Robert Higgs (2007)

Our rulers have led us from one unnecessary slaughter to the next; and, to make matters worse, they have exploited each such occasion to fasten their chains around us more tightly. Like the ancient Israelites, we Americans shall never have real, lasting peace so long as we give our allegiance to a king–that is, in our case, to the whole conglomeration of institutionalized exploiters and murderers we know as the state.