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You Americans have wrong ideas of the nature of your constitution. The instructions given to colonial governors were the law of the land and colonial legislatures have no right to ignore them. Granville Leveson-Gower
The Congressional Ethics Committees are the brothers and sisters of member of Congress and no one wants to investigate their brothers and sisters. Joan Claybrook
I didn't go into Parliament to be fair to my opponents. Quite honestly I went in to jump on their windpipes!” David Lange
Brazil has cast a firebrand into Europe Karl Nesselrode
Vermont will take care of its own. John E. Weeks
The federal government has a very limited role in the schools…It’s the ‘he who has the gold makes the rules’ principle. The federal government only pays 8 percent of the school costs. The state and local government, 92 percent… Our federal role in education has been the needs of the neediest students. Margaret Spellings
No no. Mix them up. I’m tired of States’ rights George H. Thomas
I’ve always been a little nervous about the Fed. Quite frankly, I’m a little nervous about the degree of their independence. Trent Lott
I would not vote for any Republican who was not in favor of giving assistance to England and France Wendell Wilkie
Americans tend to go for it all. In international politics you can’t have it all. You have to compromise. Ali Ansari
Kid Congress and the Senate, don’t scold em. They are just children that’s never grown up. They don’t like to be corrected in company. Will Rogers
The right of each State to order and control its own domestic institutions according to its own judgment exclusively is essential to the balance of powers on which the perfection and endurance of our political fabric depends. Abraham Lincoln
The glue that binds the EU together is not a shared identity but shared projects. Kalypso Nicolaidis
The judicial cannot prescribe to the legislative departments of the government limitations upon exercise of its acknowledged powers. The power to tax may be exercised oppressively on persons, but the responsibility … not to the courts, but to the people by whom its members are elected. Salmon P. Chase
I wish to make it clear from the onset that at the coming election I want support on no other understanding that the new Parliament is to destroy once and for ever, the power of the hereditary chamber to reverse the decisions of the representatives of the people. Charles Trevelyan
The Union: It must be preserved. Andrew Jackson
The States will still retain control and govern in their own way that portion of their population without leave asked of the United States. Mr. Speaker, all the efforts made here or elsewhere to educate the negro to an equality with the white man in the southern States, either civilly, socially or politically, are perfectly idle. The negro must be kept in subordination to the white man. Benjamin G. Harris
The difference between the departments undoubtedly is, that the legislature makes, the executive executes, and the judiciary construes the law. John Marshall
You don’t need more hearings. You need more gumption. You’ll be treated like office boys until you stand up and kick them [the Nixon White House] in the slats. Raoul Berger
Judge countries by their performance …, not by their words Henry A. Kissinger
Canada is divided by great mountains, great prairies, Great Lakes, and eleven governments that really grate. W. Hugh Arscott
When I came here I thought I worked for the President. But I didn’t realize that I also worked for 534 other people at the other end of Pennsylvania Avenue who all think that they are presidents. Alphonso Jackson
Whensoever the General Government assumes undelegated powers, its acts are unauthoritative, void, and of no force Thomas Jefferson
No wonder Sukarno doesn’t like us very much. He has to sit down with people who tried to overthrow him. John F. Kennedy
No country can be expected to make peace with a nation that denies its right to exist. George W. Bush
The best thing I know between France and England is- the sea. Douglas Jerrold
. . . the Indians must think there can be no union in our Councils, when it has been known more than once, that the Six Nations have been invited to a conference by different colonies at the same time. This looks among the Indians, as tho' our Measures were not mutual, and occasions them to be divided in their Councils also, being doubtful of our acting with vigor and unanimity etc. against the French William Johnson
There should be some English continually residing in every [Indian] Nation, whether Military Officers, or others, to keep up a continued correspondence' William Johnson
