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When Plunder becomes a way of life for a group of men living together in a society, they create for themselves in the course of time, a legal system that authorizes it and a moral code that glorifies it. - Fredric Bastiat
"I have often thought that if a rational Fascist dictatorship were to exist, then it would choose the American system." - Noam Chomsky, Language and Responsibility
All our liberties are due to men who, when their conscience has compelled them, have broken the laws of the land. William Kingdon Clifford
Understand that legal and illegal are political, and often arbitrary categorizations; use and abuse are medical, or clinical, distinctions. - Abbie Hoffman
"Oh, my countrymen! What will our children say, when they read the history of these times? Should they find we tamely gave away without one noble struggle, the most invaluable of earthly blessings? As they drag the galling chain, will they not execrate us? If we have any respect for things sacred; any regard to the dearest treasures on earth; if we have one tender sentiment for posterity; if we would not be despised by the whole world - let us in the most open, solemn manner, and with determined fortitude, swear we will die, if we cannot live free men!" - Josiah Quincy, Jr., 1788 Boston Gazette
"We are a one party country. Half of them call themselves Democrats and the other half call themselves Republicans. All the good ideas come from the Libertarians." - Hugh Downs
"These so-called governments are in reality only great bands of robbers and murderers, organized, disciplined, and constantly on the alert." - Lysander Spooner, 1869
"One dissident anywhere is a threat to tyrants everywhere" - Ken Larsen
"Liberty has never come from Government. Liberty has always come from the subjects of it. The history of Liberty is a history of resistance. The history of Liberty is a history of limitations of Governmental power, NOT the increase of it." - Woodrow Wilson
"Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere." Martin Luther King, Jr.
"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has." - Margaret Mead
"The last struggles of a great superstition are very frequently the worst." - Andrew Dickson White (1832-1918)
"It's kind of fun to do the impossible."- Walt Disney
If ye love wealth greater than liberty, the tranquility of servitude greater than the animating contest for freedom, go home from us in peace. We seek not your counsel, nor your arms. Crouch down and lick the hand that feeds you; and posterity forget that ye were our countrymen. - Samuel Adams
"Legalizing drugs would simultaneously reduce the amount of crime and raise the quality of law enforcement. Can you conceive of any other measure that would accomplish so much to promote law and order?" - Economist Milton Friedman
"There is a principle which is a bar against all information, which is proof against all arguments and which cannot fail to keep a man in everlasting ignorance- that principle is contempt prior to investigation." - Herbert Spencer
"True, the Founding Fathers had provided for a specific right to bear arms, but the only reason they'd nothing to say to about the right to plant seeds (was)... because it never would have occurred to them that any state might care to abridge that right. After all, they were writing on hemp paper." Michael Pollan, quoting California flower grower, Will Fulton. Harper's Magazine / April 1997 page 52.
"Marijuana gives rise to insanity -- not in its users but in the policies directed against it. A nation that sentences the possessor of a single joint to life imprisonment without parole but sets a murderer free after perhaps six years is in the grips of a deep psychosis." More Reefer Madness by Eric Schlosser.
When a well-packaged web of lies has been sold gradually to the masses over generations, the truth will seem utterly preposterous and its speaker a raving lunatic. - Dresden James
"In the midst of plenty, they were slowly starving to death. The meat roaming the savannahs was not just beyond their reach; it was beyond their imagination." - Arthur C. Clarke, 2001
"The whole aim of practical politics is to keep the populace alarmed -- and thus clamorous to be led to safety -- by menacing it with an endless series of hobgoblins, all of them imaginary." -- H.L. Mencken
"When great changes occur in history, when great principles are involved, as a rule the majority are wrong. The minority are right." - Eugene V.
Debs (1855-1926)
D's and R's.... two gangs of thugs, fighting over the loot. Unknown.
"Any real and lasting change that occurs in a democratic society is done through education and persuasion and not through coercion and force.- George Shultz
The right to be secure from "unreasonable searches"
may exist on paper, but for many Americans it may as
well be toilet paper. - Unknown
"A free people ought to be armed." - George Washington
"The only thing new in the world is the history you do not know" - President Harry Truman
When I was a boy I was told that anybody could become President; I'm beginning to believe it. - Clarence Darrow
"There is no swifter route to the corruption of thought than through the corruption of language" - G. Orwell
"The constitutions of most of our States assert that all power is inherent in the people; is their right and duty to be at all times armed;...." - Thomas Jefferson letter to Justice John Cartwright June 5, 1824. 1824. ME 16:45.
"Why doesn't everybody just leave everybody else the hell alone?" - Jimmy Durante
Some days, it's just not worth chewing through the leather straps.... Unknown
"No one has ever died from Marijuana, who wasn't shot by a cop...." - Jack Herer, Hemp for Victory.
This country, with its institutions, belongs to the people who inhabit it. Whenever they shall grow weary of the existing Government, they can exercise their 'constitutional' right of amending it or their 'revolutionary' right to dismember or overthrow it." Abraham Lincoln, First inaugural address, March 4, 1861. (sometimes incorrectly cited as an April 4th speech)
Poly=many, Ticks=blood sucking insects
The very purpose of a Bill of Rights was to withdraw certain subjects from the vicissitudes of political controversy, to place them beyond the reach of majorities and officials and to establish them as legal principles to be applied by the courts. One's right to life, liberty, and property, to free speech, a free press, freedom of worship and assembly, and other fundamental rights may not be submitted to vote; they depend on the outcome of no elections." Supreme Court Justice Robert Jackson, 1943
U.S. CONSTITUTION - Void Where Prohibited by Law - Unknown
"The people who vote decide nothing. The people who count the vote decide
everything." - Josef Stalin
"All laws, which are contrary to the Constitution are null and void." - Marbury v. Madison § 5 U.S. 137, 176:
"Once a mind is set free, it will never go back to its original state."
"The beauty of the second amendment is that it will not be needed until they try to take it." -- Thomas Jefferson
Lenin once promised that "When the time comes to hang the capitalists, they will compete with each other over the profits of selling the rope."
"The prestige of government has undoubtedly been lowered considerably by the Prohibition law. For nothing is more destructive of respect for the government and the law of the land than passing laws which cannot be enforced. It is an open secret that the dangerous increase of crime in this country is closely connected with this." Albert Einstein, My First Impression of the U.S.A., 1921
Why are we surprised then, that we are treated like children by the spoiled brats we elect? - Michael Gilson De Lemos
Sometimes it is said that man cannot be trusted with the government of himself. Can he, then, be trusted with the government of others? - Thomas Jefferson
Justice will not be served until those who are unaffected are as outraged as those who are. - Benjamin Franklin
