Once Upon a Time….


~This is a telling time, a time to consider consequences as there are worse things to come; if those that are keen with pen and paper fail to support right from wrong. ~ Karen Dowdall


“In every age it has been the tyrant…wrapped in the cloak of patriotism or religion to deceive and overawe the People”

~Eugene V. Debs


The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants. ~Thomas Jefferson


The world is made up for the most part of morons and natural tyrants, sure of themselves, strong in their own opinions, never doubting anything.  ~Clarence Darrow


Ignorance has always been the weapon of tyrants; enlightenment the salvation of the free. ~Bill Richardson


The welfare of the people in particular has always been the alibi of tyrants.  ~Albert Camus


It is no coincidence that the growth of modern tyrants has in every case been heralded by the growth of prejudice.  ~Henry A. Wallace


Tyrants always have some slight shade of virtue; they support the laws before destroying them. ~Voltaire


Secrecy is the freedom tyrants dream of. ~Bill Moyers


“Freedom is sloppy. But since tyranny’s the only guaranteed byproduct of those who insist on a perfect world, freedom will have to do.”
~ Bill Willingham


“Those who are capable of tyranny are capable of perjury to sustain it.”
~ Lysander Spooner


“The essence of tyranny is not iron law. It is capricious law.”
~ Christopher Hitchens, Love, Poverty, and War: Journeys and Essay


“All those who seek to destroy the liberties of a democratic nation ought to know that war is the surest and shortest means to accomplish it.”
~Alexis de Tocqueville





29 thoughts on “A Telling Time

  1. Wise words, dear Sister ❤️

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    1. Colleen, thank you. I am trying to reach as many people as I can on WordPress to speak out; to write about our democratic republic, and the rule of law. what is so sad is that Americans are so used to democracy they have no idea what it is like to live in Tyranny.

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      1. That is a fact. It’s a difficult subject and many don’t want to engage. I stand with you, my sister! ❤

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  2. kenneturner says:

    These are trying times.

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    1. Yes, Kenne, these are trying times. So dangerous and scary. Karen


  3. frenchc1955 says:

    Reblogged this on charles french words reading and writing and commented:
    Here are a group of telling quotations on tyranny and liberty posted by the excellent author, Karen DeMers Dowdall!

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    1. Charles, thank you so much and also for reblogging. You are too kind.


  4. kenneturner says:

    Reblogged this on Becoming is Superior to Being and commented:
    I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crisis. The great point is to bring them the real facts.

    — Abraham Lincoln

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    1. Kenne, thank you and I love the quote by Abraham Lincoln.


  5. These are the times that try men’s soul…Thank you Karen.

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    1. Holly, thank you for the great quote…and truer words…as they say, would be hard to find. 🙂

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  6. petespringerauthor says:

    Whew! The power of words! The Eugene V Debs quote registers with me.


    1. Pete, thank you and I agree, the power of words, especially Eugene V Debs and so many brilliant thinkers then and now, still need to break the spell that has captured many of the uneducated and if not uneducated, then racist.


  7. “Morons and natural tyrants,” indeed–or, as I like to say, “Charlatans and fools in positions of authority.”

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    1. Liz, this is so true and we happen to have a full house of them, as in White House. Fortunately, we will have an election in 2020 and I pray common sense will prevail.

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      1. I also pray that right reason and common sense will prevail.


  8. Reblogged this on The Reluctant Poet and commented:

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    1. Thank you for reblogging and liking this wonderful quotes.

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  9. Such a powerful post, Karen. I feel like the future of our country is being decided by people who really don’t care if this is the end.

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    1. Diane, thank you and you are right, I am worried as well, because so many people fail to realize that their very lives depend on our democracy, our constitution, and the way Americans once thought about the world. We were always seen by other countries as a fine example of true democracy, but now they simply don’t. We have lost most of our allies.

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      1. I worry that if Congress (the Senate) abandons the Constitution and forfeits their power by sanctioning Trumps abuse and criminality that the precedent will be set. We won’t be able to undo the damage. We will have dictators – sometimes good ones, and sometimes those willing to commit horrors without any means to stop them. The end of democracy.

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      2. Diane, our Congress re: our Senate has damaged our constitution and our democracy. I feel sick at heart. But perhaps, in time, with our votes, and can change it back to were it should be for democracy. Karen 😦

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      3. Cross our fingers that Trump doesn’t cheat himself into the Whitehouse again. UGH.

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      4. Diane, I know, it is terrifying to think he will do that, however, there is a worse scenario. He has said, I believe, that if he doesn’t win…it was rigged and he will stay as President. Hard to believe by probably true.

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      5. I heard that too. Terrifying.

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      6. Yes it is. Especially now that he thinks he is God. What the GOP will regret is that he will no longer need them – for anything! When will this nightmare be over! I am praying daily. Have a somewhat peaceful Sunday! 🙂

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  10. dgkaye says:

    No truer words! 😦

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  11. Debby, what Diane says is so true and if the tyrant in the White House is re-elected heaven knows what will happen to our constitution and our democracy. Americans, having lived in a Democracy, have no idea what it is like to live in a country ruled by tyranny.


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