We were contented to let things remain as the great spirit made them. They were not, and would change the rivers and mountains if they did not suit them. Chief Joseph
The Cold War was like two heavily armed men feeling their way around a room, each believing himself in mortal peril from the other, whom he assumes to have perfect vision. Each tends to ascribe to the other a consistency, foresight, and coherence that his own experience belies. Henry A. Kissinger
Ports not effectually blockaded by a force capable of completely investing them have yet been declared in a state of blockade. . . . If the effectiveness of the blockade be dispensed with, then every port of the belligerent powers may at all times be declared in that state, and the commerce of neutrals be thereby subjected to universal capture. But if this principle be strictly adhered to, the capacity to blockade will be limited by the naval force of the belligerent John Marshall
The Arab Heads of State have agreed to unite their political efforts at the international and diplomatic level … within the framework of the main principles by which the Arab States abide, namely, no peace with Israel, no recognition of Israel, no negotiations with it, and insistence on the rights of the Palestinian people in their own country. Arabs
Great Britain is prepared to recognize and support the independence of the Arabs in all the regions within the limits demanded by the Sherif of Mecca. Henry McMahon
Let the king consider as hostile his immediate neighbor and the enemy of such a foe, as friendly. Manu
Individuals often exercise considerable influence upon the fate of society, but this influence is determined by the internal structure of that society and by its relation to other societies G. V. Plekhanov
The imperial Presidency requires a passive Congress. Andrew Rudalevige
In France, executive power dominates much more than in Anglo-Saxon countries Christian Bataille
You wouldn’t sell me arms. I had to buy them where I could. Gamal Abdel Nasser
To pay the price of federal mandates, local governments must cut the services that they are in the business of providing ... To Congress we say, if you're going to pass the bill, don't pass us the buck. Jerry Abramson
Jealousies and rivalries have been my themes, and checks and balances as their antidotes, till I am ashamed to repeat the words. John Adams
The fate of this government depends absolutely upon raising it above the state governments. John Adams
The legislative, executive, and judicial power shall be placed in separate departments. John Adams
We at the local government are not allowed to vote for the programs. We are required to pay for them. Thomas Ament
The fact that the judiciary makes foolish rulings doesn’t mean the government should intervene. Dewi Fortuna Anwar
For 22 years [as a Senator] I worried about all the power at the other end of Pennsylvania Avenue. Now [as Treasury Secretary] I worry about all the power at the opposite end of Pennsylvania Avenue. Lloyd Bentsen
The current situation [in Washington DC] will shortly and irresistibly tempt the Congress to reassert federal control over the nation's capital city. If the mayor [Marion Barry] can't restore order, the federal government must. Douglas K. Bereuter
Unfunded mandates are an insidious way for government at one level to pass on to governments at a lower level responsibility for the funding of programs. Governments at the higher levels can take credit for instituting the program, but lower levels of government have to produce the funding. John E. Berthoud
Getting members of Congress to do things they don’t want to do is a crucial part of being President. Michael Beschloss
The danger that threatens our future is local demagogy, and not federal despots. Albert J. Beveridge
There is a tension between the flexibility we give states and the accountability we require from states. Marsha Blanton
We [Congress] weren't elected by the people of the District [of Columbia] to be the city's government, but we do have a federal responsibility. Thomas J. Bliley Jr.
It is one of the happy incidents of the federal system that a single courageous State may, if its citizens choose, serve as a laboratory; and try novel social and economic experiments without risk to the rest of the country. Louis D. Brandeis
Texans can run Texas without the federal government telling them what to do. George W. Bush
Because I am the supreme authority. Hugo Chavez Frias
Congressional power has not so much been usurped by the Presidency as given up to the Presidency by Congress. Lawton M. Chiles Jr.
