"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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     -- jim k, Austin      
    Lame. A true statesman learns from his mentors, his masters who understand the mysteries of govt. He has the duty to outmaneuver the tyrants and has nothing to learn from them but how not to be.
     -- Don Lee, Reno     
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