will cease to exist when you take away from those who are willing to work and
give to those who would not."
"To compel a
man to subsidize with his taxes the propagation of ideas which he disbelieves
and abhors is sinful and tyrannical."
"A wise and
frugal government... shall restrain men from injuring one another, shall leave
them otherwise free to regulate their own pursuits of industry and improvement,
and shall not take from the mouth of labor the bread it has earned. This is the
sum of good government.."
Thomas Jefferson, First Inaugural
Address, March 4, 1801
"To take from
one, because it is thought his own industry and that of his fathers 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 everyone the free exercise of his
industry and the fruits acquired by it."
Thomas Jefferson, letter
to Joseph Milligan, April 6, 1816
"He that waits
upon fortune, is never sure of a dinner."
tyranny we desire, it's a just, limited, federal government."
"In the main
it will be found that a power over a man's support [salary] is a power over his
"The rights of
persons, and the rights of property, are the objects, for the protection of
which Government was instituted."
"No power on
earth has a right to take our property from us without our
the idea is admitted into society that property is not as sacred as the laws of
God, and that there is not a force of law and public justice to protect it,
anarchy and tyranny commence. If 'Thou shalt not covet' and 'Thou shalt not
steal' were not commandments of Heaven, they must be made inviolable precepts
in every society before it can be civilized or made free."
from A Defense of the Constitutions of Government of the United States of