A nation of sheep will beget a government of wolves.
The government solution to a problem is usually as bad as the problem.
If ever a time should come, when vain and aspiring men shall possess the highest seats in Government, our country will stand in need of its experienced patriots to prevent its ruin.
I think we have more machinery of government than is necessary, too many parasites living on the labor of the industrious.
The deterioration of every government begins with the decay of the principles on which it was founded.
It is hard to imagine a more stupid or more dangerous way of making decisions than by putting those decisions in the hands of people who pay no price for being wrong.
One of the key problems today is that politics is such a disgrace, good people don't go into government.
The most terrifying words in the English language are: I'm from the government and I'm here to help.
It was once said that the moral test of government is how that government treats those who are in the dawn of life, the children; those who are in the twilight of life, the elderly; and those who are in the shadows of life, the sick, the needy and the handicapped.
The object of government in peace and in war is not the glory of rulers or of races, but the happiness of the common man.
The American people will never knowingly adopt socialism. But, under the name of 'liberalism,' they will adopt every fragment of the socialist program, until one day America will be a socialist nation, without knowing how it happened.
The duty of a patriot is to protect his country from its government.
For in reason, all government without the consent of the governed is the very definition of slavery.
Whenever any form of government becomes destructive of these ends [life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness] it is the right of the people to alter or abolish it, and to institute new government.
When government accepts responsibility for people, then people no longer take responsibility for themselves.
How do you tell a communist? Well, it's someone who reads Marx and Lenin. And how do you tell an anti-Communist? It's someone who understands Marx and Lenin.
Nothing is more destructive of respect for the government and the law of the land than passing laws which cannot be enforced.
Government, even in its best state, is but a necessary evil; in its worst state, an intolerable one.
You need only reflect that one of the best ways to get yourself a reputation as a dangerous citizen these days is to go about repeating the very phrases which our founding fathers used in the struggle for independence.
The care of human life and happiness, and not their destruction, is the first and only object of good government.
Potentially, a government is the most dangerous threat to man's rights: it holds a legal monopoly on the use of physical force against legally disarmed victims.
We are all imperfect. We can not expect perfect government.
No man is good enough to govern another man without the other's consent.
It is not the function of government to keep the citizen from falling into error; it is the function of the citizen to keep the government from falling into error.
Every decent man is ashamed of the government he lives under.
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