Zanu PF’s fifth congress kicks off in Harare this morning, and in honour of this momentum event (not my words) I have a couple of meaningless and totally unrelated quotes to share.
“In questions of power, then, let no more be heard of confidence in man, but bind him down from mischief by the chains of the Constitution” – Thomas Jefferson
“Show me that age and country where the rights and liberties of the people were placed on the sole chance of their rulers being good men, without a consequent loss of liberty! I say that the loss of that dearest privilege has ever followed, with absolute certainty, every such mad attempt.” – Patrick Henry
“That knowing the strong bias of human nature to tyranny and despotism, we have nothing else in view but to provide for posterity against the wanton exercise of power, which cannot otherwise be done than by the formation of a fundamental constitution.” – Reverend Thomas Allen
Of course, these three were all American men, freedom nuts and noted scholars. Nothing to do with Zimbabwe.
Or Nazis, for that matter.