“The President is merely the most important among a large number of public servants. He should be supported or opposed exactly to the degree which is warranted by his good conduct or bad conduct, his efficiency or inefficiency in rendering loyal, able, and disinterested service to the Nation as a whole. Therefore it is absolutely necessary that there should be full liberty to tell the truth about his acts, and this means that it is exactly necessary to blame him when he does wrong as to praise him when he does right. Any other attitude in an American citizen is both base and servile. To announce that there must be no criticism of the President, or that we are to stand by the President, right or wrong, is not only unpatriotic and servile, but is morally treasonable to the American public. Nothing but the truth should be spoken about him or any one else. But it is even more important to tell the truth, pleasant or unpleasant, about him than about any one else.”

~Teddy Roosevelt
reported in the Kansas City Star, May 7, 1918

“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. It works the same in any country.”

~Hermann Goering

“I will never apologize for the United States of America — I don’t care what the facts are.”

~George Bush, Newsweek, August 15, 1989 (commenting on the shooting down of an Iranian airliner by the US warship Vincennes, killing 290 civilian passengers)

“If this were a dictatorship, it’d be a heck of a lot easier… just as long as I’m the dictator….”

~George W. Bush Dec 18, 2000

“Our enemies are innovative and resourceful, and so are we. They never stop thinking about new ways to harm our country and our people, and neither do we.”

~George W. Bush

“There ought to be limits to freedom”

~George W. Bush

“You know I could run for governor but I’m basically a media creation. I’ve never done anything. I’ve worked for my dad. I worked in the oil business. But that’s not the kind of profile you have to have to get elected to public office.”

~George W. Bush, 1989

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