by Karen Lees, staff writer
The Language of Liberty celebrates the freedom of the individual. The language of Servitude exalts the tyranny of the State.
The statements which follow reveal the mighty difference between those who fear the power of freedom and those who relish it.
In their own words are revealed the true intentions–in both the past and the present– of those who speak the language of Servitude:
“If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it. The lie can be maintained only for such time as the State can shield the people from the political, economic and/or military consequences of the lie. It thus becomes vitally important for the State to use all of its powers to repress dissent, for the truth is the mortal enemy of the lie, and thus by extension, the truth is the greatest enemy of the State.”-Joseph Goebbels, Hitler’s Propaganda Minister in Nazi Germany
“Make the lie big, make it simple, keep saying it, and eventually they will believe it”-Adolph Hitler
“It doesn’t matter what is true; it only matters what people believe is true.”-Paul Watson, co-founder of Greenpeace
“Global Sustainability requires the deliberate quest of poverty, reduced resource consumption and set levels of mortality control.” -Professor Maurice King, World Health Organization
“Unless we announce disasters no one will listen.” – Sir John Houghton, first chairman of Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)
“We need to get some broad based support, to capture the public’s imagination… So we have to offer up scary scenarios, make simplified, dramatic statements and make little mention of any doubts… Each of us has to decide what the right balance is between being effective and being honest.” – Stephen Schneider, Stanford Professor of Climatology, lead author of IPCC reports
“We’ve got to ride this global warming issue. Even if the theory of global warming is wrong, we will be doing the right thing in terms of economic and environmental policy.” – Timothy Wirth, President of the UN Foundation
“No matter if the science of global warming is all phony, climate change provides the greatest opportunity to bring about justice and equality in the world.” – Christine Stewart, Former Canadian Minister of the Environment
“Isn’t the only hope for the planet that the industrialized civilizations collapse? Isn’t it our responsibility to bring that about?” – Maurice Strong, founder of the UN Environment Program
“Frankly I had thought that at the time Roe [v. Wade] was decided, there was concern about population growth and particularly growth in populations that we don’t want to have too many of.”– Ruth Bader Ginsburg, U.S. Supreme Court Justice
“We must make this an insecure and inhospitable place for capitalists and their projects. We must reclaim the roads and plowed land, halt dam construction, tear down existing dams, free shackled rivers and return to wilderness millions of acres of presently settled land.” and in separate statement, “My three main goals would be to reduce human population to about 100 million worldwide, destroy the industrial infrastructure and see wilderness, with it’s full complement of species, returning throughout the world.”-Dave Foreman, co-founder of Earth First!
“Childbearing should be a punishable crime against society, unless the parents hold a government license. All potential parents should be required to use contraceptive chemicals, the government issuing antidotes to citizens chosen for childbearing.”– David Brower, first Executive Director of the Sierra Club
“Individual rights will have to take a back seat to the collective.” -Harvey Ruvin, Vice Chairman, ICLEI
“The world today has 6.8 billion people… that’s headed up to about 9 billion. Now if we do a really great job on new vaccines, health care, reproductive health services, we could lower that by perhaps 10 or 15 percent.” –Bill Gates, businessman and philanthropist
“The most merciful thing that the large family does to one of its infant members is to kill it.” and in a separate statement, “We should hire three or four colored ministers, preferably with social-service backgrounds, and with engaging personalities. The most successful educational approach to the Negro is through a religious appeal. We don’t want the word to go out that we want to exterminate the Negro population, and the minister is the man who can straighten out that idea if it ever occurs to any of their more rebellious members.”-Margaret Sanger, Founder of Planned Parenthood, Letter to Dr. Clarence Gamble, 1939
In stark contrast to the language of tyranny and servitude, liberty speaks to the natural rights of mankind. THE LANGUAGE OF LIBERTY SOUNDS LIKE THIS:
“We hold these truths to be self evident, that ALL MEN are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness, – That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed…” -Thomas Jefferson, Declaration of Independence
“This magistrate is not the king. The PEOPLE are the KING.”-Gouverneur Morris, Signer of the Constitution and NY State Senator
“The PEOPLE are the SOVEREIGN of this country.”-John Jay, the First Chief Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court
“SOVEREIGNTY resides in the PEOPLE; they have not parted with it.” – James Wilson, Signer of Constitution
“The ULTIMATE AUTHORITY… resides in the PEOPLE ALONE.”-James Madison, Federalist No. 46, 1788
“The PEOPLE of these United States are the rightful MASTERS of both congresses and courts.”-Abraham Lincoln, debate with Stephen Douglas
“The PEOPLE are the government, administering it by their agents; they are the government, the SOVEREIGN POWER.” -President Andrew Jackson, 1841
“The PEOPLE are the only SOVEREIGNS recognized by our Constitution…The success of our admirable system is a conclusive refutation of the theories of those in other countries who maintain that a ‘favored few’ are born to rule and that the mass of mankind must be governed by force.”-President James K. Polk, December 7, 1847
“The SOVEREIGNTY of sixty millions of FREE PEOPLE is…the working out…of the divine right of man to govern himself and a manifestation of God’s plan concerning the human race.” -President Grover Cleveland, 1887
“In the United States it is the PEOPLE who are SOVEREIGN… The Government is theirs to speak their voice and to voice their will.” -General Omar Bradley, 1948
“I have a dream that one day THIS NATION WILL RISE UP and live out the true meaning of its creed: “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that ALL MEN are created equal.” –Martin Luther King, 1964
“Never forget that in America our SOVEREIGN is the CITIZEN…The State is a servant of the INDIVIDUAL. It [government] must never become an anonymous monstrosity that masters everyone.” -President Gerald Ford, 1975
“The Founding Fathers understood that only by making government the servant, not the master, only by positing [expecting] SOVEREIGNTY in THE PEOPLE and not the state can we hope to protect freedom.” -President Ronald Reagan, 1983
“When government fears the people, there is liberty. When the people fear the government, there is tyranny.” –A common quote from America’s founding era
Our Republic is one in which the people rule by delegating their authority to individuals they choose to represent them. Knowing this, how should citizens respond to what they see going on around them? Who is responsible to fix the problems at the local, state, and federal levels?
We’ve been waiting for a new leader to come along and fix everything, watching from the sidelines in horror and disbelief while blaming the politicians.
But the responsibility and the power reside with the citizens to fix and keep this Republic.
Adopt the language of liberty. Use your voice to “Proclaim liberty throughout all the land unto all the inhabitants thereof.”-Lev 25:10. This timeless reminder of truth engraved on the Liberty Bell is our wake up call.
The “Language of Liberty®” series is a collaborative effort of the Center for Self Governance (CSG) Administrative Team. CSG is a non-profit, non-partisan educational organization, dedicated to training citizens in applied civics. The authors include trainers, administrative staff, and selected students. They may be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org