Posted: 3/1/2001 1:37:20 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 3/1/2001 1:47:33 PM EDT by Grundsau]
In case these may be of interest to you.
If these quotations are incorrect, please let me know.
America is not a Democracy, it is a Republic.
[b]"Democracy is two wolves and a lamb voting on what to have for lunch.
Liberty is a well-armed lamb contesting the vote!"
"Guard with jealous attention the public liberty. Suspect everyone who approaches that jewel. Unfortunately, nothing will preserve it but downright force. Whenever you give up that force, you are ruined. The great object is that every man be armed. Every man who is able may have a gun."
Patrick Henry, During Virginia's ratification convention, 1788
"And what country can preserve it's liberties, if the rulers are not warned from time to time that this people preserve the spirit of resistance? Let them take up arms. The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants."
Thomas Jefferson, Letter to William S. Smith, 1787
"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.
"I ask sir, what is the militia? It is the whole people. To disarm the people is the best and most effectual way to enslave them."
George Mason, during Virginia's ratification convention, 1788 [/b]