This Constitution is really, in its formation, a government of the people...No government before introduced among mankind ever contained so many checks and such efficacious restraints to prevent it from degenerating into any species of oppression...The balances arising from the distribution of the legislative, executive, and judicial powers are the best that have [ever] been instituted." -George Washington
"The Constitution…approaches nearer to perfection than any government hitherto instituted among men." -George Washington
From "The 5000 Year Leap"
This from an interview From former president Bill Clinton in an Interview on MTV's "Enough is Enough" Forum:
"When we got organized as a country and we wrote a fairly radical Constitution with a radical Bill of Rights, giving a radical amount of individual freedom to Americans, it was assumed that the Americans who had that freedom would use it responsibly.... [However, now] there's a lot of irresponsibility. And so a lot of people say there's too much freedom. When personal freedom's being abused, you have to move to limit it."
Progressive, Hillary Clinton, wife of Bill Clinton, and OUR United States Secretary of State, serving in the administration of President Barack Obama, TODAY.
Well, this is what I have to say, (or I will have Benjamin Franklin and Thomas Paine say it for me!)
"Only a virtuous people are capable of freedom. As nations become corrupt and vicious, they have more need of masters."
- Benjamin Franklin
"What we obtain too cheap, we esteem too lightly. Heaven knows how to put a proper price upon its goods; and it would be strange indeed, if so celestial an article as Freedom should not be highly rated." -Thomas Paine
Know your enemy.
"America is like a healthy body and its resistance is threefold: its patriotism, its morality, and its spiritual life. If we can undermine these three areas, America will collapse from within." -Josef Stalin