The corporation is the creature of government, and the people have the right to handle it as they desire; all they need pay attention to is the expediency of realizing this right in some way that shall be productive of good and not harm.–Theodore Roosevelt, “The Progressives, Past and Present,” The Outlook, New York, v. 96, No. 1 (September 3, 1910).
Let us never forget that government is ourselves and not an alien power over us. The ultimate rulers of our democracy are not a President and senators and congressmen and government officials, but the voters of this country.–Franklin D. Roosevelt, Address at Marietta, Ohio (8 July 1938).
Our trouble is that we do not demand enough of the people who represent us. We are responsible for their activities. . . . we must spur them to more imagination and enterprise in making a push into the unknown; we must make clear that we intend to have responsible and courageous leadership.–Eleanor Roosevelt, Tomorrow Is Now (1963), 124-125