The people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders...tell them they are being attacked, and denounce the peacemakers for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger.— Hermann Goring
Beautiful Democracies Have quotations
Let us not seek to satisfy our thirst for freedom by drinking from the cup of bitterness and hatred.
Elections belong to the people. It's their decision. If they decide to turn their back on the fire and burn their behinds, then they will just have to sit on their blisters.
Persuade your fellow citizens it's a good idea and pass a law.
That's what democracy is all about. It's not about nine superannuated judges who have been there too long, imposing these demands on society.
Americans like to talk about (or be told about) Democracy but, when put to the test, usually find it to be an 'inconvenience.' We have opted instead for an authoritarian system disguised as a Democracy. We pay through the nose for an enormous joke-of-a-government, let it push us around, and then wonder how all those assholes got in there.
In 1956, I shall not go to the polls.
I have not registered. I believe that democracy has so far disappeared in the United States that no 'two evils' exist. There is but one evil party with two names, and it will be elected despite all I can do or say.
People always have been and they always will be stupid victims of deceit and self-deception in politics.
We, in Africa, have no more need of being 'converted' to socialism than we have of being 'taught' democracy. Both are rooted in our past -- in the traditional society which produced us.
We live in a country that talks about being the home of the brave and the land of the free, and we have the highest incarceration rate in the world.
Under a socialist system every nation will be the supreme arbiter of its own destinies, national and international; will be forced into no alliance against its will, but will have its independence guaranteed and its freedom respected by the enlightened self-interest of the socialist democracy of the world.
We have a wonderful history behind us.
... If you are unable to demonstrate to the world that you have this record, the world will say to you, 'You are not worthy to enjoy the blessings of democracy or anything else'.
Democracy is two wolves and a lamb voting on what to have for lunch.Liberty is a well-armed lamb contesting the vote.
Democracy and socialism have nothing in common but one word, equality.
But notice the difference: while democracy seeks equality in liberty, socialism seeks equality in restraint and servitude.
The world must be made safe for democracy.
Its peace must be planted upon the tested foundations of political liberty. We have no selfish ends to serve. We desire no conquest, no dominion. We seek no indemnities for ourselves, no material compensation for the sacrifices we shall freely make.
We can have democracy in this country, or we can have great wealth concentrated in the hands of a few, but we can't have both.
Of the people, by the people, for the people.
Democracy may not be perfect, but at least I don't have to build a wall to keep my people in.
If there was one decision I would overrule, it would be 'Citizens United.
' I think the notion that we have all the democracy that money can buy strays so far from what our democracy is supposed to be.
Those who deplore our militants, who exhort patience in the name of a false peace, are in fact supporting segregation and exploitation. They would have social peace at the expense of social and racial justice. They are more concerned with easing racial tension than enforcing racial democracy.
Democracy has nothing to do with freedom.
Democracy is a soft variant of communism, and rarely in the history of ideas has it been taken for anything else.
Democracy is a form of government that cannot long survive, for as soon as the people learn that they have a voice in the fiscal policies of the government, they will move to vote for themselves all the money in the treasury, and bankrupt the nation.
The rich will strive to establish their dominion and enslave the rest.
They always did...they always will. They will have the same effect here as elsewhere, if we do not, by the power of government, keep them in their proper spheres.
The difference between a democracy and a dictatorship is that in a democracy you vote first and take orders later; in a dictatorship you don't have to waste your time voting.
I am a conservative Republican, but I believe in democracy and the separation of church and state. The conservative movement is founded on the simple tenet that people have the right to live life as they please as long as they don't hurt anyone else in the process.
If one meets a powerful person--Adolf Hitler, Joe Stalin or Bill Gates--ask them five questions: "What power have you got? Where did you get it from? In whose interests do you exercise it? To whom are you accountable? And how can we get rid of you?
If we don't have an informed electorate we don't have a democracy.
So I don't care how people get the information, as long as they get it. I'm just doing it my particular way and I feel lucky I can do it the way I want to do it.
The US has not imposed democracy in Yemen, its people have.
When free discussion is denied, hardening of the arteries of democracy has set in, free institutions are but a lifeless form, and the death of the republic is at hand.
Sometimes it's better to have a benign dictator than a dumb democracy, to be honest.
Each generation has to stand up for democracy.
It can't take anything for granted and may have to fight fundamental battles anew.
It has been well over half a century and I'm glad to say we have taken the right path from authoritarianism to democracy and this is a road of no return.
Democracy has to be born anew every generation, and education is its midwife.
Even if I were knocked down by one gunshot it wouldn't affect our democracy and I wasn't knocked down and I have great confidence in our democracy and in Taiwan and in the people of Taiwan.
Democracy is buying a big house you can't afford with money you don't have to impress people you wish were dead.
Between a balanced republic and a democracy, the difference is like that between order and chaos.