Wednesday Open Thread

“One of the most essential branches of English liberty is the freedom of one’s house. A man’s house is his castle.”

James Otis, On the Writs of Assistance, 1761

“Our country is in danger, but not to be despaired of. Our enemies are numerous and powerful; but we have many friends, determining to be free, and heaven and earth will aid the resolution. On you depend the fortunes of America. You are to decide the important question, on which rest the happiness and liberty of millions yet unborn. Act worthy of yourselves.”

Joseph Warren, Boston Massacre Oration, March 6, 1775

“Our unalterable resolution would be to be free. They have attempted to subdue us by force, but God be praised! in vain. Their arts may be more dangerous then their arms. Let us then renounce all treaty with them upon any score but that of total separation, and under God trust our cause to our swords.”

Samuel Adams, letter to James Warren, April 16, 1776

“Proclaim liberty throughout the land unto all the inhabitants thereof.”

Leviticus 25:10, Inscription on the Liberty Bell

“Republics are created by the virtue, public spirit, and intelligence of the citizens. They fall, when the wise are banished from the public councils, because they dare to be honest, and the profligate are rewarded, because they flatter the people, in order to betray them.”

Joseph Story, Commentaries on the Constitution, 1833

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