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HERE ARE SOME RELEVANT QUOTES ABOUT ‘GOVERNMENT’:

 

            “Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely.”

John E. E. Dalberg Acton (1843-1902; English historian)

 

“You have rights antecedent [i.e., going before, prior (to)] to all earthly governments; rights that cannot be repealed or restrained by human laws; rights derived from the Great Legislator of the Universe.”

John Adams (1735-1826; 2nd President of the United States )

 

            “Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.” – John Adams

 

“Let divines [i.e., clergymen] and philosophers, statesmen and patriots, unite their endeavors to renovate the age, by impressing the minds of men with the importance of educating their little boys and girls, of inculcating in the minds of youth the fear and love of the Deity and universal philanthropy, and, in subordination to these great principles, the love of their country; of instructing them in the art of self-government without which they never can act a wise part in the government of societies, great or small; in short, of leading them in the study and practice of the exalted virtues of the Christian system.”

            Samuel Adams (1722-1803; American statesman & revolutionary leader)

 

            “Power makes men wantonIt intoxicates the mind.” (1771)

Samuel Adams

 

“Every step…towards…democracy is an advance towards destruction Liberty has never yet lasted long in a democracy; nor has it ever ended in anything better than despotism.”

Fisher Ames (1758-1808; Congressman from Massachusetts ; Statement made in 1801)

 

“Our sages in the great [Constitutional] Convention devised the best distribution of power into separate departments… They intended our government should be a republic.       We are sliding down into the mire of a democracy, which pollutes the morals of citizens before it swallows up their liberties.” – Fisher Ames (Statement made in 1805)

 

We the people had better keep an eye onour government.

            How do you [in government] use these tools we have given you to make us safe in such a manner that will preserve our freedom? Freedom is no policy for the timid. And my plaintive plea to all my colleagues that remain in this government as I leave it is, for our sake, for my sake, for heaven’s sake, don’t give up on freedom.”

Dick Armey (Former Republican U.S. Congressman; former House Majority Leader)

((NOTE: This quotation is an excerpt from his farewell address which was given at the National Press Club in Washington , D.C. on December 6, 2002 .))

 

America ’s liberty is perishing beneath the constant growth of government power.       Federal, state, and local governments are confiscating citizens’ property, trampling their rights, and decimating their opportunities more than ever before.”

James Bovard (Author of Lost Rights: The Destruction of American Liberty )

 

            “Governments around the world have stripped hundreds of millions of people of their right to own weapons, and then left them to be robbed, raped, and slaughtered.”

James Bovard

 

            “Bad laws are the worst sort of tyranny.”

Edmund Burke (1729-1797; British orator, author, and statesman)

 

“There was not one man among the Founding Fathers who wanted a democracy.       Thus, when we are told by our government that the American form of government is a democracy, that statement is not true.”

John W. Chalfant (Author of the book Abandonment Theology: The Clergy and the Decline of American Christianity)

 

            “The second dimension of self-government is the commitment of the citizens to govern themselves personally according to the laws and moral codes of the Bible. If they fail in this sacred duty, they will be unable to constrain the resulting unchained corruption in government.       That is to say, the Constitution itself derives its great strength and freedom-yielding powers from a Bible-believing, Bible-obeying, vigilant citizenry.” – John W. Chalfant

 

“A nation can survive its fools, and even the ambitious.       But it cannot survive treason from within.       An enemy at the gates is less formidable, for he is known and he carries his banners openly. But the traitor moves among those within the gate freely, his sly whispers rustling through all the alleys, heard in the very halls of government itself. For the traitor appears no traitor; he speaks in accents familiar to his victims, and he wears their face and their garments, and he appeals to the baseness that lies deep in the hearts of all men. He rots the soul of a nation; he works secretly and unknown in the night to undermine the pillars of a city; he infects the body politic so that it can no longer resist. A murderer is less to be feared.”

Marcus Tullius Cicero (106-43 B.C.; Roman statesman, orator, and Stoic philosopher)

 

“That God’s Word should be the only rule for ordering the affairs of government in this commonwealth.” – The Connecticut General Court (1639)

 

“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are Life, Liberty , and the pursuit of Happiness.       That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed.       That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the people to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness.       Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shown, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.” – The Declaration of Independence

 

“Broad-based, suspicionless (sic) inquiries are reminiscent of the much-hated and feared general warrants issued by the British Crown in colonial days, where British officers were given blanket authority to search wherever they pleased and for whatever might pique their interest.       It was precisely this type of activity that the Fourth Amendment was designed to prohibit. Indeed, the use of general warrants was an important factor giving rise to the American Revolution. This state’s early settlers were themselves no strangers to the abuses of general warrants. …A free society cannot tolerate such a practice.” ( February 4, 2000 )

Christine Durham ( Former Associate Chief Justice , Utah Supreme Court)

 

“Congress shall make NO law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.”

