Government quotes, about political views and opinions

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Government quotes, political views and opinions


The following are a number of quotations about government, patriotism, and political issues such as small government. I have included some comments of my own and the article largely reflects my opinion. Anyone who has a problem with that, I suggest they not read any further.

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The Constitution


"The Constitution is not an instrument for the government to restrain the people, it is an instrument for the people to restrain the government - lest it come to dominate our lives and interests."

Patrick Henry
American lawyer, patriot, and orator, symbol of the American struggle for liberty, 1736-1799

I graduated from Patrick Henry High School in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Out team was called the Patriots. Not too much high school stuck with me but the symbol of patriotism did.

Don't interfere with anything in the Constitution. That must be maintained, for it is the only safeguard of our liberties.

Abraham Lincoln quotes (American 16th US President (1861-65), who brought about the emancipation of the slaves. 1809-1865)

I agree with Lincoln. While other countries have traditions, and to some extent, homogeneous populations the United States does not. The constitution is what holds us together as a nation. Lets not let courts and congress mess it up.

Patriotic Old women  the women are all immigrants
Patriotic Old women the women are all immigrants | Source
Winston churchill watching vehicles crossin the Rhine
Winston churchill watching vehicles crossin the Rhine | Source

Role Of Government

"One of the things the government can't do is run anything. The only things our government runs are the post office and the railroads, and both of them are bankrupt."

Lee Iaccoca

"We who live in free market societies believe that growth, prosperity and ultimately human fulfillment, are created from the bottom up, not the government down. Only when the human spirit is allowed to invent and create, only when individuals are given a personal stake in deciding economic policies and benefiting from their success -- only then can societies remain economically alive, dynamic, progressive, and free. Trust the people. This is the one irrefutable lesson of the entire postwar period contradicting the notion that rigid government controls are essential to economic development."

Ronald Reagan
American 40th US president (1981- 89), 1911-2004

"I predict future happiness for Americans if they can prevent the government from wasting the labors of the people under the pretense of taking care of them."

Thomas Jefferson
American 3rd US President (1801-09). Author of the Declaration of Independence. 1762-1826

As I see it the government is spending out money on bailouts, special interests, unions and other projects without consulting we the people. In the end they will hand us the bill.

It is not the function of our Government to keep the citizen from falling into error; it is the function of the citizen to keep the Government from falling into error.

Robert H. Jackson quotes

In today’s politics this is an important principle to keep in mind.

"In a healthy nation there is a kind of dramatic balance between the will of the people and the government, which prevents its degeneration into tyranny."

Albert Einstein
German born American physicist who developed the special and general theories of relativity. Nobel Prize for Physics in 1921. 1879-1955

Is our nation healthy now by this standard?

"The government is merely a servant -- merely a temporary servant; it cannot be its prerogative to determine what is right and what is wrong, and decide who is a patriot and who isn't. Its function is to obey orders, not originate them."

Mark Twain

Yes, the government is supposed to work for us, not us for it.

"One way to make sure crime doesn't pay would be to let the government run it."

Ronald Reagan
American 40th US president (1981- 89), 1911-2004

I agree with Reagan. Especially now we have an administration with little or no experience at business. They also seem to show no concern about running things efficiently.

"I love the Constitution and government of this land, but I hate the damned rascals that administer the government"

Brigham Young
American religious leader, 2nd president of the Mormon church, and colonizer who significantly influenced the development of the American West. 1801-1877

There are still rascals and we have to get rid of them and try to get better.

Small Government

"It's a good thing we don't get all the government we pay for"

Will Rogers
American entertainer, famous for his pithy and homespun humor, 1879-1935

Will Rogers had a lot of insight. What he said is as true today as in his own day.

"Many people want the government to protect the consumer. A much more urgent problem is to protect the consumer from the government."

Milton Friedman
American economist

I think that it is a role of government to regulate-up to a point. Beyond that point it is a step toward tyranny.

Patriotism

"My affections were first for my own country, then, generally, for all mankind"

Thomas Jefferson
American 3rd US President (1801-09). Author of the Declaration of Independence. 1762-1826

"When I am abroad, I always make it a rule to never criticize or attack the government of my own country. I make up for lost time when I come home."

