Just a few (?) quotes
from people who were a lot wiser than you...Let's start with Thomas Jefferson.
"A wise and frugal government, which shall leave men free to regulate their own pursuits of industry and improvement, and shall not take from the
mouth of labor and bread it has earned - this is the sum of good government."
"All, too, will bear in mind this sacred principle, that though the will of the majority is in all cases to prevail, that will to be rightful must be
reasonable; that the minority possess their equal rights, which equal law must protect, and to violate would be oppression."
"Educate and inform the whole mass of the people... They are the only sure reliance for the preservation of our liberty."
"Enlighten the people generally, and tyranny and oppressions of body and mind will vanish like evil spirits at the dawn of day."
"Every generation needs a new revolution."
"Every government degenerates when trusted to the rulers of the people alone. The people themselves are its only safe depositories."
"Experience hath shewn, that even under the best forms of government those entrusted with power have, in time, and by slow operations, perverted it
"I have sworn upon the altar of God, eternal hostility against every form of tyranny over the mind of man."
"I hope we shall crush in its birth the aristocracy of our monied corporations which dare already to challenge our government to a trial by strength,
and bid defiance to the laws of our country."
"I know of no safe depository of the ultimate powers of the society but the people themselves; and if we think them not enlightened enough to
exercise their control with a wholesome discretion, the remedy is not to take it from them but to inform their discretion."
"I own that I am not a friend to a very energetic government. It is always oppressive."
"I would rather be exposed to the inconveniences attending too much liberty than those attending too small a degree of it."
"If a nation expects to be ignorant and free, in a state of civilization, it expects what never was and never will be."
"If there is one principle more deeply rooted in the mind of every American, it is that we should have nothing to do with conquest."
"It behooves every man who values liberty of conscience for himself, to resist invasions of it in the case of others: or their case may, by change of
circumstances, become his own."
"It is error alone which needs the support of government. Truth can stand by itself."
"Leave no authority existing not responsible to the people."
"Liberty is to the collective body, what health is to every individual body. Without health no pleasure can be tasted by man; without liberty, no
happiness can be enjoyed by society."
"My reading of history convinces me that most bad government results from too much government."
"No free man shall ever be debarred the use of arms."
"No government ought to be without censors; and where the press is free no one ever will."
"Nothing is unchangeable but the inherent and unalienable rights of man."
"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 rights of the individual."
"Sometimes it is said that man cannot be trusted with the government of himself. Can he, then be trusted with the government of others? Or have we
found angels in the form of kings to govern him? Let history answer this question."
"That government is best which governs the least, because its people discipline themselves."
"The republican is the only form of government which is not eternally at open or secret war with the rights of mankind."
"The spirit of resistance to government is so valuable on certain occasions that I wish it to be always kept alive."
"The strongest reason for the people to retain the right to keep and bear arms is, as a last resort, to protect themselves against tyranny in
"The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants."
"The world is indebted for all triumphs which have been gained by reason and humanity over error and oppression."
"Timid men prefer the calm of despotism to the tempestuous sea of liberty."
"To compel a man to subsidize with his taxes the propagation of ideas which he disbelieves and abhors is sinful and tyrannical."
"War is an instrument entirely inefficient toward redressing wrong; and multiplies, instead of indemnifying losses."
"We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal; that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights;
that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness."
"Were it left to me to decide whether we should have a government without newspapers, or newspapers without a government, I should not hesitate a
moment to prefer the latter."
"When a man assumes a public trust he should consider himself a public property."
"When the people fear their government, there is tyranny; when the government fears the people, there is liberty."
"Whenever the people are well-informed, they can be trusted with their own government."
How about some snippets of wisdom from Benjamin Franklin?
"A great empire, like a great cake, is most easily diminished at the edges."
"Any society that would give up a little liberty to gain a little security will deserve neither and lose both."
"Being ignorant is not so much a shame, as being unwilling to learn."
"Distrust and caution are the parents of security."
"Hear reason, or she'll make you feel her."
"Honesty is the best policy."
"If a man empties his purse into his head, no man can take it away from him. An investment in knowledge always pays the best interest."
"If you would have a faithful servant, and one that you like, serve yourself.
"Rebellion against tyrants is obedience to God."
"The Constitution only guarantees the American people the right to pursue happiness. You have to catch it yourself."
"The eye of the master will do more work than both his hands."
"Tricks and treachery are the practice of fools, that don't have brains enough to be honest."
"We are all born ignorant, but one must work hard to remain stupid."
"We must, indeed, all hang together or, most assuredly, we shall all hang separately."
"Where liberty is, there is my country."
"Words may show a man's wit but actions his meaning."
Maybe some Thomas Paine?
"Arms discourage and keep the invader and plunderer in awe, and preserve order in the world as well as property... Horrid mischief would ensue were
the law-abiding deprived of the use of them."
"But such is the irresistable nature of truth, that all it asks, and all it wants is the liberty of appearing."
"Society in every state is a blessing, but government, even in its best stage, is but a necessary evil; in its worst state an intolerable one."
"He that rebels against reason is a real rebel, but he that in defence of reason rebels against tyranny has a better title to Defender of the Faith,
than George the Third."
"He that would make his own liberty secure, must guard even his enemy from opposition; for if he violates this duty he establishes a precedent that
will reach himself."
"He who is the author of a war lets loose the whole contagion of hell and opens a vein that bleeds a nation to death."
"It is error only, and not truth, that shrinks from inquiry."
"It is the direction and not the magnitude which is to be taken into consideration."
"Reason obeys itself; and ignorance submits to whatever is dictated to it."
"That government is best which governs least."
"The instant formal government is abolished, society begins to act. A general association takes place, and common interest produces common
"The strength and power of despotism consists wholly in the fear of resistance."
"These are the times that try men's souls. The summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from the service of their
country; but he that stands it now, deserves the love and thanks of man and woman."
"Those who expect to reap the blessings of freedom must, like men, undergo the fatigue of supporting it."
"To say that any people are not fit for freedom, is to make poverty their choice, and to say they had rather be loaded with taxes than not."
"War involves in its progress such a train of unforeseen circumstances that no human wisdom can calculate the end; it has but one thing certain, and
that is to increase taxes."
"We have it in our power to begin the world over again."
"When men yield up the privilege of thinking, the last shadow of liberty quits the horizon."
Shall I go on with even more great visionaries than just these three? What of the wisdom of people like Albert Einstein? Will Rogers spoke out with a
lot of truth too. Abraham Lincoln, a man reknown for his honesty, but thrust into many bad decisions & assassinated before he could correct those
problems...Just like JFK who was brave enough to actually take the reigns against tyranny from the Federal Reserve Bank.
How many others must waste their wisdom on fools & show how little that NWO supporters really know of what it is they support?
[edit on 25-10-2008 by MidnightDStroyer]