            First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution

 

            “…The RIGHT of the PEOPLE to keep and bear Arms, shall NOT be infringed.”

Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution

 

“The RIGHT of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall NOT be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.”

Fourth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution

 

“They that can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.” (Written in the Historical Review of Pennsylvania in 1759)

Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790; American statesman, inventor, scientist, and writer)

 

“Only a virtuous people are capable of freedom.   As nations become corrupt and vicious, they have more need of masters.” (From a letter dated April 17, 1787 )

Benjamin Franklin

 

“Man will ultimately be governed by God or by tyrants.”

Benjamin Franklin

 

“…As all history informs us, there has been in every state and kingdom a constant kind of warfare between the governing and [the] governed… The more the people are discontented with the oppression of taxes; the greater need the prince [Ed. Note: i.e., the government] has of money to distribute among his partisans and [to] pay the troops that are to suppress all resistance, and enable him to plunder at pleasure. There is scarce a king [Ed. Note: or, president] in a hundred who would not if he could follow the example of Pharaoh, get first all the people’s money, then all their lands, and then make them and their children servants [i.e., serfs, slaves] forever…”

Benjamin Franklin (Statement to the Constitutional Convention in 1787)

 

            “To remain free, Americans must understand the nature of government – always growing, always encroaching, and always taxing citizens to pay for its growth and eventual domination.       To remain free, we must return government to the ‘chains of the Constitution’. Government is out of control because the good and decent citizens are NOT exercising control over it.” – J.D. Hudson (author)

 

“The people themselves must be the chief support of liberty.       While…acquainted with the duties which they owe to their God, to themselves, and to men, they will remain free.       But if ignorance and depravity should prevail, they will inevitably lead to slavery and ruin.”

Samuel Huntington (1731-1796; American statesman; governor of Connecticut ; signer of the Declaration of Independence)

 

            “Every man is equally entitled to protection by law; but when the laws undertake to addartificial distinctions, to grant titles, gratuities, and exclusive privileges, to make the rich richer and the potent more powerful, the humble members of society – the farmers, mechanics, and laborers – who have neither the time nor the means of securing like favors to themselves, have a right to complain of the injustice of their government.”

Andrew Jackson (1767-1845; 7th President of the United States )

 

“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 (1743-1826; 3d President of the United States )

 

“The spirit of resistance to government is so valuable on certain occasions, that I wish it to be always kept alive The People are the only sure reliance for the preservation of our liberty.” – Thomas Jefferson

 

“The care of human life and happiness, and not their destruction, is the first and only legitimate object of good government.” (c. 1820) – Thomas Jefferson

 

“If we can prevent the government from wasting the labors of the people under the pretense of caring for them, [then] the people will be happy.” – Thomas Jefferson

 

“…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…” – Thomas Jefferson

 

            “The powers granted under the Constitution, being derived from the people of the United States , may be RESUMED by them, whensoever the same shall be perverted to their injury or oppression.” – Thomas Jefferson

 

            “In every government on earth is some trace of human weakness, some germ of corruption and degeneracy, which cunning will discover, and wickedness insensibly [will] open, cultivate, and improve. Every government degenerates when trusted to the rulers of the people alone.       The People themselves therefore are its only safe depositories.       And to render even them safe their minds must be improved to a certain degree.” – Thomas Jefferson

 

            “Monarchy, to be sure, is now defeated, and they wish it should be forgotten that it was ever advocated [Ed. Note: by the Federalists] Yet the spirit is not done away. The same party [i.e., the Federalists] takes now what they deem the next best ground, the consolidation of the government; the giving to the federal member of the government, by unlimited constructions of the Constitution, a control over all the functions of the States, and the concentration of all power ultimately at Washington [D.C.].(1825) – Thomas Jefferson

 

“I consider the foundation of the Constitution as laid on this ground – that all powers not delegated to the United States [Ed. Note: i.e., the federal (or, central) government]…are reserved to the States, or to the People.       To take a single step beyond the boundaries thus specially drawn around the powers of Congress, is to take possession of a boundless field of power, no longer susceptible of any definition.” (1791) – Thomas Jefferson

 

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

Thomas Jefferson

 

            “Experience has shown that even under the best forms [of government] those entrusted with power have, in time, and by slow operations, perverted it into tyranny.”

