Governance

If it be asked, What is the most sacred duty and the greatest source of our security in a Republic? The answer would be, An inviolable respect for the Constitution and Laws — the first growing out of the last… A sacred respect for the constitutional law is the vital principle, the sustaining energy of a free government.1
–Alexander Hamilton

We will not be silenced, whether you’re a Christian, whether you’re a Muslim, whether you’re an atheist, you will demand your goddamn rights, and we will have our rights, one way or the other! We will never be silenced!2
–(2011) unnamed Egyptian protester

Man is capable of changing the world for the better if possible, and of changing himself for the better if necessary.3
–Viktor Frankl

If you need a victory, you aren’t a fighter, you’re an opportunist.4
–Abe Osheroff

The stuff we’re made of never goes away, with or without monuments…because the bastards will never cease their evil, and the decent human beings will never stop their struggle.5
–Abe Osheroff

Capable, generous men do not create victims, they nurture them.6


  1. Alexander Hamilton, from essay in the American Daily Advertiser (August 1794) 
  2. Tahrir protester, February 2011 
  3. Viktor Frankl 
  4. Abe Osheroff, carpenter and veteran of the Lincoln Brigade, wounded in the Spanish Civil War. Died 6 April 2008 
  5. (ibid) 
  6. Julian Assange 
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