"Arbitrary power is most easily established
on the ruins of Liberty abused to licentiousness."
George Washington
(1732-1799) Founding Father, 1st US President, 'Father of the Country'
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 -- Roybert Redford, Redfrod, MI      
 -- Joe, Rochester, MI      
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 -- Shiva B. Nepali Pradhan, Kathmandu, Nepal      
Welcome to Obamunist's Amerika
 -- Mike, Norwalk     
     -- Logan, Memphis, TN      
    The easiest way to enslave yourself is to abuse your freedom. That's why it's such a temptation.
     -- Ken, Allyn, WA     
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    ...Great, wise George Washington. Control of our action and speeches are as important as freedom.
     -- Elisabeth, Astoria, NY     
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    Oh, so now you tell me...
     -- Jim Birsen, Midddleburgh, NY     
    The quote can be twisted to justify an oppressive government because 'the people cannot be trusted' with their liberty. I would hope that Washington here is speaking of the People's government that use their official power to get more power. I think arbitrary power is most easily established when the People have no way of enforcing the checks and balances set up by the Constitution. When we must count on the government to govern itself, we have lost control of our government -- I believe that to be the case today.
     -- E Archer, NYC     
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     -- Ronw13, Oregon      
     -- jim k, Austin      
    That I could rate this quote innumerable times with unlimited stars. We hold this truth to be self evident. The occupying statist theocracy infesting this land does not exist with a dogma or canon execution that would enhance or protect inalienable rights, liberty, individual sovereignty, or "the laws of nature and of nature's God" (Declaration of Independence). The current occupying statist theocracy infesting this land did establish itself by not just ruining liberty BUT ! ! !, with licentiousness and arbitrary power. 
     -- Mike, Norwalk     
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