Saturday, June 6, 2009

And By Their Bumperstickers, Ye Shall Know Them, Part 2

I'm working the Tarrant County Libertarian Party's booth at the Fort Worth Gun Show.

My friend William and I are gathering signatures on petitions to eliminate the threat of a mandatory 3-day waiting period for gun show purchases (HR 2324 and S 843).

We've got a wide variety of Libertarian propaganda that we're handing out - pamphlets, CD's, DVD's, etc. William is a connoisseur of bumperstickers, and a few minutes ago, he handed me a series based on quotes from the Founding Fathers.

Almost all of these are available at, a site run by a former Vice Chairman of the Travis County Libertarian party.

Here are a few of the stickers. See if you can spot the trend in these Founding Fathers' quotes.

"That we are to stand by the president, right or wrong, is not only unpatriotic and servile, but is morally treasonable to the American public" - Theodore Roosevelt

"We must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence by the Military Industrial Complex." - Dwight D. Eisenhower

"The constitution vests the power of declaring war in Congress." - George Washington

"If there is a sin superior to any other, it is that of willful and offensive war" - Thomas Paine

"The executive has NO right, in any case to decide the question, whether there is or is not cause for declaring war." - James Madison

"The means of defense against foreign danger historically have become the instruments of tyranny at home." - James Madison

"It is our true policty to steer clear of permanent alliances with any portion of the foreign world" - George Washington

"No nation could preserve its freedom in the midst of continual warfare" - James Madison

"Peace, commerce and honest friendship with all nations, entangling alliances with none." - Thomas Jefferson

"The spirit of this country is totally adverse to a large military force." - Thomas Paine

"Preventive war was an invention of Hitler" - Dwight D. Eisenhower

"America goes not abroad in search of monsters to destroy" - John Quincy Adams

"I abhor war and view it as the greatest scourge of mankind" - Thomas Jefferson

"Great is the guilt of an unnecessary war" - John Adams

"Guard against the impostures of pretended patriotism" - George Washington

"America is the well-wisher to the freedom and independence of all. She is the champion and vindicator only of her own" - John Quincy Adams

My time at the Fort Worth gun show was well spent. Learned a lot.

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