“Posterity, you will never know how much it cost the present generation to preserve your freedom! I hope you will make good use of it. If you do not, I shall repent that ever I took half the pains to preserve it.” – John Adams, 1777 ”

They that give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.” – Benjamin Franklin

“The only thing necessary for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing.” – Edmund Burke*

“We must pity the poor, wretched, timid soul who is too faint-hearted to resist his oppressors. He sings the song of the damned: “I can’t fight back; I have too much to lose; I own too much property; I have worked too hard to get what I have; They will put me out of business if I resist; I might go to jail; I have my family to think about. Such poor miserable creatures have misplaced values and are hiding their cowardice behind pretended family responsibility – blindly refusing to see that the most glorious legacy that one can bequeath to posterity is liberty; and that the only true security is liberty.” – Marvin Cooley

“Resistance to tyranny is obedience to God.” – James Madison (I’ve seen this attributed to Thomas Jefferson, also)

“God grants liberty only to those who love it, and are always ready to guard and defend it.” – Daniel Webster

“Yes, we did produce a near perfect Republic. But will they keep it or will they, in the enjoyment of plenty, lose the memory of freedom? Material abundance without character is the surest way to destruction.” – Thomas Jefferson

“For a shining, glorious moment of history, we here in America have the key and the open door. Men have thrown off the hoke of centuries and thrust forward along that way with such hope, amid such brilliance that for a little while we are the light and the inspiration of the world. But now, will the key be thrown carelessly aside? Will the door be closed, and will we lose the way? Will men who hoped, now sadly put back over their shoulders the old hopeless yoke of the centuries and trudge their mindless way along a path that has no beginning and no end? Will we in America surrender our blessings, our freedom, our sovereignty?” – author unknown

“In Germany they came first…for the Jews, and I didn’t speak up because I wasn’t a Jew. Then they came for the trade unionists, and I didn’t speak up because I wasn’t a trade unionist. Then they came for the Catholics, and I didn’t speak up because I was a Protestant. Then they came for me, and by that time no one was left to speak up…” – Martin Niemoller

“Under God we are determined that, wheresoever, whensoever, or howsoever, we shall be called upon to make our exit, we will die free men.” – Josiah Quincy, 1774

An expansion of the quote by Niemoller, above, in an excerpt from “First They Came for the Fascists…” by Gerry Spence**, Liberty magazine…

“We have stood by like timid sheep while the wolf killed – first the weak, then the strays, then those on the outer edges of the flock, until at last the whole flock belonged to the wolf. We did not care much about the weak or about the strays. They were not a part of the flock. We did not care much about those on the edges. They had chosen to be there. But as the wolf worked its way toward the center of the flock we discovered that we were now on the outer edges. Now we must look the wolf squarely in the eye.

That we did not do so when the first of us was ripped and torn and eaten was the first wrong. It was our wrong.”

“That none of us have felt responsible for having lost our freedom has been a part of an insidious progression. In the beginning the attention of the flock was directed not to the marauding wolf but to our own deviant members within the flock.

We rejoiced when the wolf destroyed them, for they were our enemies. We were told that the weak lay under the rocks while we faced the blizzards to rustle our food, and we did not care when the wolf took them. We argued that they deserved it. When one of our flock faced the wolf alone it was always eaten.

Each of us was afraid of the wolf, but as a flock were not afraid. Indeed, the wolf helped us by destroying the weak and dismembering the aberrant element within. “As time went by, strangely the herd felt more secure under the rule of the wolf.”

It believed that by belonging to this wolf it would remain safe from all the other wolves. But we were eaten just the same.”  *

There has been some dispute as to whether Edmund Burke is the correct attribution, but it’s the more common, to my knowledge. If anyone has a correction, please supply it and I’ll be happy to pass it on.

Gerry Spence, who was the lawyer who represented Randy Weaver in his case against the federal government whose rogue FBI agent (Lon Horiuchi) shot & killed his wife Vicky while she was holding their 9-month old baby, standing in the doorway of their cabin in Ruby Ridge, Idaho.

Weaver was lionized by the mainstream press as being a “white separatist”, when in fact he was simply trying to live a quiet, peaceful life with his family in the mountains of Idaho, apart from a meddling government.

Special thanks to Fred Marshell III for passing these along

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