"No laws, however stringent, can make the idle industrious, the thriftless provident, or the drunken sober." -- Samuel Stiles
"You must not forget we can also build... it is we the workers who built these palaces and cities. We can build others to take their place. The ruling rich might blast and ruin its own world before it leaves the stage of history. We carry a new world here in our hearts." Buenaventura Durruti, the only libertarian commander in the Spanish Revolution.
If you are happy and you know it, clank your chains. - Unknown
Government exists to protect us from each other. Where government has gone beyond its limits is in deciding to protect us from ourselves. - Ronald Reagan
"It is dangerous to be right when the government is wrong." - Voltaire (1694-1778)
The legitimate powers of government extend to such acts only as they are injurious to others. Thomas Jefferson, Notes on the State of Virginia (1781-1785)
It is error alone which needs the support of government. Truth can stand by itself. - Thomas Jefferson
The difference between genius and stupidity is that genius has its limits. - Albert Einstein
`If all mankind minus one, were of one opinion, and only one person were of the contrary opinion, mankind would be no more justified in silencing that one person, than he, if he had the power, would be justified in silencing mankind'
- J.S. Mill
It is criminal to steal a purse. It is daring to steal a fortune. It is a mark of greatness to steal a crown. The blame diminishes as the guilt increases' - Schiller (1759-1805)
`What are politicians going to tell people when the Constitution is gone and we still have a drug problem?'- William Simpson
"There are a thousand hacking at the branches of evil to one who is striking at the root." -- Henry David Thoreau
"Formerly we suffered from crimes; now we suffer from laws." - Publius Cornelius Tacitus
Nothing is so permanent as a temporary government program. -- Milton
"An honest politician is one who stays bought." from "Sixth Column" by
Robert Heinlein.
"No one is as hopelessly enslaved as the person who thinks he is free." - Geothe
"I like your Christ, I do not like your Christians. Your Christians are so unlike your Christ." - Mahatma Gandhi
In matters of style, swim with the current; in matters of principle, stand like a rock. - Thomas Jefferson
"Guard with jealous attention the public liberty. Suspect everyone who approaches that jewel. Unfortunately, nothing will preserve it but downright force. Whenever you give up that force, you are ruined." Patrick Henry - in the Virginia ratifying convention.
"In the end they will lay their freedom at our feet and say to us, 'Make us your slaves, but feed us." Dosteovsky's Grand Inquisitor.
"Are we at last brought to such humiliating and debasing degradation, that we cannot be trusted with arms for our defense? Where is the difference between having our arms in possession and under our direction, and having them under the management of Congress? If our defense be the real object of having those arms, in whose hands can they be trusted with more propriety, or equal safety to us, as in our own hands?" - Patrick Henry (1736-1799)
"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 in On Crimes and punishment (1764).
For every action there is an opposite and equal government program. - Unknown
That rifle on the wall of the labourer's cottage or working class flat is the symbol of democracy. It is our job to see that it stays there. -- GEORGE ORWELL
If you say, "Would there were no wine" because of the drunkards, then you must say, going on by degrees, "Would there were no steel," because of the murderers, "Would there were no night," because of the thieves, "Would there were no light," because of the informers, and "Would there were no women," because of adultery. - St. John Chrysostom: Homilies, c. 388
The trade of governing has always been monopolized by the most ignorant and the most rascally individuals of mankind. - Thomas Paine
Prohibition will work great injury to the cause of temperance. It is a species of intemperance within itself, for it goes beyond the bounds of reason in that it attempts to control a man's appetite by legislation, and makes a crime out of things that are not crimes. A Prohibition law strikes a blow at the very principles upon which our government was founded. - Abraham Lincoln: Speech in the Illinois House of Representatives, Dec 18, 1840.
Whenever the offence inspires less horror than the punishment, the rigor of penal law is obliged to give way to the common feelings of mankind.
Edward Gibbon: The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, 1776
Prohibition only drives drunkenness behind doors and into dark places, and does not cure it, or even diminish it. - Mark Twain: Letter from New York to the Alta Californian, May 28, 1867.
Reader, suppose you were an idiot. And suppose you were a member of Congress. But I repeat myself. - Mark Twain: Manuscript note, c.1882.
I'd rather that England should be free than that England should be compulsorily sober. With freedom we might in the end attain sobriety, but in the other alternative we should eventually lose both freedom and sobriety. - W.C. Magee (Archbishop of York): Sermon at Peterborough, 1868.
The passing of an unjust law is the suicide of authority. - Pastoral Letter of the American Roman Catholic Herarchy, Feb., 1920
There is no nonsense so arrant that it cannot be made the creed of the vast majority by adequate governmental action. - Bertrand Russell: An Outline of Intellectual Rubbish.
Power is sweet; it is a drug, the desire for which increases with a habit. - Bertrand Russell: Saturday Review, 1951
While democracy must have its organizations and controls, its vital breath is individual liberty.
Charles Evans Hughes: U.S. Supreme Court Member, May 1908.
If you think of yourself as a decent, rational person, and you support the war on drugs, then you are misinformed... either about the war or about your decency and rationality. - Ray Aldridge: The WARSTOP pages, April, 1995.
Propaganda must not serve the truth, especially as it might bring out something favorable for the opponent. - Adolf Hitler: Mein Kampf.
It is necessary to be very intelligent in the work of repression. All opposition journals have been suppressed and all the anti-fascist organizations dissolved. - Benito Mussolini: Speech, May 26, 1926.
Humanitarianism is the expression of stupidity and cowardice. - Adolf Hitler: Mein Kampf.
Morality is the best of all devices for leading mankind by the nose. - Friedrich Nietzsche: The Antichrist.
The one means that wins the easiest victory over reason: terror and force. - Adolf Hitler: Mein Kampf.
There is no need for propaganda to be rich in intellectual content. - P.J. Goebbels: Speech at Nurnberg, Aug. 20, 1926.
"I'm aware of the Government theory that the entirety of drug prohibition rests on my deciding for the government, but that's the government's problem, not this court's..." - Judge Breyer
Laws to suppress tend to strengthen what they would prohibit. This is the fine point on which all the legal professions of history have based their job security. - Frank Herbert
"The surest way to corrupt a youth is to instruct him to hold in higher esteem those who think alike than those who think differently." -- Friedrich Nietzsche
"If we're living in a free country,we should be free to do what we want to do if we're not hurting anyone else or their property. Why should I be incarcerated if I'm doing something that doesn't hurt anyone else?" - Woody Harrelson
"He that would make his own life secure, must guard even his enemy from oppression, for if he violates this duty, he establishes a precedent that will reach himself." - - Thomas Paine
A long habit of not thinking a thing wrong, gives it a superficial appearance of being right. - Thomas Paine (Introduction to Common Sense 1776)
"In the beginning of a change, The Patriot is a scarce man, brave, hated and scorned. When his cause succeeds, however, the timid join him, for then it costs nothing to be a patriot." -- Mark Twain

