Monthly Archives: May 2013

Where an Excess of Power Prevails…

James Madison

James Madison

“Where an excess of power prevails, property of no sort is duly respected. No man is safe in his opinions, his person, his faculties, or his possessions.” — James Madison

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Where There is No Law, There is No Liberty…

Benjamin Rush

Benjamin Rush

“Where there is no law, there is no liberty; and nothing deserves the name of law but that which is certain and universal in its operation upon all the members of the community.” — Benjamin Rush, Letter to David Ramsay, 1788

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Let No More Be Heard of Confidence in Man…

Thomas Jefferson

Thomas Jefferson

“In questions of power, then, let no more be heard of confidence in man, but bind him down from mischief by the chains of the Constitution.” — Thomas Jefferson, Fair Copy of the Drafts of the Kentucky Resolutions of 1798

 

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