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In any country there must be people who have to die. They are the sacrifices any nation has to make to achieve law and order. Idi Amin
Where justice is denied, where poverty is enforced, where ignorance prevails, and where any one class is made to feel that society is an organized conspiracy to oppress, rob and degrade them, neither persons nor property will be safe. Frederick Douglass
The looting of archeological sites and museums in Iraq particularly has reached industrial proportions. Irina Bokova
I don't care whether you shoot Muslims or not, it has got to be stopped. Muhammad Ali Jinnah
They're worse than the brown shirts and the communist element and also the night riders and the vigilantes. They're the worst kind of people we harbor in America. I think that we're up against the strongest, well-trained, militant revolutionary group that has ever assembled in America.... We're going to eradicate the problem, we're not going to treat the symptoms. James Allen Rhodes
If it takes a bloodbath, then let's get it over with. Ronald Reagan
Our practical success in preserving order, securing justice and developing the material resources of many of our colonies is largely due to the fact that we have learnt to employ native agents wherever possible for detailed work of administration, and to adapt our government, where it can be safely done, to native conditions. John A. Hobson
You have acquired so enormous a mass of territory that it will be years before you can settle it or control it, or make it capable of defense or make it amenable to the acts of your administration Archibald Philip Primrose Rosebery
The institution of religion exists only to keep mankind in order ... Voltaire
I wasn't the man. If you want someone to kill people, you had to find somebody else. Mohammed Reza Pahlavi
Nanny states are interested in social order. Daddy states are interested in public order. Dottie Lamm
It is a simple truth that the human mind can face better the most oppressive government, the most rigid restrictions, than the awful prospect of a lawless, frontierless world. Katherine Anne Porter
Preventing the arbitrary administration of punishment is a basic ideal of any society that purports to be governed by the rule of law. William J. Brennan, Jr.
Every society has a right to preserve public peace and order, and therefore has a good right to prohibit the propagation of opinions which have a dangerous tendency. Samuel Johnson
There is no doubt that terrorism has been a major spur in the public’s yearning for a strong hand to bring order. People see the loss of freedom as a tax that has to be paid for security. And it’s clear that, after the traumas that have occurred, Russians are very willing to pay that price. Sergei Kazyonnov
There are a lot of bleeding hearts around who just don’t like to see people with helmets and guns. All I can say is go and bleed … It is more important to keep law and order in society than to be worried about weak-kneed people … Pierre Trudeau
A well-regulated militia was not just a groups of citizens who took up arms. The militia was regulated and controlled by the states …. Militias were used to suppress rebellions, not to foment them. Saul Cornell
The art of progress is to preserve order amid change, and to preserve change amid order. Alfred North Whitehead
We shall guard as zealously the rights of the striker as those of the employer. But when riot is menaced it is different. The mob takes its own chance. Order will be kept at whatever cost. If it comes to shooting we shall shoot to hit. No blank cartridges or firing over the head. Theodore Roosevelt
Democracy is good, provided the government can function. Vali Nasr
The first duty of our Government to its own citizens and foreigners within its borders is the preservation of order. Unless and until that duty is met a government is not even eligible for recognition among the family of nations. Calvin Coolidge
Disorder brings about order. Corsican Proverb
This Senate, is a sanctuary; a citadel of law, of order, and of liberty; and it is here — it is here, in this exalted refuge; here, if anywhere, will resistance be made to the storms of political frenzy and the silent arts of corruption; and if the Constitution be destined ever to perish by the sacrilegious hands of the demagogue or the usurper, which God avert, its expiring agonies will be witnessed on this floor. Aaron Burr
The President has the power to wage war but not against U. S. laws…. He is a President; not a king. Russ Feingold
Mary Turner had made unwise remarks … and the people, in their indignant mood, took exception to her remarks, as well as her attitude. Associated Press
Among the several cloudy appellatives which have been commonly employed as cloaks for misgovernment, there is none more conspicuous in this atmosphere of illusion than the word Order. Jeremy Bentham
Among the several cloudy appellatives which have been commonly employed as cloaks for misgovernment, there is none more conspicuous ... than the word, 'order.' Jeremy Bentham
We cannot protect everything, all of the time. Paul Bremer
The government of a single person is no assurance of a stable and tranquil government. Lazare Nicholas Marguerite Carnot
The policeman isn't there to create disorder, the policeman is there to preserve disorder. Richard Joseph Daley
Watch out for the man who talks of putting things in order. Putting things in order always means getting other people under your control. Denis Diderot
If I do nothing else, I'm going to make this a safe state. Dianne Feinstein
