution. Let us not make it a blank paper by construction. I say the same as to the opinion of those who consider the grant of the treaty making power as boundless. If it is, then we have no Constitution." - Thomas Jefferson

"History may not repeat itself, but it sure does rhyme." -Mark Twain

"Experience keeps a dear school, but fools will learn in no other." -Benjamin Franklin

"Lay down true principles and adhere to them inflexibly." -Thomas Jefferson to S. Kercheval, 1816.

"A free people [claim] their rights as derived from the laws of nature, and not as the gift of their chief magistrate." -Thomas Jefferson: Rights of British America, 1774.

"It is to secure our rights that we resort to government at all." -Thomas Jefferson to M. D'Ivernois, 1795.

"Nothing... is unchangeable but the inherent and unalienable rights of man." -Thomas Jefferson to J. Cartwright, 1824.

"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." -Thomas Paine

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

"Members and front organizations must continually embarrass, discredit, and degrade our critics. When obstructionists become too irritating, label them as fascist or Nazi or anti-Semitic. Constantly associate those who oppose us with those names that already have a bad smell. The association will, after enough repetition, become 'fact' in the public mind." -Central Committee of the Communist Party, 1943

"The Restraint of Government is the True Liberty and Freedom of the People." -Eighteenth-Century common American saying

"Government is not reason, it is not eloquence -- it is force." -George Washington

"The evils of tyranny are rarely seen but by him who resists it." -John Hay, 1872

"It is dangerous to be right when the government is wrong." -Voltaire (1694-1778)