"The most important political office is that of private citizen."
Justice Louis D. Brandeis
(1856-1941) US Supreme Court Justice
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 -- Waffler, Smith, Arkansas      
Would that we would make private citizens out of 90% of those in the US Congress, and soon.
 -- jim k, austin     
    Good quote! Too bad the politicians don;t understand it They expose themselves when their records shows they vote party line with no consideration for the citizen or country.
     -- J.P. Jones, Summerville     
    'Self-government' means exactly that. There is way too much emphasis upon 'government' solving our problems -- that emphasis, of course, is made by government itself in its attempt to make us all dependents upon it and servants to it. Freedom means responsibility.
     -- E Archer, NYC     
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    I would change 'private citizen' to individual King, Caesar, and Sovereign. The original Constitutional Republic had no inherent rights, but duties only. Each and every - any and all rights, authority, and power were extended by, from and through individual Sovereigns 'We The People'.
     -- Mike, Norwalk     
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    A great quote, and one I agree with whole heartedly. I think that this should be the number one lesson taught to students in civics class, and if every citizen understood that they play the most important role in our government (that is choosing who will represent us locally and federally) we would have a far better nation.
     -- Curtis, Media     
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     -- Anonymous      
    Never underestimate your enemy. Even more so, never underestimate yourself ! The knowledge of ones Individual Sovereignty. O for the good life and the knowledge that being good provides. Sometimes all that glitters is not gold ! Many things influence the being, manipulation of the individual, the tool of power. " Although the good is not being" it is superior to in rank and power " it is what provides for knowledge and truth. " Plato. Never underestimate the individual to receive Good knowledge, it awakens the child to justice, truth, equality and the forms of beauty, art which is graceful in motion. An expression in nature that surrounds us all.
     -- Ronw13, Yachats Or     
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