America will never be destroyed from the outside. If we falter and lose our freedoms, it will be because we destroyed ourselves.— Abraham Lincoln
Practical America Freedom quotations
If ever a 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.
The people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders.
..tell them they are being attacked, and denounce the peacemakers for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger.
White people’s number one freedom, in the United States of America, is the freedom to be totally ignorant of those who are other than white. We don’t have to learn about those who are other than white. And our number two freedom is the freedom to deny that we’re ignorant.
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 to prevent homicides, for an unarmed man may be attacked with greater confidence than an armed man.
Whenever legislators endeavor to take away and destroy the property of the people, or to reduce them to slavery under arbitrary power, they put themselves into a state of war with the people, who are thereupon absolved from any further obedience.
Put it this way: Jazz is a good barometer of freedom.
.. In its beginnings, the United States of America spawned certain ideals of freedom and independence through which, eventually, jazz was evolved, and the music is so free that many people say it is the only unhampered, unhindered expression of complete freedom yet produced in this country.
After a shooting spree, they always want to take the guns away from the people who didn't do it.
Before a standing army can rule, the people must be disarmed;
as they are in almost every kingdom of Europe. The supreme power in America cannot enforce unjust laws by the sword; because the whole body of the people are armed, and constitute a force superior to any band of regular troops that can be, on any pretence, raised in the United States.
The true meaning of America, you ask? It's in a Texas rodeo, in a policeman's badge, in the sound of laughing children, in a political rally, in a newspaper... In all these things, and many more, you'll find America. In all these things, you'll find freedom. And freedom is what America means to the world. And to me.
Of the people, by the people, for the people.
A general dissolution of principles and manners will more surely overthrow the liberties of America than the whole force of the common enemy.
Look for me in the whirlwind or the storm, look for me all around you, for, with God's grace, I shall come and bring with me countless millions of black slaves who have died in America and the West Indies and the millions in Africa to aid you in the fight for Liberty, Freedom and Life.
American style is about confidence, independence, diversity and free expression.
America you are beautiful . . . and blessed . . . . The ultimate test of your greatness is the way you treat every human being, but especially the weakest and most defenseless. If you want equal justice for all and true freedom and lasting peace, then America, defend life.
Freedom can exist only in the society of knowledge.
Without learning, men are incapable of knowing their rights.
The Constitution be never construed to authorize Congress to infringe the just liberty of the press, or the rights of conscience; or to prevent the people of the United States, who are peaceable citizens, from keeping their own arms.
It is not the function of government to keep the citizen from falling into error; it is the function of the citizen to keep the government from falling into error.
A rioter with a Molotov cocktail in his hands is not fighting for civil rights any more than a Klansman with a sheet on his back and mask on his face. They are both more or less what the law declares them: lawbreakers, destroyers of constitutional rights and liberties and ultimately destroyers of a free America.
Between a balanced republic and a democracy, the difference is like that between order and chaos.
What a tiresome place America would be if freedom meant we all had to think alike or be the same color or wear the same gray flannel suit! That road leads to the conformity of the graveyard!
In 1960, when I came out of prison as an ex-convict, I had more freedom under parolee supervision than there's available... in America right now.
America... goes not abroad, in search of monsters to destroy. She is the well-wisher to the freedom and independence of all.
Without Virtue there can be no liberty
And freedom is what America means to the world.
America takes credit for giving you freedom that you had anyway.
It's like going to a wedding and putting your tag on somebody elses box.
[Our Constitution] is an instrument for the people to restrain the government.
The United States is the only country with a known birthday.
137 years later, Memorial Day remains one of America's most cherished patriotic observances. The spirit of this day has not changed - it remains a day to honor those who died defending our freedom and democracy.
And let me make this very clear - unlike President Obama, I will not raise taxes on the middle class. As president, I will protect the sanctity of life. I will honor the institution of marriage. And I will guarantee America's first liberty: the freedom of religion.
Our society is illuminated by the spiritual insights of the Hebrew prophets.
America and Israel have a common love of human freedom, and they have a common faith in a democratic way of life.
The challenge to America is to extend to Asia the defensive shield of American power in forms consonant with Asian freedom and self-respect.
If I lived in China or even Russia, or any totalitarian country, Maybe I could understand some of these illegal injunctions. ... But somewhere I read of the freedom of assembly. Somewhere I read of the freedom of speech. Somewhere I read of the freedom of the press. Somewhere I read that the greatness of America is the right to protest for right.
I am certain that, however great the hardships and the trials which loom ahead, our America will endure and the cause of human freedom will triumph.
Whilst so much is being done in the world, to ameliorate the condition of mankind, and the spirit of Freedom is marching with rapid strides and causing tyrants to tremble, may America awake from the apathy in which she has long slumbered.