It was Marcus Tullius Cicero (106 BC - 43 BC) in the timeless "The Traitor is the Plague" who said:
“A nation can survive its fools, and even the ambitious. But it cannot survive treason from within. An enemy at the gates is less formidable,
for he is known and carries his banner openly.
But the traitor moves amongst those within the gate freely, his sly whispers rustling through all the alleys, heard in the very halls of
government itself. For the traitor appears not a traitor; he speaks in accents familiar to his victims, and he wears their face and their arguments,
he appeals to the baseness that lies deep in the hearts of all men. He rots the soul of a nation, he works secretly and unknown in the night to
undermine the pillars of the city, he infects the body politic so that it can no longer resist.
The budget should be balanced, the Treasury should be refilled, public debt should be reduced, the arrogance of officialdom should be tempered and
controlled, and the assistance to foreign lands should be curtailed lest Rome become bankrupt. People must again learn to work, instead of living on
public assistance. — Marcus Tullius Cicero
“Nescire autem quid antequam natus sis acciderit, id est semper esse puerum. (To be ignorant of what occurred before you were born is to remain
always a child.)”
A Bill of Rights is what the people are entitled to against every government on earth, general or particular, and what no just government should
refuse to rest on inference. — Thomas Jefferson, Letter to James Madison December 20, 1787
Timid men prefer the calm of despotism to the tempestuous sea of liberty. — Thomas Jefferson
The moment the idea is admitted into society that property is not as sacred as the laws of God, and there is not a force of law and public justice to
protect it, anarchy and tyranny commence. — John Adams
A free press is not a privilege but an organic necessity in a great society. — Walter Lippman
Aleksandr I. Solzhenitsyn
And how we burned in the camps later, thinking: What would things have been like if every Security operative, when he went out at night to make an
arrest, had been uncertain whether he would return alive and had to say good-bye to his family? Or if, during periods of mass arrests, as for example
in Leningrad, when they arrested a quarter of the entire city, people had not simply sat there in their lairs, paling with terror at every bang of the
downstairs door and at every step on the staircase, but had understood they had nothing left to lose and had boldly set up in the downstairs hall an
ambush of half a dozen people with axes, hammers, pokers, or whatever else was at hand?
80% of the world once upon a time maybe wanted to immigrate to the shining country on the hill where it was thought the roads were paved with gold and
everyone could be president. Then they looked around... It is true the standard of living in the states for those with money is exceedingly good and
even our really poor have it much much better than millions if not billions of others. infrastructure to include our roads are some of the best you
will find anyplace. I know to many people who have decided that America's greatness got lost along the way as far as wanting to live there anymore.
Used to be our international student who got their PHDs in the states remained but now that is not the case as ever before.. I could look it up but
those who are interested can look into for themselves.
I do not have any answers to what is going on now or what might be in the near future.. I still want to believe my country and countrymen will muddle
through this tunnel and will come out into the light.. I really do hope so. I read once that it is seldom that liberty is lost all at once; even in
Cuba it was not a night and day process..... Castro still had support until those very supporters found out to late he was just another despot that
wanted to control their thoughts and very lives. The erosion of America's "Bill of Rights" is something all Americans should draw a line in the sand
over IMO. I personally hope NDAA, Patriot act, NSA spying along with several other things that are blatantly in you face and against the principles
that have been professed to be American idealism and constitutional are exposed and done away with. It may be to late to effect actual change; I
honestly do not know?
The Bill of Rights is] designed to protect individuals and minorities against the tyranny of the majority, but it’s also designed to protect the
people against bureaucracy, against the government. — Judge Lawrence Tribe
Restriction of free thought and free speech is the most dangerous of all subversions. It is the one un-American act that could most easily defeat us.
— Supreme Court Justice William O. Douglas
We are not to expect to be translated from despotism to liberty in a feather bed. — Thomas Jefferson, Letter to Lafayette (2 April 1790)
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