The following was a comment on my post on Tea Party Nation from One Citizen of the Republic. I thought it deserved its own post. I encourage you to read it with due diligence and ask what you will do for your country. Country does not equal government. I am especially fond of Dietrich Bonhoeffer and his quote below is one of my favorites. In fact, I laser etched it on my AR-15 to remind me that it is my duty to fight evil and understand that this must be done righteously.
“The budget should be balanced; the treasury should be refilled;
public debt should be reduced;
and the arrogance of public officials should be controlled.”
Cicero. 106-43 B.C.
“Tolerance becomes a crime when applied to evil.” -
Thomas Mann (1875-1955)
If the representatives of the people betray their constituents,
there is then no recourse left but in the exertion of
that original right of self-defense…
“The world is a dangerous place to live,
not because of the people who are evil,
but because of the people who
don’t do anything about it.”
“A nation of sheep will beget a government of wolves.”
“Silence in the face of evil is itself evil:
God will not hold us guiltless.
Not to speak is to speak.
Not to act is to act.”
“When principles that run against your deepest convictions begin to win the day, that battle is your calling, and peace has become sin. You must at the price of dearest peace lay your conviction bare before friend and enemy, with all the fire of your faith.”
Abraham Kuyper (1837–1920), theologian, statesman, journalist,
and Prime Minister of the Netherlands (1901–1905)
per unitatem vis (“through unity, strength”)
“Realize that if you have time to whine & complain about something
then you have the time to do something about it.”
A J D’Angelo
“In the last resort a remedy must be obtained from the people who can,
by the elections of more faithful representatives, annul the acts of the usurpers.”
James Madison, 1788
“No man thinks more highly than I do of the patriotism, as well as abilities, of the very worthy gentlemen who have just addressed the House. But different men often see the same subject in different lights; and, therefore, I hope it will not be thought disrespectful to those gentlemen if, entertaining as I do opinions of a character very opposite to theirs, I shall speak forth my sentiments freely and without reserve. This is no time for ceremony…They tell us, sir, that we are weak; unable to cope with so formidable an adversary. But when shall we be stronger? Will it be the next week, or the next year? Will it be when we are totally disarmed, and when a British guard shall be stationed in every house? Shall we gather strength by irresolution and inaction?
Shall we acquire the means of effectual resistance by lying supinely on our backs and hugging the delusive phantom of hope, until our enemies shall have bound us hand and foot? Sir, we are not weak if we make a proper use of those means which the God of nature hath placed in our power. The millions of people, armed in the holy cause of liberty, and in such a country as that which we possess, are invincible by any force which our enemy can send against us. Besides, sir, we shall not fight our battles alone. There is a just God who presides over the destinies of nations, and who will raise up friends to fight our battles for us [2 Chron. 32:8].
The battle, sir, is not to the strong alone [Eccl. 9:11]; it is to the vigilant, the active, the brave. Besides, sir, we have no election. If we were base enough to desire it, it is now too late to retire from the contest.
There is no retreat but in submission and slavery! Our chains are forged! Their clanking may be heard on the plains of Boston! The war is inevitable–and let it come! I repeat it, sir, let it come.It is in vain, sir, to extenuate the matter. Gentlemen may cry, Peace, Peace– but there is no peace [Jer. 6:14]. The war is actually begun! The next gale that sweeps from the north will bring to our ears the clash of resounding arms!
Our brethren are already in the field! Why stand we here idle [Matt. 20:6]? What is it that gentlemen wish? What would they have? Is life so dear, or peace so sweet, as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery? Forbid it, Almighty God! I know not what course others may take; but as for me, give me liberty or give me death!”