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Democracy, which is a charming from of government, full of variety and disorder, and
dispensing a sort of equality to equals and unequals alike.
Plato

When one gets in bed with government, one must expect the diseases it spreads.
Ron Paul

A democracy is nothing more than mob rule, where 51 percent of the people may take away
the rights of the other 49.
Thomas Jefferson

The legislature's job is to write law. It's the executive branch's job to interpret law.
George W. Bush

If the government can round up someone and never be required to explain why, then it's no
longer the United States of America as you and I always understood it. Our enemies have
succeeded beyond their wildest dreams.
Garrison Keillor

Anarchy! Anarchy! Show me a greater evil! This is why cities tumble and the great houses
rain down, this is what scatters armies!
Sophocles

We just can't trust the American people to make those types of choices…. Government has
to make those choices for people.
Hillary Clinton to Dennis Hastert on her health care plan

An ancient script asks, "Would you let a man rule the city who cannot even rule his own
spirit?" Sometimes we do.
Jim Rohn

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. Roosevelt

No man undertakes a trade he has not learned, even the meanest; yet everyone thinks
himself sufficiently qualified for the hardest of all trades, that of government.
Socrates

In a free government the demand for moral qualities should be made superior to that of
talents.
Andrew Jackson

A Conservative government is an organized hypocrisy.
Benjamin Disraeli

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

A government must govern, must prescribe and enforce laws within its sphere or cease to be
a government. Moreover, the individual must be independent and free within his own sphere
or cease to be an individual. The fundamental question is now, and always will be through
what adjustments, by what actions, these principles may be applied.
Calvin Coolidge

Even when laws have been written down, they ought not always to remain unaltered.
Aristotle

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

This country has come to feel the same when Congress is in session as when the baby gets
hold of a hammer.
Will Rogers

If you listen to governments, then you are not going to make a lot of money. Governments lie,
distort and make mistakes.
Jim Rogers

All government is an ugly necessity.
G. K. Chesterton

The less government interferes with private pursuits, the better for general prosperity.
Martin Van Buren

Everything government touches turns to crap.
Ringo Starr

How does it become a man to behave toward this American government today? I answer
that he cannot without disgrace be associated with it.
Henry David Thoreau

The happiness of society is the end of government.
John Adams

Government is the entertainment division of the military-industrial complex.
Frank Zappa

Look at our Western democracies. In theory, they are free; but in reality, what freedoms do
we have? There are millions of rules that empower the authorities, while milking the citizens
and controlling every aspect of our lives. I often say that you are free as long as you don't
want to do anything. The minute you get a creative moneymaking idea, the political system
jumps in with you. In true Mafia style, they become your silent partners. You get the work
and the risk, ad they effortlessly get a large chunk of the reward, while placing a hundred
hurdles in your way.
Stuart Wilde

The worst thing in the world next to anarchy, is government.
Henry Ward Beecher

Government investigations have always contributed more to our amusement than they have to
our knowledge.
Will Rogers

Government! Three fourths parasitic and the other fourth stupid fumbling.
Robert A. Heinlein

The five marks of the Roman decaying culture:
Concern with displaying affluence instead of building wealth;
Obsession with sex and perversions of sex;
Art becomes freakish and sensationalistic instead of creative and original;
Widening disparity between very rich and very poor;
Increased demand to live off the state.
Edward Gibbon

Working for a federal agency was like trying to dislodge a prune skin from the roof of the
mouth. More enterprise went into the job than could be justified by the results.
Caskie Stinnett

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