The prime function of government is the protection of the different and unequal faculties of man for acquiring property.
No other rights are safe where property is not safe.
Politics must be the battle of the principles … the principle of liberty against the principle of force.
In the councils of government, we must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military-industrial complex. The potential for the disastrous rise of misplaced power exists and will persist. We must never let the weight of this combination endanger our liberties or democratic processes. We should take nothing for granted.
It is the growing custom to narrow control, concentrate power, disregard and disfranchise the public; and assuming that certain powers by divine right of money-raising or by sheer assumption, have the power to do as they think best.
No matter how noble the original intentions, the seductions of power can turn any movement from one seeking equal rights to one that would deny them to others.
Since when have we Americans been expected to bow submissively to authority and speak with awe and reverence to those who represent us?
All forms of tampering with human beings, getting at them, shaping them against their will to your own pattern, all thought control and conditioning is, therefore, a denial of that in men which makes them men and their values ultimate.
You can vote your way into socialism, but you must shoot your way out.
The political left’s attempts to silence ideas they cannot, or will not, debate are a confession of intellectual bankruptcy.