Thomas Jefferson

 

            “When all government…shall be drawn to Washington [D.C.] as the center of all power, it will render powerless the checks [and balances] provided…and will become as venal [i.e., characterized by corruption or bribery] and oppressive as the government from which we separated.” (1821) – Thomas Jefferson

 

            “If once they [the people] become inattentive to the public affairs, you and I, and Congress, and Assemblies, judges and governors shall all become wolves.” – Thomas Jefferson

 

            “Resistance to tyrants is obedience to God.”

Thomas Jefferson

 

            “I consider trial by jury as the only anchor ever yet imagined by man, by which a government can be held to the principles of its constitution.” (1789) – Thomas Jefferson

 

“Today the path to total dictatorship in the United States can be laid by strictly legal means, unseen and unheard by the Congress, the President, or the people       Outwardly we have a constitutional government.       We have operating within our government and political system another body representing another form of government: a bureaucratic elite which believe our Constitution is out-moded…all the strange developments in foreign policy agreements may be traced to this group who are going to make us over to suit their pleasure.” (1954)

Senator William Jenner

 

“We canNOT suppose that this text [Ed. Note: i.e., I Peter 2:13, 14] enjoins absolute submission to ALL laws that may be made in a land; for some are so wicked, so oppressive, and unjust in their nature and tendency, that the best of men have thought it their indispensable duty to DISOBEY them.” – David Jones (Revolutionary War era preacher)

((NOTE: This quotation was taken from his sermon on July 20, 1775 .))

 

“It having been found from universal experience, the most express declarations and reservations are necessary to protect the just rights and liberty of mankind from the silent, powerful and ever active conspiracy of those who govern.” (1787)

Richard Henry Lee (1732-1794; American statesman)

 

“Study the Constitution…Let it be preached from the pulpit, proclaimed in legislatures, and enforced in courts of justice.”

Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865; 16th President of the United States )

 

“The people are the masters of both Congress and courts, not to overthrow the Constitution, but to overthrow the men who pervert it!”

Abraham Lincoln

 

“Laws human must be made according to the general laws of Nature, and without contradiction to any positive law of Scripture, otherwise they are ill made.”

John Locke (1632-1704; English philosopher)

 

            “Governments are constituted to lie to the greatest number of people the greater amount of the time.” – Niccolo Machiavelli (1469-1527; Italian statesman and writer on government)

 

“A government that does not trust its law-abiding citizens to keep and bear arms is itself unworthy of trust.”

James Madison (1751-1836; 4th President of the United States ; author of the Bill of Rights)

 

“We have staked the whole future of American civilization, not upon the power of government, far from it. We have staked the future of all of our political institutions upon the capacity of mankind for self-government; upon the capacity of each and all of us to govern ourselves, to control ourselves, to sustain ourselves according to the Ten Commandments of God.” – James Madison

 

            “Democracies have ever been the spectacles of turbulence and contention, have ever been found incompatible with personal security or the rights of property, and have been as short in their lives as they have been violent in their deaths.” – James Madison

 

            “The accumulation of all powers – legislative, executive, and judiciary – in the same hands, whether of one, a few, or many, may justly be pronounced the very definition of tyranny.”

James Madison

 

            “It [i.e., the U.S. Constitution] is an agreement among the people to prevent government from becoming so powerful it can abridge fundamental liberties.       It guarantees that the government, even when supported by most of the people, cannot deprive us of our rights.”

James Madison

 

“By ‘power’ [Ed. Note: the word ‘power’ found in Romans 13:1] the apostle [i.e., the Apostle Paul] intends, NOT lawless strength and brutal force, without regulation and proper direction, but JUST authority;…

            …Some have thought it warrantable and glorious to disobey the civil powers in certain circumstances, and in cases of very great and general oppression, when humble remonstrations fail of having any effect; and, when the public welfare cannot be otherwise provided for and secured, to rise unanimously even against the sovereign himself, in order to redress their grievances; to vindicate their natural and legal rights; to break the yoke of tyranny, and free themselves and posterity from inglorious servitude and ruin…

            …If we attend to the nature of the argument with which the apostle here enforces the duty of submission to the higher powers, we shall find it to be such a one as concludes NOT in favor of submission to ALL who bear the title of rulers in common, but ONLY to those who actually perform the duty of rulers by exercising a reasonable and just authority for the GOOD of human society…

