Freedom isn't free. There is no "free lunch". Someone has to pay for it.
Not even salvation is free—Christ paid for it with His ALL.
The Anglo-Irish Christian Statesman, Edmund Burke said, “All that is required for evil to triumph over good is for good men to do nothing”.
—however, if good men and women do nothing when evil flourishes and assaults them all around, they aren't really good, only deluded into thinking that they are good. In reality, they are merely “evil lite”: for those who allow evil, are accomplices.
“When principles that run against your deepest con-victions begin to win the day, the 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)
[Dutch theologian, statesman, journalist, and Prime Minister of the Netherlands (1901-1905).]
“Posterity—you will never know how much it has cost my generation to preserve your freedom. I hope you will make good use of it.” —John Quincey Adams
“To be born free is a privilege. To die free is an awesome responsibility.” —Anonymous
“It is the common fate of the indolent to see their rights become a prey to the active. The condition upon which God hath given liberty to man is eternal vigilance; which condition if he break, servitude is at once the consequence of the crime and the punishment of his guilt.” —John Philpot Curran (July 10, 1790, from a speech he delivered upon the right of election)
“The ideal tyranny is that which is ignorantly self-administered by its victims. The most perfect slaves are, therefore, those which blissfully and unawaredly enslave themselves.” — Dresden James
“If we suffer tamely a lawless attack upon our liberty, we encourage it and involve others in our doom.” — Samuel Adams
“It is impossible to enslave mentally or socially a Bible-reading people. The principles of the Bible are the groundwork of human freedom.” —Horace Greeley
“The Bible is the source of Liberty.” —Thomas Jefferson
“If ye love wealth better than liberty, the tranquility of servitude better than the animating contest of freedom, go home from us in peace. We ask not your counsels or arms. Crouch down and lick the hands which feed you. May your chains set lightly upon you, and may posterity forget that ye were our countrymen.” —Samuel Adams (speech at the Philadelphia State House, August 1, 1776)
“This principle, that a whole nation has a right to do whatever it pleases, cannot in any sense whatever be admitted as true. The eternal and immutable laws of justice and morality are paramount to all human legislation. The violations of those laws is certainly within the power of a nation, but it is not within the rights of nations.” —John Quincey Adams
“If men, through fear, fraud or mistake, should in terms renounce or give up any natural right, the eternal law of reason and the grand end of society would absolutely vacate such renunciation. The right to freedom being the gift of God, it is not in the power of man to alienate this gift and voluntarily become a slave.” Samuel Adams
“If a nation expects to be ignorant and free it expects what never was and never will be... The people cannot be safe without information. Where the press is free, and every man is able (and willing) to read, all is safe.” —Thomas Jefferson
“I have sworn upon the Holy Altar of God eternal hostility against every form of tyranny over the mind of man.” —Thomas Jefferson
“The people never give up their liberties but under some delusion.” —Edmund Burke “The course of history shows that as government grows, liberty decreases.”
“I know of no safe depository of the ultimate powers of society but the people themselves; and if we think them not enlightened enough to exercise their control with discretion, the remedy is not to take it from them, but to inform them!” —Thomas Jefferson
“On every question of construction of the Constitution let us carry ourselves back to the time when the Constitution was adopted, recollect the spirit manifested in the debates, and instead of trying what meaning may be squeezed out of the text, or invented against it, conform to the probable one in which it was passed.” —Thomas Jefferson
“The constitutions of most of our states assert that all power is inherent in the people; that they may exercise it by themselves; that it is their right and their duty to be at all times armed; that they are entitled to freedom of person, freedom of religion, freedom of property and freedom of the press.” —Thomas Jefferson
“What country can preserve its liberties if its rulers are not warned from time to time that this people preserve the spirit of resistance?” —Thomas Jefferson
“To consider the judges as the ultimate arbiters of all constitutional questions is a very dangerous doctrine indeed, and one which would place us under the despotism of an oligarchy.” —Thomas Jefferson
“The laws help persons who are deceived, not those deceiving.” (Trayner, Latin Legal Maxims and Phrases, 149)
“Out of fraud no action arises; a right of action cannot arise out of fraud.” (Phelps vs. Decker, 10 Mass. 276. Broom’s Legal Maxims, 349)
“All laws [rules & practices] which are repugnant to the Constitution are null and void.” (Marbury vs. Madison, 5 U.S. 137, 180)
“There can be no sanction or penalty imposed upon one because of his exercise of his Constitutional rights.” (Sherar vs. Cullen, 481 F. 2d 946)
“Once a fraud, always a fraud.” (13 Viner’s Abridgment 539)
“No one is bound to expose himself to misfortune and dangers.” (Coke on Littleton, 253)
“Self-defense is the primary law of nature.” (Common Law Maxim)
“No one is bound to obey an unconstitutional law, and no courts are bound to enforce it.” (Sixteenth American Jurisprudence, 2nd Ed., Section 177)
“All human laws which contradict His Laws [Bible] , we are bound by conscience to disobey.” —George Mason (1725-1792); one of the major framers of the U.S. Constitution, member of the Constitutional Convention 1776, Federal Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia 1787, author of the Declaration of Rights (after which most States drew their respective State Constitutions).]
“By virtue of his profession, he [a judge] is presumed to know the Constitutional Rights of citizens, as well as written statutes. He is prohibited from making any decision or applying any rule against any party when that ruling is unconstitutional. When there is a question or any conflict between the two, the Constitution prevails.” (Marbury, Supra)
“An unconstitutional act is not a law; it confers no rights; it imposes no duties; it affords no protection; it creates no office; it is in legal contemplation, as inoperative as though it had never been passed.” (Norton vs. Shelby County, U.S. p. 442)
Congress cannot by legislation alter the Constitution. (Eisner v. McComber)
The Constitution must be interpreted in light of the Common Law. US v. Wong Kim.
[Quotes from: America, Christianity, Liberty & Truth: What Famous Men Had To Say, Balaicius, Vol. 1, 54pp., 5.00 + P&H; Vol. 2, 80pp., 6.00 + P&H; Vol. 3, 92pp., 6.00 + P&H; Vol. 4 (the final vol.) 440pp., comb-bound, 20.00 + P&H; Incredible information! Indexed. All 4 Vols. 33.00 + P&H.
The Liberty Document, Balaicius, 220pp.; comb-bound 12.50 + P&H.]