For this post, to provide the most effect, I thought that I would send a message of contrasts. The reason being to provoke a feeling in you, the reader, that would leave a more lasting effect on you. The Topic is “Eternal Vigilance is the Price of Liberty”. According to Stephan R. Covey’s The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People, Liberty is more a political and legal condition, whereas Freedom is more a personal psychological state.
I would like to add that, in my estimation, we are in the final stages of what many of those quoted have warned against. We, in our time, must take up the greater mantle of vigilance than those who have slept and shirked their responsibility in the past; we must also carry the burden of the vigilance that they have neglectfully let slip into our arms. (Rob McQueen, Author of this blog)
Power Corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely. Lord Acton
The following is found merely a sample of the exhaustive quotes at the website:
http://freedomkeys.com/vigil.htm#12truths (And no it is not free monkeys, it is freedom keys
“Those who expect to reap the blessings of freedom must, like men, undergo the fatigue of supporting it.”
–Thomas Paine: The American Crisis, No. 4,1777
“The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.” — Edmund Burke
“But you must remember, my fellow-citizens, that eternal vigilance by the people is the price of liberty, and that you must pay the price if you wish to secure the blessing. It behooves you, therefore, to be watchful in your States as well as in the Federal Government.” — Andrew Jackson, Farewell Address, March 4, 1837
(Authors note – consider this next statement from Ben Franklin in context of the 9/11 attack.)
“They that can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.” — Benjamin Franklin, Historical Review of Pennsylvania (1759)
“There is no safety for honest men except by believing all possible evil of evil men.” — Edmund Burke
“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.” — James Madison, Federalist no. 51.
“It is weakness rather than wickedness which renders men unfit to be trusted with unlimited power.” — John Adams, 1788
“Those who have been once intoxicated with power and have derived any kind of emolument from it can never willingly abandon it.” — Edmund Burke
“Free government is founded in jealousy, not confidence. It is jealousy and not confidence which prescribes limited constitutions, to bind those we are obliged to trust with power…. In questions of power, then, let no more be heard of confidence in men, but bind him down from mischief by the chains of the Constitution.” — Thomas Jeffferson, 1799
“Freedom is never an achieved state; like electricity, we’ve got to keep generating it or the lights go out.” — Wayne LaPierre
“If ye love wealth greater than liberty, the tranquility of servitude greater than the animating contest for freedom, go home from us in peace. We seek not your counsel, nor your arms. Crouch down and lick the hand that feeds you; and may posterity forget that ye were our countrymen.” — Samuel Adams
“The greatest tyrannies are always perpetrated in the name of the noblest causes.” — Thomas Paine
“The attempt to make heaven on earth invariably produces hell.” — Karl Popper
“Voting is no substitute for the eternal vigilance that every friend of freedom must demonstrate towards government. If our freedom is to survive, Americans must become far better informed of the dangers from Washington — regardless of who wins the Presidency.” — James Bovard in Voting is Overrated
“These are the times that try men’s souls. The summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from the service of their country; but he that stands by it now, deserves the love and thanks of man and woman. Tyranny, like hell, is not easily conquered; yet we have this consolation with us, that the harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph. What we obtain too cheap, we esteem too lightly: it is dearness only that gives every thing its value. Heaven knows how to put a proper price upon its goods; and it would be strange indeed if so celestial an article as freedom should not be highly rated.”
— Thomas Paine, “The Crisis”, December 23rd, 1776
“If we become a people who are willing to give up our money and our freedom in exchange for rhetoric and promises, then nothing can save us.” — Thomas Sowell
“If a nation values anything more than freedom, it will lose its freedom; and the irony of it is that if it is comfort or money that it values more, it will lose that too.” — Somerset Maugham
Hitler took control of the inflation and the unemployment that had plagued the German people. He allowed the companies to keep their profit margins so industrialist generally did not protest their loss of freedoms. http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/GERfascist.
A quote from Hitlers Minister of Propaganda that is particularly noteworthy is:
“If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it. The lie can be maintained only for such time as the State can shield the people from the political, economic and/or military consequences of the lie. It thus becomes vitally important for the State to use all of its powers to repress dissent, for the truth is the mortal enemy of the lie, and thus by extension, the truth is the greatest enemy of the State.” -Joseph Goebbels
Please watch this You Tube clip so you can clearly understand the fact that there is evil in the world and that we MUST be vigilant to protecting our Liberty. It is remarkable and frightening to know that it only took 51 days, from Hitler’s election to the point where he had taken away the freedoms of the German people. This is proof, there are monsters on the Earth.