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Enjoy some Founding Quotes:

"The care of human life and happiness, and not their destruction, is the first and only legitimate object of good government." --Thomas Jefferson

"Society in every state is a blessing, but government, even in its best state, is but a necessary evil; in its worst state an intolerable one; for when we suffer or are exposed to the same miseries by a government, which we might expect in a country without government, our calamity is heightened by reflecting that we furnish the means by which we suffer."
-- Thomas Paine (Common Sense, 1776)

"Go on, then, in your generous enterprise with gratitude to Heaven for past success, and confidence of it in the future. For my own part, I ask no greater blessing than to share with you the common danger and common glory ... that these American States may never cease to be free and independent."
--Samuel Adams

"Proclaim liberty throughout all the land unto all the inhabitants thereof"
Inscription on the Liberty Bell, from Leviticus 25:10

"Our new Constitution is now established, and has an appearance that promises permanency;
but in this world nothing can be said to be certain,
except death and taxes."
-- Benjamin Franklin (letter to Jean-Baptiste Leroy, 13 November 1789)
Reference: The Works of Benjamin Franklin, Begelow, ed., vol. 12 (161)

“It is difficult to free fools from the chains they revere.” — Voltaire

How about a few quotations expressed by the Founders about democracy?

In Federalist Paper No. 10, James Madison wanted to prevent rule by majority faction, saying, “Measures are too often decided, not according to the rules of justice and the rights of the minor party, but by the superior force of an interested and overbearing majority.”

John Adams warned in a letter, “Remember democracy never lasts long. It soon wastes, exhausts, and murders itself. There never was a democracy yet, that did not commit suicide.”

Edmund Randolph said, “That in tracing these evils to their origin, every man had found it in the turbulence and follies of democracy.”

Then-Chief Justice John Marshall observed, “Between a balanced republic and a democracy, the difference is like that between order and chaos.”

The Founders expressed contempt for the tyranny of majority rule, and throughout our Constitution, they placed impediments to that tyranny. Two houses of Congress pose one obstacle to majority rule. That is, 51 senators can block the wishes of 435 representatives and 49 senators.


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