…For us, it’s no debate at all.
With today being the anniversary of a horrible tragedy that led to more and more violations of the Constitution and liberty, I thought it was a good time to revisit some important thoughts from the Founders.
While many people are familiar with at least some version of Ben Franklin’s famous 1755 quote, he was far from alone:
“Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety.”
Whenever there’s a tragedy, people across the political spectrum call for the government to “do something.” They don’t care if that “something” means violating the Constitution – they’ll just say the document is outdated, or the Founders couldn’t have foreseen the tragedy that happened.
Because of this, the awful politicians in D.C. become even more dangerous.
James Madison, for example, not only thought it was possible that politicians would stoke fear as an excuse to attack liberty, he considered it the norm.
Last year, I made a brief video on this. Like Madison, I believe the lesson is timeless.
There was also Patrick Henry. In a 1788 speech, he said:
“When the American spirit was in its youth, the language of America was different; liberty, sir, was then the primary object.”
I made another video to point out Henry’s view – along with Franklin’s quote:
The bottom line? There is no “liberty vs safety” debate. We can only be safe when we’re free.
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Concordia res parvae crescunt
(small things grow great by concord)
Executive Director, TAC
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