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"In Australia we no longer have a democracy, we have an elected dictatorship. We elect a political party one day every three years and the rest of the time, it dictates to us." 

-- Sir Marcus Oliphant, Governor of SA from 1971-1976.

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"I have a very strict gun control policy: if there's a gun around, I want to be in control of it."
Clint Eastwood, 1930 -

 

"There can be no just compensation in a forced sale. The just price is the one a buyer and seller freely agree on. What makes a transaction legitimate is not compensation but consent."
Sheldon Richman, Editor, Ideas on Liberty

 

"In Australia we no longer have a democracy, we have an elected dictatorship. We elect a political party one day every three years and the rest of the time, it dictates to us." 

Sir Marcus Oliphant, Governor of SA from 1971-1976.

 

"If you will not fight for the right when you can easily win without bloodshed; if you will not fight when your victory will be sure and not too costly; you may come to the moment when you will have to fight with all the odds against you and only a small chance of survival.

There may even be a worse case: you may have to fight when there is no hope of victory, because it is better to perish than to live as slaves."
Winston Churchill

"Of all tyrannies, a tyranny exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive. It may be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies. The robber baron's cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity may at some point be satiated; but those who torment us for our own good will torment us without end, for they do so with the approval of their own conscience."

C. S. Lewis

 

“That rifle hanging on the wall of the working-class flat or labourer’s cottage is the symbol of democracy. It is our job to see that it stays there.”

George Orwell, author of 'Nineteen Eighty Four', in a 1941 article.

 

"My choices early in life were either to be a piano player in a whorehouse or a politician,  and to tell the truth, there's hardly any difference."

Harry S Truman


"Those who would give up essential liberty to purchase a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety."

Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790)

Quemadmoeum gladis nemeinum occidit, occidentis telum est - "A sword is never a killer, it's a tool in the killer's hands."
Lucius Annaeus Seneca  (4BC-65 AD)

Quis custodiet ipsos custodes? - "Who will guard the guards?"

Juvenal, The Satires of Juvenal

 

"The state that separates its scholars from its warriors will have its thinking done by cowards and its fighting done by fools"

Thucydides
 

"Good people do not need laws to tell them to act responsibly, while bad people will find a way around the laws."
Plato (427-347 BC)

"One of the penalties for refusing to participate in politics is that you end up being governed by your inferiors."
Plato (427-347 BC)

"Just because you do not take an interest in politics doesn't mean politics won't take an interest in you."
Pericles (430 BC)

"Politics is the art of looking for trouble, finding it whether it exists or not, diagnosing it incorrectly, and applying the wrong remedy."
Ernest Benn

Politics n. Strife of interests masquerading as a contest of principles.

Ambrose Bierce, The Devil's Dictionary.

 

"Politics n, pl. A means of livelihood affected by the more degraded portion of our criminal classes."

Ambrose Bierce, The Enlarged Devil's Dictionary.

 

It is not the critic who counts, nor the man who points out how the strong man stumbled, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena; whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly, who errs and comes short again and again; who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions, and spends himself in a worthy cause, who at the best, knows in the end the triumph of high achievement; and who at the worst, at least falls while daring greatly; so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who know neither victory nor defeat.

Theodore Roosevelt

 

There is no way to rule innocent men. The only power government has is to crack down on criminals. Well, when there aren't enough criminals, one makes them. One declares so many things to be a crime that it becomes impossible for men to live without breaking laws.

A government is the most dangerous threat to man's rights: it holds a legal monopoly on the use of physical force against legally disarmed victims.

Individual rights are not subject to a public vote; a majority has no right to vote away the rights of a minority; the political function of rights is precisely to protect minorities from oppression by majorities (and the smallest minority on earth is the individual).

We are fast approaching the stage of the ultimate inversion: the stage where the government is free to do anything it pleases, while the citizens may act only by permission; which is the stage of the darkest periods of human history, the stage of rule by brute force.  