Today there's law and order in everything. You can't beat anybody for nothing. If you do beat anyone, it's got to be for the sake of order. Maxim Gorky; Aleksei Maximovitch
A little rebellion now and then is a good thing.... Unsuccessful rebellions indeed generally establish the encroachment on the rights of people which have produced them. An observation of this truth should render honest republican governments so mild in their punishment of rebellion so as not to discourage them too much. Thomas Jefferson
A government is said to preserve order if it succeeds in getting itself obeyed. But there are different degrees of obedience, and it is not every degree that is commendable. Only an unmitigated despotism demands that the individual citizen shall obey unconditionally every mandate of persons in authority. John Stuart Mill
A people who are revolted by an execution, but not shocked at an assassination--require that the public authorities should be armed with much sterner powers of repression than elsewhere, since the first indispensable requisites of civilized life have nothing else to rest on. John Stuart Mill
Order is said to exist where the people of the country have, as a general rule, ceased to prosecute their quarrels by private force, and acquired the habit of referring the decision of their disputes and the redress of their injuries to the public authorities. John Stuart Mill
Progress includes Order, but Order does not include Progress. John Stuart Mill
There is no course of life so weak and sotish as that which is managed by order, method, and discipline. Michel de Montaigne
We are incapable of maintaining peace and order and to enforce the law with the resources we have. Robert Lavigne
Justice is incidental to law and order J. Edgar Hoover
Terrorism is not a cause; it is a crime. Gordon Brown
The bourgeoisie is having recourse to the vilest crimes, bribing society's lowest elements and supplying liquor to these outcasts with the purpose of bringing on pogroms. The partisans of the bourgeoisie, especially the higher officials, bank clerks, etc., are sabotaging and organizing strikes in order to block the government's efforts to reconstruct the state on a socialistic basis. Sabotage has spread even to the food-supply organizations and millions of people are threatened with famine. Special measures must be taken to fight counter-revolution and sabotage. Vladimir Lenin
Conservatives believe that human nature is what makes us imperfectible. Liberals believe that human nature can be changed and perfected. Mike Rosen
Blacks - and critically. black elites - remain skeptical of the procedural fairness of the criminal justice system, while white elites, Democrats and Republicans alike, are more willing to embrace a “law and order” approach to criminal law enforcement. Nancy Scherer
We appoint you our representative with the power of canonical coercion to seek and receive in our name from whichever justiciars, viscounts, and bailiffs of the lord king or of anyone else, and also to seek and receive from whomsoever regardless of their name or office, all clerks who, for reason of felonies, crimes, or excesses, have been indicted or are about to be indicted, have been seized or are about to be seized, have been incarcerated or are about to be incarcerated for any reason, or have been detained or are about to be detained in custody or in chains; you shall seek and receive such clerks who by right ought to be and are able to be brought before us to receive justice in the ecclesiastical court according to the canonical sanctions. Roger Martival
The first duty of law is to keep sound the society it serves Woodrow Wilson
These troops know how to shoot to kill and I expect that they will. Kathleen Blanco
Negroes in numbers from one plantation to an other at all hours night & day– They travel on the rail road– They congregate in large numbers on deserted plantations– All these things are done against the will & in defiance of the orders of their masters.– In Some instances negro Soldiers partially armed have been allowed to visit the plantations from which they enlisted– In a word we are in a State of anarchy…. On some places the negroes have refused to work on any terms– We ask such power & authority as will enable us to preserve order & compel the negroes to work W. J. Minor
Nations, which in later periods of their history became eminent for civil wisdom and justice, had, perhaps, in a former age, paroxysms of lawless disorder. Adam Ferguson; Ferguson of Rath
The human heart is fickle, and therefore peace must, according to the words of the prophet, safeguarded by law and order. Nathan Soderblom; Lars Olof Jonathan Soderblom
Not five generations distant, Fijians were cannibalizing each other. The missionaries and the colonial administration imposed a veneer of civilization on their native subjects. However, it is not apparent that they imparted to them any profound understanding of the process involved in the maintenance and upholding of the law. Ratu Joni Madraiwiwi
It is authority that provokes revolution.... Ryszard Kapuscinski
When your blood runs down the gutters, don't say you were not forewarned of the danger. William Corbett
For every jail that Mr. Nixon would build, Mr. Humphrey would also build a house. For every policeman Mr. Wallace would hire, Mr. Humphrey would also hire a good teacher. Tony Schwartz
The orgy of thieving in Iraq has more to do with the character of the people than the absence of restraining troops. And to think that good, decent, law-abiding young British and American men and women laid down their lives to liberate this thieving mob. Robert Kilroy-Silk
