The government, which was designed for the people, has got into the hands of the bosses and their employers, the special interests. An invisible empire has been set up above the forms of democracy.
The liberties of a people never were, nor ever will be, secure, when the transactions of their rulers may be concealed from them.
America will never be destroyed from the outside. If we falter and lose our freedoms, it will be because we destroyed ourselves.
Knowledge will forever govern ignorance; and a people who mean to be their own governors must arm themselves with the power which knowledge gives.
A government big enough to give you everything you want is big enough to take everything you have.
Allow the president to invade a neighboring nation, whenever he shall deem it necessary to repel an invasion, and you allow him to do so whenever he may choose to say he deems it necessary for such a purpose - and you allow him to make war at pleasure.
The oppressed are allowed once every few years to decide which particular representatives of the oppressing class are to represent and repress them.
and one of my favs's
Democracy gives every man the right to be his own oppressor.
James Russell Lowell