It Can’t Happen Here

“The state is an institution that organizes the defense of the country, organizes the maintenance of order.”
-Joseph Stalin-

“Popular support is the first element which is necessary for the creation of authority.”
-Adolph Hitler-

“The Chinese people are suffering; it is our duty to save them and we must exert ourselves in struggle.”
-Mao Tse Tung-

“This and no other is the root from which a tyrant springs; when he first appears, he is a protector.”
-Plato-

“If this government hits cruelly certain sections of the Italian people, it does not so out of caprice, but from the supreme necessity of national order.”
-Benito Mussolini-

“I want you to know that everything I did, I did for my country.”
-Pol Pot-

“A leadership must arise in which every citizen can have confidence, assured that its sole aim is the happiness, the welfare of the German people.”
-Adolph Hitler-

“We did not build this society in order to restrict personal liberty, but in order that the human individual may feel really free.”
-Joseph Stalin-

“The urge to save humanity is almost always a false front for the urge to rule.”
-H.L. Mencken-

“Good intentions will always be pleaded for every assumption of authority.
… The Constitution was made to guard against the dangers of good intentions.”
-Daniel Webster-

“The powers delegated by the proposed Constitution to the federal government are few and defined. Those which are to remain in the State governments are numerous and indefinite.”
-James Madison-

“To consider the judges as the ultimate arbiters of all constitutional questions is a very dangerous doctrine indeed, and one which would place us under the despotism of an oligarchy.”
-Thomas Jefferson-

“Citizens of the U.S.S.R. are guaranteed inviolability of the person. No one may be arrested except by a court decision or on the warrant of a procurator.”
-Constitution of the U.S.S.R.-

“The freedom of person of citizens of the P.R.C. is inviolable.
… Unlawful deprivation or restriction of citizens’ freedom of person by detention or other means is prohibited.”
-Constitution of the People’s Republic of China-

“The rights of the individual are inviolable. Limitation or deprivation of individual liberty is admissible only if based on laws.  Persons deprived of their liberty have to be notified, at the next day on the latest, by which authority and based on which reasons the deprivation of their liberty has been ordered; immediately they have to be given the opportunity to protest against the deprivation of liberty.”
-Constitution of the Weimar Republic-

“In case public safety is seriously threatened or disturbed, the Reich President may take the measures necessary to reestablish law and order, if necessary using armed force. In the pursuit of this aim he may suspend the civil rights described in Articles 114, 115, 117, 118, 123, 124, and 154, partially or entirely.”
-Constitution of the Weimar Republic-

“Unlawful search of, or intrusion into, a citizen’s home is prohibited.
… Unlawful search of the person of citizens is prohibited.”
-Constitution of the People’s Republic of China-

“Citizens of the U.S.S.R. are guaranteed freedom of speech, of the press, and of assembly, meetings, street processions, and demonstrations.”
-Constitution of the U.S.S.R.-

“Citizens of the People’s Republic of China enjoy freedom of speech, of the press, of assembly, of association, of procession, and of demonstration.”
-Constitution of the People’s Republic of China-

“There is no such thing, at this date of the world’s history, in America, as an independent press.
… If I allowed my honest opinions to appear in one issue of my paper, before twenty four hours my occupation would be gone. The business of the journalists is to destroy the truth, to lie outright, to pervert, to vilify, to fawn at the feet of mammon… We are the tools and vassals of rich men behind the scenes. We are the jumping jacks, they pull the strings and we dance.”
-John Swinton-
Journalist for the New York Times – 1880

“It is vitally important for the State to use all of its powers to repress dissent, for the truth is the mortal enemy of the lie, and thus by extension, the truth is the greatest enemy of the State.”
-Joseph Goebbels-

“Guard with jealous attention the public liberty.
… Unfortunately, nothing will preserve it but downright force. Whenever you give up that force, you are ruined.
-Patrick Henry-

“All power in the U.S.S.R. belongs to the people.”
-Constitution of the U.S.S.R.-

“All power in the People’s Republic of China belongs to the people.”
-Constitution of the People’s Republic of China-

“The supreme power in America cannot enforce unjust laws by the sword; because the whole body of the people are armed, and constitute a force superior to any band of regular troops that can be, on any pretense, raised in the United States.”
-Noah Webster-

“The armed forces of the People’s Republic of China belong to the people.”
-Constitution of the People’s Republic of China-

“The State ensures the security and defense capability of the country.”
-Constitution of the U.S.S.R.-

“Germans who wish to use firearms should join the S.S. or the S.A. Ordinary citizens don’t need guns, as their having guns doesn’t serve the State.”
-Heinrich Himmler-

“The most foolish mistake we could possibly make would be to allow the subject races to possess arms.
-Adolph Hitler-

