Category Archives: Individual Responsibility

In America, the Law is King

Thomas Paine

Thomas Paine

“Let a crown be placed thereon, by which the world may know, that so far as we approve of monarchy, that in America the law is King. For as in absolute governments the King is law, so in free countries the law ought to be King; and there ought to be no other.” – Thomas Paine

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We the People…

Ronald Reagan

Ronald Reagan

We the People…

“We are a nation that has a government—not the other way around… Our government has no power except that granted it by the people…

“Why is the Constitution of the United States so exceptional?

“Well, the difference is so small that it almost escapes you, but it’s so great it tells you the whole story in just three words: We the people. In those other constitutions, the Government tells the people of those countries what they’re allowed to do. In our Constitution, we the people tell the Government what it can do, and it can do only those things listed in that document and no others. Virtually every other revolution in history has just exchanged one set of rulers for another set of rulers. Our revolution is the first to say the people are the masters and government is their servant.” – Ronald Reagan

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The Natural Cure for an Ill-Administration…

Alexander Hamilton

Alexander Hamilton

“The natural cure for an ill-administration, in a popular or representative constitution, is a change of men.” — Alexander Hamilton, Federalist No. 21, 1787

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We Must Make Our Election… Liberty

Thomas Jefferson

Thomas Jefferson

“We must make our election between economy and Liberty, or profusion and servitude.” — Thomas Jefferson (1816)

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Every Government Degenerates When Trusted to the Rulers of the People Alone…

Thomas Jefferson

Thomas Jefferson

“Every government degenerates when trusted to the rulers of the people alone. The people themselves, therefore, are its only safe depositories.” — Thomas Jefferson, Notes on the State of Virginia, Query XIV, 1781

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Government is Instituted for the Common Good

John Adams

John Adams

“Government is instituted for the common good; for the protection, safety, prosperity, and happiness of the people; and not for profit, honor, or private interest of any one man, family, or class of men; therefore, the people alone have an incontestable, unalienable, and indefeasible right to institute government; and to reform, alter, or totally change the same, when their protection, safety, prosperity, and happiness require it.” — John Adams, Thoughts on Government, 1776

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Moderation in Principle is a Species of Vice…

Thomas Paine

Thomas Paine

“Moderation in temper is always a virtue; but moderation in principle, is a species of vice.” — Thomas Paine, Letter Addressed to the Addressers on the Late Proclamation, 1792

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