"There are no necessary evils in government. Its evils exist only in its abuses. If it would confine itself to equal protection, and, as Heaven does its rains, shower its favors alike on the high and the low, the rich and the poor, it would be an unqualified blessing."
Andrew Jackson
(1767-1845) 7th US President
July 10, 1832, Veto of the Bank Bill
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Ahh yes, concepts of freedom and liberty lost. Evil is found in compelled compliance, license, victimless crimes, larceny with impunity (life, property & income tax, funny money, etc.) and inalienable right non-acceptance. Equal protection, hmm, like singling out and going after those who associate with the term Tea Party.
 -- Mike, Norwalk     
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    "If it would confide itself to equal protection"
    I think the word should be "confine"
     -- Martin Foster, Pretoria     
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    As true today as then and so to the point it must make some people cringe when reading it.
     -- Anon, Swadlincote     
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    President Jackson, one of the greatest Presidents we have ever had, To impart secrets trustfully, ( confide ) takes on much more depth of perception, in the guarding of our children from those ( banksters ) who are gangsters with a smile on their face. Life is cheap to some, that wish to enslave the world !! The Bible is the Rock upon which the Republic rest. The greatest book of natural law ever written !
     -- watchman 13, USA     
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     -- Ted, 91765      
    Government is always the worst and most expensive way to do anything, thus it must always be only our last and desperate resort.
     -- Roland, Bonner's Ferry     
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    I like, "There are no necessary evils in government. Its evils exist only in its abuses."  Hence a distributive republican government, to provide many checks against the abuses of centralized power.  No one can be trusted with so much power — the system is supposed to be set up to guard against the power-hungry and the mob to prevent the takeover of the country from within.  Stealing power can be easier than acquiring it oneself.  Throughout history the rulers' powers have all been acquired through theft and conquest.  Today is the same, although the common man does not know who the real rulers are — the top of the pyramid is known by the temple builders themselves.  And the greatest thieves rule the world.
     -- E Archer, NYC     
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