It's not tyranny we desire; it's a just, limited, federal government.— Alexander Hamilton
Grateful Government Tyranny quotations
To those who cite the first amendment as reason for excluding God from more and more of our institutions and everyday life, may I just say: The first amendment of the Constitution was not written to protect the people of this country from religious values; it was written to protect religious values from government tyranny.
We spoke and acted as if, given the opportunity for self-government, we would quickly create utopias. Instead injustice, even tyranny, is rampant.
Tyranny is defined as that which is legal for the government but illegal for the citizenry.
Does the government fear us? Or do we fear the government? When the people fear the government, tyranny has found victory. The federal government is our servant, not our master!
Freedom of speech is a principal pillar of a free government;
when this support is taken away, the constitution of a free society is dissolved, and tyranny is erected on its ruins. Republics and limited monarchies derive their strength and vigor from a popular examination into the action of the magistrates.
It has been observed that a pure democracy if it were practicable would be the most perfect government. Experience has proved that no position is more false than this. The ancient democracies in which the people themselves deliberated never possessed one good feature of government. Their very character was tyranny; their figure deformity.
Experience hath shewn, that even under the best forms of government those entrusted with power have, in time, and by slow operations, perverted it into tyranny.
The Founders knew that a democracy would lead to some kind of tyranny.
The term democracy appears in none of our Founding documents. Their vision for us was a Republic and limited government.
Some boast of being friends to government;
I am a friend to righteous government, to a government founded upon the principles of reason and justice; but I glory in publicly avowing my eternal enmity to tyranny.
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.
I am opposed to any form of tyranny over the mind of man.
Power is the great evil with which we are contending.
We have divided power between three branches of government and erected checks and balances to prevent abuse of power. However, where is the check on the power of the judiciary? If we fail to check the power of the judiciary, I predict that we will eventually live under judicial tyranny.
It may be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies.
That, in its essence, is Fascism — ownership of Government by an individual, by a group, or by any other controlling private power.
By giving the government unlimited powers, the most arbitrary rule can be made legal; and in this way a democracy may set up the most complete despotism imaginable.
It has been said that terror is the principle of despotic government.
Does your government therefore resemble despotism? Yes, as the sword that gleams in the hands of the heroes of liberty resembles that with which the henchmen of tyranny are armed ... The government of the revolution is liberty's despotism against tyranny.
The Conservative does not despise government.
He despises tyranny. This is precisely why the Conservative reveres the Constitution and insists on adherence to it.
The price of freedom is eternal vigilance.
[Our Constitution] is an instrument for the people to restrain the government.
The first sign of tyranny is government's complicity in privatizing the commons for private gain.
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.
A government which lays taxes on the people not required by urgent public necessity and sound public policy is not a protector of liberty, but an instrument of tyranny. It condemns the citizen to servitude.
All men recognize the right of revolution;
that is, the right to refuse allegiance to, and to resist, the government, when its tyranny or its inefficiency are great and unendurable.
The ideal tyranny is that which is ignorantly self-administered by its victims.
The most perfect slaves are, therefore, those which blissfully and unawaredly enslave themselves.
The fundamental force behind the Second Amendment is to empower the people and give them the greatest measure of authority over the tyranny of runaway government.
The strongest reason for the people to retain the right to keep and bear arms is, as a last resort, to protect themselves against tyranny in government.
When the people fear their government, there is tyranny; when the government fears the people, there is liberty.
No method of procedure has ever been devised by which liberty could be divorced from local self-government. No plan of centralization has ever been adopted which did not result in bureaucracy, tyranny, inflexibility, reaction, and decline.
Bilderberger Meeting: The world is now more sophisticated and prepared to march towards a world government.
Mr. President, passage of this bill will visit the heel of oppression on all the people, vitiate their constitutional shield against tyranny, and materially hasten the destruction of the best design for self-government yet devised by the minds of men. Its passage will mark one of the darkest days in history
A tyrant... is always stirring up some war or other, in order that the people may require a leader.
When justices seize authority from the other branches of the federal government, as well as state and local governments, under the rubric of judicial review, that’s tyranny.
They that are discontented under monarchy, call it tyranny;
and they that are displeased with aristocracy, call it oligarchy: so also, they which find themselves grieved under a democracy, call it anarchy, which signifies the want of government; and yet I think no man believes, that want of government, is any new kind of government.
Though the will of the majority is in all cases to prevail, that will, to be rightful, must be reasonable.