Monthly Archives: March 2013

How Prone All Human Institutions Have Been to Decay & Despotism

James Monroe

James Monroe

“How prone all human institutions have been to decay; how subject the best-formed and most wisely organized governments have been to lose their check and totally dissolve; how difficult it has been for mankind, in all ages and countries, to preserve their dearest rights and best privileges, impelled as it were by an irresistible fate of despotism.” — James Monroe, speech in the Virginia Ratifying Convention, 1788

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An Elective Despotism Was Not The Government We Fought For…

James Madison

James Madison

“An elective despotism was not the government we fought for; but one in which the powers of government should be so divided and balanced among the several bodies of magistracy as that no one could transcend their legal limits without being effectually checked and restrained by the others.”James Madison,  Federalist No. 58, 1788

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Filed under Abuse & Misuse of Power, American Revolution, Balance of Power, Checks & Balances in Government, Declaration of Independence, Democratic Republic, Enumerated Powers & Delegated Authority, Federalism, Founding Fathers, James Madison, Republican Government, Rule of Law, Tyranny

The Power Who is Jealous of Our Prosperity…

Thomas Paine

Thomas Paine

“Is the power who is jealous of our prosperity, a proper power to govern us? Whoever says No, to this question, is an Independant for independency means no more than this, whether we shall make our own laws, or, whether the King, the greatest enemy this continent hath, or can have, shall tell us there shall be no laws but such as I like.” — Thomas Paine, Common Sense, 1776

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Property is as Sacred as the Laws of God

John Adams

John Adams

“The moment the idea is admitted into society that property is not as sacred as the laws of God, and that there is not a force of law and public justice to protect it, anarchy and tyranny commence.” — John Adams

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