• “Government, in my humble opinion, should be formed to secure and to enlarge the exercise of the natural rights of its members; and every government, which has not this in view, as its principal object, is not a government of the legitimate kind.” ~James Wilson (1791)
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  • β€œThe love of power and the love of liberty are in eternal antagonism.” ~John Stuart Mill, The Subjection of Women
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  • Some leaders, like George Washington, James Madison, and Alexander Hamilton, wanted the United States to be a strong nation with a solid central government . . . the leaders were called Nationalist” ~Patricia Brennan Demuth, What Is the Constitution? (What Was?)
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  • Regarding the 14th Amendment; “Michigan Sen. Jacob Howard, who sponsored Section 1 of the 14th Amendment (the Citizenship Clause), noted in 1866 that ‘subject to the jurisdiction thereof’ was ‘simply declaratory of what I regard as the law of the land already.’ He stated further, ‘This will NOT, of course, include persons born in the United States who are FOREIGNER, ALIENS, [or] who belong to the families of ambassadors or foreign ministers [emphasis added].'”
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  • “That it is an indispensable duty which we owe to God, our country, ourselves and posterity, by all lawful ways and means in our power to maintain, defend and preserve those civil and religious rights and liberties, for which many of our fathers fought, bled and died, and to hand them down entire to future generations . . . and that the inhabitants of those towns and districts … do use their utmost diligence to acquaint themselves with the art of war as soon as possible, and do, for that purpose, appear under arms at least once every week.” ~Continental Congress
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  • The real reason, at the end of the day, that this institution punts most of its power to executive branch agencies is because it is a convenient way for legislators to be able to avoid taking responsibility for controversial and often unpopular decisions. If people want to get reelected over and over and over again, and that’s your highest goal β€” if your biggest long-term thought around here is about your own incumbency β€” then actually giving away your power is a pretty good strategy. … And so, at the end of the day, a lot of the power delegation that happens from this branch is because the Congress has decided to self-neuter. ~Sen. Ben Sasse
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  • “During the course of administration, and in order to disturb it, the artillery of the press has been levelled against us, charged with whatsoever its licentiousness could devise or dare. These abuses of an institution so important to freedom and science are deeply to be regretted, inasmuch as they tend to lessen its usefulness and to sap its safety.” ~Thomas Jefferson (1805)
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  • “Children should be educated and instructed in the principles of freedom.” ~John Adams (1787)
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  • Prior to 1913, other than during the Civil War, there was no income tax. The Federal Government was financed primarily by tariff taxes on imports, called imposts.
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  • Moral cowardice that keeps us from speaking our minds is as dangerous to this country as irresponsible talk. ~Margaret Chase Smith
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