On Politics

“In politics, nothing happens by accident. If it happens, you can bet it was planned that way."

Franklin Delano Roosevelt, 32nd President of the United States of America

“No matter how well intentioned, an authoritarian government always abuses its powers."

Ron Paul, 10-term American Congressman from Texas and 2008 US Presidential Candidate

“When we blindly adopt a religion, a political system, a literary dogma, we become automatons. We cease to grow."

Anais Nin, French author

“To put the world right in order, we must first put the nation in order; to put the nation in order, we must first put the family in order; to put the family in order, we must first cultivate our personal life; we must first set our hearts right."

Confucius, early Chinese moral and political philosopher

“We are not afraid to entrust the American people with unpleasant facts, foreign ideas, alien philosophies, and competitive values. For a nation that is afraid to let its people judge the truth and falsehood in an open market is a nation that is afraid of its people."

John F. Kennedy, 35th President of the United States

“There is danger from all men. The only maxim of a free government ought to be to trust no man living with power to endanger the public liberty."

John Adams, 2nd President of the United States of America

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Published: August 9, 2007Last updated: August 9, 2007

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