I am not responsible to the Senate and will not submit my actions to them. Grover Cleveland
If a botch is made at the other end of the Avenue, I don't mean to be a party to it. Grover Cleveland
The most important benefit that I can confer on the country by my Presidency is to insist upon the entire independence of the executive and legislative branches of government Grover Cleveland
There can be no such thing as a state's right to default on a national duty. Leroy Collins
It is a great impropriety for a President to use the power of his office to induce men in Congress to vote for or vote against a bill that will affect the welfare of ninety millions of people. Albert B. Cummins
The bill is incapable of being executed …. It proceeds entirely upon the idea that the State governments will lend their aid to carry it into effect. David Daggett
The authority of Congress must be respected …. The President must confine himself to his executive duties—to obey and execute, not make the laws. Henry W. Davis; Benjamin Franklin Wade
As go our cities so goes our country. David Dinkins
Congress has a lot of powers which people, especially those in the executive branch, don't like to talk about. Bob Dole
The President can't deliver us. I'm not a package to be picked up at a department store. Marvin Henry “Mickey” Edwards
The Ethiopian government considers the offense of its accredited representative as grave and prone to create serious implications, especially so because the offense occurred in a public place an in the presence of the President of the United States. Ethiopia
We are now an occupied territory. Evidence of the naked force of the federal government is here apparent in these unsheathed bayonets in the backs of schoolgirls. Orval E. Faubus
The principles of a free constitution are irrecoverable lost, when the legislative power is nominated by the executive. Edward Gibbon
Each branch is given, by the Constitution, a little space in the other's territory .... Each one is a little dependent on the other. Ruth Bader Ginsburg
The more responsibility you can move toward local government, the better of you're going to be … City governments do better than their State governments in terms of accountability. Rudolph W. Giuliani
Devolution [decentralization of government] cannot stop at the State House. It must go down to City Hall. Stephen Goldsmith
As the Texas Attorney General I saw it every day: the struggle for power between the legislative branch and the executive branch. Aberto Gonzales
Kings govern by means of popular assemblies only when they cannot do without them. Charles James Fox
The American system is so constituted that it produces a conflict between the Executive and Congress every time the Executive tries to be positive and strong. Thomas K. Finletter
Organs of military command and political organs should try not to interfere on their respective spheres. Hirohito
Organs of military command and political organs should try not to interfere on their respective spheres. Hirohito
The most eminent Senators would have received as a personal affront a private message from the White House expressing a desire that they should adopt any course in the discharge of their legislative duties that they did not approve. If they visited the White House, it was to give, not to receive advice. George Frisbie Hoar
The independence of the legislative arm must be respected. I had little taste for forcing Congressional action. Herbert Hoover
The Executive is as independent of either House of Congress as either House of Congress is independent of him, and they cannot call for the records of his actions, or the action of his officers against his consent, any more than he can call for any of the journals or records of the House or Senate. House Judiciary Committee
Legislative power is always superior to the executive. David Hume
Why demand explanations? ... Explanations will hazard an encroachment upon the prerogative. James I
An elective despotism [i.e. of the Congress] was not the government we fought for; but one which should not only be founded on free principles, but in which the powers of government should be so divided and balanced among several bodies of magistracy as that no one could transcend their legal limits without being effectually checked and restrained by the others. Thomas Jefferson
The tyranny of the legislatures is the most formidable dread at present, and will be for many years. That of the executive will come in turn; but it will be at a remote period. Thomas Jefferson
When I embarked in the government, it was with a determination to intermeddle not at all with the legislature. Thomas Jefferson
You've got just one year when Congress treats you right. Then they start worrying about themselves. Lyndon B. Johnson
I am well aware of what three past presidents have said, but that will not be worth five cents if the people and the Congress do not support their president now.” Lyndon B. Johnson
Without the Congress I am just a six-foot-four Texan. Lyndon B. Johnson
Richard Nixon has acted in a manner contrary to his trust as President and subversive of Constitutional Government, to the great prejudice of law and justice and to the manifest injury of the people of the U. S. U. S. House of Representatives Judiciary Committee
Experience has instructed us that no skill in the science of government has yet been able to discriminate and define, with sufficient certainty, its three great provinces—the legislative, executive, and judiciary; or even the privileges and powers of the different legislative branches. Questions daily occur in the course of practice which prove the obscurity which reigns in these subjects, and which puzzle the greatest adepts in political science. James Madison
