Saturday, December 13, 2008

Quotes from FFF

From recent editions of the Email Update from the Future of Freedom Foundation:

Thursday, December 11, 2008

But the safety of the people of America against dangers from foreign force depends not only on their forbearing to give just causes of war to other nations, but also on their placing and continuing themselves in such a situation as not to invite hostility or insult; for it need not be observed, that there are pretended as well as just causes for war.

— John Jay, Federalist No. 4 [November 7, 1787] (from a Federalist nonetheless -- Jim)

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

There are only two things we should fight for. One is the defense of our homes and the other is the Bill of Rights. War for any other reason is simply a racket.

— Major General Smedley Butler, War Is a Racket [1935] (We have gone from defending freedom to defending government -- a perversion of our founding ideals -- Jim)

Monday, December 8, 2008

In the exercise of this power of intermeddling with the private pursuits and individual occupations of the citizen, a Government may at pleasure elevate one class and depress another; it may one day legislate exclusively for the farmer, the next for the mechanic, and the third for the manufacturer, who all thus become the mere puppets of legislative cobbling and tinkering, instead of independent citizens, relying on their own resources for their prosperity. It assumes the functions which belong alone to an overruling Providence, and affects to become the universal dispenser of good and evil.

— William Leggett, “True Functions of Government” [1834] (Yes, this is government as we know it -- Jim)

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