Education is a weapon the effect of which is determined by the hands which wield it, by who is to be struck down.— Joseph Stalin
Informative Limited Government quotations
It's not tyranny we desire; it's a just, limited, federal government.
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.
Make yourself sheep and the wolves will eat you.
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.
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 course of history shows that as a government grows, liberty decreases.
If congress refuses to obey its own rules.
If congress refuses to pass a balanced budget. If congress refuses to read the Bills. Then I say, sweep the place clean, limit their terms, and send them HOME!
It must never be forgotten...that the liberties of the people are not so safe under the gracious manner of government as by the limitation of power.
The issue today is the same as it has been throughout all history, whether man shall be allowed to govern himself or be ruled by a small elite.
The man who puts all the guns and all the decision-making power into the hands of the central government and then says, ‘Limit yourself’; it is he who is truly the impractical utopian.
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.
This I must fight against: any idea, religion, or government which limits or destroys the individual.
The legitimate powers of government extend to such acts only as are injurious to others.
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.
Those (who) seek to establish systems of Government based on the regimentation of all Human Beings by a handful of individual rulers...call this a new order. It is not new and it is not order.
There are men in all ages who mean to govern well, but they mean to govern.
They promise to be good masters, but they mean to be masters
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.
We are a coalition government, and that limits our options in some ways.
Privatization happens to be one such area.
Federalism is the best curb on democracy.
[It] assigns limited powers to the central government. Thereby all power is limited. It excludes absolute power of the majority.
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.
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.
The chief evil is unlimited government, and nobody is qualified to wield unlimited power.
I am opposed to any form of tyranny over the mind of man.
Between a balanced republic and a democracy, the difference is like that between order and chaos.
It may be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies.
I hope we once again have reminded people that man is not free unless government is limited. There's a clear cause and effect here that is as neat and predictable as a law of physics: As government expands, liberty contracts.
Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction.
Government exists to protect us from each other.
Where government has gone beyond its limits is in deciding to protect us from ourselves.
America needs fewer laws, not more prisons.
By trying to seize far more power than is necessary over American citizens, the federal government is destroying its own legitimacy. We face a choice not of anarchy or authoritarianism, but a choice of limited government or unlimited government .
Motorists who want to save money on gas will demand and buy more fuel-efficient vehicles. We should not limit their freedom with more government regulations.
The fact that we are here today to debate raising America's debt limit is a sign of leadership failure... It is a sign that we now depend on ongoing financial assistance from foreign countries to finance our Government's reckless fiscal policies.
Before my tenure, people didn't seem to think that citizens had a right to limit the size of their government.
The only limit to the oppression of government is the power with which the people show themselves capable of opposing it.