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Government can be preserved only by statesmen with knowledge in proportion to their task.
    —   Plato
[A “loyal” opposition / minority party, should be working to guide government to better policies through compromise, not fighting to stop EVERYTHING dead in the water.  The same is true when you have a unified government in control of both the White House and Congress.  A “loyal” majority party should not have to force anything through with no concessions to the minority.  The majority party needs to be particularly careful when the dis-loyal minority attempts to force you into these actions.  Their purpose is to create a “moral equivalency” to justify their past actions and further / future undemocratic actions when / if the dis-loyal minority ever manages to regain control of the government.    —    KMAB]
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The true lover of knowledge naturally strives for truth, and is not content with common opinion, but soars with undimmed and unwearied passion till he grasps the essential nature of things.
   —    Plato
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Musical training is a more potent instrument than any other, because rhythm and harmony find their way into the inward places of the soul; on which they mightily fasten, imparting grace, and making the soul of him who is rightly educated graceful, or of him who is ill-educated ungraceful; and also because he who has received this education of the inner being will most shrewdly perceive omissions or faults in art and nature, and with a true taste, while he praises and rejoices over and receives into his soul the good, and becomes noble and good, he will justly blame and hate the bad, now in the days of his youth, even before he is able to know the reason why; and when reason comes he will recognize and salute the friend with whom his education has made him long familiar.
   —    Plato
From:   “The Republic
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We are, as Plato beautifully says, born not for ourselves alone.  Our country claims a share in our existence, and our friends a share.   . . .The whole produce of the earth was created for the use of men, and men themselves are here for the sake of their fellow men that they may mutually assist one another.
    —    Marcus Tullius Cicero
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The price of freedom is eternal vigilance.
   ―    Leonard Henry Courtney
The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.
   —    Edmund Burke
The price good men pay for indifference to public affairs is to be ruled by evil men.
   ―    Plato
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The price good men pay for indifference to public affairs is to be ruled by evil men.
    ―    Plato
[Actually, I believe this is the “cost” of indifference, the “price” paid is freedom, security and — ultimately — blood.
And, although I am a life-long Democrat, I am not foolish enough to believe the members of the party I disagree with (Republicans) are unanimously “evil”; misguided maybe, but not evil.  There have been (and will be) evil Democrats and Independents as well.     —    KMAB]
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Wise men speak because they have something to say; fools because they have to say something.
   ―    Plato
[But which witch is which?  And is now, then?   —    KMAB]
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