„Ideal legislators do not vote their interests.“

—  John Rawls, Chapter V, Section 43, p. 284
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„Legislators represent people, not trees or acres. Legislators are elected by voters, not farms or cities or economic interests.“

—  Earl Warren United States federal judge 1891 - 1974
On the subject of state Senate apportionment, in Reynolds v. Sims (1964)

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„No hard-and-fast rule can be laid down as to where our legislation shall stop in interfering between man and man, between interest and interest.“

—  Theodore Roosevelt American politician, 26th president of the United States 1858 - 1919
Context: No hard-and-fast rule can be laid down as to where our legislation shall stop in interfering between man and man, between interest and interest. All that can be said is that it is highly undesirable, on the one hand, to weaken individual initiative, and, on the other hand, that in a constantly increasing number of cases we shall find it necessary in the future to shackle cunning as in the past we have shackled force. It is not only highly desirable but necessary that there should be legislation which shall carefully shield the interests of wage-workers, and which shall discriminate in favor of the honest and humane employer by removing the disadvantage under which he stands when compared with unscrupulous competitors who have no conscience and will do right only under fear of punishment. Nor can legislation stop only with what are termed labor questions. The vast individual and corporate fortunes, the vast combinations of capital, which have marked the development of our industrial system create new conditions, and necessitate a change from the old attitude of the state and the nation toward property.

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„I have no interest sitting all day in Brussels committees enacting job-killing, democracy-destroying legislation inspired by the EU.“

—  Paul Nuttall British politician 1976
Useless, toothless... we should pull out https://www.oldham-chronicle.co.uk/news-features/101/features/77347/useless-toothless-we-should-pull-out (February 1, 2013)

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„Governments do not make ideals, but ideals make governments.“

—  Calvin Coolidge American politician, 30th president of the United States (in office from 1923 to 1929) 1872 - 1933
Context: Governments do not make ideals, but ideals make governments. This is both historically and logically true. Of course the government can help to sustain ideals and can create institutions through which they can be the better observed, but their source by their very nature is in the people. The people have to bear their own responsibilities. There is no method by which that burden can be shifted to the government. It is not the enactment, but the observance of laws, that creates the character of a nation.

„Currencies do not vote.“

—  George Goodman American author and economics commentator 1930 - 2014
Chapter 20, If All The Half Dollars Have Disappeared...?, p. 282

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„Setbacks in trying to realize the ideal do not prove that the ideal is at fault.“

—  Dag Hammarskjöld Swedish diplomat, economist, and author 1905 - 1961
As quoted by Rolf Edberg, Swedish Ambassador to Norway, accepting the Nobel Peace Prize on behalf of Hammarskjöld in Oslo, Norway (10 December 1961) http://nobelprize.org/nobel_prizes/peace/laureates/1961/hammarskjold-acceptance.html

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„The Patriot Act is the most egregious piece of legislation to ever leave Congress since the Alien and Sedition Acts, John Ashcroft and every member of Congress who voted for it should be indicted.“

—  Michael Badnarik American software engineer 1954
Source: Debate at Cornell University http://www.theithacajournal.com/news/stories/20041007/localnews/1368940.html, October 6, 2004

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