GiN Quotes: Freedom

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Instances of Abridgment

“I believe there are more instances of the abridgment of the freedom of the people by the gradual and silent encroachment of those in power, than by violent and sudden usurpation.” -President James Madison, speech, Virginia Convention, 1788.

America Never Destroyed from the Outside

“America will never be destroyed from the outside. If we falter and lose our freedoms, it will be because we destroyed ourselves.” -Abraham Lincoln

Abridgment of Freedom

“There are more instances of the abridgement of the freedom of the people by gradual and silent encroachments of those in power than by violent and sudden usurpations.”  -James Madison, speech to the Virginia Ratifying Convention, June 16, 1788

Without Freedom of Thought…

“Without Freedom of Thought there can be no such Thing as Wisdom; no such Thing as Public Liberty, without Freedom of Speech.”  -Benjamin Franklin, writing as Silence Dogood, No. 8, July 9, 1722

Freedom for Whom We Despise

“If we don’t believe in freedom of expression for people we despise, we don’t believe in it at all.” -Noam Chomsky

Freedom of the Press

“Freedom of the press is guaranteed only to those who own one.” -A. J. Liebling

Be Vigilant In Its Preservation

“No man is entitled to the blessings of freedom unless he be vigilant in its preservation.”  -Douglas MacArthur, title of speech to the people of Japan, May 3, 1948, upon the first anniversary of the Japanese constitution

Fatigues of Supporting It

“Those who expect to reap the blessings of freedom, must, like men, undergo the fatigues of supporting it.” -Thomas Paine, “The Crisis,” no. 4, September 11, 1777

Not a Task for Government

“Laws can embody standards; governments can enforce laws-but the final task is not a task for government. It is a task for each and every one of us. Every time we turn our heads the other way when we see the law flouted-when we tolerate what we know to be wrong-when we close our eyes and ears to the corrupt because we are too busy, or too frightened-when we fail to speak up and speak out-we strike a blow against freedom and decency and justice.”  –Robert F. Kennedy, U.S. attorney general, June 21, 1961

Only for a Virtuous People

“Only a virtuous people are capable of freedom. As nations become corrupt, they have more need of masters.” -Benjamin Franklin

If We Lose Freedom Here

“Not too long ago, two friends of mine were talking to a Cuban refugee, a businessman who had escaped from Castro, and in the midst of his story one of my friends turned to the other and said, “We don’t know how lucky we are.” And the Cuban stopped and said, “How lucky you are? I had someplace to escape to.” And in that sentence he told us the entire story. If we lose freedom here, there’s no place to escape to. This is the last stand on earth.” -Ronald Reagan, Republican Convention Address, October 27, 1964

Give Up Your Dreams of Freedom

“Give up your dreams of freedom because to save our own skins, we’re willing to make a deal with your slave masters. A nation which can prefer disgrace to danger is prepared for a master, and deserves one.” -Alexander Hamilton by Ronald Reagan, Republican National Convention Address, October 27, 1964

A Fragile Thing

“Freedom is a fragile thing and is never more than one generation away from extinction.  It is not our by inheritance; it must be fought for and defended constantly by each generation, for it comes only once to a people.  Those who have known freedom and then lost it, have never known it again.” -Ronald Reagan

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