            …If those who bear the title of civil rulers do NOT perform the duty of civil rulers, but act directly counter to the sole end and design of their office; if they injure and oppress their subjects, …they have NOT the least pretense to be honored, obeyed, and rewarded, according to the apostle’s argument…

            …It is blasphemy to call tyrants and oppressors ‘God’s ministers’.       They are more properly ‘the messengers of Satan to buffet us’.       No rulers are properly God’s ministers but such as are ‘JUST, ruling in the fear of God’. When once magistrates act CONTRARY to their office, and the end [i.e., design] of their institution, – when they rob and ruin the public, instead of being guardians of its peace and welfare, – they immediately cease to be the ordinance and ministers of God, and NO MORE deserve that glorious character than common pirates and highwaymen…

            …Common tyrants and public oppressors are NOT entitled to obedience from their subjects by virtue of anything here laid down by the inspired apostle…

            …When he [i.e., the king, the president] turns tyrant, and makes his subjects his prey to devour and destroy, instead of his charge to defend and cherish, we are bound to THROW OFF our allegiance to him, and to RESIST

            …NO civil rulers are to be obeyed when they enjoin things that are inconsistent with the commands of God. All such disobedience is lawful and glorious… All commands running counter to the declared will of the Supreme Legislator of heaven and earth are null and void, and therefore disobedience to them is a DUTY, not a crime…

            …If, therefore, in any case, the common safety and utility would NOT be promoted by submission to government, but the contrary, there is NO ground or motive for obedience and submission, but for the contrary.” – Jonathan Mayhew (1720-1766; Congregational preacher) ((NOTE: This quote was taken from his famous sermon, “Concerning Unlimited Submission and Non-Resistance to the Higher Powers”.))

 

“The king [Ed. Note: or, the federal government] is as much bound by his oath NOT to infringe the legal rights of the people, as the people are bound to yield subjection to him.       From when it follows that as soon as the prince sets himself ABOVE the law, he loses the king in the TYRANT.       He does, to all intents and purposes, un-king himself.” – Jonathan Mayhew

 

“Civil tyranny is usually small at the beginning, like ‘the drop of a bucket’, till at length, like a mighty torrent, or the raging waves of the sea, it bears down all before it, and deluges whole countries and empires…” – Jonathan Mayhew

 

“Without morals a republic cannot subsist any length of time: they therefore who are decrying the Christian religion, whose morality is so sublime and pure…are undermining the solid foundation of morals, the best security for the duration of free governments.”

James McHenry (a Secretary of War under both President George Washington and President John Adams; a signer of the Constitution)

 

“The power of kings [Ed. Note: or, presidents] and magistrates is nothing else but what is only derivative, transferred, and committed to them in trust, the right remaining in [the people] to resume it to themselves, if by kings or magistrates it be abused.”

John Milton (1608-1674; English poet and political writer)

 

 

“Thus far hath been considered briefly the power of kings [Ed. Note: or, presidents] and magistrates, how it was and is originally the people’s, and by them conferred in trust only to be employed to the common peace and benefit; with liberty therefore and right remaining in them to resume it to themselves, if by kings or magistrates it be abused, or to depose of it by any alteration as they shall judge most conducing to the public good.” – John Milton

 

“Government, even in its best state, is but a necessary evil; in its worst state, an intolerable one.” – Thomas Paine (1737-1809; American Revolutionary author; Quote taken from “Common Sense”)

 

“Those people who are not governed by God will be ruled by tyrants.”

William Penn (1644-1718; English Quaker; founder of Pennsylvania )

 

“When the federal government spends even a single penny for a purpose which exceeds the powers delegated to it and enumerated in the Constitution, it is stealing from you and me. If the expenditures of the federal government were limited to those functions prescribed in the Constitution, we would have a balanced budget today – Howard Phillips

 

“The real destroyer of the liberties of any people is he who spreads among them bounties, donations and largesse.”

Plutarch (46?-120? A.D.; Greek biographer and moralist)

 

“You think criminals are bad? You don’t know what bad is until you’re the victim of a criminal government.       …And remember, rights come from God, not from government. The Constitution does not grant anyone any rights.       It merely acknowledges already-existing rights.       The American citizen does not owe the government for his rights; the government owes him the duty to protect his rights.       We are a free people by the grace of God; we are governed with our consent for the sake of convenience.” – Charley Reese (syndicated columnist)

 

“There is absolutely nothing to be said for government by a plutocracy, for government by men very powerful in certain lines and gifted with ‘the money touch’, but with ideals which in their essence are merely those of so many glorified pawnbrokers.”

