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" Democracy passes into despotism. "
" Americans are fed up with how things are going in the country right now. They see more job losses, rising debt and plummeting home sales. They feel let down by a government that passes one 2,000-page, trillion-dollar law after another instead of focusing on addressing the problems Americans worry about every day. "
" Government's first duty and highest obligation is public safety. "
" We believe, as our founders did, that 'the pursuit of happiness' depends upon individual liberty; and individual liberty requires limited government. "
" When the Constitution was written in 1787, there was this supposition that American politics would be above party. The people who would staff the positions in government would have the interests of the country, or at least their states and congressional districts, at heart, and so they wouldn't form permanent political parties. "
H. W. Brands
" A democratic government is the only one in which those who vote for a tax can escape the obligation to pay it. "
Alexis de Tocqueville
" You have six of the ten wealthiest counties in America surround Washington, D.C., and the poor and middle class are getting squeezed while people at the top and people with influence in government seem always to be doing better. "
" The U.S. needs legislation to protect the public's right to free speech and a free press, to protect it from the actions of the executive branch, and to promote the integrity and transparency of the U.S. government. "
" Making recess appointments when the Senate isn't in recess is neither rational nor moderate. It's a raw misuse of executive power by a president whose love of government is his most vulnerable spot with the electorate. "
" It may be laid down as a primary position, and the basis of our system, that every Citizen who enjoys the protection of a Free Government, owes not only a proportion of his property, but even of his personal services to the defense of it. "
" Every American, regardless of their background, has the right to live free of unwarranted government intrusion. Repealing the worst provisions of the Patriot Act will reign in this gross abuse of power and restore to everyone our basic Constitutional rights. "
" Music is a moral law. It gives soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination, and charm and gaiety to life and to everything. "
" The Saudi government's denial of basic rights to women is not only wrong, it hurts Saudi Arabia's economic development, modernization and prosperity. "
" Justice means minding one's own business and not meddling with other men's concerns. "
" Our Founding Fathers crafted a constitutional Republic for the first time in the history of the world because they were shaping a form of government that would not have the failures of a democracy in it, but had the representation of democracy in it. "
" My own belief is that the way we grow the economy, create jobs, create wealth is in the private sector. The government doesn't do that. "
" We can only imagine what would happen to our health care and to the quality of our health care here in North Dakota if we took the federal government out of health care. "
" My personal code of conduct and compliance with a wide range of government ethics provisions have ensured that I have maintained ethical standards. "
" The genius of our ruling class is that it has kept a majority of the people from ever questioning the inequity of a system where most people drudge along, paying heavy taxes for which they get nothing in return. "
" Those who want the Government to regulate matters of the mind and spirit are like men who are so afraid of being murdered that they commit suicide to avoid assassination. "
Harry S Truman
" You know, in a workplace, when you shrink the size of a workforce, there is pain there. But there is no question: we have a government that we can no longer afford. That is the cold, hard fact. So we have to make this more efficient. We have to sunset programs that no longer work. We have to eliminate waste and fraud. We must do this. "
" What is government itself but the greatest of all reflections on human nature? "
" He who commits injustice is ever made more wretched than he who suffers it. "
" On account of being a democracy and run by the people, we are the only nation in the world that has to keep a government four years, no matter what it does. "
" Nothing is so permanent as a temporary government program. "
" I try to put myself in others' shoes: How does any country give up any sovereignty and expect to survive as a government? I don't think that any Philippine president, or any leader for that matter, can afford to give up any portion of territorial sovereignty. That would be political suicide. "
Benigno Aquino III
" Women ought to have representatives, instead of being arbitrarily governed without any direct share allowed them in the deliberations of government. "
" Money is power, and in that government which pays all the public officers of the states will all political power be substantially concentrated. "
" We all want prosperity, but not at the expense of liberty. Poverty is not as great a danger to liberty as is wealth, with its corrupting, demoralizing influences. Let us never have a Government at Washington owing its retention to the power of the millionaires rather than to the will of millions. "
" Good people do not need laws to tell them to act responsibly, while bad people will find a way around the laws. "
" Nothing is more destructive of respect for the government and the law of the land than passing laws which cannot be enforced. "