Monday, May 18, 2009.
“The essence of Government is power; and power, lodged as it must be in human hands, will ever be liable to abuse.”
–James Madison, speech in the Virginia constitutional convention, December 2, 1829
“The freedom and happiness of man…[are] the sole objects of all legitimate government.”
–Thomas Jefferson, letter to Thaddeus Kosciusko, 1810
“This Government, the offspring of your own choice, uninfluenced and unawed, adopted upon full investigation and mature deliberation, completely free in its principles, in the distribution of its powers, uniting security with energy, and containing within itself a provision for its own amendment, has a just claim to your confidence and your support.”
–George Washington, Farewell Address, 1796
“There is no maxim in my opinion which is more liable to be misapplied, and which therefore needs elucidation than the current one that the interest of the majority is the political standard of right and wrong…. In fact it is only reestablishing under another name and a more specious form, force as the measure of right….”
–James Madison, letter to James Monroe, October 5, 1786
“Gentlemen, you will permit me to put on my spectacles, for, I have grown not only gray, but almost blind in the service of my country.”
–George Washington, upon fumbling for his glasses before delivering the Newburgh Address, March 15, 1783
Cross-posted @ Rosemary’s Thoughts.