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A Free Government Cannot Be Supported Without Virtue

“In a despotic government, the only principle by which the tyrant who is to move the whole machine means to regulate and manage the people is fear, by the servile dread of his power. But a free government, which of all others is far the most preferable, cannot be supported without virtue.” — Samuel Williams, A Discourse on the Love of Our Country, 1774

http://teachingamericanhistory.org/library/index.asp?document=2427

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