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Samuel Adams on Liberty

"The liberties of our country, the freedom of our civil Constitution,
are worth defending at all hazards;
and it is our duty to defend them against all attacks.
We have received them as a fair inheritance from our worthy ancestors:
they purchased them for us with toil and danger and expense of treasure
and blood, and transmitted them to us with care and diligence.
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

 
Supreme Court Justice Douglas on oppression

As nightfall does not come at once, neither does oppression. In both instances,
there's a twilight where everything remains seemingly unchanged, and it is in such
twilight that we must be aware of change in the air, however slight, lest we become
unwitting victims of the darkness.

- Supreme Court Justice William O. Douglas
 

 
Bryan Stevenson on the Death Penalty

The death penalty is a lie, a misguided mistake born of anger and frustration. Capital punishment has become a perverse monument to inequality, to how some lives matter and others do not. It is a violent example of how we protect and value the rich and abandon and devalue the poor. The death penalty is a grim, disturbing shadow formed by the legacy of racial apartheid and bias against the poor that condemns the disfavored among us, but corrupts us all. It’s the perverse symbol elected officials use to strengthen their ‘tough on crime’ reputations and distract us from confronting the causes of violence. It is finally the enemy of grace, redemption and all of us who recognize that each person is more than their worse act.

-Bryan Stevenson

 
Thomas Paine on Patriotism

It is the responsibility of the patriot to protect his country from its government.

- Thomas Paine

 
Benjamin Franklin on Liberty

Those willing to give up a little liberty for a little security deserve neither security nor liberty.

- Benjamin Franklin

 
Simone Weil on Goodness

At the bottom of the heart of every human being, from earliest infancy until the tomb, there is something that goes on indomitably expecting, in the teeth of all experience of crimes committed, suffered, and witnessed, that good and not evil will be done.

- Simone Weil 


 
Chris Rock on Gun Control

Everybody is talking about gun control. Got to control guns. Fuck that . . .
I think we need bullet control. I think every bullet should cost five
thousand dollars. Five thousand dollars for a bullet. Know why? 'Cause if a
bullet cost five thousand dollars . . . people would think before they shot
some. "Man, I would blow your fucking head off, if I could afford it. I'm
gonna get me a second job, start saving up, and you a dead man."

- Chris Rock

 
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