Overcome their obstacles

Overcome the government obstacles — sentry gates that are closed in front of you.  Privacy violations, government forms, SSNs, licenses, permissions.  Stand up to the bullies or they will only be encouraged to increase their bullying.

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May your obstacle course be short hurdles


“Sign, sign, everywhere a sign
Blockin’ out the scenery, breakin’ my mind
Do this, don’t do that, can’t you read the sign?”
— Lyrics to a 1971 song, two years after Woodstock

“He who can alter my state of mind, is my master.”
— Ralph Waldo Emerson speech, August 31, 1837
“Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable.”
— President Kennedy in his address to the diplomatic corps on March 13, 1962.
“History fails to record a single precedent in which nations subject to moral decay have not passed into political and economic decline. There has been either a spiritual awakening to overcome the moral lapse, or a progressive deterioration leading to ultimate national disaster.”
— General Douglas MacArthur prophesied in his speech December 12, 1951
“The world will not be destroyed by those who do evil, but by those who watch them without doing anything.”
— Albert Einstein, translated from Einstein’s tribute to Pablo Casals (30 March 1953)
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“But the culture has failed, almost entirely, in inculcating internal controls on actions that have their origin in authority. For this reason, the latter constitutes a far greater danger to human survival.”
–Stanley Milgram. Obedience to Authority
“The real rulers of a nation are undiscoverable.” — Supreme Court Justice Felix Frankfurter, quoted in an article titled “Globalists Run U.S., Says Sen. Malone” in the Chicago Daily Tribune, April 25, 1949, p. 1
“… And what country can preserve its liberties, if its rulers are not warned from time to time, that their people preserve the spirit of resistance? … Let them take arms…”
— Thomas Jefferson on November 13, 1787 letter to future Congressman William S. Smith
[Those were not the words of an angry young radical fighting in the Revolutionary War. This was the former Governor of Virginia, and Ambassador to France, the man who proposed the Bill of Rights.]
Edmond Pendleton, speech in Virginia Ratifying Convention June 5, 1788 debated Patrick Henry in his opposition to the phrase “We the People”: “Permit me to ask the gentleman who made this objection, who but the people can delegate powers? Who but the people have the right to form government?”
“Dependence begets subservience and venality, suffocates the germ of virtue, and prepares fit tools for the designs of ambition.”
— Thomas Jefferson, Notes on the State of Virginia, Query 19, 1787.
‘Freedom is not a gift bestowed upon us by other men, but a right that belongs to us by the laws of God and nature.’
— John Webbe, in an essay published in Ben Franklin’s Pennsylvania Gazette on April 1, 1736.
“But freedoms of speech and of press, of assembly, and of worship may not be infringed on such slender grounds. They are susceptible of restriction only to prevent grave and immediate danger to interests which the State may lawfully protect.”– U.S. Supreme Court in WV Board of Education v. Barnetee, 319 U.S. 624 (1943)
“When the government violates the people’s rights, insurrection is, for the people and for each portion of the people, the most sacred of the rights and the most indispensable of duties.”
— Marquis de Lafayette, partially quoting the 1793 French Declaration of the Right of Man
“Waivers of Constitutional rights not only must be voluntary, but must be knowing, intelligent acts done with sufficient awareness of the relevant circumstances and likely consequences”
— U.S. Supreme Court in Brady v. United States, 397 U.S. 742
” The individual may stand upon his constitutional rights as a citizen. . . . He owes nothing to the public so long as he does not trespass upon their rights… An individual may lawfully refuse to answer incriminating questions unless protected by an immunity statute.”
— U.S. Supreme Court, Hale v. Henkel, 201 US 43, at page 74
“If ye love wealth better than liberty, the tranquility of servitude better than the animating contest of freedom, go home from us in peace. ”
— Samuel Adams, speech at the Pennsylvania State House, 1 August 1776