"Based upon the facts established in this record and set out above, one must reasonably conclude that there is accepted safety for use of marijuana under medical supervision."

"To conclude otherwise, on this record, would be unreasonable, arbitrary and capricious…."

"The cannabis plant considered as a whole has a currently accepted medical use in treatment in the United States, there is no lack of accepted safety for use under medical supervision and it may lawfully be transferred from Schedule I to Schedule II. The judge recommends that the Administrator transfer cannabis ."

"Marijuana, in its natural form, is one of the safest therapeutically active substances known to man. By any measure of rational analysis cannabis can be safely used with a supervised routine of medical care." - Francis L. Young, DEA Administrative Law Judge

Politics is the art of preventing people from taking part in affairs that properly concern them. -- Paul Valery
"Each time a person stands up for an ideal, or acts to improve the lot of others. . .they send forth a ripple of hope, and crossing each other from a million different centers of energy and daring, those ripples build a current that can sweep down the mightiest walls of oppression and resistance."
- Robert F. Kennedy
A Little Perspective...

Pythagorean theorem: 24 words.
The Lord's prayer: 66 words.
Archimedes' Principle: 67 words.
The 10 Commandments: 179 words.
The Gettysburg Address: 286 words.
The Declaration of Independence: 1,300 words.
The US Government regulations on the sale of cabbage: 26,911 words.

"The condition upon which God hath given liberty to man is eternal vigilance, which condition if he break, servitude is at once the consequence of his crime----and the punishment of his guilt." John Philpot Curran (1750-1817)
Insofar as a person who feels muzzled by the powers that control our media to not step too far out of bounds by dissenting against current drug policy, consider Hugh Down's comments on his last appearance on 20/20 before retiring.

BARBARA WALTERS: Have there been issues that you would like to have spoken out on, because you have some very strong opinions...

BARBARA WALTERS:.... That you have not been able to? This is your chance.

HUGH DOWNS: It is, isn't it? As you know from 20/20 a couple of times back, I have made comments about the insanity of our drug policy in this country.

BARBARA WALTERS: Are you for the legalization of marijuana?

HUGH DOWNS: The decriminalization of marijuana, yes. I think that would be important, particularly the medical use of it. I think it's ludicrous that states have voted that a medical use is a proper use of that, and yet the federal government countermands that and causes problems for sick people. But I am in favor of it.

BARBARA WALTERS: And this is something up until now you've not been able to talk about on television?

HUGH DOWNS: No. A couple of times I poked at it a little bit in years past, but the roof fell on me so hard that I decided to back off.

"Marijuana doesn't kick down your door in the middle of the night."
--Richard Cowan,
"The greater the number of laws and enactments, the more thieves and robbers there will be." -- Lao-tzu
"A drug is neither moral nor immoral - it's a chemical compound. The compound itself is not a menace to society until a human being treats it as if consumption bestowed a temporary license to act like an asshole" -- Frank Zappa
"You're brought up learning that drugs make you crazy, then you do marijuana for the first time, and it's not so bad. It's kind of cool. That's when kids find out it's been a lie."
--New Mexico Governor Gary Johnson, 10/4/99
"Every friend of freedom must be as revolted as I am by the prospect of turning the United States into an armed camp, by the vision of jails filled with casual drug users and of an army of enforcers empowered to invade the liberty of citizens on slight evidence." - Milton Friedman, Nobel Prize-winning economist
"The care of every man's soul belongs to himself. But what if he neglect the care of it? Well, what if he neglect the care of his health or his estate, which would more nearly relate to the State. Will the magistrate make a law that he not be poor or sick? Laws provide against injury from others; but not from ourselves. God himself will not save men against their wills." --Thomas Jefferson
"Decriminalization would take the profit out of drugs and greatly reduce, if not eliminate, the drug-related violence that is currently plaguing our streets." --Kurt L. Schmoke, Baltimore Mayor
"Alcohol didn't cause the high crime rates of the '20s and '30s, Prohibition did. And drugs do not cause today's alarming crime rates, but drug prohibition does."
"Trying to wage war on 23 million Americans who are obviously very committed to certain recreational activities is not going to be any more successful than Prohibition was."
--US District Judge James C. Paine, addressing the Federal Bar Association in Miami; November, 1991
"Those who do not learn from the mistakes of history are doomed to repeat them." --George Santayana
"Our problems will not be solved by political force, but only by private effort in a free society." - Richard W. Grant ["The Incredible Bread Machine: A Study of Capitalism, Freedom, and the State" (2nd ed., 1999, Foreword, p. ix)]
"When it comes to addiction, the rich go to Betty Ford, the poor go to county jail," the Rev. Scott Richardson, a priest at All Saints Episcopal Church in Pasadena, said in a recent sermon.

"Those who turn their swords into plowshares, will plow the fields of those who did not." Thomas Jefferson

"What a stupendous, what an incomprehensible machine is man! Who can endure toil, famine, stripes, imprisonment & death itself in vindication of his own liberty, and the next moment . . . inflict on his fellow men a bondage, one hour of which is fraught with more misery than ages of that which he rose in rebellion to oppose."
Thomas Jefferson to Jean Nicholas Demeunier, January 24, 1786

"bigotry is the disease of ignorance, of morbid minds; enthusiasm of the free and buoyant. education & free discussion are the antidotes of both."
Thomas Jefferson to John Adams, August 1, 1816

"it is the great parent of science & of virtue: and that a nation will be great in both, always in proportion as it is free."
Thomas Jefferson to Joseph Willard, March 24, 1789

"our liberty depends on the freedom of the press, and that cannot be limited without being lost."
Thomas Jefferson to Dr. James Currie, January 28, 1786

"nothing can now be believed which is seen in a newspaper. truth itself becomes suspicious by being put into that polluted vehicle."
Thomas Jefferson to John Norvell, June 11, 1807

"yet the hour of emancipation is advancing . . . this enterprise is for the young; for those who can follow it up, and bear it through to it's consummation. it shall have all my prayers, and these are the only weapons of an old man."
Thomas Jefferson to Edward Coles, August 25, 1814

"the two principles on which our conduct towards the Indians should be founded, are justice & fear. after the injuries we have done them, they cannot love us . . . ."
Thomas Jefferson to Benjamin Hawkins, August 13, 1786

"I agree with you that it is the duty of every good citizen to use all the opportunities, which occur to him, for preserving documents relating to the history of our country."
Thomas Jefferson to Hugh P. Taylor, October 4, 1823

"I had rather be shut up in a very modest cottage with my books, my family and a few old friends, dining on simple bacon, and letting the world roll on as it liked, than to occupy the most splendid post, which any human power can give."
Thomas Jefferson to Alexander Donald, February 7, 1788

"Whenever the people are well informed, they can be trusted with their own government; that whenever things get so far wrong as to attract their notice, they may be relied on to set them to rights."
Thomas Jefferson to Richard Price, January 8, 1789

"I have often thought that nothing would do more extensive good at small expense than the establishment of a small circulating library in every county, to consist of a few well-chosen books, to be lent to the people of the country under regulations as would secure their safe return in due time."
Thomas Jefferson to John Wyche, May 19, 1809

"our particular principles of religion are a subject of accountability to our god alone. I enquire after no man's and trouble none with mine; nor is it given to us in this life to know whether yours or mine, our friend's or our foe's, are exactly the right."
Thomas Jefferson to Miles King, September 26, 1814

" . . . there is no act, however virtuous, for which ingenuity may not find some bad motive."
Thomas Jefferson to Edward Dowse, April 19, 1803

"When angry, count ten before you speak; if very angry, an hundred."
Thomas Jefferson to Thomas Jefferson Smith, February 21, 1825