Winston Churchill
British orator, author and prime minister during World War II. 1874-1965

Odd that we have so many-especially celebrities who think it is their duty to bash our country when they are somewhere else. We even have a president that does so.

"The punishment which the wise suffer, who refuse to take part in government, is to live under the government of worse men"

Plato
Ancient Greek philosopher He was the world's most influential philosopher. 428 BC-348 BC

Why do so many not vote? I believe it is a civic duty to vote and those who don’t are irresponsible and if the end up living in tyranny possibly desrve it.

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clarkkent 5 years ago

I fully agree with these quotes & your commentary. It's time many more people realize exactly what the government is there for.


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dahoglund 5 years ago from Wisconsin Rapids Author

Thanks you for the comment. I'll admit that for a long time I knew but was still unaware.


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WillStarr 5 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

Patrick Henry's explanation of who is to be restrained by the Constitution should be displayed prominently in every schoolroom and courthouse.

It might also be nice if it was posted where the President, senators and congressmen can see it everyday.

Then we might not have the federal government ordering us to buy health insurance.


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dahoglund 5 years ago from Wisconsin Rapids Author

I agree with you absolutely.Thanks for commenting.


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HealthyHanna 5 years ago from Utah

Interesting. Something we should all know more about for sure.


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dahoglund 5 years ago from Wisconsin Rapids Author

I think that we are getting away from the things this country was founded on and we all need reminders. thanks for reading and commenting.


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TheManWithNoPants 5 years ago from Tucson, Az.

"A government big enough to give you everything you want. is a government big enough to thake away everything you have." T. Jefferson.

Dang, I enjoyed this dahoglund! Keep on swinging my man!

jim


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dahoglund 5 years ago from Wisconsin Rapids Author

Thanks for the comment.Just a few things I think we need reminding of.


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Eiddwen 5 years ago from Wales

Hi dahoglund,

A great read and items that needed to be said.

very, very interesting and wherever on this world we live there is much lacking !!!!

Thanks for sharing this hub.

take care

Eiddwen


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dahoglund 5 years ago from Wisconsin Rapids Author

Thank you for reading it and leaving your comments.


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Rod Marsden 5 years ago from Wollongong, NSW, Australia

dahoglund. I wonder how Lincoln would take to the amendments to the constitution. Some were made after his time. Would he have thought of them as an 'interference' or as necessary add-ons and corrections? For my money the amendments have helped rather than hurt the USA.

Good hub.


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dahoglund 5 years ago from Wisconsin Rapids Author

The constitution has provisions for making amendments. as such amendments would be in keeping with the constitution. Cahanges made by courts are more questionable and in many cases bypassing the amendment procedure.

thanks for commenting.


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randslam 5 years ago from Kelowna, British Columbia

It is strange that politicians lose sight of the reason for their election..."for the people." It seems the moment an election has concluded, service for the people goes out the window--and small fiefdoms are created--no matter what country you live in.

Great hub, dahoglund, but sadly, until the nature of a politician is changed from slimy, snake-oiled slickster to beneficent servant of the citizens who elected said slickster--we're all screwed.

Onward and upward--and down with tyranny.


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dahoglund 5 years ago from Wisconsin Rapids Author

Thanks for commenting. What bothers me is how blatant it has been lately.They haven't even wanted to know what the public thinks.


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Peter Owen 5 years ago from West Hempstead, NY

I like the Role of Government. True they don't run much, but this administration is trying to control almost evererything they come in contact with.


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dahoglund 5 years ago from Wisconsin Rapids Author

True. Thanks for commenting.


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ahorseback 5 years ago

Dahoglund , somehow I think I missed the chance to congratulate you on your score of 100 , so here it is my friend!!!!!You always have such interesting hubs , and I realized as well I haven't checked them all out. Stay Well ....


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dahoglund 5 years ago from Wisconsin Rapids Author

Thanks,although tomorrow it may be down again. I appreciate your comments.


