“If you lose all respect for the rights of others, and with it
your own self-respect; if you lose your own sense of right and fairness; if you
lose your belief in liberty, and with it the sense of your own worth and truth;
if you lose your own will and self-guidance and control over your own lives and
actions, ...what can all the gifts of politicians give you in return?”
“In the end you will gain far more by clinging faithfully to the
methods of peace and respect for the rights of others than by allowing
yourselves to use the force that always calls out force in reply...” - Auberon Herbert
“The error seems not sufficiently eradicated, that the
operations of the mind, as well as the acts of the body, are subject to the
coercion of the laws. But our rulers can have no authority over such natural
rights, only as we have submitted to them. The rights of conscience we never
submitted, we could not submit. We are answerable for them to our God… It is
error alone which needs the support of government. Truth can stand by itself... The way to
silence religious disputes, is to take no notice of them. Let us too give this experiment fair play,
and get rid, while we may, of those tyrannical laws. It is true, we are yet secured against them
by the spirit of the times. I doubt
whether the people of this country would suffer an execution of heresy, or
three years’ imprisonment for not comprehending the mysteries of the
Trinity. But is that spirit of the
people an infallible, a permanent reliance?
Is it government? Besides, the
spirit of the times may alter, will alter.
Our rulers will become corrupt, our people careless. A single zealot may
commence persecutor, and better men be his victims. It can never be too often
repeated, that the time for fixing every essential right on a legal basis is
while our rulers are honest, and ourselves united. From the conclusion of this
war we shall be going down hill. It will
not then be necessary to resort every moment to the people for support. They will be forgotten, therefore, and their
rights disregarded. They will forget
themselves, but in the sole faculty of making money, and will never think of
uniting to effect a due respect for their rights. The shackles, therefore,
which shall not be knocked off at the conclusion of this war, will remain on us
long, will be made heavier and heavier, till our rights shall revive or expire
in a convulsion.” (1781) Notes on the State of Virginia – Thomas Jefferson
William E. 'Bill' Grisham CPA
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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