"I know no class of my fellowmen,
however just, enlightened, and humane,
which can be wisely and safely trusted absolutely
with the liberties of any other class."
Frederick Douglass
[Frederick Baily] (1818-1895), escaped slave, Abolitionist, author, editor of the North Star and later the New National Era
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Skepticism of the good will of our leaders is a healthy thing.
 -- Daryll B., Detroit     
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     -- Bill, Sarasota      
    Hail, Diogenes.
     -- JDoN, Nassau     
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    These truths are said to remind us of human nature. Listen, learn, and set parameters.
     -- John M, Snellville     
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     -- Anonymous      
    I agree 100%. But I think it's worth mentioning that politicians and bankers and probably the worst choice to govern.
     -- Johnson, Gainesville, FL     
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    Never trust anyone who does not trust you with the means to defend yourself. I would always trust a banker before a politician, they do not directly have the power to use force and violence against us. By definition (unfortunately) we must be governed by politicians. The key is replacing them regularly so they do not become AS corrupt and retrenched.
     -- helorat, Milton     
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    As fine a reasoning as one could find for why King George W & his jesters must go... hanging is too good for these upsurper devils who demand that all must simply (and simple mindedly) "trust them"... that in and of itself is grounds for distrust!
     -- Anonymous, Reston, VA US     
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    Reston, you are so eager to get rid of W, but what makes their replacements any better? You have a double standard.
     -- Joe, Rochester, MI     
    That goes for the Klinton's as well...
     -- E Archer, NYC     
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    Clinton...Bush...all part of the same cabal. I almost expect Chelsea to marry a young Bush to carry on a dynasty.
     -- Ken, Allyn, WA     
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     -- Anonymous      
    Ahhh yes, the rule of men vs. the rule of law. The rule of law has been absent since at least the North's war of aggression. AND, a caste or class system (attorneys, bankers, birth ranking, etc.) has proven through out history to be despotic and destructive to freedom, liberty, prosperity, and inalienable rights.
     -- Mike, Norwalk     
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     -- coletha, NY      
    Johnson, Gainsville, add lawyers to the list. Almost all of the fine folk in the Congress are currently or have been lawyers.
     -- jim k, Austin, Tx     
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    No "class" [group] can be trusted to guard/maintain the "liberty" [www.thephilosophyofliberty.com] of any other "class" [group]... Since you cannot trust any group for this purpose... And all groups are comprised of individuals... Isn't the logical conclusion that only you can guard your own "liberty"?
     -- Matthew, Oceania     
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     -- Rita, WA      
     -- Robert, Somewhere in Europe      
     -- Abby      
    The Enemy is within the walls. All eyes are on the United States and the True Patriots which comprise/embrace our Classical Republican form of Government, now under siege since the war of aggression ended. Remove, throw off, and establish a New Guard. Then change the guard at the gate Often ! God gives us our Liberty, it is up to the individuals to maintain it.
     -- Ronw13, Oregon     
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    The problem I have Dougless's quote is 2 fold, 1. He, Lincoln Grant and possibly others held a meeting in white house to discuss the freed Negros future. Lincoln and others thought they should be returned to their birthplace ,Africa.
    2. Douglass argued that they should be kept in place and educated. He noted the number of educated Negros and persuaded all to let them stay.

    He won the argument but failed to see or realize that the Negro would never integrate into the white man's culture nor lifestyle. Some have but the majority could and will not do so.

     -- Gustavo, Atlanta     
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    Opportunity and prosperity have changed many minds today, Liberty and Freedom are colorblind. Your statement is very narrow minded instilling hate. WWG1WGA to MAGA to KAG. 
     -- Ronw13, Oregon     
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     -- jim k, Austin      
     -- Mary, MI      
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