[The State] has taken on a vast mass of new duties and responsibilities; it has spread out its powers until they penetrate to every act of the citizen, however secret; it has begun to throw around its operations the high dignity and impeccability of a State religion; its agents become a separate and superior caste, with authority to bind and loose, and their thumbs in every pot. But it still remains, as it was in the beginning, the common enemy of all well-disposed, industrious and decent men.
An honest man can feel no pleasure in the exercise of power over his fellow citizens.
It is much more important to kill bad bills than to pass good ones.
Emergency does not create power.
Emergency does not increase granted power or remove or diminish the restrictions imposed upon power granted or reserved.
Always remember the difference between economic power and political power: You can refuse to hire someone’s services or buy his products in the private sector and go somewhere else instead. In the public sector, though, if you refuse to accept a politician’s or bureaucrat’s product or services you go to jail. Ultimately, after all, all regulations are observed and all taxes are paid at gunpoint.
Government has within it a tendency to abuse its powers.
I want a government small enough to fit inside the Constitution.
Love your country but fear its government.
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 Left’s ‘resistance’ to Trump is a tacit acknowledgement that conservatives have been correct all along: The great threat to individual liberty is government.