If ever a time should come, when vain and aspiring men shall possess the highest seats in Government, our country will stand in need of its experienced patriots to prevent its ruin.
I am concerned for the security of our great Nation; not so much because of any threat from without, but because of the insidious forces working from within.
Those in possession of absolute power can not only prophesy and make their prophecies come true, but they can also lie and make their lies come true.
We will know our disinformation program is complete when everything the American public believes is false.
When your party is controlled by a billionaire rootless international financier who expresses ‘no sense of guilt’ for collaborating with the Nazis, you might want to ease up on lecturing the rest of us about the evil rich.
The greater the power the more dangerous the abuse.
Power gradually extirpates from the mind every humane and gentle virtue.
When buying and selling are controlled by legislation, the first things bought and sold are legislators.
There is no Social Security Trust Fund any more than there is a tooth fairy. The fund exists only as a bookkeeping device. I repeat: The Social Security Trust Fund, on which scores of millions of Americans base their retirements, is nothing more than a bookkeeping device. […] If you went to Washington and demanded that your congressman walk you to the vault and show you this fund, he’d reach under his desk and hit the button to summon the guards. All that exists in the fund is a claim, an I.O.U. on the Treasury that will be honored only if future Congresses honor the obligation of the current and past Congresses.
Effective rule of law reduces corruption, combats poverty and disease, and protects people from injustices large and small. It is the foundation for communities of peace, opportunity, and equity – underpinning development, accountable government, and respect for fundamental rights.