I wanted to cite some of my favorite quotes. This page includes what I had in mind.
Government is not reason; it is not eloquence — it is force. Like fire it is a dangerous servant and a fearful master. — George Washington
Eternal vigilance is the price of liberty. — Wendell Phillips
They that can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety. — Benjamin Franklin
Find out just what people will submit to, and you have found out the exact amount of injustice and wrong which will be imposed upon them; and these will continue until they are resisted with either words or blows, or both. The limits of tyrants are prescribed by the endurance of those whom they oppress. — Frederick Douglass
The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing. — Edmund Burke
First they came for the Communists, but I was not a Communist so I did not speak out. Then they came for the Socialists and the Trade Unionists, but I was neither, so I did not speak out. Then they came for the Jews, but I was not a Jew so I did not speak out. And when they came for me, there was no one left to speak out for me. — Martin Niemoeller
(Their version of the Washington quote was incomplete, and of the Niemoeller quote incorrect; I’ve presented the longer and correct versions, respectively.)
More than the Bush administration itself, what scares me is the public complacency and complicity I see… the assumption of the benevolence and correctness of the government, that everything they might do is justified in the name of safety. The smug self-assurance and lack of imagination that of course _they_’ll never be wrongly accused of a crime, so it doesn’t matter if the government dispenses with civil rights while rounding up a bunch of brown-skinned people. The willingness to assume the guilt of the detained prior to any evidence, or even an accusation.
Does anyone know an original source for “people get the government they deserve”?