Why has government been instituted at all? Because the passions of man will not conform to the dictates of reason and justice without constraint.
Even to observe neutrality you must have a strong government.
In order to rally people, governments need enemies... if they do not have a real enemy, they will invent one in order to mobilize us.
If 'pro' is the opposite of 'con' what is the opposite of 'progress'?
The universe never did make sense; I suspect it was built on government contract.
If you think of yourselves as helpless and ineffectual, it is certain that you will create a despotic government to be your master. The wise despot, therefore, maintains among his subjects a popular sense that they are helpless and ineffectual.
The impersonal hand of government can never replace the helping hand of a neighbor.
Freedom is hammered out on the anvil of discussion, dissent, and debate.
Every great advance in natural knowledge has involved the absolute rejection of authority.
The republican is the only form of government which is not eternally at open or secret war with the rights of mankind.
Dependence begets subservience and venality, suffocates the germ of virtue, and prepares fit tools for the designs of ambition.
Only aim to do your duty, and mankind will give you credit where you fail.
That government is the strongest of which every man feels himself a part.
The weather is like the government, always in the wrong.
Outside of the Constitution we have no legal authority more than private citizens, and within it we have only so much as that instrument gives us. This broad principle limits all our functions and applies to all subjects.
That we we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain - that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom - and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.
Government has no other end, but the preservation of property.
And I have no doubt that every new example will succeed, as every past one has done, in showing that religion and Government will both exist in greater purity, the less they are mixed together.
The rights of persons, and the rights of property, are the objects, for the protection of which Government was instituted.
Religion flourishes in greater purity, without than with the aid of Government.
The diversity in the faculties of men, from which the rights of property originate, is not less an insuperable obstacle to an uniformity of interests. The protection of these faculties is the first object of government.
If government were a product, selling it would be illegal.
If the people cannot trust their government to do the job for which it exists - to protect them and to promote their common welfare - all else is lost.
What I worry about would be that you essentially have two chambers, the House and the Senate, but you have simply, majoritarian, absolute power on either side. And that's just not what the founders intended.
Make the people sovereign and the poor will use the machinery of government to dispossess the rich.
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