Americans Do Not Know REAL Liberty – by J.H. Hill, M.D.

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Americans Do Not Know REAL Liberty

Revised: May 17, 2013

Americans have allowed their individual natural rights, guaranteed by the Bill of Rights (NOT granted by government; simply guaranteed), to be whittled away until Government can now do whatever it chooses!

In the early 1800’s when New York Governor Clinton requested Federal funds to help build the Erie Canal, the use of Federal money for a state or private project was considered unconstitutional. Congress could appropriate money to build Federal buildings, Post offices, Postal Roads (but no other roads) and ONLY the other remaining things specifically listed in the Constitution.

Where are we today? Just observe the powers of the Federal Government over the private-sector and the States! Just consider …

 BEFORE:

“The fundamental principle of our Government is this: No matter how worthwhile an end may be, if there is no constitutional authority to pursue it, then the federal government MUST refrain from all action, and leave the matter to the states or private parties. The president and Congress can proceed only from constitutional authority, not from good intentions alone. If the Congress think it necessary to expand its powers, it must do so SOLELY through the amendment process. Too often have the Congress disregarded the limits set by the Constitution, our first defense against excesses of power and a tyrannical federal government.” Thomas Jefferson

“If Congress can employ money indefinitely to the general welfare, and are the sole and supreme judges of the general welfare, they may take the care of religion into their own hands; they may appoint teachers in every State, county and parish and pay them out of their public treasury; they make take into their own hands the education of children, establishing in like manner schools throughout the Union; they may assume the provision of the poor; they may undertake the regulation of all roads other than post-roads; in short, every thing, from the highest object of state legislation down to the most minute of police, would be thrown under the power of Congress. Were the power of Congress to be established in the latitude contended for, it would subvert the very foundations, and transmute the very nature of LIMITED Government established by the people of America.”  James Madison, 1751-1836, Father of the U.S. Constitution; 4th U.S. President

“It is the duty of the patriot to protect his country from its government.” Thomas Paine (1737-1809) American Revolutionary and Author

“The Bill of Rights is a born rebel. It reeks with sedition. In every clause it hakes its fist in the face of constituted authority… It is the one guarantee of human freedom to the American people.”  Frank I. Cobb (1869-1923) American Journalist

“The very purpose of a Bill of Rights was to withdraw certain subjects from the vicissitudes of political controversy. One’s right to life, liberty and property, to free speech, a free press, freedom of worship and assembly may not be submitted to vote; they depend on no elections.” Robert H. Jackson (1892-1954), Associate Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court, Solicitor General, Attorney General, Chief U.S. Prosecutor at the International Military Tribunal at Nuremberg

The average man’s love of liberty is nine-tenth’s imaginary, exactly like his love of sense, justice and truth. He is not actually happy when free; he is uncomfortable, a bit alarmed, and intolerably lonely. Liberty is not a thing for the great masses of men. It is the exclusive possession of a small and disreputable minority, like knowledge, courage and honor. It takes a special sort of man to understand and enjoy liberty–and he is usually an outlaw in democratic societies. It is, indeed, only the exceptional man who can even stand it. The average man doesn’t want to be free. He simply wants to be safe.”  Henry L. Mencken

“We are reluctant to admit that we owe our liberties to men of a type that today we hate and fear– unruly men, disturbers of the peace, men who resent and denounce what Whitman called ‘the insolence of elected persons’ – in word, free men…” Gerald W. Johnson (1890-1980), American Journalist and Author

“The notion that a radical is one who hates his country is naive and usually idiotic. He is, more likely, one who likes his country more than the rest of us, and is thus more disturbed than the rest of us when he sees it debauched. He is not a bad citizen turning to crime; he is a good citizen driven to despair.” Henry L. Mencken (1880-1956), Journalist and Author

“Government: If you refuse to pay unjust taxes, your property will be confiscated. If you attempt to defend your property, you will be arrested. If you resist arrest, you will be clubbed. If you defend yourself against clubbing, you will be shot dead.” Edward Abbey (1927-1989)

“A patriot must always be ready to defend his country against his government.” Edward Abbey (1927-1989)

“What country can preserve its liberties if its rulers are not warned from time to time that their people preserve the spirit of resistance?” Thomas Jefferson

“The ideal society can be described, quite simply, as that in which NO man has the power of means to coerce others.” Edward Abbey (1927-1989)

“We must not confuse dissent with disloyalty. When the loyal opposition dies, I think the soul of America dies with it.” — Edward R. Murrow

