Thoughts to ponder....
"Now the Lord is that Spirit: and where the Spirit of the Lord is there is liberty."
II Corinthians 3:17
"An unconstitutional act is not law; it confers no rights, imposes no duties,; affords no protection; it creates no office; it is in legal contemplation, as in operative as though it had never been passed." Norton vs. Shelby County 118 US 425 p.442
"There are more instances of the abridgement of freedom of the people by the gradual and silent encroachment of those in power, than by violent and sudden usurpation."
"Arbitrary power...must be introduced by slow degrees, and as it were, step by step, lest the people should see it approach." -Lord Chesterfield
When so ever the general government assumes undesignated power, its acts are un-authoritative, void, and of no force." -Thomas Jefferson
"Those who would give up essential liberty to purchase a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety." -Benjamin Franklin
"A strong body makes the mind strong. As to the species of exercises, I advise the gun. While this gives moderate exercise to the body, it gives boldness, enterprise, and independence to the mind. Games played with the ball, and others of that nature, are too violent for the body and stamp no character on the mind. Let your gun therefore be your constant companion of your walks." -Thomas Jefferson
"Among the many misdeeds of the British rule in India, history will look upon the act of depriving a whole nation of arms, as the blackest." Mahatma Gandhi
"Today, we need a nation of Minutemen, citizens who are not only prepared to take arms, but citizens who regard the preservation of basic freedom as the purpose of their daily life and who are willing to consciously work and sacrifice for that freedom."
-John F. Kennedy
"As nightfall does not come all at once, neither does oppression. In both instances, there is a twilight when everything seems seemingly unchanged. And it is in such twilight that we all must be most aware of change in the air-however slight- lest we become unwitting victims of darkness." - Justice William O. Douglas
"Nothing is as terrible to see as ignorance in action." -Johanne Wolfgang von Goethe
"A nation of well informed men *(and women)* who have been taught to know and prize the rights which God has given them cannot be enslaved. It is in the region of ignorance that tyranny begins." -Benjamin Franklin