Liberty

The Conservative looks upon politics as the art of achieving the maximum amount of freedom for individuals that is consistent with the maintenance of social order.

Barry Goldwater, Conscience of a Conservative

 

I want the people of America to be able to work less for the Government and more for themselves.  I want them to have the rewards of their own industry.  That is the chief meaning of freedom. 

Calvin Coolidge, accepting the presidential nomination

 

Liberty, once lost, is lost forever.

John Adams, letter to Abigail Adams, July 17, 1775

 

Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn’t pass it on to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same, or one day we will spend our sunset years telling our children and our children's children what it was once like in the United States where men were free.

Ronald Reagan, address to the annual meeting of the Phoenix Chamber of Commerce, Mar. 30, 1967

 

Nowhere in the world is presented a government of so much liberty and equality. To the humblest and poorest amongst us are held out the highest privileges and positions.

Abraham Lincoln, speech to the 148th Ohio Regiment, August 31, 1864

 

The preservation of the sacred fire of liberty, and the destiny of the republican model of government, are justly considered deeply, perhaps as finally, staked on the experiment entrusted to the hands of the American people.

George Washington, First Inaugural Address, April 30, 1789

 

In Europe, charters of liberty have been granted by power. America has set the example of charters of power granted by liberty. This revolution in the practice of the world, may, with an honest praise, be pronounced the most triumphant epoch of its history, and the most consoling presage of its happiness.

James Madison, National Gazette Essay, January 18, 1792

 

This attack on property rights is actually an attack on freedom. It is another instance of the modern failure to take into account the whole man. How can a man be truly free if he is denied the means to exercise freedom? How can he be free if the fruits of his labor are not his to dispose of, but are treated, instead, as part of a common pool of public wealth? Property and freedom are inseparable: to the extent government takes the one in the form of taxes, it intrudes on the other.

Barry Goldwater, Conscience of a Conservative

 

If we lose freedom here, there is no place to escape to. This is the last stand on Earth.

Ronald Reagan, speech in support of Barry Goldwater, October 27, 1964

 

There can be no political independence without economic independence. 

Calvin Coolidge, accepting the vice presidential nomination

 

They that can give up essential liberty to purchase a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety.

Benjamin Franklin, Historical Review of Pennsylvania, 1759


If a nation expects to be ignorant — and free — in a state of civilization, it expects what never was and never will be.

Thomas Jefferson, letter to Colonel Charles Yancey, January 6, 1816

 

To be true to one’s own freedom is, in essence, to honor and respect the freedom of all others.

Dwight D. Eisenhower, State of the Union Address, Feb. 2, 1953

 

Nothing then is unchangeable but the inherent and unalienable rights of man.

Thomas Jefferson, letter to John Cartwright, 1824

 

There is no greater service that we can render the oppressed of the earth than to maintain inviolate the freedom of our own citizens. 

Calvin Coolidge, speech at Tremont Temple, Boston, 1918

 

The liberty enjoyed by the people of these states of worshiping Almighty God agreeably to their conscience, is not only among the choicest of their blessings, but also of their rights.

George Washington, to the Annual meeting of Quakers, September 1789

 

Human nature itself is evermore an advocate for liberty.

John Adams, the Novanglus, 1775

 

The God who gave us life, gave us liberty at the same time; the hand of force may destroy, but cannot disjoin them.

Thomas Jefferson, Summary View of the Rights of British America, August 1774

 

The meaning of America is not to be found in a life without toil.  Freedom is not only bought with a great price; it is maintained with unremitting effort. 

Calvin Coolidge, speech at Johns Hopkins University, 1922

 

Man's political freedom is illusory if he is dependent for his economic needs on the State.

Barry Goldwater, Conscience of a Conservative

 

Those who deny freedom to others deserve it not for themselves.

Abraham Lincoln, letter to H.L. Pierce, Apr. 6, 1859

 

If we are too weak to take charge of our own morality, we shall not be strong enough to take charge of our own liberty. 

Calvin Coolidge, address at Arlington National Cemetery, May 30, 1925

 

There are more instances of the abridgment of the freedom of the people by gradual and silent encroachments of those in power than by violent and sudden usurpations.

James Madison, speech to the Virginia Ratifying Convention, June 16, 1788

 

Above all, we must realize that no arsenal or no weapon in the arsenals of the world is so formidable as the will and moral courage of free men and women.

Ronald Reagan, First Inaugural Address, January 20, 1981

 

One way we exercise political freedom is to vote for the candidate of our choice. Another way is to use our money to try to persuade other voters to make a similar choice--that is, to contribute to our candidate's campaign. If either of these freedoms is violated, the consequences are very grave not only for the individual voter and contributor, but for the society whose free political processes depend on a wide distribution of political power.

Barry Goldwater, Conscience of a Conservative

 

We are first; we are the best; and we are so because we're free.

Ronald Reagan, State of the Union address, Jan. 25, 1984