hold these truths to be self-evident, that all [people
and dogs] are created equal, that they are endowed by
their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that
among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of
Happiness... That whenever any Form of Government
becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right
of the People [and dogs] to alter or to abolish it,
and to institute new Government...
the Declaration of Independence
kind of loyalty was loyalty to one's country, not to
its institutions or its office-holders. The country
is the real thing, the substantial thing, the eternal
thing; it is the thing to watch over, and care for,
and be loyal to; institutions are extraneous, they are
its mere clothing, and clothing can wear out, become
ragged, cease to be comfortable, cease to protect the
body from winter, disease, and death. To be loyal to
rags, to shout for rags, to worship rags, to die for
rags--that is a loyalty of unreason."
his brilliant satire A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's
who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little
temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety"
spent many summer days with Mark Twain at his side
exchanging stories and philosophies.