"Those who profess to favor freedom, yet deprecate agitation, are men who want crops without plowing up the ground. They want rain without thunder and lightening. They want the ocean without the awful roar of its many waters. This struggle may be a moral one; or it may be a physical one; or it may be both moral and physical; but it must be a struggle. Power concedes nothing without a demand. It never did and it never will." -- Frederick Douglass
"The condition upon which God hath given liberty to man is eternal vigilance; which condition if he break, servitude is at once the consequence of his crime and the punishment of his guilt." -- John Philpot Curran
"It is not the function of our government to keep the citizen from falling into error; it is the function of the citizen to keep the government from falling into error." -- U.S. Supreme Court in American Communications Association v. Douds
"They that can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety." -- Benjamin Franklin, Historical Review of Pennsylvania (1759)
"Freedom is never an achieved state; like electricity, we've got to keep generating it or the lights go out." -- Wayne LaPierre
Everything that is really great and inspiring is created by the individual who can labor in freedom." --Albert Einstein
"Do we really think that a government-dominated education is going to produce citizens capable of dominating their government, as the education of a truly vigilant self-governing people requires?" -- Alan Keyes
"If we become a people who are willing to give up our money and our freedom in exchange for rhetoric and promises, then nothing can save us." -- Thomas Sowell
"History does not long entrust the care of freedom to the weak or the timid." -- Dwight D. Eisenhower, First Inaugural Address, Jan. 20, 1953
"I believe there are more instances of the abridgement of freedoms of the people by gradual and silent encroachment of those in power than by violent and sudden usurpations." -- James Madison
"The battle, sir, is not to the strong alone; it is to the vigilant, the active, the brave." -- Patrick Henry
"Still, 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 so costly, you may come to the moment when you will have to fight with all the odds against you and only a precarious chance for survival. There may be a worse case. You may have to fight when there is no chance of victory, because it is better to perish than to live as slaves." -- Winston Churchill
"The truth is, all might be free if they valued freedom, and defended it as they ought." -- Samuel Adams
"It is not the critic who counts, not the man who points out how the strong man stumbled, or where the doer of deeds could have done better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena; whose face is marred by the 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 worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly; so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who know neither victory or defeat." -- Theodore Roosevelt
"The two enemies of the people are criminals and government, so let us tie the second down with the chains of the Constitution so the second will not become the legalized version of the first."-- Thomas Jefferson
"In the End, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends." -- Martin Luther King, Jr.
"To the American people I bid a fond farewell. Guard your liberties. It is the trust of each generation to pass a free republic to the next. And if I know you right, you will rouse yourself from slumber to ensure exactly that." -- Ambrose Evans-Pritchard
"Liberty is the right to choose. Freedom is the result of the right choice." --Anon
~ ~ ~ ~ ~ All of the above statements are true and inspiring. I have loved my country for all of my life. I still love the United States of America. There never was a country so wonderful in the history of the world. I celebrate today with nostalgia as I see it passing into history before my very eyes - eyes that are turning toward a new and even better future.
Our mandate as Christians speaks of a far more important liberty - and that is the freedom we have through Jesus Christ our Savior. No other freedom can compare with freedom from sin and death ... a liberty only to be found in living life eternally with the Creator of the Universe. No nation can live in peace until it is under the rule and governance of Jesus Christ. My true citizenship lies in His realm. This world is not my home ... I'm just a-passin' through ... and fighting the final battle.
"For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand."-- Eph 6:12-13
Richard L. Rubenstein, Ph.D., Yale Fellow, on Obama's plan for Israel: