Famous Ramsey Clark Quote

“A right is not what someone gives you; it's what no one can take from you.”

~ Ramsey Clark

New York Times, 2 October 1977

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Mike, NC
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Mike, NC    1/19/06

Something the DCeivers need to learn.

Logan, Memphis, TN

Amen, and Amen.

Joe, Rochester, MI

Since a right can not be taken away, keep the gun control people away from the Second Amendment.

Anonymous, Raleigh, NC

Seems to me these days, people are GIVING their own rights away.

nastassja, orlando

I think that this is very true and the greatest quote ever

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Anonymous    8/24/09

Of course, some people, it seems, believe they have rights that simply are NOT rights.

Re ' Starnes, Coeurdalene, idaho

Nuff said! Love it!

watchman 13, USA

Amen ! again.

E Archer, NYC

Tell that to over a million non-violent offenders currently incarcerated for victimless 'crimes' in America. Clark's statement could be confused with power, not rights. Nice sentiment, but kind of hypocritical.

Mike, Norwalk

Absolutely. To incarcerate an individual is not to remove an inalienable right but only, a prevention of ability to exercise such right. The "be" (visible / invisible, tangible / intangible, concrete / abstract, etc.) and the "do" are 2 different things. Rights are inalienable / unalienable.


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