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A thread for significant political quotes. To start:

“The evil which has fallen upon the land, with the object of destroying the divine principle in the human soul, must be extirpated root and branch. Fury against the heads of the revolution, its devoted followers, must know no boundaries.” - Baron Roman von Ungern-Shternberg
 
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On Bastille Day:

"Equality, fraternity, liberty: Plenty of examples during the Terreur: Noyades; the decimation of inhabitants of Lyon, Toulon and Bordeaux; mass executions in Nantes; the Pic Puce mass graves; Malesherbes’ suplice; de Launay’s “decapitation” with knives; the Princess de Lamballe’s massacre; the September massacres. And notre chére mère Mme. Guillotine, with its estimated 40,000 victims, man, woman, and child alike!" - Anonymous.
 

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"Strength lies not in defence but in attack."
-Adolf Hitler

I thought that these would be interesting given the political landscape of today.
 

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"Let me speak plainly: The United States of America is and must remain a nation of openness to people of all beliefs. Our very unity has been strengthened by this pluralism. That's how we began; this is how we must always be. The ideals of our country leave no room whatsoever for intolerance, anti-Semitism, or bigotry of any kind -- none. The unique thing about America is a wall in our Constitution separating church and state. It guarantees there will never be a state religion in this land, but at the same time it makes sure that every single American is free to choose and practice his or her religious beliefs or to choose no religion at all. Their rights shall not be questioned or violated by the state."

-- Ronald Reagan, Remarks at the International Convention of B'nai B'rith, 6 September 1984
 

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@CurtisLemay That was a good Reagan quote, but not the best.

“Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn't pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same, or one day we will spend our sunset years telling our children and our children's children what it was once like in the United States where men were free.”
 

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"Of all the dispositions and habits which lead to political prosperity, religion and morality are indispensable supports.... And let us with caution indulge the supposition that morality can be maintained without religion. Whatever may be conceded to the influence of refined education on minds of peculiar structure, reason and experience both forbid us to expect that national morality can prevail in exclusion of religious principle." -George Washington

"Our government makes no sense unless it is founded on a deeply held religious belief—and I don’t care what it is."
-Dwight Eisenhower

"It is a profound religious message, but it’s a profound religious message believed in by the vast majority of the American people, just as belief in monotheism is shared by a vast majority of the American people. And our traditions show that there is nothing wrong with the government reflecting that. I mean, we’re a tolerant society religiously, but just as the majority has to be tolerant of minority views in matters of religion, it seems to me the minority has to be tolerant of the majority’s ability to express its belief that government comes from God, which is what this is about."
-Antonin Scalia

"It may be a reflection on human nature, that such devices should be necessary to control the abuses of government. But what is government itself, but the greatest of all reflections on human nature? If men were angels, no government would be necessary. If angels were to govern men, neither external nor internal controls on government would be necessary." -James 'Square Garden' Madison
 
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"But what is this law of the greatest number which modern governments invoke and in which they claim to find their sole justification? It is simply the law of matter and brute force, the same law by which a mass, carried down by its weight, crushes everything that lies in its track. It is precisely here that we find the point of junction of the democratic conception and materialism, and here also is to be found the reason why this conception is so firmly rooted in the present-day mentality.

By this means, the normal order of things is completely reversed and the supremacy of multiplicity as such is upheld, a supremacy that actually exists in the material world; in the spiritual world on the other hand -and more clearly still in the universal order- it is unity that is at the summit of the hierarchy, since unity is the principle out of which all multiplicity arises."

-- The Crisis of the Modern World, René Guénon.
 

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Sorta political...

"If one assumes, however, that the PGA TOUR has some legal obligation to play classic, Platonic golf — and if one assumes the correctness of all the other wrong turns the Court has made to get to this point — then we Justices must confront what is indeed an awesome responsibility. It has been rendered the solemn duty of the Supreme Court of the United States, laid upon it by Congress in pursuance of the Federal Government’s power “[t]o regulate Commerce with foreign Nations, and among the several States,” to decide What Is Golf. I am sure that the Framers of the Constitution, aware of the 1457 edict of King James II of Scotland prohibiting golf because it interfered with the practice of archery, fully expected that sooner or later the paths of golf and government, the law and the links, would once again cross, and that the judges of this august Court would some day have to wrestle with that age-old jurisprudential question, for which their years of study in the law have so well prepared them: Is someone riding around a golf course from shot to shot really a golfer? The answer, we learn, is yes. The Court ultimately concludes, and it will henceforth be the Law of the Land, that walking is not a “fundamental” aspect of golf." - Antonin Scalia on whether a handicapped golfer could use a motorized cart in the PGA Tour.
 

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"Since Rousseau was vain, egotistical and quarrelsome, how was it that so many people were prepared to befriend him? The answer to this question brings us to the heart of his character and historical significance. Partly by accident, partly by instinct, partly by deliberate contrivance, he was the first intellectual systematically to exploit the guilt of the privileged. And he did it, moreover, in an entirely new way, by the systematic cult of rudeness. He was the prototype of that characteristic figure of the modern age, the Angry Young Man."

-- British Historian Paul Johnson on Jean-Jacques Rousseau
 

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"Our forefathers knew the danger of excess of government and were bent upon so simplifying, limiting and checkig it, that it must forever remain a servant and could never become a master. My reading of history convinces me that most bad government has grown out of too much government. It is a sort of inherent characteristic of all government, as of all conscious organisms, yearly and almost daily, to take itself more and more jurisdiction, to increase the foree and weight and numbers of officialdom, until, after a while, the structure becomes top heavy, and must fall by its own weight; or else, upon the other hand -- remaining administratively efficient --- it holds people in servile subjection."

-- Democratic Senator John Sharp Williams in Jefferson: His Permanent Influence on American Institutions (nice Jefferson biographer... but also your typical 'Southern Democrat' of the time ;) )
 

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"If a dog is biting a black man, the black man should kill the dog, whether the dog is a police dog or a hound dog or any kind of dog. If a dog is fixed on a black man when that black man is doing nothing but trying to take advantage of what the government says is supposed to be his, then that black man should kill that dog or any two-legged dog who sets the dog on him."

-- Malcolm X
 
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