Theodore Roosevelt (1858-1919; 26th President of the United States )

 

“American patriotism means to stand by our Constitutional Republic . It does not mean to stand by the President or any public official, save exactly to the degree that he or any other public official stands by the country, and by his sworn oath to live and work within the framework of the Constitutional mandates of this Republic, to protect the God-given rights and freedoms of the sovereign people of this Land.” – Theodore Roosevelt

 

“A government which will turn its tanks upon its people, for ANY reason, is a government with a taste for blood and a thirst for power, and must either be smartly rebuked, or blindly obeyed in deadly fear.” – John Salter (Retired U.S. Air Force officer)

 

((NOTE: The preceding statement was made in the aftermath of the U.S. federal government’s vicious assault on the Branch Davidians at Waco , Texas in 1993. Military personnel and equipment (including heavy armored vehicles) were used during the final assault on the Branch Davidian Church and living quarters on April 19, 1993 .))

 

“Patriotism is not ‘loving your government’. A patriot is one who loves his country and watches his government.” – F. Tupper Saussy (Author, speaker, musician & patriot)

 

“When rulers ignore the eternal laws of God and take it into their heads to act in an arbitrary, tyrannical manner to oppress and enslave their subjects; they do the highest injustice and wrong, and the greatest mischief and evil of any men in the world, and are the biggest plagues and heaviest judgments upon a society that can be sent upon them.” (1774)

Samuel Sherwood (Revolutionary War era preacher)

 

[People in] the bigger part of the world have had their liberties wrested out of their hands; been oppressed and enslaved by cruel tyrants, while we are yet in possession of freedomOur fathers went through the greatest perils and dangers to procure these privileges for us; and we ought to be willing to do our utmost to preserve them and hand them down to our children and offspring. Our treasure and our bloodare not too dear and costly sacrifices for such valuable things.” (1774) – Samuel Sherwood

 

            “During more than 5000 years, the word ‘government’ has represented dungeons, executions, heavy taxes, serfdom, and, for millions of people, outright slavery.”

Cleon Skousen

 

            “Government creates an illusion of quenching people’s thirst for justice. In fact it lulls their conscience into thinking that the ‘steam roller’ which is about to flatten them is [their] salvation.” – Alexander Solzhenitsyn (Russian author)

 

“The more corrupt the State, the more numerous the laws.”

Tacitus (Roman historian) ((Ed. Note: There are a zillion plus laws in the USA !))

 

“Under a government which imprisons any unjustly, the true place for a just man is also a prison… the only house in a Slave State in which a free man can abide with honor.”

Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862; U.S. naturalist & writer)

 

            “I heartily accept the motto, ‘that government is best which governs least’.” (1849)

Henry David Thoreau

 

“A democracy cannot exist as a permanent form of government.       It can only exist until the voters discover that they can vote themselves largesse [i.e., generous ‘gifts’] from the public treasury. From that moment on, the majority always votes for the candidates promising the most benefits from the public treasury, with the result that a democracy always collapses over loose fiscal policy, always followed by a dictatorship.” (1805)

Alexander F. Tyler (1747-1813; professor of history at the University of Edinburgh )

 

 

“The framers of the Constitution understood the wisdom of making few laws.       The fewer the laws, the broader the agreement.       The broader the agreement, the less need for enforcement.       The less enforcement, the less friction between government and the governed. And the less friction, the less waste of time and energy.       The time and energy thus freed vastly increases people’s creative capacity.

            That, in a nutshell, is the success story of the United States of America .”

Balint Vazsonyi (author of the book, America ’s 30 Years War – Who is Winning?)

 

“It is dangerous to be right when the government is wrong.”

Voltaire (1694-1778; French satirist, philosopher, dramatist and historian)

 

“Government is not reason; it is not eloquence – it is force.       Like fire, it is a dangerous servant and a fearful master.”

George Washington (1732-1799; First President of the United States ; commander-in-chief of the colonial armies in the American Revolution)

 

“While just government protects all in their religious rights, true religion affords to government its surest support.” – George Washington

 

“The preservation of the sacred fire of liberty, and the destiny of the republican model of government [Ed. Comment: Our government was NOT founded as a democracy.], are justly considered as deeply, perhaps as finally staked, on the experiment entrusted to the hands of the American people.” (1789) – George Washington

 

“It is impossible to rightly govern the world without God and the Bible.”

