The questions get tougher.

“Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely.” ~John Dalberg-Acton, 1st Baron Acton

My son asked me, “Do we have a bad system of government?”

“In all our associations; in all our agreements let us never lose sight of this fundamental maxim – that all power was originally lodged in, and consequently is derived from, the people.” ~George Mason

My answer was this: “No, we probably have the best system of government in the world. The founders of our country studied history. They were not afraid to look into the hearts of men and women, to see both the light and the darkness there. Our system of government was designed for people who want to live as freely as possible within the confines of civil society. Our natural rights are not granted to us by our government, but enumerated in the Bill of Rights and understood to be inalienable, impossible to take away.”

“Freedom is a possession of inestimable value.” ~Marcus Tullius Cicero

“But we have many leaders now who are weak. Not physically weak, but weak in here.” I pulled both my fists to my gut, or core. “They lack fortitude. When the president tries to usurp power for himself, more than he is afforded by the people through the Constitution, it is the DUTY of the other government leaders to use THEIR Constitutional authority to rein him in, to prevent the tyranny of dictatorship. It doesn’t matter whether that would-be dictator is seemingly benevolent or obviously malevolent. Our system of government was designed to prevent ANY totalitarianism from taking hold.”

“This and no other is the root from which a tyrant springs; when he first appears he is a protector.” ~Plato

“History does not long entrust the care of freedom to the weak or the timid.” ~Dwight D. Eisenhower

“Our system of government is not bad, but it’s not working right now. I suspect that an awful lot of our political leaders are doing what they think is best… for their own careers. We need some leaders who promise to work for the American people, and then keep that promise. We need to SEARCH for those people, WORK for those people, and VOTE for those people. And never give up. I didn’t appreciate the truth of what President Reagan said about freedom until just recently. I’m sorry that I can’t deliver a wonderful free America right into your lap. You’re going to have to work for it, too.”

“Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn’t pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same, or one day we will spend our sunset years telling our children and our children’s children what it was once like in the United States where men were free.” ~Ronald Reagan

“The world is a dangerous place, not because of those who do evil, but because of those who look on and do nothing.” ~Albert Einstein

“Your silence gives consent.” ~Plato

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