Tea Party Ideals are not new....... or radical.......

"They make a rout about universal liberty,
without considering that all that is to be valued,
or indeed can be enjoyed by individuals, is private liberty."
-- Dr. Samuel Johnson


"As the organized Left gained cultural power, it turned into a monster that
found perpetual victimhood, combined with thought and speech control, the most
efficient way to hold on to that power. Suddenly it was the Left, the protector
of liberty, that was setting rules about what could and could not be said or
even thought."
-- Tammy Bruce
(1962-) American radio host, author, and political commentator
Source: The New Thought Police, 2001


"To take from one because it is thought that his own industry and
that of his father's has acquired too much, in order to spare to others, who, or whose fathers have not exercised equal industry and skill, is to violate arbitrarily the first principle of association -- the guarantee to every one of a free exercise of his industry and the fruits acquired by it."
-- Thomas Jefferson

(1743-1826), US Founding Father, drafted the Declaration of Independence, 3rd US President
Source: Note in Tracy's "Political Economy," 1816

"About all a Federal Reserve note can legally do is wipe out one debt and
replace it with itself another debt, a note that promises nothing. If
anything's been paid, the payment occurs only in the minds of the parties..."
-- Tupper Saucy
Source: " The Miracle On Main Street"


"One of the most insidious consequences of the present burden of personal
income tax
is that it strips many middle class families of financial reserves &
seems to lend support to campaigns for socialized medicine, socialized housing,
socialized food, socialized every thing. The personal income tax has made the
individual vastly more dependent on the State & more avid for state hand-outs.
It has shifted the balance in America from an individual-centered to a
State-centered economic & social system."
-- W. H. Chamberlin

"The people themselves, not their government, should be trusted
with spending their own money and making their own decisions."
-- Richard Armey

"Capitalism should not be condemned, since we haven’t had capitalism. A system
of capitalism presumes sound money, not fiat money manipulated by a central
bank. Capitalism cherishes voluntary contracts and interest rates that are
determined by savings, not credit creation by a central bank. It’s not
capitalism when the system is plagued with incomprehensible rules regarding
mergers, acquisitions, and stock sales, along with wage controls, price
controls, protectionism, corporate subsidies, international management of
trade, complex and punishing corporate taxes, privileged government contracts
to the military-industrial complex, and a foreign policy controlled by
corporate interests and overseas investments. Add to this centralized federal
mismanagement of farming, education, medicine, insurance, banking and welfare.
This is not capitalism!"
-- Ron Paul
(1935-) American physician, US Congressman (R-TX), US Presidential candidate
Source: Has Capitalism Failed?, July 9, 2002

"There is a class of colored people who make a business of keeping the troubles, the wrongs, and the hardships of the Negro race before the public. Some of these people do not want the Negro to lose his grievances, because they do not want to lose their jobs. There is a certain class of race-problem solvers who don't want the patient to get well."
-- Booker T. Washington
(1856-1915) African American political leader, educator and author

"Corruption, like a cancer … eats faster and faster every hour. The revenue creates pensioners, and the pensioners urge for more revenue. The people grow less steady, spirited, and virtuous, the seekers more numerous and more corrupt, and every day increases the circles of their dependents and expectants, until virtue, integrity, public spirit, simplicity, and frugality become the objects of ridicule and scorn, and vanity, luxury, floppery, selfishness, meanness, and downright venality swallow up the whole of society."
-- John Adams
(1735-1826) Founding Father, 2nd US President


"Had the states been despoiled of their sovereignty by the generality of the preamble, and had the Federal Government been endowed with whatever they should judge to be instrumental towards the union, justice, tranquility, common defence, general welfare, and the preservation of liberty, nothing could have been more frivolous than an enumeration of powers."
-- Virginia’s General Assembly
Source: January 23, 1799


"Freedom is the greatest fruit of self-sufficiency."
-- Epicurus
(341-270 BCE) Greek philosopher, founder of the school of philosophy called Epicureanism


"I can find no warrant for such an appropriation in the Constitution, and I do not believe that the power and duty of the General Government ought to be extended to the relief of individual suffering which is in no manner properly related to the public service or benefit."
-- Grover Cleveland
(1837-1908) 22nd & 24th US President
Source: February 16, 1887, vetoing a bill to appropriate money to provide seeds to drought-stricken counties of Texas

"It is very certain that [the commerce clause] grew out of the abuse of the power by the importing States in taxing the non-importing, and was intended as a negative and preventive provision against injustice among the States themselves, rather than as a power to be used for the positive purposes of the General Government."
-- James Madison
(1751-1836), Father of the Constitution for the USA, 4th US President
Source: letter dated February 13, 1829


"The man who seeks freedom for anything but freedom's self is made to be a
-- Alexis de Tocqueville
[Alexis Charles Henri Maurice Clerel, le Comte de Tocqueville] (1805-1859) French historian


"Those who would give up essential liberty to purchase a little temporary
safety deserve neither liberty nor safety."
-- Benjamin Franklin
(1706-1790) US Founding Father
Source: motto to Historical Review of Pennsylvania


"The true danger is when liberty
is nibbled away, for expedience, and by parts."
-- Edmund Burke
(1729-1797) Irish-born British statesman, parliamentary orator, and political thinker
Source: April 3, 1777, letter to the Sheriffs of Bristol

"No free government, or the blessings of liberty, can be preserved to any
people but by a firm adherence to justice, moderation, temperance, frugality,
and virtue; and by a frequent recurrence to fundamental principles."
-- Patrick Henry
(1736-1799) US Founding Father


"The ultimate aim of government is not to rule, or restrain, by fear, nor to exact obedience, but contrariwise, to free every man from fear, that he may live in all possible security; in other words, to strengthen his natural right to exist and work without injury to himself or others. No, the object of government is not to change men from rational beings into beasts or puppets, but to enable them to develope their minds and bodies in security, and to employ their reason unshackled; neither showing hatred, anger, or deceit, nor watched with the eyes of jealousy and injustice. In fact, the true aim of government is liberty."
-- Baruch Spinoza
Source: Baruch Spinoza, in Theological-Political Treatise (1670)


"That principle is, that the sole end for which mankind are warranted, individually or collectively, in interfering with the liberty of action of any of their number, is self-protection. That the only purpose for which power can be rightfully exercised over any member of a civilized community, against his will, is to prevent harm to others. His own good, either physical or moral, is not sufficient warrant."
-- John Stuart Mill
(1806-1873) English philosopher and economist
Source: John Stuart Mill, On Liberty (1859)


"The whole history of the progress of human liberty shows that all concessions yet made to her august claims have been born of earnest struggle. If there is no struggle, there is no progress. Those who profess to favor freedom, and yet deprecate agitation, are men who want crops without plowing up the ground, they want rain without thunder and lightning. They want the ocean without the awful roar of its many waters."
-- Frederick Douglass
[Frederick Baily] (1818-1895), escaped slave, Abolitionist, author, editor of the North Star and later the New National Era
Source: Frederick Douglass, in an address on West India Emancipation (4 August 1857)


"Liberty, according to my metaphysics, is an intellectual quality, an attribute
that belongs not to fate nor chance. Neither possesses it, neither is capable
of it. There is nothing moral or immoral in the idea of it. The definition of
it is a self-determining power in an intellectual agent. It implies thought and
choice and power; it can elect between objects, indifferent in point of
morality, neither morally good nor morally evil."
-- John Adams
(1735-1826) Founding Father, 2nd US President
Source: John Adams, in a letter to John Taylor (15 April 1814)


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