"To announce that there must be no criticism of the President, or that we are to stand by the President, right or wrong, is not only unpatriotic and servile, but is morally treasonable to the American public. Nothing but the truth should be spoken about him or any one else. But it is even more important to tell the truth, pleasant or unpleasant, about him than about any one else."
"America will never be destroyed from the outside. If we falter and lose our freedoms, it will be because we destroyed ourselves."
"I believe there are more instances of the abridgement of the freedom of the people by gradual and silent encroachments of those in power than by violent and sudden usurpations."
"Liberty has never come from the government. Liberty has always come from the subjects of government. The history of liberty is the history of resistance. The history of liberty is a history of the limitation of governmental power, not the increase of it."
"The nine most dangerous words ever spoken: 'I'm from the government, and I'm here to help.'"
"There is more selfishness and less principle among members of Congress ... than I had any conception of, before I became President of the United States."
James K. Polk
"When we got into office, the thing that surprised me most was to find that things were just as bad as we'd been saying they were."
John F. Kennedy
"The best way to enhance freedom in other lands is to demonstrate here that our democratic system is worthy of emulation."
James Earl Carter
"There is nothing wrong in America that can't be fixed with what is right in America."
William J. Clinton
"We Americans have no commission from God to police the world."
"War should never be entered upon until every agency of peace has failed."
"As tools for learning, the arts and humanities have a positive impact on our children's cognitive development, their confidence, and their motivation. As we face the challenges of a new era, the arts and humanities will be vital to a future of innovation, opportunity and hope."
George W. Bush
"Once a government is committed to the principle of silencing the voice of opposition, it has only one way to go, and that is down the path of increasingly repressive measures, until it becomes a source of terror to all its citizens and creates a country where everyone lives in fear."
Harry S. Truman
"The only thing we have to fear is fear itself -- nameless, unreasoning, unjustified terror."
Franklin D. Roosevelt
"Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired, in a final sense, [is] a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are cold and are not clothed."
Dwight D. Eisenhower
"If the present Congress errs in too much talking, how can it be otherwise in a body to which the people send 150 lawyers, whose trade it is to question everything, yield nothing, and talk by the hour? That 150 lawyers should do business together ought not to be expected."
"We have no government armed with power capable of contending with human passions unbridled by morality and religion. Avarice, ambition, revenge or gallantry would break the strongest cords of our Constitution as a whale goes through a net. Our Constitution is designed only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate for any other."
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