Added a new quote to the quotes page. It has always been a favorite, but just recently ran across it again, and I thought it fitting considering the current state of the health care debate (among many others).
The framers of our Constitution took breaches to our liberties very seriously:
“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
They meant for most issues to be handled by the States, or else they would have included it as a specific enumerated power. Let’s bring more power back to the States, and quit trying to solve all of our problems at the federal level. I think we sometimes forget that greater men than us fought and died to give us that right. Let’s not continue to be cheated out of it by the artifices of false and designing men.