"Nothing can be more readily disproved than the old saw,
"You can't keep a good man down." Most human societies
have been beautifully organized to keep good men down."
John W. Gardner
(1912-2002) US Secretary of Health, Education, and Welfare under President Lyndon Johnson, President of the Carnegie Corporation, founder Common Cause and Independent Sector
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That is probably right considering the US was really the first major experiment to eliminate tyranny rule by the majority/minority, monarch, etc. And since such advent, government schools, tabloid media complex, etc. have followed suit to beautifully keep the good men down.
 -- Mike, Norwalk     
    Not only have most human societies been organized to keep good men down, they do it after they've taken what good the man has and twisted and used it to their benefit first, and of course to the detriment of everyone else.
     -- Anon     
    And in this case the rich white man is most likely to be the arm of society which performs this task, as the one kept down represents potential future competition to them...
     -- Anonymous, Reston, VA, US     
    Excellent Quote! Yep, the rich old men who own the banks and the political whores who live in their pockets are doing their very best to not only keep good men down, but to control everything we do. They do it by teaching us what to think and controlling our access to guns and medical care. They feed us poison by way of pharmaceuticals and devalue our currency whenever we start to actually save enough to retire. You're not supposed to retire, you're supposed to die.The state can't afford to keep you beyond your taxpaying years. As Krishnamurti said..."A profoundly sick society".
     -- J Carlton, Calgary     
    And that is coming to an end. We need to end the way we are being governed - the people need to take back their sovereignty, their liberty, their life. We need to end this rampant escalation of corporate dominance and end our disastrous foreign policy. We need the blacklist Blackwater; we need to totally do away with ANY form of contributions to politicians either by lobbyists, corporations or individuals; we need to cut the military budget in half; we need to disband the CIA and the FR; we need to go back to voting on paper; we need to get out of other countries; we need to increase spending on education; we need Universal health care; we need to provide jobs for the unemployed like rebuilding Americas infrastructure; we need to get back to a manufacturing based economy; we need to stop religious tax exempt organizations who are politically active; and above all, we need leaders that are ethical and don't give %$@* about being threatened by our military and corporate America.
     -- RBESRQ     
    A self defeating statement. Tell this to Obama, Trump, Gates, Jobs, Buffet etcetera. I the best example of all Abe Lincoln. All you have to do is just keep getting up!
     -- Waffler, Smith     
    Waffler, with the possible exceptions of Gates, Trump and Jobs....none of those are "good" men. Certainly Obama and Lincoln fall in the category of "Statists" hellbent on destroying American Liberty, and that is completely UN American.
     -- J Carlton, Calgary     
    J I just came from Callaway Gardens near Columbus, Ga. this afternoon. A quote from one of its founders, about three generations of folk involved there. The quote said "it is amazing what impact a single person can make". I just thought it very approps to this discussion.
     -- Waffler, Smith     
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