One of the things I am passionate about is history. I found these quotes and am passing them along. The early history of this country is riddled with revolutionary thinkers that founded this country on the ideals of SMALL GOVERNMENT, the fundamental "unalienable rights" that we all naturally possess, and the duty we have to knock our government down a peg or two when it begins to restrain the people and restrict their rights.
The Constitution is not an instrument for the government to restrain the people; it is an instrument for the people to restrain the government."
"... God forbid we should ever be twenty years without such a rebellion. The people cannot be all, and always, well informed. The part which is wrong will be discontented, in proportion to the importance of the facts they misconceive. If they remain quiet under such misconceptions, it is lethargy, the forerunner of death to the public liberty.... And what country can preserve its liberties, if its rulers are not warned from time to time, that this people preserve the spirit of resistance? Let them take arms. The remedy is to set them right as to the facts, pardon and pacify them. What signify a few lives lost in a century or two? The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time, with the blood of patriots and tyrants. It is its natural manure."
--Thomas Jefferson Papers, 334 (C.J. Boyd, Ed., 1950)
"Resistance to tyrants is obedience to God."
"Government is not reason; it is not eloquence. It is force. And force, like fire, is a dangerous servant and a fearful master."
"Necessity is the plea for every infringement of human freedom. It is argument of tyrants. It is the creed of slaves."
--William Pitt in the House of Commons November 18, 1783
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. This is the sum of good government, and this is necessary to close the circle of our felicity. --Thomas Jefferson, First Inaugural Address.
Laws that forbid the carrying of arms... disarm only those who are neither inclined nor determined to commit crimes... Such laws make things worse for the assaulted and better for the assailants; they serve rather to encourage than to prevent homicides, for an unarmed man may be attacked with greater confidence than an armed man. --Jefferson's "Commonplace Book," 1774_1776, quoting from On Crimes and Punishment, by criminologist Cesare Beccaria, 1764
But a Constitution of Government once changed from Freedom, can never be restored. Liberty, once lost, is lost forever.
--John Adams, letter to Abigail Adams, July 17, 1775