It's the business of mass media to distract Americans from everything that's actually important.
"...[T]he only security men can have for their political liberty consists in keeping their money in their own pockets...."
~Lysander Spooner, 19th century abolitionist & anarchist (A lot of times he was really "out there", but in this case he was spot-on.)
If a nation or an individual values anything more than freedom, it will lose its freedom; and the irony is that if it is comfort or money it values more, it will lose that too.
~W. Somerset Maugham
I place economy among the first and most important virtues and public debt as the greatest dangers to be feared.... We must not let our rulers load us with perpetual debt. We must make our choice between economy and liberty or profusion and servitude.... The same prudence which in private life would forbid our paying money for unexplained projects, forbids it in the disposition of public money. We are endeavoring to reduce the government to the practice of rigid economy to avoid burdening the people.
~The 3rd president under the Constitution for the United States of America, Thomas Jefferson
I believe that banking institutions are more dangerous to our liberties than standing armies.
As nightfall does not come at once, neither does oppression. In both instances, there is a twilight when everything remains seemingly unchanged. And it is such twilight that we all must be most aware of change in the air - however slight - lest we become unwitting victims of the darkness.
~Justice William O. Douglas