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Quote 1188 details Share on Google+ - Quote 1188 Linked In Share Button - Quote 1188 The fate of unborn millions will now depend, under God, on the courage and conduct of this army ... There is nothing that gives a man consequence, and renders him fit for command, like a support that renders him independent of everybody but the State he serves.

Quote 1189 details Share on Google+ - Quote 1189 Linked In Share Button - Quote 1189 To place any dependence upon militia, is, assuredly, resting upon a broken staff. Men just dragged from the tender scenes of domestic life – unaccustomed to the din of arms – totally unacquainted with every kind of military skill, which being followed by a want of confidence in themselves when opposed to troops regularly trained, disciplined, and appointed, superior in knowledge, and superior in arms, makes them timid and ready to fly from their own shadows.

George Washington: letter to the president of Congress, Heights of Harlem, September 24, 1776

Quote 1217 details Share on Google+ - Quote 1217 Linked In Share Button - Quote 1217 I had in mine, of the same date, communicated to you my ideas on that part of the constitution, limiting the president's power of negativing the acts of the legislature; and just hinted some thoughts on the propriety of the provision made for the appointment to offices, which I esteem to be a power nearly as important as legislation.

Quote 1219 details Share on Google+ - Quote 1219 Linked In Share Button - Quote 1219 If the president alone was vested with the power of appointing all officers, and was left to select a council for himself, he would be liable to be deceived by flatterers and pretenders to patriotism, who would have no motive but their own emolument. They would wish to extend the powers of the executive to increase their own importance; and, however upright he might be in his intentions, there would be great danger of his being misled, even to the subversion of the constitution, or, at least, to introduce such evils as to interrupt the harmony of the government, and deprive him of the confidence of the people.

Roger Sherman: letter to John Adams, July 1789

Quote 1291 details Share on Google+ - Quote 1291 Linked In Share Button - Quote 1291 Every nation has a right to govern itself internally under what forms it pleases, and to change these forms at its own will; and externally to transact business with other nations through whatever organ it chooses, whether that be a King, Convention, Assembly, Committee, President, or whatever it be. The only thing essential is, the will of the nation.

Quote 1370 details Share on Google+ - Quote 1370 Linked In Share Button - Quote 1370 The Vice-President is an unnecessary officer. I can see no reason for such an officer. The Senate might of their own body elect a president who would have no dangerous influence.

James Monroe: Debate in Virginia Ratifying Convention
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