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The struggle hasn't ended. It's only just begun in our view. In the sense that if all goes well during the elections and we emerge as the government there will still be another form of struggle. But there's going to be lots of work in reconstruction, resettling people. In the initial period we will expect all the support groups we have here in Britain and elsewhere to concentrate their efforts in enabling us to resettle our people.
Robert Mugabe

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What my campaign is about is a political revolution - millions of people standing up and saying, enough is enough. Our government belongs to all of us, and not just the hand full of billionaires.
Bernie Sanders

'My platform is about a mass awakening - multitudes of individuals rising up and asserting, that's enough. Our government is for all of us, not simply the privileged few.'
Government is not a solution to our problem, government is the problem. ... Government does not solve problems; it subsidizes them. Government's view of the economy could be summed up in a few short phrases: If it moves, tax it. If it keeps moving, regulate it. If it stops moving, subsidize it. ... The problem is not that people are taxed too little, the problem is that government spends too much.
Ronald Reagan

What luck, for governments, that the people are stupid!
Adolf Hitler

It is fortuitous for governments that the populace is uninformed!
War is when the government tells you who the bad guy is. Revolution is when you decide that for yourself.
Benjamin Franklin

Conflict is when the state designates the antagonist, whereas insurrection is when you make that judgement independently.
Now is the time to alter our government. Now is the time to stop the movement toward oligarchy. Now is the time to create a government which represents all Americans and not just the 1%... No more excuses. We must all become involved in the political process.
Bernie Sanders

When a government betrays the people by amassing too much power and becoming tyrannical, the people have no choice but to exercise their original right of self-defense — to fight the government.
Alexander Hamilton

When a government disregards the populace by accruing too much authority and becoming oppressive, the people have no recourse but to utilize their inherent right of self-preservation -- to oppose the government.
If you do not take an interest in the affairs of your government, then you are doomed to live under the rule of fools.

If you do not participate in the decisions of your government, then you are destined to exist under the governance of incompetents.
We need a revolution every 200 years, because all governments become stale and corrupt after 200 years.

We require a reinvention every 200 years, as all administrations become stagnant and untrustworthy after 200 years.
Our clear goal must be the advancement of the white race and separation of the white and black races. This goal must include freeing of the American media and government from subservient Jewish interests.
David Duke

If voting made any difference they wouldn't let us do it.
Mark Twain

If casting ballots had any impact they wouldn't permit us to do it.
If the ANC does to you what the apartheid government did to you, then you must do to the ANC what you did to the apartheid government.
Nelson Mandela

If the ANC wrongs you in the same manner as the apartheid government, then you must retaliate against them in the same way.
In the councils of government, we must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military industrial complex. The potential for the disastrous rise of misplaced power exists and will persist. We must never let the weight of this combination endanger our liberties or democratic processes. We should take nothing for granted. Only an alert and knowledgeable citizenry can compel the proper meshing of the huge industrial and military machinery of defense with our peaceful methods and goals, so that security and liberty may prosper together.
Dwight D. Eisenhower

There is nothing government can give you that it hasn't taken from you in the first place.
Winston Churchill

'No matter what the state provides, it has already extracted its due in return.'
If more government is the answer, then it was a really stupid question.
Ronald Reagan

If increased state intervention is the solution, then the inquiry was ill-conceived.
It's time to make our government work for all of us... and not just the 1%.
Bernie Sanders

It is incumbent upon us to ensure our elected officials are responsive to the needs of all citizens... and not simply a privileged few.
The end of democracy and the defeat of the American Revolution will occur when government falls into the hands of lending institutions and moneyed incorporations.
Thomas Jefferson

The termination of democratic sovereignty and the vanquishing of the American Revolution will transpire when government is under the control of financial institutions and moneyed enterprises.
The problem with me is that I am fifty or one hundred years ahead of my time. My speed is very fast. Some ministers have had to drop out of my government because they could not keep up.
Idi Amin

