Washington is not America. It has become an alien city-state that rules America, and much of the rest of the world, in the way that Rome ruled the Roman Empire.
~ Richard Maybury
The pattern is as old as human life. The new rulers use
more and more force, more police, more soldiers, trying to enforce more
efficient control, trying to make the planned economy work by piling
regulations on regulations, decree on decree. The people are hungry and
hungrier. And how does a man on this earth get butter? Doesn't the
government give butter? But government does not produce food from the
earth; Government is guns. It is one common distinction of all civilized
peoples, that they give their guns to the Government. Men in Government
monopolize the necessary use of force; they are not using their energies
productively; they are not milking cows. To get butter, they must use
guns; they have nothing else to use.
~ Rose Wilder Lane
present struggle seems less about abolishing big government than about who gets
to use it.
~ William Greider, One World Ready or Not