“Where-ever law ends, tyranny begins, … whosoever in authority … makes use of the force he has under his command … which the law allows not, ceases in that to be a magistrate; and, acting without authority, may be opposed, as any other man, who by force invades the right of another.”
— John Locke’s Second Treatise of Government, Sec. 202.
“Those who already walk submissively will say there is no cause for alarm. But submissiveness is not our heritage. The First Amendment was designed to allow rebellion to remain as our heritage.”
— US Supreme Court, Laird v. Tatum, 408 US 1, page 28
Maxim of Law:
“The civil laws reduce an ungrateful freedman to his original slavery”
Libertinum ingratum leges civiles in pristinam servitutem redigunt.
“Timid men … prefer the calm of despotism to the tempestuous sea of liberty.”
— Thomas Jefferson, April 24, 1796, Letter to Phillip Mazzei
“To violate man’s rights means to compel him to act against his own judgment… there is only one way to do it: by the use of physical force. There are two potential violators of man’s rights: the criminals and the government. The great achievement of the United States was to draw a distinction between these two — by forbidding to the second the legalized version of the activities of the first.”  — Ayn Rand essay “Man’s Rights”, April 1963 issue of The Objectivist Newsletter
“in questions of power then, let no more be heard of confidence in man, but bind him down from mischief by the chains of the constitution.”
— Thomas Jefferson, letter to James Madison, 17 November 1798
“Liberty is rendered even more precious by the recollection of servitude.”
Marcus Tullius Cicero, 106-43 B.C.
“Familiarize yourself with the chains of bondage and prepare your own limbs to wear them. Accustomed to trampling on the rights of others you have lost the genius of your own independence and become the fit subjects of the first cunning tyrant who rises among you.” — Abraham Lincoln, September 11, 1858
“When bad men combine, the good must associate; else they will fall one by one, an unpitied sacrifice in a contemptible struggle.”
— Edmund Burke, Thoughts on the Cause of the Present Discontents (1770)
You have a duty to protect your government.
You have a duty to correct your government.
You have a duty to control your government.
You will have a free America when you are responsible enough to control it.
“The condition upon which God hath given liberty to man is eternal vigilance; which condition if he breaks, servitude is at once the consequence of his crime.”
— John Philpot Curran, July 10, 1790
“Guard with jealous attention the public liberty. Suspect everyone who approaches that jewel. Unfortunately, nothing will preserve it but downright force. Whenever you give up that force, you are inevitably ruined.”
— Patrick Henry, June 5, 1788 quoted in Elliot’s Debates Vol 3, page 45
“All that is necessary for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing”
— Edmund Burke, April 23, 1770
“The tax collector is never esteemed a lovable man. His methods are too blunt and his powers too obnoxious.”
— attributed to President Woodrow Wilson, Seattle Times, August 16, 1981, page H1
“None are so hopelessly enslaved than those who falsely believe they are free. ”
— Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Elective Affinities, 1809
“Corruptissima re publica plurimae leges.”
The more numerous the laws, the more corrupt the government.
— Gaius Cornelius Tacitus, Roman Senator, circa 100 AD, Annals of Tacitus, Book III, page 27.
“It is hard to imagine a more stupid or more dangerous way of making decisions than by putting those decisions in the hands of people who pay no price for being wrong.”
— Thomas Sowell, August 18, 2000 column
“Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety.”
— Benjamin Franklin, November 11, 1755; Reply to the Governor.
“When men are pure, laws are useless; when men are corrupt, laws are broken. ”
— Benjamin Disraeli, Contarini Fleming – A Psychological Romance, Part 6, Chapter 3
“It is error alone which needs the support of government. Truth can stand by itself.”
— Thomas Jefferson, Notes on the State of Virginia, 1782
“Liberty cannot be preserved without general knowledge among the people. … The jaws of power are always open to devour, and her arm is always stretched out, if possible, to destroy the freedom of thinking, speaking, and writing. ”
— JOHN ADAMS, Dissertation on the Canon and Feudal Law No. 3, Boston Gazette, 30 Sept. 1765
“Unthinking respect for authority is the greatest enemy of truth. ”
— Albert Einstein, letter to Jost Winteler, 1901.