Note to Patriotic Moms: Our children need to understand these important principles!
"A government which lays taxes on the people not required by urgent public necessity and sound public policy is not a protector of liberty, but an instrument of tyranny.
"It condemns the citizen to servitude. One of the first signs of the breaking down of a free government is a disregard by the taxing power of the right of the people to their own property.
"It makes little difference whether such a condition is brought about through will of a dictator, through the power of a military force, or through the pressure of an organized minority.
"The result is the same. Unless the people can enjoy that reasonable security in the possession of their property, which is guaranteed in the Constitution, against unreasonable taxation, freedom is at an end.
"The common man is restrained and hampered in his ability to secure food and clothing and shelter. His wages are decreased, his hours are lengthened.
"Against the recurring tendency in this direction there must be interposed the constant effort of an informed electorate and of patriotic public servants.
"The importance of a constant reiteration of these principles cannot be overestimated."
Calvin Coolidge, At Memorial Continental Hall, June 30, 1924