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Ted Brown for U.S. Congress

"The difference between the Republican and Democratic parties is that, if the Democrats proposed burning down the White House, the Republicans would immediately counter with a measure to phase it in over three years."

- ex-Senator Malcolm Wallop (R-Wyoming)

"Good intentions will always be pleaded for every assumption of authority. It is hardly too strong to say that the Constitution was made to guard the people against the dangers of good intentions. There are men in all ages who mean to govern well, but they mean to govern. They promise to be good masters, but they mean to be masters."

- Senator Daniel Webster (1782-1852)

"If you want government to intervene domestically, you're a liberal. If you want government to intervene overseas, you're a conservative. If you want government to intervene everywhere, you're a moderate. If you don't want government to intervene anywhere, you're an extremist."

- Joseph Sobran, columnist and editor

"(Government in America) has taken on a vast mass of new duties and responsibilities; it has spread out its powers until they penetrate to every act of the citizen, however secret; it has begun to throw around its operations the high dignity and impeccability of religion; its agents become a separate and superior caste, with authority to bind and loose, and their thumbs in every pot. But it still remains, as it was in the beginning, the common enemy of all well-disposed, industrious and decent men."

- H. L. Mencken (1880-1956)

"When the government fears the people, there is liberty. When the people fear the government, there is tyranny."

- Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826)

"We will make converts day by day. We will grow strong by the violence and injustice of our adversaries. And, unless truth be a mockery and justice a hollow lie, we will be in the majority after awhile, and then the revolution which we will accomplish will be none less radical from being the result of pacific measures. The battle for freedom is to be fought on principle."

- Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865)

"Today, wanting someone else's money is called 'need,' wanting to keep your own money is called 'greed,' and 'compassion' is when politicians arrange the transfer."

- Joseph Sobran, columnist and editor

"Tyranny, like hell, is not easily conquered. Yet we have this consolation with us: the harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph. What we obtain too cheap, we esteem too lightly. It would be strange indeed if so celebrated an article as freedom should not be highly rated."

- Thomas Paine

"Has not the experience of two centuries shown that gradualism in theory is perpetuity in practice? Is there an instance, in the history of the world, where slaves have been educated for freedom by their task-masters?"

- William Lloyd Garrison

"The truth is that all men having power ought to be mistrusted."

- James Madison (1751-1836)

"I believe that there are more instances of the abridgment of the freedom of the people by gradual and silent encroachment than by violent and sudden usurpations."

- James Madison (1751-1836)

"If we steal a man's purse we are thieves. If we steal 1200 islands we are patriots. If you steal a man's money you will be sent to the penitentiary. If you steal his liberty you will be sent to the White House."

- William Jennings Bryan (1860-1925), referring to the Philippines after the Spanish-American War

"The welfare of the people in particular has always been the alibi of tyrants, and it provides the further advantage of giving the servants of tyranny a good conscience."

- Albert Camus (1913-1960)

"Necessity is the plea for every infringement of human freedom. It is the argument of tyrants; it is the creed of slaves."

- William Pitt

"Just because you do not take an interest in politics doesn't mean politics won't take an interest in you."

- Pericles, 430 B.C.

"We are mad, not only individually but nationally. We check manslaughter and isolated murders; but what of war and the much vaunted crime of slaughtering whole peoples?"

- Seneca

"Racism is the lowest, most crudely primitive form of collectivism. It is the notion of ascribing moral, social or political significance to a man's genetic lineage -- the notion that a man's intellectual and characterological traits are produced and transmitted by his internal body chemistry. Which means, in practice, that a man is to be judged, not by his own character or actions, but by the character and actions of a collective of ancestors."

- Ayn Rand (1905-1982)

"Why of course people don't want war. Why should some poor slob on a farm want to risk his life in a war when the best he can get out of it is to come back to his farm in one piece? Naturally, the common people don't want war; neither in Russia, nor England, nor for that matter Germany. That is understood. But after all, it is leaders of the country who determine the policy, and it is always a simple matter to drag people along, whether it is a democracy, or a fascist dictatorship, or a parliament, or a communist dictatorship. Voice or no voice, the people can be brought to the bidding of the leaders. That is easy. All you have to do is tell them they are being attacked, and denounce the pacifists for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger. It works the same in every country."

- Hermann Goering

"Law after law breeds
A multitude of thieves.
Therefore a sensible man says:
If I keep from meddling with people,
they take care of themselves;
If I keep from commanding people,
they behave themselves;
If I keep from preaching at people,
they improve themselves;
If I keep from imposing on people,
they become themselves."

- Lao-Tzu (founder of Taoism), 6th century B. C.

"The individual is the true reality in life ... the individual has always been and necessarily is the sole source and motive power of evolution and progress. Civilization has been a continuous struggle of the individual or groups of individuals against the State and even against society; that is, against the majority subdued and hypnotized by the State and State worship ... the living man cannot be defined; he is the fountainhead of all life and all values; he is not part of this or that; he is whole, an individual whole, a growing, changing, yet always constant whole."

-Emma Goldman

"Whether the mask is labeled Fascism, Democracy, or Dictatorship of the Proletariat, our great adversary remains the Apparatus -- the bureaucracy, the police, the military. Not the one facing us across the frontier or the battle lines, which is not so much our enemy but our brothers' enemy, but the one that calls itself our protector and makes us its slaves. No matter what the circumstances, the worst betrayal will always be to subordinate ourselves to this Apparatus -- and to trample under foot, in its service, all human values in ourselves and others."

- Simone Weil, 1945

"You can muffle the drum, and you can loosen the strings of the lyre, but who shall command the skylark not to sing."

- Kahlil Gibran, The Prophet

Not like the brazen giant of Greek fame,
With conquering limbs astride from land to land;
Here at our sea-washed, sunset gates shall stand
A mighty woman with a torch, whose flame
Is the imprisoned lightning, and her name
Mother of Exiles. From her beacon-hand
Glows worldwide welcome; her mild eyes command
The air-bridged harbor that twin cities frame.

"Keep, ancient lands, your storied pomp," cries she
With silent lips. "Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me,
I lift my lamp beside the golden door!

- Emma Lazarus "The New Colossus" (on the base of the Statue of Liberty)

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