Thursday, April 20, 2006

Louie, Louie....

"Experience teaches us to be most on our guard to protect liberty when the government's purposes are beneficent."
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"Fear of serious injury alone cannot justify oppression of free speech and assembly. Men feared witches and burnt women. It is the function of speech to free men from the bondage of irrational fears."
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"Our government... teaches the whole people by its example. If the government becomes the lawbreaker, it breeds contempt for law; it invites every man to become a law unto himself; it invites anarchy."
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"The most important political office is that of the private citizen."
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"Those who won our independence... valued liberty as an end and as a means. They believed liberty to be the secret of happiness and courage to be the secret of liberty."
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To declare that the end justifies the means, to declare that the government may commit crimes, would bring terrible retribution.
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- Louis D. Brandeis, Supreme Court Justice

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