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Quotations on government and citizenship

Updated on September 16, 2014

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"The cost of freedom is always high, but Americans have alsways paid it...we shall never choose the path of surrender, or submission."--John F. Kennedy, American President

Hopefully this is true because it seems that there are many who would have us give up some of our cherished values, such as the constitution and religion. I think the constitution is being eroded in the name of preserving it.

"We can have no "50-50" allegiance in this country. Either a man is an American or nothing else, or he is not an American at all."--Theodore Roosevelt, American President

I have been puzzled in recent years about "dual citizenship." It had been my understanding for a long time that the United States did not allow it. When did this chanhge? Or am I wrong?

"It could probably be shown by facts and figures that there is no distinctly criminal class except congress." --Mark Twain, American Author and humorist.

Sometimes we are inclined to trust our politicians too much. It is the job of the citizen to keep an eye on those we elect to represent us.

"America was not built on fear. America was built on courage, on imagination, and unbeatable determination to do the job at hand."--Harry Truman, American President

I think I go along with Truman on this point.

There are those who will say that the liberation of humanity, the freedom of man and mind is nothing but a dream. they are right, it is the American Dream."--Archibald MacLeish, American Poet.

In recent years I have heard journalists and others say the American dream is to become rich, or that chilren should be richer than there parents. I like this view better.

"Americans never quit," Douglas MacArthur American General

I hope this is true. However, it seems we did quit in such things as the Viet Nam war. The war should have been ended much sooner, I believe but we should not have quit on the people of the country that depended on us. We could have done better than just walking away.

"For the American people are a very generous people and will forgive almost any weakness except stupidity." Will Rogers, American Humorist

It is hard to add to this. Through stupidity we have gotten the country head over heels in debt and yet the politicians want to spend more. Unbelieveable.

"The hottest places in hell are preserved for those who in times of great moral crisis maintain their neutrality." Dante

I think this applies to thiose who only vote for their special interest and ignore the interests of the country as a whole.

"While the people retain their virtue, and vigilance, no administration, by any extreme of wickedness or folly, can very seriously injure the government, in the short space of four years." Abraham Lincoln,American President First Inaugural Adress, march 4, 1861

I hope Lincoln was right but our present situation and my own retirement savingsmake me worry about this.


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"The American wage earner and the American housewife are a lot better economists than most economists care to admit. They know that a government big enough to give you everything you want is a government big enough to take from you everything you have."Gerald R. Ford, American President.

Well he got that right.

"The government consists of a gang of men exactly like you and me. They have, taking one with another, no special talent for the business of government; they have only a talent for getting and holding office."--H. L. Mencken, US editor (1880 - 1956)

The truth of this has been more and more apparent to me lately. One drawback to big government is we cannot keep an eye on them all the time.

"Whenever you have an efficient government you have a dictatorship." Harry S Truman, 33rd president of US (1884 - 1972)

This is true. It is the reason we opted for an impeerfect government that allows us freedom. However it means we are also responsible for making it work. Otherwise it will end up as a dictatorship and I fear it is heading that way now.

"The mystery of government is not how Washington works but how to make it stop." --P. J. O'Rourke,US humorist & political commentator

Yes, we must make it stop. It is so big that none of us know what is going on.

"I don't make jokes. I just watch the government and report the facts. --Will Rogers, US humorist & showman .

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      Howard Schneider 5 years ago from Parsippany, New Jersey

      Great Hub of wonderful American quotes. Thumbs up!

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      Greg Schweizer 5 years ago from Corona, California.

      Hi dahoglund, Great hub with great quotes and following comments on each. And as I see it, Will Rogers had it pretty much on the button,unfortunately, our government today is even more of a joke than it was when he made that statement. Job well done. Greg

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      Don A. Hoglund 5 years ago from Wisconsin Rapids

      HSchneider,

      Thanks for commenting.

      Gregas

      Will Rogers had many insightful observation.Thanks for commenting.

