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"No man is good enough to govern another man without that other's consent."
Abraham Lincoln

"I'm tired of hearing it said that democracy doesn't work. Of course it doesn't work. We are supposed to work it."
Alexander Woollcott

"A government that is big enough to give you all you want is big enough to take it all away."
Barry M. Goldwater

"Laws too gentle are seldom obeyed; too severe, seldom executed."
Benjamin Franklin

"Talk is cheap - except when Congress does it."
Cullen Hightower

"The mistakes made by Congress wouldn't be so bad if the next Congress didn't keep trying to correct them."
Cullen Hightower

"You don't pay taxes - they take taxes."
Chris Rock

"Bush Sr. was a jerk, Quayle an idiot, Clinton was atrocious and disgusting, most of those who persecuted him were hypocritical, Gore is shallow and weak, Bradley is an idealist, Bush Jr. a fool, and all of the independent candidates act like they're on drugs."
David Borenstein

"Man will never be free until the last king is strangled with the entrails of the last priest."
Denis Diderot

"Applause, mingled with boos and hisses, is about all that the average voter is able or willing to contribute to public life."
Elmer Davis

"Governments should not possess instruments of coercion and violence denied to their citizens."
Edgar A. Suter

"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

"If human beings are fundamentally good, no government is necessary; if they are fundamentally bad, any government, being composed of human beings, would be bad also."
Fred Woodworth

"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."
Gore Vidal

"Government is not reason; it is not eloquent; it is force. Like fire, it is a dangerous servant and a fearful master."
George Washington

"Democracy is the art and science of running the circus from the monkey cage."
H. L. Mencken

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

"Democracy gives every man the right to be his own oppressor."
James Russell Lowell

"It is hard to feel individually responsible with respect to the invisible processes of a huge and distant government."
John W. Gardner

"Democracy is an abuse of statistics."
Jorge Luis Borges

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