"Nip the shoots of arbitrary power in the bud, is the only maxim which can ever preserve the liberties of any people. When the people give way, their deceivers, betrayers, and destroyers press upon them so fast, that there is no resisting afterwards. The nature of the encroachment upon the American constitution is such, as to grow every day more and more encroaching. Like a cancer, it eats faster and faster every hour. The revenue creates pensioners, and the pensioners urge for more revenue. The people grow less steady, spirited, and virtuous, the seekers more numerous and more corrupt, and every day increases the circles of their dependents and expectants, until virtue, integrity, public spirit, simplicity, and frugality, become the objects of ridicule and scorn, and vanity, luxury, foppery, selfishness, meanness, and downright venality swallow up the whole society." ~ John Adams
A Personal Declaration of Independence
Be it known that I, Alfred A. Hambidge, Jr., hereby declare my independence from any and all who dare claim dominion over me. I will not be forced, coerced, stomped on, stamped, labeled, numbered, filed, defiled, chained, hobbled, bought, sold, compromised, or silenced. My life is my own. Over my own mind and body, I am Sovereign.
I shall work to plant the seeds of Liberty into fertile hearts, and nurture those where it has taken root.
I will strive to thwart the plans of those who think of people only as expendable things to be used, abused, and discarded.
I will oppose collectivism in all its forms and proclaim the supremacy of the individual.
I shall fight every kind of tyranny over the minds, bodies, and property of men.
I will be an ally to all who love and understand Liberty, without regard to what they look like, where they come from, how they choose to live, or how or if they worship.
I will not hate, for hate clouds the mind, blackens the heart, and corrupts the soul, until one becomes the evil he opposes.
In all things, I will conduct myself honorably, because Liberty without Honor, like Freedom without Virtue, cannot be sustained.
I will live as a Free Man.