-- Frederic Bastiat, The Law, 1850
"God has given to men all that is necessary for them to accomplish their destinies. He has provided a social form as well as a human form. And these social organs of persons are so constituted that they will develop themselves harmoniously in the clean air of Liberty. Away, then with quacks and organizers! Away with their rings, chains, hooks, and pincers! Away with the whims of governmental administrators, their socialized projects, their centralization, their tariffs, their governmental schools, their state religions, their free credit, their bank monopolies, their restrictions, their equalization by taxation, and their pious moralizations! And now that the legislator and do-gooders have so futiley inflicted so many systems upon society, may they finally end where they should have begun: May they reject all systems, and try liberty; for liberty is an acknowledgment of faith in God and His works."
-- Frederic Bastiat, The Law, 1850
"Not only will we fight to remove every single politician from office who attacks our God-given, unalienable, equal rights to life and liberty, including our right to keep and bear arms, we will also oppose every craven, cowardly politician who remains silent in the face of this encroaching anti-God, anti-American, anti-life, anti-liberty tyranny. Speak now or get out of the way and go home."
-- Tom Hoefling, January 5, 2013
"Godless atheism, socialism, liberalism, whatever you want to call it, is fatal to many innocents in this country every single day. And, unless decent people are willing to fight back, it will inevitably be fatal to American liberty. "
-- Tom Hoefling, December 15, 2012
"Our country is in danger, but not to be despaired of. Our enemies are numerous and powerful; but we have many friends, determining to be free, and heaven and earth will aid the resolution. On you depend the fortunes of America. You are to decide the important question, on which rest the happiness and liberty of millions yet unborn. Act worthy of yourselves."
--Joseph Warren, Boston Massacre Oration, 1775
"Interwoven as is the love of liberty with every ligament of your hearts, no recommendation of mine is necessary to fortify or confirm the attachment.
The unity of government which constitutes you one people is also now dear to you. It is justly so, for it is a main pillar in the edifice of your real independence, the support of your tranquility at home, your peace abroad; of your safety; of your prosperity; of that very liberty which you so highly prize. But as it is easy to foresee that, from different causes and from different quarters, much pains will be taken, many artifices employed to weaken in your minds the conviction of this truth; as this is the point in your political fortress against which the batteries of internal and external enemies will be most constantly and actively (though often covertly and insidiously) directed, it is of infinite moment that you should properly estimate the immense value of your national union to your collective and individual happiness; that you should cherish a cordial, habitual, and immovable attachment to it; accustoming yourselves to think and speak of it as of the palladium of your political safety and prosperity; watching for its preservation with jealous anxiety; discountenancing whatever may suggest even a suspicion that it can in any event be abandoned; and indignantly frowning upon the first dawning of every attempt to alienate any portion of our country from the rest, or to enfeeble the sacred ties which now link together the various parts.
For this you have every inducement of sympathy and interest. Citizens, by birth or choice, of a common country, that country has a right to concentrate your affections. The name of American, which belongs to you in your national capacity, must always exalt the just pride of patriotism more than any appellation derived from local discriminations. With slight shades of difference, you have the same religion, manners, habits, and political principles. You have in a common cause fought and triumphed together; the independence and liberty you possess are the work of joint counsels, and joint efforts of common dangers, sufferings, and successes.
But these considerations, however powerfully they address themselves to your sensibility, are greatly outweighed by those which apply more immediately to your interest. Here every portion of our country finds the most commanding motives for carefully guarding and preserving the union of the whole."
-- George Washington, Farewell Address
By Tom Hoefling
"For my part, whatever anguish of spirit it may cost, I am willing to know the whole truth; to know the worst, and to provide for it." -- Patrick Henry, 'Give Me Liberty or Give Me Death'
Extreme radicals may, for the moment, control our White House and the U.S. Senate.
The U.S. House of Representatives may, for now, be run primarily by spineless, unprincipled men, selfishly and stupidly doing what they ought not, while despising their oaths and neglecting to do what they ought.
