Here are five famous quotes. Which of the seven speakers, if any, is being quoted?
Statement #1: "Of course the people don't want war. But after all, it's the leaders of the country who determine the policy, and it's always a simple matter to drag the people along. That is easy. All you have to do is tell them they are being attacked, and denounce the pacifists for lack of patriotism, and exposing the country to greater danger."
Statement #2: "I would rather be exposed to the inconveniences attending too much liberty than those attending too small a degree of it. "
Statement #3: "There ought to be limits to freedom."
Statement #4: "I see in the near future a crisis approaching that unnerves me and causes me to tremble for the safety of my country. . . . corporations have been enthroned and an era of corruption in high places will follow, and the money power of the country will endeavor to prolong its reign by working upon the prejudices of the people until all wealth is aggregated in a few hands and the Republic is destroyed."
Statement #5: "Beware the leader who bangs the drums of war in order to whip the citizenry into a patriotic fervor, for patriotism is indeed a double-edged sword. It both emboldens the blood, just as it narrows the mind. And when the drums of war reached a fever pitch and the blood boils with hate and the mind has 'closed', the leader will have no need in seizing the rights of the citizenry. Rather, the citizenry, infused with fear and blinded by patriotism, will offer up all their rights unto the leader and gladly so. How do I know? For this is what I have done."
A. George W. Bush B. Julius Caesar C. Hermann Goering D. Adolf Hitler E. Thomas Jefferson F. John F. Kennedy G. Abraham Lincoln H. None of the above
While you're thinking about it, here's a true story. Dubya is not the first to declare war on terrorism. Rather, he's following in some famous footsteps. Once a country saw one of its famous landmarks destroyed by a madman. The country's commander-in-chief, who hadcome into power partially through voting fraud but was quite popular by this time, called it a sign from God that it was time to declare war on terrorism and the Middle Eastern countries that sponsored it, finding justification for their evil deeds in their Islamic faith. He declared a state of emergency to make it easier for the police to intercept mail, tap phones, and detain suspected terrorists without formal charges. Within a year, he because the various law enforcement agencies were too disjointed and couldn't cooperate as easily as they needed to, he merged into a single department all the national security, espionage, investigative and law enforcement departments--the better to protect the country against terror. He also had his government partner with big business, the better to utilize their services in the defense of the national interest. The visionary who did all these things before our current President was Adolf Hitler. His Department of Central Security was soon known, and is best remembered today, by the initials of one of its branches: the SS.
The answers to the questions are...1:C. 2:E. 3:A, in a press conference during the 2000 campaign. Bush was referring to the First Amendment guarantee of freedom of speech, which had made him unable to shut down a parody web site, gwbush.com. 4:G. And 5 widely attributed to B, but that has been effectively debunked; thus the correct answer would be H.