There was a time when the deal between the Saudis and us made sense: after 1945, we need oil, lots, cheap, in guaranteed amounts and at stable prices. In return, we protected them from regional and extra-regional predators - Nasser, the Soviets, etc. They became rich, we powered industry. Good deal. Problems started later: as soon as the kingdom stabilized, King Faisal conceived a great design of taking over Sunni Islam to the Wahhabi creed, and Saudi imperial goals. Lawrence Murawiec
[Out government] is the government of all; its powers are delegated by all; it represents all, and acts for all. John Marshall
The government of the Union, though limited in its powers, is supreme within its sphere of action. John Marshall
The legislature makes, the executive executes, and the judiciary construes the law. John Marshall
Central government's such as Canada's have become too small to deal with the big global issues, yet they remain too large and distant to deal with problems of local control. Paul Martin
This demarche was apparently not delivered: the U.S. embassy in Santiago demurred on the ground that to deliver such a strong rebuke would upset the dictator. Kenneth Maxwell
There is unquestionably some advantage, in a country like America, where no apprehension needs be entertained of a coup d'etat, in making the chief minister constitutionally independent of the legislative body, and rendering the two great branches of the government, while equally popular both in their origin and in their responsibility, an effective check on one another. John Stuart Mill
Localities may be allowed to mismanage their own interests, but not to prejudice those of others, nor violate those principles of justice between one person and another of which it is the duty of the State to maintain the rigid observance. John Stuart Mill
The knowledge and experience of any local authority is but local knowledge and experience, confined to their own part of the country and its modes of management, whereas the central government has the means of knowing all that is to be learnt from the united experience of the whole kingdom, with the addition of easy access to that of foreign countries. John Stuart Mill
There are local interests peculiar to every town, whether great or small, and common to all its inhabitants: every town, therefore, without distinction of size, ought to have its municipal council. John Stuart Mill
People want divided government. Andrea Mitchell
We know that there are programs coming up that he wants, and wants badly. And the only way that we will get back the programs is to hold them for ransom. William Moorhead
911 rings at the mayor’s office, not at the Justice Department or the White House. Marc Morial
Impeachment is a dangerous measure that could easily lead to instability. Daniel P. Moynihan
This is buck passing without the bucks. Richard Lamm
Congress is always looking for occasions to differ from the President. Harold J. Laski
I have always thought the act of secession is legally nothing, and needs no repealing. Abraham Lincoln
[Then a congressman:] Were I President, I should desire the legislation of the country to rest with Congress, uninfluenced by the executive in its origin or progress. Abraham Lincoln
We have not found a way to give Congress control without depriving the President of essential power. Walter Lippmann
Governors would like the money to be left on a stump and let them come and pick it up and spend it where they want. Governors like to spread money around rather than target it. Dale Kildee
[The new Federal Government] would either triumph over the state governments and reduce them to entire subordination or in the course of a few years … the contests about the boundaries of power between the particular [State] governments and the general government … will produce a dissolution of the union. Alexander Hamilton
If there are American people coming to the well-protected Tripoli, they wish to be, by your carefulness, honored [and free] from all disagreements as are, Indeed, all the [Christian] nations, so that nobody molests them and no injury befalls them; and likewise people from Tripoli, if they proceed to the country of the Americans, they shall be honored, elevated upon the heads, nobody molesting or hindering them until they travel [homeward] in good state and prosperity. Hassan III; Hassan Pasha
Whenever a foreign nation is conquered or has by their own will accepted the Great Peace their own system of internal government may continue, but they must cease all warfare against other nations Iroquois Nation
Whenever a foreign nation is conquered or has by their own will accepted the Great Peace their own system of internal government may continue, but they must cease all warfare against other nations Iroquois Nation
The Federal Government’s assumption of the various State debts from the Revolutionary War has caused a buying frenzy and unscrupulous speculators are still exploring interior & distant parts of the Union in order to take advantage of the holders. James Madison
You pay me tribute, by that you become my slaves. Mustapha II; Bobba Mustapha
Whenever the Government appears in arms it ought to appear a Hercules, and inspire respect by the display of strength. Alexander Hamilton
In the affairs of nations, too much hard power ends up breeding not submission but resistance. Likewise great soft power does not bend hearts; it twists minds in resentment and rage. Josef Joffe
A great power that uses force far less than vital interests, and that does so frequently or with a short fuse, risks mobilizing other states to join ranks to balance against it. Colin Powell
Too frequent or too quick a resort to force can also undermine the authority of power. Not all use of force is created equal. Other states will grant authority to the use of force, implicitly if not otherwise, if it falls within the bonds of justice and reason; if they think a use of force does not fall within such bonds, they will withdraw their legitimate consent, and thereby undermine the authority of power. Colin Powell
