Franklin D. RooseveltFranklin D. Roosevelt, (1882-1945), 32nd US President

Franklin D. Roosevelt Quote

“The only sure bulwark of continuing liberty is a government strong enough to protect the interests of the people, and a people strong enough and well enough informed to maintain its sovereign control over the government.”

Franklin D. RooseveltFranklin D. Roosevelt
~ Franklin D. Roosevelt

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My Name, Your Town,USA.

I think The People would do well to maintain soverign control over their government if a few things were set straight first and changed beforehand. First of all,the government would need to work according to and in conjunction with the will of The People before the People can properly administer the proper functions of government.Isn't that what a government is supposed to do?

jim kilpatrick, austin, tx

Mr "New Deal" started us down the road to socialism with all his government programs to end the depression. Even though they didn't work, he gets credit for getting us out of the depression when it was World War 2 that accomplished this.

peggy g, austin, tx

" When the government fears the people, there is liberty. When the people fear the government, there is tyranny".

Mike, Norwalk

Its too bad Roosevelt didn't practice what he preached. For the people to maintain sovereign control, there would be no compelled compliance, victimless crimes, license, governmental larceny with impunity - including theft of the noble laborer's fruit or property, governmental administrations where the sovereign is not innocent until proven guilty, forced ID/insurance/charity, suspension of habeas corpus, suspension of religious expression in public, suspension of the individual's inalienable right to alodium freehold, suspension of the sovereign's life, liberty, property, or happiness, police state's power, privilege, authority, or right to act superior to that of the sovereign, torture for information. governmental activities not stated within the Constitution, etc. The government needs be sufficiently strong to protect at least these interests of the people. And, for the Wafflers of the world who have no concept of freedom or liberty, these sovereign rights would be held absolute on the farm as well as in the city. Though a farmer can't walk next door to borrow a cup of sugar (there is no next door) or, the city dweller can't graze his cows in the open field (there is no open field)) doesn’t imply a lack of freedom, liberty, or sovereignty. A choice of life style that does not infringe on the sovereignty of another does not lesson freedom or liberty.

J Carlton, Calgary

"well enough informed to maintain..." The source is ironic but the quote stands on its own. Sinse the MSM is not keeping anyone fully informed but rather programmed, its up to individuals to seek the truth.

Mike, Norwalk

p.s. The "well informed" part of Roosevelt's quote has been taken care of by propaganda cesspools (public schools and the media) in the changing of word definitions, total abandonment of concepts of freedom, liberty, and sovereignty, and the more general dumbing down of America.

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RobertSRQ    3/20/08

It’s amazing, we never learn - we just go on making the same stupid mistakes - it must be in our genes or something. When you work together in the interest of the people you attain Liberty; fear, regardless on what side, should never be part of the equation. The people will never know the truth and therefore are unable to make informed decisions; their decisions are based along party lines, sound bites, and a TOTAL ignorance of the subject at hand. The government wants transparency but as soon as we come close to seeing through the veil of corruption and greed, we have an accident. Until the people are strong enough and informed our sovereignty is up for grabs. Our (the People) supreme power lies in education and the transparency of government, and that is why you are denied it. It has nothing to do with socialism or capitalism, both have merit, what doesn’t have merit is our lack of basic principles and goodness – this is what will bring on the new age.

Joe, North Caldwell, NJ

The reactions of regular contributors to this forum are distressingly predictable. "New Deal started us down the road to socialism" indeed. Obviously, Jim, you weren't there.

