Those in power need checks and restraints lest they come to identify the common good for their own tastes and desires, and their continuation in office as essential to the preservation of the nation.
What truly matters is not which party controls our government, but whether our government is controlled by the people.
Since when have we Americans been expected to bow submissively to authority and speak with awe and reverence to those who represent us?
Governors have no Right to seek and take what they please; by this, instead of being content with the Station assigned them, that of honorable Servants of the Society, they would soon become Absolute Masters, Despots, and Tyrants. Hence, as a private Man has a Right to say what Wages he will give in his private Affairs, so has a Community to determine what they will give and grant of their Substance for the Administration of public Affairs.
Whenever government assumes to deliver us from the trouble of thinking for ourselves, the only consequences it produces are those of torpor and imbecility.
Politics doesn’t work. Look at the parts of America where government has had the most power, where government has spent the most money. Look at the housing projects we’ve got the poor people in.
Never blame a legislative body for not doing something. When they do nothing, that don’t hurt anybody. When they do something is when they become dangerous.
The trade of governing has always been monopolized by the most ignorant and the most rascally individuals of mankind.
Every decent man is ashamed of the government he lives under.
Government machinery has been described as a marvelous labor-saving device, which enables ten men to do the work of one.