Don’t divide the world into “them” and “us.” Donald Rumsfeld
The Golden Nuclear Rule: Do unto others if they would do unto you. Peter Segal
Enmity immediately tumbles away when one side lets it fall. Lucius Annaeus Seneca
Turkey was never colonized by the Western powers and consequently Turks do not have the resentment of the West that other Moslem nations have. Orhan Pamuk
We have about 50% of the world’s wealth, but only 6.3% of its population. Our real task in the coming period is to devise a pattern of relationships which will permit us to maintain this position of disparity. George F. Kennan
The most important fact of the 20th century will be that the English and the Americans speak the same language. Otto Von Bismarck-Schoenhausen
Rumsfeld and Wolfowitz are saying, “We can’t tell you how long it will take, or what it will cost, that’s unknowable.” Why did Congress accept that? Anonymous
You’ve got two people working for you – Warrick and (Meghan) O’Sullivan – that you need to get rid of. Donald Rumsfeld
It’s not the plans, it’s the people. I think we should have Defense Department people. Donald Rumsfeld
What description of Indians are to be deemed members of a State, is not yet settled; and has been a question of frequent perplexity and contention in the Federal Councils. And how the trade with Indians, though not members of a State, yet residing within its legislative jurisdiction, can be regulated by an external authority, without so far intruding on the internal rights of legislation, is absolutely incomprehensible. This is not the only case in which the articles of confederation have inconsiderately endeavored to accomplish impossibilities; James Madison
The facts are the people, one hundred thousand American citizens, living in the Territory of Utah, with the full rights of free men, and the protecting guarantees of a written constitution, find in the persons of federal officers "another government" not of the people, and in violation of Constitutional guarantees and authority; claiming to come from the United States, ‘imperium in imperio.’ John Taylor
. . If there is any man in this congregation, or anywhere else, that will show me any principle or authority in the Constitution of the United States that authorizes the President of the United States to send out governors and judges to this Territory, I would like to see it. John Taylor
In justly balancing the powers of the Federal and State authorities difficulties nearly insurmountable arose at the outset and subsequent collisions were deemed inevitable. Amid these it was scarcely believed possible that a scheme of government so complex in construction could remain uninjured. From time to time embarrassments have certainly occurred; but how just is the confidence of future safety imparted by the knowledge that each in succession has been happily removed! Overlooking partial and temporary evils as inseparable from the practical operation of all human institutions, and looking only to the general result, every patriot has reason to be satisfied. Martin Van Buren
World government will come, but we do not know the date. Shoghi Effendi
I want to say to America that France is not what they think it is. There has never been a war between the French and the Americans. There is no need for us to argue…. France has to be an ally of the United States. We both have the same values. Nicolas Sarkozy
Resolved that there be held a conference of the white nations bordering upon the Pacific for unity of action against the aggression of Japan. Frederick Albert Britten
As it is so often the case in Washington, key players protect their turf. Strong national security advisors have jealously guarded their role as the President’s chief strategist. Weak ones have failed to compel cooperation from the other agencies determined to go it alone. Aaron L. Friedberg
No nation is so lost to pride as to submit the conduct of its internal affairs to the arbitrament of foreign powers. Herbert A. L. Fisher
The only safety of the South from abolition universal is to be found in an early dissolution of the Union Henry Lewis Benning
In the government of this Commonwealth, the legislative department shall never exercise the executive and judicial powers, or either of them: The executive shall never exercise the legislative and judicial powers, or either of them: The judicial shall never exercise the legislative and executive powers, or either of them: to the end it may be a government of laws and not of men. Massachusetts
The President has to persuade Congress to do what they do not want to do. Bert Carp
As much as the Palestinian authority is criticized for being ineffective and corrupt, we must deal with them. Marwan al-Muasher
The President has to persuade Congress to do what they do not want to do. Bert Carp
It is up to Congress to see to it that its powers do not slip through its fingers Ross C. Anderson
Don’t you realize that the Federal Government has the atomic bomb. Earl Long
The Mexican-American War had been unnecessarily and unconstitutionally begun by the President of the United States House of Representatives
So much of the several laws of the state of New York as prohibits vessels, licensed according to the laws of the United States, from navigating the waters of the state of New York, by means of fire or steam, is repugnant to the said Constitution and void…. the acts of New York must yield to the law of Congress John Marshall
The creature has been exalted above its creators Jefferson Davis
When Federal money goes to the States for the cities, it never gets there. Mick Cornett
Was, then, the American Revolution effected, was the American Confederacy formed, was the precious blood of thousands spilt, and the hard-earned substance of millions lavished, not that the people of America should enjoy peace, liberty, and safety, but that the government of the individual States, that particular municipal establishments, might enjoy a certain extent of power, and be arrayed with certain dignities and attributes of sovereignty? James Madison
