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The Best Defense Against Usurpatory Government is an Assertive Citizenry

“The best defense against usurpatory government is an assertive citizenry.” – William F. Buckley, Jr.

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Our Country’s Destruction Will Be From the Inattention of the People to the Concerns of Their Government

Daniel Webster

“I apprehend no danger to our country from a foreign foe… Our destruction, should it come at all, will be from another quarter. From the inattention of the people to the concerns of their government, from their carelessness and negligence, I must confess that I do apprehend some danger. I fear that they may place too implicit a confidence in their public servants, and fail properly to scrutinize their conduct; that in this way they may be made the dupes of designing men, and become the instruments of their own undoing. Make them intelligent, and they will be vigilant; give them the means of detecting the wrong, and they will apply the remedy.” – Daniel Webster, (January 18, 1782 – October 24, 1852) a leading American statesman and senator from Massachusetts during the period leading up to the Civil War. During his 40 years in national politics, Webster served in the House of Representatives for 10 years (representing New Hampshire), in the Senate for 19 years (representing Massachusetts), and was appointed the Secretary of State under three presidents.

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Whenever the Ends of Government are Perverted the People May Establish a New Government

Whenever the ends of Government are perverted, and public liberty manifestly endangered, and all other means of redress are ineffectual, the People may, and of right ought to reform the old, or establish a new Government; the doctrine of non-resistance against arbitrary power and oppression is absurd, slavish and destructive of the good and happiness of mankind. – Declaration of Rights, Maryland

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The Principles of the Declaration of Independence are Final

Calvin Coolidge

“If all men are created equal, that is final. If they are endowed with inalienable rights, that is final. If governments derive their just powers from the consent of the governed, that is final. No advance, no progress can be made beyond these propositions.” – Calvin Coolidge

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Government by the Majority – Who Participate

Thomas Jefferson

“We in America do not have government by the majority. We have government by the majority who participate.” – Thomas Jefferson

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Immigrant Citizens

Thomas Jefferson

“Born in other countries, yet believing you could be happy in this, our laws acknowledge, as they should do, your right to join us in society, conforming, as I doubt not you will do, to our established rules. That these rules shall be as equal as prudential considerations will admit, will certainly be the aim of our legislatures, general and particular.” –Thomas Jefferson

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