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The Rightful Masters of Congress

“We the people are the rightful masters of both Congress and the courts, not to overthrow the Constitution but to overthrow the men who pervert the Constitution.”

- Abraham Lincoln


Let it be in my Day!

“If there must be trouble, let it be in my day, that my child may have peace.”

- Thomas Paine, The American Crisis, No. 1, December 19, 1776


An unarmed man may be attacked with greater confidence

“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 prevent homicides, for an unarmed man may be attacked with greater confidence than an armed man.”

- Thomas Jefferson, quoting Cesare Beccaria’s Essay on Crimes and Punishments


A Series of Oppressions

“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 plan of reducing us to slavery.”

- Thomas Jefferson


Liberty, once lost, is lost forever

“But a Constitution of Government once changed from Freedom, can never be restored. Liberty, once lost, is lost forever.”

- John Adams, letter to Abigail Adams, July 17, 1775


Neither liberty nor safety

“They that can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety.”

- Benjamin Franklin


May your chains rest lightly upon you

“If you love wealth more than liberty, the tranquility of servitude better than the animating contest of freedom, depart from us in peace.  We ask not your counsel nor your arms. Crouch down and lick the hand that feeds you.  May your chains rest lightly upon you and may posterity forget that you were our countrymen.”

- Samuel Adams


Entangling Alliances with none

“…Equal and exact justice to all men, of whatever state or persuasion, religious or political:—peace, commerce, and honest friendship with all nations, entangling alliances with none:—the support of the state governments in all their rights, as the most competent administrations for our domestic concerns, and the surest bulwarks against anti-republican tendencies…”

-Thomas Jefferson – Inaugural Address