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

Many people say that government is necessary

Many people say that government is necessary because some men cannot be trusted to look after themselves, but anarchists say that government is harmful because no men can be trusted to look after anyone else.  ~Nicolas Walter, About AnarchismMHC

Democracy is two wolves and a lamb

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)

The lords prayer is 66 words the

The Lord’s Prayer is 66 words, the Gettysburg Address is 286 words, there are 1,322 words in the Declaration of Independence, but government regulations on the sale of cabbage total 26,911 words.  ~National Review, 24 October

Why has government been instituted at all

Why has government been instituted at all?  Because the passions of men will not conform to the dictates of reason and justice, without constraint.  ~Alexander Hamiltonpreviously anonymously published as Publius

The marvel of all history is the

The marvel of all history is the patience with which men and women submit to burdens unnecessarily laid upon them by their governments.  ~William E. Borah

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

The fact that political ideologies are tangible

The fact that political ideologies are tangible realities is not a proof of their vitally necessary character.  The bubonic plague was an extraordinarily powerful social reality, but no one would have regarded it as vitally necessary.  ~Wilhelm Reich, The Mass Psychology of FascismMHC

I never would believe that providence had

I never would believe that Providence had sent a few men into the world, ready booted and spurred to ride, and millions ready saddled and bridled to be ridden.  ~Richard Rumbold, 1685statement on scaffold before being hung for rebellionMHC

It could probably be shown by facts

It could probably be shown by facts and figures that there is no distinctly native American criminal class except Congress.  ~Mark Twain, Pudd’nhead Wilson’s New Calendar, Following the Equator, 1897

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

Government is an unnecessary evil human beings

Government is an unnecessary evil.  Human beings, when accustomed to taking responsibility for their own behavior, can cooperate on a basis of mutual trust and helpfulness.  ~Fred Woodworth, The Match!, No. 79MHC

The danger is not that a particular

The danger is not that a particular class is unfit to govern.  Every class is unfit to govern.  ~Lord Acton, letter to Mary Gladstone, 24 April 1881MHC

Ohio claims they are due a president

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

Better the occasional faults of a government

Better the occasional faults of a government that lives in a spirit of charity than the consistent omissions of a government frozen in the ice of its own indifference.  ~Franklin D. RooseveltCUL

How can one conceive of a one party

How can one conceive of a one-party system in a country that has over two hundred varieties of cheese?  ~Charles de Gaulle, about FranceGCLE

The people though we think of a

The People, though we think of a great entity when we use the word, means nothing more than so many millions of individual men.  ~James Bryce

You know why there are so many

You know why there are so many whitefish in the Yellowstone River?  Because the Fish and Game people have never done anything to help them.  ~Russell Chatham, Silent Seasons, 1978p185-93, CDAS

The government which was designed for the

The government, which was designed for the people, has got into the hands of the bosses and their employers, the special interests.  An invisible empire has been set up above the forms of democracy.  ~Woodrow Wilson

The death of democracy is not likely

The death of democracy is not likely to be an assassination from ambush.  It will be a slow extinction from apathy, indifference, and undernourishment.  ~Robert M. Hutchins, Great Books, 1954LCD

A survey says that american workers work

A survey says that American workers work the first three hours every day just to pay their taxes.  So that’s why we can’t get anything done in the morning:  We’re government workers.  ~Jay Leno

Christmas is the time when kids tell

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