E Archer, NYC

5 stars for the quote, thumbs down for the double-talking source. FDR was the puppet of the Fed. America has never been sovereign since. Just another crooked politician.

vexari, indian shores

group think and blind submission.. 87% of the population formulate their belief structure according to other people's ideas.. . only 13% formulate their beliefs on logic and evaluation.. and sadly the two greatest factors that lead to the ignorance of the public are as follows: group think. it is a term to describe a group unwilling to look beyond the overall consensus of the herd. many times it is out of a lack of drive or ambition to ask original questions to arrive at genuine answers but more importantly and dangerously it is also an occurrence that spawns from the fear of looking foolish in front of peers.. both religion and politics are forms of group think.. words such as patriotism and faith are both fancy words that ultimately mean blind submission. is it not considered by many "unpatriotic" to question the words of our leader? so the fear of upsetting the superior higher power has forced the herd to practice group think regardless of what it leads to.. one of the greatest examples of group think is the stigma given to conspiracy theories.. the phrase "conspiracy theory" gives a distinct impression to the average person the jfk assassination, area 51, roswell, government cover~ups, strange disappearances ie. jimmy hoffa . these subjects probably sound too much like fantasy for the average person and it is quite understandable. they are supposed to sound made up throughout the mistranslation of time and embellishment of these stories. facts were added or omitted , some may be true and some may be false, but one thing is for sure, the global secret needed to remain hidden yet began emerging among the public. the best cover~up is to embellish or alter the story until it sounds ludicrous. so what happens when the secret involves the government? and the government has intimate ties to the mainstream media , and the mainstream media has been proven to sway at least 80% of the public's opinion, the logic is undeniable. the media in every form has been put in place to make people feel stupid for even keeping an open mind towards conspiracy theories - movies, books, fairy tales and folklore are all tools to make the average person feel insane for supporting or believing in a conspiracy - why shouldn't they? our leaders have no problems telling us not to investigate or believe in these theories. in one of bush's first speeches on 911 "let us never tolerate outrageous conspiracy theories concerning the attacks of sept the 11th malicious lies that attempt to shift the blame away from the terrorists themselves.." 33:03 - 36:33 just think about it..

Waffler, Smith, Arkansas

Roosevelt was prescient. The goverment went on after him to do just what he said as in voting rights acts, and civil rights acts, clean air and water acts etcetera.. These acts significantly protected the interests of the people. Some of the people on the other hand may not have kept up and informed in the workings of their government and see villains and covert operations on every hand which are just figments of their imagination caused by their failure to inform themselves.

Mike, Norwalk

Waffler, I need no imagination to know that compelled compliance, license, victimless crimes, governmental larceny with impunity, etc. exists

Nick, Hemet

Here is a truth...that the Marxist class-struggle formulation, which pits the proletariat against the bourgeoisie still serves as the principal theoretical and rhetorical justification for the Statist's assault on the free market. One in which Mr. Roosevelt sank his power hungry teeth into.

Patrick Henry, Red Hill

The most certain measure of the unscrupulousness of any politician is his or her disposition to be an instrument of the cultivation of dependency on the State.

Mr. Roosevelt's metier.

Kevin, Windber

I agree 100% with what FDR said but he is a hypocrite. No Pres has even grown the size of gov't and taken more freedoms away from us that FDR.

Tony, Silver Spring, Md

FDR was an arrogant, power hungry, sleazy, lying POS and was the greatest enemy of individual and economic freedom period!

Ronw13, OR
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Ronw13, OR    4/27/18

FDR knew very well what he had done, concerning We the People. Through force the Agrarian Patriot uprising of the thirties was put to silence. Sadly enough many Patriots embraced FICA, SSI contributions, direct tax on income. Disruption of farming communities, nationalized crops, splitting many families down the middle. The war effort overshadowing it all. Now, some of those same Patriots praise their government pensions and SSI. thinking it not to be, What it really is. Warriors returning home, receiving privilege, in the form of liberty, once enjoyed by all. This creating a bias within the population of Patriots. FDR's statement eludes to knowing that the well informed Patriots would rise again. That mysterious power of Sovereignty and its children At Liberty. The long game, within the room of oversight are white hats also. Deregulation, downsizing of governmental bodies, pushing back hard on the regulatory state and MSM, promoting Independence through prosperity, a commonsense path to unleash the potential of the individual sovereign. Calling the socialitic spade, a spade. MAGA is the agenda, President Trump is our point man. Cleaning house, the order of the day. Semper Fi and God Bless

Don, Reno
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Don, Reno    4/27/18 strong govt cares about the interests of it's people

robert, somewhere inthe USA

Failed on both counts....


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