“The Communist Party must command all the guns, that way, no guns could ever be used to command the Party.”
-Mao Tse Tung-

“If the opposition disarms, well and good. If it refuses to disarm, we shall disarm it ourselves.”
-Joseph Stalin-

“If I could have gotten 51 votes in the Senate of the United States, for an outright ban, picking up every one of them, ‘Mr. and Mrs. America, turn them all in,’ I would have done that.”
-U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein-

“Waiting periods are only a step. Registration is only a step. The prohibition of private firearms is the goal.”
-Janet Reno-
U.S. Attorney General under Bill Clinton

“The measures adopted to restore public order are: First of all, the elimination of the so-called subversive elements.
… On the morrow of each conflict I give the categorical order to confiscate the largest possible number of weapons of every sort and kind.”
-Benito Mussolini-

“The Communist Party exists for the people and serves the people.”
-Constitution of the U.S.S.R.-

“The individual should come to realize that his own ego is of no importance in comparison with the existence of his nation.
… the unity of a nation’s spirit and will are worth far more than the freedom of the spirit and will of an individual.”
-Adolph Hitler-

“A Communist…should be more concerned about the Party and the masses than about any individual.”
-Mao Tse Tung-

“To be a socialist is to submit the I to the thou; socialism is sacrificing the individual to the whole.”
-Joseph Goebbels-

“If the nineteenth century was a century of individualism it may be expected that this will be the century of collectivism and hence, the century of the State.”
-Benito Mussolini-

“The exercise by citizens of the People’s Republic of China of their freedoms and rights may not infringe upon the interests of the State, of society, and the collective.”
-Constitution of the People’s Republic of China-

“No man has a natural right to commit aggression on the equal rights of another, and this is all from which the laws ought to restrain him.”
-Thomas Jefferson-

“Rightful liberty is unobstructed action according to our 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-

“In America, we have this strong bias toward individual action.
… But individual actions, individual dreams, are not sufficient. We must unite in collective action, build collective institutions, and organizations.”
-Barack Obama-

“We need to stop worrying about the rights of the individual and start worrying about what is best for society.”
-Hillary Clinton-

“A wise and frugal government which shall restrain men from injuring one another, which 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.”
-Thomas Jefferson-

“The war made possible for us the solution of a whole series of problems that could never have been solved in normal times.”
-Joseph Goebbels-

“Naturally the common people don’t want war.
… But after all, it is the leaders of the country who determine policy, and it is always a simple matter to drag the people along, whether it is a democracy, or a fascist dictatorship, or a parliament, or a communist dictatorship.
… All you have to do is tell them they are being attacked, and denounce the pacifists for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger.”
-Herman Goering-

“The art of leadership … consists in consolidating the attention of the people against a single adversary and taking care that nothing will split up that attention.”
-Adolph Hitler-

“Each man must choose between joining our side or the other side.”
-Vladimir Lenin-

“You’re either with us or against us.”
-Benito Mussolini-

“Either you are with us, or you are with the terrorists.”
-George W. Bush-

“When the tyrant has disposed of foreign enemies by conquest or treaty and there is nothing to fear from them, then he is always stirring up some war or other, in order that the people may require a leader.”
-Plato-

“The means of defense against foreign danger historically have become the instruments of tyranny at home.”
-James Madison-

“I know how grave a thing war is. I wanted to spare our people such an evil.
… We have displayed a truly unexampled patience, but I am no longer willing to remain inactive while this madman ill-treats millions of human beings.”
-Adolph Hitler-

“As you know, I’ve made a tough decision to commit American troops into harm’s way. It’s the toughest decision a President can ever make, but I want you to know that I tried diplomacy.”
-George W. Bush-

“Germany is prepared to agree to any solemn pact of non-aggression, because she does not think of attacking but only acquiring security.”
-Adolph Hitler-

“A state of war only serves as an excuse for domestic tyranny.”
-Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn-

“There are only two things we should fight for. One is the defense of our homes and the other is the Bill of Rights. War for any other reason is simply a racket.”
-Major General Smedley Butler-

“I suppose if I had lost the war, I would have been tried as a war criminal. Fortunately, we were on the winning side.”
-U.S. General Curtis LeMay-

“There’s nothing patriotic about…pretending you can hate your government but love your country.”
-Bill Clinton-

“It is lamentable, that to be a good patriot one must become the enemy of the rest of mankind.”
-Voltaire-

“If I could save the union without freeing any slave, I would do it, and if I could save it by freeing all the slaves, I would do it; and if I could save it by freeing some and leaving others alone, I would also do that.”
-Abraham Lincoln-

“The executive has no right, in any case, to decide the question, whether there is or is not cause for declaring war.”
-James Madison-