Our governmental good fortune does not lie in any surrender at either end of the Avenue. Warren G. Harding
It may safely be received as an axiom in our political system that the state governments will in all possible contingencies afford complete security against invasions of the public liberty by the national authority. Alexander Hamilton
This, then, is the position in which we stand. A small majority of the citizens of one State in the Union have elected delegates to a State convention; that convention has ordained that all the revenue laws of the United States must be repealed, or that they are no longer a member of the Union. The governor of that State has recommended to the legislature the raising of an army to carry the secession into effect, and that he may be empowered to give clearances to vessels in the name of the State. No act of violent opposition to the laws has yet been committed, but such a state of things is hourly apprehended, and it is the intent of this instrument to PROCLAIM, not only that the duty imposed on me by the Constitution, “to take care that the laws be faithfully executed," shall be performed to the extent of the powers already vested in me by law or of such others as the wisdom of Congress shall devise and Entrust to me for that purpose; but to warn the citizens of South Carolina, who have been deluded into an opposition to the laws, of the danger they will incur by obedience to the illegal and disorganizing ordinance of the convention-to exhort those who have refused to support it to persevere in their determination to uphold the Constitution and laws of their country, and to point out to all the perilous situation into which the good people of that State have been led, and that the course they are urged to pursue is one of ruin and disgrace to the very State whose rights they affect to support. Fellow-citizens of my native State! let me not only admonish you, as the first magistrate of our common country, not to incur the penalty of its laws, but use the influence that a father would over his children whom he saw rushing to a certain ruin. In that paternal language, with that paternal feeling, let me tell you, my countrymen, that you are deluded by men who are either deceived themselves or wish to deceive you. Mark under what pretenses you have been led on to the brink of insurrection and treason on which you stand! First a diminution of the value of our staple commodity, lowered by over-production in other quarters and the consequent diminution in the value of your lands, were the sole effect of the tariff laws. The effect of those laws was confessedly injurious, but the evil was greatly exaggerated by the unfounded theory you were taught to believe, that its burdens were in proportion to your exports, not to your consumption of imported articles. Your pride was aroused by the assertions that a submission to these laws was a state of vassalage, and that resistance to them was equal, in patriotic merit, to the opposition our fathers offered to the oppressive laws of Great Britain. You were told that this opposition might be peaceably-might be constitutionally made-that you might enjoy all the advantages of the Union and bear none of its burdens. Eloquent appeals to your passions, to your State pride, to your native courage, to your sense of real injury, were used to prepare you for the period when the mask which concealed the hideous features of DISUNION should be taken off. It fell, and you were made to look with complacency on objects which not long since you would have regarded with horror. Andrew Jackson
If the States cannot live together in harmony, under the auspices of such a Government as exists, and in the midst of blessings, such as have been the fruits of it, what is the prospect threatened by the abolition of a Common Government, with all the rivalships collisions and animosities, inseparable from such an event. James Madison
The people of this State will henceforth hold themselves absolved from all further obligation to maintain or preserve their political connection with the people of the other States; and will forthwith proceed to organize a separate government, and do all other acts and things which sovereign and independent States may of right do. South Carolina
We, therefore, the people of the State of South Carolina, in convention assembled, do declare and ordain … that the laws for the imposing of duties and imposts on the importation of foreign commodities, and now having actual operation and effect within the United States … are and shall be held utterly null and void. South Carolina
I deem it my duty again to call your attention to the condition of the District of Columbia. It was doubtless wise in the framers of our Constitution to place the people of this District under the jurisdiction of the General Government, but to accomplish the objects they had in view it is not necessary that this people should be deprived of all the privileges of self-government. Independently of the difficulty of inducing the representatives of distant States to turn their attention to projects of laws which are not of the highest interest to their constituents, they are not individually, nor in Congress collectively, well qualified to legislate over the local concerns of this District. Consequently its interests are much neglected, and the people are almost afraid to present their grievances, lest a body in which they are not represented and which feels little sympathy in their local relations should in its attempt to make laws for them do more harm than good. Andrew Jackson
Federal judges will never be so wild, so absurd, so mad as to pretend that they are superior to the legislative power of America. Gouverneur Morris
