"What makes the United States government, on the whole, more tolerable--I mean for us lucky white men--is the fact that there is so much less of government with us.... But in Canada you are reminded of the government every day. It parades itself before you. It is not content to be the servant, but will be the master; and every day it goes out to the Plains of Abraham or to the Champs de Mars and exhibits itself and toots."
"A government deriving its energy from the will of the society, and operating, by the reason of its measures, on the understanding and interest of the society ... is the government for which philosophy has been searching and humanity been fighting from the most remote ages ... which it is the glory of America to have invented, and her unrivalled happiness to possess."
"All experience teaches that, whenever there is a great national establishment, employing large numbers of officials, the public must be reconciled to support many incompetent men; for such is the favoritism and nepotism always prevailing in the purlieus of these establishments, that some incompetent persons are always admitted, to the exclusion of many of the worthy."
"Not wishing to be disturbed over moral issues of the political economy, Americans cling to the notion that the government is a sort of automatic machine, regulated by the balancing of competing interests."
"We pay taxes to the government and what do we get--not even protection from the army. I don't know what the government has come to. Instead of protecting businessmen, it pokes its nose into business. Hm. Well they're even talking now about having bank examiners. As if we bankers don't know how to run our own banks. Why I actually have a letter from a popinjay official saying they're going to inspect my books. I have a slogan that should be placed on every newspaper in the country. America for Americans. The government must not interfere with business. Reduce taxes. Our national debt is something shocking--over $1 billion a year. What this country needs is a businessman for president."
"For its part, Government will listen. We will strive to listen in new ways--to the voices of quiet anguish, to voices that speak without words, the voices of the heart, to the injured voices, and the anxious voices, and the voices that have despaired of being heard."
"The government is huge, stupid, greedy and makes nosy, officious and dangerous intrusions into the smallest corners of life--this much we can stand. But the real problem is that government is boring. We could cure or mitigate the other ills Washington visits on us if we could only bring ourselves to pay attention to Washington itself. But we cannot."