"I cannot live without books."
Thomas Jefferson to John Adams, June 10, 1815

"Whoever would overthrow the liberty of a nation must begin by subduing the freeness of speech." -- Benjamin Franklin
Folsom Prison June 25, 1965
On June 18, 1954 I began serving a sentence in prison for the possession of a shopping bag full of marijuana, a shopping bag full of love - I was in love with the weed and I did not for one minute think that anything was wrong with getting high. I had been getting high for four or five years and was convinced, with the zeal of a crusader, that marijuana was superior to lush - yet the rulers of the land seemed all to be lushes. I could not see how they were more justified in drinking than I was in blowing gage. I was a grass-hopper, and it was natural that I felt to be unjustly imprisoned.
from "Soul on Ice" by Edlridge Cleaver
"U.S. Supreme Court, Justice John Paul Stevens asked whether Congress can prohibit people from growing marijuana for their own use.
``I don't think so,'' Justice Rosman stated!"
-- from: “Rape Victims' Right To Sue Studied” LAURIE ASSEO A.P 1.11.00
"If a nation values anything more than freedom, it will lose it's freedom; and the irony of it is that if it is comfort or money that it values more, it will lose that too." - Somerset Maugham, 1941
"Highgrade American marijuana is the triumph of ingenuity and imagination over tyrrany and oppression". - Herb Hempstead 2/2/2000
"The world is a dangerous place to live; not because of the people who are evil, but because of the people who don't do anything about it. - Albert Einstein
"America's drug war is so stupid that if you pay close attention to just how stupid it is -- it'll drive you to use drugs." -- Jim Hightower
Sixteenth AMERICAN JURISPRUDENCE Second Edition, Section 256, page 177:
"The general rule is that an unconstitutional statute, though having the form and name of law, is in reality no law, but is wholly void, and ineffective for any purpose; since unconstitutionality dates from the time of its enactment, and not merely from the date of the decision so branding it."

"An unconstitutional law, in legal contemplation, is as inoperative as if it had never passed. Such a statute leaves the question that it purports to settle just as it would be had the statute not been enacted. Such an unconstitutional law is void, the general principles follow that it imposes no duties, confers no rights, creates no office, bestows no power or authority on anyone, affords no protection, and justifies no acts performed under it..."

"A void act cannot be legally consistent with a valid one."

"An unconstitutional law cannot operate to supersede any existing valid law. Indeed, insofar as a statute runs counter to the fundamental law of the land, it is superseded thereby."

"No one is bound to obey an unConstitutional law and no courts are bound to enforce it."

The internet is the press of our own. That's why the elite keep trying to find ways to censor it. I was watching television the night that Tom Brokaw announced that "I don't like the internet. People can get unfiltered news. They get all the news they need to know from me."
Our 32th President, Franklin D. Roosevelt stated the following. "In politics, nothing happens by accident. If it happens, it was planned that way." (Unseen Hand, by Ralph Epperson, p. 7)." President Woodrow Wilson, the 28th President, said: "Some of the biggest men in the U.S. in the fields of commerce and manufacturing know that there is a power so organized, so subtle, so complete, so pervasive that they had better not speak above their breath when they speak in condemnation of it." (America's Secret Establishment, by Anthony Sutton, p. 117).
Media - John Swinton, the former Chief of Staff of the New York Times, gave the following toast before the New York Press Club at his retirement party in 1953. "There is no such thing as an independent press in America... You know this and l know it. Not a man among you dares to utter his honest opinion. … It is the duty of a New York journalist to lie, to distort to revile, to toady at the feet of Mammon and to sell his country and his race for his daily bread, or what amounts to the same thing, his salary. We are the tools and the vassals of the rich behind the scenes. … Our time, our talents, our lives, our capacities are all the property of these men - we are intellectual prostitutes. " (As quoted by T. St. John Gaffney in Breaking the Silence, page 4.) (The Money Masters: How International Bankers Gained Control of America, video script, by Bill Still, p. 6)
Single acts of tyranny may be ascribed to the accidental opinion of a day; but a series of oppressions, begun at a distinguished period, and pursued unalterably through every change of ministers, too plainly prove a deliberate systematical job of reducing us to slaves. - Thomas Jefferson
The fact is that the average man's love of liberty is nine-tenths imaginary, exactly like his love of sense, justice and truth. He is not actually happy when free; he is uncomfortable, a bit alarmed, and intolerably lonely. Liberty is not a thing for the great masses of men. It is the exclusive possession of a small and disreputable minority, like knowledge, courage and honor. It takes a special sort of man to understand and enjoy liberty-- and he is usually an outlaw in democratic societies." - H.L. Mencken, Baltimore Evening Sun, Feb. 12, 1923
If...the machine of of such a nature that it requires you to be the agent of injustice to another, then, I say, break the law. - Henry David Thoreau
People prefer to stay with problems they understand rather than look for solutions they're uncomfortable with. - Cited in BITS & PIECES
Of all tyrannies, a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive. - C. S. Lewis
It is not the function of our government to keep the citizen from falling into error; it is the function of the Citizen to keep the government from falling into error.
American Communications Association vs. Douds. 339 U.S. 382, 442
Among the many misdeeds of the British rule in India, history will look upon the act of depriving a whole nation of arms, as the blackest. - Ghandi

A few quotes from Thomas Jefferson:

Rightful liberty is unobstructed action according to our will within limits drawn around us by the equal rights of others. I do not add 'within the limits of the law', because law is often but the tyrant's will, and always so when it violates the rights of the individual.

The spirit of the times may alter, will alter. Our rulers will become corrupt, our people careless. A single zealot may commence persecution, and better men be his victims. It can never be too often repeated, that the time for fixing every essential right on a legal basis is while our rulers are honest, and ourselves united. From the conclusion of this war [for Independence] we shall be going downhill. It will not then be necessary to resort every moment to the people for support. They will be forgotten, therefore, and their rights disregarded. They will forget themselves, but in the sole faculty of making money, and will never think of uniting to effect a due respect for their rights. The shackles, therefore, which shall not be knocked off at the conclusion of this war, will remain on us long, will be made heavier and heavier, till our rights shall revive or expire in a convulsion.

We have the greatest opportunity the world has ever seen, as long as we remain honest -- which will be as long as we can keep the attention of our people alive. If they once become inattentive to public affairs, you and I, and Congress and Assemblies, judges and governors would all become wolves.

When all government, in little as in great things, shall be drawn to Washington as the Center of all Power, it will render powerless the checks provided of one government on another and will become as venal and oppressive as the government from which we separated. If we run into such [government] debts, as that we must be taxed in our meat and in our drink, in our necessaries and our comforts, in our labors and our amusements, for our callings and our creeds, as the people of England are, our people, like them, must come to labor sixteen hours in twenty-four, give the earnings of fifteen of these to the government for their debts and daily expenses, and the sixteenth being insufficient to afford us bread, we must live, as they now do, on oatmeal and potatoes, have no time to think, no means of calling the mismanagers to account; but be glad to obtain subsistence by hiring ourselves to rivet their chains on the necks of our fellow sufferers.

If people let government decide what foods they eat and what medicines they take, their bodies will soon be in as sorry a state as are the souls of those who live under tyranny.

The natural progress of things is for liberty to yield and government to gain ground.

Don't expect to be transported from despotism to freedom on a feather bed!

