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Dissent is the highest form of patriotism. Thomas Jefferson


To announce that there must be no criticism of the President, or that we are to stand by the President, right or wrong, is not only unpatriotic and servile, but is morally treasonable to the American public. President Theodore Roosevelt


No people ever lost their liberties unless they themselves first became corrupt… The people are the safeguards of their own liberties, and I rely wholly on them to guard themselves. President Andrew Jackson


Our government has kept us in a perpetual state of fear – kept us in a continuous stampede of patriotic fervor – with the cry of grave national emergency. Always there has been some terrible evil at home or some monstrous foreign power that was going to gobble us up if we did not blindly rally behind it. General Douglas Macarthur, 1957


The beauty of the second amendment is that it will not be needed until they try to take it. Author Unknown


When the people fear the government you have tyranny … when the government fears the people you have liberty. Thomas Jefferson


Government is not reason, it is not eloquence, it is force; like fire, a troublesome servant and a fearful master. Never for a moment should it be left to irresponsible action. George Washington


Rightful liberty is unobstructed action according to our will within limits drawn around us by the equal rights of others. I do not add ‘within the limits of the law’ because law is often but the tyrant’s will, and always so when it violates the rights of the individual. Thomas Jefferson


Each time a person stands up for an ideal, or acts to improve the lot of others, or strikes out against injustice, he sends forth a tiny ripple of hope, and crossing each other from a million different centers of energy and daring, these ripples build a current that can sweep down the mightiest walls of oppression and resistance. Robert Francis Kennedy


In 1985, when asked if operation should proceed to force down the Egypt air plane carrying Abul Abbas and other terrorists that hijacked the Achille Lauro, Reagan said: “Good God! They’ve murdered an American here. Let’s get on with it.”


Some people spend their whole lives wondering if they made a difference. The Marines don’t have that problem. Ronald Reagan


The cure for crime is not in the electric chair but the high chair. J. Edgar Hoover


In every country and in every age, the priest has been hostile to liberty. He is always in alliance with the despot. Thomas Jefferson


If we wish to be free; if we mean to preserve inviolate those inestimable privileges for which we have been so long contending; if we mean not basely to abandon the noble struggle in which we have been so long engaged, and which we have pledged ourselves never to abandon until the glorious object of our contest be obtained, we must fight! I repeat sir, we must fight! Patrick Henry


Human reason left to itself can neither preserve morals nor give duration to a free government. Noah Webster


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 by unremitting effort. Calvin Coolidge


Those who sacrifice essential liberty for temporary safety are not deserving of either liberty or safety. Ben Franklin


If all the folks in the United States would do the few simple things they ought to do, most of our big problems would take care of themselves. Calvin Coolidge


It is the duty of a citizen not only to observe the law but to let it be known that he is opposed to its violation. Calvin Coolidge


There is but one way to eliminate juvenile delinquency. That is by providing each child in America with competent parents. J. Edgar Hoover


If your parents haven’t been teaching you what it means to be an American, let ’em know and nail ’em on it. That would be a very American thing to do. Ronald Reagan


We shall not fail or falter; we shall not weaken or tire…. Give us the tools and we will finish the job. Sir Winston Churchill


To educate a man in mind and not in morals is to educate a menace to society. Theodore Roosevelt


There is no dignity so impressive, and no dependence quite so important as living within your means. Calvin Coolidge


The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time, with the blood of patriots and tyrants. Thomas Jefferson


My paramount object in this struggle is to save the Union, and is not either to save or to destroy slavery…. Abraham Lincoln


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 Quincy Adams


Liberty has never come from the government; it has always come from the subjects of it. The history of liberty is a history of limitation of governmental power, not the increase of it. Woodrow Wilson


My country owes me nothing. It gave me, as it gives to every boy and girl, a chance. It gave me schooling, independence of action, opportunity for service and honor. In no other land could a boy from a country village, without inheritance or influential friends, look forward with unbounded hope. Herbert Hoover


We will always remember. We will always be proud. We will always be prepared, so we may always be free. Ronald W. Reagan


I know not what course others may take, but as for me, give me liberty, or give me death. Patrick Henry


Freedom is not the sole prerogative of a lucky few, but the inalienable and universal right of all human beings. Ronald Reagan


Let every nation know, whether it wishes us well or ill, that we will pay any price, bear any burden, meet any hardship, support any friend, oppose any foe, in order to assure the survival and the success of Liberty. President John F. Kennedy


Liberty is to the collective body, what health is to every individual body. Without health no pleasure can be tasted by man; without liberty, no happiness can be enjoyed by society. Henry Bolingbroke


Liberty is the great parent of science and of virtue; and a nation will be great in both in proportion as it is free. Thomas Jefferson


A nation which makes the final sacrifice for life and freedom does not get beaten. Kemal Atatürk


Only our individual faith in freedom can keep us free. Dwight D. Eisenhower


In the long history of the world, only a few generations have been granted the role of defending freedom in its hour of maximum danger. I do not shrink from this responsibility, I welcome it. President John F. Kennedy


Freedom is the last, best hope of earth. Abraham Lincoln


Those who expect to reap the blessings of freedom must, like men, undergo the fatigue of supporting it. Thomas Paine


Freedom of opinion can only exist when the government thinks itself secure. Bertrand Russell


