"Authority should derive from the consent of the governed, not from the threat of force!"
For the first time in the 21st century, it took an animated character, a fictional animated doll, to make Hollywood's case for freedom and democracy (in this case, for toys).
The line is reminiscent of Thomas Jefferson's words in The Declaration of Independence, about humans:
"Governments are instituted among men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed."
Abraham Lincoln also said something similar in 1854:
"No man is good enough to govern another man without that other’s consent."
As you may recall, four years ago, the U.S. mission in Havana lit up its fifth-floor electronic billboard with Lincoln's words when Cuban dictator Fidel Castro spoke in front of the building. Castro was so angry he ordered a wall of flags built around the mission.
Lots-o, Castro and other tyrants still hold "the governed" as enslaved dolls. Barbie knows a better way.
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Aftermention: Who speaks in the radio broadcast in the film short, "Day & Night," shown before "Toy Story 3"? It is Dr. Wayne Dyer, the fearless self-help success guru often seen on PBS.
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See also: The genius of ‘Problems of Democracy.’
See also: Notable quotations of Barack Obama.