The Supreme Court may currently be filled with those who have little or no understanding of the actual law; of the eternal, moral, natural law principles of the Declaration of Independence or the clearly-stated purposes and explicit, imperative requirements of the United States Constitution.
Our great historic political parties may have been made into completely corrupted, co-opted, propagandistic shams.
Media and academia may be moral and intellectual wastelands.
Business and the economy may be anemic as they are slowly bled dry by statist, socialistic, out-of-control, illegitimate, unconstitutional government.
And yet, God Almighty remains on His Throne.
We the People remain, to this day and hour, a sovereign people, under God.
Many of us still "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..." and "That to secure these rights, governments are instituted among men..."
Millions of us retain our firm allegiance and unwavering commitment to the Constitution and righteous, republican, representative self-government.
We remain free to defend ourselves, and to freely exercise our God-given, unalienable rights to worship and pray, to associate, to assemble, to petition, to organize, to speak, to write, to publish.
My friends and fellow Americans, please, exercise your God-given rights to the maximum now, while you can, not just for yourselves, but for your posterity.
As you do so, take heart from the fact that we have the truth on our side. Take courage and resolution from your faith in the One Who rules forever. Draw strength and sustenance from one another. For we know that God is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him. His providential Hand has always moved on behalf of those who walk in faith and obedience to Him. He will help us, if we will only humble ourselves, seek Him, and boldly and courageously stand up to fight for what is eternally good, and true, and right.
Speak the truth in love, and live out that love toward your fellow citizens, so that they can understand that, in fact, what you are saying is real.
Please, do it now, I beg you, before it is too late for us, for our children, and for the United States of America.
"They tell us, sir, that we are weak; unable to cope with so formidable an adversary. But when shall we be stronger? Will it be the next week, or the next year? Will it be when we are totally disarmed, and when a...guard shall be stationed in every house? Shall we gather strength by irresolution and inaction? Shall we acquire the means of effectual resistance, by lying supinely on our backs, and hugging the delusive phantom of hope, until our enemies shall have bound us hand and foot? Sir, we are not weak if we make a proper use of those means which the God of nature hath placed in our power....millions of people, armed in the holy cause of liberty, and in such a country as that which we possess, are invincible by any force which our enemy can send against us. Besides, sir, we shall not fight our battles alone. There is a just God who presides over the destinies of nations; and who will raise up friends to fight our battles for us. The battle, sir, is not to the strong alone; it is to the vigilant, the active, the brave. Besides, sir, we have no election. If we were base enough to desire it, it is now too late to retire from the contest. There is no retreat but in submission and slavery! Our chains are forged! Their clanking may be heard on the plains...! The war is inevitable²and let it come! I repeat it, sir, let it come. It is in vain, sir, to extenuate the matter. Gentlemen may cry, Peace, Peace²but there is no peace. The war is actually begun! The next gale that sweeps from the north will bring to our ears the clash of resounding arms! Our brethren are already in the field! Why stand we here idle? What is it that gentlemen wish? What would they have? Is 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, 'Give Me Liberty or Give Me Death'
"I am commonly opposed to those who modestly assume the rank of champions of liberty, and make a very patriotic noise about the people. It is the stale artifice which has duped the world a thousand times, and yet, though detected, it is still successful. I love liberty as well as anybody. I am proud of it, as the true title of our people to distinction above others; but...I would guard it by making the laws strong enough to protect it."
-- Fisher Ames, letter to George Richard Minot, 1789
"God forbid that we should ever be purveyors of such an artifice. May our actions show consistently that what we strive for is the strengthening of the true moral basis of liberty, and that we are in truth, not just in word, servants of the people."
-- Tom Hoefling, October 4, 2012
"Our liberty depends on our education, our laws, and habits...It is founded on morals and religion, whose authority reigns in the heart, and on the influence all these produce on public opinion before that opinion governs rulers."
-- Fisher Ames