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Quotes on Government and Liberty

"Government is never the gainer in the execution of a law  that is manifestly unjust...  Conscientious men are not the enemies, but the friends , of any government but a tyranny.  They are its strength, and not its weakness.  Daniel, in Babylon, praying contrary to the law, was the true friend and supporter of the government; while those who, in their pretended zeal fro the law and the constitution, would strike down the good man, were its real enemies.  It is only when government transcends its sphere that it comes in conflict with he consciences of men.
But it is objected that the example is corrupting,--that a bad man will violate a good law, because the good man refuses to obey a wicked law.  The cases are just as unlike as right and wrong, and any attempt to justify the one by the other is gross dishonesty.  Unquestionably, the principle can be abused by the wicked, and so can any truth whatever; but the principle of unquestioning obedience to human law is false, and needs no perversion to make it mischievous.
It should always be remembered that the great end of government is human well-being, that law and authority are nothing in themselves, and that all their sacredness arises from the uses which they serve.  The machinery of government is valuable only for the work it does; in itself, it has no value...  The most grievous of all imperfections in government is the failure to secure the just and good result...  Injustice and oppression are not made tolerable by being in strict accordance with the law.  Nothing is surer, in the end, than the reaction of such wrong to break down the most perfectly constituted government."
James H. Fairchild, Moral Philosophy, unknown date.

"It stands to reason that where there's sacrifiTorchce, there's someone collecting sacrificial offerings. Where there's service, there's someone being served. The man who speaks to you of sacrifice, speaks of slaves and masters. And intends to be the master." novelist and philosopher Ayn Rand (1905-1982)

"Our Founders knew what freedom is: The natural, God-created state of man, completely unrestrained by the conventions of other men" [but constrained by the Holy Spirit of God, ed.].
"...for freedom to last and to perpetuate itself, the natural freedom each man is born to must actually be restrained in one, and only one, regard -- sort of a Golden Rule of Freedom: The free man must give up his freedom to encroach upon the freedom of other free men." Hollywood writer
Jeremy D. Boreing
"A free people claim their rights as derived from the laws of nature, and not as the gift of their chief magistrate"   Thomas Jefferson
Burning TorchWinston Churchill observed, "If you will not fight for right when you can easily win without bloodshed; if you will not fight when your victory is sure and not too costly; you may come to the moment when you will have to fights with all the odds against you with only a precarious chance of survival. There may be a worse case. You may have to fight when there is not hope of victory at all, because it is better to perish than to live as slaves."

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