Food for thought on democracy 

imageWhether these are accurate attributions I can’t be 100% sure, but they nevertheless provide food for thought in these times of political extremism.

The American Republic will endure until the day Congress discovers that it can bribe the public with the public’s money.” ― Alexis de Tocqueville

“America is great because she is good. If America ceases to be good, America will cease to be great.” 

― Alexis de Tocqueville

“Democracy extends the sphere of individual freedom, socialism restricts it. Democracy attaches all possible value to each man; socialism makes each man a mere agent, a mere number. Democracy and socialism have nothing in common but one word: equality. But notice the difference: while democracy seeks equality in liberty, socialism seeks equality in restraint and servitude.” 

― Alexis de Tocqueville


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  1. All accurate.

    You may also want to read the Federalist papers, as well as the wisdom of Mark Twain, Thomas Edison, and Will Rogers. All readily available, and sorely lacking among almost all Americans. I particularly like Will Rogers:

    Be thankful we’re not getting all the government we are paying for

    Even if you are on the right track, you’ll get run over if you just sit there.

    I belong to no organized party. I am a Democrat.

    I don’t make jokes. I just watch the government and report the facts.

    But Mark Twain ain’t bad either:

    There is no distinctly American criminal class, save Congress.

    It ain’t what you don’t know that gets you in trouble, it is what you know for sure that just ain’t so.

    What’s the difference between a taxidermist and a tax collector? A taxidermist takes only your skin.

    Man was made at the end of the week, when God was tired.

    The first of April is the day we remember what we are the other 364 days of the year.

    Nothing needs reforming so much as other people’s habits.


  2. Some more of his quotes, that I like -“As one digs deeper into the national character of the Americans, one sees that they have sought the value of everything in this world only in the answer to this single question: how much money will it bring in?”

    “As for me, I am deeply a democrat; this is why I am in no way a socialist. Democracy and socialism cannot go together. You can’t have it both ways.” Someone needs to tell B.S., HRC and the Congress and the President this.

    Many think this stuff is new politics, they need to realize it was around over 100 years ago.

    Alexis de Tocqueville a great author of his day, died in 1859.

    Every student should be required to read his work Democracy in America.


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