The classical case is that of the starving man who steals a loaf of bread. That he should be allowed to go free is understandable enough; but it is less understandable that 'society's' obligation not to let him starve should devolve upon one baker chosen at random and not on society as a whole. Vilfredo Pareto
WHEREAS, Certain persons, unfriendly and hostile to the Government of the United States, have banded themselves together, and are now going at large through many of the counties in this State, arresting, maltreating and plundering Union citizens wherever found; Now, therefore, I, ANDREW JOHNSON, Governor of the State of Tennessee, by virtue of the power and authority in me vested, do hereby proclaim that in every instance in which a Union man is arrested and maltreated by the marauding bands aforesaid, five or more rebels from the most prominent in the immediate neighborhood shalt be arrested, imprisoned, and otherwise dealt with as the nature of the case -may require ; And further, in all cases in which the property of citizens loyal to the Government of the United States is taken or destroyed, full and ample remuneration shall be made to them out of the property of such rebels in the vicinity as have sympathized with, and given aid, comfort, information or encouragement to the parties committing such depredations. Andrew Johnson
WHEREAS sundry persons, citizens of this State or residents within the same, are conspiring and confederating to usurp the Government thereon—are deceiving and seducing honest and well-meaning citizens under various pretenses, to engage in said criminal enterprise contrary to the laws in such case made and provided …. give no aid or countenance to those, who in violation of the law… I do hereby exhort all the good people of this State, that they give no countenance to said unlawful enterprise, but that they do by their advice and example, aid and support the civil authority in its exertions to suppress all unlawful combinations and maintain the peace and dignity of the State. Samuel Ward King
We make everyone get into his house by seven p.m., and we only tell a man once. If he refuses, we shoot him. We killed over 300 natives the first night. They tried to set the town on fire. If they fire a shot from the house we burn the house down and every house near it, and shoot the natives, so they are pretty quiet in town now. Sam Gillis
A little bit of agitation gives motivation to the soul, and what really makes the species prosper is not peace so much as freedom. Jean Jacques Rousseau
For the progress of the nation, what is needed is discipline. Ferdinand Marcos
We stayed in certain parts of these continents [Africa and Asia] because we can do certain things: efficient administration free from corruption, preservation of order, a development of the country, etc. better than these would be done without us. Edward Grey; Viscount Fallodon
It’s a complete and utter lie that the Syrian government is only going after terrorists…the Syrian government is shelling a city of cold, starving civilians. Marie Colvin
I grieve, however, that anyone could be stupid enough, in any part of our country, to arrest the Vice-Presidential candidate of a recognized party because, on his way to speak to citizens of the United States, he tried to go through a door which was marked as the entrance for people of color. It seems to me completely incredible that, in a State where colored people are allowed to enlist and go to war and be killed for their country, there should exist anything so senseless as a rule which forces human beings to enter through separate doors according to their color. It is fundamentally un-Christian and wrong. Eleanor Roosevelt
Among practical men the idea prevails that government can do nothing but 'keep the peace”. Thomas Carlyle
… there is undoubtedly in France a large floating mass of Republicans and Anarchists, ready at any moment to make a disturbance if there was no strong power to resist them; but the persons who would lose by convulsion are infinitely more numerous, and the National Guard of Paris, consisting of nearly 60,000 men, are chiefly persons of this description, and are understood to be decidedly for internal order, and for external peace. Henry John Temple
Can this new people, so advantageously placed for giving an example to the world of a constitution under which man may enjoy his rights, freely exercise all his faculties, and be governed only by nature, reason and justice — Can they form such a Constitution? — Can they establish it upon a never failing foundation, and guard against every source of division and corruption which may gradually undermine and destroy it? ... It is impossible not to wish ardently that this people may attain to all the prosperity of which they are capable. They are the hope of the world. They may become a model to it. They may prove by fact that men can be free and yet tranquil; and that it is in their power to rescue themselves from the chains in which tyrants and knaves of all descriptions have presumed to bind them under the pretense of the public good. They may exhibit an example of political liberty, of religious liberty, of commercial liberty, and of industry. Anne Robert Jacques Turgot
We are a slack people but deeply destructive … I think that a constitutional regime would mean the end of Russia. We need a despot! Mikhail Nikolayevich Tukhachevsky
The state calls its own violence law, but that of the individual, crime. Max Stirner
We need to maintain law and order. We need to maintain peace in the world. We need to protect the environment. We need to have some degree of social justice, equality of opportunity. The markets are not designed to take care of those needs. That's a political process. George Soros
