Forbid It, Almighty God!

give_me_liberty_1Is 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, from the floor of the Second Virginia Convention being held at St. John’s Church in Richmond, Virginia, March 23, 1775



No Barren Traditionary Faith

de-tocqueville“The Americans combine the notions of Christianity and of liberty so intimately in their minds, that it is impossible to make them conceive the one without the other; and with them this conviction does not spring from that barren traditionary faith which seems to vegetate in the soul rather than to live.” – Alexis de Tocqueville, Democracy in America, 1835


Unobstructed Action According to Our Will

jefferson-portraitOf liberty I would say that, in the whole plenitude of its extent, it is unobstructed action according to our will. But rightful liberty is unobstructed action according to our will within limits drawn around us by the equal rights of others. I do not add ‘within the limits of the law,’ because law is often but the tyrant’s will, and always so when it violates the right of an individual. – Thomas Jefferson to Isaac H. Tiffany, April 4, 1819



We Will Not Be Turned Back

Courtesy Ronald Reagan Library.
Courtesy Ronald Reagan Library.

We will not be deterred. We will not be turned back. I reject the policies of the past, the policies of tax and tax, spend and spend, elect and elect. The lesson of these failed policies is clear; I’ve said this before: you can’t drink yourself sober or spend yourself rich…Ronald Reagan, February 18, 1983, 10th Annual CPAC Conference