Those who would give up essential
liberties, to purchase a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty or safety.
If tyranny and oppression come to this land, it will be in the guise of
fighting a foreign enemy.
The means of defense against foreign
danger historically have become the instruments of tyranny at home. James
A state of war only serves as an excuse for domestic
Of all the enemies to public liberty war is, perhaps, the
most to be dreaded, because it comprises and develops the germ of every
other. War is the parent of armies; from these proceed debts and taxes; and
armies, and debts, and taxes are the known instruments for bringing the many
under the domination of the few.
"I consider it as nothing less than a question of freedom or slavery....
Should I keep back my opinions at such a time, through fear of giving
offense, I should consider myself as guilty of treason towards my country,
and of an act of disloyalty towards the majesty of heaven, which I revere
above all earthly kings." Patrick Henry
"Single acts of tyranny may be ascribed to the accidental opinion of a
day; but a series of oppressions, begun at a distinguished period, and
pursued unalterably through every change of ministers, too plainly prove a
deliberate, systematical plan of reducing us to slavery."