the holistic radical

December 19, 2007

Political Quotes

Filed under: Freedom of Speech--Your First Amendment Right, politics — Tags: , , , — sesame seed @ 6:54 pm

Some noteworthy political quotes that should be common knowledge.

“First they came for the Communists,

but I was not a communist so I did not speak out.

Then they came for the Socialists and the Trade Unionists,

but I was neither so I did not speak out.

Then they came for the Jews,

but I was not a Jew so I did not speak out.

And when they came for me

there was no one left to speak out for me.”    -Dietrich Bonhoeffer

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“A democracy cannot exist as a permanent form of government.

It can only exist until the voters discover they can vote

themselves largess from the public treasury.

From that moment on, the majority always votes for the

candidates promising them the most benefits from the public

treasury, with the result that a democracy always collapses

over loose fiscal policy, always followed by a dictatorship.

The average age of the world’s greatest civilizations has been 200 years.

These nations have progressed through this sequence:

From bondage to spiritual faith;

from spiritual faith to great courage;

from courage to liberty;

from liberty to abundance;

from abundance to selfishness;

from selfishness to apathy;

from apathy to dependance;

from dependency back again into bondage. ”  – Dr. Alexander Tyler

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