Incentives undermine morality.
-S. Bowles

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A common self-deception is the belief that the injustice that one perceives is the most important one and that fixing it will make a major difference.

Bill Corcoran
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Anger, sarcasm, cheap shots, and mean-spiritedness destroy credibility.

Bill Corcoran

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One smidgin of falsehood, fallacy, or overstatement from a whistleblower cancels a truckload of truth, logic, and accuracy.

Bill Corcoran

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“Most men lead lives of quiet desperation.”

Henry David Thoreau

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“It’s difficult to get a man to understand something when his salary depends
on his not understanding it.”

Upton Sinclair

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“The world is a dangerous place, not because of those who do evil, but
because of those who look on and do nothing.”

Albert Einstein

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It is not the evil and incompetent behaviors alone that cause consequences, but it is also the behaviors of those who stand by and do nothing.

Bill Corcoran

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Corruption creates vulnerabilities in the Corrupt Entity. And these vulnerabilities can be exploited by people who know what they are and how thay can be used. It takes strategy to induce a Corrupt Entity to actively become its own worst enemy.

Bill Corcoran
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“To see a wrong and not to expose it, is to become a silent partner to its continuance.”

 Dr. John Raymond Baker
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“Whistleblowers are not exempt from the First Law of Navigation: ‘Never take your boat anywhere your brain hasn’t already been.’ Foolish martyrdom does not advance the cause.”

 Dr. Bill Corcoran
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“If you want safety, peace, or justice work for competency, honesty, and transparency.”

 Dr. Bill Corcoran
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“Being right will not feed your family or pay the mortgage.”

 Anonymous
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“How do you know that the person at the other end of the hotline is not part of the conspiracy?”

 Anonymous
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Faced with the choice between changing one’s mind and proving that there is no need to do so, almost everybody gets busy on the proof.
John Kenneth Galbraith
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“The object of war is not to die for your country but to make the other bastard die for his.”

Gen. George S. Patton

(Does this apply to WB activities?)
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Anonymous Allegation is an oxymoron since anonymous reporting is equivalent to Peek-a-boo. Even the baby knows what is going on.
-Bill Corcoran
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Scrutinize your premises lest you leave them to your nemesis.

Don’t leave it to your nemesis
to scrutinize your premises.

– Frango Nabrasa
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“Fear is the foundation of most governments. ” -John Adams
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“Power always thinks it has a great soul and vast views beyond the
comprehension of the weak.” -John Adams
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“All men profess honesty as long as they can. To believe all men
honest would be folly. To believe none so is something worse.” –
John Quincy Adams
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“Courage and perseverance have a magical talisman, before which
difficulties disappear and obstacles vanish into air.” -John Quincy
Adams
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“If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more
and become more, you are a leader.” -John Quincy Adams
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“Why do you always have to try to do something about things?” -Dan
Athern
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“To see a wrong and not to expose it, is to become a silent partner
to its continuance. ” -Dr. John Raymond Baker
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“America is never wholly herself unless she is engaged in high moral
principle. We as a people have such a purpose today. It is to make
kinder the face of the nation and gentler the face of the world.” –
George H.W. Bush
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“Men in general are quick to believe that which they wish to be
true.” –Julius Caesar

