"You can fool some of the people all of the time,
and all of the people some of the time, and that's good enough."
by:
Dr. Edwin Vieira
President of the National Alliance for Constitutional Money, Constitutional lawyer and scholar
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Spoken tongue in cheek, obviously. We have all been fooled into thinking we can trust those running the monetary system -- that is like putting the fox in charge of the hen house.
 -- E Archer, NYC     
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    A really sad commentary on individuals that have given power and control to those they perceive to be leaders with right instead of servants with duty.
     -- Mike, Norwalk     
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    ...and if you can fool a majority of the voters, that's democracy.
     -- Bryan Morton, Stuart, Florida     
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    About 53% of the voters got fooled in the November election. Now they are trying to fool us into believing that this PORK bill will stimulate the economy.
     -- jim k, austin     
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    Based on her status and position in her organization of choice (or one of her organizations of chocie) she has been fooled or acted the fool for a very long time. You can never fool the majority of the voters, whatever the majority says in a democracy is sacrosanct within the limits of the Bill of Rights.
     -- Waffler, Smith     
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    Dr. Vieira is so astute he could have followed up with: and when you find yourself on the side of the majority you had better rethink your position.
     -- Dick, Fort Worth     
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    "Whatever the majority says in a democracy is sacrosanct within the limits of the Bill of Rights." Only if you've been fooled into accepting the legitimacy of democracy or that your rights are limited to those listed in the Bill of Rights. "When I say rights," Waffler said in rather a scornful tone, "they mean just what I choose for them to mean -- neither more nor less."
     -- Bryan Morton, Stuart, Florida     
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    Waffler, Waffler, Waffler, lol - shaking my head while hanging it low. Did you wake up this morning, jump in the shower and get sprayed with super heavy duty - industrial grade stupid? Oxymoron is oozing out of every pore of your stupid. Also, who is 'her'. By your statement, you've made the Bill of Rights a non lawful issue, but rather a religion of men issue - you've stated that all that which was to be inalienable is now subject to the whim of a socialist theocracy. OOOOOPS!!! you're wrong again.
     -- Mike, Norwalk     
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    Waffler is one that has been permanently fooled all of the time. Can any one with a brain actually believe that whatever the majority of people think is then automatically the truth?
     -- warren, olathe     
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    Who said that it is the truth. But it is safer to follow the consensus of opinion, state your reservations, and keep on trucking that far out organizations like National Alliance for Constitutional Money, what a wacko organization! And why does liberty-tree print as if in any way such goof ball organizations have "quotes" that are worth being broadcasted. It is like listing to Rush'es BS.
     -- Waffler, Smith     
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    True enough. History has shown it over and over and over ad nauseum. Sometimes it is just results in a minor inconvenience, sometimes in considerable pain. Sometimes it means misery and death. We shall all see what our future holds.
     -- Ken, Allyn, WA     
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    "It is safer to follow the consensus of opinion,..." "In Germany, they came first for the Communists, And I didn’t speak up because I wasn’t a Communist; And then they came for the trade unionists, And I didn’t speak up because I wasn’t a trade unionist; And then they came for the Jews, And I didn’t speak up because I wasn’t a Jew; And then . . . they came for me . . . And by that time there was no one left to speak up." Your rights are more important to me, than my safety. As for "wacko organizations"...All truth passes through three stages. First, it is ridiculed. Second, it is violently opposed. Third, it is accepted as being self-evident.
     -- Bryan Morton, Stuart, Florida     
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    To play it safe by following consensus of opinion is to say you have no brain. This is the kind of thinking that brings in the fascists like Obama and fascist propaganda like global warming.
     -- warren, olathe     
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    Germany was a dictatorship not a consensus of opinion. The recognition that the 51% side might have something after all to its position is the heart and sole of democracy, be careful you may just some day be on the 51% side of an argument.
     -- Waffler, Smith     
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    "Germany was a dictatorship not a consensus of opinion." That's not a completely accurate statement. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/German_election,_1933 http://www.fff.org/freedom/fd0403a.asp
     -- Bryan Morton, Stuart, Florida     
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    Do not worry Bryan, Waffler is never completely accurate. Hitler■s power came from the fact that he was wildly popular in Germany. How could any one deny that? He was the hero that stood up against the oppressive treaty of Versailles that was hated by the German population. He was seen as the hero that brought prosperity to his country while the entire world was in a depression. He also offered a scape goat for the peoples problems. The Jews (read the rich) were singled out as having control of the money supply and therefore responsible for the economic woes of the time. Taking all of the wealth and property of the Jews for the state was thought to be a good idea since the belief was that the Jew got it off the backs of the poor anyway. Hitler himself said that money acquired from capital was from the labor of others which made it immoral and therefore should not be allowed.
     -- warren, olathe     
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    Tyranny of the majority. A pure Democracy is something the Founders referred to as "mob rule"; Shakespeare also identifies it. I don't think that's what Dr. Vieira is talking about here though. I don't think he's talking about the tyranny of the majority. I think he's talking about the tyranny of a small group of individuals/corporations that fool most of the people most of the time, and in doing so pave the way for a general complacency to their abuses.
     -- J.P., Parks     
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    This is an Abraham Lincoln Quote.
     -- Tim, Manassas     
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