I hold it, that a little rebellion, now and then, is a good thing, and as necessary in the political world as storms in the physical. God forbid tht we should ever go twenty years without such a rebellion.

And what country can preserve its liberties, if its rulers are not warned from time to time that this people
preserve the spirit of resistance? Let them take arms....The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time, with the blood of patriots and tyrants.

NOTE TO THE PEOPLE: "If you don't care about the people who are sent to prison for smoking marijuana, at least consider who's being released to make room for them..."
The battle, Sir, is not to the strong alone; it is to the vigilant, the active, the brave. Besides, Sir, we have no election. If we were base enough to desire it, it is now too late to retire from the contest. There is no retreat but in submission and slavery! Our chains are forged! Their clanking may be heard on the plains of Boston! The war is inevitable; and let it come! I repeat, Sir, let it come!

It is in vain, Sir, to extenuate the matter. Gentlemen may cry, Peace, Peace! But there is no peace. The war is actually begun! The next gale that sweeps from the North will bring to our ears the clash of resounding arms! Our brethren are already in the field! Why stand we here idle?

What is it that Gentlemen want? What would they have? Is life so dear, or peace so sweet, as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery? Forbid it, Almighty God! I know not what course others may take, but as for me, give me liberty or give me death!
Patrick Henry, "The War Inevitable" speech, March, 1775.

"...So long as the people do not care to exercise their freedom, those who wish to tyrannize will do so; For tyrants are active and ardent, and will devote themselves in the name of any number of gods, religious and otherwise, to put shackles upon sleeping men." -- Voltarine de Cleyre
In a letter from the Secretary of the Navy laid before the U.S.
Congress in February 1811 (p 988).
"...But when it is considered to what a variety of purposes hemp is applicable; that we are at this time greatly dependent upon foreign countries for hemp, for canvass and lines of various kinds made of hemp; that there exists a spirit of patriotism and of persevering industry ready to be exerted, when fit opportunities shall present, to shake off this dependence; ...
...A comprehensive view of this subject leads us to cherish the expectation that the United States will, at no very distant period, become exporters of hemp, as they now are of every other description of naval stores and of cotton; and that the individuals who raise it will ....experience all the beneficial effects resulting therefrom."
A government which robs Peter to pay Paul can always depend of the support of Paul. - George Bernard Shaw
Foreign aid might be defined as a transfer from poor people in rich countries to rich people in poor countries. - Douglas Casey
"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
"We are fast approaching the state of the ultimate inversion: the stage where the government is free to do anything it pleases, while the citizens may act only by permission; which is the state of the darkest periods of human history, the stage of rule by brute force." --Ayn Rand

Political language is designed to make lies sound truthful and murder respectable, and to give the appearance of solidity to pure wind.' - George Orwell

Show me that age and country where the rights and liberties of the people were placed on the sole chance of their rulers being good men without a consequent loss of liberty! I say that the loss of that dearest privilege has ever followed, with absolute certainty, every such mad attempt. Shall Liberty or Empire be Sought? Patrick Henry, 1788 [From a speech made on June 5, 1788, in the Virginia Convention, called to ratify the Constitution of the United States.]
"A strict observance of the written laws is doubtless one of the high virtues of a good citizen, but it is not the highest. The laws of necessity, of self-preservation, of saving our country when in danger, are of higher obligation."--Thomas Jefferson
"We are free not because we claim freedom, but because we PRACTICE it." -- William Faulkner
War on Drugs: A parade of ignorance marching towards tyranny.
[The United States] can't be so fixed on our desire to preserve the rights of ordinary Americans. - President Bill Clinton March 1, 1993 during a press conference in Piscataway, NJ.
"As for methamphetamine itself, it's our modern bathtub gin and also an excellent example of why the drug war can't possibly succeed: meth is made by "idiots in hotel rooms(*)" precisely because idiots in Washington have made it so profitable."
Tom O'Connell MD
* -- Drug Czar Barry McCaffrey
Freedom has a thousand charms to show, That slaves, howe'er contented, never know.
For books are not absolutely dead things, but... do preserve as in a vial the purest efficacy and extraction of that living intellect that bred them. I know they are as lively, and as vigorously productive, as those fabulous Dragon's teeth; and being sown up and down, may chance to spring up armed men. And yet on the other hand unless warriors be used, as good almost kill a Man a good Book; who kills a man kills a reasonable creature, God's image; but he who destroys a good book, kills Reason itself, kills the Image of God, as it were in the eye. Many a man lives a burden to the Earth; but a good Book is the precious life-blood of a master-spirit, embalmed and treasured up on purpose to a life beyond life. - John Milton
"You see these dictators on their pedestals, surrounded by the bayonets of their soldiers and the truncheons of their police. Yet in their hearts there is unspoken - unspeakable! - fear. They are afraid of words and thoughts! Words spoken abroad, thoughts stirring at home, all the more powerful because they are forbidden. These terrify them. A little mouse - a little tiny mouse! - of thought appears in the room, and even the mightiest potentates are thrown into panic."
Winston Churchill
Books won't stay banned. They won't burn. Ideas won't go to jail. In the long run of history, the censor and the inquisitor have always lost. The only sure weapon against bad ideas is better ideas. The source of better ideas is wisdom. The surest path to wisdom is a liberal education. - Alfred Whitney Essays on Education
"You have not converted a man because you have silenced him." - John Morley
"Every burned book enlightens the world." - Ralph Waldo Emerson
" Where they have burned books, they will end in burning human beings."
Heinrich Heine
"The limits of tyrants are prescribed by the endurance of those whom they oppress." -- Frederick Douglass (1817-1895, escaped slave, statesman)
"First they came for the communists and I did not speak out - because I was not a communist. Then they came for the Jews and I did not speak out - because I was not a Jew. Then they came for the trade unionists and I did not speak out - because I was not a trade unionist. Then they came for me -
and there was no one left to speak out for me." -- Pastor Martin Niemoller, Nazi concentration camp survivor
Thomas Jefferson in his 'Notes on the State of Virginia' drew a clear line for when government exceeds its authority over individual behavior:

"The legitimate powers of government extend to such acts only as are injurious to others."