The principal instances of mass violence in the world today are those committed by governments within their own legally recognized borders. Susan Sontag
… the all-pervading influence of clericalism rendered good government well-nigh impossible. Under its influence the colonial organizations consisted of sundry independent jurisdictions, incompatible with the preservation of order in any community …. There was the church establishment with its bishop or archbishop, in no way subordinate to the civil power. There were the various regular orders, -- Franciscans, Dominicans, Augustinians, Jesuits, etc., -- bitterly jealous of one another and prompt to quarrel, exempt from episcopal jurisdiction, and subject only to their respective superiors or to the Pope Henry Charles Lea
We have restored order and established domestic tranquility. We have fed the starving, clothed the naked, and ministered to the sick. We have improved the sanitary condition of the island. We have stimulated industry, introduced public education, taken a full and comprehensive enumeration of the inhabitants William McKinley
The supreme majesty of the law and the power of this republican Government was illustrated anew to-day by the fresh scenes and proceedings in the great trial of impeachment. The business-like, almost matter-of-fact manner in which the Congress of the United States proceeds with this grave work is the most striking illustration of the innate love and reverence for law and order that characterize the American people. New York Times
Tyranny is better than anarchy. Abu Ḥamed Muḥammad Al-Ghazali
Rebellion against a king may be pardoned, or lightly punished, but the man who dares to rebel against the laws of a republic ought to suffer death. Samuel Adams
The period of Prohibition … brought on the greatest breakdown of law and order the United States has known until today. I think there is a lesson here. Do not regulate the private morals of people. Do not tell them what they can take or not take. Because if you do, they will become angry and antisocial and they will get what they want from criminals who are able to work in perfect freedom because they have paid off the police. Gore Vidal
Those who fear men like laws. Marquis de Vauvenargues; Luc de
We cannot expect people to have respect for law and order until we teach respect to those we have entrusted to enforce those laws. Hunter S. Thompson
The fact is that our administration of the criminal law has as nearly reached perfection in guarding the innocent (and guilty) from conviction as is possible for any human institution; but in securing the safety and order of the community by the conviction of the guilty it is woefully inadequate. Charles C. Nott Jr.
What security have you for your own safety if every man of vile temper, of low instincts, of base purpose, can find in his own heart a higher law than that which is the rule of society, the Constitution, and the Bible? These higher-law preachers should be tarred and feathered, and whipped by those they have thus instigated. This, my friends, is what was called in good old revolutionary times, Lynch Law. It is sometimes the very best law, because it deals summary justice upon those who would otherwise escape from all other kinds of punishment. Jefferson Davis
Governmental power is the faculty to beat into submission all those who would dare to disobey the orders issued by the authorities. … Every governmental action is backed by constables, prison guards, and executioners. However beneficial a governmental action may appear, it is ultimately made possible only by the government's power to compel its subjects to do what many of them would not do if they were not threatened by the police and the penal courts. Ludwig von Mises
Freedom would be meaningless without security in the home and in the streets. Nelson Mandela
Circumstances in my judgment are of sufficient urgency to render it necessary that the commanding General of this department should assume the administrative powers of the State. In order, therefore, to suppress disorders, maintain the public peace, and give security to the persons and property of loyal citizens, I do hereby extend and declare established martial law throughout the State of Missouri. John Fremont
The Northern People are forced by the Principle of self-existence to push their Power and Dominion so as to embrace the lands whose waters flow to the Mississippi. In this they must be despotic. If the Patriotism of our People is unequal to the task of subjugating the whole South still there can and will be no Peace till a Power exists able & determined to be respected within the limits of our Government. I have always supposed therefore that a large proportion of the People north must move south & possess the soil. As to changing the opinions of the People of the South that is impossible, and they must be killed or dispossessed. We have finished the first page of this war vainly seeking a union sentiment in the South, and our Politicians have substantially committed suicide by mistaking the Extent and power of the Southern People & its Government, and are about Entering a Second period. Those who sought political advantage by a display of military Zeal have disappeared from the Field of action, and now will begin the real struggle of conquest. William Tecumseh Sherman
The justice system [in Mexico] is totally inoperative…. 2 percent of all crime is someone put in jail. How bad is that? Ricardo Salinas Pliego
