Category Archives: Civil Liberty

Infringement

“The clearest way to show what the rule of law means to us in everyday life is to recall what has happened when there is no rule of law.” The words of Dwight D. Eisenhower which have become more apposite … Continue reading

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Veto

“Today, the most important political instrument in the hands of the opposition is the presidential veto.” The words of Donald Tusk, president of the European Council, and former prime minister of Poland. And today, it appears that that instrument has … Continue reading

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Judicial Independence

“All the rights secured to the citizens under the Constitution are worth nothing, and a mere bubble, except guaranteed to them by an independent and virtuous judiciary.” The words of United States president Andrew Jackson have assumed greater relevance in … Continue reading

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Projections

“Of course, economic forecasts must be revised when new information arrives and are thus necessarily provisional.” The words of Ben Bernanke, for eight years chairman of the US Federal Reserve Bank, which are self-evidently correct and underline the self-evident point … Continue reading

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Referendum

“Don’t interfere with anything in the Constitution. That must be maintained, for it is the only safeguard of our liberties.” “We the people are the masters of both Congress and the courts, not to overthrow the Constitution but to overthrow … Continue reading

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Criticism

“Criticism may not be agreeable, but it is necessary. It fulfils the same function as pain in the human body. It calls attention to an unhealthy state of things.” The words of Winston Churchill which, save for criticism which is … Continue reading

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Crusade.

“Radicals don’t care about the institutions. They are looking for an ideological crusade. Traditions don’t matter.” The words of American academic Norman Ornstein which some might consider apposite when considering the current Polish government’s quest to create the right sort … Continue reading

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Threatened

“One ought never to turn one’s back on a threatened danger and to try to run away from it. If you do that you will double the danger. But if you meet it promptly and without flinching, you will reduce … Continue reading

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Normal

“Democracy demands trust. It demands that sense of mutual understanding. And – it’s a two way street. You’ve got to give – as much as you take.” The words of the late leader of the Liberal Democrats, Charles Kennedy. Echoing, … Continue reading

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At Risk

“The tyranny of a prince in an oligarchy is not so dangerous to the public welfare as the apathy of a citizen in a democracy.” The words of Charles de Montesquieu. And, fourteen months after the election of the current … Continue reading

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