"The opposition is indispensable. A good statesmen,
like any other sensible human being,
always learns more from his opponents
than from his fervent supporters."
by:
Walter Lippmann
(1889-1974) American writer, journalist, and political commentator
Source:
Atlantic Monthly, August 1939
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True in business too!
 -- Anonymous, Reston, VA US     
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    Though opposition is indispensable, fervent supporters (parents, teachers, consultants, etc.) will always be the primary source of education and learning.
     -- Mike, Norwalk     
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    Statesmen are elected to follow his fervent supporters. But once in office, he does what he wants, irrespective of his supporters.
     -- Joe, Rochester, MI     
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    Liberty promotes ideas -- even bad ideas. Thankfully there are those with opposing viewpoints to remind us that Freedom does not guarantee happiness -- only its pursuit...
     -- E Archer, NYC     
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    What is lacking today in the loyal opposition is the loyalty.
     -- Ken, Allyn, WA     
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