"Never trust governments absolutely
and always do what you can to prevent
them from doing too much harm."
John Arthur Passmore
(1914-2004) Australian philosopher
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how very true, look whats happining in the world today, not only in America.
 -- h lasky     
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    " Government is not reason, it is force. Like fire it is a dangerous servant and a fearful master". George Washington
     -- jim k, Austin,Tx     
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     -- Waffler, Smith      
    The only way to do that is to NOT comply with unconscienable dictates. Hanging a politician every year or two wouldn't hurt either.
     -- E Archer, NYC     
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     -- Sebas, Jersey City      
    Definitely not an obiter dictum.
     -- Dick, Fort Worth     
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     -- Johann Hollar, Saint Paul, MN      
    How about, from doing harm period.....
     -- RBE, Florida     
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     -- Ronw13, Oregon      
    History proves this to be accurate over and over again. We hold this truth to be self evident.
     -- Mike, Norwalk     
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    Totally agree, government that takes, by force, its people's property by taxing income, the fruits of one's labor, does EVIL.

    John Adams, "The moment the idea is accepted into society that property is not as scared as the law of God and there is not the force of law and public justice protect it, anarchy and tyranny commence."
     -- Bob Holliger, Independence, Missouri     
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    "Harm"; the occupying statist theocracy infesting this land exponentially expands affliction and anguish (harm) against the individual noble / progeny of Eternity through compelled compliance, government licenses, victimless crimes, larceny (2nd plank of the communist manifesto, social security, police state confiscations, NON-recognition of perfected allodium, etc.); and hostile NON-recognition of inalienable rights, liberty and "the laws of nature and of nature's God" (Declaration of Independence) ! ! ! The CCP's criminal puppet that would be king/god is so bold that Americans are now condemned to be murdered while heavily financing and arming humanity's enemies / child trafficking, rape, etc. are in your face policies of the day. 
     -- Mike, Norwalk     
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