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Silence, followed by the sound of crickets chirping

Voices from the grave.

"Do we not already find some persons weak enough to believe, that an officer is oblig'd to obey the orders of his superior, tho' it be even AGAINST the law! And let any one consider whether this doctrine does not directly lead even to the setting up [of] that superior officer, whoever he may be, as a tyrant."

—Samuel Adams,
Boston Gazette, Oct. 17, 1768

“"Every decision is a public contribution or a destructive act.”

—columnist David Brooks

“Patriotism is supporting your country all the time and your government when they deserve it.”

—Mark Twain

"[T]he average man has turned the rights and wrongs of things entirely around and is proud to be 'consistent,' unchanging, immovable, fossilized, where it should be his humiliation."

—Mark Twain,
"Consistency" speech, 1887

"The accumulation of all powers, legislative, executive, and judiciary, in the same hands . . . is the definition of tyranny."

—James Madison