"It is the creation of a Constitutional government,
structured by a deep separation of powers,
that significantly marks the confound conviction,
born of experience,
that human beings occupying positions of leadership
must be restrained by forces more potent than
their own arbitrary discretion."

In other words...

"Justice needs Lawyers
like True Love needs a pimp."

Lawyerist: one who insists that you hire a lawyer and sue to keep what's already yours.

"The more corrupt the Republic,
the more the laws."

Lawyerism: where the game is more important than the rules.

"The greater the number of laws,
the greater the number of offenses
against them."

In court, arrogance is the right of the citizen.

"More laws just means
more work for lawyers."

When a lawyer says "Your Honor," he means "My Brother."

"No political truth is certainly of greater intrinsic value,
or is stamped with the authority
of more enlightened patrons of liberty,
than that the accumulation of all powers,
legislative, executive, and judiciary,
in the same hands
may justly be pronounced
the very definition of tyranny."


On March 4, 1996, the United States Supreme Court handed down a decision (5-4) approving the practice of confiscation and forfeiture of personal property used in or around the commission of a misdemeanor . . . whether or not the owner had knowledge of any such "criminal" activity. The decision, and consenting and dissenting opinions are presented here (with some editorial comments).

Read 'um and weep!

There is no security!

Governments don't generate
any of the revenue that they spend.

"Banks have done more injury
to the religion, morality,
tranquility, prosperity,
and even wealth of the nation
than they can have done
or ever will do

John Adams (1819)

"Of all the contrivances for cheating
the working classes of mankind
perhaps none is so effective as
that which deludes them
with paper money."

Daniel Webster

"Permit me to issue and control the money of a nation,
and I care not who makes its laws."
Mayer Anselm Rothchild

"The money power
preys upon the nation in times of peace
and conspires against it
in times of adversity.
It is more despotic than monarchy,
more insolent than autocracy,
and more selfish than bureaucracy."

Abraham Lincoln

"When I meet a government that says to me,
'Your money or your life,'
why should I be in haste
to give it my money?"

Henry David Thoreau

"The privilege against self-incrimination
is neither afforded to the passive resistant
nor to the person who is ignorant of his rights.

Nor to the one who is indifferent thereto.

It is a fighting clause.

Its benefits may be retained
only by sustained combat.

It cannot be claimed
by an attorney or solicitor.

It is valid only when insisted upon
by a belligerent claimant in person."

        United States v. Johnson, 76 F.Supp 538, 540 (1947)

"Power gradually extirpates from the mind
every humane and gentle virtue."
          Edmund Burke

"Power intoxicates men.
It is never voluntarily surrendered.
It must be taken from them."

          James. F. Byrnes

"The limits of tyrants
are prescribed by the endurance
of those whom they suppress."

          Frederick Douglass

Treatise Of An American Outlaw

All people who live subject
to other people's laws
are victims.

People who break laws
out of greed, frustration, or vengeance
are victims.

People who overturn laws
in order to replace them with their own laws
are victims.

We outlaws, however,
live beyond the law.

We don't merely live beyond
the letter of the law,
we live beyond
the spirit of the law.

In a sense, then,
we live beyond society.

Have we a common goal,
that goal is to turn the tables
on the nature of society.

When we succeed,
we raise the exhilaration content
of the universe.

We even raise it a little bit
when we fail.

I love the trite mythos of the outlaw. I love the self-conscious romanticism of the outlaw. I love the black wardrobe of the outlaw. I love the fey smile of the outlaw. I love the pot of the outlaw and the beans of the outlaw. I love the way respectable men sneer and say "outlaw." I love the way young women palpitate and say "outlaw." The outlaw boat sails against the flow, and I love it. Outlaws toilet where badgers toilet, and I love it. All outlaws are photogenic, and I love that. "When freedom is outlawed, only outlaws will be free": that's a graffito seen in Anacortes, and I love that. There are outlaw maps that lead to outlaw treasures, and I love those maps especially. Unwilling to wait for mankind to improve, the outlaw lives as if that day were here,
and I love that most of all.

Criminals, because they're plagued with guilt, often will surrender and go quietly.
Outlaws, because they're pure, never will.

          Stolen from Tom Robbins
          (Still Life With Woodpecker)

"Those who expect to reap the blessings of freedom
must, like men,
undergo the fatigue of supporting it."

Thomas Paine

"It is not from top to bottom that societies die;
it is from bottom to top."

Henry George

"A nation never falls
but by suicide."

Ralph Waldo Emerson

"The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil
is for good men to do nothing."

Edmund Burke

"When good people in any country
cease their vigilance and struggle,
then evil men prevail."

Pearl S. Buck

"It is harder to preserve
than to obtain

John Caldwell Calhoun

"The history of Liberty is a history
of the limitations of governmental power
not the increase of it."

Woodrow Wilson

"If a society is to remain free,
its government must be controlled."

Ayn Rand

"An oppressed people are authorized
whenever they can
to rise up and break their fetters."

Henry Clay

"The right of revolt
has sources deep in our history."

Justice William O. Douglas

"I hold a little rebellion now and then
is a good thing,
and as necessary in the political world
as storms in the physical."

          Thomas Jefferson

"All men recognize the right of revolution that is,
the right to refuse allegiance to, and to resist,
the government with its tyranny or its efficiency
are great and unendurable."
          Henry David Thoreau

"Prudence, indeed, will dictate
that Governments long established
should not be changed for light and transcient 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."

          Declaration of Independence

"Liberty Lives in the hearts
of all men and women;
when it dies there,
no constitution, no law,
no court can save it."

Learned Hand

"Liberty does not exist, my fellow citizens,
in the mere declaration of the rights of man.
It consists in the translation of those declarations
into definite actions."

Woodrow Wilson

"With reasonable men I will reason;
with humane men I will plead;
but to tyrants I will give no quarter,
nor waste arguments,
where they will certainly be lost."

William Loyd Garrison

"Extremism in the defense of Liberty
is no vice.
And . . .
moderation in the pursuit of Justice
is no virtue."

Barry Goldwater

. . . "for the support of this Declaration (the Declaration of Independence), with a firm reliance on the protection of Divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes, and our sacred honor."

Don't just QUESTION authority!


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