The Rights of Government; American Politics By; Chuck Thompson of TTC Media http://www.GloucesterCounty-VA.com James Madison, 1792That is not a just government, nor is property secure under it, where arbitrary restrictions, exemptions,and monopolies deny to part of its citizens that free use of their faculties, and free choice of theiroccupations, which not only constitute their property in the general sense of the word; but are themeans of acquiring property so called. James Madison, 1792Government is instituted to protect property of every sort. This being the end government, that alone isa just government which impartially secures to every man, whatever is his own. Thomas Jefferson, 1785
And can the liberties of a nation be thought secure when we have removed their only firm basis, aconviction in the minds of the people that these liberties are of the gift of God? That they are not to beviolated but with His wrath? Indeed I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just; that Hisjustice cannot sleep forever.... Jonathan Mayhew, 19th CenturyWe may safely assert that no civil rulers are to be obeyed when they enjoin things that are inconsistentwith the commands of God. All commands running counter to the declared will of supreme legislatorof Heaven and earth, are null and void: and therefore disobedience to them is a duty, not a crime. F A Hayek, 20th CenturyThe authority directing all economic activity would control not merely the part of our lives which isconcerned with inferior things; it would control the allocation of the limited means for all our ends.And whoever controls all economic activity controls the means for all our ends and must thereforedecide which are to be satisfied and which not.Note the massive change that took place in the 20th century. In order to plan for our future, we mustlook to our past and ask questions of our present situations.