In the councils of government, we must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military-industrial complex
Today we can declare: Government is not the problem, and government is not the solution. We, the American people, we are the solution
The new rage is to say that the government is the cause of all our problems, and if only we had no government, we'd have no problems. I can tell you, that contradicts evidence, history, and common sense
Government is like a baby. An alimentary canal with a big appetite at one end and no sense of responsibility at the other
Men speak of natural rights, but I challenge any one to show where in nature any rights existed or were recognized until there was established for their declaration and protection a duly promulgated body of corresponding laws
It has been said that democracy is the worst form of government except all the others that have been tried
They want the federal government controlling Social Security like it's some kind of federal program
In order to rally people, governments need enemies. They want us to be afraid, to hate, so we will rally behind them. And if they do not have a real enemy, they will invent one in order to mobilize us
Government is not the doctor. It is the disease
The tree of Liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants
That we will, at all times hereafter, consider ourselves as a free and independent state, capable of regulating our internal police, in all and every respect whatsoever -- and that the people on said Grants have the sole and exclusive and inherent right of ruling and governing themselves in such manner and form as in their own wisdom they shall think proper.
The only good bureaucrat is one with a pistol at his head. Put it in his hand and it's good-by to the Bill of Rights
It might be more worthwhile if we stopped wringing our hands and started ringing our congressmen
We are imperfect. We cannot expect perfect government
In the absence of justice, what is sovereignty but organized robbery?
Ancient Rome declined because it had a Senate, now what's going to happen to us with both a House and a Senate?
If con is the opposite of pro, is Congress the opposite of progress?
It is error alone which needs the support of government. Truth can stand by itself.
Democracy becomes a government of bullies tempered by editors
Fire, water, and government know nothing of mercy
Abraham Lincoln did not go to Gettysburg having commissioned a poll to find out what would sell in Gettysburg. There were no people with percentages for him, cautioning him about this group or that group or what they found in exit polls a year earlier. When will we have the courage of Lincoln?
The class distinctions proper to a democratic society are not those of rank or money, still less, as is apt to happen when these are abandoned, of race, but of age
In America every woman has her set of girl-friends; some are cousins, the rest are gained at school. These form a permanent committee who sit on each other's affairs, who 'come out' together, marry and divorce together, and who end as those groups of bustling, heartless well-informed club-women who govern society. Against them the Couple of Ehepaar is helpless and Man in their eyes but a biological interlude
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