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The value of government to the people it serves is in direct relationship to the interest citizens themselves display in the affairs of state.
I believe that all government is evil, in that all government must necessarily make war on liberty, and that the democratic government is at least as bad as any of the other forms.
Henry Louis Mencken
The Government of the absolute majority instead of the Government of the people is but the Government of the strongest interests; and when not efficiently checked, it is the most tyrannical and oppressive that can be devised.
John C Calhoun
Government has laid its hand on health, housing, farming, industry, commerce, education, and to an ever-increasing degree interferes with the people's right to know. Government tends to grow, government programs take on weight and momentum as public servants say, always with the best of intentions. But the truth is that outside of its legitimate function, government does nothing as well or economically as the private sector of the economy.
The government has interpreted the peacefulness of the movement as a weakness: the people's non-violent policies have been taken as a green light for government violence. Refusal to resort to force has been interpreted by the government as an invitat.
There is something to be said for government by a great aristocracy which has furnished leaders to the nation in peace and war for generations; even a democrat like myself must admit this. But there is absolutely nothing to be said for government by a plutocracy, for government by men very powerful in certain lines and gifted with the ''money touch',' but with ideals which in their essence are merely those of so many glorified pawnbrokers.
The government being the people's business, it necessarily follows that its operations should be at all times open to the public view. Publicity is therefore as essential to honest administration as freedom of speech is to representative government. Equal rights to all and special privileges to none is the maxim which should control in all departments of government.
William Jennings Brya
What is government itself but the greatest of all reflections on human nature? If men were angels, no government would be necessary. If angels were to govern men, neither external nor internal controls on government would be necessary.
I love the Constitution and government of this land, but I hate the damned rascals that administer the government.
The punishment which the wise suffer, who refuse to take part in government, is to live under the government of worse men.
I make a fortune from criticizing the policy of the government, and then hand it over to the government in taxes to keep it going
George Bernard Shaw
I make a fortune from criticizing the policy of the government, and then hand it over to the government in taxes to keep it going.
George Bernard Shaw
The way people in democracies think of the government as something different from themselves is a real handicap. And, of course, sometimes the government confirms their opinion.
Good Night Messages
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