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"I know how strongly American civilization now leans on the triumph of the government, and how great a debt we owe to those who went before us, through the blood and suffering of the Revolution; and I am willing, perfectly willing, to lay down all my joys in this life to help maintain this government, and to pay that debt." -Sullivan Ballou

With the first link the chain is forged.  The first speech censured, the first thought forbidden, the first freedom denied chains us all irrevocably.   -Patrick Stewart, Star Trek: The Next Generation, The Drumhead

"[The] Bank of the United States... is one of the most deadly hostility existing, against the principles and form of our Constitution... An institution like this, penetrating by its branches every part of the Union, acting by command and in phalanx, may, in a critical moment, upset the government.

I deem no government safe which is under the vassalage of any self-constituted authorities, or any other authority than that of the nation, or its regular functionaries. What an obstruction could not this bank of the United States, with all its branch banks, be in time of war! It might dictate to us the peace we should accept, or withdraw its aids. Ought we then to give further growth to an institution so powerful, so hostile?" -Thomas Jefferson

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Alexander Rogge Arlington, Virginia