"It took more than 200 years for America to hold 1 million prisoners all at once, yet we have managed to incarcerate the second million in only the past 10 years." - Timothy Lynch, director of the Cato Institute's Project on Criminal Justice:

Some years ago an excellent professor of economics told his class in his gravelly voice, "If you pay me $50,000 a year to solve a problem, I damned sure ain't going to solve it."
"I may disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it." - Voltaire
"Alcohol is the leading date rape drug. All others pale by comparison."--Gantt Galloway, chief of pharmacological research, the Haight-Ashbury Free Clinic.
"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 mouths of labor the bread it has earned." -- Thomas Jefferson
Take sides. Neutrality helps the oppressor. Never the victim. Never the tormented." -- Elie Wiesel
"Aware of the tendency of power to degenerate into abuse, the worthies of our country have secured its independence by the establishment of a Constitution and form of government for our nation, calculated to prevent as well as to correct abuse." -- Thomas Jefferson to Washington Tammany Society, 1809.
"If ever time should come, when vain and aspiring men shall possess the highest seats in Government, our country will stand in need of its experienced patriots to prevent its ruin." - Samuel Adams (1780)
"Democracy is two wolves and a lamb voting on what to have for lunch.
Liberty is a well-armed lamb contesting the vote." - Benjamin Franklin, 1759
Nobody makes a greater mistake then he who does nothing because he could only do a little. - Edmund Burke (1729-1797) British statesman and orator
"Sed quis custodiet ipsos Custodes?", asked Juvenal, some two millennia
past. "But who shall guard the guards?"
"Government does not cause affluence. Citizens of totalitarian countries have plenty of government and nothing of anything else." --P. J. O'Rourke
"Government is not reason, it is not eloquence, it is force; like fire, a troublesome servant and a fearful master. Never for a moment should it be left to irresponsible action." --George Washington
Josef Stalin, the murderous revolutionary and dictator of Soviet Russia is reputed to have once said, "When you kill one, it is a tragedy. When you kill ten million, it is a statistic."
"Infidelity does not consist in believing, or in disbelieving; it consists in professing to believe what one does not believe. It is impossible to calulate the moral mischief, if I may so express it, that mental lying has produced in society. When man has so far corrupted and prostituted the chastity of his mind, as to subscribe his professional belief to things he does not believe, he has prepared himself for the commission of every other crime." - Tom Paine: The Age of Reasoning
You need only reflect that one of the best ways to get yourself a reputation as a dangerous citizen these days is to go about repeating the very phrases which our founding fathers used in the struggle for independence. - Charles A. Beard
"Don't be afraid to take a big step when one is indicated. You can't cross a chasm in two small steps." - David Lloyd George
If The Opposite Of Pro Is Con, Then The Opposite Of Progress Is Congress --unknown
"Most people, sometime in their lives, stumble across truth. Most jump up, brush themselves off, and hurry on about their business as if nothing had happened." - Sir Winston Churchill
"Loyalty to petrified opinions never yet broke a chain or freed a human soul in this world-and never will." -- Mark Twain
"Eternal vigilance is the price of liberty" John Philpot Curran -- 1790
"Every dollar spent to punish a drug user or seller is a dollar that cannot be spent collecting restitution from a robber. Every hour spent investigating a drug user or seller is an hour that could have been used to find a missing child. Every trial held to prosecute a drug user or seller is court time that could be used to prosecute a rapist in a case that might otherwise have been plea bargained."
-- Randy E. Barnett, "Curing the Drug-Law Addiction"
Called "Jackbooted American Fascists" By Congressman. "I have described [the BATF] properly as jackbooted American fascists. They have shown no concern over the rights of ordinary citizens or their property. They intrude without the slightest regard or concern." (Source: Rep. John Dingell, Congressional Record, February 8, 1995, p. H1382.)
"We know through painful experience that freedom is never voluntarily given by the oppressor; it must be demanded by the oppressed."

"Nonviolent direct action seeks to create such a crisis and establish such creative tension that a community that has constantly refused to negotiate is forced to confront the issue. It seeks so to dramatize the issue that it can no longer be ignored. . .So the purpose of the direct action is to create a situation so crisis-packed that it will inevitably open the door to negotiation." --Dr. Martin Luther King, "Letter from Birmingham Jail," 1963

"How does it become a man to behave toward this American government today? I answer, that he cannot without disgrace be associated with it.... Under a government which imprisons any unjustly, the true place for a just man is also a prison." - Thoreau
"All great truths begin as blasphemies." - George Bernard Shaw
"If the lying stops, the system will collapse."
- Alexandr Solzhenitsyn, Russian novelist
From newly opened Nixon papers at the National Archives that he never expected to be public:
Richard Nixon, in a June 15, 1971, discussion on drug policy, dismissed ``soft-headed psychiatrists who work in places like NIMH (National Institute for Mental Health) favor marijuana because they're probably all on the stuff themselves.''
Former US Attorney General Dick Cheney once said, "If you want to lose the war on drugs, just leave it to law enforcement."
" does not require a majority to prevail, but rather an irate, tireless minority keen to set brush fires in people's minds.."
--Samuel Adams
"When the people fear the government you have tyranny...
when the government fears the people you have liberty." Thomas Jefferson
"Never underestimate the power of human stupidity." Lazarus Long (R.A. Heinlein)
"Never attribute to malice what can be explained by stupidity." - R.A. Heinlein
"Prohibition was introduced as a fraud; it has been nursed as a fraud. It is wrapped in the livery of Heaven, but it comes to serve the devil. It comes to regulate by law our appetites and our daily lives. It comes to tear down liberty and build up fanaticism, hypocrisy, and intolerance. It comes to confiscate by legislative decree the property of many of our fellow citizens. It comes to send spies, detectives, and informers into our homes; to have us arrested and carried before courts and condemned to fines and imprisonments. It comes to dissipate the sunlight of happiness, peace, and prosperity in which we are now living and to fill our land with alienations, estrangements, and bitterness.
"It comes to bring us evil --only evil-- and that continually. Let us rise in our might as one and overwhelm it with such indignation that we shall never hear of it again as long as grass grows and water runs."

(From an 1887 speech by Roger Q. Mills of Texas; quoted more than once during the alcohol prohibition debates in Congress. He proved to be a prophet, as the years 1918-1933 taught us. We're learning the truth of this prophecy again in the so-called "war on drugs".)

Of all tyrannies a tyranny exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive. It may be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies. The robber baron's cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity may at some point be satiated; but those who torment us for our own good will torment us without end for they do so with the approval of their own conscience. - C.S. Lewis
If voting could change anything, it would be illegal. Graffiti
"We in this country have to make up our minds -- -- we can not have it both ways: we cannot be both drug-free and free." Lester Grinspoon, M.D., Harvard Medical School, Co-author Marihuana, The Forbidden Medicine, Marihuana Reconsidered, etc.
"The most dangerous drug in America is a 12-year-old smoking pot." -- Drug Czar Barry McCaffrey, on CNN, from "Monitoring the Future" , Saturday, Dec. 20, 1997 Transcript
"Marijuana causes people to lose their memory and lose their energy, and it makes them stupid... It is the last thing that one would want to see happen on or around a university or state capital.... And people who are casual about drugs ought to realize that a lot of people are dying in America." From The De-Valuing of America (page 130) by Former drug addicted Drug Czar William Bennett. (He was on nicotine maintenance when he was Drug Czar.)
"I'd always done a lot of (sniffing) glue as a kid. I was very interested in glue, and then I went to lager and speed, and I drifted into heroin because as a kid growing up everybody told me, 'don't smoke marijuana, it will kill you' ..." IRVINE WALSH, author of the best-selling novel about heroin addiction, "Trainspotting," recalling his own experience with drug abuse.
"We've got a national campaign by drug legalizers, in my view, to try and use medicinal uses of drugs and legalization of hemp as a stalking horse to get in under the radar screen." - Drug Czar General Barry McCaffrey

(Editors note: Sounds to me like you're paranoid.)

