James Madison: Founding Father Quote

James Madison Quote
United States Founding Father

Quote 968 details Share on Google+ - Quote 968 Linked In Share Button - Quote 968 The genius of republican liberty, seems to demand on one side, not only that all power should be derived from the people; but, that those entrusted with it should be kept in dependence on the people, by a short duration of their appointments; and, that even during this short period, the trust should be place not in a few, but in a number of hands. Stability, on the contrary, requires, that the hands in which power is lodge, should continue for a length of time, the same. A frequent change of men will result from a frequent return of electors, and a frequent change of measure, from a frequent change of men; whilst energy in Government requires not only a certain duration of power, but the execution of it by a single hand.

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