Quotes from the film
Here are the quotes used in the film, the order they were used. The bold portion is the piece of the quote that was actually used in the film. The rest is contextual.
To those who scare peace-loving people with phantoms of lost liberty; my message is this: Your tactics only aid terrorists -- for they erode our national unity and diminish our resolve. They give ammunition to America's enemies, and pause to America's friends. They encourage people of good will to remain silent in the face of evil.
Homeland Defense Before the Senate Comm. on the Judiciary, 107th Cong. (2001) (Sept. 25, 2001) [hereinafter Homeland Defense Testimony] (written testimony of the Honorable John Ashcroft, Attorney General).
And what country can preserve its liberties, if its rulers are not warned from time to time that its people preserve the spirit of resistance? Let them take arms ... The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time, with the blood of patriots and tyrants. It is its natural manure.
Thomas Jefferson (letter to William S. Smith, 1787, in Jefferson, On Democracy 20, S. Padover, ed., 1939).
Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired signifies, in the final sense, a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are cold and are not clothed. This world in arms is not spending money alone. It is spending the sweat of its laborers, the genius of its scientists, the hopes of its children... Under the cloud of threatening war, it is humanity hanging from a cross of iron.
President Dwight D. Eisenhower, From a speech made to the American Society for Newspaper Editors April 16, 1953, in his first public address as president.
Protestors who break the law will not be treated kindly by the cops and prosecutors. The judges, well, that's another matter. However, the new problem is that these potentially violent protestors damage security efforts against the terrorists themselves, who want to kill us. And that's a fact. So what should happen is that any illegal activity by these protestors should be considered a terrorist act on its face. Putting the lives of New Yorkers in danger by distracting the police is terrorism, period.
Commentator Bill O'Reilly from his Talking Points of August 26, 2004.
Here in America we are descended in blood and in spirit from revolutionist and rebel men and women who dare to disssent from accepted doctrine. As their heirs, may we never confuse honest dissent with disloyal subversion.
President Dwight D. Eisenhower (1890-1969) American statesman (34th US president: 1953-61), Supreme Allied Commander in WW II, Europe from Address, May 31, 1953. Listen to the speech.
If we take this commitment seriously, if we believe that every American expects and deserves clean air, and then we act on that belief, then we will set an example for the rest of the world to follow.
George H. W. Bush (R), from Remarks Announcing Proposed Legislation To Amend the Clean Air Act, June 12, 1989.