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The freedom to criticize judges and other public officials is necessary to a vibrant democracy. The problem comes when healthy criticism is replaced with more destructive intimidation and sanctions.
Sandra Day O'Connor
I chose America as my home because I value freedom and democracy, civil liberties and an open society.
The war on drugs is not being won, and it continues to threaten stability and democracy not only in the Andes but throughout the Caribbean as well, where tiny police and military forces are outclassed by the sophisticated equipment in the hands of traffickers passing through the region on the way to their market in this country.
The greatest blessing of our democracy is freedom. But in the last analysis, our only freedom is the freedom to discipline ourselves.
And a democracy can't exist without free speech and the right to assemble. And that's what Americans tend to forget. And they're born into a culture where they take all of their freedoms for granted.
Democracy is about voting and it's about a majority vote. And it's time that we started exercising the Democratic process.
Bureaucracy is not an obstacle to democracy but an inevitable complement to it.
Joseph A. Schumpeter
Liberty, freedom and democracy are very fuzzy words, but human rights is very specific.
The Philippines and the U.S. have had a strong relationship with each other for a very long time now. We have a shared history. We have shared values, democracy, freedom, and we have been in all the wars together in modern history, the World War, Second World War, Cold War, Vietnam, Korea, now the war on terrorism.
Gloria Macapagal Arroyo
We learned in World War II that no single nation holds a monopoly on wisdom, morality or right to power, but that we must fight for the weak and promote democracy.
We can't have democracy if we're having to protect you and our users from the government over stuff we've never had a conversation about. We need to know what the parameters are, what kind of surveillance the government is going to do, and how and why.
In a democracy there are only two types of power: there's organized people and organized money, and organized money only wins when people aren't organized.
Benjamin Todd Jealous
Throughout American history many of our social gains and much of our progress toward democracy were made possible by the active intervention of the federal government.
Women waited 144 years before earning suffrage. If a mature, multiparty democracy was so darn easy, everybody would have one.
Thomas P.M. Barnett
The media does play a vital role in our democracy, and if we cannot depend on journalistic ethics, the nation's in trouble.
In society, we have these unspoken rules of conduct, these 'shoulds.' Even though we pride ourselves on being a democracy, there are all these ways we say you 'should' behave. But what if you're living your life by the 'shoulds' and you're not really living your life?
Our alliances should be understood as a means to expand our influence, not as a constraint on our power. The expansion of democracy and freedom in the world should be a shared interest and value with all nations.
Democracy is not compatible with capitalism but is congruent with a version of democratic socialism in which the wealth, resources, and benefits of a social order are shared in an equitable and just manner.
Without democracy there is no freedom. Violence, no matter who is using it, is always reactionary.
Democracy is worth dying for, because it's the most deeply honorable form of government ever devised by man.
In a democracy, the majority of the citizens is capable of exercising the most cruel oppressions upon the minority.
137 years later, Memorial Day remains one of America's most cherished patriotic observances. The spirit of this day has not changed - it remains a day to honor those who died defending our freedom and democracy.
All the blood is drained out of democracy - it dies - when only half the population votes.
Hunter S. Thompson
On account of being a democracy and run by the people, we are the only nation in the world that has to keep a government four years, no matter what it does.
Democracy as a system has evolved into something that Thomas Jefferson didn't anticipate.
Hunter S. Thompson
C. S. Lewis
Martin Luther King, Jr.
Leonardo da Vinci
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