United States of America
The "Old Republic"

Marbury v. Madison (1803)
A Law repugnant to the Constitution is void.
· Chief Justice John Marshall

I have sworn on the altar of God
  eternal hostility against every form of tyranny
    over the mind of man.
· Thomas Jefferson
Freedom and Property Rights are inseparable. You can’t have one without the other.
· George Washington
The time is now near at hand which must properly determine whether Americans are to be freemen or slaves:
  whether they are to have any property they can call their own;
  whether their houses and farms are to be pillaged and destroyed;
  and themselves consigned to a state of wretchedness.
· George Washington

No political ritual can alter morality. No election can make an evil act into a good act. If it is bad for you to do something, then it is bad for those in “government” to do it.
· Larken Rose

We have no government armed in power capable of contending with human passions unbridled by morality and religion. Our Constitution was made only for a religious and moral people. It is wholly inadequate for the government of any other.
· John Adams

Here in America we are descended in blood and in spirit from revolutionists and rebels – men and women who dare to dissent from accepted doctrine. As their heirs, may we never confuse honest dissent with disloyal subversion.
· Dwight D. Eisenhower

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Is this how great civilizations end? not through a bang, but a whimper...
I remember music class in grade school. Sometimes the duty fell on an old battle axe named Mrs. Clark. Everyone was scared of her.

She always made us sing The Battle Hymn of the Republic. It was my favorite. Few kids today probably ever feel the heart pounding exhilaration of belting out one of the greatest war songs ever composed.