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Clear and Present Dangers . . . . Voices to be Ignored


“The road to tyranny, we must never forget, begins with the destruction of the truth.”

~Bill Clinton

“How strangely will the Tools of a Tyrant pervert the plain Meaning of Words!”

~Samuel Adams

“Remember, democracy never lasts long. It soon wastes, exhausts, and murders itself. There never was a democracy yet that did not commit suicide.”

~John Adams

“The greater the power the more dangerous the abuse.”

~Edmund Burke

“Death is better, a milder fate than tyranny.”


“Any excuse will serve a tyrant.”


“Both Oligarch and Tyrant mistrust the people, and therefore deprive them of arms.”


“The deterioration of every government begins with the decay of the principles on which it was founded.”

~C.L. De Montesquieu

“There is no crueler tyranny than that which is perpetrated under the shield of law and in the name of justice.”

~Charles-Louis De Secondat

“But, when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same object, evinces a design to reduce them under absolute despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such government, and to provide new guards for their future security.”

~Declaration of Independence

“I know no class of my fellowmen, however just, enlightened, and humane, which can be wisely and safely trusted absolutely with the liberties of any other class.”

~Frederick Douglass

“A nation of well informed men who have been taught to know and prize the rights which God has given them cannot be enslaved. It is in the region of ignorance that tyranny begins.”

~Benjamin Franklin

“If the federal government should overpass the just bounds of its authority and make a tyrannical use of its powers, the people, whose creature it is, must appeal to the standard they have formed, and take such measures to redress the injury done to the Constitution as the exigency may suggest and prudence justify.”

~Alexander Hamilton

“Guard with jealous attention the public liberty. Suspect every one who approaches that jewel. Unfortunately, nothing will preserve it but downright force. Whenever you give up that force, you are inevitably ruined.”

~Patrick Henry

“Single acts of tyranny may be ascribed to the accidental opinion of the day; but a series of oppressions, begun at a distinguished period, and pursued unalterably through every change of ministers (adminstrators) too plainly proves a deliberate, systematic plan of reducing us to slavery.”

~Thomas Jefferson

“We should never forget that everything Adolf Hitler did in Germany was ‘legal’ and everything the Hungarian freedom fighters did in Hungary was ‘illegal.'”

~Martin Luther King

“Crisis is the rallying cry of the tyrant.”

~James Madison

It is only when the people become ignorant and corrupt, when they degenerate into a populace, that they are incapable of exercising their sovereignty. Usurpation is then an easy attainment, and an usurper soon found. The people themselves become the willing instruments of their own debasement and ruin.”

~James Monroe

“Society in every state is a blessing, but Government, even in its best state, is but a necessary evil; in its worst state, an intolerable one.”

~Thomas Paine

“The penalty good men pay for indifference to public affairs, is to be ruled by evil men.”


“If you see a man approaching you with the obvious intent of doing you good, you should run for your life.”

~Henry David Thoreau

“…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.”


“Government is not reason, it is not eloquence. It is force, and like fire, it is a dangerous servant and a fearful master.”

~George Washington

“The contest, for ages, has been to rescue Liberty from the grasp of executive power.”

~Daniel Webster

“Liberty has never come from the government. Liberty has always come from the subjects of government. The history of liberty is the history of resistance. The history of liberty is a history of the limitation of governmental power, not the increase of it.”

~Woodrow Wilson

“Remember, there’s a big difference between kneeling down and bending over.”

~Frank Zappa


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