Give me liberty or give me death…

They who would give up an essential liberty for temporary security, deserve neither liberty or security.
— Benjamin Franklin

Of course the people don’t want war. But after all, it’s the leaders of the country who determine the policy, and it’s always a simple matter to drag the people along whether it’s a democracy, a fascist dictatorship, or a parliament, or a communist dictatorship. Voice or no voice, the people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. That is easy. All you have to do is tell them they are being attacked, and denounce the pacifists for lack of patriotism, and exposing the country to greater danger.
— Herman Goering

Thanks to Chris for sharing these with me. It’s something to consider… as our government attempts to rape us of our civil liberties with the reasoning of security and as their only real argument. The second quote seems almost too eerily dead-on. Seems our boys in the White House are certainly learning from the past about the best ways to control their little sheep, the American public. And we all seem to be shrieking our fears in a chorus of “baas.”

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  1. i could not agree more
    “A person is smart, but people are stupid.” The bigger a group is, the more likely it is to act like a herd. Here’s an experiment – go stand on a street corner, downtown, at lunchtime and stare, rapt, up at something. A window, a lamp post, whatever. Ten minutes later, everyone’s doing it. And in Life, the herd mentality even works on smart people. -bungie.net

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