Category Archives: Declaration of Independence

Proclaim Liberty Throughout All the Land…

Liberty Bell

Liberty Bell

“Proclaim liberty throughout all the land unto all the inhabitants thereof” – Lev. XXV, v. X (Inscription on the Liberty Bell, from Leviticus 25.10)

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Tyranny, Like Hell, is Not Easily Conquered…

Thomas Paine

Thomas Paine

“Tyranny, like hell, is not easily conquered; yet we have this consolation with us, that the harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph.” — Thomas Paine, American Crisis, No. 1, 1776

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An Elective Despotism Was Not The Government We Fought For…

James Madison

James Madison

“An elective despotism was not the government we fought for; but one in which the powers of government should be so divided and balanced among the several bodies of magistracy as that no one could transcend their legal limits without being effectually checked and restrained by the others.”James Madison,  Federalist No. 58, 1788

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A Revolution Brought About By Those Who Had No Power At All?

Patrick Henry

Patrick Henry

“O sir, we should have fine times, indeed, if, to punish tyrants, it were only sufficient to assemble the people! Your arms, wherewith you could defend yourselves, are gone; and you have no longer an aristocratical, no longer a democratical spirit. Did you ever read of any revolution in a nation, brought about by the punishment of those in power, inflicted by those who had no power at all?”  — Patrick Henry, speech in the Virginia Ratifying Convention, 1788

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America is the Only Nation in the World that is Founded on Creed

G.K. Chesterton

G.K. Chesterton

“America is the only nation in the world that is founded on creed. That creed is set forth with dogmatic and even theological lucidity in the Declaration of Independence; perhaps the only piece of practical politics that is also theoretical politics and also great literature.” — G.K. Chesterton, What I Saw in America, 1922.

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The Right to Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness for the Unborn Child Must Be Protected

Ronald Reagan

“More than a decade ago, a Supreme Court decision literally wiped off the books of fifty states statutes protecting the rights of unborn children. Abortion on demand now takes the lives of up to 1.5 million unborn children a year. Human life legislation ending this tragedy will some day pass the Congress, and you and I must never rest until it does. Unless and until it can be proven that the unborn child is not a living entity, then its right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness must be protected.” – Ronald Reagan

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Freedom Has Never Been So Fragile As It Is At This Moment

Ronald Reagan

“Our natural, inalienable rights are now considered to be a dispensation from government, and freedom has never been so fragile, so close to slipping from our grasp as it is at this moment.” – Ronald Reagan

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