Random Thoughts and Such...
A government that is powerful enough to protect you is also powerful enough to oppress you.
The idea is simple, really - the federal government behaves much like a child: it does
exactly what it knows it is allowed, and then "pushes the envelope" just a bit farther.
We the people (essentially the "parents") have allowed that "child" to push and push and
push and justified it with this and that and the other, but the end result is an
uncontrollable "child." We have only ourselves to blame. The saddest part is that some
people are clamoring to give the "child" even more leeway to misbehave while continuing
to offer excuses.
How is it that government, whose only legitimate responsibility is to PROTECT individual
rights, can somehow VIOLATE individual rights simply by virtue of its participation in some venture?
Do you want to see real terrorism?
Just hole up in a 'compound' somewhere in rural Texas while publicly asserting your rights
under the first ten amendments to the United States Constitution - you'll have more
terrorists than you can handle before too long...
It is in vain, sir,to extenuate the matter. Gentlemen may cry peace, peace - but there is
no peace. The war is actually begun! The next gale that sweeps from the north will bring to
our ears the clash of resounding arms! Our brethren are already in the field! Why stand we
here idle? What is it that gentlemen wish? What would they have? Is life so dear, or peace
so sweet, as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery? Forbid it, Almighty God!
I know not what course others may take; but as for me, give me liberty, or give me death!
--Patrick Henry, March 23, 1775
A right is the sanction of independent action. A right is that which can be exercised without
anyone's permission. If you exist only because society permits you to exist, you have no right
to your own life. A permission can be revoked at any time. If, before undertaking some action,
you must obtain the permission of society, you are not free - whether such permission is granted
to you or not. Only a slave acts on permission. A permission is not a right.
But let us have done with British-Americans and Irish-Americans and so on, and all be Americans
- nothing more and nothing less. If a man is going to be an American at all, let him be so without
any qualifying adjectives, and if he is going to be something else, let him drop the word American
from his personal description.
--Henry Cabot Lodge, Dec. 21, 1888