The different forces, however, which are doing secret service work, or investigation of different kinds are not the parts of the government which it would seem wise to me to consolidate. There have grown up under various forms of government in different parts of the world, secret investigation branches under one head, and they times have practically superseded all the other arms of the government and have spread terror among the population. It seems to me that it is better for us to have these necessary forces divided up under different department heads. There may be a certain amount of rivalry but that will do no harm, and if the heads have the proper spirit of cooperation the men themselves will understand that when they need to assist each other, they should do so in the interests of law and order and justice which they are all serving. As long as they remain separate there will, however, be no danger of a secret octopus growing up to control in harmful ways. Eleanor Roosevelt
Whereas in his Majesty's province of Massachusetts Bay, in New England, an attempt hath lately been made to throw off the authority of the parliament of Great Britain over the said province, and an actual and avowed resistance, by open force, to the execution of certain acts of parliament, hath been suffered to take place, uncontrolled and unpunished, ...: and whereas, in the present disordered state of the said province, it is of the utmost importance ... to the reestablishment of lawful authority throughout the same, that neither the magistrates acting in support of the laws, nor any of his Majesty's subjects aiding and assisting them therein, or in the suppression of riots and tumults, ... should be discouraged from the proper discharge of their duty, by an apprehension, that in case of their being questioned for any acts done therein, they may be liable to be brought to trial for the same before persons who do not acknowledge the validity of the laws … English Parliament
He [Rafael Trujillo] had his torture chambers. He had his political assassinations. But he kept law and order, cleaned the place up, made it sanitary, built public works, and he didn’t bother the United States. So that was fine with us. Henry Valpey Dearborn
The insurgent can sow disorder anywhere, whereas the counterinsurgent—fighting on behalf of the government—has to maintain order everywhere. David Galula
It takes time to develop a system of law and order …. In 1960, when the Congo got its independence, we had less than ten college graduates. Bene Mpoko
There is nobody in this country who got rich on his own. Nobody. You built a factory out there. Good for you. But I want to be clear. You moved your goods to market on roads the rest of us paid for. You hired workers the rest of us paid to educate. You were safe in your factory because of police forces and fire forces that the rest of us paid for. You didn’t have to worry that marauding bands would come and seize everything at your factory. Elizabeth Warren
The public safety renders it necessary that the grounds of these arrests should at present be withheld, but at the proper time they will made public. Of one thing the people of Maryland may rest assured: that no arrest has been made, or will be made, not based on substantial and unmistakable complicity with those in armed rebellion against the Government of the United States. In no case has an arrest been made on mere suspicion, or through personal or partisan animosities, but in all cases the Government is in possession of tangible and unmistakable evidence, which will, when made public, be satisfactory to every loyal citizen. Abraham Lincoln
When you think of the long and gloomy history of man, you will find that far more, and far more hideous, crimes have been committed in the name of obedience than have ever been committed in the name of rebellion. C. P. Snow
It is not our affluence, or our plumbing, or our clogged freeways that grip the imagination of others. Rather, it is the values upon which our system is built. These values imply our adherence not only to liberty and individual freedom, but also to international peace, law and order, and constructive social purpose. When we depart from these value, we do so at our peril. J. William Fulbright
The more laws and orders are made prominent, the more thieves and robbers there will be. Lao Tzu
We can't expect to get anywhere unless we resort to terrorism: speculators must be shot on the spot. Moreover, bandits must be dealt with just as resolutely: they must be shot on the spot. Vladimir Lenin; Nikolai
Human rights and fundamental freedoms may be limited to meet the just requirements of national security, public order, public health, public safety, or public morality…. realization of human rights must be considered in the regional and national context bearing in mind different political, economic, legal, social, cultural, historical and religious backgrounds Association of Southeast Asian Nations
I don’t see how President Johnson can send troops to Vietnam …, and he can’t send troops to Selma Alabama. John Lewis
Republican People, understand me more profoundly, I condemn all the excesses of misguided patriotism. Each one of us must be responsible for public security; none of us can permit ourselves acts of violence that would represent the fury of vengeance rather than love for the motherland. Olympe de Gouges
More than a quarter of a century of despotic Japanese rule in Formosa, then, has produced the following results: law and order, economic prosperity, elevated standards of living, widespread education, and rising political discontent. Ralston Hayden