'My progression is so swift that I seem to be living in a different era compared to my contemporaries. My velocity is extraordinary, causing some members of my administration to resign due to their incapability to keep pace.'
The people alone have an incontestable, unalienable, and indefeasible right to institute government and to reform, alter, or totally change the same when their protection, safety, prosperity, and happiness require it.
Alexander Hamilton

Yes, friends, governments in capitalist society are but committees of the rich to manage the affairs of the capitalist class.
James Connolly

'Indeed, in a capitalist nation, administrations are essentially assemblies of the affluent to oversee the interests of the capitalist order.'
If the Irish once find out that there are any circumstances in which they can get free government grants, we shall have a system of mendicancy [begging] such as the world never knew”. After a million had starved to death he stated “The great evil with which we have to contend is not the physical evil of the famine, but the moral evil of the selfish, perverse and turbulent character of the people.
Charles Trevelyan

Government is an institution which prevents injustice other than such as it commits itself.
Ibn Khaldun

Regime is an establishment that obstructs inequity apart from its own.
My mission is to lead the country out of a bad situation of corruption, depression and slavery. After I rid the country of these vices, I will then organize and supervise a general election of a genuinely democratic civilian government.
Idi Amin

Friend, you cannot legislate the poor into freedom by legislating the wealthy out of freedom. And what one person receives without working for, another person must work for without receiving. The government can't give to anybody anything that the government does not first take from somebody. And when half of the people get the idea they don't have to work because the other half's going to take care of them, and when the other half get the idea it does no good to work because somebody's going to get what I work for. That, dear friend, is about the end of any nation.
Adrian Rogers

If there is not justice for the people, let there be no peace for the government.
Emiliano Zapata

If there is no equity for the masses, let not tranquility reign for the ruling power.
Guess what this liberal would be all about? This liberal will be about socializing...uh, um...Would be about, basically, taking over, and the government running all of your companies.
Maxine Waters

This progressive will be about socializing...uh, um...Would be about, basically, controlling, and the government managing all of your businesses.
I would rather have a country run like hell by Filipinos than a country run like heaven by the Americans, because however a bad Filipino government might be, we can always change it.
Manuel L. Quezon

I would rather have a nation governed incompetently by Filipinos than a country administered perfectly by the Americans, because however flawed Filipino leadership may be, we can always strive to make it better.
He is a weak ruler who needs religion to uphold his government; it is as if he would catch his people in a trap.
Mustafa Kemal Ataturk

He is an ineffectual leader who relies on faith to sustain his regime; it's akin to ensnaring his populace.
It’s ridiculous to talk about freedom in a society dominated by huge corporations. What kind of freedom is there inside a corporation? They’re totalitarian institutions - you take orders from above and maybe give them to people below you. There’s about as much freedom as under Stalinism.
Noam Chomsky

The government does a lot of stuff that it shouldn't do - the Department of Education, for instance.
Milo Yiannopoulos

The government carries out many activities that are outside its jurisdiction - the Department of Education, for example.
We preferred our own way of living. We were no expense to the government. All we wanted was peace and to be left alone.
Crazy Horse

We favored our own lifestyle. We posed no burden to the state. All we sought was tranquility and to be left undisturbed.
People say, 'The government couldn't carry out the September 11th attack, it's too big, they'd get caught!' They DID get caught! They're just counting on you to be dumb and to go along with it.
Alex Jones

'Individuals state, 'The administration couldn't execute the September 11th assault, it's too expansive, they'd be discovered!' Yet, THEY WERE caught! They're simply trusting you to be dim and to agree with it.'
No people without a government of their own can expect to be treated on the same level as people of independent sovereign states. It is far better to be free to govern or misgovern yourself than to be governed by anybody else . . .
Kwame Nkrumah