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“It is difficult for the common good to prevail against the intense
concentration of those who have a special interest, especially if the
decisions are made behind locked doors.” -Jimmy Carter
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If you are going through hell, keep going. -Winston Churchill
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“A government for the people must depend for its success on the
intelligence, the morality, the justice, and the interest of the
people themselves.” Grover Cleveland
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“Public officers are the servants and agents of the people, to
execute the laws which the people have made” -Grover Cleveland
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“Never pick a fight with people who buy ink by the barrel.” -William
J. Clinton
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“I sometimes wish that people would put a little more emphasis upon
the observance of the law than they do upon its enforcement. ” –
Calvin Coolidge
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“The world is a dangerous place, not because of those who do evil, but
because of those who look on and do nothing.” -Albert Einstein
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“A people that values its privileges above its principles soon loses
both.” -Dwight D. Eisenhower
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“Don’t join the book burners. Do not think you are going to conceal
thoughts by concealing evidence that they ever existed.” -Dwight D.
Eisenhower
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“In the councils of government, we must guard against the acquisition
of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military-
industrial complex. The potential for the disastrous rise of
misplaced power exists and will persist.” -Dwight D. Eisenhower
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“You don’t lead by hitting people over the head – that’s assault, not
leadership.” -Dwight D. Eisenhower
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“Action expresses priorities.” -Mohandas Gandhi
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“The truth will set you free, but first it will make you
miserable.” -James A. Garfield
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“An error does not become truth by reason of multiplied propagation,
nor does truth become error because nobody sees it.” -Mohandas Gandhi
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“There is nothing more corrupting, nothing more destructive of the
noblest and finest feelings of our nature, than the exercise of
unlimited power.” William Henry Harrison
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“The unrestricted competition so commonly advocated does not leave us
the survival of the fittest. The unscrupulous succeed best in
accumulating wealth.” -Rutherford B. Hayes
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“A good many things go around in the dark besides Santa Claus.” –
Herbert Hoover
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“Honor is not the exclusive property of any political party.” –
Herbert Hoover
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“It is just as important that business keep out of government as that
government keep out of business.” -Herbert Hoover
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“You shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you mad.” –
Aldous Huxley
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“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.” -Andrew Jackson
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“Any man worth his salt will stick up for what he believes right, but
it takes a slightly better man to acknowledge instantly and without
reservation that he is in error.” -Andrew Jackson
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“I weep for the liberty of my country when I see at this early day of
its successful experiment that corruption has been imputed to many
members of the House of Representatives, and the rights of the people
have been bartered for promises of office.” -Andrew Jackson
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“It is to be regretted that the rich and powerful too often bend the
acts of government to their own selfish purposes.” -Andrew Jackson
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“The duty of government is to leave commerce to its own capital and
credit as well as all other branches of business, protecting all in
their legal pursuits, granting exclusive privileges to none.” –
Andrew Jackson
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“The great constitutional corrective in the hands of the people
against usurpation of power, or corruption by their agents is the
right of suffrage; and this when used with calmness and deliberation
will prove strong enough.” -Andrew Jackson
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“To the victors belong the spoils.” -Andrew Jackson
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“Nothing can stop the man with the right mental attitude from
achieving his goal; nothing on earth can help the man with the wrong
mental attitude.”
-Thomas Jefferson
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“All tyranny needs to gain a foothold is for people of good
conscience to remain silent.” Thomas Jefferson
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“Our country is now taking so steady a course as to show by what road
it will pass to destruction, to wit: by consolidation of power first,
and then corruption, its necessary consequence. ” -Thomas Jefferson
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“Timid men prefer the calm of despotism to the tempestuous sea of
liberty.” -Thomas Jefferson
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“When angry count to ten before you speak. If very angry, count to
one hundred.” -Thomas Jefferson
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“Do you want to know who you are? Don’t ask. Act! Action will
delineate and define you.” -Thomas Jefferson
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“Merchants have no country. The mere spot they stand on does not
constitute so strong an attachment as that from which they draw their
gains.” -Thomas Jefferson
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“Outside of the Constitution we have no legal authority more than
private citizens, and within it we have only so much as that
instrument gives us. This broad principle limits all our functions
and applies to all subjects.” -Andrew Johnson
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“Legislation can neither be wise nor just which seeks the welfare of
a single interest at the expense and to the injury of many and varied
interests.” -Andrew Johnson
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“A nation that is afraid to let its people judge the truth and
falsehood in an open market is a nation that is afraid of its
people.” -John F. Kennedy
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“Change is the law of life. And those who look only to the past or
present are certain to miss the future.” -John F. Kennedy
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“Efforts and courage are not enough without purpose and direction.” –
John F. Kennedy
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” The cost of freedom is always high, but Americans have always paid
it. And one path we shall never choose, and that is the path of
surrender, or submission.”
-John F. Kennedy
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“America will never be destroyed from the outside. If we falter and
lose our freedoms, it will be because we destroyed ourselves.”
Abraham Lincoln
