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"It would be an absurdity for jurors to be required to accept the judge's view of the law, against their own opinion, judgment, and conscience ."

~ John Adams, not knowing that American judges, beginning in the 20 th century, would come to prevent juries from seeing evidence that would exonerate the accused

"Americans should select and prefer Christians as their rulers."

- John Jay, first U.S. Supreme Court Justice

"The only certain consequence of war, except when it is undertaken for the purpose of repelling invasion, is that whichever side gains the victory, the people on both sides are vanquished."

- John Taylor of Caroline

"The people of this country, if ever they lose their liberties, will do it by sacrificing some great principle of government to temporary passion. There are certain great principles, which if they are not held inviolable, at all seasons, our liberty is gone. If we give them up, it is perfectly immaterial what is the character of our sovereign; whether he be King or President, elective or hereditary – it is perfectly immaterial what is his character – we shall be slaves – it is not an elective government which will preserve us."

- John Randolph of Roanoke

"There will be found to exist at all times an imperious necessity for restraining all the functionaries of the Government within the range of their respective powers thereby preserving a just balance between the powers granted to this Government and those reserved to the States and to the people."

- President John Tyler

"The arts of power and its minions are the same in all countries and in all ages. It marks its victim; denounces it; and excites the public odium and the public hatred, to conceal its own abuses and encroachments."

--Henry Clay, 1834

"I venture to predict that it [the federal government] will become absolute and irresponsible, precisely in proportion as the rights of the States shall cease to be respected, and their authority to interpose for the correction of federal abuses shall be denied and overthrown. It should be the object of every patriot in the United States to encourage a high respect for the State governments. The people should be taught to regard them as their greatest interest, and as the first objects of their duty and affection. Maintained in their just rights and powers, they form the true balance-wheel, the only effectual check on federal encroachments. The danger is, not that the States will interpose too often, but that they will rather submit to federal usurpations, than incur the risk of embarrassing that government, by any attempts to check and control it."

- Abel Upshur,Secretary of the Navy and Secretary of State; Virginia Judge, shortly before his death in 1844

"I have said, that we shall ere long be compelled to calculate the value of our union; and to inquire of what use to us is this most unequal alliance? by which the south has always been the loser and the north always the gainer?"

- Thomas Cooper

"The separation of Church and State is a very different thing from the separation of religion and the State."

- James Henley Thornwell

"Now, it is for you, sir, to say whether the whole nation shall be plunged into bankruptcy, whether grass shall grow in the streets of our commercial cities. Then will you yield to the just demands of the South?"

- William E. Dodge, spokesman for a New York delegation, to Abraham Lincoln, March 1861

"Duty is ours, consequences are God's."

- Stonewall Jackson

"... I shouted sic semper before I fired ... our country owed all her troubles to him ... The country is not what it was. This forced union is not what I have loved. I care not what becomes of me. I have no desire to outlive my country.... For doing what Brutus was honored for, and what made William Tell a Hero ... yet I, for striking down a greater tyrant than they ever knew am looked upon as a common cutthroat. My action was purer than either of their's. One hoped to be great himself. The other had not only his country's, but his own wrongs to avenge. I hoped for no gain. I knew no private wrong. I struck for my country and that alone. A country groaned beneath this tyranny and prayed for this end."

- John Wilks Booth, written in his diary prior to his execution

"Should the Northern States continue willfully and deliberately to circumvent federal law, the South would no longer be bound to observe the {constitutional] compact. A bargain cannot be broken on one side and still bind the other side."

- Daniel Webster, Senator from Massachusetts

"As a Confederate soldier and as a Virginian, I deny the charge [that the Confederates were rebels] and denounce it as a calumny. We were not rebels, we did not fight to perpetuate human slavery, but for our rights and privileges under a government established over us by our fathers and in defense of our homes."

- Richard Henry Lee, in an 1893 speech

"Here in America we are descended in blood and in spirit from revolutionists and rebels--men and women who dare to dissent from accepted doctrine. As their heirs, we may never confuse honest dissent with disloyal subversion."

- Dwight D. Eisenhower

“If you do not know who you are, you are maimed. If you hate who you are, you are culturally and spiritually paraplegic and perhaps quadriplegic, which left untreated will regress into brain death.”

- Jimmy Cantrell

"We must hold fast to principle: if we compromise our rights, and act from motives of expediency we trust to a broken anchor, and all that is worth preserving will be irretrievably lost."

- Thomas Cooper

"A democracy cannot exist as a permanent form. It can only exist until the voters discover that they can vote themselves money from the public
treasury. From then on, the majority will vote for the candidate promising the most benefits from the public treasury, with the result that democracy always collapses of loose fiscal policy and is always replaced by a dictatorship."

- Professor Alexander Tyler

"This great republic, founded on the concept of inalienable rights and self-government, was never designed for a population of heel clickers and saluters. It was designed for thinking men and women who could independently assess situations and form their own independent judgements about what is good policy and what is bad policy ."

- Charley Reese, “What’s in a Name?”

"Americans should renew their faith in God, If they can, and learn once and for all that America is not that pile of marble and granite monuments on the Potomac occupied by politicians and lobbyists. They should learn that government is the problem, not the solution. It should be viewed as what it is: a government entirely foreign to the American tradition and to the constitutional republic established by our forefathers. It is neither controlled by, nor is it responsive to, the American people."

--Charley Reese

"Powerful government tends to draw into it people with bloated egos, people who think they know than everyone else and have little hesitance in coercing their fellow man. Or as Nobel Laureate Friedrich Hayek said, ‘in government, the scum rises to the top.’"

--Walter E. Williams


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