The Italy of today wishes to develop her African possessions for the benefit not only of the home-land but also of the subject populations and of humanity as a whole. Where the benefits of civic organization are refused by recalcitrant natives who want to continue under the tyrannical and arbitrary rule of their petty feudal lords, Italy takes such measures to reestablish order as seem advisable in the given case. Where natural riches are wasted through backward management, she establishes a regime of scientific exploitation. Where production demands more labor than can be had locally, she creates suitable conditions for the cooperation of her sturdy colonists with the native workers. In short, Italy wishes to govern her African colonies by introducing her surplus man-power among backward populations and integrating the two, never by unnecessarily substituting the former for the latter. Carlo Schanzer
Draw no color line. A White rioter is just as dangerous as a Negro rioter. Anonymous
Big Brother in the form of an increasingly powerful government and in an increasingly powerful private sector will pile the records high with reasons why privacy should give way to national security, to law and order, to efficiency of operation, to scientific advancement and the like. William O. Douglas
Nothing but terror will keep them in order. It is plain every act of sedition originates in this town. Gerard Lake
As freedom advances, the severity of the penal law decreases Charles de Montesquieu
To people in virtually any age before our own, the only argument that mattered was between extremely small government and no government at all. Extremely small government meant there was at least some law and order; no government meant that there was not. Ian Morris
About 10,000 years ago, the winners of wars began incorporating the losers into larger societies. The victors found that the only way to make these larger societies work was by developing stronger governments; and one of the first things these governments had to do, if they wanted to stay in power, was suppress violence among their subjects. Ian Morris
American have become unruly steeds. Gouverneur Morris
It may be that at a given moment I, as the only representative of the Diplomatic Corps remaining in Paris, will be obliged in the interests of public safety to take control of the city pending arrival of the German army. I shall do my best to save as many lives as possible and to keep the flag flying…. I want to take this opportunity to thank you for your friendship in case I get blown up before I see you again. [Meanwhile,] Here I am. Here I stay. William C. Bullitt
The city of Peking [Beijing] is a novel site for a European. He will not weary of admiring the manner in which the nearly 3 million people gathered within its vast enclosure are ruled by the police as schoolchildren by their masters. People coming and going fill streets wider than the Luxembourg Palace in Paris. The crowd is beyond belief, yet peace reigns everywhere. Jean Joseph Marie Amiot
China has been weakened to an extreme degree, and all we have is the hearts and minds of the people. If we cast them aside, what do we have to sustain our country? Cixi
Suddenly in a matter of months there were more than 100 thousand Boxers in the capital, from ordinary people to soldiers to princes and grandees … The capital would be plunged into unthinkable peril if I tried to use the army to crush them. I have to go along with them and salvage the situation somehow... Cixi
Of the 750 murder case investigations, only one had been done the correct way from A to Z. Michael Race
Americans have generally gotten what they wanted on foreign policy issues—and they now ruthlessly punish those who implemented their will. Michael Gerson
We [the Rukus Society] created a culture of resistance where going to jail was considered a privilege. We refused bail, went to jail and took our lumps without complaining. We were confident of the support we had ... Mike Roselle
In 1711, in South Carolina, several Negroes ran away from their masters and kept out, armed, robbing and plundering houses and plantations, and putting the inhabitants of the province in great fear and terror. Edwin C. Holland
Accounts of outrages committed by mobs form the everyday news of the times. They have pervaded the country from New England to Louisiana; they are neither peculiar to the eternal snows of the former nor the burning suns of the latter; they are not the creatures of climate … neither are they confined to the slaveholding or the non-slaveholding states…. Such are the effects of mob law, and such are the scenes becoming more and more frequent in this land so lately famed for love of law and order Abraham Lincoln
well-meaning programs celebrating multiculturalism … might aggravate more than educate, might intensify rather than diminish, intolerance. Karen Stenner
I told that dumb son-of-a-bitch not to go down there, I told him it was no place for the Chief of Staff. Dwight D. Eisenhower
I abhor lynching and officials who allow it should be impeached... The Southerners whom I know and esteem do not believe that the Negro must remain dependent upon the white man and they believe in the orderly administration of law as opposed to mob violence. Broadus Mitchell
Laws can embody standards; governments can enforce laws—but the final task is not a task for government. It is a task for each and every one of us. Every time we turn our heads the other way when we see the law flouted—when we tolerate what we know to be wrong—when we close our eyes and ears to the corrupt because we are too busy, or too frightened—when we fail to speak up and speak out—we strike a blow against freedom and decency and justice. Robert Kennedy