beyond the bounds of reason in that it attempts to control a man's appetite
by legislation and makes a crime out of things that are not crimes.
A prohibition law strikes a blow at the very principles upon which our
government was founded."
-- Abraham Lincoln, December, 1840
When governments fear the people there is liberty. When the people fear the government there is tyranny.
||If a juror accepts
as the law that which the judge states, then the juror has accepted
the exercise of absolute authority of a government employee and has surrendered
a power and right that once was the citizen's safeguard of liberty.
-- Justice Theophilus Parsons, 1788
Liberty has never come from government. Liberty has always come from the subjects of government. The history of liberty is the history of resistance.
--Woodrow Wilson: Address, New York Press Club, May 9, 1912.
It is not the function of our Government to keep the citizen from falling into error; it is the function of the citizen to keep the Government from falling into error.
-- U.S. Supreme Court, in American Communications Association v. Douds, 339 U.S. 382,442
The fight against drug trafficking is a wildfire that threatens to consume those fundamental rights of the individual deliberately enshrined in our Constitution.
-- U.S. District Judge Juan Burciaga, Sept. 4, 1991
To this day we seem to act in the world as though we know what's right for everybody.
-- Robert McNamara, "In Retrospect: The Tragedy and Lessons of Vietnam." 1995
We cannot, by total reliance on law, escape the duty to judge right and wrong... There are good laws and there are occasionally bad laws, and it conforms to the highest traditions of a free society to offer resistance to bad laws, and to disobey them.
-- Constitutional scholar
be so fixated on our desire to preserve the rights of
-- Bill Clinton (USA TODAY, 11 March 1993, page 2A)
The one means that wins the easiest victory over reason: terror and force.
--Adolf Hitler: Mein Kampf.
The voters in this country should not be expected to decide which medicines are safe and effective.
-- Drug Czar Barry McCaffrey
of government has undoubtedly been lowered considerably by the Prohibition
law, for nothing is more destructive of respect for the government and
the law of the land than passing laws which cannot be enforced.
My First Impression of the U.S.A, 1921
Under a government which imprisons any unjustly, the true place for a just man is also a prison.
-- Henry David Thoreau, "Civil Disobedience," 1849
When the tyrant has disposed of foreign enemies by conquest or treaty, and there is nothing to fear from them, then he is always stirring up some war or other in order that the people may require a leader.
Whenever the offence inspires less horror than the punishment, the rigor of penal law is obliged to give way to the common feelings of mankind.
--Edward Gibbon: The
Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, 1776
||Listen to me
and understand this: A man is not defiled by what goes into his mouth,
but by what comes out of it.
-- Matthew 15:11
Give intoxicating liquor, you people, to the one about to perish and wine to those bitter of soul. Let one drink and forget one's poverty, and let one remember one's own trouble no more.
-- Proverbs 31:6-7
Update: Let's see. After 20 years of relentless federal Drug War activity,
while the price of world-class
marijuana has gone from $60 an ounce to $450, the price of quality cocaine
has plummeted from $125 a gram
to $30, and 30%-pure heroin has dropped from $700 a gram to about $100.
Way to go, boys!
-- High Times, April 1995
The purpose of education is to make the choices clear to people, not to make the choices for people.
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