“The liberties of a people never were, nor ever will be, secure, when the transactions of their rulers may be concealed from them.” – Patrick Henry

“Information is the currency of democracy.” – Thomas Jefferson

“Without freedom of thought there can be no such thing as wisdom; and no such thing as public liberty, without freedom of speech.” – Ben Franklin

“Let the people know the facts, and the country will be safe.” – Abraham Lincoln

“A popular Government without popular information or the means of acquiring it, is but a Prologue to a Farce or a Tragedy or perhaps both. Knowledge will forever govern ignorance, and a people who mean to be their own Governors, must arm themselves with the power knowledge gives.” – James Madison

“Those who would give up essential liberty, to purchase a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety.” – Ben Franklin

“Secrecy is for losers.” – Daniel Patrick Moynihan

“Sunshine is the greatest disinfectant” – Louis D. Brandeis

“Everything secret degenerates, even the administration of justice; nothing is safe that does not show how it can bear discussion and publicity.” – Lord Acton

By l3wis

5 thoughts on “Happy Independence Day! Remember we are Free when we are Open and Transparent”
  1. Happy 4th! May we continue to grow from Jefferson and Madison’s slavery, Franklin’s sexism, and Lincoln’s greater concern to save the union than to end slavery. The other guys I am not so sure about, but I know that Moynihan was the “Grand Protector of Social Security”, so that ain’t all bad.

  2. “Happy 4th, too!”…. “But I am bummed, however”…. “It turns out the Uncle Sam hat I bought for today is bigger than me”….

  3. Now, I understand Mr. Z’s obsession with zombies. They have been killed by the truth, but they return to continue to haunt and further our often lame city public policies. The zombies must be stopped!

  4. The biggest difference historically is the forefathers were not corruptible. Secondly, pork was not added to bills then. It seems anything passed by Congress now hardly represents the original intent. However, the country has remained free and democratic. It’s true everywhere but inside Sioux Falls city limits.

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