Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety.
Source: BENJAMIN FRANKLIN, Pennsylvania Assembly: Reply to the Governor, November 11, 1755.The Papers of Benjamin Franklin, ed. Leonard W. Labaree, vol. 6, p. 242 .This quotation, slightly altered, is inscribed on a plaque in the stairwell of the pedestal of the Statue of Liberty: They that can give up essential liberty to obtain a little safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.
Think intrusive airport security. Think bailouts. Think unconstitutional gun control laws. Think about an awful lot of things.