Oppressors can tyrannize only when they achieve a standing army, an enslaved press, and a disarmed populace.— James Madison
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Crisis is the rallying cry of the tyrant.
If Tyranny and Oppression come to this land, it will be in the guise of fighting a foreign enemy.
We have staked the whole future of our new nation, not upon the power of government; far from it. We have staked the future of all our political constitutions upon the capacity of each of ourselves to govern ourselves according to the moral principles of the Ten Commandments.
Enlightened statesmen will not always be at the helm.
The civil rights of none, shall be abridged on account of religious belief or worship, nor shall any national religion be established, nor shall the full and equal rights of conscience be in any manner, or on any pretext infringed.
Knowledge will forever govern ignorance;
and a people who mean to be their own governors must arm themselves with the power which knowledge gives.
In the first place, it is to be remembered, that the general government is not to be charged with the whole power of making and administering laws. Its jurisdiction is limited to certain enumerated objects, which concern all the members of the republic, but which are not to be attained by the separate provisions of any.
A well regulated militia, composed of the body of the people, trained in arms, is the best most natural defense of a free country.
The advancement and diffusion of knowledge is the only guardian of true liberty.
The executive has no right, in any case, to decide the question, whether there is or is not cause for declaring war.
No nation could preserve its freedom in the midst of continual warfare.
The people are the only legitimate fountain of power, and it is from them that the constitutional charter, under which the several branches of government hold their power, is derived.
The circulation of confidence is better than the circulation of money.
If Congress can do whatever in their discretion can be done by money, and will promote the General Welfare, the Government is no longer a limited one, possessing enumerated powers, but an indefinite one.
Liberty is to faction, what air is to fire, an aliment without which it instantly expires. But it could not be a less folly to abolish liberty, which is essential to political life, because it nourishes faction, than it would be to wish the annihilation of air, which is essential to animal life, because it imparts to fire its destructive agency.
Disarm the people- that is the best and most effective way to enslave them.
The powers delegated by the proposed Constitution to the federal government are few and defined. Those which are to remain in the State governments are numerous and indefinite.
Religious bondage shackles and debilitates the mind and unfits it for every noble enterprise, every expanded prospect.
It is a universal truth that the loss of liberty at home is to be charged to the provisions against danger, real or pretended, from abroad.
To suppose that any form of government will secure liberty or happiness without any virtue in the people, is a chimerical idea.
The governments of Europe are afraid to trust the people with arms.
If they did, the people would certainly shake off the yoke of tyranny, as America did.
Charity is no part of the legislative duty of the government.
Liberty and order will never be perfectly safe until a trespass on the Constitution provisions for either, shall be felt with the same keenness that resents and invasion of the dearest rights.
The purpose of separation of church and state is to keep forever from these shores the ceaseless strife that has soaked the soil of Europe with blood for centuries.
Strongly guarded as is the separation between Religion and Government in the Constitution of the United States, the danger of encroachment by Ecclesiastical Bodies may be illustrated by precedents already furnished in their short history.
In Republics, the great danger is, that the majority may not sufficiently respect the rights of the minority.
With respect to the words "general welfare," I have always regarded them as qualified by the detail of powers connected with them. To take them in a literal and unlimited sense would be a metamorphosis of the Constitution into a character which there is a host of proofs was not contemplated by its creators.
I believe there are more instances of the abridgement of freedom of the people by gradual and silent encroachments by those in power than by violent and sudden usurpations.
A people armed and free, forms a barrier against the enterprises of ambition and is a bulwark for the nation against foreign invasion and domestic oppression.
The problem to be solved is, not what form of government is perfect, but which of the forms is least imperfect.
It will be of little avail to the people that the laws are made by men of their own choice if the laws be so voluminous that they cannot be read, or so incoherent that they cannot be understood.
History records that the money changers have used every form of abuse, intrigue, deceit, and violent means possible to maintain their control over governments by controlling money and it's issuance.
Justice is the end of government. It is the end of civil society. It ever has been, and ever will be pursued, until it be obtained, or until liberty be lost in the pursuit.
The means of defense against foreign danger historically have become the instruments of tyranny at home.
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof.
The power to declare war, including the power of judging the causes of war, is fully and exclusively vested in the legislature.
Cursed be all that learning that is contrary to the cross of Christ.
The people can never willfully betray their own interests: But they may possibly be betrayed by the representatives of the people; and the danger will be evidently greater where the whole legislative trust is lodged in the hands of one body of men, than where the concurrence of separate and dissimilar bodies is required in every public act.
Where an excess of power prevails, property of no sort is duly respected.
No man is safe in his opinions, his person, his faculties, or his possessions.
But the mild voice of reason, pleading the cause of an enlarged and permanent interest, is but too often drowned, before public bodies as well as individuals, by the clamors of an impatient avidity for immediate and immoderate gain.
A watchful eye must be kept on ourselves lest while we are building ideal monuments of Renown and Bliss here we neglect to have our names enrolled in the Annals of Heaven.
As a man is said to have a right to his property, he may be equally said to have a property in his rights.
Our Constitution represents the work of the finger of Almighty God.
A well-regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.
Each generation should be made to bear the burden of its own wars, instead of carrying them on, at the expense of other generations.
I cannot undertake to lay my finger on that article of the Constitution which granted a right to Congress of expending, on objects of benevolence, the money of their constituents.
If men were angels, no government would be necessary.
No error is more certain than the one proceeding from a hasty and superficial view of the subject.
A standing military force, with an overgrown Executive will not long be safe companions to liberty.