“You don’t have to be a man to fight for freedom. All you have to do is to be an intelligent human being.” Malcolm X

“When governments fear the people there is liberty. When the people fear the government there is tyranny.” Thomas Jefferson

“To announce that there must be no criticism of the President, or that we are to stand by the President, right  or wrong, is not only unpatriotic and servile, but is morally treasonable to the American public.”  Theodore Roosevelt (1858-1919) 26th US President

“If, from the more wretched parts of the old world, we look at those which are in an advanced stage of improvement, we still find the greedy hand of government thrusting itself into every corner and crevice of industry, and grasping the spoil of the multitude. Invention is continually exercised, to furnish new pretenses for revenues and taxation. It watches prosperity as its prey and permits none to escape without tribute.” – Thomas Paine, Rights of Man, 1791

Necessity and expediency are NOT legitimate excuses for violating the Constitution you swore to uphold and protect – even during a ‘crisis’“. — Alexander Hamilton (who favored powers concentrated with the President and the Executive branch)

“Rightful liberty is unobstructed action according to our will within limits drawn around us by the equal rights of others. I do not add ‘within the law,’ because law is often but the tyrant’s will, and always so when it violates the rights of the individual.”  —  Thomas Jefferson

“It is the invariable habit of bureaucracies, at all times and everywhere, to assume…that every citizen is a criminal. Their one apparent purpose, pursued with a relentless and furious diligence, is to convert the assumption into a fact. They hunt endlessly for proofs, and, when proofs are lacking, for mere suspicions. The moment they become aware of a definite citizen, John Doe, seeking what is his right under the law, they begin searching feverishly for an excuse for withholding it from him.”  —  Henry L. Mencken

“It has been thought a considerable advance towards establishing the principles of Freedom, to say, that government is a compact between those who govern and those that are governed: but this cannot be true, because it is putting the effect before the cause; for as man must have existed before governments existed, there necessarily was a time when governments did not exist, and consequently there could originally exist no governors to form such a compact with. The fact therefore must be, that the individuals themselves, each in his own personal and sovereign right, entered into a compact with each other to produce a government: and this is the only mode in which governments have a right to arise, and the only principle on which they have a right to exist.” — Thomas Paine   –  From: “The American Crisis”, 12/19/1776 by Thomas Paine (1737 – 1809),

“The powers delegated by the Constitution to the federal government are FEW and DEFINED [enumerated or explicitly listed]. Those which remain in the State governments are numerous and indefinite. The powers reserved to the States will extend to all the objects which concern the lives, liberties and properties of the people.”   James Madison

“It is the duty of the patriot to protect his country from its government.” Thomas Paine (1737-1809) American Revolutionary and Author

“When governments fear the people there is liberty. When the people fear the government there is tyranny.” —  Thomas Jefferson

RECENT PAST under President Clinton:

“You can’t say you love your country and hate your government.”  President Bill Clinton

“The purpose of government is to rein in the rights of the people.”  President Bill Clinton

If the personal freedoms guaranteed by the Constitution inhibit the government’s ability to govern the people, we should look to limit those guarantees.”   President Bill Clinton

“You know the one thing that is wrong in this country? Everyone gets a chance to have a say.”  President Bill Clinton


RECENT PAST under President Bush:

Iraq war; Afghanistan war, Guantanamo prison; 9-11 controlled demolitions and collapse of three World Trade Center buildings (1, 2 and 7); the Patriot Act; DHS and TSA; bank bail-outs; cabinet composed of mostly Wall Street executives . . .  Sorry, just TOO many to list . . . !!!!!!!


CURRENTLY under President Obama:

Government takeovers of GM and Chrysler; control of all people by the large banks and financial institutions; appointment (without Senate approval) of over 21 “Czars” (to date) accountable ONLY to Pres. U.S. healthcare system taken over by Government (17% of the economy); continuation of Iraq and Afghanistan wars, with additions of Libya, Syria and soon Iran; Guantanamo prison still open; expansion of the  Patriot Act; DHS and TSA; NSA expansion; FBI criminal activity; IRS audits of anti-Obama groups; reappointed “Bumbling Ben” Bernanke as Federal Reserve Chairman; continued bank bail-outs and “quantitative easing” (QE-Infinity); cabinet composed of mostly Wall Street executives; Attorney General Eric Holder!!!!; Fast-and-Furious gun-running to Mexican drug dealers by BATF and Eric Holder; NDAA (National Defense Authorization Act); and MORE TO COME   . . .

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