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      Rod Marsden 5 years ago from Wollongong, NSW, Australia

      I will vote up and tag on an interesting. Love the Mark Twain quote about congress. Right now we have a despicable lot of back stabbers and idiots in office in Federal Parliament that would make the congressmen of Twain's day look positively righteous. Will Rogers is right. It is even harder to forgive stupidity when it costs lives. As you say getting into massive debt through stupidity is also not very good.

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      Don A. Hoglund 5 years ago from Wisconsin Rapids

      Thanks for commenting.I am becoming more convinced that government has gotten so big that it is unmangeable. I hope it can be cut down.

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      Don A. Hoglund 5 years ago from Wisconsin Rapids

      Thanks for commenting.I am becoming more convinced that government has gotten so big that it is unmangeable. I hope it can be cut down.

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      Wayne Brown 5 years ago from Texas

      DA...I agree totally with our observations...good material and well presented. WB

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      Don A. Hoglund 5 years ago from Wisconsin Rapids

      Thanks WB. It seems that in the past both liberals and conservative agreed on these matters.

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      Harvey Stelman 5 years ago from Illinois

      DA, an excellent compilation of quotes, fit into an excellent order. H

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      Don A. Hoglund 5 years ago from Wisconsin Rapids

      Thanks for reading and commenting. I hope it i not too late to get the Republic back on track.

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      Dexter Yarbrough 5 years ago from United States

      Hi Dahoglund! You put some great quotes together in a very fine hub. Excellent and voted up, up and away!

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      Don A. Hoglund 5 years ago from Wisconsin Rapids

      I'm glad you liked them.I appreciate your commenting.

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      Sophia Angelique 5 years ago

      This is really good stuff, Daho. Pleassant reminder that things once said often forgotten, and then said again.

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      Don A. Hoglund 5 years ago from Wisconsin Rapids

      I'm glad you stopped by. I wasn't sure if ou were still on hubpages. I've been kind of confused with the improvements.

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      ahorseback 5 years ago

      Dahoglund , My favorite all time President was Lincoln . there was no better! I have a book of his quotations ! Why is it so many of us think alike and we are still in trouble as Americans?.

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      Don A. Hoglund 5 years ago from Wisconsin Rapids

      I don't really know if I have a favorite president. There are some I like and some I don't.Thanks for visiting.

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

      dahoglund- Thank you for sharing these terrific quotes! I particulary like this one :

      "Whenever you have an efficient government you have a dictatorship." Harry S Truman, 33rd president of US (1884 - 1972)

      I think we should heed this warning! This is because our government is meant to be limited, according to the authority of the poeple.

      This one's good also:

      "The mystery of government is not how Washington works but how to make it stop." --P. J. O'Rourke,US humorist & political commentator

      The answer to this question is to return to the Constitution, I know it sounds simplistic but the truth often is. Regard-WBA

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      Don A. Hoglund 5 years ago from Wisconsin Rapids

      I totally agree. I've read that law schools of the Ivy League don't study the constitution. That astonishes me if true.

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      Audrey Hunt 5 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      Excellent quotes and commentary. My favorite - The Mark Twain quote. Thank you for a clever hub. Voted Up, funny, interesting and awesome!

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      Don A. Hoglund 5 years ago from Wisconsin Rapids

      Thank you for freading it and commenting. I always liked the Mark twain quote too.

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      James A Watkins 5 years ago from Chicago

      I absolutely love this wise collection of quotes. Three of them stood out to me. If you don't mind, I will repeat them here:

      "There are those who will say that the liberation of humanity, the freedom of man and mind is nothing but a dream. They are right, it is the American Dream."

      Archibald MacLeish

      ". . . a government big enough to give you everything you want is a government big enough to take from you everything you have."

      Gerald R. Ford

      "The mystery of government is not how Washington works but how to make it stop."

      P. J. O'Rourke

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      Don A. Hoglund 5 years ago from Wisconsin Rapids

      James A Watkins

      Thanks for reading and commenting. Every once in awhile I get the urge to line up some sayings from others that express my feeling or thoughts Then I like to add my two cents worth.Some readers enjoy it, others think the opposite. The ones who like it out weigh the others.

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