George Washington

 

“The basis of our political systems is the right of the people to make and to alter their constitutions of government.” (Farewell Address in 1796) – George Washington

 

“God ordained government for our benefit and blessing.       When government becomes a curse, a means of slavery, thievery and fraud, it is NOT in the will of God.

            …If our government does NOT keep its end of the covenant, if our government does NOT obey the Constitution and if it makes laws contrary to the Constitution, the citizens are NOT obligated to obey those laws.       They are freed from obedience to the government in such cases.

            …The God who established and ordained government also sets the limits and boundaries for the government.

            …No one is obligated or bound to obey usurped power and those who do will be judged by God for rebellion. Obedience to tyrants is rebellion to God.

            …God has ordained and established government for our benefit, for our blessing, for our good, for the punishment of evil and for the praise of good.       God is NOT going to contradict Himself and demand that we submit to a government that is destroying His law, mutilating the people and annihilating His church. God has NEVER given government that authority.”

Pastor John Weaver (author & historian)

 

 

I. INTRODUCTION

 

The numerous quotations used in this issue of the TTT newsletter tell quite a story in and of themselves.       These quotations were taken out of a book of quotations entitled Quotations to Read and Ponder that the Editor of TTT put together, and the quotations have been, for the most part, listed in alphabetical order by the name of the individual quoted. Editor of TTT does not sell this 115-page book, but it can be obtained from “Call To Decision Ministries”. All proceeds from the sale of this book go to the afore-mentioned Christian ministry – none goes to the Editor of TTT.       “How to order” information is included at the end of this newsletter.

 

Most of our founding fathers gave us very wise advice concerning “government”. That is why I used so many quotations from men like Thomas Jefferson and George Washington! Let’s just boil down in a “nutshell” the general themes that these wise men passed on to us.

 

 

II. FOUNDING FATHERS AND GOVERNMENT

 

Here are the most important ideas concerning “government” that our founding fathers passed on to us:

 

(1) The U.S.A. was founded as a constitutional REPUBLIC, and not as a “democracy”! Our founding fathers hated “democracies”, and spoke out very strongly against democracies.

 

((QUESTION: WHY do current politicians and government leaders (with the help of the controlled media) run around all the time telling us we are a “democracy”, and that we need to make “regime changes” on a whole bunch of nations around the world, forcing “democracy” down their throats?))

 

(2) The federal government in the USA was to be very small, extremely limited in its power, and bound by the “chains of the U.S. Constitution”!       STATES’ RIGHTS were not to be infringed upon by an out-of-control federal government!

 

((QUESTIONS: WHY is the federal government ever growing in size and power, and setting up a Police State in this Republic? WHAT in the world ever happened to States’ rights?))

 

((Ed. Comment: “States’ rights” died at Appomattox Court House in 1865 when the North won the war against the South!))

 

(3) All power not vested in the federal government was to remain with the States and the PEOPLE (i.e., the citizens)! Federal bureaucrats and elected officials were to be “public SERVANTS” – not masters and tyrants over the people.       The PEOPLE (the citizens) were to be the real rulers in the country, and the elected officials and bureaucrats were to protect the RIGHTS of the PEOPLE – not trample on those RIGHTS! Please review these key quotations to see what famous Americans thought that the American PEOPLE should do when government “got out of line”:

 

“But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.”

The Declaration of Independence

 

            “The powers granted under the Constitution, being derived from the people of the United States , may be RESUMED by them, whensoever the same shall be perverted to their injury or oppression.” – Thomas Jefferson

 

“The people are the masters of both Congress and courts, not to overthrow the Constitution, but to overthrow the men who pervert it!”

Abraham Lincoln

 

“The basis of our political systems is the right of the people to make and to alter their constitutions of government.” (Farewell Address in 1796) – George Washington

 

(4) There was to be a distinct “separation of powers” between the three branches of government: the executive branch (the president & his cabinet), the legislative branch (Congress), and the judicial branch. But is this that we find in America today?       We find an executive branch that uses “executive orders” to make law. We find a judicial branch that uses court “decisions” to make law – such as the horrible “Roe vs. Wade” decision!       And we find a legislative branch (the U.S. Congress) that “rubber stamps” those presidential executive orders, and has basically given up its “war powers” to the executive branch.       And, of course, we find many “lawyers” (with titles) holding key positions in both the executive and legislative branches of government!

 

(5) Rights are GOD-given – that is, our Rights come from our CREATOR GOD, and not from any government. Governments are instituted among men solely to protect those GOD-given Rights – not to trample upon those Rights in a grab for more and more power and control!

