State policy is the womb in which War is developed, in which its outlines lie hidden in a rudimentary state, like the qualities of living creatures in their germs.
We-the-people have become a willing audience to made-for-TV lawmaking, watching national policy unfold like a scripted storyline – because it is.
‘In a democracy,’ said Mr Pinfold, with more weight than originality, ‘Men do not seek authority so that they may impose a policy. They seek a policy so that they may achieve authority’
You are heirs to a governing machine that churns out poll-tested, packaged policy with politically correct labelling, and a media all too willing to market it for free. Whatever shade matches the national mood ring becomes law of the land. Our Founding Fathers would hardly recognize this federal spectacle of posturing, scripting and staging.
When making public-policy decisions for the government, I think one should ask oneself which technologies would best strengthen the hand of a police state. Then, do not allow the government to deploy those technologies.
It is always the best policy to tell the truth, unless, of course, you are an exceptionally good liar.
Domestic policy can only defeat us; foreign policy can kill us.
I don’t consider myself a policy wonk, but I was brought up to care about the big issues and to think for myself, not hire others to do the thinking for me.
International incidents should not govern foreign policy, but foreign policy, incidents.
Although only a few may originate a policy, we are all able to judge it.