It is important that our delegates confine themselves within their respective Constitutional spheres, avoiding in the exercise of the powers of one department to encroach upon another. The spirit of encroachment tends to consolidate the powers of all the departments in one, and thus to create … a real despotism. George Washington
We, as a Congress, have to stand up to a president who acts like the Bill of Rights and the Constitution were repealed on September 11. Russ Feingold
The sphere of action appropriated to the United States is as far beyond the reach of the judicial process issued by a State judge or a State court… Roger B. Taney
Question Period is not part of the legislative process, and has nothing to do with it. It is a means of monitoring the Executive that the Government cannot evade. John Allen Fraser
The principle of Parliamentary sovereignty means neither more nor less than this, namely, that Parliament thus defined has, under the English constitution, the right to make or unmake any law whatever; and, further, that no person or body is recognized by the law of England as having a right to override or set aside the legislation of Parliament. Albert Venn Dicey
Support for Israel is not only crucial for the United States but for the West. Joao Espada
If you will live in peace with your neighbors, we will see that your neighbors will be at peace with you. The government will stand between you and other Indians and Mexicans …. Our government is determined that the enslavement of the Navajos shall cease and those who are guilty of holding them in slavery shall be punished William Tecumseh Sherman
Nations like individuals do not always see alike or think alike, and international cooperation and progress are not helped by any nation assuming that it has a monopoly of wisdom or of virtue. Franklin D. Roosevelt
…though the American government did much to encourage the organs of the League, the fact that it stood aside, sharing neither the rights nor the duties of the League powers, was a fatal handicap to joint action. Francis Paul. Walters
This is a pretty difficult time to run international relations. The President has been so absorbed in domestic troubles that he isn’t able to give any time, and more than that the whole action when it does come into my sphere is colored by solely his domestic problems. Herbert Hoover
It is not the position of the U.S. government to pressure Pakistan or to pressure India. If we can be helpful in bringing about a dialogue, then that’s a good thing Richard L. Armitage
States should have enormous input into the decisions that affect them. John McCain
America must be a model citizen if we want others to look at us as a model. We can’t torture or treat inhumanely suspected terrorists we have captured. John McCain
The judicial branch of the government is the least dangerous because … it has no influence over either the sword or the purse. Alexander Hamilton
Government is no sooner created than it becomes too strong for society, and shapes and moulds, as well as controls it. James Henry Hammond
Quite as serious an error [of the French] is the failure to provide for local self-government. As this lies at the bottom of republican institutions, and should be, moreover, the first concern of democracy Herbert Tuttle
No president … has ever quarreled with Congress as a whole, or with either chamber, without being backed by the people. The great body of voters hate what they regard as an unequal fight, and may always be trusted to side with the one man as against the many; with the public servant whom they have jointly elected, as against any number of public servants chosen to represent fractional parts of the Union. Francis E. Leupp
I do not assert that a President and the Congress must on all points agree with each other at all times. Many times in history there has been complete disagreement between the two branches of the Government, and in these disagreements sometimes the Congress has won and sometimes the President has won. Franklin D. Roosevelt
Here in Idaho, we couldn't understand how people could sit around on the curbs waiting for the federal government to come and do something. We had a dam break in 1976, but we didn't whine about it. We got out our backhoes and we rebuilt the roads and replanted the fields and got on with our lives. That's the culture here. Not waiting for the federal government to bring you drinking water. In Idaho there would have been entrepreneurs selling the drinking water. James E. Risch
We are still wrestling with a question that plagued the founding fathers: how to balance the role of the federal government with the separate powers of the states that constitute the republic. Rich Turner
The biggest downside [for the President] of having the other party control a branch of the Congress is its ability to use investigations and subpoenas as anvils. Maureen Dowd
The powers relating to impeachment are an essential check in the hands of the body of the legislature against and upon the encroachments of the executive. House Judiciary Committee
I'm the President's friend, I'm not the President's man. Robert Byrd
The principles of a free constitution are irrevocably lost when the legislative power is dominated by the executive. Edward Gibbon
I, for the time being, am at the head of a nation which is in great peril; and you are at the head of the greatest State of that nation. As to maintaining the nation’s life, and integrity, I assume, and believe, there can be no difference of purpose between you and me. If we should differ as to the means, it is important that such differences should be as small as possible—that it should not be enhanced by unjust suspicions on one side or the other. In the performance of my duty, the co-operation of your State, as that of others, is needed—in fact, is indispensable. Abraham Lincoln
