Monday, February 16, 2009

Presidential Quote Roundup!

Many today argue that the Second Amendment represents some sort of "collective right" and that any individual rights interpretation is "perverted." Fortunately, even a cursory examination of the writings and quotes of the Framers and many of the early Presidents of the United States belies that point of view – resoundingly. Therefore in honor of Presidents’ Day, I leave you with the words of many of the Presidents of the United States from Washington through Lincoln. Enjoy, and never forget that the Second Amendment is as much an individual right as the first, and should be defended just as rigorously!

"The very atmosphere of firearms anywhere and everywhere restrains evil interference - they deserve a place of honor with all that's good" (George Washington)

"Arms in the hands of citizens may be used at individual discretion in private self defense." (John Adams)

"No free man shall ever be debarred the use of arms. The strongest reason for the people to retain the right to keep and bear arms is, as a last resort, to protect themselves against tyranny in government" (Thomas Jefferson, 1 Thomas Jefferson Papers, 334)

"A government resting on the minority is an aristocracy, not a Republic, and could not be safe with a numerical and physical force against it, without a standing army, an enslaved press and a disarmed populace."

"Americans have the right and advantage of being armed - unlike the citizens of other countries whose governments are afraid to trust the people with arms."
(James Madison, The Federalist Papers #46 )

"Of the liberty of conscience in matters of religious faith, of speech and of the press; of the trial by jury of the vicinage in civil and criminal cases; of the benefit of the writ of habeas corpus; of the right to keep and bear arms... If these rights are well defined, and secured against encroachment, it is impossible that government should ever degenerate into tyranny." (James Monroe)

"The American backwoodsman -- clad in his hunting shirt, the product of his domestic industry, and fighting for the country he loves, he is more than a match for the vile but splendid mercenary of a European despot." (William Henry Harrison)

"We, the People are the rightful masters of both Congress and the courts — not to overthrow the Constitution, but to overthrow men who pervert the Constitution." (Abraham Lincoln)

Until next time!!!


mutoman said...

Great quote collection, it shows just what exactly some of our founding fathers really meant when they wrote the 2nd Amendment.

Fingolfen said...

Thanks!!! Yeah - anyone who buys the "collective right" hypothesis hasn't read... period...