The Economist August 16, 1997 Marijuana as a medicine A subtle syllogism "Some drugs are known to induce paranoia through chemical action. Marijuana, it seems, can do it through political action instead."
"They that can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety." - Benjamin Franklin
"Bureaucracy defends the status quo long past the time when the quo has lost its status" - Laurence J. Peter
"One of the great commandments of science is, "Mistrust arguments from authority." Too many such arguments have proved too painfully wrong. Authorities must prove their contentions like everybody else." - Carl Sagan - The Demon Haunted World
"Don't expect to be transported from despotism to freedom on a feather bed!" - Thomas Jefferson
"The function of a civil resistance is to provoke response. We will continue to provoke until they respond or change the law. They are not in control, WE ARE. That is the strength of civil resistance." Long Live Mohandas K. Gandhi !!!!
"When all government, in little as in great things, shall be drawn to Washington as the Center of all Power, it will render powerless the checks provided of one government on another and will become as venal and oppressive as the government from which we separated." - THOMAS JEFFERSON 1821- In a letter to Gideon Granger. Writings of Thomas Jefferson.
"We have the greatest opportunity the world has ever seen, as long as we remain honest -- which will be as long as we can keep the attention of our people alive. If they once become inattentive to public affairs, you and I, and Congress and Assemblies, judges and governors would all become wolves."
Thomas Jefferson
"The curtain of national security is the last refuge of an oppressive regime...." - Chuck Shiver [author] RAPE OF THE AMERICAN CONSTITUTION
"The nonviolent approach does not immediately change the heart of the oppressor. It first does something to the hearts and souls of those committed to it. It gives them self respect; it calls up resources of strength and courage that they did not think they had. Finally, it reaches the opponent and so stirs his conscience that reconciliation becomes a reality." (Martin Luther King)
"Nonviolent resistance ... is based on the conviction that the universe is on the side of justice. Consequently, the believer in noviolence has deep faith in the future. This faith is another reason why the nonvoiolent resister can accept suffering without retaliation. For he knows that in his struggle for justice he has cosmic companioship." - Martin Luther King
"The oppressed should rebel, and they will continue to rebel and raise disturbance until their civil rights are fully restored to them and all partial distinctions, exclusions and incapacitations are removed." --Thomas Jefferson: Notes on Religion, 1776. Papers, 1:548
"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." United States Supreme Court Justice Brandeis - Olmstead v. United States
"You may well ask, "Why direct action? Why sit-ins, marches, etc.? Isn't negotiation a better path?" You are exactly right in your call for negotiation. Indeed, this is the purpose of direct action. Nonviolent direct action seeks to create such a crisis and establish such creative tension that a community that has constantly refused to negotiate is forced to confront the issue. It seeks so to dramatize the issue that it can no longer be ignored." - Martin Luther King Jr., Letter from Birmingham City Jail, 1963
"All laws which are repugnant to the Constitution are null and void." Marbury vs. Madison, 5 US (2 Cranch) 137, 174, 176, (1803)
"The American people will never knowingly adopt Socialism, but under the name of Liberalism, they will adopt every fragment of the Socialist program until one day America will be a Socialist nation without knowing how it happened" -- Norman Thomas - Socialist Party Presidential candidate Civil Liberties Union," Houghton Mifflin, 1976.
Only in a police state is the job of a policeman easy. - Orson Welles
"Domestic fury and fierce civil strife, ...Blood and destruction shall be so in use, And dreadful objects so familiar, That mothers shall but smile when they behold, Their infants quartered......Cry havoc, and let slip the dogs of war" - Mark Antony, Act III, Scene I, Julius Ceasar - William Shakespeare
. . . that we but teach Bloody instructions, which, being taught, return To plague the inventor: this even-handed justice Commends the ingredients of our poison'd chalice To our own lips. . . MACBETH - Act 1, Scene
Tyranny, like hell, is not easily conquered.". Thomas Paine
"Five percent of the people think, ten percent of the people think they think, and the other 85% of the people would rather die than think." -Thomas Edison
When buying and selling are controlled by the legislature, the first things to be bought and sold will be the legislators. -P. J. O'Rourke
'The right to be left alone ... '... the right most valued by civilised man.' - Louis Brandeis. Associate Justice, U.S.S.C.
Politicians and diapers have one thing in common:
They should both be changed regularly and for the same reason.
"... God forbid we should ever be twenty years without such a rebellion. The people cannot be all,and always, well informed. The part which is wrong will be discontented, in proportion to the importance of the facts they misconceive. If they remain quiet under such misconceptions, it is lethargy, the forerunner of death to the public liberty.
... And what country can preserve its liberties, if it's rulers are not warned from time to time, that this people preserve the spirit of resistance? Let them take arms. The remedy is to set them right as to the facts, pardon and pacify them. What signify a few lives lost in a century or two? The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time, with the blood of patriots and tyrants. It is its natural manure."
"No one is bound to obey an unconstitutional law and no courts are bound to enforce it." --16 Am.Jur. 2d, Sec. 177, late 2d, Sec. 256
"The jury has the power to bring a verdict in the teeth of both law and fact."
--Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes, U.S. Supreme Court, 1920
"An unconstitutional act is not law; it confers no rights; it imposes no duties; affords no protection; it creates no office; it is in legal contemplation, as inoperative as though it had never been passed." --Norton v. Shelby County, 118 US 425 p. 442
"Where rights secured by the Constitution are involved, there can be no rule making or legislation which would abrogate them." --Miranda v. Arizona, 384 US 436 p. 491 (1966)
Americas' at that awkward stage. It's too late to work within the system, and it's too early to shoot the bastards. -Claire Wolfe
It could probably be shown by facts and figures that there is no distinctly native American criminal class except Congress. - Mark Twain
"The evils of tyranny are rarely seen but by him who resists it." -- John Hay, 1872
As civil rulers, not having their duty to the people before them, may attempt to tyrannize, and as the military forces which must be occasionally raised to defend our country, might pervert their power to the injury of their fellow citizens, the people are confirmed by the article in their right to keep and bear their private arms. - Tench Coxe in `Remarks on the First Part of the Amendments to the Federal Constitution' in the Philadelphia Federal Gazette, June 18, 1789 at 2 col. 1
Who are the militia? Are they not ourselves? Is it feared, then, that we shall turn our arms each man against his own bosom? Congress have no power to disarm the militia. Their swords, and every other terrible implement of the soldier, are the birthright of an American. The unlimited power of the sword is not in the hands of either the federal or state government, but, where I trust in God it will ever remain, in the hands of the people. - Tench Coxe 1788
"The moment the idea is admitted into society that property is not as sacred as the laws of God, and that there is not a force of law and public justice to protect it, anarchy and tyranny commence." -- John Adams
"If a medicine is one, cheap
-and two, effective
-and three, non-monopolizable
-it will also be four, illegal."
--Arlen Riley Wilson
"Rebellion to tyrants is obedience to God." --Thomas Jefferson
What luck for rulers, that men do not think. -Adolph Hitler
"If drug abuse is a disease, then drug war is a crime."
"As nightfall does not come at once, neither does oppression. In both instances, there's a twilight where everything remains seemingly unchanged, and it is in such twilight that we must be aware of change in the air, however slight, les we become unwitting victims of the darkness." - Supreme Court Justice William O. Douglas
"When society turns the sick into criminals then we're all repeat offenders" - Recidivist 3
"Puritanism: The haunting fear that someone, somewhere, may be happy."- H. L. Mencken
"Working together we can treat Washington's 40 billion dollar a year addiction to the War on Drugs." - Polly Wilmoth Waco, TX
"It behooves every man who values liberty of conscience for himself, to resist invasions of it in the case of others: or their case may, by change of circumstances, become his own." - Thomas Jefferson
"Tyranny is always better organized than Freedom." -- Charles Poguy
"Still if you will not fight for the right when you can easily win without bloodshed, if you will not fight when your victory will be sure and not so costly, you may come to the moment when you will have to fight with all the odds against you and only a precarious chance for survival. There may be a worse case. You may have to fight when there is no chance of victory,because it is better to perish than to live as slaves." -- Winston Churchill
I believe that every individual is naturally entitled to do as he pleases with himself and the fruits of his labor, so far as it in no way interferes with any other men's rights. -- Abraham Lincoln
When they took the fourth amendment, I was quiet because I didn't deal drugs.
When they took the sixth amendment, I was quiet because I was innocent.
When they took the second amendment, I was quiet because I didn't own a gun. Now they've taken the first amendment, and I can say nothing about it.
Author unknown
"The most dangerous man, to any government, is the man who is able to think things out for himself, without regard to the prevailing superstitions and taboos. Almost inevitably he comes to the conclusion that the government he lives under is dishonest, insane and intolerable, and so, if he is romantic, he tries to change it. And even if he is not romantic personally, he is very apt to spread discontent among those who are." - H.L. Mencken, Smart Set magazine, December 1919.
"In any nation in which people's rights have been subordinated to the rights of the few, in any totalitarian nation, the first institution to be dismantled is the jury. I was, I am, afraid." -- Gerry Spence
"In this country we embrace the myth that we are still a democracy when we know that we are not a democracy, that we are not free, that the government does not serve us but subjugates us. Although we give lip service to the notion of freedom, we know the government is no longer the servant of the people, but, at last, has become the people's master." - Gerry Spence, in "From Freedom To Slavery"
"Englishmen will never be slaves: they are free to do whatever the Government and public opinion allow them to do." - George Bernard Shaw

