Daniel Boorstin More appealing than knowledge itself, is the feeling of knowing.

We suffer primarily not from our vices or our weaknesses, but from our illusions. -- Daniel Boorstin The Discoverers

Theodore Roosevelt Talk softly and carry a big stick. -- Theodore Roosevelt

Chief Justice Warren Burger "Those who won our independence believed that the greatest menace to freedom is an inert people; that public discussion is a political duty; that this should be a fundamental principle of the American government. They eschewed silence coerced by law." -- cited by Thurgood Marshall as part of a conclusion of a book by Burger "No, the democratic way of life is not easy. It conveys great privileges with constant vigilance needed to preserve them. This vigilance must be maintained by those responsible for the government. And in our country those responsible are, we the people, no one else. Responsible citizenship is therefore the ... anchor of our republic. With it we can withstand the storm. Without it, we are helplessly at sea." -- ibid.

Benjamin Franklin

A nation of well-informed men who have been taught to know and prize the rights which God has given themcannot be enslaved. It is in the region of ignorance that tyranny begins. -- Benjamin Franklin
(recited by Dr. Stuber)

I agree to this Constitution with all its faults, if they are such: because I think a General Government necessary for us, and there is no Form of Government but what may be a Blessing to the People if well-administred; and I believe farther that this is likely to be well administred for a Course of Years and can only end in Despotism as other Forms have done before it, when the People shall become so corrupted as to need Despotic Government, being incapable of any other. -- Benjamin Franklin Address to the Philadelphia Convention, 1787 Thomas Jefferson …That to secure these rights, Governments are constituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed. -- Thomas Jefferson, 1776 Declaration of Independence Abraham Lincoln
"At what point shall we expect the approach of danger? By what means shall we fortify against it? Shall we expect some transatlantic military giant, to step the Ocean, and crush us at a blow? Never! All the armies of Europe, Asia and Africa combined, with all the treasure of the earth (our own excepted) in their military chest; with a Buonaparte for a commander, could not by force, take a drink from the Ohio, or make a track on the Blue Ridge, in a trial of a thousand years. At what point, then, is the approach of danger to be expected? I answer, if it ever reach us it must spring up amongst us. It cannot come from abroad. If destruction be our lot, we must ourselves be its author and finisher. As a nation of freemen, we must live through all time, or die by suicide. The Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln edited by Roy P. Basler, Volume I, "Address Before the Young Men's Lyceum of Springfield, Illinois (January 27, 1838), p. 109.

Sinclair Lewis If fascism ever comes to America, It will be wrapped in the flag And carrying the cross. --Sinclair Lewis [source] James Madison If men were angels, no government would be necessary. If angels were to govern men, neither external nor internal controls on government would be necessary. In framing a government which is to be administered by men over men…you must first enable the government to control the governed; and in the next place oblige it to control itself. A dependence on the people is, no doubt, the primary control on the government; but experience has taught mankind the necessity of auxiliary precautions.

Full quote from Federalist #51 If men were angels, no government would be necessary. If angels were to govern men, neither external nor internal controls on government would be necessary. In framing a government which is to be administered by men over men, the great difficulty lies in this: you must first enable the government to control the governed; and in the next place oblige it to control itself. A dependence on the people is, no doubt, the primary control on the government; but experience has taught mankind the necessity of auxiliary precautions.

Thurgood Marshall When justice dies in the hearts of men, no Constitution can protect it. -- Justice Thurgood Marshall [citation]

The framers of the Constitution recognized that responsiveness to the will of the majority may, if unchecked, become a tyranny of the majority. --Justice Thurgood Marshall Second Circuit Judicial Conference, May8,1981

Gouverneur Morris We The People … ordain and establish… this Constitution… -- Gouverneur Morris Constitution of the United States Philadelphia, 1787

Barack Obama Let us find that common stake we all have in one another, and let our politics reflect that spirit as well. --Barack Obama Philadelphia March 18, 2008

Will Rogers We have the best Congress money can buy. -- Will Rogers

Gore Vidal Although the language of amendments and constitutional articles are admirably plain, interested interpreters have often displayed great ingenuity in fiddling with their meaning. -- Gore Vidal Inventing a Nation