 

(6) Our system of government – and the “rule of law” – is based solidly upon the principles laid out in the Holy Bible.       ((The vast majority of our founding fathers were Bible-believing Christians who openly professed their belief in Jesus Christ as the Son of GOD!))

 

(7) Government was never to try to influence any religious denomination, much less to ever set up a “State religion”. Government was to keep its nose out of religion; however, Christians and their churches were to keep an eye on government, and hold it responsible whenever and wherever it stepped out of line!       ((Government has involved itself in “religion” through church “incorporation”, the 501(c)3 “tax exemption” status, and the “faith-based initiative”.))

 

(8) Our form of government would only work with a moral, religious, and educated people (the citizens) who would hold government officials accountable for their “public service”!

 

((QUESTION: Was one of the primary goals of the enemies of our Republic to “dumb down” the population through their takeover and control of our public school system? Answer: Yes it was, and they (i.e., the “social change agents”) did a very good job of turning what was five or six decades ago the best public school system in the world into one of the worst today!))

 

(9) The American people were to be armed – yea, well armed!       Indeed, the founding fathers believed that the primary reason for a well-armed citizenry was to keep their own government “in line”, and to, as a last resort, overthrow that government when it became tyrannical! That is the reason why they gave us the 2nd Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which spells out our GOD-given Right to keep and bear arms! Our founding fathers believed that if government was protecting the Rights of the citizenry, then it had nothing to fear from its citizens.

 

((QUESTIONS: WHY has the federal government been pushing “gun control” so hard the past two to three decades? WHAT evil do they have in store for us, the citizens, that they need to disarm us?))

 

(10) The American people should never forget that Government, even in its best state, is but a necessary evil.”       They also should never forget that “Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely.”

 

 

III. FINAL THOUGHTS

 

Our founding fathers were wise men who understood the nature of both government and tyranny – and the nature of men.       They knew that “Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely.”       Because of this understanding, they wisely gave us a small central government with very limited powers.       This small federal (or, central) government was to remain “small”, bound down by the “chains of the Constitution”.

 

But wicked men began working overtime to undermine our Constitutional Republic almost immediately after its birth! These evil men – who prefer tyrannical forms of government – did their greatest damage during and immediately after the end of the American Civil War of 1861-1865.       As Professor Jay Hoar stated, “The worst fears of those Boys in Gray are now a fact of American life – a Federal government completely out of control.”

 

These evil men – some would call them the “globalist rich and power elite” – men who hate America ’s national sovereignty, her freedoms, and her Constitutional Republic – want to destroy this country.       Their reasoning is very simple.       They desire a one-world government (with regionalized governance), and the only thing standing in their way is the U.S. Republic with its well-armed citizenry! ((By the way, they also hate Biblical Christianity, because our Constitutional Republic was founded on Biblical principles! So true Christianity is also to be destroyed along with our Republic!))

 

Some Americans “in government” have tried to warn us how bad things have gotten. For example, here is a quote from former U.S. Senator (from Nevada ) George W. Malone made in 1957:     “I believe that if the people of this nation fully understood what Congress has done to themthey would move on Washington ; they would not wait for an election. It adds up to a preconceived plan to destroy the economic and social independence of the United States .”

 

We all would do well to heed the warning given in 1935 by Samuel L. Webster:             “History has well substantiated the fact that under the right conditions fallen and foolish man has always given up independence and freedom, for even the illusion of peace and security. If society’s great international architects can manufacture the precise conditions, as in their adventures in Europe , all vestiges of freedom will fall in America .”

 

Well, we’ve all got to face up to the horrendous facts that evil men – the globalist rich and power elite – have “manufactured the precise conditions” (such as carefully orchestrated terrorist events) so as to take away from us “all vestiges of freedom”.       All one needs to do is to examine carefully The Patriot Act, “Homeland Security”, and a host of other legislation written in the name of fighting “terrorism” to see that our freedoms in America have been severely eroded!       Unless a whole bunch of us get quickly and very actively involved in fighting against this erosion of our freedoms and the direct assault on our national sovereignty, our children and grandchildren will one day soon wake up in an America that is a total fascist POLICE STATE!

 

IV. WHAT CAN WE DO?

 

  1. We all need to get out of whatever degree of “denial” we may be in concerning the FACT that the federal government is “out of control” and is setting up a total Police State in this country!

 

  1. If you are a Christian, please pray fervently for guidance and wisdom on how to meet the dangers that lie clearly ahead of this nation.       And please study God’s Entire Counsel as found in the Holy Bible to assist in obtaining this guidance.       The Holy Bible has a lot to say about “government” and its responsibilities.

