"Republics are created by the virtue, public spirit, and
intelligence of the citizens. They fall, when the wise are banished
from the public councils, because they dare to be honest, and
the profligate are rewarded, because they flatter the people,
in order to betray them."
by:
Justice Joseph Story
(1779-1845) US Supreme Court Justice
Date:
1833
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 -- Thomas M McGovern, Jersey City, NJ 
 -- Anonymous, Reston, VA US 
Tis the concept of virtue that has been lost in our society. Equal opportunity has been traded for equal results and envy, and liberty has been exchanged for license. With this, we cannot survive (and maybe shouldn't.)
 -- Michael , Houston, TX
 
Well said Michael
 -- Mike, Norwalk
 
When Americans are ready to start hearing painful truths and acting on them, there may yet be hope. But we thrive on fantasy, and the truth is depressing and only points to the huge mess there is to clean up. Most prefer their 'soma', in whatever form.
 -- E Archer, NYC
 
 -- Joe, Rochester, MI 
 -- CHARLES L. BROY, East Peoria,Illinois 
Objective truth is a commodity and a rare one at that. Well it is said that people prefer to gather for themselves fashionable men who tickle their itching ears rather than suffer those intolerable souls with the temerity to proclaim truths that deliver men from present danger and distress.
 -- Randall D. Dunning, Garland, TX
 
Now that the Public Indoctrination system has reduced the collective IQ to that of a house plant...the general public has no idea what the founding principles of the nation are and have become almost completely incapable of critical thinking. Teach your children well...
 -- J Carlton, Calgary
 
Michael, Archer, Randall, and J, you guys said it well, really well.
 -- jim k, Austin, Tx
 
Kudos to all of you and your excellent commentaries! We've had far too many generations indoctrinated into living in the Fog Of the Unknown!
 -- Mary - MI
 
Leaders are men of integrity. The masses ridicule them. Call them stupid and out of date. Lies and slander is all that will be printed or broadcast about them while the panderers will be hailed as "visionary", we are all responsible for allowing the "information" peddlers to fill the minds of the gullible with rot. It is time to clean out the vipers nest and be vigilant protecting our liberty from them. so that Obama can sue the state again.
 -- warren, olathe
 
 
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