Quote of the Day

“The power to tax, involves the power to destroy.”

John Marshall

Supreme Court Justice

McCulloch v. Maryland (1819)

After the Panic of 1819, several states blamed the Second Bank of the United States for causing the panic and retaliated with taxation. Supreme Court Justice John Marshall declared, “The power to tax, involves the power to destroy.”, and the states lacked the authority to destroy an agency created by the national government.


Eric Foner, 2014, Give Me Liberty

Quote of the Day

patrick henry

“…What can make an adequate satisfaction to them for the loss they suffered in attaining such a Government for the loss of their liberty? If we admit this Consolidated Government it will be because we like a great splendid one. Some way or other we must be a great and mighty empire; we must have an army, and a navy, and a number of things: When the American spirit was in its youth, the language of America was different: Liberty, Sir was then the primary object…”

-Patrick Henry
Source: Anti-Federalist Argument from The Complete Anti-Federalist Volume 1 pp. 285-90

Quote of the Day

“The essential act of war is destruction, not necessarily of human lives, but of the products of human labor. War is a way of shattering to pieces, or pouring into the stratosphere, or sinking into the depths of the sea, materials which might otherwise be used to make the masses too comfortable, and hence, in the long run, too intelligent.”

– 1984  George Orwell

Quote of the Day

“they [facts] could be squeezed out of you by torture. But if the object was not to stay alive but to stay human, what difference did it ultimately make? They could not alter your feelings; for that matter you could not alter them yourself, even if you wanted to. They could lay bare in the utmost detail everything that you had done or said or thought; but the inner heart, whose workings were mysterious even to yourself,remained impregnable.”

1984  George Orwell

Quote of the Day

“They could be made to accept the most flagrant violations of reality, because they never fully grasped the enormity of what was demanded of them, and were not sufficiently interested in public events to notice what was happening. By lack of understanding they remained sane. They simply swallowed everything, and what they swallowed did them no harm, because it left no residue behind, just as a grain of corn will pass undigested through the body of a bird.”

1984 -George Orwell