|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
|"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
|"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
|"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.
|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; that....it 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....
|"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
|"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
|"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.,
|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
|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
|"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
|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
- 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. --
|"An honest politician is one who stays bought." from
"Sixth Column" by
|"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
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
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.
|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. --
|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,
|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
"To conclude otherwise, on this record, would be unreasonable, arbitrary
"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
|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...
HUGH DOWNS: You bet
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
--Richard Cowan, Marijuananews.com
|"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
|"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
|"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."
|"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
--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
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,
"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.
|If...the machine of government...is 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. -
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
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
|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,
|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
|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
|" Where they have burned books, they will end in burning
|"The limits of tyrants are prescribed by the endurance of
those whom they oppress." -- Frederick Douglass (1817-1895, escaped slave,
|"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
"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
|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
|"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
Liberty is a well-armed lamb contesting the vote." - Benjamin Franklin,
|Nobody makes a greater mistake then he who does nothing because
he could only do a little. - Edmund Burke (1729-1797) British statesman and
|"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.
|"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
|"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."
|"..it does not require a majority to prevail, but rather
an irate, tireless minority keen to set brush fires in people's minds.."
|"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
|"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
| "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."
|"The curtain of national security is the last refuge of
an oppressive regime...." - Chuck Shiver [author] RAPE OF THE AMERICAN
|"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
|"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
|"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
| "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."
|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.
|"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
|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
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.
|"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,
|"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
|"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
|"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.
"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