"Education is what survives when what has been learned has been forgotten." - B. F. Skinner
"In an age of universal deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act." - George Orwell
"A free people ought not only to be armed and disciplined but they should have sufficient arms and ammunition to maintain a status of independence from any who might attempt to abuse them, which would include their own government." - George Washington
Never trust a government farther than you can throw it. - Bill Allyn
"For the first time a civilized nation has full gun registration! Our streets will be safer, our police more efficient, and the world will follow our lead in the future!" - Adolf Hitler
History, n. An account, mostly false, of events, mostly unimportant, which are brought about by rulers, mostly knaves, and soldiers, mostly fools. - Ambrose Bierce
Admiration, n. Our polite recognition of another's resemblance to ourselves. - Ambrose Bierce
Egotist, n. A person of low taste, more interested in himself than in me. - Ambrose Bierce
There are not enough jails, not enough policemen, not enough courts to enforce a law not supported by the people. - Hubert Humphrey (1911-1978)
"The public buys its opinions as it buys its meat, or takes in its milk, on the principle that it is cheaper to do this than to keep a cow. So it is, but the milk is more likely to be watered. - Samuel Butler (1835-1902)
"Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable." - John F. Kennedy (1917-1963).
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Hell, I never vote for anybody. I always vote against. - W.C. Fields
'The oppression of crowns and principalities is unquestionably over, but the more frightful oppression of selfish, ruthless, and merciless majorities may yet constitute one of the chapters of future history." -Peter S. Grosscup Judge, U. S. District Court, Illinois 1894

"I had to operate courts for sixteen years in a way that I cannot justify. I could not help realizing in the course of my experience that the legal approach to drug addiction has become just about the most absurd and vicious operation that man can imagine." -John M. Murtagh Justice, New York Supreme Court 1971

The reasonable man adapts himself to the world, but the unreasonable man tries to adapt the world to him -- therefore, all progress depends upon the unreasonable man. --Samuel Butler
We have learned by sad experience that it is the nature and disposition of almost all men, as soon as they get a little authority, as they suppose, they will immediately begin to exercise unrighteous dominion. Hence many are called, but few are chosen. No power or influence can or ought to be maintained by virtue of the priesthood (or law), but only by persuasion, by long suffering, by gentleness and meekness, and by love unfeigned; by kindness, and pure knowledge, which shall enlarge the soul, without hypocrisy, and without guile - reproving betimes(promptly), when moved upon by the Holy Spirit; and then showing forth afterwards an increase of love toward him whom thou hast reproved, lest he esteem thee to be his enemy; that he may know that thy faithfulness is stronger than the cords of death. Let thy bowels be full of charity towards all men. Let virtue garnish thy thoughts unceasingly; then shall thy confidence wax strong in the presence of God; - - the Holy Spirit shall be thy constant companion; - - and thy dominion shall be an everlasting dominion, and WITHOUT COMPULSORY MEANS it shall flow unto thee forever." Cited by Jack Stuart. Written in his church in 1839.
Now the trumpet summons us again--not as a call to arms, though arms we need--not as a call to battle, though embattled we are--but a call to bear the burden of a long twilight struggle, year in and year out, 'rejoicing in hope, patient in tribulation'--a struggle against the common enemies of man: tyranny, poverty, disease, and war itself. - John F. Kennedy (1917-1963) Inaugural address, 20 Jan. 1961, in Vital Speeches 1 Feb. 1961, p. 227.
There is a word sweeter than mother,
home or heaven -- That word is liberty.

Epitaph on the grave of Matilda Joslyn Gage,
suffragist, abolitionist (1826-1898)

"If we didn't have the music, civil rights would have come much later, much later." - B.B. King
The Drug War cannot stand the light of day. It will collapse as quickly as the Vietnam War, as soon as people find out what's really going on. — Joseph McNamara, former Police Chief, Kansas City and San Jose, and Fellow, Hoover Institution
I'm for truth, no matter who tells it. I'm for justice, no matter who it is for or against. I'm a human being first and foremost, and as such I am for whoever and whatever benefits humanity as a whole. — Malcolm X
The "war on drugs" is in part a propaganda war. The techniques of propaganda were first raised to an art by the Bolsheviks, and were refined and used by fascists of various colors from the 1930s in Europe to present-day America. The political scientist Leonard Schapiro, writing of Stalin, said:

The true object of propaganda is neither to convince nor even to persuade, but to produce a uniform pattern of public utterance in which the first trace of unorthodox thought reveals itself as a jarring dissonance.

Matthew 7:1-5

"Do not judge or you too will be judged. For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use it will be measured to you.Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother's eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye? How can you say to your brother, "Let me take the speck out of your eye," when all the time there is a plank in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother's eye"

The highest realms of thought are impossible to reach without first attaining an understanding of compassion.

-- Socrates, 470-399

Evil comes often to a man with money; tyranny comes surely to him without it.
-- Louis L'Amour

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