Ayn Rand, Atlas Shrugged.

Laws that forbid the carrying of arms... disarm only those who are neither inclined nor determined to commit crimes.
Thomas Jefferson
, in Commonplace Book, quoting from On Crimes and Punishment, by criminologist Cesare Beccaria, 1764

"Punish the people who are breaking the law and stop blaming us for crimes we didn’t commit. Don’t saddle us with ridiculous laws and regulations that are written more to create violations than they are to prevent criminal activity."

Alan Gottlieb, CCRKBA Chairman.

 

"We'll take one step at a time, and the first is necessarily - given the political realities - very modest. We'll have to start working again to strengthen the law, and then again to strengthen the next law and again and again. Our ultimate goal, total control of handguns, is going to take time. The first problem is to slow down production and sales. Next is to get registration. The final problem is to make possession of all handguns and ammunition (with a few exceptions) totally illegal."

Pete Shields, founder of Handgun Control, Inc., New Yorker Magazine, June 26, 1976, pg. 53

 

"Liberty lies in the hearts of men and women. When it dies there, no constitution, no law, no court can save it."

 Justice Learned Hand.

 

"Government's view of the economy could be summed up in a few short phrases: If it moves, tax it. If it keeps moving, regulate it. And if it stops moving, subsidize it.''

Ronald Reagan, President of the United States.

 

"In Australia we no longer have a democracy, we have an elected dictatorship. We elect a political party one day every three years and the rest of the time, it dictates to us."
Sir Mark Oliphant, onetime Governor of South Australia.

 

"My favorite smell? Cordite. After you've fired a gun."

Peter O'Toole, Actor, quoted in 'What I've Learned', Esquire magazine, January 2007.

 

"Guard with jealous attention the public liberty. Suspect every one who approaches that jewel. Unfortunately, nothing will preserve it but downright force. Whenever you give up that force, you are inevitably ruined."

Patrick Henry.

 

"Those who beat their swords into ploughshares end up ploughing for those who kept their swords."

Benjamin Franklin.

 

"The urge to save humanity is almost always a false front for the urge to rule."

H. L. Mencken.

 

"Liberty is a system under which all government action is guided by principles, but it is an ideal that which will not be preserved unless it is itself accepted as an overriding principle governing all particular acts of legislation.

Where no such fundamental rule is stubbornly adhered to as an ultimate ideal about which there must no compromise for the sake of material
advantage- as an ideal which, even though it may have to be temporarily infringed during a passing emergency, must form the basis of all permanent arrangements- freedom is almost certain to be destroyed by piecemeal encroachment.

For in each particular instance it  will be possible to promise concrete and tangible advantages as the result of the curtailment of freedom,
while the benefits sacrificed will in their nature always be unknown and uncertain."
F. A. Hayek, The Constitution of Liberty, p. 68

 

“The difference between genius and stupidity is that genius has its limits.”

Albert Einstein.

 

"If someone has a gun and is trying to kill you, it would be reasonable to shoot back with your own gun.”

The Dalai Lama, May 15, 2001.

 

"A Parliament is nothing less than a big meeting of more or less idle people."

Walter Bagehot.

 

"No one ever said our freedoms would come cheap. Some we must be prepared to fight for, some we must be prepared to die for.Take freedom for granted once and it will be gone forever."

George W. S. Adair.

 

Heroes aren't athletes who set new sports records or Hollywood actors who make daring films or politicians who make bold promises. Heroes are people who place themselves at risk for the benefit of others.
LtCol Oliver L. North, USMC (Ret.)

 

"No one could make a greater mistake than he who did nothing because he could do only a little."
Edmund Burke

 

"Among the many misdeeds of the British rule in India, history will look upon the act depriving a whole nation of arms as the blackest."
Mohandas Gandhi

 

"We start with first principles. The Constitution creates a Federal Government of enumerated powers."
William H. Rehnquist.  Chief Justice, U. S. Supreme Court.