“Where is it written in the Constitution … that you may take children from their parents and parents from their children, and compel them to fight the battle in any war in which the folly or the wickedness of government may engage it?”
-Daniel Webster-

“…if any person shall write, print, utter or publish… any false, scandalous and malicious writing or writings against the government of the United States… with intent to defame the said government…”
-Sedition Act of 1798-

“No one will be able to be armed. We will take all weapons. Only law enforcement will be allowed to have guns.”
-P. Eddie Compass-
New Orleans Police Superintendent

“You’re not to be so blind with patriotism that you can’t face reality. Wrong is wrong no matter who does it or says it.”
-Malcolm X-

“The people never give up their liberties but under some delusion.”
-Edmund Burke-

“They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety.”
-Benjamin Franklin-

“The course of history shows that as the government grows, liberty decreases.”
-Thomas Jefferson-

“The evils of tyranny are rarely seen but by him who resists it.”
-John Hay-

“The natural progress of things is for liberty to yield and government to gain ground.”
-Thomas Jefferson-

“All citizens of the P.R.C.  who have reached the age of 18 have the right to vote and stand for election.”
-Constitution of the People’s Republic of China-

“All citizens who have reached the age of 17 have the right to elect and be elected.”
-Constitution of the D.P.R.K. (North Korea)

“We want to give the Soviet people complete freedom to vote for those they want to elect, for those whom they trust to safeguard their interests.”
-Joseph Stalin-

“Our new Soviet Constitution will be the most democratic Constitution in the world.”
-Joseph Stalin-

“Citizens of the People’s Republic of China have the right to criticize and make suggestions to any state organ or functionary.”
-Constitution of the People’s Republic of China-

“Citizens are entitled to submit complaints and petitions.”
-Constitution of D.P.R.K. (North Korea)

“Citizens of the U.S.S.R.  are guaranteed freedom of speech, of the press, and of assembly.”
-Constitution of the U.S.S.R.-

“Power concedes nothing without a demand. It never did and it never will. Find out just what people will submit to, and you have found out the exact amount of injustice and wrong which will be imposed upon them.”
-Frederick Douglass-

“Disobedience is the true foundation of liberty. The obedient must be slaves.”
-Henry David Thoreau-

“What country can preserve its liberties if its rulers are not warned from time to time that their people preserve the spirit of resistance?”
-Thomas Jefferson-

“Every actual state is corrupt. Good men must not obey laws too well.”
-Ralph Waldo Emerson-

“If a law is unjust, a man is not only right to disobey it, he is obligated to do so.”
-Thomas Jefferson-

“It is not so desirable to cultivate a respect for the law, so much as for the right.”
-Henry David Thoreau-

“One has a moral responsibility to disobey unjust laws.”
-Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.-

“The doctrine of nonresistance against arbitrary power, and oppression, is absurd, slavish, and destructive of the good and happiness of mankind.”
-New Hampshire Constitution-

“When the people fear the government, there is tyranny, when the government fears the people, there is liberty.”
-Thomas Jefferson-

“I consider it as nothing less than a question of freedom or slavery.
… It is natural to man to indulge in the illusions of hope. We are apt to shut our eyes against a painful truth, and listen to the song of that siren till she transforms us into beasts.
… For my part, whatever anguish of spirit it may cost, I am willing to know the whole truth; to know the worst, and to provide for it.
… There is no retreat but in submission and slavery!
… Is life so dear, or peace so sweet, as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery? Forbid it, Almighty God! I know not what course others may take; but as for me, give me liberty or give me death!”
-Patrick Henry-

“What I have achieved in these six years was possible only because I had standing behind me the whole German people.”
-Adolph Hitler-

“If ye love wealth better than liberty, the tranquility of servitude than the animating contest of freedom, go from us in peace. We ask not your counsels or arms. Crouch down and lick the hands that feed you. May your chains sit lightly upon you, and may posterity forget that ye were our countrymen!”
-Samuel Adams-

“No man can put a chain about the ankle of his fellow man without at last finding the other end fastened about his own neck.”
-Frederick Douglass-

“I have no fear that the result of our experiment will be that men may be trusted to govern themselves without a master.”
-Thomas Jefferson-

“The liberties of our country, the freedom of our civil Constitution, are worth defending at all hazards… It will bring an everlasting mark of infamy on the present generation, enlightened as it is, if we should suffer them to be wrested from us by violence without a struggle, or to be cheated out of them by the artifices of false and designing men.”
-Samuel Adams-

“So long as the people do not care to exercise their freedom, those who wish to tyrannize will do so; for tyrants are active and ardent, and will devote themselves in the name of any number of gods, religious and otherwise, to put shackles upon sleeping men.”
-Voltaire-

 

 

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