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A nation of well informed men who have been taught to know and prize the rights which God has given them cannot be enslaved. It is in the region of ignorance that tyranny begins.                                      – Benjamin Franklin

"I have sworn upon the altar of God, eternal hostility against every form of tyranny over the mind of man"
                                                                       – Thomas Jefferson

Crisis is the rallying cry of the tyrant.    – James Madison

The sacred rights of mankind are not to be rummaged for among old parchments and musty records. They are written as with a sunbeam in the whole volume of human nature, by the hand of Divinity itself, and can never be erased.
                                                                  – Alexander Hamilton

It is an indispensable duty, my brethren, which we owe to God and our country, to rouse up and bestir ourselves, and being animated with a noble zeal for the sacred cause of liberty, to defend our lives and fortune, even to the shedding of the last drop of blood … To save our country from the hands of Oppressors ought to be dearer to us than our own lives, and next to the eternal salvation of our own souls, [it] is the thing of greatest importance, a duty so sacred that it cannot just be dispensed with for the sake of our secular concerns.                            – Samuel West

Rebellion to tyrants is obedience to God.
                                                                 – Benjamin Franklin

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