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government, and to provide new guards for their future securityPrudence, indeed, will dictate that governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes ... but when a long train of abuses and usurpations ... evinces a design to reduce them under absolute despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such
government would be necessary.... [But lacking these] you must first enable the government to control the governed; and in the next place oblige it to control itselfIf angels were to govern men, neither external nor internal controls on
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Quoted Document: The Federalist Papers
Government ... in favor of a government with three branches and an independent judiciary. This pamphlet, you know, was very unpopular. No man appeared in public to support it but yourselfI call you to witness that I was the first member of the Congress who ventured to come out in public, as I did in January 1776, in my Thoughts on
government is not to trust it all to one, but to divide it among the many, distributing to everyone exactly the functions he is competent [to perform best].The way to have good and safe
governmentâ€¦ equal and exact justice to all men of whatever state or persuasion, religious or politicalI deem one of the essential principles of our
I predict future happiness for Americans if they can prevent the
government from wasting the labors of the people under the pretense of taking care of them.
government results from too much government.My reading of history convinces me that most bad
government.The strongest reason for the people to retain the right to keep and bear arms is, as a last resort, to protect themselves against tyranny in
government of any otherOur constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the
government lately adopted shall be arranged and administered in such a manner as to acquire the full confidence of the American people, I sincerely believe they will have greater advantages, from their natural, moral, and political circumstances, for public felicity than any other people ever possessedIt appears to me that little more than common sense and common honesty in the transactions of the community at large would b necessary to make us a great and a happy nation. For if the general
government consists in the art of being honestThe whole art of
Government requires not merely, that the metes and bounds which separate each department of power be invariably maintained; but more especially that neither of them be suffered to overleap the great Barrier which defends the rights of the people. The Rulers who are guilty of such an encroachment, exceed the commission from which they derive their authority, and are Tyrants. The People who submit to it are governed by laws made neither by themselves nor by an authority derived from them, and are slaves.
government, there is tyranny; when the government fears the people, there is liberty.When the people fear their
government; far from it. We have staked the future of all our political constitutions upon the capacity of each of ourselves to govern ourselves according to the moral principles of the Ten Commandments of God.We have staked the whole future of our new nation, not upon the power of
For God and Country (T.K. Marion)
But let there be no change by usurpation; for though this, in one instance, may be the instrument of good, it is the customary weapon by which free governments are destroyed.
government to gain ground.The natural progress of things is for liberty to yield and
government of unlimited powers.The greatest [calamity] which could befall [us would be] submission to a
Government are afraid to trust their people with arms.The Constitution preserves the advantage of being armed which Americans possess over the people of almost every other nation, where the
government to restrain the people, it is a instrument for the people to restrain the government...The Constitution is not an instrument for the
government of himself. Can he, then, be trusted with the government of others?Sometimes it is said that man cannot be trusted with the
Government purely democratical the Nature and Principle of which both civil and religious are so totally incompatible with Monarchy, that they have ever lived in a restless state under it. The other two tho not so popular in their frame bordered so near upon it that Monarchical Influence hung very heavy on them. The best opportunity in the World being now offered them to throw off all subjection and embrace their darling Democracy they are determined to accept it.Two of the New England Colonies enjoy a
government is.History, in general, only informs us what bad
government: Nevertheless, in many respects I think it has great merit, and by proper amendments may be adapted to the exigencies of government and the preservation of liberty.The Constitution proposed has few, if any federal features, but is rather a system of national
.......it is the nature and intention of a constitution to prevent governing by party, by establishing a common principle that shall limit and control the power and impulse of party, and that says to all parties, thus far shalt thou go and no further. But in the absence of a constitution, men look entirely to party; and instead of principle governing party, party governs principle. An avidity to punish is always dangerous to liberty. It leads men to stretch, to misinterpret, and to misapply even the best of laws. He that would make his own liberty secure must guard even his enemy from oppression; for if he violates this duty he establishes a precedent that will reach to himself.
Quoted Document: Dissertation on first-principles of government
Government, there is an evil which ought to be guarded agst in the indefinite accumulation of property from the capacity of holding it in perpetuity by ecclesiastical corporations. The power of all corporations, ought to be limited in this respect. The growing wealth acquired by them never fails to be a source of abuses.But besides the danger of a direct mixture of Religion & civil
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