Lord Acton once said, “power tends to corrupt, and absolute power absolutely.”Â He could have gone on to say “and by the way, powerlessness also corrupts, and absolute powerlessness absolutely.”Â That is, people who are opposing the government and feel they are getting no place tend towards bitterness, tend toward hatred.Â They fight national righteousness with personal self-righteousness.Â And, they become … Well, let me put it this way.Â It seems to me that if you love the good, you have to hate evil, or you’re sentimental.Â But if you hate evil more than you love the good, you become a damn good hater.
– Rev. William Sloane Coffin on NPR’s Fresh Air (Link)
This quote is 2:50 into the show. I might want to use this for STFU.