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“The people will save their government, if the government itself will
allow them.”
-Abraham Lincoln
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“In the end, it’s not the years in your life that count. It’s the
life in your years.”
-Abraham Lincoln
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“Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man’s
character, give him power.” -Abraham Lincoln
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“To stand in silence when they should be protesting makes cowards out
of men.” -Abraham Lincoln
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“Stand with anybody that stands right, stand with him while he is
right and part with him when he goes wrong.” -Abraham Lincoln
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“Few of us can easily surrender our belief that society must somehow
make sense. The thought that the state has lost its mind and is
punishing so many innocent people is intolerable. And so the evidence
has to be internally denied.”
-Arthur Miller, Playwrite
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“The great mass of people … will more easily fall victim to a big
lie than to a small one.” -Adolf Hitler (1889-1945), German
dictator. Mein Kampf, vol. 1, ch. 10 (1925)
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“The most potent weapon in the hands of the oppressor is the mind of
the oppressed.”
-Steven Biko
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“It becomes more necessary to see the truth as it is if you realize
that the only vehicle for change are these people who have lost their
personality. ” -Steven Biko
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“Change means movement. Movement means friction. Only in the
frictionless vacuum of a nonexistent abstract world can movement or
change occur without that abrasive friction of conflict.” -Saul
Alinsky
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“We must believe that it is the darkest before the dawn of a
beautiful new world. We will see it when we believe it.” -Saul
Alinsky
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“Cautious, careful people, always casting about to preserve their
reputations. .. can never effect a reform.” -Susan B. Anthony
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“No man or woman who tries to pursue an ideal in his or her own way
is without enemies.” -Daisy Bates
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“The last struggle for our rights, the battle for our civilization,
is entirely with ourselves.” -William Wells Brown
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“We draw our strength from the very despair in which we have been
forced to live. We shall endure.” -Cesar Chavez
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“You are never strong enough that you don’t need help.” -Cesar
Chavez
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“Censorship is never over for those who have experienced it. It is a
brand on the imagination that affects the individual who has suffered
it, forever.”
-Noam Chomsky
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“Do something. If it doesn’t work, do something else. No idea is too
crazy.”
-Jim Hightower
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“If you do not speak up when it matters, when would it matter that
you speak? The opposite of courage is conformity. Even a dead fish
can go with the flow.”
-Jim Hightower
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“So now is the time, more than ever, for those who truly value all
the principles of democracy, especially including dissent, to be the
most forceful in speaking up, standing up and speaking out.” -Jim
Hightower
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“The corporations don’t have to lobby the government anymore. They
are the government.”
-Jim Hightower
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“I am tired of talk that comes to nothing.” -Chief Joseph
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“It does not require many words to speak the truth.” -Chief Joseph
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“Treat all men alike. Give them the same law. Give them an even
chance to live and grow.” -Chief Joseph
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“Expedience, not justice, is the rule of contemporary American law.”
-Abbie Hoffman
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“I believe that no man who holds a leader’s position should ever
accept favors from either side. He is then committed to show favors.
A leader must stand alone.” -Mother Jones
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“Pray for the dead and fight like hell for the living.” -Mother
Jones
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“Freedom and justice cannot be parceled out in pieces to suit
political convenience. I don’t believe you can stand for freedom for
one group of people and deny it to others.”
-Coretta Scott King
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“A right delayed is a right denied.” -Martin Luther King, Jr.
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“He who passively accepts evil is as much involved in it as he who
helps to perpetrate it. He who accepts evil without protesting
against it is really cooperating with it.” -Martin Luther King, Jr.
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“In the End, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the
silence of our friends.” -Martin Luther King, Jr.
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“Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.” -Martin
Luther King, Jr.
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“The hottest place in Hell is reserved for those who remain neutral
in times of great moral conflict.” -Martin Luther King, Jr.
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“If you can, help others; if you cannot do that, at least do not harm
them.”
-Dalai Lama
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“It’s the little things citizens do. That’s what will make the
difference. My little thing is planting trees.” -Wangari Maathai
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“All I was doing was trying to get home from work.” -Rosa Parks
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“Truth often suffers more by the heat of its defenders than the
arguments of its opposers.” -William Penn
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“Justice is never given; it is exacted and the struggle must be
continuous for freedom is never a final fact, but a continuing
evolving process to higher and higher levels of human, social,
economic, political and religious relationship. ” -A. Philip
Randolph
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“A single twig breaks, but the bundle of twigs is strong.” -Tecumseh
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“Live your life that the fear of death can never enter your heart.” –
Tecumseh
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“Show respect to all people, but grovel to none.” Tecumseh
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“I always cheer up immensely if an attack is particularly wounding
because I think, well, if they attack one personally, it means they
have not a single political argument left.” -Margaret Thatcher
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“You may have to fight a battle more than once to win it.” –
Margaret Thatcher
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“Don’t let it end like this. Tell them I said something.” -Pancho
Villa
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“We hold our heads high, despite the price we have paid, because
freedom is priceless.” -Lech Walesa
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