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Some people select individual leadership based mainly on personality, appearance, oratory, gender, charisma or race. Others study and select “systems” (developed, tested and proven by millions of people over decades or even centuries) and then select the best qualified individual or leader who knows and
support the particular “system” selected.
Kariem A. Haqq

“Education is not the number one priority, useful education is.
All knowledge is not equal, strive for the best thereof.”
Kariem A. Haqq

“You cannot bring about prosperity by discouraging thrift. You cannot strengthen the weak by weakening the strong. You cannot help the wage earner by pulling down the wage payer. You cannot further the brotherhood of man by encouraging class hatred. You cannot help the poor by destroying the rich. You cannot build character and courage by taking away man’s initiative and incentive. You cannot help men permanently by doing for them what they should do for themselves.”
Reverend William J. H. Boetcke

“Far better is it to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs, even though checkered by failure… than to rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy nor suffer much, because they live in a
gray twilight that knows not victory nor defeat.”
Theodore Roosevelt

“When the government fears the people it is a democracy… .
when the people fear their government it is tyranny…”

James Madison

“Those unaware are unaware of being unaware.” Merrill Jenkins Sr. (my dear and beloved friend, May God forgive you your sins and bless your courageous soul in the garden of Paradise. You will always be remembered and admired)

“It is not the critic who counts: not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles or where the doer of deeds could have done better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood, who strives valiantly, who errs and comes up short again and again, because there is no effort without error or shortcoming, but who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions, who spends himself for a worthy cause; who, at the best, knows, in the end, the triumph of high achievement, and who, at the worst, if he fails, at least he fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who knew neither victory nor defeat.” “Citizenship in a Republic, “
Theodore Roosevelt Speech at the Sorbonne, Paris, April 23, 1910

“I do not choose to be a common man. It is my right to be uncommon, if I can. I seek opportunity, not security. I do not wish to be a kept citizen, humbled and dulled by having the state look after me. I want to take the calculated risk; to dream and to build, to fail and to succeed. I refuse to barter incentive for a dole. I prefer the challenges of life to the guaranteed existence; the thrill of fulfillment to the stale calm of utopia. I will not trade freedom for beneficence nor my dignity for a handout. I will never cower before any master nor bend to any threat. It is my heritage to stand erect, proud and unafraid; to think and act for myself, enjoy the benefit of my creations, and to face the world boldly and say, this I have done. All this is what it means to be an American.” Theodore Roosevelt

“The statesman, who should attempt to direct people in what manner they ought to employ their capital, would not only load himself with a most unnecessary attention, but assume an authority which could safely be trusted, not only to no single person, but to no council or senate whatever, and which would nowhere be so dangerous as in the hands of a man who had folly and presumption enough to fancy himself fit to exercise it.” 
Adam Smith

“Political leadership can only reflect influential opinion. There is no way to improve the quality of political leadership except as we lift t level of influential opinion – and this is an educational task.”
Leonard Read

“The will of man is not shattered, but softened, bent, and guided; men are seldom forced by it to act, but they are constantly restrained from acting. Such a power does not destroy, but it prevents existence; it does not tyrannize, but it compresses, enervates, extinguishes, and stupefies a people, till each nation is reduced to nothing better than a flock of timid and industrious animals, of which the government is the shepherd.” 
Alexis de Tocqueville

“Men naturally rebel against the injustice of which they are victims. Thus, when plunder is organized by law for the profit of those who make the law, all the plundered classes try somehow to enter – by peaceful or revolutionary means – into the making of laws. According to their degree of enlightenment, these plundered classes may propose one of two entirely different purposes when they attempt to attain political power: Either they may wish to stop lawful plunder, or they may wish to share in it.”

“Woe to the nation when this latter purpose prevails among the mass victims of lawful plunder when they, in turn, seize the power to make laws!”

