Likewise, the statement "the Constitution is not a suicide pact" is equally misguided. The role of the Constitution is to secure liberty, which is fragile and vulnerable. Such a delicate construct must be safeguarded with higher regard than mere life. That is, after all, the reason that we have brave men and women fighting for it in our armed forces.
"The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants." -- Thomas Jefferson
"They who would give up an essential liberty for temporary security, deserve neither liberty or security." -- Benjamin Franklin
"Live Free or Die." -- Gen. John Stark
 designated the official motto of New Hampshire by the 1945 Legislature.