July 4, 2007

Some Quotes for the Fourth of July

Filed under: Politics — Bob Gifford @ 3:26 pm

[T]he English in 1689…established perhaps the first true government of laws. At least it was the first modern government of laws, for since the fall of the Roman republic all governments, constitutionally not just de facto, had been governments of men. William and Mary may not have wished to be mere “figureheads,” but a constitutional monarch need not be that. He can be a president who rules with great power, so long as he obeys a law that is other than his own will, or whim. In a government of men there is no law that is superior to the will, or the whim, of one or more men. In a government of laws there is. That is all there is to it.

– Charles Van Doren, A History of Knowledge, p. 300

Whether ours shall be a government of laws and not of men is now for Congress and, ultimately, the American people.

– Special Prosecutor Archibald Cox, October 20th 1973, upon being fired by President Nixon

I felt the punishment was severe.

– President Bush, defending his commutation of Scooter Libby’s jail time

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