"If through your vices you afflicted are,
Lay not the blame of your distress on God;
You made your rulers mighty, gave them guards,
So now you groan 'neath slavery's heavy rod."
by:
Solon
(c.638 BC-558 BC) Athenian statesman, lawmaker, Lyric poet, renowned as a founding father of the Athenian polis, one of the Seven Sages of Greece
Date:
550 B.C.
Source:
Diogenes Laërtius (trans. C. D. Yonge) The Lives and Opinions of Eminent Philosophers (1853), "Solon", sect. 5, p. 25.
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The people should not complain for letting their Government become their rulers? Au Contraire! The people must wrest their liberties and freedoms from the hands of their government....again.
 -- J Carlton, Calgary     
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    J got it right.
     -- jim k, Austin, Tx     
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    We should learn from history.
     -- Eloisa, Yuma,AZ     
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    The U.S.A. is a prime example of this quote. Because the founders left the citizenry too few checks and balances toward the establishment of THEIR Government, we now have a Government run amuck.
     -- James Young, Reno, Nevada     
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