quotes tagged with 'politics', page 8

The whole aim of practical politics is to keep the populace alarmed (and hence clamorous to be led to safety) by menacing it with an endless series of hobgoblins, all of them imaginary.
Author: H. L. Mencken, Source: UnknownSaved by cboyack in politics war fearmongering society security safety fear alarmism stirringup 12 years ago[save this] [permalink]
The accumulation of all powers, legislative, executive, and judiciary, in the same hands, whether of one, a few, or many, and whether hereditary, self-appointed, or elective, may justly be pronounced the very definition of tyranny.
Author: James Madison, Source: Federalist Papers #47Saved by cboyack in politics tyranny power king executive dictator legislative judiciary 12 years ago[save this] [permalink]
If governments are established only to protect rights, they are established only to enforce duties because every right is represented by a duty. Therefore, when government has enforced all the duties of man whether natural or acquired, it has completed the entire purpose for which it is formed and reached the limit of its powers. This is to conclude that government has no power to either create new rights nor impose new duties, but only to protect those rights and enforce those duties which already exist.
Author: H. Verlan Andersen, Source: http://inspiredconstitution.org/mbfs/chapter_3.htmlSaved by cboyack in politics government god power nature duty right force 12 years ago[save this] [permalink]
The fostering of full economic freedom lies at the base of our liberties. Only in perpetuating economic freedom can our social, political and religious liberties be preserved.
Author: David O. McKay, Source: Church News, 3/12/52Saved by cboyack in politics religion liberty freedom society economy 12 years ago[save this] [permalink]
...we must learn the principles of the Constitution in the tradition of the Founding Fathers.

Have we read the Federalist papers? Are we reading the Constitution and pondering it? Are we aware of its principles? Are we abiding by these principles and teaching them to others? Could we defend the Constitution? Can we recognize when a law is constitutionally unsound? Do we know what the prophets have said about the Constitution and the threats to it?

As Jefferson said, "If a nation expects to be ignorant and free . . . it expects what never was and never will be".
Author: Ezra Taft Benson, Source: "Divine Constitution", Generaly Conference, October 1987Saved by cboyack in politics constitution liberty government freedom ignorance education read principle book wisdom knowledge study 13 years ago[save this] [permalink]
...I wouldn't promote my best friend's candidacy if I thought his background--including his religious beliefs--would result in massive Republican-base defections because of some personal characteristic. I have no interest in winning arguments and losing elections. The times in which we live don't allow for quixotic stands that end up with the nomination of a candidate who cannot win.
Author: Hugh Hewitt, Source: A Mormon in the White HouseSaved by richardkmiller in politics religion mittromney 13 years ago[save this] [permalink]
[A] powerful national government may encroach considerably upon the liberty of individuals as well as of the different States, and assume the responsibility for it, without weakening the Empire Idea, if only every citizen recognizes such measures as means for making his nation greater.
Author: Adolf Hitler, Source: Mein Kampf, Ch. 10, vol. 2Saved by cboyack in politics liberty government sheep freedom tyranny patriotism empire nationalism 13 years ago[save this] [permalink]
Where there is stark hunger, regardless of the cause, I will not let political considerations dull my sense of mercy or thwart my responsibility to the sons and daughters of God, wherever they may be or whatever their circumstances.
Author: Gordon B. Hinckley, Source: “The Victory over Death,” Ensign, May 1985, 54.Saved by cboyack in politics society duty humanity hunger service charity brotherhood resonsibility 13 years ago[save this] [permalink]
Political thought has traditionally been polarized between competing theories, one position emphasizing man's communality and the other his individuality.

The theory of communality has been characterized by a belief in objective reality---a strand of classical Greek thought which held that because the good existed and could be discerned, force was justified in obtaining it; that is, the good is known and is embodied in the whole of the community, and the individual may therefore be coerced into conforming to that fact. Force is legitimated by the end to be achieved.

The theory of individuality was based upon a rejection of the premise that man can discern objective reality by reason and by intuition. Denying either (or both) the existence of universal principles or the ability of man to perceive them if they did exist, this form of liberalism asserts the subjectivity of knowledge and ethics, since both arise solely from man's sense experience and his individualistic desires. Freedom becomes simply the untrammeled accomplishment of individual desires. Coercion therefore has no moral base but is simply tolerated, at the lowest possible level, so that individual man might accomplish without infringement by others his individually discerned desires. Community is therefore minimal and artificial.

Latter-day Saint theology maintains that a mixture of truth and error exists in both classical Greek and liberal thought. Objective reality exists and can be known, forming the basis of uncoerced and natural community. At the same time, however, the Latter-day Saint belief in man's uncreated individuality and in the sanctity of his agency---an agency so sacrosanct that God himself will not infringe upon it---denies the legitimacy of force as a means of attaining the community's ends. Man's goal is seen as being the perfection of his individuality in the image of his Heavenly Father, until he is able to enjoy a celestial community. The attainment of such a goal, however, can only be accomplished by loving persuasion, not by force.

Latter-day Saint theology offers a solution to an age-old paradox---the conflict between individualism and communality---by suggesting a harmony between them in which each is essential to the other. Man's individuality, stemming from his eternal and uncreated intelligence and protected by the principle of agency, is developed to its ultimate godlike potential as he serves his brothers and sisters without compulsory means in righteousness and love.
Author: Edwin Brown Firmage, Source: “Eternal Principles of Government: A Theological Approach,” Ensign, Jun 1976, emphasis addedSaved by cboyack in politics liberty government freedom agency socialism individual charity force community coercion 13 years ago[save this] [permalink]
A science of economics must be developed before a science of politics can be logically formulated. Essentially, economics is the science of determining whether the interests of human beings are harmonious or antagonistic. This must be known before a science of politics can be formulated to determine the proper functions of government.

Immediately following the development of a science of economics, and at the very beginning of the formulation of a science of politics, this all-important question must be answered: What is law? What ought it to be? What is its scope; its limits? Logically, at what point do the just powers of the legislator stop?

I do not hesitate to answer: Law is the common force organized to act as an obstacle to injustice. In short, law is justice.
Author: Frederic Bastiat, Source: The Law, p. 67Saved by cboyack in politics liberty government society science economy law force economics injustice 13 years ago[save this] [permalink]

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