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“If you have ten thousand regulations you destroy all respect for the law.” Winston Churchill
Five questions to ask powerful people:
“What power do you have?”
“Where did you get it?”
“In whose interests do you exercise it?”
“To whom are you accountable?”
“How can we get rid of you?” (Tony Benn)
“I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crisis. The great point is to bring them the real facts.” Abraham Lincoln
“Seldom are men willing to oppose a popular program—especially if they seek public office.
“…Decisions of this nature should be based upon and measured against certain basic principles regarding the proper role of government. …Unlike the political opportunist, the true statesman values principle above popularity and works to create popularity for those political principles which are wise and just…”
(Ezra Taft Benson, Former US Secretary of Agriculture)
“We all declare for liberty, but in using the same word we do not mean the same thing. With some, the word liberty may mean for each man to do as he pleases with himself and the product of his labor; while with others [liberty] may mean for some men to do as they please with other men and the product of other men’s labor.” Abraham Lincoln
“The basic tool for the manipulation of reality is the manipulation of words. If you can control the meaning of words, you can control the people who must use them.” (Philip K. Dick)
“Never take counsel of your fears” (Stonewall Jackson)