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Giving money and power to government is like giving whiskey and car keys to teenage boys. P.J. O’Rourke

Democracy substitutes election by the incompetent many for appointment by the corrupt few. George Bernard Shaw, Man and Superman, “Maxims: Education,” 1905

In the absence of justice, what is sovereignty but organized robbery? St. Augustine

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Democracy: The state of affairs in which you consent to having your pocket picked, and elect the best man to do it. Benjamin Lichtenberg

If all the economists were laid end to end, they’d never reach a conclusion. George Bernard Shaw

If the people cannot trust their government to do the job for which it exists – to protect them and to promote their common welfare – all else is lost. Barack Obama

There are many people who feel that it is useless and futile to continue talking about peace and non-violence against a government whose only reply is savage attacks on an unarmed and defenseless people. Nelson Mandela

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The best argument against democracy is a five-minute conversation with the average voter. Winston Churchill

Let us never forget that government is ourselves and not an alien power over us. The ultimate rulers of our democracy are not a President and senators and congressmen and government officials, but the voters of this country. Franklin D. Roosevelt

Our politicians are stupid. And the Mexican government is much smarter, much sharper, much more cunning. And they send the bad ones over because they don’t want to pay for them. They don’t want to take care of them. Why should they when the stupid leaders of the United States will do it for them? Donald Trump

Corruption is the enemy of development, and of good governance. It must be got rid of. Both the government and the people at large must come together to achieve this national objective. Pratibha Patil

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No man is good enough to govern another man without that other’s consent. Abraham Lincoln

Under capitalism man exploits man; under socialism the reverse is true. Polish Proverb

The oppressed are allowed once every few years to decide which particular representatives of the oppressing class are to represent and repress them. Karl Marx

Governments should not possess instruments of coercion and violence denied to their citizens. Edgar A. Suter

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My objection to the death penalty is based on the idea that this is a democracy, and in a democracy the government is me, and if the government kills somebody then I’m killing somebody. Steve Earle

A government that robs Peter to pay Paul can always depend on the support of Paul. George Bernard Shaw

Government has no other end, but the preservation of property. John Locke

The Great Depression, like most other periods of severe unemployment, was produced by government mismanagement rather than by any inherent instability of the private economy. Milton Friedman

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Our government… teaches the whole people by its example. If the government becomes the lawbreaker, it breeds contempt for law; it invites every man to become a law unto himself; it invites anarchy.  Louis Brandeis

A government that is big enough to give you all you want is big enough to take it all away. Barry Goldwater

Many forms of Government have been tried, and will be tried in this world of sin and woe. No one pretends that democracy is perfect or all-wise. Indeed, it has been said that democracy is the worst form of Government except all those others that have been tried from time to time. Winston Churchill

Democracy is a government where you can say what you think even if you don’t think. Author Unknown

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One of the key problems today is that politics is such a disgrace, good people don’t go into government. Donald Trump

Loyalty to the Nation all the time, loyalty to the Government when it deserves it. Mark Twain

Democracy substitutes election by the incompetent many for appointment by the corrupt few. George Bernard Shaw

This country, with its institutions, belongs to the people who inhabit it. Whenever they shall grow weary of the existing government, they can exercise their constitutional right of amending it, or exercise their revolutionary right to overthrow it. Abraham Lincoln

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The cure for capitalism’s failing would require that a government would have to rise above the interests of one class alone. Robert L. Heilbroner

Democracy is two wolves and a lamb deciding what to have for dinner. Liberty is a well-armed lamb.  Author unknown, commonly misattributed to Benjamin Franklin (Thanks, Art)



Majority rule only works if you’re also considering individual rights. Because you can’t have five wolves and one sheep voting on what to have for supper. Attributed to Larry Flynt

Voting is the language of democracy.  Wade Henderson

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The problem is not that people are taxed too little, the problem is that government spends too much. Ronald Reagan

Government’s first duty is to protect the people, not run their lives. Ronald Reagan

The basis of our political system is the right of the people to make and to alter their constitutions of government. George Washington

Whenever the people are well-informed, they can be trusted with their own government. Thomas Jefferson

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Christmas is the time when kids tell Santa what they want and adults pay for it. Deficits are when adults tell government what they want and their kids pay for it. Richard Lamm

Ancient Rome declined because it had a Senate, now what’s going to happen to us with both a House and a Senate?  Will Rogers

Ohio claims they are due a president as they haven’t had one since Taft. Look at the United States, they have not had one since Lincoln.  Will Rogers

If you want to understand your government, don’t begin by reading the Constitution. (It conveys precious little of the flavor of today’s statecraft.) Instead, read selected portions of the Washington telephone directory containing listings for all the organizations with titles beginning with the word National.  George Will

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Government’s view of the economy could be summed up in a few short phrases: If it moves, tax it. If it keeps moving, regulate it. And if it stops moving, subsidize it. Ronald Reagan

The problem with socialism is that you eventually run out of other peoples’ money. Margaret Thatcher

If men were angels, no government would be necessary. James Madison

It’s not tyranny we desire; it’s a just, limited, federal government. Alexander Hamilton

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Congress is so strange. A man gets up to speak and says nothing. Nobody listens — and then everybody disagrees. Boris Marshalov

I think many people have the mistaken impression that Congress regulates Wall Street. In truth that’s not the case. The real truth is that Wall Street regulates the Congress. Bernie Sanders, 2012

Our political institutions work remarkably well. They are designed to clang against each other. The noise is democracy at work.  Michael Novak

I’m tired of hearing it said that democracy doesn’t work. Of course it doesn’t work. We are supposed to work it.  Alexander Woollcott

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No man is good enough to govern another man without the other’s consent. Abraham Lincoln

Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other. John Adams

The control of information is something the elite always does, particularly in a despotic form of government. Information, knowledge, is power. If you can control information, you can control people. Tom Clancy

The batteries are gradually becoming charged, and if the prudence of the government does not provide an outlet for the currents that are accumulating, some day the spark will be generated. Jose Rizal

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People come to Washington believing it’s the center of power. I know I did. It was only much later that I learned that Washington is a steering wheel that’s not connected to the engine.  Richard Goodwin

Democracy is the only system that persists in asking the powers that be whether they are the powers that ought to be.  Sydney J. Harris

A civil servant is sometimes like a broken cannon — it won’t work and you can’t fire it. George S. Patton

Blessed are the young, for they shall inherit the national debt. Herbert Hoover, attributed

It’s not the voting that’s democracy; it’s the counting. Tom Stoppard, Jumpers

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Talk is cheap — except when Congress does it. Cullen Hightower

The most important political office is that of the private citizen. Louis Brandeis

If you or I fail at business, we fail. If we cheat and fail, we go to jail. But if you’re rich and politically connected, your incompetence may be protected by a government bailout. Robert Kiyosaki

It is to be regretted that the rich and powerful too often bend the acts of government to their own selfish purposes. Andrew Jackson

Nationalism is an infantile disease. It is the measles of mankind. Albert Einstein

When the government violates the people’s rights, insurrection is, for the people and for each portion of the people, the most sacred of the rights and the most indispensible of duties. Marquis de Lafayette

Even to observe neutrality you must have a strong government. Alexander Hamilton

The great object of the institution of civil government is the improvement of those who are parties to the social compact. John Quincy Adams