quotes tagged with 'watchdog'

It is proper to take alarm at the first experiment on our liberties. We hold this prudent jealousy to be the first duty of citizens, and one of the noblest characteristics of the late Revolution. The freemen of America did not wait till usurped power had strengthened itself by exercise, and entangled the question in precedents. They saw all the consequences in the principle, and they avoided the consequences by denying the principle.
Author: James Madison, Source: A Memorial and Remonstrance, 1785Saved by cboyack in politics liberty government freedom power principle law watchdog citizen 13 years ago[save this] [permalink]
Eternal vigilance is the price of liberty—power is ever stealing from the many to the few.... The hand entrusted with power becomes ... the necessary enemy of the people. Only by continual oversight can the democrat in office be prevented from hardening into a despot: only by unintermitted Agitation can a people be kept sufficiently awake to principle not to let liberty be smothered in material prosperity.
Author: Wendell Phillips, Source: speech in Boston, Massachusetts, January 28, 1852, before the Massachusetts Anti-Slavery SocietySaved by cboyack in liberty government power patriotism apathy activism watchdog enemy politician vigilance awaken 13 years ago[save this] [permalink]
Such as it is, the press has become the greatest power within the Western World, more powerful than the legislature, the executive and judiciary. One would like to ask: by whom has it been elected, and to whom is it responsible?
Author: Alexandr Solzhenitsyn, Source: UnknownSaved by cboyack in government media news propaganda press watchdog 13 years ago[save this] [permalink]

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