"Those who lack the capacity to achieve much
in an atmosphere of freedom will clamor for power."
Eric Hoffer
(1902-1983) American author, philosopher, awarded Presidential Medal of Freedom
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What our Founders were afraid of when they structured our Constitution.

Semper Fi.

 -- bruski, naples FL     
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     -- jim k, Austin      
    Well this quote surely suits Barack Obama to a "T."

     -- Mary MI     
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    Those that detest liberty, choosing a religion such as socialism scream loudest for power.
     -- Mike, Norwalk     
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    Anyone for whom the pursuit of power, other than that of personal sovereignty, is a singular objective, is, necessarily, utterly unworthy of possessing power.
     -- Patrick Henry, Red Hill     
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    Ah, the quest for power, the root of humankind's oppression. Thus 'liberation' becomes the common theme for the common man throughout the ages. The heart of so many spiritual practices is humility, thankfulness, and charity as 'the way' to liberate oneself from the madness of the king's follies. It takes a lot of courage in the face of such power, to assert one's liberty -- few would choose such a path given a choice between the security of the kingsmen and the risk of liberty.
     -- E Archer, NYC     
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     -- Robert, Somewhere in the US      
    This quote fully explains modern politics.
     -- Tony L., Silver Spring, Md     
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    The most powerful American president ever-LBJ comes to mind.
     -- Cal, Lewisville, Texas     
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