The most fundamental purpose of government is defense, not empire.
The voice of the majority is no proof of justice.
The moral and constitutional obligations of our representatives in Washington are to protect our liberty, not coddle the world, precipitating no-win wars, while bringing bankruptcy and economic turmoil to our people.
Men never do evil so completely and cheerfully as when they do it from religious conviction.
You can't give the government the power to do good without also giving it the power to do bad - in fact, to do anything it wants.
The ultimate touchstone of constitutionality is the Constitution itself, and not what we have said about it.
Giving money and power to government is like giving whiskey and car keys to teenage boys.
The only purpose for which power can be rightfully exercised over any member of a civilized community, against his will, is to prevent harm to others. His own good, either physical or moral, is not sufficient warrant.
Democracy has proved only that the best way to gain power over people is to assure the people that they are ruling themselves. Once they believe that, they make wonderfully submissive slaves.
Were it necessary to bring a majority into a comprehension of the libertarian philosophy, the cause of liberty would be utterly hopeless. Every significant movement in history has been led by one or just a few individuals with a small minority of energetic supporters.
A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed. - Second Amendment to the Constitution An armed society is a polite society.
Liberty means responsibility. That is why most men dread it.
Men are most apt to believe what they least understand.
What is ominous is the ease with which some people go from saying that they don't like something to saying that the government should forbid it. When you go down that road, don't expect freedom to survive very long.
This country is a one-party country. Half of it is called Republican and half is called Democrat. It doesn't make any difference. All the really good ideas belong to the Libertarians.
Truth and news are not the same thing.
Political power grows out of the barrel of a gun.
Alcohol didn't cause the high crime rates of the '20s and '30s, Prohibition did. And drugs do not cause today's alarming crime rates, but drug prohibition does.
Government is not reason; it is not eloquent; it is force. Like fire, it is a dangerous servant and a fearful master.
There comes a time when a moral man can't obey a law which his conscience tells him is unjust.
That government is best which governs least.
Disobedience is the true foundation of liberty. The obedient must be slaves.
The more numerous the laws, the more corrupt the government.
The ultimate result of shielding men from the effects of folly, is to fill the world with fools.
If a nation values anything more than freedom, it will lose its freedom; and the irony of it is that if it is comfort or money that it values more, it will lose that too.
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