Quotation by Calvin Coolidge

There are always those who are willing to surrender local self-government and turn over their affairs to some national authority in exchange for a payment of money out of the Federal Treasury. Whenever they find some abuse needs correction in their neighborhood, instead of applying the remedy themselves they seek to have a tribunal sent on from Washington to discharge their duties for them, regardless of the fact that in accepting such supervision they are bartering away their freedom.
Calvin Coolidge (1872–1933), U.S. president. Address before the Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution, Washington, D.C. (April 16, 1928).
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