"As long as our government is administered for the good of the people, and is regulated by their will; as long as it secures to us the rights of persons and of property, liberty of conscience and of the press, it will be worth defending."
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Andrew Jackson
(1767-1845) 7th US President
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i think that this quote is true and that it should recive a fore because of how a president speeks.
 -- Anonymous     
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     -- Anonymous      
    "...as long as it secures to us the rights..."which is the only reason government should exist. Not to create laws that they deem are "for our own good".
     -- Anon     
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    If we were to follow this quote as being logical, the government is no longer worth defending.
     -- J Carlton, Calgary     
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    I'm with Anon and J Carlton on this one.
     -- Mike, Norwalk     
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    Anonymous, a "fore" is fine if you are playing golf and I'm not sure how a person "speeks". Try four and speaks.
     -- jim k, Austin     
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    The only reason for government is the "good of the people". Public health statements incouraging or educating people like the "Nazi propaganda" statement above is no more wrong or insidious than is the lies put forth by big tobacco's "Marlboro Man" etcetera. (Again the problem with the German statement was the lie contained within it and that it should have said SHOULD.)
     -- Waffler, Smith     
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    Government is no longer by the People, therefore it is not worth defending. We are past the tipping point. The administration and congress have done this to themselves. There will be a day of reckoning in November.
     -- Caroll, Brooklet     
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     -- Wayne, Naples      
    So why are we in Afghanistan and Iraq?
     -- RBESRQ     
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    I like it and wish I was living then instead of now because we have really got our work cut out for us. We want to be a nation of people with 'inalienable rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness", it is our job to defend our US Constitution and Bill of Rights and challenge those in office or remove them. Then we will have to begin thel long process of repealing the laws that show contempt for those documents.
     -- Bette, Newport     
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    Q. Why are we in Afghanistan and Iraq? A. Iran.
     -- Ken, Allyn, WA     
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    Because we pay no attention to the wisdom of those who came before us. Geo Washington (Farewell Address): "The great rule of conduct for us, in regard to foreign nations, is, in extending our commercial relations, to have with them as little political connexion as possible. So far as we have already formed engagements, let them be fulfilled with perfect good faith. Here let us stop."
     -- Abigail, hb     
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    Why does the fight for inalienable rights only arise when the Republicans are out of the Presidency. No one or few were arguing for them two, four, six or eight years ago. I heard people arguing for them also when Clinton got elected. What gives?
     -- Waffler, Smith     
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    Waffler, I've been arguing for our rights through every administration. But then, I'm a Libertarian. :)
     -- J Carlton, Calgary     
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    I am the same...fighting for the US Constitution and Bill of Rights AND some folks seem to have selectve remembering.
     -- Bette, Newport     
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    YES to all of it, not just 'for the good of the people.' What good is a pension if you have no rights to your own property and labors? Then it is just a game of Monopoly -- and in the end, everything goes back in the box...
     -- E Archer, NYC     
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    Why are we in Iraq? "Without question, we need to disarm Saddam Hussein. He is a brutal, murderous dictator, leading an oppressive regime ... He presents a particularly grievous threat because he is so consistently prone to miscalculation ... And now he is miscalculating America's response to his continued deceit and his consistent grasp for weapons of mass destruction ... So the threat of Saddam Hussein with weapons of mass destruction is real..." - Sen. John F. Kerry (D, MA), Jan. 23. 2003 | Source "I will be voting to give the President of the United States the authority to use force -- if necessary -- to disarm Saddam Hussein because I believe that a deadly arsenal of weapons of mass destruction in his hands is a real and grave threat to our security." - Sen. John F. Kerry (D, MA), Oct. 9, 2002 | Source "One way or the other, we are determined to deny Iraq the capacity to develop weapons of mass destruction and the missiles to deliver them. That is our bottom line." - President Clinton, Feb. 4, 1998 | Source "If Saddam rejects peace and we have to use force, our purpose is clear. We want to seriously diminish the threat posed by Iraq's weapons of mass destruction program." - President Bill Clinton, Feb. 17, 1998 | Source "We must stop Saddam from ever again jeopardizing the stability and security of his neighbors with weapons of mass destruction." - Madeline Albright, Feb 1, 1998 | Source "He will use those weapons of mass destruction again, as he has ten times since 1983." - Sandy Berger, Clinton National Security Adviser, Feb, 18, 1998 | Source "[W]e urge you, after consulting with Congress, and consistent with the U.S. Constitution and laws, to take necessary actions (including, if appropriate, air and missile strikes on suspect Iraqi sites) to respond effectively to the threat posed by Iraq's refusal to end its weapons of mass destruction programs." Letter to President Clinton. - (D) Senators Carl Levin, Tom Daschle, John Kerry, others, Oct. 9, 1998 | Source "Saddam Hussein has been engaged in the development of weapons of mass destruction technology which is a threat to countries in the region and he has made a mockery of the weapons inspection process." - Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D, CA), Dec. 16, 1998 | Source "Hussein has ... chosen to spend his money on building weapons of mass destruction and palaces for his cronies." - Madeline Albright, Clinton Secretary of State, Nov. 10, 1999 | Source "We begin with the common belief that Saddam Hussein is a tyrant and a threat to the peace and stability of the region. He has ignored the mandate of the United Nations and is building weapons of mass destruction and th! e means of delivering them." - Sen. Carl Levin (D, MI), Sept. 19, 2002 | Source "We know that he has stored secret supplies of biological and chemical weapons throughout his country." - Al Gore, Sept. 23, 2002 | Source "Iraq's search for weapons of mass destruction has proven impossible to deter and we should assume that it will continue for as long as Saddam is in power." - Al Gore, Sept. 23, 2002 | Source "We have known for many years that Saddam Hussein is seeking and developing weapons of mass destruction." - Sen. Ted Kennedy (D, MA), Sept. 27, 2002 | Source "The last UN weapons inspectors left Iraq in October of 1998. We are confident that Saddam Hussein retains some stockpiles of chemical and biological weapons, and that he has since embarked on a crash course to build up his chemical and biological warfare capabilities. Intelligence reports indicate that he is seeking nuclear weapons..." - Sen. Robert Byrd (D, WV), Oct. 3, 2002 | Source "There is unmistakable evidence that Saddam Hussein is working aggressively to develop nuclear weapons and will likely have nuclear weapons within the next five years ... We also should remember we have always underestimated the progress Saddam has made in development of weapons of mass destruction." - Sen. Jay Rockefeller (D, WV), Oct 10, 2002 | Source "In the four years since the inspectors left, intelligence reports show that Saddam Hussein has worked to rebuild his chemical and biological weapons stock, his missile delivery capability, and his nuclear program. He has also given aid, comfort, and sanctuary to terrorists, including al Qaeda members ... It is clear, however, that if left unchecked, Saddam Hussein will continue to increase his capacity to wage biological and chemical warfare, and will keep trying to develop nuclear weapons." - Sen. Hillary Clinton (D, NY), Oct 10, 2002 | Source "We are in possession of what I think to be compelling evidence that Saddam Hussein has, and has had for a number of years, a developing capacity for the production and storage of weapons of mass destruction." - Sen. Bob Graham (D, FL), Dec. 8, 2002 | Source
     -- TCPatriot, Farmdale     
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