 

  1. If you think that this issue of the TTT newsletter contains important information, then please make as many copies of it as possible, and give them away free-of-charge to others.

 

  1. Editor of TTT (and ETI) newsletters wrote a 16-page ETI newsletter concerning the Christian’s responsibility towards civil government entitled “Do Christians Owe Unlimited Submission to Civil Government?” (ETI #9, August 4, 2003 ). It has, in the past, been posted on the Internet on www.calltodecision.com . ((Check there, or on one of the other two web sites listed at the very beginning of this newsletter.))

 

  1. If you liked the quotations used in this issue of TTT, then you might want to order a copy of the 115-page book by Editor of TTT entitled Quotations to Read and Ponder. It is $20 postpaid, and is in 8 �” X 11” format.       It contains many quotations by our founding fathers, as well as quotations by those who want to destroy America ’s national sovereignty. All proceeds from the sale of this book go to a Christian ministry that is exposing evil and tyranny. To order this book, make check or money order payable to “Call To Decision Ministries” and mail it to:       Call To Decision // 224 Hurd Road // Nettie , WV 26681 .

((This book also contains appendices with lots of recommended books and videotapes.))

 

  1.       The Christian and Civil Government is a great book that does an excellent job of explaining the Christian’s responsibility towards civil authorities. It was written by Pastor John Weaver (an author and historian).       This 203-page paperback book is $14.50 postpaid.       It does a great job of refuting the falsehood that any Christian owes blanket unlimited submission to any earthly government.       It is the best book on Romans Chapter 13 that Editor of TTT has ever read! To order this book, make check or money order payable to “Call To Decision Ministries” and mail it to: Call To Decision // 224 Hurd Road // Nettie , WV 26681 .

 

  1. The Chaplains and Clergy of the Revolution is an excellent book that was written in 1864. It tells the inspirational stories of the courageous American clergymen who led the resistance movement against British tyranny in Pre-Revolutionary America – and during the Revolutionary War itself. This book provides short biographies of these brave clergymen, as well as actual quotations these men used in their sermons concerning the Christian’s responsibility to the civil authorities. Some of these clergymen took up arms and fought the British Army! This 112-page paperback book (8 �” X 11” format) was written by J.T. Headley, and is $13.50 postpaid. To order this book, make check or money order payable to “Call To Decision Ministries” and mail it to: Call To Decision // 224 Hurd Road // Nettie , WV 26681 .

 

  1. “Radio Liberty in Soquel , California highly recommends that folks check out the “Institute on the Constitution”. In the “Radio Liberty catalog we find the following write-up: “The Institute on the Constitution [IOTC] is an educational effort on the part of the law offices of Peroutka & Peroutka, P.A., of Pasadena , Maryland . The program is intended to reconnect Americans to the history of the American Republic and to their heritage of freedom under law.       Today, many are surprised but delighted to learn that we were founded as a Constitutional Republic of Sovereign States based on Biblical principles.       The recovery of these principles is necessary for the reclamation of the Republic. IOTC is a course of study consisting of 12 video lectures featuring D. John Eidsmoe, professor of Constitutional Law at Faulkner University, along with other selected subjects by speakers such as David Barton.       It is designed as a ‘turn key’ program, enabling those with little background and training to be effective hosts of the program, thus benefiting their communities and their country by passing on the Blessings of Liberty.” The Institute on the Constitution’s phone number is 886-730-9796 or 410-760-9068. Their web site is www.iotconline.com .

((Ed. Note: Please check out the “Radio Liberty web site at www.radioliberty.com . They carry a “ton” of great “informational tools” (books, videos, audiocassettes, etc.) on a wide range of very important topics!))

 

  1. Here is a book that we absolutely must get into the hands of U.S. military personnel and U.S. law enforcement personnel: Operation Vampire Killer 2000 (OVK2000). This 75-page paperback book (8 �” X 11” format) is published by the folks at the “Aid & Abet Police & Military Newsletter”.       It lays out clearly the plans of the globalist rich and power elite to destroy America ’s national sovereignty and our freedoms.       It uses many great quotations from our founding fathers, as well as many quotations by the globalist rich and power elite, to show the contrast of what our founding fathers believed, and what the globalists believe! This outstanding book is $11 postpaid. To order, please make postal money order payable to “Aid & Abet”, and send it to: “Aid & Abet Police & Military Newsletter” // HC 11, Box 357 // Kamiah, ID 83536.       For information on very reasonable bulk prices, please call 208-935-7852.