A New Constitution

Tom Purcell has compiled a number of quotes which I think form an excellent starting point for either rewriting or amending the constitution…

"A government that is big enough to give you all you want is big enough to take everything you have." — Barry Goldwater

"A patriot must always be ready to defend his country — against his government." — Edward Abbey

"The greater the power, the more dangerous the abuse." — Edmund Burke

"The single most exciting thing you encounter in government is competence, because it's so rare." — Daniel Patrick Moynihan

"Government is inherently incompetent, and no matter what task it is assigned, it will do it in the most expensive and inefficient way possible." — Charley Reese

"Government is an association of men who do violence to the rest of us." — Leo Tolstoy

"The government is good at one thing: It knows how to break your legs, then hand you a crutch and say, 'See, if it weren't for the government you wouldn't be able to walk.'" — Harry Browne

"Government's view of the economy can be summed up in a few short phrases: If it moves, tax it. If it keeps moving, regulate it. And if it stops moving, subsidize it." — Ronald Reagan

"Government cannot make man richer, but it can make him poorer." — Ludwig von Mises

"The urge to save humanity is almost always a false front for the urge to rule." — H.L. Mencken

"One of the greatest delusions in the world is the hope that the evils in this world are to be cured by legislation." — Thomas Reed

"A government that robs Peter to pay Paul can always depend on the support of Paul." — George Bernard Shaw

"That government is best which governs the least, because its people discipline themselves." — Thomas Jefferson

"The Constitution is not an instrument for the government to restrain the people, it is an instrument for the people to restrain the government — lest it come to dominate our lives and interests." — Patrick Henry

"Our best protection against bigger government in Washington is better government in the states." — Dwight D. Eisenhower

"The primary function of the government is — and here I am quoting directly from the U.S. Constitution — 'to spew out paper.'" — Dave Barry

"The difference between death and taxes is death doesn't get worse every time Congress meets." — Will Rogers

"Did you ever notice that when you put the words 'the' and 'IRS' together, it spells 'THEIRS?'" — Unknown

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2 Responses to A New Constitution

  1. Classic! “Every decent man is ashamed of the government he lives under.”
    –H. L. Mencken

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