Patriotism is supporting your country all the time, and your government when it deserves it.
The problem with socialism is that you eventually run out of other peoples' money.
Election days come and go. But the struggle of the people to create a government which represents all of us and not just the one percent - a government based on the principles of economic, social, racial and environmental justice - that struggle continues.
Giving money and power to government is like giving whiskey and car keys to teenage boys.
Government's first duty is to protect the people, not run their lives.
If men were angels, no government would be necessary.
Let us never forget that government is ourselves and not an alien power over us. The ultimate rulers of our democracy are not a President and senators and congressmen and government officials, but the voters of this country.
The philosophy of the school room in one generation will be the philosophy of government in the next.
Nationalism is an infantile disease. It is the measles of mankind.
Democracy is the art and science of running the circus from the monkey cage.
If the people cannot trust their government to do the job for which it exists - to protect them and to promote their common welfare - all else is lost.
The Great Depression, like most other periods of severe unemployment, was produced by government mismanagement rather than by any inherent instability of the private economy.
A Bill of Rights is what the people are entitled to against every government, and what no just government should refuse, or rest on inference.
Real patriotism is a willingness to challenge the government when it's wrong.
The best form of government is that which is most likely to prevent the greatest sum of evil.
I don't make jokes. I just watch the government and report the facts.
It is to be regretted that the rich and powerful too often bend the acts of government to their own selfish purposes.
Our government is deeply disordered; its credit is impaired; its debt increasing; its expenditures extravagant and wasteful; its disbursements without efficient accountability; and its taxes (for duties are but taxes) enormous, unequal, and oppressive to the great producing classes of the country.
There are no necessary evils in government. Its evils exist only in its abuses.
The best argument against democracy is a five-minute conversation with the average voter.