"In wartime, truth is so precious
that she should always be attended
by a bodyguard of lies."
by:
Sir Winston Churchill
(1874-1965) Prime Minister of the United Kingdom (1940-1945, 1951-1955)
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Truth needs no bodyguards, EVER ! Misinformation in time of war will keep the enemy in the dark, enhancing chances of a total take over. That whole war and perception of lies being precious bodyguards / misinformation thing, (the free sovereign can't believe a word that comes out of the government that is at war with him) tends to make one think of 9/11, Oklahoma, Obamacare, unconstitutional kinetic activities, drugs and poverty.
 -- Mike, Norwalk     
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    I suppose it all depends on, to whom, is the truth so precious? If it is a government that has a secret agenda for the future of its own citizens...then it is a symptom of manifest evil. I would add FEMA Camps to Mike's examples. And the truth behind the Federal Reserve fits right in there too.
     -- J Carlton, Calgary     
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    Verbal irony and sarcasm comes to mind... Well, the truth in America is well guarded by lies...
     -- Robken     
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    I've always been skeptic with the news media propagating government lies. As an example the Bush Government has lied to the world, just as Hitler did before WW2 when he burned down his own parliament building and blamed it on the Communist Terrorist so he could justify his creation of the Gestapo. Home Land Security ring any bells? Taking away everyone's freedom a little at a time under disguise of "security" just as the Gestapo did.
     -- Mike, Vancouver     
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    "You've got to know when to hold'em and know when to fold'em and when to keep'em close to your chest."
     -- Waffler, Smith     
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     -- Peter Kobal, Deming      
    Need to know, compartmentalization
     -- anon, anon     
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    Pure truth would lead to pure understanding and therefore peace.
     -- Fredrick William Sillik, Anytown     
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    Just goes to show the government is at war with the People.
     -- E Archer, NYC     
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    One comment, one quote except in dialogue. Mr Archer, are we not a government of the people?
     -- Fredrick William Sillik, Anytown     
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    No, 'We' are the People, not the government.  We the People have chartered a government of laws not of men.

    A republican form of government is strictly bound to a Constitution and a Bill of Rights that explicitly define limits to power.  The rights of the People are antecedent its government and cannot ever be legislated away.  The people elect their representatives in government.  So the government is subservient to the people. 

    'We' are not the government; the People have created the goverment, and since the government has no jurisdiction over We the People, you can say we 'govern' ourselves by every individual governing himself/herself.  I govern myself; you govern yourself, and we respect each others' rights.  Thomas Jefferson describes a republican form of government:

    “The way to have good and safe government is not to trust it all to one, but to divide it among the many, distributing to everyone exactly the functions in which he is competent ...

    - To let the National Government be entrusted with the defense of the nation, and its foreign and federal relations ...
    - The State Governments with the Civil Rights, Laws, Police and administration of what concerns the State generally.
    - The Counties with the local concerns, and each ward direct the interests within itself.

    It is by dividing and subdividing these Republics from the great national one down through all its subordinations until it ends in the administration of everyman's farm by himself, by placing under everyone what his own eye may superintend, that all will be done for the best.”


     -- E Archer, NYC     
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    Mr Archer
    Are you saying there are no people in government?  Government is just this lifeless instrument that rules our lives?
     -- Fredrick William Sillik, Anytown     
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    A republican form of government does not 'rule' the people; it provides a government of laws, not men, on the basis of Common Law, which has no statutes, only the rules for jurisprudence in which the inalienable and natural-born rights of humankind are adjudicated by a jury of one's own peers.  There are 3 distinct lawful jurisdictions in the USA  common law, commercial law, and admiralty/military law.  American governors and legislators have been given no charter to "rule" despite the common notion that they can make whatever rules they wish.  Power corrupts, and socialism is the theft of everyone's power to choose, put into the hands of a few or the one.
     -- E Archer, NYC     
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    Mr Archer, 
          Whatever your government is it's not effective. Your just a bunch bullying criminals in the final analysis.  Socialism is ruled by the laws of nature and believes the nature of humans are honorable. Nature is not corrupt, but is tampered by selfish individual that "turn their back on mother nature" and credit gods for her great efforts.


     -- Fredrick William Sillik, Anytown     
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    “History has taught us time and again that political power always raises its angry fist when timeless principles are lost. We know that without the scale of "self-evident truths" grounded in the "laws of nature and nature's God," every culture eventually finds itself subject to the rule of the gang or the tyranny of the individual. Recognizing this, scholars of all ages have confidently given their hearts and minds to the words, "You shall know the truth and the truth shall set you free.”
    ~ Everett Piper
     -- E Archer, NYC     
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