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Some thoughts on liberty from people who knew or should have known

June 26, 2007

“Liberty can not be preserved without a general knowledge among the people.”–John Adams

“Let them revere nothing but religion, morality and liberty.”–John Adams

“What luck for the rulers that men do not think.”–Adolf Hitler

“That government is best which governs the least, because its people discipline themselves.”–Thomas Jefferson

“The greatest destroyer of peace is abortion because if a mother can kill her own child, what is left for me to kill you and you to kill me? There is nothing between.”–Mother Teresa

“Abortion on demand is no doubt the most serious sociopolitical problem of our age. The lack of respect for life that permits abortion significantly contributes to our violent culture and our careless attitude toward liberty. As an obstetrician, I know that partial birth abortion is never a necessary medical procedure. It is a gruesome, uncivilized solution to a social problem. Whether a civilized society treats human life with dignity or contempt determines the outcome of that civilization. Reaffirming the importance of the sanctity of life is crucial for the continuation of a civilized society.”–Ron Paul

“Over grown military establishments are under any form of government inauspicious to liberty, and are to be regarded as particularly hostile to republican liberty.”–George Washington

“A patriot must always be ready to defend his country against his government.”–Edward Abbey

“Liberty is the prevention of control by others. This requires self-control and, therefore, religious and spiritual influences; education, knowledge, well-being.”–Lord Acton

“My object in life is to dethrone God and destroy capitalism.”–Karl Marx

“Capitalism should not be condemned, since we haven’t had capitalism. A system of capitalism presumes sound money, not fiat money manipulated by a central bank. Capitalism cherishes voluntary contracts and interest rates that are determined by savings, not credit creation by a central bank. It’s not capitalism when the system is plagued with incomprehensible rules regarding mergers, acquisitions, and stock sales, along with wage controls, price controls, protectionism, corporate subsidies, international management of trade, complex and punishing corporate taxes, privileged government contracts to the military- industrial complex, and a foreign policy controlled by corporate interests and overseas investments. Add to this centralized federal mismanagement of farming, education, medicine, insurance, banking and welfare. This is not capitalism!”–Ron Paul

“A government that is big enough to give you all you want is big enough to take it all away.”–Barry Goldwater

“Truly, only a moral society can adapt to personal liberty. Some basic rules must be followed and can be enforced by government – most suitably by local and small government entities.”–Ron Paul

“Waiting periods are only a step. Registration is only a step. The prohibition of private firearms is the goal.”–Janet Reno

“Firearms stand next in importance to the Constitution itself. They are the American people’s liberty teeth and keystone under independence. The church, the plow, the prairie wagon, and citizen’s firearms are indelibly related.”–George Washington

“Gun control historically serves as a gateway to tyranny. Tyrants from Hitler to Mao to Stalin have sought to disarm their own citizens, for the simple reason that unarmed people are easier to control. Our Founders, having just expelled the British army, knew that the right to bear arms serves as the guardian of every other right. This is the principle so often ignored by both sides in the gun control debate. Only armed citizens can resist tyrannical government.”–Ron Paul

  1. June 26, 2007 11:03 am

    What a sobering collection of quotes. Now the task is for thinking people to match the quotes with those who support and oppose the current political worldview.

  2. June 26, 2007 12:15 pm


    Ron Paul in CNN debate on June 5, 2007!

    “A nation can survive its fools, and even the ambitious. But it cannot survive treason from within. An enemy at the gates is less formidable, for he is known and he carries his banners openly. But the traitor moves among those within the gate freely, his sly whispers rustling through all the galleys, heard in the very hall of government itself. For the traitor appears not a traitor—he speaks in the accents familiar to his victims, and wears their face and their garment, and he appeals to the baseness that lies deep in the hearts of all men. He rots the soul of a nation—he works secretly and unknown in the night to undermine the pillars of a city—he infects the body politic so that it can no longer resist. A murderer is less to be feared.

    — Cicero: orator, statesman, political theorist, lawyer and philosopher of Ancient Rome.

    “In the time of universal deceit, telling the truth
    is a revolutionary act” GEORGE ORWELL

  3. walter permalink
    June 26, 2007 8:27 pm

    no wonder ….ron paul doesnt debate …he lectures….this election is not close….it is scary

  4. June 27, 2007 6:09 am

    I’m not sure what you mean. The quotes by Ron Paul used here are not from debate transcripts; they are from articles he wrote. In debates he is very succinct and to the point. He has participated in every GOP debate so far and will participate in all future GOP debates except one, to which he was not invited, for reasons of poor judgment on the part of its organizers.

  5. walter permalink
    July 2, 2007 8:26 pm

    sorry I was not trying to be astract.i just sincerely believe Dr. Paul is far beyond the ability of any other candidate in a debate…i also believe his support is ACCURATELY reflected in online polls…i`m scared because having the votes should be the ONLY consideration,but…

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