I have no doubt in my mind that our chief national problems relating to the eradication of poverty, illiteracy and disease and the scientific production and distribution can be tackled only along socialistic lines.The Very first thing that our future national government will have to do is to set up a commission for drawing up a comprehensive plan for reconstruction.
Subhas Chandra Bose

A government which does not trust its citizens to be armed is not itself to be trusted.
Niccolo Machiavelli

A government which does not believe in its citizens' right to bear arms cannot be trusted.
The John Birch Society is Communism's greatest ally. With its help we will divide and confuse the American people until they have lost faith in their Government, their nation has ceased to be a major world power, and their country is ripe for revolution.
Nikita Khrushchev

I don't give a damn what queers do, and don't give a damn what Christians do. Just get the hell out of my way because I want to live my life and I don't want the government sucking 60% of my wages off my ass.
Alex Jones

The continuation of authority has frequently proved the undoing of democratic governments. Repeated elections are essential to the system of popular governments, because there is nothing so dangerous as to suffer power to be vested for a long time in one citizen. The people become accustomed to obeying him, and he becomes accustomed to commanding, hence the origin of usurpation and tyranny.
Simon Bolivar

If all that Americans want is security, they can go to prison. They'll have enough to eat, a bed and a roof over their heads. But if an American wants to preserve his dignity and his equality as a human being, he must not bow his neck to any dictatorial government.
Dwight D. Eisenhower

All that the South has ever desired was that the Union, as established by our forefathers, should be preserved, and that the government as originally organized should be administered in purity and truth.
Robert E. Lee

I can concede that the government has no knowledge of the people, but I believe the people know less of the government. There are useless officials, evil, if you like, but there are also good ones, and these are not able to accomplish anything because they encounter an inert mass, the population that takes little part in matters that concern them.
Jose Rizal

Americans like to talk about (or be told about) Democracy but, when put to the test, usually find it to be an 'inconvenience.' We have opted instead for an authoritarian system disguised as a Democracy. We pay through the nose for an enormous joke-of-a-government, let it push us around, and then wonder how all those assholes got in there.
Frank Zappa

No responsibility of government is more fundamental than the responsibility of maintaining the highest standard of ethical behavior for those who conduct the public business.
John F. Kennedy

The utmost duty of government is to ensure that all those engaged in public affairs adhere to the highest ethical standards.
History will judge societies and governments - and their institutions - not by how big they are or how well they serve the rich and the powerful, but by how effectively they respond to the needs of the poor and the helpless.
Cesar Chavez

We do not believe in government through the voting booth. The Spanish national will was never freely expressed through the ballot box. Spain has no foolish dreams.
Francisco Franco

We reject the notion of political engagement by way of elections. The Spanish populace has never had a genuine opportunity to express their will through suffrage. Spain does not entertain any unrealistic aspirations.
It is hard to imagine a more stupid or more dangerous way of making decisions than by putting those decisions in the hands of people who pay no price for being wrong.
Thomas Sowell

It is difficult to conceive of a more foolish or perilous method of making judgments than entrusting such choices to individuals who suffer no consequences for being mistaken.
It's hard, when you're up to your armpits in alligators, to remember you came here to drain the swamp.
Ronald Reagan

It's difficult, when you are neck-deep in difficulties, to recall that you were here to solve the problem.
When there is no middle class, and the poor greatly exceed in number, troubles arise, and the state soon comes to an end.

When the middle class is absent, and those of low wealth vastly outnumber them, difficulties emerge, and the government quickly dissolves.
It's not tyranny we desire; it's a just, limited, federal government.
Alexander Hamilton

We yearn not for autocracy, but a judicious, circumscribed, national government.
Our Republic and its press will rise or fall together," Pulitzer wrote. "An able, disinterested, public-spirited press, with trained intelligence to know the right and courage to do it, can preserve that public virtue without which popular government is a sham and a mockery. A cynical, mercenary, demagogic press will produce in time a people as base as itself. The power to mould the future of the Republic will be in the hands of the journalists of future generations.
Joseph Pulitzer