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Sovereign People: Govern from within, or you shall be governed from without.

 

As regards the first set of dangers, it behooves us to remember that men can never escape being governed. Either they must govern themselves or they must submit to being governed by others. If from lawlessness or fickleness, from folly or self-indulgence, they refuse to govern themselves then most assuredly in the end they will have to be governed from the outside. They can prevent the need of government from without only by showing they possess the power of government from within. Sovereign cannot make excuses for his failures; a sovereign must accept responsibility for the exercise of power that inheres in him; and where, as is true in our republic, the people are sovereign, then the people must show a sober understanding and a sane and steadfast purpose if they are to preserve that orderly liberty upon which as a foundation every republic must rest.” President Theodore Roosevelt, Opening of the Jamestown Exposition, Norfolk,

Virginia, April 26, 1907

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