“Until that happens, the few practice lawful plunder upon the many, a common practice where the right to participate in the making of law is limited to a few persons. But then, participation in the making of law becomes universal. And then, men seek to balance their conflicting interests by universal plunder. Instead of rooting out the injustices found in society, they make these injustices general. As soon as the plundered classes gain political power, they establish a system of reprisals against other classes. They do not abolish legal plunder. (This objective would demand more enlightenment than they possess.) Instead, they emulate their evil predecessors by participating in this legal plunder, even though it is against their own interests.

“It is as if it were necessary, before a reign of justice appears, for everyone to suffer a cruel retribution – some for their evilness, and some for their lack of understanding.” 
Frederic Bastiat

“But how is this legal plunder to be identified? Quite simply. See if the law takes from some persons what belongs to them, and gives it to other persons to whom it does not belong. See if the law benefits one citizen at the expense of another by doing what the citizen himself cannot do without committing a crime.”

“Then abolish this law without delay, for it is not only an evil itself, but also it is fertile source for further evils because it invites reprisals. If such a law – which may be an isolated case – is not abolished immediately, it will spread, multiply, and develop into a system….In fact, this has already occurred. The present-day delusion is an attempt to enrich everyone at the expense of everyone else; to make plunder universal under the pretense of organizing it.”
Frederic Bastiat

“This question of legal plunder must be settled once and for all, and there are only three ways to settle it:
1. The few plunder the many.
2. Everybody plunders everybody.
3. Nobody plunders anybody. We must make our choice among limited plunder, universal plunder, and no plunder. The law can follow only one of these three.”
Frederic Bastiat

“…protectionism, socialism, communism are basically the same plant in three different stages of its growth. All that can be said is that legal plunder is more visible in communism because it is complete plunder, and in protectionism because the plunder is limited to specific groups and industries. Thus it follows that, of the three systems, socialism is the vaguest, the most indecisive, and consequently,
the most sincere stage of development.”

Frederic Bastiat

“The man who is not permitted to own is owned.” Santayana “The idea of liberty must grow weak in the hearts of men before it can be killed at the hands of tyrants.” Thomas H. Hogshead

“A system of fixed concepts is contrary to natural law. It prevents life from flowing.
It blocks the passage of the universal law.” 
Newton Dillaway

“Without depth of thought, or earnestness of feeling, or strength of purpose, living an unreal life, sacrificing substance to show, substituting the fictitious for the natural, mistaking a crowd for society, finding its chief pleasure in ridicule, and exhausting its ingenuity in expedients for killing time, fashion is among the last influences under which a human being who respects himself, or who comprehends the great end of life, would desire to be placed.” William Ellery Channing

“Not obtrusive, in order to be slighted. Better too niggardly than too free with yourself.
Arrive desired in order to arrive welcomed.”
 Baltasar Gracian

“He that wrestles with us strengthens our nerves and sharpens our skill. Our antagonist is our helper.”
Edmund Burke

“The ideal society would enable every man and woman to develop along their individual lines, and not attempt to force all into one mould, however admirable.” John Haldane

“Don’t think of problems as difficulties, think of them as opportunities for action. Hard as they are, they may turn out to be blessings in disguise.” C.F. Kleinknecht

“It is necessary to try to surpass ones self always; this occupation ought to last as long as life.” 
Queen Christina

“A man’s humanity depends on how deeply he gains guidance through listening.”
Karl Jaspers

“No man is wise enough, nor good enough, to be trusted with unlimited powers.”
Caleb C. Colton

“To know truly is to know by causes.” Francis Bacon “No one can discover and disclose a truth based on a false premise”
Merrill Jenkins Sr.

“The statesman, who should attempt to direct people in what manner they ought to employ their capital, would not only load himself with a most unnecessary attention, but assume an authority which could safely be trusted, not only to no single person, but to no council or senate whatever, and which would nowhere be so dangerous as in the hands of a man who had folly and presumption enough to fancy himself fit to exercise it.”
Adam Smith

“Free people are not equal, and equal people are not free.”
Author Unknown

Freedom is essential regardless of one’s race, religion or creed!