"It is the first responsibility of every citizen to question authority."
Benjamin Franklin
(1706-1790) US Founding Father
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Why should I listen to Ben Franklin? What right does he have to tell me what to do?
 -- ben fan     
    You got the right one Ben baby!
     -- wyndstarr, Basin WY     
    Wish he was here now cuz we can use him. -worldcantwait.org
     -- Drive Out The Bush Regime, Atlanta, GA and the whole nation     
     -- Mike, Norwalk      
    Maybe if you question Bush you would not be in the position you're in now!
     -- MJG, Penticton Canada     
    Now I know where Bertrand Russell got this from... Part of Russell's ten comandments
     -- Robert, Sarasota     
     -- Anonymous      
    I've got the first commandment down. Now I just need to know what the second is.
     -- Ken, Allyn, WA     
     -- Anonymous, Reston, VA US      
    To question IS the answer...
     -- Anonymous, Reston, VA US     
     -- Jerry Kosch, David City, Ne      
     -- Paul, Burke, Va.      
    More of us need to ask questions.
     -- Anonymous     
    We need to find the original source for this quote. I can't find it anywhere.
     -- John Hicks, Louisville Ky     
    And, I love Russell's Ten Commandments
     -- Robert, St Emilion     
    Succinct and accurate ... but note he says "question," not burn down city hall !
     -- Bob, Charlotte     
    Bob, :) When the righteous are in authority , the people rejoice: but when the wicked beareth rule, the people mourn. When the wicked are multiplied, transgression increaseth: but the righteous shall see their fall. A mans pride shall bring him low, but honour shall uphold the humble in spirit. An unjust law is no law to be observed.
     -- Ronw13, Yachats Or     
    Ronw13, I agree that no unjust law should be observed , however , some need to be observed in order to stay out of prison.
     -- jim k, Austin     
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