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206 mush quotations of 6,095, showing United States Army to Wolfe

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If you have wondered how we strayed so far from the ideas that made our western democratic societies great, read on. The quotations below reveal the thinking (or lack of it!) of leaders and opinion-shapers of our time.

In a few cases, the quotations are from people now reviled by our society. Read these in the context of today's world of ever-growing and ever-encroaching governments.

United States Army
 Democracy, n.: A government of the masses. Authority derived through mass meeting or any other form of direct expression. Results in mobocracy. Attitude toward property is communistic... negating property rights. Attitude toward law is that the will of the majority shall regulate, whether it is based upon deliberation or governed by passion, prejudice, and impulse, without restraint or regard to consequences. Result is demagogism, license, agitation, discontent, anarchy.

1928 - from U. S. Army Training Manual No. 2000-25, in use from 1928-1932
Wappel, Tom  
 How is it that you are writing me for my help if you did not think enough of my abilities to justify voting for me? ... I can decide who to help or not.

May 10, 2001 - from a letter to his constituent, an elderly veteran asking for help getting benefits, and from the resulting story in the National Post
Ward, Lester Frank
 The secret of the superiority of state over private education lies in the fact that in the former the teacher is responsible to society... The result desired by the state is a wholly different one from that desired by parents, guardians, and pupils.

1897
 The school will fill the place now occupied by the church.

1883
Westmoreland, Gen. William
 Without censorship, things can get terribly confused in the public mind.

Wolfe, Alan
 Middle-class Americans have added an Eleventh Commandment: "Thou shalt not judge."

1998 - from a speech to journalists in Washington, similar assertion also appears in One Nation, After All