The essence of Government is power; and power, lodged as it must be in human hands, will ever be liable to abuse.
If the people cannot trust their government to do the job for which it exists — to protect them and to promote their common welfare — all else is lost.
The people are the only legitimate fountain of power, and it is from them that the constitutional charter, under which the several branches of government hold their power, is derived.
Democracy, pure democracy, has at least its foundation in a generous theory of human rights. It is founded on the natural equality of mankind. It is the cornerstone of the Christian religion. It is the first element of all lawful government upon earth.
We are losing sight of civility in government and politics. Debate and dialogue is taking a back seat to the politics of destruction and anger and control. Dogma has replaced thoughtful discussion between people of differing views.
When government — in pursuit of good intentions — tries to rearrange the economy, legislate morality, or help special interests, the cost come in inefficiency, lack of motivation, and loss of freedom. Government should be a referee, not an active player.
Experience hath shewn, that even under the best forms of government those entrusted with power have, in time, and by slow operations, perverted it into tyranny.
Because of my upbringing, I believe in things like limited government, fiscal responsibility and personal accountability. I believe in the wisdom of our founders and the sanctity of our Constitution.
The best form of government is that which is most likely to prevent the greatest sum of evil.
Corruption is the enemy of development, and of good governance. It must be got rid of. Both the government and the people at large must come together to achieve this national objective.
Government — quotes and aphorisms
Unless your government is respectable, foreigners will invade your rights; and to maintain tranquillity, it must be respectable — even to observe neutrality, you must have a strong government.
To me, democratic socialism means democracy. It means creating a government that represents all of us, not just the wealthiest people in the country.
The American citizen must be made aware that today a relatively small group of people is proclaiming its purposes to be the will of the People. That elitist approach to government must be repudiated.
Democratic forms of government are vulnerable to mass prejudice, the so-called tyranny of the majority.
I have embraced crying mothers who have lost their children because our politicians put their personal agendas before the national good. I have no patience for injustice, no tolerance for government incompetence, no sympathy for leaders who fail their citizens.
A Bill of Rights is what the people are entitled to against every government, and what no just government should refuse, or rest on inference.
The care of human life and happiness, and not their destruction, is the first and only object of good government.
Giving money and power to government is like giving whiskey and car keys to teenage boys.
Patriotism is supporting your country all the time, and your government when it deserves it.