Napoleon BonaparteNapoleon Bonaparte, (1769-1821) French emperor

Napoleon Bonaparte Quote

“Among those who dislike oppression are many who like to oppress.”

Napoleon BonaparteNapoleon Bonaparte
~ Napoleon Bonaparte

Political Aphorisms (1848)

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Mike, Norwalk

aahhhh yes, the GOP motto, and then there's the Democrat's motto: Among those who like to be oppressed are those who like to oppress. A good cap for the dumming down and enslavement of America.

E Archer, NYC

Most of those that aim to oppress us for our own good do not see the tyranny in such a practice -- especially those who justify the oppression for religious reasons.

David L Rosenthal

Especially those who justify the oppression "for religious purposes"? In NYC? Where? Who? Have you moved to a Moslem neighborhood?

Jack, Green, OH

Open your eyes, David. Those who would oppress by religion go far beyond NYC. We have them here in Ohio, too. It's a constant batle to keep them from putting their radical beliefs and practices into our school curricula and public assemblies. Just this past election we finally removed the coterie of state school board members who had managed to get Intelligent Design (euphemism for Creation), and doubts about Darwin's theory of evolution, into our high school science classes. And this is not even the "Bible Belt". There are hundreds of examples all around us, of religious oppression (I think that's an apt word for it). They were up in arms last Christmas when stores said Happy Holidays instead of Merry Christmas -- demanding a boycott of them -- the same folks who used to complain stores commercialized the word Christmas. They should have been delighted when they made it a more public holiday instead of a commercialized Cristian holiday. What do they want? The very fact you can't see it, David, is testimony to the blindness of such practitioners of religious "oppression".

David L Rosenthal

You wake up, Jack. The key word is Oppression. Do you think that people advocating their values against other people advocating dissimilar values is oppression? If so, you may be from Never Never Land or Oblivion. Where I am from, oppression means the government, or a regime of some kind, forcing people to comply with orders or standards, or to suffer conditions, that the people should not have to comply with or suffer.

Jack, Green. OH

I do call it oppression, David. I think it describes the situation well. People of faith should let their values show by their own observance of them, not by forcing everyone to comply - whether about abortion, gay rights, public funding of their schoools, inserting "under God" into the Pledge, when many of us do not consider any supreme power running the country, etc They don't merely advocate their moral values, as you claim, they want to compel them. It is a constant battle to prevent their encroachment into almost every aspect of public's life. If we do not suffer oppression it is only because of the diligent effort to control it. They would have us back in the Dark Ages in no time if they could.

Meshach K. Ampwera, Mbarara Uganda

If there is something that teaches well and relevantly about stopping oppression is to make the oppressers imagine that they are oppressed. However, oppression is the daily activity practiced by all living creatures. It can only be stopped by making non living creatures behave like living creatures to put the later in the shoes

Freedom fighter, USA

Hey David open your eyes! Oppression is in many forms and fashions, Religion, government, law, work, etc, etc, one can be oppressed by anyone at any time. It doesn't take a government to oppress someone. It can be a single individual using fear, and physical means to oppress another individual.

MG, East Coast

Its important to recognize the difference between suppression and oppression. Suppression is a conscious and forceful action to put an end to something, destroy it, or prevent it from existing. Religious "fundamentalists", who apparently are called by the same name whether they are stoning women in the middle east or calling for prayer in public schools, are in all actuality a part of the majority in what those who study collective action refer to as the civilization process. Oppression, on the other hand, refers to the subjugation of a person to a harsh or cruel form of domination. Throughout history, many people groups have been oppressed; however, I find it truly laughable that American atheists count themselves among that group. "Out of a fear of advocating a religion, we have stopped advocating morality."

Jon, Cebu
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Jon, Cebu    1/26/11

Napoleon loved to be writer. If he was not a such great military leader he would have pursued writing. Here is just the truth. I believe Napoleon was looking it through his experiences during the French revolution and his part in it. Although he was never active in the ideas of Revolution, because he despised 'the mob' and radicals treatment of the royalists he nevertheless admired the idea of Republicanism. Seeing the political leaders of his time, he has witnessed those that toppled down the monarchy in favor of "the people" are in a sense themselves only a little different.

Mike, Norwalk

The greatest oppression today comes from the religions of atheism and socialism. I have multiple times, here in this forum, given a lengthy legal and secular definition of religion. NO religion has ever been more devastating, destructive, painful, or murderous as when atheism and socialism join together in a divine usurpation, empowered as a statist theocracy (such as Amerika today or Stalin's Russia). By way religious recognition: "National Socialism is a religion. All we lack is a religious genius capable of uprooting out-moded religious practices and putting new ones in their place. We lack traditions and ritual. ... My Party is my church, and I believe I serve the Lord best if I do his will, and liberate my oppressed people from the fetters of slavery. That is my gospel." (Joseph Goebbels, diary entry October 16, 1928)

DAVE WILBER, ST. LOUIS

I CANNOT FORGET NAPOLEON'S WORDS, HE SAID HE FEARED THREE NEWSPAPERS MORE THAN 100,000 BAYONETTS."

Horace H. Bradley, Corning, New York 14830

It was four newspapers, but never mind. I think the Emperor was referring to the behavorial evident in every individual--that the more hopeless we feel, the more vicious we become--rathert than two separate sets of people. We are all of us in this world, curiously alike in our differences, however dissimilar we appear in our surface identities.

Ronw13, OR
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Ronw13, OR    9/21/18

"Oppression" Ashaq, to press upon, to Defraud, wrong, to deceive,
Deceitfully gotten, violence. To bring oppression into context, A forced exaction through harsh taskmasters, to defraud and reduce the individual to a state of slavery. forced exaction and usury practiced, executed upon an unsuspecting people. "a loan with a sting" usury. Constructive Fraud executed, carried out by a governing body, Congress, and the harsh taskmasters, IRS. at the bidding of a Central Bank. 

E Archer, NYC

Today's 'liberals' are not demanding liberty but merely a more equal distribution of compulsion for all.  They look not to free themselves but bind everyone else to the same fate.  They complain about being imprisoned and demand better conditions as an 'entitlement.'  Apparently, freedom is a 'privilege' and oppression is a 'right.'  With all the identity politics going on, liberals are so busy trying to reinvent themselves that they lose themselves.

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