Need help with an elusive quotation

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  1. Thomas Veil macrumors 68020

    Thomas Veil

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    "People get the kind of government they deserve."

    I heard this quote, or a variation of it, years and years ago. Though it's pretty well-known, I'll be damned if I can find it anywhere on those sites where they collect famous quotations.

    Anybody know who said it, and the exact wording?
     
  2. Jaffa Cake macrumors Core

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    Could you be thinking of...

    "Every country has the government it deserves"
    Joseph de Maistre
     
  3. Thomas Veil thread starter macrumors 68020

    Thomas Veil

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    That threw me for a loop a bit, because my vague memory seems to recall reading it in the context of a similarly-worded quote from one of the Founding Fathers.

    Could be my memory is just flaky, or that what I read was wrong, and this quotation is indeed the one. Thanks.
     
  4. Jaffa Cake macrumors Core

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    You're welcome. I suspect that there have been others who have said something along the same lines, so you may well be right. I wouldn't be surprised to hear something similar that had come from the likes of Franklin or Jefferson.
     
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    Well, Franklin said something along the lines of "Those who would sacrifice security to preserve freedom deserve neither."
     
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    My favorite along these lines is from PJ O'Rourke:

    'Every government is a parliament of whores. The trouble is, in a democracy, the whores are us."
     

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