thankful to join with likeminded people to defend the values, principles and freedoms guaranteed by our Constitution, as well as to take up the responsibilites that go with freedom. The famous "eternal vigilance" quote is
"...often attributed to the American Abolitionist and liberal activist Wendell Phillips in a speech he made on January 28, 1852. Speaking to members of the Massachusetts Anti-Slavery Society that day, Phillips said:
“Eternal vigilance is the price of liberty; power is ever stealing from the many to the few. The manna of popular liberty must be gathered each day or it is rotten. The living sap of today outgrows the dead rind of yesterday. The hand entrusted with power becomes, either from human depravity or esprit de corps, the necessary enemy of the people. Only by continued oversight can the democrat in office be prevented from hardening into a despot; only by unintermitted agitation can a people be sufficiently awake to principle not to let liberty be smothered in material prosperity.” "