Our government has become too responsive to

Our government has become too responsive to trivial or ephemeral concerns, often at the expense of more important concerns or an erosion of our liberty, and it has made policy priorities more dependent on where TV journalists happen to point their cameras…. As a nation we have lost our sense of tragedy, a recognition that bad things happen to good people.  A nation that expects the government to prevent churches from burning, to control the price of bread or gasoline, to secure every job, and to find some villain for every dramatic accident, risks an even larger loss of life and liberty.  ~William A. Niskanen, "For a Less Responsive Government," Cato Policy Report, 1996

A conservative government is an organised hypocrisy

A Conservative government is an organised hypocrisy.  ~Benjamin Disraeli, speech, 17 March 1845, addressing Prime Minister Robert Peel in the House of Commons, London, Selected Speeches of the Late Right Honourable the Earl of Beaconsfield, vol. 1, "Agricultural Distress," ed. T.E. Kebbes, 1882, 1845

In a state run society the government promises

In a state-run society the government promises you security.  But it’s a false promise predicated on the idea that the opposite of security is risk.  Nothing could be further from the truth.  The opposite of security is insecurity, and the only way to overcome insecurity is to take risks.  The gentle government that promises to hold your hand as you cross the street refuses to let go on the other side.  ~Theodore Forstmann