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In the next canvas we shall be influenced by no party consideration…the partisans in this county who expect to divide the friends of humanity and equal rights will find themselves mistakes — we care not a fig for Whig or Democrat; they are both alike to us; but we shall go for our friends, our tried friends, and that cause of human liberty which is the cause of God. We are aware that ‘divide and conquer’ is the watchword with many, but with us it cannot be done — we love too well — we have suffered too much to be easily duped — we have no cat’s paws amongst us.

Author: Joseph Smith, Source: Times & Seasons – 3:651Saved by rhsmith in constitution liberty party democrat 7 years ago[save this] [permalink]

All government, in its essence, is a conspiracy against the superior man: its one permanent object is to oppress him and cripple him.



If it be aristocratic in organization, then it seeks to protect the man who is superior only in law against the man who is superior in fact;



if it be democratic, then it seeks to protect the man who is inferior in every way against both.



One of its primary functions is to regiment men by force, to make them as much alike as possible and as dependent upon one another as possible, to search out and combat originality among them.



All it can see in an original idea is potential change, and hence an invasion of its prerogatives.



The most dangerous man to any government is the man who is able to think things out for himself, without regard to the prevailing superstitions and taboos.  Almost inevitably he comes to the conclusion that the government he lives under is dishonest, insane and intolerable, and so, if he is romantic, he tries to change it.



And even if he is not romantic personally he is very apt to spread discontent among those who are.

Author: H. L. Mencken, Source: The Smart Set (December 1919)Saved by rhsmith in politics democracy libertarianism entreprise 7 years ago[save this] [permalink]

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