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]
Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a
little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety.
The whole aim of practical politics is to keep the
populace alarmed (and hence clamorous to be led to safety)
by menacing it with an endless series of hobgoblins; all
of them imaginary.
[H.L. Mencken ]
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 his crime, and the
punishment of his guilt.
[ John Curran, July 10, 1790, in a speech about electing the
mayor of Dublin ]
Never confuse the stated purpose of legislation with what
it would actually accomplish. Most enactments will be
ineffective or counterproductive.
[Jon Roland, September 8, 2004]
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[Jon Roland, April 19, 2011]
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"You do not examine legislation in the light of the
benefits it will convey if properly administered, but in
the light of the wrongs it would do and the harms it would
cause if improperly administered."
[Attributed to Lyndon
B. Johnson or Hubert Humphrey, but unconfirmed]
"I often wonder whether we do not rest our hopes too much
upon constitutions, upon laws and upon courts. These are
false hopes.... Liberty lies in the hearts of men and
women; when it dies there, no constitution, no law, no
court can save it;"
[Judge Learned Hand, "The Spirit of
Liberty" speech at "I Am an American Day" ceremony,
Central Park, New York City (21 May 1944)]
"Government is like a hammer, good for pounding nails but
not for surgery."
[Jon Roland, June, 1995
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Marking Act - Proposed legislation to mark boundaries
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The price good people pay for their indifference to
public affairs is to be ruled by evil men."
[Plato 427-347 BC)
"What doesn't work is to demand a remedy from others and
leave it to them to work out the details."
[Jon Roland, speech to the Jekyll Island conference, May 22, 2009]
Introduced U.S. National Legislation
The following is some legislation that deserves more attention.
For further information on the sponsorship and status of this
legislation, see Thomas.
111th U.S. Congress
Act - HR 450, Rep. Shaddegg, John; S.1319.
Would require bills to show the constitutional authority for
themselves. Apparently, the theory behind this is that if there
were no authority, the fact would appear as either a glaring
hole or something obviously irrelevant. Unfortunately, they will
probably just cite the Interstate Commerce Clause, defining
"commerce" to be the entire Universe and "regulate" as plenary
powers. It might do some good, but what is also needed is a
declaratory congressional resolution to restrict the definitions
of "commerce" and "regulate". (H.R. 2270 - 104th, H.R. 292 -
105th, H.R. 1018 - 106th, H.R. 175 - 107th, H.R. 384 - 108th,
H.R. 450 - 111th)
110th U.S. Congress
Agenda Act - HR 3835, Rep. Paul, Ron.
To restore the Constitution's checks and balances and
protections against government abuses as envisioned by the
108th U.S. Congress
Act - HR 110, Rep. Hayworth, J.D. Would eliminate the authority of executive branch departments to
issue regulations without such regulations being adopted as an
act of Congress. Actually, the exercise of such legislative
authority by executive departments is unconstitutional, a
violation of the structural principle of the Separation of
Powers, so this would bring the government into compliance with
the Constitution. (HR 2301, S. 1348, Sen Brownback, Sam, in
106th, HR 1036 in 105th, HR 2727 in 104th).
Citizens' Self-Defense Act of
2003 - HR 648, Rep. Wilson. To protect
the right to obtain firearms for security, and to use firearms
in defense of self, family, or home, and to provide for the
enforcement of such right.(HR 347, Rep. Bartlett, Roscoe G. in
106th U.S. Congress
The Separation of Powers
Restoration Act - H.R. 2655, Rep. Paul,
Ron. Provides for (1) terminating all existing states of
national emergency and removing from the executive branch any
power to declare national emergencies; (2) vesting power in
Congress alone to declare states of national emergency; (3)
restricting presidential power to issue executive orders by
denying to them any force of law except as provided for by
Congress; and (4) repealing the War Powers Resolution of 1973.
National Retail Sales Tax - HR 2001, HR 2525.
Two different bills with similar provisions that would replace
the income tax, which is unconstitutional, with a national sales
tax. One main sponsor is Rep. Colin Peterson, who calls for a
rate of 39%, but since the cost of most goods is increased by
about 22% by the existing corporate income tax, the net increase
would be about 17%, which would be offset by elimination of the
personal income tax, for a probable net gain, especially after
factoring the reduced costs for accounting and tax reporting.
Civil Asset Forfeiture Reform Act of 2000 - HR
1658, Rep. Hyde, Henry. Passed HR in June by 375-48.
Senate passed with minor modifications, and HR passed Senate
version on voice vote April 11, 2000. The president is expected
to sign it. It does not satisfy all of the requirements of the
Constitution, but is a major improvement. Now we have to remove
the remaining unconstitutional provisions, and do the same in
Proposed U.S. Legislation
"A democrcy caannot exist as a permanent
form of government. It can only exist until the voters
discover that they can vote themselves largesse from the
"From that moment on, the majority always
votes for the candidate promising the most benefits from the
public treasury, with the result that a democracy always
collapses over loose fiscal policy, and is always followed
by a dictatorship.
"The average of the world's great
civilizations has been 200 years. These nations have
progressed through this sequence: from bondage to spiritual
faith; from spiritual faith to great courage; from courage
to liberty; from liberty to abundance; from abundance to
selfishness; from selfishness to complacency; from
complacency to apathy; from apathy to dependency; from
dependency back again to bondage.
[Sir Alex Fraser Tytler (1747-1813), Scottish jurist and
historian. Professor of Universal History at Edinburgh
University in the late 18th Century. From the 1801
Collection of his lectures]
Liberty Caucus - Caucus of libertarian-leaning members of
Liberty Committee - Caucus of members of Congress
dedicated to seek a strict-constitutional approach to
legislation. (Inactive, succeeded by House Liberty Caucus.)
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"Trying to solve public problems without first achieving
strict compliance with the Constitution is like trying to
take a motor trip through the mountains without brakes or
a steering wheel."
[Jon Roland, 1997]
"You can't beat a specific agenda without a specific
agenda of your own."
[Jon Roland, 2002]
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"In law nothing is ever finally settled "
"No cause is lost if there is but one fool left to fight
[Will Turner, Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End]
Proposed Constitutional Amendments and Revised Constitutions
Proposed U.S. Constitutional Amendments
Amendments to U.S. Constitution, by Jon Roland - A few
amendments that might help return constitutional construction to
Constitutional Action Plans - The path to victory.
Calls for An Article Five Convention: Mobilization and
Interpretation, by Gerard Magliocca. - Discusses how calls
for a constitutional convention to consider specific amendments
can influence elected officials and judges even if a convention
is never held.
Federalism amendments, by Randy Barnett. - Proposes
amendments that he hopes will restore federalism.
of Federalism - Summary and commentary.
Amendments, comnmentary on proposals by Mark Levin. -
Amendments that Levin hopes will restore liberty.
to dismantle U.S. Constitution, from SweetLiberty -
Discusses plots to replace U.S. Constitution with one that does
not protect our rights, through a constitutional convention.
Friends Of the Article V
Convention (FOAVC) - Group that is promoting a
"If you don't find politics, politics will find you."
"If you don't fix government, government will fix you."
Proposed U.S. State Constitutional Amendments and Revised