When I was much too young to do anything about it,
I was locked in a room with 30 other kids
and told I would stay there until I learned what is now
commonly dismissed as "that Thomas Jefferson, John Adams crap,"
which now I'm told I must forget
or face being locked in a much smaller room,
by myself,
until I do . . .

"The State never intentionally
confronts a man's sense,
intellectual or moral,
but only his body, his senses.
It is not armed with
superior wit or honesty,
but with superior
physical strength.
I was not born to be forced."
Henry David Thoreau

"All we want is to be left alone."

"The makers of the Constitution conferred,
as against the government,
the Right to be let alone;
the most comprehensive of rights,
and the right most valued
by civilized men."

"Put no constrictions on the people.
Leave 'em ta Hell alone."

"Every American ought to have the right to be treated
as he would wish to be treated,
as one would wish his children to be treated."

"No man is good enough to govern another man
without that other's consent."

"All government, of course, is against liberty."

" The preservation of the sacred fire of liberty,

and the destiny of the republican model of government,

are justly considered as deeply,

perhaps as finally staked,

on the experiment entrusted to the hands

of the American people."

"We the people of the United States
in order to
form a more perfect union,
establish justice,
insure domestic tranquility,
provide for the common defense,
promote the general welfare,
and secure the blessings of liberty
to ourselves and our posterity,
do ordain and establish
this Constitution

for the United States of America."

Preamble to the Constitution
of the United States of America

republic: "a form of government in which supreme power resides in a body of citizens entitled to vote and is exercised by elected officers and representatives responsible to them and governing according to law." Websters Unabridged Dictionary

   At about the time our original 13 states adopted their new constitution in 1787, a Scottish history professor by the name of Alexander Tyler had this to say about "The Fall of the Athenian Republic" over 2,000 years previous to that date:
"A democracy cannot exist as a permanent form of government. It can only exist until the voters discover that they can vote themselves largesse (generous gifts) from the public treasury. From that moment on, the majority always votes for the candidates promising the most benefits from the public treasury, with the result that a democracy always collapses over loose fiscal policy,(which is) always followed by a dictatorship.

"The average age of the world's greatest civilizations has been two hundred years. These nations have progressed through this sequence:

From bondage to spiritual faith;
from spiritual faith to great courage;
from great courage to Liberty;
from Liberty to abundance;
from abundance to complacency;
from complacency to apathy;
from apathy to dependence;
from dependence back into bondage."

democracy: "a government of the masses. Authority derived through mass meetings or any other form of direct expression. Results in mobocracy. Attitude towards property is communistic-negative property rights. Attitude toward law is that the will of the majority shall regulate, whether it is based upon deliberation or governed by passion, prejudice and impulse, without restraint or regard to consequences. It results in demagogism, license, agitation, discontent, anarchy." U.S. Army Training Manual

"Democracy never lasts long,
it soon wastes itself,
exhausts and murders itself.
There never was a democracy yet
that did not commit suicide."
          Samuel Adams

The politic of the left
wants to help men
live moral lives.
The politic of the right
wants to make men
live moral lives.

Where is the politic that
wants to let men
live moral lives?

"Freedom is the power
to live as you will.
Who then lives as he wills?"

"Freedom lies
in being bold"

"When you are INNOCENT
you can do ANYTHING
that you want."

I have discovered the art of deceiving bureaucrats; I speak the truth, and they never believe me.


I tell you that I cannot do
that which I never agreed to do,
and you insist it's because I won't.

You won't do
that which you have sworn to do,
and insist it's because you can't

scares me
who knows,
with certainty,
what is right for me.


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