“It is not a man’s duty
as a matter of course, to devote himself to the eradication of any, even the
most enormous wrong; he may still properly have other concerns to engage him;
but is his duty, at least, to wash his hands of it, and, if he gives it no thought
longer, not to give it practically his support.” - Henry David Thoreau,“Civil Disobedience”
“You say: ‘There are persons who have no money,’ and you turn to
the law. But the law is not a breast that fills itself with milk. Nor are the
lacteal veins of the law supplied with milk from a source outside the society.
Nothing can enter the public treasury for the benefit of one citizen or one
class unless other citizens and other classes have been forced to send it in.
If every person draws from the treasury the amount that he has put in it, it is
true that the law then plunders nobody. But this procedure does nothing for the
persons who have no money. It does not promote equality of income. The law can
be an instrument of equalization only as it takes from some persons and gives
to other persons. When the law does this, it is an instrument of plunder.” - Frederic Bastiat (1801 - 1850)
“...thinking and acting for others had always hindered, not
helped, the real progress; that all forms of compulsion deadened the living
forces in a nation; that every evil violently stamped out still persisted,
almost always in a worse form, when driven out of sight, and festered under the
surface. I no longer believed that the
handful of us—however well-intentioned we might be—spending our nights in the
House, could manufacture the life of a nation, could endow it out of hand with
happiness, wisdom, and prosperity, and clothe it in all the virtues.” - Auberon Herbert
“I traveled through Germany a decade after World
War Two. The countryside was scarred and
the cities were full of rubble. In those
days, as Germany crawled out from the ashes, even a very young American was
tolerated as he asked questions about Hitler and fascism. ‘How did it happen?’ I continually inquired.
“No one with whom I talked accepted
responsibility for the Third Reich.
Evidently, no one had voted for Hitler, no one wanted him in power, no
one had ever cheered for him at rallies and no one understood how a culture
that had produced Beethoven and Bernkasteler Doktor had also produced a
vengeful, hysterical Fuhrer. Where had
the spirit of tolerance and mutual respect gone? Hitler had turned dreams into nightmares; but
how? People seemed mystified by their
own history, almost speechless. But one
conversation sticks in my mind to this day, a talk with a former SS officer who
ran a cafe in Berlin. ‘Hitler divided us and then offered to save
us,’ he said. ‘That’s how fascism
“I ran some pretty dumb risks when I was in
Germany back in the Fifties. I drove
through East Germany, for example, going off the autobahn illegally, dodging
Russian troops and East German security police, checking out places that were
off limits to Americans: Eisenach and Liepzig and Magdeburg and other cities
and towns. I was 19 years old, an
adventurous college kid who was checking out a Communist superstate and loving
every minute of it.
“A lot of people were afraid to talk with me,
but among those who would, the refrain was the same: We don’t know how it happened, we weren’t prepared for Hitler, he
surprised us.” - Asa Baber
Yep, kind of like Obama is
surprising the whole nation!
We are Democrats, Republicans, Libertarians & Independents all working together to advance the cause of liberty and to remind our representatives to follow the Constitution!
This group is run locally.
This grassroots Meetup will help you network with other Liberty Lovers of Bexar County, and provide you with tools and information as well as activities to help with the local effort.
"He that would make his own liberty secure must guard even his enemy from oppresion; for if he violates this duty he estabalishes a precedent that will reach to himself." -Thomas Paine, Common Sense 1776