“He has combined with others to subject us to a jurisdiction foreign to our Constitution, and unacknowledged by our laws; giving his assent to their acts of pretended legislation.” Declaration of Independence
Man has a selfish nature, and those who achieve power tend to abuse it. James Madison wrote, “The only distinction between freedom and slavery consists of this: in the former state, man is governed by laws to which he has given his consent, either in person or, by his representative. In the latter he is governed by the will of another… If men were angels, no government would be necessary” (cited by Forrest McDonald, The Intellectual Origins of the Constitution, Lawrence, Kansas, University of Kansas Press, 1985, pp. 160 and 205 respectively).
It is the evil ways of men that make this a dangerous world that requires freedom-loving individuals to be tough-minded. It is a tough-minded refusal to compromise and negotiate away the timeless principles briefed in the Declaration that sends the enemy down losers’ lane.
~ David Norris