Category Archives: freedom

Freedom Quote of the Day #15

thomas-jefferson“… rightful liberty is unobstructed action according to our own will within limits drawn around us by the equal rights of others. I do not add ‘within the limits of the law,‘ because law is often but the tyrant’s will, and always so when it violates the right of an individual

— Thomas Jefferson (Letter to Isaac H. Tiffany – 1819)

Freedom Quote of the Day #15 – December 24, 2016

Freedom Quote of the Day #14

thomas-jefferson“I hope that we shall crush in its birth the aristocracy of our monied corporations which dare already to challenge our government to a trial of strength, and bid defiance to the laws of our country.”
― Thomas Jefferson, The Papers of Thomas Jefferson: Retirement Series, Volume 10: 1 May 1816 to 18 January 1817

Freedom Quote of the Day #13

thomas-jefferson“When governments fear the people there is liberty. When the people fear the government there is tyranny.”
— (indirectly attributed to Thomas Jefferson in The Federalist. Also attributed to Samuel Adams and Thomas Paine. It is considered likely that this exact phrase probably originated in 1914, by John Basil Barnhill.)

Freedom Quote of the Day #12

“Some very worthy persons, who have not had great advantages for information, have objected against that clause in the constitution which provides, that no religious test shall ever be required as a qualification to any office or public trust under the United States. They have been afraid that this clause is unfavorable to religion. But my countrymen, the sole purpose and effect of it is to exclude persecution, and to secure to you the important right of religious liberty. We are almost the only people in the world, who have a full enjoyment of this important right of human nature. In our country every man has a right to worship God in that way which is most agreeable to his conscience. If he be a good and peaceable person he is liable to no penalties or incapacities on account of his religious sentiments; or in other words, he is not subject to persecution. But in other parts of the world, it has been, and still is, far different. Systems of religious error have been adopted, in times of ignorance. It has been the interest of tyrannical kings, popes, and prelates, to maintain these errors. When the clouds of ignorance began to vanish, and the people grew more enlightened, there was no other way to keep them in error, but to prohibit their altering their religious opinions by severe persecuting laws. In this way persecution became general throughout Europe.”
~Founding Father, Oliver Ellsworth, Philip B Kurland and Ralph Lerner (eds.), The Founder’s Constitution, University of Chicago Press, 1987, Vol. 4, p.

Freedom Quote of the Day #12 –  December 22, 2016

Freedom Quote of the Day #11

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“Knowledge and liberty are so prevalent in this country, that I do not believe that the United States would ever be disposed to establish one religious sect, and lay all others under legal disabilities. But as we know not what may take place hereafter, and any such test would be exceedingly injurious to the rights of free citizens, I cannot think it altogether superfluous to have added a clause, which secures us from the possibility of such oppression.”

~Founding Father, Oliver Wolcott, Connecticut Ratifying Convention, 9 January 1788

Freedom Quote of the Day – December 21, 2016

How America fails to learn from its racist history, in 2 paragraphs — Later On

How America fails to learn from its racist history…

German Lopez writes in Vox: Both the US and Germany have committed horrific racist atrocities in the past. But Americans learn about their own cruelties differently than Germans do, writes Megan Carpentier for the Baffler: In America, we learn that Hitler and the Nazis committed the Holocaust; in Germany, German children learn that they all […]

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