“At a time when our lordly Masters in Great Britain will be satisfied with nothing less than the deprecation of American freedom…[it is necessary to] maintain the liberty which we have derived from our ancestors. That no man should scruple, or hesitate a moment to use arms in defense of so valuable a blessing…is clearly my opinion.” ~George Washington In the late 1760s.

“The democracy will cease to exist when you take away from those who are willing to work and give to those who would not.” ~Thomas Jefferson

The two enemies of the people are criminals and government, so let us tie the second down with the chains of the constitution so the second will not become the legalized version of the first.-Thomas Jefferson

“The Constitution is not an instrument for the government to restrain the people, it is an instrument for the people to restrain the government – lest it come to dominate our lives and interests.” ~ Patrick Henry

“Public opinion sets bounds to every government, and is the real sovereign in every free one.” ~ James Madison