Quotes for January 9, 2008

Charles A. Beard:

One of the best ways to get yourself a reputation as a dangerous citizen these days is to go about repeating the very phrases which our founding fathers used in the great struggle for independence.

William S. Cohen:

Terrorism is escalating to the point that Americans soon may have to choose between civil liberties and more intrusive means of protection.

Justice William O. Douglas:

The framers of the constitution knew human nature, as well as we do. They too had lived in dangerous days; they too knew the suffocating influence of orthodoxy and standardized thought. They weighed the compulsions for restrained speech and thought against the abuses of liberty. They chose liberty.
The right to be let alone is indeed the beginning of all freedom. A people who extend civil liberties only to preferred groups start down the path either to dictatorship of the right or the left. Restriction of free thought and free speech is the most dangerous of all subversions. It is the one un-American act that could most easily defeat us.

Big Brother in the form of an increasingly powerful government and in an increasingly powerful private sector will pile the records high with reasons why privacy should give way to national security, to law and order, to efficiency of operation, to scientific advancement and the like.

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~ by swfreedomlover on January 9, 2008.

One Response to “Quotes for January 9, 2008”

  1. Those are really great quotes. The scary thing is that these people are getting elected. I’ve had to cut friendships with people who just couldn’t get it when I said we were in trouble. The freedom to speak, to gather, to think HAS GOT TO BE PRESERVED! Didn’t Benjamin Franklin have a great quote about giving up a little freedom for security and then deserving none? I’m looking for a Hero right now, someone who can grab my attention and keep it. So far I’m not much impressed with any of the candidates.

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