"A wise man neither suffers himself to be governed,
nor attempts to govern others."
Jean de la Bruyere
(1645-1696) French essayist and moralist
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Wise man minds his owbuss, and respects other men
 -- Kimo, USA     
    There is a major difference between an administration / management and governance. No one has a right to "govern" anyone. Not in a supposedly free country anyway...
     -- J Carlton, Calgary     
    For a real education about the causes of the global economic meltdown of 2008, get the movie documentary, "Inside Job". You get a pretty good idea who is really running things in this country and the ending is amazing.
     -- jim k, Austin, Tx     
    Geez, he lived a long time. No wonder he was so wise.
     -- RedMenace, Methuen     
    Yes, what changes he would have seen in such a long life time.
     -- cal, lewisville, tx     
    The American experiment (representatives of the individual sovereign(s), mere hirelings, to only have authority and power to manage a limited certain affairs of their masters) was so new, no word in any language described the situation. The term 'government' (inferring - to lord over) was the universally accepted term for such management, so it was used. The term's original understanding has helped in extinguishing the American dream of a free society where a free individual may act, with out being acted upon.
     -- Mike, Norwalk     
     -- John Roane, Sarasota, FL      
    Most of the people in the U.S. Congress have no discernible qualifications to govern and the President has even fewer.
     -- jim k, Austin, Tx     
    Mike well said, This wisdom have I seen also under the sun, and it seemed great unto me: There was a little city, and a few men in it; and there came a great king against it, and besieged it, and built great bulwarks against it: Now there was found in it a poor wise man, and he by his wisdom delivered the city; yet no man remembered that same poor man. Then said I, Wisdom is better than strength: nevertheless the poor man's wisdom is despised, and his words are not heard.
     -- Ron w13, Yachats Or     
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