Category Archives: Representative Government

In America, the Law is King

Thomas Paine

Thomas Paine

“Let a crown be placed thereon, by which the world may know, that so far as we approve of monarchy, that in America the law is King. For as in absolute governments the King is law, so in free countries the law ought to be King; and there ought to be no other.” – Thomas Paine

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We the People…

Ronald Reagan

Ronald Reagan

We the People…

“We are a nation that has a government—not the other way around… Our government has no power except that granted it by the people…

“Why is the Constitution of the United States so exceptional?

“Well, the difference is so small that it almost escapes you, but it’s so great it tells you the whole story in just three words: We the people. In those other constitutions, the Government tells the people of those countries what they’re allowed to do. In our Constitution, we the people tell the Government what it can do, and it can do only those things listed in that document and no others. Virtually every other revolution in history has just exchanged one set of rulers for another set of rulers. Our revolution is the first to say the people are the masters and government is their servant.” – Ronald Reagan

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The Natural Cure for an Ill-Administration…

Alexander Hamilton

Alexander Hamilton

“The natural cure for an ill-administration, in a popular or representative constitution, is a change of men.” — Alexander Hamilton, Federalist No. 21, 1787

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Every Government Degenerates When Trusted to the Rulers of the People Alone…

Thomas Jefferson

Thomas Jefferson

“Every government degenerates when trusted to the rulers of the people alone. The people themselves, therefore, are its only safe depositories.” — Thomas Jefferson, Notes on the State of Virginia, Query XIV, 1781

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Individuals May Injure a Whole Society By Not Declaring Their Sentiments…

John Dickinson

John Dickinson

“What concerns all, should be considered by all; and individuals may injure a whole society, by not declaring their sentiments. It is therefore not only their right, but their duty, to declare them.” — John Dickinson, Letters of Fabius, 1788

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Democratic Government Opposes More Impediments to Disinterested Patriotism Than Any Other Form…

Alexander Fraser Tytler

Alexander Fraser Tytler

“Democratic government opposes more impediments to disinterested patriotism than any other form. To surmount these, a pitch of virtue is necessary which, in other situations, where the obstacles are less great and numerous, is not called in to exertion. The nature of a republican government gives to every member of the state an equal right to cherish views of ambition, and to aspire to the highest offices of the commonwealth; it gives to every individual of the same title with his fellows to aspire at the government of the whole.” — Alexander Fraser Tytler, Lord Woodhouselee (October 15, 1747 –January 5, 1813) was a Scottish advocate, judge, writer and historian who served as Professor of Universal History, and Greek and Roman Antiquities, in the University of Edinburgh. Tytler’s other positions included Senator of the College of Justice and George Commissioner of Justiciary in Scotland

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A Republic… a Government of Laws

John Adams

John Adams

“They define a republic to be a government of laws, and not of men.” — John Adams

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