Resolved that the United States ought to co-operate with any state which may adopt gradual abolishment of slavery, giving to such state pecuniary aid, to be used by such state in its discretion, to compensate for the inconveniences public and private, produced by such a change of system. Abraham Lincoln
Good government is the preservation of liberty, which in turn requires the absence of arbitrary, discretionary power in the chief magistrate. Eric Nelson
You can’t secure the country from inside the Beltway. The Federal government has got to trust the state Attorney’s General with critical information. Tom Ridge
Since the 1st World War, U. S. Presidents have 18 times asked the Congress for authority to go to war or use military force. The Presidents have never been turned down by Congress. David Gergen
It is easy to scoff at the prestigious commissions that constantly sprout in Washington as empty exercises in buck passing—until you take stock of all they have accomplished. Jordan Tama
The prospect must also be faced that an invasion of Cuba by exiles would encounter formidable resistance which the exiles, by themselves, might not be able to overcome. The question would then arise of whether the United States would be willing to let the enterprise fail (in the probably futile hope of concealing the U.S. role) or whether the United States would respond with progressive assistance as necessary to insure success. This would include ultimately the use of armed forces… J. William Fulbright
The Federal and State governments are in fact but different agents and trustees of the people, constituted with different powers and designed for different purposes…. The ultimate authority … resides in the people alone. James Madison
[Independent Federal] agencies, like other bureaucracies don’t like being transformed.. They have cultures and they want to preserve those cultures. Jeffrey Eisenach
… state authority should not be needlessly usurped by a centralized government. But I also believe that an obligation rests with the national government to see that the citizens of every state are treated equally. William Moore McCulloch
France is sunk in grief, the people are suffering and the Monarch cries out. Parliament is demanding the Estates-General and the Nation cannot come to an agreement. There is no consensus on electing these assemblies. All these altercations are hobbling the welfare that the State expects from these lights. Olympe de Gouges
Decentralization is always a passion of those in opposition Catherine Gremion
Individual liberty depends on decentralized government Barry Goldwater
I should not dream of asking the permission of Congress That treaty is the law of the land and I shall execute it. It is essential to give independence to the Executive in dealing with foreign powers. I am willing to accept responsibility to establish precedents which successors may follow. Theodore Roosevelt
That distinct sovereignties could exist under one government, emanating from the same people, was a phenomenon in the political world, which the wisest statesmen in Europe could not comprehend; and of its practicability many in our own country entertained the most serious doubts. Thus far the friends of liberty have had great cause of triumph in the success of the principles upon which our government rests. But all must admit that the purity and permanency of this system depend on its faithful administration. The states and the federal government have their respective orbits, within which each must revolve. If either cross the sphere of the other, the harmony of the system is destroyed, and its strength is impaired. It would be as gross usurpation on the part of the federal government, to interfere with state rights, by an exercise of powers not delegated; as it would be for a state to interpose its authority against a law of the union. John McLean
13 years after Indonesia began devolving power from the federal government to hundreds of sub provincial units, the link between local and national political interests have become extremely tenuous… although locally elected politicians may be delivering things that people want in their own back yards, they are not, collectively meeting the nation’s needs. Elizabeth Pisani
The paradox of decentralization is that it requires strong central leadership to make it work. Elizabeth Pisani
It is always convenient for a self-conscious nationalistic government to cry out against ‘outside interference’ when anything goes wrong. Dwight D. Eisenhower
Our best protection against bigger government in Washington is better government in the states. Dwight D. Eisenhower
I am polite and I usually always consult them [Congressional leaders]. I don't ask their permission. I just consult them. Dwight D. Eisenhower
I don't want a honeymoon with you. I want a good marriage. Gerald R. Ford
The White House staff [under Richard Nixon] viewed Congress in much the same way that the chairman of the board of a huge corporation regards his regional sales managers. Gerald R. Ford
My motto toward the Congress is communication, conciliation, compromise, and cooperation. Gerald R. Ford
The greater or less importance of a representative assembly is like the quicksilver in a barometer; it rises or falls according to causes external to itself; and is but an index exhibited in a palpable form, of the more or less powerful pressure of the popular atmosphere. Thomas Arnold
The [teachers’] unions and the [school] districts have very different stakes in local control. The districts want the money and the programs that higher level governments can provide, but they also want autonomy in determining how resources are allocated. The unions are much less wedded to local autonomy. Indeed, much of their lobbying at the state level is to limit the autonomy of the districts. Terry M. Moe
When it comes to the law enforcement coordination and intelligence sharing, not only does the left hand have no knowledge of what the right hand is doing, one hand does not even recognize that the other hand exists, Michael Smerconish