Wally 'fisherdawg' Thomas up here in Anchorage / Eagle River / Chugiak, Alaska
I'm a Shoot Boss.
Here are some of my ideals on Liberty:
"If men were angels, no government would be necessary. If angels were to govern men, neither external nor internal controls on government would be necessary." Pubilius (James Madison in the Federalist Papers)
"Young man, what we meant in going for those Redcoats was this: we always had governed ourselves and we always meant to. They didn't mean we should."
(Captain Levi Preston, of the Danvers militia, at age 91, remembering the day)
"That it is an indispensable duty which we owe to God, our country, ourselves and posterity, by all lawful ways and means in our power to maintain, defend and preserve those civil and religious rights and liberties, for which many of our fathers fought, bled and died, and to hand them down entire to future generations." (Suffolk Resolves, September 9, 1774, attributed to Dr. Joseph Warren)
“Bad men cannot make good citizens. It is when a people forget God that tyrants forge their chains." (Patrick Henry)
“The American Constitution is remarkable for its simplicity; but can only suffice a people habitually correct in their actions, and would be utterly inadequate to the wants of a different nation. Change the domestic habits of the Americans, their religious devotion, and their high respect for morality, and it will not be necessary to change a single letter in the Constitution in order to vary the whole form of their government.” (Francis Grund 1837)
"In the prevailing political theory of the founding era, the family was considered one of the essential pillars of republican virtue, and it not only needed to be nurtured, but also protected from the tyranny of the government.... American revolutionaries and their descendants understood marriage and the family to be schools of republican virtue.” (Mary Lyndon Shanley, Review Essay, 27 Law & Soc. Inq. 923, 926 (2002))
"If ye love wealth better than liberty,the tranquility of servitude better than the animating contest of freedom,go home from us.We ask not your counsels or arms.Crouch down and lick the hands which feed you.May your chains set lightly upon you and may posterity forget that ye were our countrymen." (Samuel Adams)
“Our country is in danger, but not to be despaired of. Our enemies are numerous and powerful; but we have many friends, determining to be free, and heaven and earth will aid the resolution. On you depend the fortunes of America. You are to decide the important question, on which rest the happiness and liberty of millions yet unborn. Act worthy of yourselves.” (Dr. Joseph Warren March 5, 1775)