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That government is best which governs the least...

Discussion in 'Legal & Political Archive' started by ArmsMonkey, Mar 30, 2013.

  1. ArmsMonkey

    ArmsMonkey Connecticut New Member

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    That government is best which governs the least, because its people discipline themselves. Thomas Jefferson

    So, let the people, and the local government think for themselves. The more the Federal government tries to fix an issue, the worse the situation gets. The remedies of the government are no help at all! They offer their help when it is not wanted and don't help when it's needed. They make decisions from the vacuum of Washington and not the world we live in. They don't live amongst us, they don't live like us, they should not make decisions for us. ArmsMonkey
  2. One-Eyed Ross

    One-Eyed Ross Winlock, WA Well-Known Member

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    "That government is best which governs least";(1) and I should like to see it acted up to more rapidly and systematically. Carried out, it finally amounts to this, which also I believe, — "That government is best which governs not at all" Henry David Thoreau, Civil Disobedience

    1. Possible reference to "The best government is that which governs least," motto of the United States Magazine and Democratic Review,1837-1859, or "the less government we have, the better" - from Ralph Waldo Emerson's "Politics", 1844, sometimes mistakenly attributed to Jefferson