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The coziness between church and state is good for the state and bad for the church.   G.K. Chesterton

When the Government fears the people, there is Liberty . When the people fear the Government there is Tyranny.  Unknown

The framers of our Constitution meant we were to have freedom of religion, not freedom from religion.   Billy Graham

Politics are not the task of a Christian.   Dietrich Bonhoeffer

Politics draws lines between people; in contrast, Jesus’ love cuts across those lines and dispenses grace. That does not mean, of course, that Christians should not involve themselves in politics. It simply means that as we do so we must not let the rules of power displace the command to love.   Philip Yancey

To let politics become a cesspool, and then avoid it because it is a cesspool, is a double crime.   Unknown

A conservative believes nothing should be done for the first time. Thomas Fuller

Politics: A strife of interests masquerading as a contest of principles. The conduct of public affairs for private advantage.   Ambrose Bierce

At a time when our country is waging two wars, approval ratings for Congress are at historic lows, unemployment is at a 70-year high and financial institutions have collapsed around us, I can’t imagine anyone seriously opposing a National Day of Prayer.  Franklin Graham

I see the confusion of politics and religion as one of the greatest barriers to grace. C. S. Lewis observed that almost all crimes of Christian history have come about when religion is confused with politics. Politics, which always runs by the rules of ungrace, allures us to trade away grace for power, a temptation the church has often been unable to resist.   Philip Yancey

It is not in the nature of politics that the best men should be elected. The best men do not want to govern their fellowmen.  George Macdonald

The marvel of all history is the patience with which men and women submit to burdens unnecessarily laid upon them by their governments.   William Edgar Borah

Politicians and diapers should be changed frequently and all for the same reason.  José Maria de Eça de Queiroz

Men in authority will always think that criticism of their policies is dangerous. They will always equate their policies with patriotism, and find criticism subversive.   Henry Steele Commager

You can never have a revolution in order to establish a democracy. You must have a democracy in order to have a revolution.   G.K. Chesterton

If the freedom of speech is taken away then dumb and silent we may be led, like sheep to the slaughter.  George Washington

In a society governed passively by free markets and free elections, organized greed always defeats disorganized democracy.    Matt Taibbi

It is well enough that people of the nation do not understand our Banking and Monetary system, for if they did, I believe there would be a Revolution before tomorrow morning.   Henry Ford

Every Christian ought to vote in every election on every issue! Don’t leave it to the worldly crowd. Vote without fail!   Shelton Smith

In America, we have a system in which multi-billionaire elitists select millionaire candidates for the Democratic and Republican parties. The people are then free to select which candidates they think will screw them the least. We call this Democracy.  Gary Amirault

All our political forms are exhausted and practically nonexistent. Our parliamentary and electoral system and our political parties are just as futile as dictatorships are intolerable. Nothing is left. And this nothing is increasingly aggressive, totalitarian, and omnipresent. Our experience today is the strange one of empty political institutions in which no one has any confidence any more, of a system of government which functions only in the interests of a political class, and at the same time of the almost infinite growth of power, authority, and social control which makes any one of our democracies a more authoritarian mechanism than the Napoleonic state.   Jacques Ellul

Government, when it is examined, turns out to be nothing more nor less than a group of fallible men with the political force to act as though they were infallible.   Robert LeFevre

Elections are won by men and women chiefly because most people vote against somebody rather than for somebody.   Franklin Pierce Adams

Why is it that “compassionate” conservative, gun toting, patriotic, politically right wing Christians usually behave and speak more like Jewish Pharisees, Sadducees, lawyers and scribes than Jesus Christ?   Gary Amirault

The problem, of course, lies with the realities concealed from us. This has always been the case. While the American public has slowly grappled with ongoing injustices visible within our own borders, it has long failed to discover and correct our government’s abuses abroad. In the end, however, this is our government, and torture is being utilized in our names and supported by our tax dollars. We are responsible.   Jennifer Harbury

A State divided into a small number of rich and a large number of poor will always develop a government manipulated by the rich to protect the amenities represented by their property.   Harold Laski 

We’re not a democracy. It’s a terrible misunderstanding and a slander to the idea of democracy to call us that. In reality, we’re a plutocracy: a government by the wealthy.   Ramsey Clark 

It should be no surprise that when rich men take control of the government, they pass laws that are favorable to themselves. The surprise is that those who are not rich vote for such people, even though they should know from bitter experience that the rich will continue to rip off the rest of us. Perhaps the reason is that rich men are very clever at covering up what they do.   Andrew Greeley 

The meek shall inherit the earth, but not its mineral rights.   J. Paul Getty

If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it. The lie can be maintained only for such time as the State can shield the people from the political, economic and/or military consequences of the lie. It thus becomes vitally important for the State to use all of its powers to repress dissent, for the truth is the mortal enemy of the lie, and thus by extension, the truth is the greatest enemy of the State.   Joseph Goebbels, German Minister of Propaganda, 1933-1945

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Politics

Everybody has a little bit of Watergate in him.   Billy Graham

At a time when our country is waging two wars, approval ratings for Congress are at historic lows, unemployment is at a 70-year high and financial institutions have collapsed around us, I can’t imagine anyone seriously opposing a National Day of Prayer.   Franklin Graham

In politics the first act of the professional politician is to accuse the other side of being professional politicians.   Bill Vaughan

The spirit of resistance to government is so valuable on certain occasions, that I wish it to be always kept alive. It will often be exercised when wrong, but better so than not to be exercised at all. I like a little rebellion now and then.   Thomas Jefferson 

He who surrenders himself without reservation to the temporal claims of a nation, or a party, or a class is rendering to Caesar that which, of all things, most emphatically belongs to God: himself.   C.S. Lewis

Politics are not the task of a Christian.    Dietrich Bonhoeffer

He who accepts evil without protesting against it is really cooperating with it.  Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

The coziness between church and state is good for the state and bad for the church.   G.K. Chesterton

I see the confusion of politics and religion as one of the greatest barriers to grace. C. S. Lewis observed that almost all crimes of Christian history have come about when religion is confused with politics. Politics, which always runs by the rules of ungrace, allures us to trade away grace for power, a temptation the church has often been unable to resist.   Philip Yancey

Politics draws lines between people; in contrast, Jesus’ love cuts across those lines and dispenses grace. That does not mean, of course, that Christians should not involve themselves in politics. It simply means that as we do so we must not let the rules of power displace the command to love.    Philip Yancey

You can never have a revolution in order to establish a democracy. You must have a democracy in order to have a revolution.   G.K. Chesterton

It is dangerous to be right when the government is wrong.    Voltaire

Mankind must put an end to war, or war will put an end to mankind…War will exist until that distant day when the conscientious objector enjoys the same reputation and prestige that the warrior does today.    John F. Kennedy 

The framers of our Constitution meant we were to have freedom of religion, not freedom from religion.   Billy Graham

It is not in the nature of politics that the best men should be elected. The best men do not want to govern their fellowmen.   George Macdonald

That once a year we should hang someone in government as an example to his fellows.   Lyn Nofziger

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