From Alexis de Tocqueville

Referring to democracy, "The will of men is not shattered, but softened, bent, and guided. Men are seldom forced by it to act, but they are constantly restrained from acting. Such a power does not destroy, but it prevents existence. It does not tryannize, but it compresses, enervates, extinguishes, and stupefies a people, until each nation is reduced to be nothing better than a flock of timid and industrious animals, of which the government is the shepherd."

2016-01-29 at 14:28:26

More From Paul Craig Roberts

In the United States the rule of law, and with it liberty, have been lost. With few exceptions, Americans are too ignorant and unconcerned to do anything about it. The longer the rule of law is set aside, the more difficult it is to reestablish it. Sooner or later the rule of law ceases even as a memory. No candidate in the upcoming election has made the rule of law an issue.

Americans have become a small-minded divided people, ruled by petty hatreds, who are easily set against one another and against other peoples by their rulers.

2016-01-28 at 20:10:52

From Robert Houghwout Jackson

It is not the function of our Government to keep the citizen from falling into error; it is the function of the citizen to keep the Government from falling into error.

2016-01-25 at 21:41:12

From Leonardo da Vinci

I love those who can smile in trouble, who can gather strength from distress, and grow brave by reflection. It is the business of little minds to shrink, but they whose heart is firm, and whose conscience approves their conduct, will pursue their principles unto death!!

2016-01-24 at 12:52:46

From John Lennon

When it gets down to having to use violence, then you are playing the systems game. The establishment will irritate you - pull your beard, flick your face - to make you fight. Because once they have got you violent, then they know how to handle you. The only things they do not know how to handle is non-violence and humor.

2016-01-05 at 08:44:14

From Fyodor Dostoyevsky

Above all, do not lie to yourself. The man who lies to himself and listens to his own lie comes to a point that he cannot distinguish the truth within him, or around him, and so loses all respect for himself and for others. And having no respect he ceases to love.

2015-12-12 at 14:11:52

From Stephen Kinzer

United States President Woodrow Wilson preached the supreme value of self-determination, which he called the right of all people "to choose the sovereignty under which they shall live." In office, though, he sent American troops to intervene in Cuba, Haiti, the Dominican Republic, Mexico and Russia. No other President invaded as many countries as this sworn promoter of self-determination. Like his predecessors-and successors- President Wilson insisted that he was doing it for the good of the target countries. Americans would leave them alone, he promised, as soon as they learned "to elect good men." That meant, of course, men who would place the interests of the United States above the interests of their very own countries. In foreign affairs, Wilson sets the gold standard for American hypocrisy.

2015-12-07 at 14:44:55

Another Tidbit from Cousin Lucky

Allowing the population to vote is a release valve that prevents the hunger for revolution!! Changing the hood ornament does not change the car; it only slightly changes the image!!

2015-12-07 at 07:23:42

From Jim Quinn

A vast swath of the populace never reads a book and can not go more than a few minutes without checking their iGadget to view the latest funny cat video, the latest update on Kim Kardashians ass, Bruce-Caitlyn Jenners courage, or Lamar Odoms latest whorehouse escapade. Our country is drowning in a sea of irrelevance as our infinite craving for diversions and triviality overwhelms any thoughts of confronting our oppressors. The adoration of technology has degraded our ability to think and allowed the Deep State to control the masses by amusing them to death.

2015-12-06 at 15:20:32

From The Planet Of The Apes

Beware the beast Man, for he is the Devils pawn. Alone among Gods primates, he kills for sport or lust or greed. Yea, he will murder his brother to possess his brothers land. Let him not breed in great numbers, for he will make a desert of his home and yours. Shun him; drive him back into his jungle lair, for he is the harbinger of death.

2015-11-30 at 16:08:20

From " ISIS OIL " By Jack Perry

I think it is more than the fact that the United States government is insane. We can blame political inbreeding for that. But bring some money into this that cannot be traced and is "off-the-books", there is a lot they will risk. Hey, they will not have to fight that war.
That is what they have got YOUR kids for.

2015-11-30 at 07:23:51

And Still More From Cousin Lucky

Human beings will always contain both a " front " and a " back " that is their natural nature!! No matter how much " good " you " see " in a human being; there is always an equal " evil " within them too, that is hidden, but can emerge at any given moment!! It is extremely rare for any human being to have complete control over their own faults, all of the time!! We are the only dysfunctional species on this entire planet and we seem hellbent on eventually destroying ourselves and it too!!

2015-11-30 at 07:17:34

From John W. Whitehead

Call it what you will--taxes, penalties, fees, fines, regulations, tariffs, tickets, permits, surcharges, tolls, asset forfeitures, foreclosures, etc.--but the only word that truly describes the constant bilking of the American taxpayer by the American government and its corporate partners is Theft.

2015-12-06 at 17:14:41

Yet More From Cousin Lucky

The " War in Syria " is like all of the other " middle east wars "; it is all about controlling the oil and the money generated from that oil!! The " media spin " always avoids the real motives for these many wars to keep the public ignorant!! Governments have never cared about soldiers or civilians dying and they never will!!

2015-11-25 at 02:34:13

More from Cousin Lucky

Aha, in our matrix reality elections and voting is the ultimate " catch-22 "!! You can vote and choose a leader among the various options that are presented to you; or you can have a iron fisted dictator!! Either way; the rich and powerful make sure that everything is done just the way that they want it done and you, and everyone else, must suffer under the consequences!!

2015-11-23 at 15:22:25

As You Traverse This Life Please Try To Remember That There Are No Absolute Mistakes; There Are Only Errors In Your Perceived Judgement As To The Likely Outcomes Of Your Actions!!!