I used to say that democracy is a matter of showing up. Now I say it's a matter of showing up, and staying there.
If every preparation for war can be made the excuse for destroying free speech and a free press and the right of the people to assemble together for peaceful discussion, then we may well despair of ever again finding ourselves for a long period in a state of peace.~ Fighting Bob La Follette
Although tyranny may successfully rule over foreign peoples, it can stay in power only if it first destroys the national institutions of its own people.~ Hannah Arendt
Not like the brazen giant of Greek fame, with conquering limbs astride from land to land. Here at our sea-washed, sunset gates shall stand a mighty woman with a torch, whose flame is the imprisoned lightning, and her name, Mother of Exiles.~ Emma Lazarus Liberty Tree's Democratizing Defense Program works with military service members, veterans, military families, and concerned citizens to democratize the American system of defense. Specific policy objectives of this program include defederalization of the National Guard, a national war referendum amendment, and the withdrawal of U.S. military bases from foreign soil.