Thursday, August 09, 2012

Dangers to liberty

As we ponder more gun controls, bans on large sweet drinks, and all sorts of other restrictions urged by both the left and right, it is always wise to keep in mind the following great quote:

“Experience should teach us to be most on guard to protect liberty when the Government’s purposes are beneficent. Men born to freedom are naturally alert to repel invasion of their liberty by evil-minded rulers. The greatest dangers to liberty lurk in insidious encroachment by men of zeal, well-meaning but without understanding.”
United States v. Olmstead, 277 U.S. 438, 479 (1925) (Brandeis, J., dissenting)

1 comment:

  1. Thanks for sharing the insightful quote. Anti-federalist warned of this exact phenomenon during our country's constitutional ratification debates.