Of course the people don’t want war. But after all, it’s the leaders of the country who determine the policy, and it’s always a simple matter to drag the people along whether it’s a democracy, a fascist dictatorship, or a parliament, or a communist dictatorship. Voice or no voice, the people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. That is easy. All you have to do is tell them they are being attacked, and denounce the pacifists for lack of patriotism, and exposing the country to greater danger.
— Herman Goering at the Nuremberg trials
If Tyranny and Oppression come to this land, it will be in the guise of fighting a foreign enemy.
— James Madison while a United States Congressman
Perhaps being reactionary has its drawbacks. But really after thinking about it I think erring on the side of caution is better than not. Seeing the world develop around us, seeing the changes occurring in our civil liberties and witnessing the gross negligence to the limits of Constitutional powers makes me afraid. I suppose that there is a small group that holds the candle while the rest of society goes on whoring, hording and fulfilling whatever other daily wants. And although there isn’t substantial proof and perhaps these views can be regarded as phobic in nature I must stress that the man who trades freedom for security does not deserve nor will he ever receive either.
— Benjamin Franklin
time you wrote your “representatives” to ensure your voice is heard? When’s the last time you peacefully protested? When is the last time you refused to shop, buy or see something? Voting is not enough!