Is life so dear or peace so sweet as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery? I know not what course others may take, but as for me, give me liberty or give me death! Patrick Henry


I regret that I only have one life to lose for my country. Nathan Hale


Our Country, in dealing with other countries, may she always be right; but it is still our country, right or wrong. Stephen Decatur


My language has always been that of liberty and humanity, and I know by experience that nothing so exalts a nation as the union of these two principles, under all circumstances. Thomas Paine


You and I have a rendezvous with destiny. We will preserve for our children this, the last best hope of man on earth, or we will sentence them to take the first step into a thousand years of darkness. If we fail, at least let our children and our children’s children say of us we justified our brief moment here. We did all that could be done. Ronald Reagan


The battle, sir, is not to the strong alone; It is to the vigilant, the active, the brave. Patrick Henry


Ask not what your country can do for you, but what you can do for your country. President John F. Kennedy


The tree of liberty must sometimes be watered with the blood of tyrants. Thomas Jefferson


NUTS! – The answer from the American general commanding the defense of Bastogne during the Battle of the Bulge, when presented with the German demand for surrender.


Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. Ronald Reagan


They that can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety. Ben Franklin


We will always remember. We will always be proud. We will always be prepared, so we may always be free. Ronald Reagan


Speak softly and carry a big stick. Theodore Roosevelt


Freedom isn’t free – Semper Fidelis


Let’s Roll… Todd Beamer, September 11, 2001


It does not take a majority to prevail… but rather an irate, tireless minority, keen on setting brushfires of freedom in the minds of men. Samuel Adams


If a Nation expects to be ignorant and free in a state of civilization, it expects what never was and never will be… if we are to guard against ignorance and remain free, it is the responsibility of every American to be informed. Thomas Jefferson


Firearms … are the people’s liberty’s teeth. Unknown Author


Anti-Semitism is always the calling card of a new despotism. Alan Caruba


We make war that we may live in peace. Aristotle


Take calculated risks. That is quite different from being rash. General George S. Patton


War is an ugly thing, but not the ugliest of things. The decayed and degraded state of moral and patriotic feeling which thinks that nothing is worth war is much worse. The person who has nothing for which he is willing to fight, nothing which is more important than his own personal safety, is a miserable creature and has no chance of being free unless made and kept so by the exertions of better men than himself. John Stuart Mill


We are not a warlike people. Quite the opposite. We always seek to live in peace. We resort to force infrequently and with great reluctance, and only after we have determined that it is absolutely necessary. We are awed by the forces of destruction loose in the world in the nuclear era, but neither can we be naïve or foolish. Four times in my lifetime America has gone to war, bleeding the lives of its young men into the sands of beachheads, the fields of Europe, and the jungles and rice paddies of Asia. We know only too well that war comes not when the forces of freedom are strong, but when they are weak. It is then that tyrants are tempted. Ronald Reagan


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. 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 be cheated out of them by the artifices of false and designing men. Samuel Adams


In those wretched countries where a man cannot call his tongue his own, he can scarce call anything his own… Who ever would overthrow the liberty of a nation must begin by subduing the freeness of speech. Benjamin Franklin


Duty, Honor, Country. Those three hallowed words reverently dictate what you ought to be, what you can be, what you will be. General Douglas MacArthur


Ultimately nations, like individuals, cannot depend upon each other, but must depend upon themselves. Each one must work out its own salvation. We have every desire to help…. While we desire always to cooperate and to help, we are equally determined to be independent and free. Right and truth and justice and humanitarian efforts will have the moral support of this country all over the world. But we do not wish to become involved in the political controversies of others. President Calvin Coolidge


What makes Western civilization worth saving is the freedom of the mind; now under heavy attack from the primitives…who have persisted among us. If we have not the courage to defend that faith, it won’t matter much whether we are saved or not. Elmer Davis


Americans who value freedom had better be more concerned about the gun control crowd than the criminals. The criminals want your money. The Neo-Totalitarians want your Freedom. Charley Reese


Taking my guns away because I might shoot someone is like cutting my tongue out because I might yell, ‘FIRE’ in a crowded theater. Anonymous


Throughout its history, America has given hope, comfort and inspiration to freedom’s cause in all lands.  The reservoir of good will and respect for America was not built up by American arms or intrigue; it was built upon our deep dedication to the cause of human liberty and welfare. Adlai Stevenson


We are the standard-bearers in the only really authentic revolution, the democratic revolution against tyrannies. Our strength is not to be measured by our military capacity alone, by our industry, or by our technology.  We will be remembered, not for the power of our weapons, but for the power of our compassion, our dedication to human welfare. Hubert Humphrey


What constitutes an American? Not color nor race nor religion. Not the pedigree of his family nor the place of his birth. Not the coincidence of his citizenship. An American is one who loves justice and believes in the dignity of man. An American is one who will fight for his freedom and that of his neighbor. An American is one who will sacrifice property, ease, and security in order that he and his children may retain the rights of all free men. Harold Ickes


What type of country would we be if we didn’t defend the rights and freedoms of others, not because they’re Americans, but how about just because they’re human? Lonnie J. Lewis – Patriot and U.S. Navy Corpsman


The strongest reason for people to retain the right to keep and bear arms is, as a last resort, to protect themselves against tyranny in government. Author Unknown


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Died in Combat: 615
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