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wba108@yahoo.com 5 years ago from upstate, NY

dahoglund-

Thank you for these terrific quotes! This is my favorite:

"The Constitution is not an instrument for the government to restrain the people, it is an instrument for the people to restrain the government - lest it come to dominate our lives and interests."

It seems people don't know that the Constitution's purpose is to restrain the government! You don't hear much of this from our elected representatives! -WBA


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dahoglund 5 years ago from Wisconsin Rapids Author

It seems some people blame industry for all the ills in society and think the government is what will rescue us.But I agree with you. Throughout history it is government we have to be wary of.Thanks for commenting.


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vocalcoach 5 years ago from Nashville Tn.

This is my favorite of all your hubs! ""The government is merely a servant -- merely a temporary servant; it cannot be its prerogative to determine what is right and what is wrong, and decide who is a patriot and who isn't. Its function is to obey orders, not originate them."

I would like another hub like this. Voted up and across!


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dahoglund 5 years ago from Wisconsin Rapids Author

Hi Vocalcoach,

Every once in awhile I look up some quotes that I like and comment on them. No doubt I'll be doing another. thanks for commenting and voting.


Larry Wall 4 years ago

All of the quotes you have listed ring true, though some were meant as humor and others as philosophical observations.

The one thing about our government that gives me some glimmer of hope, is that there is a certain degree of self-correction. We have a Department of Defense where we use to have a Department of War. We have a Peace Corps. We have waste, but we have spent money on some good things, from landing a man on the moon, which opened the way for personal computers and the internet to being one of the leading nations in food production. There is a lot of things wrong with our country and our government, but there are a lot of good things. But like with people, it is sometimes more difficult to find the good because the bad is so blatant.


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dahoglund 4 years ago from Wisconsin Rapids Author

I am not sure there is a big difference between humor and philosophy. Maybe being a fan of G.K Chesterton does that to me. The moswt important thing our founders recognized was that no body is perfect, individually or collectively. For that reason they created the system of checks and balances.I think Jefferson said something about freedom requiring constant vigilance. The problem I have with liberal philosophy is the idea of perfection. I think we have to start with the proposition that humans are flawed and we have to work with that. Thanks for your comments.


Larry Wall 4 years ago

Humans are flawed!

We need to get a copyright on that and start selling bumper stickers. I think you have hit upon something that may shake up a few people.

By the way, I totally agree.


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dahoglund 4 years ago from Wisconsin Rapids Author

I think St. Peter, Aristotle and Aquinas got there before us.


Larry Wall 4 years ago

Oh well, you can't win them all.


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ib radmasters 4 years ago from Southern California

dahoglund

These quotes are not only true, they are still valid today.

Maybe they are even more valid today than any day before it. The reason I say that is today the government is like a person with a glandular problem, and a thyroid problem. The thyroid is stuck on lethargic and the glandular is stuck on growing larger and larger.

Like Social Security, Medicare and Obamacare, the government can only grow to the point that it has to implode. Unfortunately, the government like the one thousand pound person has very elastic skin and only death will stop the growth.

The larger that the government grows the lower our GDP goes, and at some point in the process the critical mass of running the country will force the country into financial death.

The only thing bringing up the GDP today is the high cost of oil and gasoline. Even though it brings up the GDP it is not good for the country and its people.

Thanks for the catalog of humorous quotes.


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dahoglund 4 years ago from Wisconsin Rapids Author

ib radmaster, thank you for the comments. I pretty much agree with everything you say.


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Faceless39 4 years ago from The North Woods, USA

You've included some of my very favorite quotes; they are the ideas and ideals that the USA was founded upon.

What's happened to those ideas and ideals is a sorry story indeed. But I think there will always be true patriots who carry the dream forward. There is hope, however far away it looks to be right now!

Voted up, useful, awesome, and interesting.


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dahoglund 4 years ago from Wisconsin Rapids Author

Faceless,

Thanks for commenting and I am glad you liked the quotes. I think the founding fathers expected the nation would be subject to turmoil, disagreements and doubts. It can be frustrating but I think we have to keep the faith, so to speak.Hopefully over time the people will find the true direction.

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