Quote: William Pitt and Bill Clinton

JulianP's picture
Submitted by JulianP on Tue, 2006-02-28 08:41

"Necessity is the plea for every infringement of human freedom.
It is the argument of tyrants; it is the creed of slaves."
-- William Pitt
(1759-1806) British Prime Minister (1783-1801, 1804-06) during the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic wars.
Source: Speech, House of Commons, 18 November 1783
http://quotes.liberty-tree.ca/quote_blog/William.Pitt.Quote.D262

"When we got organized as a country and we wrote a fairly radical Constitution with a radical Bill of Rights, giving a radical amount of individual freedom to Americans, it was assumed that the Americans who had that freedom would use it responsibly.... [However, now] there's a lot of irresponsibility. And so a lot of people say there's too much freedom. When personal freedom's being abused, you have to move to limit it."
-- Bill Clinton
[William Jefferson Blythe III] (1946- ), 42nd US President
Source: MTV's "Enough is Enough" 3-22-94
http://quotes.liberty-tree.ca/quote_blog/Bill.Clinton.Quote.7332

Can I just say, Bill Clinton is a craven toad.


1st Time I Read That One

Bikemessenger's picture

Clinton's hubris is positively breath-taking!

As though personal liberties were a government entitlement program.

He conveniently ignores that fact that the usurpment of responsiblity necessitated by the implementation of the welfare state is at the root of the problem.

How can people be expected to behave responsibly, when they are not held to the most fundamental of responibilities, their own well-being?

The solution, of course, is a dismantlement of the welfare state and a return of responsibility (along with the resourses to fulfill them)to the individual.

Typical statist, Clinton offers us more poison as antidote.

Nor are his Republican competitors any better. Worse, actually, as they pay hypocritical lip-service to "responsible" spending and "limited" government. What a crock, as the White House frat punk asserts he is beyond legal limitations, while mindlessly prattling about an "ownership" society. Which side did they explicitly take in Kelo vs. New London?

---The Bikemessenger

freedom not given

Rick Pasotto's picture

The base error in Clinton's statement is his claim that the Constitution and Bill of Rights gave people freedom. They did not. They attempted to prevent the government from violating the people's freedom.

Freedom is the default. It can be denied or acknowledged. It cannot be given.

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