"Not being able to govern events, I govern myself."
Michel de Montaigne
[Michel Eyquem De Montaigne] (1532-1592) French Renaissance scholar, philosopher, writer
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This incisive concision should be taught as a foundation of natural law's freedom, liberty, and individual sovereignty. Law enforcement is an oxymoron. Can one enforce gravity or fiscal law ? NO - it just is. The same is similar to governing. One can not lawfully govern another or their acts. One can act in harmony with justice after an act has been committed.
 -- Mike, Norwalk     
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    Part of governing one's self is to be responsible for one's own existence. The act of which is made more difficult by Government for those who actually try and easier for those who seek the loving hand of Big Brother in cradle to grave "security". The difference being those who are morally sound and those who are despicable parasites...save for the truly needy, which are a very small portion of the generational welfare class.
     -- J Carlton, Calgary     
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    Man, in his aboriginal state, possessed a perfect ability to govern himself, sans temporal government that was external to himself.

    Accordingly, all good government has its foundation in the faculty for self government inherent in Virtue constrained Sovereign Individuals.
     -- Patrick Henry, Red Hill     
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    Ever since I was a little boy I have wanted to govern myself -- I was so tired of all the prearranged 'games' and hoops to jump through each day by teachers, nuns, psychologists, social workers, guidance counselors, nurses, coaches, cops, judges, television... and to have to eat it all up as if propaganda and hypocrisy were a turkey dinner. Their games have never ceased.
     -- E Archer, NYC     
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     -- jim k, Austin      
    E Archer is very accurate. When I was young, many years ago, we didn't have all the prearranged games, no little league of that sort. We had no trouble playing pick- up games , choosing up sides without adult planning and supervision. Kids could be kids without every soccer mom worrying that some kid would be hurt. Nowadays , kids can't ride a bicycle down to the corner without adult supervision. And that's one reason we have snowflakes looking for "safe places" after the election.
     -- jim k, Austin     
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